Friday, July 25, 2008
This has been a busy week taking care of the family, working my full time job and trying to get ready to launch my design company. With the help of my daughters, actually at their insistence and urging, we will soon be unveiling Lacey Thread Designs. I am busy working on the computer perfecting the first four designs, and they are busy stitching models for the photographs, and we are all excited to see this dream become reality. This venture will concentrate the first year on giving them some spending money as they stay home with their babies, and work for Lacey Thread. If it weren't for that need in their lives, I doubt if I would be working so hard to do this now. But I have heard from other trusted people in my life that now is the time to get this business going. I will be starting a separate blog and web page here soon, so you won't have to wade through all the "shop talk" unless you want to. I was little hesitant to even mention this until it was all ready for the "Grand Opening" but I think it may be fun to share some of the excitement with you all as we progress.
So stay tuned, exciting things will be happening around here soon!!!!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
When we were getting ready to leave for Long Beach last week, I decided to grab a crocheted baby sweater I had started a couple of years ago when Alana was newborn and had never finished. I figured if Gracie was going to be able to wear it at all I had better get on the ball and finish it. It only took me about 3 hours of work, in the car and in the motel room, to finish the crocheting. I sewed the buttons on when we got home. Amy loved it, and it fits Gracie too! Amy said, Mom, I didn't know you could make things like this!! I'm still surprising her!!! GRIN!
You may notice that these last three posts are all dated the same day. I uploaded the pictures for three posts on the same day, since Blogger was being kind and letting me upload pix without too many tears, so I uploaded and saved the posts as drafts until I could come back and add some words. For some reason Blogger thinks that the draft save is the same as publish post. I can't figure how to change the date! Sorry for any confusion!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Then on Monday the 16th, my granddaughter Gracie had surgery to remove a cyst on her forehead. She did really well, the cyst was benign, and she was back home by noon the same day. The surgeon did an excellent job with the incision and it looks like only a little scratch now. We expect that it will be almost completely invisible before she starts school. Here is a before and after picture:
Then the next week we acquired a small trailer...a 1965 Shasta Compact, to be exact. It is so cute, and we just love it. We have the intention of using it for a "getaway" room here at the house for now, and hope to have it road worthy and camping ready by next summer. We have started gutting the interior down to the framing and metal skin, it shouldn't take to long to restore as it is only 11 feet long by 7 feet wide!!! A lady that we are acquainted with gave us some beautiful wood laminate for the floor, so it is going to be very pretty inside too!!!
So, let's see. That brings us to the Fourth of July, which I covered in my last post. And then today. This Monday is our 29th wedding anniversary, so John and I are at a hotel in Long Beach Washington as I type this. We have needed a weekend away, and it has been many years since we have been to Long Beach. Of course, there are what seems to be a million people here in this tiny little town, but we have a lovely view of the ocean and are enjoying our quiet time together.
John standing with a statue honoring the Lewis and Clark expedition, which ended in 1805 in this area. I believe this is Mr. Clark.
Our Hotel, right next to the main beach access. It is a 7 mile long beach...it is really the world's longest beach? I don't know. I guess I should google it, yes?
So, there is the last month in a nutshell. I haven't done a whole lot of stitching I can share. I designed a sampler for grandparents that Amy is currently stitching the model for, and I am also working on a hardanger design for a stitching pocket. (I am doing the stitching on that one) I am excited about how both of these designs are turning out...hope I can start publishing soon!!!
As I sit here looking out my hotel window at the beach, people are beginning to set off their left over fireworks on the beach...maybe we'll have another good show this evening!!
My two sisters came down from Everett, plus a niece and nephew and a passel of friends, so we had a good crowd, lots of food and celebration. The guys did some fishing off the dock and we toasted marshmallows for S'mores over the campfire. The fireworks lasted past 11 PM and so it was after midnight when we got to bed. Alana hated the fireworks, and needed to be held or inside the house for most of the fireworks. Gracie slept peacefully through the whole thing!!!