Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Little ABC Progress

Hello dear readers!

It is hot, hot, HOT here in the Shenandoah.  Luckily, the AC is cranking which makes life a little more bearable!

I have been busy stitching on ABC Lessons.  I have gotten quite a bit done...all of the words are finished.  Now, I just need to finish the letter blocks and the small motifs throughout.

Here is a before pic...

Here she is as of last night...(sorry for the wrinkles)

Hubby and I purchased a new laptop a few weeks ago and Simon has enjoyed sitting next to me on the couch while I peruse the blogs.  Please ignore the bright pink dress...hey, it is my summer break and I live in funky house dresses!

Till next time...Happy Stitching!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Richmond Sampler Progress

Hello dear readers!

I promised Richmond Sampler progress and I finally snapped some pictures! 

Here is my before picture...

Here she is as of Sunday evening...

Anne Maria Clarke - Richmond Sampler
The Essamplaire
35 ct. ivory linen, AVAS

I finished the trees, flowers, bird cages, vines and chimneys on either side of the house. 

Birdie in the cage is over one...isn't he handsome?

Blue birdie next to a very large flower pot

White birdie on the right of the house is also over one...

Sunflowers and pansies...all over one...aren't they darling?  So unique!

White birdie next to the sunflowers and pansies...

Vines and berries (over one!) on the left side of the house...

Vines and berries (again, over one!) on the right side of the house

Beautiful blue birdies on top of the house

I will continue to work on the birds around the house (thankfully, they are over two!) and start to work on the queen stitches in the border.  She is finally coming together! 

Welcome to my new followers!  To new and old followers alike...thanks for all of the wonderful comments!  You guys are the best! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Saturday SAL Progress

It is officially summer!  Enjoy the long, lazy days while you can!  I am still only into my first week of summer break but I am loving the freedom!  I have been able to organize myself and focus on stitching!  Yesterday was my first day of serious stitchy butt....and I loved it!  I stitched on two projects, ABC Lessons and Richmond Sampler.  Here is my progress so far on ABC Lessons...

I have enjoyed this piece but the all those letters are getting a bit tiresome.  I think that I am going to start stitching the blocks around the letters for a bit of a break.  This is a Saturday SAL with my friend Robin (no blog) but lately my Saturdays have been busy.  So, I am using the SAL as my 15 Minute Project.  I stitch on it for 15 minutes before I stitch on my main project, Richmond Sampler.  Believe it or not, 15 minutes makes a difference!

I have made good progress on Richmond Sampler and I promise to share a progress pic soon! 

I will leave you with a picture of my dear, old kitty, Simon. 

He is loving summer break too!  After I get up, he curls up in the bed and takes a loooooong morning nap.  Hey, it gives me a good excuse not to make the bed right away!

Happy Stitching! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

First Monday of Summer Break!

Yes, it is official...I am free from school until the first of August!  To celebrate hubby and I headed to Waynesboro and Staunton...we hit my LNS and our favorite coffee shop. 

I went into my LNS, Cross Stitch Station, to pick up some needles...well, I could not walk out without a few charts!  I picked up three of Lizzie Kate's Halloween Rules (too cute!) and one of my favorite Sue Hillis designs.

 It reads, "The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves." Have any of you worked in an environment like that?  I sure have!  My last job was the embodiment of that saying!  While I am no longer in that kind of environment, I can still laugh at it!

After hitting the LNS, hubby and I went to our favorite coffee shop where I worked on my stitching and hubby read one of his many books.  We enjoyed Cafe Mochas and Chocolate Spoon Cake!  YUM!

Today I realized that I have not shared my Richmond Sampler progress as of late.  I promise to get some pics on here very soon.  Till then, dear readers...Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wounded Warriors and Blankets of Hope

It was a beautiful day here in the Shenandoah...picture perfect in fact!

I thought I would share with you a special project that some of my students participated in.  It is the week before summer break at the alternative school where I teach.  During the last week of school, we have "Enrichment" which is a week long program where we teach the kids about character and engage in character building exercises.  We invited an Iraqi War veteran to speak to the kids.  Our speaker, Chad, was a Marine and participated in the first battle for Fallujah.  While engaged in fierce fighting, Chad was severely wounded.  He spent several years in rehab and is now a part of the Wounded Warrior Project.  He gives inspirational talks and we were thrilled to have him come and speak to our kids.  Afterwards, the students made "Blankets of Hope" for the "Soldiers' Angels" organization.  Our students made four blankets to be given to wounded soldiers...what an amazing experience!  Chad was given a "Blanket of Hope" when he was wounded and brought it in to show our students.  As many of you know, the kids at my school struggle with mental and behavioral health was wonderful to see our students so engaged in such a wonderful cause!  I took a few pictures with my cell phone (sorry, they are a bit blurry) and I wanted to share them with you...

Chad talking with a small group of students...he was such an inspiring speaker!

Chad, students and teachers tying one of the "Blankets of Hope"

Our four finished blankets...the teacher seated next to Chad has a son in the Army who just returned from Afghanistan. 

If you are interested in making a "Blanket of Hope" or would like to learn more about "Soldiers' Angels" click here... 

There are other ways to show your support for our troops...take a look through the "Soldiers' Angels" website for other ideas. 

Thank you for allowing me to share a special experience!  

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer time...almost here!

Hello dearest blogging buddies!

It is a beautiful June day here in the Shenandoah.  Temperatures are definitely in the summer range and I am aching to get into the pool, however, the school year is not yet over; I have two weeks before break.  Till then I will be immersed in final grades, cleaning my classroom and finishing pacing guides. 

My in-laws visited last weekend and my FIL loves to frequent flea markets and antique malls.  While we were perusing a local antique mall he bought this darling sampler for me...

I don't think that it is from looks like it was a stamped pattern...probably stitched sometime during the 20th century.  However, it is a lovely piece and I love the colors; it reminds me of Pennsylvania German samplers. 

I have been able to steal some time stitching and I have made some progress on a couple of things.  I have not snapped a picture of Richmond Sampler...I hope to do that soon.  But I have made some nice progress on Lizzie*Kate's ABC Lessons. 

This is a Saturday SAL piece that I am stitching with my friend, Robin.  She is stitching L*K "Dog Lessons for People."  My weekends have been very busy and it has been nearly impossible for me to get any stitching done on Saturdays.  I found a wonderful blog, Mary Corbet's Needle & Thread, and if you do not already follow this blog you must check it out!!!  Mary has a wonderful "15 Minute Stitching Philosophy" that I have been employing with my L*K ABC Rules.  I have to say, it is working!  After a week of stealing 15 minutes here and there, I can see progress!  I have noticed that when I sit down to stitch on my 15 Minute project,  I end up spending at least 20 - 30 minutes on it.  Then, I pick up Richmond Sampler and stitch away for at least an hour.  Sometimes I am my own worst enemy when it comes to having time for stitching and I just *THINK* that I don't have time for it and talk myself out of stitching by saying "no time for this!"  Well, if I keep my needle threaded and ready to go, then it is easier to pick up my stitching and keep going.  Now, I am not going to lie, there have been days when I have not put a single stitch into anything but at least I can say I am stitching more days than not. 

I have fallen behind on visiting blogs and I hope to get caught up very soon.  Happy Stitching everyone!

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