Well, I am feeling a bit like him this week...'Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!' I just seem to want to get so much accomplished lately and there are never enough hours in the day.
Lots of things to catch up with you on that I have been doing. We came back from Cranberry Cottage on Friday as we had to pick up a few things for our kitchen remodel to be started hopefully this week and Jos had to sign some paperwork for the sale of his car. Boy, we don't even want to think about that any longer as he really lost money on it. I hope his new job is so great that it compensates for that. Anyway, Jos sanded our nightstands all Saturday and then I repainted them which was the easy bit. I wanted that finished before Sunday as I went to visit Annemarie for a Sip 'N Stitch day at her house. I really enjoyed meeting her face to face for the first time along with Margaret, Barbara and Harmien. And look who else I ran into there! Some of the white rabbit's friends.
It was Annemarie's birthday on Sunday too so I made her this project basket (which is already coming in handy I see) and gave her some Carrie's Threads. I love giving gifts to people and took a little blue tractor with a trailer for her son Pelle. At one point, I suggested to Pelle that he could put his peppernoten (tiny Dutch ginger spice cookies) in the trailer. Mommy helped him out with loading his trailer. Well, what do you do when the cookies are gone? You go take some from the plate Mommy put out to load the trailer again. We laughed as he walked between us with the cookies which Mommy had put out for us to have with coffee and tea. *grins* Hope he is not stealing cookies still Annemarie? Thank you for an enjoyable day!
I still need to update you on my projects progress while I was away. I started out the week by stitching two more motifs on my Beatrix Potter Quaker sampler. That was my first goal before moving on to other things. My previous photo can be seen here.
Oh my! Why does this still look so unfinished? I counted the motifs left and was so happy that I am moving along but now seeing this photo makes me feel there is so much left to do.
I did not spend much time stitching my Ohio sampler but did get more letters and a motif finished. The last progress photo is here.
Edit - January 8, 2009 - I have deleted all entries pertaining to the MB circe 1810 sampler I was working on after receiving an email from the designer, who I do not know, sharing her opinion about my changing a color in the design. This was done not to offend but because the color was not visible on the linen. I am sorry that I am no longer able to share this with my readers.
I kind of broke my stash diet. I had not included books in my diet but this is a patchwork book so should be included. I just could not resist when I saw Marianne's blog entry about her patchwork balls. I decided I had to get this book so I can use the Dutch sitsen (chintz) fabrics for a set of these.
The majority of my time at Cranberry Cottage was spent working on this new quilted tabletopper. Here is a little peek... It is a new version of my Christmas Spice tabletopper. I need a quilted sampler to use to demonstrate creating the 3D stars tomorrow evening. Let's have some fun with this...can you guess what I am naming this quilt? Hint ~ Valentine's Day and chocolate. The first person to guess the actual title will win a little stash gift. Good luck!
Edit: If noone guesses the actual name, I will put all those who guessed into a hat and pick a name. So go ahead and give it a try.