Monday, July 12, 2010

Not so good at writing

Well, I try very hard to think up of something of interest every day to write about, but dang, is it hard! I really don't know how you people do it....especially those who write more then once a day! Any chance you want to let me in on your secret?

I've decided that the location of my shop is bad. I have food here, but never want to eat it! Having Buon Giorno across the parking lot, and Jack in the Box and Texas Cafe within EASY walking distance is way too dangerous. Why eat leftover chinese food when I can get a fresh burger, tamales, or sandwiches? And I won't even mention the award-winning tiramisu, cakes and pies. (Ok, I'll mention them, but just this once!). Then I wonder how I can be working out 6 days a week and still not lose any weight. hmmmm. Gotta find a way to get my eating under control!

But, I'm guessing you're really not interested in all that, so I'll get down to business - shameless promotion of my shop! Next week Monday, Ellen Chester, designer for With My Needle, will be visiting The Stitcher's Hideaway! Yes, she is coming to meet me and see the shop! I can't tell you how excited I am. And, you too can meet her! Take the day off, gather all your With My Needle, projects and come show them off! I'll be offering a discount on all in stock With My Needle charts bought that day as well as an even larger discount if you kit them up!

In other news, I've been working hard on Faery Tales by HAED. Hoping to get halfway through page 1 today so I can put it down and do the things I REALLY need to be doing this week! I think it's trying to take over my life - all I can think about is working on that sucker. Anybody else have this problem? 8 rows to go, then there's some filling in with a dark blue. I have less then 4 hours to do this. You think I can? Guess I would be more productive if I could only get off the computer....

So with that, I say Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wednesday WIPs

Well, I promised a post today, so here it is! I had a lady come into the shop today selling fresh tamales. For $8 a dozen I just couldn't resist! Ordered a dozen spicy chicken tamales, and she came in with three dozen, telling me I just had to pay for one. Score! Three dozen tamales for the price of one. :) Of course, I dug in right away. They were so hot I almost burned my hands bringing them into the kitchen. And boy, were they good! If you happen to be in the area, come on by for some fresh tamales!

On the stitchy side of things, things are going pretty good. I completed For This Child by My Big Toe on Friday, I've started Jungle Baby by Imaginating, I've put in several stitches on Present for My Friend by Blackbird Designs, and I've completed 1/3 of a page on Faery Tales by Heaven and Earth Designs! That's 2400 stitches on that sucker. 1/3 page down, 39 2/3 to go! And believe it or not, there are actually 12 different colors in this section alone! I'm itching to work on it more, but really need to get some more work in on Jungle Baby, seeing how it's commissioned. Sigh. Need to be working on Present for My Friend too since it's an exchange piece and needs to be finished and mailed by August 12th. And let's not forget my ornament for the ornament exchange that needs to be finished and mailed by August 20th. Guess I have a few things on my plate, eh?

Anyways, here are the pictures:

For This Child

Jungle Baby

Present for My Friend

Faery Tales

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I know, I know....

I've been bad about posting lately. Haven't even done my Wednesday WIPs! Shame on me! I don't really have any excuses either. Just been busy stitching away. Finally finished For This Child by My Big Toe and have since started on another commissioned birth sampler. This time I'm doing Jungle Baby by Imaginating, and it looks to be much easier! Hopefully that means it will stitch up faster and therefore I MAY be able to get caught up on SYHO!

Got about 7 hours of work on my HAED Faery Tales and you wouldn't know it by looking at it. Though when I look at my picture from last week and compare it to my picture from this week, I do see it. And I was REALLY excited yesterday that I got to put in one purple stitch amongst all the blues and black. Woohoo!

I've made a new goal for myself this week. My family is currently in Florida so I have no workout buddy, and that makes it very hard to get motivated to get up at 5 and hit the gym. BUT, I have done it both yesterday and today. So proud of myself! And the girls that I do body pump with were happy that I came to Step Class today too. That made me feel good. So, they're helping to hold me accountable when Jess is gone. Plus, I need to prove to my sister (and myself) that I CAN do this without her! I'm guessing she thinks I won't go :). Anyways, my new goal is to NOT go back to bed after my workout. I usually have about an hour between the time I get home and the time I need to get ready for work, and I have decided to use this time to have a cup of coffee, some breakfast, and to get some stitching done while watching the Today Show and getting caught up on the news. It's been nice and relaxing, and I'm getting some stitching done on my Blackbird Exchange piece. Which is good because it needs to be finished and mailed by the 12th of August. Yikes!

No pictures today. Will post the WIPs and the finish tomorrow! And you can hold me to that too. Feel free to complain if I don't post them fast enough for you! Time for me now to schedule and appointment for a massage (can barely move after step class today) and get my booty stitching on Jungle Baby. Hope to at least get the monkey done today!

Happy Stitching!