Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Odds and ends

Well, the past week or so has been an adventure for me. The big plan was to travel with my parents down to FL to visit grandparents and go to a friends graduation. My parents drove down to my house on Wed and we headed down to south of Jacksonville on Thursday. I, of course, made the trip even more complicated by getting poison ivy. It wasn't too bad to begin with, but somehow I reacted poorly and my hands and fingers got really swollen and painful at the end of last week (I had gotten into it about two weeks ago). Thank the Lord for urgent care clinics ... I woke up Friday with swollen eyes and extremely painful hands. So we found a clinic that morning that gave me a nice steroid shot and prescriptions for three medications. It worked rather quickly and the swelling started to go down later that day. I was able to fully enjoy enjoy our dear friend's graduation from college on Saturday. After the graduation (in Tallahassee), my parents, sister and I head further out the FL panhandle to FT Walton Beach to visit my other grandmother. The best part was that I was able to stitch again that night :), finishing up "Thank You For Serving".

"Thank You For Serving"
Designer: The Sunflower Seed
Fabric: 30 ct R&R "Apple Brown Bindy"
Floss: Recommended WDW

So after finishing that, I started on another project. I decided to start a dimensions kit that I had picked up called "Music Is Harmony". I enjoyed stitching on it while watching the Olympics and on our long drive back to VA yesterday. It was relaxing after being out in the sun on Sunday (my dad rented a boat so we went out to enjoy the nice weather). Here's a pic of the current progress.

I had picked up the kit since I play (well, used to at this point) the violin. I like to vary the fabric that I work on. In many ways I really enjoy working on linens and such, but Aida doesn't bother me either.

I received my Fair Square round 8 exchange today from Paula C. We share a love of lighthouses so she stitched up Bent Creek's The Lighthouse on Snapper Island for me.

Paula - I absolutely love them :). I have been thinking about what I want to do with my squares and think I have decided that I am going to do a scrapbook with the signature squares (with pictures of how I finish the designs). Some of them are just calling out for different types of finishes. So that will be one of my big projects when I return from deployment.

The last picture of the day is "find your song" back from the framer at my LNS. I picked it up last week after returning from our underway. Patti did a wonderful job again. I just dropped off "Thank You for Serving" and DH's dolphins today. I'm looking forward to seeing how those turn out.

Hope you have a great week. I'm enjoying watching the Olympics in the evenings and stitching (especially the swimming ... gotta love that 4X100 relay race from Sunday ... I miss the sport :)). Until next time ... God Bless!


Irishenchantment said...

thankyou for serving is lovely and very patriotic i love it :)

staci said...

Beautiful finish!

Paula C. said...

Beautiful finish! I'm glad to see you received the squares and like them. They were a fun stitch! I am also thinking about doing some type of scrapbook with my squares, but I will probably make all of them into ornaments for a friendship tree and put the notes and photos of the squares into the scrapbook.

Laurel's stitching said...

How beautiful your music finish is. I hope you are rid of that poison ivy stuff. That has to be horrible in the summer. I don't think my son will be leaving out when the boat leaves. He messed up his knee and will be having surgery the end of the month and they may have to fly him out later. huggerz laurel

Kendra said...

Poison ivy...ick. My hubby got a real bad case of it a few years ago and ended up on a couple different meds. He's had it before, but for some reason, it caused a super-duper reaction that time.

Love the "Thank you for serving" piece!

tkdchick said...

Wow Dani you've been up to a lot and gotten in some great stitching as well! Thank you for serving is a fantastic sentiment!

Your new start is looking great!

Also your framer does a great job!

Katie said...

Beautiful! And I hope your poison ivy is on the mend!

{ Becca } said...

Hi Dani!! I love the thank you for serving one on top. I didn't know you had a blog :) Love it! You're a talented little stitcher. You should sell stuff on Etsy and make millions!

wink wink.

Stitchingranny said...

Well done on both your finishes. I love the simplicity and clean looking colours of The Song.

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish! Congrats. I love your new wip-great progress too.

Sonda in OR said...

That's a great finish! I wonder if my grandpa would like it if I stitched that up for him. He was in navy during the Korean war.