Thursday, June 28, 2007

Rachael's is here!

But I haven't opened it yet. Too much to do ... and the temptation is too strong to start it now... LOL!!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Veronica's arrived today!

It's so pretty-very nice everyone! I'm really impressed by the pond area-love it! It really looks like a quaint English town. Can't wait to get stitching on my last NRR. It really won't be long for everyone now.

I actually picked out two patterns from Castles and Cottages a book by Jane Greenoff. I was a bit stumped until I looked at the postcard Veronica enclosed. I had the book set aside anyway! I will give you a hint-what I chose will also go nicely with the middle design and Barbara's. I had to hand pick the DMC as I wasn't sure what colors were listed in the book. This will allow me to get to a bit more creative too. I have a few stitches in this piece already.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Rachael's Seaside and Lighthouse Neighbourhood

You hadn't given up on me, I hope? I'm still here, I'm still stitching, and what's more, I've enjoyed every single stitch I put into this RR; I think it looks nice (that's a first), and I've learned a couple of new tricks as well. First, let me show you a picture of the block I stitched for Rachael:

It's 'Seaside Cottage' by Elizabeth's Designs, with a little addition (the lady with the umbrella) by L'Atelier du Pic Vert. The lady was stitched over-one. In order to prevent the fabric from going all funny - what with all the specialty stitches going on - I got myself a Q-snap frame. Now, normally, I hate all sorts of aides when it comes to stitching, but I must say Q-snaps are an invention to be applauded. Not only did the fabric not go funny, I was able to stitch with both hands while the frame was resting on my lap and the table, to make the stitching go super fast as well. I thought it would be a struggle to stitch with both my left and my right hand, but it immediately felt the most natural thing in the world. So thank you, Rachael, not only for the pleasure of stitching something to go in your lovely neighbourhood, but also for, unwittingly, introducing me to super fast, cramp-free stitching!

Here's the full picture of Rachael's neighbourhood so far. I will send this to Barbara tomorrow.

And now for the final Neighbourhood. And what a neighbourhood. I think Barbara's must be my favourite so far. There's one lilttle hitch, though. You kind ladies only left me the lower middle block to work on, and it seems impossible to find a suitable design to fit in between your colourful, patchwork hills and meadows... Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

safe and sound but not of mind

We made it to California. It took us about 28 hours- don't ask- you really don't want to know. Now I need to send Veronica's RR to Dianne , but I forgot the adress. Once again , don't ask, and I don't have access to my home computer. So if someone would be so kind as to send me Dianne's address, I will take care of that asap.To my regular email address- any of them- would be fine. Thanks so much. I belive Dianne is away for a couple of days.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Annemarie's RR is Here!

Hi Ladies,
Annemarie's RR is safe and sound in New Hampshire! Thanks Su! I have known all along what I want to stitch on it, so that is half the battle - LOL!

This is my third attempt to post this message, silly Blogger!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I am alive

Sorry , My internet died. Not the internet into the house . The kids still have internet- just poor me doesn't have internet. I am writting from the library, from their very slow computers with German keyboards. I shouldn't complain though, at least they work. If mine doesn├Ąt get fixed soon , I will get the kids to set me up something on one of their computers. Then I can get on a couple times a day.

Dianne- May I mail Veronica's RR to you on the 23rd? We are flying on the 22nd and then I can put it into the mail from California the next day. This would be a big help for me if it is okay. If I ever get my internet back , I will post a picture. I will take one in any case. I am not finished , but getting there.

Somewhere I also lost a week. I thought we were flying in two and a half weeks and that I could take to dog to my girlfriend in a week and a half and that I had tons of time to get my hair done etc.. Yesterday I realised that the 22nd is only a week and a half away. I know have appointments for all important stuff and just have to slog my way through. If I can bring the Americans anything from this end please let me know . I still neeed to hit the shops at least once.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Barbara's RR is ready to fly to Annemarie

Earlier today, I finished my block on Barbara's RR. I decided, after quite a bit of contemplation, to stitch the right hand side of Hopeful by Carriage House Samplings for her. I know CHS is Barbara's favorite designer, and the design made me think of a New England farmhouse... also quite a dear concept to Barbara... it was such fun to stitch!
And... isn't this nice?? This is Barbara's RR as it looks now. It is all packed up and I am giving it to Mike to post to Annemarie in the morning. In a few short days, it's world journey will end as it returns to The Netherlands again :-)
Thanks, Barbara, for this wonderful opportunity to stitch for you!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Watch this space....

... Barbara's RR will be appearing here shortly :-)

Hugs,
Carol