A sampling of my designs as well as personal stitching, and life in general.

Friday, September 13, 2013

A bit late again.

On 9-11 Hubby and I went to do some errands - a haircut for him, a stop at the grocery (small), etc.  I don't think either of us wanted to look at the news that day.
I grabbed just a few groceries and handed the clerk a $20.  My change - $9.11.
I think that I should have bought a lottery ticket. 

I  have also finished "Be Ye Thankful" last week-end but haven't taken a photo.  So it went to the EGA garage sale on Monday (earlier this week).   It took myself and my crew of volunteers around 2 hours to get everything set up and we didn't even price anything but one small table.  THe really expensive books, a lap stand, a light and couple of other odd items were on the table that was a minimum price of $10.  All the other tables were freewill giving.  Over the years we have found that people give more and it is a lot easier to set up the sale as well.   This year, we had outside donations as well as some members really deep cleaning thier stashes.   I think we set up 10 large tables.  Members bought well but still we had leftovers.  Over the years we have found various places for our leftover items instead of Goodwill.  It seems that most of the Goodwill places we have been to, simply toss the items.  NOT Good!   THis year, leftover yarns went to the church pre-school where we meet,  Fabric went to the same church's quilting group that makes quilts for the homeless,  more items went to another church pre-school that one of the member's belongs to,  canvas items have gone to the local ANG chapter, books went to half-price booksfore re-sale then the remaining when to two of our newer outlets - the local Salvation Army which runs a shop and will accept craft items and a place called Indy Upcycle - they recycle/resell craft items.   What a great place!  The last of the items went there.

Enough for today.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Late but interesting

THis past sunday was Grandparents day.  Here is a short article that Nordic Needle published.

Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 8
The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Here are two organizations devoted to Grandparent and their bond with their grandchildren.
The National Grandparents Day Council is a non-profit corporation, established by descendants of Marian H. McQuade, Founder of National Grandparents Day. The purpose of the Council is to "enlarge and enhance the celebration of National Grandparents Day by cultivating intergenerational activities throughout the year. Our goals are to honor grandparents and to strengthen the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Additionally, we strive to draw compassionate attention to the eldest of society's elderly--those in nursing homes."
The second organization is the Grandparents Rights Organization (GRO). The GRO "is a national volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1984 by founder and executive director, attorney Richard S. Victor. It has been qualified as tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3). Its purpose is to educate and support grandparents and grandchildren and to advocate their desire to continue a relationship that may be threatened with loss of contact or amputation, usually following: family acrimony; a child being born out of wedlock; the death of one of the child’s parents or the divorce of the grandchild’s parents." Unfortunately, I have several friends who have had to seek legal action in order to get visitation with their grandchildren.

Hurray for Grandparents everywhere!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Time for another stitching update.  The photos were actually taken on Sunday, one week after I started the latest project.

You can see that I have made a lot of progress.   For some reason I just kept stitching and stitching - the rest of my rotation basically forgotten.

Here is a photo of one of the other pieces in my rotation.   It's a bit too big to go out of the house so my stitching groups haven't seen it yet.   It's called Mediterranean Tile by Ro Pace.  I'm not thrilled with the shade of green but I admit that it works and it is growing on me.

I admit that I'm almost done with the top piece (Thankful) and have starting going thru my stash for the next piece to put into my rotation.  BTW, my rotation only consists of commercial pieces that I enadore/love/enjoy or plan to give away.   My own designs have top priority.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Congrats to my friend, Linda Reinmiller.   She made the front and back page of  NeedleArts, the EGA Magazine.  As of this writing the current issue is not up on the website but keep checking.  The photos are worth it if you don'yt belong to EGA.   There is a great article and she is the Designer Across America.
The front page is one of my favorite designs of hers.  The year she taught the piece shown on the back page, at EGA was also when I was teaching in the room next door (Puzzle Pieces) and we roomed together. 

Be sure to check out her website .

Congrats Linda!