Monday, July 20, 2009

A Finish and a Finish Finish

Hi y'all!

Well, it's been another busy week and then some, but here - at way too long last -is Mr. Abbott! Sorry about the pic - I don't know what my problem was, but I just couldn't seem to get a very good shot.

My little darling Leah wanted to get in on the photography action... she looooves posing for the camera. She just couldn't understand why I had the camera out but wasn't taking pictures of her. So, here she is givin' the camera (and Mr. Abbott) some love:

And here is Mr. Abbott & the Mrs... together at last!

I've got the framing supplies for the Abbott family on order from Joann's and they should be in this week.

This weekend I finally framed the piece I made for my friend Amy - I had been hesitating because I was afraid of irrevocably messing it up. But with Vonna's tutorial, it was super easy! Believe me - if I can do it, you can do it!! I do admit, though, that I had to re-pin once. It was my own fault for thinking I could just eyeball it. Lesson learned!!

It turned out pretty well, I think. I don't know what the crease looking thing in the top middle is - it must be a reflection because I promise, there is no crease in it.

So, I went to Joann's on Saturday and picked up the frame above (side note - this was a very oddly sized piece, and I was shocked to find a ready made frame w/ a mat that would fit it reasonably well), along with ordering the framing supplies for the Abbotts, and for my Sampler I finished earlier this year. I have to say... it wasn't cheap! Yikes! Probably because I did buy glass to go in the frames (so far, I'm a glass girl - that may change, though). The lady that helped me said I saved about $100 total by just getting the supplies for all 3 pieces. Oof. That's a chunk o' change. So, thank you, Vonna, for your wonderful instructions! I'll post pics when they're all done.

A quick update on my MIL before I go - she is doing a bit better. She moved to a nursing home from the hospital a few weeks ago, and is more physically mobile, and has been pretty sharp mentally as well. My hubby saw her today and said she was really loopy, but we're thinking that is just the pain meds. So, right now it's a waiting game -waiting for her to be healthy enough to have the surgery again to attempt (again) to repair the intestinal ulcer.

I've had quite a shock medically speaking this past week as well. I went to my OB/Gyn last week with a laundry list of complaints. Well, while he was doing the exam portion, he caused me considerable pain (I'm no wuss, either folks) so, given my list of symptoms (the biggest one [to me] being extreme exhaustion ALL the time - the likes of which I haven't experienced since I was pregnant with Leah - So bad I have caught myself nodding off in my office in mid afternoon, and have been afraid several times that I was going to fall asleep at the wheel on the way home - especially disturbing once I've got Leah in the car) he decided to do a sonogram right then. Turns out the exam hurt because I've got a bunch of cysts on my right ovary. So, given my other symptoms, he made a "probable" diagnosis of PCOS (poly-cystic ovary syndrome). I was shocked. He also ordered a bunch of blood work, and those results should be back tomorrow to confirm (or not) his diagnosis. I'll also be going to see a reproductive endocrinologist, and having a sleep study done. I don't have the more "visible" symptoms of PCOS, but as I read more and more, I think he might be right. I'll just have to wait and see, right? One thing I have decided as I've researched this disorder - the human body is such a miracle, isn't it? A delicate balance of hormones, and triggers... it's a miracle anyone's body works the way it "should".

So anyway, blah blah blah. It'll be interesting to see what this week holds! :)

I have so enjoyed reading you lady's posts! It is wonderfully inspiring to watch the progress of what you all are working on - it spurs me on to work on my own projects, and is so lovely to share this interest with you all! Thanks so much for your comments - they are especially special to me because I know how busy you all are, and how little time you have in your full lives. So, thank you!

Have a fantastic week!!!! ~Robin


Love to Stitch said...

Great finish on the Abbotts! Cant wait to see your framed up pieces, its amazing how much moola you can save by framing your own pieces! Leah is precious, you should include her more! We will be thinking of you in the next few for the test results to come back in the positive. Keep us posted. Hope you have a great week!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I love the Abbot's, Robin! They are SO going on my list! Very sweet pic of Leah - she's a doll!

Sending up a prayer for good medical results and am happy to hear your MIL is doing better.

Keep us posted!

Vonna said...

I was never interested in the Abbott's until I started watching you stitch I think...I must at least add them to my wish list :)

Your frame job looks perfect! Isn't it really easy? NO magic and lots of money saved...but measuring...there's the sticker, huh? I cannot tell you HOW MANY pieces I've redone because I was too hasty!

The Scarlett House said...

Nice job on everything, Robin. Glad to hear that you are learning to do your own framing. It gets easier each time, and the savings are the best part.
Hope you start feeling back to normal soon. Take care.

Deb said...

I love, love your Abbotts! They look wonderful (and your daughter looks like such a sweetie). YGG on your framing job! It looks perfect. Vonna's instructions are wonderful IMHO - very easy to follow and you did good if you only had to repin once - I think I had you beat and had to do it three times! It sure helps with the money side of framing though!!

And sending prayers for a good results from your tests. I've had cysts too and had to have them removed - a couple times. You're right about the delicate balance of our bodies. Keep us posted.

Margie said...

I sure do love the Abbotts!

Siobhan said...

Your Abbotts are soooo cute! Love the framing job, too. YGG on doing it yourself! I love the pic with Leah in it--she is such a cutie.

Best of luck with the health stuff. Isn't it amazing just how the human body works? I went in a couple weeks ago for a routine check of my under active thyroid and nearly ended up with a blood transfusion because turns out I have severe iron deficiency anemia. I have to see a specialist when I get back because it's related to, erm, female stuff. :P I was falling asleep constantly too!

I'm sorry I didn't let you know before I went to In Stitches the last time... we arrived in Virginia to find out that my brother's Internet was down. Next time, though, I will definitely let you know. I'd love to meet up!