Saturday, August 1, 2009

Finish Finishes!!

Hi y'all! How's it hangin'? Things are going pretty well and pretty much business as usual here. One bit of good news - I do NOT have PCOS. :) Nor is my prolactinoma acting up, nor am I going into early menopause. Phew!! I was very happy about all that. On the other hand my doctor's "official" diagnosis was not exactly helpful... what was it you ask? TTDTM. This is a syndrome you ladies are all familiar with - Trying To Do Too Much. So, yeah. Not terribly helpful, there. So, I'll be trying to eat healthier, and get more (read: some) exercise and see if that helps. Thanks so much for all of your wonderful comments! It was a wonderful blessing to have people I've never even met IRL share my burden and give me words of encouragement. You ladies are awesome!

My mother in law celebrated her 73rd birthday on Wednesday. It was especially sweet because that was a day we really did not think she would see this side of Heaven. She gets better bit by bit day by day... a slow but steady pace. Leah and I went to see her today, and although she was very out of it and confused, she was better than the last time I saw her.

So! Since I last posted, I've framed 3 more pieces. As Tanya said in her comment on my last post - it got easier every time. Now I just need to finish another stitchy project quickly so my skillz don't decide to rusticate and leave me high and dry! So, without further ado, here they are in all their glory... Mr. & Mrs. Abbott together is first in the line up (please ignore the somewhat clashing green wall... I'm dying to repaint our living room, but every time I mention it my husband has a mild coronary... I'm taking that as a "no" :)... for now):

Then comes the little Missus:

Then, the master of the Abbott household:

Then a close up shot of the frame. It's mostly a very dark dark brown with that lovely gold inner trim, but it also has some "worn" spots that reveal this awesome reddish tone that really brings out the reds in the stitching. I love these frames!

Last but not least in my framing report is the Border Study (designer: Heron House Designs) I finished stitching in early February of this year. It was supposed to be done in red, but I chose a really deep midnight blue from DMC instead. This was my first piece done on linen, and after I got the hang of it, I realized that there would be no going back to stitching on Aida (Wheels Announcement notwithstanding, of course). This piece now graces the wall in my office at work. I really love this frame, too. It's a sort of powdery black with some really nice scallopy type stuff (yes, that is the technical phraseology) - no close up on this one, but if you click on the pic you should be able to see it pretty well.

And, at long last, I shall leave you with a pic of Roscoe doing his very best impression of Godzilla in Leah's dollhouse. I have been dying to get a pic of him in here (he does this whenever Leah & I are in her room playing) for ages now, but until today every time I'd jump up to race for the camera, he would always likewise jump up and follow me to see what I was doing. Little stinker. Anyway, here he is in all his little cuteness' glory:

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend, get lots of stitchy (or just relaxation) time!!! I've been real lax in commenting (I have a Facebook addicted husband, so by the time I'm done getting the child in bed, and finishing up any household tasks I've set for myself he's usually logged in and not to be budged), but I am about to correct that gross oversight as soon as this post is cleaned up and posted.

Peace out!



Love to Stitch said...

Wow, you have been busy. Wonderful your MIL had her 73rd Bday, you never know! Your Mr Mrs Abbott look FABULOUS!! Outstanding job on the wide matte and great frame. They are amazing. Your first piece on linen?! It looks outstanding!! Love the color choice too. You have a great eye for framing your pieces. Have you hung them up yet?! What is next?

Deb said...

I just love how Mr. and Mrs. Abbott came out and the framing is beyond fabulous. They just look incredible IRL. You must be so pleased as to how they look. I love them so much with the way you have them framed that I may just have to stitch these myself. Wonderful!!

I got a chuckle about painting and your DH. I think yours and mine must know each other because he's had painting projects waiting for him for four years (i.e., moldings around doors done and not the walls).

Siobhan said...

Woohoo!! I love the framing! I am so impressed. The family Abbott looks incredible. Love the Border Study, too! I am so impressed--I keep saying that, but I am. Great job!

Happy birthday to your MIL. I am so glad that her health is improving.

Interesting diagnosis!! I am glad that it's nothing serious but sometimes it's easier to take a few pills and have them work their magic. Exercise: eek. Make sure you listen and do try to take things easy!

Love the pic of Roscoe in the doll house! That's hysterical. :)

The Scarlett House said...

Hey Robin, wonderful framing job! Good for you. Yes, you need to keep your new skill sharp.
Glad to hear that your MIL is doing better.

Ern said...

You have such a fab blog page and stitchy stuff!