Sunday, July 11, 2010

Briing Back, Briing Back, Bring Back my Mojo to me, to me...

Hi, everyone! How's it going?

Thanks so much for your kind comments on my last post. I can't tell you how much I enjoy getting and reading each and every one of them! I've been pretty remiss in my blogging responsibilities the last few weeks (sorry!), but finally caught up on commenting this afternoon.

And, while I was catching up, I found two great giveaways - head over to Deb's (her name is the link) if you haven't already - she's a great lady with a great blog! And when you're done there, head over to Jan's wonderful blog (again, her name is the link) for a chance to win some more goodies!

I can't quite believe it's been a bit over a month since I last posted - it doesn't seem like it's possible that that much time has gone by, but it has. Nothing bad has been going on, just busy... two kinds of busy, in fact. The kind of busy where you go to bed at night thinking "wow, today was a really busy day, but honestly... I have no idea why or what I did!" and the kind of busy where you're getting lots done, and are wishing there were more hours in the day!

Not much time has been spent on stitching... okay, really, almost zero time. I don't think I've picked up my needle in about 3 weeks! Even when I have had the time, I have been completely unmotivated to even look at it.

So, instead of new progress and new projects, I'm going to show you what I got done while Leah was gone last time, and what was done shortly after she got back.

First up, my second completed Olde Worlde Santa ornament:

I did start a third, but decided no one really wants to see a small green blob of stitching... not a very interesting progress pic. I'm hoping to get all of this series stitched and finish finished by Christmas - that's a lofty goal for me!

Next up is the quilt top I was talking about finishing. It is complete! I finished it while Leah was with grandma last time. First pic is the only star that came out with the points even remotely correct:

And, here's the whole thing:

I love the colors, and the contrast. I wish there had been more red and blues and less browns in this layer cake, but overall, I'm really happy with it. Now I just need to get some backing fabric, baste it, and quilt it. I should be able to get that done some time this decade, don't you think? I'd better, b/c I'm itching to rip into some more of the jelly rolls and layer cakes I've got, and (esp. with the quilts), I'm a one project at a time kind of girl.

Next up is my progress (sadly, not much to show...) on The Blessing. Here's where I was last time I posted:

And here's where I am now:

Last week and weekend was one of those running around like a chicken with my head cut off kind of times. My mom (aided and abetted by Leah) conned talked me into letting Leah come back for a bit longer visit before the end of the summer, so the week prior to the 4th of July weekend was spent frantically getting her ready for a 3 week visit (3 weeks!! WTH was I thinking??). Saturday, I drove her to MI, Sunday I drove home (9 hours each way), and when I got home started the real "work" of my annual home decor project. I decided to redo our master bedroom, and so, everything had to be cleared out so I could get to the walls to paint them. Monday I painted, Tuesday I finished painting, and the rest of the evenings this week were spent recuperating from all the chaos. Friday night the DH & I put everything back in the room, and set up the new furniture, then yesterday we went out to get things to "complete" the room. And, now it's as complete as it's going to be. I'll save pics til my next post (next weekend, I swear!) because I'm just now pausing to catch my breath.

Anywho, now that my "while Leah is gone" projects are pretty much complete, I'm really really hoping to be able to get a severe case of stitch a$$ for the remaining evenings and weekend I'm without my baby - and when I say severe, I'm talking so severe it necessitates a visit from some hot helpful firefighters to get me unstuck from my chair.

Speaking of "hot" and "firefighters"... I don't know about the rest of you, but it has been seriously HOT in my neck of the woods (Mid Atlantic) lately. So hot, people's dead deck plants have spontaneously combusted. I'm sooo not kidding. Here's a link to an article about one such fire in my town. We actually tied a city in SoCal for the hottest city in the country one day last week. It was 106. Plus humidity (fortunately, not too high). Ugh! I don't really mind the heat usually, but good grief!! Even for me, that's a bit extreme!

Well, have a great week everyone! I'm going to sign off and see if I can get the DH to make me something alcoholic, yummy... and frozen.

Stay cool!!


Glenna said...

Hi! I'm loving the Blessing! Is that guy doing sit-ups? And what's with the cat? Hee! I love how cool and quirky it is. And I adore the quilt as well. I'm with you on detesting this summer heat..... Please show us pictures of your room project!

The French Bear said...

Robin, you are so funny!!! I love the quilt, and your stitching, both look great!!! I get my granddaughter for a week and so I am anxious to teach her some embroidery!! Grammas need to be useful and have their time to spoil, I mean, treat their grandchildren to special things!!!!
Have a bit of rest in all that work you are doing!
Margaret B

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, that quilt is so yummy! You can send it to me if you decide you don't want to keep it! I love those old world Santas, too. I'll bet you can get them all stitched up in time. :)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Gorgeous Santa, Robin!!! Is that stitched over one? It looks fabulous!

Your quilt is really pretty also and I don't know what you're talking about - all those stars look perfect to me.

I wish I could send the boys away for 3 weeks! I knowy you're going to miss your sweet Leah!

It has been terribly HOT! My folks were talking about the high (over 100+) temps and humidity. Hadn't heard about the spontaneus plants cumbusting though.

Melissa said...

I so laughed at the title of this post. I have been feeling that way for weeks. Fortunately I got back into stitching this weekend so feel like I'm almost getting back into it.

But you've been busy with the home projects, and the quilt looks great, and you have stitching to show off! You're doing ok, young lady! ;-)

Berit said...

Wow, does everything look great! My favorites are the olde Santa and the New Cat in that WiP.

Stay cool! ;)

Sherry said...

So good to see you around blogland, Robin...I used to love when Jordan would visit my in-laws, but missed him something fierce after a day or two. Enjoy your "chair butt stuck" time and hope it is productive. I love your quilt - pretty. I wish I could stick with one at a time when it comes to quilting, but never with my stitching! Stay cool!