Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sept 5 - Surprises, Stash, Saturday & a SAL

Once again I have had a month go by without blogging. The scary part is that I don't have a clue where that time went! So a bit of catching up seems to be in order.

Saturday was the start of a lovely long weekend, with really no special plans. We spent most of it at the annual "Art in the Pearl" exhibit in Portland. There were many wonderful artists and pieces to see, but most (if not all) were way out of our price range. Sometimes I wonder how these artists make a living...their work is beautiful, and I understand the time that goes into everything, but how many people can afford it? I guess more than I think, because they come back year after year and the galleries are always full. There was also music, and we spent a lot of time enjoying some cajun/zydeco tunes. And the weather was gorgeous, so it was a great day!

Last week, I had two surprises, one good and one, no so good. The good one was a RAK at the coffee shop...the gentleman in front of me paid for my morning chai What a lovely surprise! I have heard of this happening to others, but it never had to me. There was no-one behind me, so I will have to pay that one forward another day. The not-so-good surprise? There was a roof leak in the building where we are storing most of our library books. Luckily, there was a custodian in the building at the time and he heard something and went to investigate. What he heard was the roof giving way. They are doing construction to replace the existing roof and I guess the roofers didn't anticipate the rain (in the Pacific Northwest...are you kidding me?) Anyway, had it not been for him, the damage would have been much worse. He was able to gather the troops and get some things moved. We've been over twice and will be going back again this week to keep going through everything and really surveying the damage.

I have been trying to be good about not buying too much new stash, but when I saw this on sale I just had to have it. This collection by The Goode Huswife contains the "Ellen Birdseye" design that I have been wanting forever!

And then, yesterday at JoAnne's I found the new Gingher scissors - "Ella". They look a bit more mod and I really like them. Here is a closer look.

Unfortunately,(or fortunately, depending on how you look at it!), I also did some damage at the Labor Day online sales last night as well! I'll post everything I bought when it arrives, because to be honest, I don't even remember what all I ordered! Once I got going, it was hard to stop!

Finally, last weekend we had an Autumn/Halloween SAL with the Stitchers Timeout group. Asher was here last weekend, so I knew I wouldn't get much done. But after he left I started filling in the acorn. I didn't have the called for Silk n Colors, but I did have another Autumn shade so I started with that. But about five rows in I decided there was really too much purple in it, so I took it all out. The I found a cotton thread that I received in an exchange and I thought it would be perfect...again Autumn shades. I used two threads, but after looking at it this morning I decided it was too bulky and the colors looked way more vibrant that I wanted them to. So out it all came again (but this timer I was about 12 rows in). So now I am trying it with this same thread, but only one strand, and I like it much better. I think. For now. We'll see. Anyway, this is where I was before the acorn frogging the first time. It is "Acorn Autumn" by Cross-Eyed Cricket designs.

Back to stitching! I hope everyone is enjoying a fabulous weekend.
Thanks for visiting!


  1. The scissors are nice. I like the design. Glad some of your books survived

  2. Thank goodness your custodian was there and went to investigate! I hope you didn't lose too many books.

    The scissors are really modern looking and I like them too! I need to work on improving my scissors collection.

    Enjoy your Labor Day!

  3. Those scissors are really nice. I have a pair of ginghers and I absolutely love them.

    I hope there wasn't too much damage from the leak.

    Love the piece you're stitching.

  4. Hi Linda!

    Just popping in to say hi and thanks for reading my southern sewing circle mystery series (I saw it in your Olympic Reading challenge margin)!!!

  5. Glad you were able to get your chart! Love those scissors! Nice work on your WIP.

  6. Eeeeek! Books and water ~ that is way too scary! Thank goodness someone was there!

    Lovely new start on a gorgeous fabric!

  7. Wonderful that you got your drink paid for - how nice. Love your acorn abc. Fab stash too. xx

  8. Oh Lynda, you put your hand on the Goode Huswife collection of charts that I have on my wishlist, too. Great purchase indeed. Enjoy!

  9. Glad the custodian was there to find the leak! Love those scissors...saw them at Joann's myself and was VERY tempted. But I passed. Hope you enjoy them!

  10. Oh no! That is horrible! I mean the library. I sure hope you will get all done! I mean protect the books and the big move, whenever it comes. Nice stitching, even you have battled with colors.


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