My First Columbus Day Weekend

Believe it or not I haven’t had a Columbus Day off from work since I was 16 years old and  got my first job.

For the past 15 years I worked for a company that had very few paid holidays. That changed when I was let go from my last position and found my current one. At FGX International they like their holidays. I will even have Good Friday off. I am blown away by the holiday and paid time off package I still can’t believe it when I think about what I put up with for 15 years.

I made sure that I spent my first Columbus Day weekend thoroughly enjoying myself. First up was a much needed haircut. Well, more like a much needed trim. My hair is pretty damaged from a flat iron I had gotten for free as a sample from my last job. I thought it worked great – my hair was straight – until it started breaking apart in my hands. I lost chunks of hair from different areas around my head and they are finally starting to fill back in, to my great relief. Kudos to my amazing hair stylist Magan who made me look normal this whole time through her crafty cutting.

After my cut I went to pick up my sister to spend the day. We ended up at On the Border for some Mexican and at Jo Ann Fabrics for some new fabric. I love to make bags and picked up some cool fabric to make my niece a craft bag for Christmas. My sister got some awesome, wild greens and blues to make an Irish Chain quilt.

We then headed to see Ben Affleck (yum) in his new movie Gone Girl but the 2:30 showing was sold out. No big deal, right? Just go to the next show, right? But that would have put it well past 6pm when the movie let out and I needed to be home by 6 to give Sparrow her insulin shot.

Responsibility.

Luckily, my sister understood and I offered an alternate idea – we could get our nails done. The girly idea sat just fine with my sister so we headed to a local nail salon. I was very impressed with the price, the cleanliness, the workmanship and the polite service. I brought my own polish – OPI’s Muir, Muir On the Wall – a brown-plum color perfect for fall. I also got acrylic nails because my fingernails were bitten to shit and it wasn’t worth paying for a manicure on them.

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Sunday I was inspired to start Nora Corbett’s The Letter M for a gift for my Grandmother for Christmas. I did not have all of the Crescent Colors and beads for the design (and I wasn’t that crazy about the colors for my Gramma) so I changed the colors. I used some minty Crescent Color greens for the dress and the 552/553/554 DMC purple colorway for the letter M – perfect Gramma colors. I had matching beads and the same colors and Kreinik for the wings.

Here is the original design:

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And here is the start of my conversion on Silver Mist fabric by Silkweaver:

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I roasted a beef roast in the oven which made an amazing gravy (after the addition of butter and flour), mashed potatoes and green beans. A perfectly homey fall meal.

Today was a supremely lazy day. I designed a chart for Sparrow’s insulin shots, feedings and glucose readings. She has adapted to her new litter box quite well (thankfully). It is the Tidy Cats Breeze system where the urine doesn’t clump in the litter but free flows down into a separate pan.

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I cross stitched, caught up on some tv shows and watched the Boston Bruins hockey game on tv. I’m a huge hockey fan for those who aren’t in the know. It’s been over 20 years and I still love it.

So ends the tale of my very first working Columbus Day holiday. Tomorrow starts a four day week at work and is capped off by the FGX International night at the Providence Bruins the minor league affiliate of the Boston Bruins. It ought to be a good week.

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Cross Stitch Updates – The Finishes

Although I have not been as prolific as I was in 2011 I still managed to cross stitch while I was sick the past three years. Here are some of the finishes – or at least the ones I remembered to take a photo of.

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Brittercup Designs Just Cross Stitch Christmas

 

 

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Brooke’s Books Bride Heirloom Ornament Collection

 

 

 

 

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Stitchy Kitty Meowy HalloweenSummer 2014 055

The Yule Wheel – Designed by me!Summer 2014 053 Summer 2014 052

 

Keep Calm and Bergeron in honor of Boston Bruin Patrice Bergeron. Combination of a freebie and my design.Summer 2014 049 Summer 2014 048 Summer 2014 046Little House Needleworks Embroidery Guild

 

The Bruins Bear

I will be stopping here with the Bruins Bear tonight.

He is such a dark bear because the Boston mascot is a dark, dark brown. I think some petite black beads for eyes and nose will help with the definition.

I put him in a road white jersey so the poor thing didn’t disappear in a blob of black.

FYI Bruins gold is DMC 742. Exactly. Trust me I matched it to my jersey!

I used GAST Picnic Basket for the main bear color which I think goes perfectly!

I still have to finish his shorts, socks, skates, stick, puck and emblem! On the back of the ornie I plan on stitching CHIEF 36 since this is a Father’s Day gift and that nickname and number mean a lot to my Dad.

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This is going to be such a scattered list of random asides there was really no other title for it!

I hate weeknight West Coast swings for my East Coast hockey team. I can never stay awake for them and feel personally responsible when their play sucks since I was not there to cheer them on.

I am so excited to give my oldest niece her birthday present tomorrow. I’ve had it picked out for so long and am busting at the seams to see her with it. I also can’t believe that tomorrow she is 22 years old and a most beautiful woman. 

Snow is beautiful when I don’t have to drive in it with reckless drivers.

I cannot believe how thrilling the two Hockey East college games were. I had given my dad tickets to see Providence, Harvard, Boston College and Boston University. The compete levels of this guys were phenomenal and much better than what I have been seeing at the AHL level lately.

It is seriously making me rethink the season ticket package I have for the Providence Bruins!

February has even more packed into it than January! Not sure how that is even possible!

The Rhode Island Stitchers have a meetup on the 5th. Yay! I really hope some of the nice people that have stopped by the past couple of events come back!

The Stitcher’s Hideaway Alumni Retreat is at the end of the month. I have been saving my pennies so I can go stash shopping in my slippers!

In between is the Red Wings game in Boston. Seats are fantastic (thanks Dad) one section over from center, within 10 rows of ice level and in the Bruins defensive zone (our favorite zone to sit in).

This game brings me one team closer to my goal of seeing all Original Six teams play. NY Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens have already been seen and the Toronto Maple Leafs are slotted for the end of March!

In other happy news I have booked a room for the Spring Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH and booked my company’s condo for a Stitch N’ Bitch weekend!

New stash came in the mail today! What a pick me up that was! I bought a pattern to make for a family member, some linen, the GAST hand dyeds for Blue Ribbon Designs Afraid of the Dark sampler AND I couldn’t resist LHN Needlework Guild and the Crescent Colors to go with it!

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2010 Stitching Finishes

My meager finishes for 2010 are …..

 

Hope Mandala on 28ct Lavender Sparkle Cashel finished as a flat fold August 2010

Ice Queen by Raise the Roof with threads from my stash and Kreinik gold Ombre and blue/gold #4 braid stitched on 28ct Karma Sparkle Lugana by Silkweaver December 2010

Boston Bruins ornament designed by me for my Dad to celebrate the pro hockey games we have gone to together.  28ct opalescent white Lugana with DMC and Mill Hill No.8 beads.

December 2010

Run, Run Rudolph by Raise the Roof on 32ct. cream linen using Weeks Dye Works threads, Kreinik #4 braid, Mill Hill beads and Jingle Bells 🙂

Writing and holly leaf on the back were free handed. November 2010.

Renne de Noel ornie on 32ct. Mystic Glow opalescent linen by Silkweaver. October 2010.

Winter Blues by Stitchy Kitty – modified design using DMC threads and Mill Hill Beads on 14ct. pinkinsh/lavendar Aida. December 2010.

Custom designed back for my Rhode Island Stitchers group exchange.

There is another Sue Hillis Peace ornie but I have yet to take a pic of the finished design! lol