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:

The letter m

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.

A simple cross stitch giveaway

I have some unused charts and magazines lying around that I’d like to find a new home for. There are so many that I’ll divide them into two lots and select two winners. U.S. residents only as I’m trying to save on the freight. Enter a comment and be sure to leave your email address in the form so I can get in touch with you.
Magazines include Just Cross Stutch, The Cross Stitcher, Britains No. 1 Cross Stitcher, The Gold Collection, Crazy about Cross Stitch and so on. Good luck and have fun. I’ll draw and announce a winner next Wednesday 7pm.

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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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

 

October Stitching – The Finishes!

I had a pretty awesome October as far as Halloween-themed stitching goes!  First, the finishes:

Blessed by by Enchanting Lair on 16 ct.  Silkweaver Green Apple opalescent Aida using custom colors and more blending filament than the law should allow!

 

Witchy-Washy by Raise the Roof Designs om 28 ct. white opalescent Lugana using  Crescent Colours Caribbean Waters for the bloomers and Sunflower for the stars and moons, ThreadWorx purple, black Treasure Braid for the boots and recommended DMC’s for everything else.

Something Wicked by La D Da on 32 ct. French white Belfast using recommended DMC’s

Blessed Be by Plum Pudding Needleart on 32 ct. Silkweaver Castle View Belfast using Crescent Colours and Dinky Dyes silks

I had two other finishes this month but with Christmas close by I can’t share them. ;)

Halloween Cross Stitch Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Raven for winning the Halloween Giveaway!! 

Here is what you won!

Blessed Be by Enchanting Lair

Witchy-Washy by Raise the Roof Designs

Fiona the Fay by Brooke’s Books Publishing

Disney’s Tinkerbell by Janlynn

18″x15″ Gold sparkle 14ct Aida

18″x12″ Silkweaver Purple Punch 36ct linen

Three cuts of ornament backing fabric – brown pumpkins, purple roses and sparkly witch hats and boots

Carrie’s Creations Hand dyed Floss in Caramel Apples, Harvest Brew and Wildfire and some fun Halloween DMC’s

A green swirly fabric Q-snap grime cover – fits 8″ -11″ frames

Purple skull and cross bones socks

Witchy hat headband with hair

+1.50 magnification cat eye rhinestone glasses

Mill Hill Potpourri Glass seed beads

Happy Halloween everyone! Thanks for entering!!