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Saturday, August 20, 2011


So, yesterday I drove up to northern KY to spend an evening stitching with the stitch group. We all come from about a 1.5 hr (it was more like 2.5 hrs yesterday, due to traffic) radius around the meeting point and stitch, catch up and have a grand time.
On the way, I decided to stop by the only Crabtree & Evelyn store in Kentucky. I love their hand-lotions, but the reason for the detour was their lip-butters. It is out of this world - stays on for forever, smells and tasted wonderful, looks great (slight red tint), and works wonders for the lips. What is not to love!? Believe you me - I was so disappointed when I got to the store and was told that they have stopped carrying the lip-gloss. Isn't that always how it is? Every time I find a product that I absolutely adore, it is taken out of production. Wonder why - guess that my preference is opposite of everybody else... LOL I will have to shop on-line, I guess.
(The one in the front is the type I love; the "lip swirl" - they have, or used to have, Mulberry, Chocolate Cream and Peppermint.)

Our hostess, who is a sweetie by the way, just found out a couple of months ago that four of us in the group have stitching blogs. We started chatting about the post where I wrote 7 things about myself and we talked about living in Panama and so on. I have no idea how it came up, but we started talking about peopleofwalmart.com and all the sudden, our newly hooked blog-reader blurts out that "Oh, I thought that the "Bad Ass" photo was showing you". Everyone at the table pretty much fell over laughing.
We were trying to rack our brains, trying to figure out what I had written that could have lead her to jump to that conclusion, but with no success.
So with further ado, I am declaring here that rumors about my bad ass are greatly exaggerated. Dear readers, I assure you, I can not take credit for this bottom:
You would probably be a bit taken aback by all the stuff I haul with me to the stitch-meets. This is the pile of assorted projects riding along:
This weeks stitching has been been pretty neglected and really not much to show....
The Hare Pyns class piece progress (once again, I realized that I spent double the time stitching over-one crosses, instead of the much quicker tent-stitches that we were instructed to use.. sigh!)
Scarlet Letter's EH sampler - I am finally starting on the big green "branch" border, which is what made me fall in love with this reproduction sampler in the first place. I am having fun stitching it, but it is a lot slower that I anticipated.
And finally, this is the progress on a brand new design that I bought to stitch for my Littlest Sis. Can't show you what it will be, because she is a follower... I am hoping to get it ready for her birthday in October, but I am not sure. It is stitched on Aida which helps, but it will be pretty large, solid stitching albeit a fair amount of half crosses.

All right, moving on. Bunny is doing well. I got a lot of really great suggestions from all of you and from browsing on the net. Favorites were Emo (except that I am apparently the only one finding that a hilarious name), Jinx, Corporal Carrot (I was reading Pratchett's Men At Arms when we got him), and Jet.
I have finally decided that, being a southern rabbit, his name will be Bubba Bunny. Say that quickly three times! LOL

I got some nice stash this week too. I am a book-lover, but I do tend to separate books into two categories. One is the "reading" category and the other is the "eye candy" section. I picked up a little bit from both groups on Amazon last week.
Eye Candy:
- French-Inspired Jewelry: Creating with Vintage Beads, Buttons & Baubles
Kaari Meng
- Baltimore Elegance: A New Approach to Classic Album Quilts by Elly Sienkiewicz
- Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear by Kay Whitt
Here are a couple of pages showing a bit of the style of each book:
I got these books for reading:
I just read The Hidden Language of Business by Margaret Morford last week and I thought that it was great. A lot of us technical people are not necessarily great at networking and the politics in the office and this book is a great tool to help you improve. This is an example - I bet that the vast majority of us have done this at one time or another:
For me it is a good reminder to see this black on white, so that I can tell myself not to do this again! An easy read, structured, AND containing a simple plan to help you learn and practice all 60 rules. I definitely recommend this book and I decided to read her first book too, to see if that is as interesting ad helpful.

This week's score, brought to you by Bubba:
Hard to find Fremme booklet, linen, floss for $22 on e-bay - say no more!

This week's message:

The birds expressed some concern earlier this week that all of you will find Bubba cuter than them, so here are some pics showing off the babies and their make-do amusement part ride (no worries, the fan was not turned on).
Checking out the new weird animal:

This week's surprise:
I forgot our wedding anniversary! Again!!! I think that I have ever only remembered one of them in the 8 years that we have been married... DH and I are the perfect match - we both forgot the first 3 anniversaries. Now I believe that he remembers more on spite - LOL. He is a sweetie! He did tell me that he would have gotten a bouquet with orange roses, but there weren't any. I think that what he gave me is absolutely perfect!

Well, I will probably have to end it here. There are so many things that I would like to share with you, but the laundry is calling for me and I have yet to jump into the shower.

Take care and Happy Stitching,


  1. Wow Jenny, loved this post. Wish I had a stitchy group to attend every once in a while but I'm afraid with all the chatting and butt-crack gawking we wouldn't get much done!

    Great name for the bunny. Fits right in here in KY.

  2. i love the post too..i so much wanted to join a stitchy group too..
    i love the sweet bunny..kisses
    love and hugs xx

  3. Härligt att läsa. Om två veckor startar ett hantverkscafe här. Ser framemot det då det ju är så kul att sy tillsammans med andra. Och så tar jag till mig regel nummer fyra till nästa lönesamtal! Det var en bra ögonöppnare.(-: (-:

  4. Wonderful post Jenny!
    I think everyone hauls a sack like that to any stitchin! All kinds of stuff, it is so hard to decide what you want to take with you.
    I love the birds on the ceiling fan and I am glad that Bubba has a name :)
    Your haul for the week looks great, wonderful books and more stitching stash.
    Your DH did a great job on the flowers! Congratulations on 8 years!!!

  5. What a fun post! I didn't realize you were one of the lucky ones to be a member of that lovely sampler guild that's doing Hare Pyns. Lucky!!! Love your Hare Pyns, and your EH Sampler is so pretty! Love your book haul too. Is that Ellie Sienkiewicz book new? She's so cool! Love seeing the bunny and birds both. And lol on the anniversary! Nice flowers!

  6. Hey BadA$$. Are you sure that isn't your thong? I am still laughing at Rita. Love the ride for the birds. Poor Bubba- getting gawked at. What a sweetie.

  7. Oh Jenny, I'm still cracking up over Rita last night too. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. I'm glad we found the better "pig trail" to the DQ too! It's always good to hang with the peeps. Time always flies by when we get together.

  8. First of all, Happy Anniversary!! :D

    Next.... ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! at the Badass incident... HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I literally cracked up laughing when I read that.

    Bubba reminds me of Forrest Gump and his friend Bubba the shrimp ermm... guy.

    And awww, how about that for some 'sibling' rivalry. Hehehe, too cute!!

  9. I just love your blog! You described your stitch-in so well, I felt like I was there sharing in the fun!! :) Your bunny and birds and stitching and stash are divine! Enjoy them all!! :)

  10. Oh my gosh!! I nearly spewed my coffee all over the computer when I read that your friend thought the bad ass butt crack photo was of you. ROFLOL!!! That is too funny.

    Your stitching is fantastic--nice progress! I envy you your stitching group--sounds like a lot of fun with some great friends.

    Happy belated anniversary!

  11. heya.. happy anniversary! i couldn't stop laughing over badass! i must admit though, at first i thought it was yours until i connected it with your Walmart comment.. your Hare Pyn looks lovely, and i specially admired the Fremme find! Bubba bunny looks sweet and the stitchy group sounds fun. :)
    by the way, thank you for the tip regarding my old linen stash.. much appreciated!

  12. Happy Anniversary! :)
    The birds checking out the bunny are just TOO funny. What a cast of characters.
    Great stashing too!!

  13. Hahaha! Galet roligt att hon trodde det var du? :)
    Grattis till bröllopsdagen!
    Nu är jag riktigt nyfiken :)
    Puss fina