I rushed home, woke up DH and we brought down every single pet (17) and every single cage (8). DH set up the TV-system so that we could follow what was hitting outside and we brought down food, water, and strapped down all the out-door furniture.
Some of us (me!) did also bring down all the laundry (our washer and dryer are down here) - you gotta think ahead, right? Others (still me) brought down about 10 WIPs to stitch on... Yep, I do take the Apocalypse seriously... I won't be bored, that's for sure! The predictions were dire; golf-ball sized hail, 80 mph winds, and the perfect parameters to match the storm of 1974 (not even kiddin', this is what was announced on each and every TV/radio station). Two hours later, the sun came out and we could relax. Thank goodness! I hear that everyone was not so lucky and I really feel for them.
Other than that, the week was as usual. Work has been fun, even though I am still in a state of exhaustion when I get home. I really need to look over my sleeping habits - they are poor!!! Part of the problem is that I am back to really enjoying stitching. I am currently suffering from the "just one stitch more" syndrome... It has been a pretty productive week, but I keep straying of the WIPocalypse path...
Here is a little cutie that I just stitched up for myself. I stitched another one for L-Bug a while back, but never got around to stitching up the second kit. I love all of the designs from Les Brodeuses Parisiennes - they have the cutest designs, color combinations and finished pieces to stitch on! I am already using this baby - it is much roomier than it looks!
To decrease my level(s) of guilt, a portion of time was spent on the pre-stitching for the Blue Ribbon Box. Class is next Saturday, so there is not a whole lot of room for procrastination. I must admit that all the pieces stitched up surprisingly fast. Part of the speed was thanks to the fact that most of the stitching over one is made with tent stitches. I can not wait to get the beautiful box in my hands!
I was toying with the idea of "cheating" and start finishing up what can be done before class, but I decided to "be reasonable" and stick to the pile of WIPs on hand. I started assembling the Clamshell Etui smalls instead. It would be fun to have that one slapped up and ready to come with me next Friday. Well, I'll see... no promises. :-) I started with the easiest pieces, but I am not thrilled with the fiberfill I used. It feels so "fake", if that makes sense? I wish that I could find some of that lizzard sand that everyone keeps talking about. 5 pet-stores later and still not a lick of crushed walnut shells in sight. Anyway, two more (much trickier) pieces to go before I can sit back and enjoy the finished project. (For those of you who don't know, Sherri loves gussets... interesting pic on the Wikipedia link btw, I admit to doing a double-take on that. LOL)
Then some well needed time was spent with the unfinished sampler clamp from Heart's Content. Part of why I never got around to finish this pretty little thing was because I didn't like the construction and the border patterns was blah. Inspired by the Blue Ribbon Box pieces, I decided to do a drawn thread border with a woven ribbon - I love it! I ignored the finishing instructions and did my own thing, or I would still sit here, with a confused and unfocused stare on the directions.
Here is the finished cushion part, with small blue glass-headed pins:
What more could I accidentally start on that is not on any of my 2012 Stitch Lists? Well, the first Prim Sisters kit arrived with the mail earlier this week. I love it! Needless to say, this one could not wait for next year to come around. The stitching took a quick three evenings with a very comfortable over-two stitch on 30ct linen and it is adorable!
The lining cottons are sooo pretty, but they are cut to a very frugal size, so I will have to come up with some clever way to adjust for my elongated finish (I decided to add my initials, so it is now taller than it should be). I added the year too and I like the "curvy shape" of the stitched part - I will try to use that to my advantage when I get around to finish it up (in 2013...?). I love the prim style - I stitched in a blatant error, but does it matter? No, it's prim - it's not supposed to be perfect!!! (I am sticking to that excuse, so there! :-))
What else can I report? Well, I have been running amok on Etsy lately. I am in a MOP button phase, thanks to Giulia's Shabby Chic pendant (don't get me started on the fiasco with those non-existing kits, though...). After some dangerous browsing, these beauties came home to live with me. I adore the flower branch in the center. The large button to the right used to have something glued to its top in an earlier life, but I like it just the way it is. We are taking Sherri's Button Brag Book class next Sunday and I have a feeling that my book will be dedicated 100% to MOP buttons - I have been collecting them for years. There is something about MOP - not only the soft sheen and the elegant color variations, but also that it is cool to the touch and tough and brittle at the same time. So pretty!
Speaking of Etsy, I found another cool shop: BeadLady. She is selling tons of pretty pewter beads. Here are just a few examples of parrots, bunnies and berries, but she has plenty of other neat stuff like mermaids and ocean themed beads. I was good and didn't buy any of them. Yet.
Last weekend was fun - we celebrated Laskiainen in the Scandinavian Heritage Society. I baked Semla, which Swedes in accordance with tradition only eat once a year, on Fat Tuesday (except that the bakeries start selling them weeks before the official date). They are very easy to bake and there are plenty of recipes on the net. Here they are in progress:
Simple buns have been baked and are ready for spa day
Cut off a "lid" and pull out the inside with a fork
Mix inside with almond paste and milk (Kroger carries almond paste)
Do a turkey and stuff mix back into bun
Top with whipping cream and "lid" - eat and think of home
Well peeps, time to get to the stitching. Looks like I am all alone tonight - everyone else has passed out here (except probably the mice - ugh). That means that I'll get the bed and the entire upper level all to myself! Bwahahahaaa....
Finally, I managed to track down a design that I have been chasing for years - feels great! Just learning the manufacturer and the name of the design made my entire day! Here it is; Country Life Calendar by Pako - isn't is a beauty!?