Thursday, March 30, 2006

Stitching Updates

I have been doing quite a bit of stitching lately, even though I haven't mentioned it much. As soon as I found out a friend was pregnant, I decided to stitch Arms of an Angel for her. I wanted to give her something special that no one else would have gotten. Some of my stitchy friends may notice that I've left off part of the gown. Shh! Don't tell! Baby came early! :o

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I've also started a new HAED, Fire ACEO (artwork by Sara Butcher). I think she has quickly moved to the top of my "favorite artsits" list. I just love her faces, and sense of whimsy. The colors and hair in this piece are amazing. I'm stitching it over one on a 25ct Silkweaver Solo. Check out Heaven and Earth Designs to see the whole design.

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Lastly, I've been trying to limit my new starts (all evidence to the contrary by above paragraph) until I knock out some older WIPs. So I will work on one HAED design (probably Fire until she's done) and one other until that WIP moves to the finished status. I started with Feather Fairy, hoping to get her done this month. No such luck. Fire is a true temptress! Maybe next month. Keep your fingers crossed!

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I've updated the thumbnail pics in my sidebar, so clicking on the pictures will give additional information to those who may be interested. Off to stitch!

Friday, March 24, 2006

I'm going to be an aunt!

I recently found out that my brother and his better half are going to have a baby! Woo hoo! I had just about given up on the idea of being an aunt, as he is only 15 months younger than me and had not yet had any inclination to have children. I'm so excited that I will finally have someone to spoil without suffering the consequences! Plus, I finally have someone to give all my baby stuff to. But the thought of my brother procreating is rather frightening ;)

Congrats John!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Spring Break in the Smokies

Last week was the kids' Spring Break, and we took a family vacation to the Smokey Mountains. I'm not much of a mountain girl, as I enjoy city life or the beach, but I really enjoyed the trip! I haven't been since I was in high school, and I had forgotten how truly gorgeous the mountains are. We had a fabulous 4 bedroom cabin with incredible views and a wonderful hot tub. It had a full kitchen, and we cooked dinner every night so that we could stay in and save some money. We managed a relatively small hike to Laurel Falls, and spent half a day at the Gatlinburg Aquarium. Although the mountain roads made me quite queasy, I would have loved another few days!

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Incredible Views

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DH and girls at Laurel Falls

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Alex trying to catch a horseshoe crab at the Aquarium