Tempus Fugit

Time has certainly flown for our family.  The Hubby and I are now empty-nesters!

Since late April, we’ve been making wedding things happen for our daughter – a bridal shower, a wedding, a reception, etc.  I’ve written too many invitations to count, put many miles on my car (buying everything from banners to dishes to a lovely wedding cake), and had more fun with my daughter than I’d ever imagined it would be.  Finally, The Big Day arrived!  We made it to the church with plenty of time to get everyone ready, there were quite a few helpers buzzing around, so everything that needed to be done was done.  We were about to head upstairs for a few photos before the ceremony when we realized we’d forgotten about the flowers!  No, not ordering them, LOL!  We’d forgotten to get them out of the fridge and hand them out!  Whew!  Let the wedding commence!

The bride’s brother played his cello for the processional, the groom was quite dashing in his black skinny jeans, gray vest, and purple bow tie, the groomsmen stood tall & handsome, the bridesmaids were graceful in their lavender dresses, and the flower girls were adorable as they tossed flower petals everywhere 🙂  Then the bride entered on the arm of her daddy.  She was stunning – lovely white strapless gown, bouquet of varying shades of purple flowers, crystal-studded headband, purple hair (yes, purple hair!), and the biggest smile I’ve ever seen.

The ceremony was short and very sweet, then the happy couple exited to The Beatles’ When I’m Sixty-Four.  Smiles all around, photos and more photos, time for the reception!  Everyone had a nice time, then the newlyweds dashed off on a romantic honeymoon to Philadelphia 🙂  A week later, they left again…this time, to Nebraska, where they plan to live for the foreseeable future.

I wish them much love, more fun than they can imagine, and every happiness.

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Mama Wants Her Mojo Back!

Last month, while Hubby and I were away for the weekend, I started what was supposed to be a quick stitch.  Basically, it was a fill-in project because I was certain to finish the current stitch before we got home.

The problem?  I’m just not excited about it.  I wasn’t overly excited when I began, but thought, “It won’t take long and might make a nice gift for someone.”  It’s a silhouette of squirrels inside a heart (scherenschnitte style); I chose a pretty auburn-colored thread, rather than black, to make it nice for autumn.  That weekend, I got about 1/3 finished and haven’t really worked on it since.  Now I’m ready to toss it in the bin. There are just so many other projects that I really, really want to do!  Am I making sense?

Anyway, I really feel like I’ve lost my stitching mojo and the only way to get it back is to either finish this design or toss it & find a small something that I’m really interested in finishing.  The nearly instant gratification of a cute, finished stitchy project, should get me excited about stitching again, right?

Any advice for handling not-so-exciting projects or getting back the stitchy mojo?

Woodland Bunny

Woodland Bunny

Last week, I finished this cute little Easter project by Lucie Heaton.  It’s a freebie from her website (lucieheaton.com) and stitched up very quickly.  I decided to make this for an Easter-themed Stitch-Along for a Lucie Heaton fan group on facebook.  I’ll post it to the group on Good Friday.

After finishing this cutie, I’ve started on yet another bunny design.  It’s a bigger project (will measure about 7″x7″ when finished); I’ll be sure to post a photo when I’m done!

Remember!  If you’re on facebook, look up my cross-stitching group, Time to Cross Stitch!  I’d love to have you join 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Panda Love!

Good Evening, Stitchy Pals!

On March 10, I began stitching the Mummy Panda from CrossStitcher issue #288.  I just finished it tonight!  The finished design is stitched on 14-count white aida and measures about 2.75″ x 4.25″.  I think this will make a lovely little pillow or wall-hanging.

This project came with a few challenges, but nothing that couldn’t be overcome 😉  First, I wasn’t feeling well and found out that I have Shingles; the pain from that has slowed my stitching a bit.  Second, I ran out of black embroidery floss when I had just FIVE stitches remaining!  Fortunately, I found a just-barely-long-enough scrap of floss and was able to finish the black stitching.  Whew!

I wish you all good health and Happy Stitching!
PANDA

Snow! Beautiful Snow!

We’re having a snow day here in Maryland!  The forecast is for 8-10″ of the glorious white stuff by tomorrow morning, so you know I’m happy 😀  The only thing that would make today perfect would be a roaring fire in the fireplace, but we’re out of wood, so that’s not gonna happen.

Fortunately, none of us have to drive this afternoon.  Daughter was supposed to work this morning, so Hubby took her out there,  They sent her home and the mall closed soon after.  Before heading back home, they stopped by Starbucks and brought treats for all of us.  They brought me some yummy hot chocolate (my favorite!) and a luscious chocolate croissant.  Believe me, I didn’t mind!

We’re curious about whether church will be delayed or canceled tomorrow morning and also hoping that the roads will be OK for Daughter to drive to work.

I did some housework this morning, then watched The Devil Wears Prada with Daughter.  That’s such an awesome film!  Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway can’t be beat!  Now, I’m getting ready to do some stitching.  Hopefully, I’ll finish my current little project this afternoon; then I might start on a little something for Easter.  But I just bought 2 new cross-stitch magazines, so we’ll have to see if something else catches my eye 😉

Enjoy your afternoon and, if it’s snowing where you are, stay safe & warm!

Happy Stitching!!