7.30.2012

Dropping By with an Update

Hello friends and neighbors!

I had a few minutes this morning while the house was quiet, so I thought I'd drop by with a quick update.  First, thanks so much for all your sweet comments and emails about my Mom.  I so appreciate you all!

With the extra busy-ness of life right now, mixed with a little bit of not being able to concentrate, and topped off with a sore shoulder, I haven't made much progress on my stitching this month.  The olympics have been a good reason to sit and stitch, but only in short bursts, cuz I don't want to miss anything! :)

Here's my progress on my Jardin Prive piece...  you know - the one I thought I was almost finished with because I only had the border left.  HAH!  It's like the Energizer bunny... it keeps going and going and going... : )

My goal is to finish it by the end of the Olympics.  We'll see!

Next up is the ornament I stitched for Melissa.  Melissa, if you are reading this and don't want to see it, just close your eyes and scroll down!! 

This LHN ornament was a fun stitch and I love how it turned out... especially because I changed the colors to what I had on hand and sometimes my color choices are...umm...questionable.


Last, but not least, let me introduce you to Amber Grace.  After the past few weeks, months, year of different stresses, I decided to have a mid-life crisis. : ) Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted a pretty doll.  Growing up I usually inherited my sisters' hand-me-downs who looked like this...


 Actually she is one of the better species that I found when cleaning out my parents' house - believe it or not!


Anyway, for my mid-life crisis, I decided that I would go to the American Girl Benefit sale and buy myself a doll.  It was SO fun!  I even bought some clothes so I can dress her up. :)  

Meet Amber Grace...


Isn't she beautiful??

Here she is in her Thanksgiving outfit that I picked up from a craft fair outside the sale warehouse...

Sometimes it's nice to be a kid again, if only for a few minutes at a time! :)

I've been thinking through my stitching goals for next year, and I have a theme in mind that I would like to work on - but I'll save that for a later post.  I did have a strange urge yesterday, though.  It was to stitch myself a stocking.  Hmmm. And not just any stocking.  This stocking...

http://www.123stitch.com/cgi-perl/itemdetail.pl?item=K70-08838

REALLY???  After I have complained about Dimensions kits over and over?  After having stitched two Dimensions Gold stockings in the past 4 years and each one taking me almost 2 years to complete?  REALLY???

ummm... yes.
I think I'll ask for it for my birthday.
{insert sheepish grin here}

On that note of craziness I'll say good-bye for now.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Tricia & Amber Grace

20 comments:

ChrisG said...

I play with dolls too! but just because I love to dress them and pose them. The stocking looks like a really difficult stitch, but it will be gorgeous when done. good pickk, and have fun with it. Hugs, Chris G

Vicki said...

O wow, what a beautiful stocking! I don't like to purchase kits because I always have some issue or other with them. But I could make an exception for this gorgeous stocking. I stitch stockings for everyone in my family. They take a long time and I usually set an unrealistic deadline for myself. I hope you get this one for your birthday and enjoy stitching it!

Gillie said...

Next year? Good grief, girl! Well done on giving in to your crisis, have fun with Amber Grace! JP is looking good.

CatsnCorgis said...

As it has been said many, many times...It's never too late to have a second childhood. Congrats on the beautiful doll.

PS, I was always taught to do the border first. That was to give two points to check my stitching. Now I realize that it was so I didn't have to do it last.

Sally

gracie said...

I always loved my dolls ... wish I still had at least one. Maybe I should find myself one!

Minnie said...

My daughter left me "Addy" she's and American Girl doll too. I also have a couple of old Cabbage Patch dolls and a Kid Sister. They are so cute.

Denise SA said...

Love your stitching some borders are like that slow but sure. Amber grace is beautiful enjoy

Vickie said...

Does that little scotty have red booties on?! Too cute.

SoCal Debbie said...

Your stitching is beautiful. I'm sure you'll have it done before the Olympics is over. Congrats on your new doll. My mom loves to get dolls at thrift stores and clean them up and then she buys clothes from eBay to dress them up!

Karen said...

Love your ornament finish... the finishing is so cute!

happy stitching.... looks like you are close!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely progress. Your LHN is gorgeous. Love your new doll. Look forward to seeing your progress on your stocking.

Val said...

Oh that certainly is a lovely doll !! and why should our ages have anything to do with it - good for you ... I sympathise with the shoulder as mine is still no better and trying to stitch through the olympics is not easy is it ?
Val x

Maggee said...

I have that jardin Prive chart! Looks good up close on your blog, so I should get right on it! I am doing spring--all year long!(Mostly!) That fits right in! Your Amber Grace doll is so cute! Who cares if you are not a young child. She will be cared for longer by you than a child that loses interest and moves on! Hugs!

DJ said...

Oh your stitching is just lovely!! Your little ornament is precious, and finished beautifully! So sorry to hear about your Mom, I'll be praying for her, you and those caring for her. Enjoy the Olympics! *Hugs*

Zhenya and Nika Aksutin said...

Very like your blog! And also your crosstitch! hello from Russia, Nika

Anne said...

Jardin Prive is looking great and I bet you can finish it by the end of the Olympics! Sorry to hear about your mom, I'll keep her in my prayers. Sweet little ornie you made for Melissa. I think the colours are great! I was like your older sister, sending my hand me down dolls to my sister...oops!

Kate said...

Lovely stitching. That border is worth spending some time on. Cute ornament. Enjoy your doll.

Meari said...

We were lucky, my Mom usually bought us girls the same things (so we wouldn't fight over them, lol) so no hand-me-down dolls. Although, the dolls from my childhood are missing their hair from years of love!

Never too old for dolls... I have a porcelain doll collection and a Barbie collection. :)

Your JP piece looks lovely. I bet you can finish it before the end of the Olympics (Summer Olympics, right?). Go for the Gold!

Congrats on your ornament finish. it's beautiful.

I have yet to stitch a stocking even though I have several in my stash-to-do pile(s).

Mindi said...

Good for you to get a doll!

Your Jardin Privee piece looks lovely, and the border will be well worth the effort. I usually hate stitching repetitive borders, so try to work on them a bit at a time, but usually end up having to slog away at them at the end.

Julie said...

The LHN is gorgeous, i love your colour choices, and your WIP is fabulous.