Thursday, April 9, 2015

Early morning

I am up early this morning.  We have had thunderstorms the last two nights.  That means the dog has been sleeping in our bed.  Like many dogs, he is not a fan of thunderstorms.  Then about 5:30 he decided it was time for his morning bathroom break.  
Instead of going back to bed, I started the coffee and headed to the computer.  It's my usual habit to read blogs over my morning cup of coffee before heading off to work during the week.  Some mornings I only have time to grab the coffee and go, others I have time to read awhile.  I don't set my alarm, I don't oversleep enough to be late for work.  I don't miss setting an alarm to get up to wake kids up for school.  Neither one of our children were morning people.  It was always a job to get them up and moving.  Well, I digress.  But today I not only caught up on my blog reading, I thought I would indulge in more coffee and do a blog post of my own!  You will have to forgive me if there are typos since I didn't grab my glasses on my way downstairs.  

It sounds like we are in for more storms later today.  I don't mind them, in fact I rather like Spring storms, unless of course they produce tornadoes.  We had a tornado touch down in our town in 1996.  It did quite a bit of damage to homes.  Most of it was confined to the other side of town from where we live.  The house we used to live in before this one was one that had to be torn down because while the tornado didn't level it, the house was twisted due to the winds.  So much so, that the walls cracked on the inside.  My sister was here visiting at the time.  Mike was at work.  I remember Karen and I taking our kids to the basement with us as the tornado sirens were sounding.  The kids were ages 5 and 8 at the time.  They both remember the tornado well.  After it was over, and reports started circling around our neighborhood about the damage, I was very worried that the library was damaged.  I had only been named the Director a few months prior.  I had visions of a building without a roof!  But I was finally able to make it over to the library relieved to find it unharmed, with the tornado's path starting a mere three blocks to the north.  Needless to say we felt very lucky.

I did spend time stitching last night.  I will share a picture of my progress.

Sorry for the wrinkled shot.  But that's as good as you are getting for now.  I don't have a lot left on this before it will be done.  But there is satin stitching and a bunch of specialty stitches at the bottom edge of the design.  I am mostly concerned about how well the satin stitch will be covered.  

I do have pictures to share from my recently framed finishes.

I think this last one is my favorite.  If you need to know designers or names of them just comment.  I was glad I was able to get several framed at one time.  It helped that my LNS had a framing sale of 20% off.  But I have to say I am pleased with her work.  I can frame things myself, but I get frustrated trying to get my piece mounted squarely and evenly on my backing.  Also, it's difficult to find ready made frames the right size.  My husband has made frames for me before, but the selection of wood molding available isn't the best.

Well if you are in the path of Spring storms I hope there won't be anything too bad coming.  Take care.

Happy stitching.


  1. I hope you stay safe from the storms. My father's neighborhood got hit with a tornado a few years ago. He was lucky -- his house barely sustained any damage in comparison to many of his neighbors. So scary.

    Love your framed finishes! Love your WIP too. Your early morning routine sounds nice. I have a similar habit. lol!

  2. What fabulous framed pieces you shared! I love the molding you used for the PS piece. Nice progress in your WIP! Hope the storms don't produce tornados. Be safe.

    Robin in Virginia

  3. I love your framed beauties, isn't it a happy feeling when you can display them after all those hours??!!
    We're supose to get severe to strong storms today and tonight
    Stay safe

  4. I like them all as well as your current WIPS. I think the "love" one is my favorite. That's just because I am a romantic.

  5. Love all your framed pieces as well as the one you are working on. We had thunder storms last night as well and our princess was snuggling between the two of us - lol.

  6. Fabulous framing. I did the Cricket Collection Love piece too, but I've yet to get it framed. You've given me ideas...

  7. Who is the designer of "love". It's just gorgeous. The frame is perfect. Is it a big piece?

  8. We heard about the storms! I hope you are safe!! All the framed pieces are just beautiful. Can you tell me who designed the last patriotic piece?

  9. Stitch Every Day is coming along nicely.
    It's on my list. :)
    All of your framed pieces turned out so beautiful!

  10. Isn't it thrilling to pick up framed pieces? I can never 'picture' ahead of time what the final product will look like - it is always a wonderful surprise.

  11. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

  12. OOOh... love all the framed pieces! What is the name and designer for the last one? Don't think I have seen the WIP piece ever finished by anyone I follow, so I look forward to seeing the finish! Hugs!

  13. How wonderful to have all those beauties to hang on your wall, Melody! It's hard to pick a favorite, but I guess I have to vote for the first PS one :)

  14. What is the name of the last one?