Monday, March 2, 2009

heart attack...four times over

After picking Jose up from school, me and the two boys went to Kroger to get a few items and a bag of dog food. When we got home I asked Jose to feed the dogs, but he needed to open the new bag bc we were out. Look at what I caught him using in order to get the bag of dog food open. I had a heart attack! Seriously!!! I couldn't believe this child. I nearly died! I ripped those suckers out of his hands (not really but I felt like it) and told him to get the kitchen scissors, not my embroidery scissors...EVER!!!! Ahhhhhhhh...

Today me and Cameron were at mom's house. We haven't been there in nearly 3 weeks so it was time for a day-long visit. I mentioned awhile back that me and mom are participating in a mother-daughter round robin. This is my first one. We decided to share-stitch Shores from Carriage House Samplings.

We are using 40 ct and I'm really excited! I haven't stitched on that high of count before; mom has though. We're using Needlepoint Silks and I've not used those before either; mom has though. Mom's done everything I think. She's such a precise stitcher. Her work is beautiful! If it weren't, she wouldn't be fortunate enough to work for Hoffman. I learned everything about stitching from her. I get to take my stab at this piece and I'm anxiously waiting until I put my needle to fabric on this one. Since I haven't added it to my current rotation I will add this as a "daily stick." I will stitch on this piece at least 1 hour per day. I have the next block to the right.

My mom recently stitched a birth sampler for Cameron's room. The design is from Sisters and Best Friends. It's so precious! I love it! I love how the frame hugs the piece, and I love, love, love that sweet little verse.

While at mom's I went through her quilting fabric stash and she allowed me to borrow some rather large pieces to cut my own from. She's so nice!

Here's where I had heart attack #2. These are full yards of fabric. The red fab belonged to my grandmother so there is no telling how old it is. My Aunt Pam might know the answer-Pam? The sampler fabric feels so soft ~ almost a sheen cotton or flannel; not sure. They are both so pretty. I can't wait to use a piece. :D

These are fat quarters she had. I was really looking for something similar to the red plaid, but came out with so much more. LOL The printed fab is so unique. I might make a pincushion out of this. The style is sewing so how fitting, ugh?!

And heart attack #3...

These 3 containers of "stuff" belonged to my grandmother. My grandma was quite the creative gal. She did everything besides quilt, but she had a ton of fabric. There is a lot of crochet supplies and a nice little collection of needles. I don't crochet, but I think I'll learn. The far right container is bunches of lace, ribbon and whatever else you can think of. This isn't all my mom has either. My mom will never get rid of this stuff, but my mom won't use it either. However, I will find some use and I too will NEVER give this away or get rid of it. It means too much to us. Anyway, the reason for the 3rd heart attack is that my mom let me have ALL this. I'm touched that she was able to part with it. She is so sentimental and it's difficult for her to part with anything that belonged to those that have passed. I am warmed that I get it!

The 4th and final heart attack (well, the first of four) was yesterday morning. We actually got snow! What the ____?!?!?! (pardon me) I was absolutely floored when we woke to this. We never get snow in March ~ not in Nashville, Tennessee. Anyhoo, it didn't last long enough for anyone to enjoy it though. The snow only stuck around for 2 hours and then puff, it was gone. This is about as much enjoyment as we got. Jose got creative for Cameron's sake.

Just a dusting really.

It's been freezing lately. Tonight's overnight low is 18 F and our high was only 35 F. Stay warm where ever you are and stitch til your heart's content. The kiddos are warmly tucked in and I think I'll head to bed and stitch on Monday's piece and maybe squeeze a little Shores in there too. :D



Cam said...

At least 3 of the 4 were good things! ;-)

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Hi Julie, so fun to find your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine. To answer your question, I purchased the finishing stuff for LHN's Traveling Stitcher from Mary Kathryn at eHandcrafts online. She is the best. I know these were a very limited series, so she might be sold out, but she may know where else you could find one. Tell her Rachel V. sent you. :)

I was born in Knoxville and my husband went to school in Chattanooga - we love TN!

Brigitte said...

LOL. Everything was worth a little heart attack, lol. I'm also very picky when it comes to my sewing and stitching scissors. I always place them somewhere in a distant place because when soemone needs scissors they just grab the ones they find immediately and don't need to look for. And those are never my sewing scissors, lol.

mainely stitching said...

Glad you made it through such a DANGEROUS day! LOL! I've caught my eldest doing all sorts of horrible things with my stitching scissors, which is why the really good ones are now very hidden away. LOL.

WONDERFUL goodies from your mom. Enjoy!

pj said...

Hi julie, oh I love that sampler fabric! What a find!!!! I would take that in a minute. So cute for smalls....and needle cases. Glad your heart can take all these "attacks". pj

Melissa said...

Hi Julie,

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. I see you've had lots of excitement, heart attacks of those kinds are the joyful ones. Lovely bunch of stash you got! Lots of sentimental value there too!

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Julie, very entertaining post. I had to laugh about the scissor escapade..I'm the same way about mine. I don't want anyone to even touch them. Your fabric choice for Shores is wonderful. It's going to be stunning.

Heidi said...

Hi Julie! With the exception of the first heart attack, these are maybe even recommended for mental! I have the alphabet sampler fabric in one of my UFO and there was more in the series with houses on it. I need to quilt that quilt one of these days after I figure out a last border I want to add.

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I am so glad I can start the therapy. I just want to have something done about this feeling that someone has their hand around my throat. I really do hope all goes well for you too. We have to keep in touch. For now, it is very late (I had my quilt group here tonight) and I am off to bed. I hope I sleep through the night tonight.

Hugs ~