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Sunday, October 16, 2011


     I'm going to be running a SAL.  And I'm nervous about it.  I've never run one before, really.  Some people on blogspot run SALs by listing the names of everyone doing it along with a blog link.  Others ask that participants send them piccys once a week so the leader can publish them all at once.  I don't know what I want to do, lol.  (Because I'm soooooo decisive, right?!?)  Anyways, I'm doing the SAL on blogspot, but if anyone from Multiply wants to join, fee free.
     And now, on to the particulars.  We're SALing Abi G's Tree of Stitches, from the yahoo group The Stitch Specialists.  (If you haven't seen it, it's gorgeous.)  The trunk is cross stitched (I'm using GAST Dark Chocolate for my trunk, as it's a nice mix of browns) and then the canopy is made from fifteen specialty stitches (I'm using DMC 125).  It ends up looking gorgeous (I know, I said that before, but it really is) and there's lots of texture in it.  I'm excited to start it.  If you want to join us, leave a comment on this blog entry and I'll put your name down.  I'll be posting piccys either Tuesday night or Wednesday (most likely Wed) and if you want to have me share your progress piccy, I'd be happy to do so.  Just send them to me at, and I'll add you to the list!
     On to other things.  I had a birthday party last night.  It wasn't a big one or anything, but my mom didn't want to let forty go by without doing something to celebrate it.  So we got together for dinner over at mom's house.  It was me, mom, Cathy (my sister), David (my brother), Amy (my brother's girlfriend, who's very nice) and Vin (David's dog).  It was lovely.  Mom made both lasagna and spaghetti and meat sauce.  I had spaghetti (it was a pre-made lasagna, and I DO NOT like ricotta cheese) and it was delicious.  We also had salad and bread with it.  She had chocolate cake and ice cream for desert, but we were all too full to eat it.  David and Amy took some home, and I hung with mom for a while.  Everyone but me and mom had wine (I don't care for anything alcoholic, and my mom is allergic), and it was fun.  David made fun of my couch being purple, and mom gave me a sort of gag gift.  Actually, I have pics.  I'll post them here.
     Okay, from mom, I got three things and money.  She gave me enough money to get my car tags renewed, and an outfit (T shirt and jeans) and (this is the almost gag gift) a box of Puffs.  Okay, a little background here.  I'm not the most couth person out there.  I sniff rather than blow, and I don't mind admitting it.  I have a
 box of tissues that I bought during the summer of 2008 because I had broken up with my boyfriend, and I knew I would cry a lot.  It still has about fifty tissues in it.  (Julie uses them every time she comes down as she's allergic to YD.)  So I'm looking at this box of Puffs and wondering if this is some sort of hint that I need to use tissues more often.  And David and his girlfriend are laughing (probably at the confused expression on my face as I'm looking at the tissues) and mom says, "I got them cause they're purple.  They don't make purple Puffs."  LOL, I cracked up.  I was like, REALLY?!?  Oh, geez, it was just too funny.  Apparently, this is the first time she's seen purple Puffs, and, since she knows I like purple, she bought them for me.  It was too funny.  The outfit 
I really like.  It's lovely.  Purple with shades of dark purple sort of swirled around on the front.  And then my cousin Beth, who lives in mom's basement got me a gift card to (which I used for the two new Lora Leigh books coming out in November and December (Tied in a Bow and Lawe's Justice)).  I pre-ordered them, which is even better.  By the time the first book ships, I'll have forgotten I ordered it, and by the time the second book ships, I'll have forgotten again.  Whoo hoo!!!  It's gonna be awesome.  And then David and Amy got me a gift card to Speedway for gas, which I can use.  All wonderful things.
     And now, I'm off to stitch or do email (not sure which, as I should be getting caught up, but it's IHSW, so I should also be stitching).  Hope you're all sleeping the sleep of the peaceful.  HAGN!!  (And last but not least, a piccy of the very adorable Yes Dear sitting in my mom's crock pot box.  Silly thing!)


♥ Nia said...

hahah it's was funny the episode of the purple tissues from your mum!!! :)
I still don't know when it's actually your B-day! I've given you my birthday wishes on a previous post and you've blog about your birthday more than once.. now I'm lost!! Was it yesterday, on the day of the party? Or was it a late party? Sorry, I'm lost! heheheh
So, how does it feel to have 18 with 22 years of life experience? :D hehehe

I can't join the SAL, to many things that I'm stitching right now and others that I want to start soon for Christmas! (I always make a lot of handmade gifts for Christmas)
I'm also on IHSW, this weekend for the first time, running now to go stitch ;) hheheh
Have a great Sunday!! :D

Wolfie said...

I would love to join the SAL, but it all depends on the it a free pattern you get from somewhere, or do we need to buy it first...I have overspent my allowance of crafty purchases sooo much this month, that I can't buy anymore for a while...I have seen the Tree of Stitches finished and it is GORGEOUS!!! Oh, and happy birthday to you whenever it was:) X Ylva

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I'm in! I've emailed you my progress so far but I've stalled since then. This is just the incentive to get me going again.
Wolfie, the pattern is a free one from a Yahoo group The Stitch Specialists but you need to sign up (and soon, in case they take it down). Here's the link:

cucki said...

happy birthday to you dear..
this sal sound so lovely..i wish i can join it too..but so sorry this time dear..i am just going so crazy with so many things but hopefully next year things will be better..
but you enjoy it and me so much looking forward to seeing it growing..
sending you lots of love and hugs xxx

Claudette497 said...

I'm in! Now I just have to find it, lol. Thanks for inviting us to your SAL - you'll be a great hostess!

I love to think of you being bewildered by a box of Kleenex, lol.

Rachel said...

I'm in with the SAL!! :)

Happy Birthday! I love the purple puffs :) That's a cute story. I am glad you had such fun at your party :)

The Outgoing Introvert said...

Happy birthday! Sounds like a wonderful and perfect birthday gathering in my books . . . gag gift and all!

Debra said...

Happy Birthday!

Carmen said...

i love the moment when the family a really nice time.

Tama said...

I'd like to join the SAL if I get approved for the group. I've applied, but nothing yet :D I think the tree is pretty (weird, but pretty!)
Yes Dear looks adorable! That is one cute cat!!!

mdgtjulie said...

I honestly was totally confused, Nia. My face must have looked hilarious, cause they were all laughing at me. My birthday was actually on October fifth. I posted that day about my trip to Columbus, and I'm pretty sure you left birthday wishes for me! I don't really feel that old, mentally. I feel older physically!! That's okay. I just wanted to extend the invitation. Hope you get all your Christmas things done!! Oh, cool, how was your IHSW? I think it's so much fun!! It is a freebie Ylva. You have to join Abi's group, The Stitch Specialists to get it. It's a great friendly group. Busy though. Everyone has been very helpful though. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I have a skein of floss for the canopy that I've had for a while, and I'm using a bit of leftover from Cattitude for the trunk. The fabby was a gift, so I didn't have to buy anything! If you're a late joiner, oh well. I'll be looking for it Jo. I need to post later today that I've postponed the SAL till next week. (And thanks for posting the link. I'm behind!!! And the hurrier I go, the behinder I get!!!(I'm not starting a group, nor am I encouraging members to join TSS JUST to get the pattern. I'm encouraging people to join and participate. Anyone who knows me knows I advocate participation and sharing progress pics in groups. I don't feel that it was rude or discourteous in any way for me to invite people to join me in stitching Abi's gorgeous design. If I have a problem, I'll ask about it on the group, just as other members of my SAL will do. I would think that Abi would eventually want to sell her designs, and this extra exposure would be good for her. The more people that talk about her and show piccys of her designs, the more interest there is in her work.) Thanks Cucki. LOL, too many patterns, not enough time!! I'm totally familiar with that! Bewildered is truly the right word, lol, Claudette. I can't wait to start, if it's okay with Abi. Thanks Rachel. It was a blast. Thanks Cindy Mae. We always have fun when we get together! Thanks Debra. Yes, Doris, you're so right. Those are the moments we treasure!! Tama, Abi, the owner is on vacation till tomorrow, so there may be a tie up because of that. And I think she's adorable too. Of course, I'm prejudiced, lol.