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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Amazon.com (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!)