September 30, 2007

Almost Done

Here's the Neighborhood RR as it was earlier today. I have just a few finishing touches, and some bargello lawn yet to do before it's off to Wendy's house for the next block. This has been such fun to do that I'm almost reluctant to have it go!
Happy first week of October, all!

September 23, 2007


This is the last day of my vacation, and yesterday was the first day of autumn (even if it is still in the 80s). Figure I'd find the perfect summer vacation sampler. This is by Cross Eyed Cricket. I've recently bought the CEC Halloween sampler, Sleepy Hollow, and will probably wait until spring to stitch that. I will be headed for Cape Cod sometime next month, but by the time I get there, the summer cottages will be boarded up, there will be a chilly breeze and the water will be gray, most likely.

This is the fabric for the sheers I've been working on; I suspect I will not finish them during this vacation. Lack of focus. Note that I did not embroider all the little aqua leaves; that would be masochistic. Maybe in my next life.

I did focus on the Neighborhood RR though. Most of this progress occurred during this week, when I was supposed to be sewing curtains. I find I get a lot done if I bump one project with another.

September 21, 2007

Another Brick in the Wall (II)

It's been a long time since I've posted. Mostly it's been the pressures of work and school--I'm working on an accounting degree granted to students who have a degree in something else. There are ten pre-requisites, which I'm working my way through now, and then I go on to take ten advanced level accounting classes. The degree is offered at Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, and I'm very excited about getting out of the legal field and into something else and equally excited about exiting the Washington work scene about a year from now, and heading into Richmond. I'm a late bloomer; this will be the second degree I've earned post-40. That's okay--I'm a better student for it--I'm probably a lot more shrewd than I was at 20 in my approach to assignments even if I do tend to forget where I put my car keys more these days. But it's meant a drop in stitching time, although I'm still plugging away in between answering questions about what items in a balance sheet might be red flags for an audit.

I've been on vacation this week and did some work on this: the brick stitch is a blast and gives a nice effect.

And speaking of bricks, here is some brickwork in buildings behind my favorite furniture store in Richmond, La Difference.

Here's the brickwork inside of La Diff, whose three floors of showrooms are in a big old brick industrial building. We're thinking of buying this table for our house.

More pictures of stitching projects coming up later. I've been working on the Neighborhood RR, and I have bought some new projects recently. I'm going to go to work on sewing a set of sheers for my bathroom windows before the daylight fades--the easiest way of working with sheers. I bought the fabric at G Street Fabrics after two days of combing the home dec section.