Monday, June 18, 2018

Always Enjoy Being With Good Friends

Today was our BFF meeting day. Brazilian embroidery day. I had it here because Pat wasn't coming and she's the one that opens the church. Lately the church has other things going, so during the summer we usually come here.

I was up early, got coffee ready to make, and waited. Cherry called and said she couldn't make it because she had an appointment change with her hair. She also was waiting on the lawn guys to go over to her place. That was the only one I heard from - other than Sandy (2) and Pat. So, I thought we'd have a good meeting......

10:00 am came and went. I texted Sandy and told her no one was there. We laughed and figured it would just be the 2 of us. She arrived first. About 5 mins later, Bev and Phyllis came in. By 10:30 am everyone that was coming was here - 4 of us. We had a great time. We talked about the Seminar and we worked on our stuff. Sandy and I worked on the "Shadow Work Flower" that we took the class on.

I was able to get the leaves worked on today. It went really quick, and it's really fun!

We had lunch, and then we chatted for a good while before they decided 2 pm was time to leave.

After they left, I sat in my chair and decided to work on my cross stitch. I need to get moving on this piece!

I had to rip out some of it, because I really was off. I did get more put in, so that's a good thing. I want to finish the area on the right, so I can roll this piece to work on the middle piece of June.

Patrick was home early. So, I stopped watching my shows and got dinner going. Now it's almost 8 pm and I need to work on my exercises. That's next. I am planning to get back to working on the cross stitch for the night. I will get back to the shadow work later.

All in all it was a really good day of getting stuff done! I'm happy to say, today was one of my better days in a long time.

What are you working on? Are you Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day - Without My Father

Today is father's day. I took a picture of dad and posted it on Instagram. AND cried. I would have loved to have given him a hug and kiss!

So, we worked around the house till it was time to go to the movies. We decided to go to the movies. I worked on my red heart piece.

We went to see "Then Incredible s" at the theater. It was a good movie! I really enjoyed it. Trouble was, I could see some political stuff in it, but I didn't care.

Got back and enjoyed working on my heart piece. Then I started on the beads. It's going pretty quick. I just found that the white beads she gave us, don't work. They holes are not big enough, so I went and got my white beads to work with.

We picked up an African Violet for Father's Day.

Between laundry and catching up on our shows, I' still working on the heart. It keeps me busy and Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Enjoying Being Back Home

Even though Seminar is still going on tonight, and people will be leaving there today, it was nice to be home again. After two weeks of being gone, I am happy to be home again.

Today I slept in for a little while. Then got up and played on my tablet. It had been awhile since I was able to play on my tablet, since I didn't take it with me.

One of the guys from Patrick's work came and brought his son. They checked out our car and decided to buy it. It was the first brand new car I owned and it was sad to see it go, but it was time. I'm so tired of it getting hit or damaged every three years. Patrick was happy to sell it, and that covered what we paid for the van. So, we came out even.

Then Patrick and I went to Costco. We picked up some stuff for when the family gets here. I also got the girls some books to read. I'll have that for them when they get here. The books come in a bag with the store book titles on them. It's a cute little bag that they can use for whatever they want.

Then we came home and I watched "Perry Mason" while Patrick worked in the yard. I played more and got some laundry done.

I worked on one of my pieces from Seminar.

I need to get more red on the top of that piece, but I may just leave it. I am going to do the next stitch beside it and another one beside that. We'll see what happens. I'm just winging it, and hoping it will turn out decent.

Then we went and picked mom up. We went to the "Evergreen Playhouse" for a play. It was "The Importance of Being Ernest." It was awesome!

This was intermission. The play was really good. I love going to their plays.

Now it's late and I'm calling it a night. Keeping up with being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

One More Day And We Head Back Home

Today we were up and off to our morning class. We took a class from Debbie Kelley called "Queen of Hearts." We all got a kit and some floss to go with it. We ended up paying a little more because it cost a little more then she thought it would. So, we all were happy to help her out.

This is Debbie Kelley's piece. Mine will be different.

I surprised myself by liking the class. I am going to do something different from her pattern, so it will be fun.

We then had lunch with everyone, but we seem to be sitting by ourselves more often then not. I did get Elaine to join us, since she seems to sit by herself a lot too. We don't mind.

Our next class was with Charlene N. She's an awesome teacher. That class was "Rose of Winter" and we worked on the roses that go to this piece first. Then we worked on the leaves, and lastly we worked on the pine cones. They were all great! I really enjoyed this class. I did my work on the original piece. I'm not a "doodler" when it comes to embroidery.

After class we headed to see what was on the list for dinner. They had food neither one of us could have. So, since we said we wouldn't be eating today anyway, we went out to eat. We tried to come back as soon as we could, but it took awhile while we were out. Came back and they had the general meeting going. We listened into the last part of it. Then they were doing the ice cream social. I didn't stick around to have any ice cream - still trying to behave! I came back to our dorm and had trail mix instead.

We sat in the gathering room and worked on our floss. We organized the floss we bought and have them ready to hang in our bins.

It's been a long day. We pretty much called it quits at 11 pm. I'm still going but dying out. So, I'm going to say, good night and Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Second Day Of Seminar!

This morning Sandy and I slept in. We aren't doing the breakfast with everyone, so we ate in our rooms. I worked out great, because nether one of us are breakfast people - or she's not right now. She's lost 70 lbs so far, and has been doing great! So, she has her food for now. I just don't do breakfast, never really was crazy about breakfast after I turned 20.

We didn't have a class this morning, so we got a few things together, worked on a couple things, and then headed out to Acorn and Threads. That is an awesome shop!! One of my favorites. She carries a lot of cross stitch and flosses. I just love walking around there. I did buy some stuff! Plus I got 15% off because I spent over $100! It was nice. I only get there once a year, so I always prepare for the shopping there. I knew I would spend a lot. It turned out more than I thought, but I'm okay with at.

We then headed back to the University for lunch. We didn't do lunch yesterday, but paid for it, so we had lunch today which we didn't pay for if you consider the days we signed up. But then we look at it in the way that we paid for so many at lunch and so many for supper, so if we miss a day, we could pick it up the next time.

Our class today was with Ruby Scrubbs. She's awesome! One of my favorite teachers! I really enjoyed her class. We worked on Shadow work.

It's really quick and easy to do. I really, really like the technique as well as the design. This is so much fun! I got 5 of the petals done. Just need to do two more and then I'm done with the petal. All this work is done on very thin fabrics.

After supper we went and worked in the merchant mall. I sold 1 thread catcher. Not much, but at least one got sold. I may see if Rita will sell the others for me or think of something else to do with them. I don't think I have that many friends! lol

We then went to the lobby and worked on our projects. Sandy worked on the Shadow play and I worked on the Design class. I figured out what I'm going to do. So, I got to work on it. Had to use BE techniques with the beads. It's interesting. I sat with a 2 of the other 4 in my class. Elaine is doing a dog, and the other gal is doing a flower. I'll try and remember to take a photo tomorrow and post it here for mine.

It's midnight and ready for bed. Hope you are enjoying your time - whatever that may be. Try to be with me and stay Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Arrived At Seminar!

Today is the day for Seminar! Even though it started yesterday, we arrived today. It was a morning trip that started at 9:30 am. We arrived here in Portland, OR around 11:30 am. It's not far, but the roads can be a pain at times. The roads were good till we got to Jansen Beach area. Then we took a little longer to get past that area to get here.

We arrived and collected our stuff. We got a room next to a couple of TX gals. It's kinda hard to do, when they keep the bathroom door shut all the time. We have to constantly knock on the door to use the bathroom. I'll get used to it, but it's hard when someone walks in on you. lol

Sandy brought salads, so we had a salad for lunch 😋. We got our room all set up.

Then I had class. My class was a design class by Debbie Kelly. She gave us some beads and told us to create something.

So here are some beads that I need to create something with. It's homework thank goodness!

I came up with very little. Guess I'm thinking too small.

After class we had supper. Of course there wasn't much I could eat. They had cooked carrots and fried potatoes, which are on my "no" list. I ended up having a salad and tough meat.

Then we went up to the merchant mall area and set up stuff to sell. Well, that was a bust. Not many if anyone was buying. We did sell some floss for Rita, but not a lot. I'm hoping they come back and purchase stuff tomorrow.

It's fun to be Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Yet Another Busy Day Getting Ready To Leave

It was another one of those days that seems to never end. I'm okay with the "never end" part, but we all know it does end.

Today started out by getting up out of bed - like every other day. Then I needed to get moving. I texted my nephew and then I was off. As I was out, got a call from mom asking where I was. I told her in the car and would meet her at her house when I'm done.

First trip was to Michael's for a sketch book. I want to have that since I'm taking a design class and figured I could use that for my designs and not for doodling.....let's see how far that goes. I found a few stickers for "vacation" that I bought as well. I'm going to put the San Diego trip into a book to enjoy. I figure since I have the stuff for "scrap booking," I might as well use it. I may even have a book to put it all in.

Next stop was to the gas station. Since we have a Safeway, I went there for gas. Got 70 cents off, which was nice. Then it was off to Dairy Queen to get their $5 meal deal. I bought mom and I a chicken salad that was awesome. Plus we got ice cream to enjoy after.

Spent time with mom. She didn't seem to be doing as good as she usually does. I told her I'd call her while I'm in Portland. We both had it rough today. We played a few games. I helped her with her Pogo game.

Then I was off again to Whalen Quilt Works to pick up some stuff to sell at Seminar for her. I have floss and a couple of kits. She's dropped the prices, so I'm sure they will sell. Once that was done, I headed home.

I called Cherrill to see if I could come over. Visited with her and had a good chat. Then mom called and she was having trouble with her TV. I helped her get through that. Then she called because she couldn't find her phone, so I called for about a half hour till she found it. Once again she called to get help on the TV. It was getting comical. She wasn't having a good day. We both had a bad day.

I had to go through our change jar to get enough change for when we sell stuff at Seminar. That will start tomorrow night. So, I'll work on my thread catchers while we sell stuff. I don't think putting buttons on will take that long. I have about 10 of them ready for buttons. I have 4 or 5 that need to be completed. Not sure I'll get there but I will try.

We are leaving in the morning. I need to be there in time for class in the afternoon. We need to get set up in our room. Plus we will be getting lunch on the way I think. Not too worried about it. I have oranges that I'm taking and will eat that. I need to get a mug to take with me to have my tea in. A few more things need to be done and then I'm good to go!

Last night I was able to get more done on here. I wanted to get it ready so I can work on the triangle for the June SAL. I'm looking forward to getting started on June, but the way this month is going, I think it's going to be hard to get caught up, but I'm going to try. Next week is when the family shows up again.

Today isn't over, and I have more to do. So, I'm still keeping busy (when I can) and Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Always Enjoy Being With Good Friends

Today was our BFF meeting day. Brazilian embroidery day. I had it here because Pat wasn't coming and she's the one that opens the ch...