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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gooooaaaaaallllll!

And here we go for the final lineup for the April Goals.  In my last post  you saw a few of the goals already posted.


 I made some progress on Growth Rings by Ink Circles.  It's looking pretty good.  I have a goal for it in mind for next month already. I am using a hand dyed linen from a grab bag from Hand Dyed Fibers, and the floss is Summer & Smoke (the inside color) and Arctic Ice (the outside color) by Gloriana.  I am a huge Ink Circles junkie.  I already have Cirque des Cercles framed above my desk where I can see it every day.  Cirque des Carreaux is hanging in the closet waiting for me to save up $400 to get it framed properly to match CdC.  I need to frame up Here Comes Treble for my daughter as a house warming gift since she's leaving for her own apartment on the 1st.
 Here's Erica Michael's Serenity Prayer Petite...cept'in I didnt make it petite.  I made it BIG!  I stitched it with the recommended DMC and stitched it on some old 18ct  Fiddler's cloth I had laying around.  I wanted to be able to see it and read it every day.  I don't say a lot of prayers, but this one just makes sense.  It also has special meaning for my husband since he's on his 4th year being sober.  This prayer is a big part of his program.  This summer is gonna be big for him; 4 years sober and graduating with his BS in Information Technologies!  Yay husband!

Here's my start of my first embroidery I have done since I was about 10 years old.  Below is the original picture that I am using as inspiration.  It's mine and my husband's feet in front of the fire on one of our favorite vacations. I need to figure out how to do the log and flames.  I think I am going to leave out the fireplace, but I may put in something for the ottoman.  It's all something I will have to figure out in the next month or two.  I cant decide if I will put this on my May goals or not.  It may have to be a June goal to finish up.   I don't know how much time I will have in May for this project.  I have a couple of big ones planned.

This picture brings up memories of warmth, fun, love, fresh ocean air, comfy down beds, love and laughter. It just makes me smile.  I cant wait to finish this hoop and hang it up.  It's from a winter get away we had in Monterey CA. We stayed in a wonderful inn right on Cannery Row.  Our room looked out over the Monterey Bay and we could see the sea otters while we had breakfast in the window seat each morning.  We spent a couple of days wandering around the aquarium, a day on the beach behind the inn, and just relaxing in our room by the fire.  I hope stitching this will keep it in my memory even after I am old and senile.

I know it's not May yet, but I am going to go ahead and put up my May Goals now.

1. Make progress on Growth Rings
2. Finish my desk (it's been in the process of being refinished for 3 years now.  I think it's time to finish it!)
3. Make the chair cover for my husband.  (This is another finishing project that's been sitting around for quite a while.)
4. Do something small.  (This, of course, is my gimme goal.  I can do anything I want!)

I think that's all I am going to set up for this month because I have a long week of work happening the week of Mother's Day.  My family has 2 exhibits set up for the Maker Faire and that'll take up a whole weekend.  My daughter is moving out so I'll need to set up our living room back into a living room.  And last, but not least, an old friend is coming into town for a weekend and we are planning a family dinner and maybe a bbq at the beach.  Wow...that's a pretty packed month for us!  I may have planned too many goals!



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