Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve been here. I’ve been stitching but life has interfered and kept me from writing.
I turned 50 last December. A moment of silence, please. But it’s all good! Men turn 50 and have mid-life crisis’s and do stupid stuff like buy expensive sports cars and take mistresses. I just do stupid, but really fun, stuff.
In March 2012 I ran a half-marathon at the OKC Memorial Marathon.
In October 2012 I rappelled off a 31 story building to raise money for Special Olympics.
It was a blast. My sister did it with me too. I had so much fun! This was the actual building:
I was the second largest fund-raiser and got a basketball signed by all the players on the Thunder as a prize. My son is very happy with “our” basketball. It would hold a place of honor in his room but the Lab dog in our house thinks it’s a toy, so we keep it in a cabinet so no harm comes to it.
Then? I got Shingles. At 49!! Let me tell you, if you’ve not gotten your Shingles Vaccine, you need to. It was the single most painful thing I’ve ever had. And mine? It went on for MONTHS. Terrible.
I’ve been stitching. During all this time.
I’ve done these:
Sure they are dated 2011. And yes they are still in my cabinet because I didn’t get them done even in time for LAST Christmas. But they are done and will be given to the appropriate child before THIS Christmas.
I’m working on the children’s 2012 ornaments. I’ve done this one:
for my daughter.
I did this one:
I’m working on this one:
For my niece. Sorry the picture is so off. I took this picture to show to my friend, Elise Cohen, the beard and moustache. Elise gave me the Cotswold Wool I used for the beard and moustache from some she made and she wanted feedback on it. So my focus with this picture was really the beard and moustache. This ornament is about 2/3 finished with just the background to do and then the Petite Very Velvet blue frame.
I have another one like Jacob’s above for my other niece. But. I haven’t even gotten started on it. They really don’t take a lot of time, but sometimes it seems like I don’t have any time.
I am planning ahead and have the 2013 ornaments as well, but unfortunately, none of them have been started. The 2013 ornaments:
My friend Anne Stradal at ABS Designs LLC painted these and I bought them from somewhere. I think that’s my peri-menapausal brain kicking in. Anne has a wonderful blog, The Cape Stitcher, which if you don’t read, you should. She does beautiful needlepoint, uses simple threads and stitches but it all comes together beautifully.
In the mean time I also have another three or four at the finishers. I think they were all ones my son requested which mainly have to do with his Boston Terrier, Bugsy. I don’t know if I didn’t take any pictures before sending them off, or I just can’t find them, but those pictures are elusive today.
I have rambled on long enough today. Next time (and it won’t be 2 1/2 years again) I’ll have pictures of my next big project.