My kitchen is still torn apart and that means the dishes are in the living room, miscellaneous everyday food (like cereal and coffee) and the microwave are in the dining room and all of the pots, pans and pantry foods are in a bedroom. Dishes are washed in the basement laundry sink.
I can't stand it. The clutter is driving me bananas! It's also probably why I'm not stitching much. I can't settle down. I need outer order so that I can have inner calm. I'll bet many of us are like that.
I do have some stitching photos to share with you, though. A couple weeks ago I went to the Ohio County Country Fair in Wheeling, WV. Some of my Friday stitching friends had entered pieces in the fair, both for judging and for display, and I was excited to see them all. Here are a few photos that I took with my iPhone. The pictures I took are rather blurry and dark, but you get the idea. And you can see many more photos (and they are much more clear) on this Facebook page
|Mirabella's bride, stitched on aida by our friend, Beth|
|An AMAZING blanket or throw, stitched by a woman from the Wheeling EGA. That's all surface embroidery. The detail is fabulous.|
|Best in Show|
I mean, it was cool and all, but not what I'd call needlework? So I'd be very interested to know the thought process of the judge. Was it because it was an original design? All of the other entries were from kits or stitched from charts - with our own spins, of course. Honestly, I'm not dissing the entry. I'm only curious.
Anyway, we had a fun afternoon at the fair. Stitched a bit, talked a lot and enjoyed seeing some wonderful stitching and quilting.
My other travels have been to watch my daughter's cross country meets. She's having a wonderful season, including a great finish at the All Ohio Meet a couple weeks ago. Despite strong, knock-you-over wind and driving rain, she still finished her 5K in 19:06. Now the women are running 6K's, in preparation for the conference and regional meets.
And thanks to the generosity and mad camera skills of other Wooster Cross Country parents, I'm able to share a couple pictures of my daughter with you. If I had to rely on my own abilities, you'd see pictures that look like this:
|Miscellaneous girls running. Who are these people? Not my daughter. Not even any Wooster girls. I am one terrible photographer.|
Instead, because someone else arrived (who could actually operate a camera), I can share these pictures from their recent home meet in Wooster:
|Almost smiling? Really?|
|Phew. She makes me tired just to look at her.|
I'm getting ready for a fun stitching girls' trip to Erie next weekend. Last year we all prepared an exchange gift bag with things in in that reflected our hometowns. This year we decided to do an exchange from the JCS ornament issue. Since we all were going to buy the issue anyway, we each chose one ornament from the magazine and we're creating 5 kits to exchange with each other. Doesn't that sound exciting? We had the option of kitting it as charted or giving it our own spin. I'm super interested to see our kits! I've stitched up my ornament, but I can't show it to you until after we've done our exchange. It's killing me to have a finish that I can't show you! Especially since it's my only one in almost forever...