Saturday, August 8, 2009

Weekly Update

It's been wild and crazy at work this week, and I'm so far behind in reading all my list mail and visiting my blog friends. A few day makes a HUGE difference - sometimes I have a chance to read a message or two, or follow alink to blog updates - but not this week. I hope all the members know that I don't respond with welcomes, happy birthdays, and other comments that sometimes would like to, but there's just not enough time in the day! I should be doing some work right now, but just have to take a break once in a while.

I finished reading Dead Wrong, by Mariah Stewart this week. It's the first in a series that I had already read number three, Dead Even. It wasn't such a bad thing, but if I hadn't started I would read them in order. Now I'm reading number two, Dead Certain. These are mystery FBI cases with a little romance thrown in. Pretty nice night time reading. If you like JD Robb you'll probably like these, too.

...and so, I decided to next work on Random Threads by Erica Michaels. It's on 28ct Light Exemplar by Lakeside, and I'm using buttonhole twist. I don't believe I've used it before for cross stitching, but am enjoying the way it stitches up on this 28ct linen.

This was the very beginning,

and this is where I am, now.

Long ago I finished Helga Mendal's On the Road Again mystery stitch along, and my plan was to use it on a tote bag. This isn't a really good shot, but it is on and I've been using it as a work carry-along bag.

I joined in with the group at Brookes Books Interactive for a Christmas in July swap. This is the sweet Joy ornament I received from Sue, and she also sent along a little kit with frame, fabric, threads, and even a needle for me to complete. This was a fun swap, and Sue, I really do like what you shared with me!

My recipient was Kathy, and this is the ornament I sent to her. It is from the JCS 2009 Ornament preview magazine. I included a couple of skeins of Christmas colored silk as well.

Thanks for taking your precious time to drop in today. I'm going to take a few minutes to go and do the same. Do come back again, soon!



  1. Love it all - your progress is excellent. The ornaments are beautiful, but your bag is fantastic!

  2. Yikes, Charlene, your great tote bag reminded me that I have that project somewhere in my stash of UFOs. I always thought using it on a tote was a wonderful idea. Thanks for the mystery suggestion; I love them too. Great new start! Have a good weekend.

  3. Charlene, love the tote and ornament, they are adorable!! Nice progress on Random Threads! Karen

  4. Great job on the tote finish and the ornaments both received and sent are so adoreable. I love the Random Threads start and look forward to seeing the progress and eventually the finish. Maraline

  5. Great work :) The Random Threads is looking good :) and the bag looks fab Michelle xx

  6. And I love my ornament. Thank you so very mcuh. It is waiting to go on my tree this year.

    Love your wip. Lovely stitching. And your bag is wonderful. Such a cute piece.


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