Friday, July 4, 2008

When the stitching mojo goes....

the mojo - less stitcher goes SHOPPING!!!

I decided to take advantage of a 3 day weekend and make it a 4 day weekend by taking a vacation day Thursday. My dear Ruby came and picked me up yesterday morning for a shopping trip to our LNS, Golden Needle. Ruby had things she needed to get. I found things I had to get. The results are posted below...

I fell in love with this box and HAD to get the fabric and the Dinky Dyes to stitch it.
Fabric is 28 count cream linen (I don't remember exactly what it is!) The fibers are Dinky Dyes Cloud Sky, Billabong, Hawthorn, Nullabor, Outback and Choco Latte. The chart is from the most recent issue of The Gift of

Now, the picture does not do the fabric or the fiber Justice. This all started out innocently enough. You may recall that I am the official Golden Needle Fiber Fondle-er and that's what started all this. I can not avoid the wall of silk fibers.... I have to run my hands over each and every one when ever I visit..... and the the colors just stick to my hands and come off the rack.... then they move upstairs to the fabric room and, and, and they make me touch the fabrics and spread them out on the table and toss and toss and experiment... The fabric is 28 count cashel and the color is called Calypso! The fiber is Gloriana Silk Ada's Rainbow.

Then this picture does not do it justice combo... 32 count "Orange Zest" and the fiber is Gloriana Silk Miami Deco. Now, what am I going to do with these 2 pieces of fabric and the fiber????
Looky here!!!:

Ink Circles, This Heart of Mine. Yup. Both of them!! (Don't tell anyone, but last night at 10:30 I started the calypso combo! Oh my gosh.... I'll post a update picture tomorrow, if I can keep my hands off it long enough to post!

Don;t you just love a good gadget that is way kewl to look at too??? I've been lusting after these on the Shepherds Bush website the past couple of months and Cathy got some in the shop. It's called a Craft Strand Separator and is supposed to make separating your fibers easier. My train of thought here, and the reason for my purchase... when I make my twisted cording for my tassels, I need something to weight the middle. I've been using my key ring or a spring ring, but I think this will work perfectly and look kewl in the process. Will let you know!!!

S'more update:
Here is the microwave S'more recipe
Top 4 Honey Maid Honey Graham squares with 1 Hershey milk chocolate piece and 1 untoasted Jet Puffed Marshmallow. Arrange on microwaveable plate. Microwave on High for 15-20seconds or until marshmallows puff. Top each with a second graham square, press lightly to secure and enjoy!!

At work this week, I made up gift bags with a bag of marshmallows, a box of graham crackers and a package of Hershey bars and took these to referral centers (we work closely with local attorneys and cpa's). I put a note in each gift bag that said "Enjoy a microwave S'more Break! Have a safe and happy Independence Day Holiday" and my financial advisor and I signed the notes. The attorneys, cpa's and staff loved them! It got our names in front of them and was a pretty cheap marketing blitz. What we hope is that they send us smore money!!!

On another subject. I love the Stephanie Plum novels. I loaned these books to my dear Ruby a couple of weeks ago and she is all ready reading number 11! She is hooked and in love with Ranger!!! This started a whole 'nother subject at the LNS yesterday. If we could cast the perfect Stephanie Plum movie, who would play what part??? Here is what we came up with and are asking all 6 of my blog readers to tell us who we should cast.....

Stephanie Plum ~~~~~~~~~~ Sandra Bullock
Helen Plum ~~~~~~~~~~ Doris Roberts or Angela Landsbury
Frank Plum ~~~~~~~~~~ Peter Boyle
Grandma Mazur ~~~~~~~~~~ Estelle Getty
Joe Morelli ~~~~~~~~~~ George Cluney (scruffed up!)
Carlos Manuso ~~~~~~~~~~ Dwayne Johnson or Shemar Moore
Valerie Plum ~~~~~~~~~~ Reese Witherspoon
Albert Kloughn ~~~~~~~~~~ Drew Carey with no personality
Lula ~~~~~~~~~~ Queen Latifa
Connie Rosolli ~~~~~~~~~~
Vinnie ~~~~~~~~~~ Danny Davito
Joyce Barnhart ~~~~~~~~~~ Pamela Sue Anderson
Dickie Orr ~~~~~~~~~~
Sally Sweet ~~~~~~~~~~
Tank ~~~~~~~~~~
Eddie Gazarra ~~~~~~~~~~
Mrs. Bestler ~~~~~~~~~~

Let me know what you think, please! If we can get all the characters cast, I'll send an email to Janet Evanovich!

I'm off to do a little bit of housework. The pool is calling my name and it needs cleaned as well and I'm in the middle of reading "The Shack" so I'm looking forward to a float in the pool with my book as a reward for the cleaning. We may or may not go downtown tonight to watch the fireworks. We can see enough and hear enough from home, really, and not have to fight the traffic in and find a place to park. I will be stitching later today....

Oh. 1 more thing.....

I love this idea..... a reverse rotation for my stitching.
Read more 'bout it here:

Count me in! I'm doing it. Let me know if you will be doing it too (sounds like a commercial for "results weight loss center", doesn't it?) Life is too short to lose your stitching mojo.

Life's too short. Stitch, eat microwave s'mores, drink a mojito (or 2!), call a friend, mend a fence, be a Tigger, smile at a stranger....

Have a safe and happy holiday, what ever you do!


Itching To Stitch said...

Wow, I am drooling over your stash. I can't wait to see a picture of your Calypso fabric being stitched on ;)

Carol R said...

Great stash haul Martha. I miss Cathy, I miss Sarah and I miss Golden Needle. Stroke some silk floss for me next time you are there!

Bette said...

Your fabric/fiber combos are gorgeous, Martha! Can't wait to see them stitched. Looks like your stitching slump was short and sweet.

Jennifer said...

Nice stash - precisely the reason I have to keep myself restrained whenever I go into my LNS. I am far too tempted by pretty colors for my own good.

On another note, you will have to pick someone else for the Frank Plum part as Peter Boyle passed away in December 2006. Even though I've never read the book, how about James Gardner?