Monday, August 27, 2007

not much crafting done


Between the agility trial and nice weather I didn't get much done over the weekend. On Sunday I finished off My Quaker House from Blackbird Designs into a bellpull. My mom's birthday is this week and this is her present. I had planned on quilting a bit on Sunday but after I sat down at my table and pulled out some stuff I really didn't feel like it so I put it all away.

Instead I started on a new piece - Alpha Birds from Sheepish Designs. There are three separate designs to the series (Alpha Menagerie and Alpha Sheep) and I'm doing all three on the same piece of 32 count linen. I pulled out a half yard cut piece of Wichelt Latte linen that I picked up at Hobby Lobby for $5.00. I had planned on using a custom cut from Silkweavers but I thought I would save the money. It's working ok I think. I'm not sure if I will stitch all three pieces at this time. I might just do the first chart and then move onto something else. It all depends on my mood. :-)

I have several dahlias in my flower garden. Above is just one. It's a dinner plate variety and it really is the size of a dinner plate. It's just gorgeous so I thought I'd share.

Since I mentioned that I had an agility with Molly over the weekend I thought I should report the results. It was disappointing - Molly ran around the ring during all four runs. Dogs do this when they are anxious and nervous. I had a chat with my agility teacher just last week about her and we both decided it would be best if she didn't perform well in the next two trials that I would stop running her. In the year that we've been doing trials, this is her usual behavior. Since I have another dog who is ready to break out, I really don't have any reason to work with her to break this behavior. She does agility to please me rather than because she loves it. So we all think it's best to end it. I will continue to bring her to trials to keep Clancy and me company but she will not continue in classes after the current session and no more trials at this time. I'll take the money I'll be saving and put it into Clancy. I'll be able to take him to class more and do twice as many trials. I'm a little sad but at the end of the day I just want happy dogs and this will make her happy. :-)

8 comments:

Barbeeque4 said...

The Quaker House bell pull looks great!! The Alpha Birds start is very pretty I can;t wait to see the progress. Good luck with Clancy.

Michelle said...

I love how you finished the Quaker House piece - it's beautiful! Great new start too, I can't wait to see more.

Aprilblue said...

The quaker house bell pull it's good idea. It's beautiful

Mindi said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Molly's poor results in the agility trial, but it really sounds like everyone will be happier with your decision in the long run.

The Quaker House looks lovely, and your finishing is very nice.

BeckySC said...

I love the bellpull! Nice work :)
I must admit that I also LOVE the barnyard Quartet :) TOO cute!!

Itching To Stitch said...

I love your finish. I love your new start. I love your Dahlia. Sorry about your dog being too anxious to do trials, but you sound resolved to the situation ;)

Sharon said...

The bellpull is gorgeous!

Cheryl said...

The bell pull is great! I love this piece, i seen it in my BD book and hope to stitch it one day too