Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Wow! It's been a while!

I can't believe it's been this long since I blogged!  I finally finished up Part 4 of the IsaV Marquior yesterday.  I haven't been stitching at all at home and almost nothing on the train rides to work.  When I first picked this back up two months ago I thought maybe I would want to just get it finished but I'm finding I do want to work on something else.  I'm thinking maybe another month to the big Blackbird Design that I'm half way finished with.  I think I'm on month seven?  I do know it's the block with the swans. 

Remember the needlework casket course I mentioned a couple of months ago?  It started three months ago and we are into the start of designing what we want to put on our boxes.  I mention this because I need to start to work on my embroidery and stumpwork skills.  My embroidery is quite rusty and I don't have any stumpwork skills.  :-)  So I'm looking to work on those.  I've been buying stumpwork books like crazy but all the books in the world don't do me a bit of good if I don't start stitching.  I have this huge fear that I will spend all this money and not even put a single thread to linen. 

Nothing new on the house front - I've been lazy and broke and it's too hot!  To tell the truth, as I write this I'm wondering myself what I've been doing the last month or so.  I don't seem to have anything to show for June.  :-) 

I've starting work with Isabelle on her retrieving skills with an eye toward AKC trials.  It's lots of hard work but she is so much fun!  We spend hours at the dog lake - she loves nothing more than to swim after a duck dummy.  This weekend we are going dock diving for the first time.  I know she is going to love that.  Still doing the occasional agility trial with the pugs.  Big trial coming up in two weeks.  It's Aoife's last chance - if she doesn't turn things around, I'm going to focus on Clancy full time - I don't have enough money to toss away on bad trial behaviour at this point and that's all I'm getting from Aoife. 

Have a great Fourth of July!  I'm on vacation starting tomorrow!  Almost two weeks off! 


Grit said...

Das wird eine tolle Stickerei. Wunderschön.
Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany

Kristen said...

Hi Margie,
I would love to see your progress on Anniversaries of the Heart! I'm stitching it too, as a gift for my mum. The marquoir looks great, but by all means, if you're not 'into' it, put it aside. Stitching should be enjoyable, not a chore. :)

marly said...

Good luck on the stumpwork. You've got so much accomplished on your house already, you deserve a break!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Margie ~
Good to hear from you! Happy 4th to you and all the furbabies.
What is stumpwork?
Pug hugs :)

Giovanna said...

Nice going on the sampler! And good luck with the casket class - I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job.