I am now able to take some time to catch up on blog reading and commenting. The past few weeks have been pretty insane since I work retail. The day after Christmas I was at work at 5am preparing for the hoards of returns. It is overwhelming at times and very tiring and the merchandise continues to pile up. The associates in the stockroom have plenty to do sorting, reticketing and rehanging. I would say that the majority of people are pleasant and understanding but it only takes one bad apple to make you feel threatened, which is how we feel in customer service sometimes. I actually get scared on occasion!
Since I've been so busy, I haven't done much stitching but I did manage to finish up an ornament for a dear friend. I'm still learning how to finish the "smalls" and I feel like I am all thumbs sometimes. Part of it is just the fear of destroying the stitching. Seeing this photo reminds me of what a terrible job I did cutting the foam board that I mounted this piece on! I admit that I was in a hurry but still no excuse. I'm so sorry Lee!
freebie from Log Cabin Needlework's
stitched on 32 ct. linen with GA Sampler threads
Thinking I would never win, I entered the December give-away at The Stitcher's Village. I won this huge prize from the Stitcher's Village sponsors!
I received a large tote bag, an insulated mug, a Kreinik needlepoint ornament, a calendar, a mouse pad, 2 large pieces of Picture This Plus fabric (the colors are gorgeous and I'm sure I will use them), and a slew of charts! Many of the charts are from Moonflower Designs, by Patty Hurwitz. Thank you Patty! And there is a Homespun Elegance chart, 2 penny rug patterns which I love, a chart by Angel Stitchin and a needlepoint design by Needle Delights Originals. I didn't want to leave anyone out!
What with recent purchases I have made, this prize and 2 gift certificates I got for Christmas, my supplies are well in hand for a busy, busy year of stitching.
The other day I had some elective surgery to remove some bothersome veins on my right leg, so I have been enjoying some peaceful time in bed with my leg propped up. I am deep into a mystery novel by Elizabeth George which I downloaded to my eReader and I hope to spend some of my free time stitching. Since I lightened my work schedule for next week to recuperate, I am also hoping to make this pretty eReader cover since I haven't been able to find one to fit mine.
All for now but I sure hope I am back sooner than later.