A Gift and Number 61

Quaker Needleminder 3 111107
Motif from Quaker a Six Mains Needleminder
A Mon Ami Pierre
Weeks Cadet on 28ct Sugar Cookie from Silkweaver
Beaded Ruffle with Mill Hill Antique Glass Beads 03035
Finished 10/7/07

I hope you are all having a great week. I still have not managed to get a lot of stitching done, which is frustrating. Just too many things keeping me occupied. But, first – I got word that KarenV had received the needleminder that I made for her. I wanted to send her a little something to show her how much I appreciated all the inspiration and support that she’s given to me in my year and a half of blogging. I’m so glad you like it, Karen!

I have been somewhat productive this week though. I finished reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which means…I can cross number 61 off my 101 Things List! Woohoo!! I’ve had this on my “to read” list for years and years, and just never got around to it. Which is why I put it on my 101 Things list. The book was really very good, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes I find that books from the late 19th century are a bit hard to plow through, but this one was very engaging. The narrative is presented in a series of letters and diary entries. Well worth the read if you are at all interested in the subject.

Yesterday was a very busy day as I had several appointments and was out of the house the majority of the day. I have two, I guess I would call them mentors/guides/advisors, and I met with one of them yesterday. She was able to assist me with putting some perspective on everything that’s gone on recently. As I look back on the past ten years or so, November and December do seem to be a time of endings and change for me. So, I am glad it is now January and a time for new beginnings. She also helped me gain a little bit of peace about Hamlet, and with Romeo’s change. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to visit with her yesterday morning.

The job hunt is still on and I have two interviews scheduled. I’ve also made some resolutions with regard to my home project this year. If you’re interested – you can take a look at my cozystyle blog to read more about it.

I thought I’d leave you with some more photos of New York, from our first full day there.

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This is the UNICEF snowflake (57th & 5th).

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Bergdorf Goodman (58th & 5th). As you can see, so many of the buildings have decorations.

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Here are some around the windows and doors at Van Cleef & Arpels.

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And as you walk down the sidewalk, there is often scaffolding erected in front of a building, such as at Cartier. But, at Cartier, they had decorated the scaffolding, so walking in front of their store, it was like you were in a little Christmas cave, with white lights, garland and Christmas carols playing outside. So fun!

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That’s all for me today – I hope to check in soon with a finish – fingers crossed!

I am grateful for taking action and making progress.

48 thoughts on “A Gift and Number 61”

  1. I love my needleminder so much! Thanks again Michelle for such a beautiful gift 🙂

    I’m glad your mentor/adviser was able to help you come to terms with a few things – onward and upward.

    More lovely pics – it sounds like a fabulous trip!

  2. I love my needleminder so much! Thanks again Michelle for such a beautiful gift 🙂

    I’m glad your mentor/adviser was able to help you come to terms with a few things – onward and upward.

    More lovely pics – it sounds like a fabulous trip!

  3. I’m glad that Karen loved her needleminder; I know I love mine! You are so kind and thoughtful.

    I’m glad that you were able to meet with a mentor and gain a different perspective on recent events.

    Good luck with your interviews!

  4. I’m glad that Karen loved her needleminder; I know I love mine! You are so kind and thoughtful.

    I’m glad that you were able to meet with a mentor and gain a different perspective on recent events.

    Good luck with your interviews!

  5. Lovely needleminder!

    Good luck with new beginnings 🙂

    BTW I love Dracula and Whitby is a great place too visit too.

  6. Lovely needleminder!

    Good luck with new beginnings 🙂

    BTW I love Dracula and Whitby is a great place too visit too.

  7. The Silver Thistle

    What a great gift! How did you do the ruffle? It’s so cute and just ‘finishes’ it all.

    BTW, I’ve hunted and hunted for Karen’s blog and keep coming up blanks for her. There’s nothing for her blogspot blog and her wordpress one is deleted.

    Any chance you could nudge me in the direction please?

  8. The Silver Thistle

    What a great gift! How did you do the ruffle? It’s so cute and just ‘finishes’ it all.

    BTW, I’ve hunted and hunted for Karen’s blog and keep coming up blanks for her. There’s nothing for her blogspot blog and her wordpress one is deleted.

    Any chance you could nudge me in the direction please?

  9. Lovely needleminder. I love everything about it ~ color, motif, finishing ~ everything! And more nice photos, too!

  10. Lovely needleminder. I love everything about it ~ color, motif, finishing ~ everything! And more nice photos, too!

  11. That is one awesome needleminder!! Please, please share on your blog how to make one..a tutorial or just some plain instructions would be fabulous! It is absolutely darling (and so small). Congratulations to you the creator & to the receiver as well.

  12. That is one awesome needleminder!! Please, please share on your blog how to make one..a tutorial or just some plain instructions would be fabulous! It is absolutely darling (and so small). Congratulations to you the creator & to the receiver as well.

  13. Love the needleminder Michelle! And your trip looks so fun, I’ve never been to NYC. I read Dracula too and liked it -one thing I thought was interesting was how the women were put on such pedestals – impossibly “pure” and “good”. 🙂

  14. Love the needleminder Michelle! And your trip looks so fun, I’ve never been to NYC. I read Dracula too and liked it -one thing I thought was interesting was how the women were put on such pedestals – impossibly “pure” and “good”. 🙂

  15. Deborah/LavenderRose

    That is a gorgeous little treasure you stitched Michelle! The beaded ruffle is wonderful. You do very fine work. I know this is not the easiest time…looking for a new job, but you have so much to offer. Turn on your heart light, and you’ll dazzle them! Love and hugs, Deb

  16. Deborah/LavenderRose

    That is a gorgeous little treasure you stitched Michelle! The beaded ruffle is wonderful. You do very fine work. I know this is not the easiest time…looking for a new job, but you have so much to offer. Turn on your heart light, and you’ll dazzle them! Love and hugs, Deb

  17. Deborah/LavenderRose

    PS: Now that you’ve read “Dracula,” I’m hoping you’ll go on to Anne Rice and her fabulous vampires!! Oh, they are yummy! :f Hugs, Deb

  18. Deborah/LavenderRose

    PS: Now that you’ve read “Dracula,” I’m hoping you’ll go on to Anne Rice and her fabulous vampires!! Oh, they are yummy! :f Hugs, Deb

  19. Ruth Rachel Vendsel

    Hi Michelle, exquisite little finish!

    We took a quick overnight trip to NYC this Christmas and I remember the Cartier decorations- they were gorgeous and lavish at night!

  20. Ruth Rachel Vendsel

    Hi Michelle, exquisite little finish!

    We took a quick overnight trip to NYC this Christmas and I remember the Cartier decorations- they were gorgeous and lavish at night!

  21. Hi, I followed a link from another blog to yours and just want to leave a comment. You’ve had some amazing finishes and I just LOVE your quilts.

    I’ve added your blog to my list for regular reading.

  22. Hi, I followed a link from another blog to yours and just want to leave a comment. You’ve had some amazing finishes and I just LOVE your quilts.

    I’ve added your blog to my list for regular reading.

  23. I love the needleminder you made. I am hoping to try and make one but am not sure that I could do as well with the beaded edge, yours is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing the NYC pics. I live 1 hour away in CT and never venture in to the city.

  24. I love the needleminder you made. I am hoping to try and make one but am not sure that I could do as well with the beaded edge, yours is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing the NYC pics. I live 1 hour away in CT and never venture in to the city.

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