Surf’s Up

Shores 041609

Long time, no blog! You may be wondering what have I been up to? Well, as you can see I did finally manage to get my waves stitched on block 1 of Shores. I’ll be moving up to the top half of the block now. I had hoped to catch up and get through blocks 1 and 2 in April, but well…we’ll see. I haven’t done a ton of stitching lately between migraines and just tiredness. But I have done some reading, which has been really nice. I think maybe my brain just needed a break, you know. I sat aside Pillars of the Earth (which is excellent, by the way), and picked up Dead Until Dark, which is a very fun read. Anyway, I’ll be getting back to Shores soon. But, I am glad to have those waves finished!

Adam & Eve 041609

I’ve also made a bit of progress on Adam & Eve too (also by Carriage House Samplings). This is a fun little stitch. And I am stitching it over one on black. I decided to take my progress photo with my scissors in there, just for scale. I love the size this is turning out to be. Please excuse the cat hair, my hair, and general fluff that this black fabric seems to attract that for some reason shows up glaringly in photos. Don’t those little scissors look giant sized?! I dearly love that little squirrel. He now has a little perch to sit on, and I’ve stitched in Adam’s head (which still needs to be filled in), and I’ve begun work on the tree trunk.


Saturday, I had a pile of mending that needed to be attended to, so I spent some time with my sewing machine. After everything had been repaired, I decided to get out one of my quilts that needed quilting and worked on it a bit. You may remember that this little Valentine’s Day quilt had previously had quilting on it, which I have been ripping out because I wasn’t happy with it. I’ve now finished the ripping out, and I’ve started on the quilting again. It’s turning out nicely so far.


This past weekend was also Easter, so we went to visit family and I took some photos of some fabulous ornaments that my MIL made out of ribbon. Aren’t they fun?



Her good friend made one for me, and then taught her how to do it. I’ll have to remember to take a photo of mine too to share!


And finally, last week Eric and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Even with his father in the hospital (now home and doing well), my sweetie surprised me with two dozen red and white roses as well as a single white rose in our special vase from the Rose Ceremony at our wedding. I am so happy, and I am a lucky lucky girl.

Renewed Promise

I’ve got a new start to show you next time, and I also have some lovely new stash to share as well. Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping in!

I am grateful for my ability to embrace change and to move through what seems like difficult times and see them in a new light.

30 thoughts on “Surf’s Up”

  1. You *are* a lucky woman and Eric is a treasure 🙂 We celebrate 11 years of marriage tomorrow and my DH, although lovely in so many ways, has never bought me flowers. Ah well… 😉

  2. Terri(TerriBoog)

    Happy anniversary, Michelle! I love the single white rose – how romantic! Your progress pics look great! Love the A&E especially. The ornaments from you MIL are really cute – kind of a pine cone – egg!

  3. Happy Anniversary. Eric sounds like such a treasure. Shores is looking great. You just may make it through Block 2 before the end of the month. That block goes pretty fast! And your A&E looks great. Mine is still leaning against the wall on it’s scroll rods pouting as I haven’t picked it up. The ornaments are really nice too! Very colorful and you could do these for all the different holidays and just use the appropriate colors for the season. Can’t wait to see your new start!

  4. Great pictures and progress all the way around. Shores isn’t a favorite of mine, but your pictures are making me reconsider.

    Happy Anniversary!

  5. Happy Anniversary Michelle! I love the ribbon ornaments your mil made but most of all I loved the single white rose and what you are stitching. My word verification word is abler it should have been enabler! Lots of Love Patti xxx

  6. Happy Anniversary!!! Your stitching is looking wonderful! Great job! I love the ornies that you MIL made, those are gorgeous!!!! Very creative!

  7. Happy anniversary, Michelle. It seems it was very romantic one.
    I love your progress pictures, and yes, those little animals are so cute, like the squirrel in A&E, and the seagull in Shores. I always love the details in those samplers.

  8. All of your stitching looks great! I love Shores so far! Happy Belated Anniversary!! What a sweet hubby you have! I can’t wait to see your new start!

  9. Everything is so pretty! I love your Shores progress and the A&E over one is gorgeous.

    The ribbon eggs are so neat.

    Happy anniversary, glad Eric’s dad is home and doing well.

  10. Beautiful projects Michelle! I love your Shores piece, and I can’t wait to see your quilt. Beautiful ribbon ornaments from your MIL. As for the roses – heavy sighs. You are a lucky girl! Congratulations on your anniversary.

  11. Julie's Keepsakes

    Wow! You have been active even with those migraines. Congrats on your 3rd wedding anniversary. We’ll be celebrating our 4th in July, but 8 years a couple in June. I can’t believe it’s been almost 10 years. Yikes!

    I love the progress on your pieces. I’m on block 2 myself. Me and my mother are doing a round robin on this piece. She stitched block 1.

    Those ribboned eggs are so neat. I’ve never seen anything like that. She might even be able to do pine cones for fall. Hmmm…

  12. Very nice progress on both projects. Love how A&E look on the black fabric! And those ribbon eggs are Awesome!!!

  13. Hi Michelle – congratulations on your anniversary. What a sweet guy Eric is!

    Your MIL’s ornaments are really cool!

  14. Shores and A&E are looking great! There’s not much left to do on that block, it will be done before you know it. Congrats on your anniversary!

  15. Wonderful! Happy anniversary again — you have a keeper! Love your WIPs and the ribbon eggs too! How different and pretty! Glad to hear your FIL is doing well.

  16. Happy Anniversary. I just realised that it is my 26th on Thursday.
    Your stitching progress is great. Love A&E and also the ornaments. – Sandra.

  17. Happy belated anniversary, Michelle! I think Eric is pretty lucky, too ;~)
    Lovely stitching as always. Your Shores is beautiful ~ love the colors on that linen. And I must say you are my stitching hero for stitching over one on BLACK! Yikes!The result is amazing!

  18. The Scarlett House

    Belated congratulations on the anniversary, Michelle. Shores looks fabulous on that fabric. I think the over one on black is what is giving you migraines. Good golly, girl. Over one on black? Yikes!

  19. Congrats on your 3rd Anniversary! So sorry you have been plagued with fatigue and headaches, but love your progresses! OH my over 1 on 40 ct! It will be adorable when done, you are just braver then me!

    Those ribbon ornaments are so pretty!

  20. Good evening, Is there any way for you to post the directions for the ribbon ornaments. They are just TOO Cute. Michelle thanks for sharing all your wonderful stitching. Gayle

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