Whale of a Time

Earth Sampler 072009

The past week has not been conducive to stitching. As usual, there’s lots going on in my little world. So, no stitching at all during the week. And I think it was only over the weekend that I was able to pick up a needle. On Saturday, I got up early for my 5K training. We actually ended up walking 3.2 miles in under an hour. I was so excited about that!! I felt really good, and finally felt like “ok, I can really do this!”. Then I went and weighed in for the week and had a pretty good loss. Then Eric and I went to Lone Star Park for our annual day at the races. I’ll have photos soon. And the horse I picked for the last race came in second, so we won some good money on that last race! Thank you Diamante de Oro!! Unfortunately, by the end of our afternoon, I began to feel that all was not right with the world. During the latter part of my walk that morning I knew my shoes were rubbing and that I was probably getting blisters. My heels didn’t look too bad when I got home, and it wasn’t until later that afternoon that the blisters actually started to show up. And I have never had blisters this bad before. I can barely walk today and I look like a complete idiot hobbling around work. So, not sure how this bodes for my walk on Saturday (luckily the 5k is a couple of weeks away still). But relaxing stitching time was definitely necessary yesterday!

So, as you can see I made pretty good progress on Earth Sampler. We finished watching Season 1 of True Blood and I stitched. I finished up the row with the whale, ripped out the h, i, j that I’d stitched in Sable and restitched it in Cinnamon, and then I stitched p through v on the next row, and finally started the row below it too. So excited I got to finally use the Peacock thread! Love that blue!! Now that I’ve switched out to the Cinnamon from the Sable that wasn’t working I am absolutely in love with this piece. I love stitching on it and it is turning out so pretty (in my opinion). Of course, the yeti fabric is still difficult to photograph, but I’m getting closer I think. Such a super fun stitch! And I sure needed that after dealing with my blistered self all weekend.

And, although my mail carrier is a complete ass who loves to bend and fold any piece of mail he or she is delivering, I got some good mail this weekend! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before that I signed up at the Country Sampler for their Stacy Nash club? Back at the beginning of the year, I received the first installment. The back of the heart will have a wool pocket to hold scissors.

Country Sampler Stacy Nash Kit #1

Then, a few months later I received the second installment. This is a sweet little piece that has a velvet pocket on the inside, and then a little wool heart-shaped pocket to hold scissors and of course a place to put your needles.

Country Sampler Stacy Nash Kit #2

And then this weekend, I received package #3. Isn’t this the cutest thing?

Country Sampler Stacy Nash Kit #3

One of these days I’ll make some time to stitch these up. Until then, I’ll just keep stitching along on my Earth Sampler.

48 thoughts on “Whale of a Time”

  1. Anna van Schurman

    Try JnJ’s Advance Healing Blister bandages for your blisters. They work great. And you’ll be walking quickly again in no time.

  2. Anna van Schurman

    Try JnJ’s Advance Healing Blister bandages for your blisters. They work great. And you’ll be walking quickly again in no time.

  3. LOL! I was reading along on your blog from work (the best place in my opinion to read blogs) and I burst out laughing at your characterization of the “complete ass” mail carrier. Must be related to mine, who tears around in a little jeep like an idiot, putting everyone’s mail in the wrong boxes and folding/bending/crushing stuff. The UPS guy, on the other hand, just lobs it up onto our step from the street, like sinking a basket. Extra points for hitting the window and landing in the bushes.

    Love the blister bandages–not sure what brand I use, but they have this cool gel stuff that’s fun to squeeze. Hah! I’m really four years old! And if those shoes did that kind of damage, they must be really pretty, because ugly shoes never do that.

  4. LOL! I was reading along on your blog from work (the best place in my opinion to read blogs) and I burst out laughing at your characterization of the “complete ass” mail carrier. Must be related to mine, who tears around in a little jeep like an idiot, putting everyone’s mail in the wrong boxes and folding/bending/crushing stuff. The UPS guy, on the other hand, just lobs it up onto our step from the street, like sinking a basket. Extra points for hitting the window and landing in the bushes.

    Love the blister bandages–not sure what brand I use, but they have this cool gel stuff that’s fun to squeeze. Hah! I’m really four years old! And if those shoes did that kind of damage, they must be really pretty, because ugly shoes never do that.

  5. Your Earth Sampler is coming along so nicely! And I love you Stacy Nash kits, they are fabulous!

    Hope your blisters heal quickly, that is so painful!

  6. Your Earth Sampler is coming along so nicely! And I love you Stacy Nash kits, they are fabulous!

    Hope your blisters heal quickly, that is so painful!

  7. Love that Earth Sampler…I have it kitted up too but like your changes. Thanks for sharing it…and those Stacy Nash kits are all darling! I will be with her at a workshop in November at Country Sampler (love that store). Stacy and I share the same Birthday and will be celebrating there!!! pj

  8. Love that Earth Sampler…I have it kitted up too but like your changes. Thanks for sharing it…and those Stacy Nash kits are all darling! I will be with her at a workshop in November at Country Sampler (love that store). Stacy and I share the same Birthday and will be celebrating there!!! pj

  9. I stitched Earth Sampler earlier this year, and just got it framed, it is sweet, yours looks lovely and I LOVE that fabric your stitching it on.
    Stacy Nash lives up the road from me about 30 minutes…how cool is that?! 🙂

  10. I stitched Earth Sampler earlier this year, and just got it framed, it is sweet, yours looks lovely and I LOVE that fabric your stitching it on.
    Stacy Nash lives up the road from me about 30 minutes…how cool is that?! 🙂

  11. Oh that whale! He’s so cute. And you evil temptress… Cast Your Spells is awesome.

    Hope your feet heel (ha! I make a pun) well and soon. I swear by anti-biotic ointment & band-aids.

  12. Oh that whale! He’s so cute. And you evil temptress… Cast Your Spells is awesome.

    Hope your feet heel (ha! I make a pun) well and soon. I swear by anti-biotic ointment & band-aids.

  13. Ha, your description of the mailman sounds like mine – our mailboxes are on the street and he is not pleased if he has to walk to the front door and deliver because the package was too big for him to mutilate in the mailbox. I love those Stacy Nash designs. Those are going to be so much fun to stitch! And good luck with the blisters – sounds like the blister bandages would be a good thing to try.

  14. Ha, your description of the mailman sounds like mine – our mailboxes are on the street and he is not pleased if he has to walk to the front door and deliver because the package was too big for him to mutilate in the mailbox. I love those Stacy Nash designs. Those are going to be so much fun to stitch! And good luck with the blisters – sounds like the blister bandages would be a good thing to try.

  15. Ouch on the blisters! There are definitely blister bandages. I had to buy them all the time for my daughter when she was doing ballet. I love that Stacy Nash club! How cool is that! Enjoy it! Good luck with those blisters and the walk and all! Love the Earth Sampler too, of course! 😀

  16. Ouch on the blisters! There are definitely blister bandages. I had to buy them all the time for my daughter when she was doing ballet. I love that Stacy Nash club! How cool is that! Enjoy it! Good luck with those blisters and the walk and all! Love the Earth Sampler too, of course! 😀

  17. Terri(TerriBoog)

    Oooh, I hate blisters! I hope yours are better soon. Great progress on Earth Sampler and I love the Stacy Nash club – wonder if it’s too late to join?

  18. Terri(TerriBoog)

    Oooh, I hate blisters! I hope yours are better soon. Great progress on Earth Sampler and I love the Stacy Nash club – wonder if it’s too late to join?

  19. Love your Earth Sampler. Love the little whale and the color is just perfect.
    Sorry about those blisters. Hope that doesn’t discourage you from your next walk/run.

  20. Love your Earth Sampler. Love the little whale and the color is just perfect.
    Sorry about those blisters. Hope that doesn’t discourage you from your next walk/run.

  21. Your Earth Sampler is looking good…now I want to stitch this one too. I’ll need to remember the color changes you are making!

    Hope your blisters heal soon!

  22. Your Earth Sampler is looking good…now I want to stitch this one too. I’ll need to remember the color changes you are making!

    Hope your blisters heal soon!

  23. mainely stitching

    I also have a bugger of a time getting decent-fitting shoes for walking. I love summer, when I can get “athletic sandals” and the blister issue dissapears for a few months.

    My regular mail carrier is a dear – he just LOVES all the international post the flows into our house and often has questions about where this or that place is and have I lived there, etc. However, before we had him, we had some horror that seemed bent on ruining every piece of mail that came here.

    Earth Sampler’s looking great!

  24. mainely stitching

    I also have a bugger of a time getting decent-fitting shoes for walking. I love summer, when I can get “athletic sandals” and the blister issue dissapears for a few months.

    My regular mail carrier is a dear – he just LOVES all the international post the flows into our house and often has questions about where this or that place is and have I lived there, etc. However, before we had him, we had some horror that seemed bent on ruining every piece of mail that came here.

    Earth Sampler’s looking great!

  25. Cognratulations on the 3.2 in under an hour! You can do it!

    Love your Earth Sampler – it’s such a fun deisgn. And you have a nice collection of Stacy Nash.

    Hope your blisters disappear quickly.

  26. Cognratulations on the 3.2 in under an hour! You can do it!

    Love your Earth Sampler – it’s such a fun deisgn. And you have a nice collection of Stacy Nash.

    Hope your blisters disappear quickly.

  27. The Scarlett House

    Hi Michelle, I pretty much wear flip flops all year long. Two weeks ago we went out. I wore some dressy sandals, got 3 blisters, and was miserable at dinner. There is nothing worse than that stinging pain.
    I just bought the SN book of charts called From Hollyhock Farm. I love it.

  28. The Scarlett House

    Hi Michelle, I pretty much wear flip flops all year long. Two weeks ago we went out. I wore some dressy sandals, got 3 blisters, and was miserable at dinner. There is nothing worse than that stinging pain.
    I just bought the SN book of charts called From Hollyhock Farm. I love it.

  29. Lovely progress and a little time to stitch is better than no time at all!!! Wonderful mail you receieved!!

  30. Lovely progress and a little time to stitch is better than no time at all!!! Wonderful mail you receieved!!

  31. Agh on the blisters! I hope they heal quickly.

    Your progress on Earth Sampler is wonderful. I just love it & want to stitch all of the designs in that series. The Stacy Nash designs are super cute, too!

  32. Agh on the blisters! I hope they heal quickly.

    Your progress on Earth Sampler is wonderful. I just love it & want to stitch all of the designs in that series. The Stacy Nash designs are super cute, too!

  33. Yuck, yuck, yuck on the blisters! No fun, I love the band-aids for blisters.

    Hope you get more stitching time this week, Earth Sampler is so pretty.

  34. Yuck, yuck, yuck on the blisters! No fun, I love the band-aids for blisters.

    Hope you get more stitching time this week, Earth Sampler is so pretty.

  35. mymarkdesigns

    The Earth Sampler is looking good! I sure hope you get your blisters healed up soon, they are no fun at all 🙁

  36. mymarkdesigns

    The Earth Sampler is looking good! I sure hope you get your blisters healed up soon, they are no fun at all 🙁

  37. I just got to tell you I just LOVE this Earth Sampler! I don’t know if it’s the colors, the fabric, the pattern….I think it’s all the above because it just so eye catching to me!

  38. I just got to tell you I just LOVE this Earth Sampler! I don’t know if it’s the colors, the fabric, the pattern….I think it’s all the above because it just so eye catching to me!

  39. Ouch! I hope your blisters heal fast. And your mail carrier might be related to mine–she insists on never, ever ringing the bell to let me know she’s left something on the stoop, even in the rain! What fun mail you got, though! I’m so far behind on following my favorite blogs..lap top still missing.

  40. Ouch! I hope your blisters heal fast. And your mail carrier might be related to mine–she insists on never, ever ringing the bell to let me know she’s left something on the stoop, even in the rain! What fun mail you got, though! I’m so far behind on following my favorite blogs..lap top still missing.

  41. Oh I feel bad about your blisters!! I have an identical mail carrier, lol–not fun to get that bent chart–grrrrr. Your Stacy Nash stash is awesome, I love it! Your WIP is gorgeous and I need to get that sampler! Congrats on your horse coming in for a good win!

  42. Oh I feel bad about your blisters!! I have an identical mail carrier, lol–not fun to get that bent chart–grrrrr. Your Stacy Nash stash is awesome, I love it! Your WIP is gorgeous and I need to get that sampler! Congrats on your horse coming in for a good win!

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