Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Acorn Hill

It's been a very busy time around here, and not much fun. Right after I posted last time, the truck went down again, and hubby was home for 12 days. There was a choice to be made, either fix the old truck, or try to get another truck. I kind a figured that we had put so much money into the old truck that it should be new again, but hubby didn't see it that way. And because he used the title for the old truck as security for purchasing a truck he wanted to put a driver into, and that one hasn't been paid for either, he couldn't use the old one as a trade in. Oh, the drama continues, and for the first time in my life, I hate trucks.

Have you ever seen an Irishman mope? That should be MOPE in capital letters. Irishmen are depressing when they are in a funk, or trying to make a decision, or worried about finances. And my Irishman does it all to the extreme. He must have made 500 phone calls, eaten me out of house and home, tracked in dirt and crud from the garage, did totally nothing for several days, and then tried to get everything he wanted done in a day. HE DROVE ME CRAZY!!!

I have to say, I'm very glad I was stitching on a Little House Needlework project--if it had been a Shepherd's Bush, I'd have made a cake of it. But, with LHN, I can not only enjoy the stitching but not have to worry so much about a certain person talking while I'm counting. Or snoring. And this piece really gave me the "soothing" I needed during this difficult time. So, without further ado, here is Acorn Hill.

This piece was charted for either Crescent colours cotton or Crescent colours silk, so with the choice, I decided on the silks. But, now I need to be careful. I have found out that Chad's cat loves my silks--she stood up on her hind legs and snagged my ring of silks and ran off with them. I caught her before she'd done any damage, but now I have to watch her when I get the silks out.

Now that Shawn is back on the road, I'll be getting the saw out and making a frame for this piece and for my newest project, "Sunflower Inn". About all that's been done on that is the stitched border and the sun, so I didn't take a picture of it yet.

This last picture is the gift Chad got me for Mother's Day. This is the 2009 Friends of Boyd's Bears club kit, with a basket, stuffed bear and a treasure box (I collect their treasure boxes). Wasn't this a sweet thing for him to do? Now I get to find a good use for this lovely basket.

Thanks for stopping by, and many thanks and appreciation for the loving comments you all left me. The encouragement, sympathy and love made me cry and smile at the same time. Thank you all so much. And thank you all for your posts. They really keep me entertained.

Stitch on, my friends--for you all are my friends, the friends of my heart. What blessings you all are!


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Love your LHN finish and isn't it great to have something to soothe our souls when our savage beasts are whaling?! Great job! Love his M's day gift for you also!

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

I just found your blog today - what great work you do! I LOVE what you did with "My Needles Work" where you did a mini-sampler. It is so much better than the rooster and worth all the work. I'm with you on mopey husbands - although mine is Polish. :)

Leigh said...

Your finish is wonderful!! Hope things are looking up now for y'all!!

Brigitte said...

Your finish looks so great. It's a wonderful design and also in my stash. Can't wait to see it framed. I hope that things will get better for you soon.

Nicole said...

Hi Debs,

I'm so sorry you've been going through so much stress! I hope things start to get better soon. I love your latest finish. It's so pretty! Can't wait to see you new start on Sunflower Inn! :)

Siobhan said...

Love your LHN finish! Sorry to hear about the troubles. I don't know what's worse, worrying yourself or watching your spouse worry. I have a magnet that says, "There is reason to believe that some people can marry an Irish person and still go on to lead a normal and productive life". It says it all--and I'm of Irish descent!! LOL I'm looking forward to seeing your new LHN. Hang in there!

Susan said...

I'm sorry that your husband has been under foot recently!

Your Acorn Hill finish is beautiful! Are you going to frame that yourself?

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Hi Deb! Thanks for the comment on my cabinet. I sanded it a bit first then painted it, then sanded it with three grits of sandpaper (progressively more fine) and then stained it, then varnished it with a satin varnish. All with sponge "brushes". Took some time but was relatively easy! Thanks for the compliments!

Von said...

Very nice finish, Deb! So sorry to read of your truck troubles, and hope things straighten out soon!