Monday, January 21, 2013

New Year and way to long for a new post

Let's try to restart this blog again. I have two new employees starting this month and I am hopeful that I will finally be able to exhale. 2012 was a whirl wind and I am looking forward to calmer and quieter 2013. Maybe even some rest and relaxation.

With rest in mind I registered today for the New England Stitching Retreats in the Shaker Great Stone Dwelling House. Since I grew up in New Hampshire and haven't been back there since I was 16, I thought I could combine a stitching retreat with a trip back to my birthplace. I'll travel up for the stitching and then rent a car for a few days of wandering through my past.

It looks like my last post was before I bought my house, a big step for someone who has been an apartment dweller for about 20 years. Three days after moving in a hail storm destroyed the roof and gutters etc. So I got a crash course on home ownership. But several months and a new roof later all is well. At least my car was safe in the garage during the storm, a luxury I never had in any of the apartments.

FYI, since we last spoke I adopted Lucky a terrier/beagle/??? mix. She was 4 1/2 years old and had never had any shots or been neutered. So we had a lot of new things to go through with her, not all great. But she has adjusted beautifully and now runs my household. I hadn't had a pet since my children were babies so this was a big transition for me.

If this all wasn't enough, right before the house, I became supervisor of the department I worked in and hired a new person, all at the same time. It has been a huge learning experience for me, and after a few ups and downs, hence the two new employees, I am beginning to get my bearings.

Enough of all that life business, lets share some stitching. Although my stitching time was limited, I did get a few things finished and a few more started.
Here is Ida Mae finished but not yet framed.

Then three other small finishes

I finished another large piece but I don't have the picture in the right place so I will show you next time. I am currently working on Border Study in Red II and a couple of small projects that I will also share as we go along. I need to get a better handle on the changes in Blogger for the pictures, these took forever to get on here and they look terrible.

Good to be back. Talk to you again soon. CJ in OK


Mary said...

Great I see a bird theme here??
Glad you're back and looking forward to seeing more stitching pics.
Hope things settle in at work so you'll have more time for you.

Chris said...

What a busy year CJ! I hope that things are smooth sailing from now on.
You finished some lovely pieces.
Have a great week!

Nicola said...

Moving house is very stresssful but welcoming a dog into your family mus bring you great pleasure.

Sheri Zimmerman said...

Good job on Ida Mae. I have been trying to find this pattern for a long time and have been unsuccessful. Would you be willing to loan or sell me the pattern? Thanks, Sheri

Karen said...

It sounds like you've been pretty busy in 2012 with a new house, a dog, and new job. Hopefully things will settle down for you in 2013! Cute stitching pieces! Look forward to seeing more! :)

Meari said...

Congrats on all your finishes, CJ. Boy, you have been busy! Glad the new home is working out for you.