Saturday, December 29, 2007

Engelbreit Progress

We are coming to the end of a very pleasant week. My husband has been at home this week, and it is very nice to have all of us at home at once for several days. We have had a big breakfast every morning. We have had waffles twice, french toast, breakfast burritos, and homemade biscuits with sausage and gravy. Not exactly a low-cal menu. It is a very good thing that this doesn't happen too often. The kids are happy with their new things, especially new Wii and Nintendo DS games, and my husband is happy and fixing things around the house that need to be fixed. And I am happy to spend time with them...and, of course, to stitch.

I picked up my Engelbreit piece yesterday and made some progress. I have stitched part of the sign which will say "To a friend's house, the road is never long" when it is completed. I find this to be such a fun and easy stitch...quite a break from my HAEDs. The bright colors are very different from my usual stitching, and it is fun to do something different. I can even sort of watch TV and stitch this one. Tonight I stitched on it while we were watching a couple episodes from season one of Babylon 5, which was one of husband's Christmas gifts.

I have also been thinking about what I want to start in 2008, and even what I would like to finish in 2008. There are a couple of SALs that I would like to join.

I am trying to choose a sampler to stitch in the Sampler SAL on the HAED Forum. I would really like to do Sampler Saisons by Anagram Diffusion. I just love that design, but the more I think about it, the size of it (549 x 557) is just too intimidating. I am also tempted to start the Historic Countries Sampler being released in sections in The Gift of Stitching online magazine. And finally, I would love to start Mouline Rouge by Long Dog. I am going to have to make a decision soon so I can get the fabric and fibers before the 3rd weekend in January.


Vonna said...

The BEST thing about the Holidays is the time spent with family and the "slowness" after the madness :)
Glad your enjoying yours!

Kathy A. said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog the other day and leaving such a nice comment. It is a pleasure to have you. I look forward to learning about you and your stitching. Will stop by again.

Sally said...

Your Engelbreit piece is looking gorgeous!

I love this time of year. I have my DH at home until Wednesday and the girls are off school until the 8th and it's so nice to spend time together and relax:)

Pumpkin said...

Oh, your Engelbreit piece is gorgeous! I love the bright colors :o) I've only seen her really small kits.

I say go with LD but then, I just LOVE their samplers. I do like the one in TFOS though. Tough decision!

Kyrie said...

The engelbreit piece looks like fun :) I'm sure whatever piece you choose for the sampler SAL, you'll have fun - and big pieces are fun too, trust me (says she who is incapable of stitching small ones!)

As for calvinism - whatever flavour of Christianity we both are, we can appreciate beautiful things :) And icons (and home altars, which is what an icon corner is) just serve to remind us of the communion of Saints, and give us somewhere to focus and pray each day. I'm rather grateful to my future FIL for my table!

Thanks for the comments :)

Ranae said...

Your Engelbreit piece is looking great.
The breakfast sure sounds yummy.
Continue to enjoy everyone being home.
Those charts are stunning. I know I have a few big ones lined up for 2008 too. I would love to get a HAED kitted up. I love so many of thier designs.
Happy New Year!!

Beatrice said...

I hope you had a great holiday season.
Your works are lovely and i look forward to seeing more.
I see you might do a long Dog sampler Mouline Rouge by Long Dog.I am doing Paradigm Lost in a SAL we have a blog
where we all post have a look.
It is a snowbird SAL.
Have a great day!