Apr 24, 2013

A better day

Greetings from a very wet Pennsylvania.  The bright side - it's not snow.  Yesterday was a day of mishaps starting with being rear-ended again by a distracted driver at a red light.  No damage, but any little head jerk sends the crazy bone feel back into my arms.  No numbness thank goodness.  Stopped at Giant Eagle to get my Slim-a-Bear klondikes that were on sale, and they were gone.  Rain check.  When I got home I decided to make a hole in the sofa's pile of floss and linen and didn't realize my tiny tiny needle sharp scissors were in the mix.  This was discovered when the point landed and embedded in the top of my foot.  When gathering the charts and papers, somehow they sliced me between the index and middle fingers where a bandaid is impossible.  The brats were sitting on the deck staring at the roofline so I assumed the woodpecker was tearing the siding.  When I stepped out onto the barn stone border and leaned a little too far to see, I tumbled into the soft needle pine tree which prevented me from hitting the ground.  As I composed myself and tried to pet Nitzy, he ripped the inside of my wrist trying to play with my bracelet's charm.  Need I go on?  You get the picture.  Any day I am still here to bitch is a good day but I was starting to get annoyed.

 Today made up for it all.  I received my package from Susan Hoover of Olde Threads.  She stitched Alice Trimble on osnaburg stuffed with sawdust and I am so thrilled.  I saw her work at my friend's home this Christmas and have watched her sales, hoping to nab something.  Anything!  Perfect timing because I love this design and the size.  Shirlee mentioned that she likes stitching on osnaburg also and I've decided to try it.  Love the look.  Now the sawdust thing - I have problems with.  When I stuffed a pinkeep, I had to be careful not to move it because a cloud of fine dust appeared.  Susan's could be thrown against a wall without a speck released!  Next time, I will try a double lining. 
 Check out these adorable tags.  I love primitive that isn't too cute or too grungy and these are just perfect.  I'm a happy girl!  Thank you so much Susan.   Mary Hazlehurst is ready at the framer.   AWARE (battered women shelter) was coming to pick up the dining set, dishes, tablecloths and other household items that I donated at Christmas and in my hurry to get home, I forgot Mary.  They have four beds in one room and it's really cramped, but are in need of a chest of drawers for the ladies' clothing.  I think I can find one for them.
No work has been done on what's-her-name because I'm still messing around with the pear. The basic design is the same in each but I kept adding a few words, changing them, changing them, changing them, and now - nothing.  I removed them!  Just couldn't make up my mind since I liked them all.
One other note.  My brother's black kitty - he was excited because he received a call from a girl wanting to take her that same day.  When the woman pulled up a few hours later, he recognized her from his security guard days at the hospital.  Severely disturbed and brought in to the psych ward often.  Her pets perish when she is held for lengths of time.  He donned a hat and sunglasses trying to disguise, made excuses, and she stormed out of the driveway and headed to our local shelter.  So sad, but this area no longer has facilities or homes for mentally ill who need supervision.
 I just accidentally wiped out the entire post - don't know what the heck I hit - but I found a remedy.  After the shock wore off, I hit the back arrow at the top of the post, and it all returned!!  I better stop before the day starts turning on me.
Have a great day - thank you for visiting!
 
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36 comments:

C. M. Designs said...

wow ! What a day you had. You were blessed not to have gotten injured more than you did with each episode.
It's wonderful that your brother recognized the woman who came for the kitty.. I hate to think what will happen to an animal that she gets from the animal shelter..
We are animal lovers in our home and hear so many horrendous stories about animal abuse.
I'm looking forward to your new pear pattern.. I will enjoy stitching no matter what is on it. ;o)
Your new cross stitch pillow is beautiful.. I know you will enjoy having it in your home.
I hope that tomorrow will be a better day for you.
Take care,
Charlotte in Va.

C. M. Designs said...

wow ! What a day you had. You were blessed not to have gotten injured more than you did with each episode.
It's wonderful that your brother recognized the woman who came for the kitty.. I hate to think what will happen to an animal that she gets from the animal shelter..
We are animal lovers in our home and hear so many horrendous stories about animal abuse.
I'm looking forward to your new pear pattern.. I will enjoy stitching no matter what is on it. ;o)
Your new cross stitch pillow is beautiful.. I know you will enjoy having it in your home.
I hope that tomorrow will be a better day for you.
Take care,
Charlotte in Va.

C. M. Designs said...

Sorry that my comment got on here twice. Don't know how that happened.
Charlotte

mckinney37397 said...

You are too funny-your days sound like mine I didn't think anyone else had those kind of days and mine are frequent. Love your blog it brightens my day and your pears are great.

Lee said...

May today be full of sunshine and lots of joy to make up for yesterday

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I love YOUR basket of YOUR pears...
These will be my next projects. I really like how you have displayed them with your 'cloved pears' too.
Keep safe...probably easier said than done these days. Hope that Black Kitty get a deserving home soon.
Warm Regards with Peace and Blessings,
Barb

Solstitches said...

Lucky you winning that gorgeous pillow. It's beautiful and and will look good along with all of your other stitched treasures.
Margaret

Penny said...

What a crazy day you had! When it rains, it pours, I guess... I've had those days myself.... when you think you'd be better off curling up in bed and staying there!
Love the pinkeep and the great tags.... Glad your brother recognized the gal who showed up for the kitty. Sad that she keeps getting them when she is unable to care for them.... Hope the rest of the week is a good one for you,
Penny

Sweet Sue said...

Call it a lost day and drain your brain friend! Two words for ya Marly: Tylenol PM. xoxo

Deb said...

It sounds like you have had one heck of a day!! You make the whole thing sound funny, but it's definitely not!! Looking forward to you new pear pattern, and don't give up for snow - we've had it here all day in Michigan and it might be coming your way. Only good thing is that it's not sticking.

Primitive Stars said...

Much better day Marly, love the pillow and sweet tags...would make my day too, Blessings Francine.

samplerlover said...

My goodness Marly, you are really baving a bad day. It sounds like that expression - when it rains, it pours.

Love your cushion and the vasket of pears. Looking forward to your next release.

Bertie said...

Oh Marly, you have been unlucky today but must admit I love reading your story's, you somehow make me think it's a book I'm reading! At least your life is colourful! Take care of the needles now, I got this retractable magnet hovering before I sit and recommend it!
The little pillow is adorable and look forward to a new pear soon!
Keep on bitching :)))
Have a fabulous rest of the week!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
So glad you survived and could make us laugh. We're not laughing at you, we're laughing with you :)
Great stitchery from Susan!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Jodi S said...

Wow I think you need to become the bubble girl today! What a day of mishaps! I do love the sawdust pillow! It is lovely!

Simple Pleasure said...

Marly
Thankfully, you were not seriously injured in the vehicle mishap! Regarding the rest of your day...it was an unfortunate "comedy of errors"...one couldn't make this stuff up, if they tried!!!!!!!!!
Here's to a better rest of the week...
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia
PS Love the tuck pillow.

Barb said...

I'm so happy that you survived all those mishaps!! Thank goodness the kitty is safe. What an experience!

Margaret said...

Good heavens! What a day you had! Ouch! Not good. Good on your brother to catch that woman and not give her the kitty. I hope things start getting better now with no more mishaps.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...


when it rain it pours and your day sounds like a downpour. Give yourself permission to prop your feet up and take a deep breath.

Your pears are wonderful--looking forward to your next one

Vera said...

What a day Marly! Yikes!! I probably would've just gone back to bed or something. HOping tomorrow is better/easier. So glad your brother recognized that woman. Love your new little pin pillow...and the pears...

Deborah said...

Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day. Love the bowl of pears.

Marilyn said...

Oh, I hope you have a better day today.
You have received some nice goodies though!
Marilyn

Chris said...

Wow! I think that I would have gotten back in bed and pulled the covers up over my head.

Faye said...

Darling pillow on onsaberg... I'll have to dig some out.... And it's funny a out the sawdust.... I haven't ever used sawdust, although us like to try it.... Just don't have a good source.... I line all my pillows whether poly fill or crushed walnut shells. ... U just can't stand anything poking out...

Hmmmmm.... Now where'd I put that onsaberg???

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Those are "Back to bed" days! Hope today is lovely!

Shirlee said...

I agree with Cricket ... sounds like a good "back to bed" day, or at least a "sit in the recliner & do nothing but stitch & eat" day! Great pillow you got there! Stuffing with sawdust is wonderful but yes, you need to line the osnaburg (or whatever) & the backing. I use a thin iron-on interfacing & it works just great : )

Jeanne said...

Wow Marly what a day you had! Don't you just love Susan Hoover's stitching....I think her work is wonderful too...lucky you to score something of hers. I just ordered some onsaberg...can't wait to try it. Take care...and hopefully you'll have a "safer" day.

Karen said...

Oh my goodness what can I say...I could giggle at all the mishaps but they aren't funny...well at the time they are not but reading how you got them all is quite a story.
Hope you are feeling much better today!

Sweet little stitchery you received. I haven't yet tried sawdust but I have a large bucket of it for 'when I do'.

I'm so glad the kitty DID NOT GO TO THAT LADY! How sad that ending would be.

Blessings for a better day and a big hug.
Karen

Vickie said...

Keep your wrist clean! Don't need infection, right?
I had to check twice your first picture! It looks fabulous! I thought it was a picture of a pattern photo. =)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Bless your heart! I hope you have a MUCH better day today!

OldeThreads said...

Holy Cow Marly, just wandering through blogs cause I'm sick of stitchin and what do I see......! I'am so sorry to hear you've had such a bad day, but am glad the pillow arrived safe and sound, and most important that you like it. I am honored that you would write of it on your blog, well my day got better! Yes, when working on osnaburg make sure that you use a piece of iron on lightweight interfacing on the part that is stitched, it gives your pillow a little firmness, and prevents stitches from ripping when you are filling with sawdust. Don't be afraid to pack that sawdust in there, you can always empty if its too full. Thank you again Marly!

OldeThreads said...

Bless your heart Marly, what a horrible day, and I sick of stitching was just wandering the blogs,and there was my pillow! I just love how you have it displayed, more important that it arrived safely and you like it.The US mail surely couldn't crush that one! Yes, when working on osnaburg I always use a piece of lightweight iron on interfacing on the side that is stitched, gives a bit of firmness and prevents your stitches from getting ripped out when you stuff. Can't wait to see what you do on it. Better day tomorrow for you, got me wanting ice cream now! Thank You for your kind words! ~Susan~

OldeThreads said...

Well you can tell I am having that evening glass of wine....double posts....no stitching for me tonight.

Kathy said...

It sounds like your day was bad news from start to finsh! I sure hope today has been better for you.
So glad your brother saved the day for the kitty. I just hate to hear that an animal has been mistreated.
And, that's a cute little pillow you received as a gift. Hope the rest of the week is good to you.

moosecraft said...

Oh Marly! Sounds like a good day for chocolate! I am super relieved that the rear-ender did not aggravate the neck too much. Scary stuff! I was lucky enough to purchase a stitched set from Susan Hoover last year... her stuff is awesome! Enjoy!

Judy said...

Hope you have a better day today. I love the pillow. I just discovered her patterns and purchased 3 yesterday. I have stitched on osnaburg and also love the look. I found it a little difficult to stitch on because it is small but I am going to keep trying. I'm going to coffee stain some today. You need to shrink it before you stitch and the coffee staining kills 2 birds with one stone.

Love your blog,
Judy
judy@atticraggedys.com

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