Oct 7, 2012

Something pink for you, and a rest for me!

Hi all.  It's October.   *#&*!  The month of pink.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I am offering an 18 x 25 piece of a beautiful shade of pink linen (30 count?), matching jumbo rick rack called Sweet Peach that is discontinued, Wildflowers in Rosebud, Cherry Cordial, and 2 skeins of Parfait.  Rosebud doesn't appear to be a full skein.  If you would like to have this small offering of pinkness, please leave a comment stating so.
Thursday evening I received a call from my carpenter/construction wizard, saying he had Friday free and could come over to work.  YES!!!  We had to have 5/8" dense and heavy underlayment removed beneath carpeting in preparation for 3/4" wood flooring.  A nightmare, and we knew it would be.  It was nailed every 4 inches so the pry bars were breaking off pieces that went flying through the air along with a heavy dust.  I was carrying garbage cans filled with pieces and nails outside, and anything bigger than 5" was taken dragged to the spit to burn.  I begged him to take breaks!!   He works alone, fast, and hard and I could barely keep up.  We didn't have a dumpster or any plan since it was such short notice.  But I'm not complaining - it's done.  Here he is on the last few nails after cleanup, and my fire with the only two larger pieces on top of the burning smalls.  This pile was only 1 hour into the work, and we worked for 6 hours.  Before someone asks, no we don't roast lambs here - we don't eat babies including veal.  He put the carpeting back down over the plywood and it's ready for the new floor.  Furniture is back and most of the "stuff" from the room is somewhere - not sure where - don't really care.


I am sucking down the Advil again today and almost fully recovered but I have to say - I really felt my age.  My wrist brace made it more difficult and my sore leg didn't help either.  But there's nothing wrong with a little hard work and aches are only temporary.  He'll be back to remove the ash floor in the kitchen and put down whatever we decide throughout.  I want pine.  No one agrees. 
I had a wonderful surprise as I dragged my butt to the mailbox.  Penny was so sweet to send me some strawberry corn!!  Thank you again Penny!!  I plan on making a garland. 
I also forgot to mention in the last post that the flexible cutting mat for the kitchen can be used in place of Mylar if you can't find a nice piece. It's much heavier but still flexible.  I tried it for a colonial style sewing bag/pouch but being so flexible, it didn't keep the larger piece's top edge from bending when hung from its straps.  Usually I slip the bottom of a wire hanger or a small diameter dowel rod in the top edge to hold it open and flat.  That works great. 
A few stitchers have stitched my pear!   The first one is here -eefsneedle. 
The second is found here - jubama. She used Crescent Colours.   Love the photos and both used a real stem.  I'm so glad to see these and am happy you like the design.  It's a quick stitch! 

 I'll end on this observation ~ really~ where did the phrase "worked my ass off" come from because in 61 years, it's never happened.  It seems to hang lower and get wider with every job, but it doesn't appear to be leaving.  Just curious.
Hope you're enjoying your weekend.  I appreciate your visit and have so many new blogs to check out!    Don't forget - if you want the pink supplies, please let me know in a comment on this post.  I'll draw a name next Friday at 9pm.
Stay safe and thank you so much for visiting!!


60 comments:

Vickie said...

Whooeee! I saw your title and zipped over here. You know I love me some pink!! Count me in please!
Hey, my derriere has gone nowhere my whole life either! ;P

Cathy Pavlovich said...

I'd like to enter your drawing please! You've got some cute finishes and I love that strawberry corn!
Cathy

connie said...

I would like to be entered in your pink drawing..

barbara said...

The pink awareness is such a great idea that I'm stealing it! :) And I'd love to be entered into your drawing, too - I have a very pink little girl that I could make something for. :)

I love your reflection on aches and pains being temporary. Would you pass that word out to others? It makes me so sad to see people crying off physical efforts because of the temporary pains that can result.

Catherine said...

Still laughing about the "working your ass off" observation! It always feels so good to have aches and pains from a day of this type of hard work, where you know the end result will be so worth it!
I love your pink idea and would love to have a chance ~ thanks!

Tracey said...

That's so wonderful of you to be sharing the pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month! I would love to have a chance at your draw...unfortunately I am one of those people who is fighting this disease after being diagnosed in June. My stitching is one of those things that really helps to keep my mind occupied :-)

Can't wait to see the finished product when your floors are all done. We have pine throughout our house (love them!) but they were there when we moved in... they were put down when the house was built 100 years ago!

Solstitches said...

Would love to enter your pink draw please Marly.
Loving the finished pears.
Margaret

Carol S said...

Please enter me in your drawing, Marly. I look forward to reading your blog.
Carol S

P.J. said...

Go PINK! I have to agree with you, pink is not a fav of mine either, but I am all about awareness. Nice of you to incorporate this month's awareness cause in a give away.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I love your pear chart.Thank you. It's started me off thinking a whole collection of pears would be nice. Pease enter me in your pinkness draw. Irene xxx

Nancy said...

Love pink! Love your blog! Love your humor! I have 3 ornaments lined up for finishing and I plan to use your method. Wish me luck!

Judy said...

Obviously whoever said "work your ass off" didn't have one to begin with!!! The aches and pains are worth it when you see the result. The floor sounds like it will be beautiful. Love wood floors.

Your giveaway items of pink are lovely...please add me to your drawing.

Mary is looking good. Thanks for the mylar idea--I will be able to apply that to a few things. You are always sharing great advise with us!

Judy heartland stitcher

Deb said...

Oh, I love pink and would love to be entered!

Yipee on the flooring start! I know you're so excited to see it happen, but definitely not all the work involved!

Evelyne said...

Thank you for the link in your post,you made a mistake, so it doesn't work because it is eefsneedle

I love pink so please entered my in the draw.

Evelyne

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
People always say the mind is the first thing to go. I say, no, it the bottom of your butt hitting the back of your thighs!
Great pink idea but don't count me in. I am not a pink person so probably would never use it (if you happened to choose me). Friday at work it was so neat to see almost all the "macho men" wearing a pink ribon.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Mouse said...

gosh love that pink I have the LHN breast cancer chart (from a few years back) that needs kitting up and that would be perfect to make up and send to raise funds at the attic auction ... if not this year then defo next if my name was pulled out of the hat :)
gosh your floor looks fab and well done on getting it burnt too ... and cute pears .. have printed off just need to sort out some threads and fabbie for it :)
hope you ain't so achy today :) love mouse xxxx

Faye said...

I would definitely love to be a part of the giveaway! I always stitch something to send to The Attic for their annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser and those lovely pink goodies sure would go to good use in helping me stitch up something to donate.... Thanks for the chance!

Faye
Carolinastitcher

Carole W. said...

Marly, I would love to be incuded in the drawing for PINK< PINK< PINK. We've watched a lot of football this weekend and love seeing the players with their pink shoes, pink gloves, chin guards, etc. etc. etc! Good for them!

Love the finished pears! And at
my age, I guess I've "worked my ass off" and it left because I now need a cushion for my bony butt!!

cucki said...

Oh, I love pink and would love to be entered!
love the pears so much..
hugs xxx

capecodgirl565 said...

All the pink items are such a soft and pretty shade. I would love to be entered for a chance to win.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Yikes...every time I go away for a few days and then come back to visit, I feel like I've missed out big time....Mylar? Pears? New flooring? Holy cats. Yes, I'll read on and figure out what I missed...but holy cats! (There, that's two "holy cats" in one comment....)

Lucky you getting new floors....we finally put flooring in in our basement and I absolutely HATE it...Yes, I was consulted, but given few choices to choose from and just didn't have the time to scout out something "right." Worst of all, it doesn't come close to matching (or even coordinating with) the trimwork and other wood work down there. YUCK! So go my home re-do projects.

Fun idea you came up with to honor the breast cancer awareness effort. I'm not a big pink person either, so please don't include me in your generous draw....but thanks for the thought!

Love those pears....and your strawberry corn....Funny observation but I'm one of those who wish I had a bit more padding back there. Now, if I could just move it from other parts of my body, I'd be good to go. ;o) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Pat Matejcek said...

I would love a chance at the pink giveaway. My mother died from breast cancer many years ago...So much has changed since then..
p.matejcek@yahoo.com

samplerlover said...

I also love pink Marly so can you please enter me as well.

Oh I love how the girls have finished their pears. Love the other two that Jumama has in her photo.

I'm the same age as you are and don't all the aches and pains make you feel old. It seems to have come quite suddenly. Hopefully the Nursing Home is waaayyyy down the track lol = Sandra.

JillMN said...

Please enter me in your "pink" drawing. I stitch pink in honor of my friend who died in 2009 from breast cancer. Thank you.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh my goodness, Marly, a pink giveaway!!! I know you read my blog and you know my love of pink! So I'm saying "yes, please and thank you very much" while crossing my fingers!!!! *Hugs*

Barb said...

All that trouble will be worth it in the end. You will have a great kitchen!! We are considering painting our cabinets. The jury is still out! The pears look great!

Bev C said...

Hello Marly,

You do make me smile, hope the floors turn out as planned and everyone agrees on what it will be. I would love to be included in your Pink Giveaway. The little pears stitched up in your designs are stunning, enough to make you happy for a week I reckon.



Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

~*Sharee*~ said...

Pink is my favorite colour.,I'd love to win this wonderful giveaway hun...

Hugs, Shar

Loraine said...

I love your taste in pink. :) Count me in cute thing. I am so happy your kitchen is underway, and I bless you with many good days ahead. Thanks for all your kindness. I have to stitch that pear myself. It's perfect!

Cathy said...

Such beautiful shades of pink.....Please consider me for your give away.

Leanna said...

Oh Marly!
You made me laugh SO hard with your "...where did the phrase 'work your *ss off come from....because in 61 years...its never happened..." I hear you! MY ass only goes lower and lower, as well with each passing job. Mine doesn't appear to be leaving, EITHER. What is up with that?

Please enter my name in your giveaway draw. The pinks are beautiful!

Margaret said...

lol about working your ass off! Don't you wish one could reduce the size of one's derrier by all that work you did! oh well! I love seeing the pics of the pears being stitched. That grouping of pears is so cool! You really did a lot of hard work too -- ewww. Not my idea of fun. lol! You with your work and i with mine -- painting. Yuck. And btw, of course, I'd love to be in the drawing for the giveaway! Thanks!

dq said...

Great give away please include me!

dq
bogfairy@yahoo.com

Kathy L. said...

Love your pink offerings. Please enter me too. As a survivor I would love to stitch some pinks for my local ABCD organization. Your blog is one of my favorites!
Kathy

Rebecca said...

I would love to be entered in your drawing.
I didn't think of veal as I agree with you but I thougt of marshmellows for smores and so hotdogs.

annie said...

would love to get the pink!
it'll all be worth it in the end!\
hugs!

Jubama said...

thank you for the link !!!

Theresa said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to be part of it!! Go pink!!

Denise SA said...

I would love some pink in my life right now. I am sure your floor will look great when its finished whatever kind of wood you decide to use. Love those pears.

Sondra Van Huss said...

Found your site recently through Pinterest and love your samplers! Have read many posts so far, but not all. I will be most interested to see how you resolve your "floor material" decision since I find myself in the same pickle with DH about which material to install, LOL! I admire your samplers since I used to make them myself but these days it's hooked rugs for me but I'll continue to read and drool over yours!

Shirlee said...

Good morning my dear! Love the strawberry corn! I must agree that the ass off reference has always been a mystery to me as well. Lovely & thoughtful giveaway but I will pass : )

Paula said...

Sooo enjoy your posts. Would love to win your pink goodies.
Your wood floor is going to be beautiful. Would love to have a wood floor here.

debra said...

pink has never been one of my top favorites. Mt grandaughter is 7 and it is her favorite color any shade of pink since she was able to speak. Its not hard to pick her out clothes-she is even going to be the pink ribbon fot breast cancer this yr. I have to adnmit since herdesire I now tend to buy fabrics and threads with these tones. It has grown on me. your pine floors will be great we have them throughout the house just not as durable as for you can see the dogs nails in it-lived in. thanks for the opportunity to win your pink favs.

Karen said...

I like pink, so please draw my name/number...lol! Hoping to start the pear soon...so cute.

stitchinrose said...

I envy anyone with hardwood floor or anything that isn't carpet. Take 3 long hair females, 1 klutz (me of course) and numerous cats and dogs and carpet is terrible to try to keep clean.

Never have worked my ass of... it just keeps getting closer to the ground :o}

Would love to have the pink stuff in, throw my name in the hat.

Can't wait to see your finished floors.

Carol said...

I'm so behind on my blog reading / commenting after being away all week, Marly... How nice to read the kitchen reno is now underway--best of luck with all the dust and chaos :)

I've never even heard of strawberry corn, but it is so sweet--that was wonderful of Penny to send you some. And your little pear freebie is adorable in your previous post--thanks so much for sharing your design talent with us, Marly!

PegC said...

Please count me in your PINK draw --and I noticed you mention the 61 on your sidebar-- a number I'm quickly approaching and all I can think is "but I was just 42 my last birthday"! Love the autumn feel of this post.

vivian said...

i love love pink and would love to be entered in your drawing....it is such a nice package...thank you.
Pine is such a warm flooring.
...and of course no one agrees with me either....
vivian

Primitive Seasons said...

I would love to have a chance at your lovely giveaway. I could see stitching strawberries on this! Your projects are all lovely but I especially like the pears.

Mary

Angie Burrett said...

Gosh I would love that bit of pink to brighten up my week - fingers crossed! Thanks for the opportunity ...

Shpinelka said...

I'd love to be included in your giveaway! Thanks a lot :-))

Jamie Burch said...

pink me pink me err I mean PICK me PICK me Ü
Happy stitching!

Kaisievic said...

ooops, think I entered the wrong giveaway - please enter me for this one instead. - please check out mine at http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com

hugs, Kaye

p.s. I hope that you are better soon.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Don't you know I could not stand pink for so many years I can't count, but just like everything, tastes change. I love the colors you've found to match the lovely linen! Thanks for the offer! Be well.

dq said...

count me in on the pink give away!
dq
bogfairy@yahoo.com

WoolenSails said...

I was reading your latest post and saw all of the beautiful threads, what a generous giveaway and I love working with variegated threads in my work.

Debbie

Lyn said...

I was catching up on reading blogs instead of doing laundry, and saw your giveaway. I love pink! Count me in on your giveaway!

stitchinpeanut said...

What a great giveaway... that you so much please add my name into the hat. Thank you for having this giveaway.

Ruth said...

Please enter me in I would love to stitch PINK. What a great giveaway!

donna said...

Pink! I love Pink! Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway. Pink! Pink! Pink!

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