Mar 18, 2013

Marvelous Monday Update 3/18/13


Happy Belated St. Patricks Day!  I have a pair of "Irish" socks I received from a fellow stitcher a few years ago.  One is green and the other is orange.  I wore them yesterday :)  (The BF said I looked silly... can you believe it?!)


WORK
Did you know that March 6th is designated as Employee Appreication Day?  Yeppers. 


To celebrate, my employer handed out gifts to every employee.  In a reusable shopping bag was a picnic blanket, a lunch bowl with a pull out 3-section tray complete with fork and salad dressing container, and a drink cup.  Oh, but that's not all my new employer did for us.  They catered in an excellent lunch:  Yummy fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, corn, and salad.  To top it off, management served up the meals!  For the morning break, they brought in fruit to snack on.  For the afternoon break, they brought in yum-yum-yummy cupcakes.  I have never worked at a place that actually celebrated the employees... bosses day, yes... employees no.  Incidentally, I passed my 90-day probation period last week.  Woo Hoo!

STITCHY STUFF

Last month, I was contacted by a stitcher (through another blogger) who was downsizing her stash and wondered if I would be interested in the Asian themed ones.  In exchange for doing backstitching and French knots on Yuku Haru that she stitched, Deb (no blog) sent me two Maia Geisha kits, a Janlyn Geisha kit, and 7 Asian themed books!  

I originally had planned just to buy the kits, but she suggested that she'd send it all to me if I'd just finish her project for her. I didn't realize how much backstitching there is, but it's okay since I don't mind it.  So far, I’ve done the collar/shoulders of the kimono and most of the hair.


My plan is to alternate Yuku Haru and JG until one of them is finished.  Speaking of JG, I’ve made a bit more progress.  Here’s what it looked like before…

… and now:
 
Other JG WIP photos can be seen HERE.

As Porky Pig says, “Th-th-that’s all folks!)

 

 
 
 
 
 

45 comments:

Carolyn NC said...

Sounds like a great place to work! And great dwal for the kits, erc. Love the stitching..JG is getting close!

Gillie said...

Happy employees, more production, seems obvious but not every company gets it! Wow, all that back stitching, Meari! jG is looking wonderful, would love to see it *for real*!

Faith... said...

Sounds like you work for a wonderful employer!

Love the new stash and what a great bargain it was for you. I am one of those people too who don't mind backstitching as it makes the details in the design look great...

Tell the BF that NOTHING could make you look silly.

Anonymous said...

Cograts on your 90 day thing, and it looks like you got some new goodies.

JoAnn

Bette said...

What a great place to work! Congrats on making it through the probation period.

The kits and books look wonderful. I love backstitching so I would have taken the deal in a heartbeat.

Anonymous said...

I had corned beef and cabbage! I love corned beef.....Yep, I think a reuben counts. :)

It sounds like you found a wonderful place to work! Do your best to stay there forever. :) Congratulations on the asian stitching haul you made. JG is looking great!

Karin in CA

Vicky L said...

You work at a great place. Your stitching looks good. What a good deal. The backstitching is looking good.

Anonymous said...

Meari

Your stitching looks wonderful
and you got really nice kits and that " geisha " stitching looks nice and nice if you like to stitch backstitched too

Tinna

Berly said...

Wow, I want to work for your employer! I'm so happy you finally have a job that appreciates you!

Katie said...

So glad to hear your job is still so great. You deserved it!

Love your stitching. What a wonderful haul of great projects for you. Good luck getting the backstitching complete.

Melinda said...

Isn't wonderful to work for someone who values their employees.... Makes it so much easier to get up every day.

Congrats on completing your 90 day probabtion. Heres to many more wonderuful years.

Anonymous said...

Meari your new employer is FABULOUS, you really lucked out with this job!

Love your stitching projects.

cucki said...

Wow I am so happy for your job..
Your stitching is so pretty x

CJ in OK ;-) said...

What a great trade, well in the end at least. So glad the job is going so well and congrats on being through the probationary period, not that we doubted you would for an instant. CJ in OK

Rhia Reynolds said...

Congrats on the new kits and books. That sounds like you got a great deal. I can understand the request too, though, because I hate french knots too.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous work Meari. Love all the things your new employer does for you. I have never worked for a company that celebrated the employees! What a fantastic find you have made. Congratulations on all the new stash acquisition. That is terrific!

Debi

geeky Heather said...

Wow, what an amazing company! That day passed here completely without comment, LOL.

JG is looking great!!

Mouse said...

gosh yours sounds like a fab firm to work for :)
and way to go on the stitching front and I think you have done a good deal there :) love mouse xxxx

SoCal Debbie said...

Congrats on your wonderful new job and how nice to celebrate Employees' Day!

That sounds like an incredible trade for you and Deb. How nice that you got so many kits and books, and you can help her out at the same time!

Anonymous said...

I know you have found a wonderful company to work for and glad that your probationry period is over.

What a lovely deal you made and so many nice things for the exchange.

Your stitching is lovely as always.

Marl

Vickie said...

Wow! Love all the new stash!!! JG is looking great!!!

Anne Sans Tete -- Nome de plume! said...

What a trade! Congrats!

Your workplace sounds great. I'm glad it's working out for you.

CJ said...

Hi Meari -

Love the Geisha's, always have. What a nice reward for back stitching.

You have a great employer, I am so glad for you and you deserve it.

CJ

Chris said...

Congratulations on passing the 90 day point. It sounds like you have found a wonderful place to work.
How nice that this other stitcher found you and sent those things to you.
Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

What a nice experience you had with the lady who asked you to do the backstitching, etc. A win-win all around!

Tobie in So. Cal.

Laurel Piontek said...

Beautiful progress on you Japanese Garden, Meari!

Laurel Piontek said...

Beautiful progress on Japanese Garden, Meari!

Vickie said...

Meari I am so happy for you. I never get tired of you telling us of the benefits of your job. Good for you!k
Such beautiful stitching.

Kelly Smith said...

Sounds like a good place to work!
Love the kits and JG is looking fabulous!

Nancy M said...

Looks like you really found the right place to work! No wonder everyone seemed so happy when you interviewed there! And we will have to celebrate somehow when JG is finally done! You are chipping away! My poor fairy hasn't seen the light of day for a couple years now. Those Asian themed projects should give you a lifelong to do list!

Akila said...

Wow, they sure sound like a great company to work for, am glad you found them. Congrats on passing the probation.

W.O.W!!! Sooo much new stuff, and 7 books, lovely. Love the Yuku Haru design. Great progress on JG.

Anonymous said...

You're doing well on JG. You have lovely new stash.

Cheryl K

Lyn said...

Its always nice working for/with an employer who appreciates their employees and isn't afraid to say so. Congratulations on finding such a company.

Your stitching looks great, as always, and congrats on everything you received.

too_busy_to_stitch said...

JG is looking fabulous - I've been inspired to dig out my Chatelaine - Deep Blue Sea - again, and have actually done a small section!

Anonymous said...

This really is so beautiful! You are doing an amazing job on it too. I was wondering if you would be willing to take a photo of the threads and things required to do this? I want to buy it but living in Japan I need to buy everything at once as I can't buy it here. My email is catlingual (at) gmail.com

If you are too busy not to worry.
Cat

Anne said...

So generous of Deb to send you all those beautiful Japanese books and kits! Also so sweet of you to volunteer to do all the backstitching. JG is looking gorgeous and it's really coming along!! I think green and orange socks worn at the same time is awesome!!

Karen said...

Wow! How lucky you are to work for such a great employer!

All of those Japanese patterns and books are wonderful. Very nice of you to do the backstitching and french knots for her.

JG is lookin' good! :)

Carol said...

I'm so happy that your new job has worked out so well, Meari! A company that shows its appreciation for its employees will benefit from all that good will in the end...

Lovely books and kits from Deb--you are a wonderfully patient friend to do all that backstitching for her--whew!!!

Hope Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods... we had more snow this morning. Mr. Winter just can't seem to give way to Miss Spring this year :)

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Very glad to hear that your job is going so well! I think the exchange is a wonderful swap (all three kits are so pretty, and one can never have too many stitchy books, LOL!), and your Japanese Garden WIP is lovely :)

Kay said...

Your employer sounds like a sweet person for treating all of the employees like they did! Your stitching as always is wonderful! Have a good week!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Sounds like a great place to work. You got a lot of nice stash. Thanks for sharing.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Dani - tkdchick said...

JG looks awesome and the colours are so vibrant!

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed catching up on your blog, Meari. JG looks great, as does the piece you're finishing for Deb. What a wonderful gift she sent you in exchange.

Sandy

Shelley said...

You hit it lucky with this new employer! Congrats on passing your probation too :)

That is fantastic what you got for some mere backstitching.

JG is looking fabulous!

glenda said...

Dang..that's a great place to work :) You got some nice kits from Deb!