I've hit the 9 month anniversary. Hard to believe I left a job of 15 years to work for this wonderful company that appreciates its employees. Last week, they kicked off the Fall sales contest for the account executives (i.e. sales people), but the rest of us were included in the festivities. Lunch was catered in and we all were scheduled for 1/2 hour to spend at the trade show with our suppliers. We received a tote bag to fill with all sorts of goodies... pens, cups, chocolate, sweatshirt, hats, flashlights. I participated in a tug-o-war. For the next 8 weeks, each time a sales rep makes what the company calls an "A" sale (I forget the dollar amount), anyone who sends them a "way to go!" email gets their name put into a drawing. Prizes include a TV, tailgate grill, and other things I can't remember. The company estimates the next 8 weeks will yield 3.5 billion in sales. Fun stuff!
When the weather isn't stiffling, I've been trying to get in a 45 minute walk during my lunch hour. I thought I'd share more photos of my travels:
Tell me this... Do I really need to start another project? Of course I do! When Denise posted about this SAL (stitch-along), I knew I had to do it. I tried to resist, really! I downloaded part one with the intention of waiting. Then I thought, "What's the harm in looking to see if I had a suitable fabric?" Well, that's all she wrote. Here's the fabric that jumped out and said, "Please stitch on me!!"
Fabric: 32ct Hand-dyed Luguna - Heritage by Enchanting Lair
I know, I know... You want the good stuff, right? What SAL? It's a free SAL offered at Les Marottes de Nathalie called Positive Thinking. It's a French website, so Google Translate comes in handy. The chart sizes are in cm, so I converted them to inches:
11ct 8 1/2 x 23
14ct 6 1/2 x 18 1/4
16ct 5 1/2 x 16
18ct 5 x 14
Sometimes I rounded up or down 1/8" so don't flog me with wet floss! The above measurements are for the stitched portion only, so don't forget to add extra for the margins.
So... Who's with me on the SAL?
While I didn't work on JG last week, I did work on two others. I did a bit of stitching on Balloon Glow. I don't have a photo update yet, but other WIP pics can be seen HERE. (Wow, now that *I* look at the photo taken in July, I've made quite a bit of progress. I guess a new photo is due, lol)
I also started a new "secret" project. All said and done, this will be a new type of finish for me so I hope it turns out.
Until next time...