Apr 27, 2009

Marvelous Monday Update 4/27/09

Can you believe it's the end of April already?!? Time does fly, doesn't it?

What a crappy weekend. It was overcast and rainy all weekend. There was even thunder and lightning Saturday night. It looks like I'll have to mow the yard this next week due to all the rain we've been getting.

I must've been a good girl lately, because I've been blessed with another RAK! Sue from ESC sent me an envelope of lovely goodies! The two charts were on my wishlist :)

Peony in Vase by Pinn Stitch

Home of a Needleworker Too by Little House Needleworks

I just love the Mary Engelbreit notecards and note pad! They are just the cutest things! Sue also sent an 18x26" piece of 28ct Laguna hand-dyed fabric from PictureThisPlus in the color Sterling. I've never used fabric from PTP, so I'm looking forward to it! Thank you, Sue, for being so thoughtful and generous!

I've stitched another side of the Quaker Cube:

I also had a finish over the weekend!

Mona & Miles Ornament
Designer: The Sugarplum Express/Janlynn
Fabric: 14ct white plastic canvas
Fibers: DMC
Embellishments: Wire hanger

I debated on whether or not I wanted to frog all the stitching I had done on the scissor case I started a couple weeks ago. At that time, somehow I'd skipped over two rows of specialty stitches and started stitching the cross stitches instead. What to do? What to do? In the end, the perfectionist side of me won and I decided to frog it all. Then I started the diagonal queen stitches, which are flip-flopped every other one. First row went OK. Second row, I flip-flopped the first two only and then stitched a BUNCH all the same direction. Ack! So, I ended up frogging most of the second row. I did about 1/2 dozen more and I had to frog AGAIN because I did a couple the same direction. LOL By this point, squinting and trying to do the stitches had given me a headache. So I laid down for a nap! If you're wondering what I'm talking about... take look at the photo (it's clickable for a larger view) of the scissor case. At the very bottom are the diagonal queen stitches in ecru.

Edited: A few have commented on the scissor case "finish". The photo is not my finish, it's the photo used on the kit. Mine is just barely started. I used the photo to illustrate what I was talking about.

Lastly, my newest "small" WIP project: Oriental Kimono by Joan Elliott

2.5 Hours of Stitching

Valerie, the Fog City Dweller, is celebrating her 4-year blogversary with a giveaway. She's doing a giveaway on her blog until May 1st, so hurry on over and see what she has to say!


Hold on to your seats... I was asked on yet another first date! It was a very pleasant surprise to have dinner with a man who not only can have an intelligent conversation, seemed polite, thoughtful, open and honest with replies to questions, and even had questions of his own! Dinner was a 3.5 hour ordeal… LOL, I’m kidding about the “ordeal” part. Time flew by so fast and neither of us minded the “getting to know” each other conversations.

Funny thing about how this date came about. Most of you know I use a dating website... This man actually contacted me a year and a half ago on the website. I remember emailing him a bit back then, and he said we talked on the phone once (but I don’t remember it). I’m not sure why we didn’t meet way back when. This week, he saw my profile on the site again and emailed me: "I can't believe someone hasn't snatched you up yet. I figured someone would've made an honest woman of you by now." Something along those lines. I responded back by saying something like: "One would think so, but alas no." LOL From there, we chit-chatted via email a while and he asked me out to dinner. He really had a good attitude about us not getting together a year or so ago, saying that we were both in different places and who knows why it didn’t happen then.

At the end of the date, he gave me three white roses. He called me shortly after we parted ways to make sure I made it home OK, and to reiterate he had a really good time. He did ask me if I’d like to go on a second date. We both agreed we’d like a second date. So perhaps there will be one?

Yesterday, I made homemade lasagna. What do you think? Doesn't it look scrumptious?!


Sadie said...

Very nice RAK's and from your wishlist too! Lucky thing. Your finish is very cute and i love the floss colour on your quaker cube, what is it?
Your date sounds like it was a very good one. Let us know all about the second one.And now I feel really hungry! Off to raid the biscuit barrel , again!
Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

The stitchy gifts look great. Food even better (I'm hungry!) and the date sounded perfect. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to hearing more about this gentleman.

Kelly said...

Congrats on your RAK, lucky you!
Your stitching is beautiful as always Meari and I love reading your blog. I always wonder what you will be blogging about each week lol!

Rachel S said...

Great finishes.

Yay for your date!

CJ said...

Your stitchy stuff is great and the lasagna looks absolutely delicious, but I am most excited about the second date. Can't wait to hear what happens -- funny how thngs work out like that. Good on you!!!


Kathy said...

Congrats on the fabulous RAK.
Great stitching too. Even with all the frogging it looks like you ahd a wonderful stitching week. And a cute finish.
I need one of those rainy weekends so I can get some stitching done too. :)

jennilynn said...

Meari, your finish is just adorable. Your WIPs are looking great.

Donna said...

Love your stitching. That scissor case may have given you a headache, but it is beautiful.
Congrats on the RAK.
Glad you finally had a good date. Keeping my fingers crossed for you on this one!

Debra said...

The RAK are very nice, lucky girl your stitching looks great and I bet you will be so glad you frogged in the end. Congrats on your finishes I love the snowmen. Oh, so good to hear you had a good date. I hope it continues.

Katrien said...

Nice RAK! The finish is very cute.

valerie said...

Woohoo...sounds like a fantastic date! I know...fantastic dates are hard to come by so reading yours made me all happy. Nice RAK's and good start on your new little project.

Louisiana Momma said...

wow weren't u blessed!! I can't say I have ever gotten a totally random RAK.. that's really sweet of your friends :-)

Ah men.. fickle.. every one of them... my hubby and I met online (as you know).. and he gives me a hard time b/c he said I was playing hard to get.. he called me several times before I even took him seriously..Im pretty sure that I put him off more than once.. I was kinda juggling a few different casual dating guys at the time and was staying busy.. it's funny b/c that phone call where I finally did give him serious consideration was the call where he said to himself that was the last time he was going to "chase after" me :-) Lucky for me I didn't put him off again.

And by the way - I will be by later for some of that lasagna.. so set me a place at the table :-)

Kim said...


Lovely RAK from Sue..isn't she awesome! The stitching looks wonderful as always. I particularly like the snowmen but then I am a snowman person..lol! It amazes me to get so much stitching done.

The date sounds very promising. Hopefully the second date will lead to more...it's nice to find a nice guy sometimes. When I did, I married him..lol! The lasagna looks awesome..can you send me some? I am not a big cook and have never attempted home made lasagna but I do buy stoffers..lol!


Patricia said...

great stitching those little snowmen are the cutest! congrats on the dating front hope the 2nd date comes soon.

Kristin said...

Your date sounds fabulous!

The RAKs are great.

The lasagna looks phenomenal!

And, out of all your pieces, I love the scissors case.

Gabi said...

Great RAK's. I especially love the LHN chart. Lovely stitching too. The scissor case looks great. And so glad to hear you had a nice date for once. Crossing fingers here that he is the one. :)

Beth said...

Okay, you've made my mouth water with that lasagna. Next to sushi, lasagna is my favorite food.

Isn't our Susie the sweetest RAK'r? What wonderful goodies!

I think your snowman couple is so cute!


Nancy said...

The RAK chart is a must have for your house. Can't believe you didn't own that one yet! The scissor case looks great, even if it did cause you grief! The white rose guy sounds like a keeper......maybe.....I'll keep an open mind. We had great weather all weekend. 80's and mostly sunny. Carl has already mowed twice! I might have to make another trip over there to get some lasagna.

mercy said...

I sit here starving waiting for Kelly to get done with dinner and I see your lasagna!!! We both agree it looks yummy and now we want some LOL :-)

Happy to hear the date went well and your's is the first blog which plays good music!!!

Deborah said...

Great RAKS!! GREAT looking food!!
Sounds like GREAT new man!!
Every thing is just GREAT as usual for you!!
GREAT going!!

Rene la Frog said...

Great RAK's. The stitching looks great.

RuthB said...

My Heavens you've been busy. Great stashing and stitching! May your latest date continue to be a really nice guy.... and do you happen to still have some lasagne? If you do I'll be right over. :)

Ranae said...

Mona & Miles is adorable finish.
Nice RAK you received.
Sounds like a fabulous first date and don't forget to give us an update on the second one.
That lasagna looks so good right now :)

Lillie said...

Lovely RAK gifts. Good to read that the date went well.

Yum! yum! yummy lasagna and am hungry noww..its lunch time for me