Mar 24, 2014

Marvelous Monday Update 3/24/14

Spring is slowly crawling its way in my area.  Most of the snow has melted and its wake the nasty brown stuff has been left behind.  We're due for a bit more snow today and tomorrow, but possible temperatures in the mid to upper 50's by the weekend.  I am so looking forward to leaving winter behind!  This last one was the 8th worst on record for my area.

I think I'm finally getting over the cold I have been battling with for the past three weeks.  The cough has been lingering... and lingering... and lingering.  I've had more energy so I think I'm on the downhill slide.  Let's hope!

I think I've mentioned a time or two that my employer has a healthy living incentive program.  We have to earn and maintain a certain amount of points for certain healthy living activities (pre-determined by an outside provider) in order to get a discount on our health insurance premiums.  Last week, some coworkers and I participated in a 3K Run/Walk.  It was my first one.

(I'm the one in red)
In last week's mail, I received the Stitchers Day Exchange from DJ (Tickled Pink in Stitches).  She stitched it over-one and made it into a beautiful little flatfold.  I am so happy with it.

Thank you, DJ!
I received word from DJ that she received the exchange piece I stitched for her so I can now show it.

Design:  Stitcher's Heart*
Designer: A Mon Ami Pierre
Fabric: 28ct Silkweaver Opalescent Cashel Linen
(Shimmering Romance)
Fibers: DMC
Embellishments: Handmade Cording, Beads
*At one point in time, this design was a freebie offered by A Mon Ami Pierre.  It's no longer on the website, but perhaps they could email by request.  Worth a try...
Last week, I started Petal Pincushion mentioned in a previous post.  I've cut out all the fabric pieces and have stitched the button and most of one side.  This will be my new work "lunch hour" project.

I finished the Spring/Easter mailart that will be going to Anne, but I can't show photos until it arrives in Canada.  That counts as the fourth finish this year.  Woo Hoo!
I pulled out JG yesterday and made a bit of progress.  Much to my dismay, I think I may run out of a couple Eterna Mini-Twist colors.  I did a search online and I would end up paying twice as much for shipping than I would for two skeins of floss.  I emailed Stitchers Paradise for a quote, but haven't heard back yet.  Anyone know of where I can get the floss with reasonable shipping?  Or, does anyone have Eterna in their stash?  I'm looking for 4110, 290, and 2840.

Until next time,


htimcj said...

I hope spring arrives for good in your area soon! I am also so sick of winter and it was mild here!

I love the friendship flat fold piece!

Sue said...

Your flatfold is lovely! DJ did a nice job; the heart you stitched is beautiful; love the colors too!

I wish I had the threads you need for JG :( I have not even heard of Eterna; glad you are feeling better and hope that pesky cough is gone real soon.

Glad you weather is starting to clear; I think everyone will be happy to see spring this year!

Sue your SM

Anonymous said...

Meari I always enjoy your weekly updates.

You really have been a busy stitcher. I love the finish on your flatfold and the Stitcher's Heart is exquisite.

Even though I now think that I have a lot of stash, Eterna Mini Twist is not something I have ever seen.

Congratulations on your walk!

At my workplace we also have lifepoints for a variety of activities and we get to cash them in for prizes. Since we already have universal healthcare in Canada, our prizes are gift certificates for reataurants, shops and movie passes. I look forward to cashing mine in at the end of this month.


Melinda said...

I love my Healthy Rewards Program -Congrats on your walk/run - Special thumbs up to do this in the Winter months

And as always your stitching is awesome

Faith... said...

Beautiful exchange pieces on both sides! The Petal Pincushion is going to be gorgeous, can't wait to see your progress on it.

Glad you are feeling better - if winter ever leaves we might all get over these colds and coughs; hopefully one day soon!

Katie said...

Glad your health is on the mend. The stitching you received is gorgeous. Yours is very beautiful too.

Sorry you are running low on the threads. Hope you can find it.

cucki said...

glad you are feeling better..
beautiful stitching you received and yours is so pretty too..
big hugs x

rosey175 said...

Lovely exchange on both sides! Love the blues in DJ's. And your finishings are beautiful as always! :D

I love winter but I'm ready for this one to be over, too. We'll be getting a dusting (gosh, I hope it's only a dusting) tonight followed by the warm up. My flowers seem to be hesitating, buuuu!

G'luck on finding your threads! I haven't even heard of that brand before.

Shelleen said...

Love the exchanges. I don't know when we will get Spring either. Snow today and tomorrow. May get warmer this weekend but I'm not holding my breath.

DJ said...

Congratulations on your walk! You look great in red!! Thank you again for my lovely ornament...your finish is amazing! I'm so glad you liked your friendship piece, I always agonize over whether someone will like what I choose to stitch for them! Can't wait to see your progress on your petal pincushion, it looks fabulous so far! *Hugs*

Berly said...

The stitching is beautiful! Congrats on your walk! I'm doing a 5k for March of Dimes next month for our office.

I've checked both 123stitch & Stitches N Things. Neither of them carry it. Send me exactly what you are needing & I'll check the shops here in town.

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful exchange pieces! You both created lovely finishes. The petal pincushion is looking good as is JG.

Congrats on completing the 3K! Where did you do the run/walk? I just completed a 6 mile walk with DD over the weekend. It was really cold!

Think Spring!

Kay said...

The flatfold is beautiful! What you made as well is beautiful! You have gotten far more done than I have as of late! Take care of yourself and have a great week

Jennifer M said...

Both exchange pieces are lovely. Congrats on your run/walk. Also glad your feeling better and I know what you mean about being ready for spring...woke up to snow this morning:(

Anonymous said...

You seem to always be busy. The over one piece you received is great.

I am looking forward to spring too. Seems we are going to have some snow
tomorrow, hope not to much.

Jackie in PA

Chris said...

Great update Meari! I am so glad that the cold is finally passing and that you were able to participate in the 3K.
Both pieces for the exchange are so lovely.
Your needle is smoking. I hope that you find that floss quickly!

Anonymous said...

Hi Meari,

Your exchange pieces are beautiful, both the one you made and the one you received!

Tobie in So. Cal.

Anonymous said...

Hope your cough goes away soon. We have the same program where I work but since I am on my DH's Ins. I can't even participate just for my own health. Your exchange is beautiful. I really like how you finished yours. I am sure DJ loved it. You had the 8th worse winter in your area & we had one of the best winters here. Our average high this winter was in the mid to upper 70's. I hope it doesn't mean we are in for an extremely hot summer. Your work piece is going to be beautiful when done. Looking forward to seeing it.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Sharon said...

So glad you're feeling better. Woot for you for participating in the walk/run. That had to feel like a major accomplishment!!!
The exchanges, both sent and received are gorgeous! I always love the patterns you choose...
The start on the new stitching just shouts spring - I hope Mother Nature is listening!!!!
Good luck finding the floss....JG is sooooo beautiful - I keep being so tempted to start one of these "gardens"....I'm weighing my life-expectancy vs the time it would take me to actually finish one. Lol
Enjoy your "warmer" temps. :)

SoCal Debbie said...

The flatfold and heart are both so beautiful! Good for you for going on a Run/Walk and getting discounts! At first I thought the numbers were everyone's weight, then their cholesterol level, but I suppose it's just your entry number! LOL

Good luck finding your floss! If you're on Facebook, there is a group called Stash Hunting where you can make a request to see if anyone has it.

Laurel Piontek said...

Meari your stitching is beautiful! Once the weather finally warms up, hopefully you'll get over your cough!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are feeling better.

Love the exchange pictures and great updates on your stitching.

We are getting more snow as well, just wish this winter would end soon.


Carol said...

I would love to work for your employer--they sound like they truly care about their employees! You look great, Meari--congrats on the 3K :)

Your exchange from DJ is so pretty--I love those colors! And the heart you stitched for her is adorable--beautifully finished as always! Good luck on locating your thread.

It's snowing here now :( At least it melts quickly at this time of year!

Jo said...

Great exchange pieces and I adore the JG, it's on my wishlist. Good luck with your healthy living, sounds a great idea.

Maureen said...

Gorgeous exchange pieces both in and out. Good going with the walk .

Anonymous said...

Meari -

Congrats on doing the 3k walk/run. Your stitching looks great! Congrats on the finishes!


glenda said...

the flatfold is gorgeous! The trim on the sides is fabulous.