Monday, January 23, 2012

IHSW, TUSAL and a Winner!

Wowzers! Thanks so much for the lovely, uplifting comments on my photo. I know...it's taken forever for me to post one but deep down at the core, I am a shy, private person. As a kid, I hid from the camera. Most of my childhood friends have pictures of me with something in front of my face (book, hand, hair) to prevent the photo.

Natalia
said I have to post more photos so I am posting one more...super cheeser of a photo.

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International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) wasn't as successful as I had hoped. I did manage to stitch quite a bit on Sunday but didn't finish the stocking. So close though. Here is a photo of how far I got.
I only have one small band of flowers to stitch at the very bottom and then to sew on all the charms and buttons. I am close! I adore the little village and the meadow. Look at all the little sheepies! So cute.

It's also TUSAL time. It's amazing how many threads I have in my jar already. All the orts are from Sadie's stocking and the perle cotton sure does take a lot of space in my ort jar.
But that's all I managed to do. I didn't even do any finishing.
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Yesterday was the last day of the Year of the Bunny. It was a good year. I found clarity. I found my smile and myself. I made some wonderful blog friends. I shed some of my shyness and most of my sadness. I realized I am happy to be single and even happier to make friends instead of dealing with an endless string of first dates.

I have great hopes for the Year of the Dragon. New friends, lots of fun, good health and a someone to love. We'll see what happens. You never know.

Now to the winner of my surprise. The winner is Catherine! Catherine, I think it's your lucky weekend. Go buy some lottery tickets! Please email me with your address. I hope you don't mind waiting a bit because, uh, I never got to finishing this weekend and next weekend is already going to be insanity. I'll make it worth the wait, ok?!

Well, that's it for me tonight. I need to veg with the tv a bit before hitting the hay. I've got a busy couple of days at work. I don't even think I'll get much stitching in!

Until next time...

41 comments:

Kate said...

The sticking looks gorgeous, its a lovely design and so close to being finished :) The picture is great and am so pleased that you had a great year of the bunny!

cucki said...

hello dear, your stitching is looking so cute..i really love the little sheepies..so sweet..
lovely orts..
congratulations to catherine ..
hugs and love cucki xxx

gracie said...

Great picture of you.

Kaisievic said...

Congrats to Catherine and another stunning photo of you.

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

♥ Nia said...

Lovely stitching! =)
I love you Kimmy dolls!! :D

Chris said...

Wishing you a wonderful year of the Dragon!
Your stocking is looking great!

Jackie said...

I like your cheeser of a photo! I think even more than the last one. It also looks like a beautiful location for a photo session.

Katrina said...

Natalia was right I love that picture!!!! The stocking is gorgeous, can't wait to see it finished.

dixiesamplar said...

Another lovely photo, Valerie! And I just love your SB stocking...gorgeous.

Congrats to Catherine on her big win!!

Giovanna said...

Nice progress on the stocking! And nice to see you again :-) Pretty dolls, by the way.

Carol said...

Another gorgeous photo, Valerie--thanks for posting it :)

You sure got a lot more stitching done than I did this weekend. I feel like I've hardly done anything all year... Your stocking is adorable and looks like it would be fun to stitch, too.

Congratulations to Miss Catherine--it certainly is her lucky week...

Margaret said...

I like this picture too! You are very photgenic! Love your stocking -- you're so close to a finish! Congrats to Catherine -- she really should buy a lottery ticket. lol! Happy year of the Dragon!

Sally said...

I love your photo Valerie. Love your top! I'd love one like that!

Your stocking is gorgeous. Not much more to go now.

Congratulations to Catherine!

Rachel S-H said...

I think you made great progress!

Congratulations Catherine!

Siobhán said...

Congratulations to Catherine! Nice progress on your stocking--you'll be happy dancing soon! LOVE the picture of you, too! :)

barbara said...

Wonderful recap of your 'year of the bunny'! :) Lovely stitching, and great photo. I just draw deformed Dr Seuss characters whenever anyone wants a picture of me. ;)

Edgar said...

The stocking is really coming along - and what a great snaperoo of you!!!

Joysze said...

I love your pictures, Valerie. You have such a beautiful smile. :D

Oooooh, almost there with the stocking... I can smell it. What does a finish smell like? I have no idea... but I smell it. LOL!!!

Love your little dolls! Hope the Year of the Dragon surpasses everything the Year of the Rabbit brought you by a hundred fold!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

You know Valerie, I have a friend who lives in Chicago who is single and she is one of the happiest people I know. This photo is as natural as the last one.

Catherine said...

Oh my! I am so excited to have seen my name! It has certainly been a lucky week for me ~ I think you are right, I should buy a lottery ticket!

Your stitches are beautiful and I love your picture!

Here's to the year of the dragon ~ may it be filled with everything that makes you happy!

Shelleen said...

Such a pretty picture. Your stocking looks great and get those dancing shoes out.

Margaret said...

Hi Valerie, nice to see you! I'm always interested to read your blog and hear of all your activities. Have a good week.

Theresa said...

Love the photo of you, Valerie~~ You look very beautiful!!!!

Your WIP looks nice~ I love the little village, too~

May you have a wonderful year of Dragon!!! (which is my year~ ^^)

Kate said...

Beautiful progress! Lovely photos too :)

Juls said...

What a great picture of you!!!!! Lovely stitching !!!!

Natalia said...

Valerie, I don't know why you've been hiding from pictures your whole life... I think you are very photogenic. The pictures you are showing us are beautiful !! Oh, I like the stocking too... :-)

Veronica said...

You're pretty, Valerie. You have a beautiful smile. Sorry I haven't commented on your last few posts. I'm so behind on my blog reading. Wonderful progress on the stocking.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Carol R said...

A great picture Valerie! Lovely stitching too!

Annie said...

Hi

Just making a first visit to your blog.
I love your Shepherd's Bush project.

Julie said...

Great stitching, great pic and yes the year of the bunny was a great one for me too, my little granddaughter was born.

Pumpkin said...

Oh, this picture is fantastic! Your photographer did a superb job :o)

You are so close! Such a beautiful job on your stocking.

Congrats Catherine!

Meari said...

That is a FABULOUS photo, Valerie. It's great to see how your spirits have lifted over the past year. :)

Beautiful stitching as always. Love the little kokeshi dolls!

Sharon said...

You are beautiful! Your stocking is looking great!

Melanie said...

It's a great photo. :)

Mangogirl said...

Lovely stitching

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! YOu are beautiful inside and out! I don't have the time to go blog hopping and look at you putting up two fantastic photographs!!!

The stocking is looking great and I'm looking forward to your HD!

Chelle said...

Thanks for sharing the photos, you are lovely! Kudos on the stocking - almost there, and it looks great!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Your stocking is fabulous! Hope the year of the Dragon brings you nothing but happiness!!!
Linda

Michelle said...

Great photo! And here's hoping the Year of the Dragon is a great one!! Love that stocking - so close to a finish - it's beautiful!

Daffycat said...

That's YOU? Oh sweetie...you are sooo pretty! I had no idea...not that you can "sound" attractive or not from just writing...maybe I just better shut up. *grin*

OMG look how far behind I am in my blog list!

Lots of ORTs already! That darling SB project makes for pretty ORTs, doesn't it?

Suzanne said...

Another great photo of you!

Wow, you have made a lot of progress on your stocking.