Tuesday, May 22, 2012

IHSW and TUSAL

Hello Lovelies...

What a busy weekend! Tons of shopping, stitch group, Maker's Faire, more shopping, Armory tour and a friend's birthday. I am pooped...and broke! I shouldn't have shopped so much but I finally found some new tanks, swimsuit and a cover up.

I hate shopping for a swimsuit but I needed a back up since my oldest one is a little too big in some parts. What is it with swimsuits though? You pay a fortune for something that contains very little fabric. Bikini bottoms are always too small which is frustrating when you're blessed with certain assets that you don't want pudging out all over the place. Two pieces are definitely made for skinny stick figures. But I finally managed to find something that was colorful, fun, fit properly and covered the stuff that needed covering.

But between this shopping trip, vacation and rent increase, I'm on a minimal spending ban til the Fall! Thank goodness I have enough stash to see me through.

So what have I been up to on the stitching front...

Fairy Moon is slowly growing. I've been enjoying the shading on her dress that I haven't moved upwards to stitch her face and hair yet.

I am fond of her and am sad that I have to leave her behind. Ten days away from her and not a stitch to be done?! How will I survive?

Maybe Jane Pattison will distract me enough. At stitching group on Saturday, I decided to start her. There are only a few stitches made but a start is a start no matter how small....right??

Jane Pattison isn't *that* small so in case I can't manage or the dogs are trying to sniff my stitching, I have some smalls I'll be taking along with me too. :)

And lastly, my TUSAL report! I found peonies at a local Trader Joe's. They are only of my favorite flowers!!


This is the last post before I leave on my trip. You all take care of yourselves and stitch lots. I'm sure I'll have lots to catch up on when I get back.

Until next time...

30 comments:

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The peonies are just beautiful, such a delicate colour too. The two little kokeshi dolls are cut too. Have a great holiday and come back refreshed.

Veronica said...

I just love the fabric you're using for Fairy Moon. Good progress :) Well, missing her might be a good thing. Means you'll stitch more on her when you get back :)

Beautiful peonies. You have fun and take good care!

Hugs,
Veronica.

Jackie said...

I've never seen cut peonies for sale before - they're gorgeous! I do wish we had a TJs as I've heard so many good things about them. Enjoy your vacation!

Giovanna said...

Have a great trip! The flowers are beautiful, and so is your stitching - look forward to seeing more of JP.

Chris said...

Have a wonderful Vacation!
Fairy Moon is really moving along. It sounds like you had a great weekend.
Those peonies are beautiful.

dulcinella said...

Fairy moon is so beautiful! I can see why you didn't start on her face yet. Enjoy your holiday, do a stitch now and then, but most of all just enjoy!

Sally said...

Fairy Moon is beautiful. Love your new start too.

Enjoy your trip.

Sadie said...

Fairy Moon is looking lovely :-) Beautiful peonies :-) I'd love to have some in my garden, maybe next year!
Enjoy your trip xx

Siobhán said...

Fairy Moon is so pretty! I love the fabric you're using. Love the new start, too! Have a great trip!

Margaret said...

Your fairy is looking wonderful! Love Jane so far -- any stitching on it is good! Love peonies! Have a fun fun fun vacation! Safe travels!

Lanie said...

Hi Valerie! Your "Fairy Moon" continues to be lovely! Getting started on these designs takes a little patience, but once you begin to see it take shape, you can't put it down! Love your peonies. They are always in my top 3 favorite flowers and yours are a beautiful color! Enjoy your vacation ... have lots of fun and relaxation! Can't wait to hear all about it when you return. Safe travels.

Christina said...

Have a fabulous holiday Valerie! I know what you mean about shopping for a swimsuit. I recently had the misfortune of having to buy a new one. I hate the mirrors in changing rooms! They must add 10lbs surely?!

Katrina said...

Fun projects, hope you have a great trip!!!!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Have a fantastic trip and travel safe!!!!

Melanie said...

Have a great trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dee said...

I'm right there with you. I can't BELIEVE what they charge for swimsuits. Mine get ruined SO quickly from the chlorine and sun that I don't want to spend a fortune.

Have a great trip! Can't wait to see pictures.

The peonies are beautiful.

Anna van Schurman said...

I usually buy swimsuit separates (tankini) because I have mismatched assets. Lots of places do that. Have a great trip!

Anna van Schurman said...

And make SURE you have a pina colada made with ice cream at the Ritz. Seriously. DO IT!

Laura said...

Have a great trip Valerie!!!!

Daffycat said...

Such a beautiful TUSAL photo.

I hope you have LOADS of fun on holiday, Valerie!!!

Carla said...

Nice progress on Fairy Moon!
I'm glad you could find a swimsuit that suited your needs...I also have a relly hard time finding one for me :S
Have fun in your vacations!!!

Julie said...

Have a wonderful trip.
The peony's in the TUSALpic are stunning.

Carol said...

Glad you survived swimsuit shopping, Valerie--one of my least favorite activities! I'm so happy that you're getting away for a while--enjoy every moment relaxing on the beach... Can't wait to see photos of your vacation. Safe travels, my friend :)

katica said...

Great TUSAL, and Fairy Moon is looking great !
Have a safe and wonderful trip!

Anne said...

Oooh! Her dress is so pretty so far and I'm really loving the fabby you chose to stitch her on! Yay for starting Jane Pattison! I love peonies and yours are so pretty!! And hey, at least you FOUND a bathing suit that works. I abhor looking for one and refuse to even go and try one on. Hence I resort to wearing a bikini top and a sarong! Have fun on your vacation!!!

Deb said...

Peonies are one of my favorite flowers too, but I don't have any in my garden. Maybe I should rectify that.

Love your progress on the Mirabilia. Those are always so pretty!

Bea said...

Moon fairy is soo pretty - great progress.

Catherine said...

Safe travels! All of your stitches are great and I love those Peonies!

Mangogirl said...

great stitching :D

Kaisievic said...

Fairy Moon is looking great - gorgeous colours. Where are you going on your trip? Somewhere in the sun, I imagine hence the bikini shopping.