Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tap Tap Tap...Hello...Is this Thing On?

Hello All...where do I begin?

2016 got away from me somehow. To be honest, it was a tough year. The first half was spent mourning the loss of my dad and it took me a while to adjust to the new normal of not having the most important man in my life present on this earth to talk to. But we talk in a different way now. Whenever I see roses, they make me smile and I feel my dad nearby. When the fiance gifts me roses, I share with my dad. Oh how he would spend weekend mornings outside tending his rosebushes and making sure the yard looked just so. Some days we go get donuts at my childhood place...chocolate old-fashioned...for him always and a cake donut for me. And if there is a car show, I am there. I'm a sucker for old classic muscle cars. I'm thinking that a Chevelle, Camaro or Mustang may be in my future should that mid-life crisis come around. For now, the staid Honda CR-V serves me well.

The last half of 2016 found me in the midst of wedding planning while moving from an apartment to a duplex and going on many trips to Paso Robles, Seattle, Vegas (2x), Mendocino (2x), Los Angeles (2x) and Hawaii.

It has been a whirlwind! That doesn't mean I haven't been stitching though, because boy, have I! It's been therapeutic to just take a mental break from the planning, traveling, packing, moving, unpacking and organizing that has taken over my life.

So let me catch you up on finishes! They are in no particular order and you may have seen some of them already if you are on Facebook or Instagram. Fee free to follow me on Instagram @sfvalerie.

Hands on Design First Day of Christmas ♫ A Patridge in a Pear Tree ♫ Stitched on Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie Peppermint Sparkle linen. I love this color. It's so happy!

Victoria Sampler Love is Patient (called for linen and fibers) First quarter of my wedding sampler. I am now on the Hardanger section but don't have photos on my phone to share. 

Christmas Ornie Gift for my sister. I can't remember what this one is called but I believe it's stitched on Lambswool with CC Cupid. 

Cute pillows that Joy at Finely Finished finally finished for me. 
Lizzie*Kate Ho Ho Ho
With they Needle and Thread Jolly Holly Soul (or something like that..I get confused)

Lizzie*Kate Hats off to Halloween II
Lizzie*Kate Be Very Scary

And blocks from my Anniversaries from the Heart. I really need to dig this one back out. I am missing it!

Well...I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get better at this blogging bit! :)