Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Road Trip!

I figure I'd better check-in before I hit the road tomorrow morning. I'm heading south to Branson...I'm goin' to Summer Camp...Cecilia's Sampler style! I'm joining fellow designing friend, Tracy Horner of Ink Circles. Food, fun, friends, and stitching of course! I'm really looking forward to meeting face-to-face a few of my Facebook friends and teaching a finishing class.

I do have a couple of New Releases to talk about. Wichelt was nice enough to take my models to TNNA Columbus market. I haven't made a huge announcement because...aack! The covers are not ready! Here's the rest of MY story...

Peer pressure! I succumbed! I designed these Counted Canvas pieces a number of years ago and taught them in my shop as daylong seminars. I've had the originals hanging in my dining room ever since. In my quest to re-do the whole house for one 2-hour graduation party, I put a quilt on that wall. A few of my friends saw the pieces and suggested I formally release them. Here's the rest of THEIR story...

The kits included 30+ colors of Caron Watercolours of which they used a small amount. See what's comin' here? They now want a New Design to use up the remaining thread! Sounds legit. I will be happy to oblige.

The cover story: Models sent to Wichelt. Alternative color choice models just getting stitched & framed at home. Can't photograph both pieces together when they are in separate states! I'm good, but...

 
hd-4 Quilt Squared I
 
 
hd-5 Quilt Squared II
 
Here's something fun I saw on another blog. Learn a little more about me & feel free to use it on your own blog! The ABC's of me!
 
A - Age: 48
B - Bed Size: King
C - Chore you Hate: just did it, ugh...cleaning bathrooms
D - Dogs Name: Cassie
E - Essential Start of the Day Item: duh! Coffee!
F - Favorite Color: hmm, hard one, depends on the day but if I had to choose, avocado green
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5'7" and holding
I - Instruments You Play: classical guitar (years ago)
J - Job: Needlework Designer & Finisher, Web mistress, long-arm quilter, Wife & Mom (I should be making millions, shouldn't I?)
K - Kids: 2 wonderful boys, 18 & 19 
L - Living Arrangements - very soon to be empty nest - as empty as the nest can be with DH, 2cats & a dog
M - Music You Love - Showtunes, to Enya, to Heavy Metal. Love my Pandora.
N - Nickname - don't really have one. My Dad used to call me Catrina
O - Overnight Hospital Stays - 3
P - Pet Peeve - bad grammar (social media has made us all bad spellers & writers)
Q - Quote from A Movie: hope I don't offend..."Sh#*&er's Full" - Randy Quaid on emptying his RV into the sewer in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
S - Siblings: 2 older sisters
T - Time You Wake Up: 6:30am
U - Underwear: of course
V - Vegetable you dislike - Brussel Sprouts & Artichokes
W - Workout Style - weightlifting & tennis
X - Xrays you've had: shoulder, spine & hip...see a trend?
Y - Yummy Food you Make: bbq chicken pizza
Z - The Best Place to Visit; don't know how that is "Z", but anywhere I'm with DH & boys!
 
Well that was fun! Anyone else want to try?

 
I found this pic while I was cleaning out a drawer. That is me & Billy in profile out at the STARS barn. (Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School). Bill has ridden horses since he was 3. He was about 6 here & a photographer from our local paper followed us around for a few weeks to take pics for an article. I could never handle paparazzi - he would pop up everywere! On the other hand, I got some cool pictures! We are in sillhouette in the barn door looking out at the riding arena. He still rides, but I don't have to help with his helmet anymore!
 
I'm off to camp - enjoy!
Cathy

Friday, June 7, 2013

I've Been Framed!

Well, it's about time life returns to "normal"...or at least what passes for it! 

I don't do a whole lot of framing any more, but every once in awhile, I get on a framing frenzy. (Or at least, my customers do!)


This is a cool project I'm finishing for a stitcher. This is a monthly series from Waxing Moon. She bought one frame and I'm stretching each month as she stitches them. Umm...we're a little out of calendar order here...


Same stitcher...these are all laced and ready for backing paper. I call this the "ugly side of finishing"!


Here are the pretty sides: 1 Lizzie Kate and 2 CherryWood Designs. The aida on the "aida" looks wavy but it's the hand-dye effect.


3 Lizzie Kates-I think she likes L*K, don't you?


Last 2 up, a La D Da and I'm not sure who did America...anyone know? It's very pretty. I live vicariously through other people's stitching. Between finishing and my own designs, there doesn't seem like time for personal stitching...but trust me, I sneak it in!

Lots of pics today. I'm trying to "post" from my iPad to see if it is quicker. So far it's a huge thumbs up.
Thank you to everyone who sent us well wishes on our son's graduation. It was a busy month of May. We head to college orientation this weekend. No longer a Senior, now a lowly Freshman again!


This was my fav pic after ceremonies. I wonder who he is talking to? Probably trying to figure out what parties to hit 1st.

Have a wonderful weekend and Stitch On!

Cathy
Hands On Design