Thursday, April 8, 2010

Back to Blogging!!

GR&DF I sure missed this here blog and all of you dear folks out in Blog land!! I have a butt load of stuff to do this morning and my desk is a mess but I have to post something as I am having a real withdrawal from blogging. It is amazing how cathartic this blog is sometimes and just getting some words out there. I do enjoy it immensely and will just post a little bit today.

I worked on two pieces over the last few days. First up is from the AWoL RR - It is Suzanne's piece. I have a pretty crappity snap of it - the actual piece is so much more beautiful than this snap, but here it is...

I worked the two medallions in the middle. I am kind sad about this RR as it is winding down and will finish up soon. I love being in RR's and am trying to think of another to start up when this is finished.

Last Friday I made the trek over to Alameda to visit Needle in a Haystack. I needed to get a piece of linen so that I could begin the Alpha piece. All the pieces I have in my stash where not quite right. I hadn't been over to visit the store in a while so I wanted to take the dear ladies a little treat. On the way out of town Rico (he took off on Friday also) and I stopped by Dianda's Bakery - our Favorite Bakery in the City - to pick up some of their delicious Italian cookies - it is an Italian Bakery.


All along the top of this case are the cookies - and the sell them by the pound - so I took an assortment.

The lower shelf in the left front are some round powder sugar almond torte things that are to delicious with coffee!! This wasn't our only visit to Dianda's we where back on Saturday so there will be more snaps tomorrow. - Back to Friday - at NIAH I picked up s few other fun things....

In addition to the piece of linen for Alpha I picked up this piece of BOF Sandpiper 36ct and a great pair of scissors a few charts and some NPI silk. The silk is a very dark blue that I will be using for the border of my Shores of HRH - I really didn't like the black borders that are charted and think that a very dark blue will look better. At NIAH I ordered a piece of linen for the Shores as it is a special cut - I am going with the charted Autumnal Gold LL on 36ct.

Here is a snap of the start of my Alpha piece..

I chose a 36ct Vintage something by LL - and I am totally enjoying this stitch like I knew I would!!

I think I will leave off with that for today. Thank you for stopping by and do come again!!

Take care,
edgar

22 comments:

Sadie said...

Lovely stitching Edgar :-) and nice stitchy goodies too. The snaps of the bakery are making my tummy rumble!

Erica said...

Love the colors in AWoL RR!
Very perky and spring like!

Ruth said...

Welcome back Edgar! Your stitching is beautiful. I love Italian cookies yum!

Sharlotte said...

So excited to see you back Edgar! Missed ya! The stitching and stash looks lovely! And those cookies! Can't wait to hear more of your little vacation!

Loraine said...

Nice to see you back! I love the linen and other goodies you picked up. I've always wanted to go to that store. It looks like a good one.
Wonderful start, and love the RR too. So Nice.
Take Care!

Cari-in-VA said...

I love your new start! I have that set and just need to pick a piece of fabric to stitch it on - you may just inspire me to action, lol. Not that I don't have enough to work on as it is.

Great new stash and those scissors are so fun!

Enjoy your day.

Second Chances said...

Welcome home, Edgar! We missed you and can't wait to hear more about your trip. The RR you are working on is very nice. I'm sure the ladies loved your treat! Looks like you got some good stash too.

Evelyn said...

Great photos, Edgar. The RR is lovely. I'm italian and grew up with those kinds of bakeries. Yum.

Margaret said...

Welcome back! I love your stash from NiaH -- another store I'd love to visit someday. Your Quaker RR -- that is another gorgeous piece. So many that are so pretty in your group! And your Alpha start. I love it! Such bright colors!

Carol R said...

Welcome back Edgar!
Suzanne's RR is amazing.
How about a snap of NIAH for those of us who will never get to see it IRL please?

Berit said...

I missed your updates, too. I thought, "Edgar's been quiet...Oh, that's right! Vacation time!" :D

LOVELY stash! I'm in love with the cut of sandpiper I ordered for Shakespeare's Peddler's Jenny Bean's Christmas Sampler! So much so that I don't want to use it up! (You may recall that I asked your advice on the features of Barn Owl vs. SandPiper).

Your stash looks great! I'm intrigued by that La-D-Da; don't think I've seen it before. That would be a good stitch for me to make--if only I could learn the "lesson" just by stitching it! :D

I've never used Lakeside; how would you say it compares to others (such as BoaF or PTP)?

Marjorie said...

Good to see you back! Like many others I have my "Edgar withdrawals" when I don't see your posts for a few days. Love the RR, it's beautiful!

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Hope you had a wonderful few days off. I am in catch up mode, so missed several of your blog notes, but I am caught up with you now.

Love the blue tree, the stash you have purchased and the exchange for Easter.

One has to move on from ignorant people - you are waaayyy nice!!!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Welcome back ~ we miss you when you're away!

Jennifer said...

"just need to get words out there"......I love it!!! I have that feeling so often.
Also love the recent stitching. The alpha is amazing! Such colors. I was also blessed with a package last Friday. Thank you so much for all the time and effort. I will really enjoy stitching these.

Catherine said...

Oh that bakery would be the death of me! Yummy!

Your stitching - as always - looks great!

Glad you are back!

Tracey said...

Love that RR-just beautiful! If you start one please let me know- I would love to join in. I've never done one. That bakery's wanting me to pick up another cookie- someone brought some soft sugar cookies here today!

Melissa said...

Love your start on the SD Alphabet!

Great stash but I am especially envious of the Sandpiper linen and will now have to give them a call!

Kielrain said...

Great looking pieces. I envy you a close-by stitching shop. Also, love the scissors you picked up.... I keep thinking I need to those for myself.

DaisyGirl said...

I'm so glad you and Rico had a great Easter holiday. Ours was spent with family and good food! Hey, you haven't gotten that Jenny Bean sampler yet have you? I saw that you didn't get the giveaway, but before I send it, just wanted to make sure you haven't sneaked and bought it! hahaha
Hugs,
Donna

Raven/Missy said...

Your stitching is gorgeous! I love the pictures from the bakery, it reminds of the many bakeries I loved going to when I lived in MA. We don't have an Italian bakery where I live now and I really miss it. I am glad you guys had a good Easter.

Suzanne said...

I am so excited to have this RR finished so that I can get my piece back, it looks lovely. Thank you for stitching on it, you have done a great job. I do hope that you run another RR, I would love to be considered for it.

That bakery looks too good, yum!!