GR&DF I wanted to thank you most profusely for the kind words about the "Snowy" Cardinal ornament. You are the best - so supportive of my hobby. I do look at my stitching as a hobby, and fun, and relaxing. I usually pick up and stitch at least a little bit every evening. When I don't stitch - even a little - I feel the evening wasted, no matter how many loads of laundry, vacuuming, dinner fixing, kitchen cleaning I get done - I have to have a fix of the needle and floss. I guess it is just one of my many crazy quirks. I also really enjoy getting things framed - whether I do it or have a shop frame something - I love to see a piece on the wall.
Which leads me back to yesterday....... I was reading a Stitching Forum/Board and the topic of framing came up..... or was introduced ..... I was really amazed at all the differing opinions about self framing and "Professionally" framed needlework. I do like the variety I can have at a Framers, but when I can find the perfect frame (old and beat up usually) that I think will make the piece of needlework look great up on the wall I have no problem framing that sucker up myself and getting it hung up. Of course there are always some wonky spots, but they are minimal to nonexistent. Even with some beautiful "professionally" framed pieces - if you scrutinize a piece long enough you can find a bit of the wonky. I would rather spend less than $50 and do it myself than spend $300+, I can find a lot of stash for "the heap" with that extra cash. I also like the idea of re-using older frames for my stitching. I think it adds to the charm of the finished object. I was totally amazed at how nasty some of the comments where - even when cloaked in sugared words - nasty is just nasty and uncalled for!! For me I feel that if you have nothing nice to say then keep it to yourself. We should encourage each other in our efforts - not tear each other apart and cause a lot of hurt feelings. There is always going to be someone else with more experience, more time, more money, but this should be fun and we should be enjoying each others Finishes - I know I always enjoy looking at all the completed pieces and see how something was framed or finished - I often get great ideas from the broader Stitching community. I think I have droned on enough about this. I guess the whole subject just stuck in my craw and I had to say something. Thanks for your patience.
Last night I ran to Safeway for some Haute Cuisine - corn dogs and potato wedges - and since Walgreens was right next door I stopped in there. I found they had gotten in a load of individual water packet mixes. I got hooked on these little packets quite a while ago. By having these I have cut soda out of my diet - or I should say almost out of my diet... I might have 1 soda during the week or every two weeks. The replacement for soda I crave and need is Peach Tea. I especially enjoy the Wyler's Light - I have been low and almost out of them for the last two weeks and finally they got some in....
... and I bought all they had - all 10 boxes of the stuff. There are a few reasons to like this stuff - no sugar, low to no calories, delicious peachy taste and its a buck a box, for 8 packets - you can't beat that with a stick!! In the stores I have seen the same thing for $3.89+ - and I gotta draw the line somewhere!! I have tried many flavours available but always come back to the peach tea.
While at Safeway I walked through the produce and found they had gotten in some delicious summery fruits. I broke down and had to buy some, not much , but some....
These Chilean cherries are simply delicious. I have such guilt about them, but couldn't help myself. Even I need a fix of summer!!! - and cherry season is soooooo far away!!!!
On the stitching front I am working on my little prezzie and REALLY liking how it is coming out. I should have if finished and in the mail the early part of next week.
I think that's about it for today sports fans!! Thank you for stopping by, your sweet comments and the continued kind support you give!! Have a great weekend and do stop by again next week for more of my babbling. There are three big Estate sales this weekend - lets hope I can get a little something.