Mar 2, 2009

LIONS AND LAMBS

Looks like parts of the U.S. are getting hit with the lions today. We're enjoying the lambs...cold, but a pretty blue sky with lots of sunshine. Stewey is moving from spot to spot chasing the sun coming in through the back windows. I'm pretty sure he's working on his base tan for Spring Break. We're having disagreements at the moment about this, since he feels that a week away with "the guys" would be good for him. Me, I'm not so sure.Now before I hear you say "Oh, look at that poor dog having to sleep on the hard floor", you should be aware that there are FOUR puppy beds within a foot and a half of where he is plopped. I am stupid enough that I even make sure to move them hourly so that there are two in the sun and two in the shade so that he can lounge in comfort. Despite this, he always manages to land on the bare floor. Damn dog.

This is fun little project called "Cherry Cordial". Although it is charted for Caron Watercolors on 18 count mono canvas, I switched to Caron Wildflowers and 24 count congress cloth. I think the pink of the cloth is so pretty with the colors. I wasn't too sure about the darker brown skeins, but once it's all stitched up, I imagine that it will be cool beans:


I'm patting myself on the back for actually following the directions on this one and penciling in the lines on the congress cloth before stitching. I am usually one of the "oh, that's too much work, I think I'll just wing it" kind of stitchers, but I always regret not doing what I'm told. So I bit the bullet and drew the lines on like a good girl and now I can enjoy this without wondering if I'm off a thread or two.

My new obsession is concert videos on the TeeVee while I'm stitching. I caught Billy Joel's "The Stranger" and "Chris Botti Live in Boston" (with other artists like Sting, Yo Yo Ma, John Mayer, and Steven Tyler) on PBS, so now I'm determined to hit the library for several others. I confess that I am not very "hip" when it comes to music (I don't think I've listened to commercial radio for at least 20 years), so when I had to ask Aunt Chrissy who John Mayer was, I figured it was time to expand my horizons. I also want to check out as much Yo Yo Ma as I can, since he played the theme music from "Cinema Paridiso" and I thought I would just die from the loveliness of it.

On the reading front, I am full into John Updike mode and should finish "The Witches of Eastwick" today. I confess to not having read much Updike at all, so I'm going to enjoy as much of him as I can before getting distracted by something else.

Hope this finds you off to a fabulous week! As Paul Harvey would say (may he rest) Goood day!

12 comments:

  1. I love your new start Coni! It's so pretty! :)

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  2. Oh, I went through a serious Updike Period when I was in my late teens/early 20's. Have fun reading!

    (Our dogs often ignore their doggie beds, too. Then look up at me with sad brown eyes like I just don't love them enough. LOL!)

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  3. Sometimes it pays to actually follow directions. It is looking really nice.

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  4. Oooooh ... pretty. I love working on congress cloth. Sounds like that little Stewey keeps you busy moving puppy beds.

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  5. Nice start on "Cherry Cordial," and I love the name!

    Best keep Stewey home this Spring Break. If you can't keep his puppy beds positioned correctly at home, you don't stand a chance of keeping them in the optimal place on the beach!

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  6. Did I hear the words "Spring Break"?? And Stewey didn't invite us to traipse along?? Shame on him! Who would smother the suntan lotion on him?? Nice Cherry Cordial Coni!! It reminds me of the kaliedoscope pattern on my quilt blocks I'm working on!!! See ya Friday???? Love, Boombatz

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  7. Love the new piece!! Colors are great.

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  9. Cherry Cordial looks gorgeous!

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  10. If you like John Mayer, check out Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz next. You can go to Pandora.com to listen to artists that are like other artists you like. It's fun!

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  11. Poor Stewey, only 4 beds? And heat is subject to Mom moving them in to the sun? Stewey, you need to tell Mom that there are electric pet beds out there, that would always be ready and warm for you. After all, if she won't let you go away with the guys for Spring Break, you should at least be able to feel like you are laying on a warm beach whenever you want. After all, we hear the weather reports, we know what kind of snow you have had to deal with all winter.

    On and by the way, I like the start of Cherry Cordial. I have that in my stash, so I will make a note that marking the canvas will help. I'm like you Coni, I hate to waste time drawing lines.

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  12. I love the colors and design of your "Cherry Cordial"... I've never worked on Congress Cloth...(a sheltered stitcher I am) A hearty rub for Master Stewey.

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