Monday, May 20, 2013

IHSW stitching!

This weekend was International Hermit Stitching Weekend.  The theory is that one weekend a month, you forsake all other activities (including cooking, cleaning, etc)  and STITCH!  Yeah, that works!  However, I did manage to get quite a bit accomplished this weekend.

I finished a bookmark for a RR piece.  It's a surprise RR so I can't show the picture yet.  Each participant picked a theme and each of the stitchers gets to pick what they stitch for that theme.  My theme was kitchen towels so I will get back several stitched towels with whatever each stitcher decided to put on them!

My next finish was crocheted.  My niece, Emilia's, 2nd birthday party was this weekend.  I designed & crocheted a jumper for her.  This way, it can be worn just like it is - or Teresa can put a tshirt & leggings or shorts underneath it.

My 2nd cross stitch finish this weekend was the A from 'Enchanted Alphabet'.  I'm doing one letter a week so hopefully it will be framed by Christmas!

My 3rd cross stitch finish was another RR piece.  This one is for my ESC group.  Carein chose a piece that she's going to make into a table runner.  Each of us got to pick whichever square we wanted to stitch.  I let Mariah pick and she chose the schoolhouse because our house is her schoolhouse.  I think this is going to make a beautiful table runner!

Saturday we went to Emilia's birthday party.  It was really nice, just family & one of Kevin & Teresa's friends.  The kids had a ball together. 

As far as the house goes, the couple who saw it last weekend and were SOOO excited about buying it, called the realtor on Friday and said that they had changed their minds.  The house needs too much work they thought.  Now, keep in mind that there are only 2 big things that need to be done.  The roof, which will be $1400, is included in the contract.  The day that we close there is a crew standing by who will take the roof off & put the new one on & it will be paid for out of what the new owners pay for the house.  The 2nd thing is the water system.  We have AWFUL water!  Our Filtrete Water System was a bust simply because the filters only lasted 2 weeks at a time instead of 3 months!   In order to put in a soft water system, we would have to tear out the outside wall of the mobile home by our bedroom & extend the closet so that it would fit there.  The best option is a reverse osmosis system.  There is only 1 person in our area who will install it in a mobile home & it is $1500.  The only other things that need to be done are cosmetic - painting, carpets, etc.  Most people buying a new home want to do that kind of stuff any way so my feeling is that this was just an excuse.  And that's ok!  When the right people come along, they'll buy the house.  In the meantime, we will just keep plugging away. 


  1. Beautiful pieces for your IHSW. I didn't get one stitch in this time around. Oh well hopefully I'll make up for it this week.

    Sorry about the house but you're right the right person will come along.

  2. Your stitching is beautiful. Sorry to hear about the house but the right people will come along.

  3. Wow, lots of stitching done! Good for you. Your niece is adorable... glad the kids had a great time.