Something to be Cheerful About!

I stitched Cup of Cheer for my kitchen with my pink "Old British Castles" dishes and my copper things in mind. Last night I was able to finish her into a little pillow to hang in the kitchen right above the tea and coffee and I'm quite pleased with the finish.

The subject line refers to some very good news we received this weekend. My husband was accepted with funding to a PhD program at Fordham University in New York. He received unofficial word via email, much earlier then we expected to hear anything--he applied to 10 schools, and we had not expected to hear anything until March or April. What a blessing to get good news first! We will still have to wait to hear back from the other schools until we can make any decisions, but at least we know now that he has a great option for next fall. We might be living in New York City!!!! That would be a big adjustment, but we would love the opportunity to enjoy all the museums, libraries, and culture in New York for a few years. Heaven only knows how we would afford it but I'm sure we'd make a way.

It promises to be another busy week. I hope you are all as well as can be!

Cheer and Kindness

Our weather has been rainy and cold. Here is a picture I snapped last Friday of the dreary world outside my window (but we stitchers don't mind rainy weather do we? Good excuse to do you-know-what.) It seems February is a month for bad weather in this region. Last year on Valentine's Day we had a big snow storm! Yesterday we had freezing rain and I had to work late into the evening, so I found myself making the commute from inner-city southwest philadelphia to our home in the suburbs at a cautious 20 miles per hour! When I got home, I just wanted to curl up under the electric blanket and stitch. I've made a little bit of progress on "Schoolgirl Lessons," which has been fun to stitch so far. I'm working on 32 ct. Belfast "Pink Whisper" with the recommended Belle Soie Rose of Sharon.

This weekend I enjoyed picking out colors for and stitching up Tanya's "Cup of Cheer." Since this was my own little girl to color, I gave her Anne of Green Gables Red Hair, pink shoes, and a copper tea set. She makes me happy! Speaking of Tanya and happy, that sweet lady sent me a very unexpected V-day gift in the mail- thank you again, my dear! We are having fun loving all things Jane Austen on a yahoo group that she started and I'm looking forward to stitching up her adorable Jane Austen book bag.

Also pictured are some cuts great pink linens that I scored on ebay for about $6 each. Left to right they are Antique Pink, Baby Pink, Carnation Pink, and Cherub Pink. I guess Valentines put me in the mood for pink, but I've also had a mind to make up those cute pink pinkeeps from The Gift of Stitching Mag featured last summer.

I was humbled and honored to receive the "you make my day" award from both Mary Kathryn and Su, two stitchers that I admire tremendously. Thank you so much, ladies, you made my day! I'd like to dedicate this back to all of you great friends who have been stopping by to leave comments lately. They always encourage me, so thank you!

I leave you with a photo of my kitty cat, Philo, being bad. He's up on the kitchen counter which he knows he's not supposed to be! But I fancy that he has perched there to say to all my readers, "Have a Happy Valentine's Day!"

Nashville Spotting

Have you started searching for all the delicious new goodies yet? I wish I had unlimited funds to stash, alas, I do not, but it is fun to make a wish list!

Happy Friday

You may have spied this little giftie on Mary Kathryn's blog that I made for her birthday present this year. Mary Kathryn is my "go-to girl" for almost all my stashing needs, and not only does she provide great service but she is just a wonderful friend. I know she likes cottage-y colors and loves coffee, so I picked out this fabric and then planned the color changes around it. I like this chart with more feminine colors, don't you?

This is a quick post ~ I MUST get ready for work now. I'll be back with more wipbustin' photos this weekend.