Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Reading and stitching

My two favorite past times to be sure. I love reading mysteries as you can tell from my sidebar of book lists. I check out all the online bookstores for new and upcoming reads, add then to the notes on my phone and am thus armed whenever I make it to the store to be able to get a good book should one cross my path. I love going to the library but due to budget cuts ours is not open on Mondays which is my only weekday off work. I miss it. What more could you ask than a great big room (I live in a small town) full of free books. I love it. Fortunately for me, the librarian loves mysteries as much as I do so I rarely have trouble getting a copy of the latest bestsellers on my list. Fortunately, I can browse the card catalog online and put books on reserve. My husband walks our chocolate lab at the park across from the library almost everyday so he is the only way I can get library books. He loves to read as well so there is no hardship for him to go to the library for me.  When I can't get one from the library or the used book stores I do hit up Amazon or their branch Audible for books to listen to while I stitch or right before I go to sleep. The timer on the IPOD is a wonderful tool for me. I went shopping at Audible yesterday as I knew my husband was going to be working all day today so I would have plenty of new books to choose from for my listening pleasure as I stitch.  They have recently started releasing (or maybe Audible just picked up) the Ngaio Marsh books. I love old mysteries like that and I stocked up. I listed my newest choices in the sidebar listing of Books upcoming to be read. I recently hit up Etsy for an Ipod cover as mine is getting much the worse for wear. I have had it for years and it goes everywhere with me. I have to laugh at myself as I keep a charge cable in my stitching carrier as I would hate to run out of battery and no way to charge it when I have time to listen and stitch. Not your normal needlework basket I guess. Speaking of stitching, time to shut down the computer,  and put on the water for tea and get to work on my stitching. The dog is asleep, my husband is at work and the cat will sleep on my lap so now it is my turn to stitch.
Hope there is peace and at least a little stitching in your day. Marjo

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Did you see????

Did you see Dorothy Walpole is charted and ready for sale at Scarlet Letter? I have been checking back every once in a while to see when the chart would be ready. I recently posted about this wonderful reproduction. I finally saw it was ready for sale and put that one on order. I also got Dorcas Haynes as well.  Jean at Attic Needlework is making Dorothy her May Sampler and I cannot wait to get the color conversion as I think the change in fabric and threads will make it look more like the original. I am so excited. I know, I know I need another sampler like I need a hole in the head but this one I must have. I hope you have something you are excited about to stitch and time in which to stitch it. Have a stitchy kind of day. Marjo

Monday, May 2, 2011

Really, is it really May already?

Well, I have no idea what happened to April. It just swooped by me and here it is May. I have much to report and pictures to follow.  Stay tuned.....Have a stitchy sort of day. Marjo