Back briefly

Just a quick note before I hit the hay for the night … I’ve obviously been ‘AWOL’ for a while, thanks to an extremely demanding and exhausting (and not much fun, quite frankly) job … and I owe a ton of emails to some wonderfully kind and generous ladies for some exquisite birthday gifts from last month – once I send emails of thank you I’ll post some piccies of their incredible generosity.

I have been AWOL not just from blogging, but from emails as well – I have a new record of 1900+ unread blog feeds and 522 unread emails … don’t think I’ll be getting through the backlog in a great hurry!! Anyway, I have stitched in little spurts now and then just to keep my sanity – usually when I’ve fallen in a heap after a week of 12 hour shifts, and working weekends … and Katie and I have popped in our Supernatural DVD’s for the ultimate in chick relaxation … along with a  bottle of something alcoholic.  I swear before this year’s out, I’ll be signing up for AA meetings!!!

Following are the results of my stitching over the last month – not a great deal to show for it, but then again I’ve hardly been home long enough to put needle to fabric … and this last weekend is the first one in well over a month that I haven’t worked, and spent it all recovering from an exceptional hangover! We cut loose in a BIG way on Thursday night, and suffered well for it afterwards, but it was a great way to let off steam after being so exceptionally stressed all these weeks.

Anyway, on to the sparse stitching – then in the morning I’ll get those thank you emails shipped off, and I can do a longer post, perhaps (I have taken tomorrow off – in lieu of all the extra unpaid hours I’ve done).

First of all here’s the latest update photo of Mirabilia’s Winter Queen … starting with the last progress photo taken:

Winter Queen 08Feb09

And what she looks like now (I took a full length photo as I needed to roll up the scroll bars for the, hopefully, final stitching at the bottom).  I have to admit I’ve made some good headway with her, more from some serious stitching on Sunday afternoons than anything else – just to force myself to relax and chill out.

Winter Queen 09Mar09a

Winter Queen 09Mar09

Then I had two Christmas ornie finishes last month, just in the nick of time (with 30 minutes to spare) for last month’s Christmas ornie challenge on a Yahoo group. The photos are terrible as I took them just before midnight!

Feb 09 Xmas ornie 1

Feb 09 Xmas ornie 2

Followed by Part 1 of my Quaker Friendship Round Robin that I’m stitching with a group of some of my closest online pals. Unfortunately I didn’t get Part 2 finished in time for mailing, but as I’ve stitched mine on individual pieces of fabric it doesn’t really matter.

Quaker Friendship RR 1

And on that note I’ll sign off as my eyes feel like sandpaper – I’ll try to pop online again in the morning to catch up on my personal emails, and thank yous … I can’t guarantee I’ll be blogging regularly again for a while, though, as work is still feral for a while longer … plus I’ve decided to go home for 2 weeks with the family again – just what I need when I’m fed up at work 🙂

9 thoughts on “Back briefly

  1. Great progress on the Queen, Ann, she looks gorgeous! And congrats on your finishes, they’re all lovely. Happy unwinding with your family.

  2. Such beautiful progress on your Queen!
    Congrats on your pretty ornies and Quaker piece finish!! Enjoy your 2 weeks off!

  3. Sandpaper eyes are a feeling I’m familiar with, though for different reasons. I really hope that work settles down and becomes enjoyable … though with cutbacks everywhere, that may not be right around the next corner. 😦 I’m glad you’ll be able to get some time at home with family – that really is a treasure. You take care!!!

  4. Oh Anne…I’m so sorry you’re working your a*se off! Maybe a weekend in the Hunter is what we need? I know someone who has a 4br house for rent. 🙂

  5. I have missed reading you blog. Have a great holiday and RELAX. Happy Stitching Hugs, Kathy

  6. Good to sea you blogging again. Not good to hear that you are working so much. Hopefully it will get less soon. A glas of wine won’t kill you 😉 but take care of your health.
    Winter Queen is so pretty….

  7. Hope you are able to get a break from work soon 🙂 I have missed reading your blog! Your Winter Queen is looking great awesome.

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