Monday, April 16, 2007

Chugga chugga chugga chugga whoo whoo! ALL ABOARD!!!

Here's proof! I HAVE been putting in lots of time on dad's train! I am really getting close to a finish. That orange-y colored square thing there to the far right? That is the last box car of the train, and the farthest point of the project. So I just have to fill in the center part, and I'm good to go!

You know what I was thinking about last night? Well, this pattern was taken from an issue of Stitcher's World magazine, from way back when, and in this one issue there are 5 projects that I want to do...this one being one of them. And they are all really nice projects, and I was thinking how I miss that! Picking up a stitching mag, and finding THAT many GOOD patterns that I MUST stitch. Now I am lucky if I can find three to stitch in one issue. Is it me? Or is the industry changing? I don't know. But that got me going through my stack of magazines and there are quite a few patterns in them that I want to stitch. You know what else I have discovered...I want to do a an old fashioned sampler. Which is odd, because I have never had the desire to do one before. But they look easy enough, an alphabet, a saying, and some design here and there, and wala! You have a tiny piece of history! I have only stitched ONE sampler before in my life, and I did it for my mother, who's home is decorated in colonial style, as she was born and raised in Virginia, so it is part of who she is. But I have never had the desire to do one myself. And looking through my mags, I found quite a few patterns for a few that I would actually consider stitching. Man, is my style changing!

Yay! This week Cindy and I are going back to working on our SAL. I am excited, but I am worried that with trying to get my dad's train done that I will not put as much time in on it as before, but I will definitely try to get as much time in on it as possible. Afterall, we only work on it two days a week, that still gives me 5 other days to concentrate on Snow Valley...Yeah, THAT will definitely work! I am missing that project! I am so excited to get back to it! And this way it will break up the consistency of working soley on Snow Valley.

Well, I am off to get some more work in on Snow Valley Express! Wish me luck!


Lizzy said...

Snow Valley Express is just beautiful, Lana! And you are really making a lot to progress... I know your Dad is going to love it! :-)

I just love Samplers... and there are so many lovely ones out there! :-)

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

The train is looking very good! My you have been busy!

Cindy said...

The train is looking amazing!!! I am ready to stitch on our SAL!! Can not wait to work on it some tomorrow!! YEAH!!!

Linda litlaskvis said...

It looks great!
My dad sometimes calls me 'Choo-choo' LOL!

Carla said...

great progress on the train...I'm sure you'll be able to finish it on time for your dad's birthday

Faith Ann said...

Your train looks fantastic! You can get it done!!

I agree with your statement about magazines. I usually consider myself lucky if I see a single design that I like in a mag.

I've also recently fallen in love with some older-styled samplers. Guess my tastes are changing... again.

Karen's Blog said...

Great work on Snow Valley Express. Lovely stitching!