Monday, August 6, 2012

I have a confession to make!


After all the hassles of the last few weeks when it seemed as if everything was breaking down, I did what almost every women does to make things better…. a bit of retail therapy. And as a stitcher, a bit of stash enhancement retail therapy really does cheer you up!

But in my defense, I have to say that it wasn’t really my fault. I shouldn’t be blamed for it. It was all Joann.com’s fault. They sent me an email telling me that there was 40% of all cross stitch kits….how could I not click on the very convenient link and just have a little nosey. And when they had a 4cent shipping offer, I would have been MAD not to buy something! And so it happened that a certain kit just happened to be added to the shopping cart - just promise not to tell my hubby! (And I hope that you noticed I’m being good and not linking to the site as I don’t want to be blamed as an enabler to all my fellow cross stitch addicts!)

So this is what cheered me up….

 Simple Treasures by Dimensions
Designed by Sandy Orton from the Kooler Design Studio

It’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to get stitching that seahorse, but I’m being good and working methodically and will get to him in good time. I think I might even stitch him again, separately, and make a little wall hanging for the bathroom.
This is what I’ve done of the kit so far.



But, of course, as soon as I started to stitch this magnificent piece, I began to feel guilty of not working on my Geisha. She’s been hidden underneath a towel for many weeks, (maybe even months) as I had really begun do dislike working on her. So full of guilt, I pulled her out and decided to do some more of her and maybe rotate which pieces I was working on. And would you believe it…I enjoyed working on her! The threads still tangle and the colours are not as subtle as The Mighty Samurai, but we’re back in business and she’s been promoted back to a WIP!

Here’s what she’s looking like now….

  


I also managed to finish the second scarf, and just have to decide what colour to the next one!




I should also confess to the start of another addiction, but I think I might hold off and tell you about that another time….I’m feeling too guilty as it is without adding more!

Until next time…happy stitching!

Rhona

10 comments:

Debbie D (Padster) said...

Loving the scarf - and that kit is absolutely gorgeous - so glad we don't have Joann's here in the UK

Well done on the geisha - keep up the good work ;0)

xx

Fiona said...

Lovely work Rhona!! We all need a bit of retail therapy sometimes don't we?! ;) hope you had a lovely birthday today too xx

cucki said...

i love the scarf too..very nice..
love the new kit so much..
hope you had a fun birthday..
big hugs xx

Mangogirl said...

Hehe so good to spend and lovely stitching.

♥ Nia said...

Gorgeous design :) and your geisha has beautiful colors!!

tadamama said...

You know, I don't know you well, but I thought instantly of you and your blog this weekend when I was out shopping at my local craft shop. They had a display right at the front full of scarves that looked just like yours! Beautiful work, all around! And a little retail therapy certainly doesn't hurt!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Sometimes does well to shop :)
I adore shopping you have made
I also embroidered the geisha, she is beautiful.
Ciao a presto Giovanna
Forgive my English ... I had studied it at school years ago

Valma said...

thank you Rhona for not feeding our addiction =D
but now I'm curious to know about this site which makes 40% off on cross stitch kits, hehehehehe :)
you chose a beautiful one
Dimensions kits are amazing ! many stitches, lot's of colours...it will be a great piece
and your Geisha has lovely colours
happy stitching then
sure your new addiction is not related to housework =D
big hugs
xxxxx

Michele said...

You would have been MAD to let those pretty seashells slip through your fingers at such a needful time. XD Retail therapy is always welcome around here. LOL I promise I will not say anything to the hubby either. XP (I've been eyeballing that piece too.) It is so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Yes! PROBABLY the BEST blog post from you EVER ! Not only because of the geisha WIP photo but because you love stitching on her ;-)))) Meaning I will see more of her soon YES ! Way to go Rhona ! And beautiful new project ! I love the saying as well. Have fun stitching all those beauties ! Beautiful scarf too. Ann. By the way, I was curious about one thing, do they give ANY information on the chart as to while she has this kind of scarf on her shoulders? When I look at real life geisha pictures they do not seem to wear it...