Well, one local crew got around to having a spare evening for a fest. Se we had my birthday. It's not so terribly late. After all, another friend and I haven't done my 2006 bday party yet, let alone my 2007 one. :)
Anyway, dinner was a fine chicken caesar from California Chicken and "cake" was a pile of cookies from the local cookie heaven. There was much frivolity, an occasional spot of work, and some fine stitching. Here, meet the gang....
Here's Jenn with her heart canvas (you have to see the purple and light blue ones in person to tell how truly beautiful they are)
And Judy with a lovely angel (and one of the plates of cookies sneaking into the foreground.
Allison kept a low profile in the back corner -- that's her hunched over the game thingy...
While Allison wasn't stitching last night, we can prove she stitches because she give me a lovely desk set she made:
Jenn also shared her latest class piece -- look familiar now, Wawana?
And I had a place at the table with all the necessities of life:
That'd be Coke, water, stitching, and Kleenix (it's allergy time for me). That's my Blackbird Designs "My Quaker House" sampler. I made great progress on it post-this picture, but you'll have to wait for my next photoing for an update -- all I have left is the bottom medallion! Woo hoo.
Of course I got goodies. Currently I only have a picture of the funniest one and the "finished" one. I'll let you guess which one is which --
I'd like to thank the Academy...
The frame is a distressed forest green with gold edges. The fabric is Wichelt's over-dyed jobelan "Watercress." The pattern is A.Fox Originals "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." I did it on a whim starting the middle of the night on St. Patrick's Day while watching QVC's all-Irish special.
The party adjourned at 10pm and since we passed news vans on the way to my place I actually *gasp* watched local news -- they were covering the string of middle-of-the-night attacks on women walking alone in my neighborhood. Last week it was a guy with a crossbow running across the street. The week before it was some other weapon-involved incident. Maybe it's something in the water. And, yes, I did get the lecture about walking home alone at night, but even I don't do it at 3am!