Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Belts and beads. Beads and belts.

Hi there. Anyone want a friend? My former buddy Judy just called and asked me if I knew that so-and-so beat so-and-so in today's Olympic hockey game. The game I'm watching when I get home. She's up for grabs .... she stitches fast, but spoils all exciting moments by previewing the ending.

I downloaded pictures! Are you impressed? First a little current WIP. I've hauled out Beatrix Potter for the last couple days and finished off one small motif and started another.
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At least stitching every-other square in beads is less annoying than EVERY square. And I must say that I'm really liking the cream beads on cream. I might just have to pull out that big cream motif and put it in in some beads. Then again, why prove I'm completely insane?

And I am finally capable of showing you The Belt!
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Ostensibly, the BIL is happy, but..... the funniest bit of it all (once I got over the fainting spell) is that the BIL called and announced it didn't fit. After much fussing it turned out he hadn't tried it on yet and it was only 1 hole off from the designed-to-fit-at hole which meant it was only about an inch off. My sister pointed out that that inch could have less to do with belt-making choices than with the foodstuffs on the Caribbean cruise they'd just returned from.

Happy Olympic viewing to you all -- I will not tell you who won what... despite already knowing. Sigh

Ruth's new nomination for dumbest TV announcer:
One of the guys announcing the aerials competition in ski jumping -- when discussing the American team member who was in the hospital having had his appendix removed in emergency surgery, the announcer said "He has an appendix so he can't ski." I'm now using the I-have-an-appendix excuse for everything I can't do.

The same announcer is double nominated in the stupid category for his statement: "Minsk used to be part of the Soviet Union but now it's its own country"... about 2 sentences after explaining Minsk was a city in Belarus.


Cari-in-VA said...

Beatrix is just beautiful - I know how much work those motifs are!

I missed the story of the belt - but it is quite unique - glad your bil likes it.

Mel said...

Beatrix is looking good. :)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

right before I read that you liked the white on white (or cream on cream) beads i was thinking the very same thing. They look gorgeous - very rich!!

Love your belts - hope the BIL fits into it soon.

I've heard some whoppers from a couple of announcers, too. Missed the one about the appendix, I may have to use that one as well! Too funny......

Donna said...

Ah the beauty of Quaker samplers.

Would you be so kind as to tell me whose design the belt is? If my hubby knew there was such a thing out there and I hadn't considered making him one, he'd probably cut my stitching budget in half!

I guess I could just tell him I had an appendix.

Kathryn said...

See? Beads! Sometimes a pain, but we love them.

Sure. I'll take Judy. Somehow I just didn't get the Olympics gene. I can't get excited about sports that I don't know anything about and certainly won't learn anything about by watching NBC. And the commercials drive me crazy.

Hazel said...

Love the beads on your BP. That belt is great! x

Siobhan said...

Beatrix looks great! I'm glad your BIL likes the belt, too.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oooh Ruth that belt is just FANTASTIC! What a labour of love!

Margaret said...

Nice!!! I love your Beatrix! And the belt is wonderful! Now what's this about beads? You're beading Beatrix?? Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love discovering new (to me) blogs!

Beth said...

I am loving the belt! What a lot of work, but with an impressive result! The sampler is awesome - as in I can't even begin to think of being sane enough to do it!! Can't wait to see the final result!

Brigitte said...

Oh wow, that belt is looking just great. Hope fully your brother will fit in it soon using the hole that was to be used by him, lol.
The beads on BP are a wonderful idea. Love the look of them.