Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A party and more updates

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: img_3376

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:
img_3370 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...img_3380

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!


Kathryn said...

Gosh, what a cute sheep. That is really hysterical. It must be nice to have a group to stitch with. Once in a while I run across a stitcher in the United Red Carpet Club, but nothing on a permanent basis, though there are a lot of crafters (knitters, doll makers, and lacemakers) on the SCIFI board.

Ruth said...

Kathryn... were you the one who thought up the stitch and bitch room at LosCon last year? I never got to go in, but I LOVED the idea.

Karin said...

Looks like you had a great party - congrats!

tkdchick said...

What a great party!!!!

Sandy said...

Well Happy Late Birthday Ruth and I love the little sheep, that's too cute. Looks like you all had a great time. :D TFS.

Kathryn said...

Nope. I didn't initiate the Stitch and Bitch room at Loscon. That was my friend, Liz Mortensen, a knitter. I didn't get a chance to use it either. We were MUCHO busy.

I talked to people who are at the Baycon hotel this evening (we check in tomorrow morning). They say it's a ten pound convention in a five pound hotel. We knew it would be a bit small, but we had no idea that they would be doing renovations! Next year Baycon moves to the Santa Clara Hyatt and Convention Center. Much, much larger. And we have a three year contract there.

But this hotel is the same as the one for Westercon 60 in July, so if we can make Baycon run there, Westercon, which is much smaller, will be easy.

nancy said...

Happy belated birthday! Looks like you had a wonderfully fun celebration - LOVE the sheep! Your finished "Irish Eyes" is beautiful ... So where's the picture of the now-finished Blackbird sampler??? Is this one I have to have? ;o)