Monday, June 28, 2010

I figured it out !!!

Well, I thought I had this signature thing figured out, but evidently I didn't. Had to delete and I am posting again. Same thing, though. :-) I told you I was computer illiterate.

Nothing new happening..... although while visiting my parents in Spain I made good progress on my Angel Sampler. It is coming along nicely and I hope to finish it between now and December. Yeah, I know many of you think that I have lots of time, but I am not so sure :-).

Today is a sad day for me, as will be the next two weeks. That is approximately the time it takes me to get over my homesickness. I just came back yesterday from visiting my family in Spain and it is always so hard to leave them. My husband and I have really talked about moving to Spain within the next one or two years. I have such mixed emotions about it. I love the US and Colorado, where I live, but I feel so lonely with my family so far away.... I would love to go back home and do something there related to cross stitch, maybe a little business... So many decisions to make, lots to pray about, but I know God is good and will lead the way....

Here is a picture of my two nieces and nephews taken at my brother's country home during a family lunch.... I love them as if they were my own children, all these kids that, seems like yesterday, were cute little babies and toddlers, and now look at them, all grown up and with lives of their own. I miss them... Also a picture of the beautiful paella my brother made for lunch. I miss home already...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Back from my Med Cruise !!

Hello and Happy Sunday !!! I thought I would post something about the wonderful Med Cruise I went on and that was organized by the Silver Needle. I came back from it totally exhausted: too much sightseeing and fun activities !!, but the cruise was a lot of fun. Very well organized by Judy Bradford from Expedia. It was great to meet so many stitchers from so many different places. It just confirmed my belief that stitchers are some of the greatest, friendliest people in the world. I just wish we’d had more time to stitch, but our agenda was so full of other activities.... We went to Naples and the Amalfi coast (which was absolutely breathtaking), Rome Pompey. Next we hit Pisa and on to France: Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo and the French Provence. Below are some pictures of the many I took. The Voyager of the Sea was a great ship full of so many different things: from shops, to restaurants, pubs, casino, pool...

Florence was a special stop for me because it was there that I got to fulfill my long time dream to see the statue of David sculpted by Michelangelo.... isn’t it just breathtaking, it was impressive and just absolutely beautiful. I didn’t want to leave its side !!! :-)

We got some great goodies from Lindy (Silver Needle). The one below is a humbug pincushion (is that what they are called???). It was designed by Just Nan exclusively for this cruise and for the Silver Needle and I love the colors in it (even though the pictures I took of it are not that great). Each side has the name of a country that we visited during the cruise. It will be fun to stitch and finish, and a great little memory of our trip.

We also got the chart for an absolutely beautiful sampler designed and signed by Giulia Manfredini from Giulia Punti Antichi. The sampler is inspired by antique Italian motifs and stitches. It was designed for our cruise and dedicated to Lindy, the owner of the Silver Needle. It is stitched on 28 ct Antique Tan linen by Wichelt and 16 different colors of Valdani thread. I may stitch it on a higher count but i'll keep the same colors because I think they are beautiful. I can't wait to stitch it.

Well, this is all for now. I am currently in Spain visiting my family and I'll fly back to the States on June 25th. I am starting to get very sad thinking of leaving my family again. Every time I come home, I just want to move to Spain again. It takes me about two weeks to get over my homesickness and be able to function normally. Yikes !! Family is a big deal, isn't it?

Happy stitching !!