11 April 2011

Wild weekend!

Before I show my progress, let me tell you about my weekend. I went to a PEEP show. No, not THAT kind of peep show. A PEEP show! These are getting more popular around here. The Washington Post sponsors one, but this was one that you could actually go to. For a $5 donation, I got to vote for my 10 favorite artworks. It was a blast. I am in awe of all the things that can be made out of Peeps. Someone made a hat, there was well-framed artwork with a Peep theme, One of the coffee houses sent in a picture of a cappucino with a Peep outline. There was even a little Jersey shore themed one. AWESOME! Whoda thunk you could be so creative with marshmellow? I have my own ideas for something to make for next year. If you get a chance to go to one of these, GOOO! It's inspiring to realize that we do still have "skillz" in this country.

My car is in the shop for a check engine light today. I had it at our mechanic most of last week for the light, and it needed the 60K mile service. I got all new brakes, transmission system flushed, even my windshield wiper blades got replaced. Our mechanic cleared the codes for the check engine light, told us what it was and said hopefully, it wouldn't come back on, but if it did, the issue was covered by the warranty, to take it to the dealership. I went out on Friday to take it to get emissions tested, and the light was back on, so it's at the dealership to see if it's covered. I'm hopeful I don't have to pay for this repair--it's kinda a kick in the mouth to pay a car payment and pay the repair bill.

I also did the hard task of tossing a UFO. It was an older one by Midsummer Night Designs. I'd started it with Vikki Clayton silks, but the colors, which are so pretty, didn't look so good together on the dark fabric. They were too pale. I've been going back and forth about tossing it, because I don't like to waste things, but it wasn't going to work, and I can use the floss for something else, and it wasn't a pleasure to stitch, so I made the hard choice to toss the fabric and put the floss and chart back in stash. That way, the floss can be used for something that will give me pleasure, the chart can be rekitted in brighter colors, and I'm not guilt-stricken. LOVE IT!

I did make some good progress on Autumn Leaves.

I like how it's moving along, and the bottom, which was intimidating me, is not so bad. I love the way it is all coming together; the silk has a lovely sheen and the fabric is really showing off the colors. I am adoring Winterberry, a winy, plummy eggplant. Just gorgeous! I should have this done by the end of the week, and hopefully, can get it framed and ready for the fair.

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week.


Annie said...

That Peep show really sounds like fun. I've never known anyone who actually attended.

The PS piece looks marvelous. Wise decision to finally give up on a piece that just doesn't please you.

Hope that car perks up and doesn't deplete all your savings!

riona said...

Rachel, if you can still retrieve the tossed UFO ... may I make a suggestion ... use it make some shabby chic pin cushions ... put it in a coffee or tea bath to age it ... then cut it up and sew it into tiny pin pillows that you can use for trading, gifting [to other stitchers, of course, since they'd be the only ones who'd "get" it] or just tossing into your smalls basket. I, too, hate to waste anything. Love your Prairie Schooler piece ... it's looking grand.

Bette said...

I've given up on pieces when I knew I was never going to finish them. There is a time to cut your losses and work on something you really like. Love the PS. And would love to go to a PEEP Show. Sounds like fun.

Barbi said...

The peep show sounded like fun! Don't you just hate it when cars start acting up, it's almost like you are at their mercy.
I love your piece, it's coming along GREAT!

Julie M said...

Autumn Leaves is beautiful and you are really moving right along with it.

I had to laugh at the Peep Show! Sounds like a good time!

Congrats on recognizing that you were not happy with the WIP and moving on. I know it is hard to do sometimes but letting go is often the best choice!

Pumpkin said...

Okay, that sounds like it would have been REALLY fun to see!

Autumn Leaves is beautiful Rachel :o)

Meari said...

Well it's nice to know that peeps can be used for something other than eating, lol. (Don't like 'em) I could see a Peep Show, and enjoy it.

Sorry to hear about the car troubles. Hopefully, won't cost you an arm and a leg.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls