teaser tuesday

Since nothing particularly noteworthy happened today (except a blizzard– and really, who wants to talk about that?) and because my book is conveniently sitting on the table here next to me, I think I’ll do a Teaser Tuesday post.  Here goes: 

She had essentially guided him through the shoals of ego-bound, angst-ridden, artistic immaturity to the terra firma of real, honest work and grown up responsibility.  Part of him, rather suddenly, hated her for that.      

-from Damage by John Lescroart

so far, so good :)

So the little Ink Circles design still looks like a snail, but I finished LK’s Halloween… my first 2011 finish!  And I’ve managed to do something “stitchy” every day, although I can’t share pictures of some of it yet.  You’ll just have to trust me.  Tomorrow I plan to start something Christmas-y for the facebook SAL group, although I haven’t decided what exactly.

I picked up this book at the library yesterday and it is SO good… seriously good.  It’s about a woman who’s turning having a bit of birthday anxiety, thinking about her life and the choices she’s made.  I get anxious around my birthday every year so I can totally relate.  But it’s also just a fun, sweet story… great for a little escape.  I haven’t yet read the author’s other book, The Friday Night Knitting Club, but I’m adding it to my list of want-to-reads.

hmmmm… I know there’s other stuff going on around here, but I can’t think of anything at the moment. Don’t ya hate when that happens?

Misc. Monday, although it’s Tuesday

The new Counted Wishes Cross Stitch Festival has begun… I found a few things I’d like to buy! Let me know what you think about the show, would you?

I forgot to tell y’all that one of my birthday gifts was a night out to see the Russian State Ballet dance Swan Lake. They were definitely not the Bolshoi (who I’ve also seen do Swan Lake) but still very good! It was a lovely birthday surprise.

My birthday order arrived the other day! For the record, the top book is not mine.

I’ve been nibbling on some Japanese candy, which is very cute (er, kawaii) but tastes exactly like the old rock candy. Do they still make rock candy?

Here’s a pretty necklace that my sweet friend Tanya gave me for my birthday, wrapped in a piece of patchwork fabric! Pretty beads, pretty fabric, pretty good friends… not much in life is better than that, is it?

Here’s a pic of that bookmark I said I was going to stitch in my last post… how about that? I actually followed through with a plan! (that almost never happens) The teddy bear block is for an exchange in March. Yep, following through AND finishing early… it must be the end times.

bookmark stitching, anyone?

Once upon a time, my friend Jen started a really cool program to get stitched bookmarks into the hands of excited little readers during Children’s Book Week in May of each year. It’s so simple it’s genius… stitch a bookmark, send it in to a participating collection site, and be satisfied that you’ve encouraged someone in their reading endeavors!

In 2007, there were 429 stitched bookmarks donated and the 2008 event brought in 638… last year, stitchers donated 1,023! Let’s see how much better we can do for 2010, eh? This year Jen has 33 schools/libraries asking to receive bookmarks so there’s plenty of opportunity for us to share our stitchy goodness ;)

There’s a second component to Stitching for Literacy, and that’s where the designers come in. Several of us (Kat, Karen, Janie, Jen, and I) have designed bookmarks specifically for the program, and have chosen literacy-related organizations to receive a portion of our sales dollars. For example, My Mark is donating to Book Trust, which gives books to low-income children. I just sent another batch of my “bookmarks 1” chart to Hoffman (working on more designs) and I’d love to be able to write out a big fat donation check sometime soon.

But this is not meant to be a sales pitch… I really don’t care you stitch freehand on a paper towel as long as you finish it nicely and turn it in! Libraries need something nifty to give to kids who are on the verge of choosing between the path of knowledge & enlightenment and the highway to hell. A bit dramatic but you see what I mean, right?

It’s cold outside, and I know you have a scrap of fabric and more thread than you’ll admit to… why not stitch a bookmark today?   That’s what I plan to do.

BTW, if you’d like to learn different ways to finish bookmarks, Jen is teaching a 4-week class over at The Stitcher’s Village that starts on February 8th.