Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Return! (and a Ribbon!)

First I want to thank all my dear friends here in the virtual stitching world for all your supportive emails and comments when I closed this blog down for a bit. I am very pleased to tell you that it's back up and running for business!

I have left my crazy job from before and start at a new and promising workplace on Monday. Doing the same thing I did (design work) but hopefully in a fun and enjoyable new environment. I can't wait to try it all out.
In and amoungst all that turmoil I have gotten more health things under control. Still medicated, still in pain sometimes but can actually manage to eat out once and awhile and went to a movie this afternoon which was sooo exciting! So things have improved for sure.

In stitchy news... I was voted VP for my local needlework guild in June and look forward to that position starting in the fall. And the biggest news.....
I WON A RIBBON!!!
It's only third place (at the Western Showcase for the Calgary Stampede) but hey it's a ribbon.
So I won third place in the linen category. Here is a pic of it on display at the showcase:


Lots of other things going on. I'm stitching Halloween Rules (Lizzie Kate), got a sweet package of items I ordered from Karen at Wasatch Needleworks, and am trucking along on dragons (another page is done). I will share these things and more in the next little bit and continue on with my epic stitching chronicle for those interested in following.

The other big piece of news... for all of you who knew Rene LaFrog that we sadly lost at Christmas time. I have done a personal design (with help of a friend whose an artist) that I will be distributed for free via this blog in the next few days.
A huge thanks goes out to Evalina who stitched up the final model.
So please watch for this and perhaps we can all take a night to stitch up a memorial frog for Rene.

I'm happy to be back... however this is a twist. I have cleared out my entire blog list (I had over 400 blogs on it that I followed) and am starting fresh. So if you post here I'll add you to the following list of course, if your profile is not connected to your stitchy blog then please feel free to post it in the comments.

Thank so much everyone and looking forward to catching up and sharing more with you all soon!
Mel.

42 comments:

Kari said...

Welcome Back and congratulations on the Ribbon!!

MusketeersPlus2 said...

I do enjoy having the award winning piece in my entry way... it's very pretty. Too bad I have to give it back next Saturday! ;)

Kate said...

I'm glad you're back. Congratulations on winning the ribbon.

Hazel said...

Welcome back Mel! Look forward to seeing all your progress. X

mdgtjulie said...

Welcome back Mel. I was new to your blog when you took a break, so I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Grats on everything!! (Your ribbon, the new job, and the MP post are all grats worthy!)

Ineke said...

Welcome back, Mel. I am glad your health is improving slowly. Congratulations on winning a ribbon; it really is a beautiful piece. Lots of luck with your new job.

Silverlotus said...

Welcome back Mel, you've been missed.

Congratulations on the ribbon and the new job.

Denise said...

Glad to see you have returned. With better health news, a new job, a freebie in the works, and a RIBBON! Congrats.

Good luck Monday may this job be more in line with you.

Jo said...

Congratulations on your ribbon, it's a wonderful piece. So glad you're feeling a lot better and look forward to seeing how you're dragons is coming along.

Meari said...

Welcome back, Mel. Congrats on your ribbon. That and starting a new job is so exciting!

Sea said...

A beautiful finish. Glad you are feeling better.

Carissa said...

So glad to see you back Mel, I've missed reading your updates. Happy to know that you've found a new job, and been able to make progress with your health.

Congrats on your award, that finish is beautiful, is it an Ink Circles?

Good luck at your new job!

Adrienne said...

Welcome back to blogland! Very glad to hear life is treating you better now. I look forward to seeing more of your stitching.

Emily in NC said...

Congrats on the ribbon and being able to get out and see a movie and eat out. So glad you are back, missed seeing all the update on hearing about your life.

Marjorie said...

Good to see you back and congrats on your win!

Shelley said...

Welcome back Mel!! I've missed you so much.

Congrats on the well deserved ribbon!!

I look forward to seeing the piece you designed for Rene. I am sure many of us will be stitching it very soon :)

Claudette497 said...

It's good to have you back! I'm so glad things are improving for you on all fronts. Your work is beautiful - congratulations on the ribbon! I'm looking forward to seeing your Rene design.

Deborah said...

Glad that you are back and life is treating you better. The design that yopu won the ribbon for.

Nancy said...

Welcome back Mel!! Glad to see that you are getting your life back. Celebrate the lesser health issues and I am hoping that you continue to heal. Also celebrate the new job. I am looking forward to stitching your new design in memory of Rene. I am thinking that it would be a wonderful thing for me to stitch somehow for her new grandaughter that she never got to see in this world. I don't have a blog here yet but hopefully one day I will. So glad to have you back!!

MoonBeam said...

I just ran across your blog for the first time this morning...a link thru Ineke's blog. Congrats on your ribbon. Your project is lovely.

Be well.

Bobbi

Taddy said...

Nice to see you back, Mel. I'm glad you're feeling well enough to start blogging again. See you Sunday.

Blu Stitcher said...

Welcome Back Mel, Your piece is wonderful and congrats on your ribbon.

Shelleen said...

It was nice to see you blogging again. Congrats on the ribbon.

Katrien said...

I'm so glad things are improving. Congrats on the ribbon!!

Vicky L said...

Welcome back Mel! You were missed. Congratulations on the ribbon.

Faerie said...

Congrats on winning the ribbon! It is a beautiful piece of stitching =)

Nancy M said...

Glad to see you back! Your win is a freebie from Ink Circles, isn't it? You picked a lovely variegated floss for it. I just saw an awesome bell pull with tombstones on it that is perfect for the LK Halloweeen pieces!

grannystitches said...

Congrats on the win and the memorial design welcome back we have missed your posts and you of course!
Kim C
kimanncurry@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back Mel. I have missed your posts. Good luck with the new job.

Cindy in MA
http://flossjunkie.blogspot.com

Karen said...

Welcome back Mel! Congrats for winning 3rd place at the Stampede! I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. :)

Bekca said...

Welcome back Mel, it's so good to see you returning to blogging! The best part of this post has to be that your health is on the mend, that's such good news. I look forward to seeing what you've been stitching on recently. Best wishes.

A said...

So glad you are back Mel
Audrey

lynda said...

Congratulations on your ribbon...that piece is gorgeous!

Maureen said...

Nice to see you back in the world of blogging and hearing your good news re job, health and congrats on your ribbon - well done you!

Vonna said...

My goodness your piece that won a ribbon is gorgeous!
Glad to see you back!

Jen said...

Glad to see you are back. congratulations on your award.

Wanda said...

Welcome back, Mel. Congratulations on the ribbon at the Stampede! It really is gorgeous. I want to do a wedding sampler that has a border similar to parts of Cheryl's bouquet. I have been auditioning threads and I rather like your choice. Gives me an idea....

I was thinking of you today. We ha been in Waterton for the weekend. I took Friday and Monday off, something I rarely do. When we came up by Calgary I thought of you and wondered how you were doing. Now I know. :) Wanda in Edmonton

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Congratulations on returning to blogging, and on your lovely ribbon win! I'm so glad to hear that things are looking up for you. I'm greatly looking forward to following your stitching again, and seeing your update on Dragons :)

EvalinaMaria said...

Cheryl's Bouquet looks fantastic! Congrats on the ribbon and welcome baaaack!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulations on your ribbon. Welcome back to blogging. I am glad that things are going for you.

Pumpkin said...

SO glad to see you back Mel! It sounds like you've made some positive changes in your life and I wish you all the best :o)

That's AWESOME! Congrats on your beautiful ribbon!

Can't wait to catch up on your Blog again :o)

Isabelle said...

Congratulations on your ribbon! You surely deserve it: your piece is superb!