Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Catch Up and New FO for October

2014 NewFO Challenge

I've missed the last few New FO link ups, nothing to show and no time. My daughter went through a major crisis and I was running back and forth to Ft. Lauderdale helping her through it. She needed to move, not easy with her two dogs, but we found a safe place and got her settled. Proud Mom here, we moved her on a weekend and on Wednesday she defended for her doctorate and passed perfectly. I honestly don't know how she did it since we were all pretty brain dead from stress. Next step is intern and she'll finally be done :)

My birthday arrived in the middle of all that and David and Cori surprised me with a visit to a private rescue and rehabilitation zoo. What a great day! I was nuzzled by camels, had a monkey on my head and back, carried a marmoset around on my hip like a baby and played with so many different animals. The icing on the cake was playing with this guy

It was just like playing with a domestic cat with bigger claws and teeth, he loved playing tug of war with that towel. Are you jealous Barbara? It was an amazing day!

Crisis past, it's time to sew again. Here's what I did in October.

When I was growing up, Christmas was time for my Dad to bring out his trains, lots of happy memories there, so I made this with my embroidery machine using Designs by Juju's Santa Express designs, if you do machine embroidery you really can't go wrong with Juju's designs, they're always perfect and she has some great sales.  

And this is my first ever table runner, I love how he turned out. It looks small in that picture but it's about 46" long. Table runners always confused me about how big they should be, so a little research and now I know they came from a time when people ate mostly with their fingers, I imagine knights and round tables, they used the table runner as a napkin, now you know that too, enjoy that mental image, :). 

So that's it for October, but I'm back in the game and once I'm caught up I'll hopefully be getting more done. Famous last words, right? 

There's still a little time to link up to the New FO, remember just start something then throw it in the UFO pile, no finishes required says Barbara the great enabler, LOL.

Later Gators,


  1. Not ignoring the stress, your birthday sounded wonderful. What fun to play with those critters and get nuzzled by a camel.

    Lovely projects. That train embroidery is spectacular.


  2. What a wonderful birthday surprise (Happy Birthday) and probably a great de-stressor.

  3. Perfect birthday treat for you! Happy belated :) Cute, cute, cute train. But super love the table runner. Count on you to dig up the knights and the finger foods!

  4. You are ready for Christmas now. Cute projects.

  5. Yes! I am exceedingly jealous! I love your runner. Congratulations to Cori! What an accomplishment.

  6. Well, if Barbara had not been jealous, I sure am!! What a wonderful birthday present!! :-)) Darling projects and I am glad to hear your daughter is safe!!

  7. Happy Birthday!!! What an amazing experience... hope the holiday season brings much joy and less stress:-)

  8. What a cute table runner!! And BIG CONGRATS to your daughter for her doctoral success! Obviously she was extremely well prepared to do well around the numbing effects of the moving stress and all, so WELL DONE! Happy birthday - I'm not Barbara, but I'm sure jealous of that baby tiger and the marmoset. :)

  9. Hi Dana - Wahooo on your daughter doing all that and still being able to defend her doctorate! That's really something! You're so blessed - that is the best birthday present I have ever seen! Love your Christmas tree trains so much! And the Santa runner is really sweet!