Monday, May 21, 2012

IHSW, TUSAL, and more news!

First, IHSW. We're still in California so I'm taking every opportunity I have to stitch in between taking care of things for a cross-country move (YIKES!). The upcoming move has changed my rotation a bit. I really want to finish Tiny Rose Garden Mandala before I leave since I need my mom (and her sewing machine) to finish it into a pillow. I'm also still working on the secret stitch, which I'll show you guys next week (super excited!).

So here's my Tiny Rose Garden Mandala before and after IHSW.



Next step, the TUSAL for the month!

And the last stitch-related update is I won a giveaway! I actually won this giveaway May 15, but I didn't know since I've been going crazy lately! I won Nancy's hand-dyed floss giveaway over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I'm super excited about this because I've never won a giveaway before! Looking forward to getting my floss and sharing it with you all.

I've been going a bit crazy lately because of the move. I'm going to be honest - I'm really excited about moving to Texas. It's a brand new adventure for us and it will be exciting. BUT we're moving to Midland, Texas. There's nothing wrong with Midland as a town, but they're currently going through a boom and there are no places to live! Boyfriend has 30 days to relocate for work and I was starting to get worried about us actually finding a place! I was seriously ready to just get on a plane and fly out there blind just to find a place. But last week, on a whim, I sent a rental application to a complex via FedEx overnight. Afterwards I wondered why I bothered sending it overnight since per their email they didn't have anything until August. The next morning I received an email from one of their leasing agents that they had an apartment, within our budget, available mid-July. Do we want it? YES WE WANT IT. I jumped on it. Granted now we have to figure out what to do for June, but we'll hotel hop and it will all work out. I hope. At least we've got an apartment lined up!

The bathroom reno is going really well. We've picked out all the appliances, tile, colors, everything. Now we just have to get the house re-piped and next week the reno should start. I anticipate it looking really nice. Will provide you all with a before and after, which I anticipate will be really dramatic.

Last night Boyfriend and I went to a fancy dinner at Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino for our anniversary. Our anniversary isn't until May 29th, but considering the move and everything we decided to do it a little earlier. Oh my oh my it was AMAZING. This was a dining experience quite unlike any other. It was FANCY. And it was amazing. They asked what the occasion was, so we told them anniversary and at the end they brought out this beautifully decorated plate with a dessert with a candle and some champagne, all on the house. It was really lovely. An absolutely amazing night.

So, if you're still here with me after that novel of a post, thanks for all of your lovely supportive comments. You are all AMAZING and don't worry, I'll keep posting! You'll all get Texas updates and posts of the roadtrip (did I mention we're driving to Texas?) Thank you all for being here for me - you're all wonderful.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's brilliant new concerning the apartment!!! =) =) =) It will surely be amazing =)
I wish I could convince my boyfriend to move together ;-)

Your work on Tiny Rose is so lovely =)

mdgtjulie said...

Oooooh, I love your stash. I have Beckon (which is the same thing as your Beckoning Light) and I wonder why they changed the name. I also have several things on your stash list on my wishlist. You have good taste, lol. Your rose garden WIP looks great. You REALLY got a lot done during the weekend. You'll have it finished soon if you keep that up. Your TUSAL is lovely. All those pretty greens. Grats on winning the giveaway too. That's awesome. And moving makes everybody crazy!! Glad you found a place, and good luck with the hotel hop. I would hate that.

sharine said...

What a relief that must have been finding an apartment. I'm June will pass by quick enough.Best of luck!

tiffstitch said...

So pretty! I need to stitch this one some day.

Anne said...

Happy Anniversary Ewa and BF!!!! Love that little design they made for you! So special :D Tiny Rose Garden is coming along beautifully! I bet you'll finish it before the move. Good thing you have an apartment for July. That's a load of your shoulders!! Road trips are so much fun...bring lots of good music and enjoy the scenery. Don't forget to take pics!!


Linda said...

Happy Anniversary Ewa. Your Garden Mandala is gorgeous. Hang in there, the move will be over soon.


Yvon (jioya) said...

I hope that everything will go well, congrats on finding an appartment, that must be a relief.
Your wips are looking good.

I'm looking forward to seeeing your pics.

Hugs Yvon.

Stitching Noni said...

Wow you are a busy girl! Love your rose garden pillow idea. I finished the beading on mine last night! Good news on your new apartment. Hope the move goes well ;0)

Veronica said...

You've certainly made good progress during IHSW. Tiny Rose Garden Mandala is so pretty. Congrats on the giveaway win. Happy to hear you've found an apartment. Hope everything goes smoothly for you with the move and renovation.


P.S. Happy Anniversary! :D

Anonymous said...


Great news about the apartment. I hope everything goes well for you.

Your mini mandala is looking beautiful!
Happy anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Great news about the apartment and moving. I did that about 2 years ago but I moved from Cali to Alabama. I love how much you got done with the stitching!

Delphyne said...

Great progress! You will love Texas. I'm on the opposite side of Texas so you are about 10 hours from me, but it's a great state.

Blackmageheart said...

Great progress on the mandala! And best of luck with your move :D

Minnie said...

Your stitching is looking great and I am so happy for you on getting an apartment lined up. Good luck on the move.

Chelle said...

I love the mandala! I'm wondering what you do with them once you finish stitching - how do you finish? I think I need to google it.

Awesome on finding the apartment and I'm sure something will come up for the short term. We had to stay in a 3 bedroom apartment with 3 sons while our second house was being built. It wasn't ideal (3 sons. In an apartment. Yeah.) but at least we had a place to bring the groceries while we waited!

Thanks for the update!


Melinda said...

I am so looking forward to your cross country trip -- Please share lots of pictures.

Good things really do happen to great people. I know everything will work out for you guys.

Congrats on your Anniversary...So Awesome....

Bea said...

That's great progress on your mandela - love the colours.

Good luck with the move. There is always so much detail!

MoonBeam said...

Good progress on your stitched piece. Good luck with your move.


dulcinella said...

Good to hear you'll have a roof above your head in Texas:-) I'm really looking forward to see your pictures of everything that's going on. Lovely mandala,please post a picture again soon. Congrats on your winning. I understand you're thrilled abouti that. Loved reading your post, don't worry it's too long . I would't mind to read a much longer post with so much news. The restaurant must have been a joy to celebrate something.

lesli said...

Happy Anniversary! :)

SO happy you found an apartment!! Just think of all the stitching you can do on your road trip to Texas....boyfriend can drive and you can stitch!

You got lots done on Rose Garden...congrats!

Melissa said...

Congrats on the job for your boyfriend and good luck with the move!!
Great progress on the rose garden:)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Happy Anniversary! My 20th with Todd is looming soon! Ack!

Good luck with the big move!

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :D and good luck with your move!

♥ Nia said...

Good luck on your move! :D
And you did a great progress on your wip! :)

The Crafty Princess said...

Oh Ewa you sound just as excited as I was to win your giveaway!!! Your life sounds absolutely amazing, everything is falling into place for you and your boyfriend. That's so awesome and you deserve it stunner you are an amazing person too. I know we've only known each other through blogs and emails but I can tell you are a special soul. Congrats on everything and your Mandala is progressing really well. Since luck and love is on your side maybe you should enter any comps to win a sewing machine. You're sure to win it! xo