Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Olympic Finish

I did it! I finished the Toy Gatherer! I only started it in 1995. I finished the cross stitching in 2006. And now it is done. And my dad is bringing it to the framer today. This is going to be hanging in my house this Christmas. Wow! Who knew that setting goals could be so rewarding? Oh, right, all those people writing the self help books.

I finished it on Sunday morning while watching a repeat of the very exciting fourth quarter of Olympic men's basketball.

Toy Gatherer
Shepherd's Bush
kit purchased at my first Spirit of Cross Stitch Festival!

Sorry the photo is so dark. Sunday dawned gloomy. Then just when it was time to get in the car and go it got all nice and sunny so we could be depressed that we had to leave. But I'll give you the full scoop on our trip tomorrow.

Thanks for all your concern about the robbery. Donna, when the CSI and I went into the craft room I said, "I know it is hard to believe, but this is the way it looked when we left. Even harder to believe, I'm sure nothing is missing." He pointed to the file cabinet where I keep my patterns. It was open because it won't stay closed--I think it's the weight of the patterns. "Anything taken from there?" If I had known it might be you guys, I would have looked a lot closer. But really, if it were you, you would have cleared the stack of new patterns--waiting to be added to the database--off the top of the cabinet.
The suckysuckness is that I keep realizing things are gone. There was a basket on top of the armoire where I put the oversized items. They cleaned it out. At first I remembered Mexican silver beads, then a bracelet a friend brought me from India, then my bright green bakelite bangle. But I thought the rest was just crap beads on stretchy cords--remember those from the 90s? I was saving them to make something with them. Today, I realized that's where the jewelry I made in my class was stored. So, this, this, these, and this, all gone.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the wonderful finish!!! I'm so sorry to hear you were robbed, that's just horrible!

Stitches 'N' Stones said...

Great finish, that has got to feel so good to be done finally! Can't wait to see it framed. So sorry about the robbery, it's so hard when to lose irreplaceable things like that.

Barbeeque4 said...

That is a really wonderful finish!!! The robbery bites the big one and they will burn for it!!!!!

XmaryX said...

Toy Gatherer is beautiful- at least you have that to take your mind off your stolen stuff.
What is that curse- may the fleas of a thousand camels infest his(their)crotch...? to those a***ole robbers.

Annemarie said...

Congrats on finishing the Toy Gatherer! And you started this one in 1995? Do you mean to say there is actually hope for anyone with WIPs and UFOs started in the previous century? Hooray!
Sorry, again, about the robbery. Bastards.

Redwitch said...

Toy Gatherer is fab! Tiny stitches?!

Pants about your handmade and special jewellery.

They will pay, the Wiccan law of threefold return says so.

staci said...

Congrats on your Gold Medal Finish! It is gorgeous!!!

That stinks that you keep finding more stuff missing.

Casa Pearl said...

Amazing finish! Is it that cool Maine air that's making you feel like Christmas is coming??????

Anonymous said...

What a bugger about the robbery. I agree with Annemarie..they're bastards!

Love your TG..he is just gorgeous & you will love him hanging on your wall. Will he be up year round? I think he's too good to hide away for the rest of the year.

Coni said...

Damnit, Gumby...what highs and lows! Fabulous finish! Sons of bitches! You want we should come over there and knock some heads together? (You gotta' say that in your best Paulie Walnuts voice.)

Kendra said...

So sorry to hear about being robbed. Hopefully karma will come back around on the creeps who are responsible.

Coral said...

Toy Gatherer - yay!!!

I am really chuffed for you!

But not so chuffed about the discoveries of 'new stuff to add to the stolen list'. That is the worst bit, your heart sinks again and again.

Do you have insurance?

Courtney said...

oh man I'm so so so sorry to hear about your robbery!! is there anything I can help with?

you know, if the robbery hadn't had you all worried, when the CSI asked if there was anything missing from your craft room, you could have just given him your wish list! ;o)

Donna said...

That doubly sucks that they got the pretties that you made. :-(

Michelle said...

Toy Gatherer is amazing! I can't wait to see it framed - what a huge accomplishment! Oh no, the suckage of the robbery gets worse!