Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Unveiling of "Trick or Treat" and sharing a lesson to all who carry purses

"Trick or Treat"
Designer: Ursula Michael
The Cross-Stitcher Magazine - October 2009 issue - Page 34-36
Fabric: Belfast Linen 32ct, Toasted Almond
Thread: DMC and Krenik Braid #8 (used listed colors)
Started: September 9, 2009 -  Finished: October 24, 2009

It is completed. The last few letters: "T, R, and E" were also fun to stitch. Especially the spider webbing around the "E" which was stitched with Krenik Braid #8 - confetti. I tried to manipulate the thread as I stitched so that the different confetti colors could show up as certain times...so sometimes the metallic blue would sparkle, sometimes the yellow and there is a little red/pink in there as well. Here are the last 3 letters up close.

So, now I have to get my butt going on exchanges and model stitching...however, if the little procedure I had about 2 weeks ago didn't throw me off...I was involved in a little incident yesterday afternoon which really did. After work yesterday, I needed to run a few errands before picking up the boys from school. First was a quick trip to Party City (a party store) to get some Halloween party goods for a party at work and some for a party that Matthew (younger son) is having on Friday morning. Then, still having 30 minutes before I had to be at the school, I needed to pick up a few groceries. I pulled out my driver's license and my major credit card and hopped out of my car (locking it behind me). I wasn't in the grocery store but 20-25 minutes (especially since I had to be somewhere)...walking out, wheeling my shopping cart, I started to walk to my car and noticed that something was not right...the back side window (on the driver's side) looked like it had a huge spider web or something. As I continued to walk toward the car, my knees and hands started to shake and I got a really sick feeling in the pit of my stomach...my car window had been shattered. And immediately I knew that some jack@-- broke into my car and took my purse.
When I do these quick "in and out" trips to the store, I do have a bad habit of taking what I need out of my purse and putting it on the backseat floor. Unfortunately, someone was watching and saw me walk out of my car without my purse, waited for me to enter the store and then approached the car. In fact, when I parked the car and got out, I did catch a guy across from me acting strangely and got a unsettled feeling...but because I was on a mission to get what I needed quickly and get to the schools, I paid no attention and went about my business only to come out and find "the mess".
And what a mess it is - thank goodness that I had my driver's license and our major credit card in my possession. However, there were a few other cards and my check book in my purse...nothing else that I can think of except for some female things, that I don't think that this JA would find useful. So all afternoon, DH (who came home early) and I worked on canceling and closing everything. I think that we got it all done, but it is going to take some time to transition all of those automatic payments and things to all the new accounts.
Ugh! What a mess. However, the car can be fixed and the credit stuff can be fix - they are all "things"...I am thankful that nothing happened to me (I have to find a bright side some where, right?).

Well, time to get and get somethings done. Take care!


Mel said...

A lovely finish. The spiderweb looks great.

I am so sorry to hear about your car and purse situation. That is truly crappy. Hope you can get replacement cards and the like quickly.

saras said...

love the finish!

sorry about the breakin! Don't you just hate that feeling! Glad you are okay!

Donna said...

I'm sorry you had that experience with the car and purse. I sometimes do the same thing you did. And I can learn from your lesson. No more.

Great finish!

Carolyn NC said...

Lovely finish! So sorry to hear about your purse.

Rachel S said...

That is really pretty!

I am so sorry about the person getting in your car. That is the worst feeling in the world. I had mine broken into twice in 8 months, and it was so disheartening. I wanted to get rid of the car.

I hope you can get it all resolved quickly.

Branlaadee said...

Your Trick or Treat looks wonderful. You did a great job!

I am so sorry about your purse and car. I hate when things like that happen. Now, I just carry a wallet. It's smaller than my husbands. It slips in and out of my pocket and never gets lost. I used to lose my purse a couple of times a year.

valerie said...

Oh no...that's awful about your car being broken into! At least everything is fixable even though it's a huge pain in the you know what! Glad that you're ok...that's most important.

On a happy note, ToT came out wonderful! Can't wait to see how you finish it. :)

Tracey said...

How awful! I have a little wallet on a strap that I use sometimes- it's perfect for moments like that, and that way you aren't leaving anything important in the car. Thank goodness that he damaged only your car though and not you!!

Lee said...

I think that your ToT is one of the most charming finishes in the blog world this Halloween! Nice job!

Sorry about the stolen purse and the car damage. Criminals suck.

Pike said...

That is just gorgeous, well done! Sorry to hear about your car and purse!

Daffycat said...

What an awesome finish, Lisa! It's really beautiful.

Oh no! That's really crappy about your car & purse. ***hugs***

Vonna said...

YAY! for the finish!!!
BOOO for the vandalism and stolen purse....we don't even leave our garage door opener in our cars anymore...

Angela P said...

I'm sorry to hear about your car being broken in and your purse being stolen! I know how much of a pain it is to cancel everything and re set up everything! It is true that you were not hurt, you just never know these days and can't be too careful :) I still do this sometimes myself but no more!

I love your Trick or Treat finish, the letter E is my favorite now, love that spider and the sparkly web behind it. Huge congrats!

CindyMae said...

Already told you this, but I am so sorry that you had to go through that!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE Trick or Treat!! IT looks so awesome!! You done fabulous work!!!

Cyn said...

Hi Lisa,

I was so sorry to hear about your your theft! Hopefully you now have everything straightened out.

Love the "Trick or Treat" design. :-)

Windy Meadow