Friday, September 30, 2005

John Belcher Sayre 1908-2005

My Grandfather died wed. He was my last grand parent and was the oldest at a whopping 97 years and 7 months. He was a colon cancer surviver of over 20 years. but he had deteriorating over the past year or so. Here is the official obituary (my mom wrote it up...pretty good eh).

John Belcher Sayre, 97, was Summit police chief
Sunday, October 02, 2005
A service for John Belcher Sayre, 97, a lifelong Summit resident, and former police chief there, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the United Methodist Church, Summit. Arrangements are by the Bradley-Brough Funeral Home, Summit.
Mr. Sayre, who died Wednesday at home, started his career with H.O. Wilson, a woolen goods firm in New York City.
He joined the Summit Police Department in 1941 and then the Navy during World War II, where he served in the Short Patrol in Mississippi and Louisiana.
After his tour of duty, he rejoined the police department and was named chief of police in 1957 and retired in 1973.
Mr. Sayre was the executive director of the Summit/New Providence Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Policemens Benevolent Association Local 55, the New Jersey Police Chiefs Association and the International Police Chiefs Association and past president of the Union County Police Chiefs Association.
Mr. Sayre started the Police Athletic League, the Cub Scouts Pack and the Boys Scouts at Washington School in Summit.
He was past president and a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club in Summit, a volunteer with the American Red Cross in Summit, the first recipient of the YMCA Stuart Reed Award and a recipient of the Bnai Brith Americanism Award.
Surviving are sons, John B. Jr. and Brant T.; a daughter, Nancy Sayre Bergman; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

I am glad I had 31 years of knowing him, and
I am very happy to have just seen him in July and that he knew me and Ian.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

THis week question

Have you ever just quit a project while in the midst of it? (We’re not referring to UFOs here, rather projects that you know that you’ll never work on again.) Why? What did you do with it - throw it out, give it away, put it away?

The only one I can think of is one of the first big (larger than 10 stitches square) Counted cross stitch kits I tried. I was about 13 or so, and It was a picture of a rocking chair and a cat on a know the type. Well I messed up somewhere and could not find the mistake, then I found it and tryed to work around it/fix it then more mistakes kept rearing their ugly head. I finally threw it out and stopped stitching for about a year or more When I finally stitched again I did an even more complicated one...but it turned out very well thank you. I think I just needed that year of maturity.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Last weeks Question

What is the most challenging specialty stitch you have ever stitched?

Off the top of my head I would have to say a bullion stitch. I tryed it on one of those Victoria Sampler Learning samplers with it to make roses...I was not happy with my results. Usually though I love to try new stitches, and can master them after a few trys.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Hershey (Saturday and Sunday)

Mom and Liz
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.
So Saturday We get out to Chocolate World early (9:30 or so) and ride the same ride they have had there for 25 years (they need disney to update that thing..seriously) We scoped out all the new chocolate products and found out that they no longer make regular size Krackle bars.

We then went to the Hershey Gardens...we also scoped out the posh Hotel Hershey. The gardens were huge and full of roses (my mom is the big gardener in the photoed sharing her knowledge with 2 daughters sworn never to try to grow roses LOL). After the Gardens and lunch we went to the outlets, Hershey has just a tiny outlet mall but we stopped by the important stores (scrapbook, Pfaltzgraff, and the one cross stitch store in the area...the Cross stitch Corner). We were tired after all that so we headed to Friendly's for Ice cream then back to the hotel to stitch. We got deli dinner late at night and stitched too long into the night.

Sunday we took our time leaving, and stopped by the cross stitch store again to get a few more things (never enough) I left around noon and was home by 630.

Mom at Gardens
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.

The Stash Haul:

Stash Haul
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.

Ok lettsee if I can remember

Fabric: Snow Squall from Crossed Wings, distressed 32 ct Belfast Linen, and a pretty rose colored 32 ct linen.

Patterns: Quaker Diamond by Hillside samplings, Nine patch by Bright Needle, Seaology by Trilogy, Five Pumpkins and House welcome by JBW designs, Cat sampler by HIH, and Hug a tree by Bent Creek.

Kits: I totally broke down and bought 3 tie one on kits from Pine Mountian Designs: Ho ho ho, Making Friends and Trick or Treat (which I finished there!)

Other: JCS ornament 2005 issue, a bell pull for my autumn exchange, GAST in Wood smoke and Cinammon, and WDW in Brick.

Over all a pretty good trip. Next year I hope to stay in the lodge and actually meet Cathy (who I hear was found by Jo after all....see Jo I told you she wasn't imaginary) and spend some time meeting new people.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Hershey Report (Thursday and Friday)

Andrea and Trevor
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.

So I drove up on thursday and arrived In Lancaster around 3:30...since I had about 2 hours before my friend got home, I stopped by Millersville U (My alma mater) bought a new tshirt, and toured the new science building, I was also able to talk to one of my old profs (who remembered me!, its been 9 years!). I then went to meet my friend at her house. Here is a fabulous pic of her and her son (he is about 16 months) sorry for the bad color...we were in a mall elevator!
The next day (Friday) We drove in to Hershey, my friend went to work (she teaches there) and I scoped out the town. I found the hotel and the conference center...but had to wait till 10 when they let the plebs in (members got in at 9) I wandered and shopped about till 1 when my mom and sister arrived. We went and had lunch then went back in to the mart to finish shopping. Around 3 I gave up looking for my fellow bloggers and tried to call Cathy (phone # no good) then Jo ..she was there and we met up I met Pete, Patti, and Nancy but eventually had to meet up with mom again. Jo gave me the Halloween exchange there. Isn't it great!

I found Jo and told her to give me a call of she found Cathy or did anything that evening...and maybe we could join up. Unfortunatly we were staying in the Holiday inn Express down the street while all of my fellow bloggers were hanging out in the Lodge (where the festival was), So I guess I was out of sight out of mind. After we left, Liz (my sister) and my mom and I ended up heading out to dinner, back to the hotel, soaking in the hot tub and stitching till bed time. I shall post about Sat and sun is getting late

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Off to chocolate land

Off to the land of the crazy cross stitchers! Unlike my fellow bloggers who will also be attending (Cathy, Jo, and Patti) I do not have a shopping list. I have most of the fabric I need for the immediate projects I am going to do. My goal is to get as much as I like for a little $$ as possible (wish me luck in my grab bag grabbing). I am leaving in tomorrow morning and shall return on Sunday......Ill take plenty of incriminating photos hehe.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Shot Glass rack

Shot Glass rack
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.

Back in my younger years when I was in college, I started to collect shotglasses from where ever I had been. I can't remember the oldest one...maybe the one from Stone Harbor NJ where I worked during the summer of 94. But ever since my souvenir of choice where ever I go is a shotglass. It must be a place where I have stayed overnight at least and have a unique quality to it (not just say "Spring Break Rules" or whatever). Some time in 2000 I started to run out of room on a tiny 2 shelf rack i bought, and when we moved into our new house My father in law said he would make us a rack for them all. This was 2 years ago...almost to the month. The rack is made of cherry wood.

The glasses have been waiting patiently in the attic for a long time. We have 48 from places we have been (my original rule of collection) and 63 altogether (the rack can hold 120 if crowded) the other 15 are gifts from friends and family that are either random or from places they have been.

This rule also lead itself to the unique toast Ian and I had at our wedding...a shotglass was our favor for all the guests and we all did Jagermeister, I think Ian's grandma did 2. (I don't like champane, and this liquor is significant in our dating story). Which reminds me I have to dig out an extra glass for the rack from the attic. Total Glasses= 64

Any questions?

Monday, September 19, 2005

I can't believe people read my blog.

This must mean I am on someones favorites list! Ha. I got 5 comments in 16 hours (okok one was spam but still, I think its cool.) And Patti, We actually didn't find a USB or buy one, the camera came with a mouse that can read the memory card...and Ian hooked it up so I could post the pics. Ill see you in Hershey too!!

I am excited to head up to Hershey in less than 3 days! I get to see my roomate from college and spend the weekend withe my mom and sister...surrounded by cross stitch... woo hoo, I need a break.

In the thesis department I am trying to finish up the lab work portion of my stuff, that has meant identifing chironomids (midges). For those of you who are not aquatic ecologists, in order to id these guys you have to mount them on a slide and squash their heads to get them down to genus and species. see pictures similar to what I have been looking at for the past 2 weeks here . In the mean time I am debating on if I can really finish by Dec. I am trying to cover my butt and get a TA lined up for next semester if I don't finish. And it is looking like if I do finish, I wont have time to find a job by Jan.
I am hoping to start my Results section by the beginning of Oct , and to give you an idea of how behind i am ,the other 2 grad students in my lab who plan on graduating in Dec have already turned in their results.

Sunday, September 18, 2005


Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.
Here are the nametags I did for the CATS festival (4 days to go). The blue one I did some drawn thread work...Rhodes stitches then herringbone, below my name is algerian eyelets, them a wave stitch from the seashore sampler I did earlier this year. I tryed to add a backing but it pulled I ended up just mounting it to some mat board.

The cream one was a design pulled from a needle roll design I haven't done yet but the lettering came out great and this one is my fav of the 2.

September Flip it

September Flip it
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Truth or Dare.....Truth

I got this from Cathys blog.....who got it from Vash.....I thought it was neat:

My truths are in bold
I am bisexual. I am homosexual. I've run away from home. I listen to political music. I collect comic books. I shut others out when I'm sad. I open up to others easily. I am keeping a secret from the world. I watch the news. SometimesI own over 5 rap CDs. I own an ipod. I own something from Hot Topic. I love Disney movies. I am a sucker for hair/eyes. I don't kill bugs. (exception for mosquitos). I curse regularly. I have "x"s in my screen name. I've slipped out a "lol" in a real conversation. I love Spam. I bake well. I would wear pajamas to school. I own something from Abercrombie. I have a job. I love Martha Stewart. I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS. I am self conscious. I like to laugh. I smoke a pack a day. I loved Go Ask Alice. I have cough drops when I'm not sick. I can't swallow pills. I have many scars. I've been out of this country. (only if Canada counts) I believe in ghosts. I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room. I am really ticklish. I love chocolate.I bite my nails.I am comfortable with being me.I play computer games/video games when I'm bored.Gotten lost in the city.Saw a shooting star.I have had two serious surgical procedures.Gone out in public in my pajamas.I have kissed a stranger.Hugged a stranger.Been in a fist fight with the same sex. Been arrested.Laughed and had milk/soda come out of your nose.Pushed all the buttons on an elevator. Made out in an elevator. Sworn at my parents.Kicked a guy where it hurts.Been skydiving. Been bungee jumping. Broken a bone. Played spin the bottle. Gotten stitches. Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour. Bitten someone. Been to Niagara Falls. Gotten the chicken pox. Crashed into a car.Been to Asia. Ridden in a taxi. Shoplifted. Been fired. Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back. Stole something from my job. Gone on a blind date. Had a crush on a teacher/coach. Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans.Been to Europe. Slept with a co-worker.Been married. ( to same coworker) Gotten divorced. Saw someone dying. Driven over 400 miles in one day. Been to Canada. Been on a plane.Seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Thrown up in a bar. Eaten Sushi. Been snowboarding. Been skiing. Been ice skating.Met someone in person from the internet. Been to a car show. Going to or have gone to college.Done hard drugs. Taken painkillers. Met a celebrity. I like playing practical jokes. Been in a hot air balloon. Ridden a camel in the Sahara desert. Performed in front of an audience.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


Last week:
Which way do you stitch (/// and then \\\ or \\\ and then ///)? Can you (or if you haven’t done it before, do you think you could) change the way that you stitch temporarily if it is asked of you?

I stitch both ways....I know it seems confusing, but I remember my mom teaching me that it didn't matter if it was right over left or vice versa as long as you are consistant in the entire piece. You can see in my earlier work both types would appear. Now Ill start a piece (usually it is /// then\\\ ) and just continue the way I started through out. But even now (Yesterday!) I'll catch myself sometimes reversing it for a few stitches then I rip it and redo.

This week:
Do you stitch for events like weddings, engagements, or other things that might not last? If you have been unlucky and the two people broke up, what happened toyour stitched gift?

So far I have only stitched one wedding piece and it wasn't very big....And if they break up Ill steal it back cause the framing was so damn expensive ;) LOL . No I mostly do baby samplers now (3 so far), there is no undoing a birth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tuesday Rocks the Casbah

So with the official complaint of my mother that I haven't posted lately :

So Ian and I have lost the usb cable for our camera so even though I framed Pumpkin in the patch and finished September's Flip it...alas I cannot post it till we either find said cable or break down and puchase a new one. In addition I also finished the Halloween exchange piece for the blogger exchange but cannot post it (secret stuff and all) til the end of this month. I am fairly proud of myself because I finished it in a flat ornament using a whipped backstitch beaded edging. It is not the best but it is my first and I have learned a lesson or two on how to do it better next time. I am currently working on an autumn exchange piece that will be done soon and to my great chagrin....a nametag, sigh.....

See I was going to use this old nametag I had done years ago for a retreat but it is kind of hmmmm dated? yeah dated. So I wasn't going to worry about it till JO did her FABULOUS nametag, now she is making us all look bad. Now I know nothing I can do can even compare to that grace, I am not good at putting together my own designs. But I decided this weekend I would have to try or regret it all the way to Hershey, so I put together not one but 2 designs...If the first one comes out bad I can quick stitch a second.