Jul 18, 2016

Fantastic Weekend Camping

We had perfect weather for camping over the weekend. It was low 80's during the day and upper 50's at night. The wedding was fantastic and no rain which is a must for a beautiful outdoor wedding. My cousins and Aunt made all the decorations and they were beautiful...
These bottles spelled out their last name. Love that idea!! We also had a photo area for each family to get photos. Here is my hubby, Jeremiah, and me...
Love the old barn windows for the photo booth. It was beautiful day for a wonderful joining of two fantastic people. I was so glad we could be there to attend their day.

Now I have a lot to do to get ready to leave tomorrow for a 5 night camping trip with friends. Hopefully in between all that hustle I'll have time to put in some stitches too.

Jul 15, 2016

July Gifted Gorgeousness

It's time for a Gifted Gorgeousness check in. Go here to see what other beautiful gifts have been worked on this month.

We all know I've been busy busy so I've been trying really hard to work every chance I get to actually pick up my needle. If you've been following along you know I've been working on my Family Crest for my Grandfather. Here is where I have got to on it in 12 days worth of stitching now...
I normally switch out my WIPs about every 3 days. When I finally think I'm going to sit this one aside I just can't. I love working on it. I just love how it's coming together.

I'm off to camp again tonight for the weekend. We are having a family wedding tomorrow at our family campground. So I'm missing out on this IHSW. I wish everyone lots of stitching time that's joining in though! Stitch some for me.

Jul 9, 2016

Finished 1st Page

I finished the first page on my Elshire Family Crest piece. Love the reds! This is 6 days of work. 19 more pages to go. I'm going to go down from this one to work on more of the crest part. I have some weeds to pull and then I can get busy stitching.

Jul 1, 2016

Smalls SAL

It's time for another 2016 Smalls SAL check in. Guess what? Even with all the craziness of going and going I was able to keep up and finish June on my Year of Whimsy pieces.
  Finish 16 -- June 28th
A Year of Whimsy by Dimensions (Out of Print)
Stitched on Perforated Paper
Used Suggested DMC
Started whole project for DUCJC Jan 1st, 2016.
Started this one June 20th, 2016. Took 4 Days.
I didn't think I would be able to get it finished up in time. I'm so glad I did. Now to find time to squeeze out July even though the month just started it's a busy one coming up. 
I also got 2 days into the Elshire Family Crest restart. Oh my goodness I just LOVE it!! The new pattern is perfect so far. Here is my progress...
Here is a reminder of what it will look like...
I'm starting on the banner at the top if you can't tell. I just hope I can work on it fast and get it finished quickly for my Grandpa. It's detailed like a HAED. Can't wait to see it progress more.

Jun 27, 2016

Road Rally Geocaching Event

We got home LATE last night but What a Weekend!!! We were up in Roscommon (Houghton Lake) in Michigan. It's way up in northern Michigan just about an hour from the bridge. Here's some of my fav pictures...
We shared space in our friend's camper for the weekend. It was nice. One night we needed heat. The next day we needed the AC haha.
This is our game board for the event caches. When you found the geocache they had stickers that matched a spot on the board. It was really fun. I wish we would have got them all but just not enough time in our day. We didn't want to run like crazy the whole day so we stopped at 29 of the 52 caches. Here is our finished game board...
For some reason it keeps loading sideways but you get the idea.
I just love the thick woods, ponds, and lakes we stumbled upon. So beautiful. We saw an Osprey nest...
We found crazy fun caches...
This one moved and made noise. I knew it was going to and yet when I grabbed it I jumped horrible haha. The container was hidden in the mesh outfit part. Funny part is that it blended in well enough we walked right past it the first time haha.
There was a cache in this beautiful water area. I tried to take a short cut by wading in the water...
I ended up finding a hole and going in. Good thing I packed a towel haha.
Sunday we turned in our game boards. They gave out prizes and we all had lunch. It was a wonderful time! This is my favorite caching event by far. They said something about next year being the end and I will miss it so much. They've had it 9 years now so I don't blame them for wanting to take a break though. They do so much work to pull this event together. We've went 3 times now and each time has just been amazing. One year we RACED and got all the caches. It was fun but crazy so this time we just relaxed and enjoyed our day. I gotta say I really prefer the way we did it.

Now 4 more sleepies until we leave to go camping at my family campground with friends for the 4th of July weekend. Busy Busy still. Love it! So Thankful!!

Jun 23, 2016


The last time I did a WIPocalypse update was April. I was so busy I missed the May one. Well I saved myself from posting my NO progress haha. Here I am for the June check in with yep hardly any progress anyway haha. Let's see what I have been stitching on when I have stitched though...

Year of Whimsy -- Got 7 Days in. Finished up May actually in May and I've been working on June hopefully to get it finished before this month flies by. Here is May finished up...
Here is where I am on June as of this morning...

I put 1 day of work into HAED Hope. Not much progress though but each stitch helps.

Spring Bell Pull -- 3 days on this one. Finished up the P block and started the R...

I also started my Family Crest and put a half day into it until I realized it was a horrible blur of a piece. I have happy news to report. I have the new pattern printed out from a wonderful lady and I will be making a new start hopefully next week.

This month's WIPocalypse question is -- Do you find yourself more productive with stitching in summer or winter? I'm sure you can tell I definitely stitch more in the winter. I've stitched only on 12 days since the beginning of May to now! I'm going away again tonight so no stitching till Monday probably. But I'm having a blast and making so many countless memories. My stitching will be here when I get back to it.

Jun 20, 2016

Monday Update

What a disaster! I was so excited to start the Elshire Family Crest pattern. I noticed the pattern preview image was really blurry...
Well guess what....the stitching was just as bad. It was just a blur of thrown together colors. I finished the little top box and it was so horrible. I stopped. No way was I going to continue and do something no one would want hanging in their dark closet. I was able to show my Grandpa Sunday and he said do whatever I needed to do to fix it. Luckily Tiffany helped me out and connected me with a fantastic lady who is hopefully designing a new piece that will work. It will take a few days she said. So what to do until then.

Work on another one of my million WIPs of course haha.
The Spring Bell Pull was really calling to me. I finished the P block and started the R block. Sure missed this Spring considering today is the first day of Summer haha. Now today I have to get to working on my little monthly whimsy and hope to finish it before the month flies past.

Sunday we went down to visit my Dad and family. It was a very nice visit. Great way to spend Father's Day. Now Fred has a 4 day work week. We leave Friday morning for a weekend trip with friends. We are going to northern Michigan for a fun geocaching event. Can't wait!! Hope to steal stitching time this week.

Jun 13, 2016

Home Sweet Home

We arrived home safe and sound yesterday. It was so great to see Jeremiah, Mom, and Izzy. They were all 3 happy to see us. It feels great to be home. I missed my pillow and my couch haha. I have received so many wonderful comments. I just don't have time to reply to each one. So I will just say Thank you extremely for all the comments. We had such a fantastic anniversary getaway and we both feel so reconnected and can't wait to get back into our normal routine. The pile of laundry as always after a vacation is HUGE but I will get it done just need the time. I can't wait to pick up my needle and stitch again. Another reason I don't want to reply to each email.

I have a new project to tell you guys about. My grandpa has been doing research on our family history and found our family crest. He ordered the crest as a cross stitch pattern for me to stitch. What an honor. Here is what our crest looks like...
So I pulled all the threads so I can get started on it. It's 80x50 estimated. A lot of color changes but all I care about is that Grandpa likes it when finished. My calendar is still very full in the next few months so I have a lot to look forward to. Must find time to stitch though.

Jun 10, 2016

Vacation Day # 7

Today was our last day here in OBX. I can't be sad because we had such an amazing time. Plus we have more fun stuff coming up in the next two months to look forward to. We had talked about going kayaking today. We got to looking at it was $65 a person for 2.5 hours. That seems very high for a short time. So after our fun time yesterday grabbing geocaches we decided to do that again today.

I'm so glad we did! It was so much fun!!
We ended up spending 5 hours in this amazing wood preserve that I would have never known existed unless it was for geocaching. It was right off the main highway and yet we were almost completely alone the entire day. We did run into another couple geocaching so that was neat. We found 20 caches total today. So many pictures I took. I'll share my few favorites...
If you look to the right of me in the bottom picture. You will see a small container hanging. That is a micro geocache. We found several today just like that one. You wouldn't see it unless you were looking for it. Actually sometimes when you are looking for them they are still hard to find haha. It was a very fun filled day. Only one bad thing happened. A huge killer (okay maybe not) spider was hiding under a log we found a cache under. It was HUGE and I hate spiders! So I had the heebie geebies for a long time but I guess we were in his territory so I should forgive him.

It's been one heck of a trip!!! Tomorrow we will start the 14 hr journey home. We will stop one night on the way. I'm looking forward to seeing Jeremiah, Mom, and Izzy (our dog).

Jun 9, 2016

Vacation Day # 6

Today was another great day. We had a delicious breakfast at Jolly Roger. Then we went back down to Hatteras. There is a really neat museum there called Graveyard of the Atlantic. It has a lot of information and exhibits on the many shipwrecks along the coast here. I got Fred to pose for the above photo haha. Doesn't he look perfect actually? We had a really good time looking around. Then we thought we would geocache our way back. We ended up with having a fantastic day full of geocaching. We got 14 new ones today. Making our total for vacation 27 already. Here are a few of my fav photos...

We really enjoyed each geocache. The UFO house had one by the landing gear. The red chair had one under the seat. Each one is hidden so people are aren't looking don't find it. But we have a fantastic time hunting them down. Sometimes they lead you to neat things you wouldn't find any other way. Here is my fav for the day...
This was called the Cora Tree. Here is the spooky info about it...

The Cora Tree was immortalized in Charles Harry Whedbee’s classic book Blackbeard’s Cup and Stories of the Outer Banks, which claims the twisted old tree is cursed by a witch.
The legend says that Cora was an old woman who lived alone with only her baby in a shack near the tree in the 1700s. Whenever she would go to town, bad things would happen, and she was eventually accused of being a witch and set to be burned along with her child at the base of the great tree.
Just as the fire was about to be lit, Cora’s baby reportedly turned into a giant cat with green eyes and a red mouth, and it fled into the nearby woods. Lightening then struck the tree, but when the smoke cleared, Cora was gone. All that remained were the letters C O R A burned into the tree trunk, which are said to be still visible today.

No luck finding the C O R A but I did find the geocache in the tree.

We got pizza and brought it back to the room. We have planned to spend tomorrow grabbing more geocaches since we had so much fun today.

Jun 8, 2016

Vacation Day # 5

This morning we started the day off right.....souvenir shopping. Mom and I had found this discount shop our first time in the area. Instead of $25 for a t-shirt we can get them here for $8.99 - $14.99. They last a long time too since I still wear the first ones I bought several years ago. So we bought several each. Plus had to get some to take home to Mom and Jeremiah of course.

Today we headed north on the Outerbanks. I wanted to show Fred Currituck Lighthouse...
It's made out of a million bricks! It's a beautiful lighthouse indeed. We had a really nice time walking around the area. Then we found a nice wildlife center like a visitors center...
I can't believe I didn't know this was here. I will definitely be bringing Jeremiah back in October when we visit the area. We got to watch this very neat 20 minute video about the history of the area. Jeremiah just loves those type of things so I know we have to come back. Then we walked to get 2 more geocaches. Now we have got 12 total on our vacation. It's been so much fun!!
This one was a magnetic key holder on this bench. Fun hide.
We also stopped at the Wright Brother's Memorial. Fred enjoyed it so I'm glad we got it marked off our to do list. We had a DELICIOUS seafood buffet and now are miserable for the rest of the night haha. So I call it another successful day.

Jun 7, 2016

Vacation Day # 4

This morning it was a miserable wet heavy rain. It didn't stop our fun though! First we had donuts from Duck Donuts. It's basically a Subway for donuts. You pick your toppings and what not and they make them fresh in front of you. They were DELICIOUS! Then we went over to Roanoke Island. We saw Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. There was a fun geocache along the boardwalk and ended up under the lighthouse. Then we had fun shopping in all the little shops. Fred happily found another brewery...
He's making the hard decision of which one he likes best haha. Poor guy. We also went on a nice hike to grab another geocache. We also stopped to grab another one by my aquarium that is unfortunately closed for renovations. I wanted to show him where it was though. Guess since it's closed he has yet another reason to be forced to come back right? It's been so much fun geocaching together again. It's been awhile since we made a point to do it. With our smart phones now it's just so easy.
The tropical storm finally broke up and left our area. It left some gorgeous clouds. The day ended just beautiful. The forecast for the rest of the week is just as wonderful. We sure lucked out with this storm. We had a delicious BBQ meal and ended yet another fantastic day.

Jun 6, 2016

Vacation Day # 3

This morning I had the pleasure to wake up to these beautiful animals right off our balcony. I just love dolphins. I lost track of how many we ended up getting to see. It was beautiful. I just wish I could wake up to that every morning the rest of my life. We went to eat breakfast at a place Mom, Jeremiah and I just LOVE. I asked the owner if she remembered me and after giving a brief description of Jeremiah she sure did. Of course he's the one she remembers haha. He's a great person. I had to explain to her why I was here without him haha. She said she was looking forward to him coming back in October to visit.

We decided to head down to see Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Then we stopped to see Bodie Lighthouse...

We also got 2 more geocaches today. It was another HOT day so we didn't do too much. Plus we are now being joined with Tropical Storm Colin...

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 71. Southwest wind 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 81. South wind 13 to 18 mph becoming northeast 19 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 2 and 3 inches possible.

But after this gets finished the weather is supposed to cool down and be beautiful! So we will do some local stuff tomorrow till it all gets past. It's been another wonderful day with my fantastic hubby.

Jun 5, 2016

On the Road Again / Vacation Day # 2

Yep I'm on the road again. First off last time we talked I was busy busy. I got everything I needed done done before I left Thursday for a concert with a friend. We went to see I love the 90's tour. It was so much fun! Salt and Pepa and Coolio to name a few. It was wonderful. Then since we were camping in their yard I stayed the night. Fred had a half day at work Friday and then he came up and joined us with a few other friends for the weekend. It was a wonderful weekend of backyard camping with friends! We went kayaking on Saturday. Sunday we just relaxed and enjoyed laughing together. It was a perfect weekend indeed. We came home Monday afternoon.

Then I got busy busy again and was getting ready for the next expedition. This time it's for our 15th Wedding Anniversary. I kidnapped Fred and we decided to head to Outerbanks, North Carolina. I've been here with mom a few times and I just couldn't wait to show Fred the area. Since we joined the world of smart phones we could even geocache along the way easier. So we found 5 on our way here. We had one overnight stay and no problems getting here safe and sound. So technically today is Day # 2 of our adventure. I was too tired to post yesterday haha.
Here is our balcony view for the next 6 nights. Perfect!!! We arrived at 2:30pm. It was a miserable 93 degrees with storms on the way! So we didn't do much today. We went to eat...
I had to have Snow Crab Legs! Yummy!! So tomorrow we start the sightseeing. We are here till Saturday. I keep trying to figure out what I want to show Fred first. So hard. I think we need to stay at least a month to show him everything. Guess I'll just have to bring him back sometime!

May 23, 2016

I'm alive!

Yes I'm still alive. I took a few days to enjoy just being home. It took me 8 loads of laundry to catch up haha. Then I finally picked my needle up again. It felt great.
I was able to get May finished from the Year of Whimsy leaflet. I was worried I wasn't going to get to this one but now she's done and still in May.

Saturday we got our tomato garden planted. We also got some other pretty flowers planted. Of course now my hurt hurts from all the bending and exercising muscles evidently I don't have haha. I'm still busy busy. I have a lot to do before Thursday. Then I leave and go with a friend to a concert. Friday afternoon hubby is coming up and we'll camp with our friends for the holiday weekend. Can't wait but have a lot to do first. So there's my quick update. I know I missed WIPocalypse and Gifted Gorgeousness. I'll have to jump back in next month hopefully. I'm also a million behind on blog reading. Just haven't been spending time on the computer lately. At least I got one blog update in. Now I'm off I'm off.