Aug 25, 2014

2 Finishes to Report

I finished the last of the Cricket Collection seasons. Now I need to take them to my framer so they will be ready to be put on the wall. Spring is still hanging right now haha. They sure were fun stitches. I saw they made monthly ones but I don't think I will be doing them any time soon haha. The seasons are enough. I already have a million other pieces screaming STITCH ME. After finishing Autumn I needed something else to work on for the weekend. I really want to start something new. (I'll get to that in a minute.) Anyway Jeremiah said Work on the Pirate Ship. I said Oh yeah I haven't made any progress on it in awhile. So I worked on it Saturday and Sunday and finished page 4...
This is just too much fun to stitch and then backstitch and see what little details pop out. Now I have a piece I need to do for my step mom. She found it and decided I could do the top for her...
I'm just doing the tin top. It's a Just Nan Over the Top 2009 kit. I have everything ready to go so I can get it finished for her. Then I realized I was really in the mood for Halloween. So I got to looking through my stash and found this...
Glendon Place Ghoul School. It's really just a haunted school not really Halloween only. Jeremiah and I said we would leave it up in our school room year round so it can haunt us. So I'm going to put this in place of the Seasonal pieces on my Turtle Trot list. I kitted it up today so I'm ready to go as soon as I finish the little tin top piece.

Aug 18, 2014

Corn Time

Over the weekend it was corn time. We went down to my dad and step mom's to help with putting up corn. The Sunday before they did 350 bags. We only did 150. It a day full of work but it was a blast. We invited a friend and his son we've got very close to this year. That made it even more fun. Here is a picture...
We picked it, shucked it, cooked it (ate it haha), cut it and then bagged it. It was a very nice weekend. It did rain a little bit but the big tree kept it off of us and we hardly noticed the rain at all.

Last week we started school again. We got started on Tuesday and dusted our brains off. After a few wait what do we do the brain kicked right back in and we were rolling quickly. Jeremiah is doing fantastic. I've noticed his reading speed has really picked up. His speed with math and understanding what the problem is asking is a ton better too. I'm a proud momma that's for sure. When we aren't working on that I've been working on Autumn by Cricket Collection. It's the only one of the seasons I have left to finish. Here is where I am right now...
Getting close. Hoping to be happy dancing soon.

Aug 12, 2014

Garage Sale Paradise

So I told you about going over to Ohio for the Buy Way Yard Sale. It stretches all the way across Ohio on the Lincoln Highway which runs along 30. It's the first road that went across the United States from ocean to ocean. We did this sale last year and just had a blast. We couldn't believe the amount of garage sales. This year we did a tally sheet.

Thursday we did 18 Flea Markets (this meant an area that had more than 10 vendors setup in one place) and 37 individual garage sales.

Friday we did 5 Flea Markets and 22 individual garage sales.

Saturday we did 8 Flea Markets and 22 individual garage sales.

Yep total of 112!!!! (Of course we could have missed writing one down and we passed hundreds more we decided not to stop at!) No wonder I was so tired when we got home. Getting in and out of the van. Walking up and down driveways. It was a blast though! We stayed in Mansfield, OH which worked out perfect. Thursday we worked our way there. Friday we woke up and made a mistake. Instead of going East we went West. Some places this road splits into two. One is an older section and one is a newer section. The newer section seems to have the most sales so we tend to stay on it. This section we accidentally turned on was the older section. So we weren't planning on going there at all. I couldn't find us on the map. We kept finding sales so we were doing fine. Then we found a cute little town with a flea market area around an old train depot. We got out and I asked this little old lady Where are we? She joked and said where do you want to be? I showed her and she said Oh no you are here in Galion. We enjoyed the laugh at me for being a horrible navigator and decided to look around anyway.

Come to see this was a very historic area. It was a very important train depot in history. They had pictures of President Nixon and Eisenhower coming here to see groups of people. Also Lincoln's funeral train came here. It was a major depot to refuel the trains. They are in the process of redoing the depot and making it a museum. So we had a fantastic visit learning about the depot. Then I turned to shop at the flea market area and noticed a table FULL of cross stitch items. Now talk about feeling like the wrong turn suddenly made sense. I quickly walked over to the table to drool over all the goodies and seen the prices were AMAZING. So I told Mom WOW. While I was shopping I overheard her tell someone else that the lady who owned all this had moved into a nursing home. So they were trying to sell it for her to get whatever they could to help her out. So I knew more than I already did buying as much as I could was the right thing to do...


The Mill Hill kits (which I LOVE) were $1 each!!! I found one in my stash that I paid $6 for!! I just love these little things. I found floss and more floss. The bottom picture shows the fabric! It's probably at least $350 worth of fabric. At least. I got it for $125!!!! What a deal!! I told her to please tell the lady at the nursing home how much I appreciate it and I promise to give it a good home.

After this we headed back the right way and at the end of Friday we came back to our hotel. Saturday we went to several we missed Thursday cause they were closing up and then jumped on the main road to get to a friend who was set up selling somewhere. We had a very nice visit with her and then got home. Jeremiah found some things he couldn't live without including two Xbox 360 games for $5 each which are normally $20. Mom found a lot of nice boyd bears and some other goodies and what nots. We also found some fantastic books we added to our school workbooks. It was a very successful year and we have it on the plans already for next year.

Aug 10, 2014

Turtle Trot and WIPocalypse

This month both WIPocalypse and Turtle Trot happen today. So let's see what's been going on since July 14th when it was the last WIPocalypse and July 10th the last Turtle Trot.

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads - Worked on 2 days.
Before...
After...
Advent Animals SAL - Worked on 10 days trying to catch up.
Before I had finished # 1
Now I have finished through # 6 the pictures are in my finishes tab above if you would like to look at them.

Dog Wisdom by Bucilla - Worked on 3 days.
Before...
 After...
Seasonal Word Pieces by Cricket Collection
Before I have them all finished except for Autumn. So I decided I better get it marked off the list too.
Here is where I was last time I worked on it which was October 31st 2012.
Here I am now...
None Days - 12 We had our long camping trip and no stitching was done. Also I just got back from 3 days of garage sale shopping in Ohio so nothing there either.

Well that's my check in for both SALs. Now to get to my relaxing day of stitching and TV. Tomorrow I have 300 loads of laundry to do (okay maybe a little more than the real number haha). Tuesday we are starting Jeremiah's school year.

Aug 5, 2014

Caught Up

I'm caught up now. This is the latest released cutie from the Advent Animals SAL from Brooke's Books. Her name is Cashmere Camel. I think one of the most fun parts of this SAL (other than stitching them) is waiting to see what the next animal is going to be. We've had a cat, polar bear, mouse, dog, hedgehog and camel. What's next?!

This weekend we are hitting the road for the Lincoln Hiway Sale. It goes the whole length of Ohio on Lincoln Hiway. All along the road there are just garage sale after garage sale. I forget how many we stopped at last year. I'm going to do my best to keep track of how many we stop at. It's so much fun. Mom, Jeremiah, and me will hit the road Thursday morning and be back Saturday evening probably. We are really looking forward to it cause you never know what you will find. Hopefully I'll find some stitching stuff.

Aug 3, 2014

Relaxing Weekend

This weekend was nice and relaxing. Well sort of. Saturday morning we tackled some weeds. We made quick work on it though and was ready to relax the rest of the day. I pulled out my Dog Wisdom kit. I haven't worked on it since April so it was time to get some daylight. I got a lot done! I was up by the bone and the Learn New Tricks part. I love it when the needles just seem to take off and fly.

Saturday in the middle of the night I went to roll over and move my leg and my leg decided to get a major cramp. So I woke from my peaceful dreams screaming bloody murder. My poor dog came running to see what was wrong and my hubby said What What?! I was able to get out My leg My leg. He grabbed it and straightened it out and oh it hurt but I needed it. The knot will be there for a few days. I keep joking about guessing I need permission to move my legs next time. Then this afternoon I was walking back from the bathroom and ran the same leg into Jeremiah's reading table. OUCH! It turned pretty colors right away and just keeps getting prettier as the day goes by. I swear I'm doomed. I told hubby I just need a padded room but I think I would find a way to hurt myself in there.

Oh well at least I got a lot of stitching done haha. We also got a lot of TV watched. Is anyone watching the new series called The Strain on FX? Oh I just love it. There are just way too many good shows on nowadays.

Aug 1, 2014

Number 5 Done

Number 5 is done too now. I just love this little one. Hedgehogs are just so cute! The next one is an adorable camel but of course my ink just ran out so she will have to wait until a trip to the store is made.

My camping trip was a blast. Hubby and me snuck over Tuesday night. It was hot during setup but we kept hearing there were going to be some storms and then the weather would be perfect. We got everything setup and quickly fell asleep. 2:30am I got woke up by rumbling thunder in the distance. The lightning show was simply gorgeous. The rain then decided to dump on us so I quickly woke up hubby. He was running around outside in just his pj shorts trying to keep our roof from holding water. One time he got a nice cold shower when it all dumped right down his chest. After that the weather was just perfect. We did end up getting some sprinkles of rain here and there but nothing to ruin our time at all. I had a blast getting to know some new people and getting closer with several others. It was a wonderful time indeed.

It's that time of year again. I've been seeing a lot of friends post pictures of their kids going back to school. I am so very thankful that Jeremiah doesn't have to go to public school. It just didn't work for him. We looked at the calendar and picked August 12th for our start day. We are both really excited to start again. We just love his books and they make learning so much fun. I think even he is getting bored with Xbox everyday haha. My mind is already whirling with fun ideas for this year. Well I'm off to look through my WIP box and see what needs to be stitched.