Aug 20, 2018

Monday Update

Hey it's Monday and another Monday that I have a whole bunch to tell you about. Pull up a chair and let's chat...

Last Monday I finished off the August Durene Jones pillow and got it on display. I just need to update my finishes page. Then I got 4 days of progress in on the Frosted Pumpkin Halloween piece. I teased you in my last post and told you I had worked on it but no progress picture till I got the rest of Thursday and a little of Friday on it. I had a goal and I met my goal of finishing off the H and A blocks Friday morning. Here is the picture finally...
This is 6 days total now. It's a fun piece to work on. Goes quickly and that is always nice. Friday started IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend) Fred had a meeting after work so I got a little extra time before we headed down to our cabin for the weekend. We also had planned a lazy weekend away at the cabin so I thought I would get a lot of time in both days of the weekend. I decided to stick with the Halloween theme and pulled out these fun Halloween Mini's by Artecy...
I had started these for the January challenge in 2016. I am doing 8 of them since there are 4 of them I just don't care for. I am doing them on individual aida pieces so I can finish them into either pillows or cubes to display. I finished the pumpkin face in August of 2016. I didn't get the project back out till September 2017 unfortunately. That month I got a start on the skeleton face and had 1 day of progress on it...
I thought it was about time to get back to it. Friday I was able to get this much added to it...
Kinda creepy looking. Saturday I was able to steal time throughout the day at the cabin...
Now he is staring at me telling me to hurry up! Jeremiah told me at least the rest of the stitching looks like a nice smile right now haha. Sunday was so busy that I didn't get any stitching time. This one is still literally demanding to be worked on.....those eyes.....so it will stay out until I can get it to stop.

Next topic....our time at the cabin. Remember how I said it was going to be a lazy relaxed weekend. Yeah right haha.

Not only was it IHSW for me but it was a contest weekend for Fred's Ham radio hobby. They had a national contest where lighthouses and lighthouse ships setup radio event stations and broadcast. If you make a contact with them you get a postcard in the mail for making the contact. Fred setup his radio stuff on our porch and messed with it on and off Saturday throughout the day to make contacts. He also found out it was a contest weekend for all of North America so the radio waves were really busy which made it hard to find only the lighthouses participating plus he has now discovered he needs to invest some money into a better antenna to make better contacts. Which I told him it's perfect timing with Christmas being so close. Santa needs a shopping list you know? Here are some photos of all that fun...
 
 
The bottom picture is something I made up to show all the contacts he made for the contests.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon Fred also helped my Uncle and his step son with extending my Grandparent's cabin porch roof. They wanted a covered porch like we have. It only had a little 4 foot covered section before...
Not quite finished but boy they got a lot done already. Sunday we got together and finished up the rest of Dad's corn and got it cut and bagged up. We have to shuck it, cook it, and then cut if off the cob. Then you put it in ziplock freezer bags and this winter you just take it out and cook it when you're ready for delicious corn off the cob. Here are some pictures of that...
 
 
 
 
The last picture shows my Grandma and me cutting it off the cobs. It's hard work but so worth it. So our lazy weekend we had thought we would have was busy busy but we enjoyed it so much.

I told you I had a lot of chat about. I hope everyone has a great week. Hopefully we can all work in those X's too. The skeleton eyes are demanding attention from me haha.

Aug 16, 2018

August Gifted Gorgeousness

On the 15th of the month there is a fun blog check in for Gifted Gorgeousness hosted by the wonderful Jo. The purpose of this fun blog SAL is to share things we are stitching as a gift or things we have received as a gift. Stop over to her blog and see who all has checked in.

Now let's see what I have to talk about this time since July 15th...

You are Loved from Hinzeit was a gift from my hubby for Christmas last year. Here is what it will look like...
Here is where I am now after 11 Days of Progress...
The message on this one is just so sweet. I love working on it knowing my sweet hubby got it for me.

Then I started on another Christmas gift from my hubby recently...
This is Halloween Spooky Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin. But you don't get a progress photo just yet because I plan on working on it today. I really love working on it. I have the H block done and working on more of the border. I think I'll make my way over to the A block and work on that today.

This weekend is IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend). I am hoping to get some stitching time while at the cabin for the weekend. This will be the perfect excuse to say I just have to get some extra time don't you think? Hopefully you can join in too.

By the way. My dad came through his shoulder surgery great. This time was easier than the other shoulder. His recovery should be full and quicker than last time. They was able to reconnect his tendon and do the nerve block. Last night he was just starting to feel his shoulder again and said it wasn't in too bad of pain so I really hope that continues for him. My Uncle also got pretty good news. He had a fist sized tumor inside his bladder and it's gone. There are two small spots they are going to check next month to see what they are. But it was still mostly positive news after what he was told at the beginning of this diagnosis. I did find out very sad news about a lady who I have so much respect for. She has stage 4 lung cancer that has spread throughout her body and she is not doing well. She is a kindred spirit of mine and the world will be worse without her in it so it really hit me hard yesterday. So it was a emotional roller coaster of a day.

Today I'm going to de-stress by relaxing and taking stitching time. Please hug your loved ones tight. Thanks for being my blog buddies!

Aug 13, 2018

Monday Update

Look it's a Monday Update on a Monday new concept right? Haha. Boy I have a lot to tell you about too. So pull up a chair and let's see what's been going on.

I posted last Tuesday then I got busy on the Durene Jones August piece. I got two wonderful days full of stitching on it. I was able to get the front panel on it finished up...
Friday I seen a lot of people talking about how it was World Cross Stitch Day. So I figured that was a good enough reason for a new start. Plus I haven't had one in awhile. Plus I was in the mood for some Halloween stitching. So that all equals a new start right?
As you can see this is Halloween Spooky Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin. I have this one and the Christmas Celebration one and I put them on my YOW (Year of WIPs) list because I would love to get them finished this year. These are my first Frosted Pumpkin designs too. A lady was working on the Christmas one at last years PALs Retreat and I knew I just had to have them both. Peer pressure. My readers know how I am when that happens haha. Anyway Friday I got a little start on it between packing and getting ready for our weekend away at the cabin. Saturday at the cabin I was able to get a little more time in the afternoon while watching movies. So here is my 2 days progress on it so far...
I can't wait to get back to it. The fabric is 32ct Bewitched linen which I don't like stitching on really but I fell in love with the color so figured it was worth it. The pattern calls for some weeks dye works and DMC threads. The border is WDW and I enjoy working with it. The linen is actually really nice. Better than some I've worked on so it's going fine. Just didn't get a lot of time this weekend to make serious progress. Which brings us to the cabin update part of this post so you can see what we were doing instead...

We had yet another wonderful weekend at the cabin. My Grandmother said this place has been a miracle for us and boy I agree. We just love every second we get to spend there. We had a few new things to post about. Izzy our dog had her first visit and stay. Jeremiah got to run a log splitter.

Izzy had a blast. We have neighbors surrounding our house here so she has never really been allowed to be off leash. The campground is surrounded by woods so I thought well let's try it and see what she does. She did amazing. She stuck right with us. Except for one time. Jeremiah went up to the barn to take some DVDs to my dad in his room. Izzy was worried since her bubby went away alone. Boy she refused to come when I called. She was going to check on him to see if he was okay. I didn't correct her because I didn't blame her. She couldn't see him and she needed to know he was safe. When she caught up with him she sit down immediately and then started her way back with him looking at me like Mommy he's okay. It was the only time she didn't listen though. It was a lot of walking and having fun so she was one tired pup...
Jeremiah got to do something new too. He used a log splitter...
When we went to the store to buy our new mower he seen a log splitter and asked what it was. I explained it so he said now he went from not knowing what it was to using one. This log splitter has a lot of history to it. My Grandpa built it from scrap a long long time ago. He couldn't afford one and knew they needed one. He looked at them at the store and said he could build it. He used the front end of a Volkswagen beetle and other parts and odds and ends. In case you've never heard of one you put large pieces of logs into it and the hydraulic pad pushes the wood onto the pointed ax like part and it splits the wood into smaller easier to build fire pits sized wood. The handle to push the hydraulic part was a lever that Jeremiah could manipulate easy enough so he got to help. Much to the happiness of my family to find something we could include Jeremiah into. Now he can say he helped with the stack of fire wood we use for the future fire pits.

Saturday we went into the woods and cut up 2 downed trees and got a truck load of wood from that. Sunday Dad and Bev went to a friends house who lost a walnut tree in strong winds and ended up with 2 truck loads from that. So we are good on wood for a bit. It feels great to help out toward something we all benefit from. Saturday during the heat of the day we went into our cabin and watched movies in the AC. Fred got busy on a craft he does while I was stitching...
My old chair arms were really worn you can see the black foam was peeling off. Fred used paracord and tied knots to form around the arm. Look at that beautiful purple color too! Next time he will finish the other side. It's a hobby that takes time and hurts his fingers but boy the look after is worth it. I need to get a picture of our other chair that he did this too. Helps to tell it apart from other chairs our friends have that are the same style.

On the way home last night Jeremiah and Izzy both passed out on the ride...
Sign it was a fantastic weekend indeed. I told Jeremiah it gave me something fun to blog about too. He laughed and said he's glad to help out. More great memories.

I hope everyone has a great week. Please send any spare thoughts/prayers to my family. My dad is getting shoulder surgery tomorrow and my uncle gets news Wednesday about his cancer battle. So lots to worry about for my family.

Aug 12, 2018

Summer Post Card Blog Hop

The wonderful Jo at Serendipitous Stitching has decided to host another fantastic blog hop. The idea of these fun blog hops are to get us to jump around to maybe new and different blogs that we might not have visited before. I have enjoyed participating in them for years now I think. This summer she is hosting a Summer Post Card Blog Hop. She has asked for us to send her summer themed stitching and a message to share. Then she emails the picture and the message to someone to display on their blog. She posts on her wonderful blog when it's time to starting looking around for the post. This weekend I received my post card to share with everyone.

Here is the beautiful piece I get to show off...
Hello my friend, I send you greetings, and wish you a wonderful, sunny summer time.
I hope you can enjoy the summer to the fullest.
I myself enjoy my free time with my children, 
in my garden and with beautiful embroidery or patchwork.
All the best, Martina

Please follow this link to go to Martina's blog:

Thanks Jo for hosting and Thanks Martina for sharing the gorgeous piece you have stitched. I love the display you have made too! Beautiful shells.

Aug 7, 2018

Stitching Update/Weekend Update

I am happy to say I've finally found some stitching time to chat about. About time right? Haha. After finishing up the July Durene Jones piece last week I pulled out Ocean in a Bottle which I hadn't worked on since May. Here is where I was on it last time...
I put 2 more days of work into it. Here is what it looks like now...
Then it was time to head down to the cabin for a long weekend. Saturday I was able to get a lot of stitching time though while relaxing and watching movies with my hubby and son. I worked on You are Loved which I hadn't worked on since April. Here is where I was with it before...
Here it is after my lovely day of stitching at the cabin Saturday...
We had a very nice relaxing weekend at the cabin. We do have a few things that need finishing touches but my uncle was busy so we ended up having a lazy relaxing weekend instead. Monday we had a gathering at the campground for my Grandma's family reunion since my Grandma's sister past away earlier this year we ended up also having a memorial for her. We had a lovely time and it was a great way to remember how great of a person Glendra was. We miss her. The weather was very hot with the threat of storms the whole day. Luckily they waited till dark and after everyone was ready to leave anyway. Mom had come down Sunday morning and spent the night with Jeremiah and me since Fred had a radio event to attend during the day and so she could attend the gathering Monday as well. Since it started to get dark and the storms were forming we decided to have another night at the cabin together. The wind/heavy rain/hail couldn't ruin our good time in our cool safe home away from home. We came back home this morning. Now only 3 sleepies till I can head back down there haha.

I hope everyone reading this has a great weekend. Here's hoping we all find some stitching time.

Aug 3, 2018

Friday Update

I think it would have looked bad to have a Monday Update on Friday so you get a Friday Update instead haha.

First I have a finish to report...
I was able to get the stitching finished up on the very last day of July. But I had to wait till Wednesday morning to get it assembled. So close. At least it's finished. It's cheating and on display until I finish August....hopefully before September this time haha.

I can't believe it's August already. I remember in May when I thought it would be August before I knew it. Guess what! Here it is. What a blur the past few months have been. Getting the cabin finished. Enjoyed our weekends there. Now we've already had our big geocaching camping event in Ohio. It's called Midwest Geobash and it's in Wauseon, Ohio. It's just a tiny little town but boy I bet they love when we come to town. They had 1,389 people say they were coming and that's just the people who said they would be there. I know hundreds more just show up. 377 camp sites were booked in this huge fairgrounds. It's one heck of a party. People even fly in from other countries and I'm pretty sure all 50 states are represented. I know they were last year at least. We are in charge of the area where the night time bon fires are. It's called Area 51 because no one remembers it the next day haha. We have so much fun. This year was no different. Here is our camp area...
Our tent is in the middle under the one circus tent. The theme this year was circus. We had 9 different camper/tents in our section and we are all close friends so it was just a blast. I got this cool picture one day...
It was right over our campsite. X marks the spot for the place to be. Friendships. Smiles. Lots of laughs. It was a great 5 night camping trip. Next year is medieval theme and I am already looking forward to it. We have met so many wonderful people because of geocaching and this event brings everyone together for a whole lot of fun.

When Fred gets off work I bet you know where we are heading. Yep to the cabin. The work is mostly done on our cabin. I think we have just a bit more finishing touches on the deck. I know my dad always has things to do here and there but we will really be able to slow down and just enjoy our time there. Yep I have stitching packed to take with me.....just in case.

I hope everyone reading this has a great weekend.

Jul 30, 2018

Smalls SAL / July WIPocalypse

We got back yesterday from our 5 night camping trip in Ohio. I'm so exhausted. We had a blast. The weather was perfect and we were actually cold at night instead of sweating to death. Anyway I will update more on that later this week. I need to do two SAL updates first.

Smalls SAL -- The goal for this SAL is to finish up a little small each month. I joined a few years ago and have decided to do a year long design that represents each month. This year I'm stitching the Durene Jones Calendar. I actually haven't finished July yet though. My stitching time has been almost gone. I have got a good start on it though and I really hope to have time to stitch tomorrow on it but I have accepted I might not finish it before the month changes. I tried so hard too...
July WIPocalypse will be just as sad I have a feeling. This purpose of this fun SAL is for us to finish all our WIPs before the world end's. Of course with my list I will probably never be finished. I like to use this SAL as an excuse to keep track of what I work on each day during the time span. Let's see what I've been working on since June 25th...

Salt Water Taffy -- 3 Days of Progress. I got this WIP out and let it play for a few days. Here it was before...
Now...
I really hope to get back to this one soon.

Durene Jones Calendar July -- 6 Days of Progress. I really wanted to be able to say start and finish like normal but just not this month. I already showed above where I am on it. Hopefully it will be finished soon.

I've had 26 days where I haven't stitched at all since June 25th. We've been scrambling to finish our cabin and our big camping trip this past week. I swear July was only a day long it felt like. I really hope the rest of the year slows down now. We'll see. Stop over to the WIPocalypse check in to hopefully see others progress better than me.

Okay. Now I'm off to try to relax some more and catch up on blog reading.

Jul 23, 2018

Monday Cabin Update

It's another Monday. I guess. What a blur this month has been. Here and there. Go Go Go. Last week we had to scramble to replace our mower. The mechanic that looked at ours said it wasn't worth fixing. So we had to go shopping and figure out which one was the best buy for us. Fred is actually out mowing the yard finally for the first time now. It's been over a month now since we've had a mower. Luckily our neighbors have took turns mowing it for us. We appreciate them so much.

We headed down to our cabin Friday. Our goal was to finish off the roof for the porch. It rained on and off the entire weekend. We needed it bad. Our poor yard was crispy and brown. Still though we really wanted to get work done. Plus my Uncle has pneumonia we think so he really didn't need to be out in the rain working....yet of course he was. 
 
It's not completely finished but the metal is on. Now we have a shaded porch and we stood out there in the pouring rain and no worries. Perfect. Fred was also able to get more lights up in the barn to help my dad out. My Godmother came over to visit Sunday she finally got to see our cabin. Now she said she totally understand why we love it so much. Plus my mom...
came down for her first overnight visit Sunday night. She had a blast. Plus my step mom helped me do the curtains...
They are perfect. She helped me buy them since we couldn't find the right size of course. Then she cut them all up and made a new hem for them so they were the perfect fit. I love them! Better than using beach towels like we have been. They have the look of burlap and yet they are black out curtains. This morning we slept till 8:30 which we never do. It was another wonderful cabin weekend.

Now tomorrow we head over to Ohio for a huge geocaching get together. There will be probably 5,000 plus people attend over the weekend. We are in charge of the party in the evening and it's always way too much fun. We are really looking forward to it. Especially since the weather has finally cooled down. About time!

So see ya next Monday....I guess. Someone tell life to slow down a bit after that please.

Jul 18, 2018

July YOW Update

This year I joined a new to me Facebook SAL in a group called Soulful Stitching. They have a fun SAL called YOW which stands for Year of WIPs. The goal is to finish at least half of your list. You have to have a minimum of 15 items on your list. It was too hard to pick 15 so I picked 20 things I really would love to finish this year. Throughout the year we update our progress April 18, July 18, October 18, and then December 18 or there after is a drawing for the people who have finished half and posted the updates correctly. I finished my 2nd update today on the group and figured I would share here too.

1. August Snapshot
Finished this one now...
2. Cabin Fever
Got a 2nd day of progress on this...
3. Camping Out -- No Progress
4. Christmas Celebration -- No Progress
5. Christmas Jars -- No Progress Still 2 Jars Left
6. December Snapshot    -- Already Finished for April Update
7. Durene Jones Calendar -- 6 of 12 Parts Finished
Working on July now. Took an update picture all of them together...
8. Halloween Sampler -- No Progress
9. Hold on to Hope   -- Already Finished for April Update
10. July Snapshot   -- Already Finished for April Update
11. Myrtle Beach Postcard
Made some progress. Finished the back panel...
12. Ocean of Wisdom   -- Already Finished for April Update
13. October Snapshot -- No Progress
14. September Snapshot -- No Progress
15. Spring Bell Pull
Progress on the N Block...
16. To the Beach  -- Already Finished for April Update
17. Under the Sea SAL -- No Progress
18. Where Stitching Meets -- No Progress
19. Winter Messenger  -- Already Finished for April Update
20. You are Loved  -- No Progress
So let's recap...
I've worked on 5
I haven't worked on 9 
I have 7 finishes now!!!

Jul 16, 2018

July Gifted Gorgeousness/Monday Update/Cabin Update

Sunday was time for a gifted gorgeousness update. This fun blog SAL is hosted by the wonderful Jo. The idea for this fun SAL is to post things we are either stitching for others or things we have received from others. Stop over to this post to see what everyone has been sharing this time.

My readers know my stitching time has been few and far between. I did get to pull out a Christmas gift that I received in 2016 for Christmas since the last check in...
 
My mom got this beautiful chart for me. It fits our home decor perfect. It was wonderful to work on it again. It will be back out soon hopefully. Just need to get July done...

Over the 4th of July during our long holiday stay at the cabin I started the Durene Jones July piece. Last week I got 3 more days of work into it. Here it is now...
This past weekend we were back to the cabin of course. We started working on the roof for the porch...
 
We have a little more details to do and then we can add the metal to the top. Hopefully this coming weekend. It was a LOT of work but it will be so worth it to sit out there in the shade or out of the rain and stitch soon. Every little bit just makes it better and better. Our happy place indeed! 4 more sleepies till we can get back down there. Can't wait! Is it Friday yet??

Hope everyone reading this has a great week. I heard the heat might finally stop here in Indiana. Boy we need it. Our poor yard crunches when we walk on it.

Jul 9, 2018

Monday Cabin Update

Wow. What a week! We went down to our cabin Tuesday evening and had a lot of goals of what we wanted done before we came back home. We met all our goals and then some. The inside is complete other than decorations now! I'm so excited. Here are some pictures...

Before all the work guess what I finally had time for...
First stitching done in the new cabin! I started working on the July Durene Jones piece. I didn't make much progress. Just started on the border but still it was stitching done in my new happy place.

Now to the work part...
Wednesday and Thursday my Uncle worked on getting the inside trim finished up. We also went shopping Thursday to get our carpet, padding, and other things. Friday we emptied everything out of our cabin. We joked about feeling like we got evicted. What a process to unload everything.
In this picture you can see we got the padding and the carpet down! Jeremiah was very excited. He can finally go everywhere he wants without having to move the pads we had laid around. So he proved it by rolling back and forth a million times on the carpet haha.
When we were in town I had the idea to look for a cabinet. I wanted one with lots of shelves, doors, and about 4 foot wide. We found the perfect size and luckily it was on sale for $100 off! The last one they had even. So we grabbed it up. Here is Jeremiah helping Fred. He was in charge of sorting everything and handing it to Fred. It was like a big Lego kit haha.
Here is the finished product and also the curtain that closed off the potty area. We have a nice portable toilet and now Jeremiah has privacy if others are in visiting. The little fire place under the window is an electric heater. It also has a setting where you can leave the heat off and turn on the fire so it looks like a real fire place. We use it as a night light and it's just beautiful to watch at night.
We got our fridge setup where we wanted it and loaded. Boy it holds a lot! It even has freezer space for ice cream! The desk my step mother had from an auction that cost her $15. She didn't need it any more and said I could have it. It fits perfect!
My mom had an extra TV since she got a new one and it fit perfect on our dresser and is a wonderful size perfect for our cabin.
 
We also built our own bed frames. I wanted to have lots of storage under our beds. As you can see our bed is higher so even Jeremiah can be stored under ours haha. We slept wonderful our first night on our real beds instead of our cots that we had been using.

My Grandpa picked on me and asked If I would stop smiling by the end of summer? I said Why would I? Everything is just perfect. I can't help but love every little piece. It was really hard to leave and come home but adulting has to happen. Now to put up my decorations. Get curtains. This coming weekend we are hopefully going to get the roof for the deck done. Just so in love. It's definitely our happy place. Now to just count down the sleepies until we can go back.