Sep 26, 2014

Locks Weekend

 Last weekend we had a mini vacation. Fred had some days of vacation he needed to use up. So mom and us hit the road and headed north. We went up to Mackinac, MI for one night. Jeremiah really enjoys it up there. We (minus Fred) had been there a few times and Fred hasn't been there since Jeremiah was probably 4 (he's 16 now). So Jeremiah was so excited about showing Fred some of his favorite places. We arrived in town in the early afternoon and had lunch at Jeremiah's favorite pizza place. There is a little museum upstairs of there so we went up there and Jeremiah showed Fred around. It was so cute to watch. Jeremiah was like a little tour guide. Then we did some shopping and bought fudge of course. We had dinner at a favorite Italian place and again Jeremiah was the little tour guide. Unfortunately we had some problems with our hotel so definitely won't be staying there again. In the morning we headed north to Sault Ste Marie most often referred to as Soo Locks.
This is a picture of what the locks look like from the sky. Lake Superior is on the top of this photo and the St. Mary's River is on the bottom. There is a 21ft drop between the lake and the river. The rapids on the right of the photo is what was originally there. These locks allow freighters to transport goods to so many places they couldn't reach before. The locks are 1,100 feet long. Some of the freighters that go through are 1,000 feet so it's AMAZING to watch. We saw probably close to 20 while we were there. Here is a picture of one going through...
We stayed in an adorable hotel within walking distance of the locks. We had visited here before but never stayed right in town. It was fantastic. Our hotel was in walking distance of restaurants and shopping. We also went to several lighthouses and at least 5 museums. We kept saying we were museum hopping haha. It was a fantastic peaceful vacation and I would love to go back!! I posted a lot more photos on my Facebook so if you are friends with me check it out. If not add me. The link to my Facebook is on the right bar somewhere haha.

This week has been crazy. The new fall TV shows started. So that's why this last weekend update was posted almost during the new weekend haha. I'm in love with Red Band Society a new show on Fox about kids living in this hospital. It seems like it would be a horrible sad show but really it makes me appreciate life and it's really heartwarming. I also love Forever. I just worry with the new shows that they will be canceled and all those questions you're dying to know the answers to will never be answered. I did give up on Utopia. It was making me pissed at the world. We get an opportunity to make a civilization and we fight and scream at each other. I would rather have fun watching TV not think of how sad the world is. What new ones are you watching? I like way too many haha. One night my DVR actually couldn't get everything in the time slot so I had to watch something on my tablet the next day. How sad is that?! This weekend will be a relaxing one. So hopefully I'll have a stitching update soon.

Sep 11, 2014

Last Exchange Finish

My last PALs exchange piece is finally finished. I will use this for the Christmas Exchange. Now just to finish them as cubes. Wish me luck.

Design Details...
2013 JCS Ornament Issue.
Page 92.
Design is Be Jolly by Angel Stitchin.

Sep 10, 2014

Turtle Trot and WIPocalypse

I love starting my Turtle Trot post with a turtle picture. Anyway here it is again Turtle Trot time. Yesterday was also WIPocalypse so I am going to combine the two.

So let's see what I've been working on since August 10th.

Autumn -- 9 Days
None -- 8 Days (Getting better!)
Pirate Ship - 2 Days
Tin Top - 4 Days
Ghool School - 2 Days
Halloween Exchange - 1 Day
Stitched Exchange - 2 Days
Christmas Exchange - 3 Days

Wow I worked on a lot of different pieces in this time span. I also had 4 finishes. So let's see the progress...

Autumn -- A Finish!!!!
Cut Through Pirate Ship
After (Finished page 4)...
Just Nan Tin Topper kit. Bev asked me to stitch it for her. I was able to get it finished...
Ghool School by Glendon Place wasn't started here is what it will look like...
Here is my 2 days of progress...
I finished two of my 3 exchange pieces for the PALs Retreat in October. The Halloween and the Stitched Exchange. I am thisclose to finishing the Christmas piece.
Just need to finish his beard and add some words. I will hopefully be back soon doing a happy dance post.

The WIPocalypse theme for the month is: Who is your favourite person to stitch for, or do you prefer to keep your stitching yourself? My fav person to stitch for is definitely my mom cause she loves ocean designs and so do I haha. Plus since we live together I get to see my finished pieces any time I want.

I definitely got a lot of X's done this month. Wonder what will happen between now and October 10th. See ya then to find out.

Sep 7, 2014

Fun Weekend

Well at the last minute plans changed. Our friend that was coming camping with us was sick. So we changed plans to other fun things. We went to a tractor pull with my Dad and Bev Friday night.
This is a picture of Jeremiah beside a family friend's tractor. We've been to several tractor pulls but never knew anyone participating. So Jeremiah thought it was pretty cool to be in the pit and be beside one of the tractors. It was supposed to storm and boy did it ever but it waited till we were loaded up and headed home. Good thing we weren't camping after all cause it was bad. Just glad it waited cause we had a blast.

Saturday my dad was in a fishing tournament so we relaxed. I got some stitching done and even finished my PALs stitched exchange piece...
This is a freebie found at Designs by Lisa's website. It was a fun fast stitch. I'm going to make it into a cube using the fabric included in the picture. I hope it turns out as cute as I think it will.

After my dad got home we made Apple Cider together...
What a neat thing to watch. I posted a few more photos on my Facebook if you want to check them out. That's my dad and my step mom Bev in the picture and our finished product. Yum! Jeremiah thought it was so cool to watch Apple Cider be made. I just can't be thankful enough for the memories we made.

Sep 4, 2014

1st of 3 Retreat Finishes

Design info: "Boo" Needle Roll by Down Sunshine Lane

I need to finish 3 pieces for my October stitching retreat. I'm doing the Halloween, Christmas, and stitched exchange. Yesterday I got them all kitted up and ready to go. It's always fun to stash dive isn't it? I got started on my Halloween piece and finished it last night! Love it!! I think I'm going to finish all 3 as a cube. I hate the finishing part. It's been forever since I've made one so I hope I can remember how to do it. I have a good link to follow at least for how to help. 2 to go.

Today we are going up to a little festival in a nearby town. Tomorrow we head off on probably our last camping trip of the year. It's been a great year of camping that's for sure.

Sep 2, 2014

Fun Time and a Finish

Over the weekend we went on another Kayak trip. This one was up in Three Rivers, Michigan on the Saint Joe River. We had 22 for the trip. It rained once but couldn't stop our fun. We were on the river for almost 5 hours. It was a beautiful trip and we also found 23 geocaches along the way. After we got done we all went out to eat together. This photo is right after we ate. I'm on the very right with my hubby standing behind me. We spent two nights with friends in Michigan and just had such a great time.

Friday about bedtime Tim (male friend) got a fire call. (He's a firefighter.) Sam (his long time girlfriend) asked if we wanted to go out and see. I've only been close to one fire and it was from pretty far away. My son has always had major respect for firefighters. As I stood and watched the firemen fight this fire I was just amazed. How they put their lives in harms way to save people is sure breathtaking to watch happen. As if I didn't respect firefighters enough before this just made it even more serious.

We got home Sunday and then woke up early Monday morning to head up to Shipshewana Flea Market. My mom sold there for 17 years so it's like going with a celebrity. We had a great time and everyone got some goodies that followed them home.

Also as the title said I have a finish to report. Today I got my step mom's tin top finished from the last post...
I did the stitching part and she is going to do the finishing. I just realized I need to get 3 things finished for my October PALs retreat. I better get busy time will fly by! Hope everyone had a nice labor day weekend.

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.