Jan 20, 2017

1,000th Post Giveaway

This post marks my 1,000th blog post! I can't believe it! I evidently talk too much haha. I started blogging in October 2004. I did it until August 2005 on this old blog. Then I switched when yahoo and multiply starting having a blog website. I must have been there until June 2007 and then I came back here. (I've always preferred this blogging website.) Bring us till now my 1,000th post!

It's so much fun to look back and see what I've worked on. What I've done. Where we've traveled to. How much my life has changed. What cross stitch patterns I've started, finished, or never seen again haha. I love blogging. I always wanted to keep a journal but I don't like handwriting. I tried. I have lots of different books laying around where I started a few pages here and several there. Typing was fun though. Plus I could add pictures of my stitching, life and fun things I found online. How perfect!

Along the way I've met so many wonderful people. So many wonderful emails we've exchanged over the years. So in honor of all this I'm having a giveaway...

I'm giving away the 4 seasonal charts from Cricket Collection...
 
 
 
I'll share the links to show more info...
Here is Spring. Here is Autumn. Here is Summer. Here is Winter.

I loved stitching these! If you think you would enjoy stitching these please let me know in the comments. If you are a no reply blogger please make sure to get me your email address somehow so I can contact you if you win. I'll have Jeremiah pick a winner Wednesday Feb 1st. So hopefully that gives people time to join in. If you want you can share about the giveaway on your blog but it's not a requirement by any means. This giveaway is available to overseas readers too. Good luck! Wonder if I'll make it to 2,000 posts sometime? Here's hoping I do!

Jan 17, 2017

It's all Tiffstitches Fault

I'm here to publicly blame Tiffstitches. She had the nerve to post a WIP photo of a new SAL she joined. It's through Lakeside Needlecraft and it's a pattern a month mystery SAL by Durene Jones. The theme....Under the Sea! So I was curious and got to poking around. The first month is a too cute little adorable Octopus sitting there begging to be stitched. I told myself I will wait and see what next month is before I jump in. I looked into Durene Jones and everything I see she has designed is just too cute. So more twisting of my arm. More dreams about that cute Octopus begging to be stitched. I glanced at the pieces of fabric I got for Christmas and one is just perfect for a home for that adorable Octopus that needs a home to live on. What did I do today? What did I do when I have a STACK of new projects that need started? What did I do when I have two tubs of WIPs that need to be worked on? I bought the SAL!!! See it's all Tiffstitches fault.

(Thank you Tiffstitches! I really look forward to working on that cute little Octopus and can't wait to see what's next. Now I'm waiting to receive the emails and get everything ready to start.)

If you're on Instagram search the tag #undertheseasal to see some other people's stitching on this...
https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/undertheseasal/

Jan 16, 2017

Winter Messenger 2 Day Progress


Here is my progress on my tiny little Erica Michaels piece. This one is called Winter Messenger. The post before this will show what the finished piece will look like. So tiny. I just LOVE it!! I like to do the background as I finish a section otherwise it goes really slow at the end.

Mom is still down for the count with this cold. My sweet hubby took me to the grocery store Saturday so I could get our groceries stocked back up. Last night Jeremiah decided not to let mom have all the fun with this cold and now he isn't feeling very well. Here's hoping it doesn't hit him so hard. Plus I'm really hoping this doesn't mean I'll be catching it. At least not to mom feels better or this house will really fall apart haha. You know how it is when you are the ones that keep everything running. Here's hoping everyone reading this is well. Have a good week!

Jan 15, 2017

January Gifted Gorgeousness

Today is the 15th so it's time to check in for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL. The purpose of this fun SAL is to keep track of all things we either stitch for gifts or have received as gifts. I am going to narrow my participation a little bit because almost all of my projects are gifts from my mom or my hubby. They definitely feed my addiction to cross stitching haha. Anyway I'm going to post pieces I'm making for others and any pieces I have received from fellow stitchers as gifts to stitch. Hopefully that's clear haha.

So I totally missed posting since Sept last year for the Gifted Gorgeousness. My goal this year is to remember to join in every time. Here's crossing my fingers I'll stick with it.

My main project I'm stitching hasn't changed...
 
My Grandpa asked me to stitch our family crest for him. What an honor. But also what a pain. It's like a HAED. So 20 pages. Lots of colors changes. But so worth it in the end when that finally gets here. I have 3 pages finished! Here I was when I last posted for a Gifted Gorgeousness...
I've got that page finished and have been working on the 4th page. Here is where it stands today...
I really put it off last year. It sat for several months. So this year I'm forcing myself to work on it at least one day a week. The last two weeks I've worked on it two days both weeks so finally progress is being made. I would love to say I'll finish it before the end of year. Oh I hope so! We shall see.

I received two wonderful packages from fellow bloggers but I haven't started either one so I'll wait to share more after I start those. See ya next month on the 15th with hopefully even more progress. Thanks Jo for the push to keep working on it!!

Jan 13, 2017

Family Crest Progress and a New Weekend Start

I got two more days of progress on the Family Crest. I finished 2 more columns (blocks of 10 like I do HAEDs) on the top banner. It goes so slow but I'm making progress! Slowly but surely right?

Tomorrow I'll pick up something else. I narrowed it down to 3 choices and made Jeremiah pick a number. Poor kid gets blamed for whatever he picks haha. He picked a new start which I'm actually really excited about...
This is Winter Messenger from Erica Michaels. It's another one of those TINY little pieces that I love so much. 40ct gauze. The whole piece is 1.9inches square. I got the suggested Weeks Dye Works threads to stitch it with. I bought this while attending my local stitching retreat in southern Indiana last Spring. About time to start it don't ya think? Be back Monday hopefully with an update.

Jan 12, 2017

Salt Water Taffy Progress

I got two more days of progress on Salt Water Taffy by Joan Elliott. Yep I still love working on this one. Love those colors!! I worked my way over to the lighthouse and got the top part finished. I couldn't wait to see how it looked and it definitely met my expectations.

Monday I took the day and got some organizing done. I have a tall bookshelf by my computer desk. It had became a catch all and was just packed with stuff. It looked horrible. Plus Jeremiah got a stack of books for Christmas and had no where to put them. So I got busy and got it all sorted out. It looks fantastic and Jeremiah's books all have a home and can actually be used rather than just thrown in a stack that falls over when he looks through it. I also got a pile of DMC threads organized and put away. Feels good to get that stuff done. Mom got the yuck that has been going around. She always gets it really bad and with no insurance that sure doesn't help. So I'm in nurse mode. I'm shocked Jeremiah or me don't have it yet. We are trying to stay our distance as much as we can and hope it helps. Please send her get well thoughts/prayers.

Last night we got up to 60 degrees in Indiana in January?!?! Today we are going down to 20 and it's POURING rain. The weather is just so weird!! Perfect excuse to sit on my hiney and stitch the day away. The Family Crest is coming back out today.

Jan 9, 2017

RAK

I blog because I enjoy it. I always wanted to keep a journal but just hate writing stuff. So my blog works perfect I can type it instead haha. Somewhere along the way I met some amazing people and have become friends even though we've never met and probably never will. I love reading their blogs and seeing what they are up to. I love reading their comments on my blog. Justine from Justine's Cross Stitch blog is one of those people. We've been friends for awhile now. I was reading my email the other day and was surprised with a RAK (Random Act of Kindness)...
How cute!! We love Finding Nemo! Plus it goes along with how I live life. No matter what gets thrown at us....just keep swimming. Thank you so much Justine. I look forward to stitching those beautiful blues.

Jan 8, 2017

1st Finish of 2017

January Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs
Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Evenweave
Threads are Suggested DMC
Started Jan 5th. Took me 4 Days.
 
I'm happy to report my 1st finish of the new year. I really enjoyed working on this one and sure hope the rest of the series is the same. I just love the way it looks like old photographs in an album. 
 
We've been enjoying a lazy weekend. Watching a lot of TV shows off our poor DVR. It sure gets abused. It's one of those things we just can't imagine life without. How nice to be able to hit a few buttons and record our shows rather than using the old VCR tapes. Plus we can fast forward through the commercials and save a lot of time haha. Yesterday we binged a whole season of a show. It's nice then you don't have to wait a whole week to see what's going to happen next haha. It's been cold but boy we sure missed that snow storm that the Carolina's got. I love OBX and even they had snow! Never seen the beach during a snow storm. Guess I need to add that to my bucket list haha. This week our weather looks like it's going to be up and down with rain,snow,ice. Fun fun. I haven't decided what I'll be working on for the week yet. I know the Family Crest has to come back out sometime. We'll just have to wait and see what jumps onto my Q-snaps.

Jan 5, 2017

Another New Start - Monthly Series

Last year I did a year long monthly design for the 2016 Smalls SAL. I really enjoyed doing them in the month they were for and for some reason I really LOVE seasonal things right now. So I started the search for a new year long monthly design for this year. I found a set that I fell in love with.

I can't find a picture of all of them together. So you'll have to look them up if you want to see the other months. I will show you what January is going to look like though...
They are from Pine Mountain Designs. They look like old photographs in an album to me. Snapshots of what the month represents. I'm using 32ct lambswool evenweave for each one so the focus is the design and not the fabric. I've held onto these patterns since last Feb. So the wait is finally over! Be back soon with progress.

Jan 4, 2017

Family Crest Progress Finally

I finally have progress to share on the Family Crest. I finished the 3rd page yesterday(the lower part with the helmet). Wow this page took me a long time (16 days). There was a lot of color changes and a lot of stitches on that page. I decided to do the page above the helmet for the next page. The sword and arm are complete after today's stitching so all I have left is the top banner now. Hopefully it will go faster now. I will put it down till next week now but I stuck with my goal and instead of just one day it got two this week even. I'm happy. I'll be back tomorrow with another new start.

Jan 3, 2017

Salt Water Taffy Progress

I'm back today with a progress picture of Salt Water Taffy...
3 Days of Progress now. I decided to start in the top middle. For a reminder of the finished piece just go down a few posts. I just LOVE the bright colors with this one. Time to put it down for now. I'm breaking the Family Crest back out. It is screaming at me loudly for ignoring it so long.

Jan 2, 2017

Box of Shame Goal

My friend Rachel over here at her blog listed a goal for her 2017 goals. I told her I was going to copy cat her goal. I have her permission because we both know how perfect of a goal it is.

We both have a...
It's the place where all finished projects go to not be appreciated. Rolled up. Folded up. Put away. We enjoy the cross stitching part. We put love into it. We celebrate the finish. But after.....they hide. So this year Rachel and I are going to dive into our box and FINISH things.

I dumped mine out and counted them all up...
I have 29 things that just can't hide away any longer. So I'm making a goal to empty my box of shame before 2017 turns to 2018. I will add a new progress bar on my sidebar. Hopefully we'll both be seeing progress soon.

Jan 1, 2017

2017 WIPocalypse

Today is a fresh start to a new year. It's also the first check in for the 2017 WIPocalypse. I've really enjoyed this SAL in the past years. I was so glad to see she was hosting again. Now if only I can actually remember to update haha.

Here is the fun question for this check in – Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

Who am I? I'm a mom. I'm a 37 yr old stay at home mother. I devoted my life to my son when he came into my life. He was born 2 months early so they were watching him closely from birth. When he was about 1yr old he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which affects his connection from his brain to his legs. He can't walk without assistance and only for really short spans with no stopping. I was lucky enough to be involved in every doctor appointment and every therapy appointment. I'll forever be thankful I could be there when he needed me. Then when he was in 3rd grade we realized the public school system wasn't working for him. So we made the decision to home school him. Best thing I've ever done. Again though I was thankful I could be there everyday. It worked perfect for us. Cross stitching was something I could do when I was watching him grow up. When I was sitting down and had empty hands. I realized it was an amazing stress reliever. Then I found blogging and Yahoo groups. The online friends I've made have became real life friends too. I've attended fun stitching retreats and just learned so much. Even though my son is now 18 I still love my cross stitching! Other than cross stitching. I love traveling, the ocean, and geocaching if have heard of that. I try to love life everyday and smile to as many people as I can. Our life motto is No matter how bad it is....it could always be worse. Even when it doesn't feel like it... it's possible. We appreciate what we have instead of want what we don't.

I really enjoy this challenge because I use it as an excuse to keep track better of what I'm working on. I have a weekly planner and I write down what I'm stitching during that day. Then I can look back and see how many days a project has taken. Also what I've worked on the most throughout the year. So WIPocalypse to me is where I keep track. I don't know right now how many new starts I'll have this year. I'm going to start new things whenever I want. So I'll also report my monthly projects on larger projects during WIPocalypse. My main goals are to work on my Grandpa's Family Crest at least once a week. I also have a year long monthly project that I want to complete the month during the month it's for. Other than that I will work on what I want when I want it. Finish as many as I can. Start as many as I want. Enjoy my hobby!

Next check in is January 29th. See ya then! Wonder what I will have to share?

Dec 31, 2016

New Start for the New Year

It's the last day of 2016! We got our groceries this morning and stopped at Redbox for some movies. We are staying in for the celebrations. Jeremiah will be on Xbox live with his best friends to celebrate and since they are on central time we will get to countdown twice haha. I got him a fun little strawberry juice so he can have his own toast at midnight of course haha.

Since I finished up the Whimsy's yesterday and it's a new year party time......I think a new start is in order.
Joan Elliot's Salt Water Taffy is the one I couldn't wait to start any longer. I saw this pattern a long time ago and put it on my wishlist. I showed it to mom and sure enough it found it's way under my Christmas tree. This whole design fits in our home decor just perfect of course. My mom's dad just LOVED getting salt water taffy whenever he could. So I'm off to cuddle up with my stitching and watch some movies. I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years Eve doing whatever they want to do. I wish for all of us a fantastic 2017 full of everything that makes us happy.

Dec 30, 2016

2016 Smalls SAL Final Post

This year I joined a fun SAL and it's time for the final check in for the Smalls SAL. The point was to pick a pattern to work on each month. It could be anything you considered small. The goal was to work on your choice each month and at the end of the year have 12 completed projects. I had this leaflet in my stash for I have no idea how long...
I thought this would be the perfect plan and just hoped I would stick to it. I was doing the DUCJC (Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge) so I started the Jan one in Jan but didn't get to finish it till Feb. I finished all the other ones during the month they were for. So last but not least here is Dec Whimsy just finished up a few minutes ago...
(31) December 30th
A Year of Whimsy by Dimensions (Out of Print)
Stitched on Perforated Paper
Used Suggested DMC
Started whole project for DUCJC Jan 1st, 2016.
Took 6 Days.
 
I have a piece of cork board beside my calendar right by my computer. I use a thumbtack and they can hang where I will see them everyday. I love them!!! Here is the whole set now...
The whole project ended up taking me 57 days to complete. I'm so happy I stuck with them and got them all finished up!! If you follow the link at the top of this post or on my sidebar you can sign up to join in next year. It was a great push for me to stick with these. Plus they are finished finishes even!! I will be announcing soon my patterns for next year but I'll tell ya I have another monthly series picked out.