Feb 25, 2017

Feb Smalls SAL

It's time for another check in for the 2017 Smalls SAL. The goal for this SAL is to stitch a small piece (whatever that means for you) during the month and share with others. Last year was my first year and I decided to do a monthly piece for the year. This year I stuck with that idea and picked out these fun Pine Mountain Designs called Monthly Snapshots.

Here is February all finished up. This one took me 7 days. It seemed to have a lot more to it than the January one. I again enjoyed every stitch. I can't wait to start the March one! See ya March 31st.

Feb 23, 2017

Finished the R

I'm back to report I finished the R block last night. Love the way it turned out. Now just 3 more blocks left till I can start the GORGEOUS summer bell pull. This one took me 8 days. Not too bad. A lot of color changes like a typical stoney creek. So worth it though when finished.

Unfortunately I got bad news at the dentist. I knew I had one tooth that would be coming out. It's the reason I finally broke down and called. I also knew I had more problems then I wanted to admit. I found out I have a really bad gum disease called periodontal disease. It's more of a priority to treat than even my infected tooth. So as I was worried it's going to be a very expensive long procedure. 4 hours long! My impressions of this dentist place is very good though. They are going to be using IV sedation and I've read a lot about that. It seems the way to go. Yes expensive but I won't feel the pain during the procedure which is a must for me. We went today and got it all scheduled so I will be going in March 9th. Which should mean I'll be all healed up by the time for our trip at the end of April so that's good. Now to just relax and get through it. Thanks so much for all the thoughts/prayers and I will definitely appreciate them coming up March 9th again.

Feb 20, 2017

Monday Update

I had a very productive week last week. I finally broke down and wrote an actual to do list. I kept forgetting what all I needed to do. It's so nice to be able to mark stuff off. Of course there were a million things I did that weren't on my list. I told Jeremiah it's not fair when you do a bunch of things and yet only mark off one haha. Anyway I also got a lot of stitching done.

I put 3 days into the family crest. It's really moving along. You already saw most the progress on the 15th GG post so I won't repost that. I decided to do a new start from my Christmas pile. I thought it would be a fast stitch and boy it was. Got it started and finished Friday...
Not Lost Pallet Kit from Janlynn
Used kit material and threads
Started and Finished Feb 17th.

Guess what? It's also a FFO (Fully Finished Object) Wohoo!! First one of the year out of the 4 finishes I have. Oh well I'm trying. It was a really fun stitch. The material was 6x6. I did the stitching and then cut it out. I have to admit it was a little scary to cut out. No wrong moves allowed. Then I glued them onto the little 4inx4in pallet. I told Jeremiah I was worried I would have it all out of order haha. Not all who lost are wander?! LOL Got it right though. I have a camping pallet kit in my pile from Christmas too.

Saturday I flipped through my 2 tubs of WIPs. I spotted the Spring Bell Pull from the Stoney Creek Magazine. I haven't worked on it since August 21st. Here is where I was on it...
I just LOVE these and can't wait to have this one finished and get to the other seasons. So I worked on it for the weekend. Here I am now on the R block...
Very close to finished with this block as you can see. So I will have to keep it out till I finish this block and I will need to remember to bring it out more often.

I hope everyone has a great week. It looks like it will be a full one for us already. Unfortunately I have to go to the dentist. My biggest fear in the world! I go tomorrow for a consultation to figure out what we need to do. Please send any spare thoughts/prayers my way. I'm a total nervous wreck. But I know it has to be done.

Feb 15, 2017

Valentine Blog Hop Follow Up and Another Finish to Report

Yesterday was the fun Valentine Blog Hop. I found out Mary from Le Coeur Celtique is the one who stitched that beautiful heart shaped piece I shared. She does other beautiful projects too so head over to her blog to check it out.

I found my piece over at Ariadne from Greece! blog. I would like to share it here too. Here is the piece I did...
Valentine Freebie from SmallTownStitchin Blog
Stitched on 32ct lugana evenweave called Pink Waterfall
Thread from Gentle Art Sampler Thread called Hyacinth
Started and Finished Jan 20th.

It was a fun fast stitch. Only took me the one day to do. The fabric in the background is what I was planning to use last week when I got into my fight with the sewing machine. We still aren't talking but hopefully next time it will work out haha. My other finish is the February Snapshot design...
February Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs
Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Evenweave
Threads are Suggested DMC
Started Feb 4th. Took 7 Days.
I'm so happy I found these fun designs. I enjoyed this one even though it took me a lot longer to stitch up than I thought it would. I love each little square that Pine Mountain has designed for these. Can't wait to work on the next one. Now I'm going to work on the Family Crest for a few days.

I also noticed with the Blog Hop post that I don't receive the comments to my email from a whole bunch of people! I don't know why this is happening. So I have changed my comments to need approval for now. I sure wish they would get this issue fixed. I hate missing a comment from someone who took time to comment on my blog.

Gifted Gorgeousness

The wonderful Jo hosts this fun SAL called Gifted Gorgeousness. The idea behind it is to post about our stitching that we have either received as gifts or are stitching to give away. My focus piece this year is my Family Crest. My Grandfather asked me to stitch it for him. Here it what it will look like when finished...
Here is where I was for the Jan 15th check in...
I'm so happy to show the progress. Here is where it is today...
I'm now working on the 5th page. There are 20 pages to this one. I only have 3 and a half columns left on this page. Finally moving along!! See ya March 15th.

Feb 14, 2017

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

Jo at the wonderful Serendipitous Stitching Blog has hosted yet another wonderful blog hop. This time it's called the Secret Stitching Sweetheart. We all send in fun love themed pieces that we have done. Our job is to post the picture we receive and then hop around till we find our own piece on someone else's blog. What a fun way to see new or old blogs. Also to share our love themed stitching. This year I even did a new piece in honor of this great blog hop and it was a great excuse to have a fun little Valentine piece to display. Anyway please hop over to Jo's blog and hop along to see all the beautiful pieces on display.

Here is the one I was lucky enough to receive in my inbox to show off to you all...
I can't wait to see who stitched this beautiful heart and hear the story behind it. Please let me know if it's yours.

Feb 13, 2017

Monday Update

I blinked and missed last week it feels like. I know I did a lot of stuff but I felt like I just wasn't accomplishing anything. I got a few days progress into Family Crest. Will update the progress on the 15th for the Gifted Gorgeousness Update. Then I worked on the Feb Snapshot...
I really thought I would get it finished up. I just didn't seem to steal the time I needed. But I did get a lot done and it will be done very soon.

I pulled out my sewing machine last week to get some finished pieces finished off. I swear everything that could go wrong did. I have no idea what was causing it but I sure couldn't get the sewing machine to do what I wanted to do. So I had to leave it and walk away. I had several other things go wrong the same day so hopefully it was just a bad day and next time my brain and sewing machine will work together. If not I'm in big trouble with all those fun pillows I was looking forward to making.

Tomorrow is the Valentine Blog Hop. So make sure to hop back for that. I have a long list of to do's this week and everything I did already today wasn't on the list of course haha. Is it okay to add the things you do extra so you feel like you accomplished more? LOL So I hope everyone has a great week. Hopefully it doesn't zoom by like the last one.

Feb 6, 2017

Monday Update

It's Monday and I like to do a Monday Update post. So let's see what progress I made last week.

The first part of the week I spent on the Family Crest. I'll share the progress for the 15th GG post since it's just more rows of stitching really haha. Thursday was the 2nd which meant it was time for a new piece of the Under the Sea SAL to be released. We've been having so much fun guessing what might be next. The 2nd piece was an adorable shark and I just couldn't wait to stitch him so I got started on him right away Thursday. I got him finished on Friday...
I just LOVE how they took together. Wonder what cutie will be next?!?

Over the weekend I worked on the February Snapshot. Here is what it will look like...
Here is my progress on it...
I didn't get a lot of stitching time this weekend. Saturday Jeremiah, Fred and me went to see the latest Star Wars movie Rogue One. It was really good. My two Star Wars nerds were happy haha. We needed to get caught up on all things Star Wars for our upcoming trip to Disney. Sunday Mom and me went out to get her a new Samsung tablet. Her old one finally gave up working. Then we got home and watched the movie Deepwater Horizon. It was too good to look away and stitch during. I had decided not to watch the Superbowl this year and thought I would get a lot of stitching time in the evening but just didn't work out of course.

So the Snapshot will stay out till I finish it up. I hope everyone has a great week ahead! I have things on my to do list but hopefully stitching will sneak in too of course.

Feb 1, 2017

Giveaway Announcement

Today is the drawing for a giveaway I hosted in honor of my 1,000th blog post. I had 7 people enter. I put the names on pieces of paper and let Jeremiah pick one out. The winner is...

Julie from Julie's Stitchyknitter Journal

Congrats Julie! Sorry to the others that entered and didn't win.

In other news I found out I have a problem. Some people lose their mojo. I've done that before. It's horrible. You just don't feel like stitching. Some people just can't find which project they want to work on. They might even have to shop and buy a new project that will make them happy. My problem isn't one of those...

I HAVE TOO MANY THINGS I WANT TO WORK ON. Haha. I'm serious. I have so many projects I'm literally in love with. Plus I have a STACK of things I got for Christmas I want to start. Plus....PEOPLE (You know who you are!) Keep posting beautiful things that I can't live without stitching. Then even my magazine subscription is out to get me. Look at what's on the cover of the new Stoney Creek Magazine...
Yeah....like I can pass that up! Then on Instagram someone posted this one...
It's nautical and patriotic. Jeremiah LOVES patriotic stuff. Plus come on ocean themed creatures as a flag! So I saw who it was by and looked it up. Guess what it's a freebie. What?!? Yep I have to do that.

Rachel posted this adorable monthly cutie she is making for this year's Smalls SAL. Of course I found the pattern for them too and added it to the pile taking over my life.

This is just the beginning of the ones I've seen. It's torture. There are just too many cute things out there. I need to stop looking. I need to just shut off the internet and never have anything to do with the outside world. Then we made our travel plans and I have so many WONDERFUL trips coming up this year How will I find time? So I told my family Feb and Mar I plan on not doing anything productive other than stitching. I don't have time to do another other than sit and stitch on the 3,000 different projects screaming my name. Starting in April through October we have plans. I'm thankful but now I want NEED to hurry and get those X's in!!

Jan 29, 2017

January WIPocalypse

It's WIPocalypse time. Measi started this fun SAL to get us to work on our stitching before the end of world hence WIPocalypse. I've really enjoyed joining in. I like to use this SAL as an excuse to keep track of how many days I spend stitching on what. I will post progress pictures so that way I can look back and see what I've gotten done throughout the year. She also gives us fun questions we can answer each time too.  This month's question is  – What SAL’s are you participating in this year?

Let's see. I'm doing the WIPocalypse of course. I'm also doing the Smalls SAL which I'm stitching the monthly snapshots for the year. I joined in the Under the Sea SAL too. Since the octopus was too cute not to stitch and I can't wait to see what's coming up. I also join in the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL where we post about things we are either stitching for gifts or have received as a gift. My main goal is to make as much progress and maybe even finish the Family Crest piece for my Grandpa. I also join in the IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend) when it is going on. It's a SAL where we stitch together on the 3rd full weekend of the month. Of course this time of year I'm really a hermit most the time haha. So I definitely have a lot of excuses to stitch this year. Now to do the stitching!

So let's see what I've been working on since the beginning of the year...

Salt Water Taffy by Joan Elliott -- 7 Days
I started this one for the new year. Here is where I am today on it...
I really LOVE working on this one!

Family Crest -- 8 Days
Here it was at the beginning of the year...
Here it is now after the 8 Days of Progress...
Finally making good progress on this one!

January Snapshot by Pine Mountain Designs-- 4 Days
Started and finished this one...

Winter Messenger by Erica Michaels -- 2 Days
Started this little piece. 40ct gauze 1 thread half stitch. I just love working on these tiny Erica Michael's pieces. Here is where I got so far...

Valentine Piece for upcoming Valentine Blog Hop -- 1 Day
Got it started and finished. No picture. Will have to wait for the blog hop post.

Under the Sea SAL -- 2 Days
I started and finished the January block...
Love that cute little octopus!!

So that's what I've been up to. How about you??

Jan 27, 2017

January Smalls SAL

It's the last Friday of the month. This means it's time for a 2017 Smalls SAL Check in. The idea is to pick something that is small (whatever that means to you) and get it finished up. Last year I joined in with a year long monthly design set. I loved it and stuck with it the whole year. So I decided to search for a new monthly set to do this year. I found these patterns from Pine Mountain Designs called Monthly Snapshots. My goal is to finish them each month for this SAL. I would love to finish finish them too but with the cold that took me out I just didn't reach that goal for this month. I do have the backing fabric picked out and waiting.

Here is my January stitching finish though...
I LOVED stitching it. Took me 4 Days but I enjoyed each moment. I just love the old photographs in an album look to the design. Can't wait to do the next one. See ya next check in!!

Don't forget I'm hosting a giveaway. Please head over to this post to join in.

Jan 23, 2017

Monday Update

Last week was a blur. I spent the whole week taking care of Mom and Jeremiah. It's always bad when Jeremiah stops playing Xbox. You know he's not feeling well when that happens. So Wednesday I called his doctor. She had the day off but she came in to see a few kids since so many were sick in our area. One school district in Indiana even closed there was so many kids out. Since Jeremiah gets so sick so fast they always make a point to work him in. We found out he had bronchial pneumonia and she started an antibiotic. It really helped but boy Wednesday night he was awake till 4am coughing nonstop so that sure wasn't a good night for either of us. Yesterday he finally played Xbox again. Mom went to the doctor Thursday and found out hers was just bronchitis and it just had to run it's course. She is very very slowly doing better. Then guess what....Yep yesterday I caught it. Nurse duties do that too ya but it was worth it.

So anyway. I did stitch a little bit in between nurse duties haha. I got two days into the Family Crest and finished the 4th page...
Friday I started and finished a cute Valentine freebie but you will have to wait till Jo's Valentine Blog Hop to see that one. My goal is to have it finished finished by then too.

Saturday my lovely hubby ran me to the store. I needed to get a few threads and some fabric. The threads were so I could start the Under the Sea SAL. So when I got home I got started on that cute little octopus finally! Last night I was able to get him all finished up...
I had a piece of 32ct lugana called Cayman Islands by Silkweaver that I received for Christmas. It has lovely blues and greens and looks very oceany to me. Of course it doesn't show up in the picture very well. Now Mom and me are going crazy trying to decide what creatures are going to be next in the SAL. I hate having to wait for the next part. I wanna see it now!! LOL

Hope everyone has escaped this bug going around. It's horrible! Have a great week! Also don't forget to join in my giveaway if you are interested. Drawing will be held Feb 1st. Please just go to the original post to let me know you want to be included.

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...

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!