Dec 19, 2014

Last 2014 IHSW

It's the 3rd weekend of the month so guess what that means....IHSW! That stands for International Hermit Stitch Weekend. So come on and join us when you have time and get some stitching done.

Today I'm working on the Brooke's Books Advent Animals SAL. I started # 8. She is Pearly Pig. I'm coming along. Tomorrow I have some wrapping to do but I'll do my best to hurry it up so I can get more X's made. Christmas is sneaking it's way closer and closer. I just can't wait!!!

Hope you get everything you want done this weekend done. See ya later with an update.

Dec 17, 2014

Hope Update

I've been working on HAED Hold on to Hope for a bit. Here is where she is now. She is really coming along. This is 60 days progress now.

I've been playing with my stash and getting excited about next year's stitching plans. I've joined in 4 SALs for next year.

  • Measi's WIPocalypse - Stitching Together on the Full Moons
  • IHSW - International Hermit and Stitch Weekend - 3rd Weekend of Every Month
  • Turtle Trot - 10 WIP post a WIP picture on the 10th of every month 
  • HAP - Hosted by Cross Stitches Blog -  Work on a Huge A$$ Project - Post 1st of Month
I can't pick my Turtle Trot pieces till after Christmas in case I get any new projects that just demand to be added. Then I will have so much fun stash diving and picking out my Trot 10. I'm also going to do the challenge to start new projects for January in honor of SoCal Debbie. I still find myself watching for a blog update from her or a great comment on a post. I haven't seen an official sign up for that challenge just a lot of people talking about it. It's so amazing how many people were lucky enough to enjoy her blog.

Since Christmas is next week it's been crazy crazy busy. Hubby and I bought a new bed for a present to each other and it just got delivered today. Everything we ordered online has been received. I'm going to start wrapping things tomorrow so we might have something to unwrap when Christmas does arrive haha. Feel like we are doing a million things. I just keep taking deep breathes. We will get it all done. I hope.

Dec 10, 2014

Last Turtle Trot

It's the last Turtle Trot of the year. We made a list of 10 projects to work on and update our progress on the 10th of the month. I had so much fun with this SAL. I really hope she continues it next year. So let's look back and see what my list was in January and how much progress I've made...

1. 99 by Ink Circles
Here is where I was...
Here it is now...
2. Christmas Snowfriends Banner by Stoney Creek
I had not started this until June so had no before picture.
Here is where I got...
3. Dog Wisdom by Bucilla
Before...
After...
4. Grow Together by HAEDBefore...
After...
5. Hold on to Hope by HAED
Before...
After...
6. Hug the Dog by Stitching Bear
Started and Finished...
7. Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads
I hadn't started it yet. I started it January 24th. According to my count I worked on it the most days this year with 47 days. Here it is now...
8. Seasonal Fairies by Joan Elliott
These have made only a tiny bit of progress. I just wasn't feeling them this year.

9. Seasonal Word Pieces by Cricket Collection
I only had Spring Finished. Here is where I was on Summer...
Autumn...
Winter...
I finished them all!
10. Snow Drifters Leaflet 2 Pieces by Stoney Creek
I had just started the one design called Have a Ball!
I finished that one but haven't started the 2nd one yet.
After finished Hug the Dog I added another one Let's go to the Beach by Imaginating and finished it...
Then I added Ghoul School by Glendon Place and here is where I got on it...
I also added Advent Animals by Brooke's Books. I've finished 7 of the Animals. They are on my finishes tab.

Finally I think I finished my update. Thanks for stopping by.

Dec 8, 2014

Weekend Progress

Thursday I decided to change projects for the weekend. Here is where I left Seaside Stitches...
I really enjoy working on it but I needed a break for the weekend. So I picked up my Christmas Banner. Here is where I got with it...
I have a poor noseless snowman again. He gets a cute little carrot button so it has to wait till the end. Poor guy. I started this one in June. Here is my first post about starting the piece. I'm glad I got some more stitching done on it.

Saturday we went to the tree farm and got our Christmas tree...
This is a picture of Jeremiah putting the star on top with the help of Fred of course haha. After we did that decorating Fred and I ran out and did some Christmas shopping. It's going to come quick now! It was crazy busy so I'm glad we didn't have too much to do. We had another craft day last week and Jeremiah made 4 more sun catchers. Here they are...
You put these crystals in the forms and then bake them in the oven and they melt. Jeremiah had a lot of fun making them.

Oh hey by the way Measi has posted sign ups for the 2015 WIPocalypse. I'm so glad she decided to host it again for next year.  If you are interested please join in. It's a fun reason to blog.

Dec 7, 2014

Advent Blog Hop

Today I'm participating in my first Blog Hop. It's hosted by Serendipitous Stitching. This is the Advent Calendar Blog Hop and I'm hopping along everyday and seeing some new blogs. Today is the 7th so it's my turn.

If you hopped by my blog let me tell you who I am. I'm a 35 year old stay at home mom. I'm lucky enough to be happily married. I'm also very happy to be a mom of a great 16 year who's my life. I started home schooling him when he was in the 3rd grade and we've been having fun ever since. We just love life! I love cross stitching and I've been doing it for 17 years. I love several different designers and work on everything and anything. Of course I'm a HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) addict.

Now let's go to the blog hop part. We were asked to post some Christmassy stitching. Here is my favorite Christmassy piece...
This is really frustrating though cause I didn't write down the info on it. I know it was out of a magazine. My friend was working on it and I just HAD to do it too. Sorry I can't give more info on it. I have several other too that I really like...
I love bright colors and boy stitching for Christmas is always bright colors. The other thing we are supposed to write about is our best ever present. This one is impossible cause I'm spoiled rotten. But I finally came up with one.

My mother did a treasure hunt for my last big gift. She put so much work into it. I had a clue and it lead to the next clue and so on. I was about 11 or 12 years old. It was just her and me in an apartment together. My hunt lead down to a little closet and I opened the door to find a little puppy. I was so excited! Then I remember saying Um Mom when did you buy her? How long had she been shut in the closet? LOL We were talking about it yesterday and the funniest thing is she really can't remember how she got in the closet either. We assume my dad brought her over Christmas morning so the surprise could happen. I've been so lucky to have received so many gifts throughout the years that I can just smile when thinking of Christmas and all the memories. I hope everyone reading this has lots of great memories from years past and plan to make this year. Thanks for hopping by.

Dec 6, 2014

WIPocalypse

Wow this is the last WIPocalypse check in for 2014. Where did the year go? I looked back at my first WIPocalypse check in here. I had so much fun looking back at my previous WIPocalypse posts. This year I did something new. I marked down in a little calendar what I worked on every day. I don't want to keep track of hours but just a per day type of thing. Last night I counted it all up and it was so much fun to see what I've done all year. I will definitely do this again next year. So I'm going to share my totals...

I started 24 new projects. I finished 22 pieces.

The piece I worked on the most was
Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads  -- 47 Days

Then it broke down like this...
Advent Animals by Brooke's Books -- 16
Summer by The Cricket Collection -- 11
Snow Drifters by Stoney Creek -- 11
Dog Wisdom by Bucilla -- 10
Grow Together by Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) -- 10
Winter by The Cricket Collection -- 10
Autumn by The Cricket Collection -- 10
99 by Ink Circles -- 8
PALs Exchange Pieces -- 7
2 Sleds from Foxwood Crossings - 7
Hold on to Hope by Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) -- 7
Seaside Stitches by Jeannette Douglas Designs -- 5
Ghoul School by Glendon Place -- 5
Let's go to the Beach by Imaginating -- 5
All I need is love...and a dog by Rovaris -- 4
Let's go to the Beach by Imaginating -- 4
Christmas Snowfriends Banner by Stoney Creek -- 4
Bev's Tin Top -- 4
Forever in my heart by The Sunflower Seed -- 2
Spring Fairy by Joan Elliott -- 2
Mill Hill Kits -- 2
Hug the Dog by The Stitching Bear -- 1

So I've stitched 192 of the days. So weird to count it up like this. So many of those pieces I felt like I worked on for so many more days than I actually did. I sure changed it up a lot this year haha. I'm so happy that 22 projects are off that pile but of course I just keep adding to the pile too haha. I really hope we have WIPocalypse next year. I've just enjoyed this so much. Measi has questions this year too. Let's see what this month's is...Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).

I just did that. My finishes for the year are all listed under the finishes tab at the top if you would like to check it out. It would take me too long to post before and after photos so I won't do that. It's been a great year of stitching for me. How about you??

Dec 3, 2014

New SAL

I love participating in SALs. It's a fun reason to blog about a hobby I enjoy and I love the feeling of stitching along with others that are as crazy um I mean people like me haha. I happened upon a new blog to me and she was talking about a SAL for next year. Here is the post about the HAP (Huge A$$ Project) SAL. I always feel like my projects are HAPs but when I got to looking most of them don't qualify for the over 300 minimum stitch count rule. But guess what....I'm being haunted by a design that qualifies...
Her name is Selkie and she has decided to invade my brain. I just LOVE seals and this design is so beautiful. She just looks at me saying Katie you need to stitch me! She is 450 W by 646 H so would be my largest HAED in progress. I have 3 story keeps I would like to start too. Also the two I have in my WIP pile! I'm insane. So we will see. Just seems so perfect that she could be a Christmas present under my Christmas tree.

Dec 1, 2014

Weekend Progress

Here is the progress as of last night. I didn't get to stitch on Saturday since we ran out to do some Christmas shopping. Boy this piece takes brain power but I'm loving how it looks!

Fred worked Friday so no Black Friday shopping which I was so thankful for. I would rather spend more money than have to fight crowds. Saturday we ran out to Meijer and grabbed a few things. Fred got the outside Christmas lights and stuff up. It's starting to look like Christmas. We are getting a live tree again this year so we are going to wait till this weekend to get it so it lasts. We got all the fall decorations away and are getting the snowman out slowly. Love this time of year! All the lights and fun decorations. Today we went shopping at the kitchen table online haha. Love shopping without the crowds and in my pajama pants haha. Now the excitement of giving gifts is growing. Found some great deals and didn't have to carry the stuff or anything haha. Well I hope everyone has a great week ahead. I'll be back later with more progress on Seaside Stitches hopefully.

Nov 28, 2014

I started it!

Even though my belly hurt from all the fantastic food I was able to lift my arm and start Seaside Stitches. Here is my progress. I just LOVE working with the silks. I feel guilty when I have a little bitty piece to put in my ort jar haha. The area around the boat is called chain stitch. I'm pretty sure first time I've ever done that. It went fine after I realized what to do. I looked up a tutorial on YouTube. It helps so much to see someone do it. It was hard to count but it's right. Looks lopsided but I keep checking it and it's right so I'm not going to try to change it now. Today I'm not doing anything so hopefully I'll get even more progress. Just have to get off this computer haha.

Nov 26, 2014

Advent SAL

I finished up the piece I've been working on the past few days. I started him Monday. This is Pierre the Penguin. Here is the link to the patterns...Brooke's Books. Now I'm only 3 behind since 10 was just released.

Today is Turkey Day Eve so it was time to prepare the yummies. I was in charge of the deviled eggs and the veggie dip. Yum!!! We are just having our own celebration here tomorrow. I'm glad. No stress. No worrying about impressing others. Best part is I can attend the festivities in my pajama pants haha. Nothing better than eating yourself miserable in stretchy pants! We even got our own little turkey to have. Most the time we just have ham. We got both this year. Can't wait. Is it time to eat yet??

Plus tomorrow if I can stay awake and I'm not too miserable I'll get to start Seaside Stitches. It's weird but I'm nervous about it. I've been stitching for 17 years and this piece will have a lot of new things for me. I don't use silks very often. Most of these threads I've never heard of before. I've used Caron threads but that's it I think. I also mostly stitch on 28ct. I got 32ct for this one. Some of the design is over one so it will be the first time I've stitched over one on 32! I'm not sure I've stitched on 32ct at all really now that I think of it. I've also never stitched a Jeannette Douglas Design. She uses several specialty stitches and I hope I can figure them out from her instructions. So lots of exciting things happening here tomorrow. I wish everyone reading this a very happy Turkey Day and I hope you all have something to be thankful for. I know I sure do.