Mar 5, 2015

March WIPocalypse

Today is WIPocalypse so that means we do a check in post on what we've been working on since the last Full Moon. I like to tally up how many days I've been working on what projects. Here is the breakdown...

HAED Hold on to Hope - 2 Days
Christmas Pals Ornaments - 4 Days I finished 1 and started the next one.
Winter WordPlay - 3 Days I was able to finish this one.
HAED Selkie - 3 Days
MH Kits - 1 Day to start and finish my Feb pick
Cut Thru Pirate Ship - 2 Days
Dog Wisdom - 6 Days I was able to finish this one too.
HAED Dragon Skies - 4 Days Just started this one March 1st.
None - 4 Days Not bad at all!

I was able to work on a lot of different projects and Wow 4 finishes in this time span too!! You can find my finishes in the 2015 finishes tab at the top. Here is the progress on my new start HAED Dragon Skies...
There are only two colors so far. B5200 and Kreinik 032. I wish I could get the sparkle to show up better in that Kreinik part but for those who have worked with it you know what it looks like in person. This is 2,280 stitches in. With each WIPocalypse post we also get a neat question to answer...If money – and time – were not limiters, what projects would be on your stitching bucket list?

More Heaven and Earth Designs of course. They take so long. Not really money but the time is crazy. I do enjoy the journey of stitching them so much so that's why I work on them. I definitely would never be able to stitch all of them I would love to. Next check in is April 4th. See ya then!

Mar 1, 2015

HAP SAL

I wanted to get work in on another HAED so I concentrated on her this month. I did get 3 days in on Selkie though. Here she is last check in...
Here she is now...
This is 16 days progress and a count up of 6,598 stitches now. Yesterday I started # 2 of the Christmas Pals Ornaments. Here is a reminder of what they will look like...
Fred picked out the Penguin. Here is my progress from yesterday...
Today I'm starting my HAED March Madness. Jeremiah picked Dragon Skies. I will be back in a few days with an update.

Feb 27, 2015

Dog Wisdom Finish

Dog Wisdom Kit by Bucilla
Started Jan 1, 2014
Finished Feb 27, 2015
Took 16 Days of Work
Fred (hubby) got me this kit for Christmas 2014.

I'm happy dancing. I just love this piece. It's so true. I think dogs can sure teach us some important lessons. I've always had dogs in my life. I can't imagine life without them. No other thing in the world will love you so much no matter what.

So my plan right now for March is to spend a week on each new HAED. I've been trying to decide which one but I love them all. So I'll probably have Jeremiah pick for me. It's always nice to be able to blame him haha. The last weekend in March I'm attending a local stitching retreat too. April will start getting busier. So I hope to find lots of time until then. I also want to squeeze in my Mill Hill kit finish for the month but looks like there will be time after the first three weeks are over. Sounds like a plan at least right?

Feb 26, 2015

My March HAED Madness

So my HAED insanity continues to grow. Sometime last year HAED announced that one of my favorite artists was pulling her artwork from the HAED site. So I was of course FORCED to buy two of her patterns that I just couldn't live without. The artists name is Nene Thomas. I bought two of the Storykeep patterns so at least they aren't that big (Yeah Right!)...
Storykeep Aquamarine
by Nene Thomas
125 x 392
90 Different Colors
Storykeep Dragon Moon
by Nene Thomas
100 x 309
90 Different Colors
by Selina Fenech
400 x 562
90 Different Colors
Dragon Skies was RAKed to me by a lady whom I've enjoyed getting to know in the blog world Justine. When I originally received her I was thinking Oh I will wait until next year cause I already have so much going on.....Yeah Right! She has been haunting me ever since. So I figured might as well start all 3 right?! I got 32ct Taupe Lugana to do them all on. The piece for Dragon Skies is so HUGE! Funny part about Dragon Skies I was worried about it since Selkie is all blues on the first few pages. So I wondered what Dragon Skies would bring me and hoped it wasn't blues. It's all white! So at least it will be break from the blues. So I will have 6 HAEDS in my WIP pile. It's okay cause I just LOVE working on them.

Feb 25, 2015

Dog Wisdom Update

I'm getting close to another finish. This is Dog Wisdom by Bucilla. Fred got it for me last year for Christmas. I've worked on it here and there. I realized I'm close to a finish so I think I'll stick with it now until it's done. I started it on Jan 1st 2014. I haven't calculated up how many days I've been working on it just yet. I will when I report on the finish.

I need to pull threads to kit up a HAED. Here's hoping I have them all. That's always nice isn't it? Of course my luck there are always those few I don't have. I'm going to start 3 new ones for my own March Madness haha. I'll be back to show what I plan to start. I figured I would just tease you for now.

Feb 23, 2015

What a Weekend

Fred had a half day Friday. He got home and we loaded everything up and hit the road. It was brutal cold but it wasn't going to stop us from going. We drove almost 2 hours northwest. I got to stop at my favorite stitching store on the way. I got some threads and several pieces of fabric for projects I needed including 3 new HAEDs that I can't wait to start. I of course could have bought more but was trying to hurry. Friend time was needed. We started this hobby called Geocaching in 2006. It's a high tech treasure hunting game. You use a hand held GPS unit to find hidden things and you get a point for each one. Another thing we do a lot is have gatherings to share our love of the hobby. Because of this we have met some unbelievable people. Over the years we have became family. Some have gone and we've grown apart. But the ones that are still around have just grown to being so important to us. Since Jeremiah is home schooled I of course worry about him making friends. Well luckily we met a family that has a fantastic son. We all just clicked and became ridiculously close. It was his birthday so what perfect excuse to get together. We had several rooms at this hotel and it had a really nice pool area. My Dad and Step mom even surprised us and came up for the weekend. Another of our closest friends came by for Friday night and over the weekend we made countless memories. We swam on and off. We laughed the whole time! I'm so thankful for the people I was lucky enough to meet because of this hobby. Jeremiah had such a wonderful time. We just keep smiling and saying Oh remember this.....Oh remember when that happened. Now we can go back into hermit mode haha.

Feb 19, 2015

Cut Thru Update

I put a couple days into the Cut Thru Pirate Ship. I don't know why but I just can't seem to get into this one. But I did make some progress. Here is where I was in October...
So progress is progress. Here is a picture of the whole thing right now...
It's fun and bright. I guess my other projects just win over it most the time. I have 2 other Cut Thru's I really would like to do so I need to get this one finished.

We are leaving tomorrow for a weekend trip. Our closest friend's son is having a birthday pool party. Yes it's at a hotel with an indoor pool haha. We are really looking forward to it. Jeremiah hasn't been out of the house since Christmas Eve! He's finally breaking out. A weekend with friends sounds perfect to me.

Feb 17, 2015

2nd Mill Hill Finish of the Year

Mill Hill Kit
 H10 Gift Package
From 1990
What a little teeny Mill Hill. I got a picture of it in my hand to try to get the idea of the size across. This one only took me only a few hours to do. The beading needle was so sharp there were several times I had to pull it out of my finger....Ouch. Jeremiah kept giggling at me when I screamed. I guess the needles were more sharp compared to now cause I've never had that happen with the newer kits. So this makes 2 done this year. Doing good sticking (haha literally) to my goal so far. I already have next month's picked out. Here is a picture of what it will look like...
Perfect for March don't ya think? I gave Jeremiah a few choices this morning and he demanded I bring out my Cut Thru Pirate Ship. I got to looking and it was October when it was last out so he's right it's time to give it some love.

Fred is doing good at his training/planning class. There is another person from his branch and 3 from Indy there. It's nice cause they are eating out together and that makes me feels better than him being alone. Tomorrow he will head home and I'll be worried till he arrives home safely. He's the only him I have so I get the right to worry about him. Jeremiah's been doing great keeping me company though so he gets credit for babysitting me haha. It's supposed to get brutal cold again so I'll be hiding under blankets when I can. It will time to sweat and be hot soon enough though so I'll enjoy it while I can.

Feb 16, 2015

Selkie Update and Feb Mill Hill

I put 3 more days of work into HAED Selkie. She is my HAP SAL along the right hand side if you would like to see the picture. This is 16 days progress and a count up of 6,598 stitches.

If you have followed my blog for any time at all you know I love the travel. This week is really weird cause my hubby is gone. I don't even know the last time he has been gone without me haha. His work sent him to the St. Louis area for a training/planning class. He left yesterday. As if I wasn't already worried enough the town he was headed to was under a Winter Storm Warning. Lovely. But he arrived safe and sound. He got there right before the snow started. This morning they had 6 inches on the ground and more falling. So now just have to cross my fingers for a safe return Wednesday late.

I made a goal this year to do a Mill Hill kit each month. 1 down. So here is my Feb pick...
It looks like it will be really quick to finish up. I'm way behind on computer stuff so I'm off to catch up on that hopefully and then get to stitching.

Feb 15, 2015

Found my Valentine

Yesterday I posted the picture I received for the Secret Stitching Sweethearts Blog Hop. The lovely lady who stitched it has stepped forward in the comment section of the post...

So glad that you like it, Katie. It is mine, I stitched it last year for an Initial heart swap. The green letters spell out Sharmayne, the name of my swap partner. hugs, Kaye

Here is a link to Kaye's Blog. It's a beautiful blog indeed. I was also able to find the heart I stitched up. Here is what I stitched...
I did this piece in 2006 for my son. It's from Seka's Designs and it's called Patriotic Heart. I always joke about my son being born patriotic so this design was perfect to stitch for him. Of course it lays in my bin of shame. I really need to do something with it. Anyway I loved stitching this. It's on 10ct fabric and has a lot of specialty stitches. I really enjoyed it a lot. This is the blog that I found my piece on.

Another fun blog hop complete.