Jun 20, 2018

June Durene Jones Finish

Guess what I have a finish to report...
 (Finish #17) June 20th, 2018
  June from Durene Jones Calendar
Freebie available on her FB Group
Stitched on 14ct Ecru Aida
Threads are suggested DMC
Started Jun 14th. Took 4 Days.

As you can see now I got June assembled and on display. Yet another I enjoyed doing. Just glad I got it done in time. My months are sure flying by since we've been so busy.

Another fun thing to share...Monday we had a very excited evening. We watch WWE (World Wresting Entertainment) together as a family and have for probably almost 10 years now. I used to watch it with my dad when I was little and one night I thought it would be fun to show it to Jeremiah. We've been hooked ever since. They came to our town for a show. We had been 2 times before but always had bad seats 6 rows back. Which just doesn't work because everyone stands up and Jeremiah's view was blocked a majority of the time. This time we were able to get amazing seats...
We were in the front row at the corner. Jeremiah was just so excited! He counted down every day until the day was finally here. When we got in to our seats he was just beaming. It was an amazing show and he even got high fives from two of his favorite wrestlers how cool is that! What a fun experience. He is still talking about it of course. It felt like at any moment they would be in our laps we were so close.

Also the lovely Jo has informed us that Blogger has finally fixed the comment issue. Boy I've been missing responding to each comment that my lovely readers have been leaving. She has blogged a step by step post to show how to make sure you can receive emails now. Please go here to see what she has described so perfectly. I look forward to seeing your comments again in my inbox.

Jun 18, 2018

Monday Update

I really enjoyed all the comments on my last post. Yes I admit it I really stretched the shoehorns on that check in post haha. Glad you all liked it at least. I'm just glad I've been getting any stitching time squeezed in. So here we are another Monday. Let's see what I've been up to...

Since my last post I was able to squeeze in more stitching time on the June Durene Jones Calendar piece Friday. Fred had a meeting to attend after work so we didn't get to head to our cabin till 9pm that night. Here is my 2 days progress now it's going fast...
It was IHSW so at least I got some stitching time Friday. Then we were off to the cabin again. It was forecast to be miserable hot all weekend. We even had a heat advisory both days. But we hoped with our cabin AC we would still be able to get work done.
Our goals for this weekend were to work on getting the center beam built up that runs down the center of the cabin. The above picture shows it before. We wanted to build it down and make it a more sturdy beam and also to hide the ceiling fan electric line and to get them installed. Saturday we got to work. We were working hard and fast and boom....no power. What?!? So we called to have them come out to look at it. I had heard a loud boom outside and thought That's not good. They were there really fast thankfully found out tree limbs had grown onto the power lines and were rubbing them enough to pop off the power. Some trimming and we were back on and back to work. It was off about an hour and half. By the end of the day though I had my lights!!!
The fans also really helped with circulating the AC air around and really cooled it down better. It's so awesome now to just hit a switch and have LIGHTS! We had been using these plug in work lights. They put off so much heat and you had to walk in and turn them on. So now I can just reach in a flip a switch. Wohoo. My Uncle also got one of the 3 windows all framed up to show me what it would look like finished...
So beautiful! It was all rough edges before. Then we started work on the beams going across to make them more sturdy and more of log cabin look...
You can really see the difference now in the two pictures from the top one to the bottom one. The center beam and 1 of the 3 across beams is done. So even with the heat we got a lot of progress. This coming weekend we have fun plans with friends. But I heard rumors my dad and Uncle are going to work on the front porch. Which will be SO NICE. Right now there is a pretty big step to get in and out. We will be back down the weekend after. Can't wait to see what we do next. More finishing it off and adding trim here and there. Every day it just gets better and better.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Jun 15, 2018

June Gifted Gorgeousness

Today is the 15th and that means it's time for a Gifted Gorgeousness update. The purpose of this fun blog SAL is to share things we have either received as a gift or are stitching as a gift to someone. It's amazing how sweet the stitching community is. This is a great example of that.

So let's see what I've been working on since my last post that fits that theme...

Well... I've worked on a few things since May 15th...

Ocean in a Bottle -- I was forced to buy because of Tiff.....wait I can twist this for a shoehorn... Because of the generosity of dear Tiff caring about the themes I like to stitch. She shared this new to me designer and I purchased the chart only to help out the designer....Did that work? haha
August Snapshot is pretty much exactly the same thing. I saw someone else had worked on this set and just had to get them. I have 2 left to finish now Sept and Oct. August is in my last post before this one.

Yesterday I started working on the June Durene Jones calendar piece which Rachel posted on her blog last year. This one does kind of fit this SAL purpose because it's a gift from Durene Jones since it's a freebie on her Facebook group.

I am noticing a theme here though....I need to stop looking at what others stitch haha. Yeah right, but anyway here is my first day of progress on the June piece...
I ended up getting a nice full day of stitching yesterday because our mower broke *sigh* So it's off to repair. At least it ended up giving me stitching time I guess. I will get some time today too. Hubby has a meeting after work before we go to our cabin for the weekend. So I will get off this computer and get some X's in. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Jun 13, 2018

August Snapshot Finish

(Finish #16) June 13th, 2018
August Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs
Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Evenweave
Threads are Suggested DMC
  Started May 21st. Took me 10 Days.
 
Wohoo It's done. My stitching time is a little here and there so it took me a lot longer than normal. It's finished though. Now I just have Sept and Oct left and I will have finished the whole set. This is my 16th finish for this year. Another project marked off my YOW (Year of WIPs) list. Now I need to get started on the June Durene Jones Calendar piece.

Jun 11, 2018

Monday Update

I sound like a broken record. Another Monday? But seriously. Can someone tell life to SLOW DOWN a bit. Every day is just packed. Pardon me while I scream and lose my mind. Okay I might be better. Let's see...

I did get 2 days of stitching time last week. I'm still working on the August Snapshot...
I miss my solid days of stitching time. Is it Winter yet?

If you have Netflix and like spooky movies watch The Boy. It was really good. A lot like Annabelle if you watched that one. Another creepy doll movie. I'm sorry if you like dolls but no thank you I'll stick to stuffed animals. Although I'm sure they have made scary stuffed animal movies too haha.

This weekend we were back to work at our cabin. Friday it stormed HARD all night and we just kept saying over and over Wow we are glad we aren't in our tent. We were dry and safe from all the lightning. Saturday my dad was busy all day but my uncle came over to help with the ceiling panels. We were able to get them all up before he needed to leave for a birthday party...
Pardon the extra boards in the way we are storing them there till we need them. I love the white panels it really helps to brighten up the cabin. My uncle was going to a party and my dad was busy until late so we took the opportunity to go into town and go to the movies. Jeremiah my Star Wars nerd wanted to see the new Star Wars Solo movie. He loved it! He talked all the way back about all the hidden things he wanted to make sure we didn't miss seeing haha. I'm glad we were able to take time to watch it. Sunday we woke up to more storms.....more storms.....more rain.....well there goes our hope of more progress. We were rained out. Couldn't setup the saw and things in the pouring down rain and mud. So we played cards and had fun visiting and making next weekend's plans. Again we were dry and safe in our lovely cabin instead of our what would have been a wet wet tent after this weekend. We just keep smiling at our perfect our new cabin is.

Still no emails from Blogger.
Mii I saw your comment. Welcome back to the blog world! I missed you!!
Astrid Thanks. We just love our new cabin. Jeremiah loves his new ride. So cool!
Jo Yes Jeremiah is learning so much. I'm so thankful. Just can't say it enough.
Thank you everyone else for all the comments. I really hope Blogger gets this email thing fixed soon.

Jun 4, 2018

Monday Update

Another Monday. Didn't I just do a Monday update yesterday? Boy it feels like it. The weeks are just FLYING by. So much I need to do too. Last week was busy busy. I was able to get 2 days of stitching at least. I continued working on the August Snapshot here it is now after 5 days...
Fred, Jeremiah and I finally stole enough time to go see Deadpool 2. It was fantastic of course. We loved it. Now we just need to get there to see the new Star Wars Solo movie. Hopefully this week.

This weekend we were back to work on our cabin. Here are some photos...
We got all the wall panels on. We got a start on the white ceiling panels too. I love how it brightens the cabin. Jeremiah even used the air nail gun to install some of the panel. I'm glad I didn't know about it till after he did it haha...
He is still just so excited to help out so much. We enjoy counting down the days till it's time to go back to work.
After we got the wall panels on Jeremiah and me put the outlet covers on. Again it just looks great to have a finished off outlet now.
During the memorial day camping weekend a friend of mine's mother was over visiting. She was talking about going to garage sales. I said Oh I really need to get to some. She said What was I looking for? I said I needed a dresser for the cabin. She just happened to have one in her basement she was looking to get rid of. They said it's probably older than me so might need a new paint job but guess the price.....free. Can't pass that up. It was exactly what we wanted too. Wide and short. So even better. I took the one handle off because I'm going to get some different ones. One less thing we need to find now.
This was the big surprise this weekend. I've showed some pictures of Jeremiah on his 4 wheeler. It was a peg perego for those who know what they are. It's a kid toys really. Luckily Jeremiah never went over the weight limit though of course so he could still use it. We bought it when Jeremiah was 9 years old! It's been fantastic. His normal wheelchair just doesn't like grass and off roading. But it's been getting harder for Jeremiah to get on and off because of his long legs. He not a baby no matter how much I want to believe it. My Grandpa was watching and said he wasn't going to rest until Jeremiah had a COOL new thing to ride around on. He ordered this and the whole family was so excited for Jeremiah to get there and finally get to receive it. This has to be the neatest power chair we've ever seen. Definitely COOL. It goes so fast! Jeremiah even rode around on the trails my dad has at the campground. He was all smiles all weekend. So much more independent. He can just jump on and go wherever he wants. So much easier. And so much more cool. Grandpa is very happy to have treated his great grandson too.

Fred and I celebrated 17 years married this Saturday too. We are so much more in love now than 17 years ago. I'm so lucky. We loved working on our cabin and enjoying the family time all weekend. Perfect. That's all I can keep saying. This whole cabin is just perfect. Is it Friday yet??

By the way. In case you haven't noticed Blogger stopped sending email alerts for comments. I heard from Jo they are working on it but who knows how long it will be. So unfortunately I'm having a hard time remembering to check my blog to see who has commented on the past posts. I have caught up now and I appreciate each comment my lovely readers have been making. Just definitely hard to email a reply now. So thanks for the comments. I am reading them. Hopefully blogger will get this fixed soon.

May 29, 2018

May Smalls SAL, WIPocalypse, and Holiday Weekend Update

Pull up a chair I have a long update ahead. First things first it was time for the Smalls SAL update Friday. I hope everything is okay with our wonderful hostess she hasn't posted the check in for April or May. I have been keeping up though. The idea for this fun SAL is to do a small piece each month. I've been using this SAL as an excuse to do a monthly piece since I've joined. Here is my May finished pillow from the Durene Jones Calendar Freebie...
Sunday was check in time for the WIPocalypse. This SAL is pushing us to finish all our WIPs before the apocalypse. Yeah Right! Like that would ever happen. I enjoy using this as an excuse to keep track of what I've worked on during the time span. So let's see what I've been working on since my last check on April 30th...

Ocean in a Bottle -- 5 Days. Here I was last time...
Here I am now...
Durene Jones Calendar -- I finished the May pillow at the top in 3 Days.

Cabin Fever MH -- 1 Day. Here is my progress on this Mill Hill kit now...
Spring Bell Pull -- 3 Days. I've been working on the N block. Here it was before...
Here it is now...
August Snapshot -- 3 Days. I started another one of the Pine Mountain Snapshots. I need to finish this one, Sept, and Oct to finish up my monthly pieces from last year's Smalls SAL. Here is my progress so far on August...
Here is what it will look like when finished up...
I've had 13 days of no stitching. Mostly because of working on our cabin so that's a great reason to miss stitching at least.

Over Memorial Day weekend we had a different kind of camping planned...
We went up to a friend's house in Michigan and had a rustic weekend of camping in our tent. Boy we missed our cabin but we had a blast with friends. It was crazy hot. Low 90's. We didn't do anything other than be lazy and relax. It was great. We told stories and just got to know one another even better. It was a great recharge for the brain. Now to get back to all the hustle and bustle of life.

May 21, 2018

Monday Stitching and Cabin Update

Last week I got 4 days of stitching into Ocean in a Bottle. Here it was before...
Here it is now...
I have 15 days into this one now.

Over the weekend we were back to work on our cabin. We went down Friday night so we could have some extra time. It ended up being only us and we had a fun time. It was raining really hard on our trip down and we kept saying Wohoo we don't have to setup our tent. This cabin is sure a wonderful thing! We got our beds setup and ready for the night and then we pulled out a table and some chairs, turned on the radio, and played Skip-bo for awhile...
Saturday we worked on more insulation and getting the front wall electricity finished up. One time it was just pouring down rain and the 5 of us had a dry spot sitting in our cabin continuing our work. Yet another benefit of our nice big cabin. We could all be inside out of the rain safe and sound with room to spare. Sunday off we went shopping. This time Uncle Marty and Dad came along. It was time to get our wall and ceiling panels. Fred and I had fallen in love with this one when we first seen it. We checked another store with even more options and yet that first panel was in our mind as the one we wanted. So we bought them all and got to work. Here is finished left wall...
LOVE it. It looks like a real log cabin now. Yet it's smooth to the touch. So happy with how it's turning out. It was time to call it quits for the day then. We had a lovely meal and had fun visiting with everyone. Then too fast it was time to head home. We have plans for the Memorial Day weekend so we will be back to work in June. Can't wait! We just get so excited with our progress and can't wait to see what we get done next. We are literally happy campers haha.

Have a great week! Lots of plans and things to do but hope to squeeze in some X's too.

May 17, 2018

May Gifted Gorgeousness

I'm a few days late but here is my May Gifted Gorgeousness check in. The idea for this fun blog SAL is to share things we are either stitching as a gift or things we have received as a gift. Stop over at Jo's blog to see who has joined in this month.

I looked back on what I've stitched on since April 15th and I'm going to have to use a shoehorn this month. The only thing I've stitched that fits this category is the Spring Bell Pull. The reason it fits is I won the money to pay for all 4 seasons from doing online surveys. 

Here is what Spring will look like...
The set I'm doing is from the Stoney Creek Magazine. I think they are releasing them as leaflets now too but I haven't checked to see if they are exactly the same or not. The fabric, threads, and buttons were gifts from my winnings. I really would like to finish this one off this year so I can get a start on another season. This was the least favorite of the 4 seasons I figured I better get it out of the way first. Here is where I am as of May 11th on the N block...
 Here is my last WIP picture of the whole piece before I made the progress on N...
By the way I've also been putting a few days this week into Ocean in a Bottle. I will have an update on that Monday. We are heading down to the cabin tomorrow for another weekend of progress. It's IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend) too. Will you please put in some X's for me. Once we get the work done I will be able to get a stitching area setup but not yet. Have a great weekend everyone!

May 14, 2018

Monday Stitching Update

Hey last week I did get some stitching time in too. I pulled out Spring Bell Pull again. Here is where it was last time...
Now I have 5 days into the N block...
I hope everyone has a great week.

Cabin Update

We went back down to work on our cabin Saturday and Sunday. We got there just in time to watch this monster...
We had a lot of brush that needed to be cleared. It would have taken us so much time. Dad saw an advertisement for this guy to come and help do the clearing with this monster machine. He did an area dad wants to put a pond in. Then he cleared out an area behind our cabin we wanted cleared...
Above is the before and after photo if you can't tell. He took out at least 50 feet of brush. All that's left is the fence line and that's exactly what Dad wanted. Dad said it was easily a few months work done in 1 hour. So worth the rental charge. After watching that it was time to get back to work inside our cabin...
We needed to finish up the insulation. Jeremiah was supervising. For the night we put up our cots and a small camping bed for Jeremiah and stayed our first night in the cabin...
It's far from finished but already so much more nice then just our tent. We stayed up late giggling and talking telling stories about how exciting this whole process is. Sunday we helped with taking down an old barn and getting it cleaned up a bit. Then Fred, my Dad, my Uncle, and Jeremiah got back to work in the cabin...
The right wall, back wall, left wall is all finished with insulation plus the electric is ran for the left wall. The front wall is framed up and ready for insulation and electric now. So the front wall and the ceiling insulation is next. Then we can start the paneling. We are planning to go down Friday and stay both Friday and Saturday so we can get more done.

I do have to share my favorite photo for this weekend...
This is why I just can't stop smiling. Jeremiah is learning so much from all this. My dad is taking time in this photo to show Jeremiah step by step on how to hook up an outlet. Jeremiah can't stop talking about how cool it was. We can't wait for it to be done but the process has been so much fun. If you have Facebook and are interested I have posted more photos there too.

May 8, 2018

Monday Update (A Day Late)

Yesterday we went to visit a family member in the hospital. She has made the decision to end treatments and we wanted to say our goodbyes. She has always been a special person in Jeremiah's life and makes a point to see him when we are camping. She is my Dad's Aunt and we will miss her dearly. That damn cancer is claiming another wonderful person. Please send my family any spare thoughts/prayers.

Onto better news...Tuesday the 1st was my Mom's birthday. We had a very nice day together at the outdoor flea market she used to sell at. It opens on the first Tuesday of the month of May and just happened to be her birthday this year so we of course had to go up. The weather was beautiful. Never know with early May one year we had snow even. We had a fantastic time. Then in the afternoon my cabin got delivered which I shared more details in my post before this one. It was a long day but it was a great day. We got home late and slid into bed.

Wednesday I started the May Durene Jones Calendar piece. Friday I was able to get it finished up...
(Finish #15) May 4th, 2018
  May from Durene Jones Calendar
Freebie available on her FB Group
Stitched on 14ct Ecru Aida
Threads are suggested DMC
Started May 2nd. Took 3 Days.

I had to laugh when I noticed there are 13 flowers on this one. My birthday is May 13th. How perfect. Plus I'm a major dog lover. Meant to be! 

Saturday we worked on the cabin as I said in the post below. Sunday Fred had a radio event so I used that excuse to put my feet up and stitch the day away. I pulled out a Mill Hill kit that will be displayed in my cabin sometime soon hopefully...
This kit is called Cabin Fever. Perfect right? I had one day into it but just the little block in the middle with the marshmallows. Sunday I added the little cabin...
I hope everyone has a great week. We have a lot of plans but I hope to sneak in some stitching too of course. Hope you do too.

FYI I'm in the process of changing my email address so if you see a new address that's why. Changing to gmail instead of using my frontier one.

Our Cabin Update

Last Tuesday we hoped our cabin would be delivered right the 2nd time around. Fred was able to get out of work a few hours early. We headed down. We were close to arriving and my phone rang. I swear we all stopped breathing. It was the delivery man saying he was picking it up and on the way. *deep breath* Everyone was there...again and guess what this time it was the right size!!!
Look at the difference in the first one on the left and the correct one on the right. 8 feet really makes a large difference doesn't it? We sure think so. Here is the inside on the day it was delivered...
 
This is our 12x24 home away from home. The hole in the back wall is for the AC that is sitting on the floor. Now it's time for us to finish the inside the way we want. We went down Saturday and started on the work...
I was trying to help my dad with the trench for the underground electric to our cabin. I got fired. I was taking too long, not going straight, and not going deep enough. So Dad took back over. But...
I did fill in the trench and received an A for that work haha. I do try I really do. Jeremiah has had so much fun. We've been making sure he is included in all the work so he can learn about what it takes to make a home a home. We went shopping with my Dad and got 3 carts worth of goodies. Insulation, electrical outlets and all the things connected with making our cabin have power, and 2x4s for reinforcing the front and back wall. Jeremiah said we take for granted walking into a place and it has a plug that works. Boy I didn't realize everything it takes either. Here are some of our work pictures...
 
We are having a blast making it ours and boy we learning a lot. I'm so thankful my Dad and Uncle know how to teach us how to do this. They both worked building houses for many many years. We have a lot more work to do but we are really enjoying each moment. What memories we are making. We will be going back down this weekend and are planning on throwing in cots and staying for our first night. We can't wait!