May 20, 2024

May 20th Monday Update

Howdy all. It's hot out today. So AC running and all chores done as soon as possible. Let's see what I stitched on last week...

Monday was my 45th birthday. So I decided to spin a new start. Jeremiah spun Luck of the Irish by Primrose Cottage Stitches on the Tiny Decision wheel. I added 327 on Monday and 667 on Tuesday so a total of 994 this time...

I'm using 32ct Platinum Lugana and the suggested DMC which is only 3 colors. Another chart I got when I was at Always in Stitches before retreat this year. My needles were flying. Do you think it's the Irish in me? Haha.

Wednesday was time for another new start. This time the wheel picked Lady Liberty by Keslyn's. I added 476 stitches...

I'm using 32ct White Jobelan and Gloriana Silks Crimson and Pacific Dark Blue. I was getting ready to start and thought wow this fabric is HUGE. I realized that I forgot to tell the lady when I ordered the fabric I was planning on stitching it over one. Oops but I'll cut it and use the fabric for something else. No crisis with being too big now being too small would have been a different story all together haha. So here are my little tiny stitches...

If you can't tell I started on the upper left wing. This will help the thread last longer as well since I can use just one thread. 

Wednesday and Thursday I spun Halloween Potions by Les Petites Croix De Lucie. I wanted to add 500 to it this month. Ended with 513...

This one seems to go really slow because a lot of color changes. But it sure looks cute when stitched. Reminder I'm stitching it on 32ct Light Mint Lugana with suggested DMC.

Friday after I finished up my stitches on Halloween Potions I switched to another acrostic spin. Taurus Mill Hill kit came up. The prompt for this one was To the Party and since Taurus is my birthday zodiac I thought it was a good fit...

I had started this one Sept 26th, 2023 for a stitching challenge. So I had one day into it...

I added 159 Friday, 341 Saturday and 144 Sunday. I finished the main dark green symbol finally haha...

It was a great one to work on in between projects this weekend since it was IHSW but we had a lot of outdoor stuff to get done.

Sunday after I finished up the symbol I got back out Thanks to the Brave by Erica Michaels. I wanted to add 200 this month for the acrostic Letter E...

 

Added 243 stitches to the background fill in. That part definitely takes the longest. But helps the letters POP. So it's worth it. 

So I happily got a lot of stitching done all week. I have two new starts left on the two Wednesday's left in May. Irish Blessing Bell Pull and The Mandalorian. Can't wait to see what he spins first. Both I'm excited to work on so not really a bad choice between them.

I have to share the lovely Faith a dear blog friend of mine gifted me a GC to 123stitch for my birthday. So I happily went shopping. I got fabric for a project that I will probably be starting next month...


I think this will look like a stormy night and really help the snowman pop bright. I also got a big piece of 32ct Vintage Country Mocha and some replacement Q-Snap snaps. I had one break on me the other day. It's barely sticking together. Thanks Faith!!!

I also got a beautiful Petunia from Campground family. Then Fred brought me a few Spider plant babies from work...

So evidently 45 let me reach the I want a plant phase of my life haha. We are looking forward to Memorial Day and then Bev and Dad have decided to take Jeremiah to a casino for the night. He hasn't had a night with them since last August so he is very excited to take a trip with them again. Bev sure deserves it. They have 4 friends meeting them and staying too so it will be a lot of laughs. They are going on my Dad's Birthday the 29th. Okay I'm off to read some email and get off this computer so I can stitch. 

Have a lovely week. Stay safe in the weather. Smile. Love yourself.

May 13, 2024

May 13th Monday Update

 Hey all. It's my 45th birthday. Definitely feel old haha. A lot of arthritis lately making sure I know I'm aging not so gracefully haha. Let's see what stitching I did last week...

Monday and Tuesday I spun my acrostic tiny decision wheel.  Unicorn Biscornu by Tiny Modernist. This was from the monthly mix new starts I had planned for the year. Honestly I'm surprised by how SLOW these biscornus move and I'm confused. Is it the 18ct Aida? Is it the pattern? So weird. Oh well. I'm glad they are started but honestly they are a pain to stitch haha. I will mix them into my WIPs and make progress no matter how SLOW they go haha. I had the goal of 200 for my acrostic list. Monday I added 163 and Tuesday added 144. This one I decided to start with the back panel so I got to stitch some pretty pastel flowers and a diamond...

18ct Vintage Country Mocha with the suggested DMC. 

Wednesday was another new start. Every Wednesday in May. Wohoo. This time the wheel picked Gathering Berries by Luminous Fiber Arts and I was so excited to start this one. My first Luminous Fiber Arts pattern. Definitely not my last! 32ct Vintage Country Mocha (Yes I love this color if you haven't noticed haha). The thread is a Classic Colorworks Belle Soie called Cranberry and it's SOOOO soft. I added 536 stitches...

I really enjoyed this one a lot as you can see. It will be back out soon I bet. But more acrostics to mark off in my Mega May stitching month.

Thursday I spun an OLD Mill Hill. Harvest Wagon. The theme for one was Farmer's Market and I seen this old WIP on my list and thought hey a wagon full of pumpkins screams farmer's market to me. So I sat the goal for 100 stitches. After some research I bought this with mom on a trip to House of Stitches in 2019. Started it for Halloween in 2019. Here is where I was with it...

I started stitching and was loving it. I noticed there wasn't a lot left. I hit the 100 mark and kept going. At dinner I only had 3 symbols left to finish. So I went back to it after dinner. Added a total of 292 I finished it...

So Wohoo a finish to mark off my always growing WIP list haha. I'm going to make a magnet for the fridge but it's cut out and ready.

Friday Jeremiah spun the wheel again and Beer Dragon was picked. Perfect for a weekend. I wanted my 500 monthly goal. Friday I added 370 then Sunday added 141. So I hit 511...

Looking great! Getting close to another column finish. I think there is only one page left for this top row. So happy about the progress I'm finally making on this beauty. 

So far I've stitched 3,392 stitches this month and loving every single one. It's been fun stitching so many different things. The acrostics are definitely fun for me. I'm glad I found these challenge groups.

Today is my birthday so I'm doing a new start today and Wednesday this week. Jeremiah picked Luck of the Irish by Primrose Cottage for today. We haven't spun yet for Wednesday. 

I seen in my email this morning the sweet Faith sent me a birthday GC for 123stitch. So I'll get to go shopping. That's always fun to do haha. 

Quick life update as well. Saturday was my Uncle's Celebration of Life and it was wonderful. He would have loved it. Probably 150 people showed up throughout the day. It was just a laid back celebration in his wood shop. I seen some family I hadn't seen in way too long. They did a full military salute which was beautiful but so many tears were shed. It was a lovely day. He will be missed by many but I smile thinking of the party in Heaven with my mom and their parents. They were happy to see him again I'm sure.

We also had a nice time here at the campground. Bev is doing good. Tired easily but still doing okay. She did need some platelets last week but it went well. So we are just waiting and enjoying time that we are lucky enough to have. Dad came over today. They aren't planting their big field of corn this year so we are making us a small garden and I'm just so excited. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini are definitely going to be planted. It will be so nice to learn dad's techniques because he's great at gardening. I'm sure so thankful.

Anyway I want to get off here and STITCH haha. Thanks for reading my rambling haha.

May 6, 2024

May 6th Monday Update

 Hey readers. Let's see what I worked on last week.

Monday and Tuesday I was finished my goals so I worked on completing Spring Line Up. I put 1,370 into it and had just a little left to do...

So close but too tired to stay up and finish it.

Wednesday was the 1st and the first

Whole life is the upper right one. I'm stitching it on 32ct Lambswool Jobelan with Suggested DMC. I got 560 in for the first day. It goes pretty quickly really...

Thursday I went back to finish up the Spring Line Up hopefully...

After 324 more stitches it was finished up. Here is the info on it...

(13) May 2nd
Spring Line Up
by The Trilogy
Fabric 32ct Lambswool Lugana
Threads Suggested DMC
Started Mar 19th. Took 7 Days.
3,280 Total Stitches
 

Friday I spun from my other Tiny Decisions wheel. This one has all the acrostic's on it. Patriotic Gnome Littles was spun. I had 200 on my goal but figured I would work on it for the weekend. Jeremiah picked Balloon Girl. The bottom left one this time...

I added 522 Friday and then 340 Sunday. Here she is now...

The fabric for these is 32ct Platinum Belfast linen which is funny because it totally doesn't bother me anymore. So funny how I've changed the last few years.

Another April Recap I worked on 14 different projects. Started 3. Finished 1. 3 days of no stitching. So it was definitely a good month. 12,235 total stitches which is my most stitches in a month yet. My needles were on fire. Good job. Must stay that way to stitch all the things haha. 

I've been following Luminous Fiber Arts on social media. She announced a mystery box available on May 2nd...

I love birds! Plus her designs are beautiful. I guess she had a mystery box last year for Halloween and it quickly sold out. So I was ready to go at noon on Thursday and so excited I got one!! It doesn't ship till August which is fine I have more than enough to work on till then haha. It will include two designs and all the stuff to stitch them plus other goodies. I'm so excited to see what's in it. 

We had visitors Saturday and enjoyed the lovely warm temperatures. So no stitching but it was worth it. Then we visited with a few more Sunday. Bev came over. She has been tired but doing well. Her last chemo pill was yesterday so we really hope this round was successful with no complications. Who knows what this week brings though. So we just hope and pray for her daily. This coming Saturday they are doing a celebration of life for my Uncle who died suddenly. My mom's brother. It will be hard but unfortunately nice to see everyone. Mom's side is the type of family that only seems to visit at funerals. Sad. We might get some strong storms this week and I seen a lot of the US is so please be safe everyone.

Love yourself. Smile as often as possible. Hug the people you care about.

Apr 30, 2024

Monthly Goals

 Let's recap my goals for April and have a peek at May.

I met all my April Goals! Wohoo!! All marked off. So happy to report that. Now let's see May's plans...

 

The one group has an acrostic for your birthday month. I decided to go all in and try both with all different picks. That's the top two images. The bottom one to be safe I just picked things that we already picked for the other two. There are probably some other things that will pop in as well haha. So hopefully May is a stitching filled month! If not remember....no stress. Just fun.

Apr 29, 2024

Apr 29th Monday Update

Hello to my readers so few they are haha. Time for a Monday update. WIPocalypse was yesterday but let's talk about details of what I did last week.

Monday -- No stitching time. Computer catch up and Groceries stole the day.

Tuesday -- Worked on Spring Line Up by The Trilogy. I want to finish this by June 1st if I can for a challenge I'm in. But we'll see....no pressure. I added 441...

I just love this one. Every row is exciting and fun to stitch. I will work it in so I can finish it up. I think it's going to come up today and tomorrow too. 

Wednesday -- April 23rd Semi Sane (a Facebook stitching challenge group I really enjoy) released a pop up challenge. In honor of National Book Day we needed to put 300 stitches in a piece by 4pm EST on the 25th that you can relate to a book, whether it shows a book, or the theme or motifs can be related to a book. Right away I knew I had the perfect WIP...

Book Dragon from Paine Free Crafts. So I added 304 and posted at 1:05 EST on the 25th...

Thursday -- After finishing up the stitches for that challenge I worked on the Mermaid Biscornu by Tiny Modernist. It was the last one I needed to finish my acrostic challenges for the month...

Friday -- Jeremiah's 26th birthday!!! I can't believe he is 26! He can't believe it either. He got a new game for his Xbox and we planned to eat out Saturday. So we just relaxed and enjoyed the day. I decided a new start was called to celebrate the day haha. Good excuse huh?

Patriotic Gnome Littles by Waxing Moon Designs. I also have the Christmas set like this. These are just too cute. I seen them at my LNS when I visited in March for the stitch day. I couldn't remember if I had them so I waited to check. Nope I was thinking of the Christmas ones. So I planned to look next time I went to the store. April stitch day the one chart was still sitting there waiting for me. So I grabbed it up. Meant to be if you ask me haha. I bought a piece of 32ct Platinum Belfast (Yep Linen!) to stitch them on. I am doing them individual like pictured but stitching them on the same piece so I don't waste so much fabric. 

Jeremiah picked the middle top one first. He was called Fireworks Gnome. I got 822 added on Friday. He went quickly and was a lot of fun to work on.....like everything right now. I'm so in love with stitching....Saturday we had a fun day so no stitching....Sunday I got back to work on him and added 325 more stitches and finished him...

Just love him so much! Can't wait to stitch the others. I really enjoyed the linen too so funny how our tastes change. 

Saturday we went to a new restaurant that opened beginning of April here in town. They have a food truck that is Viking themed. Jeremiah loves Viking so we checked it out. Still really new but the food was delicious. I hope they can stop open. The Hungry Heathen. We also got haircuts which felt fantastic. I always wait till my hair is driving me nuts haha. Then we came back and picked up Spike. We ran into Marion a larger town about 18 mins away. I ran into hobby lobby (with my eyes closed) Jeremiah wanted some frames...

When we attend the wrestling convention we get all the signatures on the poster we get with our tickets. Luckily they had the perfect frames for like $4 so I grabbed two. One for each year. Now I catch Jeremiah just staring at the awesome signatures. We've had them in a tub so they didn't get ruined. Better to have them displayed! We went to a huge dog park and Spike got to run. Stopped a few other places and came home to watch movies. It was lovely day together. 

Sunday Dad, Bev, and a few others stopped over to visit. She did not have any complications while in the hospital this round. She was released Saturday. Last time it was 4 - 8 days later so my dad is worried sick about what this week will bring. But we are keeping positive that maybe it didn't cause difficulties this time around. Guess we'll wait and see.

I had to stop typing and run out to get the mail....happy mail....

This package sure had a journey. I ordered from a stitching store in Laporte, Indiana on the 18th of April. Supposed to come April 24th. It went from Laporte to Elk Grove, Illinois. Then to Indianapolis, Indiana. Then to Saint Paul, Minnesota?!?! Then it was just in transit for several days so I was really worried it was lost. Then back to Indianapolis. To Kokomo. Finally here today haha. I guess at least it arrived safely. Two planned new May starts so glad it finally showed up. LOL

Okay well have a great week. May is Wednesday and I will have a new start. Every Wednesday in May. Wohoo! I have two other new starts to sneak in sometime. One was a planned new start from my 12 monthly mixed bag I picked. Love yourself. Find lots of reasons to smile.

Apr 28, 2024

April WIPocalypse

It's the last Sunday of the month which means it's time for a WIPocalypse update. What is WIPocalypse? Measi has done this on her blog forever haha. It's a push to finish all our WIPs before the end of the world. I think we hold it off because all our WIPs just can't be finished in time. Especially when I keep starting new ones....Shhh. Anyway I love to use this as an excuse to keep track of what I've worked on since the last check in. Then I can see the progress on my chosen WIPs each month. So let's look back what I've worked on since the last time.

Winter SAL - Stitchonomy -- 2 Days Here it was last time and now...
Spring Line Up - The Trilogy -- 3 Days. Definitely one of many I really enjoy working on. I would like to finish it by June 1st. Last time and this time...
Halloween Potions - Les Petites Croix De Lucie -- 1 Day Only 310 added to this one this month. Too many other WIPs wanted worked on...
 
Dragon Biscornu - Tiny Modernist -- 1 Day
. This was my planned new start for the month. I picked a random 12 before the beginning of the year. One to start each month.
Grow Together - Heaven and Earth Designs -- 1 Day. Before and After...
All American - Primrose Cottage -- 4 Days. This one was definitely calling this month and will be finished soon hopefully...

Autumn Time - New York Dreamer -- 2 Days. Before and After...
Thanks to the Brave - Erica Michaels -- 2 Days. Before and after...
Beer Dragon - Paine Free Crafts -- 2 Days. More progress on this one...
 
Colorful Eagle - Kitty & Me -- 1 Day. Before and After...
Evergreen Gnome - Jim Shore Mill Hill Kit -- 5 Days. I started and finished this cutie...
Book Dragon - Paine Free Crafts -- 2 Days. Start and finish on this one more details tomorrow...
Mermaid Biscornu - Tiny Modernist -- 1 Day. Hit my monthly goal on this one...
I also had a new start yesterday. Come back tomorrow for more information on that.

As you can see I've had a blast on a lot of different projects. I've had 3 days of no stitching. Not bad. Just wait till next month. It will be full of new starts. Here's hoping lots of X's will be added. Can't wait!!!

Measi also gives us a fun question to answer each month...April 28 – Which designers have you discovered lately?    Oh sooo many. Primrose Cottage and Luminous Fiber Arts to start definitely. I've been enjoying adding to my collection of projects lately. Now to buckle down and play with my stash for a bit. See you tomorrow for a normal Monday update.