Mar 20, 2017

Monday Update

Next month there is a fun Easter blog hop that Jo is hosting. I figured this year I would try to actually stitch something seasonal for the blog hops instead of using old photos. What perfect excuse to do a seasonal piece to display in the next years too. So I got to looking through my magazine stash. I fell in love with a few different pieces but one was just screaming Me Me!
It's from the Winter 2015 Issue of Stoney Creek. I just love their magazine! So I dove into my stash again to look for the fabric and threads. I had a perfect cut of 36ct Ivory Evenweave. I also had all the threads on hand. Just meant to be. I decided to change the blue Happy Easter words to a pretty pink hand dyed thread I have had in my stash forever. I think it will look okay. What do you think so far? Here is my two day progress on the piece...
Love it! The pattern gave an option to stitch the eggs instead of using buttons and I plan to do that. When it's finished it will go into the pile that needs to be sewn into a little decorative pillow.

Saturday we finally got time to get down to my family's to visit. We hadn't been down since Christmas. We all got sick. Then seems like we all had surgeries to take care of. Life just kept us apart. But Saturday finally worked out. It was a fantastic visit. Since my dad fell this past winter and ended up getting rotator cuff surgery. They told him it would be a 6 month recovery. He doesn't like to sit still so he's going insane. But he's healing nicely. He has work he wants to get done over at the family campground. So luckily Fred (hubby) loves running a chain saw. So we helped with taking down several trees and cleaning a pathway. Also got two truck loads of wood for the upcoming camping fires. It was a lot of work but felt great to help out. We also got to visit my Grandparents and that was really nice. It was a great laugh filled day.

Sunday morning here at home we took a little bit of time and got the winter decorations all put away in the garage. Now we have that just been robbed look haha. It's Spring today though so time for the snowmen to get some rest. As we all know the year will fly by and they will be back out soon. We've been slowly working on dusting and putting out our normal decorations. Everything is getting put back together.

Well I hope everyone reading this has a fantastic week and accomplishes all they want to accomplish. Our first day of Spring here in Northern Indiana is coming in with lots of thunder and lightning.

Mar 16, 2017

Under the Sea SAL Finish

I figured it was time to get the March Under the Sea SAL section done. Here are the cute fish from this month's release...
The sparkly blue thread is a light effects DMC and it's a pain to work with but I love that sparkle once it's in the fabric. Here is the whole piece now...
I really love how this looks. The completed project at the end of year will be awesome! Now the torture  I mean wait till the next section is released. Wonder what it will be??

March Gifted Gorgeousness

Yesterday was the 15th which means it's time for a Gifted Gorgeousness check in. This wonderful SAL is from the fantastic Jo. The purpose is for the stitching community to share things they are stitching as gifts or have received as gifts. What a beautiful reason to blog.

My main focus for the SAL this year is the Family Crest I'm stitching for my Grandpa. My goal this year is to work on it at least one day every week and so far I've met that challenge and even more with some weeks working on it several days instead. Here is where I was on the Family Crest piece last check in...
I was close to a page finish. Here I am as of this morning...
I finished the page I was working on and started the page above it.

I also have a gift to report receiving. I have seen a few bloggers getting gifts from Bucilla. They are celebrating 150 years of business by sending out some free kits. I have no idea how they get the people they email but suddenly I found an email from them. I was even able to pick out the kit I wanted to receive. So I picked this one and it showed up quickly in the mail...
Now to just find time to stitch it haha. It's awaiting in my stash for now. What a great advertising campaign! I've done a kit from them before. The Dog Wisdom project I completed 2015 was from them. I really enjoyed it so I'm sure this one will be the same. See ya in April with hopefully more progress on the crest.

Mar 13, 2017

Monday Update

Sorry for not posting last week. I had a stressful week. But it's a new week and everything will be okay. I am feeling pretty much healed from my dental surgery. The stitch finally fell out and I'm off my pain pills. So good news there.

Last post I was almost finished with the March Snapshot. I was able to get it finished up Monday evening...
(5th Finish) March 6th, 2017
March Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs
Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Evenweave
Threads are Converted to DMC
Started Mar 3rd. Took 4 Days.
 
Yet another snapshot design I really enjoyed. Our March definitely came in like a lion. We had tornado warnings for the beginning hours of March and now we are under a winter weather advisory today. 3-5 inches of snow possible. It's just beautiful already and it's just started. I see the East Coast is stealing the big snow again. I'm so jealous.

Tuesday I just had to start the I block on the Stoney Creek Sping Bell Pull...
I worked on it for 3 days. Just love that little birdie. Here is the whole piece right now...
I also got some more progress on the Family Crest but I will update on that for the 15th GG post. I hope everyone has a great week.

Mar 6, 2017

Monday Update

Thank you so much for all the thoughts/prayers sent my way. They sure helped. Thursday I went in for my dental surgery. I took a little pill an hour before. It really helped a lot. When we got there I could tell I wanted to panic but I couldn't. I got into the dentist chair and they hooked up the NOS (laughing gas) to help even more. I remember the dentist hooked me up to an IV and the next thing I remember I woke up at home snoring! I'm so thankful. I didn't feel a thing. I was really worried about the pain after and I'm shocked about that too. It didn't hurt near as bad as I was worried. I ended up getting two fillings, 1 tooth pulled, and a deep cleaning. My teeth look fantastic and feel a million times better. Yes there is pressure where I got the fillings and the tooth pulled but the medicine they put me on immediately helps with that. This is the 5th day and I'm down to 3 pain pills a day. Not bad at all. I did end up having to get a stitch where they pulled the tooth. Jeremiah wonders if it's a cross stitch haha. He is picking on me for what I did while loopy. I wasn't allowed to be on any electronics for 24hrs. I guess I really wanted to use my phone. He said I kept asking for it. So one time I showed him my EMPTY hand and said I had my phone. He said I was even scrolling on my palm like I was on Facebook. LOL Of course I luckily don't remember doing that. He's been a fantastic nurse. I know he was really worried about me. We are all glad it's over. It was worth every penny it cost me.

After two days off I was able to pick up my needle again. I couldn't wait to get started on the March Snapshot so that's what I did. Here it is after 3 Days of progress...
I hope everyone has a great week.

Mar 1, 2017

Dental Surgery Moved Up

My dental surgery got rescheduled to tomorrow morning. I'm very nervous but I know it's better to get it started so that way it can be over. Plus I've been in a lot of pain while waiting with this tooth needing out so badly since probably November. Please send any spare thoughts/prayers my way. Thank you. Hopefully I will be back to stitching soon.

Page Finish

So for my followers you know how I've been trying so hard to make good progress on the Elshire Family Crest this year. I'm here to celebrate a page finish!!
This is the 5th page I've finished. It's actually page 7. 2 in the top row done and now 3 in the 2nd row. I will more than likely go up now and do what is actually page 3. So confusing haha. Let's talk about some stats...

Page 1 took me 6 days.
Page 2 took me 6 days.
Page 3 (really page 5) took me 10 days.
Page 4 (really page 6) took me 16 days.
Page 5 (really page 7) took 13 days.

Page 6 (really page 3) looks more like page 2 so hopefully it will be a fast page. Mostly just more of the top banner. Top part of the arm holding the little sword and the top of the farthest right red swirl. I'm so happy to be making good progress but it's sure not going as fast as I would like. I celebrate the 5 pages and then remember there are 20 total!! But at least I have 5 done! So progress is being made.

Feb 27, 2017

February WIPocalypse

It's WIPocalypse time again. Measi started this fun SAL so that we stitch everything we can before the apocalypse hence the name WIPocalypse. Grab those WIPs and get progress in! I use this as a perfect excuse to keep track of what I've worked on and how many days. We also get fun questions to answer. This month's question is...What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch?  Honestly I LOVE learning new fun stitches. I don't do them very often. I've done a few pieces full of them but nothing in a long time by glancing through my photos recently though.

Now let's see what I've been working on since the last check in January 29th.

Salt Water Taffy by Joan Elliott -- 3 Days
I was here on this one last check in...
Here it is now...
I worked on the lighthouse scene part this weekend. I really enjoy this one.

Elshire Family Crest  -- 9 Days
Here it was last check in...
Here it is after the 9 days of progress...
My goal for this year is to work on the crest every week and I've stuck with it so far. Finally making progress!!

Under the Sea SAL by Lakeside Needlecrafts -- 2 Days to finish the February section
Can't wait to see what's next!!

Monthly Snapshots February -- 7 Days to finish this one
Not Lost Pallet Kit -- 1 Day Start to Finish
Mom got me this FUN kit for Christmas. I love how it turned out. Plus it's a finished finish that didn't require sewing haha.

Spring Bell Pull from Stoney Creek Magazine -- 3 Days
I hadn't worked on this one since August. I was flipping through my WIP tubs and just had to work on it again.
I was able to finish the R block up after those 3 days of work...
Now I'm really itching to start the next block on this one! So much I want to be working on.

It's been a really nice stitching filled month again. Only 4 no stitching days. So I'm happy with the progress I made. How about you?

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.