Jul 16, 2018

July Gifted Gorgeousness/Monday Update/Cabin Update

Sunday was time for a gifted gorgeousness update. This fun blog SAL is hosted by the wonderful Jo. The idea for this fun SAL is to post things we are either stitching for others or things we have received from others. Stop over to this post to see what everyone has been sharing this time.

My readers know my stitching time has been few and far between. I did get to pull out a Christmas gift that I received in 2016 for Christmas since the last check in...
 
My mom got this beautiful chart for me. It fits our home decor perfect. It was wonderful to work on it again. It will be back out soon hopefully. Just need to get July done...

Over the 4th of July during our long holiday stay at the cabin I started the Durene Jones July piece. Last week I got 3 more days of work into it. Here it is now...
This past weekend we were back to the cabin of course. We started working on the roof for the porch...
 
We have a little more details to do and then we can add the metal to the top. Hopefully this coming weekend. It was a LOT of work but it will be so worth it to sit out there in the shade or out of the rain and stitch soon. Every little bit just makes it better and better. Our happy place indeed! 4 more sleepies till we can get back down there. Can't wait! Is it Friday yet??

Hope everyone reading this has a great week. I heard the heat might finally stop here in Indiana. Boy we need it. Our poor yard crunches when we walk on it.

Jul 9, 2018

Monday Cabin Update

Wow. What a week! We went down to our cabin Tuesday evening and had a lot of goals of what we wanted done before we came back home. We met all our goals and then some. The inside is complete other than decorations now! I'm so excited. Here are some pictures...

Before all the work guess what I finally had time for...
First stitching done in the new cabin! I started working on the July Durene Jones piece. I didn't make much progress. Just started on the border but still it was stitching done in my new happy place.

Now to the work part...
Wednesday and Thursday my Uncle worked on getting the inside trim finished up. We also went shopping Thursday to get our carpet, padding, and other things. Friday we emptied everything out of our cabin. We joked about feeling like we got evicted. What a process to unload everything.
In this picture you can see we got the padding and the carpet down! Jeremiah was very excited. He can finally go everywhere he wants without having to move the pads we had laid around. So he proved it by rolling back and forth a million times on the carpet haha.
When we were in town I had the idea to look for a cabinet. I wanted one with lots of shelves, doors, and about 4 foot wide. We found the perfect size and luckily it was on sale for $100 off! The last one they had even. So we grabbed it up. Here is Jeremiah helping Fred. He was in charge of sorting everything and handing it to Fred. It was like a big Lego kit haha.
Here is the finished product and also the curtain that closed off the potty area. We have a nice portable toilet and now Jeremiah has privacy if others are in visiting. The little fire place under the window is an electric heater. It also has a setting where you can leave the heat off and turn on the fire so it looks like a real fire place. We use it as a night light and it's just beautiful to watch at night.
We got our fridge setup where we wanted it and loaded. Boy it holds a lot! It even has freezer space for ice cream! The desk my step mother had from an auction that cost her $15. She didn't need it any more and said I could have it. It fits perfect!
My mom had an extra TV since she got a new one and it fit perfect on our dresser and is a wonderful size perfect for our cabin.
 
We also built our own bed frames. I wanted to have lots of storage under our beds. As you can see our bed is higher so even Jeremiah can be stored under ours haha. We slept wonderful our first night on our real beds instead of our cots that we had been using.

My Grandpa picked on me and asked If I would stop smiling by the end of summer? I said Why would I? Everything is just perfect. I can't help but love every little piece. It was really hard to leave and come home but adulting has to happen. Now to put up my decorations. Get curtains. This coming weekend we are hopefully going to get the roof for the deck done. Just so in love. It's definitely our happy place. Now to just count down the sleepies until we can go back.

Jul 2, 2018

June Smalls SAL and Monday Stitching Update

Friday was a check in for the Smalls SAL and even though our leader Heather has been missing several of us are still stitching along in spirit and hope she is back soon. The idea of this SAL was to stitch something small each month and maybe even finish it. When I started this SAL I thought it would be a good excuse to a do a monthly design to represent each month. I've really enjoyed it. This is my 3rd time participating. I've been doing the Durene Jones Calendar pieces each month this year. Here is June all finished and on display...
Last week I picked up a WIP I had been missing...
Salt Water Taffy from Joan Elliott. Evidently I hadn't worked on it since January 2018 which didn't seem possible. No wonder I heard it screaming for attention. Here it was last time I worked on it...
I got 3 days of stitching on it during the week...
Now I have 17 days total into it. I really missed working on this one. Felt great to pick it up again. I need to remember not to take such a long break next time.

I did pack some stitching to take with me on our extended cabin stay. Hopefully I'll squeeze in some time. I hope everyone in the US has a great 4th of July. 

Monday Cabin Update

Finally time for another cabin update. Remember I told you I heard rumors about the cabin while we were away in Michigan last weekend. Guess what my Dad and Uncle did while we were gone...
 
They got the floor of our deck finished! Plus a ramp so Jeremiah can get his Titan power chair right up and in the cabin if he wants to. We will work on the top together. The deck is just wonderful. No more stepping in and out of the cabin. I can't wait to enjoy sitting on it and listening to the birds and maybe even putting in some X's.

This weekend the weather was a hot hot hot. We even had an extreme heat warning Friday through Sunday which we hardly ever get here. Felt like 110 degrees they said most the weekend. But Friday after Fred got off work we headed down to the cabin anyway. Luckily Dad had stopped over earlier Friday and turned on our AC for us. It was nice and cool by the time we got there.

Oops wait before I talk more about the weekend I have a fun story to tell you about Friday during the day. I heard they were re-issuing the Mini Nintendo. This is a game system I had when I was like 10 years old. They released a mini version with 30 games stored on it. Nintendo put it out before Christmas one year but they only released a few and they sold out instantly all over town. People would buy them to sell online for way over the price it was supposed to be. So frustrating. So I figured there was no way I would be able to get my hand on one this time around either. Friday lunch time I called one of the local game stores and they had one! So we rushed out to get it. I even found the mini SNES which I heard they are going to stop making again soon so to get one while I could...
I had so much fun showing Jeremiah these old games when we got home Friday. What a blast from the past. Somehow we lost 2 hours of time fast haha. So we decided to pack a small TV and took them to the cabin with us. Friday night Fred, Jeremiah, and me laughed and laughed while playing our new/old game systems.

We didn't get a lot done this weekend progress wise. It was just too hot and miserable outside. We were able to get the last two support beams finished though...
If you remember these were just 2x4s and now they are built up and look so much more like log cabin beams. Beautiful! They just took a lot of time. A lot of measuring and cutting. My Uncle explained the rest will go a lot faster. No worries. We are enjoying the process so much.

Saturday afternoon everyone left or had things to do so Fred, Jeremiah and I went out for a delicious Mexican dinner and then to Walmart to stock up on some goodies we needed. We decided to buy a DVD player and Saturday we ended our Saturday night with a movie night.  Another perfect thing to do inside the AC while relaxing in our fantastic cabin. Here are a few other pics from the weekend...
 
 
 
My Dad has several barn cats on the property. One has warmed up to us finally and even came in to visit with us in the evening in the top photo. We think he enjoyed the AC too haha. Following that are a few pictures of us playing the games together. The last picture shows how Jeremiah deals with the heat. Relaxing reading a book. Perfect! The cabin is exceeding our expectations already and it's not even "done" yet. We just enjoy every second we are there. The good thing about this week now is Wednesday is the 4th of July. Fred had the day off work. So he asked about taking off Thursday and Friday too and was approved. So you should be able to guess what we are going to do.....have a 5 night stay at our cabin. Wohoo! We are heading down tomorrow night after he gets off work. We can't wait. We have a stack of DVDs we want to watch and just haven't had time for when we are at home. Hopefully we'll also get some progress in on the cabin if this stupid heat settles down a bit. It's really coming along. Just more perfect every step.

On the way home Sunday we got a flat tire on our truck. Not exactly the end of the weekend we wanted. But my fantastic hubby was able to get us off the interstate safely and to a gas station. He changed the tire quickly in the 94 degree heat and we were back on the road very soon...
 
 

Now I'll go post a stitching update....stay tuned.

Jun 25, 2018

June WIPocalypse

Sunday was time for a WIPocalypse check in. This fun blog SAL has one purpose. For us to finish all our projects before the end of the world. Don't worry this will never happen...by that I mean us finish our projects not the end of the world haha. I like to use this SAL as a reason to keep track of what I've been on out of all my many many WIPs that I have. So let's see what's been going on since my last check in May 29th.

August Snapshot -- 7 Days of Progress. Here it was last check in...
Here it is now all finished up...
Durene Jones June Calendar Piece -- 4 Days of Progress. Started and finished this cutie...
Spring Bell Pull -- Few Hours in One Day of Progress. Here I was last time...
Here it is now...

14 days of no stitching. We've just been busy busy. Getting our cabin ready and also our mini vacation we just took to Michigan. Measi also gives us cool questions to get to know each other a little better.  

Question of the Month – Tell us what you think the ideal stitching retreat would include. I've been to several awesome retreats. I like them all but my ideal retreat would be a lazy retreat. My local group has small retreats where we rent a cabin. We stay in our PJs the whole time. It's perfect. The last few we've had they even changed the rules and the people who own the camp have to cook our food for us. Even better. No cooking. No getting dressed and going in public. Just stitch stitch stitch all night and all day.

See ya next check in. Hope I can get more progress to share.

Monday Update

Another Monday is here. I posted my finish on Wednesday. Thursday we went grocery shopping and we had packing to do so I only got a few stitches into my Spring Bell Pull. Not even worth an update picture. Friday we were off on the road for a mini vacation. We went north 4 hours into Michigan and spent the weekend at Houghton Lake. Our hotel was right on the lake. Here was the beautiful view out our hotel window...
We have friends that live close by. They decided to host a camping event in their yard and several others showed up. We just decided to camp at a hotel instead of a tent this time haha. I think we had about 20 people hanging out over the weekend. It was a horrible rainy weekend but we had a few canopies to sit under so we sat, told stories, and laughed the weekend away. It was great! It was Jeremiah and Mom's first time to really hang out and get to know these people and now they understand why we like them so much. We all met from geocaching. Normally we only get to see one another once a year but our friendships have grown and that just wasn't enough. Now we are finding excuses to get together more often. Like this fun weekend away.

Sunday we took a detour before coming home to the Michigan Fireman Memorial which was very close to where we were staying. Our friend who happens to be a firefighter took us there several years ago and it's beautiful. Since this was Jeremiah's first time in the area we wanted to take him too. He said it was really hard to be there with a firefighter. Here are a few pictures...
 
 
 
 
 
The center memorial has names of fire fighters that have died while on duty. The back walls are to honor fire fighters who have died off duty. Hard to remember this is only for Michigan when you see the amount of names. Our friend unfortunately knows several names on the wall. These guys and girls sure deserve this beautiful memorial. What a job they have. I couldn't do it. As you can see in the background of the bottom picture it was all steps to get up there. Jeremiah said it was really hard work to get up there but totally worth it. He said "Mom they would walk up steps for me." He was hurting by the time we got back to the truck but he was so proud of himself for making it.

I hope everyone has a great week. We are back down to our cabin this weekend. We can't wait!

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.