Mar 15, 2018

March Gifted Gorgeousness

It's the 15th which means it's time for a Gifted Gorgeousness update. Jo setup this fun blog SAL. The purpose is to share things we are either stitching for gifts to others or things we have received as gifts.

Since the last check in I've worked on a piece that my sweet hubby gave me...
This is You are Loved by Hinzeit. My hubby gave it to me for Christmas this past year. Here I was for the January check in...
I got two more days put into it and here is where I am now...

Mar 5, 2018

Monday Update

Hey look a Monday update on Monday what a new concept haha. This week is already a million times better than last week and it's only the start. I got more done today than all of last week.  Sometimes life can just throw us everything can't it? Hey it's a new week. We can do this!

I put 2 days of stitching last week into my You are Loved Hinzeit piece. I figured I would just wait and show you an update for the Gifted Gorgeousness update on the 15th so hang in there for that. I have something better to post about right now...

Saturday Fred and me had errands to run. We went down to my dad's to do some final measurements at our family campground. Then we went and put our down payment on our cabin for the campground. Now they will complete the work on it and it will be delivered when we have the spot prepared. We can't wait! We've loved camping at the family campground but in a tent you have to worry about it being too cold, too hot, and all the rain and storms we can sometimes get. This coming season we will be spoiled rotten in comfort. It's going to be a 12 foot x 24 foot room basically and we will have heat and AC. Perfect. We are also going to build a covered porch so we will have outside setting too. I will have photos to share later don't worry. Right now it's just the start of the plans and we are really really excited to have our little home away from home.

On the way back home my hubby took me to my LNS so I could pick up Hold on to Hope. Here she is...
 As you can see we picked out a silver shiny type frame. We thought that would help her be the focus and show off the sparkle in the fabric. I just LOVE having her hanging on the wall finally!! They did a perfect job on her. I also figured while I was there I would find a little piece to do for the upcoming Easter blog hop. I found two I liked and I asked my hubby to pick which one he liked the best. He said Why don't you get both? (I'm so lucky to have my awesome hubby!) So I got two small Lizzie Kate's to do. I started one Saturday night after getting home and pulling the threads. I was able to get the first one finished up last night...
(Finish #9) March 4th, 2018
Hop Squared from Lizzie Kate
Stitched on 28ct Cream Lugana
Threads are Suggested DMC
Started Mar 3rd. Took 2 Days

It was a fun fast stitch. The other one I got was called Basket...
I will be starting it soon. I'm thinking of finishing them as cubes. I know I said I wouldn't be starting lots of new things this year. I blame Jo for hosting the fun blog hops. I just felt like a fun new piece would be best to share for the blog hop. Don't you think? So don't be too mad at me please.

Today is my hubby's 40th bday. We have fun plans this coming weekend so I'm doing the best I can to have a good week and be ready to celebrate the weekend away in his honor. I hope everyone reading this has a great week too. Maybe I'll be back soon with another Lizzie Kate finish. Now to just finish finish them before the blog hop on Good Friday.

Mar 2, 2018

Fun Mail and Weekend Update

As with most of us in the blog world I just love reading other blogs and getting to know the people behind those blogs. I've been so lucky to have met some great friends because of blogging. Yesterday I got a piece of happy mail...
This beautiful postcard was made by Hand Stitched Treasure  Renee. I have enjoyed watching her progress on not only beautiful stitching but amazing crazy quilt block pieces like the one on the postcard. She had this awesome postcard made from a beautiful embellished block that she made. I'm always in awe of the fun stitches she uses to make into artwork. Thank you Renee it was sure fun to receive something in the mail from you.

Now I figured I should tell you about last weekend since this weekend is almost here haha. Sorry it's been a crazy week for our household. Can't believe it's Friday already. Yet the week has felt like a month long in places. I'm sure you all know what that feels like.

We have friends that have become family. Their son has became Jeremiah's best friend through the years. They play Xbox together online almost every day. He was turning 16 and we weren't going to let that go by without a celebration. So I gathered several other close friends, some family, and we planned a hotel party for him. Fred was able to take the day off work Friday even to extend our trip. We decided to take mom along with us so she could have some fun too. It was her first time out other than a grocery trip since her stroke. We had a blast!! They live in Michigan City (Northwest corner of Indiana pretty much). Laporte is about 20 mins from there. That's where House of Stitches is located. It is not only a wonderful online shop but an amazing in person shop too. So I always try to take a detour and accidentally visit the store when in the area haha. Here is my stash haul...
I love getting fabric from that store because they have an amazing variety. I got a beautiful piece of Bewitched for the Frosted Pumpkin Halloween Sampler. The brownish piece is called Meadowlark it's for the Christmas Celebration from Frosted Pumpkin. I like the gingerbread type of color for it. The blue on the left is called Light Blue and is for 3 Durene Jones Christmas ornaments. The lighter blue on the right is called Misty Rain and is for the Myrtle Beach postcard design from Erica Michaels. The Mill Hill kits caught mom's eye because she loves all things ocean so they got added to my basket. Two new needle packs for my smoking needles when I do stitch haha. It was a nice trip. I would have bought a ton more but I was trying to be good haha. I did keep saying I needed to go back soon though.

It ended up being a great weekend indeed. We had fun swimming and relaxing. Talking and laughing. We all had a blast and we had so much fun visiting. On the way home we stopped at Lake Michigan. You can't see land on the other side so we joke about it's just like going to the ocean only a lot closer. Plus there was a lighthouse for mom to admire.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. We have some plans tomorrow but Sunday will be filled with stitching I hope.

Feb 28, 2018

Feb WIPocalypse

Today is time for a WIPocalypse check in. The point of this fun blog SAL is to stitch all our projects before the end of the world. (Yeah right!) You can stop over to this post to see what everyone has been working on this past month. I like using this as an excuse to keep track of what I've been working on and how many days on each project. So let's see what I've been up to...

HAED Hold on to Hope -- 2 Days of work and she was FINISHED!! Here she was for the Feb check in...
Here she is now finished...
Durene Jones Calendar -- 3 Days. Started and finished up the Feb design. I'm doing these each month for the Smalls SAL. Here it is all finished up and on display already...
Spring Bell Pull -- 3 Days. I picked this one up again. Hadn't worked on it since Sept 24, 2017. Here is where I was before...
After the 3 days this time I finished up the I block and started the N block...
July Snapshot -- 6 Days. I started and finished up this monthly snapshot...
Wish Upon a Starfish -- 2 Days. I hadn't worked on this one since Nov 29, 2015! Here it was before...
Here it is now...

I have had a lot of missed days in this span. 15 no stitching days. Plans and some stress have kept me busy. Still when I do stitch I seem to make a lot of progress. So at least that helps balance it out.

We also get questions of the month. This month's question is: Gadgets!  Show us your favorite stitching gadgets! My only real stitching gadgets are like most people. I use a Q-Snap with a Q-Snap huggy to hold the extra fabric. I also LOVE my magnet board that sits beside my stitching area to hold my patterns while I stitch. The magnet board is held up by a floor stand that was given to me from another stitcher. It keeps my magnet board the perfect height and right where I need it to be. That's the only real gadgets I use.

I know I said I would be back to tell you about my weekend in my last post. I will be back. I wanted to get this post done and then I have blogs to go read. Maybe I'll even be able to pick up my stitching this evening. I haven't picked it up since Thursday. So hang in there. I'll be back...I promise....sometime haha.

Feb 25, 2018

Feb Smalls SAL

I went out of town for the weekend but Friday was the last Friday of the month. So it's time for a Smalls SAL Check in. I picked a calendar from Durene Jones to do this year as a monthly stitch for this SAL. Here is a reminder of what they all look like...
Here is January again...
Now here is my Feb all finished up and on display in January's place...
Feb took me 3 days. I started it Feb 4th and finished it on the 6th. I'm nervous about March because I will need to modify the design. Since Mother's Day isn't in March here in the states. Hopefully I can figure something out. See ya in next check in for March to see if I pulled it off.

I will be back tomorrow to tell you about my weekend.

Feb 22, 2018

Winners and Progress

It's time to announce the winners for the giveaway I hosted on the 15th for Gifted Gorgeousness. Chart Number 1 was...
I had 5 people enter their names for this one. Mom picked the winner and picked...

Chart Number 2 was...
I had 3 people enter their names for this one. Jeremiah picked the winner and picked...
Maggee from Stitching Devotee

Congrats Ladies!! Plus Thanks for all who joined in.

After the July finish in the last post I went to my WIP totes and out popped this old WIP...
Wish Upon a Starfish from Designs by Lisa. I started it for the Crazy January Challenge in 2015. The last time I worked on it was Nov 29, 2015. Just a bit ago. So it was time to break it back out. Here is where I was with it before after 3 days of progress on it...
Here it is today after two more days on it...
I worked across the top to reach the right edge and then started filling in my way back. I'll get some time tonight and maybe Sunday night but....we have fun plans with friends and family this weekend. I also get to stop at my favorite not so LNS tomorrow on the way. Have a great weekend!

Feb 20, 2018

July Snapshot Finish

(Finish # 8) February 20th, 2018
July Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs
Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Evenweave
Threads are Suggested DMC
Started Feb 14th. Took me 6 Days.

July is finished and marked off the list. Now only 3 left to finish of this series. I admit I will miss them. But like we all know I have more than enough other stuff to be working on haha. I haven't decided what will jump on my Q-Snap now.

Don't forget I'm hosting a drawing here. So if you haven't already go there and sign up. Jeremiah will be picking names on Thursday.

Feb 19, 2018

Monday after IHSW Update

Here is my progress after IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend). I have 4 days into the July Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs now. Friday I finished up the first block and got the outlines done on the other blocks. Saturday I didn't get stitching time (stay tuned to find out why). Sunday I finished up the 2nd block and started the last one.

Saturday my sweet hubby helped me run some errands. For those who don't know...I don't drive. I just hate it and I'm not very good at it. Plus with mom not driving yet my dear hubby has been helping a lot. So he took me to my LNS here in our town. They have fantastic framing at wonderful prices. So I delivered Hold on to Hope to be framed. Now to wait impatiently for it to be done haha. Of course I couldn't leave the store empty handed. Since Lizzie Kate announced her retirement I decided I better get the pieces of hers I wanted while I could find them...
I got the Flip It's, Flip It's Bits, and the Flip It's Charms. (I think that's what they are called). I saw some other things but I get to go to my favorite LNS this Friday (House of Stitches in Laporte Indiana) so I figured I would spread the love a bit. We had some other stops to make and ate a delicious lunch at a new to us restaurant. We really enjoyed our time together. When we got home we decided to make it a movie night and watched two movies on Netflix. We watched Cloverfield Paradox and The Ritual. Cloverfield was very good and told the story of where the monster came from in the first Cloverfield movie. The Ritual was spooky. It was about these 4 guys that went hiking and got attacked by a monster type thing. It was scary and definitely made me not want to hike or camp for a bit haha.

We have been deep cleaning/emptying out junk we don't need. We have a catch all room that we had sit several boxes in when we moved into this house (10 years ago). Mom and me started the work but several boxes had Fred and me wrote on it so Sunday we decided to look through the boxes. Wow what a dork to keep the stuff we did when we moved. It should have been trash then. Now instead it has taken up space in this home for 10 years. I even had a box with toilet paper and wash clothes in it. No wonder I couldn't find our wash clothes haha. LOL So we loaded up the truck full of trash and 8 bags to go to goodwill. Feels good to get rid of stuff. Even though it was IHSW and not what I wanted to be doing haha. So that explain why I didn't get more stitching done. You have to do what you have to do when you have time to do it right?

Now we have a 4 day week because we have fun out of town plans with friends this coming weekend. So let's get this week over already. Have a great one!!

Feb 16, 2018

February IHSW

It's the 3rd full weekend of the month which means it's IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend). Warn the family, order in food, grab your stitching, and get busy. Monday there will be a check in post to show how much progress you have made over the weekend.

I was going to work on the Under the Sea SAL this weekend but I got pulled away by the July Snapshot...
I started it Wednesday and got a little bit of progress Wed and Thu...
It is still demanding my attention so I promised it I would keep it out this weekend for IHSW. We have some plans this weekend but I will squeeze in stitching when I can of course. One of the plans is to take Hold on to Hope to my LNS to be framed. See ya Monday with progress hopefully. Have a great weekend!

Feb 15, 2018

February Gifted Gorgeousness and Giveaways

It's the 15th of the month which means it's time for another Gifted Gorgeousness update. The idea of this fun blogworld check in is to post about things we either received as gifts or are giving to someone else. What a fun thing to share about. Go here to find the February post with all the lovelies people will share about today.

Let's see. I'm extremely lucky and have a family that supports my addiction oh I mean hobby so almost every piece I work on can be called a gift. So I only talk about the major ones instead. Since the last check in I finished a major gift...
In August 2012 I became friends with another blogger who loved HAEDs as much as me. Lesli from Fabulous Frogger. She sent me the Hold on to Hope pattern as a RAK when she seen it on my wishlist. I was so surprised and so thankful. Unfortunately it appears she has stopped blogging in Feb 2013. I wish she had a way of knowing I finished her up finally.

This past December I went through all my stash and made a pile of things I didn't want any more. So this year I'm hoping to spread the love and host giveaways throughout the year. What better excuse then Gifted Gorgeousness to continue the love right? Here are this month's giveaways...

Number 1:
I stitched this one in 2014 so the dog button is no longer included. But it would be easy to find any cute button or charm to fill the spot where he goes. You will receive the leaflet only.

Number 2:
I never stitched this one up. Nothing included though just the leaflet.

To enter please comment on this post. Please be clear which number you are interested in. I'm fine with you putting your name into the drawing for both if you are interested in both. Jeremiah will pick the name of the winners on Thursday the 22nd to give everyone a week to enter. If you are a no-reply blogger please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win.

Thank you for stopping by.

Feb 14, 2018

Follow up Secret Stitching Sweetheart Post

I wanted to pop back after the blog hop and share with you the results of the blog hop in the previous post. First off let's see who stitched that beautiful heart I displayed...

Hi!!!!!! I AM YOUR SECRET STITCHING SWEETHEART!!!!!! This stitched heart is made especially for you, my friend!!!!!! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!

You can go to this link to see her blog post...

What a beauty. Thanks for sharing Mia. I have enjoyed hopping around through the blog hop. I found my piece on display at this blog...
You can go there to see it or you can see it right here...
(Finish #5) I finished it on January 25th, 2018
L-O-V-E the 2017 Freebie from Hands on Design
Stitched up for the Valentine Blog Hop 2018
Stitched on 20ct Lilac Lugana
Threads are DMC 335, 371, 552
Started Jan 24th. Took 2 Days.

I stitched up the 2017 L-O-V-E freebie from Hands on Designs for this blog hop. It was a fun fast stitch. As I said above I used 3 different DMC. I did the biscornu type pillow finish because again no sewing machine is involved haha.  

Yet another fantastic blog hop hosted by Jo. Be back tomorrow for a Gifted Gorgeousness post and another fun giveaway that I hope people will join in on.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

Image Found on Bing Images: Valentine's Dragon by Tenshiryuu on DeviantArt

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! Today the lovely Jo has decided to host one of her wonderful blog hops. Go to this website... to join in the fun. The point of this blog hop is to share a piece of love with Jo. We emailed a love themed piece to Jo and she emailed the picture to another participant. You hop through the blog hop participants to find the piece you stitched. It's always fun to see what neat things people have created and share the love of our hobby together. I used this opportunity to make a new cutie to display on my shelf this time of  year. See if you can find it.

Here is the beauty I am lucky enough to share with the hoppers who have hopped here and my regular readers...
What a cute piece! I can't wait to hear from the person who made it and the story behind it. Stay tuned to find out who stitched it and what I stitched myself. Hope everyone reading this has a very love filled day.

Feb 12, 2018

Monday Update

The Spring Bell Pull won my attention for 3 days after my February Calendar finish in the last post. I finished up the I block Wednesday...
 The I block took 9 days to do. After that I got two days into the N block...
Boy doesn't look like much for 2 days but this is a typical Stoney Creek with a ton of color changes. Sure makes the end result pretty though. Here is the whole Spring Bell Pull after 35 days of work now...
Saturday morning hubby and I went up to Lansing, MI. It is 2 hours north of us. The weather was horrible. We had snow and ice the whole weekend but we had a great time. One place we drove through had over a foot of snow! But we made it there and home safely. What made us go to Lansing.... We attended a geocaching Winter Social. This time of year it's nice to have an excuse to get out and we did just that. There were probably 50-70 people in attendance. It was a nice event. Unfortunately several of our friends couldn't make it because of the weather. So it was a little odd walking into the room and only knowing one person. But I decided to have fun anyway so I started up a conversation with a nice couple and we had a great time getting to know them. The social had a lovely catered meal that was very delicious. They also had a silent auction. I'm pretty sure this was my first time participating in a silent auction and more than likely my last. It was so stressful. I decided to bid on a few things and then kept getting outbid. So I was pouting and told hubby I really want that stuff. So it was now my life goal to win them no matter how much I had to pay haha. It was fun but I don't think I should do them very often. I made myself a nervous wreck up until it was over and I had won the items I wanted haha.

Look what I got though...
This beautiful fleece camping themed blanket (it's folding in half by the way). The border is crocheted too and adds so much to it. So beautiful and well done. We also got a few other things but the blanket was my big win. It will look adorable in our cabin.

We had another friend join us after the event. We told him he was demanded to join us and he did haha. We had a room at a hotel close by and so did the friend we ran into at the social. So we made a fun evening together. We walked to a nearby restaurant and had a fantastic dinner. Afterward we gathered in our hotel room which had a living room area and watched movies together. It was a very nice relaxing weekend and a great way to reboot ourselves. Jeremiah took great care of mom while I was gone. She is really doing well. So they took care of each other really. We were glad to be home safe and sound. The weather couldn't ruin our fun.

Now it's time for a new week. I hope everyone reads this has a great one. It's going to be a busy blog week. Wednesday is a Valentine blog hop. Thursday is Gifted Gorgeousness. This weekend is IHSW.  So I'll be back soon.

Feb 7, 2018

February Finish

(Finish #7) February 6th, 2018
February from Durene Jones Calendar
Freebie available on her FB Group
Stitched on 14ct Ecru Aida
Threads are suggested DMC
Started Feb 4th. Took 3 Days. 
Last night I finished up the February pillow from Durene Jones. Plus it's another finished finish...Wohoo! This makes my 7th finish for the year and 4 are finished finishes. I haven't decided what is screaming loudest yet in my WIP totes. I think I keep hearing the Spring Bell Pull. We'll see though. We all know how it is. When you get closer to your WIPs one might reach out and grab you.

Feb 5, 2018

Huge Celebration!!!

My end of January and beginning of Feb has not went well at all. I swear everything that could go wrong went wrong (well within reason now that I'm thinking about whining about it). So hang on a few minutes while I complain before the celebration part of this post. Mom's dish receiver went out right after mine. It was an "easy" fix though. A hard drive failure so I called to get a new receiver. I was told this and that and thought it would be fixed after we installed the new receiver. Got the new receiver and it wasn't what they said they were going to send. I wanted the newer version like I had just got in my side of our house. Called and got more this and that and realized it all just what had to be lies. Now if you want to upset me lie to me. Like everyone I think...that really bothers me. Fine. I'll deal with it. Next day we hooked it up. Guess what?? The new receiver had a major part of it that was broke. Yep phone call... new lies. We had to wait 2 days for a technician to come out. Poor guy. I was worried when he got here because he was just out of classes. A newbie. But he listened and heard what I was saying which was a lot more then he even knew haha. Together (mostly thanks to me) we fixed the issue. Lots of other stress was going on and I swear there were several days I just stared aimlessly at the TV in hopes it would make me feel better. I only stitched 2 days since my last post. So Hope was not feeling very hopeful to get finished off. Friday I finally said Come on Katie....Kick this depression and get busy. I only had 337 stitches left...


Guess What?!?

She's Finished!!!!!
(Finish #6) February 2nd, 2018
Hold on to Hope from Heaven and Earth Designs
Artwork by Selina Fenech
31,276 Total Stitches 9 Pages
Stitched on 28ct Evenweave 1 Thread over 1 Complete X
Threads are 90 Different DMC as Suggested
Started on August 17th, 2012. Took 102 Days. 
Another one of my focus pieces for the year marked off. I was trying to explain to my husband last night. Yeah I'm excited but I'm kind of sad too. I will miss her. I've worked on her so long. But I have several other HAEDs to fill the void. She deserves to be on the wall on display. So the celebration is on!!! What a journey she has had. Now soon I will get her to my LNS and get her framed. 

Saturday my hubby and I took a drive to where we are getting our cabin from this spring for the campground. It was a fantastic time and hubby and me had 4 hours of driving to talk about all the issues that have been going on. I have to take better care of myself and only worry about things I can control. I know that's easy to type but I've been trying hard and already feel a lot better. It's not worth stressing myself over every little thing. Some things we really can't control and just have to breath our way through it. I'm not a good person when I let it get me down. Who is?

Yesterday hubby had a Ham radio event so I settled in for a nice relaxing stitching day. I started the next Durene Jones Calendar piece. Here is February after the first day...
Definitely a stitching filled day indeed. It felt great. Today I'm ready to start a new week. I hope everyone reading this has a great week too. Remember to love yourself and treat yourself with the respect you deserve. Big Hugs to All!