Wednesday, February 28, 2007

I have been running around like a chicken with it's head cut off these past few days! We have been looking to purchase a new/used vehicle for me and for the past few weeks it seems like all I have been doing is looking and test driving vehicles. Good news is all my effort has paid off! Today I got the keys to my new/used Windstar mini-van. It is teal green with light grey interior. Best part is the whole family and Girly can ride in it comfortably I love it!

As for my stitching, I finished the 4th page on Woodland Faerie today. I will post a picture tomorrow because it was too late to try and take a picture tonight. Tomorrow I am going to be working on finishing another PIF gift but after that I might work on A Time For Everything a little while.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Package for Me

I was delighted to open my mailbox this evening and found a package waiting for me from Nancy K. for the Winter Wonderland Exchange. She stitched this sweet snowman and finished it into a bag, Her finishing is flawless! The snowman ornament is also very cute! I have to keep an eye on it as Allie has already tried to sneak off with it. Thank you, Nancy, I love it...all of it!

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I had a pretty good finishing day today. I finished the finishing on two of my PIF gifts. Two down and three to go. :) After that I put in a few stitches in Woodland Faerie but not enough for a picture.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Winter Wonderland Exchange

I can finally reveal what I stitched for Cathy B for the Winter Wonderland Exchange on the SBEBB. I stitched this quick snowman and finished it into a little totebag. I think it turned out really cute!

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Today has been a rather good day for me so far! I finished Footprints just a little while ago. I really love how it turned out. :)

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Now that I have one WIP's finished I can focus on my PIF gifts. I have 3 different pieces stitched already. I am just having a hard time deciding on how to finish them. Most of the dilemma is I need to make a desperate run for crafting supplies. Hopefully, I should have an order coming in at my LNS this week and I can do it all in one trip.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

SBQ of the Week

Today's SBQ was suggested by Kathryn and is:

What is the smallest count fabric you have ever used? Did you stitch over one? Conversely, what is the largest count fabric you have ever used?

On Aida fabric the smallest I stitched was 18 count and the largest was 14 count. On linen/evenweave the smallest is 32 count ( which what I normally stitch on) and the largest is 28 count.

I worked on Footprints again today and decided that if I really buckle down and stitch this weekend I just might be able to finish it. :)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Long Line

Yesterday was a long day for me. I had to go and get tags for our vehicles. I had been putting if off for as long as I could because I remember exactly how long the lines are at the DMV. I spent from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm waiting for my number to be called. When I walked in I noticed the number they were on was 67 so I take my number and sit down. That is when I noticed that my number was 27!! That was 60 people ahead of me. My butt fell asleep while sitting that long!

The evening didn't get any better either. I was late getting home that evening and as soon as I pulled in the driveway some of our friends stopped by for a visit. After they left I did work on ATFE but not enough progress to post a picture.

Today I worked on Footprints and I have to say I am pleased with today's progress. :)

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Progress Is Good

After not stitching since last week, it felt good to sit and stitch for a couple of hours. I worked on Footprints today and got some good progress.

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Tomorrow I will be working on A Time For Everything SAL with Becky. Here is a picture of it looks so far. :)

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Back Full Time

I had these big plans for working on Footprints for the February SAT at the Robin's Nest but again things didn't turn out like they were planned. At least this time it was for a good reason. My sweet hubby bought me a new laptop for me and I have been playing around with it and getting it set up. This mean I will be back to blogging full time now! This also means I can actually sit down and read some blogs and comment....which is what I am going to do right now!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

SBQ of the Week

Today's SBQ is:

Do you like to buy "chartpacks" that include charms, buttons, and/or beads or do you prefer to gather all materials yourself?

I often buy the "chartpacks" because it just easier for me to purchase them that way. However, I never buy kits with floss in them. Strange isn't it?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Things didn't start off great for me yesterday when I sat down to work on the ATFE SAL with Becky. Immediately, I realized that I didn't have a few colors with me I needed so I couldn't finish the back stitching and lazy daisies on the Spring scarecrow. That is when I discovered I didn't have the colors for the kitty that is supposed to be next to the birdhouse. Grrr....I KNOW I had all the colors together in the bag. I wonder if my little stitchers at the house robbed me. :) Anyways, I finally decided to start on the frame around the Winter scarecrow.

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We have no big plans for tonight. We are going to stay at the house and try to stay warm! It has been cold here! Mike and I don't exchange gifts with each other so we didn't have to deal with the rush of the Valentine's crowds. Instead we give the kids presents. I don't know if this is normal or not but that is how my parents were with me on Valentine's. The girls each got a pair of fur lined boots and Mac got an outfit plus they all got a chocolate heart from me.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mac!

I actually got a lot of stitching done on Footprints yesterday. You really can't tell in the picture because a lot of it was the satin stitches and back stitching.

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I want to thank everybody for their wonderful comments on Footprints. They really help me stay motivated. :)

Today is Mac's 9th birthday. I always get a little sentimental today because of it. One reason is he is my "baby" our last child. But, the main reason is because both he and I had to go through a lot for him to be here today alive, healthy and completely normal.

He was born 11 weeks early weighing 2 pounds 11 ounces. He was so tiny! My thumb was as wide as his leg! I won't bore you with the details but he had to deal with a lot of problems for the first years of his life. Now, he is 9 years old and hasn't been to the Dr for being sick in at least a year or more. Actually, he has seen the doctor for more accidents than illnesses. LOL!! He is all boy. :)

We aren't doing a big celebration tonight. We are having cake and ice cream with some of the neighbor kids. Mac just had to have a '57 Chevy Route 66 birthday cake. We also bought him a new game for his game boy and a new outfit. He was even surprised with the presents this year. He thought I forgot to get his presents because I had them hid good this year. :)

Happy Birthday, Mac!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Busy Weekend

The weekend went by way too fast for me! I spent all day Saturday on the go. I had to pick Mac up from a slumber party, pay bills, do grocery shopping, and go see FIL. I had to get all that done by 5 pm! After that I still had to pick up Allie's friend to spend the night and pick up pizza for dinner. There was no way I was going to find time to cook!

Sunday didn't slow down for me either. I still had to clean the house, finish the laundry and take the girls into town to get a birthday present for Mac. I didn't get to relax until after 8pm each night! Which means I didn't get a lot of stitching done this weekend.

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I worked on the border on Footprints. I have about 35 actual stitches left to do on the border and the back stitching. Then I will have all the wording to do which is ALL one over one!

Friday, February 09, 2007

5 Things About Me

5 Things about me that I haven't blogged about:

1. I am "allergic" to the sun. If I stay outside too long I break out in hives or end up with a sunburn with hives. Believe me it isn't fun!

2. I have had my ears pierced 4 times and my cartilage once. I don't wear earrings in them all now, only the first piercings and my cartilage piercings occasionally.

3. I have one tattoo on my shoulder blade. It is a unicorn.

4. I prefer a baths over a showers.

5.I don't like to go barefoot anywhere, even in the house. I always have shoes, slippers, or socks on my feet.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

SBQ of the Week

Today's SBQ was suggested by Danielle and is:

Have you ever been to a stitching retreat?

A retreat, isn't that something like a vacation? :) Sadly, I must admit that I haven't been to one.

I didn't get a lot of stitching done last night. I did finish another stitched piece for my PIF. I have decided that I am going to stitch all the pieces first and then I will finish each of them. So far I have 2 out of the 5 pieces stitched and I have started on the 3 rd piece.

I still have one spot left open on my PIF list if anyone would like it just let me know. :)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Strange Weather

It was a beautiful day here yesterday! The temperature reached 65 degrees! It is hard to believe that a week ago it was below freezing and snowing. All the snow and ice we got has now melted which means there is mud everywhere you step. When Mac got home from school he found out exactly how muddy it is outside. He was walking up the drive from the bus when he stepped into some mud and he literally sank up to his knees! I didn't actually see it happen but when he came into the house he was covered head to toe in mud including his backpack. LOL I guess his shoe got stuck and he tried to yank his leg up and ended up falling over sideways into the mud.

I worked on A Time for Everything Sal with Becky yesterday but I didn't get a lot accomplished. I finished the back stitching and started on the lazy daises. I had put in about 30 of them when I realized I had used the wrong color of green! After frogging them out I just wasn't in the mood to work on it anymore.

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I ended up working on Footprints for the rest of the afternoon. I ran out of a few colors so I have to wait to finish the border.

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Here is a progress pic of Dani, the Stitching Dragon from Dragon Dreams. I had to put her aside for a bit since I have to order some threads for it. I really like how it looks so far! :)

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

February Goals

I haven't listed my goals in a long time mainly because I hadn't found my stitching groove since moving. I think I have finally found it and have been doing pretty good so here is what I would like to accomplish this month.

1. Work on Woodland Faerie
2. Work on Footprints
3. Work on A Time For Everything SAL with Becky
4. Mail off Winter Wonderland Exchange for the SBEBB

It not much but I really want to finish one large project because I am really itching to start a new project.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Stitching and More Stitching

I had a wonderful time visiting with Renee while she was here. We had all these plans of going stash shopping but mother nature had other plans! Wednesday we had a pretty good snow storm. The kids were let out of school early on Wed. and didn't have school for the next 2 days. We did manage to visit my LNS before the storm so we did get to a little stash shopping. :)

Since it was cold and snowy we were able to do a fair amount of stitching. I worked on ATFE and finished the spring scarecrow and started the back stitching.

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My main focus of the week was Footprints. I stitched the lower border and I am hoping to completely finish the border this week sometime. Sorry the scan is crooked. The fabric kept slipping when I would close the lid so I finally gave up!

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I did also started stitching Dani, the Stitching Dragon last week but I had to set it aside since I have to order some silk floss. I will try and remember to bring it with tomorrow to post a picture.

During all that stitching I showed Allie how to stitch on linen. I was astonished at how quickly she picked it up! She stitched a small design up in a single night. Now I really have to keep my stash under lock and! Krissy even picked up a project and started working on it and so far she hasn't gotten frustrated with it.