Thursday, May 31, 2007
1. Work on Woodland Faerie. Sadly this one has become a UFO :(
2. Work on Griffin Kitten. Yes! Started and finished!
3. Start on The Brat Nope
4. Find a new design and start for the 4 season SAL on the FGBB. Again, nope.
5. Kit up Fairy Roses. nope, I'm starting to sound like a broken record here!
6. Mail out last 2 PIF gifts. Yes!
7. Buy more stash! Yes! Sort of, I ordered Britty Kitty Stocking from my LNS and should be here early next week, if not sooner.
Okay, I didn't do so hot this month on my goals. But in my defence I did have these finishes this months:
So, all in all, not too bad this month :)
1. Work on Above the Clouds.
2. Work on Geisha.
3. Start on Britty Kitty Stocking.
4. Work on WTF pile...there is a lot there!
5. Must find pattern for the 4 Seasons Sal on FGBB!
I am not setting too many goals for this month as the kids get out of school which means have to find ways to keep them entertained and out of trouble. :)
My stress level should go down immensely now. FIL had annual check up and got a clean bill of health! Pneumonia is gone, heart valves are working good, pacemaker working great, and no signs of reoccurring cancer in his throat. He was even taken off some of his medicines! Phew...major relief:)
I brought Geisha with today just in case we had to wait. Good thing I did, too. His appointment was at 9:00 am but we didn't see the doctor until 11:45 am! So here is what I managed to stitch after I ran out of things to read in the waiting room.
It was a pretty nice day here today so Girly insisted that we go outside and play Frisbee. That is her favorite game and she is pretty good at it too. It amazes me her short legs can run that fast! By the way, that Frisbee is only a few months old. She actually wears them out in about 3-4 months. Try finding a Frisbee in wal mart in the middle of winter!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
How many needles do you use during a project? Have you ever loaded up a needle for every color? Do you use a new needle for every project or recycle your favorite needle?
I only use one needle at a time per project. I have never really thought about using more than one needle because I think it would be hard for me to keep track of the needles. Heck, I am doing good if I can keep track of the one I am using! If I say "Uh-oh" Mike starts to look on the floor for my needle. :)
It is sad to say but I haven't touched my stitching today. I have decided to start another new project. You may remember I started to stitch a design called Geisha by Nanci Rossi but due to events beyond my control the fabric got ruined. (For those of you who are wondering what I am talking about go here.) Anyways, I am going to start her tomorrow. I am stitching her on 28 count white cashel linen.
I am not sure how much I will get to work on her tomorrow. I have to take FIL to the doctor tomorrow for his yearly check up. After that we are going out to have lunch. Meanwhile Mike gets to take Allie to the dentist to have 4 teeth pulled to get ready for her braces to be put on. The actual braces will probably be put on later this summer.
Again, I want to thank everyone for their get well wishes. :) I am feeling better but not quite normal. Most of it is due directly to stress. Between my FIL, Mike, kids, and pets and I honestly don't have any "me" time lately. By "me" time I mean time by myself to do stuff for only me. With summer break coming on it doesn't look like I am going to get it anytime soon either. At least I won't have to get up at 5:45 am until school starts back....yippie!!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I had a very productive day for my stitching. I finished 2 small pieces today AND they were both stitched over one thread. This one is from the 2005 JCS Ornaments called Britty Christmas Kitty. I stitched it on some scrap 32 count fabric and used the recommended WDW threads.
The second one is from Holiday Trimmings II and also stitched on 32 count fabric. I used WDW threads from the Britty Christmas Kitty that I had left over. I will either make these two into an ornament or maybe a scissor fob.
Thank you all for visiting and for the get well wishes.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sorry for such a short post but I'm not feeling to chatty today. I woke up this morning with a touch of the flu. Yuck! I hope everyone one else had a great day!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
This morning I was going to start on making Floral Fantasy into a biscornu when I realized I was one stitch short(48x49) on both the front and back piece. So now I have to make some adjustments and I really didn't feel like attempting it today.
I have decided to start (tomorrow) Above the Clouds by TW. This one was all kitted up so I am going to go ahead and use the Aida fabric that was in it. I will be working on this one on Mondays for the TW SAL on the FGBB. It's a start to getting my rotation back together:)
Have a great night!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I worked on Jeweled Ornament but I ran short on beads. Thanks to my clumsiness! Anyways I have set it aside until I can make a trip to my LNS later next week.
I started and finished the stitching on this piece called Floral Fantasy from Ozark Sampler. I used the DMC colors 99 and 221. I am going to finish this one into a biscornu.
We're not doing much this weekend. Tomorrow we are going to FIL's house and the girls are going to stay the night with him and help him with some cleaning. We are going to do our grilling out with FIL tomorrow so we can hopefully just hang around the house on Monday.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
After I got home, I talked to my mom to find out who had/has it my family. She then calls my grandma to find out and the answer was my mom had problems with it when she was younger. So bad in fact that my grandparents had to put splints on her arms to keep her from scratching herself! Apparently my mom had forgotten all about it until now..lol.
With all that going on today I haven't picked up my needle today. I am not sure if I will work on something tonight or not. I not really in the stitching mood today. I did take a picture of this ornament I started. It is called Jeweled Ornament by Ozark Sampler. It was a freebie I got at my LNS.
I hope everyone had a good night!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
We were at the doctor's office first thing this morning and according to the doctor his lungs sound fine. So he gave him some antibiotics and sent him home. He does have to go back in tomorrow for some blood work to be done. Unfortunately, I won't be with him at that appointment as I have to take Allie and Krissy to the doctor tomorrow.
On to stitching stuff, I finished all the cross stitching on Snowie last night. So this afternoon when I finally got a chance to stitch all I had to do was the back stitching. I think the socks are adorable!
I did start a quick little ornament this afternoon. I should be finished with it tomorrow...that is as long nothing unexpected comes up!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
With all the cleaning and laundry I haven't been able to work on any stitching today but I did work on it a little last night.
I was talking with my mom the other day and she mentioned she really liked the Britty Kitties. She then said the kitty would have to be grey. Don't you just love the way she drops a hint?! I have been thinking about the Britty Kittes stocking for her. If I do, I will have to do another one for my step-dad. Wouldn't want him to feel left out:)
Monday, May 21, 2007
When I made it back to the house a little while ago I went in search of the kitties. I found them in the girls' room aka Black Hole!
As you can guess Zoey has accepted Claudia. :) Last night I caught Zoey giving Claudia a bath. Of course, Claudia really didn't want a bath since she wanted to play but Zoey's maternal instincts took over and made her take it. lol.
I guess I am going to head off and work on Snowie before the kids get home from school. For me this is the best time to stitch when I have the house all to myself! :)
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Another one for the WTF pile. I do know I want some kind of fabric with leaves and autumn colors for the finishing.
Today's SBQ was suggested Juls and is:
If you could only stitch one more piece what would it be and why?
Hmm...that is a terrible thought! I would have to say right now it would be Legends by TW/Dragon Dreams/Black Swan. Why? Because I love dragons:)
Saturday, May 19, 2007
So today I started on Snowie by Twiseted Threads. I got this pattern from Nancy K. in the Winter Wonderland Exchange. It is adorable! I just love this little gal. I should be able to finish her up tomorrow sometime. :)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I made a double sided hanging ornament or at least that is what I call it..lol. I even got brave and made my own cording. I normally buy my cording but I have wanted to try making my own. Overall, I was pleased with the results.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I have to confess that Woodland Faerie is an official UFO for me. I tried to work on her today but soon found myself trying to find reasons to put her away. I realized that I needed to take a break from her when I decided that the kitchen floor needed to be mopped. It wasn't that the floor needed mopped but that I would rather mop the floor than stitch on her! It felt good to put her away in a drawer and not worry about her for awhile.
So what will I work on next? I am not sure...lol. I had fun with the biscornu yesterday so I might work on some small projects for a bit. Just have to see what screams at me:)
Thanks for all your wonderful comments on the biscornu!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
As you can tell I didn't work on Woodland Faerie today. It doesn't take a lot to get me side tracked...lol.
Mac has been on a destructive roll today! This morning while he was getting dressed his closet rod for his clothes fell down. Believe, 6:00 am is not when you want to hear a loud crash! Then this afternoon he fell out of a tree. He got a scratch on his upper arm and a big bruise to the ego. Sometimes I wonder if that boy will make it to 18!
I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments on Griffin Kitten. Even after all this time blogging, I still get a warm fuzzy feeling on each comment.:)
Monday, May 14, 2007
It even gets better. I stitched for about an hour and a half on Woodland Faerie! Sorry not enough progress for a picture yet. This one is my only WIP left to finish. Which means a new start is in the future. :)
Here are the patterns I kitted up and are ready to start.
1. Above the Clouds-TW
2. Cats-Stoney Creek Collection Nov/Dec 1991
3. Millennium Angel-Mirabilia
4. Leaf-Bent Creek
5. Snowie-Twisted Threads
Here are the ones that I could start but still need to get a few items.
1.Dragon of the Summer Sky-Dragon Dreams
2.Mermaid of the Pearls-Mirabilia
3. Moonlight Visit-Sandra Parlow
4. Waiting for Ships-Mirabilia
5. The Brat-Enchanting Lair
6. Legends-TW/Dragon Dreams/Black Swan
So many to choose from and not enough time to stitch them all!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It has been a pretty good day for me. We went and seen FIL this afternoon. The kids and Grandpa cooked a nice lunch for me today. They made roast, potatoes & gravy, corn on the cob, and green beans. Yummy! and the best part was I didn't have to cook or clean up the mess. Tonight Mike is making italian sausage, macaroni and cheese, and a salad. Another Yummy! Yes, I admit I LOVE to eat.
On the kitty side of things, Zoey has decided Claudia isn't so bad to have around. I still have to keep an eye on Zoey because she does get a little too rough sometimes. Girly helps me out because once the kitten cries she is instantly right in Zoey's face barking at her. I find it funny when Zoey cries, Girly doesn't do a thing!
Lastly, I want to wish all the mother's a Happy Mother's Day...enjoy what is left of this day :)
Saturday, May 12, 2007
I just love my new stitching bag. It is very "me". My favorite colors are greens, blues and purples which all of them happen to be present. He is such a sweet man!
Mac gave me 2 toe rings, 3 sets of earrings, and a coupon promising me one month of chores. They had small sale going on at his school and he was so proud to pick them out and buy them all by himself. The girls have volunteered to do all the housework and laundry tomorrow. I feel pretty lucky to be blessed with my kids and husband. :)
Even though I had hoped to do nothing tomorrow it looks like we will be heading over to FIL's place. We will probably make a quick run to the cemetery to visit MIL while we are down there. It sounds bad but i don't like to visit cemeteries, even to visit love ones. I just get really creeped out. I have my Dad to thank for that quirk about me. Once, when I was about 4 years old, we visited my grandfathers grave and I accidentally walked across some one's grave. My Dad then told me that was disrespectful and they might get mad and reach up, grab me, and pull me into the grave. The things that children believe!
Enough of my ramblings :) I hope all mother's have a wonderful day tomorrow.
Happy Mother's Day!
Friday, May 11, 2007
How do you choose a project for an exchange? Do you pick solely on what you know of the taste of the recipient or are there other reasons you pick the piece you do?
I take forever deciding on what to stitch for an exchange! When I look for a pattern to stitch for someone, I start off with solely their tastes in mind but when I find something that the person would like I have to ask myself if this is something I would enjoy stitching. If I can't enjoy stitching the piece I feel like I don't do my best work and I would never want to send someone something that I didn't feel was my best work.
I worked on GK some more today. I know big surprise..lol. I am really hoping to be able to finish it this weekend.
Since it is Mother's Day weekend I am planning on not doing a lot but stitching. I guess you could call it a Mother's Day weekend stitch-a-thon for me:)
Here are the rules:
Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. You need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they have been tagged and to read your blog!
1. I got married when I was 18 and have never regretted getting married at a young age. This June we will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary.
2. In 2001 (Feb. 16 around 1:20pm to be exact!) Mac and I survived a tornado that destroyed our home completely. This is the reason when there is bad weather I am a basket case.
3. I don't go to a gym or exercise regularly. I figure between all the housework, laundry, walking the dog, and chasing after my 3 kids all day long that is enough exercise for me.
4. I'm allergic to wasps and yellow jackets. Not a pretty sight!
5. I have broke my ankle, my wrist, and my tailbone. Thank gosh not all at the same time!
6. I am 32 years old and I am a great-aunt and have been for 12 years! Yikes, I could be a great-great-aunt by the time I am 40!
7. I miss my mom and my brother. They both live in Nebraska so we don't get to see each other very often. The last time my mom, brother, and I were all together was 5 years ago.
I'm tagging Vash, Jennifer, Shannon, Zohrah, Christine D., Renee, and Judith.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Claudia is all kitten! I lose her in the house at least twice a day. There are so many small places for her to curl up in and sleep! Claudia and Girly get along great. Remember the old cartoon with the bulldog and the kitten where the kitten is on the bulldog's back trying to get comfy to sleep? That is the exact picture of my two...except that the bulldog is a black lab/terrier. Zoey still isn't happy about Claudia but we are making progress. She hasn't stalked and pounced on Claudia today. This is a good thing.
Even with all the visits I did squeeze in some time tonight to work on GK. I was trying to finish page 3 tonight but I didn't make it. I am hoping that I can finish it this weekend.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I'll post more later (hopefully) as I have to go and watch the kitties. Zoey has gone from being invisible to wanting to eat Claudia so all eyes are needed on them to prevent bad things!
Sunday, May 06, 2007
As you can see, she seems to be adjusting to her new home pretty quickly. She was running off with her first kill! The lady said she was eating hard food but we discovered last night that wasn't all true. I really didn't figure she would be eating hard food at 6 weeks. We made a quick trip into town and picked up some soft food and since then she had been eating non stop. I was even impressed she made it to the litter box and used it!
Zoey is still peeved about Claudia. She refuses to come out from under Allie's bed unless she is hunger/thirsty or has to use her box. I am completely surprised at Zoey's reaction. My FIL brings his dog to my house and they play together all the time. I know I jokingly say she is more dog than cat but I seriously wonder if she thinks she is a dog!
Eadwine-They way I stitch my pieces are from left to right ( I am compulsive about this) and I try to work with one color and then move onto the next color but at the same time working my way up or down the pattern. I hope this helps you:)
Sorry, no stitching today but never fear there is tomorrow! House is clean and laundry is done so I should be able to get a good part of page 3 done on GF or just maybe I might pick up Woodland Faerie. Don't hold your breath on that one! LOL...I am so terrible I am the moderator of the TW SAL on the FGBB and I can't get motivated to stitch her!! Maybe I should start a new one like Above the Clouds? Sorry, I am just thinking aloud. I get concerned until I start answering myself out loud! :)
Saturday, May 05, 2007
While they were cleaning their rooms I stitched for a little bit on GK today.
Tonight when we were leaving the store I spotted a "Free Kittens" sign. Yep, I didn't leave without a new baby! She is so sweet! She is 6 weeks old.
We were a little worried about Girly and Zoey's reaction to her. Girly is tickled to death with "her baby". She is already very protective of her. Zoey, on the other hand, is quite unhappy with the new kitty. I just hope this transition goes smoothly and quickly!
Friday, May 04, 2007
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
The drive to the dentist is about 50 minutes with good traffic. So, after several "Are we there, yet?" we arrived on time. They took the normal x-rays and concluded what I already knew...the tooth had to come out. I hadn't anticipated them actually pulling it today since it was swollen and tender. I figured they would give him some antibiotics and tell me to bring him back in a week or so. You can imagine my surprise as Dr. L walked in and told me they were pulling it out today! I, myself, don't like going to the dentist. I hate hearing the noises! I had to put on a brave face and hold my son's hand (he wanted Mama and not Dad) and not cringe at the noises. I have to admit my little boy did better than me. As soon as I saw the pliers come out I had to turn and look out the window and then the sound of roots being ripped out of my baby's mouth made ME cringe! Mac then squeezed my hand and told me "Mama, it's okay I didn't feel a thing." Of course, it didn't come out quite that clear since his mouth was numb and that sucky thing was in his mouth. Good news is the other surrounding teeth are fine and a spacer will be put in the tooth's place in a few weeks.
So for a better part of the evening I have been tending to Mac. It took a little longer than usual for it to stop bleeding but it has stopped and the Novocaine wore off. With all the excitement today I didn't get a chance to check my email until a little while ago. I was shocked to learn that Emily Oswald, the designer of Seasons in the Snow, commented my finished piece and thought that I did a good job!! Wow!! Never in my wildest dreams did I think a designer would ever think I did a good job. I just wish I could end every day feeling like this! :)
You probably guessed that with all the ups and downs today I didn't even get to pull out my stitching! I am planning on making it up tomorrow! Of course, I have to do my daily chores of cleaning and laundry and then I can stitch my heart out on Griffin Kitten.
I want to thank everyone who reads/comment son my blog. I am truly appreciative of each and every one of you!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
How many WIPs do you have? How many UFOs do you have? When does a WIP become a UFO?
I have whittled my WIP's pile down to 2 projects, Woodland Faerie and Griffin Kitten. I don't have any UFO's but Woodland Faerie is looking like it might end up there soon. A WIP becomes a UFO for me when I can't get myself motivated to stitch on it but it usually doesn't stay a UFO for long because it bothers me to have a pattern unfinished laying around. Now my WTF pile is a whole different story! LOL
First of all, I want to thank everyone for their comments on Allie's pillow. She is tickled pink that you guys took the time to leave a comment for her. Carol, those aren't her only CPK's! She has a total of 6 different ones!
Now on to stitching news. I worked on Griffin Kitten again today. I got bored with stitching the light colors (677 and ecru) so I started on his feathers. I love the bright colors!
Tomorrow looks like a busy day for me. My FIL had pneumonia a couple weeks ago and thought he was over it but that isn't so. This morning he woke up coughing up blood so he went to the doctor. After some x-rays, the Dr. told him he wanted to admit him but FIL would have none of that. So Dr. comprised with him and gave him some medicine and told him to come back tomorrow. If there isn't any improvement in his x-rays he is going to have to be admitted. I hope that there is improvement because he doesn't do well in hospitals.
I will leave you with this picture of Zoey when she was a kitten.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Currently she is attempting an alphabet sampler.