Sunday, December 31, 2006
Not much to write about. I have not been stitching too much. I have finished one ornament, and am more than half way done with the stitching on another, and yesterday I actually pulled "Dare to Dream" out and put a few stitches in it. But I have been busy reading. I got some new books, and I can't stop reading!Plus it is sorta easier to just sit down with a book rather than to drag out all my stitching stuff, while my busy little nephew runs amuck about the house! So much easier to set a book down rather than trying to gather up threads and things from a stitching project!
I am looking forward to the new year, and being able to spend some time at home, and getting to all my may hobbies!! I will be poor as dirt but able to stitch and read and write and blog, and quilt, and lots of things.
No, it really won't be all that bad! ...I hope! I do know one of my goals for this year (2007) is to loose some weight. I really have a hard time, I like to work out and eat right for awhile but it's the consistancy that is always such a hard thing for me! I will get on a kick where I will work out and do well but then I will take one day off and then two and then before I know it, a week or two has gone by and that's all she wrote! So this year I am definitely going to try to stay consistant. I want to loose 40 pounds. And it really won't be too hard, I loose weight really easily it is just hard for me to keep it off!
I also already have my list of stitching projects ready for the new year, and most of them are huge projects that will take awhile to finish. Which is good since I am unemployed. I need big projects that I won't need to buy much for. So, I am looking forward to this new year ahead, there are changes and exciting things in my new year. I hop everyone else has a great and safe New Year.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
So our transportation issues are taken care of for our ride out there, however, what to do while we are there is a whole nother matter. Once we are there, we won't have a car. So, we may have to rent if we want to go anywhere. I mean, my family is going to do stuff with us, but they have their own lives, going to work (dad) and being a second mother to my nephew(mom) so they are busy running and we won't be able to borrow the car much.(If at all)
So, I am not sure what we will do, Oh well. I guess I will do lots of stitching! I know that is what I plan on doing on the ride there and back, that and sleep. It's funny, when I was younger I loved road trips, I could sit and read and do whatever, for hours and not be interrupted much, but now I get bored on road trips. I don't know why. I try to settle into something, reading, or stitching but can't get comfortable in the confined space, so I just put it all away and stare out the window. And I can't sleep unless I am comfy, so I am thinking about taking Tylenol PM to help make me drowsy enough to knock out. That will help pass the time. I don't know. Anyway. But, I am still very excited about hanging out with my family, and spending the time with them and being there for Christmas, and maybe some down time will be good. Although I will have plenty of down time when I get home, as I will not be working then. I will be living the liesurely life of the unemployed...until I start stressing about the bills and being cooped up in a house all day. I figure that by March I will be ready to join the work force again. If not sooner. We'll see. Anyway, onto our favorite subject: STITCHING!!!
Here is a progress picture of Dare to dream. I am taking this one with me on my trip as well as a few others, which at this point, I am not sure which ones. We shall see. Well, blogger is going to be a pain in the wazoo and won't upload my photo, so I am sorry, no photos. I will try to post later, although I am going to be extremely busy today. I will leave my house at 1 in the afternoon and not be home until 9:30 or later tonight, after work.
1:00- take dog to the pet sitter
2:00- go for last fitting of wedding dress
So, I don't think much stitching will get done today, I will bebusy packing and getting things ready for our trip. But I will have lots of time after today to do plenty...on the bus and at my parent's house, and on the bus ride home and at home when I return during those hours of not working!
Anyway. I gotta get going. Got lots to do. I will probably be able to post while at my parent's house, but not post photo's. So, Will see you at blogger later!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
My hubby's older sister, three girls and hubby came for a short day long visit. They showed up yesterday at 4 in the morning, and then I had to work 10-3:30, after which hubby and I had to run and get some groceries, and then he went to the auto shop on base, where he tried to change our brakes, we got there at 4:30, the garage closes at 6., my inlaws were leaving at 7. So he gets the front two done minimal difficulty, then he starts on the back ones! Not so easy! and hour and half later, and an hour after the garage was supposed to be closed, we finally left without the new brake pads on the back tires. We had broken a tool of the garages which had gotten stuck in our breaks, while getting worked on and my husband looked like he had taken a dunk in a vat of grease! He was stressed because of the time limit, andof course then everything went wrong. Now the breaks are making a weird noise and don't really stop on a dime, at all. after outting the break petal all the way to the floor we still roll to a stop. All this right before we are supposed to be leaving for a 27 hours driving trip to California in two days! We get home finally at 15 minutes after 7 and my in laws had stayed to visit with me a bit and then they were gonna leave they went out to their van to leave and my hubby and her hubby were standing there forever just talkin' away (both military, so lots to talk about!) finally they decide to come back in and stay the night again, and they left this morning at 4. So yesterday I wasn't hardley even home and when I was, I was entertaining guests.
Today though I am off from work, there is no one here and I will probably paly a few hours of my games but for the most part I want to stitch. I have that craving to have a needle and thread in hand again. So, I will probably do that for most the day. I need to do some laundry and clean house a bit too, today so will probably do that also. But today will be a calm day. I think Rob may try to work on the brakes some more or find someone to do them, if they can't be fixed before we leave we may have to rent a car. Right now we are up in the air about the whole thing. So, anyway. Well, I want to show pics of Dare to dream and I will soon, but my house is sorta all in disarray because of having guests here, so soon I will share but not right now. Well, more later.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Well, here is a photo, a crumby one actually, it is crooked and sloppy, but a photo none the less!! For the most part this weekend I worked on the top left part of this picture, the greenery and the gray of a wolf leg. I was on a roll with this one this weekend! And now I am thinking I need to get back to Snow Valley Express, as it has een neglected for a bit now. my stitching time will be cut a bit short today as I have a dentist appointment at 2:00 today to get my teeth cleaned, and Then I will probably have to go straight to work right after that. But, I only have a week and a day until I will not have to go to work anymore. I will be leaving to spend the holidays (3 weeks!) with my family in California, and then when I get home I get to start looking for a new job. So, I am anticipating lots of stitching time in there, while looking for a job! I am hoping to be able to find something by February. But if we can financially swing it I may not work at all. The other idea I am thinking about, and don't laugh, is a paper route. I saw in the ads, that they are looking for routers, and the pay is about the same as what I make at Sam's in a month. That would be awesome if I could get up early, and get my two or three hours in and be done for the day before the rest of the world even wakes up, and have the rest of the day to myself. I think that would be very fitting for me. Plus it would allow me more time with my hubby in the evenings, as right now I start work when he gets off work, so we totally miss each other, and I work most weekends when he is home, and so we don't get to spend much time together unless I have the day off. I am nervous but excited at the prospect of being unemployed. Well, I am off to stitch, as my stitching time will be cut short today so gotta go! I have really enjoyed reading lots of blogs, and everytime I turn around there's a new one I have never read, and on the list it goes! Thank you for all my comments you have been leaving! I love comments, and I try to leave them for others as well. So, if you are reading this, please leave me a comment and let me know you were here! I love to hear from you!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Anyway, I am thinking I will try to finish up the ornie I am working on now, and then I will post some photos. Today is my day off from work, so I think I will be doing quite a bit of stitching, it is perfect weather for it too! Brrrrr...cold! well, hopefully I will be motivated to show photo's later!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Last night after work, I was going to work on some stitching, but when I got home, my hubby was playing ont he computer, so I sat at the playstation and started playing Final FantasyVII. My husband is a gamer, he loves them and spnds tons of time with them. It is his hobby, such as stitching is mine. well, last year he picked up stitching so that he could spend time "doing something" with me, on my level, and so just this past weekend, I decided I would give gaming a try. I have always enjoyed watching him play, and thought it looked fun, but whenever I would try i would get bored after ten minutes and say "Forget this" and go back to stitching, but I am making an honest effort now, I started with "City of Heros" I have my own character on there, and then Final Fantasy XI the online one, I have a character on there, and last night I started FFVII on the Playstation. So! I am trying! It is actually sorta fun once you get into it. But of course I needed LOTS of help from DH to get me through my first mission. Well, I am off to get some breakfast and pick up some stitching, today I would like to work on:
-Snow Valley Express (2hrs)
-Christmas Ornies (1 hr)
-The Abbey (1-2 hrs, depending on how much time is left before work)
So, as you can see, I have a "very busy schedule" today. LOL! So, I better get to it! Have a great day, and I will show some progress here soon!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Well, I just sat for about an hour and frogged out alot of what I did on the Abbey, and here is what I have left to work with. Not awhole lot, but at least I didn't have to completely start over, keep your fingers crossed that this time it will go much better!
I think it looks like a creepy face right now.=)
Onto the stitching! Yippee! So, here is a photo of my progress on The Abbey that I worked on yesterday. I only put about an hour and a half in on it, but I got some done, it doesn't look like much, but it is coming a long. I think I will have to go about 10 hours at a time for progress on this one, as it is so big that if I work on it an hour or so, you can't see much, so my next update will be at the 10 hour mark. I am at 3 hours now, I think. So, lets hope I have an update soon. =) That is about it with my stitching. Since I don't have to go to the dentist I have a bit more time this morning to get to some stitching, before work late this afternoon, so I am going to go do some housework, and then stitch my heart out!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
As you who have been reading me for awhile know, I have been working on This piece for awhile. I started it the first of January of this year. Well, just recently I decided I didn't like the fabric I started it on, and have decided quite recently that I would switch out the fabric and start over, so the next photo is the beginnings of this new decision!
Last night I worked on it for a little over an hour while watching Gilmore Girls, which amazed me, since I hardley ever can stitch at night, but that I guess was because I had put my stitching lamp in my bedroom a while back so I would have good light in there while stitching in bed, then never brought it back out to the living room, and now that I have my little lamp back out in the living room, watch out! The needles have been asmokin' in the evening.
So, It isn't much, but it looks better now than it did when I was stitching on 22 count whatever it was that was so tiny my eyes were going cross eyed! I had decided to start it in the upper left hand before, which was all blue sky, and I was doing it one over one, and it was taking forever to do a tiny little bit. But this time I decided to start right smack dab in the center, and I can already see the house taking shape, which is quite a motivator as apposed to blue blobs. So, I am happy with my decision to restart this one!
I love Marty Bell. Her stuff is beautiful! I have a list of her stuff that I want to stitch eventually...one day, one being Miss Hathaway's Garden. It is beautiful. But Very large, and detailed. Well, that is it for today. No more work has gone into Snow Valley Express. I need to keep crackin' on it, but when there's a project like The Abbey staring you in the face, how can one choose?! Hope you are all having a great weekend!
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Well, Yesterday I wasn't home hardley at all, as DH decided to go shopping and I decided to go with him yesterday. so, i read blogs, and we went ot he mall and he turned in the car to sears for an oil change and so then we were stuck there for the next 2-3 hours, and by the time we got the car, it was time for me to go to work! So, no stitching for me. Why does life have to get in the way?! When all I really want to do is sit on my wazoo and stitch?! Like take today for example, it is already almost 9 in the morning, I have to go to work at 12. I only work a short shift, 5 hours, but tonight DH will probably want to do something. I have tomorrow off, but I will probably end up spending it running around doing errands! ugh. And my DH asks me why I get up so dang early?! Oh well. well, I am going to take advantage of these quit hours before work and get some stitching done. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Friday, December 01, 2006
I want it to cooperate, because I have a bunch of photos to share with you...well, three progress photo's! so, here it goes:
The first one is of Snow Valley Express, I am almost done with the stitching of the first page. I have been diligent about working on this one, and as I wrote earlier this week, it goes quickly once I actually pick it up, it's just picking it up that is the hard part. And I am definitely not looking forward to backstitching this one! Ugh! But that is a ways off. The next one is of what I worked on yesterday for a bit, not for too long, though. "Dare to Dream". This one has been in the "TO DO" pile for awhile, and I think the last time I dragged it out was...well a LONG time ago. So, here is Dare to Dream, which has been put into my rotation now. It doesn't look like much right now, but give me time, and it will! =) and lastly is my hubby's eagle piece. He hasn't touched it in quite awhile, but the last few days he picked it up for a bit. I think he is doing really well.
I am not sure what I am in the mood to work on today, maybe more Snow Valley Express. Yesterday it snowed here. Just a little bit, but man, it was freezing! Brrrr....But it will probably be all melted by this afternoon, as we are supposed to have a high of 55 today. Which is just fine with me! I hate icey roads! I made DH drive me to and from work yesterday because I was freaked out by the ice, as it was he said he slipped on some ice on his way to pick me up last night. So, I know alot of you in the states are having snow and icky weather, and I hope you are all safe on the roads. Well, I am off to look at projects that are calling for my attention and figure out which one I will give my attention to!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
My dear hubby bought me my favorite movie: "You've got mail" on DVD. It was on sale at Sam's club afor 4.88$ He said it seemed like a great get well gift, then he sat and watched it with me today. What a sweetie! While I watched I actually got some stitching in, I worked on Snow Valley Express. I am actually doing really well on that one. I worked a bit on it before work on Sunday and afterwards too, and then today. So, I am getting really close to finishing page 1 of 2. Well, I am off to do my hourly warmwater/salt mix rinse, and sit down with Snow Valley for a bit.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Yesterday I put about an hour and a half's worth of work into The Abbey. Some of that was a frogging session. But I am excited about that project again and I love it. Have you ever had that? Where you get the materials for a project and you are all excited to get going on it, and then when you do, it looses it's appeal? Well, that is what happened with this one and I am glad I started over, because it was on it's way to being a UFO! All those TINY stitches-ugh! I really don't know how people do it!! Well, I'm off to get some work into snow Valley Express this morning, and to reward myself maybe get some time in on The Abbey. Photos soon!
Friday, November 24, 2006
This morning I already put about an hours worth of work into "The Abbey". I am really enjoying this one now that I have switched out the fabrics. I can see it progressing well since I restarted. I did set it aside the last two days in order to put my full attention to LJH, but now that that one is done, i can work on other things.
Well, I must be going, FIL is leaving and I have to go say goodbye,
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
On another note, I went to the oral surgeon today for my pre op appointment as I will be having two teeth pulled (a wisdom tooth and the one next to it) next Monday! I am so not looking forward to it, however, I will be getting three days off from work, the day of the surgery and the following two, so granted I am not in too much pain, and not knocked out on drugs, I am going to stitch those days away.
"Love, Joy, Home" is coming along really well, I am completely finished with the four squares with the baskets in them to the right hand side, and I have finished the motif right next to it, it looks like a carpet or something, and am so close to a finish I am guessing another two or three hours, and that is it! So, I will wait until I finish to show it on here again.
Monday, November 20, 2006
But, he showed up and we went out for lunch, and had a great visit. He will be with us until probably Friday sometime. I didn't get any stitching in at all yesterday what with trying to get things ready for our visiter, but this morning I was able to sit down for a bit with "Love, Joy, Home" Which I need to post a photo of. I am really happy with the progress on this one, and I'm at the point now where I am towards the end of a project and that is all I want to work on in order to finish it, because I can see the end in the near future. Given I have time this week to devote to this piece, I will probably have it finished by the end of the weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for me! And here is my progress:
Ps: Bethann! Thank you so much for the beautiful scissors!!
Aren't they beautiful?! "Day Surrendering to Night" has been a favorite for a long time and then when "In Blue Angel" came along as a companion piece,I decided that ONE day I would have them both. They have been two of my all time faves for a long time, and I never thought I would own them. And pretty soon, I will! At least they will be in my stash, until I can buy the threads for them, and get them stitched. They probably will not get stitched for awhile, but IF I were to decide to do them, I would have that option now! I am so excited! Well, I'm off to put some more work into "Love, Joy, Home."
Sunday, November 19, 2006
The next morning we were up early and got some breakfast and headed to the docks. And got checked in early. Boarding wasn't supposed to start until 1 and we were on the boat at 12:30. So, that was nice.
We took off for our first port : Progresso Mexico, which we wouldn't get to for a day. So, we had Saturday night and all day Sunday at Sea, then at Progresso we chose to do horseback riding, and a day at a beach resort. Well, when we signed up we were all excited, a horseback ride along the beach. Yipppeee! Right? Um...no. It lasted a whole 20 minutes, and it was more or less just a trail ride. Kinda boring. Then when we were done with the horseback ride, we ate some wonderful Mexican food, which was really expensive, and then laid around the pool, until it started to rain. Then we got back on the bus and was back on the boat by 2:00 in the afternoon. A whole 3 hours before the boat was to ship off for the next port. And let me tell you Progresso is not progressing! Not quickly anyway. There were like 4 or 5 little shops at the dock for us to look around in, but nothing much, So, we were sorta disappointed in our first port of call.
Our next one was the next day, Tuesday, in Cozumel Mexico. This one was MUCH better! We chose a Speedboating excursion this time, and THAT was FUN! Again...we got rained on, but it was fun anyway.
On Wednesday we arrived in Belize city Belize, if that doesn't sound familiar to you, the name British Honduras may, they changed the name and didn't let anyone know! And there we took a l-o-n-g bus ride (over an hour long!) to the jungle, where we rode inner tubes down the river. It was really relaxing! I was freaked out befroe thinking, ugh! What if there are snakes in the water, but there was nothing but these little minnows swimming about harmlessly. Then we hiked back to the picnic area, and through some ancient Mayan ruins. That was also fun!
Then we got back on the ship, and then spent another two days at sea on our way back to Houston. we got to relax quite a bit, as I said I was able to actually get alot of stitching done, and reading, and word searching! and I still, even as I write this feel like I am swaying up and down to the rythm of the rocking boat. We only had one rough day at sea, which was Thursday, ALL day long, the boat pitch and jumped crazily, but by morning, it was calm again for our last day at sea.
So, all in all, we had a great time! I am sorry I have not added any photos of my trip ont his post, but I will, I just need to have hubby show me how to download them from the camera. We took a ton of pictures, which I will put into a scrapbook eventually. I am still working on a scrapbook from the cruise we took over a year ago, in Jan of '05. Oops. But you know how it is...when you have so many hobbies, how do you choose?!
Well, I have to get ready and get my house cleaned up, because: Surprise! My FIL decided last minute he would come down and spend Thanksgiving with us! I don't mind, but he sorta just dropped it on us yesterday as we are driving home from our trip, so now not only do I have to unpack and do the mountains of laundry that you do after a trip, I need to get the house cleaned, which right now is not in the greatest of shape, and get the guest room and bath cleaned to top perfection before he shows up sometime tomorrow. UGH! well, I will write more later this week, if I get a chance!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Well, as I will be on the road for a good 6-7 hours today, I amt hinking there is a good chance that some stitching will get done! As well, as on the ride home too. DH wants me to drive for some of the way. Which is sorta freaking me out, as i hate driving, I have a phobia of driving, then was int he accident this past summer and the phobia has grown to monumental proportion, so driving outside roads that I am familiar with freaks me out! But we shall see. He said there are some easy roads, that are just straight and lonely so if it's not city traffic with lots of cars and stuff, I'm good. Straight roads out in the middle of nowhere? I can do that! but! (pout!) It will cut into my stitching time!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Well, just yesterday I completed the third ornament of the six I was working on, and have started the fourth. I have not been much into my stitching lately, I used to be all obsessed about it, and wanting to work on different projects and such, now I just sort of plop down and grab whatever happens to be handy when I sit down to watch T.V. I think my lack of enthusiasm comes from the fact that I got all excited about the fall pieces and then I didn't meet my goals, so now I'm like "Oh well, whatever!" I will stitch when I want, but no more goals, or anything like that. Plus, I was hoping to have more finishes this year, and I haven't had hardley any! Lets see? There was my St. Patty's day bear, my valentine bookmark for DH, my Easter bell pull, and Nov. Quilt, which was the biggie! 4! that is it! and three of them are not even big, oh! wait, I just said I have completed three ornies, so there yah go! A big whoppin' 7 finished projects for the year! Well, the year isn't over yet, I know, and I can probably crank out a few more ornies, and I want to finish "Love, Joy, Home", but that is all I see in the near future! Maybe I should do more small things. I see so many finishes on everyone's blogs, and I just wonder hwo people do it?! Am I just the slowest stitcher on the planet? What am I doing wrong? Oh well, whatever, this isn't a race, I know! I say this just about every fifth post, I start to get down when I see other's finishes and here I am still slogging through my 8th (tiny) finish for the year, the only real accomplishment for the year in my eyes was November Quilt, that was my biggie for the year. If I can somehow get "Love Joy Home" done, there will be two large finishes for the year. Well, enough griping and complaining, I am off to go read blogs and enjoy reading about everyone else's accomplishments. I will try to post photos soon.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Well, only 6 more sleeps until we leave for our vacation. We leave Friday (which is my birthday) and we are driving to Houston and we will get a motel for the evening and then go on our cruise the next day. I am so excited! Well, I work this afternoon, then I have tomorrow off, and then I work four days and then! we are on vacation! Well, DH just woke up and we need to go shopping, before I go to work, so better get going.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Just wanted to say Happy Halloween!
Monday, October 30, 2006
=7 songs I am really into right now= are:
1) Anything by twelve stones (I've been listening to their CD as of late)
3)"You"- Dirty Vegas (Good song to exercise to!)
4) Tubthumpin'- Chumbawumba
Ok, to tell you the truth, I basically just listen to whatevers on the radio, and now I feel like a huge dork, as here I am so excited to be tagged, and I can't think of any songs that I am really into right now.Ok, I can, but since tomorrow is barely Halloween, I am embarrased to say that I started playing Christmas music! Ok! You can stop laughing now!!
Well, I have not been much into blogging lately, I didn't get on the computer at all the entire weekend, and so this morning I had to read three days worth of blogs. So, anyway, I didn't do any stitching this weekend either, I spent most of my time that I wasn't at work helping my DH put up our new fence. I worked alot this weekend, but I get my "weekend" day after tomorrow, as I have Weds, and Thurs. off! I did a bit of stitching on Love, Joy, Home this morning. But then I spent quite a bit of time getting some laundry out of the way, and cleaning up my messy kitchen. I ususally spend alot of time tidying up after DH has returned to work on Mondays. It took me a bit to get to it, as I didn't want to do it, it just seemed like such a chore (duh! it WAS!) And yet I was thinking, I would rather do it now and maybe then Weds, and Thurs. I can relax a bit. Well, not much else going on, in less than two weeks, me and DH will be on our cruise! I am pretty excited! Well, I gotta go get ready for work, so I will try ot post photos the next time I blog.
Oh yeah, and from what I see most everyone has already been tagged so I don't want to tag someone twice.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Ok, I am going to post a photo, and you are probably going to laugh, because I mentioned earlier when I was working on this that my cat on this looked like he had the mumps...yeah, I need to redo that whole section and see what I did wrong, or whatever, and redo it, so, feel free to laugh at my lopsided faced cat, because I am too! I will fix it, however, when going back I can't for the life of me find the mistake, but it is obviously there, so, here is my progress on this one, I actually was able to go get the dark blue thread for the fence, so I have been able to work more on that, and the pumpkin boy is just about done, just have to put in his feet and finish the backstitching. I doubt it will be done in time for Halloween this year, but definitely next year! And the bag is driving me buggy! All that green fill in! Ugh! Well, today is Midnight Watchman day, as well as tomorrow too, but we shall see how it goes. My husband wants me to go to some going away luncheon- party for a person at his work, but I don't feel that great today, I sorta just want to laze around and stitch. I don't know what to do. They are eating at an oriental place, which is my least favorite sort of food at all times, not to mention when I don't feel all that great.
ps, Now looking at the scan of this piece, the cat looks like he's munching on some candy! that's my story and I'm stickin' to it! ....or not...rip-it, rip-it, rip it!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
That is about it for today, I worked on Fright Night Friends yesterday, but I wasn't much in the mood to stitch, plus DH came home from work early, because we had ordered a dining room set, and so they contacted him last week, asking if he could take time off work to meet them, and he did, and the guy never showed up, he finally called around 5 in the evening, and apologized that his truck broke down, and could my husband take time off the next day. Frustration! Not to mention that a piece from our bedroom set they shipped was the wrong color! So, we have to wait for that correction too.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
As my title for today says this past week has blown my rotation out the window! I was not able to start my internship this week at the rehab center, because the lady who I am supposed to contact has either not been in the office, and has not returned my calls. This is making me very nervous. I need to get this done, and ...ugh, I really have no one to blame but myself since I put it off for so long. However, this has allowed for more stitching time, and I actually got a finish! I am done with the first ornament of the 6 that I am working on right now. And I am almost done with the stocking, I just have to finish the fill in on the heel and do the back stitching and the red backstitched line that makes up the plaid in the sock. And as you can see- have started the third already, I'm off from work tomorrow so I am hoping to get the third one at least most the way done and at least start the fourth. However, it being a Sunday, DH will be home and so I will probably spend much of the day helping him put up our fence that fell over a few days before he got home, so not sure just how much of my stitching goals will be met. So, I have been stitching a bit, but not a whole lot, simply because I am trying to be more disciplined with my lifestyle. When hubby was gone I turned into a huge couch potato, and now I have decided not to be anymore. I have done dishes and laundry and vacuuming, and cleaning and tidying up, and only allowing myself to watch two hours of tv a day, if that. I am making myself read more, and write more letters, and just live a more productive life. However, because I usually do my stitching while I watch TV, my cutting down on TV time has also cut down on my stitching time as well. I don't really mind right now, but you know how life is...sometimes you can't seem to stitch enough and other times you just set those needles down and live life. Right now I am just making a few changes in my life, which I think is also a contributing factor to my not posting as often this week. Plus the fact that I have been trying to get ahold of that lady to start the internship as well. Stress cuts back on my productivity! Anyway, I will share with you a progress photo of my ornies! Hope you have a great weekend.
ps...Bethann if you are reading this, I happily got your letter, and will write you soon!
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Well, this week I am supposed to start a new job so I don't know what kind of time that will allow for stitching. I am not looking forward to it, but I have to do it. It's not a real job, per se, but I have to finish my practicum to get my degree in addiction counseling. And I have 100 hours to do, and I want to get that started this week and get that out of the way, I should have done it WAY before now but I am the worlds largest procrastinator, and so I HAVE to do it NOW, because if I don't I won't be able to get my degree. It shouldn't be too bad. If I work 25 hours a week there, then I should have it done by the end of Nov. in one month's time, I will have it done.
Anyway, enough about that junk, I am going to try to show you some progress photo's. The first one is Love, Joy Home. I actually got a bit done on it today, although I ended up having to frog a bit too, I was off count by two threads at the bottom of the four squares with the baskets in them. but I did alright on it.
Next is Fright Night Friends. Which I wanted to have in time to be up for Halloween, but that is in like 16 days, so I don't think so, especially with the way my time is going to be diminishing here soon.
But you can see that I finished all the stitches int he orange pumpkin costume, and started the backstitching on him, and also worked a lot on the Lettering in "Happy Halloween". So, he's comin' along! I still have not been able to get the thread for the fence, and I am not sure now with having to do this internship that I will have the time before I want to have this finished to get it done, so I don't think this is a goal I will be meeting this year, and yet! I may surprise us all!
And lastly I want to share progress on Midnight Watchman:
...or not. I think Blogger has had enough of me for the night, I guess I will have to post the midnight watchman some other time, for now, though I am off to bed, to read a bit, and then go to sleep! Hope you are all having a great weekend!
Friday, October 13, 2006
This one is Called Christmas Joy, I think It is so cute, and with it being compartmentalized the way it is in sections, you can easily break it down and do just a little at a time!
The next one is so cute, and I am SO tempted to start this! It doesn't look too terribly hard, and like it would take too long to do, but knowing me I had better not get started on it, I am sure it would end up being a UFO, or something, like all my other stuff.
aren't they just the cutest? I love them!!! They are adorable! I would love to make this into a cute little pillow for my couch for the holidays, and like I said it doesn't look hard or like it'd take very long, but I always take forever to do anything. And last but not least, is the snowman tree. These guys are so cute too! but, int he magazine they had only charted it for anchor threads and so I had to look upa conversion chart for DMC because that is all I own. So, here are the snow men.
if I were to all these this winter it would be a great accomplishment, however I know I won't get them done, so I won't even start. I just think they are very cute, and I am going to put them on my list of things to do. Well, I was going to show you my progress pictures of my halloween things, but now blogger isn't cooperating, so I will have to post them next time. today is Friday and that means it is Snow Valley Express day! Oh yay. I sound so happy don't I ? I will be so happy when that one is done! Well, I am off to get some work in on it!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
But I do have photos of my starts.
I found these 6 cuties in the March 2005 issue of Stitcher's World. (Yes, it is odd that you'd find Christmas in the middle of the spring issue, but I would be guessing that for lack of better ideas they issued a Christmas all year long thing last year in their mag. So, every issue had something Christmasy I think.) Anyway, I liked these 6 and thought I'd start with them first for my ornaments. I was originally going to do them one at a time, start and finish, but I pulled a rather large piece of scrap aida for the ornaments, and so just used tail ends of color for the second piece. So, I am working on the santa face and the stocking. For the Santa, I basically just have the white in the beard and the back stitching to do, but the stocking has a long ways to go. I am so tempted to work on these little guys today, to see if I could get them done, but I will be good, I must resume to Fright Night Friends, Especially since I neglected them yesterday. Well, here I go to make a Cafe' Mocha and sit and stitch the day away...housework be damned! =)
Sunday, October 08, 2006
I am just realizing that i have never posted photos of Freedom, my puppy, the one we bought to keep me company while my DH was in Iraq. So, we got some film developed recently and though I'd share some with you.
Look at those ears! hope a strong wind doesn't come along and carry her away!
the second one is of her and my husband, on the day we brought her home. It was taken right outside the shelter we picked her up from. She looks mad! But she was shaking like a leaf, scared, that's all.
Ok, and that is all the pictures I will share today. I didn't really stitch much at all yesterday, between work and going to the hardware store to pick up some stuff for the new bed room set that we got this week, that my husband was putting togehter, then we sat and played CSI game on the computer for two hours I was beat. I did about half an hours worth of work on Love Joy Home but nothing to really write home about. Today I plan on starting a new piece...a Christmas ornie! My first one of the year! And I really doubt much will get done on it at all, so I may just pull the threads and fabric for it and that 's about it. I have to work all day, and since I am not an evening stitcher I don't plan on getting much in on it, but we shall see. Plus Rob is home and I can never get anything accomplished when he is home. well, i'm off to get started on my new ornie!
Saturday, October 07, 2006
M/T- Fright Night Friends
W/TH- Midnight Watchman
F- Snow Valley Express
S- Love, Joy, Home
S- Christmas smalls
We shall see if this sticks, I would like it to, for right now, as I would really like to get some progress going on Snow Valley Express, which hasn't seen the light of day in, oh, a month?(And remember this one is supposed to be a Christmas gift...but whether it will be for 2006 or 2007 is another matter! =P) And Love Joy Home is so close to being finished, how could I not work on it right now? Originally I thought to put the dolphins here, but just two seconds ago changed my mind. So, there yah have it! My rotation of sorts for now. I just get inspired when I read all your blogs, because you all work on so many different things at once, that I think my blog must get so boring when all I do is post a photo fo the same project over and over on end for months! So, wish me well.
Oh yeah! today is my one year anniversary for blogging! wahoo for me!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Since my husband got home with the laptop, I have become encredibly lazy when it comes to scanning photos. in the morning I like to get up get my coffee and go sit comfortabley in bed with the laptop to read my blogs and to write my blog as well. So, i made myself come into the computer room to scan photo's so you can all see, that i really do stitch, I don't just talk about it.
First here is a photo of Fright night friends.
And at long last finally a photo of midnight Watchman, who is right now just a headless blob of color, but he is supposed to be a scarcrow. I think I may work on making him resemble more of one this weekend. He is the thing in the middle I think you can probably make out the blue overalls, and his checkered shirt, on the left the yellow is a corn stalk, and to the left there is a basket with apples and veggies in it. This is what he will look like when completed:
cute, huh? Well, my dog is whining ot be let out, so I had better get going. I will try not to keep you all in suspense with my stitching from here on out. more pics to come, I promise!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Anyway. Our last day together yesterday was a good one, we didn't do much really I got a ton of stitching done on FNF. And last night i tried to work on the scarecrow a bit, but I was sitting ont he couch and there isn't good lighting by the couch for stitching at night, my good lamp is by the easy chair, and I was comfy ont he couch and didn't want to get up and moveso I put a few stitches in and then set it down. Well, I have to leave in about an hour to go to the dreaded Dentist appointment. ugh. i got up at a quarter to 7 so I would have some time this morning ot do some things, like read blogs, and take a shower, have some breakfast and coffee. I hate rushing around. On days that i have to go inot work early, like 9 or 10 in the mornings, I will still get up at least two hours earlier than I have to leave just to give myself time to myself. I like to ease myself into the day I guess. Well, I am going to go eat some breakfast, and get ready to go to the dentist! yuck! Just think that in three hours or so I should be home!
Monday, October 02, 2006
Well, I have a progress photo to share, and as you can see...I did not meet my deadline of finishing this guy up by Sept 25th, and I doubt that I will finish my October 10th deadline piece either, but oh well, who cares? So, here is Fright Night Friends. As you can see, not much has been done on it, but I have been spending much of my time with hubby. oh i also have a new hobby: City of Heros! The computer game. My husband is addicted to these games, he's an addicted gamer, as much as i love stitching he loves his games. And so one night I stayed up and watched him playing and it looked fun, and so he showed me how to play too. He helped me make a character and everything. I am still learning the ropes but it is fun. Another reason I have not been on here much is the fact that Rob home he spends alot of time on the computer, so I can't. Event hough he has put all my favorites on the Laptop, so I can read blogs and write them while he is on the desk top (We have Clearwire which allows us to be on line on two different computers at the same time) but I wanted to post a photo, so I needed to get on the PC so I could do so.
Another thing going on with me is health related. I have had a bad tooth that i have desperatley needed to get a crown on, but I have a horrid fear of the dentist and so I figured if it didn't hurt why bother? Well, it's now hurting, and I spent Friday Night in the ER getting a shot for the pain and I spent all day in bed on Saturday knocked out by the shot they'd given me the night before. So I finally, yesterday afternoon was able to clear the cobwebs of my drug hazed head enough to sit and watch TV, but had no energy to do much more than just that. So, anyway, like i said I think that I will be starting up a regular routine of stitching and bloggin once again this week as Hubby goes back to work tomorrow, after my dentist appt. tomorrow when I find out what I need to have done about this painful tooth, I plan on vegging in front of the TV with needle and thread and trying ot get these fall pieces completed.
Has anyone seen the October issue of The Cross Stitcher? Some really cute stuff in there! I had to get it yesterday while we were in Walmart. I hardley ever buy the magazines anymore because there is often not enough patterns in them to justify spending 6$ on them, so I only get them when I see three or more things that I would like to stitch, that way I know I am getting my money's worth! Well, hubby is watching TV, so I think I better get in the living room and enjoy my last day together with hubby before normal life starts up tomorrow. Maybe I will even put a few more stitches in my Fright Night Friends piece.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
This morning I worked on Fright Night Friends. I have the cat almost finished. I scared myself, because I had to substitute some of the threads when i started because i didn't have the colors then. And I accidently wrote the number wrong for the orange of the cat, I had written 922, instead of 722, and they are both orange, but 922 is a darker burnt orange, and so I thought that I must have had to buy new stuff since the last time i had worked on it and the dye lot was completely different! but then I decided to look and see if there was a mistake, and yup, there was. Thank goodness. It was quite a scare I had. I thought I was going to have to totally frog everything I had stitched and start over with the new "dye lot color" . Well, I am gonna go get back to stitching, I am going to try to get the cat done today, before I head out to get my husband tonight. I am so excited!!!!
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
I think I will go sit and stitch for a bit (only about 20-25 minutes as I have to get ready for work soon) but I am off work at 2 today so I should have all this evening to get some stitching in. Oh! I know why I haven't worked on cross stitching, I was working on piecing my quilt top together. (By hand) Yesterday that is what I did for most the day. But today will be a cross stitch day. Well, happy stitching!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Well, with only 9 days left until my goal date arrives for Fright Night Friends, I thought I would post a piccie. The only problem with finishing this one on time is...I am running out of the dark blue/gray that is the shading color in the fence, so I am going to get everything done that I can other than that until I can get some more. I only have one length of 5 strands left of DMC for it, and I am not sure that will be enough...=( anyway, Hope you enjoyed this. Oh yes, and the orange thing protruding out of the moon is the tail of the orange cat that is sitting on the fence, and the green square thing next to the pumpkin boy is his trick or treat bag. you'll see...it will all make sence soon! =P
Monday, September 11, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
So...in my earlier post I said I had a goal of finishing my Easter Bell pull by Friday...Well, I made it WAY before then, as I just put in the final stitches two minutes ago! Told yah it wouldn't take long at all, and it only took about 3 hours. HOW come it took so long to do 3 hours worth of work?! I had everything else finished on this piece, right before Easter, months ago, all it would have taken was 3 hours, and I could have had it done MONTHS ago! Anyway, I will not spoil the moment by berating myself for taking so long to finish,as my parents always told me about my college education- it doesn't matter how long it takes you to finish it matters that you finished, and so without further ado...here is Easter bell pull. However! I don't think it will suffice as a bell pull, I am going to frame it as a regular wall hanging, I think, the lil' bunny there off to the side kinda throws off the whole bell pull idea, but I thought it needed a little something extra as we all know the castraphe that caused me to have to put the little bear/rabbit on the side. For those of you new to this blog and don't know, I will admit...I cut the fabric too short! But, oh well, I like it the way it is. Now onto what I hope will be my next happy dance very soon, Love Joy Home.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
So, here you have it, my progress as of yesterday before I put 3 hours of progress in on it. It is coming along, slowly but I think I got my stitching thing back! I had lost it, it went out the window-whoosh! But it is back. Today I worked on Snow Valley Express, Not too much just about two or three lengths of floss, though, nothing to write home about. Maybe tomorrow I will work some more on Patchwork Bears or SVE and post another picture. Thank you Von for your comment!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
...Ok! Never mind that thought! Blogger is being a pain, so no photo today but soon, I promise! I am going to try to stay on top of things (blogging in a timely manner, and stitching everyday) Maybe I need to start a new project? But who needs the guilt? =) Well, I will once again try to post that photo, then I'm done for now! Thank you all who have visited me here even if I have very little to write about.