Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

So! It is Oct. 31st, and my Pumpkin guy with his little cat friend is still not finished. I think I should put him away and move on to Christmas, or I can trudge on through with him and try to get him done...hmmm...? My scarecrow guy isn't faring much better either. I wanted to have him done by nov. something, I think? I don't even remember, I think I set the goals in Sept. Then I got side tracked with christmas ornies, and well...anyway.

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2006

My very first tag!!!

I've never been tagged, and I found that Jenn (Jenn X-Stitch) tagged me when I read her blog today. Wow! Thanks Jen!
=7 songs I am really into right now= are:
1) Anything by twelve stones (I've been listening to their CD as of late)
2) Fireproof-Pillar
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

Can you see the frog?

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

16 more sleeps

That is how many more left until DH and I take off for a Carribbean cruise! I am getting very excited! Because he wasn't here for our one year anniversary we thought this was a good way to celebrate, no tto mention that the ship takes off just the day after my b-day, so he says it is a combo b-day/anniversary. Pretty nice, eh?
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

another finish but no photo to prove it!

Well, I did get to finish the stocking yesterday before going to work, so I now have four more to go to finish that set. I didn't post a photo as I will post one when I get more work in on the third ornament, and the fourth, anyway, I promise you will see it, just not now. My puppy gave me a heart attack this morning, she escaped! But she was just down the road and so I brought her home swiftly. Nothing much else to report, for now, but it is still early, so I still have all day to get some progress in on things and show it later. That is if DH isn't hogging the computer! So, more photos to come!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

...and bye bye rotation!

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

A whole lotta stitchin' goin' on!

Just not a lot of blogging, and posting of the pictures of the stitching itself! Ikept with my rotation everyday this week, even my dad's piece which I alwasy find a hard project to pick up. The only day I did mess up a bit, which I have already confessed to is I worked on my ornaments for two days and Fright Night Friends only one! But that is alright, I had Tuesday off from work so was able to catch up a bit on it!

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

Some pictures

Well, I haven't been blogging the past few days, I don't know why. Just haven't felt like sitting in front of a computer. But, I do have some progress photo's. I also scanned a few photo's from the Dec. issue of The Cross Stitcher Magazine. They have some really cute things for the holidays and I am really tempted to start something, but I will not. But I thought I'd share them anyway.
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

And Christmas is on it's way!

Well, as I said I was going to start new ornies this past weekend, I did. I didn't think I would get very much done, but I cheated, instead of working on Fright Night Friends yesterday I worked more on my ornies. Bad me! Bye bye rotation! It is still Tuesday and Fright Night Friends day so I will just catch up today, as it is cold dreary and wet out today it will be the perfect day to curl up with a fuzzy blanket a stack of movies and Fright Night Friends.
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

Pictures and a tiny bit of stitching...

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

No more pics...for now.

Well, it is Saturday morning, and I have to be at work in 45 minutes about, and so I thought i would spend some time writing in here. Yesterday at work there was a lull in action for abou thalf an hour, in which time I took to make note of my newest rotation goals, and plans. so, here it goes:
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

finally! pictures!

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

Bye bye hubby- have a good day!

Well, the day has arrived! My hubby went back to work today,just when I was getting used to him being home. He woke up late, and had to rush around trying to get everything finished and ready to go. I had a hard time feeling forry for him, though. he always does this! He has been home for two weeks now and has had that long to root around, get his uniforms ready and everything to go back today,does he? No, he waited until 12:00 last night to realize that he needed to wash a bunch of his uniforms, and have them ready for tomorrow. Then does he shave last night? No, he waits until this morning, so that was another 15 minutes that held him up. He does this everytime, he has a vacation or time off and has to go back, he waits until the last second, and I kept saying you will probably want to get these things done a day ahead of time, but does he listen? grrrr....
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

Here I am!

Oh man! I cannot believe how long it's been since I have written a post! So sorry, for all of you who check in on me regularly. It has been hard since hubby got home to keep up with anything. I just want to spend all my time with him. I have since gotten over my "You're bugging me, get away from me" stage and now am quite clingy. He goes back to work again tomorrow, so I am hoping to resume to a regular routine once again.
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.