Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Snow Valley Express it is! Allllll aboooooard!!!

Well, after yesterdays votes, it is clear that Snow Valley is it for the win! And something told me it would be, since I wrote the story behind it, and yes, you are all right, I DO need to get it finished and get it to my dad, I can't believe I have procrastinated this long! Plus, it IS very close to a finish, I less than half left to do.

Thank you all for your wonderful input!! You are all so I know who to call on when I move again.....Juuuuust kiiiiiding!

Well, it is the first of the month which means it is Goals time....lets see?

For June I was going to try to:
Finish Letter L-DONE!
Finish Letter M-Done!
Work on Howling-Done!
Work on The Abbey-Done!
Work on Petal-done!

Read 8 books- I got 7 done!
The one thing I forgot to put on the list? My monthly checkered block, but no worries! I finished it too!

Lets see? For july I'd like to:
~Finish Letter N
~Finish Letter O
~Finish July monthly block
~Work 10 hours on Snow Valley Express (hereafter will be refered to as SVE)
~Work 10 hours on Howling
~Work 10 hours on The Abbey

~Post to blog 12 times (3 times per week!)

~Read 8 books

So, not many changes here but a little bit, with substituting the lamb piece with SVE. I wonder if I could finish it this month? Hmmmm....?? I can try! We shall see.

Thank you all for your lovely input and I will definitely keep you aprized of my progress. I really want to try to post a few more times this month.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Decisions, Please vote!

So, I need your help, fellow blogging stitchers! Some would argue I actually need a great deal more help than anyone could possibly offer, but for today I just need help picking which WIP I should stitch in the month of July.

I really need to mix it up a little as I am starting to get a little sick of the pieces I am currently working on, and with me working on the same couple projects all the time, my WIP drawer isn't going down as quickly as I would like. So, I decided that for the month of July I am going to put aside the lamb series, and work on something different. And that is what I need help with!

Ok, I have narrowed it down to three choices! (An amazing feat, considering the number of WIP's that jumped out at me and clambered for my love when I opened the drawer!)

First up...Snow Valley Express...This one I have been working on since I was in college...and I graduated 5 years ago, so this tells you how long this one has been a WIP/UFO. This one I started to give to my dad for a gift, as my mom is the proud owner of several of my pieces, however, my poor dad has nothing that I have ever stitched....sad, I know, and then this one I procrastinate for YEARS on....I really need to get it done up, so maybe I can send it as a Christmas gift. So, thats option #1!

Option #2: Isaiah 40:31. I started this as an SAL with a fellow stitching blogger a few years back, but we both got busy and decided to call it quits. I would still love to finish this one, and just recently at Bible Study we were talking about memorizing scripture, well, one of the girls spoke up and said "You could just cross stitch verses, I bet they'd get stuck in your head then." Or something like that, which made me think of this project, and it made me want to pull it out and work on it again.

Option #3...Holiday Airing, by Diane Phalen. I love her work, and have several of her patterns in my stash. And I would like to finish this one day, and I thought, well, it's crazy hot out, so why not work with some snow, maybe that will make me feel better! Plus, for some reason, I have been having the inkling to stitch something Christmas-y, so I thought this one would be a great one to pull out.

So, there yah have it, stitchers, now just leave me a nice little comment and tell me which one you vote on!!! I would greatly appreciate it!

I want to say hello also to my nre followers! Wow! Up to 75 now, that's amazing!! I never thought I would entice that many people to my blog, to listen to my drivel. Thank you all so much, it really makes me feel good that my love and hobby of stitching is being appreciated and enjoyed by others who stop by!

Well, I am off to get some reading in, I am almost done with book #7 for the month. Yay me! Last month I got 4 done, so a bit of an improvement, I'd say!

Thank you for stopping by! and until next time, Happy stitching!

Haha! As I was posting this I got follower #76! thank you!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Progress Photo Friday!

Ok, I REALLY needed to show some progress photos, since this month I have posted all of 3 times so far, and I talk about the fact that I have been working on this or that, or that i finished this or that, but you probably are thinking "Yeah right! where's the proof?!" So, here I am with my photos, and I apologize if they look a little grainy, its bright here so they kinda look funny.

First: Here is "The Abbey". My goal in May was to finish Page 1 on this one and I actually finished Pages 1 AND 2. Now when I say "finished", I mean with the cross stitching, because O man but do I have a lot of back stitching to do here! I cringe to think of it!! Very detailed all over the house, I suppose I could get a start on that next month, but I have sorta been enjoying the easy stitching of the sky and the clouds here. I thought I would wait until I finished Cross stitching the whole thing and THEN do the backstitching, but I don't know as I want to wait and save allllll that back stitching for last....hmmmm....decisions, decisions....

Second: here is a photo of my progress on Howling at the Moon. Page 3 is coming along pretty Quickly. Most of what I have been working on here is all that dark blue back ground, but every so often I get bored of that and trickle down and work some of the gray in the wolf. I think it is starting to morph into something recognizable...what do you think?
And lastly here is Petal, the 4th piece in my 5 piece lamb project. I guess it is coming along pretty well. I was hoping for a finish on this one this month, but I really just don't think that will be happening! I have actually been setting this one aside WAY too much, I think I am starting to get tired of this project...oh no!!! Not now when I finally have a reason to finish it!!! UGH, I am actually thinking of taking a break from this project next month, and pull out another WIP to take it's place, just for July, just to mix things up a bit. I'm sure you are all sick of seeing the same 3 projects going on too! My little monthly series are the only thing that really changes form month and that is still working on the same overall project, just different scenery. We shall see. I am starting to get a little burned out on these same projects, so it is time for a change....

Well, my dear stitchy friends, I am off to enjoy the morning's sunshine as I am thinking rain will be here this afternoon. I want to go for a walk, it's very humid here this time of year, but it doesn't seem to bother me much! Although after being out in it for awhile, it sure feels good to be back in the cool A/C of my home again! Well, I hope you all have a lovely weekend!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Amazed and SO thankful!!

So, I don't know if you remember me awhile back upset because I had gotten spammed here, and then I got smart and turned on my e-mail verification, and ever since-no problems. Well, I had never really gone back and deleted all those spam comments. (I count myself lucky, because the person who did it was promoting what looked like kitchen things, it was mostly in a foreign language so hard to tell, but the few english words I saw were clean, and I know some people have had porn sites throw up all over their pages, so I thank my lucky stars for that.) But as I went back (ALLL the way back to 2007) and was deleting these dumb comments, I was able to also re-read all the wonderful comments from other bloggers that I have met here in the blogosphere, and I just got goose bumps, realizing how wonderful you all are, and how grateful I am to have such wonderful people like you to support me when I need a friend or answers to a question, or encouragement when down or compliments when I show my work, and I just want to say thank you, to ALL of you, who I'm sure have busy lives, yet still take the time to drop in now and then and encourage with your words, it truly means so much to me!

Thank you.

Monday, June 14, 2010

June monthly smalls finished! Finally!

This strawberry took Forever to stitch! I thought I'd still be seeing red stitches til the day I died! But! finally it is finished! I hardley ever do the specialty stitches on these little guys, but this one, I did, It was the satin stitch on the leaves, I think it came out pretty well.

Now for Letters L and M:

I had to frog a bit on letter M- as I stitched the bottom line of the border to high, I had to pull it down a bit, actually my miscount was on the sides of the border, I had to stitch in 2 more of those little squares that the border is made out of, so I was WAY short! But, I was able to pull it all out and get them all finished by the 15th...5 days after my intended due date for my monthly smalls, but still, I have 15 days left of the month to work on my 3 larger projects! That is 5 days for each.

And stay tuned for my newest project...which actually has nothing to do with stitching, and everything to with.....paper!!! Ha! Curious, aren't yah! lol...

Thank you all for reading and I will be working on Petal today so will hopefully be able to share a photo of it tomorrow.

Oh yeah and on the Whole FB issue, it has been resolved! Nothing like some family drama to make you wanna flee the scene! It's been pretty crazy and I seriously have no desire to have it happen again, so the page will stay open, I however will be out!! I have too much to do to keep up with that, and if people are just gonna act stupid they can do so on their own time and page and since it seems they have a problem with me and my page and what I write as my status then guess I'll just take my happy behind off of FB and forget them! Right? lol....

Hope to post again very shortly!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Always late, but worth the wait!

Yup, that's me, check it out! Almost half way through the month and STILL haven't posted goals or anything for that matter! Not to mention, I basically didn't even post the last half of last month! But! i'm here now, so lets get on with it!

1. Letter K- DONE!
2. Letter J- Done!
3. May Monthly block-Done!
4. Work on Petal- done!
5. Finish page one on Howling- DONE!
6. Finish page 1 of The Abbey- DONE PLUS!!! I finished Page 2 while I was at it! =)

So, Even though I didn't think it would be a great month stitching wise it was actually VERY good! I got everything I wanted to finish and more! I was so surprised. However my reading suffered last month, only got 4 books read, and one of those was an audio. I am in high hopes of getting more completed this month, I already have two finished, so I'm doing ok on that!

1. Letter L
2. Letter M
3. Work 10 hours on Petal (maybe finish it)
4. Work 10 hors on Howling
5.Work 10 hours on The Abbey

Finish 8 books

I have already finished #1. And that's it! LOL....I have been so busy with other things. I am now busy with a Bible Study and new friends here on island, so I don't have as much time as I used to, and I hate that, but what can you do?

So we shall see how these goals go!