Saturday, April 30, 2011

All settled...sorta...

Well, we're all moved into our new house, and we have internet again, thank goodness! I was going through withdrawals!! LOL We still have many boxes to unpack but things are slowly getting done.
With the move, I haven't been stitching very much at all, and when I do have down time, I have been playing my Sims 3 game, or watching season 3 DVD boxset of "Private Practice" or reading. I started a new project. It is a birth sampler for my friend, who had a little boy exactly 3 weeks before I had Alyssa. It has a little monkey on it. I got the pattern from a magazine, and it actually had a bunch of animals but I thought it would take too long to do the entire thing, and since my friend always has her son in monkeys (monkey clothes, monkey blankets, monkey bibs, monkey nursery stuff) I thought I'd just go with the cute monkey hanging from a branch and his birth info. That way maybe I will have a finish by the time the kid turns 6 months old.

I am hoping that maybe tonight after the dinner dishes are cleared up, to maybe pull out some stitching, maybe work more on the birth sampler, or The Abby, I am not too sure.

Well,I will leave you with an adorable photo of Alyssa in her little Easter dress! I need to take one without her pacifier, but the pacie sorta matches her outfit! So it works!! Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Oh wow!! I can't believe it! My first project crossed off my Up For A Challenge challenge...

I did it!!! I finished page 3 of Howling at the Moon!!!! Wow!!! I am soooo happy!! That was my goal for the month, and here it is 10 days left of April and I'm done!!! I'm glad too, because after today I will have no internet for about 2 weeks, so I'm glad I am able to post the photo today!!! Wow!! 5 pages done, 4 more to go!!! More than half way finished with this big ole' monster!!! LOL Now onto....welllll...I was gonna say I would slide down and start work on page 6, but maybe I will pull out another project that is on my Challenge list, just for a change. Hmmm...We shall see. Maybe The Abby....According ot this blog the last time I worked on it was June of last year!!! Wow! It desperately needs some love and attention!!

Thank you for the lovely comments on my progress photo of The Tree Branch and on Lyssa's photo!! I just want to fill my whole blog up with Lyssa Photos, but alas, this IS a stitching I will try to keep strictly to the stitching updates...ok, maybe not so strictly!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tree Branch progress!

Here is my progress on Tree Branch!! I finished the little tuft of green leaves sticking out from the trunk of the tree, and have been working on all the green of the tree at the top as well as working on the backstitching all over. I worked on Tiggers foot a little bit, and the actual branch part of the tree that the characters are sitting on. This one is coming along. Slowly, but surely!! All those huge blocks of color are a blessing and a pain all at once. They are great because they sorta go fast in the fact that you don't have to keep referring back to the pattern for counts, but a pain because it feels like it will neeeeveeer end, just endless stitches in the same color!!
Sorry about all the creases!!! Oops!

And next up, a picture of Alyssa's first smile caught on Camera!!! She is SOOOO cute! I know I had a hard time at the beginning of motherhood, but this little grin and cute face just makes motherhood all worth while!!! She kept flashing me a ton of them after her nap yesterday, as if she was just sooooo happy to see me!!! Made my heart soar!!! Not to be confused with "sore"...LOL

I pray you all have a wonderful stitchy day!! And if I don't post before then, I also hope my friends have a blessed Easter for those who celebrate it!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Howling at the Moon Progress

Yes, I DO believe a finish can be achieved on page 3 on this one THIS month!! Especially with the move, while I know that will keep me busy for most of next week, after that, when we are settled into the new house I will have lots of time to work on stitching and reading, as I don't think we will have internet connected at the house for awhile...hopefully not for too long, though. But it may be a goooood thing!

I am looking forward to a finish on page three so I can finally cross one off my "Up for a Challenge" challenge!! All these other ladies have been flyin' through their WIP's and me? I haven't gotten any yet!! But most of mine are BIG projects, though. There is only one that is kinda small, but the reason it is a WIP is because the pattern is such a pain, so I have set it aside and not picked it up lately. I could have had it done by now, except I cringe when I think of working with that pattern!! I love Dimension pieces, but their patterns just suck!!

Well, I hear the little one starting to wake up so gotta go, but wanted to post this update before the move and I loose my internet for a bit. Oh, speaking of Alyssa, here's a cute photo of my girl!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Oh wow!

Do you ever have times in your life when things just seem to be moving way too fast? We found out two days ago that we have to move out of our house by late August, because the military is remodeling these homes, so that means we had to find a new place to live. Today we went to a meeting to find out some information about how things would go with moving, what housing was available and such. Somehow by the end of the day, we ended up with a new home!! So we are moving this week!!! This morning it was "Lets JUST get some info", by noon it was "Lets JUST look at a few houses to see what's available when the time comes" And by late afternoon it was "We are moving in a week?!" I am super excited!! But I don't know how long I will be without internet so I may not be here for a bit...but that may be a good thing! I can get more stitching and reading done! Ha! Yeah right!! I'll be busy moving and unpacking all my stuff and getting my house in order!! LOL... So, that is what is going on with me! I am excited!! I have been stitching, mostly on The Tree Branch, and it is starting to look really good, I've just not had much time to get online and post photos. Work on Howling at the Moon has slowed down quite a bit, but I still get some time in on it, every so often. My resolution to stay off the computer isn't working out so well, but I still am trying not to spend AS MUCH time on it as before. It's just a constant battle! LOL...I don't think it is one I will ever truly win!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Monday update

Wow! Page 3 is really coming along great!!! I think I have put in about 12 hours on it since I last posted a photo!! At this rate I think I may finish page 3 by the end of this month!!! That is if I stick with my "two days of computer" rule!! I am enjoying my time away from the computer. Yesterday I got over 100 pages of my book read, and plan on finishing it today!! And! I plan on stitching on this project today as well. I love being productive!!!

If you want to see how much progress I've gotten done, scroll down about 4 posts!! =)

Friday, April 01, 2011


Well, as most of you know, my life has changed quite a bit lately, with the birth of my first baby. This has been a bit overwhelming for me, as I do not take to change too well. But slowly I am working through things. One of the things I am working through and adapting to is the amount of free time on my hands. I used to have all sorts of free time, as I don't work, and I just had to tend to the household chores and had no kids to worry about. But now I DO have a kid to take care of, and so now have a bit less time to do all those lovely things I enjoy doing, like reading and stitching. Before Baby, I didn't mind frittering away the hours playing online, surfing and playing mindless Facebook games, and reading blogs and tweeting and reading others tweets on Twitter. However, now I am realizing just how precious time is. We are all only given 168 hours to spend in a week. Time is truly the one thing you can never get back. Once it's gone, it's GONE. So, just HOW do I want to spend my time? Of course I want to spend much time with my beautiful daughter as possible, but what else should I do to make those hours worth it? How will I get the most out of my time? And I have decided that a drastic cut in online time is going to have to happen for me! I find myself at the end of the day, frustrated because I didn't do the things I wanted to do, mostly stitching and reading (my two major passions, next to my family) and I think about how I DID spend my time, and usually it is wasted on the computer! So, with this said, I have decided that I will only be turning on my computer two days a week: Mondays and Thursdays. For a limited amount of time. Probaby just in the morning. So, this means that I will probably not be hitting as many blogs as I am used to. And for this I am sorry. I truly DO enjoy reading your blogs and leaving comments here and there, and seeing all your lovely projects, however, if I am to make each day count to the best of my ability I need to make cuts somewhere, and this is the only place I can see to do so (NOT just blogs, but the computer in general). I do hope you understand. I will be using this time more wisely (in my opinion) to get more stitching and reading done, and thus feeling alot more productive at the end of my days. I will still try to blog twice a week, to let you all in on what I am working on, since I love to share what I am working on!! But if you don't see me in your comments as much you know why. I am probably curled up in my easy chair with needle and thread, or a good book! Thank you all for understanding!!