Friday, January 30, 2015

It's Friday!

Don't you just love Friday's?  The possibilities of the weekend lay ahead.  Will it be relaxing?  Will you do something exciting?  Will you be with good friends, or make new ones?  Will you try something new to eat or will you go out for an old favorite?   I love Friday's.  It's the start of the weekend, when you get to take an extra couple of minutes in the morning to cuddle with the one you love.

The weather is going to turn a little bit for us this weekend, and we have snow forecast for Saturday, which is ok.  Perfect for a day of stitching.   I have dusted off a forgotten WIP, that I was so excited to start, and then didn't get back to once life took a turn.  So Elizabeth by Mirabilia is all set up in my qsnaps and ready for me to get at it.  I'll be working on that tonight and tomorrow, hopefully I'll be able to make some good progress on it.  Then on Sunday, I can hardly wait to get back at Cornwall Cottage!  I love, love, love it!

I did finish my little ornament that I started last week.  Snowbirds by Country Cottage Needleworks from the 2013 JCS Ornament issue.  I love how it turned out on this fabric.   I've put this in my finishing pile, will have to get to that soon.  I'm thinking on the weekend that hubby goes to his ice-fishing tournament at the end of February.

I have to dig out all my Prairie Schooler Santas!  They are blowing up the blog world...and I have to get to them.  I would love a PS tree!  I can picture it in my head already.  LOL  Another husband may just divorce me!  LOL

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday update

Well hi!  How was everyone's week?  Mine was busy, I didn't get a lot of stitching done during the week, but I had my Sunday stitching day that I had planned last weekend and didn't get!  So I was a relaxed pile of stitching goo yesterday :)  I got a good amount done on our Sunday SAL.  I can't tell you how much I love stitching this project.  It's like every little motif is a mini happy dance.  It is so hard not to pick it up again tonight.  Tonight is my guilty pleasure TV/stitching night.  I settle in to watch a mindless episode of The Bachelor and I am going to stitch.  I'm working on an ornament (ha, big surprise) which I would like to finish this week.
Has anyone noticed those "I am not a robot" verification's on the comments?  I hate them!  1 out of 5 times I always get that squiggly one wrong.  Well....I discovered that you don't even need to bother!  If you just skip it altogether and click on post comment, you're done!  You don't have to prove your a robot at all.  Not sure why they put it there, but OK.  So now I don't bother and I happily comment on all the blogs that I visit :)

We are having an extraordinary January.  We are breaking high temp records all over the place.  It's so great, but I can't help but think we are going to pay for this warm spell in February with some brutally cold temperatures.  I guess we'll see, until then I am not complaining.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hermitting & Sunday SAL

So here it is!  I'm so happy that it's started!  I have wanted to work on this chart ever since it was released and I had bought it a long time ago, sitting in my stash, my ever growing retirement plan. :) When Kati and I were trying to decide what to our new project was going to be, I think it was a little wish from both of us that the other would pick this one.  This time around Linda has decided to join us as well!!!  Yeah...the more the merrier!  There's still time if anyone else would like to join us!  I started mine in the bottom center. I'm curious to see where the other two ladies started theirs. 

I had planned on stitching all day...but you know what they say....When people make plans...God laughs.  Well he must have been rolling on the ground on Saturday night when I announced my plan of stitching all day....because at 11 on Sunday morning my niece shows up with her 3 children... All under 3, the littlest one being 1 month old, along with them came my brother and sister-in-law and they were here until 4:30.  That is a long...very loud...visit.  And of course no stitching.  Once they left, hubby came home and I didn't settle down to stitch until after 7.  So this was about 3 hours of stitching done.  I was happy that I was able to finish the 1st motif on it.

On Saturday night I finished a little freebie that I'll make into an ornament for my tree.  I think it's a little cutie.  The freebie chart can be found here.  Cardinal Heart by Kissy-Cross.  I also started another ornament on Saturday night after I finished this quick little stitch. Snowbirds from the 2013 JCS ornie issue, that I'll be working on the rest of the week. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Friday, 1st happy dance

Well good morning!!!

I have my first happy dance of the year!  YAY!  I actually finished it on Monday but I haven't had a chance to post this week.  Here it is.

It's Present Reindeer by Daffycat.  I Love love love Sharon's designs! She was so sweet this year and instead of me having to email her jumping up and down insisting that she send it to me immediately, she beat me to the punch and sent it over first.  I was thrilled,  just as I had clicked open my email program to send my request, it was already sitting there in my inbox!  So this one will be added to all the other wonderful DaffyCat designs on my tree.

I'll be having a stitchy weekend this weekend.  I signed up for the IHSW (International Hermit Stitching Weekend)  So that's what I plan to do.  I have another ornament all kitted up for this weekend.  And very very very exciting news.  We are starting our Sunday SAL this weekend with Kati and Linda.  Linda from Such Is Life is joining us this time around.  So Sunday the three of us will be sitting in our own cozy little stitching spots and starting Cornwall Cottage by Rosewood Manor.  This is such a gorgeous piece and I can't wait to start it.

Hubby will be out working on his pet project.  We bought a used Motorhome, that is a bit of a fixer-upper.  Hubby is a big fan of fixer-upper's, so this is his winter project...hoping to have it ready for the first long weekend in May.  So he'll be off doing his hobby and while he's out doing that...I will be at home enjoying my needle and threads.  In the evenings we have a bunch of movies lined up that we want to watch so we'll have cuddle time on the couch with a big bowl of something or another in front of us. I'm anticipating a wonderful weekend!

Wishing a very happy birthday to my friend Carol today! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Year, New Start

Well Happy New Year everyone!  So I'm thinking that if you are still out there, then I am very thankful.  I have been so neglectful of my blog.  You know what the crazy thing is? I visit my blog every single day at least look at my bloglist to see what you have all posted on your blogs.  I know that it's ridiculous, being so close, and then not post...and still wait eagerly for everyone else to post their lives.  I will do better this year with my New Year, New Start attitude. 

Speaking of new starts 2014 took turns that I did not expect would happen in my life.  As I had mentioned left his job back in 2013 and started his own company in the summer of 2013.  Much to my dismay I might add.  I am a creature of habit.  I am a person that likes to plan ahead. I am a person with lists and sub-lists and schedules.  So let me tell you this threw me for a GIANT loop.  Thank God and all the powers that be, and the never waivering confidence of my husband that he has made such a success of his company, that all my fears and apprehension were laid to rest.  Our little business (and yes I said "our") has grown to be so successful that in August of 2014 I had to make another difficult decision and left my 10 year position at the medical clinic I was managing and came to join my husband as office/business manager at our company.  If you knew me at all you would know the turmoil that I went thru because of this as well.  Not only that having to go to my boss and let him know that I was leaving him.  I felt like I was betraying him somehow.  The funny thing is...he was so fantastic about it.  He said that back when we opened the company he knew that it was going to be inevitable, because he knew that kind of person that my husband is, and he knew the kind of person that I am, that he got a sinking feeling back then knowing that my time was limited with him. And although he was sad for himself, he was happy for me.  And that was the theme of the month notice that I gave them from every doctor and staff member.   Needless to say, it has been an incredible last 1/2 of the year.  And I can tell you that I have NEVER been happier in my whole working career, than I am right now! And I don't say that lightly.  Everything that I have learned from all my jobs have all been leading to this one time in my life/career and it's been so worth the ride.

Sooooo...not using that as an excuse (well kinda) that is why I haven't been posting, because I have been overwhelmed with so many other things...and also let that be my excuse (yep)  for not stitching as much as I would like.  I did do some stitching but didn't get them finished for my tree this year.  So I didn't get any new ornaments on my stitching tree this sad about that...but I will rectify that this year for sure!  In the meantime here are the ornaments that I have stitched since August.  All from Prairie Schooler's Nordic Holiday book.  Love them.

Another thing I want to start fresh with is my lifestyle.  Hubby and I have both been living a little on the high end side of life and have both gained some pounds that neither of us should be carrying around, him not as much as me.  He works physically so it's not so bad or as noticeable.  I on the other hand am more tubby that I want to it's time to stick to the fresher foods and getting some fresh air, just taking better care of ourselves, so that we can enjoy the life that we are building for ourselves.  I have to do my activities a lot more moderately, as I have a knee that I am waiting for treatment on and am fairly limited in the things that I can do and for how long.  Hopefully this year I'll get in with the ortho for this miracle injection that I am slated for.  I know that losing a little weight will help with it as well.  So all the more to make the changes we need to make.  I'm keeping track of my lose on my sidebar, and so far since the beginning of the year....8 pounds have been shed!  YIPEEE

Kati and I are going to be starting up another SAL on January 18th!  It's been a long time in the making, with troubles of getting out fabric and our fibers together, we finally have it all sorted out and we are set to begin.  If anyone wants to join us there is still time.  We would love to have you. 

So that's it my friends!  Please keep posting your lovely posts.  I read them all.  That is another thing....I promise to comment.  We all love comments, and quite frankly, that's how we know for sure we aren't just talking in the dark. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oh my word!!!  Is anyone still out there?  Where has the time gone?  And what did I do with it?  I did a little bit of stitching...but not that much.  Well I did ta-da finish Humboldt Coast by Silver Lining that Kati and I stitched in a year and a half of Sundays.  However this month we both decided that we wanted to get it done and we made it our focus piece and raced to the finish line.  I started to do the backstitching on this one, but decided that I didn't like it.  So I took it out and then decided to take out the backstitching that I did in the wave as well a while ago, because it seemed an eyesore to me, and I didn't like out it came.  I love how it's turned out.  I don't think that I would ever stitch it again though.  It's for my Mom but it doesn't leave my house cause Mom lives with me.  So it will be somewhere on the wall in the house.  You can click on this image to big-a-fie.

Info on the piece.....  Humboldt Coast, Designer The Silver Lining.  Stitched on Silkweavers Expressions - 32ct Romance.

Kati and I have already decided on our next Sunday SAL but we have yet to discuss a start date.  the next project is going to be spectacular too!

So what else has been new;  my bum knee got better (well not better...but certainly had some relief) when I had a large Baker's cyst aspirated.  And it was good for more than a couple of weeks, but because the knee isn't repaired yet, it did come I'll see how long I can bare the pain and get it aspirated again until I can get to the ortho (long wait list) to get my gel injection.

Camping season is upon us!  WOO HOOO!!!!!  We are trying to get a spot at our favorite campground for this weekend, but we won't be able to call until the day before we want to pull in because they changed the rules this year.  So Thursday morning, 9 am, I'll be on the phone making a reservation.   Reading, Stitching and relaxing by the lake....sounds like a wonderful way to spend 4 days!

How has everyone been???  I've missed you!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Another IHSW and Travelling chart

So where to begin?  I haven't posted in a month??  Really?  Wow it doesn't seem that long. Time is flying by's almost the end of March!  But let me assure you, it still feels like November with this winter that is never going to end!  Geesh!  We had some nice Spring-ish weather last week enough to fool the tulips into peeking out of the ground, and then boom back came winter with cold temperatures and snow.  Oh well, spring will come.  It always does.

So I start first with my Sunday SAL that I am doing with Kati.  Silver Linings Humboldt Coast.  It's coming along.  I am starting to see the light at the end of the more than 1 year tunnel on this one.  I love stitching on it though, and it's so satisfying to see it emerge into what it's turning into.  My mom has already laid claim on it.  So I'll be happy to frame this and give it to her.

Not much progress happening on Elizabeth.  I haven't found a lot of time to stitch this last week, or even month for that matter.  Everytime I sit to do some stitching, something always comes up that I have to pack it all away.  Or I manage a few stitches and then that's as far as I get.   This week doesn't look too promising either, but I'm going to try.

I am excited about this little project.  I won a chance to stitch this little piece as a travelling chart..Bent Creek - Glad Tidings. So again ladies, I will be gathering names to pick from to send it on it's next leg of it's journey.  Thank you Andrea for all the wonderful treasures that you sent along with the chart!  I spring colours of the floss are perfect....I am going to stitch this year's "bunny bums" with one of these colours for sure!!  Just which one.  None of this will go to waste, that's for sure...and are much appreciated.  

So Ladies....leave a comment on this post and in the next couple of weeks I'll be drawing a name for the next destination.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

IHSW update

So I did a little bit of stitching on the weekend, not as much as I had intended to do.  I actually had intended to do way more than I did over the Olympics but I really didn't.  Just got enthralled in the sports and didn't pay too much attention to what was in my lap....especially since I stitched for 2 1/2 hours on Elizabeth, only to realize I was stitching in the complete wrong area of the piece and it took a whole 10 minutes to frog it all out.  I was SOOO not happy, oh well...that's the way it goes sometimes.  10 minutes to 2.5 hr ratio makes one a little pissy!

So I sat and worked on Humboldt coast this weekend.  Not too much, I had planned on finishing this page that I am working on currently, but that didn't happen.  I ended up having some company, and had to put away the stitching.  By the time that they left I was tired and just sat and watched tv, plus hubby came home and had to tell me all about the fishing derby.  

I did a little Valentine piece as well,  this is a part of a freebie that can be found here but I adapted it to Carol's piece that she did last year. I'll be making this into a little ornament.

Speaking of Valentines, I was spoiled by my love this year.  My balloon is still floating :)

And last but certainly NOT least is my baby Lulu!  It's been a while since I showed a picture of her...not for lack of trying, she turns her head everytime I point a camera in her direction.  Here she sits quite content being pampered by Grandma :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mira started!

Sunday stitching was fruitful.  I worked on Humboldt Coast my Sunday SAL with Kati, and got lots done.

I am really looking forward to two fishing derbies that are coming up at the end of this month and the beginning of next month.  Two weekends where hubby is going to be out of town and ice fishing for the two weekends in a row...which means uninterrupted stitching!  Can't wait!!!

It is yet a meager little start, but it's a start.  I don't know whether I want to stitch on this thru the Olympics, or should I start a new "olympic stitching" project.  Do any of you start a new project for the Olympics?  I am an Olympics junkie as some may call me, but when I mentioned that I have to pick an Olympic stitching project...that took them over the edge!  LOL  I guess only us stitchy people understand.  Anyway this is my start on Mirabilia's Elizabeth.  I'm stitching her on Silkweavers "floral bliss"after a few floss tosses I like how the colours popped on this the best.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

And it travels to..........


Live Laugh Love is on the next leg of it's journey.  Congratulations Rhona!  I will be sending you an email shortly so that you can send me your mail address and I can pop it in the mail for you! 

I hope you'll love stitching this as much as I did....and can't wait to follow it's travels around the world  :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Live, Love, Laugh

It's done...and I love it!  I am so glad that I won the opportunity to stitch this pattern as it made it's way around the world.  You still have until the end of the week to sign up to be a part of it...just go down to this post and leave your name in the comment section and on the 31st I'll pick the next leg of it's journey.

In the mean time let me show it off.  I tried the best that I could to show the sparkle in it, but as usual, nothing ever shows up on a picture as it does in real life.  It's stitched on Peppermint Twist Opalescence by Silkweaver...I think it was from their holiday collection fabrics.  I think it went perfectly with this piece.

That being done I have put in a few of the first stitches to Mirabilia's - Elizabeth.  I don't think that I am going to be getting very much done on it though tonight because hubby and I are having a date night tonight :)  and tomorrow is Humboldt we'll see how far I can get.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hello Monday!

Monday's are normally not my favorite day of the week, but for some reason I woke up in an incredible mood today!  So it was a good day.

Didn't get much stitching time over the weekend, but I did manage to do a little.  I started the traveling chart on Friday and did quite a bit.  I am in love with this fabric.  It's Peppermint twist, it's got sparkles in it...and it's sooooo glittery...I wish the picture would reflect that.  I'll play around with the camera settings when it's finished so that you can see it more clearly.  Last year I bought the Lizzie Kate Christmas charts that she did as a set, and I think that I'm going to stitch them on this fabric.  They'll be so pretty on the tree with the light catching all the sparkle.  So that decision is made :)

We went to a bridal shower yesterday, so I really didn't get to stitch very much, a little over an hour, so my progress on Humboldt Coast isn't even worth showing but I will anyway.  :)

Just a reminder if you want a chance to stitch this Lizzie Kate traveling chart, you can sign up in my last post to add your name.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Travelling Pattern has arrived!

Back before Christmas I had won the chance to stitch a travelling pattern by Lizzie Kate from Sharon (blogger Shebafudge) that was started my Mii Stitch.  It came all the way to Canada from the UK, and we were starting to stress that it would never get here, but alas...yesterday if finally arrived!  YEAH!!!!!  So I am going to work on it this weekend, and hopefully send it on it's way again soon.  Also though in this package Sharon was kind enough to send me some LOVELY fabric that will be put to great use!  And two floss by Kates Kloths that I have never seen before but they are gorgeous variegated colours.  I can hardly wait to use them!  Thank you Sharon!!!

So what I will do then is start the process.  If you are interested in receiving and participating in this travelling pattern's journey.  Leave me a message on this post and in two weeks time (January 31st)  I will pick the next leg of it's travels! Be sure you leave me your email address as well, if I can't email you from your blog link. Now before you join keep in mind that you must be able to fit it into your rotation (if you have one) and that you will be able to stitch it and send it on it's way in two weeks time.

I'm off to pull floss and fabbie!  WOO HOO!  Arrived just in time for Hermit Weekend!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Overdue Update

Well, here I am!  It's 2014!  Happy New Year everyone!  How is your year going so far?  Mine is fantastic!!!!  I can't even tell you why, it's just a feeling I have surrounding me!  It's going to be a great year!

Lots of little finishes to share with you.

The first two are actually not even really cross stitch patterns.  They are actually knitting patterns!  Who knew!!  I found these on Pinterest...and when I actually looked at the sites they were for mittens etc.  Well I decided that I would stitch them....and aren't they going to be adorable ornaments  :)
The deer is from Fabulous Fair Isle's Pinterest board...not sure where the original came from.  But that's what I worked off of.  I'm calling this Knitting Deer.
 This was another Pinterest find...Called Bird Thumb...which I am guess is to be knitted on the thumb of a mitten.  It can be found here.
 I love this little pinecone ornament.  Kati had stitched this either last year or the year before and I fell in love with it then.  Finally this year I actually got around to stitching it.  It will look great on the tree next year (oops...this year).  This freebie can be found here
 Another ornament that Kati has stitched that I just had to stitch is this little cardinal.  Isn't it pretty?  It's called Peace Cardical, but I didn't stitch the work peace on it.  It stands alone quite nicely without the word.
The freebie chart for this one can be found here.
 And the last of the freebies that I stitched this season (actually truth be told these were all stitched after Christmas...I was on a small's roll...I have hundreds of pretty little freebies and I just loved working on them.  They are quick and satisfying stitching.  But back to Stocking Reindeer.  A Daffycat original.  I have all her reindeer stitched up just waiting for the 2014 addition now :)  You can email her thru her blog if you are interested in getting this one or any of her other reindeer or freebies.
 And last but certainly not Sunday SAL with Kati.  Silver Linings Humboldt Coast is coming along nicely.  The picture really doesn't do it justice at all.  It's coming along quite nicely.  With a couple of breask due to summer and Christmas, we have been stitching on this project every Sunday for a year now!  Wow!!

So tonight I am going to start a new project.  Mirabilia's Elizabeth! I'm so excited!  I haven't stitched  a Mira in a while now, so I'm glad to be doing one now.  I'll be posting updates as I go along :)