Feb 22, 2018

Winners and Progress

It's time to announce the winners for the giveaway I hosted on the 15th for Gifted Gorgeousness. Chart Number 1 was...
I had 5 people enter their names for this one. Mom picked the winner and picked...

Chart Number 2 was...
I had 3 people enter their names for this one. Jeremiah picked the winner and picked...
Maggee from Stitching Devotee

Congrats Ladies!! Plus Thanks for all who joined in.

After the July finish in the last post I went to my WIP totes and out popped this old WIP...
Wish Upon a Starfish from Designs by Lisa. I started it for the Crazy January Challenge in 2015. The last time I worked on it was Nov 29, 2015. Just a bit ago. So it was time to break it back out. Here is where I was with it before after 3 days of progress on it...
Here it is today after two more days on it...
I worked across the top to reach the right edge and then started filling in my way back. I'll get some time tonight and maybe Sunday night but....we have fun plans with friends and family this weekend. I also get to stop at my favorite not so LNS tomorrow on the way. Have a great weekend!

Feb 20, 2018

July Snapshot Finish

(Finish # 8) February 20th, 2018
July Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs
Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Evenweave
Threads are Suggested DMC
Started Feb 14th. Took me 6 Days.

July is finished and marked off the list. Now only 3 left to finish of this series. I admit I will miss them. But like we all know I have more than enough other stuff to be working on haha. I haven't decided what will jump on my Q-Snap now.

Don't forget I'm hosting a drawing here. So if you haven't already go there and sign up. Jeremiah will be picking names on Thursday.

Feb 19, 2018

Monday after IHSW Update

Here is my progress after IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend). I have 4 days into the July Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs now. Friday I finished up the first block and got the outlines done on the other blocks. Saturday I didn't get stitching time (stay tuned to find out why). Sunday I finished up the 2nd block and started the last one.

Saturday my sweet hubby helped me run some errands. For those who don't know...I don't drive. I just hate it and I'm not very good at it. Plus with mom not driving yet my dear hubby has been helping a lot. So he took me to my LNS here in our town. They have fantastic framing at wonderful prices. So I delivered Hold on to Hope to be framed. Now to wait impatiently for it to be done haha. Of course I couldn't leave the store empty handed. Since Lizzie Kate announced her retirement I decided I better get the pieces of hers I wanted while I could find them...
 
 
I got the Flip It's, Flip It's Bits, and the Flip It's Charms. (I think that's what they are called). I saw some other things but I get to go to my favorite LNS this Friday (House of Stitches in Laporte Indiana) so I figured I would spread the love a bit. We had some other stops to make and ate a delicious lunch at a new to us restaurant. We really enjoyed our time together. When we got home we decided to make it a movie night and watched two movies on Netflix. We watched Cloverfield Paradox and The Ritual. Cloverfield was very good and told the story of where the monster came from in the first Cloverfield movie. The Ritual was spooky. It was about these 4 guys that went hiking and got attacked by a monster type thing. It was scary and definitely made me not want to hike or camp for a bit haha.

We have been deep cleaning/emptying out junk we don't need. We have a catch all room that we had sit several boxes in when we moved into this house (10 years ago). Mom and me started the work but several boxes had Fred and me wrote on it so Sunday we decided to look through the boxes. Wow what a dork to keep the stuff we did when we moved. It should have been trash then. Now instead it has taken up space in this home for 10 years. I even had a box with toilet paper and wash clothes in it. No wonder I couldn't find our wash clothes haha. LOL So we loaded up the truck full of trash and 8 bags to go to goodwill. Feels good to get rid of stuff. Even though it was IHSW and not what I wanted to be doing haha. So that explain why I didn't get more stitching done. You have to do what you have to do when you have time to do it right?

Now we have a 4 day week because we have fun out of town plans with friends this coming weekend. So let's get this week over already. Have a great one!!

Feb 16, 2018

February IHSW

It's the 3rd full weekend of the month which means it's IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend). Warn the family, order in food, grab your stitching, and get busy. Monday there will be a check in post to show how much progress you have made over the weekend.

I was going to work on the Under the Sea SAL this weekend but I got pulled away by the July Snapshot...
I started it Wednesday and got a little bit of progress Wed and Thu...
It is still demanding my attention so I promised it I would keep it out this weekend for IHSW. We have some plans this weekend but I will squeeze in stitching when I can of course. One of the plans is to take Hold on to Hope to my LNS to be framed. See ya Monday with progress hopefully. Have a great weekend!

Feb 15, 2018

February Gifted Gorgeousness and Giveaways

It's the 15th of the month which means it's time for another Gifted Gorgeousness update. The idea of this fun blogworld check in is to post about things we either received as gifts or are giving to someone else. What a fun thing to share about. Go here to find the February post with all the lovelies people will share about today.

Let's see. I'm extremely lucky and have a family that supports my addiction oh I mean hobby so almost every piece I work on can be called a gift. So I only talk about the major ones instead. Since the last check in I finished a major gift...
In August 2012 I became friends with another blogger who loved HAEDs as much as me. Lesli from Fabulous Frogger. She sent me the Hold on to Hope pattern as a RAK when she seen it on my wishlist. I was so surprised and so thankful. Unfortunately it appears she has stopped blogging in Feb 2013. I wish she had a way of knowing I finished her up finally.

This past December I went through all my stash and made a pile of things I didn't want any more. So this year I'm hoping to spread the love and host giveaways throughout the year. What better excuse then Gifted Gorgeousness to continue the love right? Here are this month's giveaways...

Number 1:
I stitched this one in 2014 so the dog button is no longer included. But it would be easy to find any cute button or charm to fill the spot where he goes. You will receive the leaflet only.

Number 2:
I never stitched this one up. Nothing included though just the leaflet.

To enter please comment on this post. Please be clear which number you are interested in. I'm fine with you putting your name into the drawing for both if you are interested in both. Jeremiah will pick the name of the winners on Thursday the 22nd to give everyone a week to enter. If you are a no-reply blogger please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win.

Thank you for stopping by.

Feb 14, 2018

Follow up Secret Stitching Sweetheart Post

I wanted to pop back after the blog hop and share with you the results of the blog hop in the previous post. First off let's see who stitched that beautiful heart I displayed...

Hi!!!!!! I AM YOUR SECRET STITCHING SWEETHEART!!!!!! This stitched heart is made especially for you, my friend!!!!!! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!

You can go to this link to see her blog post...

What a beauty. Thanks for sharing Mia. I have enjoyed hopping around through the blog hop. I found my piece on display at this blog...
You can go there to see it or you can see it right here...
(Finish #5) I finished it on January 25th, 2018
L-O-V-E the 2017 Freebie from Hands on Design
Stitched up for the Valentine Blog Hop 2018
Stitched on 20ct Lilac Lugana
Threads are DMC 335, 371, 552
Started Jan 24th. Took 2 Days.

I stitched up the 2017 L-O-V-E freebie from Hands on Designs for this blog hop. It was a fun fast stitch. As I said above I used 3 different DMC. I did the biscornu type pillow finish because again no sewing machine is involved haha.  

Yet another fantastic blog hop hosted by Jo. Be back tomorrow for a Gifted Gorgeousness post and another fun giveaway that I hope people will join in on.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

Image Found on Bing Images: Valentine's Dragon by Tenshiryuu on DeviantArt

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! Today the lovely Jo has decided to host one of her wonderful blog hops. Go to this website... http://www.serendipitousstitching.blogspot.co.uk/ to join in the fun. The point of this blog hop is to share a piece of love with Jo. We emailed a love themed piece to Jo and she emailed the picture to another participant. You hop through the blog hop participants to find the piece you stitched. It's always fun to see what neat things people have created and share the love of our hobby together. I used this opportunity to make a new cutie to display on my shelf this time of  year. See if you can find it.

Here is the beauty I am lucky enough to share with the hoppers who have hopped here and my regular readers...
What a cute piece! I can't wait to hear from the person who made it and the story behind it. Stay tuned to find out who stitched it and what I stitched myself. Hope everyone reading this has a very love filled day.

Feb 12, 2018

Monday Update

The Spring Bell Pull won my attention for 3 days after my February Calendar finish in the last post. I finished up the I block Wednesday...
 The I block took 9 days to do. After that I got two days into the N block...
Boy doesn't look like much for 2 days but this is a typical Stoney Creek with a ton of color changes. Sure makes the end result pretty though. Here is the whole Spring Bell Pull after 35 days of work now...
Saturday morning hubby and I went up to Lansing, MI. It is 2 hours north of us. The weather was horrible. We had snow and ice the whole weekend but we had a great time. One place we drove through had over a foot of snow! But we made it there and home safely. What made us go to Lansing.... We attended a geocaching Winter Social. This time of year it's nice to have an excuse to get out and we did just that. There were probably 50-70 people in attendance. It was a nice event. Unfortunately several of our friends couldn't make it because of the weather. So it was a little odd walking into the room and only knowing one person. But I decided to have fun anyway so I started up a conversation with a nice couple and we had a great time getting to know them. The social had a lovely catered meal that was very delicious. They also had a silent auction. I'm pretty sure this was my first time participating in a silent auction and more than likely my last. It was so stressful. I decided to bid on a few things and then kept getting outbid. So I was pouting and told hubby I really want that stuff. So it was now my life goal to win them no matter how much I had to pay haha. It was fun but I don't think I should do them very often. I made myself a nervous wreck up until it was over and I had won the items I wanted haha.

Look what I got though...
This beautiful fleece camping themed blanket (it's folding in half by the way). The border is crocheted too and adds so much to it. So beautiful and well done. We also got a few other things but the blanket was my big win. It will look adorable in our cabin.

We had another friend join us after the event. We told him he was demanded to join us and he did haha. We had a room at a hotel close by and so did the friend we ran into at the social. So we made a fun evening together. We walked to a nearby restaurant and had a fantastic dinner. Afterward we gathered in our hotel room which had a living room area and watched movies together. It was a very nice relaxing weekend and a great way to reboot ourselves. Jeremiah took great care of mom while I was gone. She is really doing well. So they took care of each other really. We were glad to be home safe and sound. The weather couldn't ruin our fun.

Now it's time for a new week. I hope everyone reads this has a great one. It's going to be a busy blog week. Wednesday is a Valentine blog hop. Thursday is Gifted Gorgeousness. This weekend is IHSW.  So I'll be back soon.

Feb 7, 2018

February Finish

(Finish #7) February 6th, 2018
February from Durene Jones Calendar
Freebie available on her FB Group
Stitched on 14ct Ecru Aida
Threads are suggested DMC
Started Feb 4th. Took 3 Days. 
 
Last night I finished up the February pillow from Durene Jones. Plus it's another finished finish...Wohoo! This makes my 7th finish for the year and 4 are finished finishes. I haven't decided what is screaming loudest yet in my WIP totes. I think I keep hearing the Spring Bell Pull. We'll see though. We all know how it is. When you get closer to your WIPs one might reach out and grab you.

Feb 5, 2018

Huge Celebration!!!

My end of January and beginning of Feb has not went well at all. I swear everything that could go wrong went wrong (well within reason now that I'm thinking about whining about it). So hang on a few minutes while I complain before the celebration part of this post. Mom's dish receiver went out right after mine. It was an "easy" fix though. A hard drive failure so I called to get a new receiver. I was told this and that and thought it would be fixed after we installed the new receiver. Got the new receiver and it wasn't what they said they were going to send. I wanted the newer version like I had just got in my side of our house. Called and got more this and that and realized it all just what had to be lies. Now if you want to upset me lie to me. Like everyone I think...that really bothers me. Fine. I'll deal with it. Next day we hooked it up. Guess what?? The new receiver had a major part of it that was broke. Yep ...new phone call... new lies. We had to wait 2 days for a technician to come out. Poor guy. I was worried when he got here because he was just out of classes. A newbie. But he listened and heard what I was saying which was a lot more then he even knew haha. Together (mostly thanks to me) we fixed the issue. Lots of other stress was going on and I swear there were several days I just stared aimlessly at the TV in hopes it would make me feel better. I only stitched 2 days since my last post. So Hope was not feeling very hopeful to get finished off. Friday I finally said Come on Katie....Kick this depression and get busy. I only had 337 stitches left...

And...

Guess What?!?

She's Finished!!!!!
(Finish #6) February 2nd, 2018
Hold on to Hope from Heaven and Earth Designs
Artwork by Selina Fenech
31,276 Total Stitches 9 Pages
Stitched on 28ct Evenweave 1 Thread over 1 Complete X
Threads are 90 Different DMC as Suggested
Started on August 17th, 2012. Took 102 Days. 
 
Another one of my focus pieces for the year marked off. I was trying to explain to my husband last night. Yeah I'm excited but I'm kind of sad too. I will miss her. I've worked on her so long. But I have several other HAEDs to fill the void. She deserves to be on the wall on display. So the celebration is on!!! What a journey she has had. Now soon I will get her to my LNS and get her framed. 

Saturday my hubby and I took a drive to where we are getting our cabin from this spring for the campground. It was a fantastic time and hubby and me had 4 hours of driving to talk about all the issues that have been going on. I have to take better care of myself and only worry about things I can control. I know that's easy to type but I've been trying hard and already feel a lot better. It's not worth stressing myself over every little thing. Some things we really can't control and just have to breath our way through it. I'm not a good person when I let it get me down. Who is?

Yesterday hubby had a Ham radio event so I settled in for a nice relaxing stitching day. I started the next Durene Jones Calendar piece. Here is February after the first day...
Definitely a stitching filled day indeed. It felt great. Today I'm ready to start a new week. I hope everyone reading this has a great week too. Remember to love yourself and treat yourself with the respect you deserve. Big Hugs to All!

Jan 28, 2018

January WIPocalypse

It's the last Sunday of the month which means it's WIPocalypse time. This is where you go to see this month's check in. So stop over and see what others are talking about. WIPocalypse started to help us all stitch our projects before the end of the world. Of course if you are like me you keep adding to the pile and that doesn't help any haha. I like to use this SAL as a fun excuse to keep track of what I have worked on since the last check in. So let's see what I've been working on so far this year...

You are Loved -- Worked on 4 Days. Here is the project now after 6 days total...
Durene Jones Calendar -- Worked on 3 Days. I'm stitching these designs up each month for the Smalls SAL. I started and finished up the January piece...
Winter Messenger -- Worked on 2 Days. I was able to finish this one off after working on it these last two days. So glad to mark this one of my WIP list.
Pine Mountain Snapshots -- Worked on Dec for 3 Days. I was able to get this one finished off. Now I just have 4 more to do.
Salt Water Taffy -- Worked on 4 Days. I hadn't picked this one up since Feb 26th, 2017. Here is where I was...
Here it is now after the 4 days...
By the Sea -- Worked on 1 Day. Picked this up and finished it off after last working on it January 14th, 2016...
 Mill Hill Cabin Fever -- Worked on 1 Day. Got a little start on this one till I heard another WIP calling. Not even enough to take a photo of.

HAED Hold on to Hope -- Worked on 6 Days. I hadn't worked on this one since May 25th, 2016. She was screaming to get out and be finished. Here she was when I picked her up again...
Here she is now after finishing off page 8...
I just have 852 stitches left to finish her so she can finally get her place on the wall where she deserves to be.

I also had a fun little Valentine finish in 2 days. But I'm not showing the photo till the Valentine Blog Hop. So stay tuned.

I only had 3 no stitching days. I have to admit I love this time of year. I got so much stitching done this month. It feels great! Plus just in this span I got 5 finishes. 3 completed finished finishes. I'm one happy stitcher. Now to just try to keep it up the rest of the year haha.

We also get fun questions to answer with our posts. Here is the question for this check in... What SAL’s are you participating in this year? Mine are all listed in the side bar. WIPocalypse, Smalls SAL, Gifted Gorgeousness, IHSW. I also joined in the Soulful Stitchers group and joined the Year of WIPs (YOW) this year. I've listed 20 pieces I really want to finish for that. This year my real goal is just to stick to it and get some of the 75 WIPs on my list marked off.

Thanks for stopping by for my WIPocalypse post. See ya Feb 28th for the next one. Hopefully will a bunch of progress to share.

Jan 26, 2018

2018 Smalls SAL - Jan Check in

Today is the last Friday of the month (Wow already?!?) which means it's time for a Smalls SAL check in. This is my 3rd year participating. The idea of this fun SAL is to push us to stitch up something small each month. I enjoyed the idea of doing a monthly year long set in honor of this SAL.

In 2016 I did this fun perforated paper set from a Dimensions leaflet I had in my stash for years...
In 2017 I did the Snapshot series from Pine Mountain Designs. I still have 4 to finish up since I had such a busy year last year with traveling. But here is the latest one Dec that I recently finished...
This year I picked another fun set. This time from Durene Jones...
Rachel did them last year and I just fell in love with them. Plus they are actually little and should take a lot less time each month than the Snapshots that took around 7 days to finish sometimes more. Here is January all finished up and actually on display where it deserves to be instead of a hiding in a bin of shame...
It was a fun fast stitch only taking me 3 days from start to finished finish.

So hopefully I will be able to keep up and have a year worth of cute little monthly finishes by the end of the year.

By the way. I finished up my Valentine cutie last night. But I'm not sharing the photo with you just yet. It will be revealed in the upcoming Valentine Blog Hop hosted by the wonderful Jo. So make sure to come back Feb 14th for that. Which means that Hope will come back out to hopefully get finished off. Listen for the loud celebration coming sometime.

Jan 24, 2018

Page Finish on Hope

I finished up the 8th page on Hold on to Hope last night. This means 30,424 stitches in now. Just 852 left on the last page! According to my progress bar she is 97% complete.

I'm going to take a small break and do a little piece for the upcoming Valentine Blog Hop. But she will be back out after that to get finished off.

I posted on the 15th about my frustration of getting a new Dish receiver. Guess what happened now? Mom's decided it wanted attention and we are having to replace it haha. Luckily this time it's just a hard drive failure so they will just send us a new receiver. We also had to order the over the air part. Since they still don't have any at Dish. But luckily I found another one online. We got our part installed last night finally and it works fantastic. You can even DVR two things at a time from the antenna so now instead of 3 I can record 4 things at a time. Wohoo. So even though it's frustrating it seems to be working out in our advantage.

Mom is now 5 weeks out from her stroke. She is still doing a lot better. Yes she still has some times where she just can't find the right word but overall I'm happy with her progress. She seems more clear for longer spans. I think next week we will try to do a small drive down to our Subway to see how her driving is. She really wants us to be able to go get groceries again. So we need to try something small.Thanks again for all the thoughts/prayers for her.

Jan 22, 2018

Giveaway Winner Announcement

I hosted 2 giveaways for the Jan GG check in. No one was interested in the Cars kits this time. But I had 6 people enter into the drawing for the two Sue Hillis charts...
I wrote the names on pieces of paper and had Jeremiah pick one so you can blame him haha...
The winner is:

Nice gift from your husband.I'd love to see it finished.I'd love the first batch if I win the giveaway,thanks.AriadnefromGreece!

Thank you very much for entering. I will hopefully remember to host another giveaway on Feb 15th for the next GG post. So make sure to come back for that.

Monday after IHSW Update

This weekend was the 3rd full weekend of the month. That means it's IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend). Perfect excuse to warn the family, grab your stitching, and stitch the weekend away.

My last post I said I was thinking of working on one of my new Mill Hill kits. I had heard them screaming to be started. Thursday I couldn't wait any longer and I started Cabin Fever. I got one little section started and then the real screaming began but not from the Mill Hill anymore. This was a very loud screaming from across the room. It was not to be ignored. I walked over to my WIP tote and seen my HAED Hold on to Hope jumping up and down. Me Me ME!!! Okay Okay. How could I ignore her?
Here is the close up on where she was when I started working on her Friday morning. The last time she was out was May 25, 2016!! I don't blame her for being mad.
Friday I got 624 stitches in and finished the column off.
Saturday morning we did a quick grocery run to Costco so that took some time. Then this section was full of confetti (lots of color changes) stitching. So I was only able to get 232 stitches in.
Sunday I got 299 more stitches in. Here is the whole piece now...
She is very happy to have a total of 1,155 stitches put in this weekend. You can see in the whole picture how close I am to being finished. So I'm bet her screaming won't be hushed till she is hanging with pride on the wall.

I will be back in another post soon with my giveaway announcement. A few chores have to be done first since I put off over the weekend.