Dec 15, 2017

IHSW

It's the 3rd weekend of the month. That means it's IHSW -- International Hermit Stitch Weekend. It's the excuse we all need to tell everyone leave us alone and let us stitch. It's also the blur of December. The preparation for Christmas. The stress of making sure everything is done and ready for the big day.

I have emails to respond to. Blogs to visit. Things that I could be doing.

Guess what I'm going to do...

Park my bum on the couch, kick up my feet, and STITCH!!!

I'm going to start the December Snapshot today which is just too cute. Yes I do have a few plans this weekend that I can't put off. But every other second I will do my best to stitch and get some of my stress to fall away through those lovely X's. 

I hope you can join me. We all deserve it. See ya Monday.

Dec 13, 2017

Christmas Time

 
 
Saturday we went and got our Christmas tree from a local Christmas tree farm. We really enjoy this tradition. We didn't get to cut it ourselves this year because they had a lot sick. So we purchased a precut beautiful one instead. It was a different type than we've got before and we really love it. It smells so pretty and the branches were perfect for our ornaments.

Fred had Monday and Tuesday off work again to use up the last of his days off for the year. Mom and me hit the stores Monday to finish off our Christmas shopping. Yesterday we went out to get Mom a new TV and bed. She is so happy.

So as you can see busy busy. What a blur this month has been. I did get most of the stitching done on the Candy Cane key chain the day I last posted. I'll wait and post a picture after I finish it. I'm hopefully going to pick up my stitching again today. This weekend is IHSW and I will squeeze in stitching when I can. Mom's bed gets delivered on Saturday and Sunday morning we are going to get our groceries for next week so we don't have to leave the house at all hopefully next week haha. I will be too busy wrapping everything and doing the final preparations. We are all excited for Christmas to get here.

Dec 10, 2017

Christmas Jar Finish / New Start

(14) December 9th, 2017
Christmas Jar Ornaments from Dimensions
  2nd of 4. Used Kit Materials.
Started November 24th. Took 8 Days.
 
I was able to finally get the 2nd jar finished up last night. Here they both are now...
Another fun stitch. I definitely won't have them finished by Christmas Day but I will hopefully soon. Plus when I finish the stitching I just have to cut them out and done. No sewing haha.

I bought this kit from the PALs Retreat this year and it's screaming for my attention so I'm going to start it today...
These were available from Rovaris. They were a company that came all the way from Italy! I heard they are really easy to finish into the keychain when finished so I figured let's try it.

I'm off to stitch the day away. Hope everyone has a great last day of the weekend. I'm taking advantage of no plans for today.

Dec 6, 2017

Monday!?! Update

Wait what day is it? Who am I? LOL Christmas rush has took over my brain. So here's my Monday Update on Wednesday...

Other than the day of my last Monday update I've only found time to stitch 2 other days! I worked on the Christmas jar still and here I am now with it after 6 days of progress...
I did get a lot stitched on it during the 3 days since the last photo update. But I really was hoping to be finished. It's so close as you can see. Just need a few more stitches and then the back stitching which does take awhile but is oh so worth it. So hopefully soon I'll be back with a celebration post.

What a blur this past week (and some I guess) has been. We got the inside decorating mostly done. Then we've been shopping like crazy. The weather has still been nice so we've really been trying hard to get it all done before the weather turns worse. Saturday Mom and Jeremiah went to a Christmas party so Fred and me went out shopping together. He really wanted to get a new cell phone. Our phones were our first smart phones and they were the very basic model. So after much pleading from him we stopped. I really dislike change haha. So I was really having a hard time being told how great our new phones would be. But now I'm glad we switched. We ended up with the Samsung Galaxy J7V. Not the fancy expensive ones but still a lot better than our Samsung Galaxy Core Prime's. They were baby smart phones and now we have teenager ones haha. After a few days of messing with it and getting it setup just right I'm really happy with it. Hubby was happy from the first second haha. He does a lot better with change than me. Fred has 4 vacation days to use up before the end of the year so he took off Monday and Tuesday this week (yes one of the reasons my Monday update is here...Wednesday haha). We all went out shopping Monday. It was really nice. I don't even know the last time we did that all together. We went to a local park that had this drive through Christmas light display on the way home in the evening. It was a long long day but so much fun. Yesterday Mom and me went back out and got a ton more done. The boys got to stay home and relax. It's been really nice feeling like we are getting so much done but I notice even when I'm home my brain is just off. I just stare blankly at the TV and try to recover. 

But we are getting it done. The Christmas excitement is definitely here. Jeremiah and me keep begging Christmas to come faster. I'm sure it will be here before I'm ready though. The rest of the month will more than likely blur by me just like the first part so far has. I'll just do my best...all I can do right? Hope everyone reading this is doing well too.

Nov 27, 2017

Monday Update

Here it is the start of another week. Last week of November already. Where did the year go? Friday I got started on the next Christmas Jar. For a reminder here is what they will look like again...
I've already finished the 3rd one in the picture and now started the green one on the far right. Here is my 3 days progress on it so far...
The weather was nice and we didn't have plans this weekend so we got all our fall and Christmas tubs brought inside and ready to change our decorations over. Then the weather was warm on Sunday so Fred, Mom, and me put out our outside decorations...
 
 
 
Today we got to work on the inside but I swear this house grows when we try to do that type of stuff. It's a never ending job. I did put away all my fall/Halloween stuff so we do have that freshly robbed look haha. Mom got all of her fall stuff away too. So now we just have to fill the shelves with our goodies. That can wait till another day for now.

Hope this week is good to all reading this. Thanks for stopping by.

Nov 26, 2017

November WIPocalypse

Hey look it's time for a WIPocalypse and I'm posting. I even posted on the last one on time. I know I know you're shocked...so am I haha. The idea for WIPocalypse was to stitch all our projects before the end of the world. I doubt I will come close to finishing mine but I like to say I'll try. It would really help if I stop starting new things but what fun would that be. I have decided to use this SAL to keep track of what I've worked on and how many days. I love looking back and seeing what progress I've made each check in. So let's see what I've been working on since October 30th...

Christmas Jar Ornaments -- 10 Days. This fun kit is from Dimensions. I fell in love with it the first time I seen it and then had a hard time finding the kit to purchase. It even sold out a few times now at 123stitch. When I finally got the kit I just had to start them. I've finished the first one and started on the 2nd jar Friday. I will post the progress on the 2nd one on Monday. Here is the first one completed...
Monthly Snapshots -- 6 Days. I've been doing these monthly. I missed July, August, September, and October because of being so busy. I decided to skip and do November. In the 6 days I was able to start and finish November...
Under the Sea SAL -- 7 Days. My other SAL that I am behind on. I did June for the 3 days of the November IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend)...
Then I had to stick with it to finish up July because the mermaid was just too cute...
Here is the whole piece now...
Just 5 more sections to go with this one.

I've only had 3 no stitching days. So I'm definitely back to my stitching time of the year.

We also get fun questions to answer. This month's question is: What finishing style have you never tried but would love to do? Right now I would answer with ANY. I've only FFO (fully finished off) 2 pieces this year of the 13 I've completed the stitching on!! I got into a fight with my sewing machine and I've been scared to try it again. I HAVE to do something to finish off my beautiful projects just thrown into a tote. Soon....I mean it.

This next month is full of shopping, wrapping, and typical holiday things but I will work in stitching to save my sanity. Next post is December 31st. Wonder what I will have worked on by then?

November Smalls SAL

It's time for the Smalls SAL check in. The purpose of this SAL is to encourage us to stitch up some smaller pieces. I know I always pick large pieces and never enough smalls. Last year was my first time joining and I had these fun monthly designs I wanted to do (They are in my 2016 finishes tab if interested). So this year I did the same. I picked out a year long series of monthly designs. My term of small needs to change though haha. Next year I'm collected more small pieces to do plus another cute actually small monthly type design. Here's hoping I stick to it better than this year. We've been busy doing a lot of traveling this year (which I won't complain about haha) so I missed several check ins and 4 monthly pieces. But I will catch up...sometime.

Anyway I was able to get November in. Here it is...
November Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs
Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Evenweave
Threads are Suggested DMC
Started Nov 8th. Took 6 Days.
 
 

Nov 24, 2017

Under the Sea SAL

I told you I thought the Under the Sea SAL would have to stay out so I could get a start on the mermaid. Guess what...
I was able to get the whole July section finished up after 4 days. She had 5 little fish join her and some sea weed to complete the whole section. Here is the whole project now only missing 5 blocks...
This is after 21 days total now. I am still just amazed at how perfect it looks as not only each individual part but then as a whole piece. Love it!!  Now this one is going away for a bit. The 2nd Christmas jar ornament is screaming to be started.

I hope my US friends had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We did. We survived the shopping, prepping, cooking, and the eating haha. My hubby asked for green bean casserole this year. So I got to try making it for my first time. I was so happy it turned out delicious. He was very happy and had two heaping plates full. Mom made her very complicated crock pot potatoes and they were really yummy. What a pain though. We joked about we will definitely not be making them any time soon. We also had deviled eggs, veggies and homemade dip, olives, pickles, and a cheese plate. Plus Ham and Turkey of course. Mom and me made two pumpkin pies and I don't eat them but I heard they turned out good too. It was DELICIOUS. It's hard without having my mom's family. We sure miss them in these special times even more than everyday but we did our best to make it special in our own way. They were with us of course. We could feel them watching over us.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend. Tomorrow we will bring in our tubs of decorations so we can get the process of putting away our Fall stuff and getting ready for Christmas next week. I love Christmas decorations so I'm ready even though it is a lot of work. Hopefully we will also get to relax and I'll get some progress on my 2nd Christmas jar to show you on Monday.

Nov 20, 2017

November IHSW

IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend) was the perfect excuse to park it on my couch and STITCH the weekend away. Boy I did just that mostly. I appreciate my family for playing along. My hubby had plans all weekend. He volunteered with his local amateur radio club to help out at their Ham Fest which is like a retreat but all geek stuff haha. He had a great time.

My weekend goals was to finish up the June section on the Under the Sea SAL and catch up on a few shows off my DVR. (Once Upon a Time and Riverdale for those curious -- which I was able to catch up on Wohoo) Friday I pretty much didn't leave the couch. It was wonderful. Here is where I got on the June section after Friday...
The jelly, sea star and upper right yellow fish were added. Plus the seahorse had a few more bubbles and the small piece of corral added by the right side of the sea star.

Saturday we had some plans in the evening and I didn't seem to do near as much...
The yellow fish and corral by the seahorse and some of the next jelly was added. A friend came down from Michigan to visit the Geek  Ham Fest and ended up volunteering with Fred all weekend. He crashed on our couch for the night. So we went out for dinner together after the convention was over Saturday. We watched Hitman's Bodyguard together afterward which was really funny. It was a fantastic visit so I didn't miss the missed stitches too much.

Sunday they were gone before I woke up which was okay because I got back to stitching and finished up the June section...
Here is the whole piece now...
Just so in love with how this looks together. Durene Jones is an extremely talented designer that's for sure. I think it's going to stay out to play some more because the next section has a beautiful mermaid to add.

I really enjoyed the new Facebook IHSW group. It was fun to see the others posting pictures of what they were working on. I do notice Saturday I spent too much time on the internet and not enough time stitching so Sunday I tried to keep it away and stitch instead. Now I need to go catch up on emails and blog reading to see what everyone was up to this weekend.

Nov 16, 2017

November Finish and IHSW Project

(Finish #13) November 16th, 2017
November Snapshot from Pine Mountain Designs
Stitched on 32ct Lambswool Evenweave
Threads are Suggested DMC
Started Nov 8th. Took 6 Days.

I really wanted to finish this one today and I did. Wohoo! Same as all the other months this was a fun stitch. It definitely had the perfect November feel to it. Now I have 5 left of these monthly snapshots. I think I will do December in December and then hopefully finish the others as soon as I can. I have so many projects screaming to be stitched I don't know when but they will be finished. 

Tomorrow is the start of IHSW. I got all my chores done today. So I'm obligation free I think. I've decided to work on my Under the Sea SAL. The last part I did was May so just a little behind...
Hopefully I can get some good progress this weekend. I will be back Monday with my update. I hope everyone has a great weekend and find lots of stitching time.

Nov 13, 2017

Monday Update

Here is the November Snapshot now after 3 days progress. The first block is finished and the other blocks are outlined and ready to go.

Friday and Saturday we had a blast shopping at Shipshewana. Jeremiah, Mom and me went Friday. It was our first time at these new buildings. The one building had 50 vendors and the other had 150 at least. We had so much fun and found lots of great goodies for Christmas. Saturday Jeremiah stayed home with Fred and we met up with a close family friend to shop again all day. We shopped till we dropped and then shopped more. It was a great time indeed. Yesterday my whole body hurt so I happily threw myself on my couch to stitch all day.

This weekend is the return of the official IHSW...
I looked at the calendar to see what the plans were. Hubby is going to be busy all weekend with his HAM radio club. My poor DVR is full and there are so many shows begging to be watched. So I warned Mom and Jeremiah. They are on their own. Just imagine I'm at a stitching retreat all weekend. IHSW is the perfect excuse to demand a lazy weekend. Are you going to join in too?

Nov 9, 2017

New Start and I won!

I didn't want you left wondering what I decided to work on. So I decided to stop by and write a post. Remember my fun monthly snapshots. I am so far behind. I missed July, August, September, and October. Too busy those months. So I was getting ready to start July....July in November? Beautiful patriotic design in the crisp fall month. So I glanced ahead at November...
How cute! Okay I must skip those other 4 months and start this one right away. So start it I did...
I will be going back to finish those other 4 missed months though so don't worry. Just don't know when. I also was reading blogs and seen that I won a giveaway that Jo hosted during the Halloween Blog Hop. Look what I won...
Shepherd's Bush Spooky Night
I can't wait to stitch it up to display for next year. When I do get it finished I will definitely pay it forward here since I was lucky enough to win it from Jo to begin with. 

I have a busy few days ahead. There is a fun fall festival going on in Shipshewana with lots of fun shopping to do. Mom, Jeremiah, and me are going tomorrow. Then Saturday mom and me are meeting a close family friend to go back. I'm sure we'll have a blast. We always do. Sunday I already have plans to park myself on the couch and stitch so hopefully I'll make up for being busy the next two days haha. Have a great weekend!

Nov 7, 2017

Christmas Jar Finish

(Finish #12) November 7th, 2017
Christmas Jar Ornaments from Dimensions
1st of 4. Used Kit Materials.
Started Oct 30th. Took 8 Days.

It's really hard to get a nice photo but you get the point haha. I must say again this one was a joy to stitch until the last stitch. I just love the way it turned out other than the photo haha. I'm hearing a lot of screaming from my WIP basket. So I think I'll wait a little bit to start the next jar. I really want to get back to this one though and maybe....hopefully....be able to display them even this Christmas season.

Nov 6, 2017

Monday Update

I have 6 days of progress into the 1st of the 4 Christmas Jars from the Dimension kit. I really LOVE working on this one. It's a nice change to stitch on the plastic canvas actually. Plus I'm really excited about when the stitching is done it's pretty much done. You cut it out, I think I'm going to put felt on the back, and add the hanger....done. Love that. It won't be sitting in my box of shame pouting like everything else haha.

Saturday we had a fun filled day. My Dad and Step Mom had a Halloween party at the family campground. We went down early to help decorate. They invited a lot of their work friends plus a lot of family showed up too. We ended up with TONS of laughs and great memories to last forever. I'm so thankful Dad got the crazy idea to build a family campground. It has sure made a gathering place where we can make countless memories. Sunday a close friend came down from Michigan and went with Fred to his radio event. Fred was just all smiles. We are again so lucky to have such close friends that we are just getting closer to each year. We are pretty much family. It was a yucky rainy stormy day but they had a blast. Plus I got to curl up with my stitching and DVR. It was another perfect weekend of fun and relaxation.

I hope everyone has a great week. Hopefully I'll be back soon to report on my first finished Christmas Jar.

Oct 31, 2017

Halloween Blog Hop

It's that time of year again. Time for a fun Blog Hop hosted by the wonderful Jo. Stop over to her blog to see what it's all about here. In order to play along we are to do few things.

First we give you a letter. Let's see what letter I have to give...
Now that you have your H. I'm supposed to tell you where to go next on your search for more letters...

Then just for fun I can share some Halloween stitching I've done. The funny thing is I love Halloween stitching and I have hardly any to show. I need to do more that's for sure. Here is a fun set I'm working on to try to help with that...
These are from Artecy and so far I've got the pumpkin finished and the skeleton beneath it started...
 
Here is one of my Halloween displays. You can see two pillows made by friends in the mix of decorations also two Mill Hill beading boxes I did in 2009 on the top shelf...
 
I hope you enjoyed your stop at my blog. I can't wait to stop by your blog too.