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Before I head out for the weekend, I wanted to go ahead
an post my goals and accomplishments for the month.
 
March Stitching
Goals
 
 
1.  Continue stitching My Teacher by Bobbie G
Designs
~ Yes…I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked but I did
work on it.
2.  Continue using Sundays for stitching
on And They Sinned by Examplar Dames Designs
~ Not every
Sunday.  Due to the retreat piece needing to be finished I ended
up skipping stitching on this the last Sunday of the month.  However
when I do, I am really enjoying stitching on this piece.
3.  Continue stitching on and finish the border
of Bent Creek’s Walking In A Winter Snapperland
~ I didn’t even get to
pick this one up. 
4.  Finish stitching the Trilogy’s Four Seasons
~  I didn’t finish it, but I did stitch on it some at the
beginning of the month.
5.  Update stash inventory program
No…hopefully sometime soon though so that I can put everything away in it’s
place.
 
I also stitched on the Retreat Pre-stitching
Project.  I forgot to include this in my goals for the month as I hadn’t
received it yet and didn’t know if we would actually have pre-stitching.  I
received it on March 10 and the retreat starts today.  So due to the very
short time given to stitch this, it pretty much became the only project I
stitched on this month, especially in the last week & a half.  I am
still not done with it.  
 
This month I also finally ventured into the world of
punchneedle and started & finished my first project.  Though I can’t
remember exactly, it took less than eight hours total.  The pattern I
punched was a Punch and Cookie Club design that is a cute little chick in an egg
from Pine Mountain Designs.  I have signed up for the monthly Punch
& Cookie club
.
 
April Stitching
Goals
 
1.  Continue stitching on My Teacher
project
…hoping to finish it this month, need to finish this this month so
that I can have it sent off to finish into a wallhanging. ~
2.  Continue stitching on And They Sinned on
Sundays
~
3.  Start the
second teacher gift…JABC’s Open a New Box Daily
~
4.  Punchneedle….May’s Punch & Cookie
Club project
~
 
Keeping the goals very short this month.  Time
is getting near and I must finish the teacher project as well as start the
second gift.  I may decide to not stitch on ATS in order to devote all
stitching time to My Teacher.
 

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Today I leave for my
second stitching
retreat
.  It is the one I went on last year and had a good time. 
This year two of my friends (one went last year) and I have decided to room
together.  I hope we manage to get some sleep!  You know how girls can
be, talking all night.  Oh, and I haven’t finished my pre-stitching
yet.  I still have about a quarter of the circle area to fill in.  It
is all I have been doing since Sunday.  And I stitched all day Wednesday
and yesterday on it.  I have a few things to do today, like pack and the
only other thing I plan to do is stitch on the fill in.  I am looking
forward to going though I will miss my family BIG time.  Sean has to go out
of town next week.  Well, I should be filling, so
TTFN!

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Mid-week updates

Yesterday I hung out with my friend.  First dropped Hannah at school ant then I went to Wal-mart to pick up King Kong DVD for Sean along with a few other things.  Amazing how the stuff just jumps in the cart.  :0)  Then I rushed to met Wendy by ten at the coffee house.  We got coffee and chatted for a while, then headed into the quilt shop.  Amazing how long you can spend looking at fabric.  We then decided to go to lunch at Panera.  Then I had to rush back across town to pick up Hannah from school where I volunteered to help with the fundraiser pick-up.  Then home to make dinner. 
 
I didn’t get much stitching done yesterday.  I have come to the conclusion before that I wasn’t going to get the retreat project finished by Friday, so I am only working on finishing one side now.  It is taking forever!  It is a large area of fill-in.  Hoping to make good progress today.  Getting ready to head down to the LNS for encouragement with the project.  
 
Oh, on Monday I was leaving home to go pick Sweetpea from school, I heard the beautiful but odd sounding bird singing.  I look up to find Mr. Cardinal…the Maryland State Bird…hanging out in on of our front yard trees.  So I snapped a picture before he took off.  I wish the pic didn’t turn out so blurry but at least I got it pretty close up.  TTFN

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Monday, Monday

Here it is…Monday again.  Where does the time go?  Sean was out of town again for work last week.  He managed to get home right around lunch time on Friday.  JoJo had a grooming appointment for 1 pm, so we took her down and dropped her off.  Then we went out to lunch and to the toy store. 
 
The day before Hannah and I went to the toy store to buy a birthday present for my Godson’s birthday.  She was so good while there, knew that we were only there to get a present and though she looked at a couple of things, she never once asked to get something for herself.  So of course when I told her daddy about that, he wanted to get her a surprise. 
 
Then we went to pick Hannah up from school and the groomer called to say that JoJo was ready so we went to pick her up too.  She is such a pretty dog, but much like with my daughter, I am just a little bit bias on those subjects. 
 
Anyway, we got up early on Saturday and drove three hours to my parents house where we visited for a few hours before heading to Kyan’s birthday party.  Hannah had a good time and though I wish we could have spent more time with my best friend and her family, we headed back to my parents for dinner before driving back home.  Yesterday was spent sleeping in, taking naps and stitching on the retreat project which I am really starting to hate!  I am never going to get it totally finished by Friday.  And I am starting to resent this project because I have so little time to finish it.  So, I haven’t stitched on the teacher project in a week and I didn’t get any stitching in on ATS yesterday. 
 
So, I thought Sean and I had made a decision months ago about summer vacation, but then a couple a weeks ago I suggested that we just hang here and do things around where we live.  But then this weekend he started surfing the web and I am not sure, but I think we might decide to go to Mexico this summer.  I suggested next year, but Sean was like why wait.  I love to travel but hate having to put JoJo up at the vet’s.  They have a nice facility for boarding but she is our other baby and I just know she doesn’t get the same love and attention as at home.  However, I think a week on the coast of Mexico will be enjoyed by us this summer or next.  I need to go search online for the best flight price.
 
I finished reading Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons this weekend.  Very good book.  It wasn’t the light read I thought it was going to be like Confessions.  It made me miss my girlfriends (Bridget, Heather, Jess, Vicki and Nawana) that are all scattered around now and glad that I have been lucky enough not only to know them but lucky enough to make a few more good friends (Wendy, Symya, Erin and Shelley) here recently, too. 
 
So today I am doing laundry and trying to get as much stitched on the retreat project as I can.

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Stash Dieting

I have been reading a lot of stitchers’ blogs for awhile and recently have
noticed that several are writing about going on a stash diet.  I have tried
this and it never works for me.  I am afraid to even sit down and figure
out what I have spent this year alone.  I do think at the beginning of
every year that I am going to cut back a little and only get the series this
year and the needed supplies to actually stitch the patterns I have.  But
then in February, market happens and that thought is gone with the wind. 
 
And now I have finally joined the world of punching.  I went ahead and
signed up for the May Punch & Cookie club kit.  And last week I did
pick up the two L*K punchneedle charts.  Then on Wednesday night I checked
the Little House
Needleworks
site and discovered her two new releases, The Counting House and
Acorns & Pines, plus her daughter’s two new releases from Country
Cottage Needleworks
, The Tea Room and A Place We Call Home.   The
Counting House and A Place We Call Home are my two favorites, but of course I
must have all four. 
 
So my point is…I don’t think I can go on a stash diet, even though I
try.  The other day I decided to take a picture of all
the stuff I have bought just this year so far.  I haven’t entered it into
my stash inventory program yet, so it has been sitting in a bag growing. 
It pretty much covered the coach.  And it doesn’t include the
magazines. 

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That’s what I have been working on the past three days.  And I am not
yet finished.  I still have the background to fill in on both pieces and
the backstitching.  Hoping to get one piece finished this weekend.  I
only have one week to get it done.  But if I have to I will leave the one
piece without the background. 
 
I went to the bookstore today while Hannah was in school.  I shouldn’t
have gone!  I picked up the magazine I went after and since I had time to
waste, I looked around.  I bought three more books!  I have a stack of
books to read that just keeps growing.  Much like my stash!  LOL 
I got Cocktails For Three by Madeleine Wickham (is actually the author
of the Shopaholic Series), Spin Cycle by Sue Margolis and Speak
Softly, She Can Hear
by Pam Lewis.  I am still reading Angry
Housewives, since I only get about 15 minutes or so a day of good reading time
it takes forever to finish a book, and even though I haven’t finished this one
yet, I can already tell you that I highly recommend picking up a copy.  It
is a wonderful story about friendship.  Once I am finished with a book, I
pass it on to a friend to read and they done the same.  Once I pass it on,
I don’t want it back.  I am going to have to pick up a second copy to give
to my friends because this is a keeper, but I want them to read it too. 
TTFN

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SBQ

Today’s SIB was suggested by Carol (http://carolsxsblog.blogspot.com/) and is:

Have you ever participated in a needlework mystery (i.e., a design that you started before knowing how it will look in the end and by which you receive parts of the design via the internet, magazines, or leaflets at spaced intervals)? If so, why did you decide to do the mystery? What appealed to you about it? Did you enjoy it? If you have not done a mystery, would you ever do one?

 
Yes, I have…an unfinished one.  It was a murder mystery SAL where you received a portion of the pattern along with a chapter of the murder mystery story.  I signed up at my LNS a couple of years ago.  I thought it would be fun.  We got the first three parts over several months.  We were suppose to get it monthly and after a year of not receiving any additional patterns we all gave up.  I eventually saw the finished piece on-line and decided that I didn’t like it at all.  So I ripped out all the stitches and will use the fabric for something else some day.  I may be interested in another one someday, but not right now.  Still have a bad taste in my mouth about the whole experience. 

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It is Spring!

At least, that is what the calendar and the news programs keep telling me.  However, the temp outside would lead me to believe otherwise.  Hoping that after this week, since it appears that it will be very chilly thru the next weekend, that the temperatures will start to raise and become warmer.  I am looking forward to getting the bikes out, packing a lunch and riding along the trails this Spring.
 
Had a pretty nice weekend.  Friday Sean took me to lunch at Panera Bread & Bakery and I was so happy to see that my favorite salad had been put back on the menu.  The Fuji Apple Chicken Salad!  Yummy!  We went to the movies after that to see "Failure To Launch".  It was really good and very funny.  Of course, watching Matthew McConaughey for 1 1/2 hour is such torture!  LOL  Stitching at the LNS on Saturday afternoon, then off to dinner and bowling with the girls.  We decided to go the Duckpin Bowling Alley.  I hadn’t done that type of bowling before and it was fun.   Then on Sunday, we girls got together again at a friend’s for more stitching and chatting. 
 
This weekend I worked mostly on the retreat project with a little on ATS last night.  I am not even half finished yet! With the retreat project that is.   Shelley is almost finished with hers.  Wendy and Symya are much further along then me too.  I am sssoooo ssssllllloooowwww!  I plan on working on this project most of the day, every day, and then stitching on the teacher project in the evening.  Time is running out for both!  TTFN

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Q is for Quiz

Ten down….sixteen more to go!  Next letter up is P.  Must get busy on this.  March is almost over and I need to get this finished.  I am thinking by the end of April.  I will need to take it into the LNS for finishing into a wall hanging.  Plus, I still need to finish the second gift and have it framed.  When is the last day of school again???
 
I am going to the LNS soon.  On my way I need to pick up the birthday cake.  Yummy!  can’t wait to have some of that.  I am also thinking I am going to stop and pick up the sheep clock I saw the other day for my friend.  She has really gotten into sheep lately.  I will be taking the retreat project with me to work on.  Tonight we will all be going to dinner and out for bowling.  I think we will have fun. 

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The last two afternoons I have gone down and spent the day chatting & stitching with a couple of friends at the LNS while Hannah is in school.  Last week we all received our pre-stitching for the retreat that is at the end of the month.  I am hoping that I will be able to finish as I am the slowest stitcher.  So I have been using the time at the LNS for stitching on this piece. 
 
Since last Friday was my friend Wendy’s birthday, we had made plans to celebrate with her this weekend.  So on Saturday we will have cake and stitching at the LNS.  After the shop closes we will take her out to dinner and have decided it would be fun to go bowling afterwards.  Before these plans were made, Erin had invited us to her house on Sunday for stitching, so it is a busy weekend with friends that I am also hoping that I will get plenty of progress done on the retreat piece.  Just two weeks from today before we leave. 
 
Yesterday morning I went in search of fabric for the My Teacher piece as I have decided to have it finished into a wall-hanging thanks to Erin’s suggestion.  I went to Joann’s Fabrics first but they didn’t have anything there.  I thought since I was at Wal-mart to buy Hannah’s Barbie movie, I would just look.  They didn’t have much fabric there right now.  They are in the process of re-modeling into a Supercenter.  But just as I was looking at the last row, I found a fabric that I thought would be perfect.  So even though it is way to much, I had them cut three yards.  Wendy, Erin and I agreed that the remaining fabric would come in handy for future finishing of teacher gifts. 
 
Sean had a test today for his Microsoft Certification, his forth of five.  The test is blocked for two hours and you must get a 70% in order to pass.  His test was scheduled for 8:30 am.  I took Hannah to school 8:45 am and since I had volunteered to read to her class, I did that getting back at 9:30 am.  Sean was already at home.  He doesn’t think so, but he is highly intelligent.  It took him 15 minutes to take the two hour test and he passed with a 100%!  In my opinion, he is brilliant.   I am very proud of him.  Now we are planning to go to lunch and the movies before picking up Sweetpea from school.  TTFN

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