Archive for August, 2006

August Stitching Goals Recap

Last month’s note:  After much thought, I have decided to try and keep my goals short this month.  (Of course, after looking at my list, I am not sure I have accomplished that. LOL)  My other BF & her family are coming back to visit (really) for an extra long weekend arriving tomorrow.  We are also planning a short trip to Ocean City for a few days the week before school starts back up.  I can’t believe Hannah’s summer vacation is almost over! I have a couple of projects that I would like to start (stuff for me, some not on my monthly or yearly goal list) but I am trying not to start anything else until I get some things finished first.  So, a goal this month will be to keep resisting for just a little while longer.  LOL
1.  Stitch on And They Sinned on Sundays ~ YES!  I enjoy stitching on this especially now that I have moved on from the large block of stitched in Slate color.
2.  Stitch the ninth room of Brightneedle’s Dollhouse ~ FINISHED!
3.  Bent Creek’s monthly snappers UFO … continue to stitch on the border of the monthly Snappers to work back to July (hoping to actually reach July) ~ Making progress.  Changed one of the border colors a bit. 
4.  Punch the September Punch & Cookie Club kit ~ FINISHED!
5.  Punch the August Punch & Cookie Club kit ~ FINISHED!
6.  Stitch on Just Nan’s The Promise at Red Hat Stitcher’s gathering on Saturday ~ Yes, I did this!
7.  Continue stitching on Love Is The Reason silver anniversary project (for my parents) designed by The Cross-Eyed Cricket ~ FINISHED!  I made a few changes on this one with thread colors.  I like the end result.  I really enjoyed stitching this piece.  It isn’t needed until next March, so I feel very ahead of myself.
8.  Finish specialty stitch project … HIH’s Stars  ~ FINISHED!
I took another specialty stitch class at the LNS this month.  The class piece was Heart In Hand’s Pocket Sampler: Friend.  It is a really small piece though I didn’t finish it during class, I did manage to finish it before the month was out.  The specialty stitches learned  were the Closed Herringbone, Fly Stitch, Rhodes over 4, Partial Eyelet, Double Leviathan, Rhodes Heart, Crossed Corner Cushion, Fence Stitch & Montenegrin.  The last two I actually learned at last month’s class.  The Montenegrin is my favorite stitch. 
September Stitching Goals
1.  Stitch on And They Sinned on Sundays ~
2.  Stitch the first attic room of Brightneedle’s Dollhouse ~
3.  Bent Creek’s monthly snappers UFO … continue to stitch on the border of the monthly Snappers to work back to July (hoping to actually reach July) ~
4.  Punch the October Punch & Cookie Club kit ~
5.  Stitch on Just Nan’s The Promise at Red Hat Stitcher’s gathering on Saturday ~
6.  Start stitching Advent Calendar by Hobb Nobb Designs ~
That is all for this month…

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  Secrets to a perfect BLT sandwich

I noticed that one of the headlines when signing on to MSN was about the perfect BLT.  Hard to believe that such a simple sandwich would require a news article about it or that one could even be bad.  I love BLT sandwiches!  But I will admit, they can be bad.  I think the tomato makes the sandwich.  If you have a bad tomato…forget about it being good.  And mayo…not to little, not to much.  I have said that I think they should be renamed to BLTM.  When we went to the beach I had two yummy BLTs…one on white, one on wheat.  The tomatoes in Ocean City area are yummy.  Well, I think I will be having BLTs for dinner soon.  Now I am craving one. 

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SBQ and My Pinkie Toe

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Carolyn (http://www.takingonestitchatatime.blogspot.com/) and is:

How do you share your finished pieces with others? Do you frame them, scan and/or photograph them, or do you have another method that you would like to share?

I would say that I mostly share my finished projects via the internet either by my blog or my webshots albums.  I do have framed pieces hanging around the house and have given framed pieces as gifts for various gift-giving reasons.  I mostly take a photograph of a finished piece, but on occasion have used the scanner…depends on the size of the piece and if I want to walk downstairs to the desktop where the scanner is connected.   

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On a non-stitching subject, I broke my pinkie toe yesterday while at Wal-mart.  This is the second time I have broken my pinkie toe.  The first time was when I was pregnant with Hannah and I hit in on the bottom of the sofa.  I must say that it was the worse pain I can remember having besides migraines…I have given birth, fractured my hip in four places and fractured my tail bone twice but breaking my pinkie toe the first time was excruciating.  So yesterday I thought nothing of it, though it hurt for a couple of seconds, I barely bumped in on the cart wheel but by last night my entire toe was several shades of black, blue, purple and red as well as being swollen and was painful depending on how I walked.
This morning the bruise had spread from my pinkie toe over to the second toe, not the toes but the top of the foot,  something it didn’t do the other time.  So for this reason, and after speaking to my friend’s hubby who is a firefighter/paramedic, I decided to visit my doctor.  My friend’s husband said that if it was a clean break all is okay, but if it shattered the bone that could be a problem.  I really like my doctor.  The first thing she said was that I should know to keep my toes away from shopping carts.  The tip is fractured, and I already knew this, there isn’t anything that they can do for it.  It will take about two weeks for the bruises to go away.  Doc also said to keep it up to bring down the swelling and no kicking anyone.  When I inquired what about my hubby, she said that was what my other foot was for.  LOL  She also said it was very important not to re-injure it while it is healing, so I am wondering….How much can milk it for with Sean??

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I finished the September
Punch and Cookie Club kit which was the last item on my goals list for the
month.  I am thinking about next month’s goals and have been since last
week.  I have been looking over my goals for the year and so far…not so
good.  So I am trying to see what I can get work in that can be
finished.  I have made a choice with Sean’s help.  I have kitted it up
and hope that it stitches up quickly so that I can move on to another
project.  In addition to finishing everything else I have going on. 
Tomorrow I am going to
the LNS for a couple of hours of stitching…just need to decide what to take
with me.  I am thinking of getting ahead start on next month. 

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My Learning Style

I saw this on another blog and was curious. I think it really nailed me since growing up I wanted a career in half of these.

Your Learning Style: Personal and Passionate

You are very flexible and curious about the world. Human understanding is very important to you.

You Should Study:

Art history
Art therapy
Foreign Languages and Literature
International Studies

What Should You Study?


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I can’t believe it!  My baby that was born just a tiny thing at 5 lbs 5 oz is now a six year old FIRST GRADER!  We left this morning a bit early as we wanted to have time to stop and see her teachers from last year.  Plus I hadn’t met her teacher yet.  Back to school night isn’t until sometime in mid-September.  I have spoken to a couple people this morning and when asked who Hannah’s teacher is everyone has said how wonderful she is.  I hope Hannah has a great day and a wonderful school year!
I am going to be a little more involved with the PTA this year.  I will be the Hospitality person.  I am a little nervous as I am not sure if I will be able to do as well as past years.  My biggest task will be for Teacher Appreciation week which is very important to me.  Teachers should be appreciation everyday.
So on Sunday morning I finished the August Punch & Cookie Club piece.  I decided to go outside the directions and use a six strand to punch the orange color on the outside.  Of course the kit didn’t include enough for this, so I had to dig into my own threads to finish.   After that I stitched on And They Sinned for a bit while watching Pirates of the Caribbean.  Love this movie.  I might have to add it to my list of movies I could watch over and over again. 
Today is laundry day.  I am attempting to get back into a routine since I have seriously slacked off from one.  So this morning I am hoping to get all the laundry done (started), vacuum (actually done) and do the checkbook so that this afternoon I can have time to start punching the September Punch & Cookie Club kit.

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Should go to bed

It is late, but I haven’t gone to bed yet.  Still trying to adjust from when my friend was here.  I am a night owl by nature, but had gotten into a routine of going to bed by midnight.  Morning comes early when you have a daughter who is an early riser.  But having my night owl friend here it was very easy to fall into my old routines. 
Today we went out so that Sean and Hannah could get a haircut.  I decided to go next door to get my nails done.  I am thinking that sometime in the next few weeks I might go back to have a pedicure.  I haven’t done that in a long time.  I still have my gift certificate to use at one of the local day spas too…sometime next month.  I feel like I could use some pampering.  Anyway, my nails look great.  Best they have looked in a long time so I am thinking this is where I will keep going.
After that we went to the outlets that are about 30 minutes from us to take advantage of the tax free weekend for back to school.  We had already done Hannah’s clothes shopping for school, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to get a few more things.  She is fully stocked.  I am actually thinking of taking the jeans we bought before back to exchange for the next size up.  I think she might grow out of them before wearing them much.  Sean went into Nike Outlet and got a couple of shirts.  I wanted to stop by the Coach Outlet to see what they might have and found a great deal on a backpack style purse…for some reason Sean loves this style.  We also stopped into a kitchen store since this morning our coffeepot decided to take over an hour to brew a pot of coffee.  I got a neat new coffeepot that we will see how much I like in the morning.
I have to go grocery shopping in the morning.  And then the rest of the day will be spent finishing up the August punch & cookie and stitching on And They Sinned.  Ciao.

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