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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Dollhouse, Friend

So I stitched on room nine of the Dollhouse and finished it.  Only the three attic rooms, foundation and chimneys to go ’til the whole thing is finished!!  I also decided to put in a few stitches on the HIH Friend sampler from the specialty stitch class and managed to finish that as well. 
I am almost complete with my monthly goals.  I that the two Punch & Cookies to punch and my goals will be complete!  Must think about next months goals.  I must look at the goals from the year and see what I can do about getting some of those finished as I haven’t made a dent in them.

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Forgetful mind

I have been forgetting things a lot lately.  Most recent examples…We came back from the beach yesterday and I totally forgot that Hannah had karate last night.  Then about an hour ago I suddenly remembered…on our way out of town the pediatric dentist called.  We had an appointment for September but they had an appointment open up on Friday (today) and asked if we would want it.  We did.  It was for 9:30 am this morning. We missed it.  I called and they are able to get her in on Tuesday at 2:30 pm, so I will have to pick her up a bit early from school.  I have written it down so we should be okay.  That seems to be the thing for me, usually if I write it down, I remember.
So we spent a couple of days at the beach.  While driving around we found a small yarn and needlecraft shop just over the border of Maryland in Delaware called The Spinning Wheel.  We grabbed a bite to eat in a little café in the same shopping center, so after I finished eating Sean suggested I go have a look.  There was this beautiful model hanging on the wall.  I had to have it but when I asked about it I was told that it was discontinued. :9(  I asked for the designer and pattern name thinking…eBay.   It was then that the owner told me that it had only been recently discontinued, she only found out when she went to order more and that if I didn’t found it on eBay there was still a chance that I could find it at another shop.  We went back to the hotel for swimming.
Later that day, we drive down to the board walk to look in the shops, have dinner and of course stop into The Salty Yarn.  There has been a chart from Oberlin (a map of Ocean City) that I have been trying to get but every time we have been down, it has been out of stock.  :0(  I thought I could look for something else instead.  They have a ton of beach themed patterns (among others of course) and many Ocean City patterns designed by a local designer.  Well, as luck would have it, the Oberlin chart had just arrived late last week so I was able to pick up two (one for my friend who also was checking for it when she would go).  I looked around here and there at other things.  I found the discontinued pattern (Mirabilia’s The Seaside Kingdom #51) in stock there also!  YEA!  What a great day for stash.  I didn’t get a lot, just the two Oberlin OC charts, a Oberlin teacher chart I hadn’t seen before, a Lizzie*Kate kit~K03 Pumpkin Fever and the Mirabilia chart.  After going back to the hotel we went for a moonlight walk on the beach. 
The next morning we got up to head down to the beach for a while.  Sean & Hannah went to the car to get our beach umbrella and my sunglasses while I went down to find a spot.  Sean set up the umbrella and I asked him if he remembered my glasses.  Between the car and the beach he lost them it was about a distance of 150-200 feet but they were gone.  We left a report at the front desk but much like the DS, I don’t foresee anyone turning them in.  They aren’t a pair of cheap dime store glasses.  I wouldn’t be upset if they were. As of checkout yesterday they hadn’t been turned in. 
After some time at the beach, we packed up and headed inside for showers.  We then headed to one of the many Putt-Putts.  We all love to play and had a good time.  Then Sean drove us to the outlets near by to get me a new pair of sunglasses.  We found a pair that are almost the same pair, though why it was called an outlet I will never know since the price was the exact same as I paid for the original pair of DKNY that I had…nice glasses hence the reason I doubt anyone will turn them in to lost & found.  After that we went to have dinner at a seafood place on the bay side.  Sean had crabcakes that were broiled instead of fried, he shared a bite and they were yummy!  I had a combo dish of scallops, shrimp and lobster.  Hannah had…chicken and fries.  She refused to try any seafood.  Maybe next time.  Perhaps first I will be able to get her to try red meat.
We went back to the hotel so to make it to the Pirate Tales on the Beach.  We sat and listen to pirate stories, some about Blackbeard, lost treasures and ghost ships.  After that the kids went on a treasure hunt.  It kinda was fun. 
We got up early yesterday to head back home.  On the way, while I was sleeping, Sean got pulled over.  That woke me up of course.  And yes he got a ticket.  He said that it hadn’t been a very good 24 hours for him with the glasses and getting a ticket. 
Just a short getaway.  Next year we have decided that we will spend a week at the beach in South Carolina after the end of the school year.  Since I am not a true beach-y person, he has assured me that there are plenty of other things to do since where we are going is near Charleston.  Hannah loves the beach, so I am willing to go.  Plenty of reading time for me at least and with any luck…stitching.
After we got home, picked up JoJo from the vet’s where they not only boarded her but groomed her as well, I unpacked and headed down to the LNS.  The JCS ornie book was in and my friend had called that she had Deadwood Season 2 for us to borrow.  I enjoyed my short time there visiting.  On the way home I picked up some Chinese takeout.  After Hannah went to bed, we watched a few episodes of Deadwood and I finished stitching the HIH Stars Sampler piece.  Today I plan on getting the last little bit of the Dollhouse room that I didn’t quite get finished before we left. 

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SBQ ~ August 24th

Today’s SBQs was
suggested by Anna M. (
http://annamspeed.blogspot.com/) and is:

What do you
keep your WIPs and other stitching supplies in when traveling?

I am a
bag-a-holic!  I have tons of tote bags which I use for carrying around
my WIPs.  I also have a few large and a couple of small DMC stitchbow
project bags that I use.  And I use the
mesh project bags.  I usually have
a couple of those with different projects that I throw into a tote
bag.  I use one of the smaller mesh bags that I keep my extra needles, a
pair of scissors and what-nots that I might need in to carry

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