Archive for September, 2006

September Goals Recap

September Stitching Goals

1.  Stitch on And They Sinned on Sundays ~ All but the last Sunday due to illness

2.  Stitch the first attic room of Brightneedle’s Dollhouse ~ DONE! Only two more attic rooms to stitch along with the chimneys and foundation

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) ~ DONE, actually finished the border up to July

4.  Punch the October Punch & Cookie Club kit ~ DONE

5.  Stitch on Just Nan’s The Promise at Red Hat Stitcher’s gathering on Saturday ~ DONE, stitched on this piece at the RHS gathering on 9/23

6.  Start stitching Advent Calendar by Hob Nobb Designs ~  Started!  I hope to have this one finished in time for framing for this holiday season. 

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An Advent-ful December

My new project…by Hob Nobb Designs.  I started this Wednesday night.  I haven’t gotten far, but I am hoping to make quick progress.  HA-HA We will see about that.  

It will be great if I have this finished and frames in time for December, but I won’t push my luck.  I would also like to have the Dollhouse finished by then but…

It doesn’t seem like I am going to do well on my yearly goals, but I have finally decided that I am ok with it.

JoJo is still not sleeping thru the night.  She had her yearly checkup on Monday.  The vet doesn’t think she has a UTI and that this is just a "stage" that we will hopefully get thru.  It has been three weeks!  Towards the end of last week, I just started bring her to bed with me after Sean went to work…I know not far to the cat…but the vet said that now she has learned that if she makes enough noise, she will get to sleep in our bed and said that we must not give in.  So since Monday night we have been letting her cry/bark/whine it out.  This is no small feat.  Most nights now she starts about 5:30 am but one night it was between 2:30-3 am.  And she doesn’t give up.  But I refuse to let her out until 7 am which is my alarm time.  I am so tired! I hope that it won’t be much longer.  If only the cat would like the dog.  Her actually sleeping with us is not something we are against.  But the cat is!

I am also still sick…very stuffy and most of the time I can’t breathe.  I was using the Zicam earlier in the week…didn’t work.  Yesterday while at the store, I was looking for something that might work to clear up my stuffiness.  I found Zicam Extreme Nasal Congestion Relief Nasal Spray.  Not a fan of spray but you can only use it twice a day and is a gel.  So I thought what the heck…I’ll try it.  This stuff worked!  I am a convert on nasal sprays.  Thankfully, I haven’t yet passed it on to Hannah.  Keeping my fingers crossed still.

Oh and by the way, JoJo is having a NO problem sleeping right now. 

Here is the proof:   She is out cold. 

~~~ To my blog reading friends, I am not sure what is up with the comments.  Seems that when the Windows Live launched the problems with posting a comment started.  Thanks for the birthday wishes and comments on my stitching.  I very much enjoy keeping this blog and reading your blogs, too.  Don’t forget if you want to leave a comment & can’t you are more than welcomed to email.

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Today’s SBQ was
suggested by Sharon (
http://crossstitchobsession.blogspot.com/) and is:

When you find
yourself making a lot of mistakes in various stitching projects do you find it
better to muddle your way through or do you take a brief break from stitching?
If you do take a break, how long do you take?

I muddle through, but
might take a break for the night.  If I am making lots of mistakes I am
usually feeling stressed or tired, so if I put it away for the night and pick it
up the next day I will (hopefully) be in a better state of

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What’s in your attic?

Nothing is in ours.  Sean refuses to put any thing up there.  It is small, more like a crawl space, not the kind that I have always dreamed of having, a big finished room with chests of treasures to be discovered.  Someday…maybe in the next house.

I have finished the first of the three attic rooms on the Dollhouse.  Should I just continue on to the next one before my daughter lectures me again?  I did decide to throw the Little House Needlework’s kit "Where There Is Life" in my purse as my carry around project, and started it while waiting to pick up Hannah from school.  I also got a few more stitches in it at Tae Kwon Do.  Only one more goal to accomplish this month…starting the Advent Tree by Hobb Nobb Designs.

After class tonight we headed out for dinner for my birthday.  It was a lovely day.  I took two walks with the dog, got a couple loads of laundry finished, watched some shows I recorded on TiVo while I got some stitching in.  Sean and Hannah gave me two beautiful birthday cards, cake and a gift.  It is a Dooney & Bourke tote bag that will be perfect for a book, project, XS magazine and a well-sealed bottle of water.  It matches my purse that Sean got me in the beginning of July.  I already have a project and book in it.  I confess I have a purse/tote bag addiction.

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Stitching Advice

…from my six year old!

Today my sweet daughter said to me that I have to many stitching things.  I asked what she meant by that.  She explained to me that I need to finish stitching something before stitching something else.  I said that means I should only stitch one project at a time.  She said yes, and that right now I should be stitching on and finish the Dollhouse.  Which just so happens to be for her.  Perhaps she is right.

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Sick Day

Saturday I started feeling like I was coming down with something.  I tickle down my throat.  I was hoping it was allergies, but Sunday morning I woke up with sore throat.  I took a big travel mug of hot tea with lemon & honey with me to church.  When we got home I ended up going back to bed, where I stayed for the rest of the day.  I tried to stay away from Hannah.  After last year with all the times she was sick, I really want to avoid her getting sick.  I am feeling some what better today, but very stuffy.  I am using that cold medicine that is supposed to shorten the length of the cold.  We will see.

Since I spent the day in bed, I didn’t stitch on And They Sinned yesterday.  It is on the floor stand.  So I took my scissor case project and after a nap went to work on it.  It is finished!  I will have to find another project to throw in my purse.

On Saturday I went to the LNS for Red Hat Stitcher’s and worked on Just Nan’s The Promise.    Almost finished with this one, too. 

Saturday Sean planned a evening to celebrate my upcoming birthday.  He took us to Medieval Times for dinner.  I love this type of thing, and Hannah really enjoyed it.  Our Knight didn’t win :0( but we still had fun.

Today has been busy and I still haven’t finished half of the things I needed to do.  I took Hannah to school, came home to get the cat for her vet appointment.  Back home to vacuum and get JoJo to take to her appointment.  Jaz is terrified of JoJo so I didn’t think it a good idea to have them both in the car at the same time.  Back home to clean the kitchen, start dinner and wait on the exterminator for our quarterly treatment.  Now I am off to pick up Hannah from school and hope that I can get a couple loads of laundry done when we get back.

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It has been awhile since a Stitching Blogger’s Question has been ask, but Renee has made a move across the ocean, so I do believe she has had a few more important things on her mind.

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Elisabeth (http://sew-in-love.blogspot.com/) and is:
How many pieces have you stitched? Out of these, how many have been for you? How many have had specialty stitches or other techniques besides cross stitch?

Not an exact count since I haven’t always taken a picture of a finish, but it is 100+.  I count 17 hanging in the house, but there are a few put away or in a box waiting to be finished.  Many have been given away as gifts for various reasons.  As far as specialty stitches go, with the exception of french/colonial knots, I have three finished pieces that include them.  Two of which I just did in July & August.  Other techniques, I started doing Russian Punchneedle this year.  Those are not included in the above count.  I have nine finished. 

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