Archive for November, 2006

Today’s SBQ is:  Do you stitch Christmas ornaments? If so, how many do you stitch each
year and for whom? If not, why not? 

I only just remembered that back in the early ’90s I stitched about ten ornies.  Several my mom has and others were given to various relatives.  I have been collecting the JCS Ornament issues since 1998 but hadn’t stitched any until this year when I joined the LNS‘s first ornie exchange.  I have stitched one of the ornies from the 2004 JCS magazine.  I haven’t finished it yet, but I will soon since I have to drop it off at the LNS on December 1st.

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A finish in Punchneedle

  I finished the November Punch and Cookie kit on Monday.  I think it is cute.  My LNS is no longer going to be getting the P&C, so I ordered December’s today with the frame.  It is a cute one.  I hope to have it punched by the end of the month.

I went by the LNS for my usual Wednesday afternoon.  Didn’t get much stitching done…to much chatting.  :0)  But I did pick up the new JABC’s Stitch Every Day buttons and the pattern is so cute.  I also picked up a new fabric for La D Da’s Bless This House.  I was going stitch it over one, but I decided to stitch it over two instead so I needed to get a new cut of fabric.  It is so pretty.  I can’t wait to start it but I don’t think it will anytime to soon.  I hope, but we will see.

My mom called today.  My nephew is on his way to Bahrain.  He joined the Navy over the summer and went to San Diego to join his ship last week, but when he got there, he found out his ship was stationed in the Middle East.  Sean was in the Navy and said that it is a big Naval Base there.  My mom is worried of course.  I am not.  I am not clueless about what is going on over in the Middle East, but he will be a bit away from there and I feel that he will be fine.  But of course, he will be in my prayers.  I am very proud of him for serving his country.  I admire the military and the men & women who serve.  My nephew-in-law is planning on joining the Marines and I would guess that if/when he does, he will be stationed over in the Middle East at some point, too.  Him, I may be more worried about at that time.

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Weekend Update

It was a great weekend.  First I decided that Fridays will now be pizza night.  So I stopped at the store and picked up a frozen pizza & stuff for salad.  We watched Cars on DVD while eating dinner.  The pizza was made with a wheat crust and was really yummy and filling.  Saturday I slept in for a bit, but not to late.  It was a beautiful day and we didn’t want to waste it.  We drove down to DC and walked the Mall.  The WWII Memorial is very impressive.  And the walk down to the Lincoln Memorial was so pretty.  The leaves are still changing colors and raining down.  Hannah enjoyed trying to catch them with her hat.  It was a beautiful day to be outside.  On the way home we picked up Ruby Tuesday’s Curbside pick up for dinner.  Yummy!

Sunday after church services, I went to pick up a couple of Christmas presents for Sean, to my friend’s Longenberger party and to the LNS for a visit with my friend.  I picked up a couple of things…the two new thread packs from Little House Needleworks and Crescent Colours.   I worked a bit on the November Punch & Cookie kit but haven’t yet finished it.  Then came home to make dinner, clean up and give the little munchkin her bath.  After getting her settled into bed, I stitched a bit on ATS (And They Sinned) but didn’t make much progress.  I have slept on my right side wrong causing my neck, shoulder and arm to hurt for the last few days.  Today it seems much better so hopefully I can get some stitching done later.

I did discover that I don’t have a 17×17 Q-snap.  I thought I did and I need one to complete the Doll House since I am stitching it over 2.  I am going to run down to AC Moore but I think they only carry up to 17×11.  I can order it online, so I might have to do that this week.  I really want to finish the Doll House by the end of the year.  

My wish list and stash won’t stop growing.  I keep telling myself that I have plenty to stitch.  I really don’t need any more patterns or kits.  I could stitch for many, many, many, many years.  However, I can’t stop!  The latest item added I must get my hands on the Loose Feathers from Blackbird Designs. 

Isn’t it just beautiful??

I have laundry to do.  I hate laundry, but it must be done, so I am off. 

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I finished the ornie for the LNS exchange today.  Well, the stitching part of it, I still have to finish it into an actual ornament.  Woodland Snowfall published in the 2004 JCS Ornament Issue, designed by Little House Needleworks

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SBQ ~About Floss

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Jan (http://www.alpinemeadow.com/stitchery/weblog/index.html) and is:

How many different brands of "complete" embroidery floss sets do you own? How do you keep track of it? (i.e., spread sheet program, index cards, palm pilot, etc.)

I only have one complete set of floss and that is DMC.  For my birthday a few years ago, Sean brought me the stitchbow storage system and the complete set of DMC.  I replace threads as they run out, but since I do use a lot of the overdyes, it hasn’t been that often.  Earlier this year, my computer crashed and I lost the the program I had where I stored my stash inventory…all threads, charts, kits, etc. :0( 

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I voted!

I searched last night and found our registration cards.  I had forgotten that I had put them in a different place when we received new ones after we renewed our driver’s license.  So this morning Hannah and I went down to the school to vote.  Turns out, I didn’t even need the card.  They pulled my name up in the system and gave me a computer key card so off I went.

We went to the pottery place after that.  Hannah painted a Christmas tree and we picked up the plate she painted for Mima & Pop-Pop for Christmas.  She loves going to this place.  She plans the entire time we are there about what she is going to paint the next time.

I did work a bit on Doll House yesterday, but I also did something I shouldn’t have…I started a new project.  It is small but still… I am stitching the pattern from the Red Desert Scissor Case again, but for my new Julia scissors.  My friend Symya is stitching one for her Julia too.  I decided to stitch the main part in the GAST Mountain Mist and the eyelets will be in a Crescent Colour but I forget the name.  I am not sure how Symya plans to stitch hers.  It will be fun to see.  Tonight I went back to Doll House and finished the last room!!!  Only the foundation and chimneys left to finish. 


Not sure what I will pick up to work on tomorrow.  I am just glad that my slump seems to have passed. 

(Anna, I am not sure what you mean by my point by point system of stitching, but I am glad to be your planning stitching hero anyway.)

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Laundry day

I am waiting on a load to dry so that I can switch the load in the washer over and start a new one…and of course, fold and put away the load now drying.  Exciting, no?

Hannah doesn’t have school today…Teacher Work Day.  She also doesn’t have school tomorrow…Election Day!  Now where are our voter’s registration cards?  I guess I should add that to the list of things to do today.  Let’s see…

  1. Finish laundry
  2. Pull threads for La D Da’s Bless This House
  3. Find voter’s registration cards
  4. Empty dish washer
  5. Vacuum
  6. Find time stitch on Doll House project
  7. Finish making list for grocery shopping

I am sure that there are a few other things that I should do, just can’t think of them right now.  Hannah wanted to go to the pottery place today, but I am trying to convince her that tomorrow would be better.  That way I can get the laundry done today. 

We had a nice lazy weekend.  Saturday after I took a short nap we went to the movies to see Flushed Away.  Cute, but not better than Cars as they are advertising.  The rest of the day was just hanging out together at home.  After church/Sunday school yesterday, we decided to go out for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel.  Big mistake…only because it was so busy, as expected, and by the time we got a table we were just so hungry that we ate way to much.  I decided to go down to the LNS to meet up with my friends for an afternoon of stitching.  Sean and Hannah were playing checkers when I left and watching football when I got home. 

Yesterday I stitched on And They Sinned during Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, but didn’t get very far.  I stitched on the ornie for the LNS exchange while at the LNS.  I should be done with that one soon. 

There goes the buzzer….Ciao!

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Will the frog leave?

I finished the Little House Needlework’s Where There Is Life Breast Cancer project yesterday.  So I hope that the frog leaves and doesn’t decide to stay and hop on another project.  This is a wonderful finish but I am happy that it is done.  

 Now…shall I frame it?  I think so.

Nothing much else happening.  I spoke with Hannah’s teacher about volunteering a few hours in the morning on Tuesdays, then realized today that there is no school this coming Tuesday due to it being election day.  So it will be another week before I start.  But yes, I will go and vote, then perhaps take Hannah to California Tortilla for lunch.  I love this place.  Of course, Cold Stone Creamery is right next day so I am sure Hannah will convince me that we need to go there. 

I did get the linen the other day to stitch the end-of-the-year Teacher’s Gift which will be Something In Common’s Back To School ABC.  Wendy and I talked to Terri, friend and framer at the LNS, and she will do the mats with the crayons.  It is going to be great.  I think that I am going to go with a solid colored frame though Terri said she can do the frame in different colors, too. 

I am a big Madonna fan.  I love her.  For Mother’s Day 2004, Sean had gotten tickets to attend her concert in DC that June.  I had never been to a concert of hers before and it was the best.  I couldn’t be luckier to have Sean as my hubby.  He always does the sweetest things and says that it is his goal to give me all that I have always wanted.  Sometimes it is a little overwhelming but I sure do feel blessed to be his wife.  

But anyway back to what I was saying,  Madonna was on Regis & Kelly this morning talking about the little boy she is adopting, the country he comes from and her new children’s book.  I have the Oprah Show and Dateline on TiVo to watch where she talks about the controversy of the adoption.  I already have my own opinion about that.  I don’t understand why people would think it would be better for a child to stay in an orphanage that is over-crowded, under-staffed, under-supplied, instead of having an opportunity to be raised in a loving home by people who are more than able to financially provide for another child.  Anyway, this little baby has the most angelic face and is just cute as can be, I can see how she feel in love with him at first sight.

But I am off my soap box about that and off to stitch.  I have started this last attic room of the Doll House and am looking forward to finishing this project before the end of the year.  Oh, but if anyone is suffering from SAD the way I do every year, I am here to say that watching Ellen helps.  She is hilarious.  And they say, laughter is the best medicine.  Ciao!

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A couple of days late

Halloween was a busy day.  After picking up Hannah from school and letting her play at the playground for a little while…it was a beautiful day…we came home to have an early dinner so that Hannah could get into her costume.  Trick or Treating is from 6-8 pm.  Our routine has been to go from 6-7ish and then come home to pass out candy.  I think that Hannah enjoys passing it out much more than actually getting the candy.  This year Hannah wanted to be Lilo (of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch).  Unfortunately, we were not able to get a long black wig in her size, but she was a cute blond Lilo.

This year we found the Trick Or Treat for UNICEF box and Hannah took that with her.  I explained what the collection of money was for to her before we left.  She wasn’t into saying anything about it but the neighbors who saw her box were very generous and quick to put change into it.  At home Sean and I added what change we had.  Hannah asked if she could put some in from her piggy bank.  She kept adding change to it and I told her that was very nice but she didn’t have to empty her piggy bank.  She is so sweet and said "But I want to fill it and help all the other little children."  Today after school we are taking the box to the Coinstar at the grocery store to send in the donation. 

Last night was Stitch Nite at the LNS.  It is also PTA meeting.  I with they weren’t on the same night since they are both important to me.  I go to the LNS for about an hour then rush over to the school.  Hannah’s teacher said that she wanted to speak with me in the morning about my offer for volunteering in the class room.  So this morning we set it up.  Tuesday mornings I will be helping out.  I am hoping Hannah is okay with me being around.

I have almost finished the LHN’s Where There Is Hope project.  I was determined to finish it Monday, but found that I had to frog more.  So now I am re-stitching what I had to rip out.  Other than that I have only worked a little more on And They Sinned on Sunday.  Much to do on my so called keeping it short goal list….guess it is time to shut down the computer and get busy!  Ciao.

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

How did you
decide on the title of your stitching blog? Was it random, or does it have a
special meaning to you or about you?

Interesting question,
but not a very interesting answer from me.  My blog title is what it is
about My Life and Stitches.  When I first started
blogging almost three years ago, my title was My Life in
, but when I switched sites, I changed it by a word. 

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