Archive for September, 2010

Slow progress

I didn’t get to stitch as much as I would have liked over the weekend, but I did get a little done here and there.  On the cross-stitching group that I recently joined, the third weekend of the month is for stitching on UFO.  I am trying to finish a long ago started UFO/WIP, so even though I planned on picking something else up for the weekend, I didn’t.  I am close to finishing the holiday snappers and I am really wanting to start something new… end of the year gift… but don’t want to until this on is finished, so I kept stitching on it.  Though next month I plan on picking something else to stitch on. 

Before  After the weekend stitching

My Saturday was a beautiful day.  We got up early and took the dogs to the dog park and on a long walk.  The weather was amazing this weekend.  Sunday after church and Panera, my MIL came for a visit.  She lives in VA.  I try really hard, but she gets under my skin.  She is a very negative person and thinks everyone should live their life her way and around what she wants.  She wasn’t here 5 minutes before she started pissing me off.  First, she started complain about my BIL’s decision to move to CA in January.  Just picking up his family, quitting their jobs and moving so that he can attend a school to become an evangelist or something.  Sean said oh great…. now we can’t move to CO.  (something we only talk about in the someday way)  She starts crying saying we can’t move and leave her here all by herself and goes on and on about how she didn’t know she was such a burden and she has tried hard not to be.  During this conversation, Sean tells her that he had talked to his brother the day before and he didn’t mention anything about it.  And that the reason he had called had been because their father had been rushed to the hospital.  then she starts in about him and basically was saying whatever was wrong with him he deserves… they divorced about 20 years ago.  On and off the rest of the day she went on about my BIL and his family, and the way they raise their kids.  Let’s just say this, I don’t agree with everything they do or say, but that’s their life to live.  I wasn’t put here on earth to judge them or anyone else for that matter. 

Anyway, it made me realize something, that we can’t live our life and make decisions on what we do based on how it will effect everyone else.  I had come to this conclusion before somewhat but I really need to actually live my life or we need to live our lives based on what is good for us as a husband and wife.  This is hard for me because I am now basically an only child (both my brother & sister have passed on) and I often think about the future but toss certain things I would like to do aside because of my parents.

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Phase one done

No, I am not doing my diet again… yet.  I have been stitching on the border of my Holiday snappers.  The first part of the border was a double row square about the snappers.  Now I am stitching the vine-y part of the border. 

Last week I went to a local fair with one of my best buddies where we had the privilege to judge the entries in needlework.  This is a small fair, but there are many great entries throughout the fair.  Of course, i am always drawn to the stitching entries and that is getting smaller each year I have noticed at our larger local fair even.  This smaller area fair is the one I am thinking about entering this into next year.  I will have to think about it though.  I am my own worst critic. 

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I found an option (finally) that I could open the comments to the public since they made some changes to the comments on this site, so I am hoping that anyone can now leave a comment.  So if you are reading this… please try to leave a comment.  If you can’t… please email at micsfan@msn.com to let me know. Thanks!

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My other hobby

During the stitching slump, I read a lot more than I had been reading the last few years. For most of my life I have been a huge reader but in recent years for one reason or another it takes me forever to read a book.  Now I usually read right before bed and for just a few minutes but I usually carried a book around along with my stitching.  In the last year or so I have been reading a lot.  I have noticed that since I started stitching more again, I am not reading as much.  But I am not sure if it is the book I am currently reading or not.

Among other types of books, I love the Sookie Stackhouse, Queen Betsy, Twilight saga and had started reading the Anita Blake series.  I am on the 8th book (I think) and I am having a really hard time with it.  I am just not enjoying the chapter after chapter of Anita in bed for four guys… but nothing really going on.  It just seems to be dragging and not holding my interest.  I much preferred when she was raising the dead, hunting down the supernatural bad guys and investigating a murder case.  I even enjoyed the “courtships” between her and a vampire & her and a werewolf.  Just really not digging the current storyline and I haven’t even picked it up in a couple of days.  I am thinking it is time to move on to another book, maybe go back to this another time or bag the rest of the series… but I have all the remaining books and feel like I need to read them.  Is it the energy I am putting back into my stitching causing my reading slump or is it this book? What to do?

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Another small finish

I finished stitching up the Christmas snapper today while waiting to pick up Hannah from school.  Now I have to stitch the border and it is done.  I am actually thinking about entering it next year in an area fair.  Maybe…

When I got home from picking Hannah up from school, I had this in my mailbox from Down Sunshine Lane…

  and inside… …with the threads needed for snapperbet and December Monthly Marking from HIH. I only need November for the complete set.

I can’t wait to get started Bent Creek Snapperbet, but I really don’t want another WIP or UFO, so I am thinking I will do the border of the Holiday snappers first.

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Only one more to go

While Sean watched college football last night I managed to finish the Thanksgiving Snapper.  Now one to go before starting the border.

I am really looking forward to starting the Bent Creek Snapperbet.  I have all my working copies ready, just waiting on the threads to arrive and I need to prepare my fabric edges.  I am thinking I should get a serger machine for the few times a year I need my fabric done.

There is no winner for the chart give a way.  Not one comment. Oh, well.  I do write this blog for me. 

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Monday evening already?

Where, oh where, does the time go?  I haven’t gotten much stitching done on this long holiday weekend.  I can’t remember what I did on Thursday, but Friday after school we went to see Avatar 3D with Hannah.  Sean and I had gone when it was out the first time, but Hannah didn’t want to go.  Then we got it on DVD and she loved it, so when we found out they were going to put it back in the theaters in 3D, we knew we wanted to take her to see it.  The 3D of this movie is the best I have ever seen.  You really feel like you are in the movie. So we got in late after picking something up for dinner.

Saturday we got up early and was on the road by 6:00 AM to spend the day at Ocean City.  It was a beautiful day.  We got there a little before 9 am and got a bite to eat then headed down to the beach.  The waves were pretty big from what we are use to and the rip tide was still pretty strong, so Sean and Hannah didn’t actually stay in the water as long as they usually do.  Hannah loves the water, but admitted it was a bit rough for her.  We walked along the boardwalk for a little while and I visited The Salty Yarns.  I picked up a few things I needed and a few I wanted.  I got LHN The Family Sampler, Twisted Threads’ Irish Blessing, the JCS 2010 Ornament issue, the Winter Thread Pal for LHN Winter Wonderland ( I tried to get this before but the LNS I ordered from was out, I was surprised to see it), and HIH Monthly Markings May-October (I have the border chart & the January-April already).

I also picked up fabric and some threads for the patterns that Hannah picked as end of year gifts.  She picked the two largest choices. 

She picked Bent Creek’s Snapperbet for her teacher and LHN The Library for the librarian.  I would have gotten the threads for both but the Snapperbet was released in 5 parts.  I didn’t think and only grabbed the first part, so I didn’t have the entire list of of needed threads.  Unfortunately the shop only had a couple of the charts.  They did have a beautiful model.  So I did come home and order the threads online… and since it is my birthday month, I received a discount.  yay!  Of course, since it was Labor Day and there was also a sale, I ordered something I have been wanting for awhile, but hadn’t gotten.  Bent Creek’s The Big Round Zipper!

We decided to also go to Assateague to see the wild horses.  We finally found five and they were a good 1/2 mile from where we could get to them.  We will have to go again sometime.  There is also swimming beaches there, so we spent a little while there too.  The water was even rougher.  Sean said he had a hard time holding on to Hannah so they didn’t stay in the water very long at all.  Hannah enjoyed playing in the sand though. 

Yesterday we went to church, breakfast, came home where I took a nap and then Hannah and I headed over to a friend’s book release party.  This is her second book and another is due out next fall.  Bibia, The Butterfly They are wonderful books and I am looking forward to the next one. 

Today we enjoyed yet another beautiful day by getting up, working out, showering, taking the dogs on a walk and to the dog park.  We brought them home then went to the grocery store, JoAnn’s (but they didn’t have the new black and white Gingher scissors) and to get a green tea lemonade.  Hannah and I played a couple games of the Sorry Revenge card game.  It was fun.  Then we had dinner, so now I plan on getting some stitching done that I didn’t get to all weekend. 

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Because I am about to have a good whine.  I am almost finished stitching the Thanksgiving snapper, but won’t be able to finish it until I get a thread I need.  By mistake I bought Chestnut when I should have bought Hazelnut.  Hopefully if all goes according to plan, we will be heading to Ocean City for the day tomorrow and I can stop into The Salty Yarn and pick some up.  Maybe a few other things as well. :0)

I know the school year has just started but I am already starting to think about end of the year gifts.  I told Hannah that I was going to pick a couple of patterns and that she could pick from those which one she would like me to stitch.  I have also decided that our librarian at school deserves something special at the end of this year.  Hannah will be moving on to middle school next year, so I wanted to do something because our librarian has been wonderful helping Hannah pick out books, getting additional books in that Hannah is interested in reading, and letting her turn in/check out books on days other than library day because Hannah reads so quickly. 

These are the patterns I am thinking about for her teacher. Both from Bent Creek…


And I was thinking about one of these from LHN for our librarian. 

Now on for something I haven’t done on my blog before… I think.  Anyway, I write this blog as a record for me but it is still nice to know that other people are actually reading it.  So now that I am actually stitching again, I have decided to have a give away.  When looking for the projects above, I noticed I have an leaflet or two here and there, so I decided since I only need one, I would give it away.  If you are interested, please leave a message on this blog.  I will pick a winner on Monday night.

First up for grabs… Old MacDonald by The Prairie Schooler

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