I dropped off and picked two finishes for framing this month. I’m really happy with the results but find the pricing very misleading. Apparently it was 60% off but I didn’t find the total any less then I’ve paid in the past without a coupon.

The Promise Me design by Lizzie * Kate is for my youngest niece.

The Fresh Brewed Coffee design by Little House Needlework is for our kitchen, which hubby will hang now that our floors in our upstairs living area are finally being done today.

We our replacing our 17 year old carpet in the living room and hallway along with our laminate wood floor in the dining room and our kitchen floor of unknown age since it was here when we bought the house 20 years ago, with a new type of “wood” laminate flooring. We have been waiting since August when we picked the floor and paid a deposit. Truth be told we don’t even remember what the floor looks like it’s been so long since we picked it but I think it’s similar to the floor we had in the dining room.

The upstairs is packed up and crammed into our sunroom. The weekend will be busy putting everything back together and Marie Kondo-ing the near hoarding of knick knacks we’ve collected over the years in the process.

We are crowded in our downstairs family room. It’s a room we really use even though it is my favorite room. But it’s small and especially in the winter months extra chilly. The dogs aren’t happy with the strangers banging upstairs. Every now and then they let them know. Overall they are being pretty good though.

Until the next stitch….

Today’s project picked by Tiny Decisions

Another one I haven’t worked on in a few years or more. So I pulled it and gathered the threads.

After making a few stitches, I decided I should take a quick snap of the two I had already finished. So down into the craft room I went, pulled out the box with my unfinished finishes, and pulled out the two in this series I already finished stitching.

Do you see the same thing I do? Yup, I’ve already finished stitching Summer Joy but apparently didn’t realize that when I started it again! Ugh! Maybe that’s why I put it away and didn’t finish it. I can’t remember. But I will start Spring’s and rip out the second Summer.


I managed to rip it out but not start the new one.

January 2019 IHSW

This past weekend was IHSW and I got a bit done on both of my current stitching and crochet projects.

Friday’s progress

Saturday’s progress

Sunday’s progress

Yesterday I only crocheted. I’m almost done with a scarf I’ve been working on here and there.

Once I finish this I’m going to start a new scarf for my niece in this beautiful yarn.

Until the next stitch…

I took a class at the local JoAnns in hopes of learning the magic circle in crochet. However that’s not how this project started. I did learn a new skill and can now crochet a hat. This one isn’t perfect and thankfully the yarn used is very forgiving so you don’t notice those mistakes as easily.

Until the next stitch….

It’s WiP Wednesday

It’s early still in the day so I haven’t actually worked on anything yet but I have spun the wheel and let Tiny Decisions pick my project for today.

I haven’t worked on this in years. Here is where my progress on And They Sinned is this morning.

This is a beautiful project and will be several feet long when finished.

I have stitched on Mother Gothel a couple of times in the last week.

Yesterday I had a doctor appointment so I grabbed my crochet on my way out the door then continue working on a scarf last night. I even was able to start using my Dumbo yarn bowl last night.

Until the next time I decide to work on it. I’m hoping the beagle doesn’t notice this because she loves to get into my yarn.

Tonight I have my second crochet in the round class and should be finishing up my hat. Fingers crossed.

Until the next stitch….

If this keeps happening

I believe WiP Wednesday and Tiny Decisions want me to finish this project.

And I’m okay with that.

I’ve also stitched a few days on Mother Gothel. She’s going to take forever so I’m glad I am doing the WiP Wednesday to get a little break from her. Though I’m still enjoying working and watching her come to life on the fabric.

Plus I’ve made a little more progress on my crochet hat. The 2nd class is next Wednesday and I’ll hopefully finish it there.

Until the next stitches…

WiP Wednesday

I recently decided that this year I am turning my unfinished stitching into works in progress. So using the Tiny Decisions app I made a list of my projects so that every Wednesday I can spin the wheel and stitch on that project.

First up….

I started this project when it was first released but didn’t finish it for some reason. I pulled it out today and couldn’t believe how close I came to finishing it. Then I saw a spot and realized I must have spilled water on it, I must have put it away because of that.

I didn’t get far today but I enjoyed stitching on it.

I attended a crochet in the round class this evening which is why I had less stitching time. We are crocheting a hat. Since I only know how to make scarves and ear warmers learning this will come in handy. However I did think we were going to learn how to do a magic circle so back to YouTube I go.

So far my hat doesn’t look like much and I think I need to pull it out and start again, I missed a step but we shall see. I have two weeks to finish up to row 18 which will include a color change. Fingers crossed.

My Chiweenie, Harley, had surgery today on an abscessed canine tooth. The vet also removed a loose tooth and two bad molars. Poor thing has been moaning all evening. She isn’t a happy pup tonight.

Until the next stitch…

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Every year seems to pass faster than the last. I’d like to build something to slow that down. I’ve much to do and need time to pass more slowly. But alas, I know this is the way time goes as we grow older.

Many of my friends and family are happy to have 2018 over. It’s been a normal year for us. Ups and downs like any other.

I only ran one race last year in February at WDW and haven’t really ran much since. I do have a race in April at WDW so I will start training again this week.

Hannah graduated from high school and started attending the community college. To celebrate her graduation and her 18th birthday we went to Hawaii. What a wonderful time we had there.

The beginning of August brought a new family member. I found via the internet a beagle being fostered locally in need of a furever home. Although we didn’t want three dogs again, I fell in love with her photos, applied to adopt her and the family went to meet her. Of course, Sean and Hannah fell in love so that was that. We named her Penny after Miley Cyrus’ character from the Disney movie Bolt and one of the 101 Dalmatians. She is full of personality, makes us laugh and gives Harley a taste of her own medicine. At the end of the day they really love each other.

Sean and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary in October. We went on our first vacation by ourselves since our honeymoon. It was wonderful but odd not having Hannah with us. We went to Gatlinburg and Nashville TN. We had a blast in Nashville and look forward to going again. I also got a pair of boots.

We were able to attend several concerts and a couple football games. Sean, Hannah and I went to see P!nk. She is awesome!

Penn State Blue and White game with Sean’s brother and his wife. Next time I actually have Penn State wear.

Sean and I went to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

And Sugarland

And Kevin Hart

And Darius Rucker & Lady Antebellum with our good friends Dottie and Tom.

And Sean, Hannah and I went to the Army/Navy game in Philadelphia at the Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field. My dad got us tickets for Christmas.

I finished a few stitching projects and started a huge project, Mother Gothel. I also taught myself to crochet but so far have only mastered (haha) scarves.

I decided to start a WiP Wednesday for the new year to stitch on some projects that have long been sitting untouched. I found out about an app called Tiny Decisions via a cross stitch group on Facebook and thought it would work perfectly to get me motivated on finishing some things.

I’m looking forward to a happy healthy near year. And wishing everyone the same.

Stitching chaos

I have only been working with the black thread since starting Mother Gothel so while hubby was watching football today I decided I would pull the colors I needed for her. Then I brought them upstairs, put them down on my stitching chair, went to the kitchen to wash my hands and moments later I heard hubby ask the beagle what she had. Yup, she some of my threads.

Thankfully I was able to salvage most of the skein she pulled off the stitchbow. The stitchbow was trashed but lucky me, I still have a few without threads on them.

After dinner I started to stitch on Mother Gothel but spent more time frogging than actually stitching.

I discovered that I could fix the issue without having to start over.

Tomorrow is a new day and I have lots of stitching to make up. Today was the first time I’ve put needle to fabric in three days.

Mother Gothel

I am lucky in the fact that both my best friends happen to be stitchers, one living in the same city as me and the other a few hours away. With that said however, I recently joined a couple of cross stitch groups on Facebook.  I like the larger community, for the most part, of the fellow stitchers, seeing what others are stitching and how they finish their projects, plus learning new techniques.

On one of the groups, the owner started a free Disney SAL to the first 1000 people. You can still join for a small fee. Each month she is releasing a pattern with the artist’s permission that she has converted into a cross stitch pattern.  There will be a total of 21 patterns for the group.  Plus she has been working on others that fit into the SAL, 21 additional characters that you can purchase and a portion is given to the artist.

One of the additional characters is Mother Gothel from Tangled.  Rapunzel will be one of the original 21 characters but hasn’t been released yet.  I  fell for Mother Gothel and bought her right away.  I recently started her.  My plan is to stitch them both on the same piece of fabric together.  I also plan on stitching Ariel and Ursula from The Little Mermaid together.  These are going to take me forever because I am a very slow stitcher, but I am determined.

One of the things I have learned on these groups is the tent stitch method technique.  Instead of using two strands of floss and making a full stitch, this method uses four strands of floss making only the half stitch giving you similar coverage.  It is a way of stitching that many use for full coverage pieces like this and from designers like HAED.   So far I have made decent progress.  It seems to go just a little quicker stitching this way.

(The progress picture below is after being able to participate in the IHSW this past weekend)