Sunday, September 28, 2014

Catching up!

It is been awhile, but I do have some pictures :)

First up: framed Take Me Out to the Ballgame. This will be in hubby's office whenever he puts it up. There is a bit of a glare on the glass.

Second: framed When Witches Go Riding. I already have this one hanging in the kitchen. I put it up at the beginning of September :) Ellie's tale also made an appearance.

Third: I finished Sunflowers in Summer by Country Cottage Needleworks at the beginning of September.

Last: My new start. Luna by Nora Corbett. She is on 28 ct woodland violet jobelan. My niece picked out this pattern when we stopped at The Stitching Bee in Wisconsin. It is going to be a Christmas present for their family.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

August IHSW

I am a little late in posting, but I worked on Sunflowers in Summer by Country Cottage Needleworks for IHSW. It is a cute summer pattern :)

We discovered DogTV, and I have been playing that for Mandy while I cross stitch. It has relaxing music, and I am not distracted by the TV since the show is for dogs. If you have dogs, I recommend giving DogTV a try.

After I finish this pattern, my plan is to work on Lady Hera. That is my plan...but I might have to start one of the new Nora Corbett witches :) Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Halloween Finish

I finished When Witches Go Riding by Prairie Schooler....probably over a month ago now :) I have been quite busy and have not had time to post an update. I dropped this one off at the framer last week, and I can't wait to see what it looks like framed.

Two weeks ago, I visited family in Wisconsin. I stopped by The Stitching Bee in Green Bay, WI and picked up two new patterns and some floss. The ladies there were quite nice, and I recommend stopping by if you are ever in Wisconsin.

I have been slowly stitching the peacock in Lady Hera. The peacock is huge! I will try to get an update of her sooner rather than later.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A finish

I finished Fresh Watermelon by Little House Needleworks. It took me a bit to even get a picture of it, and it has taken me even longer to actually write a blog post. Between work, my dogs, and gardening, I do not have much free time. On the plus side, I have lots of little cucumbers that will be ready to pick :)

This one was a cute, summery, finish. I like the beads that were used to make the ants :)

Last night I finished When Witches Go Riding by Prairie Schooler. Hopefully I will get my blog updated sometime next week with pictures of that one. I also picked Lady Hera back up! I am working on the peacock. She will be my next finish. Well, that is my goal anyway :)

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Moyland Castle Update

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

I finally worked on Moyland Castle. Yay! And I made some decent progress. I put off filling in some of the border on the top left corner. It has a lot of 3/4 stitches, and they are such a pain. So, I am saving that part for later.

Top left corner:

Top right corner:

Right now I am working on Fresh Watermelon, and I hope to have it finished off this week. After that, my plan is to finish When Witches Go Riding. I am trying to clear out some of my works in progress. Hopefully they will go quickly, so I can start Gigi by Nora Corbett. I love Halloween, and I was quite excited when I found out that she is releasing six witches :)

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

A finish!

I finished Take me out to the Ballgame by Little House Needleworks this weekend. Yay! I started it two years ago, so I am glad it is done. It will be a birthday present for hubby who loves baseball :)

I started Fresh Watermelon also by Little House Needleworks because I wanted a small pattern to take with me when we go up to Boston to visit our friends later this month. In the meantime, I am going to continue working on Moyland Castle and Lady Hera, both of which I have not touched in ages! Below, you can see where I left off on each of them.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Framed Morning Glory

I picked Morning Glory up from the framer last week. I love the way she turned out! The top mat has some texture to it, but it is kind of hard to see in the picture.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Morning Glory Finish

I finished Morning Glory last weekend!

She is stitched on 32 ct ivory jobelan with the called for threads and beads. I love the way she turned out! These pixies are quite adorable, and I want to stitch more :) Alas, I have a couple of other WIPs that need some love.

I took the pictures early this morning-sorry for the shadows.

I dropped her off at the framer today. She will be a gift to hubby's mom, and I am excited that I have one Christmas present done.

Up next is Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Little House Needleworks. I started this one-gasp!-2 years ago. It will be for hubby's office, and it is about time I finished it up. I am also going to continue working on Moyland Castle for the Stitching Bandits Chatelaine Challenge. This Chatelaine has been put up since summer 2012.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

March IHSW

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I cleaned, worked with the dogs, and managed to get a little stitching done. Yay!

I have finished cross stitching (well mostly) Morning Glory. Next up is beading and finishing a few random stitches here and there. I am quite pleased with how she is turning out. Hopefully I can finish the beading this week and then drop her off at the framer :)

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

IHSW February

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

I found a little time to stitch, but it seemed like I spent most of my time cleaning (no fun) and playing with the dogs (good exercise).

I did make a little progress on Morning Glory. She has a face, some hair, and part of her arms. She looks a bit silly right now. Poor thing!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

What happened in Birmingham?

I thought I would share my adventures in the ice-disaster that was Birmingham on Tuesday, January 28th.

It started Monday morning. Hubby left for the airport at 4:20 for a flight to New Orleans. He called me later that day to say his appointments for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled due to weather, and I told him to rent a car and come back.

Hubby left New Orleans at 5:00 am on Tuesday and then drove through sleet, freezing rain, snow, and a blizzard in Tuscaloosa. He finally made it home, well almost. His rental car could not get up the snow and ice-covered hill in front of our drive way.
The hill hubby could not drive up

Meanwhile, I got up Tuesday morning, took care of the dogs, dropped the dogs off at day care and went to work. My thoughts: oh it will snow a little, but it won't be bad. One of the girls left work at 10:15 to pick her kid up from day care which was closing at 11. The rest of us watched the snow come down and thought UAB would close soon. They finally made the announcement at 11 that they would be closing at 12, but it was too late. The road conditions rapidly deteriorated

What the roads rapidly turned into: ice!
Initially, I decided to wait-let everyone else leave, and then I would head out. Around 2 pm, I started realizing I wasn't going to make it home. The roads had iced over very quickly and everyone was trying to get home. Cars slid. Trucks jack-knifed. People couldn't make it up hills. And boy, does Birmingham have a lot of hills. The end result: everyone was stuck.

2 pm. Gridlock of people trying to leave Birmingham
Fortunately, I have some friends that live within walking distance of UAB, and I made my way to their place along with two other friends. We spent the night with them, and watched in horror the number of people that were stranded in vehicles on the interstates. People abandoned their cars and walked miles to shelter in below freezing temperatures.

Abandoned cars that could not make it up the hill in front of our neighborhood

More abandoned cars in front of our neighborhood and lots of ice

Someone slid into our neighbor's yard
Wednesday morning we got up and watched the news. The roads were still bad! Not only was there ice, but abandoned cars were blocking traffic everywhere. Again, we realized we were not making it home safely. The ice did thaw towards the end of the day and it helped a little. We got up Thursday morning and saw that the roads were mostly clear. We walked back to our cars, and then I picked the dogs up from day care and finally made my way back home. I was amazed at the number of cars that still littered the roads!

Our dogs were happy to be home and enjoyed the snow today :)

I'll be happy if I don't see snow for a very long time!

A big thanks goes out to my friends for letting us stay with them!

Monday, January 20, 2014

January IHSW

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

For IHSW, I finished Gingerbread Cottage by Country Cottage Needleworks. It is my first finish of 2104 :) I have always liked this pattern and finally starting working on it this past Christmas.

I also worked on Morning Glory by Nora Corbett. This was my New Year's Day start, and I am happy to be working on her again. She will be a Christmas present this year.

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