Thursday, May 3, 2018

An Actual Stitching Update!


I finally have an actual stitching update!!! 

I haven't really been able to focus much on stitching between family adventures, my classes, and work but I have been able to do some stitching here and there over the past couple months. So this update is the culmination of progress made since about mid March and might be a bit long.

The 3 projects that I have chosen to focus on are all intended to be gifts and I would REALLY like to have them done in time to be gifted for their respective dates. I apologize in advance for the lighting on the updated photos.

First up is the Polar Pals stocking that I have been working on for my daughter. 
Here is where it looked like last time I posted it on December 2016:

Here is where I am at with it now:

It is a little hard to see the progress because it is a stamped design but most of the grays in the snowman's hat and in the penguin's arms have been done and the top section up to the first orange band has been completed since the last time I posted it. The intention was for this to be ready by my daughter's first Christmas... that didn't happen and then my husband had moved my project and couldn't remember where and I couldn't find it for about a year.... so I'd really like to have this done this year to be put up right after Thanksgiving, since my daughter is 2 and this will be her 3rd Christmas.

Next up is the Olde World Map. 
Last time this was posted about was in December 2017:

and now:

It doesn't look like much progress but there is some. The inner border for the Western Hemisphere has been done, the signage in the hemisphere has been started, a couple more feathers on the headdress, and a little more work on the boring border. If I can really hunker down and work on this one, I would like to have it finished and framed to give to my mom and stepdad for Christmas. 

Last up is the Star Wars piece that I am working on for my friends' son. 
In July 2017 it looked like:

and now:

This is going to be a birthday gift so I have until January to finish it. This piece is actually an evolving piece. The original pattern was of Yoda, Darth Vader and "Star Wars" but I decided to change out the words for their son's name in the Star Wars font and added his birth date at the bottom. I am still undecided as to if I will consider this a finish after the names are filled in or if I am going to incorporate another pattern and modify it. I have tiny patterns for the main characters and am contemplating adding them either along the bottom or the sides.

That's all for now! Here's to hoping I will be able to post an stitching update sooner than it took me to post this one!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Checking In...

It has been about 3 months since I last posted, so I figured I would at least check-in!

It has been quite a busy 3 months between Christmas, New Year's, my daughter's 2nd birthday, the loss of my great aunt, school starting back up, and switching to 12 hour days at work.

I haven't had any time to stitch lately but I have been itching to get back into it. Hopefully I'll be able to start again soon. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly when soon will be since this month we will be celebrating my mother and my mother-in-law's birthdays and my anniversary.

I hope everyone has had a good start to the year so far! I have a lot of catching up to with blog hopping, so off I go!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Stitched a little more today while my daughter was eating lunch and watching cartoons! Was able to close the Western Hemisphere, stitched some of the very annoying border, and added a bow and a couple feathers to the Indian’s headdress! 


So funny story... apparently while my husband was supposed to be watching our daughter while I was at work all night, he did not notice that she had gotten into my container of cross stitch stuff for this piece... let’s just say when I came home this morning I was not the happiest camper! I had to google and see if this kit used DMC thread because I am missing 2 whole colors now from the kit! Luckily it is, so now I have to hope the dye lots aren’t completely different now when I go to replace them. We shall see! 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Little Update...

So today, I decided I needed to spend a little time stitching. It was more as a calming technique than anything. Yesterday was an emotionally draining day, spent with my great aunt that is not doing so well. It was really hard to see her in her current state but what was even harder was seeing how my mom and grandma were taking it. 

Today I worked a tiny bit on the map. I'm not sure how but I was able to finish up a tree (which really isn't much) while my daughter tried to use me as a climbing post all day. 


That's all for now!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2017


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 

This year my daughter will be going trick or treating for the first time as Snow White! I was supposed to go with her before I had to go to work tonight but unfortunately I now have to go in for overtime due to staffing issues at work, so I will be missing out. 😢 Hopefully my husband will send me lots of pictures.

In other news, it's now time for the Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hop hosted by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching! If you haven't already, stop by there first to begin a hunt for a mystery phrase!

It's been a bit since I was able to actually work on anything major since my last post (thanks to a bunch of things keeping me busy) and  I had high hopes of completing a couple different Halloween themed pieces but time was not on my side. I really wanted to participate in this blog hop so I made time to stitch this little piece! I found it while perusing Pinterest from this blog where the creator gives permission for anyone to stitch it themselves! 

Stitches and Cats, Oh My! 's "Trick or Treat Ditty" FINISHED!

Now for what you all came here for: your letter for the Mystery Phrase! 

That's right! It's an "O"! 

Now continue on your hunt by hopping on over to Cross Stitch Empire!






Friday, September 22, 2017

Hurricane Irma, Traveling, Needleminder Exchange, Sept 2017 GG

It has been a bit since I posted so this will be kind of a big post!

The reason for the lack of posting has been due to us being affected by Hurricane Irma and traveling for the better part of the last month. 

I must say that our daughter did awesome on all our different flights!
 At the end of August, we went to visit my dad in Michigan for 5 days, which included a day/night spent in Canada at Niagara Falls. It was absolutely beautiful!
 
                                      
After we returned from this trip, we had to focus on preparing for Hurricane Irma, which was obviously very stressful. Luckily, we only had a few fence panels that were blown down and we were able to get all the pieces and pop them back in afterwards and the fence is just fine. We were without power for 30.5 hours which is nothing compared to some other people who didn't get power back until a couple of days ago. We also completely lost cell service in our area because a tower was severely damaged and that took about 4 days to get fixed.

Luckily, they didn't cancel our flight for our next trip! From September 13-20, we took our first family vacation of just the 3 of us to the other side of the country and visited California: 3 days in San Diego, 2 days on a Disney cruise to Ensenada Mexico, 2 days in Anaheim staying at the Disneyland Hotel and going to Disneyland and California Adventure, and a day in Los Angeles! This was an amazing trip!
  
 
                        
 After returning home and spending much of our first day back sleeping because we were exhausted, I checked the mail yesterday to find that my needleminder exchange gift had arrived! I absolutely love it! Thank you so much Justine (and yes it is absolutely nerdy enough for me)! I was definitely spoiled with all the goodies!

Lenore received my package early and said that she loved it! Yay!!
 I really enjoyed stitching this and participating in the exchange! Thank you Mii  so much for hosting this!
And the final part of this post if for my late addition to the September GG! I just have a little bit of progress to show on the Olde World Map but it is progress none the less! I am so close to finishing the 2nd page and will be starting page 3 soon! All I really have left is the little bit of border and the man's crown to finish off before starting the next page.

Sorry for the long post, but it has been a very eventful couple of weeks!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Needleminder Exchange Mailed!

This morning I mailed off my set of goodies for the Needleminder Exchange!


The requirements of the exchange was to send a needleminder, small stitched piece, and a skein of floss. I sent off a cute little purple/pink turtle needleminder, "Jewel Tone Geometric Pattern," 2 skeins (because I couldn't decide which one I wanted to send), and a little letter! Hopefully my recipient enjoys the package and hopefully it gets there before September 15th! *crosses fingers*

This was my first time participating in any sort of stitching exchange and I really did enjoy it! 

I can't wait to see what I receive from my mystery person and where it's coming from!