Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Book -- And Then Another

I love to read, but have not been reading much recently. I don't really know why, just the way it goes I guess. But we had time to go to the library the other week, I got a book, practically could not put it down, finished it, got another, and finished it as well.

It's taken some time from my stitching, but I enjoyed it. And that is what matters, right?

But I still want to get some stitching projects done, so I got another book, but I have decided to limit my reading to an hour before bed (which was the plan originally). As a result, I have been able to make a little progress on this month's small.

I am happy to say that if I finish this piece before the end of the month, I will have achieved my goal of completing a small project every month this year. Hopefully, I can continue through next year. Additionally, I would like to start finishing these pieces into greeting cards and sending them to friends and family I know will appreciate them. Wish me luck!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Marriage Recipe - The Finish!

I am happy to report that I had a goal, and actually accomplished it! I have finished Marriage Recipe!

We took the week off to get ready for Christmas. We decided to start with some shopping, so we went to the Woodbury Commons Outlet Mall. We got some excellent deals on things we needed. From there we went to Silkweaver Fabrics. Michael tries to take me at least once a year so I can stock up on fabric. I got some really pretty pieces that I am excited to work on. (Cloudy day is not letting me get a good picture of the sparkly fabrics)

When we got home, I took a good look at Marriage Recipe and I knew if I put in a few good hours of work on it, I could finish it, whereas while I was making nice progress on Tulip Bouquet, it wasn't going to be completed for a while.

So, I decided to aim for a finish... And I did it! Went from here...

To here...

To done...

We even went to Joann's to get fabric to make it into a pillow. Hoping to get that done the next weekend Michael works. Planning to stick something in the crockpot and then spend the day communing with my sewing machine.

Well, thank you for visiting.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

And Now the REAL Craziness Begins

I can't believe that I have been so incapable of posting on a weekly basis. It was my goal for this blog to serve as a 'stitching journal' but I have just not been able to find the time to sit down and post even a few words. And now we have entered the really crazy busy season!! Oh dear!

Well with Thanksgiving next week, I have a ton of stuff to do this weekend. I am having the dinner at my house this year. I am happy to do so, but it is a lot of work, and requires a lot of preparation. So this is going to be really fast.

Right on October 31st I finished my October small project.

Since I was so right down to the wire I decided to start my November small immediately with hopes of finishing by the 15th. Well, it took to the 16th, but it is done!

Now I am back to my Tulip Bouquet. I hope to get a few hours in this weekend as part of the International Hermit & Stitch Weekend. Unfortunately, I already lost last night. I don't even know what I was doing, but it wasn't stitching :-(.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Life in the Way of Stitching

A month ago I thought that I had lost my stitchy bug, but what I think I really lost was the time to really sit and set my mind to stitching on my BAP Lobo. I need a minimum of 1 uninterrupted hour to work on Lobo. Till I move everything to my stitching seat, get myself comfortable, and then move everything back to a safe location (cats -- must keep threads and needles out of the reach of the cats) when I'm done, anything less than an hour just seems like more of a job, then a fun experience.

And life has just totally gotten in the way of stitching! Now a lot of the things that got in the way of stitching were really good things. We had one of our friends come for the weekend and we went out to an Oyster Festival and fundraiser. It was quite fun, a great time with a great friend, and I learned a lot about a group who is using oyster shells to grow oysters and use them to filter local waterways. Who knew?

We also spent a weekend with my husband's family to celebrate his brother-in-law's 70th birthday. It was a wonderful party, and we got to see his nephew's new house which is spectacular, but it was a lot of driving for one night.

But some was not so wonderful. My cousin's husband needed a double knee replacement and ended up in a rehab for two weeks. Now, I think he is recovering very well, but the doctor had originally told him he would be home in two days. I thought that was ridiculous but he and my cousin believed him completely and really did not prepare for the more likely scenario. So, of course, we needed to try and help out driving my cousin back and forth to the rehab, helping her with some stuff around the house. We were happy to help, but it took a lot of time.

And then the cat got sick... I am happy to report that she is fine... Seems she got a cold, or a really bad  allergy. So we had to put some ointment in her eye and give her an antibiotic for a week. She was actually really good about swallowing the pill once we got it in her mouth, but towards the end, she would not come near us. I just wish there was a way to explain that what we were doing was to help her and not hurt her.

So has any stitching gotten done? Yes, a little. I worked on my Tulip Bouquet whenever I had a little time, and I've finished the first quarter of it minus the backstitch.

Now starting a new small that I will hopefully have time to finish before the end of the month.

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Slight Loss of Stitchy Bug

I feel like I have had a slight loss of my stitchy bug. I finally finished the small I was working on since the first of the month!

I think it's really cute, but for some reason I just couldn't get really into the stitching. And little by little I stopped wanting to stitch on Lobo. So I took a few days off from Lobo. I don't like working on him when I'm not in a really positive motivated mood. I find if I'm not really happy to be stitching him I make more mistakes.

But, now I feel more excited about working on him and once I wash off my face mask, I am ready to put an hour or two into him.

Maybe it's because we had a great weekend. We had my friend Julia come out and we went to the Westbury Gardens, then to a brewery, a street fair, and all you can eat sushi. How could all of that not put me in a good mood?

I'm also really looking forward to the week. Michael and I took the day off on Wednesday, just to spend the day together and have some quiet time together. So we have to go to work for two days, then one day off, then just two more days, and it's the weekend again!

Well, thank you for visiting. Hopefully I will have more to show next week.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Return from the Holiday Weekend

Back to work after the three day Labor Day Weekend was really hard this week. I guess because we enjoyed the weekend so much, we left a lot of small chores undone. I don't regret our decisions, because we really enjoyed the weekend, but trying to get stuff done after work really interfered with my evening stitching. But I did get a few good hours in on Lobo, and I am still pretty confident that I will complete the second row of pages before the end of the year.

The end of the Labor Day Weekend also meant that everyone was back to work and back to school, so the trains were CROWDED!!! On one hand I am glad the trains are crowded. It means people have jobs that they are traveling to -- a good thing, and they are not driving and using mass transit instead -- again, a good thing. But the crowding just makes the start of the day even harder.

So, let's look at the positives for the week... I think I made some nice progress on my small. Pretty sure I should be able to complete this before next weekend.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

Hopefully, I am back on track now that the summer is coming to a close. We really did have a lovely summer and so far a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. Last weekend was fun as well just not very productive with respect to my stitching.

Saturday we went to my coworker's wedding celebration. It was a Sri Lankan, Muslim wedding, so it was a very different experience. One thing was the same, we were all very happy for the bride and groom.

Then the next day we had my cousin Gabriella's 13th Birthday Party. She is my first cousin twice removed. I just don't know where the 13 years have gone. I still remember getting word when her mom went into labor, and then word that she was born. We still refer to her as "the baby" but as you can see, she's no baby anymore.

We had a great time with her and the whole family. Love this picture of her mother, Jennifer (my first cousin once removed) and her best friend. We get along so well together.

Then it was back to work. So happy when the weekend hit. Saturday we decided we would have fun, Sunday we would do some chores around the house, and Monday we would just relax. So Friday we started with a hike in the pine barrens of Long Island. The trails looked really well blazed, but there was no one else around, so I posted this picture on Facebook just in case something went wrong. Wanted people to know where we were.

From there we went to a brewery we haven't visited before and enjoyed a flight and the beginning of "The Shining".

This was one of the most laid back of the breweries we've visited recently. Felt like we could have spent the whole day there, and just enjoyed watching a movie, having a drink, and meeting new people.

From there we had lunch in a new burger place and finally went home, watched a movie, and I finally finished my August Small. I wasn't going to add this to the Smalls SAL this month since I was so late, but the wonderful Heather at Stitching Lotus was a little late with the check-in post, so I decided to post my link after all. If you want to learn more about the 2017 Smalls SAL click here.

Immediately started my September Small to ensure I wasn't in a rush at the end of the month as I was this month. Decided to start another set of mouse-themed greeting card pieces. So far it's progressing pretty well. Hope to get a good deal of this done today as we head out to the backyard and enjoy a fire.

Thank you for visiting! Have a great week!