Friday, June 30, 2017

Three Months??? Really???

OMG!  Has it really been since April that I have updated??? I have no excuse really.  I think I have been just lazy to post on my blog.  April was state testing so that took a couple of weeks.  I was also asked to tutor another student  until Graduation Mid I was at the public library ever day from 4:30 to 6:30.  I was just exhausted every day.  I was also finishing up two college classes which I passed both!  One with an A and the other a B.

In May, we celebrated our 11th  wedding anniversary.  We went out to dinner at the real fancy place.  It was really good!!  I was excited that this was the first year in 3 years I did not have to change classrooms!!!!!  My last day of school was May 30th....during this time we meet with the AR Retirement people and I can officially retire from teaching in 10 years!!  OMG!!!  I didn't realize I was so close.  Then we realized I was one class from having a Masters plus 15 on the pay scale.  So, guess who is taking another class this summer???  ME!

June - Summer break right??  Nope...I met with my professor on June 2nd for my special topics class.  I was told I get to write a 20 page research paper of Special Education and English as a Second Language.  I have most of June researching and writing my paper.  I submitted early thinking Yay I am done!!  NOPE!  Professor emailed me back with recommended back to researching I go.   I have gone to the pool a couple of times but mainly I have been researching, writing and reading some trashy novels.

 I have been keeping up my year of starts!  Here is what I have started.... I will have to do another post on Faery Tales. Lots of progress on that!

I told you I was going to do some easy things because I was feeling overwhelmed.  I finished all the outlines to Brooke Books Animal Advent calendar
 Here is a close up...  25 little boxes!

 I started Brookes Books Cake 4 outline.

 Xmas Starts Here Blocks 5 and 10:

Xmas starts here blocks:  6, 11, 13,16, 17.  Tiger Lily wanted in the photo

Xmas Starts here: Blocks 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24

This is what all the finished designs will look like...

Paula Vaughn Quilts of the Seasons: March Quilt

Paula Vaughn Quilts of the Seasons: April

Here is the close of up April quilt...hard to see white and I think this picture is sideways

In May...I started all my ABC Country Cottages Shoppes.   I am showing them in groups of 4:

Apothecary, Basket, Crockery and Dry Goods Shoppes.

Embroidery, Feed store, General Store and Homespun store.   Not sure what home spun means....thoughts?

Ice cream, jellies and jams, Kintting store and Library
 See...this is how the names will be shown.

Meeting house, Needlework, Outhouse and Pottery shoppes

Quilts, Rag Rugs, Stitching and Tea Shop

Utensils, Veterinarian, Weaver and Xstitch (this town has two stitching shoppes!!)

Yarn shoppe and Zithers (what is a zither??)

 The last 4 days of May I worked on:
Puppy and Teddy Bear

Playful Pups

Puppy with Mirror

Puppy Talk

Paula Vaughn May quilt

I pulled out Grace and worked on her...can you tell??  Look in the upper right hand corner. Still can't see..go to the next picture

Here you go!!!! It wasn't much but I was in a challenge.

I worked on my sled.  This is the pattern Brigen ate!  Luckily I had a fairy godmother who sent me her pattern!

I pulled out Witchy Tea that I started in October of last year...worked on it.  I was able to start the square.

Worked some on my Ronald McDonald House design. My goal is to finish it the month of July...yep. I hope to finish it next month

I also worked on my Merry Christmas from Heinzeit.

The month of June!  I stitched boxes...Lots of boxes.  No really, this is Christmas Starts Here.  It is a 30 box Xmas design.  I love it!! I will post a picture of what it is supposed to look like finished time.
WHEW!!  That is it!  Lots of pictures!  I will have a new update on Monday or Tuesday.  Thanks for sticking around and seeing what I have done!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Treasure Chest Hop

Welcome everyone to the Easter Treasure Chest Hop!!!  I hope you have seen lots of great stitching and getting some ideas for your next project.

This is one of four Nine Patch designs for all the seasons from the Just Cross Stitch Magazine.  I can't remember which issue but I will do a post later to let you know if you are interested.

Ready for your  letter????

Please head over to Jo's Blog for more Treasure Chest Fun!!!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Progress and starts - long post, grab some tea

I want to say thank you for all the wonderful messages you left about my meltdown.  This week was a little better.  You won't believe this but I didn't pick up a needle until Friday...It was a long week.  I have a duckling that it doesn't matter what happens, they are never in wrong, and it is always my fault.  The parents have an excuse for everything.  I started dealing with this parent on Monday and it was still going when I went home on Friday.  So, everyday I would come home, sit in my chair, fall asleep, wake up then go to bed....this was my life.  I am not sure if it was the stress or the lack of caffeine.

I have stopped drinking soda and even tea.   I stop at Sonic every morning and purchase a Route 44 Pineapple water.   It is a scoop of pineapple bits, ice, then water....I did some research on Pineapple water and love the health benefits.  I read this article and thought wow!!!  I can say that I don't crave Chocolate or sugar since I started drinking this and the part about being good for your works.  Lets just leave it there.

Stash shopping:   I bought some things off Stash Unload this week.  Less than what I have usually done.  I did buy some kits off Aliexpress.  It is like a Chinese Amazon.  They were having a big sale and had some Bothy Thread kits for $8.00 each, a Russian kit I have been watching on ebay that usually runs $70...they had it for $20.00.  I decided it is better to safe than sorry when shopping outside the US...I bought a prepaid MasterCard with a set limit so I couldn't purchase everything I wanted!   Plus, since it is a pre-paid my identity can't be stolen!!!

The week of Spring Break, I did make myself stitch....I worked on Faery Tales and I even finished a page!!!   I have 16 pages left!
 Page I finished...

I told you that I had to force myself to stitch....I beaded...lots and lots of beads.  Check out the white beads on her dress...yes, this is what I did..

Year of starts....I told you I was making a small change.  Since this part of the school year is crazy, hectic and exhausting.   So, I am going to work on 3, maybe 4 projects:  I am going to do the borders on:  Brookes Advent; Xmas starts here; Brookes Cakes - then start each block of my First Xmas design.  Things will be boring for a while on my start side...but I will feel great knowing I have the borders done!!! LOL!!!  Once school gets out for the summer, I will get caught up on my monthly starts..maybe

Want to see what I started before my meltdown???

Past Present and forever
 Hungry pup

Pooh's tree

Cinderella ornament #3

Puppy Love

 Family Dinner

I put in 500 stitches on my was a Facebook Group monthly challenge

Self - Portrait

There you have it!!!  This is what I started before my meltdown!

Thanks for stopping by and I will visit with you next week!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Some Changes

It has been a while.  I know!!!  I had an emotional meltdown last week and still feeling the effects of it.  My stitchy bug has disappeared and that is bad news for my year of starts. Which are changing but that is in another post.   It has been a year and I have not taken care of myself like I should have.  Does your head ever race and it never stops???  Mine has been doing this for a while.  I was calming it by stitching but here lately that isn't helping either.

 My meltdown...we had some pretty weather last week while I was on Sping break.  I decided to pull out my favorite capris and tee shirt to wear.  I knew I had gained some weight so I thought they might be a little tight...UM.. I couldn't pull them up past my thighs.  OMG!!!  So I pulled out my fat capris...these are the ones that were always too big when I was at my heaviest weight...they didn't fit!!!!  I sat down and cried. It just hit me how much my illness this year, new medicines, not working out, stress from work and snacking has affected me.  I can't fit in my fat pants!!!!!  

I made  decision that I needed to work on ME!  I really don't feel like buying new clothes so I decided to join Weight Watchers online.  Where I live, they only have meetings during the day while I am at work.  I could drive 35 minutes to go to a meeting but it would really take an hour to make it during rush hour traffic.  So the online community is the way to go.  I have started going back to the gym, cut out sodas and sweet tea.  I have found a new drink!!  I go to Sonic in the morning, purchase  Route 44 water with fresh pineapple =  $0.88 , I get a sonic cup, crushed pineapple at the bottom, topped with Sonic ice and water.  Lasts most of the day!!!!

I have also bought some self-help books to read. I pulled out an unused notebook for daily journaling on my thoughts and feelings.

One of the books I bought was:

I am loving this book.  I am reading the chapters and doing the worksheets/journal ideas.  I didn't realize how many areas of my life I was being pulled. It has taught me to start putting myself first and it is ok to say NO!  I have a hard time doing this!

I bought two more books but I haven't started them yet.  I will let you know my opinion later on.... My shopping has gotten a little out of control.  I do this when I feel bad about something or just need a pick me up!  Which this past year, has been all the time.  I seem to always say "me please" to a cross stitch chart or magazine.  My husband showed me exactly how much I spent last month alone..I was shocked!!!  I didn't realize!!! So ....Here are the books I bought (yes, I see the irony)

I will keep you updated on my readings and life changes.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Year of Starts weeks 9 and 10 and Charity Stitching

Do you ever have that day when you say I know I need to do something but No..I just can't???  That was me last Sunday.  Mark went out of town earlier in the week and I had the house to my self.  Sunday, he was supposed to be home but instead he had layover, mechanical issues so he instead of being home at 3:00 pm...he got home at 3:30 am!!!  So I spent my last evening texting him, computer off and watching flosstube!  I find that as I listen to stitchers talk about stitching..I stitch more!!!  

I came home on Friday to this:
Brigen ate my Mill Hill kit...well he ate the pattern!!! OMG!!!!

It has been crazy at work!  I had to proctor the ACT and let me tell you, walking in a circle for 5 hours watching kids take a test is very stimulating!!  All I could think was, why can't I stitch??? This is valuable time!!

It snowed yesterday!!!  Actually the day went: Rain, Sleet, and then snow.  It was all melted by the time I got up.  Bert knows better to stay inside but Tiger Lily wasn't so sure about the snow:

I have to tell you...I am enjoying the year of starts but I am stating to freak out a just a little.  I see all these projects and it does freak me out!  So here is what my stitching looks like:

Faery Tales:  As you know this is the one piece I want to finish!  I have 22 pages complete and 18 to go.  This is like my white whale!  It has to be finished this year....I can't stand the thought of seeing on my TBS list for next year.  I have about 600 stitches from having page 23 finished!!!

Another one I pulled out to stitching on for one of my facebook groups..
Princess Grace:  I stitched more on the pink.

All my new starts for the past 2 weeks...get ready!!!

Mill HIll: Toy Store

Mill Hill:  St. Nichols Cathedral

Teresa Wentzler:   Christmas Sampler

Brookes Book Brides Tree #3 -  I just stitched a lady bug because I was exhausted.

Disney Dreams:  Fantasia

This is a special one!!!  There is a Facebook group called:  Ronald McDonald house charity stitching.   You stitch a special Ursual Michaels design for a Ronald McDonald house.  This is what I got stitched.  I will be working more on it this week.

First Xmas:  I started the box for the letter B

Xmas starts here: I started the #2 design

American Quilt Sampler

Windows #3

Mirabilia My Lady's Garden -

Brookes Books Block 3

Festive  Labs: