Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Day after Christmas

I was able to get some stitching in on Christmas Eve but haven't had a chance to touch it since then. Today I spent most of the day cleaning up from yesterday and going through the old toys to get rid of to make room for the new toys. I'm very proud of myself; two huge boxes full of toys and such to put out to the curb tomorrow for anyone that wants them. It's easier to do that with the kids toys then to try to go through my stash to see if there is anything that I absolutely will not use.

I'd really like to get my stash more organized. I have my floss as organized as I can but I'd like to make a list of the charts and kits that I have sitting waiting patiently for me to stitch. I'd also like to come up with a better place to keep them other than a storage bin next to my recliner. It's overflowing and the kids can get into it much too easyily. I will put that on my list of items to do for 2008.

I started this post on Wednesday afternoon and it's now Thursday afternoon. I did get some time to stitch last night and ran out of one of the primary colors for the Autism Awareness Ribbon. I really hate the fact that Wal-mart no longer has floss! Thankfully Curtis was heading out to Daytona today and volunteered to stop in at Michael's and grab me some. He's so sweet; asked if that was all I needed and if one skein would be enough. He even takes a few minutes to check out my progress on each project and make a comment on it. He's such a good husband and father. I've been trying to find something that I can make for him for either his birthday or Christmas next year. I was leaning toward something with the Houston Astros Logo but that has been harder to find than I anticipated. He's really into baseball and raquetball so I could do something with that. Perhaps when I get the cross stitch pattern maker software I can just grab something with a logo on it and make my own pattern.

My plan for 2008 is to get more organized and then pick out some projects for gifts for this next year. I will make sure to save pictures of my finishes so I have them for me. I've given away just about everything I ever made so I also plan on finishing my TK for me. I'd love to have that finished and framed in 2008 along with some other projects. I think I will take a page from Val's book and sit down and make a list of 10 projects I'd like to complete this year. (Taking the time to do that will be the hard part. I'm really good at starting things but not so good at finishing them all.)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Update on current projects

Thomas Kinkade updated work

Autism Awareness Ribbon

Stitching and things

I had some time to stitch on the T.K. project and I started a new small project too. I have been looking for an Autism Awareness Ribbon for quite some time and a lovely lady in one of my cross stitch groups found it for me. I started working on it yesterday and it's such an easy one that I'm probably 1/3 done with it. (or would be if I didn't have to rip some stuff out!) I'm enjoying the TK stitching but I also want something that I can do pretty quickly so I have something to show for all my hard work. I will probably not get any stitching time in tomorrow at all so I'm going to try to get some extra time in tonight. I've decided the AAR is my gift to myself this Christmas so I want to get it done before the end of the week so maybe I can "finish" by then. If the stitching is done I will be more than happy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Well, I didn't take the day off like I had originally wanted to do. I also didn't start anything new either. I continued working on my TK project because the colors look so nice and it's coming along well (except for the occasional brain fart by yours truly). I have decided that when I can't sleep thanks to Mr. Logan, I should just stitch. The only problem with that is how to do it in the pitch black. I think I have solved that problem but now how to get it....

I decided a miners lamp would work wonders. I could sit on the couch in the dark and stitch "till the cows come home". Yeah I know great on paper but..... I can see it now, sitting on the couch with all my stuff and only being able to see my stitching area. I would turn to look for the thread or scissors and flash the light right in Logan's eyes. That would have him letting loose his prehistoric bird screech that would wake the entire house. How about this, I could use it to sit in my chair and stitch so there would be no big lights on at all. Yeah I know, since Logan wants me by his side not sure that it would work as he would do that screech again. Hmmmmmm I still like the idea of the miners lamp!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Finish and WIP - Pictures

Look to the far left bottom; grey and grey with light lavender. This is where I had to rip it all back out.
Here is my updated WIP as of Saturday.

Here is my finished pumpkin.

Weekend Stitching

Well, I was able to stitch a little on Saturday and a lot on Sunday. I had decided to pick up my Thomas Kinkade piece and work on that as I love his work. I looked at it and couldn't find where I thought I need to "frog". I went on and was able to get a lot more done. I was so proud of how much I was able to get done. Notice I said was.... I am constantly jumping up whenever I stitch as I have three children in diapers so it's not like I can have any down time during the day at all. I really don't know how I managed to do it but I looked at my chart, pulled the thread (as it calls for one strand each of two different colors) and started stitching. It is such a busy pattern that I have to highlight what I have already stitched so I have an idea where I'm at each time. Two to three hours of stitching later and I glanced at the chart and saw something that stopped me in my tracks. Yup, you guessed it, I looked down at the wrong combination for the symbol I was stitching. I was so upset!!! I was cooking dinner when I noticed it so I ripped all that work out and started again. My husband just looked at me like I had lost my mind until I told him what I had done. As I pulled each stitch out, I grumbled that if I mess it up again I'm putting it away for a long time. I was afraid that I would lose track of what I had done since I had already highlighted everything so I made myself go back and do it all again with the right color combo last night.

I believe that everything is now as it should be but I think I will take a day off from it and maybe start something else or just not stitch today. My eldest boy has been having sleep issues for the past couple of weeks and I think it's taking it's toll on me. When he doesn't sleep, I don't sleep and it's harder on me. I have finally figured out that I need at least 7 hours of sleep each night so I'm not cranky. You can imagine what I've been like for the past couple of weeks!!

Monday, December 3, 2007


I finished my pumpkin piece last night around 11:00. It felt so good to look at it and realize that it was completely finished (at least the stitching part) I hope to get a picture of it on here to show and then figure out what I want to do next. I need to either get back to the Thomas Kinkade piece or start on the biscornue or one of the other patterns I found these past couple of weeks. Maybe I can get back into one of the other UFO I have sitting out there. Decisions, decisions, decisions.....

There are so many beautiful patterns to choose from that it's hard to figure out what to do. Maybe I will do like some of the ladies in one of my cross stitch groups and work on more than one project. I used to work on several at once; depending on my mood I would decide which one to work on and then move on to the next one when I got bored. I always had three or four projects that needed to be finished when it came time for Christmas each year. I'd like to get back into that type of pattern but not too sure I can with the kids and the therapies. We shall see....