Fun Adventures

Hi everyone! I know it's been a long time since I posted anything. December '16 was my last blog and cross-stitching related was Oct '15.

So what have I been up to?  Well hubby and I moved to Tennessee. He got out of the Army and got a new job. So it's been a new adventure for us with moving and unpacking stuff :)

As for stitching, we are running a Finish the WIP contest over at Stitching Pirates on DeviantArt (of which I'm a judge) so this has got me looking at my WIPs and trying to finish up some of the ones I have. The goal of the contest is to take one of your WIPs and finish it before the deadline. Since I'm a judge I can't participate but I actually have the desire to stitch again, so I wanted to work on one anyway.

The project was my Tribal Eevee Evolutions that I started back in '15. 

I had finished Glaceon in June '15 and still had Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, and Jolteon to finish.

I finally finished them all up. Total time was 53 day.

I kep…

When life gives you lemons...NOT CROSS-STICH RELATED!

Warning: this is NOT about cross-stitching. This is an emotional rant/cathartic release. If you don't want to read it - I suggest you skip this post and wait till I decide to post something crafty. Which may/may not be anytime soon since I haven't posted anything in months!


This year has been....well a roller-coaster of a year. Not including all the celebrity deaths that have been blows to us all this year, I have lost my own maternal grandfather, a man I loved and have missed greatly since his passing. 

On top of this, my husband and I have been struggling with our own roller-coaster ride - that of dealing with trying to expand our family and have a baby but because of reasons - have had to pursue In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).  If you do not know what this is - there are lots of sites that…

SFS - Oct '15

Budget: $41.09
Spent: $0
Earned: $0
Carry Over: $66.09

Not much to report this month. I honestly didn't do much stitching. Which is bad since I have projects that need to be finished and soon, but I lost my stitching bug. So if anyone finds it, her name is Stitchy, please send it back to me. I need her. 

So what have I been doing? Well, outside of work, I've been playing video games. Mostly Diablo III but recently StarWars The Old Republic (SWTOR) again.

Here's hoping Stitchy comes home soon and I can buckle down and knock out at least Mom's gift. I already figure I won't get Emily's stocking done before Christmas at this rate. *sigh* Oh well...I doubt she's going to care.

Here's hoping everyone else had a wonderful stitch filled month. :)

SFS - Sept '15

Budget: $28.62
Spent: $12.53
Earned: $0
Carry Over: $16.09

So, I got another stocking for my newest niece.  Dimensions Cross Stitch: Stack of Critters

Pretty cute huh? ^_^ Goal is to have this done by Thanksgiving so I can give it to Nicki and James for baby Emily who was born on the 16th.  That's supposed to get in sometime this week (I think Tuesday) so I'll start that as soon as it gets in.

So, what did I work on?

Finished the weather tags for calendar and started on the part on the fabric.

 I also got a wonderful gift from Leonore - TW fruit bell pull kit. ^_^ This will go in my 'To Do' pile and whenever I finish it I'll find a nice place for it.....somewhere.

I can't wait to finish stitching up 'calendar' so I can get it all put together. It's stitching up pretty quickly so after I do all the letters, all I'll have to do is go back and backstitch them. I was going to backstitch as I went but I wanted to see how it looked first in case I need to…

Book Review

First off let me start out by warning anyone reading this - as the title suggests this is NOT a crafting post. If you only want to ready about my stitching then skip this one and wait for the next post, if you don't care and want to read whatever, then cool beans.

Second off - this will NOT be a nice review! You have been warned.

Okay, as some of you may know I am an avid reader - and by avid I mean I would go to the library during the summer, check out 6 to 7 books (some times 10) and have them all done by the end of the week and going back to get more. I can read 1 - 2 a day if I'm not interrupted. More if they aren't long or I've read them 50 million times before. ;) And no matter what I might think of a book I always finish it. There have been 3 exceptions to this unofficial rule of mine, because I hold out hope that the book will get better if I just blow through it.  It doesn't always work.

The first: a book I don't even remember the name or author of…

SFS - Aug 2015

Budget: $25.00
Spent: $21.38
Earned: $0
Carry Over: $3.62

So......I managed to stick to my budget this month. JoAnn's had a 3 for $.99 sale on DMC floss a few weeks ago, and I needed to pick up some colors for one of my next projects so I took advantage of the sale. I also picked up a magazine and I had a 20% off coupon as well.

$9.24 for 28 skeins
$14.00 for the magazine

 Floss on the left is what I bought. Right pile is what I already had in my stash. Still need to bobinate them which is why there is a pack of plastic bobbins. So I now have all the floss colors I need for "Project Princess" and I just need to get the beads. Those will probably be purchased next month though.

There are a several  Joan Elliot designs in this and I LOVE JE! There are a lot of other cute designs too so I just had to pick this one up. 

Already have a few plans for some of these, I just have to make room in my project list for them.

So....what did I work on? Well I worked on some of the weather t…

July '15 SFS-B

 Month: July 2015
Spent: $51.80
Earned: $0

Yes, I know I totally blew my budget out of the water this month (by about $27) but I'm not really sorry.

I got a lot of stuff I needed for my next 2 projects, one of which I'm working on now, and since 1 of the items I needed was 50% off at Hobby Lobby the weekend I went, I decided I might as well go for it.

So what did I get?

 - Fabric from my LNS that is fit for a princess, I'm just not telling you which one yet ;)
 - Thread colors that I was missing for 'Grandma's Project' (GP)
 - Fabric for GP
 - Double pack of 14 ct plastic canvas for GP
 - Magnets (2 kinds - strips with adhesive backing and solid round ones) for GP
 - Plastic bobbins since I needed more
 - 2 small plastic containers for bobbinated floss for small projects
 - Artist canvas for GP (which was 50% off so it only cost me like $5 instead of $10)

So....did I work on anything?

Actually, yes. I started my MH ornament, but I haven't finished it yet, still h…