Sunday, February 23, 2014

Feb IHSW

Well Saturday's IHSW hangout was a lot of fun.  I got a lot of stitching done, even if it doesn't look like it.  About 602 stitches along with some back-stitching. 

Lots of fun conversations with everyone - and as a result Thomas & I went and saw the Lego Movie today.  It was a blast and there were lots of laughing between us.  Probably a movie we are going  to be picking up once it comes out.  And fyi: there is nothing after the credits so don't worry about staying if you don't want to. 

IHSW progress
The orange w/ blue block as well as the flower, it's back-stitching, and the back-stitched grass is what was completed yesterday.  The blue stitches next to the orange block are what I'm currently working on as I forgot to take a picture before I started for the day. 

I think I should be able to finish the rest of the middle block of the bottom border and be able to start on the 3rd cart before March 15th, which is when the baby shower is.  I would like to show her the progress.  I won't have it done by then but with the rate I'm going I think I should have all stitched by the end of April.

Then it's just a matter of waiting for Emma's middle name to be decided upon and for her to be born so I can add the rest of the info.

The chart only gives space for her name, date, and weight but I'm toying with the idea of adding the time as well.  I've seen a few that have it but I know a lot of them don't. Thoughts??

On another note, I'm going to have to start the Christmas stocking soon too since I want to have that done before Christmas so it can be put up with all the other stockings. 10 stockings (2 of which belonged to the dogs) all up on the fireplace was great to see last year.  This year Mom's leaving off the 2 dog stockings so this year it will be 9.

Depending on how well this stocking goes I might look into making Thomas & myself stockings for our own home.  My maternal grandma had a tradition of making ornaments for her grand-kids each year and my paternal grandma made us all afghans and we all enjoyed the crafty items we got.

I think I'll make stockings for all the nieces/nephews along w/ my own kids.  We'll see how that goes though but I would feel bad if I made one for Emma and no one else. I might have chewed off more than I would like with that statement since heaven only knows how many stockings I'd have to stitch up in the future. ;)


Until next time, happy stitching everyone! ^_^

Friday, February 21, 2014

Feb - SFS

Well it's almost the 28th and it's time for my SFS update.

Budget:                                 $ 25
Thread/bobbins/labels:           $16
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Total:                                    $9.00
Carry over from last month:   $ 6.96
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Carry over total:                   $15.96

Not bad huh? ^_^ I'm trying to stay at or under budget each month so if I have to buy something over budget I have a cushion.

The thread was for a TW project that I am going to start once I'm done with Emma's announcement.  I had a few paper bobbins left but the plastic ones are going to last longer so I'm slowly replacing them as needed.

Now on to the pictures! 


 Left:  Picture of progress so far.
Bellow:  Close up of roof

So far I have about 6,438 stitches, but this might be off since I didn't always keep track when I was tired.  The back-stitch for the 2nd cart took only one day which was nice since the back-stitch for the first cart (including the smoke) took 2 days.

Moving along slightly faster than I felt I was.  So, I changed some of the top part of the cart.  The dark blue/light blue pattern was changed at the top as I didn't like how it only had 1 light blue in the middle and the heart I added the bottom 2 red stitches, although now I'm thinking I should have kept it as purple.  It's hard to see that it's supposed to be a heart. -__-  What do you guys think??


Till next time!  Happy stitching everyone! :)


Saturday, February 15, 2014

WIPocalypse - Feburary

Well.....it's February and this month's topic/question:  How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time? Usually I have 2 or 3 going simply because I will get bored and want to start something else.  However, right now I'm trying to focus on just one, Emma's birth announcement.  So I've had to set aside my butterfly/orchid pattern has been set off to the side. 

I tend to keep project in tote bags when they aren't being worked on so I can keep everything together.  However, I have a few 'project bags' ie: large ziplock bags that my stitch store puts everything in when you purchase it to keep it all together so I've started to do that as well.  I'll grab a tote and take it with me when I have long car ride or trip.  

I have however made some great progress.  I have decided to back-stitch each section of the train when I'm finished.  I think it seems to go faster since I have 'finished' product to look at.  The only thing I have done yet are those dreaded french knots. -__- Those I will leave to the end.  I have some beads that I may/may not use in their place.  If anyone has another suggestion for what to use besides french knots please, let me know! 

It doesn't seem to matter how many videos I watch I just can't get my french knots to come out correctly. -__- Very very very frustrating!

So.....pictures of progress so far:

2/15 Progress
The whole engine done along with the smoke stack.  The middle cart is started along with part of the lion.  The first two parts of the top border is done except for the yellow in spaces left on the blue part.  I kinda forgot about it before I moved on....>.> 


Close up of 'smoke', bird & giraffe
The back stitch for the hill/railroad rails still need to be done but I am waiting to have the rest of the middle wagon done before doing the hill and the whole train done before doing the rails.  This is definitely a pattern that needs back-stitch as you can tell.  
Close up of train engine & teddy conductor.
So far I have about 5,380 stitches done with about 206 stitches/day.  My goal for Feb is to stitch a little bit each day.  My count may be off since there was a couple of days I was like...um....what was that number again? Which typically happened when I was starting to get tired. Oh well, this is mostly just so I can keep myself motivated to stitch each day. 

Happy stitching everyone! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bleh...

Title pretty much says it all.  I've been feeling like crap lately.  Now as most of you know, my brother Jason & Sarah are expecting.  However, what you all don't know is that Thomas & I have been trying ourselves. 


My period was late so I thought I might be pregnant as they are normally regular. When I did finally get it, it was short and lasted only 2 days. I have been feeling a little nauseous for the past couple of days when I wake so I stay in bed till it passes and I can get out of bed without feeling like crap, another reason I though I might be pregnant.

However, both the at home test and the one I took at the doctors the other day has come back negative. I was told by the lady at the front desk that my doctor doesn't do blood tests for pregnancy, however the technician that I talked to on the phone, when she called about my results, said that they do give blood tests, just not the first time and that I needed to come back in about 10 days to take the test again and at that time they will do a blood test if I want.

I am hoping that I just had false negatives, thinking that I might have tested to soon, but I have been feeling down since I got the results.  I know that everything will happen in its own time but it is still depressing.  I couldn't even work on Emma's cross-stitch the other day I was so down.

Today, I started working on 'Stretch' and don't like the way it looks on Aida so I'm going see what I can find at the store in way of linen or evenweave. 

Like I said, I'm feeling a little bleh these past couple of days so sorry for the pity blog but I needed to get it out and this seemed like a good place to do so.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

End of January Update

So.....it's technically Feb 1st since it's 2:53am here but close enough.

Anywhos, I got a lot done this month on Emma's birth announcement, but not as much as I would have liked.  I was hoping to have at least the engine done.  I took 4 days off since I started this project on the 14th, either because I wasn't motivated to work on it or because I was playing computer games with my hubby.

All in all I got 2108 stitches done this month which isn't bad for 14 days of work. Not surprisingly the most stitches I did was on IHSW (Sat to be exact) with 392 stitches.

We will see how much I get done in Feb!  My goal - to have the engine & railroad under it done, and the 1st cart started. I'm also hoping to start at least one of my TW patterns, I just need to get more floss.


PICTURES!


Below: full view of what has been finished.


Right:  close up view of engine in progress.









So I almost have to have the TV or a movie going while I stitch.  Otherwise it is just too quiet in my house, even if my hubby is home playing computer games.  And I don't think I'm the only one. ;)

So what did I watch while I stitched? A lot!! :D 






TV SHOWS:
  • A TON of NCIS - I love Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Abby (Pauley Perrette) but the whole cast is great!  And this is one of the shows I watch with my family when I'm home.
  • Law & Order: SVU - the only L&O I like (probably because of Mariska Hargitay) 
  • Castle - Nathan Fillion (whom I have loved since Firefly) is the whole reason I started watching it years ago but I have since fallen in love with Stana Katic too! And the little nods to Firefly now and again are just a treat.
  •  Bones - David Boreanaz (who I had a crush on when I watched Angel & Buffy) and Emily Deschanel are amazing to watch together.  The rest of the cast is amazing too!
  • Say Yes to the Dress - a guilty pleasure, I must admit.  My Mom will watch this one with me if I'm home working on a project and it comes on.  Sooo many pretty dresses!
  • Project Runway Under the Gunn - another guilty pleasure.  I LOVE Tim Gunn from Project Runway so I'm curious as to how his spin on this show is going to turn out.  Looks good so far. :)
  • America's Next Top Model - random reruns and another guilty pleasure but not one I seek out to watch.  I watch it when there is nothing else on.
  • Food Network - Alton Brown & Rachel Ray are my favorites but I'll watch pretty much whatever.  Yay for recipe ideas! ^_^
MOVIES:
  • Hellsing vol  1-4 - technically this is an Anime.  Alucard (Crispin Freeman -English voice actor) is my favorite character.  Gotta love a bat-shit crazy vampire killing other vampires/ghouls. Only re-watched the first episode so far though.
  •  Poppy Hill - Studio Ghibli Movie (another Anime).  I got the 2013 Movie Collection for Christmas this year and I am slowly watching all the movies that I haven't seen before re-watching the ones I have seen.
  • Dark Knight - it was on TV and I love this Batman series.
  • Van Hellsing - another TV movie.  What can I say, I love vampire movies. ^_^
Till next time!  Happy stitching everyone!