Thursday, July 24, 2014

June ISHW and SFS

Well I figured I would just wait to do my IHSW post when it got closer towards the end of the month so I could also do my SFS post at the same time.

I spent about $3 this month on 2 different packages of beads at Hobby Lobby.

I'm still not 100% sure which of the bead types I'll use but I figured I can figure that out when I get to it. I got a packet of Mill Hill petite glass beads - 40161 and Mill Hill glass seed beads - 00479.  The blue ones are seed beads that I had already in my stash.  The petite beads are the ones I was thinking of getting simply because they are iridescent and shiny but the seed beads are the same size and the white is still shiny. When I asked Thomas, he said to go with the seed beads but I figured I'd ask my gals too.  So what do you think?  Petite or seed?

 Not the best pictures since it was hard for me to get a good picture and show the difference between the two.

I think I might go with the seed beads just because they would match the size of the ones I already have been using. I just wish they had the same clear iridescent look as the petite beads. Oh well, I know I can always find use for the beads later. :)

Now, for the pics of my progress. ^_^




 Santa is coming along nicely and I've got about 6,918 stitches done over 23 days of work.

Now that I'm not working on the same section it seems like I'm moving along faster.

Been taking a few days off stitching to play Diablo III with hubby and Dean.  It's been a while since the three of us played together and it's been fun.  I'll probably play some more when Joseph comes up this weekend which is nice since 1) he's finally getting his vacation that has CONSTANTLY been moved back due to various work issue and 2) I haven't really gotten to see him since we moved. He'll be here from Sat to Tues afternoon so I'm super excited to have him come up.

Well, here's to getting more done before he gets here so I can feel good about leaving the project off to the side for a bit longer each day.

So till next time, happy stitching everyone!

Friday, July 18, 2014

July WIPocalypse

Well I think I'm just going to have to come to terms with the fact that I am horrible about doing these blogs on time. :)

Question for this month: It's halfway to Christmas.  Do you start your holdiay stitching this early?  If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?

Yes, and no.  Normally I don't if only because I never think about it and I'm HORRIBLE with deadlines and never seem to get the projects done by Christmas. When that happens, I end up just giving the WIP to show the project and let the recipient (normally a family member) know that this is what I'm working on and will be given to them when done. It's what I did last year with Joseph's Dragon Wall Hanging. This year however, I'm working on a stocking for Emma and I hope to get a few ornaments done as gifts for various people but I'm not sure if that will happen so I'm not going to stress about it.

7-17 progress
My goal for the stocking is to have the stitching done by Thanksgiving so I can sew it up and have it done in plenty of time for Christmas.

I'm starting to slow down on the stitching though since I've kind of lost my steam which is bad since I have a deadline I have to meet. I still need to look into getting the white beads for the bottom part of the stocking I'm just not 100% sure what I want. Unfortunately there are no stitching related stores near me now and I won't be in Houston till Thanksgiving time so I can't go check them out before my self-imposed deadline which means I'll have to order the beads online if the ones at Hobby Lobby aren't what I am looking for.  This wouldn't be a problem except I would hate to order something and it turn out to be the wrong size/color/etc that I don't like for the project. That's typically why I don't like ordering things online.  I like to see things in person and make sure it's what I want before ordering.  Alas, that is not always an option.

It will all work out in the end though so I just have to trust in the stitching gods. ;)

Ah well, till next time...happy stitching everyone! ^_^

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 4th weekend...

First off let me say that I got practically no stitching done over the holiday weekend and I'm okay with that. ^_^
7-4 work - Red bow and start of blue present

Got to spend Friday and Sat with the in-laws and Sunday with my family.  Jason and Sarah brought Emma for the family get together so I was supper excited to finally get to see and hold her.  She was sleeping when they arrived and I got to hold her. She's a cuddle bug! She was completely content to sleep on my chest all curled up.

Emma snuggles
Not the best picture quality because I was taking the selfie with my phone.  Which is another thing Thomas and I did over the break, get new phones! We both got the Samsung Galaxy s5, his is black and mine is white, and actually the camera takes much better pictures it was just hard for me to do with one hand. lol

Isn't she adorable?  I know, I'm slightly biased.  I was also asked to be her Godmother!! Of course I said yes! So I'm not only an Aunt but a Godmother! ^_^

Emma's hair is turning brownish now rather than the jet black it was when she was born. We'll see what color it ends up being.

Besides getting to cuddle with Emma on Sunday I also made a discovery up in my room.  My Mom had found 3 old books when she was going through boxes in the garage looking for baby clothes and she put them up in my room on my bookshelf but forgot about them.  I discovered them when I went up there to feed Roxy.

 3 books of cross-stitching and needle point patterns!

I knew my Mom used to cross-stitch but I never saw any of her work and the one big project she had been working on, along with the floor stand it was on, got pitched or sold during the last move. Which is sad because I was too young to have really shown an interest in cross-stitching at the time, otherwise I'm sure Mom would have kept it. 

This book was actually bought by my Grandma in 1974! The same year my Mom was a senior in high-school, for class on needle point. Unfortunately the cover is detached and a few of the pages are loose. Going to have to be VERY careful with this one.

Inside we found not only handwritten notes that we believe were made by her, one that my Mom made, but we also found the home-work sheet with notes that Grandma used along with the certificate she received when she finished the class. :)

Homework sheet and certificate

Left note - Grandma's? Right note - Mom's
Inside front and back cover

 Published in 1975 it has a few nice alphabet fonts that I might use in the future but most are not my taste.  Still a nice book to have in my collection, if only for the sentimental reasons. I'm not sure if this is one my Mom bought or one my Grandma bought.  Either way, it's mine now! ^_^

Published in 1986 (a good year since it's my birth year ^_^) this pamphlet was actually in a plastic sleeve along with a piece of fabric, I think aida, two ribbons and some slips of paper with instructions on how to cross-stitch.

I know this one was bought by my Mom since my Grandma had already died by the time it was published.

What it came with

These will now join my collection of stitching books/magazines/etc and who knows, I might make something from one of these patterns some day. ^_^

Hope you all enjoyed my stitching find as much as I did!

And because I still can't get over how absolutely adorable my niece is, here are more pictures taken from this weekend. The black and white mobile is one that my Mom had for us when we were babies.  It's needlepoint and the only thing Mom made that we still have, or at least that we can find. She thinks it was a kit.

isn't she cute?!

sleepy time

holding Emma while Jason & Sarah open presents
Sarah with finished birth record

Uncle Thomas feeding Emma