Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pre Spring Break

Well last weekend and this week I have been preparing for my first international trip.  I am going to London and Edinburgh next week during my spring break.  I am very excited and nervous.  I have traveled within the United States by airplane and automobile.  But, this is my first foray across the ocean.  It will also be my first train trip (from London to Edinburgh and back).  I have been gathering all the things that I need.  I plan to pack everything on Thursday.  The only bad thing about this trip is that I have to get up at 4:00 am on Friday to meet the group at 5:15am to travel to the airport.  I don't do well with getting up early.  Other than that, I think I am good.

So what did I work on this weekend and this week.  I stitched a little bit on Tre civette sul comò by Madame Chantilly and Tuffet's Cupboard.  But I didn't complete very much.  I didn't work very long on either one.  Next week I won't be stitching much either because of the trip.

I will post pictures.


Mardi Gras Week

This week has been a rough week.  My father came home from the hospital.  Because of his stroke, I have been staying with my parents at night.  Thank God it was Mardi Gras holidays.  I was able to stay night and day with them through the weekend and for Monday & Tuesday.  My brothers and sisters an sister-in-law stepped up and covered Wednesday and Thursday during the day.  I have been preparing for my first international trip to London.  So I crocheted myself a hat and cowl.  It was supposed to be a scarf but I didn't have enough yarn. I actually crocheted this hat with a scarf for my cousin Kathy.  She really liked it.  So, did I.  Hence, I made one for me.

Also this week I finished my part of the Halloween Rules, Eat Candy & Visit a Haunted House, on Bridget's.  This month and next I will work on Jennifer's Halloween Rules.  I had to make a few changes to the colors because they didn't match or they blended in with the color of the fabric.  I am really enjoying this Round Robin with my sisters.

 Next I have to work on the Jennifer's.  The patterns are Scare a Crow and Carve a Pumpkin.  It is really quick and easy.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

President's Day Weekend

Well,  I didn't stitch much this last week.  I have had some family issues where I wasn't able to get to my stitching.  But, I wanted to post so that I will keep to a schedule.

This Sunday, my stitching group got together to stitch.  Each month we are having some sort of exchange.  January was favorite tool.  This month was Valentine's candy.  We had a great time.  I gave Laffy Taffy, Starburst, and Fun Dip.  Next month we have decided to make a group charm bracelet.  Each person is to go to Hobby Lobby or Michael's and get a charm bracelet for ourselves and a charm for each person in the group that represent the person giving the charm.  I think this is going to be fun.

Also, my new start this month will Curious Owl by Art to Heart from JABC.  I bought this at the Silver Needle stitching retreat a couple of years ago.  I saw this in my stash and thought, why not.  I thin it will be cute.

Well, thanks for stopping by.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Orange Beach Retreat

This weekend I went Crossthreads Needlework's Orange Beach Retreat with my two sisters, Jennifer and Bridget, and our stitching buddy, Lisha.  We drove down late Thursday night and stayed until Sunday afternoon. We ate at LuLu's Restaurant twice for lunch and at Cotton's for supper once.  I had a great time.  I worked on a lot of the projects that I took with me.  They were:

*Tre civette sul comò by Madame Chantilly
*Pretty Kitty by Jannlyn (finished)
*Three Sisters by Staci Nash
*A Friend's house by Sisters and Best Friends
*Line Up: Boy by Trilogy (finished)

I didn't get to:
*Robin Hood by LHN
*Tuffet's Cupboard by JABC

I finished two projects.  I might of been able to finish 3 but I can't count.  I was working on  Tre Civette Sul Como, finished the 3 owls and was working on the cabinet but kept having to pull out because I miss-counted.  So, I didn't finish it.  I made some great progress.

We had so much fun at this retreat, we are considering another of Crossthreads' retreats this year.

I can't wait to work on more projects.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Couch Potato Weekend

Well this weekend was a bust.  Friday my cousin, Liz, and I went to town.  This is our usual Friday extravaganza.  We went to eat at the Shrimp Basket.  Great fried crawfish tails, yum.  Then we went shopping,  :( mostly at Walmart.  Saturday I was going to clean my office/craft room but I cleaned my DVR instead.  I watched all of my favorite TV shows NCIS, NCIS:LA, NCIS:NO, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds, and Dr. Who.  I wasn't too far behind in my shows but I was such a couch potato.  I couldn't make myself stitch, sew, or crochet.  But, it felt good to do nothing.

On Sunday, Jennifer, Bridget, and I discussed what we are bring to the Orange Beach, AL, stitching retreat.  I am bringing:
*Tre civette sul comò by Madame Chantilly
*Pretty Kitty by Jannlyn
*Three Sisters by Staci Nash
*Robin Hood by LHN
*Tuffet's Cupboard by JABC
*A Friend's house by Sisters and Best Friends
*Line Up: Boy by Trilogy

I am not bringing "Our Lady of the Flag".

After this I went home and finished the Treasure Within bookmark as shown below.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Star Wars Weekend

For Christmas, my brother Ricky gave me the Star Wars Movies 1 - 6; I already had 7.  So this weekend I decided to have a Star Wars weekend.  My nephew, Leif, spent Friday night at my house.  We got up the next morning and started watching the movies.  I crocheted on the sunflower squares for the afghan while we watched.  He made pod racers with Legos.  He made it through 3-1/2 movies before he couldn't do it anymore.  Thank goodness my nephew Tyler (they are the same age - 7) came over.  They went outside to play in the sand with their pod racers while I finished the movies.  In the two days (Saturday and Sunday), I completed all of the sunflower squares, 24 total.  Now I need to crochet them together.  I now know why the kit was on sale when I bought it.  The sunflower squares are 22 stitches across and the blue and white striped are 24 stitches across.  Monday I tried to crochet them together but I got discouraged.  My mom told me to do a decreasing stitch when I put them together to make the work.  They are the same size squares but not the same number of stitches.

I also worked on my punch needle.  When I finish all the ones I have, I will not buy anymore punch needles.  Actually I only bought 2.  My sister-in-law Mari bought the Christmas ornaments.  But, she decided that she didn't like it.  Well, I am the stitching & craft hoarder in my family.  If anyone wants to get rid of something, I take it.  That is why my craft room is busting at the seams.  So, I will finish the punch needles that I have, give them as gifts and then I'm done.

Happy Groundhog Day.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Twilight Weekend with crocheting

My cousin/friend, Liz, and I usually spend one day a week together doing something.  Well since Thanksgiving, we have hardly seen each other.  So, this Friday and Saturday, we had a Twilight weekend.  We watched the first 2 movies on Friday then the last 3 on Saturday.  I brought my crochet to work on while we watched the movie.  I bought this Bucilla kit at Hobby Lobby over 15 years ago on the reduced for quick sale aisle.  I had started this kit back in December and had completed 10 of the blue and white squares.  I have to make 24 blue and white squares and 24 sunflower squares.  I didn't tuck the ends on the blue and white square.  So, I spent most of Friday on tucking the ends.  I finished the other 14 blue and white squares over the two days. 

Over the weekend, a tornado hit Hattiesburg and Petal (towns near where I live).  The power was out where I worked (in Hattiesburg).  So, on Monday, we didn't have classes.  I spent the day on my couch stitching and crocheting.  I did a different project every hour.  One hour I worked on my sunflower afghan.  The completed sunflower square you see in the picture below was completed in December.  I had also made all 24 brown circles for the sunflower. I tucked all the ends on the brown circles and put the yellow petals on the centers you see in the picture.  I decided to put all the petals on all the circles then crochet the green background.  I thought it would be easier than doing each square completely.

I'm going a little out of order but I keeping the theme together.  Well once a month on Sunday, my sisters, a few of our close friends, and I get together and stitch.  This year we decided to do exchanges.  If you look at my post last week you can see where I got the pattern for making my tool.  I sewed ort contains out of triangles.  Every time I sew, I think I can do this.  And EVERY TIME I get on the sewing machine, I act like a 2-years old throwing a temper tantrum.  My sewing machine pulls the fabric at one speed on one side and an slower speed on the other.  I start out with a 1/4-inch seam allowance and end with a 1/2-inch or 1/8-inch seam allowance.  Well, what should have taken me 1 hour to make took 2-1/2 hours.  They turned out really cute but I forgot to take a picture of all of them (I made 7).

I worked on the S&BF - A Friend's house and Trilogy's - Line Up Boy.  The Boy I am going to make into a Christmas Cracker ornament for my nephew Leif.  Each year my sisters, sisters-in-laws, and I get ornaments for a niece or nephew.  We have the same ones every year.  My two are Nicholas and Leif.  I always get Nicholas a superhero that is popular that year.  Leif's ornament changes depending on his interest each year.  I think this one will be cute. 
A Friend's House - S&BF

Line Up Boy - Trilogy
 Well, I'm off to a good start this year.  I hope to continue posting each week.  This weekend I plan on working on several different projects.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Have a great day.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 - I hope it is better than 2016!

So, I have decided to try to keep up with my blog this year.  Last year was horrible, I couldn't find time to craft or cross stitch.  I could barely keep my house clean.  I don't know what I was doing that kept me from doing any of these things.  I just know that I spent many a night just being a couch potato.  I couldn't get the energy up to do anything.

This year has already started out different.  I started the new year with a completely clean house.  Barely any clutter (mostly in my office slash junk room).  I have been able to keep the house clean and work on several projects.  I have had a burst of enthusiasm to stitch.

My sisters and I have decided to do a round robin with Lizzie Kate's Halloween Rules.  So yesterday I went to Jennifer's house to stitch on it and watch floss tube.  I spent the entire time pulling out several things because I didn't like the color.  I have to re-stitch them before Saturday because that is when we exchange them.  While I was frogging.  I got a wild hair and decided to stitch Mirabillia's Our Lady of the Flag.  I actually got the kit at Hobby Lobby years ago for $6.53 (thread, beads, and linen included).  I am crazy because it took me years to finish the Rose of Sharon.  But I am going to finish Our Lady this year.  I started this on Tuesday.  It is hard to see but I have put in a few stitches and beads.
Our Lady of the Flag

One nights worth

Also, while I was there, Jennifer challenged me to do a new start each month on the 17th.  Crazy as it sounds, I took the challenge.  There is a Sisters and Best Friend pattern (A Friend's House) that I have had for a long time that I want to stitch.  So this will be my January new start.  I started it last night.  I did one side of the border and a little bit of the inside.  I am stitching it on Silkweaver's 28-ct linen colored Cascade using DMC floss.  It is a cute little pattern that I love.

 Tonight I am going to work on all 3 projects plus my punch needle project (like 30 minutes to 1 hour each).  I have 4 more punch needle patterns left then I will hang up my punch needle needle.  I don't think it is my cup of tea.

Friday I plan on working on some sewing that I want to do.  I am going to make Vonna's (The Twisted Stitcher) project envelopes for my mother and sister-in-law Mari.  I also have to make the "stitching tool" that I am going to give to everyone in our stitching group on Sunday. 

This weekend my cousin/friend Liz and I are having a Twilight day.  She wants to watch all of the Twilight movies.  I am going to work on the squares for my sunflower afghan while we do this. I have to crochet 48 squares; 24 blue and white stripes and 24 sunflower.  I have 15 blue and white stripes completed and 1 sunflower completed.  I have 23 centers for the sunflower made.  I plan on finishing the blue and white stripes and start putting the yellow petal on the brown centers.  I will let you know how far I get.

Thank you for stopping by.  I will post again next week.  See you then.