Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
My Christmas is just about over here in Japan, as it is 11 pm here but most of my friends in the states are just starting their Christmas day! Hope you all have a merry,merry day!!!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
1. Howling at the Moon Page 3
2. Howling Page 6
3. Howling Page 9
4. howling Page 8
5. Howling Page 7
6. The Power of a Nap
7. A country mile
8. Tree Branch
9. Patchwork Teddies
10. Snow Valley express
11. Dare to dream
13. The Abbey page 3
14. The Abbey Page 6
15. The Abbey Page 9
Not sure how well I will do, as most of these are extemely large, and have very little work in on them, but I'm at least striving toward a goal, and I like that! =)
Thursday, December 09, 2010
I have not made up my list of 15 yet, but I'm working on it. I may not even make my list 15 WIPs long, since many of my projects are huge! But I am gonna just work on as many as I can and see what happens!
If anyone would like to join us please do, we'd love to have you! Here's the link: http://up4achallenge.blogspot.com/
Anyway, my list of 15 is yet to come! So stay tuned!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
And here are all three of my smalls for November!!! Now just have to finish up the last letter for this month and I'll be done. I finished the December block already, but will share that in another post!
I cannot believe I'm at the end of the year!!! And I did it, I kept up with these little things and now I have a bunch of tiny squares to make more quilts out of. Last night I started planning out my quilt for the alphabet blocks, I think I've come up with something. It will also be for Alyssa, to hang in her room, so she has exposure to the alphabet, but I'm not worried about having it done before she's 2 when she can really understand, so it's no big hurry, it's nice to have these squares finished though for when I am ready to put the quilt together.
So with the end of a year come the ideas and ponderings of new goals and projects for the new year!!! Always an exciting time, I don't know about you, but I love the beginning of the new year when you can start looking through your stash to find new things to work on as the new year comes!
I, however do not think I will be starting anything new....but! I must say that I am a "series" girl, and I do have a "series" I am thinking of starting, but I also have so many WIPS in the works I am not sure I feel right doing that. But!! On the other hand, THIS entire year I have not started ANYTHING new, except for the monthly checkered squares, which I started at the beginning and took all year to do. All the other projects I worked on this year have been WIP's. My lambs were started ALONG time ago, back when I lived at home with my folks, Howling at the Moon I started in 2008, The Abbey I started in 2007, and the alphabet sampler book I started last year (I think), so I think that maybe I do deserve a new start! I don't know, we shall see.
Anyone else looking forward to some new starts? OR maybe just trying to thin out their ever growing WIP pile? I have heard of the New start challenge, someone here in blogland started, where you start 15 new starts in January and try to complete them by the end of the year. Sounds great, but I think by the end of the year I would just have added 15 WIPs to my pile and that would just be disasterous. LOL
Well, off to the store to get some much needed groceries! Thank you to all my new followers!!! And my commenters and all those who just stop by to visit and are quiet....I hope you are all enjoying this festive holiday season!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
So, here it is as it looks now....
This is how it looked when I picked it up then...
Thursday, November 25, 2010
So, I pushed everything else aside, and grabbed for the lil' white fluffy guys! And this is where I'm at.
This is a start on the very last lamb in the series!
And this is the lamb I am currently working on. The fourth in the series. She is almost complete just have about 100 stitches to put in on the right hand side in the clouds....which I am planning on getting done today, and to backstitch one flower.
So, I think this will be my focus project for awhile, until it is finished, I was going at a good clip with "Howling", but I just need to let it go for now, I got 16 hours in on it for the month which is GREAT! And I got alot of progress on it, which I am happy about, but there are priorities and deadlines to be met, so I need to work on the things that are most important now. It doesn't mean I'm putting "Howling" away completely, oh no,no,no,no....I still plan on working a little bit on it next month since I only have 2, not 3 smalls to finish next month, but my goals for Howling will be alot more relaxed....definitely NOT a 25 hour goal....probably more around 10 or 15, we'll see....Sorry, rambling, aaaand moving on....
Thankyou to those of you who answered my plea for help in my last post!!! Your answers were VERY helpful!! Thank you!!! And to my new followers-Welcome!!! And thankyou for your followship....it means so very much to me!!!
I hope all my American readers had an amazing Thanksgiving!!! I know I did! It was just Hubby and I, but we had fun in the kitchen together, and the food was great, and the leftovers are great too!!!
Oh yes, and remember a few posts back I said a baby Gecko got into the house? We caught him yesterday after he stayed with us for about a week....I breathed a sigh of relief to see my hubby carrying him out the door!!!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Monday, November 08, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
Lets see here were my goals.....
1. September block-DONE!
2. October block-DONE!
3. Letter Q-DONE!
4. Letter R-DONE!
5. Letter S-DONE!
6. Letter T-DONE!
7. Letter U (ALMOST! But finished 7 hours into November...SO CLOSE!)
8. Work 31 hours on Howling- Got 5 hours in! Better than nothing!
9. Finish Petal- Nope, didn't even pick it up!
10. Start last lamb in the 5 piece series- Nope, didn't even look at it!
So, not bad!!! I didn't post as much as I had wanted to either! I still need to post photos of all these finishes I'm bragging about!!! When did I become such a lazy blogger?! Oh well! Well, I started my November block last night, so I think I am off to get some work in on it now, with my cup of coffee. I have already worked on Howling for 3 hours this month! AMAZING! I know!
And with all these finishes last month I am proud to say I am completely caught up!!! And with only 2 months left for the year I only have 5 more smalls to finish up....Two monthly blocks, and the letters V,W, and X,Y,Z which those last three are all on one block! So three letter blocks and two monthly checkered squares!!! SOOOOO close!!! It's been a nice adventure working on these little guys each month, as they are nice and small, so allow for other stitching to get squeezed in after each finish and yet you have three finishes for each month.
1. November Checkered Block
2. Letter V
3. Letter W
4. work 25 hours on Howling
5. Finish Petal
6. (Maybe...) Start last lamb in this series)
Well, now that I'm all caught up with my smalls, I think I will have a little more time to devote to my lambs and Howling at the moon...lets hope!!!
Happy November everyone! I hope it finds you happily stitching and looking forward to the holiday season!!!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Well, I hope you are all doing well, I am enjoying seeing all the Fall/Halloween stitching going on out there right now!!! I was tossing around the idea of starting some myself, but decided to just keep going with my present goals of my monthly smalls, Howling at the Moon and The baby lambs. Maybe next year! Well, I have a doc. appt. today so gotta get going! Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post about the baby!!! She is doing good so far, and loves to kick me all night long!!! How someone who is so small put so much weight behind those tiny kicks is beyond me!!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
Saturday, October 02, 2010
they are by Erica Michaels...she has some adorable freebies there!!! Enjoy!!!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
You'd think this was some great thing!! It is a tiny little 4 inch by 4 inch piece of stitching, and I am sooooo happy just to have it done!!!
So, here it is 3 days from being October, I am just barely finishing 1 of the three monthly smalls for...AUGUST!! I started The letter "P" for the alphabet sampler today, but wow! I feel like I am SOOOO far behind. I just had no motivation to stitch this month!!!
Oh well! I have worked a few hours on Howling at the Moon, and worked quite a bit on "Petal" my lamb piece, but most of what i'm working on with it is white on white, so you really can't see much of my actual work.
On the reading front, I have read 7 books, and am more than half way through #8 for the month, so I am pretty sure I will have that finished before the end of the month, so that is at least ONE goal I acheived for the month! =) I am SO frustrated with how tired this pregnancy is making me. the thing is, I'm exhausted during the day, but at night I sleep in 4 hour shifts, sleep 4 hours, awake about 4 hours, sleep for four more hours....it's so frustrating.
Anyway, thank you all for not giving up on me....I have been trying to get around and leave comments here and there when I am feeling up to it, but as for actually stitching and blogging myself....It just seems like such a task! but I will continue to look at all your great blogs and enjoy all the beautiful things you in blogland are creating, and I will stitch when I can, and blog when I can. That's all I can hope for for now!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
So, here they go:
1. August Checkered block
2. September Checkered block
3. Letter P
4. Letter Q
5. Letter R
6. Letter S
7. Work on Howling
8. Finish Petal
9. Start Lamb #5 (maybe)
finish 8 books
WOW!!! I have lots to do!!! I am hoping I can get it all done! This month doesn't look overly busy though so I think I should be able to get it all done. We shall see!!!
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
My second idea was to use yellow with very little design as the alternating blocks, since every lamb piece has some yellow in it,I thought it would brighten it up a bit, and maybe not look so.....blue and busy.....but now I think it looks a bit over whelming......like too bright!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Here's my monthly checkered block:
And here are my alphabet blocks:
I am thinking that with this storm on the way I may find myself with plenty of time to do some stitching, if we loose power. Can't play on the computer! So, I may get caught up on these smalls afterall.
Well, I am off to make sure we have everything in our typhoon kit,(water, non perishable foods, batteries, etc.) and get everything off our balcony so nothing goes blowing around once the winds kick up to 65 miles or higher) an hour!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
So sorry I have not been posting or sharing stitching photos and what not, mostly because i have not been stitching at all, and wouldn't you know? Now that I feel better I am MILES away from my stitchy stuff, and my fingers are itching to stitch in a BAD way! I came over here with no stitchy supplies at all! How dumb was that?! But when I was packing, I was feeling so horrid, that I threw a hodge podge of clothes and essentials in my suitcase and that was all I had the energy for and now, I have to wait to get home to do any stitching!! boo hoo!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
And So the answer to the famous question? "When are you due?" I'm guessing some time in Feb or March of next year, although since we haven't been to see the doctor yet, I'm not too sure. So...This lamb blankey I'm making? Shoot, I may just have to keep it for my baby!!!! =) Thank you all for such lovely comments and happy anniversary wishes, and wishing me to feel better! While I'm not exactly "feeling better" I at least have a reason (a good one!) as to why I feel this way, so it's alright!
Wow! I don't think I've done any stitching in a week! Oh boy, I need to get going on that...I'm just so tired and feeling like theres a bowling ball in my stomach that I've not been up to it! Maybe this weekend? We'll see!
Hmmm...wonder if my baby will pop out with a "Made in Japan" stamped on it's butt? LOL
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thank you all for your wonderful input!! You are all so helpful....so I know who to call on when I move again.....Juuuuust kiiiiiding!
Well, it is the first of the month which means it is Goals time....lets see?
For June I was going to try to:
Finish Letter L-DONE!
Finish Letter M-Done!
Work on Howling-Done!
Work on The Abbey-Done!
Work on Petal-done!
Read 8 books- I got 7 done!
The one thing I forgot to put on the list? My monthly checkered block, but no worries! I finished it too!
Lets see? For july I'd like to:
~Finish Letter N
~Finish Letter O
~Finish July monthly block
~Work 10 hours on Snow Valley Express (hereafter will be refered to as SVE)
~Work 10 hours on Howling
~Work 10 hours on The Abbey
~Post to blog 12 times (3 times per week!)
~Read 8 books
So, not many changes here but a little bit, with substituting the lamb piece with SVE. I wonder if I could finish it this month? Hmmmm....?? I can try! We shall see.
Thank you all for your lovely input and I will definitely keep you aprized of my progress. I really want to try to post a few more times this month.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Ok, I have narrowed it down to three choices! (An amazing feat, considering the number of WIP's that jumped out at me and clambered for my love when I opened the drawer!)
Option #3...Holiday Airing, by Diane Phalen. I love her work, and have several of her patterns in my stash. And I would like to finish this one day, and I thought, well, it's crazy hot out, so why not work with some snow, maybe that will make me feel better! Plus, for some reason, I have been having the inkling to stitch something Christmas-y, so I thought this one would be a great one to pull out.
So, there yah have it, stitchers, now just leave me a nice little comment and tell me which one you vote on!!! I would greatly appreciate it!
I want to say hello also to my nre followers! Wow! Up to 75 now, that's amazing!! I never thought I would entice that many people to my blog, to listen to my drivel. Thank you all so much, it really makes me feel good that my love and hobby of stitching is being appreciated and enjoyed by others who stop by!
Well, I am off to get some reading in, I am almost done with book #7 for the month. Yay me! Last month I got 4 done, so a bit of an improvement, I'd say!
Thank you for stopping by! and until next time, Happy stitching!
Haha! As I was posting this I got follower #76! thank you!!!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
First: Here is "The Abbey". My goal in May was to finish Page 1 on this one and I actually finished Pages 1 AND 2. Now when I say "finished", I mean with the cross stitching, because O man but do I have a lot of back stitching to do here! I cringe to think of it!! Very detailed all over the house, I suppose I could get a start on that next month, but I have sorta been enjoying the easy stitching of the sky and the clouds here. I thought I would wait until I finished Cross stitching the whole thing and THEN do the backstitching, but I don't know as I want to wait and save allllll that back stitching for last....hmmmm....decisions, decisions....
Second: here is a photo of my progress on Howling at the Moon. Page 3 is coming along pretty Quickly. Most of what I have been working on here is all that dark blue back ground, but every so often I get bored of that and trickle down and work some of the gray in the wolf. I think it is starting to morph into something recognizable...what do you think?
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
I had to frog a bit on letter M- as I stitched the bottom line of the border to high, I had to pull it down a bit, actually my miscount was on the sides of the border, I had to stitch in 2 more of those little squares that the border is made out of, so I was WAY short! But, I was able to pull it all out and get them all finished by the 15th...5 days after my intended due date for my monthly smalls, but still, I have 15 days left of the month to work on my 3 larger projects! That is 5 days for each.
And stay tuned for my newest project...which actually has nothing to do with stitching, and everything to with.....paper!!! Ha! Curious, aren't yah! lol...
Thank you all for reading and I will be working on Petal today so will hopefully be able to share a photo of it tomorrow.
Oh yeah and on the Whole FB issue, it has been resolved! Nothing like some family drama to make you wanna flee the scene! It's been pretty crazy and I seriously have no desire to have it happen again, so the page will stay open, I however will be out!! I have too much to do to keep up with that, and if people are just gonna act stupid they can do so on their own time and page and since it seems they have a problem with me and my page and what I write as my status then guess I'll just take my happy behind off of FB and forget them! Right? lol....
Hope to post again very shortly!
Friday, June 11, 2010
MAY GOALS REVIEW:
1. Letter K- DONE!
2. Letter J- Done!
3. May Monthly block-Done!
4. Work on Petal- done!
5. Finish page one on Howling- DONE!
6. Finish page 1 of The Abbey- DONE PLUS!!! I finished Page 2 while I was at it! =)
So, Even though I didn't think it would be a great month stitching wise it was actually VERY good! I got everything I wanted to finish and more! I was so surprised. However my reading suffered last month, only got 4 books read, and one of those was an audio. I am in high hopes of getting more completed this month, I already have two finished, so I'm doing ok on that!
JUNE STITCHY GOALS:
1. Letter L
2. Letter M
3. Work 10 hours on Petal (maybe finish it)
4. Work 10 hors on Howling
5.Work 10 hours on The Abbey
JUNE READING GOALS:
Finish 8 books
I have already finished #1. And that's it! LOL....I have been so busy with other things. I am now busy with a Bible Study and new friends here on island, so I don't have as much time as I used to, and I hate that, but what can you do?
So we shall see how these goals go!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
However, I do plan to start focusing more on other hobbies that I love and have neglected for that evil, evil Facebook place....like stitching, and blogging!!! I have set goals, and will not go back to foresaid evil website until these goals are accomplished!
I am a goal setter, I feel best about my life when I have something to work towards, and a reward at the end to make it all worth it... soooooo, of course there is stitching and reading on my goal list, as well as blogging about both and a few other things.... and my reward? Hmmm? Maaaaaybe a tank full of Fishville is in my future.....
Anyway, all that to say I am working on myself, and you all get to hear me blah blah about it! And I thank you all for your encouragement and wonderful comments!!
I will be posting photos of "H" and "I" soon. I am almost done with my May block as well. I really worked alot on it yesterday, and feel good about my progress, despite a horrible headache that has plagued me for going on three days now. I think it is a tension headache or something to do with not sleeping right on my neck, because it hurts the worst when I wake up in the morning. Of course, reading and stitching is causing eye strain which kinda bugs it too, so...stitching (and reading) have both been an adventure, but I am pressing forward the best I can!!
Soooo, I am going to go read a little and try to finish my May block! And! if you see me on Facebook tell me to go away, ooooorrrr, just kindly remind me that I have a pile of books that need reading and a pile of stitching that needs to be stitched! lol...have a great day!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
SueFitz: You asked where the Erica micheal freebies can be found...at the Rainbow Gallery website. http://www.rainbowgallery.com/freechartdownloads.cfm?ID=11 ...I hope this link helps!
Jules: You asked about how my reading is going...slooooow....I have read 30 books this year, which is not bad, last month was a good month for reading, I finished 7, but so far this month, not so good, I haven't finished even one yet!! I know I know! I need to post more to my book blog! I sorely missed that goal last month. Durn it....:P
Saturday, May 08, 2010
I have been incredibly lazy lately, I don't know why, but all I want to do is read. I haven't even pulled the threads to start my monthly little pieces yet! That is how far behind I am! I have done nothing! I have only started my lamb piece because it was conveniently already kitted up and ready to go when I finished "I'm not sleepy". I haven't set out any goals, I'm just a blob, a sit-on-the-couch-and-read-and-watch-tv-while-I-half-heartedly-work-on-"Petal" blob. And of course I facebook still waaaay too much, even though I vowed that May would be a NO FB month!! I failed! My addiction to Fishville has taken me over! LOL...but I will not complain about that, as it is MY time, and I have obviously chosen to do it and not do other things, so why keep blah blahing over it. I am disappointed in myself over it though, I just feel like I waste SOOOOO much time on there, when I can be doing so many other things, but oh well, it is what it is.
So, that's my sad life at the moment, bending to the evil powers of my addiction to facebook, and watching the rest of my life slip away....it is seriously time to do the 12 steps....my life has become unmanageable and I'm powerless. It sounds really stupid, but I majored in addiction studies in college, so I often have the tendancy to apply the twelve steps to anything...anything that causes you to be sooooo focused on that it is life changing or causes you to obsess over is an addiction.
Anyway, sorry about sorta going off there! Well, I will try really hard to focus more on stitching and post some photos this week! I really need to! And now I am going to go clear out all my fish tanks at Fishville, and see if I can go a day without it...just ONE day! I know I can! and if I can do one I can surely do two! and so on and so on! Happy Mothers Day!!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
I am impressed with the amount of progress I have gotten in on this piece since the last time I shared a photo...which was in January, I think....I almost have page #1 done!! I am shooting to finish it this month, then it is onto page 2, which I already have a smattering of stitches in on that page,I also need to slide down to page #4 (under #1) and fill in holes there! See all that dark blue at the top? ALL 824...the color I asked for awhile back, that so many wonderful stitchers were so helpful with!! I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to stitch in the entire background color, but oh well....
Almost 3 pages done, 6 more to go!! Yikes!