WIPocalypse 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy 2017!


New year, fresh start. Time to empty out the 2016 orts and start over. 2016 wasn't the best year for me but not the absolute worst either. We lost some family members, dealt with some illness (extended family), but also took some fun trips, spent good times with friends and had a little more free time for hobbies. My 2016 ort jar is definitely more full than the last couple despite being shook up and dumped a few times by my favorite helpers. The boys are all a year older and have grown so much since last January.


I'm excited for so many things in 2017- more soccer for Josh, a trip to Celebration of Needlework for me in May, and of course another year of Measi's WIPocalypse SAL. My blogging and stitching has been spotty over the last couple years with babies in the house but I'm hoping to improve on that this year. 

So welcome if this is your first visit and here's a short intro- I'm Sara, wife, Mom of 3 boys, retail pharmacist and stitcher of BAPs (note that does not read finisher!). I love the big pieces but I stitch
plenty of smaller things too. My taste in designers ranges from tiny Mill Hill kits to Teresa Wentzler
and Heaven and Earth designs and lots in between. 

My goal for 2017 is simple- stitch. As I said, I have 3 boys in the house, an 8 year old and twin 2 year olds, so my stitching time has been limited to nap time and after bedtime. The twins will sometimes
allow me to stitch on something simple while they play and watch cartoons lately though I am getting lots of "help" while I do. I guess I will have to organize my stitching by complexity this year- ornaments and small pieces during the day and HAED and other larger pieces at night. As far as specific pieces I don't have a solid list for 2017 but there are 3 main HAED pieces I'd like to make progress on...

Coppervein, my main focus as it is a gift for my brother-


Space Traveler, pretty equally for me and my husband-


Dragon Master, definitely for me-


There are a number of smaller pieces I'd like to work in as well. The only must is the Vervaco birth announcement I'm working on for my cousin who has a baby boy due in February. Here's my current starting spot on that...


The rest of my very fluid list includes but is in no way limited to

-a yet to be determined block from CCN's Frosty Forest set for my Mom
-a Mill Hill Christmas village kit
-maybe some of the chalkboard ornaments from Hands On Designs
-a possible start on Death By Cross Stitch from Long Dog Samplers
-some things I haven't even thought of yet but will see at Celebration

I'm off to a good start at the very least since this should be posted on time (writing on 12/31). I'm also excited to be part of Measi's Facebook group this year. I'm on FB every day anyway so it's a great quick place to check in though I love the idea of keeping the blog for goals and longer check ins. See you all at the end of the month for the first check in! 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September WIPocalypse

Oops, got busy with end of Summer/start of school and missed August so you get a double dose of stitching this month.

For August I actually had a new start I used to join in some of the online stitching competitions taking place around the time of the Rio Olympics. I made a good start on an eventual gift for my younger brother, HAED's charted version of Coppervein by Ruth Thompson. I got about 3,300 stitches in, not a bad start but still a long way to go!



I spent the rest of my stitchy time working on all things Christmas. I made some good progress on the Brittercups-



Mostly finished my trio of Gingerbread boys (just need to be personalized)-


And started working through Prairie Schooler's Cranberry Christmas. I'm tempted to restitch some of these in a dark blue/white/green colorway but not sure I'll get around to that this year. 


That's all for my stitching progress so on to Measi's question of the month. 

Tell us a story about the journey you took through one of your completed pieces.

I'm going to go with Noah's Sub by Stoney Creek. This one has a story even before I started it. I saw 
it somewhere on one of the online stitching groups in the early 2000's and knew it was a piece I 
wanted to stitch for my eventual child's room. I was in college at the time and already engaged to my husband so kids were coming but not soon. I was pretty disappointed to find it was out of print and going for way more than my budget would allow on eBay. I tried to bid a few times but could never quite win. Christmas rolled around and I was surprised to find the leaflet in a Christmas package from my husband's aunt. Somehow she had managed to be in the right place at the right time and had gotten it for me. Erich bought the DMC as a birthday gift and I was ready to stitch. 

That WIP followed me around for the next few years. It was there when I went to Indy on an overnight trip for a second interview that ended in my first real job as a pharmacist. It was there at our first apartment. It went on vacation several times. I remember working on the half stitches of the colorful sky during my mother in law's cancer surgery (she's fine now). I worked on it on and off through the first few years of trying to start a family when we weren't sure we ever would. It was entered in The Wagon's first Stitching Olympics and won a gold medal. I worked furiously to finish and frame it when I thought we were getting close to finalizing our first adoption. I closed it up in the child's bedroom I couldn't enter for weeks after that adoption fell through at the last minute. It hung as a centerpiece in Josh's room when he arrived and I remember holding him up to it and pointing out all the different colorful animals and it still hangs in the room though the twins occupy it now. I'm hoping one of the three boys will want it back someday for their own kids. 


That's about it for stitchy things but before I go just wanted to share a recent pic of the twins. They turned 2 yesterday and have grown into such big boys! They were pretty wiggly but they almost sat still with me and their new Paw Patrol buddies:) They're getting so close to letting me stitch while they're awake. More stitching time is coming soon!




Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

July WIPocalypse

Almost on time for once, how in the world did that happen? So last post I left with plans to stitch Christmas in July. I've done pretty well so far. Finished another of the Frosty Forest pieces from Country Cottage Needleworks, Snowman's Cottage this time...


Made a start on some Brittercup designs from old JCS ornament issues. I'll dig out the details when I'm done. Apologies for the sideways pic, Photobucket claims to have turned it around several times but it just won't stick!



And finally I stitched 1 of 3 gingerbread men for the boys' Christmas ornaments. I'm adapting Little House Needlework's Gingerbread Cookie to be a name ornament this year, just have to settle on the charting of the names and the color to use. The fabric is a little washed out in the photo, couldn't get the light just right but I promise the border really doesn't blend into the fabric in person.



So I've been thinking about my stitching plans for the rest of the year and I think I've got a plan. I'm going to use the rest of the month to finish off as many Christmas ornaments as possible and the first couple days of August until the Olympic challenges start. I'm going to go for a distance challenge and work on a HAED for the month, just not sure which one yet. I've got options and they all want attention. My priorities for the rest of the year are to finish Christmas stitching and stitch one more birth announcement and then I can go back to whatever I want for the rest of the year, probably HAEDs.

So that covers my WIPocalypse check-in and then some. Been meaning to share a couple stash additions so I'll tack those on to the end here. First of all I was the lucky winner of a Facebook contest from the awesome ladies over at Weeks Dye Works. I never win these things and was so excited to see my name posted:) Can't wait to find the perfect project to finish off with that wool!



As a Mother's Day present I joined one of the subscriptions over at Stitchybox for an every other month box of semi-mystery stitchy stuff sent to my house which is kind of nice because the LNS is about 45 minutes away so I don't get out there as often as I'd like. Here's what the first box I received contained-


They seem to base the box contents on a colored theme, this one being the picture and color guide in the upper right corner. Looking forward to trying a couple new brands of stitchy things and finding just the right projects for these things. 

That's about it for now, off to stitch until bedtime. Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to this month! 

Sunday, July 03, 2016

June WIPocalypse

Long time, no post! Sorry about that, the end of the school year and vacation got the better of me for a bit there. So what's been going on? Well, Josh finished up first grade and is a happy kiddo on summer break until mid-August. Soccer is over now too and we're beginning to consider a fall league at the suggestion of some of the coaches. The twins are looking and sounding much more like toddlers than babies as we approach the terrible twos. And we went on vacation:) We spent a fun week with my parents in beautiful Mackinaw City, MI and introduced the kiddos to the best fudge I've ever had. Josh can't wait to go back on a camping trip up there and neither can I!



I completely missed the May WIPocalypse check in so I've got extra stitching to report. I'm coming close to another page finish on Space Traveler...



Also picked up another HAED, Dragon Moon, and have stitched a skein (yes, a whole skein!) of 939 into the sky as I reach for the top of the first column. 


I took my Sugar Skull along for the car ride and made good progress on the black background, I also managed to bobbin all the floss for my next HAED start (graduation gift for my brother) and found some new magnets I'm going to use as needle minders.





Measi asks a fun question this month- 

Do you find yourself more productive with stitching in summer or winter?

That's actually a hard one, kind of depends on the weather we're having so it's not really the same every year. The more extreme it gets outside, the more likely I am to hide inside and stitch. 

Sounds like there is at least one Olympic challenge in the works so I've been considering my stitching plans for the next couple months. I think I'm going to take July and make it "Christmas in July" so I can get a start on ornaments and gifts and probably go back to a HAED in August. We'll see how far I get! 



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April WIPocalypse

Two posts in a month and this one is only a few days late, look out world! So first up is Measi's WIPocalypse check-in. I finished a short page on Space Traveler and am slowly climbing up the second page in this column. Confetti isn't too bad yet but it's coming! Sorry it's sideways, Photobucket decided to turn it and crashes every time I rotate it.


I also started a Mill Hill kit while on a short vacation with the family over Josh's Spring Break. We spent a couple days in Indy and did some fun things like the Children's Museum and zoo, even got to visit with some college friends. I got a few colors in on Sugar Skull but there's a long way (and a ton of beads) to go before Halloween. 


I'll have to pack this one for our summer trip too if I don't decide to finish it first! 

And then there's the question of the month- What do you listen to while stitching?

It's a mix of TV and podcasts for me. Right now when Erich is downstairs with me we're rewatching Game of Thrones but I've been doing podcasts when I'm by myself and there are so many good ones! I listen to a wide range- several of the How Stuff Works shows, The Moth, Ask Me Another, Sawbones, Welcome to Nightvale, and The Sporkful to name a few. 

Outside of stitching we've been up to some Spring cleaning and getting ready for the end of the school year. And soccer is back too! Josh had his first game this weekend. He's moved into a new age division that follows more of the actual game rules so there are a few things different but all the kids played a great game. I even got a good pic or two...



He looks so grown up all of the sudden! Good to see him doing something he loves so much.

Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to this month and I think I'll actually make TUSAL since I've got my orts back together.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Some updates and a late WIPocalypse

So I skipped out on TUSAL again but only because the twins found my ort cup and emptied it all over the rug so it looked pretty sad and not very post worthy. I meant to get back for an on time WIPocalypse but I was so close to a page finish on Space Traveler I wanted to finish then post and of course everything else in the world got in the way of stitching for awhile including a little Spring Break trip but we're home now and here I am.

Stitching first! I finally made it to the end of the first column on Space Traveler! It only took about forever to get through the confetti but I made it. I'm so happy with it I've kept on going and am about halfway through the short page at the bottom of the next column but that was after I took the picture so it'll have to wait for next time.


I also managed to finish the stitching on Jack-Arachnid and the Santa ornaments for the boys.



I would love to get the finishing done for next time but we'll see how thing go on that. I'm hoping for at least a short page finish on Space Traveler and maybe a finish on the Mill Hill kit I started last week on our trip.

We took the kids to Indy for a few days last week while Josh was on Spring Break and hit the zoo and Children's Museum and got to spend some time with friends too.  The weather was perfect for seeing active animals...


Josh even got to see the coolest Darth Vader car ever at the museum.


And just to prove my kids do occasionally all face forward, this one's from Easter. The twins are only unhappy because their terrible mother is making them sit still instead of running around like the wild boys hopped upon Peeps and chocolate that they were.


So that's about it for now. Josh is back in school and soccer starts tonight so I'm sure we'll be running from now until the end of school. Hoping for a few rainy stitchy days!




Sunday, February 28, 2016

February WIPocalypse

I meant to make it back in time for TUSAL but sadly missed this month.  Too much going on between work and school and Winter finally arriving. There are signs of Spring though- Spring Break is coming in about a month along with a short family trip in the works and Josh had soccer evals yesterday so we should be getting team info and practice schedule shortly. Can't wait to see him play again! We actually had a touch of warm weather before the snow last week and all the boys made it outside.



Thanks for the compliments on Snowy Friends from the last post. Mom did love it and is looking forward to more as she has a long and currently empty ledge along one wall of her family room. I'm trying to make her some non-holiday themed pieces she can display in between decorating for the holidays so this series should cover Winter nicely eventually.

I am in time for a slightly late WIPocalypse update. I did have a page finish on Dragon Master this month and now it looks like this...


So now I'm at a little over 3 pages finished out of 77. I've put it down for the moment to work on a few smalls but I'm debating whether to keep on stitching up or to start a second column and continue on stitching 2 pages wide. I guess it depends on my mood when I get back around to it and if I feel like stitching shades of yellow or grey. 

The smalls I'm working on are the  2015 Christmas ornaments for the kids and a Halloween ornament  I started and abandoned a while back.  I really want the ornaments done but I'm finding I need to alternate them with something else as I'm doing the backstitch as the needle is difficult to push through the plastic canvas with the cross stitches already in place and I'm getting some sore fingers but the end is in sight for all the smalls.



That's about it for now both crafty and otherwise. Can't wait to see what everyone else worked on this month!