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Friday, January 29, 2016

January WIPocalypse

Time to talk about 2016 goals as we start the new WIPocalypse year! Can't believe we're almost a month into 2016 already but here we are at the end of January and I've been thinking about the crafty things I want to accomplish vs what I really think I can accomplish and have updated my WIPocalypse page to reflect what I think is achievable. Mostly my plans are to work on the WIP pile and stitch and finish a few ornaments and maybe a small for my Mom out of the Country Cottage Needlework Frosty Forest series. I would not rule out a new start or two, this is a hobby and is supposed to be fun, but I'm going to try to keep the new starts to a minimum and try for more finishes.

And to that end I actually have a finish since last check in- this is Snowy Friends from the Frosty Forest series I mentioned above, finished just in time for my Mom's birthday.

As for the WIPs I'd like to work on in 2016 the two big ones are HAEDs, Dragon Master which I've worked on since last time so there's a before/after pic and Space Traveler.

So that's about it on the stitching end for now. If you aren't familiar with Measi's WIPocalypse SAL please do click and check it out.  The participants have done some amazing work in the past and I'm looking forward to seeing more this time around. Wanted to leave you with a few non-stitchy pics but I guess Photobucket has decided to stop cooperating so maybe next time.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

First TUSAL of 2016

I may have missed posting these last year but I did fill up my ort jar! This is what it looked like before I emptied it on January 1...

And again last night...

Pretty pathetic but there aren't many orts when you're stitching HAED, or at least not as slowly as I am!  Everything in my jar so far is from Dragon Master, not that there's a dragon or a master yet but I've got a nice corner of tile floor so far.

Looking forward to seeing everyone else's posts this month! If you're not familiar with TUSAL head on over to Daffycat's blog and check it out.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! So far 2016 has been calm and quiet and hoping it stays that way. I've had a nice long weekend home with the boys and unfortunately have to return to work tomorrow but that's ok, we've had lots of fun.  Josh got to stay up for his first ball drop on New Year's Eve so we passed the time watching Minions and stitching (at least I did). We took him to see the new Star Wars yesterday and mostly just hung around home today.

I did end up picking up a new WIP to ring in the new year, the confetti on Space Traveler was just too much at the moment so I switched over to another HAED, Dragon Master, which is a little lighter on the confetti.  This is what it looked like after my evening of stitching though there's a bit more done now...

I actually managed a page finish before midnight, bringing me up to 2 of 77 pages complete.  One of them is a partial but a page is still a page in HAED stitching! I'm hoping to finish this one sometime before I retire at the rate I'm going.  

I also emptied out my ort jar a couple days ago, made more orts in 2015 than I expected with all the boys around but hoping to do even more in 2016.

That's about all that's going on here. I'm slowly making my way through my blog list and trying to read about what everyone else is doing. I'm also trying to update the list on my sidebar and remove the links that haven't been updated in multiple years. Let me know if I accidentally remove you and you're active! Still working on 2016 goals too, hoping to have settled on a few specific ones by next WIPocalypse time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December WIPocalypse

So I've been a blog slacker this year and there are lots of reasons- busy with the kids, busy with work, busy with work, busy with family. Both of Erich's remaining grandparents passed away this year and my Mom had a cancer scare (100% removed with surgery and she is fine now).  But 2015 is almost over and I'm hoping to get back to a few things I love in 2016, both stitching and participating in the online stitching community.  I've already got some stitching time back.  My little guys are all in bed by 8:30 or earlier so I've reclaimed the evening as stitching time but for some reason it has been harder to get back into the habit of checking blogs and posting and I miss it so I'm doing something about it.

I guess I made it here at a good time as it happens to be WIPocalypse SAL check in time and time to talk about the year's progress too.

I did have a few finishes this year. I finished a couple ornaments for the boys from 2014 (don't ask about ornamentifying, it didn't happen)...

And I stitched Vervaco's Sleeping Baby not once but twice for two new babies in the family...

My final finish for 2015 is Bluebird Cabin by Country Cottage Needleworks as a Christmas gift for my Mom.

I also made some progress on a couple WIPs like Space Traveler...

And Fish City...

Even started a few 2015 ornaments for the boys but ran out of stitching time before Christmas. This is  Magical Santas and they have appeared in both Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine and one of the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas books. They're much brighter in person than the finished pics with the chart would lead you to believe but I like them, they're very fitting for my boys. 

That's about it for my 2015 stitching. I'm working on Space Traveler at the moment and trying to make some 2016 plans. I was lucky enough to get plenty of stitchy things for Christmas including a chart and some supplies for a photo of my boys that my cousin had converted to cross stitch for me so there are plenty of new starts and WIPs to choose from!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

August WIPocalypse

A few days late again for check in but we've been plenty busy with end of Summer fun and first days of school and some surgery for my Mom (all is ok, just recovering now at home).  Oh and preparations are starting for a birthday party- don't know where the time went but the twins are about to turn a year old in a bit over two weeks! 

But on to the stitching! I put Space Traveler away temporarily to hopefully blaze through two more birth announcements, probably the last two for awhile.  This round I chose another Vervavo kit. I believe it is called Sleeping Baby but I'll have to double check that.  Here's the first around half finished...

Hoping to be onto the second one by next check in but we'll see how much stitching time I can get in.  Some of my stitching time lately has been taken up by gaming with my brother and one of Erich's friends.  

I'll leave you with a couple kid pics until next time- first day of first grade and reading time for the little ones.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

July WIPocalypse

Missed the first one but I'm sort of close to on time for the second July check in! I don't know where the summer has gone but it is definitely gone.  School starts here Wednesday and we will be sending off our brand new first grader.  

I've gotten some time to stitch in between work and lots of summer fun.  I've had to put it away now to work on a couple of birth announcements but HAED's Space Traveler was my July project.  I've got a long way to go but I finally hit the top left corner, lots of progress from my starting point this round.

It's a little strange to be working over 2 after spending a few months on this one exclusively but I'm hoping to be back to it later in the fall.  Pics of the birth announcements to come later, all I've got is a tan blob for now! 

Off to enjoy those last few days of summer but I'll leave you with the soon to be first grader enjoying a hot air balloon ride last week at Conner Prairie.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

June WIPocalypse

Gone a little longer than I thought but with the end of school and a busy soccer season and mobile babies sometimes I've got energy to make it through a level of Candy Crush and that's about it! So here it is June and I haven't updated you on anything since April.  I'll try to type quickly before the babies crawling on me actually succeed in wrestling away my phone.  

Kids first- Josh finished his last day of kindergarten yesterday and is officially on Summer break which I think he plans to thoroughly enjoy. He's also been playing in his first real soccer league since the end of April and is having a blast. Coach says he shows some talent and he enjoys it so we'll probably repeat next year.  Ben and Chris are most definitely crawling and cruising furniture with frequent attempts to take unaided steps.

Here's all the boys of the house on Erich's birthday at the end of April...

As for stitching I'm pretty close to on time for WIPocalypse check in time and I happen to have been stitching on a WIPocalypse piece too.  Since the last check in I put Fish City away and have dusted off HAED's Space Traveler.  I've done about half a page and have managed to make a halfway decent TARDIS corner.

I'm feeling pretty good about the over one stitching and think I'll keep on going for awhile.  

And the check in question this month is- Do you find yourself more productive with stitching in the summer or winter months? 

I guess it depends as parts of winter are filled with family gatherings and holidays so not so much then but other parts of winter are perfect for snuggling under a blanket and stitching the hours away.  Same in summer- some parts are so busy with outside activities but we get such miserable hot and humid weather for part of the summer that there's not much to do but hide in the air conditioning and stitch while ignoring the housework.  

That's about it for now.  Off to enjoy a little sunshine and get some dinner on the grill.  Hope you're all enjoying some summer sunshine too!