Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015

Hello everyone and welcome to anyone finding me for the first time through the Grow Your Blog party. This is the third year I've participated and I can't wait to find some new blogs to add to my reading list.

For the newcomers- I'm Sara and I blog from northern Indiana where I live with my wonderful husband, the dog, a 6 year old ninja turtle...


and a pair of 4 month old super heroes (who needs bibs when you can have capes!).



This started out as a blog about my cross stitch hobby but it has grown to include a little of this and that as our family has grown. I'm sure you've noticed the lack of posting from last year and I'm working on correcting that. I spent most of last year being pregnant with identical twins and between the doctor appointments needed for a high risk pregnancy and work and being Mom to the 6 year old there wasn't much time or energy for stitching so blogging got neglected too since I didn't want to keep blogging that I had nothing to show off. January wasn't a great blogging month either as we lost Erich's grandfather and no one has had time or energy for the normal things but February is going to be the month for stitching- we've got cold and snowy weather perfect for stitching evenings, baby boys that are quite content to perfect their scooting and rolling skills on their blanket while they try to gum every toy they can reach, and best of all we have no plans.

So if you hang around here you can look forward to lots of pics both of kids and stitching with a few of the dog thrown in too. I stitch a variety of designers and subjects but I am in love with the BAP so you're also likely to see lots of progress but not lots of finishes. My current focus pieces are these two but there are several more in my pile as you can see on the sidebar...



That's Space Traveler from HAED and Fish City from Stoney Creek and I'm actually working on Fish City now.  I will get a new pic of it in a few days when I have a good chunk of progress to show.

Oh, and in honor of the party there will be a giveaway!  I'm not silly enough to think that the ninja turtle and super heroes of the house are going to give me enough free time to actually stitch a prize this year but I will be giving away a small prize package that will include a few stitching supplies and maybe a few edible goodies too.  Enter by commenting on this post and sometime on the evening of February 15 my personal random number generator will pick a number between 1 and however many comments there are and a winner will be chosen. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

One last 2014 post

Many, many thanks for all the good thoughts and congrats on our family. It's been a whirlwind of a few months since the little ones were born but we're finally settling into a more normal routine as I get ready to head back to work next week. I can't believe how fast the time has gone and I'd love to extend my time off a little more but someone has to buy diapers and formula.

Being the last day of the year I was thinking of all that's happened to us in 2014. Not much blogging or stitching but lots of good family stuff for sure as we've welcomed not one but two babies and Josh has done so much growing up too- he started the year as a preschooler and is finishing as a big brother in kindergarten and missing a tooth. Ben and Chris have done quite a bit in 3 months as well. They've gone from sleepy newborns to smiley, interactive babies. I won't do the year in pictures but I did bring a few to get you up to date since my last post...
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On the crafty side of things I didn't have many finishes but the little ones are starting to get close to sleeping through the night which is freeing up a little evening crafting time for me once again. I managed to finish 1 of 3 Christmas ornaments I planned for my boys and am hoping to finish the second tonight if everyone goes to bed on time. I chose the SamSarah snowmen from the JCS ornament preview and issue for the little ones and Josh chose a Santa ornament I haven't kitted yet so I don't have a pic of that but here are Snow Baby and First Star...

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Looking toward to 2015 I'm not going to make specific goals because I know we're in for another crazy year but I'm hoping to get back into a regular stitching and blogging habit as well as getting around to some blog reading. I've really missed seeing everyone's projects! I'm also hoping to get my new crafting space cleaned and organized since we kind of threw everything in the office when it came time to swap rooms to make room for the twins. I had hoped to organize it when I was off work before the babies came but I just didn't end up having the time or energy for it so I think I'm going to try to take one evening a week in 2015 and work on it until it's done.

That's it for now. I'm off to spend the last few hours of the year making some dinner and hopefully getting that last finish in. Hope everyone has a fun and safe celebration tonight and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

My big HD for the year

Meant to get back a little sooner but the last month has been a bit of a whirlwind to say the least and apologies in advance but this is likely to be picture heavy. I'll make it all thumbnails though to speed up loading. Josh has been very busy with school and until recently we've been working to get ready for the biggest HD of the year. The original plan was to let me go until today and see if labor would start naturally. Then we decided on a scheduled c-section for 9/25 due to Baby B not being in a great position. Then the doctors decided to bump it to 9/20 so we found ourselves here 12 days ago...

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We welcomed Benjamin Robert into the family at 12:10pm, weighing 6 lbs 1 oz and measuring 19 inches.

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Christopher Martin followed at 12:12pm, weighing about 5 lbs (small issue with his actual birth weight, the OR scale wasn't tared right so we're going off the weight from later in the day) and measuring 18 3/4 inches.

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Both boys did great for 36 week babies. Neither ended up in the NICU and both were able to go home with me after a 3 day stay. The only "problem" we've had so far is that as soon as Chris gains a little more weight we're going to have a tough time telling them apart. They really are identical outside a little weight difference and somehow Ben ended up with a bit more hair. Here they are together at the hospital...

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Big brother Josh has slowly been getting to know his new brothers. He has taken his time but is a great helper now and even held Ben for a few minutes the other night...

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We are all slowly getting used to our new routines and being a family of 5. It has been pretty manageable so far but I don't know how I would do it without my awesome husband, this is definitely a team effort! Seeing their sweet faces makes it all worth it though, even the lack of stitching in the last two weeks:). Maybe I'll be able to get out a small project this weekend while they nap, that's my goal at least. At the very least I'm hoping to go blog hopping and leave some comments. I've been randomly reading in the few minutes here or there and admiring everyone's WIPs but I'd like to get around to letting you know I saw them.

Monday, August 25, 2014

August TUSAL

Thanks for all the kind words on the stitching and well wishes for all the boys too:). We made it through the first couple days of school without any problems and Josh seems to like it so far though I think his backpack weighed more than him on the first day! Here's a quick pic we snapped before we left on the first day...

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It's also time again for TUSAL, that fun time of month to show off your ort jar...

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I realized while taking this that I've been stitching some really boring colors so far this year, almost all blues with various shades of brown and gray thrown in, so I made my next rotation choice a more colorful one and decided to go back to Chatelaine's Watergarden for a week or two to save my eyes from the over one of Space Traveler and bring a little color to my jar for next time. Here's where I'm leaving Space Traveler for now...

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I made it through the first full page so 2 pages down now with a bunch to go and yes, I did work on it while watching the Doctor Who season premiere the other night. Very happy to finally see Peter Capaldi in action!

That's about it for now. Not much baby news to report since last time, going to hit 33 weeks in a couple days and all seems to be well outside the normal complaints of getting uncomfortable and not sleeping a whole lot. I do have possibly our last ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow so excited to see the boys and how big they've gotten. Very excited to be so close to seeing them in person!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Late Turtle Trot and WIPocalypse

A little late but I do have some stitching to report for both the Turtle Trot and WIPocalypse SAL's. First up is Space Traveler which is on my list for both SAL's. I've got a before/after for you since it's been so long since the last time I picked it up...

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I'm very pleased with how this is turning out so far and am looking forward to continuing to work on it and get to some of the other parts I've seen stitched on other WIPs. I did take a short break from it to start a Halloween design from the special JCS Halloween issue. Sorry to say I didn't catch the designer but this is the beginning if the mummy on perforated paper...

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In answer to the WIPocalypse question of the month about oldest/newest WIPs I'd say the mummy is my newest with Space Traveler as my newest long term WIP. My oldest would have to be TW's Storyteller which I started sometime in the 1990's and just have never gotten back to. I'd love to finish and frame it someday as it is still one if my favorite TW designs.

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In kid news we are less than a week away from the first day of school for Josh and he is very excited to be an almost kindergartener. He's got his backpack packed and uniform ready to go for Day 1.

Babies are still doing fine too, they hit 31 weeks today. I'm doing ok outside a little elevated blood pressure that's being monitored carefully. I got taken out of work on maternity leave this week too so it's starting to feel like we're getting close to their arrival. Hoping that means more time for stitching for a few weeks but so far it seems like all I've done is sleep and run errands! Oh and buy a car- we celebrated my first day off by trading in our Honda Civic for an Odyssey. Didn't exactly plan it that way but we happened upon a really good deal and we wanted to trade before I go back to work in January anyway so we couldn't pass it up. Just one less thing to do after the twins get here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A late TUSAL and a finish

Thanks for the well wishes, babies are still looking healthy though their mama is starting to tire out a bit. Welcome to third trimester I suppose but I did get knocked down to half my normal hours per week at work today so hopefully that will help. I'm not quite ready to leave work all together yet but I think the time is coming soon.

No decorating pics yet, we've hit a couple temporary snags- had to order our second crib for the little guys and some of the decals we wanted in Josh's room don't stick as well as I thought they would so we're looking at some alternate adhesives.

I can show you some stitching though. I actually have added to my ort jar so I can do a slightly late TUSAL check in...

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All the tan/brown orts in the middle are from my recent finish of the last birth announcement I owe my family.

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Finally finished and now I can stitch for me for awhile:). And I have- the dark orts on top are from Space Traveler which you can see the corner of in the ort pic. I will take a full pic as soon as I make some visible progress on it. For now I'm pretty happy to be stitching anything but brown.

That's about it for now. Going to try to get in a little stitching tonight before I start to fall asleep in my chair:)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Some updates and a WIPocalypse

Since we finally have our internet troubles straightened out and I actually have some stitching I can show I thought it might be nice to update anyone still reading. < br>
Babies- I'm at a little over 27 weeks and we've got 2 big, healthy baby boys still on the inside so I'd say we're doing all right there. Been busy moving Josh into his new pirate room and cleaning up his old room to be the little boys' room when they get here in less than 3 months now. Getting so excited to meet them! Pics coming soon of the redecorating.

Stitching- It's hot outside and my feet are swelling plus this belly is getting heavy so I am spending a fair amount of time with my feet up and stitching in hand. And it's sort of close to the last WIPocalypse check in so we'll let this count for that too. I have a few things to show you today. First off my giveaway prize from the GYB party earlier this year finally made it to its new owner, Sandra of Thistle Cove Farm. I stitched Hands To Work by Little House Needleworks and finished it as a cube. I think it turned out well and was happily received.

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Since finishing that piece I have been working to finish the last of the birth announcements I promised and I'm almost there...

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I'm a little farther along than that pic shows now but not too much. Still, I'm hoping to finish the piece by the end of the month and maybe get it framed by the time the receiving family is in town at the end of August. We'll see.

Work, baby stuff, and stitching is pretty much all I've got going at the moment. Hope to be back soon with some pics of the new rooms and maybe even a finish. Thanks for sticking with me!