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!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Some framing and a bit of stitching too

Sorry to have been gone so long but most of the posts I didn't write would probably have read something like this- Still tired. Still trying not to vomit (morning/all day sickness was pretty vicious for awhile). Still didn't stitch anything.

Things are getting better now. The morning sickness has subsided and I've got some energy back along with the start of a good sized bump. Babies are doing great, right on target for size at just about 20 weeks along and starting kick up a storm in there. Oh, and we found out they are boys at the last ultrasound too so I'm officially a minority in this house:). Realized that I'm prone to swelling as the weather is warming up so am going to attempt to spend a good chunk of my summer in the AC and hopefully get some stitching done. I actually did get a few stitches in today...

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That's the first few stitches on my last My Favorite Teddy birth announcement. I think I'm starting to get some stitching motivation back so hopefully more will follow soon. In other crafty related things, I got Josh's QS Pirate Dragon and the last birth announcement framed recently.

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Outside of baby stuff, there's not a bunch else going on here at the moment. We're getting ready to do some room switching so Josh can have his new room and we can start getting ready for his brothers. I'll try and get back a little sooner next time and bring more pics.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sorry for the long break again, I have started stitching but the current project is for my last giveaway winner so can't show pics quite yet. I did want to do a quick post to say hi and that I didn't forget you, just nothing to show you at the moment. I should have some new framing home fairly soon, took a couple pieces to the LNS last week so I'll get pics of those as soon as they are done.

Also, wanted to say thank you so much for all the well wishes. All is going very well on the baby front- I'm at 12 weeks now and the terrible nausea and fatigue of first trimester seem to be easing up quite a bit so that's great news to me. I'm told the fatigue at least is just a temporary reprieve especially with twins but I'll take advantage of the break while I've got it. I've been to a few appointments both with the regular OB and the specialist he referred me to since twins are considered high risk, nothing wrong just standard procedure. Got to see the little ones in another ultrasound, they appeared to be having a party judging by their acrobatics in there and were given a thumbs up for their growth and heart rates. Can't ask for more than that! Be back soon with some stitching pics, until then happy stitching and I'll be enjoying all your pics:)

Monday, March 10, 2014

So I've been putting off this post for awhile, mostly because I have zero stitching to share right now and no pictures is boring. All those good intentions from January as well as any stitching mojo I had have gone straight out the window and into the snow. Yes, the snow is still here and I'm hoping maybe we'll be rid of it by the May camping trip we're planning. Not optimistic about that at the moment but we'll see. Thanks again to all the new followers who have joined recently. Sorry there's been so little to see but I do actually have a really good excuse this time and it's not just work:). We've always wanted Josh to be a big brother and have been trying to make that happen one way or another for quite awhile. I haven't mentioned the adoption application in several months because things have not gone so well in that area for us. We have, however, had some unexpected exciting news in another area...

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I'm sure we'll come up with something a little more traditional eventually but for now we're calling them Thing 1 and Thing 2 (thank you Josh and Dr Seuss) and they will be making their grand entrance sometime in the general vicinity of this September/October (because I am told twins kind of come when they want, much like singleton births I guess but with more wiggle room because it's two). Everyone joked about twins when we found out I was expecting but the real surprise came at the ultrasound when we first realized they were right and then realized they're going to be identical. I'm still not sure that part has quite sunk in yet and we've known for about a week now. Josh swears they're boys. Erich thinks they're girls. One of them will be right. I don't really care what they are as long as they're healthy. I am just relieved to know that all the lovely symptoms I've had are probably a little more intense than normal because it's two. Seriously, I was starting to think I was a wimp but I think I've finally got most of it kind of down to a routine for the moment except for the stitching. I just don't have any ambition or energy left when I get home at night right now and I miss my stitching. Maybe a trip to the LNS will help. The dear and wonderful husband did say he wasn't going to deny anything to a lady pregnant with twins! He may regret that later.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Turtle Trot/WIPocalypse/GYB Giveaway Update

Meant to get back for at least a post in between the awesome Grow Your Blog event and the end of my giveaway but life kind of got in the way but in a good way, a very good way indeed. I'm not quite ready to say yet (don't want to jinx anything) but give me a couple weeks. It's worth it, I promise.

Anyway, I've got some business to take care of today- SALs to report on, a giveaway to attend to. First off, you'd think I would have had plenty of time for all of this. Just look at my front yard...

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That would be my son standing on top of the snow pile by the mailbox. We've not been out much lately, too much if the cold and winter weather around here. I'd say I'm ready for Spring but I fear we'll need an ark when this mess finally does decide to melt!

Speaking of Spring, my mystery Spring-themed giveaway tied to the GYB event does have a winner and it is Sandra of Thistle Cove Farm. Congrats! Email me at justanotherflamingo @ yahoo dot com and I'll get your info and start working on your prize. I have to say that though I haven't had nearly as much time to look through all the blogs as I'd like, I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's blog that I've made it to and am looking forward to continuing to explore and find new favorite places to stop. I also notice that my blog has grown as a result of the event and I am glad to have new followers and look forward to getting to know you too.

So onto the SALs I've been neglecting. Both Turtle Trot and WIPocalypse have come and gone and I am working on Space Traveler for both this year in an attempt to not keep it as a WIP for too many years. Unfortunately I've been a little lax in the stitching department lately. It's not so much a lack of time, more that other things have been taking up my time. Maybe this month will be better, we shall see. Until then here is my small amount of progress, at least it's a little more than a dark blue blue blob now...

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Apologies for the bad thumbnail, Photobucket apparently didn't like this one though the full size image is totally normal. And in answer to the WIPocalypse question of the month, which asked about my rotation and just how many WIPs I keep, I don't actually have a set answer for either. Unless I have an obligation piece I kind of stitch what I want when I want and as far as number I like them to all fit in the stitching basket under the little table by my stitching chair but don't really have a max number. Unfortunately I've got a bit of overflow going at the moment but I'm hoping to get some time to work on that this year. If not, no big deal. It's not like these projects have an expiration date or anything, they'll keep:)

Not much else going on that I can talk about at the moment but hopefully all will quiet to a reasonable level and I won't miss SALs again next round.