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!

Friday, April 10, 2015

April WIPocalypse and Turtle Trot

So I've been really bad at keeping up with the SAL's again and I think I'm blaming these guys...

They are kinda cute though so I guess I'll let them get away with it for now:)  They've all been busy growing up the past couple months. The twins sit up pretty well now and are very happy to be eating some mushy foods along with their bottles.  They're also threatening to crawl so I'm sure they'll really be keeping us on our toes soon.  Josh is enjoying his last few months of kindergarten and is getting ready to start his first real soccer league next week.  I can't wait to see him play his first game soon. 
Despite the lack of posting I have been getting a decent amount of time with my WIPocalypse/Turtle Trot piece. Fish City is really starting to grow...

You can't really see all of it but I've done quite a bit of backstitch to bring out a lot more detail than there was before and I think I'm going to try to continue to backstitch as I go otherwise it will be just way too much all at the end.  Things seem to be going pretty well so I think I'm going to keep on going with this piece for now.  I'm sure I'll get tired of it eventually but the bright colors and alternating between big blocks of color for the background and lots of color changes for the different fish are still keeping me interested for now. 

That's about it for now.  I hope to be back in about a week with another progress pic and maybe some kid pics from this weekend as the twins are being baptized and we're having a big family get together for them so hope to see you again a lot sooner than last time!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Giveaway winner

A few hours late but we have a winner! Sorry about the delay, we had a family dinner with our parents and siblings last night and ended a little late to get this post in on time but my husband the random number generator says 13 is his favorite number today so Kathy H wins my mystery prize.  I will email her tonight after work and get her package out soon.  Thanks to everyone for visiting and playing!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WIPocalypse and Turtle Trot- Better late than never!

Its February WIPocalypse and Turtle Trot  check in time and I'm only a few days late so you get two check ins for the price of one this month.  Since  I completely missed the first check in for both, I'll tell you now that my expectations for these SALs this year are pretty modest and I'm really just happy to be getting some stitching time.  I'm hoping to make some progress on a few WIPs and maybe stitch a few ornaments but not a lot of specific goals here. So far I'm doing pretty well as I've got two ornaments stitched for WIPocalypse (ok, one was technically finished in 2014 but barely as the last stitches were a few minutes before midnight on 12/31). Both are from the 2014 JCS ornament issue. The first is the SamSarah design and the second is from The Prairie Schooler.  This completes my 2014 ornies for the kids, snowmen for the twins and Santa picked out by Josh.  Hopefully they'll be on our 2015 tree!


And my progress on Fish City counts for both SALs...

And let's not forget the WIPocalypse question of the month-

How do you overcome the feeling that you're in a rut with a particular project?

Easy- put it down and do something else for awhile.  It might be a day or a year or more but unless its obligation stitching I put it down until it feels fresh and fun again. This is a hobby so to me it isn't worth it if I'm not enjoying it.  I spend plenty of time doing not so fun things like dishes and changing diapers so the precious little hobby time I get better be worth it and if that means putting down my stitching entirely for a week or two to read a book or get some extra gaming time then that's what happens.  It will always be there when I'm ready to thread my needle again.  

That's about it for now, don't forget to keep those comments to my GYB post coming to enter my giveaway by Feb 15 and I'm still slowly working my way through the GYB party posts so I may be visiting you soon.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Snow Day

Greetings from the middle of a snowstorm! Yup, we're smack in the middle of the snow that's getting dumped on the midwest right now.  I tried to get the dog to stay out long enough for a picture so you could see that it's halfway covering his legs already but he wasn't having it so you'll have to settle for an empty snowy backyard:)


It's early afternoon here and they've already called off school for tomorrow so that has made for a happy kindergartener here.  Wish they'd call off work but pharmacies don't close unless the power goes so I'm not wishing too hard!  I'll just enjoy the view from the warm house today and cuddle some babies while we get ready for the Super Bowl tonight. No one cares much for either team so we're watching for the commercials this year and focusing on some tasty snacks.  I might even get some stitching in if the little guys cooperate.  I've made some progress on Fish City since the last post...


I've been taking advantage of those long sleep stretches we've been getting at night and putting in a couple hours before bed here and there.  It's slow progress but better than no progress.

Before I go, thanks to all those who have visited from the Grow Your Blog party.  I really appreciate your visits and comments.  I'm slowly reading blogs and I plan to at least get around to everyone who visited and commented here but I'm hoping to visit quite a few more.  Don't forget to comment on my previous post by Feb 15 to enter a giveaway.  You don't have to be new and you don't have to be part of the GYB party, just leave me a comment and make sure I have a way to get in touch with you later.  

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.