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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!

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!