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Monday, November 14, 2016

Glad last week is in the books

Last week was terrible!!!   I am so glad it is in the books.  I missed not one but 3 homework assignments that were due!!!  OMG!!!  In my defense when they added these dates to my class I was home with Pneumonia and they didn't post the changed dates.  So I had to rush around and get things finished.  Have you ever had a supervisor  think you are doing your job wrong, call you  in to talk to you about it, then when you try to explain, they talk over you.  You then decide your best bet is to just be quiet and agree with them?  That was me this week....I am just frustrated.

Please say a prayer for me on Wednesday.  I have to go into the hospital for a small out patient procedure.  As  I told my students,  they are going to put a camera down my throat, place an electrode in my esophagus  to see if the acid in my stomach is coming into my lungs as I sleep.  After this, I get to carry around a black box that will read the electrode.   I get to be a science experiment until Friday!   Fun times!!!

New Stash:  I found this off Ebay and won a it at a great price!!!





Stitching Updates:    Not much to accomplished because not much stitching time but....

This past week I worked on:

Witch One - 4 part series and I finished one part!!! Yay me!!!


Faery Tales - I was able to put in a couple hundred stitches.  Moving slowly but every stitch counts right???


Princess Grace -  I was able to put in a few stitches in the base.  

New Start:  Winter Wonderland:   As you can see...not much accomplished but I was able to put in 100 stitches:


My Plans for this week include:

I will have Two new starts:

Pooh's Christmas Tree - Disney Catalog Ebay Find

Victorian Christmas Eve - Saturday Project

My Three WIP's I will be Working on are:

Mirabilia Ella - Thursday/Friday Project 

Trick or Treat Pals -  Tuesday/Wednesday Project

Hot Air Balloon Santa - Sunday  

Mom and I are going to Branson MO to look at the lights and do some Christmas shopping.   Plus she is going to buy me my Christmas present. We are going to Celia's Samplers on Monday and my Christmas Present this year is going to be:

A Whole New World -  All 5 patterns and 5 handdyed fabrics!!!!!   What a great present!!!   

Sunday, November 6, 2016

New Starts and a crazy insane plan!

It feels weird to not be posting every day!!  I decided to do one more Halloween start just because I love the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney so I thought I would stitch a Mill Hill Haunted mansion. I worked some on it this week but I have to admit something.  I am hooked on 3 video games on my Ipad/Iphone.  The first is Disney Magic Kingdom where you build your own magic kingdom. Second,  Disney Tsum Tsums where you make chains of Disney Characters and finally Disney Emjoi where when you unlock a character you have a Disney emjoi for your phone text messages.   

I realized something..I am so addicted that it is interferring with my Stitching so I am having to limit my time on these two games.  I just stopped cold turkey the Emjoi one because this is one I was spending so much time on.  I had to stop!!!  


Can you please send up good thoughts for little Tiger Lily?  She is spayed on Tuesday and declawed.   I didn't want to declaw her but she won't let me hold her to clip her nails or put the little caps on here.  I pick her up and she does everything she can to get down.  I blame this because she was abandoned when she was little and never shown love.  She will just now sleep by me when I put favorite blanket on me. 
On to stitching!!!!



Here is my 2nd start this week.  This chart has been in my stash for 2 years and I finally the heck with it I am going to start it.  It is called: An Afternoon Embroidering.  The chart is only 98 pages ...that is all
Here is my first 100 stitches...most of these stitches are blended.  There are 1 page of blended threads!!!!

I put in 400 stitches in A Wintery Heirloom...I really hate trees!!!!!


I sat down this weekend and went through my charts, magazines, kits and planned out all 52 new starts for next year.  Then I realized I forgot to add in my Disney Dreams kits...so I am going to start a new Disney Dreams kit on the 5th of every month in honor of Walt Disney Birthday.  I am going to stitch them in order of the movie release so the first one in January will be Snow White.

I have created a google spreadsheet with all the projects names, stitchcount, percentage stitched and pages.  I am a nerd...I love seeing the numbers.

Here is my stitching plan:  I am going to start a new project every Monday from now until January 2018.   I am only going to spend about a 30 to 60 minutes on this project each Monday.  Then the rest of the day will be on a SAL piece which will probably be my Brookes Books Dress up SAL.   Tuesday/Wednesday  and  Thursday/Friday will be a different WIP. Saturday and Sunday will be two different projects that have at least 100,000 stitches in the project.- A HAED, My Golden Kite..etc.

Here are my projects this week:

New start on Monday:  Santas Workshop by the Disney Catalog and will be stitched on white opalescent.  This was an EBAY find.  I have told a friend she can borrow the chart when I am finished.

Tuesday/Wednesday:  Princess Grace - I will be working on the Vase Base and Pillars.

Thursday/Friday:  Witch One - Hopefully I can finish a couple of these pieces.

Saturday:  I am digging out Faery Tales - I took a month off so hopefully I will enjoy stitching it again.   I will be at the bottom near the giant Goldfish.


Sunday:  I am starting Winter Wonderland.  I planned to start it this year but I have just never got around to it....This was a Christmas present from my sister.



This is my stitch plan for the week!!!  Let's see what can happen!!


Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Stitching Day 31

Is the month finally over???  I have to say that I have LOVED stitching a new project everyday but it has also made me a little stressed!!!   Thank you to everyone who has joined me on this little adventure.  I had my one trick or treater this year and now my left over candy is in the freezer.   One teacher at my school has been bringing her little to my house since he was born!   He is my only one!!  I live in a retirement community and in the country so...there you go.

I thought about a new start every day in December and I am still mulling it over because I have the entire Mill Hill Christmas Villages I would like to start and I already have the fabric cut.  I do not like perforated paper so I am stitching them on sparkly fabric.   I am thinking on it...so let me know what you think.

I told you Saturday night I went through my magazines...here is a portion of what I went through:

Halloween Stitching Day 31:    Halloween Night by Mill Hill  hand-dyed fabric by me:

to be honest...I have no idea what this is but it is the part above the cats head.


Halloween night...how appropriate!!!!!

I have 3 more Mill Hill Halloween kits I am going to start this week...just because they need to be started!



Trick or Treat!!! Halloween Blog Hop

Hi Everyone and thanks for visiting!!!  If you are here for the Halloween Blog hop hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching then you are probably wanting a letter...it is here.somewhere on this post.

I am supposed to show something Halloween I have stitched.....but it is put away somewhere very safe so I can't show you.   However  I  have spent this month starting one new piece everyday!!   Here are a few stock photos of the pieces that have been started:











Thank you for stopping by and seeing the pieces I have started and hope to finish by next Halloween!!!  Now the moment you have been waiting for:



 You need to pop over to:  http://stitchniche.blogspot.com/  to get your next letter.   If you want to see all the blogs involved...head over to Jo's (see above for link) to get a clickable list!  Spell out the right correct phrase and win a prize!!
Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

Halloween Stitching day 29 and 30.

I know!!  I didn't post yesterday but there is a reason!  My Saturday, I started grading my seniors year round projects around 11 am and I did not finish until I was finished which was at 3:30 pm!!  OMG!!  They were bad...we have math corrections...lots of corrections.   Then, I went to the Hobby Lobby, Joanns and Sams.  The best time to go to Sams is at 6:00 pm on a Saturday...NO LINES.

Came home and DH was watching football....so boring  So I decided to gather the magazines I had marked and started printing patterns..Lots of patterns!  It  was so much fun and a little overwhelming about how many things I want to stitch..can I please win the lottery????

Today..I spent another 4 hours grading my 9-11 math papers  I am so behind in my grading.  When I was really sick, I fell behind and just can't catch up.  It is awful.  I have parents emailing everyday asking when I am going to get my papers graded.  I can't say what I want to say instead I say "I hope by this weekend."

Stitching day 29:  Feather Tree - JCS Halloween Collection.  28 count monaco tea-dyed by me!

This is nothing like I normally stitch but it really caught my eye!

 What it should look like...I think I did good dying my own fabric.

Day 30:  Haunted Library - Mill Hill 18 count aida - hand dyed using Rit Denim blue by me!

I love Mill Hill kits but I really hate sorting the threads.  I think they should have a column telling you how many skeins there are of each color.  That would make it easier!

 This is so cute!!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween stitching Day 28

I am so thankful it is Friday! it has been a hectic week at work so I am glad for a couple of days rest.  I am writing this at 4:07 in the morning because..well..I feel asleep in my stitching chair. When I woke up I realized I forgot to post...so here you go:

Halloween Stitching Day 28:  Trick or Treat pals by Frosted Pumpking - JCS 2016 Halloween issue.  28 count monaco dyed by me.


Isn't this cute???   so my fabric is a little darker than the one pictured.   The frame is outlined in DMC 3740..I am thinking of changing it to a purple krenick to make it sparkle..

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Stitching Day 27

It is hard to believe that I have been staring new projects for 27 days!  It is a little crazy to me! I started a new project today but not very many stitches.  I worked a little later than usual, came home and found my husband had started dinner.  We have been trying to cook at home instead of going out to eat.  So far, we have cooked for 3 nights easy meals because I am too tired at the end of the week.  This week it was Hamburger Helper, Tacos and Spaghetti.  I had a lot of ground beef in my freezer so it was a ground beef week.  Last night, I chose to have popcorn since he was playing cards

The reason for not much stitching tonight is because college football was on TV and DH wanted to watch it on the big TV. That isn't bad, the problem is all my stitching stuff is in the living room with the big TV.  I just didn't feel like moving my light, my computer stand and all my stitching stuff.  So I went to the bedroom and watched Project Runway while surfing Etsy and Ebay.

Halloween Stitching Day 27:  Witch Hat Trio JCS Halloween 2013.  Stitched on hand dyed 18 count aida..


see..not much just a few stitches of dmc 208


This is what it will look like when finished.

Just 4 more days of starts!!!  I thin the rest are Mill Hill kids....I could be wrong but I really think so.  We shall see tomorrow.