Monday, June 29, 2015

June Stitch from Stash!

Month:  June
Spent:  $8.00 
Earned:  $45
Balance:  $67.79 + $25+ $45 = $129.79

I am officially on Summer Break and have lots to tell you but I will do that tomorrow.  I finished 3 pages this month!!!!  Two pages on Farey Tales and One page of Victorian Winter.  

Here are twelve pages of Faery tales.  I have 28 pages to go!!!!  I am thinking this may be my summer project since I have lots of stitch time.  I am hoping to make a huge dent in it!  Look at the second picture...are those goats or deer in the Giant's bag?  I can't figure it out.

Victorian Winter - page 3 is complete!!!  Just 6 more pages of this design.  I am putting it on the back burner for a while.  I do enjoy working on it but I really want to finish Faery Tales.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Stitch From Stash- lots of pictures!

Month:  May
Spent:  $52.00
Earned:  None
Balance:  $94.79 + $25 - $52 = $67.79

Has it been a month already?  The end of the school year is always busy and this year is no exception.  I found out this week that I am moving classrooms which is exciting!  I get to move to a bigger room so I am very happy!!!!  I didn't get to stitch as much as I wanted this month but I did work on my three projects plus my car project.   I spend quite a bit of month this month.  I will update my personal life later...things have been busy there too!!!

Hot Hair Balloon - HAED - 2.3% complete.  This is my car project.  Majority of one color that I stitch on while waiting in the car. 

Lavender and Lace -Santa of the Forest 31.7%.  I don't know if I can count this as a page finish.  I had to break the pattern into 8 pages to stitch it....this is 2 of the pages complete.  So should I give myself some credit or wait till it is all done....

Faery Tales - HAED - 30.4% complete.  I am almost finished with page 11.  The sky is so blue.....

Victorian Winter - Mystic Stitch 31.7.  Love how this is turning out!  I am almost finished with page 3.  

Now...what I spent.  I did some shopping this month.    I had to buy DMC threads.  Last month I had to buy browns...this month is was blues:  803, 3750, 939, 826,  823....and I bought new Qsnaps - $12.00.  

I visited Stitching with my Furbabies blog and she had started this new Disney pattern with the monorail...well, I had to know where she got it.  I found the Etsy store and the owner was having a sale.  Buy 3 get 1 free.  Like I need any more HUGE projects....but I bought 3 and got one free. So here are my new Disney patterns:

My last purchase was this Cross Stitch Collection magazine.  I has part 2 of a dollhouse that I really want to have in my stash.  I have to get the previous month and next months to finish out the dollhouse but I will!!!  

Monday, April 27, 2015

April Stitch From Stash

Month:  April
Spent:  $39
Earned: $15.00
Budget: $93.79 + $1 = $94.79

It was a pretty good month for me.  I did buy another piece of fabric for my birthday Golden Kite design. I decided I wanted a cream piece instead of beige and I wanted 18 count instead of 16 count.   I also bought a magazine from my stash unload Facebook group.  I needed a few threads for Winter and Santa.  I also bought a piece of fabric from Silkweavers for my preening pixie design.  I spent quite a bit this month!  BTW...does anyone know how long it takes to get your fabric from them?

I finished page 2 of Victorian Winter from Mystic Stitch.  I love how this is turning out!!!!

Santa has a face!!!  This is my Lavender and Lace Santa of the Forest  I love how he is turning out  He looks so peaceful.  

If you read my blog and are participating in this challenge.   Do you know how I count a L&L?  It is one huge page that I had to copy onto 8 different pages.  Just wondering...thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015


I woke up Monday with Vertigo and it was weird.  DH was out of town on a business trip so it was me and the boys.  As long as I was sitting down, my world was fine.  The moment I stood up is when I felt like I was on a tilt a whirl. I went to work thinking it would pass and I could go on with my day.  That didn't happen!!  I wound up having to go to home around 10 because I just couldn't handle it.
I came home, laid on the couch and was just a bum.  I didn't go to work on Tuesday either because I developed a fever on Monday night.  What a time for my hubby to be out of town!!!  My world was somewhat back to normal on Wednesday.

On Saturday, I felt like I had been hit by a train.  Those three days of work just wore me out.  However, I had to suck it up because it prom night!  I asked DH to go to prom with me and he refuse to go.  However, he was kind enough to cook our Sped prom dinner. He grilled 50 chicken legs and baked 2 bags of chicken tenders.  My department always serves our kiddos dinner at 6:00 then at 7:00 they get to go out to the dance floor and dance away by themselves for abut an hour and that is when everyone else gets there!  They had so much fun!!!

Stitching update:
This week's rotation was Victorian Winter.  I had hoped to finish the 2nd page this week but we me being sick. It just didn't happen! I am going to finish this page before I move on to my Lavender and lace Santa.

This is Faery Tales from last week.  Not much to show except that I have been stitching the sky.  So much blue!!

Time to show off the furbabies..

I know I tell you lots about Bert but let me show you my Jag kitty.  He is the oldest of all my furbabies at age 11.  He is the king of the pets.  They are all scared of him because he is really a tiger.

Bert is now opening drawers so he can take a nap.

The day I had vertigo, Gibbs was very concerned. He sat and stared at me for a while.  

This is what is happening in my part of the world! Thank for stopping by!!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Crazy Stitching Week!!!!

I was so excited this week because I thought I was going to be starting a new project - Preening Pixie.  However, it didn't happen like I thought.  I did start it...but HATED the fabric I picked for it.  It made me miserable to stitch on so I stopped.  I had picked a 32 count linen and I hate linen.  I have no idea why I thought this would be a good I decided to dye my own fabric for this piece.  I got some teal rit dye along with what I thought was dark blue. However, it was actually a dark green.  This is what I came up with and started stitching on it...I don't like it!!!!  so this piece it put away until I find just the right fabric!!!!!!

This is what the design will look like when finished so I think the fabric should be some type of dark blue.  What so you think?

So I pulled out my Lavender and Lace Santa of the Forest.  I kept working on Santa's beard.  This beard is very detailed!!!!!  I am changing this up a bit by using gold beads for his staff.  I think that will really make it pop!!!!

This will be the final product. 

My brother knows I have been trying to get back in shape and lose about 30 lbs.  He ask me to join him in this 5k obstacle mud run.  I am getting out of my comfort zone and agreed!!!!  I think I am insane but on May 23, 2015 I will be voluntarily running in the mud!!!!

 Bert update...he has brought in 2 dead snakes one non-poisonous snake and 1 baby copperhead!!!  That cat is going to drive me nuts!!!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stitch From Stash - March

Month: March
Spent: $18.80
Earned:  $30
March Ending Budget: $93.79

Finished Page 10 of Faery tales!!!

Finished Page 1 of Victorian Winter - Mystic Stitch.  You can see the first part of the house!!!!

My car project gained a few stitches. 

New Stash:  My brother gave me a $50.00 check for my birthday and told me to spend it how I see fit!   I saw fit to purchase this chart from Golden Kite.  It was usually $60 but on sale for $45.  I spent the last $15 on 1 1/2 yard of 16 count aida fabric for it.  Found a great deal from a buyer on my Stash Unload Facebook group.  Since Gifts do NOT count towards my budget ...I didn't go over!!!

 I also bought this kit off Ebay.  I couldn't resist.  It was only $9.00 and I also bought a few skins of threads.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Blurb from Amazon:
When a young boy is found brutally murdered in the woods in a peaceful New England town, his body hastily covered with leaves, the community is shaken to its core. No one more so than Andy Barber a well-respected assistant district attorney whose fourteen-year-old son, Jacob, went to school with the boy. Sure, Jacob is a typical moody teenager, hiding in his room with his headphones and his laptop, but Andy loves him more than anything in this world--and would do anything to protect him.

While Andy's wife, Laurie, struggles with the possibility that there is a killer on the loose and that their son could be next, Andy's determined to find the culprit and bring him to justice. He immerses himself in maelstrom of angry parents demanding answers, police hell bent on making an arrest, and the complicated lives of teenagers, with their own secrets, and reasons for keeping them.

When, in a stunning turn of events, Jacob is arrested for the crime, both Andy and Laurie are stalwart in their defenses of their son: there's no way their child could've committed this terrible act. As more shocking facts are reveled and lies uncovered, Andy is pushed to the edge and his twenty-year marriage tested. Beautiful Laura, his college sweetheart and love of his life begins to fade right in front of his eyes, crumbling under pressure of the trial, the public accusations, and the weight of her own doubts --in her son and her husband.  When the truths abut Andy's past comes to surface, he must chose between the life he thought he left behind and the father he wants to be.

My review:

I found this book by accident really.  I was playing on Goodreads and it said if you like the book "We Need to Talk about Kevin" which I did, then they recommend this one.   To be honest, the book started slow, and it took me a few chapters to get into the story.  Oh lord, when the story picked up I couldn't put the book down.  This was on a Sunday afternoon and it was so good I postponed watching The Great British Bake-Off and Downton Abbey just so I could figure out the ending.  I never figured out the ending.  The book has so many twists and turns that my mouth was hanging open the last few chapters!  I was literally speechless!!    The ending shocked the Hades out of me!
I highly recommend this book!!!!!!  I cannot stress this enough!!