Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stitching update, Halloween plans and health

HI All!!!  I have a health update.  After I last posted that I had bronchitis again.  I followed all the doctors directions, took all my medicine, but by the following week I was still feeling terrible.  I called the doctors office again and she insisted on seeing me again. I left work early, sat in the office for an hour and after it was all said and done, I had developed pneumonia.  Yep...early September and I have pneumonia.  I had to stay off work for the rest of the week, miss my college class that weekend.  My husband has now grounded me until Nov.  I can go to work and come home.  That is just about it.  The doctor said I needed lots of rest.  

Yesterday, I went to the GI specialist and now I get to be a science experiment for a few days in mid-november.   I have to have a EDG scope...I think that is what it is called plus, they are going to drop an electrode down my throat and monitor my acid reflux.  They think I am refluxing into my lungs, and that is what is causing me to be sick!!

On to stitching!!
Faery Tales:  
I have a small finish!!!  I finished page 22 and only have 18 to go!!!!  I know it still seems like a lot to go but I am over the halfway mark!!!!  When I put in another 497 stitches I will finally be under the 100,000 stitches to go mark!!!  Since I started at 260,475 I am doing a small happy dance!

The Stitch Maynia group on facebook had an orange crush SAL so I joined in...I really dreaded stitching this fish so I tried to stitch on Saturday during the terrible Hog game against the Aggies...but for some strange reason we cannot figure out.  My dog Brigen only insists sitting on my lap during Razorback football games.  EVERY FREAKING GAME!!!  That is 4 hours of stitching time that I have a 90 lb lab on my lap...

 After the game, he jumped down and was fine.  UGH!   So I worked on my orange crush on Sunday.  Here is my goldfish...I was glad for the SAL because I was really dreading this fish.  It is  a lot of confetti.

While I had pneumonia, I worked on my princess grace.  I finished the gold outline and the flowerpot.  

This flowerpot took forever especially when you are cough syrup that makes you sleepy!!  There were so many half/quarter stitches, back stitching and color changes.  I love how it turned out though!!  It is amazing on the dark sparkly fabric.

New START!!!
I started Ella the Princess Frog from Mirabilia.  You can't see much right now since it is mainly whites and pale yellows, plus the lighting was bad.  

Brigen strikes again!!!!!  I came home for work the other day and found this picture on the floor.  Yes that it bite marks.  This is all that is left of the envelope with the photo.   Luckily I had the pattern in my office where I had it on my copier to make a working copy!!!  So thankful he didn't eat the pattern!! I love my dog but he is obsessed with paper.  He actually took it out of my stitching bag and ate it!

October Halloween Stitching:
I have planned out all 31 patterns that I am doing!!!! I have cut the fabric for all but one.  I have dyed some of the fabrics to the colors I like.  A couple didn't turn out the way I want but I am going to do a toss floss and see it if will work.   My goal is to post a picture each day in October to show what I stitched that day.  We shall see how that goes.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

School has started and a VERY CRAZY idea!!!

The school year started off with a bang!  The high school split so I lost over 100 of my teaching coworkers and over 1200 kids to the new school.  I have several new principals and a new sped coordinator.  I have another case of bronchitis!  I went to the doctor yesterday and I am now going to see a GI specialist to see if I have reflux that might be going into my lungs.  I am on another round of steriods, an inhaler, a heartburn pill and flonase (SP?).  So excited about all these new drugs!!!   

Faery Tales update:
There isn't much to show...I had hoped to finish another page this month but that didn't happen.  I usually fall asleep in my chair while watching TV.  It is a sad life!!!!  The first picture is where I ended on Sunday..

A whole new world:  Someone posted this chart on a facebook group and I LOVE IT!!!!!!   It is done on 32 count linen and I don't get along with linen.  So I called Cecilia Samplers in Branson and they are coming to my rescue.  I told them to substitute the fabric for 28 count Jobelan.  They emailed me the conversions tonight.  I emailed back to see if they might have hand dyed fabrics..  Picky I know..but we shall see what options they come up with!!!

Crazy Idea!!!!

I was playing in my cross stitch magazines tonight.  I was looking through all my Halloween issues, I I had a realization...I never stitch out of these!!!  I have been collecting this issues since they came out and you know what....I like them!!!   So I went through and marked all the patterns I want to start.  So  I am going to start one new Halloween project everyday in October.  How crazy is this????  Anyone else want to stitch with me????   There are some great Halloween patterns.    This is not one of those where you have to post everyday things...You can do one HUGE post with 31 pictures...I don't care.   I just need a break from my HUGE patterns!!!!!   This will be new and different!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Project and New Family Member

I was tired of working on Faery Tales so I pulled out this new project - Princess Grace Ballgown.   I loved this design from the moment a friend sent me the link   I really had no desire to stitch her on white because you can't see her pearl necklace!!  

So I chose to stitch her on a dark sparkly fabric - Crystal Phantom by PTP.   I am loving how she pops on this fabric.  I do have to laugh at myself because I am so used to completely covered pieces, I have had to stitch the face portion 3 times...I kept missing stitches!

We have a new furbaby!!!   I would like you to meet Tiger Lily.   The local shelter posted her picture with her story.  She was found on the side of the road covered in fleas.  The lady who found her couldn't keep her because she already had 3 cats.   The shelter was full and was hoping someone would foster her.  I sent her picture to my husband and he said...go get her.  He thought Bert needed a friend.  

She is so tiny compared to Bert.   She made herself right at home and decided to meet all the animals.  

I caught her on the footstool just about to attack Gibbs tail.  Love this "I am so innocent" face.

First vet visit where she weighed in at a whooping 4.5 pounds.  Other than the usual kitten case of worms, she received a clean bill of health!

She has such a long tail.  She will not leave Bert alone...poor guy just wants to sleep without her pouncing and ready to play!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Faery Tales page finish and some cruise pictures

Just a few days late to post my Just One in July project.  I was able to finish an entire page of Faery tales!!!  I only have 18 pages to go I think.  I figure if I finish a page a month I can have it finished by December 2017!!!

As I mentioned before Mark and I went on an Alaskan Cruise for our ten year anniversary.  You can view them here at Snapfish .  I did take over 400 photos so I won't be posting them all!

Our first night at sea, you can see how we dress for dinner.  I am in my favorite heels and hubby decided that his tennis shoes would be more comfortable!

As we were leaving Glacier Bay, this is was our view from the back of the ship.

Emerald Lake in Yukon Territory.  We rented a jeep in Skagway, Alaska and drove all the way!  Loved it.  

We stopped at a sled mushers camp to check out the puppies!!  The couple who ran this camp have both completed the Iditarod race!!!!  They were charging $5.00 each to play with the puppies to raise money for this years race!!

Right before the US Border we found this cool place to stop that had this suspension bridge.   I faced my fears and crossed that bridge!!

On our drive, we saw the beautiful waterfall.  Of course we had to stop and take pictures!!

Glacier Bay-  Our view of the glacier from our cabin!   

We were about 5 miles out from the glacier.

 We went to Miniature world in Victoria I will post those later!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mirabilia Obsession and FT update

My Mirabilia obsession this summer has really gotten out of control!  I had always admired her patterns because they are gorgeous!!! It wasn't until my friend Becki said this simple statement, "I can't believe you don't stitch more of her patterns since they are right up your alley"  Maybe not in those words but you get the drift.   So I have been on a hunt for as many Mirabilias that I can find at a reasonable rate.   My collections has grown by a lot!!!   Before we left on our cruise, a lady posted these two OOP charts - Queen of Peace and Sleeping Beauty.  I told myself that if they were still there after my cruise, then I could order them for myself.  They were there and I ordered them!   They came in last week from Germany. 

What designer have you just fallen in love with and must own all their charts????   I still have several on my list...but I will find them!

Faery Tales Update:
Here is my Just one in July project update.   I stitched the dwarfs!  OMG!  They were so much confetti I thought I might pull my hair out!    I am also using this page for the HAED facebook parking challenge...My goal is to finish this page by the end of the month.   I have 2,156 stitches to go..I think I will make it!  

The other day Brigen decided to jump up on my lap for some cuddle time.  I had an 88 lb. snuggle buddy for a while.   He has recovered from his escape from the yard.  However, he is still a more clingy than usual.  

I can't believe I go back to school in less than 2 weeks!  SO NOT READY!!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Just One July SAL and a FINISH!!!!!!!!!!

I decided to take Preening Pixie with me on all my vacations this summer.  Being stuck in a car and on long plane rides gave me plenty of time to work on her mirror.   I even worked on her on the cruise ship.  I completed the left side of the mirror on my North Carolina trip.  The bottom right side was completed on the cruise, and when I got home.  I was determined to finish it!!!  

I think she turned out gorgeous on this fabric.  It is so much nicer than the navy aida that came with the kit!!!!

As I was going through my Bloglovin blog list I saw this one from Linda at Stitchin with my Furbabies.   She is a little crazy because she is on start 206 for this year!!!  That is right..206 starts this year!!!!  She mentioned that her friend Justine at Justine's Cross stitch  was doing a personal SAL of one project July...work on one project in July to see how much progress she could make on her stitching.  I thought this was a GREAT idea.   So I am going to spend the rest of July working on my HAED Faery Tales.  Since I only worked on Preening Pixie to begin with this month, I finished it!!  So I am going to make a dent on my HAED challenge page.  If you aren't on the HAED facebook page they do a quarterly challenge ot make you stitch in a new way.  This time around it is parking...which I my favorite way to stitch!   

Biltmore - Servants quarters

Sorry..I meant to post this last month but my Husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in May.  Our present to ourselves was an Alaskan Cruise!!!!  We left for our trip on June 26th and didn't make it home until July 3rd.  Lots of pictures to post...but I want to finish the Biltmore!

Most of these pictures were taken behind glass doors....I don't think explanation are necessary.

all these jars!!!

I can just see them roasting meat on this spit!

Love all the copper!!!!

Look at all the tea servings!!!

servants table is bigger than mine at home!

I would hate to use all these irons!

My grandma had these washboards...

Such pretty cloths...