Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Faery Tales Update and a More New Stash!

I am going to try and make myself give weekly updates on my stitching.  This week I worked on Faery Tales.  This was a bad stitching week.  I was so tired that I was only ale to put in 500 stitches. Hopefully this week will be a better stitching week.


So I got the bright idea that I would use the grid in my EC Planner for motivation to work on Faery tales. I thought every time I finished a 10 x 10 grid I would color in the square so I could see how much progress I was making.  The joke was on me....after doing the math (math teacher here) I realized I have so many blocks left, it would take up 1.5 pages of my planner!!!!  I may still do it....It would be nice to color in a grid to show progress....


New Stash!!!!
I have to stay off my Facebook stash sell groups!!!  They are really hurting my wallet!!  Here is what I have ordered in the past 2 months: 



I have become obsessed with Mirabilia designs!  I have just decided I need to collect them!   If you look at the top of my blog I have even made a wishlist of all the ones I want!!!!

Summer and Spring Queens

Christmas Elegance and Rose Arbor

Christmas in London
I just LOVE this one!!!!

Opinions needed:


I am thinking of stitching these ornaments on one piece of fabric in a vertical format.  I haven't decided if I want t leave them in a circle format.  I have thought of adding a square border so they will stack on top of each other....Opinions???

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Overdue Stitching update and new stash!!!!

Let me just say this is the school year from HADES and I am not sure it will never end!!!!   I love teaching..I love my kids...it is the crazy adults I could do without!  It seems everyday there is one more thing added to my list and I can feel myself wearing down again.

This week I spent time on my Preening Pixie design...I have finished the detail work on the left side of the mirror and now working on the mirror itself.

UFO Stitching update:  I have 3 HAEDS that are UFO"s. The oldest is Faery tales that was started in 2007,  Winter piece - 2009 and Hot Air Balloon is 2013

Faery tales update!!!   I can't believe I haven't posted this but I finished page 20 of Faery Tales!!!!!  I have exactly 20 pages to go!!!


Close up of page 20

Hot Air Balloon Santa: This quarters HAED Challenge was to stitch an entire page cross country.  Which means you start one color...stitch all of that one color on the page. Once that color is done move to the next color stitch all that color.   I took the challenge head on and I learned one thing..I DO NOT like cross country stitching!!!!  I couldn't handle leaving all the spaces...I wanted to fill them in!!!  But I finished the 2nd page on my Hot Air Balloon Santa



A Wintery Heirloom:  This is supposed to be my Friday night stitching piece but I have been very bad these past few Fridays  I wanted to finish my challenge piece and I was just loving my Tinkerbell piece that I have avoided it!!!!  
As you cans see...I don't have much stitched on it.  The trees are coming in nicely.  Trees are the reason this piece became a UFO.  They cause so much confetti stitching that it drives me a little nuts

My mom and I went to Little Rock this weekend to see Disney on Ice- Frozen.  We had a wonderful time!!   We stopped off at Stitchers Garden in Conway for me to play in a cross stitch store.  I had way too much fun!!!

I bought myself 3 Mirabillas, fabric for one and a Lavender and Lace.  They had the fabric for the Lavender and Lace in stock however I really did not like it!!!!!  It was just too much!!!!    The chart is called Evangeline and it is for the Katrina Victims.  

Not to make you jealous but I did get this Passione Ricamo Christmas design for 1/2 of 1/2!!!!!

I found some fabric on Picture this Plus that I think will work  better....  This is called Haunted.  I think it is would pop.  The decision is to I get it with sparkles or without?????   

 I just LOVE these two designs....the one on the Right is titled Elizabeth and for some reason she just speaks to me!  I love it!

I found this one - Ella- Princess and the Frog design which drew my eye.  I looked in the fabric section and found this Picture this Plus Joblean - called Baroque fabric.   I thought...hmmm...pulled up the pattern viewer to see what it looked like....


This is what it showed:

I just knew this had to be my fabric!!!!!! Doesn't it just pop!!!!!  

I have a lot more new stash......I have been very, very bad these past two months.  I have been stress shopping!  I admit it...Work has been so crazy that  I have shopped.  Here is a few of my new charts
There are  alot more that I have bought...but I will save those for another post...

Nenidesigns  from Etsy had a huge sale.  Buy 10 charts for $10.  I am not sure how you feel about Etsy charts but I like them.  I probably will never stitch them but they make me happy...







Sunday, May 1, 2016

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Tusk Hartwell
2005-2016


Mark and I had to make a very hard decision this week concerning our oldest dog, Tusk.  Tusk is eleven in this picture and I have considered him a old soul since he was a puppy.   Tusk has been going downhill for the past 6 months.  He had stopped eating as much and was having a hard time getting around.   He just couldn't find a comfortable spot no matter which way he lay.  

Mark and I had a long talk and we decided it was time to talk to the vet about his quality of life.  We met with Dr. Parker on Friday and after listening to all our concerns, he agreed that we were making the right choice for Tusk.  He has been Tusk's vet since his first vet visit.  

Mark and I were with him until the end.  He died peacefully with his head on my lap.  I won't lie, I held him and cried like a baby.  It was the hardest thing I had to do but I know deep down in my heart that it was the best thing for him.  I know that he is in a better place where he can run and play without constant pain.

Our house is so quite now without all his groaning, growling and click clacking on the hardwood floors.  We never could get his nails short enough because he refused to let them get a good angle to cut them.  Everytime they tried to make him lay down or do something he didn't like, he pooped on them!  Crazy dog!!!  

Below is some of our pictures with him....















Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Victorian Winter Finish!!!

Here it is!!! Victorian Winter!  I finally finished it!!!  So happy!   I have 3 UFO's left and they are all HAEDS!!! LOL!!!

Someone posted this OOP Mirabilia Villa on a stash for sale page for $70!!  OMG!!   Of course, I fell in love with it but I REFUSE to pay $70.  I am now on the hunt for this design. Anyone know where I could find one that is on the reasonable side???  

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This months fitness challenge was a bracket type challenge.  I had to:
1) do 100 squats in  minutes - done
2) Climb the fitness Center steps 10 times (there are 30 by the way) Done
3) Bike on the stationary bike 20 minutes - not done  I hate the stationary bike it makes my butt hurt
4) Walk/Run a 5K -  Gibbs, Brigen and I did this..... thought I was going to have carry Gibbs the last leg of the walk
5) Bike from the square to park by my house (5 miles) walk around the lake (1.8) miles and then bike back to the square (5 LONG miles) - finished took me 2 hours and 20 minutes!!  

Here is the bike I rented for $5.00 for half a day.  It was fun to ride and push around the lake and up the hills!!!!


Here I am at the end of the ride!!!  Never so happy to see that sign!


ah....look at this picture!! It popped up on my memories feed of facebook.  Look how little Gibbs is!!!


Decided to get some new sparkly shoes for winning teacher of the year!!!  I deserve them!!!!





Sunday, March 20, 2016

What an honor!!!!


As many of you know I teach High School and have been teaching for 18 years!!!!  I have mentioned that my school is rather large, 4500 students along with 300 plus teachers on campus.  Teachers are divided by department, and I am in the special education department...I got an email on Thursday letting me know that my Department voted me as TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!!!!!  I was shocked!!!!!

I do share this honor with 7 other teachers, and the powers that be will pick one of us 7 to be the schools Teacher of the year!  But wow!!  What an honor from my co-workers!!!

Just had to share my news!!!!   My next stitching update will be a finish!!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Birthday to me!!!

I celebrated my 44th birthday on February 20th.  I know...late post....I am getting used this being late thing!!!  Here are some of my birthday pictures!!!  At the bottom you can see all the Stitchy items I bought for myself!!

Me and my Hubby
 We went to an escape room....we didn't escape.  We were looking for a double agent in the CIA and we didn't locate the bomb in time....so...

We went to my favorite burger place....HUGO'!!!!   Those fries are the best I have eaten!!!!!!  Bleu cheese 'shroom burger!!!!

Look at little me!!!!!! 

On to the stitching!!
I decided to treat myself to some new charts!!  I cashed in a $100 Amazon Gift card I won from watching a lot of videos from Swagbucks.  Easiest $100 that I have earned.... I also spent $55 on my own cash on Etsy as a Happy Birthday to me!!!  I haven't really bought new charts/kits in a really long time so I treated myself.   I had 4 Disney kits delivered today...I am posting their amazon stock photo because I Just can't get a good shot tonight.  The ornament kits were all less than $10 a piece and I couldn't resist them!!!


Pinocchio and friends 
Cinderella and Friends
  

Robin Hood and Pooh

Peter Pan and Friends

So here are the charts from Amazon I am waiting on:

Beauty and the Beast II

Beauty and Beast

I also did some Etsy shopping for some Soda Stitch charts and they are coming from Korea.....I ordered them on February 15.....I am sure they will arrive any day now!!!

Village in Faery Tales

Princes

Princesses

Sky Blue Street

Santa's village 2
What do you think of my Birthday presents to myself????