Saturday, June 17, 2017

Changes have come

Hello everyone, so sorry for the long absent.

A lot has changed in my life and I am still trying to adjust back into things.

First things first......I have a new job. I started a temp assignment at this law firm right before Easter and by the end  of April it had turned into a permanent placement. I am really happy with this job, there are still some bumps as it is a new type of law and some days I feel like an idiot because of that but on the whole, it is perfect. I am still on my 3 months probationary period until July 11th. But I had an informal meeting with the HR manager last week who told me the lawyer couldn't stop raving about me when she asked him how I was doing so I am pretty confident at this point that I am here to stay.

I have to say this whole experience still pisses me off and I still have blue days about the old firm but realistically I have to remind myself that if they had decided to lay off the other secretary instead of me I don't think I would have felt secure in my job anymore and would have started looking for a new job anyway. So yes the path was bumpy but it was meant to be.

Anyway, the new job is an extremely busy firm and most days the time flies by and by the time I get home I literally fall into bed so my stitching has really suffered. I would say in the past 6 weeks I have probably only stitched 10 to 12 days and probably for only an hour,  so I really and truly have no progress on any of my projects except for maybe Happily Ever After from the Frosted Pumpkin. I am currently working on the June block  and am about halfway done, so hopefully by the end of the weekend or Monday it will be complete.

I am going through a bit of startitis right now too and I really want to start something new but since I am not stitching much and have about 17 WIP, I told myself I couldn't LOL. I did kit up one of my mini WIP to be taken on the train next week......I was getting bored with reading on the train so I figured it was time to bring my stitching.

So hopefully in the next coming weeks I will get back into a better groove with my stitching and blogging and have photos and progress to show.

Thanks for listening.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Progress Photos

So I have been working on January block of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's SAL for 2017. It is called Happily Ever After and the January block was Owl and the Pussycat. This is such a cute pattern and came together so quickly, I am going to do a little bit of the border with each block, so that I am not doing the border for days and days.

Next I did a little work on Woodland Goddess. I thought I would get more work done on it but I just wasn't feeling it.

I have now moved onto Sweet Treats by Country Cottage Needlework block #3 which is the Tart block. I think I will stick with it until it's done.

Thanks for listening.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Off to a Good Start

So 2016 ended on a horrible note. My father was in a car accident a block from his front door. His van was totalled and he was slightly hurt. We are only just now getting back to normal but overall the situation could have been so much worse.

Anyway, on to a happier note, I was able to finish one more project at the end of 2016 then I thought I would. So in total I finished 11.

Afraid of the Dark by Blue Ribbon Designs
on 32 ct Bay Rum

My plan for 2017 is to get some long lingering WIP's completed. First up is Woodland Goddess by Joan Elliott. I am working on the fairy wings right now and the newest SAL from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery which started today. But before I really started working on Woodland Goddess I was able to start and finish a quick little design from Lizzie Kate called June Flip it.

June Flip it by Lizzie Kate
Over all I am very happy with my progress so far this year.

Thanks for listening.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Reflections of 2016

Well I have tried to do an updated post on everything from WIPs to finishes for the past 2 months and I never seem to be able to get to it, so I have scrapped that idea and just decided to post all my finishes for 2016 and call it a day. I am still working on 2 projects that I may or may not finish before the end of the year, if I do it will be above and beyond my expectations.

So here are my finishes for 2016 in no particular order:

ABC Christmas by Lizzie Kate on 32 count Bay Rum
July Birthday Fairy on 18 count aida
Keys of the Kingdom by Rosewood Manor on 18 count Bone Aida
Mill Hill Downy Dove
Mill Hill Merry Ornament
Once Upon A Time by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery on Rustico 18 count aida
Peter Pan by Bothy Threads on 14 count aida
Postcards of the World by Cloudsfactory on 18 count spice by Picture This Plus fabric
Tiramisu by Glendon Place on 18 count Mesa by Picture This Plus fabric
Winter Silhouette by Imaginating on Victorian Red 18 count aida

Now I haven't officially finished the Mill Hill kits because I haven't built them yet but until I known what I am going to do with them I won't build them. As well with the Downy Dove I haven't used the fuzzy thread yet as it is used to attach the pieces together.

Thanks for listening. Hopefully 2017 will be better for me all around.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Will be back shortly

Hello everyone, long time no talk.

Just a quick update on my life. It has been 3.5 months since I lost my job and unfortunately I am still unemployed. It is a little disheartening but as my recruiter likes to remind me July/August are awful months to look for a job in the legal field. I myself have experienced how hard it is to get answers from other counsel on cases when I was at my former job so I should take that into consideration.

What I have found to be the hardest part for me is the lack of jobs for a person of my experience. Back 18+ years ago when I first got into this field it was really hard to find a junior position with a firm willing to train right out of school now it is the reverse there are a lot of junior positions but not a lot of senior positions. I am actually looking at intermediate and senior positions to cover my bases hopefully this will help. Bottom line I am still in the unemployment runt and trying not to let it get me down, and some days are better then others.

Now onto stitching I had a really hard time at the beginning getting into any of my projects but I have persevered and I am getting back into my stitching. I have a couple finishes and more progress on my SAL's and HAED projects. Unfortunately I am not ready to post them yet since most of them I have forgotten to take pics of them, so I am off to take photos of all my progress and I hope to return tomorrow with a more appropriate update.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Taking a Break

I know it is really silly to say I am taking a break from my blog since I haven't posted to in since April. But I had big plans to update you all with a few finishes, quite a few starts, a nice amount of birthday haul and the whole bit...........but alas on June 29th I was given my walking papers at the legal firm I had been at for 15 years and right now even my beloved stitching isn't giving me any solos.

I truly feel lost and it has taken me till yesterday to realize my life isn't over. Basically I was freaked out at the prospect of getting a new job after 15 years and being 40.  I have talked to a legal recruiter who has reassured me that my experience and chosen profession are great assets, even if July and August are shitty months to look for a job. I have a pretty decent severance package so all is not necessarily lost but for now, I need to concentrate on getting my life back on track.

Thanks for listening

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Progress Made

Well my needle has been smoking again LOL.

I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post. I have so much to show you.... I definitely shouldn't have taken so long to post.

As I mentioned in my last post  I am participating in 2 SAL's this year. One is currently going and the other one is from a couple years ago and I decided to join them together. Since my last post I was working on nothing but them so I could get caught up....Big mistake by the time the April block was released I had no interest in stitching it LOL so I took a week break from it and worked on other projects, but I did return to the SAL and am now all caught up and waiting for the new blocks in May.....

Here are the first 4 blocks from Postcards of the World by Cloudsfactory

January - Venice

February - Paris

March - London

April - Moscow
Really love this SAL. I am now going to only work on it the first weekend of every month. Generally each block takes me a full day.

Now the second SAL is Once upon a time sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin, which was released in 2014. I currently have a love hate relationship with it. I chose rustic/oatmeal colored fabric and the white in the pattern just isn't showing up that great in photos, it's not bad in real life but none of my photos are doing it justice, I have actually tried 3 different types of thread hoping to make it pop more I have settled on DMC satin thread.

January - Snow white

February - Frog Prince

March - Three little pigs

April - Goldilocks & 3 bears
Now after I finished up to April on the SAL's I couldn't really decide which project I wanted to work on so I started/worked on quite a few. I first worked on Shimmering Mermaid for a couple days

Shimmering Mermaid on Blueberry Delight fabric
I worked on her skin and part of her hair, but I just wasn't completely feeling her. But I also worked on Tribal Barn Owl on Thursdays, I plan on continuing to work on it for the rest of the year and see where I am at then. I am working on 25 count 1 over 1.

2711 stitches

Then I started working on Peter Pan by Bothy Threads. I have quite a few of these fairy tale kits and I really love them. This is going to be a really fun project.

Peter Pan
Then I pulled out a really old WIP that was pissing me off which is why I put it away, it is Woodland Enchantress by Dimensions. There are so many threads and some are 1/2 stitch with 5 strands, some with 4 or 3 so it became very confusing for me when I first stitched on it. This time around I am stitching 10x10 blocks in the bottom right similar to what I would do with a HAED. I am hoping this will help me not get confused and frustrated and hopefully once I start finishing off some of the threads that will help in it not being so overwhelming.

Woodland Enchantress
and finally my newest start which happened yesterday was Northern Expressions Shades of Orange. Nicole the designer of NE has come out with a bunch of shade patterns each more prettier than the next. I have basically fallen in love with them all but Shades of Orange called to me first.

Shades of Orange -on champagne cocktail
Since I have so many recent pieces I have worked on and still want to work on I decided to start a bit of a rotation each piece has been given a day of the week to work on it.

I am still working on my train projects but I have also been reading a bit more so not as much progress was made. I have decided to give them some love on Friday just in case I didn't get anything done on them during the week.

Mill Hill Merry Ornie

Winter Silhouette on Victorian Red

Well thanks for listening to my very long and late blog post.