Saturday, September 2, 2017

Progress & Bingle watching TV

How in the world can it be September already!!!
As much as I enjoy the summer I am really glad that September is here. I find I am in a bit more on a schedule in September (fall in general actually) then I ever am in the summer, especially when it gets super hot.
This afternoon I find myself sitting in my stitchy spot, stitching away on the September block of the Happily Ever After SAL from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery enjoying a nice cold beverage binge-watching Outlander episodes in anticipation of the new season starting in a week.
That's another thing I like about the fall, the return of all my shows. I find in the summer there is nothing to watch on TV so instead of stitching I spend more time flipping through channels looking for appropriate background noise instead of actually stitching, which wastes valuable stitching time. I know, I know I should be outside enjoying the weather, and I do I just am not an outside stitcher. I like to spread all my supplies out on the table and I never have enough 'things' to put on top of my papers so they don't fly away when I am outside. As well it never fails my dog starts barking just when I am getting into the groove of stitching, so stitching stays inside and I enjoy outside with either music or a book.
Anyway, back to stitching after I finished the August blog of HEA SAL I opted to work on New Year in the Village by AAN for a couple days. I am working on it on navy fabric which I find is just as difficult as black so I had to turn on every bloody light in my stitching corner to be able to see the holes properly and at one point I had to stitch with a dark green thread so dark green on dark blue wasn't much fun. I gave it a couple days and then moved on.
New Years in the Village - AAN
I have now moved back to the SAL and once that is finished I will give some love to QS Lady Bug from HAED, since it is only stitched with black thread I am hoping to finish a page or 2 before I move on to another WIP. I think I might alternate between the SAL and Lady Bug until I catch up on the SAL.
Another think I want to do in the next few weeks is look over all my WIPS and try to decide what my plan of attack is for the rest of the year. I want more finishes and to make room for some new starts in 2018. One thing I have noticed already is I always seem to forget about the digital patterns I have purchased over the years. I have this great collection of potentially quick stitch designs that I haven't touched since I bought them so I am thinking of randomly picking a few designs and adding them to the pile for next year and the year after to be stitched. Sometimes I get bored with my choices for projects for any given year so it would be nice if I had a little design ready to be picked up at a moments notice to work on and finish. Or at least in a perfect world this would happen LOL.
Anyway enough rambling, time to get in more stitching.
Thanks for listening.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Project update

After a long and stressful week and a half, but a good stress. I was finally been able to sit down and do some really good stitching.
I was able to finish Aladdin the August block from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery here is a photo of the finished block along with June which was Little House on the Prairie which I wasn't able to post before, it's still a terrible photo but oh well.
Aladdin - August Block
Little House - June Block

Then I moved on to Shepherd's Bush Howl, originally it was my train piece, but I am just not feeling stitching on the train with this new job, I am feeling more of the reading vibe. At the end of the day I don't actually sit on the train as long as I used to so I technically don't have as much stitching time as I did before, as well I am racing to the train so some times my seat isn't really conducive to stitching.

It's really sad that it has taken me so long to get back to Howl, I literally worked on it for 36 hours and completed it. But I have to say it is pretty darn cute LOL. I have two more to complete of the Musings that I purchased (I didn't get all 12) but that won't be until next year or so.
Howl Musing by Shepherd's Bush
I have contemplated what to work on next! There are 2 or so projects that are pretty close to being finished if I only gave them the proper time and energy, but one of them I just don't feel like working on so I am not going to force myself. I will continue to work on Happily Ever After as new blocks are released and try and fit in time to work on and finish the Jan, Feb and July blocks, I want to finish off Stoney Creeks June Flower of the Month - Iris which really should only take me a week or so, when I am in the mood and then I decided to also pick up a project that I have only put in about 20 stitches in and add it to my very fluid rotation and give it some love, not sure how long I will work on it since it's on navy blue fabric, at times working on navy is just as bad as working on black fabric. It is New Year in the Village by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks.
My goal for the rest of the year is to finish off some WIP to make room for new starts in January. I originally hoped to finish 13 projects but since it's almost September and I have only finished 5 I don't think that is going to happen, I think 8 projects is the best I will be able to do.
I also came across an Ukraine designer with beautiful tea cup patterns and some sweet bunny patterns that I really want to stitch for my cousin's kids, I might add them as projects this year which will push back any more finishes I have but I think it would be worth it.
Well thanks for listening and sticking around to see my sporadic blog posts, I am trying to get better.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trying to Get back into a Routine

I am bound and determine to get some progress done on some projects before fall, I really am.

Here is Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Happily Ever After SAL. I don't think I posted progress photos of the previous months so I am doing it now.  I had to restart this project in March when I realized I had made a huge mistake, but instead of starting at January I opted to complete the entire border and then just work on the blocks as they were being released and then I would go back and finish the earlier blocks later. So here is March - May. I have completed June but my hoop is in the way of a good photo so when I move my hoop I will take a photo.



I still need to complete January, February, July and August. I am about 30 stitches away from finishing August so perhaps I will have another post this week when I finish it. I didn't get around to doing the July block since we were knee deep in a heat wave and I had no interest in stitching. My goal is to be completely caught up by the end of September, if the weather cooperates and my stitching mojo sticks around.

Another project I made good progress on is June Flower of the Month pattern from Stoney Creek. I would say I am 75% finished the design and have just recently shifted my q-snaps to get more of the design on the left done. Since the Frosted Pumpkin design is priority right now I don't know when I will get back to this design but it will definitely be before the end of the year, I definitely want to be finished this project before the end of the year.


If all goes according to plan I will have 6 finishes this year.....not the greatest since I picked 10 to finish. I am still hoping I can fit one or two more finishes in before the end of the year. I have 2 small designs and a medium sized one that could potentially get finished, I just have to allow myself to have at least 1 hour of stitching time a night, and with the weather turning coldish and fall just around the corner I can see that happening :)

Well thanks for listening and hopefully I can have another post this week with some more progress.


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.