Thursday, December 30, 2010

Last Pictures of 2010

Here is what I got for Christmas

This is Heart of Fire from Northern Pine Designs, this project is on black canvas which I have never worked on before so this shall be interesting.

This is Glitz & Glamour Morganite kit by DebBee's Design, I am still missing 2 RG threads that are currently being send to me even without I think the coloring is beautiful and I look forward to working on this design. The booklet/pattern is very detailed so that shall help.

and this is the stuff I ordered for myself - Selene from Passione Ricamo and a piece of Mystic from PTP, the last two patterns for Christmas Rules by Lizzie Kate, Gingerbread & Sweet Treats by Keepsake Stitches, Snow White by CCN, This is Christmas by Raise the Roof and Christmas Carol by LHN

and here is the picture of the three tea cup ornaments I made.

Well everyone have a good and safe New Year.

Next page 2011

Well Christmas has come and gone and I have to say it turned out better than expected. We had a full house on Christmas Day which was great since I knew 2 out of my 4 younger cousins weren`t going to stay for dinner since they were spending it with their grandfather, this was the first Christmas since his wife died and it was only right that they spend it with him, but since they have dinner so late over there the kids were able to have a small supper with us at 5:30 - 6:00 and then go over to there and have dinner again at 8:00 - 9:00 (my cousin had to drop off her aunt there in the early evening so knew exact when the turkey went in so she guestimated the time it would be ready).
My mom was extremely surprised about the photos, you could see on her face when she realized that it was all 7 of us, she got pics of the younger 4 last year so I think she thought they were updated pics but when she noticed my brother, sister and myself she just lost it LOL, she was crying so hard I think she almost had to leave the room to calm down. My younger cousin also got her tickets to Cirque de Soleil which I though was a great idea and so did my mom because she started crying again. But I think the best crying episode is when my sister gave her cash to help purchase a new furry baby, my mom has started saving for a new dog and last time my sister was over she only put $2 in the piggy bag since she is such a cheap person so for my sister to do what she did for my mom was great and very surprising.
I went out on boxing day for a couple DVD`s I wanted we took our time and had no intention of being anywhere first so no standing outside in lines, we casually showed up a couple hours later and if we got what we wanted good, but if we didn`t that was okay too it`s one of those things that you just need to experience and shake your head at it.
We are currently still eating leftover turkey which I love. In all the excitement of everyone coming over Christmas Day I forgot to bring out my baking until boxing day which is fine because usually I don`t get any of my baking it`s eaten before I get a change to try any of it so I`m really enjoying eating it this year LOL.
I don`t go back to work until the 4th so I`m trying to not be a slug my entire week off, I`m doing housework, putting away the craft supplies I got for Christmas, I`m hoping to final finish some projects, watch the DVD`s I got for Christmas and of course some stitching, I have actually gotten a lot done on Summer Fairy Spirit by Passione Ricamo I think I could possibly get everything but the beading done before I go back to work.
So over the next few days I`m going to update my blog with what I want to accomplish stitchingwise and readwise for 2011 I want to have this up before the actual new year starts. And in case you were wondering the final tally was 9 finish stitch projects and 13 books read this year.....not bad for me.
I will post some pics some craft present pics and some WIP pics in the next couple days, along with a picture of my final finish tea cups.
Thanks for listening

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Miss my Pookie Bear

Today is a sad day for me it's the first anniversary of Pookie's death. I'm not really chatty so I will leave you with my favorite Pookie photos.

Waiting for me to come home from work.

Waiting for the shortbread cookies to be ready

Going for a run on the dike

Showing off her new pink shirt

Her glamour shot

Her 'stop taking my picture and let's go play face'
I find that pet owners and lovers will understand how I'm feeling but none pet owners will think I'm being silly, Thank god I work with pet owners and they will humor me today.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Crap, Joy and Crap again!

Well things are going bumpy right now with my current WIP Cut Thru North Pole by Bothy Designs.
I started using the shimmery thread that was included with this pattern to make the snow sparkle a couple days ago and the stuff is CRAP (which explains the first crap in my title), the stuff bunches in the back and is so thin you can't tell that it has broken or has gotten twisted until you flip the fabric over to finish the line which I did and there was all the thread bunched in one stitch, I was not a happy camper, so I subbed out the thread for kreinik blending filament #32 the only difference with the two thread is that the stuff that came with the design had a white sheen to it whereas BF32 is iridescent, it's really sad when BF is a happy alternative to a thread.
The Joy is a three fold one - I have finished the 4th floor and 3/4 of the 3rd floor on the design and it's looking great, I expect to finish santa's sled and perhaps the bay window on the 3rd floor tonight. I have finished all my christmas shopping and everything is wrapped too and I have baked shortbread cookies, peanut butter blossoms and kahlua balls my mother has helped me and made the macaroons and two flavours of chocolate bark (white chocolate/peppermint and milk chocolate/skor pieces), now all that is left is the cream cheese tarts. I have already had my office christmas luncheon which was a lot of fun, our former lawyer that is now a judge was able to join us since the trial he is preceding on is with the jury now and they were deliberating, but he had his pager with him in case they decided and he had to rush off. We go to one of the partners 'clubs' and drink and be merry for at least 3 hours so going back to work after that doesn't produce much work afterwards LOL, I'm always concerned about sending any documents out to other counsel while tipsy so I basically just try to push paper around until I can go home. I have a family party this weekend which will be fun and then a get together with my best friend, god son and their family on Monday.
We are going to my 2nd cousin's house this year instead of my great aunt for the family party because my great aunt has just finished cancer treatment and found out she is in remission too so even though she wanted to do it my cousin told her she needed to rest and stay healthy and since the cousin has a new house it was her turn LOL. She has made cabbage rolls, perogies, basically all the usual Ukrainian Christmas stuff. We haven't gone all crazy with the Ukrainian food at Christmas time since I was little so I'm excited that someone is doing it. I think since my Nana passed away (and it's her family tradition) no one in my immediate family wanted to take the responsibility of all that cooking so we low keyed it and only do perogies on Christmas Eve.
I'm really looking forward to seeing my best friend and godson on Monday too, I ran into her 2 weeks ago when they were getting their pictures done with Santa and her sister posted a picture of it on facebook and it is absolutely adorable so I'm looking forward to getting my copy for my desk at work. I was given specific instruction on what I could get D for Christmas, since they live in a basement suite their isn't a lot of room for large toys and so they usually wind up at his Nana's since she has a playroom for him and the rest of her grandchild's so I kept that in mind when I totally disregarded my best friends instructions LOL I did get him clothes like she asked but I also got him a couple toys that could easily fit in the car he can play with them while driving with either parent, they are tonka trucks that are squishy and the wheels move when you squish them. So I don't think she can get too mad at me because of the toys, besides I am single and have no nieces or nephews so who else am I suppose to spend my toy money on. I think my favourite part of the gift though is the camouflage socks I got him, it is just such a boy thing.
Anyway back to my post title and the final I said earlier I had finished the 4th floor, well when I had to move the hoop over to work on the sled I notice this god awful dirt ring around the entire design that was visible in the hoop, now I know I'm not a tidy stitcher since I take the picture with me on the train and I'm not in control of cleanliness of my environment, but this is just disgusting, I also did bake and stitch at the same time but I scrubbed my hands before stitching but maybe not enough and also I don't know what it is with light blue aida every time I use it I have really bad dirt marks either way it is taking all that is in me not to wash the picture tonight just to get rid of the dirt ring but since I have a ways to go to finish the design washing it now would be counter productive but it did burst my happiness bubble in what I had accomplished so far. I am going to a quilt/misc craft shop on my lunch hour for some cording, felt, velvet and some christmas fabric I think I will look for some kind of fabric to put around my hoop too, I have tried this in the past but the scrap fabric wasn't thick enough for me and got in my way, so I think I need to find some fleece type fabric and make proper strips around the areas where my hands rest and hopefully that will help keep the rest of the fabric clean.
Well thanks for listening

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cut Thru North Pole Pics

As mentioned earlier here are some WIP pics of North Pole

As of November 25th

As of November 28th
As of December 1st

December post

Well I have been so busy lately with holiday tasks that I haven't been able to sit down and post or even read blogs, but I'm making time for it now.
I have finished my Christmas shopping Hurray!!!!!!But I haven't gotten much accomplished in regards to baking  so it's now time to switch gears to baking.
I have been making great stride on my stitch picture too, I was struggling at the beginning for some reason but I have overcome that and everything is going smoothly now. 
I thought the Cut thru North Pole pattern was 6 pages but I needed to look at the other pages last night because the area I'm working on carries over to two other pages and it was then that I realized that the design is only 4 pages, which makes me think that it is possible to finish the design before the end of the year, I'm not going to hold my breath since I haven't done any backstitching yet though LOL. I was going to backstitch each floor as I finished it but I'm not sure if I'm going to stick to that plan anymore since I strongly dislike backstitching and I don't want to sabotage myself, either way I hope to be finished 90% of floor 3rd and 70% of the 4th floor by the weekend then I will need to move the hoop and finish the rest of both the floors next week. I'm trying not to put any deadlines on myself after that point in the pattern since Christmas stuff is so all consuming but you never know with me.
I will try and post a picture of the WIP when I get home.
Thanks for listening