Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry (early) Christmas!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is ready for Christmas by now. We are, and I can't wait to see the kids' faces when they open their presents. They're getting a few things they thought we didn't buy for them. *hee hee*

I finished my first semester in Radiology and got an A in everything except Radiation Biology. Dang it -- there went my chances to graduate with honors. No biggie...I'm still proud of myself and of my family. Without the support and understanding of my husband and kids, I couldn't have made it this far.

My last final was December 19th and I have done some serious marathon stitching since then. WOO HOO! My needle has been sssssssssmokin'! I started Shepherd's Bush "O Beautiful". The kit was an early Christmas gift from my husband. There are 27 steps of bands, 8 sets of the lines with wording, and 6 smaller steps of stitching. Of a total of 41 steps, I have now completed 11 of them. It's looking gorgeous so far.

Last night, I completed Lizzie Kate's March stamp on the Tattersoll fabric. Yay, 3 of 12 are done. Just 9 to go! hahahaha

I removed the Bent Creek Snapperville from my WIP list. *sigh* I accidentally cut the dang fabric too short, so I had decided to stitch it on two separate pieces of fabric (half on one piece, half on another). The plan was to have it framed in two frames but joined by hinges, sort of like a book, ya' know? Well, I'm just not happy with that idea after all. Since I can't make up my mind whether to toss the piece, continue with the plan, or just start it over, I've decided to just set it aside for now and do nothing with it or about it. We'll see what happens.

School doesn't start for me again until January 14th. Between now and then, I have to take some of that time and get our taxes for the shop done. Otherwise, I'll be trying to juggle that and school at the same time. thanks! If I can stay motivated and get the taxes done, then a big majority of my time will be stitching. Well, children-permitting, that is. LOL! I also plan on getting some blog-reading done, too. I've missed reading everyone's blogs and just roaming cross-stitch related sites.

Merry Christmas to everyone and have a safe and happy New Year's. *hugs*

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Here's the latest news...

Hello all! :)

Just this past week, I have two small finishes to happy dance about. One is Hinzeit's "Racing" mini-block and will be for one of Cody's Christmas gifts. He's 11 and will love it. I had purchased the matching Kay's Frame for it and it's now at the framer's. (I know, I could've framed this myself. Call me lazy. Hah!) The second finish is a Pine Mountain pillow kit called "Thoughts of Mother" and is for my mother as part of her Christmas.

No pictures for now, but soon! It might be a week or two before I get pictures posted. I gotta get through finals first. (ewwwwwww!)

This has been a great evening. I stitched for a little while on the Mill Hill kit called "On the Range", munched on walnuts, and drank some bottled water. I've got some homework and studying to do, but we have a winter storm coming this weekend. Looks like we might get iced in Monday and possibly Tuesday, too, so I'll get all of my homework completed anyway just in case. That will basically leave my time free to stitch if/when we do get iced in. Woo hoo! I'm ready -- we have plenty of food, firewood, and stitching stash. What else would I need? *big, huge grin*

Finals are 12/14, 12/17, and 12/19. After that, I'm out of school until January 14th. YES!!!! I am soooooooooo ready for the break. I'll be working a lot during the break to get the shop's taxes done and get caught up on some things, but you know I'll be a stitching fool during that time, too. :-)))))

I'm trying really, really, really, really, really hard to not start any new projects this weekend. Something tells me that I won't be successful. "Oh Beautiful" by Shepherd's Bush is calling my name. But, then again, so are a ton of other projects -- any of the Tall Guys, a few Hinzeit patterns, several other Shepherd's Bush kits, and so much more. *sigh* I'd better not die before I'm 185 years old or else I might not be able to get all of my stash stitched up.

Guess I'll sign off for now. Hope everyone is doing great and that the frog stays away from your stitching. :D

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Finally! Lots of pictures, as promised...

Well, I was going to post these pictures and updates last weekend but my husband decided to shoot himself in the thumb with a BB gun on the same day my 11-yr-old son was suffering from strep throat. I thought it was rather inconvenient for my family to schedule their mishaps and illnesses when they knew I was trying to update my blog. ;-) Brad (the trigger man) and Cody (the strep kid) are all better now so let's try this again.

Here is the picture of The Silver Lining purple iris my mother stitched for me. She did a fantastic job, and over one! It now hangs on my bedroom wall where I see it and admire it every day. :)

Didn't she do great? I love it! My favorite flower is the purple iris and it goes perfectly with the other things in my bedroom.

Next is a little tuck pillow my mother stitched for me from a Paula Vaughan design. It sits atop my standing jewlery box where I get to enjoy it every day. You will see a crocheted doily underneath the pillow. I didn't make that -- I can't crochet to save my life!

Here is a picture of my work-in-progress (WIP) of Heart In Hand's "Mother's Wisdom". I have chosen the first ten charts and decided to stitch them on one piece of 32-count linen over one. There is a quarter in the picture so you can see just how teeny one finished rectangle is:I do love over-one stitching but I'm really slow and couldn't do it without my OTT-Lite that has the 3X magnifier attached. I get some good progress done under the magnifier, pull my work out from underneath it to see the stitches regular size, and then say to myself, "Where the hell did it go???" LOL! The plan is to stitch all ten patterns on one piece of fabric (five in one row and the other five in a row below that), then get it framed and hang it on the hall wall between the boys' bedrooms.

The next picture is of my Town Square afghan WIP. This has got to be the slowest project in the world. I keep putting it down to do other stitching. I swear it will be finished one day! There is even a spot reserved on one of the living room walls just for this afghan. I have a wooden quilt rack thing that hangs on the wall, and the afghan would drape/hang over a rod on the rack. Make sense? Anyway, here it is so far:

Next is a picture of a really quick finish. It's Pine Mountain's "Snowman Face" tuck pillow kit. I think it took a whopping 10 minutes to stitch. LOL! Regardless, it's still a finish and sits with the other snowman stuff I leave out year 'round.

Now for the WIP update on the Lizzie Kate Flip-Its (the year's series that begins with F-34). I've mentioned these - and perhaps included a picture - in a previous blog entry. These are done on one piece of fabric which is 28 count Tattersall (Graziano). The white borders are woven in. Here is January and February with the beginnings of March:

Another recent finish is the MKT/Katy Railroad logo for my uncle as part of his Christmas stuff this year. He worked many years for Katy Railroad and I think he'll like this:

Last, but not least, are the Birds I stitched for my mother. I finally framed it and here it is:

Well, that's all the pictures I've been promising. Hope you all enjoyed looking at them as much as I enjoy stitching them.

Last note -- Radiology school is still going strong. I do love working at the hospital, dealing with the patients...everything. It's a great journey and I'm usually in the top 3 of my class. I just wish I had more stitching time. ;-)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I'm still among the living!

Hello all! :) Sorry I've been neglecting my blog lately. I don't think I've even picked up a needle in weeks. (That's going to change after I finish this entry! Woo hoo!)

I owe tons of pictures...just to name a few - the finished Bluebonnets for my mother, the framed Birds, and the superb Silver Lining pattern of a gorgeous purple Iris (my favorite flower) that my mother stitched for me. Get this - she even stitched it over one! *thud* I hope to get all pictures uploaded during this coming week while I am on break from school and hospital clinicals.

Radiology school is going great but it sure cuts into the stitching time, board time, e-mail time, etc. I do love Radiology and do very well most days, but other days...well, sometimes it's a bit overwhelming. I passed a competency test (we call it a "comp") on chest x-rays, which means I have those down pat. So if you need a chest x-ray, drop me and line and I can take care of you. LOL!

Hope everyone is doing great. I hope to be back within the next day or two or three to post pictures and update on any stitching progress I've made. Hopefully, that will be a lot! :)

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Bluebonnets are done!!!

A very happy dance going on here -- I finally finished stitching the "Bucket of Bluebonnets" for my mother. Woo hoo! Those dang bluebonnets were going to drive me crazy. (Like I'm not already crazy???) I haven't washed or ironed the piece yet but plan to do so this weekend. We're supposed to get so much rain and flooding that perhaps I could just lay the piece outside and let Mother Nature wash it for me. ;-) Anyway, I oughta be able to post a picture next week.

There's a small addition to my WIP list -- a little piece I'm doing for my mother-in-law for Christmas or her birthday. She loves those little doll things called "pick-a-ninnys" (if I spelled that right) so I found a cute bench with three of them in an old leaflet called "All God's Chillun" (again -- if I spelled that right). Like I said, it's a small piece but she'll love it.

Radiology school has sure kept me busy lately. How am I supposed to get any stitching done? Maybe I should go to my instructors and tell them that this schedule is not working well, that it's taking away too much of my stitching time. That should go over well, don't you think?

Back to stitching...this is my birthday month and I plan to shop for more stash this weekend or next weekend. Yay!!! More goodies in the mail! LOL! After that, I plan to slow down and not buy as much. *full body shudder* I'm running out of stash room. I either need to slow down on my stash purchases (which is hard but possible), sell some of what I have (ain't happenin'!!!), or make the boys share a room so I can take over one of their bedrooms (sounds good to me). In order to keep somewhat of a sense of peace and tranquility in the house, it's best that I let the boys keep their own rooms. *sigh* ;-)

Brad's little 2-yr-old cat is sickly and I have to take her to the vet today at 3:30. She's normally either super-playful or super-mean and she hasn't been any of those things. Today is day #3 and as of this morning, I knew she was really sick and not just being lazy or tired. She doesn't even want to play or bite me, which is a major red flag when we're speaking of the cat from Hell. Plus, she normally gobbles down a can of Fancy Feast cat food but last night she didn't even eat half of it. Poor kitty...hope she's okay even though she's not worth the vet bill. (LOL -- just kidding! I can already hear my mother griping about that last comment. hahahahaha)

I've been trying to blog at least every Friday even though my schedule is very limited. I love the comments some of the readers have been leaving. :) I'm considering making it to where I don't have to approve the comments. If someone comes along and posts something they shouldn't then I can always delete it. Meanwhile, keep reading and commenting. I'll try to post pictures soon.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Fabrics have arrived!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! My order from Silkweaver's Fabrics has arrived! I took advantage of their back-to-school offer on three fabrics and added another three. They are all 18X26 cuts of fabric and they all arrived today. I'm so excited! Here's the picture of all six:

The colors and counts on the top row from left to right are Azure Sky (32ct Belfast Linen), French Vanilla Swirl (32ct Belfast Linen), and Buttercream (32ct Belfast Linen). The colors and counts of the bottom row from left to right are Hint of Heather (40ct Newcastle Linen), Rock Quarry (36ct Edinburgh Linen), and Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl (32ct Jobelan).

I'm very pleased with Silkweavers Fabrics. I'm also a member of their Fabric-of-the-Month club (FOTM) and that package is on its way, too. Yep, I'm a fabric junkie but ain't it great?!?!? LOL!

Haven't had much stitching time lately, blogging time, or time for much of anything really. School is in full swing. Between my college schedule, the boys' schedules, work, and everything else life throws our way...well, we've just been getting done what we have to, ya' know? Meanwhile, I did get a 97.7 on my first Radiology test so the hard work is paying off so far. :)

This is a long holiday weekend and I'm going to stitch a LOT. To whoever is reading this, be sure to take some time for yourself as well. Stitching is so therapeutic (except when the damn frog comes around!) and we all deserve a break. Besides, Christmas and shopping for presents is just around the corner, you know. *evil laugh*

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Two pictures...

First, here is a picture of my stash haul. Sorry for the horrible quality of the picture but it's too late to take another picture now because the stuff is all put away. :) There are a few other things in the photo not mentioned because we stopped at another cross-stitch shop. *big huge grin*

Last but not least, here is the first picture ever of my oldest son at his debut high school baseball game. He didn't get to play so he's clean. LOL! I tried to get him to smile but he informed me that it's just "not right" to smile in baseball pics. *sigh* Go figure. ;-)

Sorry to cut this so short but I have to run. Today was the first day of school for the boys and I promised I'd pick them up. :)
Thanks for reading and please feel free to comment. I do have comments set that I have to approve them before they appear but this is due to me receiving comments that have nothing to do with stitching and are basically ads for whatever they are selling and promoting a website/blog for. (Dang, was that a run-on sentence?)
Take care and bye for now! I hope to post at least one new finish in the next couple of days. :)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Stash shopping! Woo hoo!

Brad and I drove to Kansas today. On the way, we went through Oklahoma City and HAD to stop at Cross Stitch Haven. (I swear I have the best husband in the world!) We also shopped at Hobby Lobby even though they've downsized the cross stitch so much that it's depressing. But anyway, I got 22 skeins of DMC at Hobby Lobby and several frames. The DMC were 5 for $1.00 and the frames were half off. Can't beat that!

Here's my list from Cross Stitch Haven:
1. 32 skeins of Anchor floss
2. 3 spools of Kreinik
3. 1 DMC metallic
4. 2 DMC Perle Cottons
5. A Debbie Mumm needle magnet shaped like a heart. (I've become a magnet junkie on top of being a fabric junkie and a scissor ho', too.) LMAO!
6. Jobelan 28 count hand-dyed "Summer Sky" 18X7 (perfect for my beloved snowmen!)
7. Misty Blue Cashel for Just Nan's "Icy Hill" (already own the pattern -- hee hee)
8. A little snowman Mill Hill kit. It's supposed to be a pin but I will use it as an ornament.
9. JBW Designs chart "A Very Merry Christmas"
10. Redbird Designs ornament pattern with a brown cowboy hat -- dunno why but I loved it.
11. 2 package of John James petites, size 26
12. Just Nan chart "Making Friends" (I will stitch this on blue fabric, not sand like the model)
13. Just Nan chart " Needle In A Garden"

That's it! Wowee, I am soooooo happy! On top of that, tonight we were looking through the local phone book of the hotel we're in and we found several stitching shops nearby. We will most likely end up at least one of them tomorrow. (Er, later today.) See? I have the best husband in the world!

Oh!!! I almost forgot! Brad made a really funny stitching joke today. Well, funny to me. LOL! We were in the LNS and their DMC was priced at 60 cents per skein - the same as Anchor! Geez! So he turns to me and quietly says, "Gosh! At that price, the floss should come installed!" BAHhahahahaha!

Another funny thing happened at the LNS...most of us know that saying: "She who dies with the most stash wins." Well, the owner of the LNS and her sister said, "She who dies with the most stash didn't stitch fast enough." I know it could be a tasteless joke under certain circumstances but I was in quite the silly mood today (as usual) so it was hilarious to me.

I came back to edit this post because I forgot to say that I've been approved for the RingSurf group "Stitching Bloggers". It's just a ring of stitchers who blog but I think it's cool that you can surf from blog to blog of mostly stitching stuff. The link is at the bottom of this page if anyone else is interested in applying and submitting their blog for approval.

Well, it's time to get some sleep. We plan on being Kansas City tourists tomorrow and then the Pat Green/Sugarland/Kenny Chesney concert starts at 7 PM. It's gonna be a long day. Extremely fun, but long. :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

More stitching pictures!

Hi everyone! As promised, here are a few pictures.

Here is the Heart in Hand Wee One "Birds" that I stitched for my mother. (This is what I called "funny" when it was a WIP because it made me laugh to see those little birds all over the place.) I bought some fabric and plan on making it into a tuck pillow or tuck banner...eventually. ;-) I stitched it over 2 on 28 count linen. It was a scrap piece so I don't recall who the manufacturer is, nor do I recall the color name...but it's what I would call a light tan / khaki. It appears that the linen is "gauzy" in the upper right of the linen but it really isn't. It's very solid as it appears in the lower left of the picture.

Next is the quilt square I did for a 123 Member's grandson. It is not my design -- it's just what the boy wanted on his quilt and another stitcher e-mailed me this pattern. :) It was stitched on 14 count white aida and is 12X12 inches square in the picture.

Now here is the WIP of my Lizzie Kate stamps on one piece of fabric. This is the fabric I referred to a while back as "mystery fabric". Another stitcher has since told me the name. I'm sure I'll butcher the name but it is "Tattersol" or something like that. Just January and February are done for now but it's a very fun and pretty quick stitch! The "true" color and appearance of the fabric is as it appears in the upper left. I don't know why my camera screws up the photos sometimes. I'm sure it's not the user. ;-)

Well, that's it for now! We're heading out of town tomorrow to Kansas to see Pat Green, Sugarland, and Kenny Chesney! WOO HOO! The concert is Thursday, August 9th, so listen for my screaming. *hee hee*
I will get a ton of stiching done on the 960 mile round trip -- yeah, buddy! Happy stitching, everyone! :)

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Ramblings from my stitching mind...

Well, I've added another project to the ones I kitted up and set aside not too long ago. I now have The Drawn Thread's "Sampler Gameboard" all kitted up and ready to go. Since there aren't that many colors involved, I even put the DMC in there so I can just take it with me on trips should my little heart so desire. :)

Mother's Bluebonnets are almost done. YAY! I am soooooooo tired of that project. I am stitching it on white 14 count aida. I chose the aida because that's how the cover model was stitched and that's how my mother fell in love with it. There are gazillions of fractional stitches which are a major PITA on aida. *grrrrrr* Plus, I had to make a working copy and mark out stitches as I go because of the numerous color changes. I can stitch Noah's Sub with the original booklet and magnets to keep my place, but I had to make a working copy for the bluebonnets. Go figure. ;-)

When the bluebonnets are done, I must start the Tall Guys and/or the Gameboard Sampler. It's a major battle to not start one of them now but hey, the day is still young. LOL! Seriously, I really really really want to try to get Mom's picture done first. What is the big deal about starting new projects? Who knows but I sure have been bitten by the "New Start" bug...bitten hard, too. *sigh* There would probably be 50 WIPs in my pile if it wasn't for the teeny bit of willpower I manage to have most of the time.

School starts in two weeks. While I am greatly looking forward to starting the two years left on my Associate's in Applied Science Degree (specializing in Radiology), I am somewhat hesitant, too. This summer has spoiled me with lots of stitching time and that time will be greatly reduced. True confessions from an addict. There is no hope for me. *hee hee* My schedule is now 12 hours - which is regular full-time college - as opposed to the massive schedule I had the last two semesters which totaled 38 hours (if memory serves me correctly).

I'm semi-active on the boards again and that, too, will suffer when school starts. It'll all be worth it once I get a paying job. *ka-ching!* More stash shopping! *evil laugh*

Speaking of shopping...I need to buy a few things to kit up a couple more projects. Of course some are snowmen. *big grin* I'm waiting until later in the month when perhaps there's a new release I just can't live without. Drema at Needlecraft Corner is having a 25% off almost anything sale all month long so I'm betting my order will be with her.

Oh, before I of the things calling to me is something I have not set aside...yet. LOL! I have some 40 count fabric that's calling my name for an over one project. Stay tuned -- it'll end up as a WIP soon. Mark my word.

Last thing...Brad and I are going to Kansas next week for 3 days to see Pat Green, Sugarland, and Kenny Chesney in concert! WOO HOO! We are leaving Wednesday morning so I hope to get a few more pictures posted by then. I also hope to have my mother's bluebonnets finished, too. (Shhhhh Mom, I can hear you screaming from here!) LOL!

To everyone who reads my ramblings, I hope life is treating you good. Now that my minor but aggravating health issues and horrendous computer problems seem to have passed, you won't hear me complaining.

Happy stitching to all and may the frog park somewhere other than our stitching!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I'm baaaaaaaaaack!

Hello all! :) It's good to be back. I will spare you all of the gorey details but suffice it to say I've been sickly and just too tired to worry about blogging. Combine that with the virus that forced me to format my hard drive and start from scratch again...well, it was just a really frustrating time for a while there. *grrrrrrrr*

About the finishes I posted below...those pictures are long overdue but finally I got them posted. You'll see the "Nurse" by Hinzeit for my RN friend, the "Here Mousey Mousey" for my cat shelf, and "Wedding Row" by Bent Creek that is now hanging proudly on one of my bedroom walls. Now I have since finished Heart In Hand's "Birds" for my mother and the quilt square for a 123 Board member's grandson but I haven't even taken pictures yet. (See how behind I am???) Anyway, I promise to try and get my blogging all caught up. I also want to take WIP pictures of what I have going so you can see what I'm working on.

That's all for now because I'm at work. Sorry I haven't been on the boards, e-mail, or anything but I'm back now. You should've known you couldn't get rid of me that easily. ;-)


Sunday, July 8, 2007

A small finish and time to start Christmas gifts!

Last night I decided to roam through my stash just for the fun of it. I found a teeny little thing I bought at Ginger's in Austin a couple of years ago. It's a small wooden cat with an opening in its belly area to put your stitching in. I stitched up the suggested phrase "Here Mousey Mousey". From start to finish it didn't even take me 30 minutes! :) I took a picture with my digital camera but it doesn't communicate with my laptop so I'll just have to wait until I'm at work this week to transfer the picture to my jump drive. Then I can post a picture here.

Got some great stitching done on a quilt square last night. I'm about halfway done and that's a very good thing. :)))

While I was roaming, the "New Start Virus" was trying to take hold again. I decided to pull some stuff I had kitted up that was calling out to me. This way, when I do feel like starting something new and I can't fight the urge then I can at least start something I need or really want to do. It's time to start getting some Christmas gift stitching done -- can you believe it??? Here's what I pulled and why:
1. Shepherd's Bush "School Roll" - I need to stitch 4 teacher's gifts by next May and thought this would be fun to stitch for at least one of them. I have a ton of teacher's patterns so I'll either stitch this once and do three different things or perhaps I'll stitch this more than once.
2. Hinzeit's mini-block "Racing" - This is for my youngest son Cody, age 11. I already have the frame so it would be good as a gift for him plus I have way too many Kay's Frames. Why have a small fortune tied up in these frames and just let them sit in my stash?
3. Name Tree by M Designs "Lisa" - I thought this would be a good Christmas gift for my sister. I swore I'd never stitch for her again (because I didn't think she really cared for the last thing I stitched for her about 5 years ago) but surely she'd like and appreciate her name in a pretty tree design.
4. Name Tree by M Designs "Charlie" - Same as above except this is my brother-in-law. Stitching both of these trees and framing them would take care of my Christmas gifts for them.
5. Whimsey & Wit's "No Place Like Our Place" - This would be a gift for my mother-in-law. Yep, that would knock out one more Christmas gift.
6. My mother reads this blog so I can't mention exactly what I have in store for her, but suffice it to say I'll call it "Funny". It's just a teeny thing so don't get too excited, Mom. LOL! ;-)
7. Another thing for my mother...I'll just call it "Brown". These little "key" terms help me remember what they are yet they don't give away what the project is. HAH!
8. Pegasus Publication's "Cowboy Corral" - I would do the "Cowboy's Room" pattern for my bonus son Wyatt, age 9. He is in the Junior Rodeo and rides bulls (EEEK!) so he'd love this for his room.
9. Jeanette Crews Designs, Inc. "Baseballbet" - This would be for my oldest son Steven, age 14. He's such a baseball player that I know he'd love his name stitched in the various baseball poses.
10. "The Original Railroading Book 1" - There is a "MKT Katy Lines" logo that I'd like to stitch for my uncle as a Christmas gift since he worked so many years for Katy Railroads.
11. Hinzeit's "Horses" - This is for my home. I don't have the frame but I did order it. It never came in. :( I figure that I'll just get a frame for it if that high-dollar Kay's Frame never arrives.
12. Hinzeit's "Rise and Shine" - This, too, is for my home. I won't be using the rooster and mailbox charms that came with it and I didn't order the Kay's Frame for it either. I do love the pattern but I am not a rooster kind of person.
13. Hinzeit's "Bath Time" - Yep, this is for my home and I have the Kay's Frame for this and it goes perfectly in our master bathroom because of the hot and cold faucets on the frame and my wallpaper border. (Can you tell I have a thing for Hinzeit patterns?)
14. Yay, another Hinzeit! This one is mini-block "Let It Snow" and if you think I have the frame for this then you are right! LOL! Of course this is for me because I am a self-proclaimed snowman addict.
15. Shepherd's Bush "Americana" scissor fob - I want to put this on my Glory Ginger scissors. Wouldn't that be gorgeous?
16. Holiday Sparrow Designs "Tall Guys - Valentine - Valentino's Three" - This is for me. I think I have all of the Tall Guys patterns and have them all kitted up, too. I love these guys! I'd like to line my hallway with the entire Tall Guys patterns. I didn't pick this one for any reason other than it was the one on the top of the Tall Guy pile. Once finished, I think they will fit in standard frames so I should be able to frame them myself with no problems, plus it would save a ton of money.
17. Redbird Designs "Monthly Minis" - I have all four of these for a total of twelve patterns. They are so cute and are all done in a Southern/Western theme. These, too, are for my home. I will most likely stitch them up on one piece of fabric.
18. Just Nan's "Icy Hill" - I got this at The Silver Needle (was it June that we went?) and it's been calling my name. :)
19. A iris pattern from Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch and Beading magazine. This would go in my bedroom. I have always drooled over this purple iris pattern!
20. Bent Creek's "The Red Thread" series - Silkweaver sent me the most beautiful earthtone 32 count Belfast linen called "Sugar Cookie" and I think this series would be perfect on it! I have the most recent addition to this series on order. It should be arriving any day. :)

Well, that's my twenty projects I pulled. Sheesh - I'd be set for how many years, even if I stitched nothing else??? I just love everything in my stash but the ones I pulled are my favorites (for now). LOL!

I guess I'd better quit blogging for now. This post is already novel-sized! LOL! I will find one of my rubbermaid containers to put these 20 things in and that way I can grab one whenever the New Virus Bug gets too fierce.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

I don't know why my last post doesn't have double-spacing between the paragraphs but it's really annoying me. *grrrrrr* I have edited and re-edited and re-edited but to no avail. Oh well, if that's the biggest problem I have this week then I'll be thrilled.

That "New Project" virus has still got a massive hold on me. If you've been reading this blog even semi-regularly then you may have noticed my WIP list at the top has grown by a project or two. Like I need another new start??? *sigh* Still, my Tall Guys are calling out to me. Must...resist...tempation. (or maybe I'll just go ahead and give in) LOL!!!

It's mid-afternoon and I've been totally worthless all day. The good news is that I didn't do any shopping for more stash. LOL! Well, it's good news for the bank account but bad news for me. No biggie -- my latest order from Drema should be here in about a week. Also, I did offer to grant a couple of wishes at 123. That felt good because normally nobody wishes for what I have and I was beginning to get a complex. ;-) I also listed some charts for free at XS from little kits I've stitched and I've already got 2 out of 4 of them spoken for. Yay! Okay, so I haven't been totally worthless.

On a more serious subject...a "certain somebody" from the boards and I have agreed to NOT talk about each other on the boards anymore. Can you imagine how much more pleasant e-life would be if a lot of people would make the same agreement and honor that agreement? It's one thing to say what's on your mind. It's another thing to be hateful, mean, and hurtful. I took a step back, took a breather from the boards for about a week, and thought about my posts and actions. I decided to change some things about myself and not post negative things about people...period. Whether a person is liked or disliked, that person still has feelings and a heart and should be respected as any other human being. Just a lil' something there for you, the reader, to ponder. (Disclaimer: I'm not pointing the finger at any particular person or people or board. This is just a generalization of board life as a whole. If you feel defensive because of my words, well then maybe you should re-evaluate yourself and your behaviors. If the shoe fits...)

Okay, enough serious stuff. I think I hear some projects calling me. :))) Time to go stitch but I can't stay up late tonight because I might be at the dentist at 8 AM with my broken molar. Yuck! Go ahead...envy me. ;-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Bent Creek's "Wedding Row" is finished!

This is my latest finish -- Bent Creek's "Wedding Row". Please pardon our loveseat in the top of the photo and our ironing board at the bottom of the photo. ;-) I will take another picture after having it framed and it was delivered to the framer's yesterday. Just three short weeks and I'll have it back. (sarcasm intended)
I did start something new. *sigh* I started Lizzie Kate's Stamps from 2003 on that mystery fabric I got from Cross Stitch Haven recently. I'm lovin' it and I'm not even done with the first square! Just 11 more to go after this square is done. LOL!
My BC Snapperville is pretty much dead in the water. I screwed up and cut the fabric too small so I decided to stitch half on one piece of fabric and the other half on another piece. My thought was that when it's complete, I can have it framed in two frames but joined in the middle like one of those "book-style" know the kind -- where the two frames meet in the middle with a hinge and can open and close like a book. Then I'd set it on a shelf. :) Well...I got the first half done, started the 4th of 6 squares and I have messed it all up. I've pretty much decided I either need to frog what I've done on the second half or just toss it and start fresh on the second half. Meanwhile, there it sits...
Mom's Bluebonnets are coming along nicely and so is the Sub. I haven't stitched on the MH kit in a week or so but I did sort the floss and the beads this past weekend. My afghan is on hold - as usual - while I get other stitching projects done. I've got to start the quilt square I promised but it isn't due until early September so it's not like there's any rush. I do want to have it done before I go back to college on August 20th though. I have promised myself I will start it on or before this coming Saturday. It looks like an easy stitch so surely I can get it done in a week or less if I just stay on it.
I've added my finishes for 2007 so far on the right side of my blog. If you scroll further down, you will see a link to my Photobucket albums. There you can find and view almost all of the finishes.
Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July. We plan to (safely) set off some fireworks, eat, and I'm going to stitch until my fingers fall off. :D

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New meeeeeeee...

What is it with the lure of starting a new project? I have way too many WIPs as it is. Saturday night, I started "Wedding Row" by Bent Creek and have it halfway done already. I am supposed to start a quilt square that's not due until early September, but have I started it yet? Nooooooooooo. *sigh*

So what exactly is calling out to me? To sum it up...everything. LOL! Here's a partial list of what I want to start right now but not in any particular order: any of the Tall Guys I have kitted up, Just Nan's "Icy Hill", any Shepherd's Bush needleroll kits, Shepherd's Bush "Americana" scissor fob, one year's worth of Lizzie Kate's flip-its or stamps on one piece of fabric (especially since I got that new mystery fabric in), Hinzeit's "Rise and Shine" for my kitchen, Hinzeit's "Bath Time" for my bathroom (plus I have the frame - woo hoo!), and sooooo many more. That list just scratches the surface!

I just realized that my last post mentioned "work-outs" in the title but I never addressed that subject. I must confess that I have started a work-out program that I purchased on a set of DVDs. Call me vain but it was worrying me that my poochy belly would look bad in scrubs. LOL! Now that I've tried them on, I see that the shirt is long enough and covers the waist area but still...I want to get a bit more "toned" if ya' know what I mean. :)

I guess that's all I'm going to blog for right now or else I'll just start bitching about various stuff. No need to do that. :-)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Awesome S.E.X., work-outs, etc...

Let's cover the awesome S.E.X. updates first...

I got my fabric in today from Cross Stitch Haven that I've been anticipating. It's sooooooo purdy! Of course the receipt doesn't list a fabric count or type or anything. *grrrrrrr* Again, I am promising myself that I'll take pictures and post them here. We'll see how long that takes me. ;-)

Today is the day I get to meet with the Tony Stewart lovin' ex-stitcher customer lady. Woo hoo! She gets off work at 6 and I'm going to meet here there. We spoke on the phone earlier and she said she has found her fabric and threads but that she will find her charts/leaflets soon. It's not even 5:15 at the moment and I can't wait until 6. *jumping around, drooling, and having hyper fits*

The mail was good to me Friday and today. Not only did my fabric arrive, but also a RAK package from a fellow board member arrived with a John Deere chart I just adore!!! Looks like the ol' stitching pile is going to get re-prioritized soon. *hee hee* Plus, on Friday, I received a RAK from someone on a board I used to frequent who I thought had long forgotten about me. What a nice surprise! I don't know if I have her e-mail address but I know she'd rather have a "real" thank you through the snail mail anyway so that's a little something I need to take care of this week. It really touched me that she remembered me. It doesn't matter how big or small an RAK truly is the thought that counts.

My scrubs should be arriving this week for me to try on. The size we think I need comes with a 30" or 31" inseam. The sales rep said for me to try them on and see exactly how much length I need to have added on, then I'll mail those back and they'll get to work on my custom order. Hmmm...considering my normal jeans inseam is 36" or 38", I think we're going to have to add a wee bit. *snort* So, sometime this week, I get to see how I look in scrubs for the very first time. Well, capri-style scrubs anyway. LOL!!! Hey, maybe I can start a new trend. BAHhahahahaha!!!

To whoever may be reading...thanks for taking the time to peek into my world. I hope your world is treating you well, too. :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Insomniac ramblings again...

Yikes! I let too much time slip by since I last blogged so here goes a bunch of stuff I've been meaning to post. If you read all of this, stay interested, and manage to remain semi-awake, I will bow at your feet upon our next meeting. ;-)

The most important thing to report is that Brad's surgery was a major success! The one large lipoma turned out to be a bunch of small ones. I have no clue if that's good or bad but the surgeon got them all so it doesn't really matter. Yay! He's healing very well with the minor exception that one very small spot is still seeping a teeny amount of blood (like the size of a pin head) but that's it...nothing to call the doctor about at this time. He goes back to the doctor on June 19th to have the sutures removed. Meanwhile, we'll just keep an eye on the incision site. Not hard to do considering it's basically eye-level on his neck. LOL!

Some exciting stitching news (for me, anyway) is that some fabric I ordered from Cross Stitch Haven in Oklahoma City has arrived at their shop. I need to call them tomorrow (er, today) and give them my credit card info so I can get that fabric in my hot little hands. I don't even know the name of the fabric but I saw some models stitched on it and fell totally in love. It's 28 count and I'm not even sure if it's linen or evenweave. How sad is that?!?!? Ha ha ha ha!!! It's got these squares woven in and my LK and BC monthly square patterns will fit perfectly in those squares. It's a neutral color, like a tan, and I just can't wait to get that fabric! *drool drool*

I've been in a "nice" mode lately. I'm trying really hard to be extra-nice to people, both in real life and in cyber life. Why? I don't know for sure. I think my motivation stems from something like a "root for the underdog" kind of thing but on a much deeper level, probably much deeper than even I realize. Regardless, it doesn't hurt anyone. :)

My list of things-to-do is bigger than ever. I have roughly nine weeks left before school starts and still I have a ton of things to do. Tomorrow I will start knocking out some things on my list but I must begin by first writing them down. I'll mark them off as I go so that I can see some accomplishments being made.

I MUST make another date to attempt quitting smoking again. I'm thinking next Monday. (Warning: This blog might get really foul then because I'm sure everyone in the world will piss me off. It won't have anything to do with me being grouchy or irritable, I'm sure.) *hee hee* I wonder if my "nice mode" will suffer. hahahahaha

Why am I wanting to start so many damn projects right now??? I already have five WIPs yet it's a daily fight to not start something new. The Sub, Bluebonnets, MH kit, my afghan, and my all-but-forgotten-about Snapperville is plenty for now, right? Yet I'm dying to start multiple needlerolls, a scissor fob, either (or both - HAH!) of the Just Nan charts I purchased, any of the Tall Guys I have all kitted up (yes, I actually kitted up ALL of them...*thud*), anything on the 40-count linen I bought to try for the very first time, anything over one (again, for the first time), and so much more. *sigh* So far, I have been strong and have promised myself I won't start anything new until I knock out one of the WIPs I already have going. We'll see how strong I remain when my beloved fabric arrives. Aaaaaaaargh, help meeeeeee!

Today, I finished a little snowman for 123 board member's son. It was BC's Snowman Flatbed Zippie chart but I stitched it on 28-count Jobelan over two. I won this pattern in a contest at 123 a few weeks ago so I guess it was meant to be that I stitch it, right? It turned out really cute but when I framed it, somehow it was off 4 stitches too close to the left and 3 stitches too high from the bottom. *sigh* It ate at me and ate at me and ate at me. I couldn't change it or add more stitches because I had already put the dang thing on some of that self-stitck mounting board and put it in the 3.5" X 5" frame. Finally, I called my mother and she suggested that I add a few snowflakes as embellishments or something to even it up. Bingo! I did just that it even Brad and the kids said it looks great. :) Heck, it's for a 5-yr-old boy so it's not like he's gonna care but his mother is a stitcher and might post pictures at 123. *gasp!* I HAD to make it look better and hope it's acceptable to whoever might see it. (No, this project didn't count as one of my WIPs so I can't count it as something knocked out in order to start something new.) :(

Geez, have I rambled enough? *rolling eyes* Congrats if you made it this far. I promise to post pictures...eventually. :) Maybe that'll spruce things up around here. Someday I hope to have a better background, too. Crap -- that just added more stuff on my to-do list. ;-)

Happy stitching and be nice to people, especially me while I'm an aspiring non-smoker next week. LOL!!!

Monday, June 4, 2007

More news and updates...

Okay, scary news and happy news first. I'll save the stitching info for last. :)

Gotta take Brad to the doctor in the morning to hopefully have the lump removed from his neck. We're hoping it's harmless like our family doctor thinks it is. Family doctor also thinks the surgeon can remove it in his office as opposed to a hospital surgery. *crossing everything* The important thing is that the lump really is harmless. Updates to follow as I know more.

I got accepted into the Radiology program! OMG! *thud* We are sooooooo happy and excited, to say the very least. There's lots of things for me to take care of before school starts on August 20th and I'll start tackling those one-by-one after we get through Brad's appointment tomorrow.

Now for the stitching stuff...I got to go to The Silver Needle this past weekend! WOO HOO! It was incredible and more than I had imagined it to be. I behaved pretty good and only spent $160. That was mainly due to the fact that Brad had taken me the day before to Hobby Lobby where we purchased my first Ott Lite. I love it! I used my 40% off coupon and only spent about $100 on the lamp. It's awesome!

At The Silver Needle, I bought my first two Just Nan patterns (4 Wishes and Icy Hill) that came with the beads and charms, two Shepherd's Bush charts (Celebrate Everything and Snow Folio), three Shepherd's Bush needleroll kits (Stitcher's Roll, Americana Roll, and Snow Fall Roll), one Shepherd's Bush scissor fob kit (Americana Scissor Fob), Hinzeit's Charmed Rise and Shine, Smell the Flowers which is the latest release in Bent Creek's Red Thread series, a Pine Mountain pillow kit called Happy Everything, two needle threaders for beading needles, and a Cross Stitch Gauge for a RAK package.

On Saturday, we stopped at Cross Stitch Haven where I purchased a Mill Hill buttoned and beaded kit (On the Range), some white Wisper floss for my mother, two Doodles (Flowers and I'd Pick You), Stoney Creek's More Antique Tractors leaflet, DKT Originals leaflet called Song in My Heart needleroll, and I ordered several cuts of fabric for some LK and BC monthly patterns to do all in one.

When I purchased my Ott Lite, I also found a piece of 27" X 36" 32-ct Latte linen by Permin that was regularly $23.64 but was marked down to $9.50.

What a haul! Woo hoo! I haven't put any of this away yet because I want to stitch on all of it! It's great to get new stash but isn't hard to make yourself keep stitching on stuff you've already started? I don't much self control as it is, but if I didn't have any at all, I'd have 4,671 WIPS. LOL!!!

Recently, I did finish square #5 of 16 on my Town Square afghan. I love that blanket but Brad swears he loves it more than I do. LOL! Crazy man!

Today, I bought two more books at Hasting's. *sigh* I now have 5 books ready to read. I think I'm a borderline book addict. ;)

That's enough for now. Tomorrow might be a long day. Until next time, I hope everyone reading this is doing wonderful and gets many happy hours of stitching.

LoriRay :)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

No stitching today...

...but I'm definitely getting some stitching done tomorrow. I'm going to work on the Sub for sure. I might force myself to work on Mom's Bucket of Bluebonnets, and I might even reward myself with some stitching on my afghan. *big huge grin*

Another plan for tomorrow is to try to quit smoking -- AGAIN. (Don't ask. LOL!)

We did a ton -- and I mean a TON -- of yard work today. We hauled off a pick-up bed full of garbage bags full of yard debris (like leaves, sticks, tumbleweeds, etc.) My body is telling me I over-did it - ouch.

Even if we have to move, at least the what-seems-like-miles of bushes are trimmed up nicely and the rock garden thing is all nice and neat again. The lawn is mowed and weed-eated, too, and the huge flower bed is halfway weeded and cleaned out. I hope we don't have to move but we're still playing the waiting game. We didn't run into too many bugs but Brad sprayed anyway. The mosquitos ate us up! I think I have about 20 bites. *itch itch* All in all, I think we spent about 4 hours on this huge yard. I've decided we need to be rich before we retire so we can pay someone to do our yardwork regardless of where we live or how big our yard is. (hahahahaha)

Tomorrow night is the demolition derby race across at the local track. It's not a regular demolition derby, but a RACE, too. No rules...just racing and crashing. We are talking about going to that. We also want to see Shrek 3 but it's still so crowded at the theaters. Plus, we can drink a few before the race and goodness knows I could sure use a drink or two (or eight, LMAO) right now. And before anyone wants to worry or lecture, we live across the street from the track so we can walk if we want to drink. :)

I guess that's all for now. I'm just trying to be a good girl and blog every so often so this place doesn't collect dust. I have enough dust around my house...don't need it here, too. ;)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Insomnia. Time to ramble!

Well, with all the rain and with summer upon us, the bugs are searching for somewhere to go. Unfortunately, their "someplace" is our house. I told Brad that if he didn't spray this weekend then I was getting a hotel room and sending him the bill. Hah!

Finally, a long 3-day weekend and Brad is off, too. Woo hoo! I plan to stitch, stitch, and stitch some more. Gotta love it!

Brad's surgery is June 5th as far as we know. (Have I mentioned this before?) It's supposed to be a harmless cyst and is on the back of his neck. The doctor is thinking it's mostly fat and pus. *EWWW* The consultation fee alone is $162 (ouch!) and no telling how expensive the removal will be, but it has to come out. At times it's been almost baseball size. I'm getting a little antsy about it but I can't let Brad know that.

Found out today that the lady who owns Criss Cross Row is having some major health issues with her husband. My order will just have to wait, understandably so. Frustrating, sure...but totally understandable. If I was in her shoes, I'd take care of my husband first, too.

I miserably failed at quitting smoking today but am determined to make it work on Saturday. No smoking! Period! I gotta make it one day to prove it to myself that I can do it then I can take it one day at a time.

Okay, enough rambling for now...until next time, take care to whoever might be reading this. LOL! ;-)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Ramblings...blah blah blah...

Well, I'm trying to quit smoking (again!). I hope to make it through all day Friday with no smokes. I desperately want to be a non-smoker! I will conquer this nasty, foul, unhealthy, and expensive habit.

I applied to get in to the Radiology program. *deep breath* Now it's time to play the waiting game. The powers-that-be said the applicants would find out sometime in June if we have been accepted into the program or not. I'm nervous!

My cross-stitch needle has been sssssssmokin'! I have worked a bunch on Noah's Sub, very little on my mother's Bucket of Bluebonnets, and really not much on anything else the past few days. I've got to learn to post pictures here but first I need to update my on-line photo albums. First priorities are the Sub and the Bluebonnets, of course, but I'd really like to work some on my Town Square afghan. Meanwhile, the Snapperville might become "Scrapperville" if I just trash the whole damn thing. I screwed it up from the start and have managed to mangle it even worse while I was trying to save it. I don't know what to do with it yet so it's just sitting in my WIP pile.

I got my major stash haul in from Drema at Needlecraft Corner. I am now the proud owner of my first (and certainly not last!) pair of Gingher scissors. They are the limited edition 4" embroidery scissors in the "Glory" pattern. They are awesome! With that order, I also got some Weeks and Gast threads, "Birds" pattern by Heart in Hand plus the little worm button by JABC (that goofy pattern made me laugh and it'll be for my Mom), four Pine Mountain pillow kits (all dealing with snowmen, of course - LOL!) and the pillow forms, too.

I've yet to hear from Criss Cross Row and I'm getting frustrated. No, my credit card has not been charged but still...c'mon now...don't you think two weeks is more than ample time to receive some kind of e-mail about your order? I know, I know...I heard she was having some issues/problems but still...I am not impressed.

ABC Stitch Therapy should be e-mailing me any day now to let me know my Kay's Frames are in. Yay!

We're supposed to go to the NHRA races in Topeka, Kansas, between June 1st and 3rd. We'll see. I'm sort of trying to talk my husband (Brad) out of it for many reasons. One reason is money, of course. Another reason is the weather might not be cooperative. There are a ton of small reasons but the most important is that he went to the doctor today and has to have this cyst surgically removed from his neck on June 5th. We don't have health insurance so we're going to have to pay for it out of our savings account. That's not my complaint. My complaint is that we don't need to be spending the money to travel that far to see a sport we know absolutely nothing about. *slapping self in forehead* We can do something else - a CHEAPER something else! - and still have a mini-vacation, ya' know? *sigh* We'll see...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Lots of news and updates!

First of all, I did it! I really did it! Not only did I pass Anatomy (*doing the wave!*) but I made it through my first year of college. Whew! Whatta relief! My overall GPA is 3.65. I have to turn in my Radiology application packet by Friday and then they will notify me sometime in June if I have been accepted into the program or not. *crossing fingers & everything*

Next news is that I ordered a ton -- and I mean a TON -- of cross-stitch stash for Mother's Day. The first box should be here any day now and that's from Drema at Needlecraft Corner. I haven't yet received my invoice from ABC Stitch Therapy but that's probably because I ordered two Kay's Frames for two Hinzeit patterns and those take a couple of weeks to get in. The last order was with Criss Cross Row and I haven't heard from them at all. :-\ I've been told the lady that owns/runs that shop has some major difficulties right now so I'm being patient.

I've been battling sinus crap since last weekend: off and on low-grade fever, cough, runny nose, chest congestion, blah blah blah. *bitch, whine, moan* Okay, whining over for now.

Three and a half packs of cigarettes to go until I quit smoking. *thud*

My needle has been ssssssssmokin'!!! Lots of finishes lately. I'll have to learn how to post pictures here and see what I can do. :-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I'm almost done! (and other stuff)

I cannot believe that my first year of college is almost done. Woo hoo! Now I just have my Algebra final tomorrow and my Anatomy final on Monday. I should know sometime Tuesday afternoon if I passed Anatomy or not. *crossing everything*

I still have to get really busy on finishing the teacher's gifts. I think I have until May 18th, so time is running out! Instead of framing everything, I think I might get creative and perhaps make banners or pillows (or something!!!) out of the gifts. Plus, it would be a lot cheaper than framing. We'll see. I might just end up in the car on Friday making a mad dash to my nearest Hobby Lobby. BTW, "nearest" is an oxymoron in this case...I have one HL about an hour away and another HL about an hour and a half away. It figures that there isn't one in my town because I'm in the same area the HL founder grew up in. How bizarre is that?!?!? *grrrr*

"Noah's Sub" is calling my name. I'm ready to get back to work on it, especially because I saw a sign the other day in town that announced our new cancer center is set to open in the Fall of 2007. (which probably means more like Spring 2008...LOL!) I want to get it completed and donate it to that center. :-)

Zales should be calling me soon to tell me that my wedding ring repair is done. I feel totally nekkid without it. (And yes, I spelled "nekkid" that way on purpose. LOL!)

I need to get off of the computer and get some Algebra practice in before tomorrow's final but I'm procrastinating. :-/ Procrastinators unite! (tomorrow) LMAO!!!

Bye until the next update...

Monday, April 30, 2007

Welcome to my Blog!

Hello to whoever may be reading this. I am going to try my hand at blogging. I might post daily or monthly or might even forget I created this blog entirely. (LOL!)

Note -- this is where I plan to ramble, vent, cry, celebrate, show off finished projects, or whatever. At times, I might put you to sleep (which might come in handy for my insomniac friends), I might anger you (flame away, I have flame-proof panties on most of the time), I might make you cry (bring-yer-own-tissues...sorry), and I am prone to using cuss words when I'm emotional so you have been warned. ;-)

As of right now, I have no clue how to go about this whole blogging thing (like posting pictures, handling comments, etc.) so please bear with me as this is a learning process for me if I don't give up. *hee hee* I just know that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading other people's blogs and decided that maybe, just maybe, this could be a good thing for me, too.

Anyway, if you're still with me, then congratulations. You may have won a door prize but I forgot where I put them. *snort*