Monday, February 08, 2016

Shuttle a little over half done

Good morning! It's starting out to be a nice morning weather wise but in an hour or so it's suppose to start snowing through tomorrow. It's lake effect snow which means it will be heavier.

Thank you for reading my blog and for your comments. I appreciate them. It's fun reading everyone else's blogs. Some of you I am totally jealous of you do such nice work and have a way with words, make your blogs interesting. I'm not that gifted, so I'm jealous! Seriously I do love reading the blogs.

Tomorrow is my brother's back surgery. He broke a rod in his back so they have to replace it. Hopefully they won't have to undo everything done before as that will be more extensive. But they won't know until they get in there. The Dr. said he had never seen that happen before, he has know idea how that rod broke. Only Tim could do that. I tell him it's by playing ping pong like he did.

I have the shuttle well underway for my great nephew, Nolan. It's going fairly quick and easy. But like most easy pieces, I'm having to frog quite abit. I think it's because I get going too fast and make careless mistakes by not concentrating like I do on the more difficult pieces. Do you find you do that?

Tomorrow is the Grand Opening of the Resource Room. We are so excited. It would be nice if a client or two came to use it but on the grounds the classes at Love Inc are just starting the clients may wait a week or two to let the points build a little. They get 10 points for attending and 5 points for doing their homework so they earn up to 15 points each session. I may in future teach a cross stitch class but we'll see.

Until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 05, 2016

First real finish of 2016

Good Afternoon! I finished the hearts for Addie earlier this morning. So now I'm working on the Shuttle for her brother, Nolan. It was funny when Nolan was trying to choose a piece for me to stitch for him. He'd see something he liked and put it in a pile, then kept adding on to it. We figured he thought if he took them home, they'd be there. Anyway he finally understood and picked the shuttle for me to do. I was happy as this piece is as easy as the hearts were challenging. Plus a little over a year earlier, Addie, Heather, Kay, and I were in the LNS and Heather and Addie thought Nolan would like that stitched for him. So it will be done well before his 5th birthday in June. It may be done Monday or Tuesday as fast as it's going.

Tuesday the Resource room opens. We are getting so excited. We finished the final touches yesterday. Put together some meal baskets for the people to choose if they wanted. \

Also Tuesday my brother is having back surgery again. A rod that had been put in his back earlier broke! The Dr. said he had never seen that happen before. So they have to replace the rod. They are hoping they don't have to do anything else.

Wednesday I spent the day with my niece and her family. It was fun. We took the kids to a toy store where they could spend the gift certificates I got them for Christmas. Plus Katelyn and Madyson both have birthdays coming up so they chose their birthday gift too.

Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A New Start

Good afternoon. I know this is barely a start. Believe it or not I have worked on it about 16 hours. It's just the stiffness of the material and the pattern slows me down. Once I get going on it it'll be fine I think, the material will loosen up I hope. At least now I can get a hoop on it where as I couldn't at first. I'm not sure the little swirls in the heart will show up, I don't have very many of them done. But this will be a fun piece. I did have to order some floss but it's on it's way to me and I can get enough done between now and the time it arrives without having to stop working on the piece. I didn't have 3844 or 3845 or Krenik Braid # 4 Silver. So I ordered them from 123 stitch and they have mailed them out so I should get them Monday or Tuesday.

I can't believe this is already the end of Jan. February will be a busy month. My brother has back surgery on the 9th. He had a rod in his back from a previous back surgery and of all things the rod broke! The Dr. said that had never happened to him before. Who knows how that happened. Anyway that explains why he was in so much pain. They are hoping that's all they will have to do just replace the rod. They may in future have to clean the whole back out and replace everything they did before, but we're hoping it doesn't come to that.

The highlight of the month will be my niece and her husband finally get to adopt Madyson on the 29th. They were hoping for earlier in the month for her birthday but it's still the same month as her 7th birthday. I get to go to the adoption ceremony. That will be fun. Then we'll go celebrate her adoption. A few days later will be family birthday party for Madyson and Katelyn. Katelyn will be 6 March 1. Madyson became their foster child about a year ago and she fits in with the family really good so they decided to adopt her. (Her prvious foster parents went to same church as Melissa and John but she didn't get along with the other children.) One weekend she went to Melissa and John's as Katelyn and her were good friends, and she informed them she wanted to live with Melissa and John. So they went through all the channels and Madyson got to live with them. Oh her and Katelyn have their sisterly fights but that's typical. So now Melissa and John will have 4 children and unless they are really needed to foster they won't be fostering anymore. They were heart broken when the 3 previous foster children left to live with their grandparents. Though it worked out great as they get to see the kids from time to time and have contact with them. They were lucky there as usually that doesn't happen. In their case the grandparents allow it even have asked them to babysit the kids so they could get a weekend a way from time to time.

We are going through our January melt right now. We got so much snow in a little over a weeks time, now it's melting but more will come end of next week they say.

Oh has anyone else downloaded Windows 10? I turned on my computer this morning and it downloaded itself. I wasn't happy as I kept saying no to it. How it just downloaded itself I don't know unless I did it accidentally. But once it started I didn't want to stop it as I remembered my dad once telling me if you stop a download it messes up your computer. So far it seems to be okay really not much different from Windows 8. I know a lot of people say it's easier and they never liked Windows 8. I never had a problem with it.

Tuesday is our last training section for the Resource room. It opens Feb. 9. The countdown is on. We are getting so excited. We have a lot of nice things in there.

Well....until next time....Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Two more small finishes

I took a day's break from America to do these two quick name pieces. My sister in law will make all 3 pieces (Katelyn's was posted earlier) into Bible Covers for her oldest 3 grandchildren. Tomorrow after church my brother and I are going to our other brother's and will take the pieces with me tomorrow. The children will be there then too. Beth said she'd sew the two girls pieces into their covers tomorrow so I can see what they look like. Johnny has yet to pick out his material, so I may be redoing his if the colors don't match material he picks. Beth told me to do it in green so I did, but I think she thought he would like the green material she had and apparently he didn't. They are easy to do so no problem to redo it. His took a whole 2 hours I think to do.

I hope those of you on the east coast get through the storms fine. We got hit hard last week and earlier this week. Finally it has calmed down. I think we have 2 feet of snow but will probably melt somewhat over the next week or so. If you can depend on weather forecast being correct this far ahead we are suppose to be 50 Feb. 1 and thunder showers Feb. 2 we'll wait and see. This is Michigan so it can change real fast. Rarely is the forecast right this far ahead.

Last night we tied together some blankets for the cats at the cat shelter. Quite a few showed up. Once I was convinced my blankets were as good as the others it was fun. One cat that had been with us for 5 years got adopted this past week and it looks like she is in her forever home. We were so happy for Joy. Joy was the cat that ran into the woods last fall when someone let the cats from her room into the wrong hallway and some of the cats got outside. We were able to get all but Joy, two days later another worker went to the shelter to look for Joy (she lived close so had been looking for Joy) and there was Joy at the door waiting to get in. After that Joy was a different cat and much friendlier to us. In fact I was laughing as Soldier who is a very shy cat had been returned to us because the owners other cat kept beating him up. Joy recognized him, and one day she say me open the kennel Soldier was in and after I closed it, here she is trying to open the kennel with her paws and teeth. Had she been stronger, she would have been successful. Then last week I laughed because we were keepin the Kennel open for Soldier to roam with the other cats when he wanted, and she got on the stool next to the kennel and just winked at Soldier trying to get him to come out. I claim she was flirting with him. Anyway they took Joy to Petco last Sat. hoping she would be adopted and she was adopted really fast! Also Sheila who was in same room as Joy but taken to Petco a couple weeks earlier got adopted and today Duncan is suppose to be going to his forever home on the other side of the state. Duncan was also in room 7. My babies are getting adopted. Rooms 6 and 7 were always my favorite two rooms, especially room 7 where Joy, Duncan, and Sheila were, and the cats in that room do seem to get adopted. I've worked there a little over a year and all but one of the cats that were in there when I started have been adopted. Burt, we wonder if he'll ever get adopted as he isn't real friendly but he is coming out of his shell more. He never wanted to be petted before he'd just stay on top of the kennels and watch us since Christmas he's let everyone pet him. Maybe he's realizing he might get a forever home, as he's seen so many other cats get adopted.

We are on the home stretch to opening up our Resource Room at church we are getting so excited. After all these months of preparing for it. We have one more training section Feb. 2 and we will open up Feb. 9. So excited to finally get it going!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Well...we are buried....Back to stitchingon on America

Good afternoon! Everyone staying safe and warm! It is not nice out there. Before Jan. 9 we had very little snow, now we have over 20 inches. We've had a lot of snow needless to say and yesterday and today were absolutely horrible out there. We only have flurries but the flurries mixed in with the wind and cold well it's not nice out there. A few schools were closed for MLK day anyway but those that weren't were closed because of weather. As pretty as it is outside I still say the older I get the more I hate winter!

I know it's been a while since I posted, but this piece just isn't moving that fast, so much confetti stitching. I am determined to finish this page though. My goal was to finish two pages by end of Jan, or what wasn't done in Jan. on second page would be finished in Feb. I'll be lucky to finish this page by end of Jan. I'm not sure I'll even start the second page, I may just lay it down for a couple of months as I do have other stitching to do.

We are finally in the final stages of getting the Resource room ready. We are having a meeting tomorrow to put the tags on everything and a little more training. Hopefully we'll be good to go in the next week or two. We are getting so excited. Because of the weather we've been having last week we didn't even meet so that put us back a little.

Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Very Small finish Need Opinions

Hi again! This was just a real simple, quick finish. My sister-in-law asked me to do 3 name pieces and she was making them into Bible Covers for her 3 oldest grandchildren. So this is the trial piece. I kind of like the way it turned out. They had to be simple as the material she is using is busy. I went through my alphabet books and decided to use this alphabet.

We are going to be doing the finishing touches to the Resource Room at church for the Love Inc. clients. I'm getting more and more excited. When I first opened the Food Pantry a few years ago I had no idea what direction it would go. It was very slow going at first and we had our ups and downs. But in spite of it God has blessed it and now is opening the door to extend the ministry. We're really excited about the Resource Room and the connection it will give us to people.

Well....until next time....Happy Stitching! Thank you for reading my posts and making comments. I really appreciate them. Now to go read other blogs and get jealous of their projects, and how they communicate on facebook some are gifted with words and know what to talk about and make it interesting.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Finished Come All Ye Faithful

After I scanned this piece yesterday this piece just flew into place. So I did finish 31 projects this year. Although I didn't join Debbie's Crazy Challenge (I think that is what it's called) I did 31 pieces. Wonder if I can do that next year. Anyway I loved this piece.

Tomorrow I will go back to the America piece, I got most of the floss out tonight. I had a little 4 legged helper so decided I would finish getting the floss when Saturn wasn't so helpful.

Anyone have plans for tonight? I'm planning on staying home. If I'm awake at midnight which hopefully I will be I'll watch the New York ball drop. I never make a big deal out of New Years. So I'll just watch the Rose Bowl Parade listen to my CD player and stitch. I might run up to the store but we'll see. I didn't want to go today because I thought the grocery store would be too busy. Hopefully tomorrow it won't be and hopefully they'll be open. If not well then Saturday, I don't need much anyway.

Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching!