Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Update on Love is Reflected

I'm quite sure this will not be done tomorrow, so I thought I would update now. (Besides I wanted 88 posts in 2008 and this is no. 88 so my last post for the year). I've had to do a lot of frogging on this piece but in end will be cute. I really am enjoying the piece. I have to figure out what I will do next but sort of think I will either go back to The Caretaker, or do another Love Quilts piece or start my great nieces birth sampler.

I'm so frustrated. I ordered 4 pattern books and they came yesterday. One was for a RAK and I laid it down. I went to get it 5 minutes later and still cannot find it! I am claming the couch ate it r the cat ran off with it! It's one of those mysteries. I hope it shows up!

This Friday we are having our family Christmas. It was really the only time we could do it and then it's going to be tight for some people as they have to work that day, or leave that night for work the next day. One isn't going to be able to make it because of work. The rest are out of state.

How many of you have stitching goals for 2009? I have some:
1) To finish what I start (no UF0 start)
2) To do a Thomas Kinkaide picture
3) To do a Majolein Bastian piece
4) Work more on The Caretaker
5) Do some family stitching (birth samplers and wedding sampler)
6) To stitch one Ornament a month
7) To do at least 7 pieces for Love Quilts
Is this ambitious? I hope it's realistic. We'll see how I do.

I hope you all have a Happy New Year and a great 2009. See you next year. Until then Happy Stitching!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Precious Moments Start

I hope you all had a nice Christmas. I just went to my parents house with my brother and sister-in-law for a few hours. We unwrapped gifts, then visited and came home. We didn't have a big Christmas dinner. We were going to but just didn't. It was nice and quiet and enjoyable.

Thank you for all the comments to Bethlehem. I really appreciated them. I love getting comments to my blog, especially from other stitchers, I often go to the different blogs and think, "oh they do such great stitching!" and feel jealous as I see all the errors in my stitching.

I started this cute piece the other day and is going good. It's been a while since I've done a Precious Moments piece and when I saw there was a little girl at Love Quilts who wanted Princess's as her quilt theme and it was due Feb. 1, I thought I would sign up and do this one. It'll be done in plenty of time. For some reason we just aren't getting the signups we once did at Love Quilts.

Today is a descent day right now. I may go out and walk Autumn (my brother's dog) in about an hour. I miss walking her but it's been so cold and nasty.

Well, until next time Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bethlehem is finished

I finished Bethlehem about an hour ago. It was fun to stitch but I am happy to have it finished. I did it on 14 count Oppascent material using Gentle Arts Lavender Potpori. I think the picture shows it darker than what it actually is.
Now I have gotten out a Precious Moments Princess to do for a little girl at Love Quilts.

We have been hit by the winter storms. Right now we have almost 2 feet of snow on the ground if not two feet. We are suppose to get hit by another storm tomorrow. Today is a break. That is if you call Lake Effect snow a break! It isn't snowing right now though, it's more off and on. At least we still have power. It's suppose to warm up after Christmas but this weekend is suppose to be sleet and snow. Deal with it then I guess. Yesterday just about all the churches were not meeting (ours was one of them). Also it was so bad yesterday in our county they pulled the snowplows off the roads for a while anyway. We are going to have a White Christmas! We have enough snow this year to make up for the last 2 years of little snow.

Until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Almost finished and Winter Storm

I'm almost done with Bethlehem. I'm anxious to get it done. I love doing it but just monotonous in parts.

We are getting hit by another winter storm. This is the first of 3 storms to hit us between now and Tues. Guess we are being guaranteed of a White Christmas. I really thought the storm was missing us as I woke up at 6 and it didn't look like it was here but it was blowing a lot. Now it's well underway. Glad my sister beat the storm and arrived safely yesterday. She will probably go home tomorrow to beat the next storm. Although the next one doesn't sound like it will be as bad as this one it's just the add on that's bad. We are expected to get 6-10 inches of fresh snow from this storm. Not as much as first forecasted but areas south and east of us will get more and some will get ice too. Not nice today hopefully it'll clear out by the SS class party tonight.

Today I'm going to my parents where my sister and I are going to do some Christmas baking and play games with mom. Yesterday we finished off our Christmas shopping before the storm hit. Nice to have it done.

Well, until next time Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Update on Bethlehem

I have gotten quite a bit further on Bethlehem. It's moving along fast now that the middle section is done.

Saturday we had Johnny's birthday party. It was fun and noisy. I think there was something like 10 children there all under 10. Most of them were Johnny's cousins on his dad's side. He got some nice toys. His cake was so cute. Melissa made it as a dump truck and then John frosted it. They had a picture of Johnny right in the window to make it look like he was driving. All the hours put into the cake and how fast it disappeared! LOL! We had a taco dinner which was soooooo good!

Today is terrible outside! My dad and I were going to go to a funeral and we probably should have gone but with it so nasty out we didn't want dad to be be out in this let alone drive! I'm sure the two daughters understood. As far as the weather goes, it sounds lik we are guaranteed a White Christmas as there is a lot of snow and cold in the forecast. I haven't been walking Autumn because of the nasty weather lately and I miss her. I'm going to try to get over to my brother's just to see her. He only lives on the opposite end of the sidewalk of me which is maybe a whole block by taking the sidewalk 2 or 3 blocks going the other way.

Well, until next time Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Bethlehem is underway

Not sure why the picture is so dark unless it's because it's still dark outside, but I scanned it so it shouldn't have made a difference. This is my progress after about 24 hours of stitching. I really am enjoying these pieces, but I think this is the last of these I'll do for a while. I had thought I might do 3 Kings this year but think I will wait until next year. Besides I don't have the material I want to do it on. I did Winter Silhouette and this piece on Oppascent material and want to use that for 3 kings too. I am using Lavender Potpori by Gentle Arts as the thread.

There was a big celebration in our town last night. I didn't go and am not much of football fall but 4 of our High School Teams won the State Championships a couple of weeks ago so the city held a big celebration for them last night. They said it had never happened anywhere before and might not again so the officials held a big party for them. Nice and exciting for the kids. By the news it was a huge turnout.

Today is going to be another messy day. We had a foot of snow fall on Sat. alone on top of what we already had and it snowed Sunday. Yesterday was so nice I got to walk my brother's dog, and she enjoyed it. She wouldn't go in the snow over her head so we just walked on the sidewalks as they were plowed and shoveled. Now today we could get up to another foot of snow by the time this storm ends tomorrow. South of us is suppose to get ice. I'll take the snow over the ice.

Tis the season for birthdays and anniversaries in our family. Between the 11th and 24th we have 9 birthdays and anniversaries. If our grandfather and an aunt were alive there would be 11. Plus if you count my second mom who since died, the day my first cat died, the day I got Whiskers, and the day I broke my ankle that would be 14events all in that short time. I can't believe Johnny will be two Thursday and that I will have Whiskers 16 years on the 17th. Time flies so fast. Sat. we are having a party for Johnny.

There are a number of Christmas parties to go to in the coming days too. So it's a busy time of year for everyone. This season seems to be busier then ever. Oh an update on my mom and brother. My mom is doing okay yesterday she got out of the house for the first time in a while. She still has a problem with falling easily. My brother we found out it was a severe sinus infection causing his problems and is doing better now.

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Snow Ho Ho is Finished

I loved doing this piece. It was so much fun. I did this as a SAL with Dawn (Tea Time) but she left me in the dust. She finished her's last week. I'm not much for Santa's but this one caught my eye and I had to do it. He has a frosty secret! Since we have so much snow on the ground this was very timely!

Well- until next time Happy Stitching.

Monday, December 01, 2008

One more finish

Thankfulness is now finished. I should be finished with Snow Ho Ho tomorrow, that is if I get enough done on it today. Then I can start Bethlehem. I think I told you I decided to do it in lavender and do The Three Kings in dark blue. I don't know if the Theree Kings will be done this year or next. Depends on how Bethlehem goes.

We got hit with a snowstorm so now I'm thinking "White Christmas". We had about 5 inches fall overnight. So not too bad.

Yesterday my dad took mom to ER as her hip was giving her so much pain. She fell 2 or 3 weeks ago and broke her pelvis bone. At the time her hip wasn't hurting. Fortunately it turned out to be muscle spasms. We are so thankful her hip wasn't broken. She's been through so much through the years. We are also concearned about my brother as he falls down a lot and really his muscles seem to be weak. He had a MRI last week and hopefully will know the results today or tomorrow. I just hope it's not real serious, maybe some new medication. Last week they stayed at my parents house 3 nights as Tim was too weak to climb the steps. Sat. he did go home and made the steps alright but is staying up there. Not going down the steps unless he has too.

I can't believe this is Dec. already. We have something like 11 birthdays and anniversaries between Dec. 11 and 24! I'm not kidding! So it's a big month.

Well, until next time (hopefully tomorrow) Happy Stitching!