Friday, May 28, 2010

Buckeyes start

I started this piece before starting the soccer player. I have made progress on the soccer player but decided to lay it down for a few days and go back to this piece. This piece is very detailed. It's called Buckeyes in Stoney Creeks "On Butterfly Wings" I love that book and have done several pieces. This piece is due Aug. 8 and I really don't know that' I'll make the deadline. I have a back up piece in mind just in case I don't, but want to give this a good try. The problem I am having here is there is one symbol * used twice, red and black, problem they have both in red in the color key and I have to figure out which is which Hopefully I get it right.

My problem is right now there are so many pieces I want to do. So I may be starting a lot of pieces and finishing few. Soccer Player is due June 1 I knew right from start I wouldn't make the deadline but I don't see where too many people are so I can do it a couple hours a day and then go to this piece.

My sister got home from CO earlier this week. My niece posted darling pictures of baby Nicholas. The older he gets the cuter he gets. It's great having internet as when your family is so spread out, you can still see pictures and videos of the little ones and feel like you know them. When Nicholas smiles his whole face lights up and those dark brown eyes just sparkle. He seems to be a very happy baby. She's coming here for a couple of days next week. Of course she'll spread her time off between here and her daughters about 45 minutes from here. Something about wanting to see her grand daughter, Addie! Lol. She never use to go to CO so much and never use to divide her time between here and her daughters, but something about those grandchildren she just has to see when she can! LOL. It's going to be interesting this summer the week they are all together to see how Addie likes sharing grandma with Nicholas and Nicholas the same since they both seem to "own" her when they have her.
Well, until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A lot of Stitching and some frogging

I've been working hard on this piece since it is due June 1. It won't be done by then but it will be done next week some time. Somewhere I made a mistake and although I frogged some I could not find it, so I improvised and am hoping for the best. The problem area was in the boy's face. Hopefully the people receiving it won't notice. It is going on a quilt Cross Stitching for Charity is doing from Ruth Moorehead's book Go Team Go.
I think summer has come early, we have 80's this week, then over the weekend upper 70's. That will be nice for Memorial Day Weekend. Anyone have special plans for it? I don't think I do.
Does anyone watch Dancing with the Stars? I love that show. I know who I want to win and I know who I don't want. So far I've been on the mark on who was going off so we'll see tonight. If Nicole and Derrick win then I'll have a perfect score on guessing this season. Tonight is going to be hard though as usually I go back and forth between DWTS and NCIS on Tuesday nights.
Well. until next time Happy Stitching! Thank You for reading my blog.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Soccer Player

After the disaster with the Birth Sampler I started a flower and butterfly piece, but then this piece came up. Cross Stitchers for Charity was do a quilt from Ruth Morehead's book "Go Team Go" published by Gloria & Pat. One of the ladies had signed up for 4 squares and could see she wasn't going to get all 4 done so I took the Soccer Player as it had more color than the other piece did. (White on white just doesn't go with me). Thing is it is due June 1 so I've been spending a lot of time on dit the past few days. Like most Ruth Morehead pieces the hair and face take up half the pattern I think. But he's finally starting to take shape. I also have a little bit of the soccer ball in there.
It's been a busy week. We did have our last BSF meeting this past Wed. Boy this year went by so fast. I'll miss it during the summer months. In the fall we start back up and will be studying the book of Isaiah which should be interesting. We are all looking forward to it.
I just got an invitation to our GRSBM Alumni reunion in June. I wish I could go but not this year. Speaking of which today is the anniversary of my graduation from Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music. Never mind how many years ago! lol but it's been at least 30 but not 40.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A lot of Progress

I think I have over twice as much done on this piece as I had 3 days ago. It is moving very fast. So much easier than I thought it would be yet has enough detail to be challenging enough to hold my interest. I think this will go to Addie but if not if will go to Chelsea then. I'd like to have both thier birth samplers done by the end of summer. I'm also posting a picture of what the piece will look like when it's done. The thing I am noticing on this kit is it really cut me short on the yellow floss. Fortunately I have some here and the shading matched. I'm not sure I like the way the first Princess eyes look. The scan makes her look so much worst than what it looks in person. Usually the scans make a piece look better.
This coming Wed. is our last BSF Meeting for the year. I hate to see it end I enjoyed it so much. Last week was the last time we meet in our own groups. We had lunch together afterwards and tried to get each other's e mails and those on Facebook connect with each other there. We had one person who was visiting from Singapore the last 3 months. She will be returning in a couple of weeks to Singapore. She said she might be back sometime next year (it really depends on if her job sends her here again or not.) We hope so.
Things are winding down for the summer but other things will be going on to be kept busy.
Well...until next time.....Happy Stitching! I'm going to read some more blogs.
It's a couple hours later and I have figured out why it looks so bad. I am not going to frog it as there would be too much to come out. This piece has gone into the garbage. I am so upset I could cry as I've made so many other attempts on Birth Samplers and all failed. Birth Samplers are not for me. Addie, Chelsea, Logan, Nicholas, Kate, and Scott are all just going to get pieces when they get older! I'm so frustrated and upset!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Princess Birth Sampler

I finally decided to get started on a birth sampler for Addie since she just had her 2nd birthday a little over a week ago. It is a Disney Princess Birth sampler. It really is going much better than I contemplated and I procrastanated starting it for that reason. Princess 1 I think is Snow White and is going fast. She looks a little odd here as her one side doesn't have the hair in yet. Honest it looks much better in person then here.
I also found a piece I want to do for the Flower and Butterfly quilt at Love Quilts. Typical of me, I signed up for a larger project then what I have the time to do. This one is still be Stoney Creek, it has pansies and is smaller, I have enough SC books that have butterflies in them I think I can find a couple of Butterflies to go on it. I'm anxious to start that but I want to get Addie's piece going really good first.
Tonight we have WMT Meeting. It's Women's Ministry Team at church. We put together Care Baskets and some of the ladies in the group deliver them. I hope to deliver this month if I can get someone to take me since I don't drive. We have to go in two's anyway so I don't think it'll be a problem.
My brother's fiancee's step father (he raised her) has cancer and has now spread to all his organs plus his brain. They found out in Nov. he had skin cancer on his face and it's been up and down ever since. Now he is on Hospice Care and they are telling the family it's a matter of time. He's ready to go home. He's a christian and knows he is going to heaven so he's at peace. Wendy is going to have to move in with her mother and take care of her as she needs constant care.
We only have 2 maybe 3 more BSF meetings, tomorrow being one of them. I learned so much this year I hate to see it end. Our group is having it's final fellowship afterwards. I made brownines for it.
Well, until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Bookmark is finished

I didn't think I would get this done today, let alone this morning but I did. So it's washed and ironed and I have started my Birth Sampler for Addie. Finally, it only took two years. But so far it's going good. It's from a Janlynn Kit called Disney Princess's Birth Sampler. Addie is such a little Princess and loves her Princess dolls so this will fit her just fine. I can tell right now this will be an on-going piece. A lot of back stitching etc in it. I know I should have started my piece for Love Quilts but wasn't quite ready to do another difficult pattern, I want to find an easier one for her.
I will have to admit I sort of improvised on this piece a little too much as I could have made it longer than what I did. Using 14 count material I shortened it too much.
Well...nothing has happened since yesterday so until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Pineapple Bookmark

This is what I have done on this piece after about 12 hours of stitching. I hope to have it done Sunday so I can turn it in. Otherwise I'll just wait until next month to turn the two bookmarks in with whatever ones I have done in June.
I ordered about 5 new bookmark books to give me a variety to work with. I should find enough in them for a few months anyways.
Looks like we are in for a cool rainy weekend. The grass and flowers need it.
We had our end of year Leaders Night Out Wed. night. They presented funny little award certificates. Problem with mine they put the wrong last name on it. I told them I was putting it in Barb Johnson's mailbox at church and she'll never know what it's about or who put it in until she asks around.
I have a question it's a two parter. Are you a stitcher who starts projects and then puts them in rotation? Or do you work on a project until it's finished. I tend to finish the piece before starting a new one unless it is so boring or so large I need to do another piece on the side.
I'm going to read some blogs now. I so enjoy reading blogs. Some of you make me so jealous. There are so many great stitchers out there, so many great projects I want to do.
Well...until next time Happy Stitching

Monday, May 03, 2010

Back to the Bookmarks

Tbis week I am back to doing the bookmarks. This one is in same book as the Blue Floral one and was much easier to do. I really enjoyed it.
I'm going to do something I shouldn't do, but I'm going to looking for some more bookmark patterns and baby patterns and order them. I had wanted to go a whole year without using my credit card on patterns, I should have known I wouldn't make it but I did make it to May!
I have to tell you what 3-year-old Johnny pulled in church yesterday. His SS class was singing. He knew the songs knew the motions. But that's not what Johnny did.....he decided to get in front of the kids and dance the whole time the kids were singing. LOL! I laughed so loud when I read that on Melissa's facebook page and read all the comments. I wish I could have seen it. Later when his dad talked to him about it he says "I can't wait to get the microphone in my hand!" Little ones, you never know what they are going to do or say. I called my mom and told her what her great grand son had done and she too laughed and says, "Well....we created that, he and Addie would entertain us by their singing and dancing so he decided to do it in front of his church." We created a little monster! Of course later he showed his stubborn streak at home, he was told to pick up his toys, wouldn't do it so was sent to his room....That stubborn little boy waited 3 1/2 hours before he would come down and pick up his toys! Battle of the wills there.
Saturday Addie turned two. Sounded like she had a pretty good birthday. She got a tricycle which she loves I'm sure, especially when she masters riding it.
Well....until next time....Happy Stitching!