Monday, December 26, 2005

Goals for 2006

Sundays: half day on finishing off cross stitched finishes-ornaments, cubes, etc.
half day on The storyteller

Mondays: half day on Christmas Ornaments/ half day on sports ornaments

Tuesdays:half day on Rocky mountain Christmas (UFO) / Half day on I Shall Wear Purple (SAL)

Wednesdays: half day on L&L Ice Angel (SAL) / half day on Snowy Forest evening Stocking

Thursdays: Half day on small Kits like Mill Hill / half day on JCS ornaments

Fridays: half day Joan Elliott Christmas Angel/ The other half will vary- BC snappers, A year Full of Happy, LK Stamps, freebies,

Saturdays: will vary- LK Holday Flip Its, LK Blocks, A Year Full of Happy, LK Stamps, Magazine mania(SAL)

READING GOALS: try to finish alot of my books on my one bookcase.

WEIGHT LOSS: lose 50 lbs, would like to lose 100 but will go for a smaller goal at first.

SCRAPBOOK GOALS: finish my wedding album and then finish the 2 boys albums.

Finishes for 2005

Schoolhouse Sampler
13 little Mill Hill kits
14 Debbie Mumm ornaments
September Flower bear
Waxing Moon Scaredy Cat
4 JCS ornaments
October Flower bear
Down Sunshine Lane-Hummingbird NR
November Flower Bear
LK Bloom Tuckaway pillow
Teresa Wentzler- The Castle
21 Sports ornaments
6 model pieces

Snowy Forest Evening Stocking
Sue Hillis- I Shall Wear Purple
Joan Elliott - Christmas Angel-The Cross stitcher magazine
TW- The Storyteller

Twas The Day After Christmas

and all through the house, the kids were all sleeping and full as a Christmas Mouse. The dog was so tired from playing with my parent's dog he was a snorting and a huffing like a big fat hog.

The weekend was busy. Friday we spent with my inlaws and they do a grab bag with a twist. The first person picked grabs a bag and opens it, the next person can steal the gift or get a new one and this goes on and on til the last package is picked. But if you have stolen the same gift 3 times then it is yours to keep and no one can steal it. I won a bag of M&Ms and chocolate.

Saturday morning we went to my parent's house to open gifts with my sister and her DH. They gave me a little bag from The Body Shop that has a little oil burner and some fragranced oil :-)

Then we left my parent's house to go to an Uncle's house and we do a grab bag there. I won a new address book that you use markers on and they are erasable, so when people move you just change the addy :-)

Christmas morning I was real cranky as my "friend" decided to arrive and boy was I bloated and crampy. Was feeling better by the time my parents arrived. I received a Ford Mustang Tshirt with all kinds of Mustangs on it and The Oprah Winfrey 20 years Memorable DVD set. can't wait to watch that :-) My parents were shocked as we bought them a new Dell. They have never used a computer before.
They had brought their 6 month old puppy over and her and my dog played all day. they were hysterical to watch but they were very good.

This morning got up and went to Curves, had to work off what I ate over the weekend :-) Today plan on stitching.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

4 Days til Christmas

I am not ready, where has the time gone? I have been to busy stitching on this model to get anything done.
I did finish putting on the ornaments, on the tree. DS#1 and I put up the lights in the Bay Window. I still have window clings to put up. I haven't wrapped anything yet but the boys said they will do that for me.

I have been watching alot of movies that I DVRd plus got from Netflix, so that helps me while I am stitching.
yesterday I watched:
Touched(Lifetime Movie)
Crazy For Christmas (Lifetime Movie)
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Netflix)
watched Deal or No Deal then started to watch The Day After Tomorrow but I got tired and went to bed.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Cold & Blustery

Seems to be the tile most of the time these days.
DH and I went to get our tree over the weekend and after several interruptions, one of which my FIL was sent to the hospital, we finally got it on Saturday night. My FIL has a clogged artery and is back home. he will have to see a specialist though. Prayers for him would be appreciated.
I haven't been driving as my thermostat went in the car and who wants to drive in a cold car when it is freezing out. Plus I don't drive in the snow so hasn't been a big deal.
I have signed up for quite a few SALs next year and want to wor on my current WIPs and UFO. So I had to redo my stitching schedule, now to live like a vampire and not need sleep or food LOL. I will post my stitching schedule the first of every month starting in January and then let you know if I did get any of the stitching in.
I finished another Baltimore Quilt Block model for twisted oaks Designs, Just you wait and see it next month or the end of this month, when it is published. it is my favorite piece so far but I can't post a pic. I am still working on the other model that i started a long time ago and I seem to be getting nowheres on it.
I am as ready for Christmas as I will be. I decorated the tree last night and then 10 minutes later it fell over. So with my little temper that i have I took off all the decorations and put them back in the boxes, while the kids are telling me to stop. Dh got up and nailed the tree stand to the floor. The lights are still on and i have no intention of redecorating it. It took me 2 hours away from my model piece the first time and I don't have much time left for this model piece. The kids can finish decorating it if they want.
Does anyone have room in their homes for me? DH and I bought new walls for the bathroom 3 MONTHS ago and I told him that it had to be done by Christmas, he hasn't even started it. I swear I will threaten to leave and go visit my stitching friends and maybe then he will get the idea to finish it while I am gone. He helps out everybody else when they call and need help, it is so frustrating.
Well I am sure I came out sounding buh humbug, guess this model piece is really getting to me.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Snowy Morning

It has been snowing all morning and is windy as well. Very cold BBRRR! DH took me to Curves this morning and then brought me home while he took his truck in the shop for a few part replacements. I have been stitching and watching TV but will start listening to an audiobook.
After looking at all the SALs that I want to do on Becky's board, stitching sisters yahoo group and stitcherslosingit yahoo group, I had to make a schedule for next year and try to stick to it LOL. I will post monthly what my goals are, when January gets here.
I am hoping DH will take me to go christmas shopping this weekend. Him and I have a Christmas Party to go to tomorrow night, for the employees of his gas station job, he is manager. That is his part time job during the days. He works full time at night at another business.
I just looked behind me and the dog and 3 of the cats are sound asleep, one cat is walking around and the lady is sleeping in the other room. I will have to post pics sometime of the brood.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Stitching Time

I really wanted to do model stitching to make a little extra money and have had fun doing this for a couple of designers. There is one that I am doing now that is so big that I was given 2 months and it is going to take me that amount of time. But now with Christmas here I can't stitch up any ornaments or such for some of my online friends. I was wondering if it is rude for me to stitch them next month and be late on their christmas gifts? I don't want them to think that I forgot or left them out.
I also joined Netflix and am impressed by how fast they are. I signed up Saturday and they mailed out the DVD on Monday, I received it Tuesday and watched it Tuesday night, The Aviator which I thought was good. I mailed it out Wednesday from my mailbox, which was picked up at 1pm. I got an email this morning at 8 am that they already received the video back. Now how fast is that? I am quite impressed.

Stitching Blogger's Question

Have you done any charity stitching, been in one, or would like to organize one?

I have done quite a bit of charity stitching. I have done quilt blocks for kids. Pillowcases for kids. Ornaments that got raffled for Make A Wish Foundation and The American Cancer Society. I also make sports ornaments every year for a local school and will continue to do so.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Snowy Day

is cold and has been snowing most of the morning. I am still working on 2 model pieces and one needs to be done Dec 15 and the other one the first of January. I have WIPs/Ufos that i want to stitch on not to mention SALS that I want to start. Just so much I can do :-)
Am listening to audiobooks while stitching. Will finish Ya Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells, am on the last tape. then I plan on listening to The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens. Never heard of her but the title sounds good.
Everyone ready for Christmas? I still have shopping to do and need to get the tree and decorate that as well.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Sunny & Snowy

Woke up to a little bit of snow this morning plus snowed a little more. DS#2 went out to start my car but the battery is dead again. DH really needs to get me a new one.
I didn't get to take any pics of the sports ornaments. I ended up stitching 21 of them and was up til 11pm Friday night putting in the last stitch. I got up at 6 am Saturday morning to assemble them before my autn showed up at 8:30 but she ended up getting here at 8 and I was still assembling some of the ornaments so she had to wait for them and then she was in a hurry so I didn't get any pics, so sorry for that. But they do want more next year and I can take pics of them :-).
Last night DH wanted to do some shopping after he was hunting. DS#2 went with us and I did get my MILs gift shopping done, went to The Body Shop and got a couple of things there for my mom as well. I also bought a few candles from Yankee Candle as I need some more Christmas ones for the family room, So I bought Christmas Wreath votives and tea lights.
Today I plan on stitching on 2 model pieces and then DH will take me grocery shopping when he gets home.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Good afternoon

it is blustery out, snow and windy. Had my workout at Curves this morning and then DH and I did a little shopping. I ahve looked all over for the new Hershey's Kisses, cherry cordials. They are so good but I can't find them anywheres. They taste like a chocolate covered cherry, MMMMM.
Today I will be finishing up the sports ornaments and will post a pic of them when I am done. Then back to the model piece I am doing. I have another model on the way by Twisted Oask designs.
DS#2 has been complaining that his comfoter is to short for him. He has a twin bed and he is a little taller than I am so I bought him a full size comforter and blanket today. Hoep he likes them. I also ordered him some flannel sheest off of QVC as I love the Northern Nights flannel sets. DS#1 has the warmest room in the house and he says no need for flannels or blankets LOL.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Stitching Blogger's Question

Do you have rules in the way you stitch? (i.e., Do you start in the middle? Do you determine which blocks to stitch first? Do you always start from the top or the bottom? Do you have special paths to prevent wasting thread?)

Yes I always stitch the same way. If an ornament then I work each color til it is done. But if it is a large piece then I divide it in quarters and start on the top right. If really big then when I start in the top right I will also section that off as well. I also use petite needles as you don't waste as much thread and I do have a special way of stitching paths to not waste thread.


Since the sports ornaments are due tomorrow night I am spending all day today and tomorrow stitching on them. I will give my Aunt a call tonight and see if she will pick them up tomorrow night. I have 14 done already :-)
I am listening to Ya Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells while stitching, will watch a movie after dinner and tonight is The O.C. and Reunion (which was cancelled) will see if it is on tonight.
I got out all of my Christmas candles that I ordered off of QVC and are made by Old Virginia Candle. I need a couple more and may go to the local candle lady who sells all kinds of brands. Just love her store.