Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy August everyone!!!!!

Wow!  I bet you thought I forgot I had a blog to post to???  I was beginning to wonder myself.  Some of you know that my husband got orders for a new assignment to Wright-Patterson AFB!!!  We are THRILLED to be here in Ohio because it is that much closer to TN where our daughter is going to college....which also means that we are within DRIVING DISTANCE to go see her a whole lot more often than we were able to living in AZ.  However, I am saddened to leave my friends back in AZ but we will definitely still stay in touch through email, phone, text, and hopefully Skype here soon just like my friends in TX and PA.  But we drove for 5 long days coming across from AZ to OH and we have realized that we are just not as young as we used to be when making these cross country moves for the AF.  lol

Here is what my sewing room looked like before the packers packed it up on the truck along with all of our household goods.  I just HAD to take a couple of pictures of my sewing room and the poor guy packing my sewing room said he had NEVER packed a room 1 1/2days just to get it completed. hehe

This first picture was taken from inside my closet in the sewing room.

This 2nd picture was taken from the door looking in to my sewing room.


I felt soooo sorry for the packer for my sewing room as I usually do a lot more packing into trunks but one of my 2 trunks had seen it's better days and I had gotten rid of it.  And then, after packing up as much as I had in Rubbermaid totes, I too said...."Forget it.  The packers can do the rest."  (I'm wishing now I had perservered in my usual anal packing a lot of my own stash up so I would know where I put what.)  However, Henry, the packer for my sewing room, did an excellent job I must say and not ONE THING WAS BROKEN from my sewing room.  If only the rest of the packing crew had his mentality.  We did have a lamp broken this time and a juice glass.  Then there were some of the scraps and my couch suffered a small rip on the armcushion.  But those things can be filed as claims with the military. 

Then as my son and I were unpacking my sewing room here in OH, I wished I had taken a "before" picture and then an "after" picture of how it looked.  Oh well.  I was just wanting to get it all done and my stash into it's new home and location in my new room.....which I might add is definitely bigger than the last room.  Now....to not add anymore into the room than what I have already and to start to downsize some.  We did get it done in one day!!! WOOHOO

You must realize one thing though about my sewing room.  I never had one growing up.  When my husband and I were first married, we lived on base in a 3BR duplex on base.  I told him when he married me, I came with baggage.....(baggage meaning all my sewing fabric, sewing machine and serger and minimal xstitch supplies and crafts.)  So one of the bedrooms became my sewing room and I also told him then that I would always need a sewing room.  He has honored that request ever since!!!!

We have gotten the house almost all set up in one week.  We still need to get our daughter's room set up, the office set up, pictures hung on the wall and then the Precious Moments all displayed which can take a week if only one person is doing that job.  lol 

I hope to show some finishes here soon.  What I'm working on right now I cannot show.  They are gifts for friends but will show them later on this year after they are given out. 

I know what JN I need to get started on to show for my JN SAL, and I need to see about a "Smalls" project here soon.  I don't know what "Smalls" I want to stitch but I have an idea of one thing.  And I need to get that started soon.  Another reason for getting the house all set up.....so I can XSTITCH MORE and unpack wayyyyyyy less.  haha  If you haven't moved lately, just think of having your entire house packed up and move 1000s of miles away to a new location, house hunt for a new house, and then have the boxes all delivered to that new house.  It's a lot more work than what you think.  Exciting yes......draining on an aged body.....EVEN MORE SO!!!!  lol

Until another day and time.....HAPPY STITCHING!!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

JN SAL......



Yeah!!!  I am getting to post my JN SAL for this month.  (I was kinda worried I might forget on our cross country move.)  This month I stitched an old one that is called Pansy Basket and framed it in a small wooden box that I have been carrying around (ALL THESE YEARS) to put this little project framed in.  And thanks to Zeb and her JN SAL 2014, I have FINALLY made the effort to stitch this little project up and put her in the box.  I hope you are joining in on our JN SAL.  I know I've gotten back to stitching a lot of mine that I've been carrying around all these years.....while collecting her newer ones as well.


I'm sorry if it looks crooked a little.  I need to put another piece of covered board on the backside of my Pansy Basket to keep it from shifting in the lid.

We are almost to our destination.  We have stopped in Marshall,  IL tonight and should arrive at Wright-Patterson AFB tomorrow.  YEAHHHH!  Then.....it's to setting up appointment to start looking at rental houses. 

But for now, I'm going to enjoy some serious down time til it is time to start driving tomorrow.  I am working on 2 projects.  The first one is by Willow Hill Samplings Land of the Free Because of the Brave.  The other is a JN Anniversary Biscornu for Country Crafts in Greely, CO.  I hope to show some progress on it here soon......or a FINISH for August!!!  WOOHOO

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2014 Smalls SAL.....


Yeahhhh.....today is the day we post our smalls for the month!!!  Heather of Stitching Lotus is hosting this SAL.  You can click on the link above to find out more about how to join this SAL. 

I can now share what I stitched for my dear friends as a parting gift to them.  I am in the process of moving, and I wanted them each to have one last little gift from me before I moved away.  I designed up a simple pincushion design called "Forever Friends" and stitched them each one in their favorite colors.  That doesn't mean that I won't still send them birthday gifts, but I just wanted one little last present to give to them.  I stitched them all in each of their favorite colors with coordinating backing finishing fabrics.



While on our cross country move, I did stop in at The Silver Needle to pick up my new Lindy Mouse House kit!  OMS........IT'S SOOOOOO CUTE!!!  But.....as I told my friend Janet, I'm going to be good and WAIT til I get moved into my new house before I start it.

That's all I have for now to share.  I'm off to stitch for some relaxation!!!

Happy Stitching

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Scarlet Letter Jesus Wept.....

I am SOOOOO GLAD that the chart Jesus Wept has been reprinted!  I saw it long ago and wanted to stitch it but it wasn't available. 

Now that it has been reprinted, The Attic was having it as their July Sampler of the Month.  I could not wait to get it!  I bought the chart, fabric and some Au Ver A Soie #1436 (dark blue) silk to stitch it in.  Don't you just get EXCITED about starting a new project???  I was definitely excited about getting it started but after stitching "Shall I presume to ventur near", I didn't like the thickness of the Au Ver A Soie silk on my 40ct Vintage Light Examplar fabric.  So when I went back to the Attic for Sampler Sunday, I chose a Needlepoint Silk color 749 (a darker blue than I was using).  I liked it much better because it didn't seem as thick on the fabric.  Everyone else thought I was nuts for ripping out what I already had stitched in but I just didn't like the look of it.  I would rip it out one letter at a time starting at the far left and working my way back to where I ended off.

Here is where I am at the moment using the NPI color 749.



I have put aside my other Scarlet Letter project H. K. Smith but hope to get back to it soon.  Here is where I left off with it before packing it away.


This one is a lot of fun also to work on because when I get tired of working on the border I can stitch some  motif on the inside.  I will get back to working on it eventually. 

That is all for now.  Until another post......HAPPY STITCHING!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

TUSAL time......




Daffycat blog is hosting the TUSAL (totally useless SAL) and you can find her blog for this by clicking the link above or HERE.  In all the chaos of our moving to a new duty station, I DID REMEMBER to take a picture of my ORT jar before the packers packed it away.  It's growing more and more so I will be excited to see what I end up with by December.


As I said, we are moving so my blog posts may be sparse over the next few weeks.  However, I already have my JN SAL picture already taken and my Smalls Picture taken just awaiting the actual posting dates for those two.

Until then.......HAPPY STITCHING!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Birthday Celebration Contest!!!

I just LOVE birthdays!  Mine, yours, my friends, everyones!!!  Why??  It's your one special day out of the year to really celebrate life!!!

Well......Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is celebrating her birthday by giving away some MOST WONDERFUL PRIZES!!!  And you have multiple ways of winning.  You can go to her blog to read more about it by clicking on the link above that is highlighted in blue or on my sidebar.  Now....who couldn't use new floss, a new sampler chart or some new trims????  It's easy to enter so why not head on over to Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe and enter your name. 

I'm off to post it on my Facebook page too!!! 

Happy Stitching!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Birthday present early!!!

OH YEAHHH!!!  I got to talk with one of my best friends this past Wednesday!  Since she and I live on different time zones, calling is not always possible for us but we both email everyday!!!  She knew we about to move so she mailed my birthday present early due to some busy schedules in her own life.  Since we first thought we were leaving the first part to middle of July to go to Florida but was then changed by the Air Force earlier in May for us to go to OH.  Yeahhhhhhh I get to have 4 seasons again!!!  I am soooo looking forward to that even though I am cold natured, I feel better in cooler weather due to my Multiple Schlerosis.   I have come to appreciate the cooler/colder weather as I feel better and less fatigued with it but my M.S. mainly affects my vision when it bothers me.  And that is NOT GOOD for a cross stitcher.  I just stitch on bigger fabric and not the 36ct, 40ct, or 45ct when my M.S. is affecting my vision. 

I told Kimberly that I would LOVE to have one of her sampler charts as my birthday present.  Her company is Samplers Not Forgotten, and I loved her Springtime In My Garden sampler.  So I asked her if I could open up my birthday presents while I had her on  the phone as I did not know what I would be doing on my birthday.  I probably will be lost in the mountain of boxes unpacking for our new house in OH.  She said yes and here is what she sent me!!!!  I always love her presents and wished I had taken a picture of how beautifully she had wrapped them.  They look too pretty to unwrap but I did anyway! :)   But I always love ALL my birthday presents from my family and friends.



I LOVE ALL MY PRESENTS that she sent!!!!  I can't WAIT to start my new chart after I get moved so I know what is going to motivate me to get all those boxes UNPACKED and the house all set up.  What a motivation to get something done??!!!  Does anyone else do that?  Bargain with yourself to motivate yourself to get something done?  I do....all the time.  If I want to do something fun, then I will make sure to get all my chores done before I sit down to stitch and that way I don't feel any guilt whatsoever in sitting there xstitching!!!  hehe  But there is a small little cake fob that will go on my new pink polka dot scissors!!!  And don't you just love that pincushion she made me????  I love how she finished the edging.  One of these days, I'm going to have to use her method of trimming around the edge!!!  The little "B" notebook has already been put to good use of being me "To Do List" and "Don't Forget This" list. 

That's all for now.  I must go and start packing up my sewing room some more in preparation for our move.  I like to pack certain things in my sewing room before the packers get here next week.  I am not sure how much blogging I will be doing but please check back often just to see if I've updated on something......or I might really be just stuck in a box unpacking during the month of August. haha

Happy Stitching!