Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Dance - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Started: 2/11/2018
Finished: 2/15/2018

This came from the 2016 edition of Christmas Cross Stitch Favorites.  It's stitched on 14-count oatmeal Aida with the called for DMC floss.  The only change I made was to make the the two Christmas ornaments identical and stitch them with solid colors instead of the called for stripes.

This is my February ornament for the Christmas Ornie SAL.  I'm doing the Christmas Carols theme and this month's theme is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  

I haven't decided yet whether to make it into an ornament or a card.  It will partially depend on what backing fabric I have.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WIP Wednesday - 2/14/2018

I can't believe it's Wednesday again, but I have two projects to show you this week.  First is my progress on Big Trees.
As of 2/7/18
As of 2/14/2018 

 At this point I switched to Tinkerbell Summer Blossoms which is my project for Cross Stitch Frog Busters Spring Forward SAL (work on an old WIP and try to finish it.)
As of 1/1/2018

As of 2/14/2018
This is what it will look like when finished.  The color is closest in the picture directly above.

Are you my Secret Stitching Sweetheart?

This is the special valentine I received from my Secret Stitching Sweetheart as part of the Valentine Blog Hop organized by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Did you send it?  It's a really cute design!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WIP Wednesday - 2/7/2018

This week, my "large project" has been Big Trees from the National Park Needlework Collection.  I started it about a year ago and finished 1/4 of it and then set it aside.  I pulled it out on Thursday for the Full Coverage Stitchathon in Cross Stitch Frog Busters. 
As of 2/1/2018
As of 2/7/2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Happy Dance - Fa La La

Started: 1/23/2018
Finished: 2/3/2018

This was designed by Ruth Sparrow of Twisted Threads from the Just Cross Stitch 2000 Special Christmas issue.

It's stitched with the called for DMC (367,550 and 815) one over one on 25-count Opalescent Lugana in Elegance.  It's actually more beige than purple.  It's stitched as charted, except that there were supposed to be scattered white satin stitches in the background.  With the opalescence, I didn't think they were needed so I left them off.

This is my January ornament for the Christmas Ornie SAL (see my sidebar).  The themes this year are 12 Days of Christmas or Christmas Carols.  I've chosen to do Christmas Carols and the theme for January was Deck the Halls, hence the Fa La La.

I went through my stash this morning and found some backing fabric that is almost perfect for it, so I will be making it into an ornament very soon.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Recap

At the beginning of January, I posted that my word for the year was accomplishment. I hope to update my accomplishments at the end of each month.

I started five projects and finished six which includes two carried over from December, stitching on seven total. I stitched every day except January 27th, because that was Girl Scout Cookie Pick Up Day and I was too tired to stitch when I got home.  Four of these were FFO'd and a fifth will be soon. The sixth just needs a hanger. 

I finished Devin's birthday present in time for his birthday and also finished the Ronald McDonald House Sampler.  I didn't finish my project for the Christmas Ornie SAL, but it should be done in a couple of days.


I started deep cleaning the kitchen and finished three shelves and one counter.  

I've been posting regularly to my blog, including the catch up posts for October.

I bought a Fitbit for my birthday and have been working on being more active.  My blood sugar is also under better control as I mentioned in my earlier post.

Not a lot, but it's better than nothing and I look forward to getting more done in February.

Other January Activities

Devin's birthday is January 3 and mine is January 6th so we normally celebrate them together.  This year we went to the Steer Inn in Santa Ana.  David & I gave him the framed Haunted Mansion that I cross stitched for him and Devin, Janice and Kyleigh gave me a rather generous gift certificate to, which believe it or not, I haven't spent yet.

David finished wiring the mini control room for the dirt events at Anaheim Stadium and worked every Friday (rehearsals and testing) and the Saturday (the main event) in January.   He's also heavily involved with the remodeling of the scoreboard systems with at least one meeting a week.

I'm continuing to sort and file papers for Kyleigh's class, but only had to do so twice this month because of all the holidays.  I also volunteered a couple of extra days at the Ronald McDonald House since volunteer signups are very heavy right now.

I also went to the doctor because I was worried about the swelling in my right leg.  It's not the DVT I was worried about fortunately.  I also found out that my HBA1c is now in the normal range, which it hasn't been for several years.  I speak with a Diabetes Care Manager once every couple of weeks and she's finally been able to start lowering my insulin levels.

On January 25, Kyleigh's school had a talent show and Kyleigh participated by singing Stay.  She sang in both performances and did a really good job, but was more upbeat in the second show that the parents attended.  This picture was taken by someone on the yearbook staff and sent to Janice.  It's my new favorite picture of her.
Last weekend Kyleigh went to the Aquarium of the Pacific with her Nonni and Robert.  I love the selfie.  Guess who was holding the camera?

Finally, I belong to the Frog Busters Facebook group.  It's a very active and enjoyable group.  I was named Fabulous Frog for the month of January for my encouragement and participation in the group.  As a result, I received the following package in the mail.