Thursday, January 17, 2019

January Gifted Gorgeousness

This is the first time I've joined the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL  hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Basically we post about things we have received as gifts or things we are planning to give someone else.

You've seen these before so if you want more details, look in my blog archive to view the Happy Dances.  My first qualifying item is the Narwhal that I stitched for the quilt I'm making for my granddaughter, Kyleigh. 

For the second, I'm kind of using the shoehorn.  It's a square that will eventually go to Binky South Dakota and be made into a quilt for a child.

Happy Dance - Gigi Giraffe

Started: 5/9/2018
Finished: 1/16/2019

This is the 16th animal in the Animal Advent series from Brooke's Books.  It's stitched on misty blue 14-count Aida as charted (except that I used two strands when it called for three) with the called for DMC floss. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WIP Wednesday - 1/16/2019

It was a good stitching week this time.  I worked on two more projects and stitched on them everyday, although there was one day when I stitched very little on Gigi. 

The first project I worked on was Brooke's Books Advent Animals, #16, Gigi Giraffe.  This one should have been finished last night since there's so little left.

The other project I worked on is the January Owl for Leslie Teare's Owl SAL.  This is a free SAL which can be found on her Facebook page--you need to join her group though.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy Dance - Narwhal

Started: 1/6/2019
Finished: 1/9/2019

This is the Cross Stitch Quickie in Cross Stitch Crazy #243.  It's stitched as charted on 14-count white Aida with the called for DMC.

This is another square for Kyleigh's quilt.  She went through several of my magazines when she stayed with us during her Christmas break and this is one of the ones she chose since she's "into" narwhals right now.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

WIP Wednesday - 01/09/2019

I worked on three projects this week, one finish and two new starts.  The first new start was for the Dimensions Year-Long SAL at Cross Stitch Frog Busters.  I didn't finish my project last year so I decided to choose a smaller one this year.  It's Eagles from Dimensions.  I've changed out the fabric and am stitching it on 14-count instead of 18-count.  This one is being set aside for now as I'm trying my rotation again.

The second project I worked on was the Narwahl for Kyleigh's quilt.  She picked this one out herself.

The finish was Mrs. Christmas which was posted here.

WIPocalypse Introduction

I am new to this group and late with my first post!  My name is Cathy and I am a 69 year old wife and mother living in southern California. My husband is an engineer for a local baseball team and I have been retired for four years now.  My previous occupation was as a Software Support Specialist for a local university.  I have one daughter who is married and has one daughter of  her own.

I love to cross stitch and most of my projects come either from my humongous stash or the UK magazines.  When I'm not cross stitching, I'm either reading (mostly murder mysteries and action/adventures) or playing games on the computer.  I also volunteer at my granddaughter's school doing sorting and filing, the local Ronald McDonald House doing data entry and as the Product Coordinator & Treasurer for my granddaughter's Girl Scout Troop, all of which keeps me busy.

My goals for 2019 are:

1) Reduce my WIP piles.  To do this, I've joined YOW (Year of WIPs) and the Extreme Challenge 1 over at Soul Stitching.   I've chosen 24 WIPs for YOW, with the goal of finishing at least 12 of them.  For the Extreme Challenge, we had to add the same number of WIPs as our birth day.  Since I was born on the 6th, I've added another six, making 30 WIPs with the goal being to finish at least 15.  The Advent Animals count as 10 and Frosty Forest will count as nine.
Brooke's Books - Advent Animals
National Park Series - Big Trees
Dimensions - Blow Bubbles
UK Magazine Free Chart - Cute as a Button
Country Cottage Needlework - Frosty Forest (Raccoon Cottage)
Janlynn - Holiday Sentiments
Huddles - Dallas Cowboys
Sam Hawkins Fingertip Towels - Lemon & Strawberries
Mill Hill - Winged Monarch
Margaret Sherry - Teacup Kitty
The Art of Disney - Tinkerbell Spring Blossoms
Sunset - Majestic Eagle
Dimensions - Eagles
If this was all I worked on, I'm pretty sure I could finish them all, but of course, I have other plans.

2) Finish the rest of the blocks for Kyleigh's quilt and get it quilted -- I only need a few more blocks so this is definitely doable.

3) Participate in Leslie Teare's Owl SAL, the Christmas Ornie SAL (I still need to choose the projects for this one) and the Dimensions Year-Long SAL at Cross Stitch Frog Busters (I'm using the Eagles project for this one.)

4) Continue stitching for WOCS (World of Charity Stitching) and Q4OC (Quilts for Older Children and Adults)

5) Stitch an undetermined number of Mill Hill kits already in my stash as well as at least one of the Christmas Village buildings.

6) I'm also joining Linda at Stitching with my Furbabies in stitching on 69 projects this year.  That's my age; she's turning 70 so she will be trying for one more than I am.

Am I crazy? Am I being too ambitious?  Probably, but we'll see how it goes as we journey through the year.  I just hope I don't loose my mojo which seems to be an annual occurrence, especially during the summer months.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my 69th birthday and I don't know how I got so old so fast!  It was a good day, though. 

First was church.  Janice is the Nursery Coordinator for our church so Kyleigh spends a lot of time in the nursery, although she goes to one of the three services with me.  She can be a big help to her mom and this week she helped entertain two little boys.

After church, Janice, Devin, Kyleigh and I went to visit my friend, Bob who provides our tickets to the Angels games.  Janice was delivering nuts and a thank you card and I gave him a late Christmas present.

We then picked up David and went to lunch to celebrate.  I chose Famous Dave's in Irvine.  We had a really good meal and I received a  free desert.
Just as a comparison, here's the picture taken on my birthday in 2013.

For my birthday, Kyleigh gave me a Diamond Dotz painting that she did herself.