Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Dance - Kris Kringle

Started: 8/8/2017
Finished: 8/12/2017

This is one of the Charmed Santas from Mill Hill.  It's stitched according to the directions with the materials provided in the kit with the exception that I used two strands for the cross stitch instead of three.

The hat and face are stitched separately and then glued together.  I made the hanger out of leftover beads and it will be hanging on my tree come Christmas time.  I have a bunch of these in my stash so you'll be seeing more of them in the coming months.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kyleigh at the Angels' Game

The Angels had a day game yesterday and the SAC that Kyleigh attends took advantage of that fact and attended the game.  Since grandpa works in the control room and Janice told him where they'd be sitting, Kyleigh and her friends spent some time on the video board.  These pictures are taken from the monitor at grandpa's station in the control room.  When Kyleigh saw the pictures, she thought she had been on television.  BTW, the Angels won!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Dance- Summer Rose Card

Started: 8/4/2017
Finished: 8/8/2017

This was the free cover kit from the World of Cross Stitching #256.  It's stitched with the materials in the kit except that I changed the backstitching on the leaves and stem from the same red as the rose to DMC 895.  It's been made into a card and has been added to my drawer of unknown purpose.

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Busy Weekend

After Kyleigh got home from camp, we went to a nearby McDonald's for a late lunch and then she got "thrown into the bathtub" for a much needed shower and hair wash.  Then the three of us (Janice, Kyleigh and I) went to the Angels' game with "Uncle" Bob.  This is what Kyleigh and Bob do during most of the game although usually they both have rally monkeys. 
 Saturday morning we met for breakfast and then headed over to the local Home Depot for the Kids' Workshop.  These are held the first Saturday of the month and the materials, necessary tools and instructions are free.  The child gets an apron and a pin for each workshop completed.   Today the kids built Penske Truck. 
 On the way back to the car, we walked past some sheds and Kyleigh took the opportunity to test out the wheels on the truck.

After that we went and looked at a few condos (Janice has decided she doesn't want a 3-story one after all!).  Later Saturday evening, we went to Movie Night at our church.  There was a hot dog/pulled pork sandwich supper as well as candy and sodas and popcorn available during the movie.
There were also several games that Kyleigh participated in.

First, the sack race; she had quit hopping and started running at this point
The egg/spoon race; she won this one
Sunday, of course was church.  The kids have been doing serving projects such as rolling bandages, etc.  This week they made place mats for the Senior Moments luncheons.

She's Back!

Kyleigh arrived home from Girl Scout Camp right on schedule!  She had a fantastic time and is already to go again next year! Here are some pictures.
Stuck on the Bus until Mama made it to the front of the line.
After she got off of the bus

With the friends she made at camp
The next four are a series.  Devin (Janice's fiancee) works at a store in the mall where the buses unloaded so he was able to come out and say hi!
She ran and jumped into his arms

They looked at each other as he recovered
Posing for a picture
And finally the hug!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Kyleigh finally made it to camp

Kyleigh was supposed to go to Girl Scout Camp on Monday, 7/24, but she woke up with a 101.8 degree fever so mama kept her home and this is how she spent part of the week.
This was her second year and she was really looking forward to it.  She had an ear infection, what was thought to be strep throat, and a headache as well as the fever.  Mama was able to reschedule her for the camp session the following week and after a few doses of antibiotic, she was good to go.

This is Monday, 7/31. 
A much happier little girl.  The camp posts pictures during the camp session, but the following is the only one that looked like she was having a good time.  She loves archery and her dad used to be an archery coach so she's an experienced archer.
She comes home this afternoon!

Catch up Post - Mill Hill Finishes

Started: 6/4/2017
Finished: 6/9/2017
American Pie
Started: 7/20/2017
Finished: 7/26/2017
This one will have a magnet added to the back of it and will go on my refrigerator with the rest of my collection of Mill Hill food.
Down the Chimney
Started: 7/27/2017
Finished: 8/2/2017
The hanger is made from leftover beads.

Clock Shoppe
Started: 6/13/2017
Finished: 8/3/2017
This is the third Christmas Village building that I've stitched so far.  I plan to stitch them all eventually.  It's stitched on 14-count pewter Aida with the called for threads.  This took so long because I accidentally dumped out one package of beads and had to get replacements.

This catches you up on all my missing Happy Dances.  I've now finished 20 projects for 2017, but as you have seen, most of them are small.  I do have some WIPs that I've worked on some, but I'll save those for the next time I stitch on them.

Catch up Post - Miscellaneous Happy Dances

Ladybug Cow
Started: 4/22/2017
Finished: 4/24/2017

The pattern for this came from Silly Cows and was stitched for WOCS (World of Charity Stitching).  It's a fun theme that we've done several times through the years.
February Fairy
Started: 3/2/2017
Finished: 4/21/2017
March Fairy
Started: 4/25/2017
Finished: 5/16/2017
Both of these were stitched from the free Calendar from the December 2016 Cross Stitcher magazine.  The designer is Lily of the Valley and I plan to do all of them at some point.  Both are stitched on 25-count Lugana with the called for DMC.

Cardinal Hangup
Started: 5/22/2017
Finished: 6/4/2017
This is from Diane Arthurs (Imaginating).  It's stitched on 25-count white Lugana and will eventually be made into a banner.  I'm keeping this one!

Catch up Post - Projects for Kyleigh

Back in early April, I took my granddaughter to Barnes and Noble for her free birthday cupcake and at the same time, bought the March issue of Cross Stitch Crazy.  While eating her cupcake, she went through the issue and chose some projects for grandma to stitch for her quilt. 

The first one was the free cover kit and although she didn't request this one, she wore it home one day and I haven't seen it since.
The next one she chose because she had done an art project at school shortly before she saw the magazine.  It's from a series of dresses through the decades.

The next two were chosen because she loves science and wants to be a scientist when she grows up.  They are from the Crazy for Science section of the magazine.
There were several other projects also chosen from this magazine, but when I pulled the colors for one of them, I decided against it (it was a fox and there are much better looking foxes out there) and the others involve some modification so I haven't done them yet

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Where I've been for the past six months

We started out on a week and a half long trip to the Phoenix area in early March.  We attended a Family Motorcoach Association gathering in Chandler and then spent some time in Phoenix itself catching up with my sister.  Then we decided to go to the Grand Canyon for a couple of days.  We did make it to the Grand Canyon, but the day before we were to check out of the campground, David ended up in the hospital in Flagstaff with a very bad infection in his lower leg.  Fortunately, the campground was able to extend our reservation and we headed home a week later where he spent another week in the hospital here.

That kind of ruined my stitching and blogging plans for awhile Then, between a long bout with depression, other health issues,  and not really stitching that much, day added to day and no blogging.  I finally decided it was time to get back to blogging, but what do I do about all the finishes, pictures, events, etc. that happened in the interim?  So I began to procrastinate.  I still haven't completely decided yet, but there will probably be a few catch up posts involved.   However, I'm feeling better now and am returning to Blog Land.

My next post will have the finishes for the past six months or so and I'll go from there.  I'm not sure anybody is still reading my posts, but since I blog mostly for myself and my family, that's okay.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy Dance - Fast Food

Started: 2/28/2017
Finished: 3/1/2017

This chart is called Fast Food and is from the Challenge Lucie section of Cross Stitch Crazy #151.  It's stitched as charted mostly--the french fries may have a little bit of unintentional customization--on white 14-count Aida with DMC floss.

This is another square for Kyleigh's quilt and I chose it because Kyleigh likes fast food and lives closer to McDonald's than she does to where her mom parks her car.

February Recap
     Starts: 4
     Finishes: 5
     Projects Worked on: 9

Year to Date Recap
     Starts: 11
     Finishes: 7
     Projects Worked on: 13
     Projects Abandoned/UFO Status: 1

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kyleigh's Weekend

Kyleigh spend the weekend with her dad and Noni.  Here are a few pictures.

Noni does a lot of bike riding and walking and when Kyleigh stays with her, she goes, too.  Note: It's been raining here in southern California lately.
The third grade classes at Kyleigh's school sang in church this morning and Noni was kind enough to bring Kyleigh so that she could participate.  Kyleigh's in the black dress and glasses.

Weekly Update - 2/27/2017

This little mermaid is the February circle for the Fantasy SAL by Durene Jones for Lakeside Needlecraft.  She's stitched as charted with the called for DMC floss on 25-count Lugana in Fairy Dance from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  This is one of my favorite circles so far.

Here is the progress to date on the whole project. (The color is better in the picture above.)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Happy Dance - Little Bear #2

Started: 2/18/2017
Finished: 2/21/2017

This is the second Little Bear ornament from the kit by Joan Elliott.  It's stitched on the white plastic canvas with the floss included in the kit.

I'm stitching this kit as part of the Christmas All Year Round SAL on Stitch Maynia.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekly Update - 2/20/2017

This week was a good stitchy week as I had two finishes (although both were fairly small).  I also started the second Little Bear Christmas ornament from Joan Elliott.
This is being stitched on white perforated plastic with the floss included in the kit.  It is being stitched for the Christmas All Year Round SAL at Stitch Maynia.

Two More Finishes

January Fairy
Started: 1/24/2017
Finished: 2/17/2017

This is the January Fairy from the Lily of the Valley Fairy Calendar chart book that came with the December 2016 Cross Stitcher magazine.

She is stitched on 25-count pewter Lugana with the called for DMC threads.  The only change I made was to leave off 2016 which was stitched in the stars on her headband as I plan to stitch all 12 and make them into a quilt and I don't know when that will happen.

Bounce House
Started: 2/17/2017
Finished: 2/18/2017

This is by Lucie Heaton in the Challenge Lucie section of Cross Stitch Crazy #184. 

It is stitched on 14-count white Aida with the called for DMC threads except that I used 310 instead of 3799 which I couldn't find in my stash.

This is for Kyleigh's quilt and I chose it because she loves to play in bounce houses whenever possible.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekly Update - 2/13/2017

Other than the two finishes posted separately last week, I only stitched on one project.  That project was Big Trees.  It went from here:
To here:

As soon as I finish the last column, I'll be 1/4 of the way to a finish, but I think I'm going to put it up for awhile and work on something else.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Two Finishes

Started: 2/2/2017
Finished: 2/7/2017

This is Muriel, one of the Hocus Pocus Trilogy from Mill Hill.  She's stitched as charted on the tan perforated paper with the threads provided.  The only change is that I use two threads for the cross stitch instead of the three called for.  This is my February stitch for the Trick or Treating All Year Long SAL on Stitch Mania.

Started: 1/30/2017
Finished: 2/8/2017

This is from the Crazy Kids section titled Woodland Friends from an older issue of Cross Stitch Crazy.  

It's stitched on white 14-count Aida with the called for DMC threads.  I did make a change though.  The flowers on the left were supposed to be stitched in grays, but I didn't like the gray so I changed them.

This will be going to WOCS as part of their Bunnies SAL.