Friday, June 5, 2020

Happy Dance - American Star

Started: 5/6/2020
Finished: 6/4/2020
Stitching Time: 1 hour 54 minutes

This is the first completed Mill Hill project from this year's Stitch Maynia.  I chose to do it first because it was simple and would be a quick finish.  

It was a fun stitch, but there are two unintentional customizations that I discovered too late to frog.

I'll be making this into a magnet and giving it to Kyleigh.

Next Up: Egg-ceptional

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Weekly Update - 6/3/2020

Since it will take me awhile to finish Picachu and I'm already updating the Peppermint Purple SAL on a weekly basis, I thought I'd combine the two into a weekly update.

Peppermint Purple SAL
Week 23 of the Peppermint Purple SAL was stitched with DMC 121 and took 47 minutes to stitch.


As of 5/31/2020 - after 1 hour
As of 6/3/2020 - after 2 hours 33 minutes

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

May Recap and June Plans

It was a very good month as far as stitching was concerned.  I stitched for at least an hour everyday in May and I did some things that seemed to work out well and will continue them in June.

I stitched on 38 projects this month, starting 35 new ones and finishing four. Three of the four finishes were new starts.

31 of my new starts were Mill Hill ornaments that I started for Stitch Maynia.  I'm not going to show them here, but if you want to see them you can find them here: Days 1 - 7; Days 8-14; Days 15-21;
Days 22 - 28 and Days 28 - 31

My finishes this month were:
My Pad - Mill Hill
Cinco de Mayo - Lucie Heaton (World of Cross Stitching #254)
The Royals - Jasmine and Aladdin
Derpy Hooves - Stitched Pixels

I continued working on my Peppermint Purple Year Long SAL and have now finished 22 blocks.

In addition to my Mill Hill starts and the ones I also finished, I had two other new starts at the end of the month.
Peppermint Pal

June Plans
I've decided to keep stitching my Mill Hill ornaments, one at a time for 30 minutes a day in no set order.  I'm starting with the American Star, because it's small, only has three floss colors and should finish up quickly.

I've also decided to stitch 30 minutes a day on one specific project.  This worked out well with The Royals in May, so I'm going to do it again in June.  I have several larger projects that I want/need to finish this year so this seems to be a good way to do it.  I'm starting with Picachu, but don't expect to finish it in June.

In addition, I plan on keeping up with the Peppermint Purple SAL, my Furry Tails mice and my JCS Christmas Ornament SAL.  I hope to be able to work in the September Owl as well.

Days Stitched This Month (at least 1/2 hour) = 58
Days Stitched This Year (at least 1/2 hour) = 149 (possible = 152)
Total Hours Stitched This Month = 79 hours and 26 minutes
Total Hours Stitched This Year = 280 hours and 27 minute
Number of Projects Worked on This Month = 38
Number of Unique Projects Worked on This Year = 56
Number of Projects Started This Month = 35
Number of Projects Started This Year = 56
Number of Projects Finished This Month = 4 
Number of Projects Finished This Year = 22

Monday, June 1, 2020

Stitch Maynia - The Final Chapter

Day 29 was Reindeer Games for the Winter Holiday Collection.  I stitched for 30 minutes on his face.  The large blank area is his nose and the smaller one is his mouth.

Day 30 was the Watermelon from the Spring Bouquet Collection.  I stitched for 33 minutes on the watermelon itself.

Day 31 was the Seagull, another one from the Spring Bouquet Collection.  I stitched for 30 minutes on the stump he's standing on.

Since I finished The Royals on which I was stitching 30 minutes a day, I decided to choose another project and do the same thing.  I had a lot of trouble deciding, but I finally chose Picachu.  Picachu is a Pokemon character and I'm stitching it as part of a Pokemon SAL for Q4OC.  Because he is mostly one color, I decided that 30 minutes a day was a good way to go.   This is after two nights stitching or about an hour.

I enjoyed Maynia this year and I completed the whole month without any trouble or regrets.  Will I do it again?  Maybe if I can come up with another theme--maybe the cover kits that come with the UK magazines.

May Activities/Pictures

I only had one picture to post in April so I decided to skip the April posting and add it to May.  I was thinking that there would only be one or two pictures for May also.  Boy was I wrong!

These are Kyleigh's and Janice's cats.  Kyleigh's cat is the one on top and is our Taz's brother.  Janice has had her cat for several years now.  They started out enemies, but are now friends.

On Mother's Day, Janice, Devin and Kyleigh came by to deliver groceries.  They also brought fresh baked homemade cinnamon rolls and Kyleigh hid a homemade card in the groceries.  I didn't get any hugs, but at least I got to see them.

Kyleigh is a member of the POM team at school and one Saturday they surprised her with a visit and a goodie bag.  Janice made her actually get dressed that day.

I've shown pictures before of Taz sleeping on David's chest.  Well, his new thing is to curl up on the newspaper. 

Kyleigh spends every other weekend with her father and his mom.  This particular Friday, they went bike riding which they do a lot when she visits.  Her old bike was getting small and the brakes were going out so they bought her a new one.  Unfortunately, she hit a patch of water and fell.  In addition to the scrape on her arm, she also bruised her face and hurt her leg
When Kyleigh got home on Sunday afternoon, Janice took two more pictures showing the damage in more detail.

Our church has been very proactive in providing worship opportunities by streaming all the church services and posting a Pastor's POD (Promise of the Day).  The one thing they hadn't figured out was communion.  Finally Saturday, 5/16 they did their first Drive Up Communion.

This week was Kyleigh's last week of school and she went to her homeroom on Wednesday morning to turn in her books and pick up her supplies.  Each student was scheduled a individual 10-minute visit.  In addition to turning in her books and getting her personal items, Janice took a picture and then the teacher danced the brand new 7th grader out of the classroom.

It's hard to see in this picture, but Taz is lying behind my laptop and is guarding a partial package of Ritz Crackers that he found there.

We let Taz outside for a little while most mornings, but once he comes in, he's my bosom buddy and after bothering me for awhile, he curls up somewhere on my desk and falls asleep.  This is where he landed this morning.  Unfortunately, he's about to be woken up so that I can get to the pile of mail underneath him.

And that was our May.  We spent most of our time at home.  I did go grocery shopping a couple of times and we drove through a drive-through occasionally, but mostly we stayed home.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

WIPacolypse - May 2020

It's the last Sunday of the month which means it's time for the WIPacolypse SAL where we post what we're doing to finish all of our WIPs by the end of the world.  This SAL is hosted by Measi at Measi's Musings   Click on the link for more information or to see what others have posted.

In my introduction post, I set some goals for this year.

1) Stitch Deer Scene from Dimensions - No progress

2) Finish Let's Learn from Out Cat - Finished in February

3) Finish Big Trees - No progress

4) Finish Advent Animals by Brooke's Books - No progress

5) Finish Tinkerbell - No progress

6) Finish Leslie Teare's 2019 Owl SAL - Finished August in February, no additional progress

7) Complete the Peppermint Purple Year Long SAL on Facebook.  So far, so good!

8) Complete the 2020 Stitcher's Challenge on Q4OC (Quilts for Older Children and Adults). -  Finished the Royals and started Picachu.

9) Stitch 12 Furry Tales Female Mice to be sent to WOCS for a quilt.  January, February, March and April were stitched previously.  May was stitched this month.

Question of the Month: Tell us about a piece that you absolutely loved stitching.
While I've loved stitching many of my projects over the years, the one that comes to mind right now is Lady of the Flag which I stitched when she first came out.  It's the only Mirabilia that I've stitched and probably the only one I ever will stitch.


Happy Dance - Derpy Hooves

Started: 5/22/2020
Finished: 5/30/2020
Stitching Time: 11 hours

Derpy Hooves, one of the newer My Little Ponies was designed by Stitched Pixels.

It was stitched on 14-count white plastic canvas as charted with the called for DMC floss. 
I stitched this for a friend's granddaughter for her seventh birthday in June, because this is her favorite My Little Pony.  The chart was provided to me by the grandma.  I'll be backing it with light purple felt and making it into an ornament.

Next Up: Peppermint Pal