Overdrawn!

What a week! I am so overworked and far behind I haven’t had time to stitch in the last 5-6 days! Had some good news come in which has taken up most of my time for the past few days. And of course, like I mentioned last week I took on a bunch of projects and overbooked myself once again. Which is cool, since they are pretty cool projects! It’s snowing once again here. Wasn’t the foot we got on Thursday enough 🙂 Had to get my twelve year old a new pair of boots today. I can’t believe he is a size 11! My husband is only a size 10.5 or 11. He’s going to be TALL. Poor kid. He had his Valentine’s Day dance on Friday and I got a text saying he was having an issue with his tooth about 30 minutes into it. So I go into the school and his tooth had fallen out! Poor kid. The rest of the family trudged across the street to eat dinner and about 20 minutes later I got a call that the poor kid had thrown up! What a bad time. He took it all in stride though. He was ok! Poor, poor Mason. Anyway, last time I got to stitch was Sunday or Monday of last week! I did get the February block completed, and finally received my DMC light effect white thread for the snow on the Jan block. I was trying to work on that when I gave up because that awful thread kept fraying, and wouldn’t thread onto the needle and I just...
Woodland Sampler Progress

Woodland Sampler Progress

Boy, I started writing this Monday night but never posted. I am just going to start over since it was mostly nonsense anyway. Yesterday was my husband’s birthday! Yay! We didn’t really do much we worked all day and then when he got home he wanted to work on his taxes. After that I started on dinner which ended up being a multicultural feast, haha. Homemade chili cheese fries, potato and cheddar pierogies and flounder with onions, shallots, mushrooms and teriyaki sauce. Was too filling. I’ve been able to get in anywhere from 2-4 hours of stitching a night – and even though all that time has been invested it doesn’t look like I got too far haha. I ordered a replacement thread for the original white (bright white) for the snow – so instead of bright white I’m using the dmc light effects white that is a sparkly type of white. Anyway, since my last post these are the photos of the end of each night’s work: I’ve been so entranced with this project I have neglected all my other WIPs. What little time I have I have been dedicating to this because I am having such a good time working on it! I had a nightmare last night about it though – I dreamt that I didn’t stitch February tight enough and all my stitches fell out. It was horrible. Eesh. I’ve planned on turning a portion of our bedroom into my “craft zone”. I need to get a table and some shelving units (or have the husband make some). I’m gonna place my sewing machine there...
Meh, day.

Meh, day.

I’m not having the best of days. I feel agitated and irritated by almost everything today. Not sure why. Perhaps it’s the change of weather. I can’t be tired, I slept long and well last night. I’m not under any particular amount of stress from work… Just one of them days I suppose. Worked on the project I mentioned for the new client for a bit yesterday. Came up with this: Worked on two of my projects last night. Snoopy/Charlie Brown and “Bless this Nest” and WIP/UFO I found when going through my stash. Bless this Net is a seriously complicated little kit. Lots of fractionals, color changes, and specialty stitches. I think it’s going to be gorgeous when finished though! So, on Snoopy – I finished his body and started Charlie’s head: And this just about where “Bless this Nest” was at when I started- well it only had 14 half cross stitches – I forgot to snap a pic before my needle hit the aida!: And my ending point for the night: Won’t be able to get into stitch mode until much later tonight. Worked all day, and still have several things left on my plate before I can officially “relax”....
January is so crazy

January is so crazy

Haven’t gotten much time to relax once again the past few days. Tuesday and Thursday were my oldest two kids birthdays, and then yesterday we had a combined birthday party for them, and their cousin, who’s birthday was Friday. It was nice. Aside from my brother and his fiance and their son and my parents it was just my family. No one wanted to travel after the nasty snow we had yesterday. And, of course it’s snowing like crazy again today. I made the kids a “camo” cake. I wish I remembered to take a picture of the finished product, but of course I never do… This is the best I got – the finished cake had bright purple icing with purple, black, green and white sprinkles and “Happy Birthday” written in chocolate icing: Still have my husband’s birthday on the 29th. It’s been a month packed with birthdays! Got a call yesterday for working on a new site for someone. It should be a fairly quick project- one page, basic informational site, no complicated design elements. Gonna try to set up a demo site this afternoon or evening. Also got two other projects I need to wrap up. Well, one to wrap- one to start. But the one I need to start on is also minimal work, so I’m not very worried. Hopefully I can get all the tasks for that project wrapped up by tomorrow evening. In other news I finally got around to going to the craft stored in the next big town over. I had wanted to go becaue I saw rumors on the forums...
Happy 12th to my oldest AAAANNNDDDD Another Finish!

Happy 12th to my oldest AAAANNNDDDD Another Finish!

Today, my “baby” is 12 years old. I am out of my mind right now. 12 years ago on January 14th, 2002 my oldest son was born. All 8lbs 9oz of him. And today? He’s looks almost like a grown man. 5’6″, 150+lbs, mustache and beginning beard. I cannot believe this. My baby, who still calls me mommy, and  who is one of my best friends, is almost a teenager. I cannot believe this. It’s unfathomable. The way time passes is something I cannot comprehend. 🙁 I hope his day was wonderful and can’t wait for our entire family to gather for his (along with his sister and his cousin – three b-days in one week!) birthday party this weekend! And, in other news: After 14/15 years as a WIP to UFO to WIP to storage to WIP I finished “May Your Days”! I am so happy, and it looks even better than I imagined, even better than the little example photo shows on the package. Can’t wait to frame this. This is most definitely going somewhere in my home. There is so much emotion, time and history tied to this piece I could never give it away. This is literally the first “large” piece I worked on after graduated from little ornament sized items. I started this piece when I was 16 years old. Nearly 15 years ago now. At the time I lived in a group home with roughly 13/14 other kids from ages 11-17. Some were foster kids. Some were kids released to the group home after criminal activity. Some, like me, we just not having...

Another snow day…

Boy, do these kids have it easy these days. Two out of the four school-aged kids had off today because of an unexpected bit of snow we got last night. Weathermen called for a “dusting”, but of course we woke up to about a good 4 inches. My youngest and oldest (that are in school) had a two hour delay. The other two had ANOTHER day off. I mean they just had off Tuesday because it was “too cold”(!!) and then a two hour delay on Weds (also due to the cold. And now today – and the roads were just fine by the time the two hour delay was up. Oh well. Spent most of the day working on finishing this website that need a video carousel, photo slideshow and a ton of content. Blah. Then worked on a bunch of Internet Explorer bugs. My arm is killing me. It’s been rubbing on the edge of my desk for a few hours now. I need to make some sort of cushion or something to prevent this. Day four and still no smoking. I’m so proud of myself. The ultimate test was last night when me and Billy went out to dinner and had some drinks – and I, of course, had a fleeting urge to smoke – but I didn’t! Kind of empowering. Had a delicious Portabella Burger last night. The food was excellent and it was open mic night so we got to hear some pretty talented “normal” folks. We ended up at the race track by the end of the night and played the machines for...