Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stitch from Stash report

My charts by Heartstring Samplery arrived and I am having a hard time not starting one of them immediately! For now I have my monthly Stitch from Stash spending report. As the rules state, we are allowed a spending budget of $25 a month. I spent $18 in March on the charts mentioned above so once again I stayed within my limit. I have spent a total of $45 to date out of an allowable $75. Luckily, I have a good stash of threads and fabrics to last for awhile. The only WIP I worked on this month was The Apostle's Creed. I hope to have a finish and a new start to report next month!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring One Day. Winter the Next.

We had lovely warm weather last week and I have birds nesting in several of birdhouses out back! The chickadees are back and in the same house they choose each year! I just love watching them flit around! Several bluebird couples have been checking out houses. I am keeping my fingers crossed they decide to move in and raise a family! I was forgetful about putting out some birdseed in the feeders but after the rain stopped, I did just that in hopes it might lure some more possible tenants to my houses!

Once again, Beth of Heartstring Samplery has outdone herself! I bought two of her newest charts. Forever Young and Lasting as Eternity. There was no debating about it. I knew as soon as I saw them that I had to add them to my stash! Even though I am trying to work from my stash as much as possible I was not going to kid myself into thinking that I would not get any new charts! That's just absurd! *wink*
Yes, I am still working on The Apostle's Creed and I am beginning to wonder if and when I will ever have my first finish for 2014! I am getting closer though. I keep saying that I am going to pull out a new start for a rotation but then I end up stitching on TAC some more! Either way is fine by me.
There has not been a lot going on around here lately. Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Good Eating!

Our dishwasher died back in December. The repair man told us it would cost more to fix than a new one would cost so we decided to save and wait. The wait was finally over and I have a new dishwasher! In celebration I fixed this for dinner and it was big hit with everyone!

I have fixed Boston Butt roasts before but this one an immediate success and even though I was a little intimidated by the directions, it was not hard at all! I did make several changes. I used Fuji apples because that is what I had on hand and they are so flavorful. I cooked it several hours longer (5 in all) because the dishwasher men were coming out and I was not certain how long it would take them and I wanted everything to be ready in time. The extra cooking time made the meat fall off the bone, it was so tender! I was told by my family NOT to change a thing and continue to fix it this way. It is hard to find meals to cook that everyone will be happy with but this one did just that! It will definitely be fixed again! I was even able to cut the roast in half and it was enough to feed my group and I still have another half in the freezer to fix another night!

Happy Eating!

Friday, February 28, 2014

February's Report

The sun is shining again and temperatures have been reaching the 70's since the last snow! It has been wonderful! So many trees are beginning to bud and show off some colors. The birds are loving the Spring like days and are singing their sweet songs but now another cold snap is upon us and I am wearing my sweatshirts again. Hopefully it will be the last one for this season!

Since my last post, I worked some more on The Apostle's Creed. I have about 12 lines left to stitch. I work on it as often as possible now. I realize that I said it was a weekend only stitch but I would love to get it finished and take it in for framing very soon!

Other than the Apostle's Creed, there are a handful of others I am determined to see finished this year. Oh, who am I kidding? Each time I walk past my stash boxes, I hear muffled cries of "Pick me" "Stitch me" "Don't listen to them. I've been waiting longer!" Several of them are not currently in my stash but I HAVE to get them so what the heck! I won't let this happen every month besides I was prepared for there to be a few new designs I would just have to get!

My SFS spending update for this month is $9. I went to my LNS and picked up the February BBD Loose Feather's chart that I signed up for last year.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to have some progress pictures to share with you soon! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow and Stitching

We got snow. We also got ice and sleet. We are on day 3 of the storm. I made sure to refill the bird feeders before the storm hit so my backyard friends wouldn't have to worry about finding food under the frozen white stuff.

Day 1 was a wet but pretty snow with big fat flakes falling to the ground that hung around almost all day. See all the cardinals waiting for their turn at the bird feeder!

Day 2 was a dry snow that would blow around like powder, sleet and freezing rain. Messy and very dangerous. It was best to stay inside except for stepping out to take a few pictures now and then. Notice my Japanese Red Maple is full of red buds from the warm weather we had been having before the storm!

We are on Day 3 now and it is still snowing. It looks pretty falling but the roads are still horrible so everyone is staying put today. Remember, a tiny snowflake can send panic through the hearts of southerners! lol. 

While stuck in the house (literally! Because I'm not risking slipping and sliding at my age), I pulled my Group #1 stack and decided on my new start. I have been wanting to do Guarding Eden by Examplars of the Heart and it has been in my stash for several years begging to be pulled. I haven't done enough on it to take a progress picture yet. It is a large piece but is not very heavily detailed so.......

And I am still working on The Apostle's Creed on weekends. I love the original colors but I ended up changing most of them because I needed some extra pop and zing!

I have been working Mary's Sampler by PSS also. Since I set aside the weekends for The Apostle's Creed, I need to make a schedule for this piece also.

We are hoping to be thawed out by the weekend but until then I will stitch! Thanks so much for stopping by! May you have simple days and uncluttered heart! Stay safe and warm.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Calm Before the Storm!

Since my last post, we had snow! Not much. Not even enough to cover the grass completely. It wasn't one of the prettiest snows I remember having around here. It wasn't even worth taking a picture of but it snowed, none the less. The next morning the roads were a solid sheet of ice that involved some dangerous driving conditions and several days later, our temperatures were back in the mid 60's. That's the south!

With the warmer days upon us (even if only temporarily), the birds are singing sweeter and flitting around the yard checking out birdhouses for a place to nest and raise a family this Spring! My Japanese Red Maple and Forsythia have buds on them from the recent bouts of warmer weather. When the weather man began to talk about a possible winter storm coming our way around this week, I just put my hands over my ears and began to sing really loud. Maybe if I don't hear it, it won't happen! lol. I guess we will find out soon enough!

I spent some time going through my current stash for my Blast from the Past year. I was able to divide it all up into four groups. 1. Really want to stitch this! 2. Like it but it but not as much as the #1 group. 3. Not interested at this time but want to hang on to it. 4. Giveaways. Did I get your attention with Group 4? lol. Keep watching for some giveaways to begin sometime soon.

Now for the big news! No, I don't have my first finish of 2014 yet but I am finished with page one of The Apostle's Creed. Only 1.5 pages to go and since it is a piece I stitch only on weekends, it may take a while but I know I will be thrilled when it is finished.

My thoughts are wandering off to a new start! It would be my first new start of 2014 and would have to come out of my stash. After going through my boxes, I came across a stack of designs I would love to see finished and hanging on the walls! This Blast from the Past project may have to last longer than one year but hey, I've got nothing but time! lol.

Sorry for no pictures this time around but I wanted to post before my busy begins with errands and doctors to get out of the way in case that winter storm decides to move our way! I hope to have plenty to share next time. Thanks so much for stopping by and welcome to all my new followers! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

And the Year Rolls On

Can you believe that January is almost over? I can't say that I was sad to see 2013 leave! It definitely wasn't one of best years (health wise) for me. Things are beginning to level off a bit and move in the right direction. I have my good days and I have my bad days like everyone else. As the saying goes "what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger"!

Now that the holidays are over, my sights have turned to Spring and Summer which will be arriving soon! Also DSL will be making a return in several months making the days longer and giving me more time to enjoy my backyard with nesting birds and beautiful flowers!  I always enjoy a good snow at least once a year. The kind that falls so thick and heavy you can barely see your hand in front of your face and the snow flakes are so big and wet, you just want to stand outside and catch them with your tongue. But -- we have not had any snow for several years and without the snow, the super cold temperatures just aren't worth it so I say "No snow? Bring on Spring!". I have even picked out several birdhouses and plants I would like to get for the yard this year.

I worked on Mary's Sampler earlier in the month and got frustrated because I just did not make as much progress on it as I had originally thought I would because of so many awful hand cramps so I put it aside for now and picked up The Apostle's Creed to work on some more. I haven't worked on this one since November when I took it with me to work on during my treatments each week. I really want to get this one finished up in time for the framing sale at my LNS. Maybe the hand cramps will die down once the awful cold dry weather moves on. I will share some stitching pictures next time!

I decided that I will focus on my current stash for stitching this year. Oh, I know I will buy a few charts here and there. I signed up for the new Loose Feathers designs last year and am still receiving them but I have so many great designs in my stash, it seems a shame to just let them sit. I found the perfect challenge for me (Stitching from Stash) but sign ups were closed (just my lazy luck) so this will be my "Blast from the Past" year! Some may be designs that have been in my stash for years while others have only been there for a few months. As long as it was added to my stash before January 1, 2014 it will qualify! I will follow the same basic rules that the SFS challenge is using and allow myself no more than $25 a month for supplies and charts. I made my list and am even ready to start several others along with my currents WIPs. Could this be a more than one project at a time year for me? I would share my list but I think I will just wait and do that as I begin to work on each one. After all, life happens!

My spending for January includes December's Loose Feather (which I forgot to pick up last month) chart and January's Loose Feather chart coming to a total of $18.79..

Thanks so much for stopping by! I always enjoy your visits. Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

Coming Soon to a Town Near You ...... 2014!

This is the same post I make at the end of each year with a few changes here and there to suit the time of my life. It may get old to some but it works for me.

A New Year is right around the corner! A brand new clean calender! It's up to each one of us what we do with it. Each year I make the same goals with a possible extra or two tossed in for good measure. I prefer to use "goals" instead of "resolutions" because I feel that taking already important things in my life and putting my focus on strengthening them.

1. To make an effort to learn something new every day. The joy of knowledge is indeed a blessing no matter what you choose to learn.

2. To make time for myself. It's amazing what 15 minutes sitting on the deck with a hot cup of coffee and watching the birds can do for my soul. A little time each day to refresh my spirit is all it takes.

3. To take time to appreciate each day. Too often we forget to see the beauty around us and take the simple things in life for granted. My continued goal is to look with my eyes but to see with my heart. To simply enjoy life and all that is a part of it.

4. To enjoy my family and friends. I am lucky to have each and every one of them in my life. I have been blessed with so many online friends and each day I am grateful for each one of you! My online stitching and blogging friends are a very important part of my life!

5. Organize and Simplify! Two key words I always yearn to make a part of my everyday routine but often lose focus on. Organize doesn't mean I have to go on a cleaning rampage each day. It just means I need to get my life and things that are a part of my life in some of manageable order so that I feel comfortable instead of constantly overwhelmed. Not putting things off until the last minute can contribute greatly to this cause! Simplify! Just what it means - plain and simple! Stop making a mountain out of a mole hill, do what I can and leave the rest, don't volunteer for more than I feel I can handle or feel will stress me out!

6. To Remember. So many people have come and gone from my life over the recent years and I want to keep their memory alive.

7. To keep my faith alive and strong.

8. A Random Act of Kindness. Like so many others, I was raised to do them. Only back then they were called "manners" or just plain "consideration for others". So many people still do these and often without even realizing it. For the New Year coming up, I challenge myself along with each and every one of you to make RAKs a regular part of your life and to become more aware of them. Whether it means opening a door for a person, buying a stranger a cup of coffee, taking the grocery cart back inside the store or something else. Let us all strive to bring back those values and in doing so we will give back. I would love to hear what you did today to make someone's day a little brighter.

9. To Forgive. Things happen that cause hurt, anger and resentment but often the people who cause these emotions don't care. We are the ones left with bitter feelings that only mount up and make us more and more miserable. I will let the past remain in the past and let go of these feelings so that I can move on with my life.

10. To use kind words and practice patience more often. I will try to live by the good old standard saying "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

And of course the New Year just wouldn't be complete without a few just plain fun goals!

1. Take more trips. Even day trips can be fun.

2. No pressure. Keep the fun and joy in stitching. This is why I started in the first place!

3. Work on more Christmas stitches through out the year.

4. I also have a lot of freebies, smalls and magazine patterns I have been wanting to stitch. Each year, I have good intentions to work on them but they never seem to get stitched. I hope to make a better effort this year.

Have a safe New Year's Eve! I will be staying home and stitching. Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.