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!