Monday, November 26, 2012

Keeping up with the Joneses

Ahh, Monday. I had 2 days off for Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday. Today is my regular day off and tomorrow I asked off. So I'm away from work for 6 days and enjoying it! Usually I get bored by the 4th day but not this time! I've been stitching, eating, shopping, eating, etc. Today is the first day I'm not gassed bloated up lol! I'm making an effort to not eat Thanksgiving leftovers.

I want to talk about Black Friday. Thanksgiving day after our meal was eaten and the kitchen somewhat cleaned up, my daughter and I decided to hit Target for their 9 p.m. opening. Our local newspaper was about 2 inches thick from just the sale inserts themselves! This is one of my favorite things about this season, the sale papers. Target had some things I wanted like an xBox game for my daughter, the newest Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Now I'm an amateur at this Black Friday thing. So we get to Target about 8 p.m. and there's already a line! A. Long. Line! But we're up for this. Eventually we get in to have people running past us to get what they wanted before it ran out. We stood in line 1 hour only to shop for 10 minutes. We were out before everyone got in line at the cashiers. Then off to Kohl's for their midnight opening, two hours early! At first we sat in the car. Then people started coming up so we got out and got in line. The closer to midnight the more people came up and stood by the door while the rest of us were in this long line going the other way! Yeah, there were some unhappy people but the Kohls people made a line and let all of us in line go in first! We then stood in line after grabbing and running and playing bumper carts with everyone else for another hour! We finally got home at 2 a.m. Folks, that was my first and only time I will do Black Friday! lol! But I got some good deals and I can now say I did Black Friday!

I stashed recently and all my purchases are from seeing these designs except for the Val's Stuff designs, on everyone else's blogs! So a big THUMBS UP for co-dependency! Well, this kind anyway
Baby, it's cold outside and No Quitter. I don't have the fabric called for so I'll be pulling fabric from my stash for them. I also bought two small pieces of linen for ornaments and some GAST for Baby, it's cold outside.
And I couldn't resist some more Halloween designs! Trick or Treat by Widgets & Wool Primitives and Pumpkin with Cornstalk by Handblessings

And my very first HAED design! A perfectly spooky one, of course! After printing this out, I wondered what I was thinking. It takes at least 17 skeins of black DMC! Might as well go shopping again and buy black a little at a time! But in my defense, HAED was having a sale haha. I don't know if it's still on though.

And, here's Val's Stuff designs, with the buttons and WDW that it needed-Envy and Confetti. Can't wait to stitch with the Confetti! I was lookin' through my stash and thought that I didn't have much Christmas-y designs so here you go! Aren't they both cute?
In between all the shopping and eating, I managed to finish 2 projects
Bringing Home the Tree by LHN and the BBD design in the newest JCS ornie mag, the name escapes me.
And my stitching up to date of the Winter House Sampler by Homespun Elegance

I have since finished the lt green tree and am now stitching the other lt green tree and snowman on the left side of the house. See the gap in the roof? For some reason it was left blank but I'm going to fill that in with an over-dyed white for snow. The UFO next to the moon? That is Santa's sleigh. I just have to have stitch the reindeer and the lines. This one may end up on the pile of Turtle Trot WIP's!

Speaking of Turtle Trot, I have my WIP's lined up on my sidebar if you want to see what I'll be working on. The last 9 are all Crazy January Challenge '12 stuff and the next 3 are mostly Halloween, and the Thee I Love is from an old JCS magazine that I started 2 years ago. Have you all seen all the Challenges and SAL's popping up lately? I'm intrigued with the Scarlet Letter Challenge because one blogger I was reading recently finished up a smallish sampler from SL that didn't look intimidating. The Turtle Trot SAL is the only SAL that I'll be doing in 2013 and maybe a couple of Stitching with Love exchanges. I can see myself loading up on all these SAL's and feeling rushed and I hate rushing!

We're headed to Phoenix in a couple weeks, my daughter and I. Get out of Dodge and visit the big city. I'm looking for a computer tower and my brother tells me I might be able to find a good-priced one in Phoenix. We have a Best Buy here and I found two that are on sale but he thinks I can find one cheaper in Phoenix. And I'll be headed to the Attic ( Attic Needleworks), much to the dismay of my daughter who just hates needlework shops and, I'm sure, will sit in the car to wait for me!). I tried to get her stitching some years back, but she's just not interested. Maybe when she gets older she'll become interested. It's amazing that my grandmother on my dad's side and I was and is the only 'crafty' persons in my entire extended family. I have 2 of her quilts, both over 60 years old, all sewed by hand! I just love them. Back to the Attic! You all may know of my 2nd Blogaversary coming up. Well, I'm going to pick up some stitchy things there for the Giveaway! So heads up! I'm receiving a Christmas Bonus on my paycheck in two weeks, so I'm going armed and ready lol.

I'm sure I had more things to write about but for the moment, I can't remember if I did! I'm getting back to stitching Winter House and watching Anthony Bourdain on Netflix, two of my favorites. Take Care y'all and Thanks for your comments the last post. I'm not sure if you know but I do respond to your comments right below them. Would someone tell me if you get a notification when I do reply? Thanks!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Back on Earth

I've now returned to Earth after the euphoria of my exchange goodies. Whew! Turns out I wasn't supposed to put pictures of them here until after Elaine received all the pictures and sent out emails to the partners. My bad! So if you would all just act like you never seen the exchange pictures on my last post-I'd appreciate it! Elaine emailed and we chalked it up to me being new at this and excitable! But really, I heard from my recipient and she likes what I made and sent. Second Whew! It was fun and I'd do another exchange again but just not right now.

Can I post just one more picture of a Halloween finish?! Thanks!
This is All Hallows Eve by Waxing Moon Designs on Gold linen from R&R. I abandoned the stitching with the skeleton and have moved onto Christmas. Below is my daytime stitching because it's on 35 or 36ct linen from Lakeside and I can't see very well when the sun goes down! Obviously, I can't take a picture to save my life but here goes

Bringing Home the Tree. It's turning out small and I'll make this into a flat ornament. Next up is my nighttime stitching! This is the Winter Sampler by Homespun Elegance and as you can see, I made a copy of it and lost the pattern! I have had this pattern for years and am just finally stitching it

It's stitched on 28ct Sandstone linen and you know what?, it's stiff as all get out. I've soaked it and washed it, then ironed it and it's still stiff! I'm stitching this in hand like the LHN above because my two Q-snaps are occupied right now so I guess it's a good thing it's stiff. But, I can see this at night with my reading glasses and stitching light on.

Alright ladies, any of you have WIP's and UFO's coming out of the woodwork? Well, BAP Atttack is having a Turtle Trot (cute name huh?) WIP finishing for 2013. Go check it out at the link above. I have 13+ WIPs, stitch like a Turtle, so I joined up. It'll be fun and she'll have a drawing for a prize after it's all said and done. Sounds like fun! Also, because I have to show my progress by the 13th of every month, you'll see me more often than the measly 2 posts I do in a month!

Thanksgiving is upon us. Any of you ready to cook? I always cook a large turkey breast for the three of us so we can have turkey leftovers afterwards. Along with all the fixin's, of course! Then we head on over to a cousins house where besides the usual foods, they have Posole (a Mexican soup). Delicious!

We're closing in on December and my upcoming 2nd Blogaversary on the 20th I believe. Last year, I wanted to hold the Giveaway in January just because I figured people would be too busy and the postal service going nuts. But lo and behold, my gallbladder decided it wasn't having any of it so no Giveaway. This year everythings a go and I'll go right ahead and have the Giveaway on the 20th of December. I still have one jar of Prickly Pear jelly and that'll go in with the prizes. So be sure to check-in in December to find out the details of this Giveaway.

I recently Stashed but I didn't take pictures. I"ll do that on my next post.

Here's wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for don't we?!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Royal Mail-OMG!

Did you feel some tremors today? That was me, jumping up and down! Today, I received my Fall into Halloween exchange package which is why I'm so excited! First I took a pic of the package itself! See that stamp at upper right? It says Royal Mail! I know--calm down.
One of the Psycho sisters had to get into the act and sniff it out. You can see her fur at the left. I love things British! I would love to visit there one of these eons. Maybe in my second life!

Here's the packages in their Halloween tissue

And a card....

And Voila! the treats


See the cute kitty card! There's the Halloween cookie cutter set, Scooby-Doo balloons (my favorite cartoon is Scooby-Doo!), the Lizzie Kate Snippet Gather a Harvest, a pumpkin pin, the Opalescent Lugana fabric, Halloween fab, a JABC froggy threader, 3 dmc threads-oranges and black, the chocolate from Cadbury which she said is made nearby-so cool, and last but not least-the pillow from an IStitch design. The chocolate was gone within 5 minutes of opening the package and scrumptious. I want to stitch the LK design like, right now! This is so much fun.

Here's the pillow on it's own. So cute, the backing fabric is an orange fabric with haunted houses. Super stitcher I might add is T. I don't know her full name and the card is signed T! The Mysterious T!
Thank You T! I love it all!

November already, huh?! Hope no tricks but treats were bestowed upon you on Halloween night. Myself, I tried to catch every scary show on t.v. My daughter and her pal went to a hockey game dressed up with half of their face a skull as a mirror image. It looked pretty cool.

Well, have you all started your Christmas shopping yet?! I know..I know...how dare I ask. I'm getting that niggling feeling that I get about this time of year...panic! Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!

I have not picked up a needle in 4 or 5 days. I've just lost my mojo. Here's what I stitched on last week though before mojo took off
Dead of the Night on 32ct black linen with DMC. That witch and moon took some time to stitch. I feel like I need to finish this before I start anything else.

I've been looking through my stash for Christmas things to stitch and I don't have much. So I put in an order at 123 Stitch for a couple small stitchings that were on sale. I love that place!

I hit a couple after-Halloween sales and here's what I scored
The pumpkin skull was $4.00 with an orange light-bulb inside and I found these decorations for cheap also


 That's it for my after-Halloween sales buying!

Well I'm going to look at my exchange goodies and wash dishes! It's a nice warm day here for November and the door is wide open-enjoying it because next week I'm hearing the highs will be in the low 60's.

Take care y'all! Hope everyone affected by Superstorm Sandy are doing alright!