Saturday, January 23, 2016

Curse it!

Beware! A cuss word- H-E-double hockey sticks, is featured below. fair warning!

I have two finishes! Yay! Here is Things That Go Bump in The Night..
This is found in the special Halloween 2014 issue from JCS. I started this last year. Fairly easy, on 32ct black linen with DMC. It's like stitching with my eyes closed, it's kind of hard! Lol. The words went fast but the two ghosts- Not! 

Up next is the reason for my warning!
When I saw this on Pinterest, I had to have it! It's on Etsy at
Cost-a measly $5! So fitting wouldn't you say?! She has other designs at her shop. I think this is 28ct Monaco fabric. Anyone remember this fabric made by Charles Craft? It's nice to use up small pieces of fabric from the stash. I plan to turn this into a wall hanging, backed with mounting board, fabric, and blinged out! And hang it where I can see it first thing in the morning!

Aside from my small 3 hour break of stitching the above Etsy design, I have accidentally blundered into a rotation of sorts! The scary design was part of my 3 WIP rotation. I had it, The Journey, and Whoo's There by my stitching spot here on the couch. Those three were all I stitched and I found it to be a rotation kind of thing. I get a little bored just stitching on one WIP so I grab the other of the three. Now I'm down to 2 WIPs in this rotation and it seems to be working well. Well, until something else grabs my attention. Ha! After I have finished those two, I'll pick another 3 WIPs to work on. I'll juggle the size of them so I won't get overwhelmed.

Thank You to all of you for your comments last post! I feel empowered for taking stock of my health and am glad I did when I did. Two, three weeks on the medication and I feel real good. I haven't fallen asleep at work like I was doing, I've lost almost 9 lbs., clothes are fitting better, and I'm not so fuzzy headed like before. I wouldn't have ever thought that a low thyroid would throw all sorts of things out of wack! 

I thought I'd comment on a few comments here:

Vicki- I like the ability to keep track of the cholesterol and carbs I'm eating daily. It helps immensely.

D1-D2- I was amazed to find all the things that can happen with a low thyroid!

and Carol- Wow, you are tiny! I think I was 115 lbs when I was 10! I had known a cholesterol problem could be genetic. When I saw the blog with the portfolio, I just remember lots of unframed Mirabilia's being stored into it! 

Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Those of you in the big storm's path, hope you stay warm and safe!

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Hehe. I know..not a very original title! I'm flying solo so therefore I have to come up with titles of my own making! No Gifted Gorgeousness January or anything like that!

I have some progress to show on The Journey by LHN..
Perfect! Here's a picture that shows the real color of this fabric. It looks like slate as I wanted it to look like. I think it's WDW Beige. I went kind of crazy on the horse though! The right side is stitching left to right and to the left I manipulated the colors of the thread and skipped about creating the half circles and such. 

Here's how it looked before

Journey has been put aside though to work on a Halloween ornament that is three quarters done.

Last year I recall reading a blog in which the blogger bought these portfolios to keep her finished but not framed stitching in to protect them. I finally bit the bullet and bought me a portfolio at Hobby Lobby and here is what I've done with it..
As you can see, it's a big one and can fit a 13" x 18" project in one side with about one or two inches of fabric sticking out at the top. It uses archival, acid-free paper.
As you can see, the LHN design sticks out at the top a bit. It cost $18.99 I believe and would've been a little cheaper with the 40% off coupon. I love it! I didn't really have a place to store these bigger pieces and now I can keep them flat and protected.

Four years ago, on my birthday at the end of January, my gall bladder was removed. I had a follow up with the surgeon and then my family doc wanted to see me. That was 4 years ago. Fast forward to now, I'm falling asleep at work, the kind where your eyelids get heavy and you jerk yourself awake, mood swings are absolutely crazy, ask my daughter! I finally went to see a doctor and boy oh boy, am I messed up. The diagnosis? Hypothyroidism, diabetic, cholesterol out of this world. Yikes! I've been pleasantly plump my entire life, flirting with the pre-diabetic label for years. Now I've crossed the line. I'm not on insulin because my numbers are just above the cut-off point and doc thinks my efforts to lower my bad cholesterol will probably lower my blood sugar numbers. I'm taking cholesterol pills and thyroid meds and I have not tried to fall asleep at work! It's been a wake up call and I joined up with Lose It! It's a weight loss app and it working wonders! I was with Weight Watchers before. Change is good! I've lost almost 7 lbs so far and I'm either doing the exercise bike or low impact aerobics. I had been warned about diabetes because I'm an American Indian and we have a higher incidence of Type 2 diabetes. I'm grateful for the insurance I have through work and my bills haven't been all that big. What's next? A mammography and a colonoscopy. Eww! I'll have the rear end thing done after this month, lol!

What else is new? I'm returning to college! This time for a certificate in Medical Records Technology which could open doors for me to get into Coding. School starts on Tuesday, next week, and my two classes are online. So I'm quite excited for that. I'm ready to get out of what I'm doing now, electronic assembly. Change is good as I said!

How's that for an update?!

Harry Potter-The Order of The Phoenix is on soon. I'm sure you've heard Alan Rickman died today? He played Severus Snape in the Potter movies, among others. I almost felt like crying when I heard. I've read the books and have watched the movies umpteen times. We've had some celebrities pass away this month, it's scary. Take care everyone. Glad you stopped in!