Monday, April 30, 2007

Finished Just in Time!

A Bit of April finished!
Lizzie Kate "A Bit of April"
Fabric: 32 ct. Natural Glenshee
Threads: GAST & Weeks

Flip-It Bits Banner Jan - Apr
All four months together.

I am so glad to be all caught up. I think this is such a fun project. I know it's a little cutesie, but I like it. :)

I also worked on "Their Song" a little bit last night.

Their Song as of 4/29/07
Blackbird Designs "Their Song."

I got one blackbird stitched! :) And I got just a tiny bit more done on "Simple Little Quaker."

Simple Little Quaker as of 4/28/07

Well, I just wanted to do a quick update (I'm supposed to be working)! Write later!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Simple Little Quaker as of 4/28/07

Here's another pic of a "Simple Little Quaker." If I work on it in natural light I like it much more. For some reason under my Ott-light the linen looks green and I don't like it! :)

Well, not too much going on today. We took the kids to the park earlier. They had a lot of fun. We brought the portable soccer net, so we all played soccer. Someone was getting married in the gazebo by the little pond they have there, so we decided not to feed the ducks. Probably wouldn't have been too good for the wedding video to hear ducks and seagulls fighting over bread crumbs in the background.

Well, Matthew is fussing, so I'll write later!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Couldn't Resist...

I started Simple Little Quaker today while waiting to get my ds from school. I ended up starting it on 40 ct. Navy Bean linen by Lakeside. It's actually my first time using 40 ct. and I have to say I really like it. I think I like it better than 36 because it's a little denser than 36, which is pretty soft. I'm not a big fan of soft fabrics. I like them to to be a little thick. Anyway, the linen out of sunlight has a little green tint to it, so I don't know how happy I am with the color. But I do like the Lotus Flower Silk 'N Colors, it's a such a pretty purply-blue.

Simple Little Quaker

I think it will be a fun project (if I can get over the green tinted linen). :) My dh brought Jake's old crib down from Georgia for Matthew last week and we got it all set up for him. The poor thing has been sleeping in that pack and play all this time, and now he can finally stretch out. I think he's really liking his "new" crib.

Matthew asleep in his crib

I love how he's been sleeping on his back more often, I love to watch him sleep - he's so peaceful. I'm so grateful to have such a sweet baby. Anyway, I'm getting all mushy here. :) It's late and I'm ready to get some sleep!

Write later!

P.S. My man Andruw Jones just got a 3 run homer! Go Braves!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Found a new Perfect Thread! (Warning! - Long, Rambling Post ahead)

I went to my LNS yesterday and was just looking through all the threads and I think I found an even prettier thread than the Prussion Blue.

Silk 'N Colors - Lotus Flower
Silk 'N Colors - Lotus Flower

The owner recently started carrying Lakeside Linens, so of course I couldn't resist picking up a fat 1/4. It was very hard to decide between the colors, but I finally went with the Vintage Lentil. While I was browsing I also noticed he had some Hardwicke Manor hoops, so I picked up one of those to try out.

Silk Road stash

The other day we went to our first Tampa Bay Devil Rays game (Tropicana Field is about 15 minutes away from my house). They were playing the Yankees and beat them pretty bad (sorry Yankee fans). It was a great game, probably one of the best games I've been to in a long time. The Devil Rays are definitely not the greatest team in baseball, but those young guys definitely have heart!

Anyway, enough about that - I promised to share the other new stash I got!

Stash from Handcrafts Online
CCN Harvest Blessing w/threads and DT Red Lace Sewing Case from Handcrafts Online.

I was thinking of using the Very Berry thread I got awhile ago to stitch the Red Lace Sewing Case. I think it would be so pretty espcially on a antique white or cream...

NN Very Berry with Antique White Belfast

I also got a few things from Elegant Stitch. I ordered a fat 1/4 of Vintage Autumn Gold to stitch the new pattern I got "A Quaker Study." But when I received the fabric I knew right away that it was way too dark. Much darker than the picture on the pattern. I was pretty disappointed and hope I'll be able to use it for something else.

Vintage Autumn Gold linen
See the difference!

Other than that I was happy with the two other things I got...

Stash from Elegant Stitch
Indigo Rose's "Bead Blanket Sampler" and Shepherd's Bush "Soft Spring."

Ok, this long, rambling post is finally coming to an end. I'll just share the latest picture I have of BBD "Their Song."

Their Song as of 4/24/07

And I have to share this funny picture of Matthew...

Matthew - being funny!

He is always laughing and has such a great sense of humor. He also says "Ma ma," and "Da da." Waves hi and bye, gives high fives (low and high). He's just getting so big - I'll have to start planning his first birthday pretty soon - it's only 2 1/2 months away now! He's going to love diving into that cake! :)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Finished March!

I got "A Bit of March" finished up last night. I was determined to get it done. Now I just have to get April done and I'll be all caught up!

Lizzie Kate's "A Bit of March"
Fabric: 32 ct. Natural Glenshee
Threads: DMC, GAST & Weeks
Started: 3/21/07
Finished: 3/22/07

Jan. - Mar. Flip-it Bit Banner
Here's all three together!

After I finished that up I worked on "Their Song" a little bit more...

Their Song as of 3/22/07
"Their Song" as of 3/22/07.

I also got some stash in the mail from Handcrafts Online today...

New Thread Pack - Plums
The new LHN/CC thread pack - "Plums."

That's just one thing I got! I'll share the rest tomorrow! :)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Found the Perfect Thread and Linen!

I was looking through my threads and I found a very pretty blue by Olde Willow Stitchery called Prussion Blue from their Quaker Colors line. I thought it would be perfect for the new chart I got (Simple Little Quaker). There's just one problem though, I only have one skein! I'll have to order more and hope the dye-lots match! Maybe I should just go ahead and order the right amount that way I know they'll match?? The linen is Country French Latte - I had just the right amount!

Simple Little Quaker

I fixed up my stitching corner a little bit, so I thought I'd share a pic. I miss my old built in china cupboard that's in my house in Georgia (I had it all displayed in there), but I guess this will do for now. ;)

Stitching corner

I haven't done any stitching today. I have been knitting a little on my 2nd sock from the picture below. I'm hoping to get it finished and then send them out to one of my old co-workers. I promised her a pair of socks!! :) Write later!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stitching up a Storm Today!

Well, I went stitching today. I stayed for about 3 hours and got a lot of my March Flip-it Bit done. When I got home Matthew crashed, so I stitched a little more.

A little more progress on a Bit of March

While stitching March I got the urge to start Blackbird Designs "Their Song," so I did!

Another pic. of my new start - Blackbird Designs "Their Song."

I was also inspired to start when I saw these in my yard...


There were two of them, but I couldn't get close enough for a decent pic. While stitching I picked up a couple things...

Couple things I got at Nantz's Needlework.
Mary Garry's "Milkpaint Sampler" and Papillon Creations "Simple Little Quaker."

The picture of the Mary Garry sampler does not do it justice. I saw one finished on an Asian website. Click here to view.

I also stopped at the yarn shop on my way up stitch. I had never been in before because I usually have the kids with me and I hate dragging them into places like that. Anyway, I got a few skiens of sock yarn.

Lorna's Laces sock yarn - baby stripe colorway.
Lorna's Laces - Baby Stripe.

Lorna's Laces in the Watercolor colorway.
Lorna's Laces - Watercolor.

They only had one of the 2nd colorway, so I'll have to make some ankle socks. :) I love Lorna's Laces - it's the same yarn I'm using for these socks...

One Finished sock and one WIP sock as of 12/17/06

Well, I think that's enough blogging for one day! I'm ready for bed! Write later! :)

A Small Finish!

I finished up my Lizzie Kate February Flip-it Bit this morning. I tried to finish it last night, but I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer! :)

Lizzie Kate "A Bit of February"
Lizzie Kate "A Bit of February"
Fabric: 32 ct. Natural Glenshee
Threads: Weeks, GAST, and DMC
Started: 4/3/07
Finished: 4/21/07

And here is a picture of Jan. and Feb. together...

Jan. and Feb. Flip-it Bits.

I need to hurry up and get March and April done so I can get caught up! :) Well, this is going to be short because I'm going stitching!! Write later!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Geranium House Finished!

I got it finished up last night - Finally! At the rate I was going I didn't think I'd ever get it done!

Geranium House Finished!
Country Cottage Needleworks "Geranium House"
Fabric: 32 ct. Natural Belfast
Threads: DMC and one GAST - Pomegranate
Started: 4/3/07
Finished: 4/19/07

I'm now working on getting "A bit of February" by Lizzie Kate finished up. It should go pretty fast! :) Write later!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A little more GH and little stash...

I'm STILL working on Geranium House. Hopefully I'll be able to get it finished up, or almost finished tonight while watching the NEW episode of Grey's Anatomy. I feel like lately I've been spending a lot of time driving around town! After I drop Bradley off at school I meet my SIL, or go to her house to pick up Halle, and I do the same in the afternoon. That's at least an extra hour a day that I'm spending in the car. Anyway, I'm not complaining (too much) because my brother did give me a car, which I believe is partially for this purpose. Although they didn't mention it then, but we kind of figured it out. Anyway, I'm just tired. I need a vaction. A week somewhere would be great. It wouldn't have to be fancy. Just a motel room and my stitching with a great stitching shop close by. That would be heaven! :) Enough rambling, here's my wip!

Geranium House as of 4/18/07

And I picked up a couple charts yesterday and a "Handy Caddy," which I love by the way. Like I wrote previously - I just love new gadgets for my stitching!

A Quaker Study with NPI
CHS "A Quaker Study" with NPI Silks.

Rain, Rain, Go Away
Prairie Schooler's "Rain, Rain, Go Away."

Handy Caddy
Handy Caddy!

I saw the cutest Rain, Rain, Go Away Needlebook on Argone's site (see my shared items on the left), so I had to have this chart. Nothing else going on right now - TGIF tomorrow! :) Write later!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Geranium House as of 4/15/07

Geranium House as of 4/15/07
Originally uploaded by nevillen.
I got the house about 1/3 of the way done now. I stitched for about 2 hours last night. I'm hoping to get a little more done tonight, but I'm tired again today! A part of me would just like to go to sleep. zzzzzzzz Write more tomorrow!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

A Little More Progress...

Still in my mini-slump. I'm hoping to get out of it very soon! My new computer is taking too much of my time! :) I've been spending a lot of time getting my cross stitch database on it. I couldn't transfer over the complete file that had all the pictures, so I had re add the pictures. I've also been spending a lot of time getting caught up with my favorite blogs and message boards. I'm so amazed at all the wonderful finishing everyone does. One day I hope to be a "finisher!" :) Anyway, here's my little progress pic...

Geranium House

Well, now I'm really going to get stitching! Write later! :)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Geranium House as of 4/12/07

Geranium House as of 4/12/07
Originally uploaded by nevillen.
I'm sorry everyone... I don't know what's wrong with me! I've been so tired lately! Falling asleep at 9:30 when I usually stay up until 11:00 stitching! I haven't gotten much done at all lately. The only stitching I've done is a little bit here and there while wating to pick up my niece or waiting to pick up Bradley. I'm really hoping to get some done tonight. This really shouldn't be taking me so long Cathy got her's done in like 4 or 5 days! Anyway, I do hope to make a little more progress tonight! I'll write more later!! :)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Still no stitching :(

I have been so busy the last few days that I haven't been able to get any stitching done! I've also been tired! Matthew is getting his fourth tooth. I can't wait for it to pop through and then we can all get a little sleep! Another reason for no stitching is I got a new laptop for work (ok, it's really a new toy for me!).

New laptop for work

It's a HP Pavilion dv6000. I was planning on getting a new laptop when we got our taxes back, but my brother told me to use the company credit card because I'll be using it for work. He's just the greatest! The computer is just awesome though. It's a 100 times better than my old laptop and at least 50 times better than my desktop. I'm planning on giving the old laptop to my mom because she has been going online lately. She really didn't even know how to use a computer and didn't know anything about email, etc. Now she's learning it all and I'm so happy for her. The desktop I'll probably give to the kids. They love going online to play computer games and I'm always shooing them away so I can use it, now I won't have to! :)

The new Windows Vista is very cool. It has a lot of neat features. Anyway, enough rambling. I'll write more later - hopefully there will be stitching to show!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Baby Central!

It sure has been fun having my niece Halle around here. She's such a sweetie! We feel kind of guilty though because for the past two days she has slept - a lot! But my theory is to never wake a sleeping baby because I know for a fact they will not be happy about it!

Halle sound asleep 2 months/2 days
Halle sound asleep

And while Halle was doing that, Matthew was doing this...

Eating Cheerios...

Matthew with a bowl - being silly
And being silly!

Definitely not much sleeping going on there! :) Well, I didn't stitch yesterday or today. I was thinking of stitching tonight for a half hour. I've just been feeling tired and lazy. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better stitching day! Write later!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Geranium House as of 4/3/07

I got a little more done on GH last night before I crashed. I like that it's a little smaller than the last two CCN/LHNs that I did - it should stitch up fairly quick. Well, this will be very short. Matthew is fussing! Write later! :)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

O.K. I lied...

I couldn't resist starting something new after I finished up Nature's Beauty. I thought I would be good and work on my Lizzie Kate Flip-It banner, so I started February (I'm obviously way behind).

A Bit of February

And while I was stitching February I got to thinking about all the cute Geranium House Wips I've been seeing lately and decided to start it myself! I cut the fabric around 10:15 pm last night, so I didn't get much done...

Geranium House Started 4/2/07

I'm already loving it though! I just love these designs for their simplicity and pretty colors. Anyway, I don't know how much I'm going to get done tonight... I'm so tired! Getting back on schedule along with Matthew's new activeness and helping my mom with Halle is just wearing on me! Hopefully I'll be better tomorrow?? Write more later! :)

P.S. Thank you to everyone for you kind comments on Nature's Beauty!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Nature's Beauty Finished!!

Yes! I'm so happy it's done! I absolutely loved this one - I knew I would from the moment I saw it. It was stitched on the recommended 32 ct. Flax Fields linen by R&R using DMC threads. I started it on March 22nd and finished it today, April 2nd.

I started helping my mom watch my niece Halle today. It was so much fun holding a little baby again. She so sweet! She was a little fussy at first, but then warmed up to us. We are both worn out though - it was also Bradley's first day back to school after his spring break.

I'm going to try to get a couple other things finished up before I start something new. I'd like to get My Earth, Pomegranate Sampler, and Sunflower Bellpull finished soon! Hopefully I can do it! :)