Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Flutter, Flutter, Bye 2014!

Hello everyone!

The end of 2014 is at hand and with that I have thought back to my year of accomplishments, both in life and in stitching.   It has been a year of ups and downs but boy did it finish with an up!! Never in a million years did I think we would be having a child next year.  But the Lord blessed us with a little wee bean to cherish and love. It's been fluttering lately and kicking a bit.  The coolest feeling in the world!!!! Most likely, I won't be blogging as much next year with working full time, moving and preparing for little bean.  I hope to update at least once in awhile, but we will see how things go.  Not only are we blessed with a wee child, my husband's health has improved a bit.  He still is susceptible to colds and flues, but his pain in his thyroid is gone and that's a relief, for both him and me!! We just hope that his health continues to improve next year.

Onto stitching, since that's why we are all here.  Last night, when I was thinking about doing a post, I thought, oh...I didn't really stitch or finish much this year. Yet, as I looked back at my photos, I actually did manage to finish things! I added a few more WIP's to the mix and most likely, they will remain WIP's for awhile now.  New babies take up loads of time! Which is wonderful....stitching can always wait.  So I created a few collages for you to enjoy.  One is dedicated to stitching, the other to crochet. 

Crocheted loads more stars and mug cozies not featured here
After some thought about a making a baby blanket, we decided to use the big granny square blanket for baby.  I am trying to make a nice edging around the blanket but ran out of creamy white yarn.  I started making one with some beautiful silky cotton but the holes are too large and I think baby's toes and fingers would get caught in the blanket.  At least I will have one blanket finished for baby!

Stitching WIP's.  Well, I've carried two WIP's now into their third year: Knotgarden and Tea bath Fairy and added 4 more to the mix! Here are my WIP's.

All I did this year was add in some kreinik!

Made significant progress but it stopped in March
Now the samplers!

JCS started in January and last stitched in November

Sarah Chapple started April 27th and last stitched last night!
Had to include a close up of the 1 over 1 butterfly

Next up, my newish WIP's that I think I could finish one at least in January.

Bittersweet Flower

Sarah Emery
Well, there you have it, my stitching in a nutshell.  I'll leave off with some photos of my new camera, and some random photos.

My cool new camera photo of a blazing sky!
Trying to learn how to knit.  Boy is it complex!

No clue how to pick up stitches, decrease, increase, follow a pattern...nada.

Thank you all for your support this year, your love and prayers.  It means a lot to me to have such lovely friends all over the world.  I hope to continue our friendships next year too!

With love, from us.....

And Titus of course...no new photo but this one still kills me every time I see it!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December News

Hello everyone,

It's been some time since I've updated the ol' blog.  I'm finally on a two week vacation and am so happy! I haven't been overly productive in the crafting department but I hope to make that up these next few weeks.  I'm sure everyone is busy getting ready for Christmas in a few days.  I have some time before I need to get gifts and whatnot for my Christmas on the 7th of January.  I tried going out to a mall last weekend and it was packed...making me feel closed in and sweaty.  

On the stitching/crafting front, I managed to mail away my snowflakes yesterday, although they will be received quite late.  I also have finished a few little things and can only show 2 since one is a surprise for a friend.  

One of the crocheted snowflakes

LHN's JCS ornament finished with Annette's fabric

An old quaker stitch finally finished for a friend
 I've made some progress on Sarah Chapple, the granny stripe and the Sarah Emery sampler but I won't bore anyone with teeny tiny progress photos.  

On the Little Bean front, I am growing a wee bit more.  Waking up still in the night to go to the bathroom multiple times but I'm getting into a groove with less sleep. 

I received a lovely surprise in the mail from Shirlee the other day.  She made me the most loveliest ornament that is now hanging in our tree. Thank you dear Shirlee!!

I hope to visit some blogs this time around.  I do peep by often but haven't been very good at leaving comments.  It seems that facebook and IG are easier for me when I'm busy.  Speaking of FB, I'm a part of the Scarlett Letter group and there have been amazing giveaways on there lately.  One from Kelmscott designs where you post a chart you want to stitch from the Scarlett Letter.  It's been fun looking at all the samplers I want to stitch at some point in my life.  I've saved the photos so I can refer back to them to purchase.  Here's just a few of my favourites:

Sarah Dutnell
Sarah Singleton
Dorothy Walpole
Aren't they gorgeous?!! Oh to dream of stitching them one day!!

Off to church now.  Take care everyone! Have a very Merry Christmas from me, Titus, Lee and Little Bean!!