Thursday, December 23, 2010

Duck and Cover

Ok so this week I am late on my update for the Christmas SAL and I will be honest, I didn't even put in one stitch on it.  I have a feeling that Crystal has a wet noodle with my name on it or maybe she will be nice and let it slide since it is Christmas in a few days.

I did however finish one project.  Next year I plan to stitch the Button Up Birdies from Victoria Sampler.  There are 12 birds in all and they will be release thru 2011.  This little bird goes with that set and is from the 2010 JCS ornament issue.  I will not finish it into an ornament until I have them all stitched, that way they can be finished in the same manner.

He is stitched on a Country Mocca linen using DMC flosses and red beads from Mill Hill.

Merry Christmas to all my online friends, your freindship as ment a lot to me this year.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Few More Finishes and Kitty Update.

I managed to get a few more small finished competed for this month.  I only really plan to work on one more item this month but its more or less for next Christmas so if it doesn't get finished this year its not a big deal.

This first one is a SAL I did with the BirdCrossStitch2 yahoo group.  I actually finished it last week sometime but forgot to post it.  Its a freebie from the Drawn Thread and its called First Snow.  Its stitched on wedgewood blue 28 count linen using DMC floss.

These next two are paw prints from The Stitchy Kitty.  The santa one is a freebie avaliable on the Stitchy Kitty web site.  I have now stitched all of the paw prints.

This last ornament is the December jar from SanMan Originals 12 days of Christmas 2009.  This was a really fun series to stitch.

Ok now for a kitty update.  The bad news is we still have not named her, right now we are thinking of Abby, but still not set on it.  The good news is that we are not having kittens.  Not sure why the vet was thinking that but the kitty went into heat and drove us crazy for a few nights trying to let every tom cat in the area know it.  She will be getting fixed as soon as the holidays are over.  She is fitting in nicely at our house and my other kittys have accepted her into the clan.  The one cat I thought was going to be the hardest to win over has actually been the easiest.  My other calico named Little Bit has pretty much decided the intruder is ok.  Here is a picture of the two of them on my couch, ignore Marshals socks and the ugly cover on the couch, I hope to be getting a new couch after the first of the year.

This will probably be my last update until after Christmas so I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and get lots of stash from Santa.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SAL progress and Christmas Decorations (long)

I was talking to Crystal yesterday and she was asking me how much I had gotten done on the SAL we are doing and I told her that unless I stitched last night the pictures were going to look exactly the same.  She told me that I was not allowed to post the same picture and that I had to do at least one stitch, so.... I did just one stitch.  Look really close and you will see a single white stitch.  I guess I have to stitch more by next week or Crystal might take a wet noodle to me, LOL.

It just hasn't felt like Christmas is just around the corner with all the warm weather we have had here.  On Sunday it was in the 50's and we actually worked in the yard.  Because of this I have not felt like decorating so this year it took me twice as long to get it done.  I still did not put up everything I wanted but oh well, if it isn't done by now its not going to be put up.  I decided to post a few pictures of what I did get done.  This is just the front room and part of the kitchen, the family room is all trains but I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of it yet.  By the way we did get a light snow storm last night so I am feeling a little more festive but its not going to last long, its already melting.

Here is my tree.  It doesn't show but the lights are all pink, gold and white.  The ornaments are mainly beaded crystal, pearls and gold and most of the ornaments are handmade.  It looks really pretty.

This is the little table that sets next to my tree and has a few stitched pictures on it as well as my music box and the kneeling santa that I painted many years ago.

This is the display that is on top of my old trunk.  There are pictues that I stitched and a few I recieved as gifts.

This picture hangs above the shelf and trunk.  I stitched this a few years ago and the detail is hard to catch.  There are many many beads.  The popcorn on the tree has 5 mini seed beads per square and all the corn spilling from the sack is beads.

These deer are located above the santa picture.  The deer are made from plastic canvas and sit on top of the wall that separates the kitchen from the front room.  The garland is actually lighted and there is another section of it on another wall.  I have vaulted ceilings in this part of my house so its really fun to decorate.

This little corner shelf is located by my front door and is actully the first thing you see when you walk in my house.  Its hold items that I have painted and stitched over the years as well as a few gifts.  Look close and you will see my frog sitting on the little chair ready for his Christmas kiss.

This is just a small part of my snowman collections.  They sit on top of my computer hutch in my kitchen.  Can you find the snowman made from a paint roller, wooden spoon, hammer handle, wooden spool or clothes pin??

Here is the other reason that I did not get much stitching done on my SAL.  My sister buys these ornament kits every year for me to make for her.  They are made by putting beads and sequins on pins and pushing them into the ball.  One of these years I will make my sister make them with me, ya right, LOL.

Ok so I stitched a little more on my Christmas SAL than I previously posted.  I actually managed to get in at least an hour last night.  I really do hope to have more to show for it next week.  Hope you enjoyed the Christmas pictures.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SAL Starts and a New Addition.

I feel like I am stuck in slow motion and that its taking forever to get things done.  Normally by now all my decorating is complete and I have more shopping done but not this year.  I am now on day 9 of decorating my house for Christmas and I have lots of shopping left to do.  This last week has flown by and I feel like I have nothing to show for it.

I did start the SAL with Crystal and Cat but I am sure they will have way more stitched than I do.  I wasn't too sure of the gold floss I am using but now that there is the pink with it it looks much better.  I am not sure if I will use the white I choose or switch to an ivory, I guess time will tell.

Like a crazy person I committed to starting two SAL's on the same day.  I will admit that I got a head start on my First Snow SAL that I am doing with a few people from the BirdCrossStitch2 Yahoo group but it sure doesn't look like it.  I was only able to work on this project for a little while and was really hoping to have it finished by now but I think the frog was sitting on my lap or something because I kept losing count and having to redo areas.  I hope to finish it by this weekend.  By the way this is a freebie from The Drawn Thread.

The other thing that has kept me busy this week is the new addition to the family.  Ya I know your all thinking I need another pet like a hole in the head but this one was just breaking my heart every time I saw her.  I live in an area where people like to dump cats and dogs all the time so its not uncommon to see new cats in the area but I just think that this little kitty was just meant to be mine.  In January I lost one of my kitty Mayzie to kidney failure and this new kitty looks a lot like the one I lost.  Every time I saw her sitting under my bird feeders or sitting on the road trying to get warm from the heat of the dark road I couldn't help but cry so I decided to take her in.  The neighbors down the street feed some of the strays in the area and try to find homes for the ones they can and also fix some of them so there are not more kittys being born so I asked them if I could adopt her and they were overjoyed that I wanted her.  So far she is fitting in with the family.  She was definitely someone pet because she acts like shes lived here for weeks.  She loves my son and not really afraid of the dogs.  The vet says she is about 2 years of age and she is missing 4 teeth on her bottom jaw but she is healthily and possibly pregnant.  Yup, if the vet is right there will be kittens the first of the year.  Here is what she looks like.  By the way, we havn't named her yet, some of the names I am thinking about are Zoey, Mushu, and Dinah but if my hubby has his way she will be named Thing or It.  When he thinks I am not looking or listening I can hear him talking to her and have even caught him petting her. 

She has taken over my recliner and sleeps there a lot and in strange ways.  Gee, do you think she is relaxed in her new home??

Well I am off to clean, stitch or decorate, I hope.