It’s amazing to me how little I’ve gotten done since my last post! 😆 I still have 20 boxes to unpack, although I only have 2 that have not been opened.
I made it to Attic Needlework for their Thursday evening stitch-in. Didn’t spend a dime either!
Son and Girlfriend arrived early Saturday morning. We spent a whole lot of time doing nothing while they were here. Son has been working 60+ hour weeks and he napped quite a bit while he was here. No problem to me, it was nice just to have them here. I feel like Girlfriend is more of a DIL each time we’re around her. She’s so good about texting and emailing me and I’ve given up on trying to not like her! 😆 They’ve been a couple for 5+ years and I still get an “eek” moment when I think about that, since that made her still 16 when Son met her. He had just turned 22! There was one thing I noticed while they were here. They are always laughing! I think she has had to be the adult in her family for a long time and I think Son is as good for her as she is for him, since she straightened him out 😉
Their visit was way too short, and they left late Monday night since Son had to be to work on Tuesday.
M and I headed out shopping on Tuesday and came home with our Christmas presents. (We always wait until after to get good deals). He bought me a chandelier for the laundry room. I absolutely love it!
We got him a WiFi BD/DVD player for our living room and we’ve been streaming Netflix and Amazon since he got it hooked up. The puppies are enjoying it as well since they love sitting on top of us while we’re watching movies in the dark. Right now we’re watching Firefly.
Annette came to visit this past Wednesday and we opened my stitching fabric boxes to find a perfect piece for my January 1 start, Petite Mexican Sampler by The Samplar Works. It’s stitched with Au Ver a Soie “Soie d’Paris” silk, on 48 count “Napery Light Examplar” Lakeside linen but I (we) decided on 40ct Lakeside linen Palomino.
Since she’s left, that box has been screaming at me to come back and play! 😉 I purposefully left the fabric boxes to last because I knew I’d want to dive into them. So far I’ve been strong and left them alone, but I feel myself weakening.
I’m still tweaking my WIPocalypse list for 2012. Not so much the WIPs, although I did add in Hannah Beeby, but the new starts. (In addition to the Petite sampler above, I’m thinking of adding in Queen of Hearts by Twisted Threads.) I went through my two “retirement” boxes and pulled out the WIPs so I could list them (again, thanks to Annette). I ended up with 34. That seems like such a low number to me. I just knew when it was all said and done I’d have 50!
I’ve also started listing my kitted items. They are taking a bit more sorting since some of them are lacking fabric. I know I have the perfect piece in my stash (again, the box is calling). There are a couple that are missing embellishments (I know they’re in my “bits and pieces” drawer. While I’m listing all of them, I’m sorting them into separate piles based upon what they’re missing. Once I get them all sorted, I guess I need to start back through the pile and decide if I’m still interested in stitching them. I have always been pretty picky about what I kit before I stitch, so I’m suspecting there will be very little weeding out. I do, however, refuse to cut any fabric until I’m actually going to stitch.
All of the above was my taking a break from putting things in their proper home in my stitching room. I got to the point where I felt like chucking it all since I was so tired of organizing. I’m over that now, and am back to spending time organizing after I get the rest of my “chores” done and before I sit down to stitch. Keeps me from feeling guilty about not doing it while I sit there doing “nothing.”
I’m still working on Hannah Beeby. I’ve completed all of the top “letter” rows and am more than half-way through the 3rd motif on the top row.
I’ve also decided to participate in some exchanges this year. I’m hoping to get into the Fair and Square group since I think those will be perfect for working on my sewing machine making pillows, ornaments, and other smalls.