Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Sunday Stitchy Update

Hello everyone!

This week spring has arrived here in Chicago (it is about time) but it seems it is just here for a short visit!  We had temperatures in the 70s yesterday and today but we are expecting snow flurries tomorrow.  They are saying that there will not be any accumulation but this has been the strangest weather I have ever seen!

This weekend we watched a movie called Fruitvale Station. It was very sad and I ended up crying thru the end of it. It is based on a true story and it shows you how fast a small situation gets blown out of control and the tragic results.

I finished listening to another book - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I had a very hard time getting into the beginning of the book but then all of a sudden it just sucked me in and I couldn't wait to get to the end of it to see what was going to happen. I am also still (slowly) reading Scott Turow's book Pleading Guilty. I started another audio book; Terry McMillian's Who Asked You - just barely started it so I don't know how it is yet.

As for stitching this week I have been working on Dinosaurs!  Here is the current progress picture.
Another 400 stitches and I will be finished with page 3 and then on to page 4.  Slowly but surely progress is being made! :)

Instead of using the Random Number Generator tomorrow to figure out what to stitch next I think I will stitch on my Easter Egg piece.  Maybe it will be finished by Easter?

So what have you been stitching this week?  Leave me a comment so I can check it out!

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Turtle Trot

Today is the 10th and that means it is Turtle Trot day!
My turtle this month is one that my grandson fell in
love with when we went to reptile fest a few years ago.
He has since gotten his own turtle; Leonardo named
after the blue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

I worked on two WIPs since the last
Turtle Trot check in

The first is Easter Eggs
This one had been in the WIP pile since
July 2012

The next one I worked on is
It is my "MAIN" piece
and it is now back in my
rotation every other week!

I also had a new start
The Wizard of Oz 
This is how much I completed last week.

Thanks for checking out my
Turtle Trot
and I hope some of the pictures look
different by the next check in!

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

My Sunday Stitchy Update

Good Evening All!

I hope you had a great week, looks like SPRING is finally making it's appearance here in Chicago and it is even trying to STAY - yay :)  This week we are expecting temperatures in the 60s. So now we are just waiting for color to appear by the way of trees, flowers and grass. 

We watched a couple of movies during the week; Jacob and I watched Gravity which we both enjoyed. Tia and I watched Saving Mr. Banks – loved it; showed some of the dealings with Disney and the Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers though I wish it would have showed more about her life.  There were some flash backs but they all went back to childhood and from what I understand she lead quite an interesting life as an adult.

I also used the Random Number Generator Monday
morning to pick my next stitching project and the
lucky NEW piece that I got to stitch on this week was

Wizard of Oz
Designer Lesley Teare
Progress as of 04/06/14

Tomorrow is back to

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

April YOTA

Today is YOTA day!

What is that you say? It happens on the first Saturday of every month and it is the time where we show our progress for the past month.  You can go here and find out more information about it and please feel free to sign up to show us monthly progress!

Since March I have been busy working on the following

Rose of Sharon

Easter Eggs

Wizard of Oz


Thanks for looking and I look forward
to showing you more progress on the
next YOTA day May 3rd
so see ya then :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Sunday Stitchy Update

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a great week!

We finally had a pretty decent weather day today and after church Jacob even got to play outside for a while, he was so happy!  But now back to the real world; the temps are going to fall and they are predicting flurries for later in the week.  This is one of those times I hope the weather man is WRONG (again)!

Well this week was Dinosaur week!
This is my progress as of 03/30/14
I didn't get in too many stitches but I did get in some. I would LOVE to finish up this section by the end of April, seems like it is taking so darn long.

It is also time for the

and here is my jar of ORTs. 
How is your jar coming along? Is it filled up yet? I love seeing the mix of colors when I look into the jar.

Not sure what I will be working on tomorrow. I will let the Random Number Generator figure it out for me when I get ready to stitch tomorrow.  I have all my WIPs and pieces I want to stitch soon listed in a spreadsheet and whatever number comes up - that will be the one I pick to work on.

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Stitch From Stash 

Evening everyone ~

It is that time of the month...
time for our Stitch From Stash report!

I am still doing great at this challenge and finding
new ways to acquire new stash with out
spending any money (other then postage) for it!

This month I ordered two more charts from
Both are free for the month of March
all you have to pay is shipping.
So I still get to get a package in the mail
but not feel guilty about dipping
into my stash budget of $25 per month.

So here is my report for:   March

Amount Spent:   $0

Year to date Amount Spent:   $0

Total Saved Based on this challenge:   $75

New Starts from Stash:   No new starts for March

WIPs worked on: I worked on three pieces from the WIP pile.  They are

Rose of Sharon


Easter Eggs

I am on a weekly rotation with
Dinosaurs coming up every other week.

How did you do in your stash spending?
Hope you were able to stay within your budget.

So now on to April, I think I can make it another successful month of no purchases!  So please stop by at the end of April to see if I am still with in my budget and Stitching from my Stash!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Sunday Stitchy Update and IHSW

Hello from the STILL COLD and SNOWY Chicago!

I can't believe that winter is still hanging on! It is now officially the third snowiest winter for Chicago - EVER and the coldest March since the 1990s - oh joy. I will be so excited to see SPRING but it is not in the near forecast.

This weekend was IHSW 
I got in very little stitching because

We went to see Muppets Most Wanted,
(cute but long) then went out to dinner,
then came home and watched Frozen (great, I
loved it) and Baggage Claim (good but typical).

In between all that I did manage a few stitches on
Easter Eggs
Progress as of 03/23/14

Next week the rotation returns to

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Sunday Stitchy Update and March WIPocalypse

Hi everyone! We are STILL having crazy weather here. It actually got into the 50s one day and then snowed the next day. Spring is coming up in just a few short days so I am really hoping for warmer weather too.

Today is the day for My Sunday Stitchy Update but it is also the day for the March WIPocalypse so I will get to combine everything in one post.

This year with each WIPocalypse we are to post a little something about ourselves and this month's topic is
Show us your favorite places to stitch.

For me my favorite place is in my living room on the couch in front of the television :)  I did not take any new pictures of my spot but here are a few from a couple of years ago.

My space now has a new laptop and some
other minor changes but it looks pretty much the same.

Now for the stitching since the last WIPocalypse

This is the before picture of
Charmed Teacher Sampler
from DebBee's Designs
and here is the FINISH!

I also stitched on
The Positive Thoughts Sampler
this was my progress on
and here is my finish on

Then I picked up my
Rose of Sharon
progress on 11/18/12
and here it is on

and last but not least
my stitching for this week
here it is on 12/23/13
and here it is on
I decided to take a picture of the entire
thing just so I could see how it looks. 
I am almost finished with the top set of rows.

Not sure what I will stitch on next week; I will
figure that out when I start stitching tomorrow.

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

Monday, March 10, 2014

March Turtle Trot

Today is Turtle Trot Day!

I had two finishes since the last Turtle Trot
report and I also worked on one of my WIPs.

The first finish is one I just started
Charmed Teacher Sampler
DebBee's Designs

My next finish is
Positive Thoughts
Jardin Prive /
Les Marottes de Nathalie

Before Turtle Trot

and after - all finished!

and the WIP I worked on is
Rose of Sharon
Design Connection

Before Turtle Trot

and after

You can see my Turtle Trot pieces here
and this year's finished pieces here.

Thanks for checking out my
Turtle Trot
and I hope some of the pictures look
different by the next check in!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Sundays Stitchy Update...

Hello everyone - hope you had an amazing week!

It is STILL snowing on and off here though they say it is supposed to reach the mid-50s tomorrow and the mid-40s Tuesday and then darn if snow is not predicted for Wednesday.  Not looking forward to that but at least it gives us a glimmer of hope that SPRING is near!

This week was exciting for me as I received not one, but TWO prize packages that I won thru some blog giveaways!

The first one up is what I won from
She sent me these five charts and I am already adding two to my list of things to stitch in the NEAR future! 

The next wonderful package I received was from
Kathy over at Gracewood Stitches
So much beautiful fabric and floss!
All I could say when I opened the envelope was

I would like to say THANK YOU to both of these ladies, they were far to generous and I truly appreciate everything! They both have some great blogs and if you haven't visited them you should go do that now.

As for my weekly stitching
I continued working on the Rose of Sharon
by Design Connection
Progress as of 03/09/14

Tomorrow I HOPE to get back to DINOSAURS
because I have been putting it off for too long!

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!