Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Not much going on around here, I've had a pretty lazy weekend. I had good intentions of getting a lot of spring cleaning done, but haven't done a lot. I think I'm getting too old to be working full time, all I want to do when I'm not at work is stitch or relax or putter around. I'm just plain tired!
I did do a little Easter decorating, and did get a new camera yesterday. I got an updated version of the Sony Cybershot, my old one that is 3 years old is a 5.1 megapixel, the new one is a 7.2. I promise to be taking lots and lots of pictures, I am charging the battery pack right now.
As for my ongoing quest for the perfect stitching rotation, let's just say the 10-hour rotation didn't work for me. I spent most of the month of March stitching on 2 projects, not touching the other 5 in my rotation. I think if I weren't employed outside the home, it would be an excellent option--or, if I didn't have SO many things I want to stitch. I am back to a different project each day of the week, but changed the days a little. The one thing I really want to finish each month is a Prairie Schooler santa every month or 6 weeks at the most. Having logged my stitching time this month on the santa I've been working on, It has taken me about 22hours to stitch the 1990 santa. I was doing these on Mondays. The day of the week in which I tend to do the most stitching tends to be Saturday, so I am now going to devote Saturdays to the Prairie Schooler Santas. I also tend to get a lot done on Sundays, so I thought that where I used to work on a small project on Tuesdays, that by moving those to Sundays, I would get more done in a shorter period of time, thus some instant gratification. Then , Mondays, Shores of Hawk Run Hollow, Tuesdays, Village of Hawk Run Hollow, Wednesdays, Elizabeth, Thursdays, This is the Day, and Fridays, Carriage House alphabet. I think even getting a few stitches done on each project every week will be better than not doing anything on some of them for a month. I miss all of my Carriage House projects that haven't been touched since February!
This week is National Physician's Appreciation Week. We're having a potluck luncheon for the doctors at work tomorrow. I'm making a fruit tart using a Paula Deen recipe. Maybe I'll take a picture of it with my new camera!
Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

This week, lots of pictures, etc

Ahhh, a 3 day weekend, what a great way to end a week. It's been a pretty pleasant week, all in all. Meredith went back to Blacksburg Monday morning, we had a wonderful time with the girls home for their spring breaks. Not a lot of stitching got done, and the house looks like a tornado blew through, but nice all the same. Saint Patrick's day was fun, I don't know why that is just one of my favorite days of the year. I started the day with our traditional favorite green bagels. We do Reubens for dinner, corned beef and cabbage in it's traditional form is not well received by this bunch. I found some really yummy pumpernickel sub rolls at Walmart this year, so we had Reuben subs!
Here is a picture of my Saint Patrick's tree:

Saint Patrick's Day Tree

I finished the sorority shirts for Meredith's little-sis/big-sis unveiling which was Friday. I finished these Wednesday morning and we mailed them to her. Here are a couple of pictures of the finished shirts all folded and lined up on Meredith's bed, with my lovely assistant Bob helping with the photo shoot.

Yesterday was the first day of spring!!! It was also the day I joined Hunter's entire 5th grade as a chaperone for a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Thankfully, I was responsible for Hunter and 2 other quiet and well behaved little boys, Stefan and Jordan. They were a delight, and we had a wonderful day! Here are a few pictures:

Here are pictures of some recent finishes, just got around to doing some picture-taking!
First is my Stacy Nash Primitives Heart Pin Cushion and Strawberry Emery, which Bob has decided makes a good toy, I had to put it away after I photographed it.

Here is the Bent Creek monthly Snapper sampler I have worked on with Kathie B's group for quite a long time, I finally have finished it and taken it out of UFO status. I have some little buttons to add to the border, and I have a frame , I just need to mount it, and will take it to Michaels to have it put in the frame with the glass and spacers.

Bent Creek monthly Snapper sampler

Here is 1989 Prairie Schooler Santa, and then a picture of the PS santas I've finished up to now. I should probably start doing the finishing work on these before I get so many that it becomes overwhelming.

As for my new stitching rotation, I am not 100% happy with it, and maybe I should just blame it on having all of my kids home, and not making the time to stitch, but somehow, the 10 hours of stitching I had alloted to "Maidens of the Sea" ended up stretching out over 2 weeks, this week, I have been working on 1990 PS santa, so March is pretty much shot, and I haven't touched the other 5 projects in my rotation yet this month. So, my next experiment will be to work on each project for 4 days in a row. I'm thinking that by knowing I have a finite time to work on each thing, I will trick myself into getting more done. We'll see.

Well, I think I've probably taken up enough of everyone's time, hope you have a wonderful weekend! I am off to clean house.

By the way, check my last post, I added pictures of Maidens of the Sea to it!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

One monkey off my back!

"Mom, my FAFSA deadline is March 11"....Here it is the 11th hour, and I just finished submitting the girls' FAFSA applications for 2009-2010, whew! I know why I wait until the last minute every year, because it's a pain. But, I sure am happy I did it when the girls get their Federal Student Aid $$ every year!
Now, for the fun stuff. Last week, after some conversations with some friends got me to thinking, I decided to re-think my current stitching rotation. I have enjoyed working on a different project every day of the week, but on weeks when I may not find but 15 minutes on one day of the week, and maybe 2 hours another day, not all projects were receiving equal time. So, starting last week, I am trying a 10-hour rule...I am devoting 10 hours to a project, then after the 10 hours, I move on to another project. Last week, I decided to start by working on With My Needle's "Maidens of the Sea". I bought this chart and all the related threads, linen, etc., last summer before we went to the beach. Each summer, I like to take a new "beachy" project with me on vacation, and start on it at the beach, as sort of a memento of my vacation. I have so many happy memories of sitting in the sun and stitching at the beach. Anyway, I didn't get a lot done on it last year, and had kind of abandoned it, so I decided I needed to devote some time to it. I have to say, this 10 hour thing is GREAT! In the past week, I've had days where I've had 15 minutes to stitch, and days where I've had 3 hours to stitch, so it's alleviated the guilt I've felt on days where I haven't had the time to work on something. Now, if it doesn't get done today, hey, there's always tomorrow. And, even a few minutes a day eventually adds up to 10 hours. I have really accomplished quite a bit on "Maidens", and will not feel at all guilty when it's time to put it away until the next time.
We're in the midst of the girls' spring break, actually, Rachel had her's last week, and went back to school Sunday, Meredith came home last Thursday, and goes back this coming Sunday. In her ongoing quest to find ways to monopolize my time, Meredith has decided that I need to make t shirts and sweatshirts with her sorority letters appliqued on the fronts for herself and her 2 new little sisters and big sister. So, this week, I have 4 sweatshirts and 4 t shirts to applique. Oh, and I have to help her paint wine glasses with the sorority letters, as well. I think I need a spring break!

Here are some pictures of my progress on "Maidens of the Sea".
Maidens of the Sea

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March is Here!

I am so excited that March is here. Every year, I feel so relieved when March has arrived, it's almost like Wednesday in a week, you've made it over the hump, and it's downhill from here. I know I will only have to put up with the cold weather for a little while longer--I don't mind being hot, but I can't tolerate the cold. Don't get me wrong, there are things I like about winter, but there are lots more things I like about spring--St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite days of the year, I guess it's the Irish in me, and the fact that green is my favorite color. I also love Easter, and my birthday is in April. I think the main thing I love about spring though, is the flowers--hyacinths are my very favorite, along with lilacs, daffodils. tulips, pansies and forsythias. Knowing that getting to enjoy all of this in only a matter of weeks makes me smile.

Today also marks the beginning of 2 stitchalongs I am participating in with some online friends. One, is Carriage House Samplings Shores of Hawk Run Hollow, and the other is Carriage House Samplings "girls" series, I am starting with Elizabeth. Today I plan to get started on "Shores", since I have all of the supplies ready to go, my chart finally arrived in the mail on Friday. I have ordered the linen for all 4 of the "girls" from my favorite online shop Elegant Stitch, and will start on Elizabeth as soon as the linen arrives.