Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July Smalls Update

08/03/2017

What a crazy month July was.  I found out my dad had to have the plaque removed from one of his carotid arteries and ended up staying with him a week.  I still had to work, so I packed up  a monitor, docking station, printer, etc. and drove to South Dakota, around 600 miles from where I live.  The surgery went fine, but in spending a week with him, I realized just how much he was declining, both physically and mentally.  After discussing this with my brother and doing some online research, we decided to ask my dad's medical doctor to perform a geriatric assessment.  We weren't sure if the changes could be attributed to normal aging, or is there is something else wrong, such as dementia.  This is scheduled for late September. In the meantime, I told my dad I was worried about him and that I felt he should no longer live in his house in the country, but needed to move into town, preferably to an independent living facility.  He was confused as to why I felt this and after explaining some of the behaviors I witnessed, agreed.  That was July 14.  Last week, he put a deposit down on an apartment at a nice facility and put his house on the market. His house sold in three days for full asking price and closes Aug. 28th.  It's been a whirlwind, but everything seems to be falling into place.  Unfortunately, my work load, along with the fact that my two sons head to college this month, prevent me from being about to go back and help with the move, etc., so the majority of this is falling on my brother.  I'm just thankful I was able to go back for his surgery so we could realize what was going on with my dad.  My brother lives 90 miles from him and only sees him for an hour or two every other week.  And during that time, dad has seemed pretty good.  It's when you spend 24/7 with him, that you see what's really going on.

Anyway, in between spending a week with my dad and losing two weekends to driving and catching up with my family, I didn't stitch much in July.  And my exercising has all but vanished!  Thanks to Heather at Stitching Lotus for sponsoring the monthly smalls SAL.

Birthday card for my husband and eventual Christmas card

 

Birthday cards for friends

 

 

Lots of Christmas in July!

 

 














Hope your month went well.

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Smalls SAL Update

07/03/2017

Happy almost July 4th.  I have no plans for the holiday other than stitching away. I've started exercising more, which means my stitching time is cut down. I have a couple of larger projects with deadlines, so I will stay inside my air conditioned home and stitch away!

A big thank you to Heather, at Stitching Lotus, for sponsoring the Smalls SAL.

I stitched a little of everything this month

I finished the Halloween Hooties
 

And one more Red White and Blue Hootie












A couple of sympathy cards, one of which I still have to make into a card


 

A get well card for a friend that had hip surgery. She loves cows and the color purple, so this card was perfect for her
A wedding card for a co-worker

A Mill Hill kit I started in 2015!  Woo hoo on that one!
A couple of Father's Day cards, one for my husband and one for my dad
 

A couple of birthday cards for co-workers
 

A patriotic piece for a charity group I belong to,WOCS

The start of a baby card for a co-worker


And some Christmas pieces that will be used cards.  I made around 70 Christmas cards last year, so I need to get cracking on this years'.
 

 

Happy Stitching everyone!

Michele









Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Card update

06/06/2017

I decided I need to post more often, so here are some cards I made out of stitched projects.
On June 1, I realized that my neighbor and good friend's birthday was in two days and I had not made her a card.  Shameful.  Thankfully, this blackwork pattern stitches very quickly and I had an aperture card that was the perfect size.  I stitched it in three shades of green as that is her favorite color.













This is the same pattern, but in jewel tones. I had stitched it previously, but needed to make the card as the recipient's birthday is June 12.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the middle square is dark purple.



And another previously stitched project I turned into a card. This one is for someone who's favorite color is light blue and birthday is June 17th.  This pattern is the June birthstone pattern from Shannon Christine Designs.





Here are two more colors schemes using the same pattern; purple and turquoise and the original pearl. Sometimes I like to personalize the colors of the designs to match favorite colors, while using the correct month's pattern.






Happy Summer!

Michele

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May update

05/31/2017

Well, as I hoped I did finish a few more projects this month, bringing my total for the year to 134 finishes out of 151 starts.
 

 

 

 

 













Let's see what next month brings.

Michele

Friday, May 26, 2017

May Smalls SAL

05/26/2017

Happy day after Graduation!

Yes,  my baby graduated high school yesterday!  He, along with one of his classmates, gave the welcome speech at graduation and he was also one of eight valedictorians for his class, along with several other awards.

 

Below is a picture of my dad with my two sons and another of the proud graduate.  He will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO in the fall, where he plans to study aerospace engineering.  His older brother Joe, just finished his second year at CU, where he studies civil engineering.
 

Ok, enough "proud mama" moments and on to stitching fun!


First, thanks to Heather at Stitching Lotus for sponsoring the SAL.  I don't always remember to give her credit and want to take care of that first.  It's  a lot of work to do this every month and I really appreciate it!

Here are the last of the thank you cards for teachers.  I made 10 cards for teachers and 19 graduation cards.



I finished the below birthstone patterns by Shannon Christine.  I started these in a previous  month and wanted to get the stitching finished.  They are,  August Peridot, October Opal, Spooky Elegance ( for another October birthday) and December Zircon.  I still have to make the cards but at least the stitching is done.

 

 




A couple of Mill Hill finishes, also started in a prior month.
 

Snapland Winter Chalet by Bent Creek and Cardinal Tree from JBW Christmas Tree Collection II.  I'm going to add a few beads for decorations to the tree.

 

Mother's Day presents for mother-in-law and sister-in-law.  Blackwork designs from a sampler selection I found online.

 

Decided a couple of weeks ago to stitch the school logo, get it framed and give it to the school.  Spent a marathon weekend stitching in order to allow the framers adequate time to get it framed.  I imported the school logo into PC Stitch 11 to create the pattern.  This really isn't a small, but I had to post it anyway.












And finally a bunch of Hooties from various patterns by Pinoy Stitch.  I love the owls and plan on turning them into seasonal decorations.

 

 

 

 

 


I'm still participating in Deb's Ultimate Crazy Jan/ Feb Facebook Challenge and as of today, have started 146 projects and finished 122 of them.   Of course, since today is on the 26th I still have 5 days left in the month to stitch, so we'll see what I can finish over the next 5 days.

Happy Memorial Day weekend,
Michele