Welcome to my blog. My name is Joy and I am an avid Lutheran, cross stitcher, loom knitter, reader and mother of two toddlers.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Page Finish

I didn't quite get this one done in time for the April update, but I finally finished up my Fuji page!

There is just one small page left to do for the bottom of the stem.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stitch from Stash Update - April 2015

Month: April

Carryover from March: $52.31
Amount Spent: $3
Amount Earned: $8
Carryover to May: $82.31

This Stitch from Stash update kind of snuck up on me.  I saw Mel's post and was like "is it that time already?"  I feel I didn't get a lot done this month but my husband took a week of vacation last week and there was a lot of running around and getting stuff done.  I finally got my front tooth rebonded so I have my smile back!

I spent a little this month.  I took a trip to SCRAP and picked up a few patterns and a piece of linen.  I don't know if I'll ever spent that carryover amount.

I finished a page on "Do Not Meddle"  This leaves me with only two pages to go and they are small pages.  For those of you who have read this piece's history on Stitching the Night Away, it is a rather old UFO which I started before I got married (and I've been married 6 years!).  My goal is to finish it this year.

I almost finished a page on Fuji.  There will be one really small page once I finish the current page.

As far a new starts, I have three.  I started Octopus's Garden which doesn't count as from stash since I just got the pattern.  I didn't stitch much of it.

I also started two ornaments.

The first one, I incorrectly labeled as "a partridge."  It's actually a Quail.  Ironically, I think my husband and I spotted a few quail on the road the other day.  This one is from A Cross Stitch Christmas A Heartwarming Christmas that came out last fall.  The blank spots are where some Mill Hill beads are going to go.

The second ornament is off my JCS DVD, from the JCS 2009 Ornament issue called "Candy Cane Horse."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gardening and Ornaments

After four years of living at this house, I decided it was time to try to plant a garden.  It's a rental, so I kept it small so it is easy covered back up with grass seed.  Our back yard is pretty weedy (and has been since we moved in - there wasn't much growing back there when we first moved in either) so I don't feel back about digging up part of it.  The whole yard should be hit with round up and re seeded anyway.

We picked up a few plants and some seeds.  I discovered something called "square food gardening" while researching how to best plant what I had bought.  I thought it might work for what I planned.

It's a small garden: only four feet by six feet.  It was hard work to dig it up even though it's so small.  The top picture if my plan for where to plant everything.  The bottom is an actual picture.  I made sure to get it done on Thursday to take advantage of the rain we had Friday and Saturday.

It's a bit of a "sampler garden."  I haven't gardened since I lived at home in Wisconsin so I have no idea what will grow here.  My in-laws tell me that the peppers are a good choice.  I planted it in full view of our living room window so the girls can watch it grow.  Everything I picked is "full sun" which is good because there's no shade back there!  It's only 24 square feet so watering won't break my budget either.

The girls wanted their own "fowers."  We planted them in their own pots in the front.  I also put some marigold seeds in a big pot.

In stitching news, I started two ornaments.  There's not much to see yet.

This is a Patridge ornament from the 2014 Craftways Christmas book.  I used a scrap of 28 ct. Monaco I had in my stash and the threads are all DMC

Not much to see here yet.  This is the Candy Cane Horse by Charlotte's Collectables from the 2009 JCS ornament issue.  It has a bunch of Kreinik in it.  I hope I have enough of this oyster #4 braid!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More Fuji Work!

I know I just posted my latest progress but I made such good progress today that I had to share!  All that is left is to fill in the chest with 415 and then pussywillow work (which will take awhile because of the Whisper thread).  I think I may put it aside and do an ornament quickie.  My goal is to get caught up on ornaments this year!  I'm so close!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fuji Progress

Since I finished the page of "Do Not Meddle," I decided to try for the last big page on Fuji.  I've been making slow progress this week.  For some reason, the webbing between my middle and ring fingers on my right had has been hurting.  I have no idea why but it's very annoying and rather painful.  Here's a picture.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fifty Shades of Green

At least, this piece feels like there's fifty shades of green.  It's actually 6 shades.  I am happy to report that I finally finished the wing page.  There are two pages left but there's not much on each page.  It earns me $8 for SFS.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Finish Framed and a Weekend Conference

I picked up the pins I needed this weekend so I was able to frame the Sunflower Sampler.  I just need some staples or nails to hold it into place in the frame and I will be able to hang it up.

This weekend, I went to the Rose Spicola Forum on Reading at Texas Woman's University.  They had some wonderful guest speakers and breakout sessions.  The featured author for the day was Kathleen Krull.  She cracked me up.  I picked up two of her books and I'll be getting a few more off Amazon.  She does all nonfiction.  Her major series are about famous people (and what the neighbors thought).  Here's a picture.