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

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Unexpected Stash

This morning, my husband decided that we should all go in the truck to his office (he had to get parts for a tech).  The LNS in Plano is only 15 minutes away so we stopped by and, well, I bought some stuff.  I'm going to be still well within my budget for the month but I spent way more than I intended.
You want to see it?  Well, okay then..

First up, in the April JCS there was this great Dandelion piece.  The LNS just happened to have the correct Picture This Plus fabric so I got the fabric.

It's 28 count "Whirlpool by Picture This Plus :)
 Next up, more Beatles.  I finished Yellow Submarine this spring and currently have Octopus's Garden in rotation.  But, I decided to pick up Strawberry Fields Forever today with the required GAST and WDW threads that I didn't already have.  I didn't get the fabric but I think I'm going to use something I already have in my stash.

Last we have some metallics and Thread Haven.  I needed some Kreinik for a WIP I haven't worked because I was missing a bunch of the required threads.

No stitching of significance to report for the week.  My professional memberships lapse in August so I was busy trying to get in some of my Continuing Professional Education hours in on their webinars.  I'm up to like 33 hours for the year, which isn't bad considering I'm not working for a school district at the moment.  Hoping to share more next week.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Reading Challenge - July

I slowed down a bit in July and ended up reading The Princess Diaries series because the library was having a special book club party for the new Royal Wedding book.  It was a fun series to read but I skipped from book 5 to the new book.

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech - Sophie travels with her uncles and cousins on a boat over the Atlantic.
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia C. McKissak - An interesting collection of African American folktales from the American south.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George - Julie is an Eskimo who runs away from an arranged marriage and is adopted by wolves.
Forgive Us Our Sins: Homosexuality in Light of the Bible by Richard D. Starr - A summary of what the Bible says about homosexuality co-written by a pastor and a man who lived most of his life as a homosexual.
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson - A novel in poetic form about a boy who lost his parents in a fire and copes with living with a foster parent.
Shiloh by Phillis Reynolds Naylor - A Newbery winner about a boy who rescues and hides a dog form his abusive master.
Shabanu Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples - Shabanu is the daughter of a camel herder who is preparing for her older sister's wedding.
An Unwelcome Quest by Scott Meyer - Magic 2.0 series book 3.  Todd, a wizard who was exiled by the others, returns and traps some of the wizards in a computer simulation.
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz - Based on actual experiences, Jean is an American girl growing up in China.
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman - A nonfiction children's book about the famous first lady.
A Visit to William Blake's Inn by Nancy Willard - A collection of poems based on the works of William Blake.
Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky - A picture book about the process of making maple syrup.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - The "original" To Kill a Mockingbird with an adult Jean Louise is ok but needs editing.
Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey  by Jamake Hightower - A novel composed of different Native American legends woven together written by a man who apparently claims to be Native American but may not actually be Native American.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
--Cinder - Linh Cinder is a cyborg who has a chance encounter with the prince in this sci fi/robot version of Cinderella.
--Scarlet - Cinder is on the run but meanwhile, in France, Scarlet is dealing with her grandmother's disappearance and the appearance of the mysterious Wolf.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
--The Princess Diaries - Mia finds out that she is the only heir to the throne of Genovia.
--Princess in the Spotlight - Mia finds out that her mother is pregnant and prepares for a huge televised interview.
--Princess in Love - Mia has a secret admirer but is he the same guy as her crush?
--Princess in Waiting - Mia spends her Christmas in Genovia but all she can think of is her new boyfriend.
--Princess in Pink - Mia wants to go to prom with Michael but he doesn't want to go.
--Royal Wedding - The 11th volume, Mia is now an adult and still dating Michael while the press hounds them about not getting married.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Sweet" Treats

I decided it was time to make one of my Victoria Sampler cupcakes.  I don't do a lot of Hardanger, so I had to look up how to do the Kloster blocks and Blanket stitch.  I got the first one finished today.  The actual making of the cupcake will be much more difficult.

Gingerbread Cupcake
Victoria Sampler Beautiful Finishing Series
28 ct. Gingerbread linen by Picture This Plus
DMC Pearle Cotton 8 and 12 and NPI Silk
Beads/buttons from Accessory Pack

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekend stitching

I was able to do some stitching today.  Here's my progress on "Jingle as Ye Enter"

Next, awhile back, I bought some fabric from SCRAP with the intent of making a super hero cape for my oldest (Zoé).  I was finally able to get it done today.  Working with the Satin was a pain but I think it looks great.  And it passed my biggest critic's test.

Friday, July 24, 2015

My Daughter is in Love!

In November, around Thanksgiving as student teaching and my whole degree plan were winding down, I started a cute little blanket for my youngest daughter.  I've done two scarves for Zoé but nothing for Adèle, so I figured it was time.

Well, I finally finished it today.  I almost was not allowed to do the borders on it because she wanted it!  I changed the colors on the original pattern (it was more "boy" colors) and omitted the feet because I didn't like how they looked.

Snuggling with Pooh and her new blankie
Here's a picture of the blanket without the model

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stitch from Stash - July Update

Month: July
Amount Spent: $7.98
Amount Earned: $12

Stitch from Stash starts over.  Can't believe that July is almost over.  Soon, it will be school time again which will either mean that I get a break from the kids or I will start work.  Not sure which one yet.  I had a job interview today so we'll see.

I decided to make a change in how I do WIPs.  My WIP basket was full to bursting and I always had issues trying to choose what to stitch.  Meanwhile, I have an HAED and another solidly stitched piece that will take years of work and probably need to be worked on more.  So, I decided to pull one piece besides the two large pieces to work.  My current "wildcard" is "Jingle as Ye Enter."

I had two finishes:

Peace - The Stitcherhood
Do Not Meddle - Dragon Fire Designs - My oldest WIP!
And here is the work on my three WIPs

HAED - Butterfly Rose Cross
Snow White Discovers the Cottage

Jingle As Ye Enter - Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Monday, July 20, 2015

Some Finished Work **Edit - There's more!**

I finally finished "Tweet Gift" today.  Here's a picture.

Let me just say that metallic thread is a pain in a sewing machine.  Got it to work ok after finding a few tips online about adjusting the needle and tension.  Eternally thanking Brother for including the right sized needle in the kit that came with my Project Runway machine.

Later on, I decided to tackle "Shining in the Night."  I had my first run in with invisible thread.  I think it turned out quite well.