Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rainy Days and Mondays.....

Yesterday was both a rainy day and a Monday!  Not a good combination.  But I had two exciting things happen that turned my frown upside down!!!!

First I got an email from Kate over at The Flying Needle.  I won her giveaway of He's A Flake chart!!! I couldn't believe it.  Of course, when you enter a giveaway you do cross your fingers and hope but I've never won a giveaway so it was a wonderful surprise!

I can't wait to stitch this up and add it to my growing pile of ornaments to finish.  You may remember that I really want to do a display kind of like Carol over at Stitching Dreams.  I think I mentioned it before but didn't post the link.  Here it is.  I just love the ornament arrangement down the stairway.  Of course, I know mine will not look as fabulous as Carol's.  I'm just in awe of her staircase.  (And many of her other projects as well.)  But I hope to make a stab at it this year.  So I'm busy stitching some ornaments to finish for this project.  He's A Flake will be joining the line up.  WHOOO HOOO!

The second thing is that our hot water heater is fixed!!!  Trust me, I know it seems like it took forever.  We have a warranty that covers our hot water heater. So when we came home from work and discovered the leak, of course, we called right away.  We were told to call back in the morning to schedule a plumber.  So we did.  He came out.  Confirmed that we needed to replace the hot water heater.  He called it in with a quote that had to be approved.  Finally approved.  Oh, but wait.  He can't just go to the local box store and pick one up.  They have to order one for us and have it shipped to the plumber.  So he brings it out yesterday and opens up the package.  Guess what.  It's too big to fit in the space.  That's right - they had asked how many gallons of water did it hold but not how big is the unit.  Thankfully they allowed him to re-box it and ship it back but in the meantime allowed him to go to the local box store and pick one up for us.  YEAH!!!!  Hot water!  (Without having to boil it on the stove first!)

So you know I haven't had much stitching time at all the last week.  In fact, most of my stitching is done on the weekends since I work full time and then have to help my son with homework in the evenings along with other household chores.  Some times I manage to get in a few stitches on my lunch break or after work but the bulk of it is on the weekends.  I didn't even pick up a needle this past weekend.  So I have decided that I will have a two week rotation on my new start.  I have stitched some, but really I haven't made a lot of progress and I don't want to put it down.  I'm just checking in to let you know I'm going to continue stitching on this project for another week.  I'll be back next week with an update for you.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kites Update

I have a small amount of progress to show on Kites:

Not sure if you can see the progress or not....but I now have 7% done.  Still a LONG way to go.

This week I've started my new HAED.  You knew I wouldn't be able to resist for long!  This is the pattern my husband got me for Valentines Day.  He predicts I'll be done by 2033!  HA HA.

Here's a reminder of what it looks like finished....

Last night, I came home to find our hot water heater had sprung a leak.  So no stitching last night.  Hopefully by the end of the day everything will be back to normal and I can stitch tonight. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Overdue Update

I'm so sorry, I had issues with the camera and could not post an update last week.  I think I have things solved.

Two week ago I started the Santa Nutcracker.  I didn't have a before picture since it was a new start.  Here is where I ended the week.  Not a lot of progress, but I think he's looking cute!

Last week I worked on the Nativity Silhouette.  Here is where I started the week:

And here is where I ended the week.

This week it's back to my Heaven and Earth pattern.  I hope to make a lot of progress, but not sure how the week will end up.  Here's where I'm starting from....

I'm off to see what you guys are working on!