Thank you soo much for your notes of support on my new lifestyle changes!! I really appreciate it!!
Well, it's that time again to shut myself in a quiet corner of my house and stitch! I am not sure what will be on the agenda other than a WIP or a project on my Crazy Challenge list. Saturdays also bring stitching time for my BBD group, so I will definitely be pulling out one of those. I look forward to seeing your progress after the weekend!
Life is good!! I am now down 11 lbs...woohoo!!!! I have spent the month of January getting "me" on track and now I can branch back into to my love of stitching and chatting with y'all. The best part is that I can do a bit of Leslie Sansone before my foot tires...every little bit counts and is helping. I just feel good!
The following picture is my final 7 pieces for the 2013 UCJC. I can't wait to stitch up all of the pieces this year...so I can add to my Stash Diet list and earn new stash. I am head over heels for the new Plum Street Sampler Red Cottage and Lizzie Kate's new holiday banner!! Have you seen them?! OMG I am going to be in sooo much temptation! LOL
BBD Christmas Garden
La D Da Right Spirit
Homespun Elegance Home ~ A Haven
Little House Needleworks Stitcher's Heart
BBD Tulip and Star Pinkeep
BBD Holly Manor
La D Da Softly Walk
OK, so judging by the following finishes, I am in a pink mood. I am not even sure why...just was drawn to those threads.
Blackbird Designs Remember Me
36ct coffee dyed Edinburgh Linen
Carries Silk Thread
32ct Belfast Linen
32ct Belfast Linen
GAST Valentine Limited Edition Thread
Little House Needleworks
Required DMC Threads
I hope you enjoyed my peek into my part of the needle world. I will be back soon with progress pics and more finishes.
Thank you...Thank you for all of the comments and emails in support of my great-niece. She is doing better and making progress.
So, I have had a time with Blogger!! Have you? I started this post on Friday and could not get the pictures to upload. Yes, I have tried several times every single day and it just didn't want to work for me. I have also been having a time with my email account for a month...is it Google or me??
Anyhoo...this is a picture of an ornie I received in an exchange from Tywanna. Y'all know I LOVE my snowmen, and this ornie is just perfect! She also sent me charms, buttons, and fabby...Thank you Tywanna!!
As I am late in closing out 2012, here is my tusal! Every single frog thread, end snips, and small leftovers in my needle. I didn't make all of my goals, but that is why we have 2013! New Year = New Goals!
As you all know, I started a Stash Diet this year. I am proud to say that although I have been drooling to the max, I am being good. With that in mind, I decided to join the Ultimate Crazy January Challenge for 2013. I figure this challenge would tie in perfectly with my Stash Diet, so momma went for it! The following pictures are my first 20 starts and growing until the 31st...Yikes!! I didn't have a lot of time to stitch as planned for IHSW due to company, but I did get a decent start on 19 and 20 in the second picture.
1. Stoney Creek Snow Happens ~ Rain With Attitude
2. Nickole214 ~ Afrykanskie kobiety
3. The Design Connection ~ Enter His Gates
4. Jeremiah Junction ~ Country Bloomers
5. Country Cottage Needleworks ~ Sweet Treats (restart)
6. Shepherd's Bush ~ Holly and Ivy
7. Gail Bussi ~ Think Spring
8. Stacy Nash ~ Seek Joy in All Things
9. BBD Christmas Garden ~ Naughty or Nice
10. BBD Thank you, Sarah Tobias ~ Morning of Life
11. BBD Truly Thine
12. WTNT ~ Be Kind & Be True
13. LHN ~ Psalm 145
14. LHN Beloved Bible Story Samplers ~ Creation
15. WTNT ~ Birds of A Feather Mystery Sampler
16. BBD Tokens of Friendship ~ Heart Entwined Sampler
17. BBD Joyeaux Noel ~ Tis The Season
18. Southern Roots ~ Portrait in Gold
19. LK ~ Prayer Connection (IHSW)
20. LK ~ Forgive Quickly (IHSW)
I do have some finishes to share in my next post. Four are Stash Diet and one is a UCJC!! Stay tuned for the goodies! Frankly, I didn't want to press my luck with the pictures on this post. Oh, I am 7lbs down with Weight Watchers! I am not sure if I will make the meeting this Saturday due to weather. We are expecting more Artic air with freezing rain and sleet, which is a perfect recipe for ice and black ice on the roads...ughhh! At least I will have my stitching! LOL
Well 2012 has closed and 2013 has opened with a bang...literally! My great neice tripped and fell carrying a fish tank...it shattered and she suffered severe cuts. Her left wrist was half cut on one side from the front to the back. Thank God her major bloodlines were missed!! However, her tendons were cut and nerve damage. She saw a specialist last week and had surgery the other day. The doctor is hopeful that she will heal and of course she will go through therapy. Whew!! I tell ya!! When my neice sent me a picture of her wrist...I instantly cried and was just shaken. All I could think of was how blessed she is because she could have easily been killed. I told my neice no more fish tanks and she told me she was waaay ahead of me.
January brings a new semester for all 3 of the kiddos. I have had to shop for supplies again! No sales, so you know I am disappointed paying full price. January also brings a "new me" challenge. Many of you know about my Stash Diet blog and now I am going on a diet...errr lifestyle change. Reading about what a couple of fellow bloggers have done has been encouraging. I joined Weight Watchers on the 29th and have lost 6.2 lbs.!! A lot for a couple of weeks, but The Busy Stitcher has been busy revamping the pantry, fridge, and exercise routine. I have a lot of stash to stitch and momma is trying to live long enough to get through most of it! LOL Those of you who struggle with exercise due to disability like me, Leslie Sansone and Yoga has worked wonders for me. I have to adapt a few things, but I am moving!!
I will share this link with you. Whether you want to lose weight, read your Bible, stitching, eat more fruit, or whatever habit you would like to begin this year MamaJenn has a nice worksheet to get you started within 21 days. I am using it to remember to do some form of exercise for 5 minutes every hour when stitching or quilting. You know we get involved and time flies!
My stitching slowed tremendously the past couple of weeks other than getting my UCJC 2013 going. I have not posted pics of any starts! Yikes!! BUT I am revamping my posting to go with my new lifestyle. I will now be posting twice a month...midmonth and the end of the month. Monday Babble will go on hiatus for a bit. So, look for a posting in the next couple of days. Computer is going to be once or twice a week also, so don't think I have abandon you my blogger and yahoogroup buddies...I still love ya and will chat and support you!
Happy New Year!! I hope you all find many blessings in 2013!
I recently learned of a tragic loss...my friend Elizabeth (Liz Ann to me and I Joy Ann to her). Her ex-husband decided to shot her and then himself in front of friends and family. I just cannot wrap my head around it. We met each other working in an adult continuing education program. We quickly became friends because we had soo much in common. We went to lunch together, shopped together, and sometimes planned events in the office. I can hear her now saying "oh oh" and "make sure my burger is well done...burn it Hon!" We would IM each other at our desk and giggle. I can hear her laughing at me when an Internet search for adult scholarships for our students turned up as porn and I was freaking out when I couldn't get the pop ups to stop.
I wanted to surprise her when I was in OH recently, but I ran out of time. Only to find out today that I would have been devastated as she passed away the day before I had planned to visit. She has 2 grown sons, but that does not ease the loss of both parents. If you don't mind, please pray for them.