Tuesday, March 19, 2019

therapy shopping

I had a really good stitchy weekend, got quite a bit done on Harbor Haven.

I had disappointing news on Sunday, so to make myself feel better I order some stitchy/hobby fun! I found a end piece of aida for the bellpull pattern I have in stash for a great price on Etsy! I have aida but I needed a 10x56 piece of fabric. This is the pattern

I also placed a AliExpress, I order 3 kits, some snips, thread holders and stop HOLD that thought.....a diamond painting kit ----or two. I am thinking that maybe my mom will take interest in that, we'll see. They were not that expensive so we can give it a try. I also ordered a few cross stitch kits, I will report back once I get the kits and let you know what I think.

I have ordered the CXC floss from AliExpress and I was super happy with the floss and service. I ordered from https://www.aliexpress.com/store/group/100-cotton-thread/736913_511508678.html?spm=2114.12010608.0.0.34e26111rqP9yO , you can contact before ordering and tell them you want to order certain colors and they will send you a spreadsheet to select your colors. The thread is around 8cents a skein. So I am staying hopeful on the kits. I only ordered one with the printing on the fabric to try.This is the printed design I ordered.

This is the puzzle my folks and I had completed a few weekends ago
Jane Maday 250pc Glorious Morning

I will keep my eye out for more pretty smaller pc puzzles, it was a fun way to spend time with my parents. My dad even put in a few pieces, we let him put the final piece in!! He was lucky that day ;)
We worked on the current puzzle a lot the past weekend, it is very challenging and now we are down to trees, bushes and water so that is always puzzling LOL LOL !

I also been thinking that I like stitching pictures and not smalls. I am not big on decor or nicknaks I am a very simple plain decorator (less to clean, more time to stitch) As we all know this may change in a moments notice. I also am not keen on finishing. I am loving the LJT owls but those are easy to finish.....even though I have two that are not FFO'd (yes that means I have only FFO'd ONE) see what I mean :)

Oh and we have sunshine.....yes sunshine it does still exist! It makes me feel so much better when the sun is out.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Finishes puzzles and stitches

I finished section 7 of Harbor Haven and the March LJT Owl.

I will be really happy to complete this series, one because I love the design and two because I will NEVER stitch in 1 over 1 on 28 count ever again. I do not enjoy the tiny stitching. I have decided that I enjoy 14ct aida and I am not being shamed into stitching on fabric that I don't enjoy. 

A start and a finish on puzzles. I also finished a 250 piece puzzle with the parents, I must have forgot to get a picture. We had a really nice time working it together. I will have to snap a picture, mom wanted to leave it on the table for a little bit :)

This week I found a awesome box of 10 puzzles at thrift for $3.50, that is 35 cents per puzzle. That is hours of entertainment. I also have sold a few things so that has been a good week. This weekend I hope to destash and list quite  a few other things, and organize the craft corner.

Audiobooks - Earbuds
I really enjoyed this book, Any Dream Will Do - Debbie Macomber. I definitely recommend this book. I was excited to listen to the next sections, every time I turned it off.
I am currently listening to How To Walk Away - Katherine Center, just started so no opinion yet. I'll let you know next time.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Stopping in to say

Stopping in to say to my blogger pals {waving}
I have been having a blah blah week, but still pulling the good that I can out of each day.
But this is my reason for no blog updates.

 I started using OneNote to journal. I am LOVING it! This is the first time I have ever journaled more than a few days. I can add images and clips, I write whatever pops in my mind, the weather, on and on. I also am working on my budget & spending. I have tabs for my hobbies and plans. I am very, private private and this is really really good for me. Also I can be writing(typing) and no one knows if I am composing the most important email or just noting how I wish I was in the woods and enjoying nature! It is grand, like a secret little world. Plus nothing to buy or store, or all the fussy stickers, papers and stuff! I mean there are beautiful journals out there, but I just don't have time to set down and do that. Plus anyone that knows me I am all about the no spending and less stuff!!

Stitching-- February Owl is done, less the back stitching. Will get this done before the end of the month. Started and have half of Hello Spring completed. I decided I despised the material that I was stitching Alice on. It is beautiful fabric, but it is 32 count and just not my thing. I had a piece of aida dyed for this piece originally. So I did a thing! I ripped it all out and started over. Yes that is what I did! I also have been stitching using the sewing method & I am enjoying it. I am so HAPPY I done this, I stitched all weekend on this piece and I am truly enjoying it.

Puzzles-- We finished the last one, and will most likely start a new one this week. Picture to come.
I have stacks of puzzles on the table, but we haven't selected the next yet. In a moment of boredom I browsed the web for puzzles, wowser I didn't realize the cost. I will continue to nab them at thrift.

Reading/Audio Books-- I ordered the Cookin' books: Cookin' with beans, Cookin' with Rice, Cookin' with Powedered Milk. I was unimpressed. Note to self, the internet is your best friend and most all recipes are out there. Save your $ and search first!
I read Almost Amish : One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life, it was a interesting read, but had a religious turn.
I been browsing the book The Herbal Tea Garden : Planning, Planting, Harvesting and Brewing. I am really enjoying it! It is a keeper.
I have began reading, Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing and Saving. I am not far enough in to even give a opinion.
In the earbuds: Meet me at the Beachcomber Bay - Jill Mansell, didn't keep my attention so I stopped trying. Life is too short to force any book. Today I started, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. I so far am loving this book the concept and theory is so on spot in my opinion. Yes the title and book has the F word, but sometimes life needs a little spice and attention grab. If language doesn't get your britches in a bind and you ride the struggle bus more days than not, I highly recommend this read/listen.

Gardening-- Not too much on this other than reading, dreaming, browsing Pinterest. Hopefully warmer weather and less rain is on the way. The card from the tulips that I tucked in the back of my coffee mug cabinet, makes me smile every time I see it. I may start some seeds this next weekend. I been loving and caring for HipHop (rabbits foot fern). I did find a perfect macrame hanger for HipHop but have not installed it yet.

Have a great week my friends.