Oct 27, 2014

Stitch From Stash - October


Here we are in the last quarter of the Stitch From Stash challenge coordinated by Mel at Epic Stitching.  The idea of SFS is to stitch from our stash to reduce spending. 

I did even worse this month than I did in September.  I spent $73 on a boat load of Sampler and Antique Needlework magazines and one UK Cross Stitch Crazy as well as several charts.  Even though there are some charts in the Sampler magazines, I really got them for the articles.  Hey, wait... isn't that what men say about Playboy?! 

 




 
Whew!  I was a naughty girl...
 
New Starts from Stash: Midnight Watch
WIPs or UFOs worked on: Balloon Glow, Heart of America
Finishes:  Heart of America
 
Until next time,
 

Oct 25, 2014

Stupendous Saturday 10/25/14

Happy Saturday!

I woke up early... early as in it was still dark outside.  The sky was still filled with stars.  Beautiful stars.  I am looking foward to the day because I get to go shopping!  With everything going on since April, this shopping day will be like a mini vacation away from EVERYTHING:  housework, laundry, cleaning out my parents house, dealing with estate stuff.  I need time away... really, I do!  So, that's my plan and I'm sticking to it.  (Even if I feel a bit guilty with all the "work" that still needs to be done.)

Now that I've shared what my stupendous Saturday is going to be like, I can regale you with other things I've been up to:

TREASURE HUNTING
Not that I've had a lot of time lately to treasure hunt, but I've gotten lucky with a few lovely finds over the past few months. 

Some of you may know that I love photography... just as much as stitching!  Love cameras, photographs, taking photographs, gadgets, and oh how I enjoy finding unique frames!  For years, I have wanted a digital photo frame.  I didn't want a cheapo one, but I couldn't justify paying a hefty price for a really nice one.  Look what I found for a mere $15:


I know, I know. It doesn't look very exciting right now but it will when I put photos in it!  It's an HP 8" digital photo frame in dark expresso.  It comes with a remote control, too.  It was still in the box in the original wrapping.  The funny thing is... It's been at the thrift store for weeks priced at $39.99.  When I saw it had been marked down to $14.99, I couldn't resist.  This frame sells on Amazon for $80.  So, so happy with my purchase!

Want to hear how anal indecisive I am with certain purchases?  Sure you do.  When I saw it in the thrift store, I thought: "Oh my god, I LOVE it!"  Then I saw the price tag... Did I really want to pay that much?  I made a bargain with myself.  "Self," I said, "if it's still there after you finishing shopping the rest of the store, then seriously consider it.  If it's meant to be, it will still be there when you get done shopping."  LOL, silly aren't I?  So, I did just that.  I continued to peruse the rest of the store... actually, I did go back and look at it at least three times.  Crazy, I know.  When I finished browsing, there it was and I brought it home.  What was it, you're wondering?

A beautiful (and I do mean beautiful!) oak jewelry armoire.  It is so similiar to my bedroom set, if one didn't know better they'd think it came as a set.  The photo really doesn't do it justice.



I consider it a piece of furniture as it stands 39" tall.  It's a well built armoire compared to smaller ones I've seen in stores.  My guess is that it cost around $300 when it was new.  I feel I got it for a steal at $65.  My only dilemma is that I don't want to get rid of my smaller jewelry boxes.  One my parents gave to me for Christmas when I was a teenager, and the other two I've had forever.  *sigh*  Believe it or not, I have contemplated using it as a floss cabinet.  It'd be perfect for that!

I did a slight modification in that I put felt under the legs so that it wouldn't scratch my hardwood floors.  The BF tightened up the screws for the legs and the piano hinge that allows the mirrored top to be opened.

After the above finds, this one pales in comparison.  Even though I'm much more particular about thrift store stash acquisitions, I still can't resist a good floss deal.  For less than $1, I got this:


I think I'm good for DMC 816 for a while, don't you?
 
My next "find" isn't as exciting as the previous ones, but a great find nonetheless.  Both my brother and BF have this.  They say it's awesome for keeping shoes, boots, and gloves dry.  Retailing for $40, I picked up a new-in-the-box Peet Boot Dryer for less than $5.  Score!  It's quiet and will come in handy.

 


STITCHY STUFF
I haven't gotten around to stitching the buttons on Heart of America yet, but I have been steadily plugging away at Midnight Watch.  I've made quite a few substitutions because I didn't have all the GAST and WDW the chart called for.  Plus, I didn't particularly care for some of the colors in the design either.  Mix it up, I did!


Since the above photo was taken, I've done quite a bit more.  I guess I should put out a new photo:


THOUGHTFULNESS
I continue to receive condolence cards and I must say that you stitchers have brought tears to my eyes with your thoughtful and caring words of comfort.  My heartstrings have definitely been pulled as I read the cards. Some of you I have met in real life and others only online, but I tell you what -- You guys (gals) are wonderful!  Thank you with all my heart for your kindness.

Yesterday, I was surprised to see a package sticking out of my mailbox.  I scanned my brain quickly, but I couldn't remember ordering anything.

 
Inside the box was a prayer shawl crocheted by Berly in Missouri.  She and I have "known" each other online for at least seven years.  We met in real life a couple years ago at a retreat.  I can't tell you how touched I was to receive such a gift and condolence card.  Thank you so much, Berly.  I have already showed it to a couple of my siblings. :)

I think that about does it for now.

Until next time,

Oct 13, 2014

Marvelous Monday Update 10/13/14

FAMILY
I can't exactly say things have been marvelous, but my siblings and I are hanging in there. 

The four of us have met at my parent's house and decided on things we want to keep.  Most of the grandkids have been allowed to pick out a couple keepsakes to remember grandma and grandpa... It's amazing how some have displayed respectful behavior in picking out their keepsakes, and others had total disregard of their grandparent's property... standing on furniture and rifling through drawers and closets.  Even the four year old took me by the hand and pointed to and asked if she could take "babies" home (My Mom has a small doll collection).

I've spent weekends at my Mom and Dad's cleaning, organizing, and discarding things that are clearly trash.  I've also raked leaves off the driveway and steps, as well as burn trash.  By the end of each day, I get so sore and feel like an old lady.  My 22-year old niece told me that when she gets to be my age, she's going to be able to do 100 jumping jacks.  When I told her I'd like to see that, she said "You'll be in a nursing home and I'd have to come back every day to do them because you won't remember what I did the day before."  Wow...

CONDOLENCES
I'd like to send out a big heart-felt thank you to all of you who have sent me cards, emails, and commented on my blog over the loss of my Mom.  She would be touched, and I certainly am.  I have had overwhelming moments at this time in my life and it has helped to know you care enough to reach out.  Thank you very much!

STITCHY STUFF
::Happy Dance::  I have a finish of sorts to show. Last week, I finished the stitching on Heart of America.  Woo Hoo!  I still have to sew the buttons on and frame it.  So, all you get to see is this:


Yep, it's the back.  I'm a stinker, aren't I?  As soon as I get the buttons on and frame, I'll reveal it in all it's glory. ::big grin::

A while back, I won a giveaway hosted by my SM Sue.  Thank you, SM!  She sent me a Halloween chart by Blackbird Designs, some fabric, and floss.  I'm not a big fan of BBD, but I really like this one.


If you haven't guessed, this is my newest "start".  I'm stitching it on 32ct darker Wichelt linen with a combination of CC, GAST, WDW, and DMC threads.  Here's my progress so far:


Until Next Time,

Sep 30, 2014

Stitch From Stash - September


It seems like I just reported for SFS duty not that long ago.  It seems to have snuck up on me for September... it's time once again to report on the Stitch From Stash challenge coordinated by Mel at Epic Stitching.  The idea of SFS is to stitch from our stash to reduce spending. 

I didn't fare so well during the month of September.  Brooke's Books Publishing had an overstock sale going on and I ended up spending $20 on bunch of charts.


I put away Eight Immortals so that I could make more progress on Heart of America.  Coincidentally, I finished the heart motif the evening before my Mom passed away.  I changed the bottom of the flag motif to extend the vine and flowers rather than have the year stitched twice on the design.  Currently, I'm working on the last motif at the bottom.  I hope to have a finish within a couple of weeks. 


Until the next SFS,

Sep 24, 2014

September 11th Has a New Meaning

My mother passed away in the early morning hours of September 11th.  She took her last breaths while I was talking to her and patting her face, trying to get her to respond to me.  My siblings and I have taken it very hard. 

Mom was always so vocal about how proud of us kids (and grandkids) she was... to anyone who would listen, lol.  She was our champion.  We miss her so much!

Her Life In Pictures
8th Grade - Circa 1958
She was a hairdresser before coming to the U.S.
Circa 1965 - 20 years old
Wedding Day - 1967
(Wasn't she beautiful?!)
Newly weds
 
New Mom (with me)
She worked on the assembly line putting curtain rods together.
Her coworkers said she was good, a harder worker... and tough!
Birthday Kiss
Mom loved to cook and knew how to put on a spread!
Aunt Emiko, Dad & Mom
(Aunt Emiko came from Okinawa for a visit)
2004 - Still beautiful!
(We used this photo on the memorial cards)
Mom and Me - 2007
Christmas 2013 - The last photo of my parents together
Mother's Day 2014 - The last photo taken of my Mom
If you remember, I had said in my Dad's pictorial that I had hoped my Dad was fishing and drinking beer with his brothers. Picture that, and then my Mom strolling up saying "Hi Hun". Then my Dad saying, "What the hell?!" (You'd have to know my Dad and how funny that scenario is to me.)

I know I should take comfort in the fact that neither of my parents are suffering anymore, and that they're together now. My emotions are just to raw right now to take any comfort...

Until Next Time,