Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mario page 13 finish!

Another page finish!!

Before:

After:

I had to go back so far to find that Before shot! It's incredible how long it has been - almost 4 years! It was a pretty quick stitch, though, and one more page done!

I don't have much of a life update. My toe isn't broken, thank goodness, but badly bruised. Much better now. The dog is still a menace. My first work day of being 30 I ripped my entire dress down the back sitting down in the car and had to run back into the car and change.

Tonight I start stitching on the next page of the Flapping Parrot. And so it goes on!

Happy Stitching, everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flapping Parrot page 5 finish!

I stitched so hard last night my needle broke!

Before:

After:

Next page will be a part of the actual parrot's head, so I'm very excited to see that, after which it will be four straight pages of nothing but background. I'm thinking of just doing two at a time after the next page but we'll see how I'm feeling. H³ has chosen Mario to be the next page finish! So time to pull that out and do some work on it for the first time in almost 4 years!

Besides that birthday in Vegas was fine. Vegas isn't really my kind of town, but I had no idea since I'd never been. Also, I really missed H³ while we were there (it was a girl's weekend) so I don't think I want to spend another birthday without him.

Thus begins another decade. Here's to 30 and everything that comes with it. Minus aging. None of that, now.

Happy stitching, everyone.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Flapping Parrot 11

I like this "photo every 10 hours" thing. Sometimes I don't get to stitch for a few days at a time and sometimes I get to stitch a lot so although my posts may be sporadic, there's always a consistent amount of progress to show!

Before:

After:

I'm thinking there will be a page finish very, very soon.

The last few weeks have been pretty busy. Last weekend we flew out to New England for a wedding. It was a bit of a whirlwind. We took a red-eye out of San Francisco Friday night and landed in New Jersey at 5:30am Saturday. Then we drove out to the Nyack, New York area to visit family and spent the night. Sunday morning we drove from New York, through Connecticut, and up Western Massachusetts almost to the Vermont border, attended the ceremony and reception, spent the night in Greenfield, then drove out to Boston and flew back Monday night. Back to work Tuesday. It was utter insanity and completely exhausting. We got in around midnight Tuesday morning and I was back at work 8am. Blegh.

I turn 30 in a few days and decided to do a Vegas trip with my girlfriends (it was H³'s idea, really), so I'm taking a few days off work. We get a free day off for our birthday the month of our birthday plus we all got a free extra day off work since we made Fortune magazine's 100 best places to work list. So, I get to go to Vegas and not actually use any PTO. Win! I've never been (stop laughing) but I'm looking forward to it.

I banged my foot up pretty bad this morning. We're waiting to see if I get any better and if I still have trouble walking tomorrow it's probably broken. But, of course, I'm using this as an excuse to be a stitching slug and hail mary the last couple of hundred stitches for a page finish. Probably not today... but soon, maybe!

Happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Flapping Parrot #10

Another 10 hours of stitching went by fairly quickly and I have an update on the Flapping Parrot.

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After:

Golden Kite patterns stitch up so quick, it's a nice break honestly, and it feels like so much progress, so quickly! Plus this is stitched on 18 count fabric, instead of my usual 25 count, which also makes a difference.

Speaking of Golden Kite, they were having a sale this weekend (it might still be on for a few more hours) of up to 75% off on select patterns. Of course a pattern that has been on my wish list since 2012 was on sale from its regular $67 down to $36. So of course, I bought it, weak-willed person that I am.

I don't think I would have normally bought it, but I have the companion piece:

and am really looking forward to stitching both together, and framing them the same way.

Here is what I bought:

Bad, bad me.

But so good.

H³ didn't complain.

Happy stitching, everyone!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Medieval Shelf 9 - Page Finish!

It took me a while but I finally finished my page of Medieval Shelf, and only a month late for the challenge!

Before:

After:

I have to say that I just LOVE the colors here. H³ got me through the finish line by staying up late with me as I stitched last night, then waking up early to walk the Beast and by the time I got up the Beast was walked, fed, and there was a steaming hot cup of coffee waiting for me. Suffice it to say I slept three hours longer than I usually do. But I have a page finish!

Medieval Shelf will be put away for a little while and the Flapping Parrot will be picked up for another page. After that, who knows! Now that I have College finished the rotation is slightly different. I have all the projects I have on the go printed out into little pictures and I lay them out for H³ to pick from, and that's how my next project is determined, with a page from the Flapping Parrot in between as it's my focus piece.

So that's the plan for now! It's a stitchy weekend for me - I don't have to work - so off I go! Flapping Parrot, here I come!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Medieval Shelf 8

Well, I didn't make it in time for the challenge. I ended up working about 14 hours of overtime in the span of a few days due to a huge project. My days looked something like this:

Get up at 5, log on, work from home.
Leave the house and get to work by 8:30.
Stay in the office until 8 or 9.
Get home about 9:30.
Work until 1:30.
Rinse, repeat.

Longest two weeks ever. But it's over now and I'm back to my regular work schedule. I don't mind working overtime but I only do it when I have to. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is extremely important to me. So, until the next project (inevitably) comes along, I'll be working normal hours and coming home and stitching.

Another 10 hours of stitching and I'm really close to a page finish. But I'll be good and post a photo now instead of just stitching through because who knows when the next burst of overtime will be and how long it will take.

Before:

After:

Almost there!!

I hope everyone state-side has a great (and safe) 4th of July! H³ got our beastie a Thunder Shirt to help her get through it. The neighbors have been at it for two days now and she's completely passed out in her Thunder Shirt so I think it's working:

Happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Medieval Shelf 7

Here is a renewed attempt at posting stitching progress per 10 hours of stitching. Once a week just didn't work for me (as we can obviously tell) just because some weeks are better than others when it comes to stitching progress. But maybe 10 hours will work this time. Maybe. We'll see. Now that I'm not crazed to try to finish something (like College) within a given amount of time maybe it will be easier to keep on top of? Maybe. We'll see. Either way here's my 10 hour before and after of Medieval Shelf:

I always feel like I never get anything done in the time I stitch and then I look at the comparison photos and actually, quite a bit gets done. Amazing. Either way I likely won't make it in time for the June 15th deadline and I've rather come to terms with that.

H³ takes the beast to the dog park 3-5 times a week so she can get her zooms out, as we call them. She's still pretty energetic despite having slowed down and it's great exercise for her. Then she sleeps all day. So mutually beneficial for all parties involved. She could use the extra socialization, too. Win win. But lately she has come to expect it. So around 9:30, when H³ usually takes her, she starts to stare at him. Follow him around. Whine. And she doesn't stop. It's the saddest thing ever. 

I feel like we adopted a furry toddler.