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Restarting My 10 Project Challenge

  • Posted on July 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I am way overdue for a trip on the Wagon again, so I am restarting my 10 Project Challenge.

As a reminder, this is what it looks like:

    The Purpose:

The purpose of this challenge is to reduce the amount of patterns you have not stitched.

    The Rules:

  • Have fun reducing your stash.
  • There is no time limit – people have different sized projects they would like to work on.
  • Thou shall not purchase any new patterns until 10 projects have been stitched. Pattern size does not matter.
  • Freebies count as part of your total and you can aquire them at any point.
  • Rinse, lather and repeat, as needed, in order to reduce unused stash.
  • The official (re)start date of this challenge is July 1, 2011.

My personal exemptions include any fabric and floss required to kit up any designs in my stash, though I will probably choose to work through my stash as much as possible at first.

    The Projects:

  1. Janlynn – Pooh — Finished July 24, 2011

As you can see, I have backdated the start of this challenge to July 1st, which is fair because I haven’t purchased any new stash since then. Unfortunately, I also only have one finish under my belt since then.

I probably won’t make much headway this weekend, either, for two reasons. One, I’ve been on a reading kick, having finished 2 books this week and zipping through a third. Since what I’m working through is a series (the Apocalypto series by L.K. Rigel, see my GoodReads page) and there are only 3 books in it so far, the fever will probably die down a bit once I finish the third book. Two, I’m finally painting my powder room. I ripped it apart 4th of July weekend, intending to finish that long weekend, before I was then sidelined by bad menstrual cramps. Then we went to Maine. And now I could use the excuse of not being allowed any strenuous exercise for 48 hours after my neck procedure on Thursday, but Terry and I are seriously tired of not having a functional powder room. So, he helped me finish sanding the walls today (because the original painter when the house was built was too lazy to clean off the walls before painting them, thus trapping all manner of drywall dust and dirt underneath the paint) and wiping them down. I then taped off the trim and cut in and Terry has now rolled on the first coat of paint. Ordinarily, it wouldn’t need a second coat, but the roller threw off some junk when he first used it, so we’ll have to sand down that area and paint it again. After that, it will need to cure for 24 hours or so and then I’m going to do a hand-ragged faux finish over top of the base coat. I did the same thing in our main bathroom upstairs and liked the look enough that I plan to do it for every bathroom in the house. It will take a couple of hours to do, even in a small room, but I feel like it’s worth the effort.

However, I will have time to stitch while the paint is drying, if I can force myself to not dive back into that last book. 😉 Of course, my landscaping outside is in terrible shape with weeds everywhere and the grass has browned out from all of the intense heat and lack of rain. But I really can’t work on that until my neck has a little time to heal, so I’ll have to work on that next weekend. I’d hire someone to come do all of the weeding for me, if I wasn’t such an el cheapo. But I am, so I won’t. At least, not this season. Maybe with some of next year’s tax refund, I’ll have someone come in and do some real landscaping work. Maybe. After we replace the shed with a two-bay garage.

I hope that you are all having a great weekend!


  • Posted on July 25, 2011 at 8:31 am

I took some time yesterday to update my totally shameful and totally public WIP List. Feel free to look if you want to have a laugh. It will probably make you feel better about your own WIP lists. 😀 The sad thing is that this list still isn’t complete. I haven’t bothered to take a full inventory of every project that is laying around either fully kitted, nearly fully kitted or with stitches even in it. So embarrassing…

Anyway, I have only managed one finish so far this month and I’m not thinking that I will fit any more in unless I manage to get in some really solid stitching time this week. Considering the fact that I have my powder room ripped apart so that I can paint it but I haven’t finished the prep work yet, I really need to realign my priorities and I think that stitching will be further down the list.

Last night’s finish is a tiny Winnie the Pooh, stitched from a Janlynn kit:

He’ll go with the Dreaming Piglet that I did last month, plus the Bouncing Tigger I started last night and the Eeyore that I will stitch after that.

And then there’s my last finish for the month of June, which I neglected to blog about weeks ago. This is Summer Breeze by Brittercup Designs:

There’s supposed to be an American flag button at the top of the mast, but it was horribly oversized, so I left it off. I also changed the sail color from the pale pink and purple stripes that were charted to a white. It’s actually Snowball by Crescent Colours, I believe, but there’s little (if any) actual variegation to it, unfortunately. And the color didn’t stand out nicely from the fabric, so I had to add the backstitching around the sail to make it more visible.

That’s it for me today, so TTFN! (That’s “Ta-ta for now” for those of you who don’t know your Tigger speak.)

Yes, I am Still Alive

  • Posted on July 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I thought that maybe I should clarify that fact, since I haven’t posted in well over a month. I can hardly believe that time has gone by that quickly, to be honest.

It’s been miserably hot here on the east coast, with heat indexes soaring well into the triple digits and even raw temperatures up there, as well. Today is particularly bad, as there is absolutely no air flow and the humidity is oppressive. I haven’t left the house since we returned from Maine. Which is a whole other topic, but I’ll allow myself to digress.

We went to Terry’s dad’s house in Maine for a week for a supposed vacation. Epic fail. Terry and I both had to log in at least once a day for the first several days that we were there to deal with work issues. Add to that temperatures in the high 80s with no air conditioning and you get misery. We couldn’t even get to sleep one night, it was so bad. Windows open, ceiling fan on high and barely any clothes on and we still couldn’t get even remotely comfortable. There were a couple of highlights, though. On Friday, we drove up to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (only about 1.5 hours away) to see Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam. It was truly excellent and I really enjoyed it. Next time I’ll splurge for better seats so that we can see more of the details, but since we were buying 5 tickets as birthday gifts, it was already a little bit pricey and would have been exorbitant for better seats. We then spent most of Sunday in Machias with my good friend Barbara. I really was able to relax and enjoy myself, which was wonderful. Her menagerie is really impressive and I had a lot of fun meeting everyone. It’s hard to believe that when I was last there in August of last year she only had about a dozen chickens. 😆 What a difference 11 months makes! I think my favorites are the spunky small goat, Eve, and Rowen’s adorable little rooster, Mr. Doodles. He reminded me so much of Lily in personality, it’s not even funny. He’s tiny, but he struts around like he is the king of all that he surveys and the best thing since sliced bread. He’s quite handsome, too.

Here’s a photo of Eve:

And one of Mr. Doodles:

Barbara is just such an amazing woman. She is a truly wonderful mother, a fabulous baker and a great designer, to boot! I got to see her latest design that she’s stitching up right now and it’s quite lovely. She made fresh baguettes for us to indulge in for lunch and they were delicious. She always makes me feel so welcome and relaxed in her home and I truly appreciate that. Thanks so much, Barbara!

I was testing out my new DSLR camera (a Sony NEX-7) for the first time while we were in Maine and I really gave it a thorough workout. I took over 1000 pictures, with over 700 of those on the first night we were there. You can see them in my July 2011 – Maine album, if you feel up to perusing through so many. I’ll give you the highlights, though.

July 12th was the day of our 12-hour drive up and I took a few pictures of the clouds once we hit Maine because they were so amazing. These were taken on my BlackBerry, so they aren’t as nice as they could be, but it’s easier to take pictures on the fly with something easily accessible. Here’s one of my favorites from that day:

July 13th was the evening that I took over 700 pictures as the sun was starting to set. We were down on the dock (Terry’s dad lives on a beautiful lake) and a small family of ducks (a mama and two babies) came in for a visit. My favorite photo is one that I took when one of the little babies came in for a closeup:

The next day I went out to take some pictures near the dock in the daytime.

The day after that was our trip up to Saint John and I snapped a couple of cloud pictures with my BlackBerry:

The night after that, we made s’mores over a campfire, but the mosquitoes are brutal once the sun goes down, so I didn’t last long. The darned things were biting through my jeans! There was a full moon, so I set my camera on a window sill in the one bedroom and snapped some photos. This one is using a special time lapse night time setting. It looks like it’s blurry, but it’s just the effect of the clouds moving through the sky.

Then, our last night there, I braved the mosquitoes in order to snap a couple shots of a really beautifully colored sunset:

well, I think that’s enough for one post. I think I’ve only completed one stitched piece since I last posted, so that can wait. With any luck, I will have another tiny finish to show in the next couple of days anyway, if I take some time to work on it.

I hope that you are all surviving the extreme heat (or cold, depending on what hemisphere you live in) wherever you are. Be safe, happy and healthy!

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