Yes, it has been a while. No, nothing exciting or earth shattering (other than some massively wicked thunderstorms), but before I get into anything more...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TREVOR!!!
Here's a then:
and now (well a year or so ago):
Hard to believe it's been 32 years!!
Hope those of you that have been in the line of the storms the last week are all well. I don't normally mind a good thunderstorm, but I have had enough for a while. We've had more in the last week then we usually have in a couple of months. There was a tornado (unconfirmed) just south of us, but we only had high winds. No damage, but I did take the lantern and sit in the basement for a while.
As the title suggests, I am AGAIN late for check-ins and updates. I have stitched a bit, but I haven't been reading blogs or even turning my computer on. I have; however, been reading a lot as I signed up for a month of Kindle Unlimited (all the books and audio books you can read or listen to - well there are specific books, but there are a lot) and I am going to get my $9.99 worth!! So according to my list, I am late for Gifted Gorgeousness, Stitch from Stash and the Smalls check-ins. I also signed up for IHSW last weekend and didn't post, so that one too.
So in order of check-in dates: is hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching and is designed to say "Thank you" to everyone that has gifted us with stitching or to show a piece of stitching we intend as a gift. My main gifted piece is "Shakespearean Fantasy", I don't have a lot of progress to show on it. When last I left it, it was here:
This is on the frame for some attention this afternoon, so slightly larger blobs of color next time I show it.
I had categorized two more pieces as gifted because they are freebie pieces and are therefore, gifts from the designers!
"Christmas Presence" is one of the designs in the HAED freebie SAL this year. I put a couple more colors into him and he went from here:
I do need to get busy on this one. The last page was released this weekend and I would like to finish him this year. I stitched on this as part of my IHSW.
The next freebie is The Sampler Life Yahoo groups SAL. I did not care for the design released this month, so picked Chatelaine's "Debi's Roses".
I switched out the called for Kreinik braid (all those eyelets were charted for Kreinik) for plain old DMC and quite like it. This was part of IHSW too.
And this month, I have two pieces that are going to be gifts. The first is Ink Circles "99"
which will be for DNephew and for DNiece:
"Sentimental Heart" from The Sweetheart Tree. This is the order that I mentioned in my last Stitch from Stash update.
And speaking of it's time for the last check-in for 2015A!! Mel at Epic Stitching hosts the SAL and this year decided on two separate challenges each 6 months long. So my tally since January 1st is:
Total budget: $150.00
Total spent: $ 27.67
End balance: $122.33
I have signed up for 2015B which starts July 1st and I believe sign-ups are still open if you are interested.
And finally, , which is hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. I am using the blocks from The Sampler Life SAL as my monthly small piece. This month's finished block is shown above and here they are together:
I was concerned that the new block would be too heavy, but it fits rather well.
And finally, a piece that isn't part of any SAL this year, Just Nan's Spring in the Air. It went from here:
I really do love the colors in this one. I am going to put it back on the frame for the week and maybe, just maybe finish it in the next few weeks. This was IHSW too - really shows that my concentration is shot - three pieces in two days!
PHEW!!! I think that's everything! A short week for work this week and an extra long weekend - Independence Day is on Saturday so I get the day before off and because that is my normal Friday off, I get to move that to the next regular business day, so I get Monday off too. We are going to the in-laws one day but no plans for the rest of the time - maybe I really will settle myself down and get some stitching in.