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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cross Stitch Progress, Starts and Finishes

I've made a lot of cross stitching progress in the last 6 weeks. It's a great focusing craft.
Two finishes:
Kitchen Closed
Started August 1, 2014
Finished August 30, 2014
Total Stitches 1,036
Another Day Another Disaster
Started February 9, 2012
Finished August 12, 2014
Total Stitches 2,097 
I made progress on all of my current projects:
Cats, Cats, Cats
I worked more on the tan cat. It kind of looks like a map right now :-)
Sunflower Seeds
I finished the second flower and started the third.
Cherished Teddies Roly Poly March
I finished all the stripes and started stitching the patches.
Cherished Teddies Roly Poly February
I finished all the stripes and started stitching the patches.
 I also started 8 more projects:
Lid Up
Book: Pets Are People Too by Judith Bonnot
Started August 27, 2014
Next Trick
Book: Pets Are People Too by Judith Bonnot
Started August 12, 2014
God So Loved the World
Book: Bible Verses by Mike Vickery
Started August 10, 2014
Country Cross Stitching Magazine June 2003
Started July 31, 2014
Cherished Teddies Roly Poly August
Book: Cherished Teddies Roly Polys by Priscilla Hillman
Started August 7, 2014
Cherished Teddies Roly Poly September
 Book: Cherished Teddies Roly Polys by Priscilla Hillman
Started August 26, 2014
Cherished Teddies Roly Poly April
 Book: Cherished Teddies Roly Polys by Priscilla Hillman
Started August 8, 2014
Brown Trotter
Book: Horses in Motion by Judy Nason
Started August 23, 2014

Counting my monthly Smalls SAL project and the one I'm working on for Hope (no progress made on the Chick, so there's no picture), I have 14 cross stitch WIPs. 
Speaking of the Smalls SAL, I finished that for the this month (shocking!), but I'll wait to post a picture until the check in date.
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Month of Hats

Thanks for all the sweet responses to my last post :-)
Here are some pictures of the hats I made in August during the darkest part of my depression:
 Told you there were a lot! Fifty preemie hats for the Guardian Grandmas. I'm hoping to get them in the mail the end of next week. The pattern can be found here at the Dainty Daisy. The hats in the first photo are made with the Option B 8th row. The hats in the second photo are made with the Option A 8th row.
I also made some hats for the Click for Babies charity drive; they're trying to raise awareness on the dangers of SBS (Shaken Baby Syndrome) by providing information to new parents about the PURPLE period of crying for infants.
With a baby right in the middle of this time period, I can sympathize deeply with their cause. I've made 24 hats for them so far, but would like to make 50 total. The hats have to be received by October 1, so my personal cut off date is September 20th.
Here are some of the hats (I haven't taken pictures of all of them):
The hats have to be at least 50% purple. To make it easier on me, I've been using the same pattern found here at Kelley's Yarns. Rounds 1-4, 6-7, and 9-10 are some shade of purple. Rounds 5, 8, and 11 (added by me, just a round of single crochets) are a contrasting color. The last two hats in the second picture are the Shell Stitch Beanie from the Dainty Daisy. 
That's all the pics I have for now.
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I'm Back

Life is still rolling on here at my house. And I'm glad to still be a part of it.
So where have I been for the last month?
At the bottom of the pit.
Confession time: I've been struggling with postpartum depression since Alex was born. It started off small, just the weepies and an occasional sad day. It was easy to hide; I could act like everything was terrific for days at a time (or sometimes just hours), and then fall apart when I was alone. But it started spiraling downward at the end of July and I finally hit bottom.
It's been a rough journey, and there were a lot of days I didn't know if I was going to see the next one. I've been taking each day one at a time, some days one hour at a time. The scale has been tipping lately, and I have more good days than bad. 
My family's been wonderful through all this. Lots of hugs, lots of prayers, lots of help. 
I've been fully immersing myself in the healing benefits of crochet, mostly simple, monotonous patterns that work up quickly and give me a sense of accomplishment. On the bad days, I couldn't get dressed or eat, but I could make a stack of preemie hats and feel better.
I've done a lot of cross stitching, too, also very therapeutic. The tactile sensation of the thread and the focus of inserting the needle in and out of the squares quieted my muddled thoughts and soothed my focus.
And so here I am. I'm getting caught up on my blog reading and the 52 Week Crochet Challenge, and I'll have some pictures for you in the next few days. You'll laugh when you see all the hats! I didn't start counting until last week and I was shocked at how many there were.
I hope all is well in your corner of the world.
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blogging Break

Due to some life stuff, I'm taking a break from the blog for the rest of August. I'll be back in September. Take care :-)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Smalls SAL Finish

I finished my first Smalls Stitch A Long project for the year. I've made attempts each month but haven't finished anything before this month.
I started the Assisi Love Bookmark on June 26 and finished it July 29. It has 2422 stitches. 
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TUSAL and A Finish

I'm a day late with my Totally Useless Stitch a Long photos.
My yarn orts. These are the ends from the Wool Eater, two baby blankets, and 73 yo yos I made at convention.
My thread orts. The only stitching I did this month was for the Smalls SAL. That's all the red and purple at the top. But I finished it in time!! Woo hoo! I'll post a picture of my first finished cross stitch project for the year tomorrow.
I finished the round ripple baby blanket. It's a little ruffly; I'm trying to decide if I want to block it or not.
It's a gray day. Not much going on.
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

Friday, July 25, 2014


I feel like I have peaches coming out my ears!
We've given away three bags of peaches. Eaten peaches as snacks. Made 12 jars of jam. Thrown away peaches that rotted or got eaten by bugs or snatched by the dogs.
And that 8-quart bowl of peaches in the first pic is what I picked today! There are at least that many still on the trees waiting to ripen a little more.
I'm not complaining; I think it's very exciting. I'm just getting tired of seeing peaches!
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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