Wednesday, July 28, 2010

But I Have Pictures!

So you need to forgive the lack of blogging this month. Seriously, I blinked and July happened. However, I have managed some stitching. Thus, there are pictures which are of greater interest to you than anything I might say, I'm sure! lol

First up: my July progress on Nativity Story Table Runner

Nativity Story Table Runner close up of July '10 stitching

And the full view of the 38.5 inches of stitching thus far:
Nativity Story Table Runner 072810 full view

Another big milestone was completing the south town on Medieval Town Mandala. Here's the south town (upside down):
Medieval Town Mandala south town 072810

And the obligatory full view:
Medieval Town Mandala as of 072810

Kind of excited that I only have one more town to stitch. I love this design, but the towns are SO stitching intensive. I'll be glad to get the last one behind me so I can finish the corner motifs.

I brought out an old friend this month, Elizabethan Sweete Bag. Haven't stitched on it in two years! Stitched the leaves this round. The only stitching remaining are the 8 over one bugs. Seriously wondering what I was thinking to plan to stitch over one on black linen.

Elizabethan Sweete Bag as of 072810

Needed something smaller and not on black to stitch on at Moonlight Stitching last weekend at the LNS. So I started block A2 (a Celtic heart motif) of Celtic Quilt. I actually got a fair amount completed despite all the visiting with stitching friends!

Celtic Quilt block A2 as of 072810

Amazingly, my photography doesn't completely suck this month. Moon must be out of phase.

I do need to say that Moonlight Stitching was LOTS of fun! Wendy, Dana, and Melissa were all there, along with several other stitchers with whom I've become acquainted the past several visits. We closed the place down! Not sure I'm gonna make the next one in September. Diva's volleyball team hosts a tournament that weekend. We'll see.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

June Progress/ July Goals

Yes, it's that time of the month again, Dear Readers. So how did I fare this month?

Stitching Goals for June:

  1. Finish "duckie" band on Egypt Garden Score! All done.
  2. Stitch 10 hours on Nativity Story Table Runner Another one bites the dust - see post below for photographic evidence.
  3. Start stitching Snow Queen's Slipper Started AND finished the stitching. Minimal progress on the finish-finishing, though.
  4. Post final sign-ups for the Chatelaine Smalls Exchange, assign partners, etc. DONE!
  5. Mail my own entry for the Chatelaine Exchange Mailed and received by my victim. :-)
  6. Take Hanging Gardens to the framer Sadly, no. Just didn't get there.
  7. Make hotel reservations for the Houston Quilt Festival YESYESYESYES!!! Hotel AND Airlines booked!! WOOOHOOO!

Non-stitching goals for June:

  1. Stick with eating plan - lose 6 pounds Great with eating plan. Just barely made weight goal - but I did make it.
  2. Exercise at least 16 days Made 19 days! Go, me!
  3. Do the Body Pump class every Thursday Yep. Even convinced Diva to go with me.
  4. Buy some shorts that fit Bought two pair then guilt set in.
  5. Bite the bullet and buy a new bathing suit (UGH!) Changed my mind after trying on what I have and deciding it would work for the 3 days I have to wear one.
  6. Buy some new summer shoes Fail. Didn't even get to the shoe store.
  7. Let go of guilt over spending money on items 4.-6. I am SO not good at this.

July will be really challenging. We are headed to Lake Oconee, GA tomorrow to meet up with DH's family for a reunion of sorts. I'll spare you all the reasons I'm not looking forward to the trip and just say this is absolutely NOT a vacation for me and is the source of much stress. The day after we get home, I have to babysit my grandmother so my mother and her fiance can get away for a few days. Gram is in the early stages of dementia and doesn't do well out of her habitat, so I will be spending nights there. Mom hasn't been away from Gram in almost 16 years, so I'm glad to do this for her. But, it does mean more days of little/no exercise for me. With both of these events, it will be July 12th before I am able to resume a "normal" schedule. I'm worried not just about failure to lose weight, but actually gaining weight as a result. Yes, I have been discussing it with my doctor. She's concerned, too. Mostly about the effect of stress hormones on my body. Just have to do the best I can and then deal with the aftermath.

On the other hand, stitching time should be in abundance. Or at least, that is my expectation. Let's see what I can accomplish.

Stitching Goals for July

  1. Stitch two small projects while at the lake (Red Dragon Bookmark by Dracolair and Oh Christmas Tree by Charlotte's Web Needlework in the 2009 JCS Ornament Issue).
  2. Complete the finishing for the slipper portion of Snow Queen's Slipper.
  3. Stitch 10 hours on Nativity Story Table Runner.
  4. Stitch 10 hours on Medieval Town Mandala (hoping that will finish the current town).
  5. Make a master list of all the projects hiding in my closet that have been stitched but are in need of finishing and determine finishing requirements.
  6. Attend Moonlight Stitching at the LNS on July 24.

Non-stitching Goals for July

  1. Stick to eating plan - lose 4 pounds (I said it would be a tough month)
  2. Exercise at least 14 days, including 3 body pump classes.
  3. Order new sofa.
  4. Attend ADFP meeting for professional development.
  5. Determine CPE requirements for the remainder of year and decide which classes to take.
  6. Update professional profile and begin to develop marketing plan.

As you might gather from the non-stitching goals, I am gearing up for a big marketing push for my financial planning/divorce financial planning practice. Now that both DDs are in high school and my volunteer days are minimal, it's time. There is also the realization that slammed me upside the head yesterday when Diva got her ACT scores (very good, BTW), that I have to pay for college in two years time. EEEEKKKK!!!! The need to generate some income has really hit home.