Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 22

If all goes according to plan, then we are on the road heading for a holiday family visit. Although we are keeping an eye on the snowfall, both here at home and at our destination, hoping it won’t delay us. Ironically, we decided to travel north earlier in the month so as not to be constantly watching the weather and trying to figure out if we had to change our plans. Oh “the best laid plans of mice and men often go a stray”. However, in anticipation that we will be leaving on time I have spent most of the latter part of this week getting the house ready and packing us and the dogs for our trip. Thankfully my wrist, which prevented me from much stitching early on in the week, is feeling better and I’ve been able to get much of my tasks completed. Let’s hope the snow is not a problem and we are driving north as you read this post. Now here are some details about my week.

What I’m Stitching

Unfortunately, I haven’t made much progress on Happily Ever After since Wednesday. My wrist only started to feel better yesterday, but I was able to get the Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp motif complete. Since we are traveling this week and I am not going to be taking this project on our holiday trip, this is where I will be starting from when I get back.

Don’t worry, I will have some stitching with me this week. Although, I toyed with the idea of bringing Happily Ever After, I ultimately decided not to, fearing I might lose out on some quality family time in lieu of stitching. So I’ve decided to bring my mini project bag instead (read more here S&S Ep 12). While I have two current mini WIPs in there already, Mill Hill Princess Carriage and Busy Bees Mouse, I’ve chosen a small Christmas kit to add to the bundle.

Usually, I get a little bit of time in the mornings and night when we are visiting to unwind, so that’s when these will come out.

What I’m Reading

No reading this week, 😔 well, not books anyway. Currently, I am very intrigued by the zero waste movement, and I have been reading a lot of articles and blogs on the topic. Nothing that I will elaborate on at this time, but maybe in the future.

What I’m Watching

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; oh my gosh what a show! The night my wrist had started hurting and I couldn’t stitch anymore, I combed through my streaming services for something distracting. That’s when I stumbled on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I started off just wanting to check out the pilot that night. However, I ended up binge watching the whole season! There are just 10 episodes, so don’t think too poorly of me. This show has to be one of the most intelligent shows on TV right now. Strange thing is, it’s not actually on TV, it is an Amazon Prime Exclusive series. If you have Amazon Prime for the two-day shipping, then you have Prime Video, which means you can, and should, check out the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Here is the trailer:

Warning there is foul language in the trailer.

Weekly Highlights

One of the best highlights from this past week is the Christmas service that we went to at the local church we’ve been attending. It was a Wednesday night service, which they normally have, but this was a special event called Christmas Class. It was a time of fellowship, food, and also learning some things you didn’t know or thought you knew about the Christmas story. It turned out to be a lovely night. Hubby and I had such a great time meeting people and we just had a really enjoyable time that put us into the Christmas spirit.

That’s all for now I hope you have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my post.

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Thought for the Day Weekly Roundup

During the week I like to share a daily thought on social media. Sometimes they are poignant, sometimes they are funny, sometimes there is a theme all week, and sometimes they are random TV show or movie quotes. Basically the thought for the day is for myself and for whomever else might enjoy it. At the end of the week, I round up the Thought for the Day memes together in a blog post.

Here’s the round up for the week of December 4-8, 2017:

Have a great weekend and if you’d like you can see all my Thought for the Day memes on my Daily Thoughts Pinterest board:

WIP Wednesday – Episode 21

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This week I have been trying to work on my Happily Ever After project. Unfortunately, my wrist had other things in mind. If you saw my post this past Sunday, you know that my right wrist started to act up around this time last week. Now I’ve shared before that I do have what I call stitcher’s thumb, which is actually a repetitive stress injury known as De Quervain’s Syndrome (read more here). What’s going on with my wrist right now feels completely different from that experience. So I put my occupational therapy training to good use and have come to the conclusion that I managed to sprain my abductor pollicis muscles in my right hand.

This is not completely unrelated to the stitcher’s thumb, but in fact may be a result of it. Regardless, I am on able to grasp things without pain, many movements of my hand are painful, and I also can’t pinch things without pain, such as needles and needle threaders. Which means I have made little to no progress on Happily Ever After.

Last week:

Currently:

Well that’s my progress so far, as you can see I did manage to get Aladdin’s head completed and started working on his body before I had to give up the needle and rest my hand. Hopefully, after a few days of rest my hand, I can get back to some serious stitching progress.

Thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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All About the Nails – Episode 7

Welcome back to another episode of All About The Nails. This week I would like to share with you the set of nails that I designed, inspired by the Burgundy & Beige design, Episode 5: My Top Five Fall Themed Nail Designs. For this set, I decided to try the oval shape, which I’ve never worn before, and I wanted to go with a slightly darker color than burgundy, as were leading into the winter holidays. For the darker color, I chose OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark, which is my absolute favorite color to wear in the winter. For the lighter color on the accent nail, I chose OPI’s Samoan Sand. Also, I topped it off with Enailcouture’s Shine Gel Top Coat.

For the accent nail design, I first painted two coats of the lighter color, then created a crisscross pattern using nail art tape, and applied two coats of the darker color before removing the tape. Then I let my nails dry completely for two hours and applied the no wipe gel topcoat, cured in my LED lamp, then applied the nails. Initially, they look fabulous!

Now, I’m still learning to work with gel and regular polish at the same time and apparently I had not allowed the regular polish to dry long enough before applying my gel topcoat. They may look nice in the picture, but now that they are almost a week old they look pretty gnarly. There are bubbles under the gel and smudge marks on the polish and gel is starting to peel. For my next attempt I’m going to let the regular polish is dry overnight before applying the gel topcoat and see how that works.

If you like nails and nail art, make sure you check out my Nail-i-tude Pinterest board:

Thanks for reading, tune in next week for the next episode of All About the Nails. Until then keep your nails sharp!

Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 21

This has been a very unproductive week in our house, for me anyway. I think I just needed to calm down and recover from the holiday last week. In addition, at some point on Wednesday afternoon, I hurt my right hand. Not an aggravation of my “stitcher’s” thumb, but something different. Everything I do with my hand hurts, holding a glass, dressing, stitching, even typing this post is causing pain. Right now I am resting it, using ice and Tylenol, but if it’s no better soon I might have to see the doctor. Anyway, because of this, I am veering from my typical Sunday post and decided I would share something from my archives. Around this time last year, I shared a mini project that I had completed as a metal health outlet during a difficult time. Here is a look at that (slightly edited) post from last year.

Oh my gosh I can’t believe there’s only three 22 more days until Christmas! This year has gone by so fast and this week has been very busy unproductive. Just like most folks we are getting ready for the holidays; and not only getting ready for Christmas but also getting ready to travel up to Pennsylvania to visit with our families. Unfortunately, that means I haven’t had much time for stitching this past week (still true, but for different reasons). However, I was able to carve out some time on Monday night. In fact, I actually got nearly four hours of intermittent stitching time in, while I watched a series on A&E (Leah Remini: The Aftermath) . Of course the residents of the animal house were not very happy that I was having a nice time of watching TV and stitching away, so there were breaks for feeding, play time, going out in the yard to pretend to potty, but not really potty and then have to go again in five minutes (they still do that!). When I was able to keep the needle in my hand, I worked on my Bucilla Birdhouse kit, and it’s a FINISH!

This is the mini kit that I picked out and took with me the weekend of my aunt’s funeral in October. That weekend I knew I would need a distraction and I thought the whimsical design would lift my spirits. Since this was one of my “purse projects”, there’s a total of two months stitching time. Being a purse project means it doesn’t really get dedicated time to be worked on, it’s really just there for when I have unexpected spare time while out of the house (for more on my purse projects see this post: Purse Projects revisited). The design was very cheery to stitch, but the confetti stitches where a bit of pain. On the plus side, I am loving the pin stitch for securing your thread (not so much anymore). Right now the ultimate product of this finish is To Be Determined. Most of my mini kit finishes end up in a box until I need a gift or have an idea for a trinket. Now that this purse project is finished, I am ready to kit up a project that I have had in mind for a few months (I cannot remember what that was!).

Here is the progression of the Birdhouse:

Thanks for reading and happy stitching!

It’s very interesting to look back at what I was stitching last year and to see how much my activities and interests have changed or stayed the same.

By the way, here is the Project Life page I designed for this project using my Project Life App:

That’s all for now I hope you have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my post.

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Thought for the Day Weekly Roundup

During the week I like to share a daily thought on social media. Sometimes they are poignant, sometimes they are funny, sometimes there is a theme all week, and sometimes they are random TV show or movie quotes. Basically the thought for the day is for myself and for whomever else might enjoy it. At the end of the week, I round up the Thought for the Day memes together in a blog post.

Here’s the round up for the week of November 27 – December 1, 2017:

Have a great weekend and if you’d like you can see all my Thought for the Day memes on my Daily Thoughts Pinterest board:

WIP Wednesday – Episode 20

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. As you may have guessed, this week I have been working on Happily Ever After from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I promise as soon as I am caught up on this project I will have some other WIPs to share. Anyway, on Sunday I had just started Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp. As you can see I am just about finished this motif.

Well that’s my progress so far, with any luck I’ll be finished this section and the next by Sunday.

Thanks for checking in & happy stitching!