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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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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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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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!

Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 20

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Here in NC, we had a fabulous holiday. My parents were able to join us once again this year and Thanksgiving dinner was healthy & delicious, thanks to the wonderful recipes in Lindsay Nixon’s cookbook: Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings.

In addition, hubby and I celebrated Black Friday, as we always do, with our traditional mid-day movie outing. This year we saw Murder On The Orient Express. What a fabulous movie! I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s beloved story. If you have not had the chance to see it, I would say this movie is not to be missed. Now let’s move on to a few other activities from the week.

What I’m Stitching

Thankfully, I have not tired of my Happily Ever After piece, because I am still working on this stitch a long. This week I finished the July motif, The Wind In The Willows, and moved on to Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp, released in August. Here are some progress pics:

My progress is fairly steady and I’d like to finish this row of motifs before our trip to PA in 2 weeks.

What I’m Reading

As you read this post, I should be cracking the spine on Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens. Although I still have a few chapters left in Stalking Jack the Ripper (look for a review in the coming week), Never Let You Go is the book for my mystery book club which meets on Thursday. Therefore I am going to dedicate Sunday afternoon to reading this book. Hopefully the zoo will stay quiet while I am.

What I’m Watching

This week I’ve been rewatching Castle. There were no new shows or other TV series that really peaked my interest and, with the holiday, I had a lot of work to do this week. Having something I’m already familiar with on the TV was less distracting allowing me to work and watch. Unfortunately, this show is not available on the major streaming venues. Hubby & I really liked it so we collected the DVD sets.

Weekly Highlights

Naturally, the highlight of this week was having my parents down for the holiday. It was great to spend time with them and enjoy each other’s company. As a bonus, our doggies did not have to be crated for our movie outing, the “grand parents” watched them. As you can see from the picture they were in good company, four legged and two legged creatures sleeping soundly.

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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WIP Wednesday – Episode 19

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This week I have been working on the Happily Ever After SAL from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. This pattern is so much fun to stitch. I feel bad that I fell behind in the stitch a long, however, I am having so much fun getting caught up that I don’t feel too bad about it. Anyway, this week I started off working on The Wind in The Willows motif that was released in July. Honestly, I am not familiar with this story so I borrowed it from the library and hope to read it over the holiday weekend. It is a children’s book, so I should be able to mange it. Despite not knowing the story, I am still enjoying stitching this motif. Continue reading

Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 19

One busy week down, one more to go. This week was quite active with vet visits, lunch with friends, a work in service, and I even managed to get to the gym for some physical therapy. Although, not surprisingly, next week will be even busier with two days of work, Thanksgiving preparations, and my parents arriving for the holidays. Hopefully, I will stay in good physical and mental health for the duration. In the meantime, I did manage to get a few things done around here this week, so let’s get into some specifics. Continue reading