Monday, July 28, 2014

New Containers

...well, new to me anyway.  =)

I was looking for a way to store the beads that I use in my craft projects. I love the little seed style beads but storage of them can be tricky without spending money on specialty storage containers. I'm far too frugal for my own good sometimes when it comes to spending money on myself, so going to the store and buying new containers was going to be my last resort. My hubby has these neat little zip-lock style baggies that I was using to store my beads but they were not all that practical as you really have to dump the beads out of the bags to use them. So I was trying to find something around the house I could use.

Then it hit me. A few months ago my hubby had showed me some containers he had acquired and didn't need anymore. He had offered them to me but at the time I didn't see a need. Well today I found my need!




They are the perfect size to hold my beads. AND the best part is no more dumping the beads out of the container to use them. Not only that but as you can see the containers stack neatly together. Not only do they stack but they screw together.  *content sigh*

Yes, sometimes it's the weirdest little things that make my day.  =)


Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finding your feet....

I bet you all thought I was gone for good! That I had abandoned my blog. And with good reason! I disappeared from existence after Christmas. But here I am once again. Trying to find my feet...

So much has happened since December. On the day of my last blog post, December 28th, I received a call from my sister. I should start by saying that all of my family lives in upstate New York, while my husband and I live in northern California. My sister was calling to tell me that our dad was really sick. He had cancer and was given about 6 months to live. My whole world felt like it was crashing down around me. Here I was getting ready to have my final chemo treatment on January 4th for breast cancer only find out that my dad is dying. So I went into survival mode, which for me is shutting the world out and trying to focus on not going into full blown panic mode.

My first instinct was to hop on the first plane to NY. But realistically that wasn't going to happen. I needed to have my final treatments and try to recover enough from having chemo before travelling. So that's what I did. I completed chemo January 4th, two days after my 44th birthday. Then I waited to get my strength back and in June I traveled to NY to see my dad. I got to spend one last Father's Day with him and on July 1st my dad left this physical world to fly with the angels. I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with him and my mother. I got to witness a level of tenderness and love between my parents that I didn't know existed. It was such a gift.

So as you can tell I've been busy with life. I just had my six month check up with my oncologist and was hoping to get a clean bill of health but I need to have a few tests done. Some unpleasant things popped up back in April and I put off getting them checked out to make sure I wasn't just being a hypocondriac because of the breast cancer. So I waited until my six month check up in July. Now I'm scheduled for a few tests; blood work, a chest x-ray and a bone scan. Hope to have the results in a week or so.

I want to say "now that life is starting to calm down" (HAHAHA) I am getting back to looking at projects that I need to finish or stuff that I want to start! I was out shopping today at Joanns and Michaels looking for some Halloween props for my husband. He is a tech/engineer and writes articles for a couple of techie magazines. He needed a bat and a spider for a project he is writing an article on.




And just being in the craft stores got me itching to stitch again. So I bought myself a little something to get me going again.


Last fall I had finished stitching a little piece for Halloween but never actually put the finishing touches on it. So the orange beads are for my little ghostly girl.


I will post pictures as soon as I get started.  =)

I want to thank those of you that are still following me. I see that I did lose a few people along the way with such a big gap in postings. But I hope to get caught up and stay caught up. At least until the next crisis hits. =P

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Ornament Gifts and Life

Merry (belated) Christmas everyone!

What a whirlwind it has been for the last 2 weeks! I was desperately trying to get three Christmas ornaments stitched up for my two sons and my older son's girlfriend. I stitch at a snail's pace these days and trying to finish those ornaments has been a challenge. I even pulled an all nighter last Sunday night because they were all coming to celebrate Christmas on Monday afternoon. I didn't do too bad. I finished my older son's ornament.



 


He loved it! And was amazed when I told him I made it. =)

Next came his girlfriend's ornament.




She too was thrilled with her ornament and started squealing with joy when she read the back. As a side note this is the first year that they have had their very own Christmas tree at their house. So getting these ornaments was extra special for them.

And last but not least, my younger son's ornament. His ornament was why I pulled an all nighter. I really thought that because this ornament had so few colors it was stitch up really fast. Oh how wrong I was. By the time the kids arrived, I still was not done. But my son was very understanding ( I had just had chemo on Saturday) and when I finished the stitching I sent him this picture.


He too loved it and said that when it was finished into an ornament he would like me to hang on to it for him as he didn't have a tree to hang it on right now anyway.

So we celebrated Monday with the kids and really enjoyed the visit. We went with a non-traditional dinner of take-out pizza and chicken wings per my elder son's request which was fine with me. And for dessert it was sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles and candies. They were happy, the hubby and I were happy and all in all it was a good day albeit a tiring one with no sleep. But so worth it to have happy kiddos!

Christmas Eve is also my hubby's birthday so we celebrated by going out to a quiet dinner at his favorite place to get a calzone. Then later watched a few old Christmas cartoon's. Christmas day was quiet, but enjoyable. 

I've been trying to get caught up on reading all the updates to everyone's blogs. I'm so far behind! But I'm getting there. I guess it's just a busy time of year for everyone!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dr. Who Finish

December is getting away from me at a fast and furious pace, BUT.....

I was able to get this Dr. Who Christmas Tardis finished in time for my hubby's boss for Christmas.




I think it turned out cute. The beads along the edge make it look as if a tiny little strand of lights is circling it. I do kind of wish I had put the ribbon hanger in the center at the top as opposed to the edges, but all in all I think it turned out okay.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Finish

Well it's a busy time of year for most folks. I'm trying just to keep up with normal everyday things. I'm down to only having five chemo treatments left to complete. But inherently the cumulative effects of the chemo are proving to slow me way down. But it could be worse, so I won't complain!

I just finished a little something for a friend that is also going through chemotherapy. The difference is she has to spend 5 days in the hospital every month for her treatment as she has chemo 24 hours a day for those 5 days. Since she is hooked up to an IV and has to drag around the IV pole, she keeps her sense of humor about her and has named her IV pole Enriquè Suavè. She decorates the pole according to the current holiday or season for fun. She is an amazing woman who is strong and beautiful!


I've got a few more projects I really want to complete before Christmas. Time is ticking rapidly and I'm not sure if I can get them all done, but I'm gonna try.

Happy Stitching!  =)




Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all my friends in the blogging community a very Happy Thanksgiving!


I'm so grateful to be a part of this stitching circle!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

And Another Victorian Motto Sampler Giveaway!

gen·er·os·i·ty

  [jen-uh-ros-i-tee]
noun, plural gen·er·os·i·ties.
1.
readiness or liberality in giving.
2.
freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.
3.
a generous act: We thanked him for his many generosities.
4.
largeness or fullness; amplitude.


The very definition describes Nancy to a tee!

Head on over to Victorian Motto Sampler for a chance at yet another giveaway!

Nancy's newest giveaway is the Primitive Merry Christmas Hanger with bells!

Good Luck and Happy Stitching!