Thursday, January 1, 2015


2015.  Wow.  I can't believe 2014 is over already!  I don't know about you, but it seems like just yesterday that we celebrated 2014 New Year's!  This year, I'm setting some very simple, realistic, achievable goals.

1.  I have 2 stitching projects that I want to finish - Fright Night Friends & the Mystery Christmas SAL.  Fright Night Friends needs to be finished AND made into a quilted table runner by June so that I can enter it into the county fair this summer.

The Mystery Christmas SAL needs to be finished by June so that I can make it into a quilted duvet cover for our bed next Christmas.   

#2 - Lose 75 lbs.  Over the last few years, our family has been under TONS of stress!  As a result, I have put back on 50 lbs, and have developed high blood pressure that I need medication for and Type II diabetes.  I WANT MY LIFE BACK!!!  Mariah has been having more and more episodes where she has a meltdown & throws a temper tantrum over the littlest things.  I know that part of it is she's 11, the hormone thing, and being in public school with other kids.  I spoke with her pediatrician and he recommended putting her back on medication.  NOT an option!  Rich has also put on about 30 lbs. over the last few years.  So, for all our sakes, we are going back on her ADHD diet - fresh fruits and veggies and lean meats.  One day a week will be a whatever you want day.  Most weeks that will be Saturdays so that we can do it as a family, but there will be times where it will be an individual choice.  I may have a party at work or an order out day, Rich may have something that he wants to do, Mariah may have something special at school.  We've also joined the Rec Plex, a local recreational complex with a track, pools, cardio room, weight room, ice rink, basketball court, and lots of classes.  We're all going to have fun, but we're going to get healthy!!

#3 - Get our own place.  Due to circumstances that were mostly beyond our control, we have been living in Value Place for the last six months.  While the place is nice, safe, and very clean, it is still a small studio apartment for 3 people.  By June, I want us to be in our own place, whether it's an apartment, a townhome, a house, or a mobile home.  

#4 - Read 100 books.  I'm joining a stitching challenge to help out with half of this goal.  The other half will be books that I choose to read from the library!

That's it!  4 simple goals.  Anyone else??

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Last post for this year!

Wow, it's hard to believe that 2014 has almost ended.  So much has happened this year!


I've spent the last year participating in a Stitching from Stash challenge.  We had a monthly budget & needed to stick to it if we could.  I managed to spend almost NOTHING for the entire year!!  This month, I did need to buy new needles, a total of $9.47. I almost bought a pretty floss organizer to use with my bigger projects so that I don't have to carry around 50+ bags of floss with them!  That was $7 so I spent a total of $16.47 on tools for my stitching.  I think I did pretty well this month!

I didn't have a lot of finishes this month.  I did do an ornament for an exchange.

I hope that you all had as wonderful a holiday as we did!!  Until next year, enjoy the rest of the holiday season!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Stitch from Stash

Well, it's that time again - time to update you on my stitching this month.  I've been very hard at work, however, most of it I can't share with you yet!

1.  I've been working on a couple of models for Myrtle Grace Motifs.  They're really nice, but I can't share until they are published.  Ironically, the designer lives just a few miles from where we moved from in IL!

2.  I finished an ornament for an exchange this weekend, but I can't show it until the recipient gets it!  I can show you the one I received in the exchange.

Didn't Lori do a beautiful job?  She not only made the snowman ornament, but the bag it was in & sent a cute little Santa pin too!

ALL of my stitching this month was done with $0 SPENT!!!

Well, till next month, happy stitching!