Friday, July 29, 2011

Lots of stash

This is Mariah.  This is how she spends most of her time, teaching her 'kids'.  At last count, there were 25 in her class.  Each student gets individual and classroom time with the teacher.  They're all doing very well.  I swear, if you were listening from another room and didn't know that it was Mariah teaching them, you really would think that it was an adult teaching a classroom of children.

About a week ago, a friend put me in touch with a friend of hers who used to cross stitch.  She had a bunch of stash that she wanted to get rid of and offered to send it to me for the cost of the postage.  She sent it in 2 priority boxes.  The postage cost me $29.90.  I didn't do as well as some people I could name who shop thrift stores and find untold treasures (yes, Meari, I'm talking about you!), but I think I did pretty well.  She sent me 3 UFOs that she had started.

The Santa I will finish, it just needs backstitching.  The other 2 are not to my taste, so if anyone would like to give them a home, please let me know.  She also included some hoops and a floss card, all of which are going to my mom.

There were also some charts and booklets

Fabric and stitchables

A LoRan magnetic chart holder

And last, but certainly not least, a few threads

I think I did quite well!

I finished another band on the model I'm stitching.  Two more and it's done!

School's going well.  Biology is much easier than algebra!

Well, back to stitching. 
And how has YOUR week been?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What I've been stitching

I know, I know, a second update a day later, someone check the temperature in Hades!!

I have been given permission by the designer to show off what I've been working on for the last few months since I'm almost done and the design repeats.  So, here it is:

The design is called 'Romanian Star' and is by Carla Rizzie.  I think it's gorgeous!  I'm down to the last 2 pages.  But, I think it'll be a long time before I use red or black again!  :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Much needed update!

Wow, I can't believe it's been over 2 months since I put an update here.  So much has happened!!  Lots of thunderstorms and flooding.  At one point, our backyard was a lake.  The farmer's field down the road was so flooded that if you didn't live around here, you'd think it really WAS a lake.  It even had a family of ducks for a few days!  There were casualties, though.  Mariah had been watching the tree on the other side of our courtyard.  There was a nest with eggs in it in the tree.  The evening after the babies hatched, we had a monsoon.  This was the result:

Mariah took the picture herself after she cried for several hours.

Most of my time has been taken up with school.  Algebra II was really tough and it really came down to the wire whether or not I was going to pass.  I got my final grades this morning and passed it with a 77.44%!!  I also got a 96% in my Intro to the Exceptional Learner class.  Woo hoo!!!  This semester I have Biology and Teaching as a Profession.  Much better!

I've gotten several crocheting projects done, including wristlets and a matching scarf for Mariah for her birthday. 

Speaking of Mariah's birthday, she turned 8 on June 17.  She wanted an aquarium cake, but since I was in the middle of algebra class, I didn't have time to do the serious decorating.  So, instead, I did an abstract aquarium.  She loved it!

We had a new addition to our family.  My brother, Kevin, and his wife, Teresa, had a beautiful baby girl, Emilia.  We're all very happy, although Mariah, Rich & I still have not been able to go and see her. 

I participated in a St. Baldrick's event.  It was a fundraiser for a local 10 yr old boy with a rare brain tumor.  Here I am getting my head shaved:

And, here, is the result:

It is so much cooler for the summer that I'm considering doing it every year!  It's already grown long enough that I can hold onto a piece of hair.

I'm still working on Carla's model, although I'm almost on the last 2 pages.  That will happen tonight.  I finished all the projects for our ILCS RR and got mine back home.  Everybody did a wonderful job, thank you!!  I have managed to get 2 more projects of my 15 project Crazy SAL partially finished.  Unfortunately, for both of them I need to order some ribbon floss so it'll have to wait a couple more weeks.  But, here are pics of what I've gotten done so far:

I think that's about it for now. 

And how was YOUR last 2 months??