Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WIP Wednesday - 5/16/2018

I was kind of in a stitching slump this week.  I only stitched five of the seven days and only on one project instead of my usual two.

Dream Big is now a blank piece of Aida.  I was very close to running out of two colors of floss and could not find a conversion for Artiste floss anywhere so I compared the floss to my DMC Color Chart and decided you'd be able to tell the difference.  Since this is for a quilt for WOCS, I decided just to start over.  I've pulled the floss and cut a new square of Aida, but that's as far as I've gotten.

The days I did stitch were spent on my Maynia starts.  I didn't stitch Friday or Saturday nights because I wasn't home, but I'll still be able to start all 25 animals, although I may have to double up one day.
Day 9 - Gigi Giraffe
Day 10 - Hamilton Horse
Day 13 - Remy Rabbit
Day 14 - Larry Lion
Day 15 - Odette Owl
Advent Animals 1-20
I'm having trouble putting this down each night so I'll be adding it to my rotation as soon as feasible.  At least all the boring repetitive stuff will be done.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all of the mothers out there had a good Mother's Day with time to do what you enjoy!

My Mother's Day was definitely a good one.  It started with church in the morning which meant I got to spend a little time with Kyleigh.

In the afternoon, we went to the Ronald McDonald House to bake cupcakes.  This hadn't been planned, but when I was there on Friday, I found out that the bakers signed up for today had cancelled because they belatedly realized that it was Mother's Day.  I called Janice and she agreed to bake this afternoon.

We made 72 cupcakes (a few didn't make it to the display!): 24 red velvet with cream cheese frosting; 24 chocolate with chocolate frosting and 24 golden butter (yellow) with strawberry frosting.  We all worked and had fun together.  Kyleigh discovered the televisions while the cupcakes were baking and decided to desert us, but she didn't go too far since there was a TV in the dining area.  We've decided to sign up again next year since it was a great way to spend time together.

My evening ended with a steak dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  We were really surprised that it wasn't very crowded, but maybe the crowd was there for lunch instead of dinner.

GIrl Scout Night at Angel Stadium

Last night was Girl Scout Night at the stadium and Janice and Kyleigh and her Girl Scout Troop along with about 1800 other Girl Scouts got to march around the warning track before the game.    The fortunate thing was they left by the tunnel directly under our seats.

After they finished marching, they came up to the stands to join us.  They were only the fourth group of girls so there were still girls coming into the stadium when they got to our seats.  There were three empty seats in the first row so we let the girls take them over.  This is how they watched most of the game:
but they turned around for some pictures.

We were seated next to the bullpens and I wasn't really crazy about the seats.  It was really hard to get into the game and the fireworks went off behind the big scoreboard behind us, so we didn't stay for the fireworks.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WIP Wednesday - 5/9/2018 (Mostly Maynia)

I did quite a bit of stitching this week, most of it on my Maynia projects.  Before I show you those, here is the only other project I stitched on this week other than finishing the Spring 2018 and Let's Hug a Teacher.

This is Dream Big, an Artiste kit which I'm doing for an Inspirational SAL with WOCS.  I've only stitched on it for a couple of nights and this is the center of the flower.  Unfortunately, the colors are way off.  The center is supposed to be a light yellow although the border is orange.
And now for Maynia:

Day 3 (Sophie Squirrel)
You might notice the square above looks more square than it should.  That's because it's two stitches short.  Fitzwilliam Frog was the same way, but I didn't notice it until I'd done this one.
Day 4 (Frogged Fitzwilliam Frog and Sophie Squirrel and corrected borders)
Also Day 4 (Colin Cardinal)
Day 5 (Cassie Cow)
Day 6 (Redo of Fitzwilliam Frog)
Day 7 (Redo of Sophie Squirrel)

Day 8 (Rascal Racoon)
Below is the whole thing so far.  It's kind of wrinkled and the lighting wasn't very good, but you can at least see what I've accomplished so far.  I have no idea why I put it away, but I'm glad I found a reason to bring it out again.

Monday, May 7, 2018

April Recap

In April, I worked on 10 projects, had six starts, four finishes and abandoned one.  I managed to stitch every day except the 28th.  That means I've stitched all but two days in 2018.  To date I have 17 finishes.

The four finishes:

One of the starts was quickly abandoned because of the number of 1/4 stitches, but the other start was here at the end of the month.
The other WIPs in my rotation were at this point at the end of the month:

Because I was trying to finish Let's Hug a Teacher by the first of May and rotated to it every other week, I didn't get a chance to work on Tinkerbell Spring Blossoms.  It will be the first piece in the rotation when I start rotating in June.

As far as my year of accomplishments goes, I've started making progress again, decluttering several drawers in the kitchen and doing some deep cleaning in the bathroom and master bedroom.  I also got quite a bit of financial stuff done and have gotten into a routine where I take care of the mail, logging receipts and shredding unwanted paper on a daily basis so it was a good month.

Appreciating a Teacher

As you know, I've been stitching Let's Hug a Teacher by Ursula Michael for Kyleigh's fourth grade teacher.  Here it is all finished and framed:

Today was the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week and since I work in the classroom sorting papers to go home, I decided to give it to him today.  He seemed to really like it!  He told Kyleigh at if she didn't smile, he'd tickle her!

April Activities

This first event actually took place in March, but I didn't receive the picture until April.  I volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Orange and every year they have a Volunteer Appreciation Party for all of the volunteers that have helped out during the previous year.  They took this picture during the registration process.  David commented that they cut his head off, but I told him it was the frame and not the picture so he figured he cut his own head off!

Kyleigh loves to swim and so do her other grandparents so when the weather's nice, that's what they do.  Looks like they had fun in these pictures! 

 Our church and school inaugurated a new event this year specifically for fourth and fifth graders.  It was called The Summit and took place at the Lutheran High School in South County.  This is the group that went from our church.  The best part?  They got to have ice cream for breakfast! (Kyleigh's the one in the light blue baseball cap.

Another new event for fourth and fifth graders this month was After Dark.  I've posted about Kids Night Out (KNO) before and this is held at the same time.  There'd been a noticeable drop in attendance by these older children so they changed things up!  The older kids ate pizza and then went to Camelot before coming back to learn and play.  This is the only picture I found of Kyleigh and I'm not sure what they're doing, but some of the other pictures showed trash bags filled with something to make them kind of round.

At one point this month, Kyleigh was missing eight teeth, four on top and four on the bottom surrounding her front teeth.  I asked for a picture and this is what Janice sent me.  According to Kyleigh, she could fit a baby carrot in the holes.

These next pictures were all taken the Sunday the fourth graders sang in church.  The first two are of the kids singing.
I make Kyleigh stand and pay attention during the singing and prayers, but allow her to play with my phone after we've taken communion since we sit near the front.  (She goes to Kids Church during the message.)  Normally, she just plays games on it, but lately, she's been messaging her mom or my sister and taking selfies.  She actually took several, but this was the best picture of me; I wish she was smiling though.
Janice works in the church nursery at all the weekend services and most special services, too.  Kyleigh is now old enough to help out with the smaller kids.  Here she is all dressed up to help.