Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WIP Wednesday - 01/17/2018

I'm back to my two projects a day again.  One uses my Q-snaps and floor stand, while the other is small enough to stitch in hand.

The one on my Q-snaps right now is the Ronald McDonald House SAL sampler that I'm making for the Family Room at Mission Hospital. 
The second piece I'm working on is called Love Bear, a freebie from Durene Jones and is for the WOCS Valentine SAL.  I hope to do a couple more this month as well.  The bear has a charted background with heart shaped clouds on a patchwork or blue and green squares, but in the interest of time, I've decided to just stitch the bear and the heart.  This one should be finished in a day or two.

Friday, January 12, 2018

October Catch Up Post #4 - Other October Activities

October was a busy month, almost as busy as December.  I already posted about the Pumpkin Patch Palooza, but here's the rest of the month.

On October 1st, Janice and Kyleigh went to a Puberty Tea.   They had tea and goodies and listened to a speaker talk about the changes our bodies go through as we get older.

Janice has been doing Kyleigh's hair in various styles, usually involving a braid or two.  This one's a little different though.

Janice and Kyleigh also attended a craft night at our church and made several crafts.  Here are two of them.

KNO (Kids Night Out) this month was a Glow Party and one of the activities was decorating pumpkins.

Here is this year's school picture:


Finally, Kyleigh spends every other weekend with her dad and other grandma (Nonnie).  They do lots of fun things together.  Just before Halloween, they did some baking and Kyleigh made Ghost Brownies.






October Catch Up Post #3 - Halloween

Every year our church and school host a Fall Festival at the school where the kids can go trick or treating through the cars and play games.  This year in honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting his 95 theses on the church door, the children got to do that too.  Kyleigh went with Chad (her father) so this is the only picture I have of her at the festival.
In this picture, she's a Halloween princess, but the costume is actually that of a witch.

On Halloween, Devin, Janice and Kyleigh all get dressed up and go trick or treating.  Kyleigh was a witch.
She has a Next Generation 18-inch doll that is one of her favorite toys.  At one of the boutiques we went to this year, we found a similar Halloween costume for her.  Here she is with the doll.
Devin and Janice did a couple costume this year.  Devin is dressed as Bob Ross, the painter of "happy trees" and Janice is one of his paintings.  Incidentally, she painted the painting on her shirt herself.





October Catch Up Post #2 - The Tractor Show

While Janice and Devin were on their honeymoon, Kyleigh went with us to the Fall Festival at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista (better known as the Tractor Show).  We go down to both the Fall and Spring Festivals every year to operate the rope braiding machines and sell the jump ropes made on the machine.  Here is Kyleigh with one of the machines.
Of course, demonstrating rope braiding can be boring, so Kyleigh finds other things to do.  Here she is jump roping with a very large rope.
 
 The rope braiding machines are located in the Weavers' Barn and sometimes she visits the other exhibitors, mostly weavers and tatters.  Here she's learning to tat.
 And here's a closeup.
 There are other things to do as well: a schoolhouse, a farmhouse, a model train display where you can do a scavenger hunt and a playground.  There's also a parade and one of the highlights of the show for Kyleigh is riding in the parade.  This is her Saturday ride
 
 And here's her Sunday ride.

October Catch Up Post #1 - The Wedding

Janice and Devin finally decided to make their relationship legal on the fifth anniversary of their meeting in person for the first time.  They were married at the Old Court House in Santa Ana with just the immediate families present.  It was a casual wedding with the bride and groom dressed in jeans.  However, the maid of honor insisted on wearing a pretty dress!

It was a beautiful ceremony.  The judge wore her robes and talked to Devin and Janice a few minutes ahead of time to get a feel for their personalities.  They have a couple of rooms decorated up for a wedding and there were pews set up for the guests.  (I wish I'd known about this when David and I were married.)
During the Ceremony
First Kiss as Husband and Wife

The "New" Family


The Judge with Devin's Family
The Two Families (the judge took the picture for us.)

 Kyleigh "stole" my camera to take selfies.
Kyleigh & Devin
Kyleigh & Grandpa
Kyleigh and Janice
After the ceremony, we all went to Lucille's for a celebratory meal and then Janice and Devin headed off on their honeymoon to the Cliff House between Santa Barbara and Ventura.  Kyleigh went with us to the tractor show in Vista.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy Dance - Christmas Sweater #1

Started: 12/12/2018
Finished: 1/10/2018

This is from Cross Stitch Card Shop #98 and was designed by Rhona Norrie.  There are six Christmas sweater charts and I plan on doing at least three more before the end of the year. 

It's stitched as called for with DMC floss on 14-count white plastic canvas.  I plan on making it into an ornament and attaching it to a card.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy Dance - Haunted Mansion

Started: 12/16/2017
Finished: 1/1/2018

This is from the Petal Pusher  shop (Barbara Tingley) on Etsy, one of several designs of Disneyland attractions.  I have three more in my stash.

I stitched this as charted on pewter 14-count Aida with the called for DMC.  It was a fairly easy stitch, especially after all the troubles I had with Santa's Secret.

It is a birthday present for my son-in-law, Devin whose birthday is tomorrow.