Cross Stitch Collection SAL-June Update

Well this month was a very busy month with a trip and a wedding.  I am starting to think all months are equally busy.  Because we were away for most of two weeks, I didn’t get anything done then.  I’ve been trying to make up for it since we got back, by putting in at least an hour a day.  My now unrealistic goal was to to finish this chart by the end of June.  I’m laughing at that one now.

So…last month:



And this month:



Sorry, that isn’t a great photo.  I took it before 7 A.M. this morning.



Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today… June 18, 2015
Outside my window…The sun is shining, the grass needs mowing, and the predominate colour is green.
I am thinking…that I had better hurry on this and get started on dinner or packing.
I am thankful…for the great week we had away in Brown County IN.
I am wearing…jeans and an old t-shirt, as I got a haircut this afternoon.
I am creating…(why do I always get so hung up on this one?) this blog post?, the always present cross-stitch?  I don’t really think I’m very creative…I’m a pattern follower.
I am going…to a wedding this Saturday.  My father is getting married again, after my Mom has been gone for the past 2 1/2 years.  He is marrying a lovely woman, and I’m looking forward to seeing extended family.
I am wondering…when or if, life will slow down a bit.
I am reading…not much these days, as I’ve simply been too busy.
I am hoping…that the weekend and wedding goes smoothly, and that Belle’s cold (she is in the wedding party) gets better soon.
I am learning…that perhaps life never slows down.  It just seems to get busier all the time.
In my garden…the leeks and onions are growing, and the herbs are taking off.  The front flower garden looks beautiful, with carnations blooming like crazy, one rose blossom, yarrow, and something else with a purple flower, and daylilies about to bloom.  The side garden needs annuals, and we simply haven’t had time to go and get them yet.
In my kitchen…chicken is thawing for a quick curry supper.  Curry is one of my favourite comfort foods.  I have to admit, I usually use a sauce in a jar, as that is easier than putting the spices together myself.
In the homeschool room…we are wrapping up our school year.   Actually we will have had almost two weeks off already, but next week I hope we can mostly wrap things up.
A favourite quote for today…” Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”  Matthew 6:34.  Definitely a reminder not to worry.
A peek into my garden…
One of my favourite things…
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Cross Stitch Collection SAL May Update

We have had three sets of visitors this month. It has been great fun having them but that hasn’t left a lot of time for stitching. Still there may be a wee bit of progress to be seen.

Here is the current project as of today :


Last month :


Looking at this photo does encourage me. I just need to keep plugging away at it.  If only the next project calling me would call loud enough to motivate me to finish, but not so loudly that I would neglect this in favour of starting something new.

Cross Stitch Collection SAL–April Update

I’ve been trying to get in the mood to post an update–with the deadline for April looming nearer and nearer.  Now I’m down to the wire and still am not done.  For some reason getting  a blog post from the mind to the computer just isn’t going smoothly.

Anyway, here is my update.  I am pleased to say that the Severn Lifeboat is not only finished, but framed! Son is loving it hanging on his wall.

For your viewing pleasure:  006


Project two (or was it project one?) is still in progress.  I have been trying to do a little bit of stitching nearly every day, but this spring has been busy and is getting busier.  Can you tell a difference?

Last month:   Actually I think this is January’s photo, as I wasn’t able to work on the project at all in February, and I don’t think I did much in March.




April progress:   003I can hardly wait to finish this one as I have both a new chart I want to start, and another WIP to finish.  And I am still interested in the Garden Party chart from the SAL.


The Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today… Monday, April 6, 2015
Outside my window…The sun is shining, although the sky is cloudy.  Dead leaves lie on the ground, and the garden is covered with a blue tarp and old tires.  If you look hard, you can see a tiny bit of green coming through the dead grass, and the bulbs are pushing through the ground.  I can see snowdrops and crocuses in front of the neighbour’s houses.  We don’t seem to have any of our own, although we did have a few at one time.
I am thinking...about today, and hoping that it continues to be a good day.  The kids are done with their morning lessons (we are not taking Easter Monday off),  and I have been busy in the kitchen in hopes of an easier afternoon.
I am thankful…that dinner is in the crockpot.  It is a new to us recipe, and if it works, we have a new use for one of our beef cuts.
I am wearing…blue jeans, a long-sleeved plum-coloured shirt, and a fleece.  It is almost warm enough to shed the fleece today.
I am creating…nothing new really.  I am just working on finishing another cross-stitch project and looking forward to starting a new one when that is done.
I am going…into the kitchen to warm up soup for lunch.  Today is a day to stay near the house, as it is a holiday, and most places are closed–at least government places.
I am wondering…whether the meat in the crockpot will cook slower or faster than the recipe states.  I hope it is tender.
I am reading…nothing at the moment.  I just finished a book, and have been trying to catch up on the April issues of some of my magazines.
I am hoping…to decrease my anxiety about the busyness of this month by endeavouring to think about only one day at a time.  I am a home-body, and it seems there are a lot of things this month that will take me away from home–sometimes for a day at a time.
I am learning…to take one day at a time.
In my garden…nothing much is happening yet.  The garden is still covered and there is still snow on the ground.  Check back in May. :)
In my kitchen…(this is later in the afternoon) a brisket in the crockpot.  I just added mushrooms.  Potatoes sit on the stove, ready to cook, and frozen beans from our garden will be our vegetable.   I am hoping we like the recipe and that the meat is tender. Bread in Five Minutes a Day dough is freshly made and in the fridge for baking tomorrow.



In the homeschool room…We are nearing the end of our Sonlight Core.  It takes us up to two years to complete a core.  I am resigned to that after all the years of schooling we have done.  I’m still convinced that we get loads of information from it.  Makes up for not doing everything.
 A favourite quote for today…”If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
 One of my favourite things…cross-stitching while listening to a game, or an audiobook.
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Cross-stitch Collection SAL – March Update

It’s a finish!  This is the first of the two works-in-progress that I was hoping to finish this year.  The SAL has been a great motivation to me to keep moving on these projects.006

So now it is back to project number 2 (or is it project number 1)?  That is this one:


I am hoping I can finish this in a couple of months.  Then IF the dollar gets a bit better, and I can order from my favourite shop, I might try my hand at the Garden Party design that is the SAL project.  If our dollar is still sagging, I will have to stitch from stash, or work on another unfinished project.


Outside my window…It is getting dark.  We missed seeing the Northern Lights last night.  I think being in town made it impossible to see them, and I was too tired to stay up late.  There is still lots of snow on the ground, and it is cold.

I am thinking…about a lot of things–how to keep things simple in the busyness of life.

I am thankful…for my family, for God’s provision for us, and for parents who love the Lord.

In the kitchen…the dishwasher runs, and the counters are pretty clean.  Dinner was Lazy Shepherd’s Pie–basically mince and tatties, to put it the Scottish way.

I am wearing…blue jeans, an old long-sleeved periwinkle coloured top, and my Mom’s soft navy fleece.

I am creating…a mess in the house as I try to do some spring cleaning, and getting rid of stuff.

I am going…nowhere tonight.

I am wondering…how my dear sister in law is getting along with taking care of the house after my Mother-in-Law’s passing.

I am reading…The Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  Actually I am listening to the audio version while I cross-stitch.

I am hoping…that I can finish my current project in the next couple of days.

I am looking forward to…working on another cross-stitch project.

I am learning…very slowly, that you can find time to do things you like if you waste less time on the computer.

Around the house…Belle is sitting with her computer, there are small piles on the floor and on my desk, and my cross-stitch frame is sitting in my favourite chair, waiting for me to pick it up again.

I am pondering …thoughts on giving a “word in season”–something I aspire to, but fail miserably at most of the time.

A favourite quote for today…” The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” Isaiah 50:4

One of my favourite things…being with my family.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Possibly baking bread, making waffle mix, going to hear organ music in a local church tomorrow night, and taking Belle to her babysitting job tomorrow afternoon, then house-cleaning on Saturday, and getting ready for Sunday.



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Cross-Stitch Collection SAL

I was delighted when I came upon this SAL at the end of last year.  I’ve been needing some additional motivation to keep on stitching, other than just wanting to get some projects finished.  While I would have dearly loved to stitch the chart featured in the SAL, I have two large projects on the go, and both are at the halfway mark or over that, and I couldn’t justify starting something new with these unfinished.  So I have opted to work on two other big projects and attempt to finish them.

With a view to posting progress, I did take some photos.  At the beginning of January, project number 1, a Dimensions Gold Collection kit called M’Lady’s Chateau, looked like this: 011Prior to this and I think I took the photo around the time that I learned about the SAL, it looked like this:002aThis photo was taken near the end of October, 2014.  So you can see that progress was made between October and December.  As the SAL didn’t start until January, this progress doesn’t really count.  But it is progress nonetheless.  Since the beginning of January, I have made little progress because I picked up my second large project to work on this month.  So for the January SAL check-in, this is where it is at:003


So on to project number 2.  This is a chart from Heritage Craft’s Heritage Classics Collection, and a picture of a Severn Class Lifeboat.  I bought this chart and started it on our last trip to Scotland.  My son is very interested in the RNLI, and this was a perfect design for him.  In November while my daughter was taking Drivers Education, I would sit in the local library and stitch.  Then I set it down to work on project 1 in December.

On October 21, it looked like this: 003


As of January 20, it looks like this:

004I hope to continue working on this chart until the end of January at least, so hope to have more progress to show in February.