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.


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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.




The simple woman’s daybook


Outside my window…it has snowed and snowed and snowed this week.  The schools have been off for three days.  That doesn’t affect us of course, as with homeschooling we can school on snow days and take off on nice ones.

I am thinking…that while the snow is beautiful, it doesn’t seem like time to be winter yet.  It does brighten up the world though.

I am thankful…for a warm house and shelter from the wind, and for sensible folk who cancel events because the roads are terrible.

In the kitchen…leftover chili is thawing on the counter, to be soon warmed up and served with rice for dinner.

I am wearing…blue jeans, a navy fleece that was my Mother’s, and a long-sleeved t-shirt in my favourite colour of green.

I am creating…this blog post, and looking forward to cross-stitching while listening to one of our books after dinner.

I am going…nowhere today.  Too much snow, and you can’t even tell that they did plow our street today.

I am wondering…whether the rain in the forecast will actually materialize, and if it does, how it will affect the snow.  (This does seem to be a weather-related post!)

I am reading…King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, with the children.

I am hoping…to get this posted today.

I am looking forward to..better weather, as Belle is taking driver’s ed, and while she is in her class, I camp out at the library and cross-stitch on a project.

I am learning…that I can rarely do everything I plan to do.  Life happens.

Around the house…laundry sits in baskets waiting to be folded, supper is on the stove, and the kids are clearing paths and bringing in wood for tomorrow.

I am pondering …how to stay happy during the dark days of winter.  It is a challenge sometimes, but I find that an attitude of gratitude helps, as well as listening to music throughout the day.  We have much to be grateful for.

A favourite quote for today…” A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” Proverbs 15:23

One of my favourite things…happy children doing their schoolwork.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Go to “Third Friday Music” tomorrow if the weather is better, and it isn’t cancelled.  That is an organ concert put on by one of our local ministers on their organ at the church down the road.

A peek into my day:  Or a peek outside of my day…

001Our yard a few weeks ago.



Our yard early this morning.


 Our yard at lunchtime.


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It has been so long since I’ve blogged, I’ve almost forgotten I could.

Summer has come and gone, and now we’re well into Fall.  And it has been a spectacular year for fall colour!  Even the trees in our backyard have colour this year.  Usually they just turn brown and drop.



We’ve been back into our homeschool schedule since we returned from a short trip at the end of August.  We actually started before we went away, but only for half-days.  In addition to our regular lessons, the kids have been taking a singing class and swimming lessons, and Belle is now a volunteer at the local hospital.  So it is a full schedule.


My WIPs, on which I blogged last, are still WIPs…although I have progressed on some of them.


The first photo is of earlier this summer.  I can see now that the bottom was rolled up so you can’t easily see the progress, but it is there.



You can see the changes made in this one.




Also, we celebrated two family birthdays earlier this fall.  I baked apple pie for my dear husband, and pumpkin pie for Belle.  Alas, I neglected to get a photo of the pumpkin pie.



Other than that, I am very busy with homeschooling, cooking, baking almost all our own bread, laundry, and the other things in life.  Hopefully I will find time to squeeze in more blogging this year.  Every winter I think I’ll have more time for things in the summer–when we aren’t doing school.  And when the summer is crazy, I look forward to the slower (huh?) routine of winter and school, and think I’ll find time.  Makes me laugh.  Time goes faster every year.

Works in Progress (WIPs)

For some time now I’ve wanted to post a cross-stitch blog entry.  I love doing cross-stitch, and while sometimes I don’t have a lot of time to do it, or I’m too tired in the evenings to do it, I still get some done.  The fun thing is when one of our Sonlight school books are available on Audible, and  we can all listen to them while doing something else.  A lot of the time I get some stitching done then.


This is the project I’ve worked on the most recently.  Boo is very interested in the RNLI, and this is one of their lifeboats.  Before we went to Scotland this spring, I was browsing Heritage Stitchcraft’s site, looking for a castle design to complement one I had bought years ago and just finished in the past couple of years.  Not only did I not find the design I had completed, but I also couldn’t find anything that looked like it would go with it.  I do like ships, however, so as I browsed the transport designs this one popped up.  At that very moment, my dear husband happened to look over my shoulder.  His comment was something to the effect of “You’re getting that one.  You can do it for ‘Boo'”.    It looked like a fun project to start and make progress on during our trip, so I ordered the kit and set about finding everything else I would need to start it while in Scotland.   And that is what I did.  Despite the fact that I came down with some kind of flu just days after we arrived, I was still able to stitch and with help, get food on the table.  I didn’t do much else those days.  Since I took the photo I’ve been working on the water under the boat.  Maybe I’ll post an updated photo soon.


This one is a kit that I also bought years ago.  I first saw it done up when we visited my husband’s uncle in his home.  After he retired, he became a cross-stitcher.  He had done this one, and it was beautiful!  I believe it was on our way home that very day that we stopped at Michael’s craft store, found the design, and bought it.  It had sat in my box of projects to do for probably at least 8 years before I brought it out to do.  It is sitting on the stand I use for bigger designs.  This one I hope to give to Belle when it is finished.  I just have the trees and sky to finish, but it takes a lot of blended colours and they cover small areas, so many thread changes are involved.  That does slow down the stitching.


I haven’t gotten very far on this one yet.  I got it out to take with us on vacations, and it did go with us to Scotland (just in case I forgot something I needed to set up the lifeboat chart), but I didn’t get it out there.  I think I started it last year.  I love roses, and I do hope to finish it someday.  The chart has a surprising number of pages–nine I think, so it is very detailed.  Again there are a lot of colour shade changes.


Last but not least is this one, and it is not cross-stitch.  It is embroidery, and the first project I have tried with different types of thread.  It uses wool and floss.  I did a bit of embroidery as a child, and a very small kit while I used to sit with my Mom when she was in the nursing home.  I really really liked the picture–a pair of cardinals with baby chicks, and if I ever get it finished, I hope it looks somewhat like the photo.  I don’t have a lot of confidence with embroidery, but I do like it.

That’s the scoop on the WIPs.  I didn’t mention the bookmarks that I carry around in my purse.  I work on those when I wait for appointments, or sit at the kids’ swimming lessons, or at anything else that requires a wait.