WHOA! It’s been a while!

Almost 3 months. Ok, so I’m not such a good blogger. Bad me! I have been busy with the job search. No luck yet…. anyone know of any jobs for an office manager with networking, sales and paralegal experience? Actually, any office job right about now would be good.

Christmas was a little tight but great fun this year. My best friend Meagan and I were making jars of Desert Chili Mix (from this book http://www.save-on-crafts.com/gifinjaroned.html ) and I made a quilt for my mom, a blanket for my dad and some ornaments. Luckily I pretty much had everything I needed on hand and didn’t have to buy a lot. I also made a WHOLE bunch of polymer clay ornaments and decorated votive holders. Too bad I didn’t take pictures of them. I have some still and will try to get them up.

I didn’t get much cross stitch done, but I did also crocheted two scarves and half an afghan.

and then it happened…..
my mother got me some knitting needles and a book for Christmas. ARGH!!! Now something else to do. I really like it, it’s calming and I find it easier than crochet. So far I’ve made 3 coasters, a wash cloth, a soda cozy, a dog ball and now I’m working on a scarf. I dragged my mom with me to the store today in the pouring rain and flooding to get more yarn for the next project in the book, a ripple afghan. I didn’t want to be stuck over the weekend with no knitting! I’m an addict already.

Crisis of Faith….

So many titles in this little entry. I’ve had a bit of time to think lately (funny how being unemployed will do that to you) and my thoughts keep going back to religion and a higher power and what do I really believe. I was raised one religion and converted to another when I got married and then went wild for a few years! All of this thinking actually started a little over a year ago when I moved here and started working for a company that was owned by members of the church that I converted to. I shared an office for a while with the one owner’s daughter and began talking about the church and faith and things like that. It also happens that my friend Meagan belongs (although not active) and her family (very active) are about the only people I really know out here.

I’m really comfortable being around people of this particular faith and find the joy and happiness and love that they have to be amazing. BUT… (there always is a but) I don’t know that I “fit” in this church. These people seem nice, kind, peaceful, and good. I’m none of those things…. ok, so maybe I can be nice and kind … sometimes, catch me in the morning before coffee and you might not think so … and all in all I am a good person (at least I think so). These people seem so perfect and I feel anything but perfect.

Ugh! I’ll just stop rambling now and hope I get some pictures up soon. Happy New Year’s Everyone!


Got some motivation

A few motivations today:

  • My mother sent one of my WIPs to her group and I heard some great things back from the ladies.
  • I made a goal list for October. (made a list to the right so I have to look at it everytime I stop here!)

I had a little bit of an off day with my Lupus and spent most of the day in bed, but I’m about to watch my Sunday night shows and stitch.

I’ll update my pictures tomorrow since I got some better ones taken and I hope to put up new pictures for every 10 hours I complete on a project.

I’ve got pictures

YEAH!!! I’ve figured out how to link to pictures. See, over there to the right, WIP’s?

I took the pictures with my PDA, so they aren’t that good, but it’s a start. I also want to find a place to make an album so that all of them can stay grouped together. Any suggestions?

I’ve also heard that I can host the pictures on my computer (I have Windows Professional and could get a hold of server if I need to). Something about ftp files or something like that. So if anyone out there has a quick answer that is easy to follow. If not I’ll start searching the web.
I might just have to start my own webpage too.

I’m still working on a plan for my rotation. I think I’ve decided that I’d like to focus on the Marjolie Bastin 4 Seasons. Sunday’s are going to be put aside for the super secret Christmas present for my mother (sorry can’t post until it’s gifted, she has the information for my blog). The other days are all for stitching.

Actually getting somewhere

I’ve made my list, I’ve checked it twice. I’ve filed, organized, and sort of prioritized. My list of WIP’s of course! I posted it at one of my new favorite websites Rotation Stitchers and now I’m just waiting for some responses.

I’ve also taken pictures of my WIPs and as soon as I figure out how to use this darn html, I hope to get some links posted.

I think I’m becoming obsessed with organizing! Anyway, below is my list and I hope to get some goals and a rotation going to I can actually finish something here.

Dimensions Hummingbirds- 97%
Sisters – Summer Sampler 80%
Marjolie Bastin – 4 seasons sampler 10%
Dimensions – Birds of spring – 10%
Marjolie Bastin – Birdhouse Artistry – 2%
Marjolie Bastin – Seasonal Bouquets (Spring) – 1%
Anon. Lighthouse Pattern – 15%
Dimensions – God Grant Me (stitching for father for 2 years now) – 15%
Sam Sarah – Fly away home – 70%
Dimensions French Lavender – 15%
Oh how I wanna do’s
Sisters – Spring, Autumn and Winter samplers to go with the summer one
Marjolie Bastin – summer, autumn and winter samplers to go with the spring (although, I don’t remember what size canvas I used, so I may want to just take spring out and start over)
Bent Creek- Animal Arches
Bent Creek – all 4 seasons of Arches
Bent Creek – Lighthouse sampler
Pegasus – Telegraph Hill Lighthouse

Who, what, when, where, why.

I’m a 31 year old recent transplant to Southern California. (Can I still say recent if I’ve been here a year and a half?) I recently lost my job because the company folded AND moved my mother cross country to live with me. So needless to say, I’ve had a bit of time on my hands the last few weeks.

I’ve been busy looking for a job and restless from being home. Too much free time syndrome. I had the bright idea that I would organize all of my various craft and sewing projects. WHAT WAS I THINKING!?!?!?!?! More projects started than finished, more floss and fabric than I would ever know what to do with, more piles and boxes and bags of things that would be neat to learn.

I began the great web-search and found blog upon blog and website after website of fellow cross stitchers, quilters, crocheters and just plain old project junkies just like me! So that brings me to here. I figured if all these blogs and websites, fellowship of project procrastinators, tricks and tips helped motivate everyone else, why not me?

I’m off to splash my blog here and there, meet some people and hopefully finish a project or two.