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Sunday, January 09, 2011

The Crazies!

Well, I am crazy, you all know that.  I did sign up for 2 challenges but on top of that (with good intentions, of course) life just got plain crazy here!  Therefore, even though I 've tried to keep up with the challenges, life has stepped in with it's own challenges. So I haven't had a spare minute to snap one pic of all my cross stitch madness.  Sigh.  I really wanted to share pics with you.

For the Flippin' Crazy Challenge, I finished one WIP (YAY for me!).  I finished Miss Snow Fairy on Friday night.  She's too CUTE! 
I worked on Her Sampler but ended up frogging every stitch.  :(  because I certainly cannot count after 10 PM.
I worked on Alphabets and finished a couple more letters. She's 1/2 way done!
And I worked on BOAF's Friendship Sampler but I'm not feeling the love with my threads so I may restart.
Honestly, this challenge has lit a fire under me to finish some nice Wips.  Kudos to Jayne for her brilliant idea!

I haven't done as well on the 15 day Challenge. I did start LHN's, All Is Calm on 35 count Lambswool linen but that's it.  I got most of the roof on one of the houses stitched using one strand of DMC but HATED the coverage. (Has anyone but me noticed that DMC is very thin now?  I had a skein of older DMC (like 15 years old) and the fibers were much more plump than the skein I just purchased.  Plus there's thickness variation within the newer skein too.) I love how it's coming out now that  went to 2 threads over 35 count.

And there are 2  big crazy things going on in my life right now.
1.  The upcoming work week will be CRAZY because we are hosting our registrar for certifcation to 3(!) standards.  There will be 4 auditors over 5 days. 12 hour days.  CRAZY busy!

2. Mike is getting ready to fly away next Saturday.  He is going to Tindale AFB in Florida for F-15 fighter training for a month.  Then in mid-February both Jenna and he leave for Kadena AFB in Okinawa.  After Saturday, I will not see him for at least a year. Jenna will join him in Dallas in February and then together they will go on to Japan. I am not sure how I feel about it.  Of course, I am SO proud of him.  And I know it is an adventure of a lifetime.  But the Mom in me...well, she is happy that he's got strong wings but sad just the same to see him spread those wings and fly into his life. 

So you's CRAZY here!

Pics to follow soon, probably next weekend sometime. We are going out of town Friday into Saturday so with fingers crossed, maybe the weather will cooperate Saturday afternoon or Sunday and I will be able to get a pic or 3 of my progress.  The weather sucks and there's no light right now.


Sherry said...

you have worked on quite a few lovely designs!

anniebeez said...

So hard to let those kids go, isn't it!! Your starts and wip progress sound great-can't wait to see your pics!

Anonymous said...

I am so jealous they are headed to Okinawa! That has to have been my very favorite duty station. We loved it so much we asked to stay and I ended up being there for 6+ years. There's so much to do there and it is absolutely beautiful! I came home 6 times while we were there and my mother and grandmother flew over once.


DonnaSews said...

I hope all is well and that things have settled down for you. Your work is beautiful. We have similar tastes. Enjoy!!

Melissa said...

Oh, Joanie, you have a lot going on! Big things - Mike & Jenna moving, and work! Take it easy on yourself!

Siobhan said...

Congrats on the finish, and continuing on the WIPs! I know how bittersweet it is to watch your kids do what you have raised them to do--spread their wings and fly. I'll be thinking of you! My oldest is 'just' in college and sometimes I wish I'd given into the crazy thoughts I had when the kids were younger & I contemplated locking them in the basement so they couldn't leave. Then they get sassy and I can't wait for them to go. LOL Hang in there.