Last Progress Update of 2013

Well here she is...  I finished the backstitching on the ship last night.  Now it's on to the Viking Liturgy under the ship and I'm almost done.  I've purchased the wood frame today, I don't know yet if I'm going to have a mat cut for it as Tony wants his middle name stitched above the ship's mast and I don't know if there will be room for one. But without a mat the stitches will get smashed if I have a glass cover for it.  Guess I'll just deal with that little road bump after I get it finished and laced up for the frame.


Well it's going to be a really slim recap for 2013 as I only had one finish for the year, Birds of a Feather by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle & Thread.   I'll be setting up a finishes page  for 2013 and from now on every year after that - soon.


On the upside I'll be starting two SAL's -- Measi's Stitch-Along "Wipocalypse" and Daffycat's Stitch-Along "Totally Useless Stitch Along" or "TUSAL" and I'll have my first finish for 2014 in the next couple of weeks.

Happy New Year Everyone now let's get STITCHING!!!!!!

Happy Blogoversary to Me!!!

I can't believe the blog year is over all ready.  I hate to say it but I've been rather neglectful in the years since 2009 about posting here; in fact I didn't post at all in 2011.  I've tried to make an effort to post at least once a week now that I've been unemployed for the last 14 weeks.  I'm still trying to keep a positive outlook but it's really getting hard, especially when I'm running out of jobs openings that I qualify for to apply to.  I'm grateful my parents are still around and they've given me temporary shelter under their roof.  It really sucks being homeless. The sad reality is I'm not going to be able to find work around here and will probably have to start looking in the Seattle - Tacoma area.  I've never lived and worked anywhere else in my life and it scares me to death to think I've got to leave my family and friends and go some place I don't want to be. What makes it worse is knowing I've got no one that wants to go with me.

Today, just for the hell of it, I re-read my entire blog from the very first entry all the way to now.   It's amazing how much has happened in my life in the time I've been blogging here. I've done an awful lot of pissing, moaning, and complaining. Along with the occasional happy dance/stitchery finish and quite a few book reviews. I hope this next year shows more frequency in the stitching updates/finishes, and less complaining about the other crap in my life.

Happy Holidays to all and may the New Year give us all what we wish for.

Progress on Vikings World and YEA Seahawks!!!!

I was hoping to have the dragon backstitched for this progress photo, but oh well...   I still have plenty of progress to show for this week.  All that's left to do is the back half of the ship and the verse at the bottom.  I've got things to do this week that will cut into my stitching time and next week is Christmas, so this may be the last update until the last weekend of December.

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Yea Seahawks...  they cakewalked all over the Giants not letting them score once.  By the end of the 2nd quarter you could tell by the looks on the players faces that they had given up.  That and they keep turning the ball over to the Seahawks; I kept scratching my head over that one.  Anyway the final score 23 to 0.  At 12 wins and 2 losses can I dare squeal Superbowl!?!?


Anyway thanks for stopping by.

My Weekend Vikings World Update

Or it would have been if I would have got this posted yesterday.  Got finished with the backstitching on page two and a goodly amount done on page one.  Not too bad for a weeks worth of stitching. Normally I would drag this thing outside to take a picture in the natural light, but being it's 22 F ( -5 C ) today I didn't feel like venturing outside.
I probably would have gotten a lot more done yesterday on this project but I kept getting distracted by the Seahawks/49ers game.  Man what a tight game, unfortunately my hawks lost by 2 which puts them 11 and 2 for the season. Thanks for stopping by.....
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TUSAL - December Report and Vikings World Progress

Wow here it is my second official TUSAL report before the end of the year.  I hope next month and the start of 2014 shows a lot of progress in my TUSAL beaker. 
Along with my ORTs posting is my one week progress update for a Vikings World.  I've almost got one page of this six page chart done.  I was really hoping to be a little farther along.  But I get the feeling it's not going to be done for Christmas.  I kind of wish now that I had started working on it when I was first laid-off work two months ago, then I probably would be almost finished by now.  O well, Tony knows it's going to be his sooner or later, I was just hoping it would be sooner. 
After I get this project done I need to decide what to finish next. There are at least three projects on my WIPs list that I'd like to finish for 2014. They are "Camelot Sampler" & "The 12 Days of Christmas" by Teresa Wentzler and "Musical Bell Pull" by Donna Vermillion Giampa. 
I don't know if I'm gonna do a straight shot and work on them one after the other or do a rotational system like I use to years ago.  O well, I guess I'll worry about that when the time comes.  Anyway, thanks for stopping by.