Monday, September 29, 2014

Stitch From Stash 2014 - September Update

September was another very busy month, but I did manage both a little bit of stitching AND shopping.

The stitching was for another exchange, so no pictures until next month's update. I seem to be on an over-one-on-22ct kick.

As for the shopping, I picked up this year's JCS Ornament Issue and a LoRan Magnetic Needle Case, for my favorite size 26 gold needles. The fact that it has a purple cap doesn't hurt.

Money spent: $11.78

JCS 2014 Christmas Ornaments Issue
LoRan Magnetic Needle Case

Monday, September 01, 2014

Oliver & Company ~ Our Story

From the moment I first saw the animated movie, Oliver & Company (1988; I was 12), it became a favorite of mine. When it was finally made available on DVD, I had to have it. I've watched it with my kids and they love it, too.

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In January 2007, my husband and older daughter went to Petsmart to get more supplies for our hermit crabs...and came home with a 10-month-old kitten whom a local shelter had named "Gabe".

We bonded very quickly & he was immediately renamed, Oliver.

For nearly 8 years, he was our incredibly predictable morning alarm, our lap & foot warmer, hunter of geckos & moths, chaser of toys & treats and connoisseur of tuna.

I knew very early on that Oliver was unwell. Our vet diagnosed feline IBS. We modified his diet and saw amazing improvement. He was nearly symptom-free until a few months ago. He began refusing his wonderful dry food. We switched to wet food, he loved it and his symptoms appeared to subside. I chalked it up to him being a finicky feline.

At the start of this Labor Day weekend, he stopped eating again, and I just somehow knew that this time it was different.

Of course, our vet's office was closed for the long weekend. Through Friday night and Saturday morning, I held onto a shred of hope that he'd rally and prove me wrong. He was still using his litter box, still "talking" to me, still trying to make certain I was okay.

Sunday morning, we all realized he couldn't wait until our vet reopened on Tuesday. I had to work most of the day, unfortunately, but my husband & kids spent the time sitting with Oliver, loving on him and talking to him.

That evening, the wonderful staff at our animal emergency hospital helped him to cross the rainbow bridge. We were able to stay with him the entire time. The doctor and both assistants were so compassionate and gentle. For that, I will be forever grateful.

We brought Oliver home and laid him to rest in the backyard. We plan to make a memorial stone to mark his spot.

The house feels empty. His food and water bowls, his litter box, his bed & toys are all still in their spots. His treats are sitting on the kitchen counter. I keep waiting for him to just appear.

Goodbye sweet Oliver. You were a wonderful addition to the family and we will always remember you.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stitching From Stash 2014 - August Update

What a long day! I left at 9 AM and walked back in the door at 11:30 PM. Outside of wanting something to eat, all I could think was that I needed to post my SFS update! It's times like these when having two jobs really stinks.

Here's the picture of the stitched piece I referenced in my July update. My exchange partner was delighted with it, which of course made me very happy!

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My stash acquisition this month, even with market, is ZERO! I'm rather proud of myself! I didn't get any stitching in, but I did sign up for another exchange and have selected a really cute freebie to stitch. Pictures to come in my September update, since that will be after the exchange mailing date.

Money spent: $0

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stitching From Stash 2014 - July Update

Guess what?!?! I actually stitched! Woohoo! I can't show any pictures until my August update, as the stitched piece is for an exchange, but I did indeed take needle & floss to fabric. It felt amazingly good!

As for stash enhancement, I picked up a copy of the Just CrossStitch Halloween 2014 Special Collector's Issue. Work has kept me busy, I haven't even looked through it yet.

Money spent: $9.99

Just CrossStitch Halloween 2014 Special Collector's Issue

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Giveaway at Seasons Of My Mind

Parsley, of Seasons Of My Mind, is having a giveaway to celebrate officially becoming an EMT and her return to stitching & blogging.

I love Parsley's blog and am happy to see her posting again. While you might just visit for the giveaway, I'm willing to bet you'll end up staying for lots of great reading!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stitching From Stash 2014 - June Update

I'm beginning to sound like a broken record! Work, work, work, no time or energy for stitching, yada, yada, yada. I desperately need some creative time just for myself.

I had plans to go to a stitching get together in the Houston area today, but work interfered with that. I'm still sulking.

To make up for not getting to splurge at two awesome needlework shops (3 Stitches & ABC Stitch Therapy), I placed a small online order. Had I had more time and had my list handy, the order probably would've been much larger.

Laurel's Stitchery is having a sale on Caron Collection fibers (40% off!) through the end of the month. I took the opportunity to order a skein of Waterlilies I knew I needed. The current issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine jumped into my cart, as well.

Money spent: $9.60

Caron Waterlilies ~ Distant Hills
Cross Stitch & Needlework ~ July 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Stitching From Stash 2014 - May Update

I managed to not spend any money on stash this month, although it wasn't due to a lack of effort!

The pre-Memorial Day sales flyer from Jo~Ann had a mystery-scratch-off-discount spot on it. Mine was for 60% off the regular price of an item. I walked the entire store, but nothing jumped out at me. I left, unexpired discount still in hand.

AFTER I got home, I remembered what I had originally wanted to purchase...a Dritz Tailor's Marking Set to use for gridding my first HAED project.

Would you believe that I never made it back to the store before the discount coupon expired?!?! I was so mad at myself, yet I couldn't keep from laughing at my forgetfulness.

Money spent: $0

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    I'm 38-years-old, happily married for 20 years to my high school sweetheart and a proud homeschooling mom to our three fabulous teenagers.
    In addition to being obsessed with cross stitch, I also enjoy reading, logic puzzles, baking and gaming.


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