Saturday, June 15, 2013

Loving my mailman!!

What a week!  This week started off VERY rough!  The washer “broke”.  It was the filter, but getting to it was NOT easy, 3 days later fixed.  There was LOTS of Tyler drama.  He moved back to Amarillo.  It took one night of him “living” with his friend Jake to become humble and talk right to come home.  He talks a good talk, but he always has.  We are waiting to see if he will follow through for more than 2 weeks.  Please pray for him!  He is going to get back in therapy too. 

My mailman made this week all worth it.  First I got my Silkweaver order.  Talk about stash enhancement!!

SSPX0009Frightful Pumpkin, I love this fabby!

SSPX0010Golden Promise, this pic does not do this fabby justice.  I fell in love with it!

This order only had those 2 fabby’s.  But are you ready for the patterns?



Grimm, Glumm and Gloom, Witches Wheel, Easter Avenue, Murky Manor, Eggs Ala Round, and Ghoul School.  I have several Glendon Place patterns, I must like them or something!

THEN, I had received a gc from sis Kim.  Oh how I love her.  I ordered the rest of the DMC thread I needed for Snowmen Ala Round.  And the beads, which I got 2 of since I needed another for Sleepy Hollow.  I need to order another black since I SPILLED mine.


THEN, today we got a settlement check that will get everything out of pawn and pay rent.  I paid my phone and Ty’s adult drivers ed course also.  Oh, and my next silkweaver’s order, a couple of AAN patterns and a subscription to JCS.  I got James 3 months of XBOX Live Gold for Father’s Day.  So a little splurging.  I can also fill up the gas tank, we were down to an 1/8 of a tank with no more money until the 28th.

This week was really stressful at first.  With Ty, no child support, and no spare money this payday and bills stacked high.  God blessed us in a miraculous way with that settlement check!

OHHH, and the black ‘burban was totaled out due to all the hail damage.  Thank goodness I had gap insurance, which paid it off just barely.  But, since I am through a “tote the note” guy, he was real nice and put us in another ‘burban.  It is white instead of black, 2000 instead of ‘97, and 173K miles instead of 209.  So that all worked out also.  God is really at work in our lives isn’t He.  Praise be to Him!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

This week’s update

Wow, I didn’t get to stitch near as much as I wanted to this week.  The insurance totaled the ‘burban due to the hail damage and it has been hectic dealing with that.  We now have a little newer model white ‘burban.  It’s only critique is that the leather captain seats in front are torn on the edges.  I’m investigating seat covers, yes.  The seats seem wonky though and I can’t find a thing to fit.  I may have to go special order, or just cover the bottom or something.  I don’t know.  Seb is now out of school and can say he is a SENIOR.  Oh goodness I just can’t believe it!! 

Due to all the running around this week, I didn’t get to stitch as much as I would have liked.  This week it was work on “the Pack”….remember it?

thepackThis is where I left off last time:  SSPX0009(5)

And here is where I left off today:SSPX0009

Pretty decent progress.  I got 2 rows done.  This puts me halfway through page 1.  I’m happy, happy, happy!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday night wrap up….

I hit a good stopping point on Oriental Dragon on Saturday, so I rotated early.  I just started Oriental Dragon and am please with the progress I made.  I really hated to put it away, I was just enjoying it too much!!  6 weeks is going to be a long time to wait for it’s next turn!!


I got 2 columns on the 1st page done!!  Woo hoo!!  I’m now working on “The Pack”.  I got a row on the 1st page done this weekend, so that is exciting.  It’s now kind of like a contest to see how much I can get done in 1 week Smile  I did play with my PCStitch, Winstitch and another patternmaker.  But I just am not good at this whole converting pattern making thing.  This is what I originally had:

dpdbadge1My dad spent 20 years as a Dallas Police Officer and was also on SWAT.  But, when I showed this to my mom, I learned that daddy’s badge was gold because he was a Sergeant.  I tried to change the silver to gold and just couldn’t fathom it.  It needed color tweaking because I don’t think lavender really belonged in there.  But again, that is just beyond my skill set.  Then I found this one:

daddysbadgeGold, perfect.  BUT, I really want the flag background!!  So bad!  I tried layers, but then there is the white around the badge and I just couldn’t erase it right.  Not to mention the letters and scroll design between Dallas and Texas get all blurred once I convert it.  So I am very, very frustrated.  I wish I could find a class to take on learning how to do this.  But nope, there aren’t any.  And I’m just not the patient kind to sit and play with it.  So it is once again tabled as I mull it over some more.