Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
I am Shanda and live in Texas. Wife to James, step-mom to 16 yr old Seb and mom to 18 yr old Ty. If you look at the 2nd page it is all about the angst we are going through with Ty right now. It is not good or pretty and breaks my heart. I really wanted my blog to be all about stitching, but it veered when "the kitties" came into the picture. "The kitties", long story short, were babies found at 1 day old and their momma was killed. I took them in and my husband and I nursed them and they are healthy, happy rambunctious, ohhhh, 7/8 month olds now. They joined our crew of 5 doggies. The kitties are Logan and Gambit. Doggies are Tas (german/husky mix), Dolly (german/lab mix), Issabella (chihuahua), Cashew (jack russell/pug mix) and Angel (terrier mix). Yes, we have quiet a crew and my heart is entirely too large when it comes to critters.
I started stitching November 2011. I was in my 2nd year of an undiagnosed back injury and had to realize quilting was no longer an option for me. I could no longer sit at the sewing machine, or sit or stand to cut fabby. I spent over a year in just this loss. Then I remembered back to this one year in high school when I had stitched this little bitty Christmas ornament, so I thought, let me try that again. And I did, and I loved it. Soon after I had a full set of DMC and had quickly jumped from smalls into medium projects. Some over my head probably. Many got chunked. I now have my own "girl cave" to stitch in. I LOVE stitching. It gives me peace and joy. I LOVE watching the patterns come alive into pictures. I had many goals last year, my first one. Boy did I think I was going to stitch a whole lot. Boy did I not meet most of those goals :) I am sooooooo trying to keep my goals smaller this year and I have started a small goal list. I have. You can see it. But, if you are on facebook, and you know Silkweavers, you know about their sale. And I keep buying these patterns. And then Stitch Witch n Bits has their sale going and I bought more patterns. All patterns I of course want to do THIS year. It is such an addiction. One I love. My hubby has his music (he is in a band), I have my stitching :) I'm also co-owner in a wonderful, relaxed yahoo stitching group, Sisters_Stitching_Sharing_Life. We talk a whole lot about our lives, stitching and support and love each other.
So, now that you know about me (and if you've read the 2nd page, you know a WHOLE lot about me, and my struggles with my son), and you've made it this far, with NO pictures no less, let's make it worth your while. Post in the comments section and you will be entered in a drawing for a giveaway. It won't be made by me because I'm not that confident in my skills yet, but it will be a nice little stitchy package. If you become a follower, let me know in your comment and that gets you a 2nd entry in the drawing. Drawing will take place Feb. 1st and package mailed out Feb. 8th :)
Update 1/19/13 10:56 pm
Wowee!! When I signed up for this, I never thought it would be this big!!! I’m rather stuck in bed due to an ear infection that is triggering meneire’s. TV watching is out, but so far I can still read, although I am having to be very careful with reading on the computer. But man oh man, so many blogs signed up!! I got through the first section with 0-50 followers. I finally had to tell myself to quit looking at older posts and just do a brief scan. I can always go back later! I do want to hit all the blogs by Feb. 1, but man, what is it 400 and some odd blogs? Thank you to all the new that have visited my blog and especially to the new followers!!
And wouldn't you just love to see it? But blogger as not let me upload pics for 2 days now, so I will keep trying to upload that pic and one of the updated spongebob pic. This is the first time I've really run into such a problem with blogger. Any hints? I mean I click the thingy to insert pic and I get the box with upload, from picasa all that on the left, but everything on the right is just blank. Such a bummer!! From what I hear it is IHSW this weekend? I'll be working on the dreaded Spongebob as much as possible. I've got a horrid ear ache, I may as well say ear infection as it is all stoved up and it feels like I've been smacked in the head w/ a 2x4 on that side. Hubs has band practice tomorrow so it will be somewhat quieter around here and the 3 of the guys will get to do the cleaning this weekend, as is usually the norm.
Pretty boring blog with no pics, so lets just hope I can get them soon!
Yay!! Here they are!! Thanks to a blogger through Grow Your Blog I tried Windows Live Writer and here they are!! Woo Hoo!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Monday, January 7, 2013
I did get started on Spongebob..not much progress for today.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
And here is this week's progress on Halloween House:
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Anyways, I took a short break to work on our groups first ever small pattern January SAL. This pattern was picked because yes the Newtown tragedy was heavy on my heart and as all tragedies like that do, it brings back the horror of losing my own daughter.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The kitties. Oh my babies. Those 2 little bitty things have sure grown. They are little scamps too. They can no jump to the tallest heights of the house, are great little mousers (even if they prefer to just play with it, not eat it) and they never cease to entertain us. They rip roar through the house after each other. They snuggle and love on us. They terrorize the dogs by day and curl up by them at night. It can be so funny because Angel a.k.a Devil dog does NOT want them laying by her at night and if they even get within 3 feet of her she snarls and barks. But I'm telling you, Logan is the stealth master at sneaking up beside while she is sleeping and laying down just barely touching her. It is so funny and cute at the same time.
I'm looking forward to a new year of stitching. I'll have my goals/projects up soon. Much, much fewer than last year. I'm not making many personal ones. We are having great difficulties with my son Tyler and I just don't know where that is going to lead. All I can say is that I'm hoping we get his epilepsy stabilized soon and get him moved out. He really needs to become responsible for himself and experience real life instead of being unpleasant, judging everyone else while he sits back and is supported by us while he plays his games, chats with his online friends and sleeps. I'm finding a lot of strength in prayer and relaxation in stitching :)