Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby Annoucement - Update #2

Christmas is over and the new year is about to begin.  When I reflect back on 2012, it has been a very good year.  The best, in fact, for me.  But as I look forward to 2013, it sure seems like this year won't compare with what is to come.

We toke advantage of the Boxing Day sales this week and bought the baby furniture for the baby room.  Half the furniture is on back order and will take awhile to arrive (guess that is what happens when you buy items on such a big sale), but we still have time, so it's no big deal.  Today, we setup the crib and chair for the baby room.  It seems to be more real with each passing day.  In just five short months, we will be welcoming home our child.

I have been working on the baby announcement cross stitch for 3 weeks now.  This past week with Christmas, not much was done but I had taken a progress picture after two weeks.  I nearly have the first bear done, which is very quick for me.  I just hope that I will have it done in time for the baby.

December 21, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My last two posts explained what I have been doing for the past year and a half in regards to my cross stitching.  This one is looking forward to my new project and the reason behind it.  As I had just told you, I recently found myself a beautiful wife, Elly and how happy she has made me.  And not too long ago, she told me we are expecting our first child!!!  Elly is due the end of May 2013.  We are very excited and can't wait.  She has has enjoyed seeing my cross stitching projects and asked me to stitch a Baby Record.  We picked out the Tobin Baby from Tobin Home Crafts.

We have already said that we don't want to know if it is a boy or a girl until the big day so we were trying to find a colour neutral design.  I am hoping that I will be able to finish it just in time for when baby arrives so all I will need to do is stitch in the name, date, and weight.

I have just prepped everything and ready to stitch.  So enough blogging for one day, time to get on with it.
December 7, 2012
I had not done any cross stitching for about a year at the time, but in April I decided I wanted to get back into it as a way to deal with some stress.  I do find that cross stitching a very relaxing hobby as it frees my mind from any worries and anxieties.  However, I wanted to be able to get something done fairly quickly to re-motivate me so I didn't want to pick up either Glory of Autumn or Silent Flight as those two are a long way from being done.  So I decided to start fresh with Mariner's Light and began it in April and finished it in November.  With all the wedding, honeymoon, and moving planning going on, I feel this was fairly quick, at least for me.  This one was done on 18 count cloth and is 5" x 7".

Unfortunately, a couple of months ago our computer crashed and we lost our hard drive where I kept most of my progress pictures.  So all I have to show for this project is the picture I toke before doing the back stitching and the completed picture.  I still need to take it to the framers, so I might most one more of it hanging on the wall later.

October 2012 (Pre-back stitching)
November 2012 (Complete)

Glory of Autumn - Update #9

Wow!!!  I can't believe it has been a year and a half since I've posted anything on my cross stitch blog.  The time has flown by, but I know exactly where it all went.  While I might not have done much stitching, this has been the most productive year and a half of my life.  During this time I have meet the most wonderful women I have ever seen, Elly.  She has brought such joy and meaning into my life, I can't possibly put it into words.  This past summer, we got married and went to Jamaica for our honeymoon.  On top of that, work has also being going very well as I have been working towards becoming a partner at my accounting firm and hope to fulfil that dream as well in the next few months.  There are more changes...but I'll save that for in a couple of posts  ;).

 But I have managed to do some more cross stitching in the mean time.  The past month I have put some effort back into Glory of Autumn and made a lot of progress.  I couldn't believe that I had not picked this project up since January 2010, almost three years.  It has been fun to pick it up again and the season (fall) was right for it too.  However, I need to put this one away again for awhile as I need to get to work on a new project!!!

Here is the update picture.  As you can see, I have completed the right side of the design and working my way across to the left on the bottom.  I hope it won't be so long before I continue on it, I am now more then half way through it and can't wait to finish one of these larger projects.

December 6, 2012