Friday, November 30, 2012

Long Day, Late Night...

Means no stitching...not tonight...but I did do 30 posts in 30 days! Yay me!
More stitching tomorrow I promise since it's the start of my time off before I start my new job!
Until next time

Thursday, November 29, 2012

European Bistro, Crazy January Challenge and HAED Sale!

Thank you for the well wishes - I'm feeling better today! Not 100%, as the crazy Texas weather goes from 35 to 85 degrees in the course of the same day and that's just an invitation to sickness, but I am feeling better. Maybe the fact that tomorrow is the last day at my current job before a week off and starting my new job helps too!

I was able to get back to European Bistro tonight. The bottom half of the windows are outlined and here come the half stitches!
As of 11/29/12

If I'm lucky, maybe I can get both of these window portions filled before the rotation week ends. We'll see!

The fact that tomorrow is November 30th means I have one month left to finish up my preparations for the Crazy January Challenge! Look at the lovely goodies I've received!
Yay for more fabric! I still have one outstanding order for the last of the fabrics I need from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie but I should have that by the end of December. I need to finish bobbinating my thread, make working copies of the patterns I'm doing from magazines, and make sure my kits are organized and ready to go, but I'm sure I'll be ready by the time January 1st rolls around!

Also, enabling alert...if you missed the Cyber Monday 45% off sale at Heaven and Earth Designs, you're in luck! Michele is running a Winter Stash Enhancement Sale from now through midnight 12/3 for 45% off and she's said this is her last "big" sale of the year. I purchased a few charts from the Cyber Monday sale, and may add another one or two in this sale too -it's hard to resist! Here are the patterns I picked up (and just keep forgetting to post) on Cyber Monday:
Mab by Selina Fenech

Cherubina by Selina Fenech
Moonstones by Linda Ravenscroft
I think anyone who has followed my blog and has seen my past purchases shouldn't be too surprised by these. Fenech and Ravenscroft are, by far, my favorite artists on HAED and I just love their work! We'll see if any other pieces join these in my growing stash collection!

Until next time!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

No Stitching Tonight...

Sinus headaches have done me in...I couldn't concentrate enough to focus on stitching tonight...but I'm also two days shy of ending a successful month of's hoping sleep makes me feel better and I can stitch more tomorrow!

Until next time!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Here Comes A Window

Or at least the start of the outline of the window!
As of 11/27/12
I think I'm going to finish the outline of the bottom half of this window and work on filling in the panes for the rest of the week. We'll see how far I get, as I think the panes are primarily filled with half stitches, which definitely go a lot faster!

Until next time!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Just A Little Stitchin'

My title of my blog is an appropriate title for this post tonight because I only did "just a little stitchin'" tonight. I started putting ornaments on the tree - three boxes down, three to go (I think, maybe more), and time got away from me tonight, as I expected it would. Here is my progress for tonight, though!
As of 11/26/12
A little progress is better than no progress, I say! We'll see what happens the rest of the week!

Until next time!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A New Rotation Week

So I was able to get a little bit of stitching done yesterday after all. So after my first week of working on My Witch's Brew, this is where I ended up:
My Witch's Brew - End of Rotation Week 11/24/12
Down in the rotation it goes for now as I am finally back to my "normal" rotation schedule with no WOCS projects or traveling patterns in the mix! Next up, European Bistro! It's been quite awhile since I worked on this piece - over two months in fact, as I last worked on this piece on September 22nd! Wow that's a long time! Here's where the piece was when we last saw it:
European Bistro - Start of Rotation Week
And after only a little bit of working on it tonight after the kids were finally put to bed after a long day, here's where it stands:
As of 11/25/12
We'll see how much I get done this week. All of the Christmas decorations have been brought out from storage, and considering I didn't get to decorate hardly at all last year while we were in an apartment between houses, I'm eagerly looking forward to covering my house in Christmas cheer, which will mostly happen in the evenings. I know I'll get some stitching time in, though. I'll need it, as this is my last week at my current job and I have a feeling that it's going to be a stressful one!

Until next time!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Girl's Night!

I haven't had a chance to stitch today, though I'm hoping I might have a chance before I go to bed...but I do know that I won't get a chance to post again as I'm going to bring my kids over to see my siblings while they're in town and then me, my younger sister, my mom, my three aunts (Mom's sisters), my oldest female cousin and my grandmother are all getting together for a girl's youngest aunt is only 9 years older than me, so she's more my big sister, and most of my younger cousins think I'm an aunt because of our age difference. We're a close knit family and I'm looking forward to getting all the girls together!

But because I did promise a drawing today for Tribal Penguin, I wanted to make sure I posted before I was taken away for the day! And the winner is....

Congrats, Linda! Can't wait to see your progress!

Oh, I did take advantage of the HAED Thanksgiving sale and bought the last Birthstone Fairy I needed for our family's birthstones - Citrine for my husband (whose birthday was yesterday!)
Citrine Birthstone Fairy by Rachel Anderson
 Any pictures of any stitching I get done today will be posted tomorrow. And I'm excited that I'll be back to European Bistro starting next week - it's been awhile!

Until next time!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Witch's Brew

Or at least, just Witch's as of right now! We are finishing our trip to visit the inlaws and will be heading back tonight, but I was able to do a tiny bit of stitching this morning. I have missed stitching these last couple of days and want to get back to it more frequently as of tomorrow!
As of 11/23/12
Until next time!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

No stitching today between being out at relative's house for dinner and then sitting here in the dark in the hotel as we try to get the kids to bed, but I wanted to post to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and to wish all of you who may be waiting outside around buildings for Black Friday good luck! You won't catch me out there, haha!

Hopefully there will be some stitching tomorrow...I desperately need the tension relief...

Until next time!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On The Road Again

So we made the 5+ hour drive today from Dallas to Houston in one piece. We're at the hotel now and my kids are struggling to try to sleep in one bed. Both of my kids are mobile sleepers and my two year old is not really cooperating with my six year old, but we'll see what happens.

I can't do any stitching tonight because we're trying to get them to bed, but I did finish a little in the car today, which was a plus!
As of 11/21/12
I hope all of my American friends and followers have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow!

Until next time!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Progress and Packing

Just a quick post as I finish up late night packing for our trip for Thanksgiving...

A little progress...
As of 11/20/12

And my stitching bag all ready to go!
All packed!
I think I'm set!

Until next time!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble...

...Fire burn and cauldron bubble! It feels kind of odd to be reciting Halloween phrases on the same day that I was singing Christmas carols in the car with my kids as we listened to the radio, but it fits the rotation week! Tonight, I finished the cauldron, complete with it's potion and smoke.

As of 11/19/12
This picture actually gives a little bit better reflection of what the fabric looks like. I'm really enjoying stitching this piece and I think it's going to look great on display next year when it's done! And I truly am hooked on the fabric - I have a few other Halloween patterns in my stash that I think this fabric will be top choice for when I get to them in the future!

Until next time!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A New Start

I'm so excited to have a new start this week! I've finally started working on My Witch's Brew by Nancy Turner of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I won the pattern from her during one of her many generous giveaways, and I found the perfect fabric for it! I'm working on this pattern in 16-count Aida in Crystal EEK! by Picture This Plus. The orange and black combo looks wonderful and this fabric is full of crystals that just give the perfect touch to this piece. It's my intention to finish this so I can have it displayed next fall!

Here is the beginning progress as of today:
My Witch's Brew - Started 11/18/12
I don't know how much I will get done this week despite a really good start today. We go out of town to visit my in-laws for Thanksgiving, and though I will be bringing this with me, it's hit or miss how much I'll get done. Some visits, I stitch constantly, other visits, I don't have a chance. It will just depend on a lot of circumstances!

Until next time!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Another Finish and Another Giveaway

I did it! Two finishes in two weeks! That doesn't happen often and won't happen again for a long while, I don't imagine, but Tribal Penguin is finished!
Tribal Penguin - 10/28/12 - 11/17/12
I'm really pleased with how this piece turned out and loved working on it! But now, it's time for me to give it away and give the joy of this pattern to someone else! The rules for this giveaway are simple. Respond to this post indicating your interest to receive the traveling pattern and one week from today, I will draw a name to determine the lucky recipient! Easy peasy!

Until next time!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Lots of Stuff

I have so much to post about, I'm not even sure where to begin! How about we start with this:
The Liebster Award
Sarah over at Sarah In Stitches was so kind as to award me with the Liebster award! I love her blog, she is the reason I'm going to be starting on the American Flag Quilt Sampler next year, and it just made my day to have her think of me for this award. Thank you, Sarah!

The rules of the Liebster Award are simple. You must thank the person who awarded it to you, paste the Liebster Award on your blog, pick 5 blogs with less than 200 followers (which is harder than it sounds!), and leave them each a comment on their blogs letting them know the good news! So without further ado and in no particular order, here are my five!

Chelle at The Next Best Stitch - she has done some beautiful work and has such a giving spirit and huge heart, which I know has been hurting of late, but it's clear her heart is always in her work.

Sharine at charbella stitching - I adore watching her HAED progress and everything I have seen on her blog just makes me smile!

Amanda from Samplers, Silks and Linens - her sampler pieces are stunning, and I have a soft spot for a fellow mom of a six year old teaching her daughter to follow in her crafty footsteps, just like I'm doing with mine!

Karen at My Stitchy Ramblings - Her Friday Hunks are sure addictive, but her stitching is always beautiful - I just love seeing all of her Round Robin progress!

Megan at Stitchings of an Army Wife - I have great admiration for the spouses of those who serve, and I am always looking forward to watching her progress on QS Clara!

Whew! That was not easy, and there are so many blogs I love so much. Thanks again, Sarah!

Let's see, what else...oh, it's International Hermit and Stitch Weekend! Yay! Tomorrow, I've already promised my daughter a Mommy/Daughter date to the mall, but after we get home from that, I plan on hermitting and stitching the rest of the weekend. We have the holiday coming up next week, but I'm not sure just how much stitching I'll get to do while we visit my in-laws, so I'd like to make progress on my new start next week before I go!

But before I can work on my new start, I have Tribal Penguin to finish up! I finished the white crosses and back stitching tonight. Just the rest of the black to go and then I'll be finished!
Almost Done!
This is a traveling pattern, so as soon as I am done with it I'll be making a post to find out who wants it next and depending on the interest, will likely do a drawing to find out who this will be going to next!

Whew, that's a long post after a long week at work with the process of resigning and starting to transition my responsibilities, plus a crazy Girl Scout meeting tonight. Bed is definitely calling my name!

Until next time!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Just a Quick Post

I worked on bobbinating (such a fun word) a lot of my skeins for my Crazy January Challenge tonight and didn't stitch as much as I have the last few nights, but there is progress!
As of 11/15/12
I'm almost done with the white on the penguin, then just the back stitching and the remaining black and I'm done! I will definitely have this done by the end of this rotation week, I promise you!

Until next time!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Getting Closer

I have to admit, at the beginning of this rotation week, I was being somewhat facetious about having two finishes in two weeks. I really didn't expect Tribal Penguin to be stitching up as fast as it is this week, even with my own additional back stitching thrown in (thank you for the positive feedback about that, by the way - I think it's looking awesome)! But after tonight, with three more evenings left to go (and perhaps more time on Saturday than just the evening since it is IHSW and all), I really do think I will finish this piece this week!
As of 11/14/12
I have a tiny bit of black and white left on the bottom of the penguin before I move to the second page of the pattern, which is very small. Fingers crossed I will get this finished this week after all!

Until next time!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November TUSAL and Tribal Penguin

There is just something that makes me smile when I can look on my blogroll on the side of my blog and see all sorts of fun pictures of different TUSAL posts! So of course, I have to make my own contribution!

Here is my TUSAL jar from October:
TUSAL Jar - October 15, 2012
And here is November's TUSAL:
TUSAL Jar - November 13, 2012
And from the top! October:
TUSAL Jar - October 15, 2012

And November:
TUSAL Jar - November 13, 2012

This month, I have ORT's from Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love, May Lily of the Valley Teacup, and of course those black and white threads right on top are from Tribal Penguin, which I worked on again tonight! I tested some of the suggestions with other colors or other defining techniques. I didn't like them as much and decided instead to do the hard outline of the white of the belly. I like the way it makes it pop out from the fabric and provides definition, but it's also making me think about outlining the black as well. I'm going to wait until I finish the piece entirely before making that decision.

Here is how it looks tonight:
As of 11/13/12
Can you tell I'm having fun playing with Instagram? And I'm 13/13 as of this post for NaBloPoMo!  Yay!

Until next time!

Monday, November 12, 2012

We Have A Face!

First, thank you everyone for your kind words about my turning in my notice. I told my boss and our lead coordinator today. The rest of the team will be told tomorrow. Both of them handled it well, but are clearly panicking...which I expected, but it is what it is.

I made a lot of progress on Tribal Penguin tonight! I'm playing with Instagram for my pictures, and here's my first 'test' subject...
We have a face!
As you can see, we made it to the face tonight and I started working on the white belly. I'm thinking I may need to outline the white because it's hard to see against the fabric, even close up when I have it in hand. I'll make a decision when I have more of the white completed, but would like to hear your thoughts as well!

Until next time!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

March of the Penguins

It's the start of a new rotation week! I'm going to keep this post short and sweet as my stomach is a wreck tonight, primarily from nerves about turning in my notice tomorrow, but regardless, I want to just lay down and go to bed. But I wanted to post this first!

Tribal Penguin is up this week. To refresh your memory, here is where we last left the pretty penguin:
Tribal Penguin - Start of Rotation Week - Last Touched 11/3/12
And here it is tonight!
As of 11/11/12
Good progress if I do say so myself! I'm going to go crash and try to sleep, now, and hopefully will be able to shake off this knot in my stomach. Wish me luck!

Until next time!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Finish!

First, thank you everyone for your kind words about my new job. I'm very excited about it and can't wait to start! We had a great day at the zoo with the Daisy Scouts, though I am incredibly worn out! Walking over 3 miles while wrangling six Daisies and a 2-year old will take that out of you! My son, the aforementioned 2-year old, walked every bit of those 3+ miles and loved it...and crashed in my arms on the train ride home! But it was a very nice day!

Despite being exhausted, I was able to put in the last of the back stitching and personalization on May Lily of the Valley Teacup! Yay!
 May Lily of the Valley Teacup - WOCS Project - 10/14/12 - 11/10/12
What a great ending to a rotation week! Next week, I'm back to Tribal Penguin...could I possibly get two finishes done, two weeks in a row? Who knows! But I'll certainly try!

Until next time!

Friday, November 9, 2012

I Got The Job!

Yay!!!! I got the job offer late today...big raise, much shorter commute, promotion in position, great opportunities to make a name for myself...I'm very excited! I'm going to close out the month at my current job, take the first week of December off, and then start at the new job on 12/10. I'm very excited! Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers!

I was able to finish the back stitching on the stems and leaves tonight. That just leaves the cup and saucer to complete:
As of 11/9/12
Tomorrow, I'm taking my daughter's Girl Scout troop to the zoo and won't be home until mid-afternoon. Depending on how tired they make me, I'm going to do my best to finish out this rotation week by finishing that back stitching and sending this on it's way to be made into a quilt!

Until next time!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Cross Stitch Flashback

My paternal grandparents were massive Christmas decorators. Two or three trees, a massive Christmas village, Santa's galore - you name it, they had it. I attribute my love of Christmas decorations to them as they started ornament collections for all of us and have added to them every year, plus I received a Fontanini nativity set as a gift after my Confirmation. My first cross-stitch piece I ever completed was one I finished for my maternal grandmother (will take a picture next time I'm at her house), but this piece is the second piece I ever finished:
A Christmas Nativity
I couldn't tell you the name of the piece now or who made it. I know it was in a kit, and the frame came with it. It was a huge source of pride for me as a 13 or 14 year old to finish this and give it to my grandparents, who always had it up during Christmas. We're talking nearly 20 years ago now that I finished this piece. My grandfather passed away several years ago, and my father and aunts recently moved my grandmother to an Alzheimer's facility. They are cleaning out her cottage to put things in storage and came across this piece among the Christmas decorations and wanted to make sure I got it back. The frame needs to be fixed and the piece needs to be more securely adhered to it, but this is definitely a special piece to me and will be a treasured Christmas decoration for the rest of my life!

I worked more on the back stitching for May Lily of the Valley Teacup today! I finished the flowers, one of the two green colors for the leaves and stems and started on the second green for the leaves. I think this is going to easily be finished either tomorrow or Saturday!
As of 11/8/12
Oh, one more personal note, my interview session today went very well and I have one more tomorrow afternoon - it will be round seven of interviews and will hopefully be the last!

Until next time!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lots of Back Stitching...

And more back stitching! I agree with one of my followers who said that back stitching makes a piece pop. It absolutely and totally does, and I love the look once it's done...its just the actual process of back stitching I'm not a fan of! Oh well, I made quite a bit of progress on it tonight! I'm still trying to figure out the best setting to take pictures on my phone because my main camera is causing me some issues of late, so I apologize that the pictures aren't always the best!

As of 11/7/12 - Working on the flowers
There are four different "categories" of back stitching on this piece - the flowers, the cup/saucer, and two different colors on the leaves and stems. I'm going to take each of these back stitching groups one at a time, so as you can see, I clearly worked on the flowers tonight! I should finish those tomorrow and will probably start the leaves and stems before moving down to the cup. I really want to finish this piece this week. Fingers crossed I can get it done!

I'd also appreciate good thoughts tomorrow morning as I go into a four-hour mega interview for the next round of applying for the position I'm trying to get...any good thoughts are appreciated!

Until next time!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Just The Backstitching Left!

While happily watching the election results roll in tonight, I finished up the crosses of May Lily of the Valley Teacup!
As of 11/6/12 - Just the Back Stitching Left!
I may try to start working on the back stitching tonight as I wait for the last few speeches of the night from both campaigns, but I wanted to share this progress! Back stitching is my least favorite part of this hobby (one reason I'm in love with HAED pieces!), but I will work on it and get this done in the next day or two! Yay!

Until next time!

Monday, November 5, 2012

I See A Cup!

After a slight bit of frogging tonight, I can see a lot more of the cup and saucer!
As of 11/5/12
I'm really enjoying seeing this piece come together and I think that I will probably go back at some point and stitch the entire series of these cups, one for each month, and have a rotating display in my kitchen near my coffee bar...they're just beautiful!

I know I'll make more progress tomorrow...I'm a political junkie and I fully plan on being glued to my television to watch the votes for President come in tomorrow...if you're a follower in the US and you haven't voted yet, make sure you get out and vote tomorrow! Regardless of who you are voting for (and I won't get political here), it's your most sacred duty as Americans to take part in the political process and let your voice be heard!

Until next time!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Have A Cup of Tea

Today, I started the new rotation week by picking up May Lily of the Valley Teacup for my most recent World of Charity Stitching contribution - the Tea Cup Quilt! I'm going to be alternating this piece back and forth every other week until it's done since the cups are supposed to be turned in by December 15th.

As a reminder, here is where we were as of the end of the last rotation:
May Lily of the Valley Tea Cup - Start of Rotation Week - Last Touched 10/20/12
And here is where we are today after a couple of hours:
As of 11/4/12
The cup and saucer are finally taking shape! I have to say, I love the blue shades so far in the cup, they're so pretty, the picture hardly does it justice! There is a lot of space but not too many colors left in the cup and saucer, and then I'd move onto the backstitching. Maybe if I'm lucky and I have time, I'll finish this piece this week! I can certainly try, anyway!

Until next time!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

End of Rotation Week and More Stash!

Today was a lovely day. I had a phone interview (primarily personality based conducted by a third party firm), and I went to three craft stores (JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby and Michael's, all within a block of each other) and I got all but three of my DMC threads needed for my Crazy January Challenge! I only missed those three because I forgot to put them on the list...d'oh! I also got some storage boxes for threads and a new one for beads since I'm now amassing a bit of a collection of that! Want to see how much DMC I picked up today?
Lots of DMC!
Now, many of the colors in this pile are repeats. Some of that is because some patterns require multiple skeins of the same color, and other repeats are because the same color is required in multiple charts. I have learned over the years that I prefer to have a separate bobbin of each color for each project I'm working on - so if three projects each call for a skein of the same color, I will buy three skeins of that color. It's not the most financially prudent way to stitch, perhaps, but I prefer to have a bobbin dedicated to each project so I don't forget which project I put a specific color with. Besides, it will just add to my stash for next time if I have any left over! I have already divided these up among each of the patterns and just have to collect the three orphans I forgot on my list and start winding these puppies up! I figure if I do a few each day, I will have them all wound up by the time January rolls around.

The three boxes in the top part of this picture are more thread boxes that I will use to organize the threads for my CJC pieces - I already have two others with the HAED patterns in them. The box on the right is my new bead organizer box! I had to order lots of Mill Hill beads for several of my CJC projects, and I wanted a place to store them all. I got this box with containers in the jewelry section of Michael's and I love it!
Each container screws into the container above it for a stack of five containers per group, with the top container having a lid to attach to it. I wrote the code for each bead on the other side of the containers so I know what is what, but I love this! I think this is a great way for me to store my beads, and I still have plenty of room to add more later on:
Room to grow!
Today is also the end of another rotation week. Tribal Penguin will be put to the side for the next week so I can work on my next piece, but it will be back the week after so that I can try to finish it and send it on it's way to another lucky recipient. Here's where I ended up this week:
Tribal Penguin - End of Rotation Week - 11/3/12
Not nearly as much was completed this week as I would have liked, but I had an extremely busy week work wise and that really hampered my stitching. Hopefully this next week will be better!

Until next time!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Who Can Resist A Sale?

Especially a 50% off sale at Heaven and Earth Designs?? I certainly can't...and my stash grew by five charts today!
Atlantis - Linda Ravenscroft
Lancelot and Guenevere - Selina Fenech
Pearl Birthstone Fairy - Rachel Anderson
Sistine Chapel Ceiling - Michelangelo
Christine - Aimee Stewart
All of these have special meanings to me or call to me for some reason.

I'm really loving the individual figures by Linda Ravenscroft, and Atlantis is not the first in this style from her I've gotten (as evidenced here, here and here and several selections on my HAED wishlist).

Lancelot and Guenevere was actually the first HAED pattern I ever saw on a blog that got me hooked up with the site in the first place and I am a huge fan of Arthurian legend.

Pearl is my daughter's birthstone - I already have Emerald for me and my son, just need to get Citrine for my husband to round out the collection!

The Sistine Chapel Ceiling is absolutely stunning in person. I've had the pleasure of seeing it twice in person and it's taken my breath away both times. I have a poster of this we got when my husband and I were last in Rome, but I would love to stitch it. I also want to get the sister piece, The Last Judgement, which is in the Sistine Chapel as well.

Christine is part of a Phantom of the Opera mask series from Aimee Stewart and Phantom of the Opera is tied with Les Miserables for my favorite musical of all time. I want to also get Think of Me to go along with it, even if that means I now have that song in my head...Think of me...Think of me fondly when we say goodbye....ahem, anyway...

Will I ever get all of these plus what I have in my stash plus what I still have on my wishlist ever done? Who knows...but part of the fun of this hobby is collecting beautiful things to have to choose from when the urge strikes, and I love all of my new pretty pieces! Now, I just need to stay off of the website until the sale passes to resist the urge to buy more! Ha ha!

Tonight's stitching was was a long day (week) at work, and we had Girl Scouts tonight, which takes up most of my time and energy on meeting days. I did get a little bit done, though, and I plan on getting more done tomorrow before putting it down for a week.
As of 11/2/12
I do have a one hour phone "personality test" interview tomorrow for the job I'm applying for...and a four hour mega interview this coming Thursday with other directors, senior leadership and medical leadership...all good signs, but please keep the good thoughts coming!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Until next time!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's November Already?!?!

Where the heck did 2012 go?? I can't believe it's already November! Guess it's time to review my goals for October and make new goals for November!

 October Goals
- Continue working through my rotation Yes! There were  few new entries to it, but I definitely stuck to the rotation
- Choose and complete one WOCS project Partial - I chose and started one project, but haven't finished it yet
- Start a new Halloween themed piece no later than 10/31! No - I have one selected, and it's in my rotation, I just haven't started it yet

November Goals
- Successfully participate and complete NaBloPoMo and make a blog post every day in the month of November - I'm pretty good about this already, I think I can do it!
- Finish and mail off May Lily of the Valley Teacup for WOCS
- Finish and mail off the rotating pattern of Traveling Penguin
- Purchase all of the remaining thread and fabric for my Crazy January Challenge to finish kitting up my projects

Some reasonable goals this month I think! What are your goals for the month?

Oh! I was excited to learn that I won the giveaway at Tickled Pink in Stitches! I'm very excited! And there is another FANASTIC giveaway from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe! Seriously, tons of amazingly generous giveaway items, every day from December 1st through December 25! Sign up and tell them that Katy/Tadamama from Just A Little Stitchin' sent you!

I made some more progress on Tribal Penguin tonight...right in line with my goals!
As of 11/1/12
 A couple more days in this rotation and we'll see how far we get! I'm just glad the weekend is almost here, it's been a long week!

Until next time!