Friday, July 27, 2012

Insanity abounds

I have been missing in action due to the tight time crunch on the last four projects I mentioned.  I managed to get 90% of the anniversary present for the gentleman of the house done.  It was comlete enough to lay out with a note for him as a surprise.  I just picked it back up to finish a couple days ago after recovering from our vastly enjoyable yet all too short whirl wind visit to Arazona to see family and partake in a baby shower.  The three gifts for the baby shower I managed to make in a insanely short time frame.  I managed to pull off a little bit of a hail mary manuver with two embroidered pictures and a hand knit baby blanket in just under two weeks of work.

I won't contemplate the completely insane fact that I also had the house clean before we left.  I think that was the true miracle in the whole process.

Over the course of the weekend we should have the set up issue for the grown up computer ironed out.  I'm looking forward to having the ability to put up pictures again with out having to just through a ton of flaming hoops again.

-The head Wench

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

belated father's day pt2

We had the Gentleman of the house's brother visiting over father's day weekend.  This is the present I made him since he is a father as well and I'm sure he was missing his little one who was away on a trip with momma.

The kids each picked the colors of the gnomes they wanted to represent them.  Left is little Miss M's, middle is Mr. H's, and the right is Miss B's.  It was nice to bring a smile to a relative's face and a new running joke to the family.

Tomorrow I will take updated pictures of finished (other then needing frames) projects and the new ones that have been lined up.  For anything that will be a present I will put up teaser pictures until after the present has been given.  That way nothing is accidentally leaked.

-The head Wench.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Belated father's day post

Running a little late on this one....

This is what I gave the Gentleman of the house for father's day.  He even took one to work, though I haven't looked to see which one.  He was tickled though. 

We are on a smoothie kick in the house.  Two of the kids are already sick of them.  Three of us are still running strong.  Personally I am drinking at least one a day.  If I have more then one I like to switch things up and make a green smoothie for my lunch.  It is one of the best things when the weather is hot.  Though I have to say that the weather isn't anywhere near as hot here in SoCal as it is in central Illinois where our families are.  With the drought that has hit there it is looking to be a quiet 4th of July, what with the no burn order.  I hate that kind of heat and the kids don't deal with it well, but, I feel so bad for the folks back home.

In the mean time the adult computer might be getting set up, and in the kitchen of all places.  I got frustrated with the tablet and some loading issues while trying to pull up a recipe for dinner and a little less then half jokingly asked the Gentleman if we could set it up at the breakfast bar area.  Only thing missing would be a semi comfy 'bar' stool or some such chair.

In the mean time I am planning presents for our 13th anniversary (in a week), a baby shower (in a little over two weeks), a birthday (in a little over a month), and Christmas (in that order).  So I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!  *wink*

-The head Wench

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

More stitching

Here are pictures of the pieces that I am planning on only stitching.  No cheating.  *wink*  All three are again from  I have started the upper left one 'fancy a cuppa' and aim to frame it for hanging in or near my kitchen.  I think steampunk bacon cat will go in the front room that I have dubber the reading room as that is where we have designated as book storage as we gather more book shelves for the massive amount of books each person in the house is collecting.  I'm not sure what I am going to do with the one on the right just yet.

My crafting is slowing right now due to the sheer stress of trying to sleep with the antics of the neighbors and the girls being sick let alone trying to figure out what the new food allergy is that the Gentleman in training now has.  Only time will tell what is going on there.

Long story short trying to craft with out all of your faculties working properly never ends well.  I did get a little progress in today on my tea themed embroidery.  Tonight I will start on my next shawl.  Hopefully I can figure out a place to block and photograph my unconventional ostrich shawl soon.  It looks pretty.

Until then may the sleep fairies visit us all,
-The head Wench.

Monday, June 25, 2012


Here is a quick peek at the colored and ready to stitch pieces that I am working on for Miss B's and Miss M's room.   They really like the colored and outlined look. 

The pieces are (from left to right) sleeping beauty (lower left), Rapunzel (upper left) and the little mermaid.

Things are nuts with my two Miss's fighting colds and my young gentleman fighting a allergic reaction to something.  We are trying to work out just what the trigger is this time.  Neighbors are still loud, though moderated a bit.  And I've just been feeling run down.

-The head Wench.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Worn out

After th visit of the Gentleman's brother, where we were busier then I had expected and had a ton of fun while we were at it, we had new people move in behind us.

In short we went from not sleeping much due to wanting to get as much time in with our awesome relation to nt sleeping much due to the new neighbor literally blasting their television at all hours of the night.  (I am seriously hoping that this morning's round of blasted kid's shows at 7am was a one time thing)

Needless to say both of those things have kept me from getting in here to post.  I have tons of pictures stacking up and screaming at me to show them off.  Between the yarn, the trip to the tar pits and my burst of embroidery...  I have a serious back log!  I am hoping to start getting caught up as soon as possible.  I just don't trust myself right this second to either not throw the computer through a window due to the round about way to get pictures on the blog or to not start swearing up a blue streak about the last four days with the new neighbors.

Please cross your fingers that a good night's sleep visits the Gentleman of the house and myself, otherwise it might start getting ugly.

-The head Wench

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Scattered and distracted

It has been a busy week preparing for the visit of the Gentleman of the house's brother. (He'll be here is a couple of hours if the flights are kind to him.)  Add to that Father's day is on Sunday.  Between the cleaning and crafting with the kids I have been slow to take pictures.

The party starts tomorrow with the day off for my Gentleman, and pleasant company of his brother who is staying with us for several days.  Saturday we will also have a couple other relatives here to visit!  We are so excited, the kids started bouncing about over it all yesterday.

Yarn pictures will start tomorrow now that my mind can relax.  Tonight I have the promised picture of the giveaway yarn that is going into a little shawl for me.

The evenings cool off quite a bit so my shawls that would normally be packed away by now if we were still in Illinois are getting put to good use.

Sunday I will start putting up embroidery photos since joint issues are causing me to take things slower with my knitting.

-The head Wench.