Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Stuff



Here is a picture of J at bat this season. He is now over 5 feet tall, it is hard to believe. He has outgrown all of his jeans and his shorts this summer. He is really enjoying this baseball season. They have only won one game, but he is having fun playing this year. It is amazing the progress that his team has made this season. The coach, as I said before, is sort of old school, and expects them to listen and follow directions. He really isn't about winning, just playing good ball. Last night he took all of their shirts back at the end of the game to put their names on them. He made them win a game before they earned their name on a shirt, I guess I never thought much about having their names on their shirts, but this coach has made it a sort of rite of passage. Plus, he is pretty funny he gives the kids these nicknames--he calls one kid "Cupcake". This kid wore a shirt one night to practice that said something about cupcakes. At the game one night this kid was telling the others in the field what to do and the coach yelled out, "Cupcake, you just worry about pitching and I will do the coaching."

I took my flag to be framed this morning I am kind of worried about how it will looked when I get it back. It was terribly wrinkled. I put it in the dryer, and I ironed and ironed it. It used overdyed thread, not the newer colorfast version, so I couldn't use steam on it. I don't use a hoop or q-snap when I stitch so it was really wrinkled. I did manage to get the design part ironed, so I hoping when they stretch it, it is smooth. The girls at the Hobby Lobby where I take it always seem to do a really good job, so I am remaining hopeful. Of course it took a huge frame to frame it. I have already warned J that he will lose he coveted spot over the entertainment center for the flag. His pic will have to go some place else.

I have been getting bakish here lately. I have been making cookie dough for the freezer for those days when somebody wants a quick snack. The altar Society at church is having a bake sale on July 3rd, so I will be baking some cinnamon rolls for the occasion.

Well, I am off to go through my cross-stitch basket and find my next project. I do have two Shepherd's Bush stockings to do this summer, we are having a another population boom!

See you around, until next time happy stitching!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Progress



You will have to excuse the poor picture quality, but this is my progress on One Nation thus far. It is really an easy stitch, just time consuming. I am looking forward to stitching something with more colors. I am thinking if I can get one row a day done, then in the next week I should have a finished project. The size of this is huge and I think I am suing a smaller count fabric than the model on the pattern cover. While I stitch I keep looking around the living room/dining room area to see where this might hang when I am finished.

Not much has been going here at casa de Stitchin Schoolmarm. J is in full swing with baseball. His coach is an older guy, who has no children playing, he is sort of old school. Jonathon seems to really like him, he makes them do push ups for not following directions and listening. The first couple of practices there were a lot of push ups going on, now not so many.

Dan has been working for a local farmer since January and has been really busy lately. J and I just hang out at home and enjoy the quiet time of summer. We hardly see Dan, except to come home in the evening to eat a bite and then shower and go to bed. He really likes his new job, so I guess that is all that matters.

Murphy the wonder dog is still being Murphy--out of one thing and into two. I think she is secretly jealous of my stitching. She keeps putting her nose between my hand and the fabric until I put my stitching down and pet her. I tell Jonathon every day that his dog is way more trouble than he ever was as a toddler. She is always barking at anything that moves outside, but this morning we put her in the backyard. Another bigger dog down the block started barking and she hightailed it to the door with her tail between her legs whimpering to get in. She obviously isn't as brave as she claims to be.

The weather has been really warm for this part of June. We got outside and planted some flowers the other day and got the front yard spruced up a bit. Of course we are still on a list to get a roof due to hailstorms in our area, so I had to be careful about where I planted things.

So have a great week!