Friday, March 31, 2017

Navigating change isnt always easy

If you read my previous posts you know that I changed positions within the same company.  I am a pharmacist for Stop and Shop-a grocery chain.  My previous position was per diem and it included lots of travel, sometimes more than an hour each way.  It was taking a toll since my days were usually 12 hours plus a commute.  The benefit was that I could choose the days I worked and when hubby travelled I didn't work.  That made it easy as far as managing the boys.
      My new position is local but I work more days. I thought I would have all this extra time to do things but the joke is on me.  It's more stressful than ever and working 5 days a week leaves little time to catch up.  What used to be my stitchy days are now loaded with appointments and chores.  An adjustment for sure. 
       I have done some stitching but not as much as I would like. And forget about finishing, that has taken a backseat to everything else that needs to be done. I finished Year of Hawk Run- Feb and March blocks, I did 2 models for The Drawn Thread which I can't share yet and two tiny pieces--- a LK kit called a Little Grey Hare and Scarlett House---stoneware Street. Here are the pics

Happy Stitching my friends!
Until next time

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February is here

Hard to believe we are in the second month of the new year.  I have been finding little bits of time to stitch but can't seem to focus on any one thing.  I am grateful to be back to the Year of Hawk Run so I can focus on one thing.  Here is a picture walk of what I have been working on since my last post.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Year of Hawk Run Hallow

I started a SAL with my friend Ellen on January 1st. We are doing a block a month on CHS Year of HRH.  I am stitching it on 40ct Lakeside linen Sand Dune with NPI silk.  I finished block 1 and now it's back to model stitching and a pre-stitch for an upcoming class.

We had lots of snow yesterday so today will be clean up so we can start the work week tomorrow.  Oh what fun!  Quite honestly, I HATE snow and cold weather.  Looks real pretty from inside when you can be snuggled up but just plain yuck.  If I could move somewhere warm that didn't have large insects and reptiles I would definitely consider it but I hate those worse than I hate winter.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year

So hard to believe we are starting a new year.  2016 has been a year of change for me.  I started a get fit program for myself which required more time working out and less time focusing on sedentary hobbies.  I have a goal of 50lbs of weight loss and so far have dropped 32lbs. 
I changed my job before Thanksgiving making for less time commuting and a better balance.  I am now back to fitting in some Stitching time and feeling a better balance.
My stitching goals are to enjoy the process.  Love what I am working on when I get to work on it.  I am continuing my model stitching.  I started Year at Hawk Run Hallow on New Year's Eve and hope to work on some of the many class pieces I have started.
I hope to do a regular bog post and share what's happening in my world.
Happy New Year and Happy Stitching everyone.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's Spring...sort of

The weather has been all over the place here on the east coast.  We have had 70's one day and snow the next.  Last night was near 20.  I am hoping that the colors of spring jump out of hiding soon.  I have been busy with work, bike shop, house and the dreaded tax day deadline.  I have done some model stitching this month and enjoyed a few stitches for myself as well.

A quick pic of the back yard as the storm was clearing.  I love the contrast of the blue against white but don't be mistaken I don't like the snow.

I finished the box top to Shepherds Bush the Fold.   I may have already shared this but I love that the colors are so cheerful.

Worked on my Jackie Du Plessis Class project.  Queen M's Pomander.  Making progress, a bit slowly but progress is progress.

Added a roof to Ms Baxters House

Quick stitch design by Lizzie Kate

A club kit finish.  Design by Heartstring Samplery.  Exclusive club kit for Ladies Prim Club provided by Dyeing to Stitch.  Gotta love those club kits.

I hope you enjoyed the photo walk.  
Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Back to Blogging

I have noticed a trend in people heading back to blogging.  I love it!  I miss blogging but have found it difficult because the easiest place to blog is on my pc and I am rarely home to use it.  Life has been busy.  We now have chickens that we have added to the madness.  The hens are sweet but the roosters make me crazy.

I have been stitching on and off.  I am trying to work through my WIPs but get bored pretty quickly so I end up putting my stitching down.  Here is what is in rotation
Miss Baxters House by Stacy Nash

Valentine Quaker by Stickiden Von Wiehenburg

His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery

Would love to know what you are working on.  Have you joined any SAL??  I haven't.  I have too many started so I am trying to work through them instead of starting new.  I finished stitching a Chessie club piece and Purple Thread class.  They are on the finishing table so I will post the final result soon.  Hope you have a wonderful day and Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 25, 2015

A New Season

As the fall descends upon us I am feeling quite melancholy.  The colder temperatures are starting to set in and the atmosphere of the homestead has shifted.  I am still doing the same old things, working the pharmacy, helping at the bikeshop, mothering, cleaning and a bit of stitching in between.  The days have gone from crazy hectic chaos to a very serene quietness.  My oldest son, Aiden left for his 3rd year of College, Austin works daily at his bikeshop, and the two younger boys are at school.  It gives me lots of time to catch up on household things that have been neglected.  I find my days filled with purging closets and cleaning windows.  I have also had some more stitching time so I have a few finishes to share.  I do post most things regularly on instagram so if you want to follow look me up @natalysneedle.
Woodland Forest Olde Colonial Designs

Long May She Wave by Barbara Ana

Rebecca by Kathy Barrick

Remember Me by Blackbird Designs
That's all the stitching I have to share today.  Stay tuned for more!  Until next time Happy Stitching!