Sunday, June 9, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 8

Saturday morning began with two of my favorite things: coffee and cross-stitch. We splurged on some of McMenamins Coffee Roasters Black Rabbit French Roast coffee beans in April when we stayed at the Edgefield Hotel. Yum! 

Over the past 3 weeks, 784 stitches were added to my Heaven and Earth Designs Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch project. You may see an image of Randal Spangler's artwork that this chart is based upon here.

This finished another full row of the chart. Progress through June 8th is pictured here. 

In 4 more rows, I will begin the dragon!

Page 2 is now 41.47% complete. (It was 28.81%.)

The project is now 37.75% complete. (It was 34.44%.)
This is how it looked in my last update.

The spine of the book reads:
INVESTIGATING
THE EFFECTS OF
CAFFEINE ON
THE MIND
I. M. DRAGGIN

Joining the Stitch Along (SAL) organized by Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea has been a great motivator for making progress on this piece. If you are interested in joining, there are more details on her blog. See the first link below.

I do hope you will visit the other bloggers participating - links are listed below. We are all working on different projects. We are also in different time zones, so if a SAL update has not been posted yet, please check back in a few hours.

Thank you for visiting! 
Renee

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Monday, June 3, 2019

June 2019


Wow! Life has been busy. It is June already! And, I've only managed to share SAL (stitch along) posts in April and May...

This month, I am hoping to carve out more crafting time.  The photo above shows progress on my 3 cross-stitch projects as of May 31st.

The year is almost half over, so I looked back at my goals for 2019

My youngest son and I have started to get back into running. We are currently alternating walking and running to work up to a 5K. (Ultimately, our goal is to run a half marathon together in 2020.)

My June Goals:

1. Add at least 600 stitches to each of the cross-stitch projects listed below. Each is listed with the number of stitches completed as of May 31st.


2. Run at least 3 times a week, improving distance & duration.
  • Ran 5 days in May (Of the 3 tracked, ran 6 miles total.)
  • Longest distance in May: 2.11 miles
  • Longest duration in May: 36.36 minutes
  • Best pace: 15.46 minutes per mile

3. Make Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) progress.

4. Make progress on a UFO project and/or a 1 X-mas Item a Month project.

On another note... I was told at the Post Office that October is a postcard month; so, I looked it up. The first full week of October is International Postcard Week. I also learned in the USA, the first week of May is National Postcard Week. Assuming time allows, I hope to make at least 7 fabric postcards to mail in October. 

I think I need more hours in each day! On that note, I am off to get some sleep. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Renee






Sunday, May 19, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 7

Only 31 stitches were added to my Heaven and Earth Designs Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch project over the past 3 weeks. 

Those stitches filled in more of the author's name on the spine of the book - I.M. DRAGGIN.

The title is: INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE ON THE MIND. 

This is how it looked in my last update. 

I should have more time to stitch before our June 9th update.

My progress these past 6 weeks has been minimal. However, looking at the larger picture, I have added 3,757 stitches since joining this SAL (stitch along) at the beginning of the year.

It is my hope you will visit the other bloggers participating in our SAL to see their progress! We are all working on different projects and live all over the world. As we are in different time zones, if there is not an update posted yet, please check back again later. Avis is fantastic and keeps us all organized. If you are interested in joining, you may find more details on her blog.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSue
ConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaret
CindyHelenLindaHeidiJackie
SunnyHayleyMeganCatherineDeborah
ConnieClare, Mary MargaretJennyCarmela
Jocelyn, and Sharon

Thank you for visiting!
Renee

Sunday, April 28, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 6

Yikes! This update is being posted much later in the day than I had hoped. The past three weeks have been a blur. Unfortunately, not a lot of progress was made on my Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch.

Here is a photo of Randal Spangler's artwork.

Only 83 stitches were added. I am hoping to make more progress by our May 19th update. We have university graduation celebrations and Mother's Day coming up between now and then, so we shall see...

It reads: INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE ON THE MIND.

I am still filling in the author's name: I. M. DRAGGIN.

I want to thank Avis for all she does to keep this SAL going! It is a bit different from many other stitch-alongs, as participants share progress on one project of their own choice. If you are interested in joining, you may find more details by following the link to her blog below.

I do hope you will visit everyone to see what they working on! We are in many different time zones, so if a post is not up yet, please check back later. Jess is taking a break for the moment.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carol, Sue,
Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret,
Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie,
Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah,
Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, JennyCarmela
Jocelyn, and Sharon



The reason my post is later than I had hoped... I generally draft my SAL update on Saturday and schedule it to post in the wee hours of Sunday morning. However, I had an opportunity to help a relative out during my bit of free time before my husband and I left to attend an event at the McMenamens Edgefield Hotel.  (We always enjoy the Edgefield, and learn a bit more about the history of the facility - which was once a poor farm - with every visit. You may learn more about it here.) We also had an opportunity to listen to Amadan perform. It was so much fun! (This high energy band has a Facebook page here.) This morning we enjoyed a yummy breakfast at the Black Rabbit Restaurant. (My fruit salad was amazing.) And on the way home, we stopped to watch Avengers: Endgame. Now it is time to tackle chores... 

Thank you for visiting!
Renee


Sunday, April 7, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 5


892 stitches were added to my Heaven and Earth Designs Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch project since the last SAL update.

The piece now reads:
INVESTIGATING
THE EFFECTS OF
CAFFEINE ON
THE MIND

The author's name is being filled in now: I. M. Draggin.

Randal Spangler's artwork that this piece is based upon is here.

This is how it looked on March 17th.

8,033 of 23,660 stitches are now complete.

The project is 33.95% complete.
Page 1 is 100% complete.
Page 2 is 26.93% complete.

I do hope you will stop by to see what the other SAL (stitch along) participants are working on! Steph and LucyAnn are taking a break at the moment. If you are interested in joining, contact Avis. More details are on her blog.

Links to the other blogs are below. We are all in different time zones, so if a post is not up yet, please check back later.


Thank you for visiting! Our next update will be on April 28th.
Renee