December, where did you come from?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who can hardly believe that we are half way through the month of December and that much closer to starting a new year!? When I started this post the other day I was full of things to say, then I became distracted. Now, I’m sitting down to type and try again with a full battery in the laptop, but apparently, the internet has just lost connectivity, so hopefully this draft won’t disappear…

An update on the Creative side of things from the @CherryBlossomMJ cross stitch and homeschool book blog of Creative Madness Mama

Cross stitch, it’s my thing!

I’m sitting down tonight to type and talk as I cannot stitch this evening. As a matter of fact, I’m not letting myself stitch at all today as I seem to have overdone it the last few days and my shoulder is hurting terribly from an apparent repetitive stitch injury. Oops!

I know, I know! I just couldn’t help it though. I was finally able to upload my first real Flosstube #1 video and it is receiving some excellent feedback. I’ve also pulled back out my Spring by Ruth Sanderson HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) as I want to prep it to be able to start the first challenge of 2017 with a new page for the challenge. I’ve put away my Mirabilias for the moment, to pull out some Joan Elliott Designs that I had put away as I’m wanting the cooler weather to come. I did put away a few JE patterns to switch them out, but I’ll pull them back out in a more spring-like weather. My Ruth Sanderson Spring is not very spring as to what I would think, it is more to the very early spring with the snow to thaw, so I’m glad to work on it in winter weather months.

However, with that said, it was cold for about a week, and suppose to snow tomorrow. Yet today was 74 degrees! Geez. Anyway…

This week I have stitched a few days on Spring by Ruth Sanderson (scroll rods, 25 count white Lugana kitted by HAED). A few evenings, I’ve stitched on the Snow Queen by Joan Elliott (QSnap, 28 count blue Monaco). I stopped into Michaels with a 25% total purchase coupon for being a Rewards member and bought some missing floss so I have jumped back into stitching some on Madonna & Child by Joan Elliott (QSnap, 28 count blueberry Jobelan). Then yesterday, I spent the entire day stitching a new start Winter’s Grace by Joan Elliott (embroidery hoop, 28 count opalescent white Cashel linen). I also spent perhaps two mornings working on ASIT (A Stitch in Time) by Aimee Stewart from HAED, where I am working on the max color chart (stitching in hand, 18 count cream Aida). All of these projects are currently full cross, but I’m thinking that I do want to try a head with tent stitching eventually, I’m just not sure of the coverage and what-not.

What about the children?!

Oh yes, they’re still here. We are still homeschooling but boy has this been a bitter year. I fear that if I start talking about it, you’ll find me lamenting and venting and I might say things I wish I hadn’t. If you’d like to know more of the blog ranting post, I’d gladly tell you in a more personal atmosphere. Kids are fine, attitudes are standard, certain bits of curriculum is draining. This year was badly organized, but cannot truly be fixed as we’re stuck in a situation until May, but after that point things are truly appealing and we cannot wait to get there… Things are busy every week as we have Ballet & Lyrical dance on Mondays, Live classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and private violin lessons on Wednesday. Things are calm as we’re off schedule for the next two weeks and perhaps we will get a well-needed breather, but we’re still horribly behind in comparison to where “we should be” according to thee who must not be named. However, as I said, May will be here eventually.

You know what else will probably happen in May? Besides the end of the school year, the expiration of a few of our online live and self-paced courses, a recital for dance and perhaps for violin? Oh yeah. I’ll probably have a baby. Due June 5th, but I’m always about 2-3 weeks early in tradition, so yeah, May 2017 here we come!

Reading is my super power!!

Whatever happened to that girl who read and reviewed four full 400-page or so books? I dunno. She had a baby, then a total of three, and then a few failed pregnancies to recover from, then she picked up cross stitch again with a passion, then she started homeschooling an advanced child and a butterfly attention span kindergarten and had a rascal toddler in the background. That’s what happened.

Does she still read? Yes, indeed. In the middle of the night, by back lighted Kindle when all else are sleeping and not distracting her before she falls into slumber… Does she still review? Well, would you believe I had been writing reviews in a composition notebook and then I discovered they never get typed and that does nobody any good?! Yes, I’m still reviewing on Goodreads, but just not as often or as thoroughly. But I’m hoping to get more up. For now, I can tell you picture books have slumped this year in quality. Melanie Dickerson and Jody Hedlund write awesome medieval fairy tales. And… I’ve got lots on my to do list.

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.
  • sorry to hear the school year is going hard… perhaps a change is needed in the new year. 🙂 Cross stitch injury… oh my, never thought there could be such a thing. 🙂

    • Yes, I think so. As to the injury, repetitive motion, oh my.

  • Katrina Gormley

    I don’t know how you do it. Have you figured out how to have more than 24 hours in a day, LOL? I give you great kuddos for homeschooling your children. That is something I know I would not have been good at (I’m not even very good at checking to make sure they do their homework … thankfully both of my boys seem to do what they need to most of the time.) Can’t wait to see all your progress on the various XStitch projects, and looking forward to more Flosstube videos from you.

    I’m going to try my hand this coming year at some of the Stitch Maynia SAL’s and I’m thinking about starting a second HAED (am I insane??) and maybe even doing that full page HAED challenge, although since I finally finished page one of “Village Bookstore” I could just do a page of that … hmmmm, decisions, decisions. I feel sad that I haven’t read as much lately either. According to Goodreads, I’ve only read 45 books this year … my goal was 75. 🙁 I need to work harder at listening to audio books while stitching so I can “kill two birds with one stone”.

    • I love it! I created a monster!! I, too, am planning to jump in on Stitch Maynia. I haven’t yet decided how to organize myself yet though. Maybe I should make a free printable and get crafters to my blog? 😉

  • Bummer about your school year. Here’s hoping you get the opportunity for a nice little break over Christmas.

  • Ritsumei ThatsMe

    Wow. Sounds like a busy, busy month! Hope your shoulder feels better quickly!

  • Kym Thorpe

    December – and Christmas – seem to sneak up on me every year, no matter what I do! Hope you are enjoying a much-needed break and are able to relax and refresh for the rest of the school year.

  • Meredith Duke

    We’ve had those school years where things just don’t work…no matter what we do. I’ve beat my head against that proverbial brick wall quite a few times. I think I still have a few indentions on my forehead. 🙂 I’m hoping that 2017 is a better year for you!