Friday, December 31, 2010

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

I am warming up my stitching fingers on this simple cross stitch picture.  I bought it at a thrift store for 25 cents.  I will give it to my mom's neighbor, who actually has a custom-made mailbox shaped like an apple, that also says "a day" on the post!  This is my progress after two days:

Tomorrow is the first day of the Crazy January Challenge!  I'm so excited to start!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I'm Ready for the Crazy January Challenge 2011!

I finally chose the 15 kits I will start for the Crazy January Challenge 2011!  The list is on the right side of this page.  To see pictures of all the projects, just click on the Crazy January Challenge tab above.  I chose 7 big projects, a light switchplate, 6 Christmas ornaments, and a refrigerator magnet.

The plastic surgeon said I don't need daily dressing changes to my burned right arm and hand anymore.  My left arm is still in a cast, but I think I'm ready to start stitching!

Sunday, December 19, 2010


I saw this TUSAL on Cindi's blog, who found it on Daffycat's blog.

The rules are simple...
1. Get a glass container and save your thread clippings or ORTs (Old Ratty Threads!) Some stitchers include fabric trimmings, thread bands or any other stitching cast-offs they gather.

2. On (or about) each New Moon take a picture of the ORTs in your jar and post it to your blog. Yes, you MUST have a blog to be included. Reasonably "late" posts will be accepted...posting several updates at once is cheating!

3. Yes, you can use your current ORT jar. This is no contest...the stitcher with the most ORTs doesn't automatically win!

4. You must post a picture each New Moon, even if there has been no "progress" to show.

5. Label your Totally Useless posts with "TUSAL" to make it easier for Daffycat to find your posts at the end.
2011 New Moon Dates:
January 4
February 3
March 4
April 3
May 3
June 1
July 1
July 30
August 29
September 27
October 26
November 25
December 24
Sign up on Daffycat's blog, just like I did!

Car accident!

I was in a car accident on December 1st.  My car was hit from behind and rolled several times and then caught on fire. Luckily I was able to undo the seat belt and someone ran up to the car and told me to unlock the door. Thank goodness the door wasn't jammed and opened easily. I got out and walked away from the car and laid on the grass. When I looked back at the car, it was full of fire with smoke going way up in the sky. There were several explosions too! My left arm was broken and dislocated. My right arm and fingers and forehead were burned. The ambulance took me to the hospital before these pics were taken. Click View Slideshow. LINK

I had surgery the next day to put a plate and screws on the broken left arm, and also got a skin graft from my right leg to right arm. I was in the hospital for two weeks. Now I am recovering at my parents' house. I can type with one finger, and hold a pen to write or fork to eat, but I can't do much else. I am waiting for new glasses too, since everything burned up in the car.

Unfortunately, I had my grandma's cross stitch project in the car with me and it burned to ashes too.  I think I will print this picture and frame it instead. I don't plan to start over again!

I mailed Christmas cards yesterday, so I'm happy about that. I sure wish I could be cross stitching right now! Maybe when the burns heal on my fingers, I can get started. I am just now catching up and reading everyone's blogs.

Merry Christmas!!