03 January 2015

Good bye 2014 and Hello 2015!

Hello 2015!  I have been missing in action for a few months in blogger land.  I have been busy with school.  Yes, I am going to school and being trained to work in a doctor's or hospital office.  I am liking the classes but a lot of work.  I am keeping up and my grades are high.  The only thing is my stitching is suffering big time.  2014 was a year of change for me.   I had my gastric sleeve surgery in January 2014 and my life changed so much!

I had signed up for ‎Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2015 (DUCJC2015 on Facebook.  I did not make a list.  I have so much stash I want to do, I am just taking a pattern or an WIP or UFO a day from my stash and working on it.  I hope I can do it.  With schoolwork and final exams coming in a couple weeks, my stitching will be very minimal, until Jan 16.  The idea is to stitch on something different every day in January, whether it will be a new pattern or a wip or ufo.

I joined Mel's Stitching from Stash again.  I was doing good on it the first 6 months or so last year and then I went berserk and went off the budget.   I am back on it and with school, it should be easier.  My mind will be on school until I graduate in July.  However, I did spend this month but less than $10.

I joined Angie's SAL for $5.00.  Since I joined today (Jan 2), the price will be coming out of my budget.  However I do have a piece big enough to start it on Jan 10.  It is very pretty.  I am going to try my best to get part 1 done in 2 months.  Even if I have to bring  it  to school and work on it on my lunch.  A few stitches here and there will bring it closer to the finish.

I joined the YOTA SAL too from Pull the Other Thread.   You work on a UFO and mention it on the first Saturday of the month, except for this month, it is on the 10th.  So I will be back on next week.  I do have  a few UFOs I want to work on, and I am sure I will find one before Saturday to work on one.

For Day 1 on DUCJC2015, I worked on Nora Corbett's Azure.  Last month I got her partner, Verde and the matching fabric.  Still waiting for the fabric but it will be here shortly.  I worked on Azure's arms and will be going back and finish her this year.

On Day 2, I worked on Lizzie Kate's ABCs Lessons.   I am going to finish this one this year too.  It has been an UFO far too long.  I finish stitching the last line and some letters.  Today I am starting something new which I will post by the end of the week.

On the week before Christmas, I got the most wonderful gift from a Secret Santa.   I saw this being sold on Facebook and asked the seller I will buy the kit after the New Year if no one buys it.  I was so surprised when I opened the envelope.   Shelley from California send it to me as a surprise.  I will be starting it this month.  Thank you so much Shelley!  It will have a special place on my wall.

Here is few pictures of me at Christmas or around Christmas.

 This is my sister Dawne and me on Christmas Day at her house.
 This is me a week before Christmas.  I had lost about 75 pounds this year and have so much energy.  I am faster than my Dad these days, lol. I do have a lot more work to do to get more healthier.

My father turned 70 on December 17, as well as his twin sister.  We threw a party for them and tried to surprised them.  My aunt's ex found out about it and told her about the party.  And than he had the galled to asked for an invitation!   She knew about the party for a couple weeks but didn't tell my Dad.  He knew something was up but couldn't figure it out.   This picture above is the family with my Mom's best friend, Marie. Starting at left, me, Dad, Marie, Amy, DJ and Dawne.

Thank you for visiting me and I am sorry for the long absence.  I will try to post more after January.  I will be my January Stitching at least once a week, and maybe more if I find time in the week.

Until next week my friends,


Cindy's Stitching said...

You look great. Good luck with school. Happy new year to you.

Linda said...

Great update Vicky. Congrats on going back to school. Love the projects your working on.


grannystitches said...

Great job on your stitching and your weight loss. Awesome job on your school grades. Can't wait to see your next update. Happy New Year!

Claudette497 said...

It's good to see you back - your stitching looks great. Congrats on your good grades and good looks!

htimcj said...

You look great!
Good luck with stitching from stash and going back to school!

Lisa O said...

Happy New Year!

I love your projects. They are beautiful.

Jennifer M said...

You certainly have a lot going on. Good to see you posting, stitching looks great! Congrats on school and your health journey Vicky. Keep stitching when you can and sending you blessings for a wonderful 2015!

Anonymous said...

Fantasic weight loss you are inspiration to me and others. Also congratulations on going back to school, your life is going ot be so different this tme next year, not sure how much stitching you can get done, but what an exciting year you have ahead

Carol said...

I enjoyed reading your update, Vicky, and am so impressed with your weight loss--keep up the great work :) I know school is keeping you busy now, but after you are done and get a job, you'll be able to stitch again in the evenings...

Happy New Year!!

Donna Pheneger said...

You're looking great, Vicky...keep up the good work. Congrats on going to school and doing so well! Enjoyed looking at your projects.

Shebafudge said...

Wow! Congratulations on your weight loss...75lbs is absolutely brilliant.

Lisa Dunn said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! You and your family are lovely. :o)

You are making great progress on your stitching. Good luck with your exams!

Tara said...

Great job on the weight loss! Love the stitchys. I'm going to try to get at least 5 UFOs done this year.

Berly said...

You are doing so well!!! I'm really proud of you! Good luck with the Crazy Stitching Challenge!

Brigitte said...

You are doing so great on your weight loss and it's wonderful to read that you are feeling so much healthier than before.
During school it will be hard to find time for stitching. But a couple of stitches every day also cause progress on your beautiful projects.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are having a lot to do,but you are also enjoying being very busy. Good luck with your schooling. All your wip's are looking great.

Betty in AZ