Saturday, June 28, 2008

Slowly Getting Back to Speed

Not a lot of stitching has been happening over the past month thanks to both the PC crash and some massive knots in my upper back and neck. Give ya' three guesses where I store my stress!

BUT...I got the camera software loaded and pictures taken!

First up is "Book of Ink Circles" (BoINK):
Progress 05/27/08
I am loving this one! I put in about 30 hours on it before I got 'sick' of it. Then after 2 hours into the next project, I wanted to pick it back up again!

I'm up to 200 hours on the "Winter White Tree Skirt":
Progress 06/06/08

And "Winter's Grazing" is still almost done:
Progress 06/13/08
I'm thinking about 20 - 30 more hours to complete it.

I've also restarted the Project Challenge. My goal is 15 or more project finishes before I splurge buy again. I had to take advantage of Cross My Heart Inc, going out of business sale. I have the "Earth Dragon" and wanted the other three elemental dragons before they became impossible to find. The good news, however, is I used the money I made off of the stash I have been selling to buy them. Bonus is that it makes hubby happy too. (He like when I buy for myself on occasion, but knows how our finances have been lately.)
On that note, hubby has picked up a full time job to supplement our income. For those who did not know, he is a real estate investor, and his income was affected by the housing crash. He had to change strategies (yeah, commercial property), however commercial property has a longer turn over rate (at least in regards to money coming in to feed and cloth the kids). So now my poor man is working 120 hours a week.

Now about this year's swimsuits. After two stores and 20+ different suits, I've found that manufacturers think everyone is an 'A' cup (including plus size women) and we want to cover the nipple only. Seriously, I get better support and coverage by going topless! On the up side, I got a new pair of shorts and they are a 10! (Yes folks, that's down from an 18 at the beginning of last year.)

Anyone know of any stores that sell swimsuits that have coverage and support? I'm talking 'XL' top (think D-cup)and 'L' bottom. I don't mind showing off cleavage. Just not down to my navel. Oh, and no bikinis, please. Trust me, no one wants to see these stretch marks.


Meari said...

LOL @ swimsuit comments, Lisa. I have the opposite problem... I always wonder WHERE all the A-cup sizes are??? I can find everything BUT "A". Buying swimsutis suck, big time. LOL

Your projects look great!

sales said...

You can try Lands End. They have a great selection of swim suits for all sizes and you can mix and match. You have to go on line for them though.
Your stitching looks great!

Miss 376 said...

Well done on the change of sizes, I know from experience how hard that is. I have the same problem as you do with swimsuits. I also have a self imposed ban on buying more kits. Trouble is, I have a son that has quickly learned that he MUST have that lovely kit when he see's it. It won't be there if he waits until he finishes his current projects!

Nancy said...

Have you tried looking at Venus swimsuits? You can buy different top and bottoms and they have 2 pieces that are NOT bikinis!