Friday, September 4, 2015

We Made It!

We're here in sunny Southern California.  We drove for 4 days with a one day stop in New Orleans going across 7 states.

We had to drive through 8 hours of Florida and went through
then hit
And stopped in New Orleans.  The whole drive was around 10 hours.

We grabbed some gumbo
And stayed the night there, then stayed the next day.  We stayed at the Wyndham and the beds were soooo comfortable.  We hit cafe du monde for beignets 
They were soooo good!  Then we hit Pat O'Briens for drinks

And had a great lunch at a place called oceanas.  
I had the oysters and he had a poboy.  After that we went and did a bit of shopping and walked downtown to mail some things we bought.

Then we went to the hotel bar for happy hour and I had another Bloody Mary and a margarita.  They were good but I liked the Bloody Mary at Pat O'Briens better.  Hubby had a couple of beers and tried some he had never had.

Then we grabbed some dinner and walked down bourbon.
We stayed another night then hit the road in the morning.

Before long we were in 

It took about 8 hours.  Our original plan was to drive to San Antonio and go to Seaworld.  Unfortunately they were closed because they were only open on weekends.  We had figured this out in New Orleans though so we didn't have any surprises.  We stayed the night there and went to Texas Roadhouse because hey it's in the name and it's one of my favorite chains.  Instead of Seaworld we just hit the road again and were planning on staying in El Paso.  But we got to
And kept going to
And stayed in Phoenix.  That was a looooong driving day.  I think we drove for like 15 hours.  We were meeting a friend for lunch there so we stayed the night and slept in a bit.  Then after lunch we took off again and 6 hours later we are in 
We got in last night, had some dinner and went to bed.
We've found a house today we love so cross your fingers please that we get it.  I would have a cross stitching room!  Next up we're working on finding a job for me so cross your fingers for me there too!

Lastly cross stitching!  I didn't get much done on the car ride because paradise was too small to see with the jostling.
This was my set up.  I didn't get a better pic but that's all I got done.  However I did make progress on swirling peacock.  Stitching in hand on a larger count white fabric with bigger holes helped.  I finished a column and the moon in the next column.
This is the last time you saw it.

This is now.  Sorry for the blurriness it's hard to get a good pic of this one and it was in the car ;)

The moon is all kreinik
As well as the gold on the peacock eyes. The blank spots are where beads will go. I love doing every stitch on this.  Alright I'm off to job hunt thanks for stopping in!

Here's some pretty road pictures for you and fraggle rock!
It's hard to see but it has fraggle rock graffitied on it lol


  1. Whew, 15 hours in one day is a lot but at least you got to see a lot of pretty things along the way! Amazing that you got stitching done on such large pieces! I can only work on tiny things comfortably lol. Peacocks is filled with beautiful colors~ :D

  2. Wow, what a roadtrip!!! If you drove 15 hours in Sweden you would almost make it from the most southern part to the most northern parts...;) Keeping my fingers crossed that you'll get a job soon so that you can fill up that new craft room of yours:)))

    1. Thanks :) We're still waiting to hear back on the house though our credit and everything got approved now we're just waiting to hear back from the owner.

  3. Love, love, love your post! Glad you made it safe, so many breathtaking pics! I used to dream of stitching swirling peacock, it's stunning but beading and metallic threads scare me a bit, so I'll just savor it in your progress, haha. Hoping you get your dream job soon:)

    1. Thank you :) The metallics aren't really bad but I wouldn't stitch it on anything smaller than 28ct. I'm doing it over 2 as well so that may help. I haven't started beading yet but I don't think it'll be too difficult.

  4. Thank you for taking us on your road trip with you - fabulous! Good luck with getting the house and finding a job.

  5. Wow, what a trip! I wish I could stitch in the car, I think it would set off my motion sickness though. Good luck with the house and job x

    1. I was really surprised it didn't. I got close though. I can only do it with freeway driving because the stop and go is what sets mine off

  6. You made it! Great photos too. I usually stitch larger count in hand in the car too. I'm impressed you managed so much Kreinik!!

  7. Now, that was a trip. Good to know that you came through so well. Thanks for shring all the pictures. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for getting the house and for the job hunt.

  8. Love the new look firstly...but yea! You are there! Congrats! And I literally have every finger and toe crossed that you get your house and a job soon!

  9. Thanks for taking us along on your road trip! Glad you made it safely. And you made some stitching progress! Woo hoo! Good luck with the house and job hunt. My Husband got the new job he applied for and that means I don't have to work! I'm enjoying being home for now but may look for something part time later just to have some extra craft money LOL.

    1. Congrats that's awesome! Good luck finding something :). You should apply to a craft store so you get a discount!

  10. I love the travel the food shots...yes the food shots the best :D