Saturday, March 29, 2014

Where is the year going?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my!!!!! It has been 2 months since my last post.
Before ANYTHING else, I MUST update you on my mom!!!! Such wonderful news! We went, as a family, to the cancer doctor at the end of January, for what we are now calling 'her death sentence visit'. You see, she had been told if the tests came back, as they saw on the films, she probably only had 3 or 4 good months left.
Well, after many, many tests & procedures & finally, surgery, SHE IS CANCER FREE!!!!!!! What all the films were showing was some sort of infection in her lung. When the surgeon got in there to remove the tumor, there was no tumor. We are all saying this was a miracle from the Lord & we are thanking Him! She will be seeing another specialist to see if they can figure out for sure what the infection was/is.
Onto stitching......
my stitching has been hit or miss with all of the stuff going on with mom & with my Thirty One business. I am really pushing myself to make a go of it. I just had my one year anniversary with them & I am still loving it as much as I did when I joined. I am super excited about my new stitching bag. I will be posting a picture of it here!
I just finished the first part of the Frosty Friends series by CCN. I am loving it!
I have also worked on a few ornaments & a few WIP's, but don't have pictures of everything.
Have a great day & thanks for stopping by!!!!!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Burr........

good morning,
Normally, I would not be home right now. Normally, I would be at church on Sunday morning. But, we are having quite the winter. Other than picking my husband up at the airport on Tues. evening, I haven't been out of the house for a week. That is so unusual for me. I am not a sit home all the time person. But, the older I get, the less I like being out in the elements of winter!!!
I have finished two pieces since my last update. I was not able to update after the first finish, because my computer had crashed.
My husband was gone for 5 days, helping our son move. He is in the Army & his location got changed. So, they had nice father/son time......packing up his house & driving to the new location. Our son took him to the airport there & I picked him up here. It was 50+ degrees when he left our son & it was 3 degrees when I picked him up! Welcome back to the cold north!!!!
After he got back home, he worked on my computer & he got it back up & running......yeah!!!!! So thankful to have my regular computer with all of my contacts & passwords, etc.....
I decided to pull out some of the ornaments that needed done. I had done 3 of the PS 12 days of Christmas, but still had 9 to go! Well, I now have two more done. I think I will work on another one this morning, since I normally wouldn't be here, so I can use that time for stitching!
We were given quite a blow this week. My mom hasn't been feeling real well since November. She went to the family doctor with her concerns. Part of her thought maybe it was depression, from losing my brother in Sept. The doctor told her it very well could be that, but he wanted to run other tests before giving her depression meds. Well, long story short.....they have run all sorts of tests. The latest was a biopsy on Friday. They will get the results probably tomorrow, but it appears she has cancer in her lung, her lymph nodes & her esophogus. (sp) Even before the biopsy, the cancer doctor has told her she probably only has 3-4 good health months left. We will have a family meeting with the cancer doctor later in the week.
Ok, I am now frozen from sitting here at the computer & from thinking about that, so I will get this posted & get moving to warm up.
Oh, part of why I am frozen........we are on propane & there is a huge shortage in the midwest. So, we have turned our heat down, to do our part in conserving. Prices have gone thru the roof & we are only allowed a small amount of propane....with having to pay before delivery.
COME ON SPRING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Two Posts in One Week!!!!!

Well, as promised, I worked on my January ornament as soon as I finished the Home for the Holidays piece. I had picked out several ornaments in the Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue, so it was just a matter of which one to do first. I decided on Let it Snow by Plum Pudding NeedleArt. I have always liked Barb's designs & this one didn't fail me!!! I stitched it on a 32 ct piece of Zepher lugana from Picture this Plus, using the called for flosses. I will finish it the way she showed in the magazine.
I am also posting a picture of the gifts that I got in a 12 days of Christmas exchange that I was involved with. Vickie knows my stitching likes pretty well, so she sent me some great gifts. She even made me an Ort container!!!! I love it!
I am posting pictures of the other 2 pieces that I worked on during the 3 months that I didn't update. As you can see, I didn't do a whole lot on either of them. The leaf is mostly done with a blended needle, so it is time consuming, but it will be gorgeous when it is finished.
I think I am going to go back to the Bethlehem piece now for a while & see if I can make some progress!!!
Have a great weekend.....I hope the snow stops & the roads clear up around here. I haven't been out of the house since Sunday morning & won't be again tomorrow, because the roads are awful this evening....
Let It Snow

12 days gifts!

Bethlehem

Black Mulberry Leaf

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!!!!!

Wow, it has been nearly 3 months since I last posted! I know I haven't gotten much stitching done, but wow...still hard to believe it has been so long!
I have started 3 projects in that time frame. One is a gorgeous leaf pattern from Heritage Stitchcrafts in the UK..( I hope I spelled that right) One is a Bethlehem piece that I saw on the 123 message board. The other is the one I am going to show today! It is finished, as of last night. I put the buttons on it this afternoon. It is Shepherd's Bush "home for the holidays". I enjoyed stitching this one! I had the cottage done before Christmas, but the rest still needed stitched. We had the boys here for 8 days after Christmas, so I was thankful for easy stitching while they played. I obviously  didn't get much done, but at least I accomplished some!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"In Memory" Mouse finished

If you read my last post, you read that my brother passed away & I was finishing one of his unfinished pieces.
I finished the little mouse last night. It turned out cute & this is one of those pieces that needed the backstitching to make it happen! It was just a blob without it!
I learned something about Wayne as I worked on this piece. He & I stitched differently! He did his X's one way, and I a different way. I don't know if there truly is a right way & a wrong way to stitch, just different! My mom wants this piece, so I told her this. She said it will be fine......it will show that both of us worked on it, our way!
My nephew has also found all of Wayne's "Kinkaide/Disney" kits. He had purchased a bunch of them, but the only one started was the Pinocchio. My dad has asked to keep the Snow White & Lion King & I get the rest of them. ( Too funny, but I already own the 2 he asked to keep!!!)
Today, I will start on a fun fall freebie I found.
Last Sat, we, along with my parents & my sister & her family went to a state park that we all love. Oh my!!!!! The colors are really just starting, but it was gorgeous!!  The weather was perfect for a day in the outdoors. I will attach a couple of my favorite pictures....... One is the wooly bears the kids made at the nature center!
Wayne's field mouse

sorry.......it was NOT sideways when I added it!

wooly bear the kids made

double cattail

thistle....not sure what they are called!

love how this leaf landed!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

A finish & an IN MEMORY piece...

I had hoped to finish my October Word Play before the start of October, but life got in the way......or in this case....death.
My brother (who was a stitcher also) passed away unexpectedly on Sept 25th. My parents & brother have been going thru things & mom & dad have been going thru the stitching items. They found this little mouse, partially stitched & asked if I would finish it. I said I sure would.
Wayne also had started the Kinkaide/Disney piece of Pinnochio. He had 2 of 6 pages done, the last I knew of. (I am attaching a picture...this is the last one I saw) I am also attaching two pictures of the mouse.......before I start on it! Stitchers, this is a good reason WHY we take our pieces out of the hoops or Q snaps each & every day. I am showing the piece before I pressed it & then after I pressed it. You can see that I couldn't get all of the hoop marks out. I hope over time, I can get it.
I have also attached my finished Oct. piece. I had hoped to start a new 'series' of pieces, but the mouse will be first & foremost on the list.
Enjoy the beautiful fall weather. This is my favorite time of year....
October Word Play

Pre-Press

Post-Press

Pinnochio, so far

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Finish & An Answer!

Good morning! I do believe this has to be a first!!! I started & finished this piece in just a few days. Then, my husband only waited a couple days (until the weekend) to make the frame. So, the piece was stitched, framed & hung on the wall all within a weeks time.!!!
I had stitched the other three pieces last fall, but we didn't get them framed until a few weeks ago. As I went to hang them where I wanted them, I told him I had to do a 4th one. He said to just put  a small shelf or something on the 4th peg. I wasn't happy with that, so off to stitch the 4th one I went. Thankfully, I found the matching fabric & he found the matching wood for the frame.
That tells about the finish part of my title! The Answer part is referring to Bronson. I would not rest well until I went out & visited him & found out for sure what I thought. So, the little guy that I babysit for & myself went out one day. We got there soon after they opened that day. I waited & waited for someone to assist us. Finally, a lady came out & asked if she could help us. I said I would like to look at a dog. She asked which one...I told her Bronson. She told me that he has been adopted, but was still there, so we could look at him if we wanted. I said sure, I would love to see him & also look at the others who were there.
We went back & went to the big dog room first. We walked down the aisle & I spotted Bronson. He was all scrunched up in the front corner of his kennel like a scared rabbit. As we got closer, he got up, went to the back of his kennel & proceeded to growl & bark at us. I don't know if he was growling & barking at me or the little boy, but I KNEW then that there was no way, even had he NOT been adopted already. He had too many similarities to Dudley.....if you remember him!!! I could not have adopted this dog & felt good about it.
So, we wait again. When the right dog comes along, we will get another, otherwise, we will be very content & happy with Mo.
have a great week! Enjoy this beautiful time of year!
new finish

the grouping all together