Saturday, December 25, 2010
I can always be assured that she truly appreciates the time spent stitching and finishing her "keepsakes."
I think the gratitude, appreciation and happiness that our stitching brings to others makes it all so worthwhile...whatever the occasion may be.
I'm off to get our Christmas dinner ready and am looking forward to enjoying the day with my husband and 4 children.
Maybe tonight I will be able to pick up my stitching after a long 5 week hiatus...I have a few WIP begging to be finished!
I have new stitching goals in mind for 2011. Some may be similar to yours :)
I'm blessed to have made many new friends since I started this blog in July. Thank you all for your kind comments, fun emails and inspiring stitching.
I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, joy.....and lots of hugs and stitches :)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I've always liked to try new recipes. When I make something new, it seems the first thing I ask my family is ,"Well, what do you think, should I make it again?" Their response is usually positive. When it's iffy or negative, that's usually the last we see of it.
I have always loved adding my own touches to recipes and making up my own. I think we all do that...isn't that what makes them unique and special?
Like all of you do, I have my old stand-bys and those that have stood the test of time...many from my dear Mom and Dad.
Thanksgiving is like that. We tend to serve the same foods each year because it's tradition. That's a meal that everyone enjoys and knows that their favorite something will be on the table.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, my little turkeys (The Gobble Couple - Aury) are calling my name.
I'd like to finish them up so they'll be ready for next week....I'm making good progress. I'll post a pic of my progress in the next few days.
I hope your stitching projects are coming along, too. Time is getting away from me so hopefully, SOME of my Christmas stitching will be finished.
Have a good rest of the weekend dear friends! As always, I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment :) I look forward to seeing the inspiring stitching and finishing you are all doing ~
HUGS and STITCHES,
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Oh, I had a wonderful birthday! You know the kind of day that you don't want to end? That was it!!
My day was filled with fun, love and happiness thanks to my entire family. Thank you dear ones for ALL you did to make it a memorable day for me! Whether you were here or away, you're always in my heart((xo))
Thank you friends, for your thoughtful wishes and emails. I appreciate every one of them.
My first email of the day was a Precious Moments ecard from Shari. It was a sweet start to a great day. I love it Shari, as I've had a Precious Moments collection for many years. Ironically at the end of the day, Shari's name was generated as the winner of my giveaway! Congratulations to a very deserving blog friend.
Two of my dear stitching friends sent me the most amazing treats...
Myra sent this beautiful project bag and tissue case. The colors are so bright and cheerful.
|My "Special One of a Kind" gift!|
On the stitching front, I have started the Gobble Couple. What I have done so far is all one color and not picture ready. Hopefully, this will be a weekend finish since Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away.
|"Santa's Little Helper"|
We are the Land of the Free because of the Brave. THANK YOU!
God Bless America!
In some way may our small tokens of gratitude and appreciation make a big difference in someone's life today ~
I appreciate your stopping by and am grateful for the many friends I have made through my little piece of blogland.
I hope you all have a good weekend ahead.
HUGS and STITCHES,
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I had the most beautiful birthday from start to finish thanks to my dear family and friends.
I'll have much more to share about my special day in a weekend post.
Thank you to all of you who left a comment for my first giveaway.
THE WINNER IS....SHARI (Shari's Sharings)
Congratulations Shari....I know you will enjoy your treats....they'll be in the mail this week.
Well, this birthday girl is heading off to sleep. I have so much to be grateful for and thank God for another year filled with so many blessings, dear loves and friends that make my life complete!
Thank you to all who remembered me today with your emails, comments, cards and gifts. I truly treasure them all XO
HUGS and STITCHES,
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
As always, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment and email...I love hearing from you!
HUGS and STITCHES,
Monday, November 1, 2010
Happy Fall Everyone!
Happy Halloween to all of my friends who are celebrating the holiday.
We had a beautiful day. Here are some of the pumpkins and mums we saw and brought home.
As we were bringing pumpkins home, my beautiful roses were still blooming despite a night of frost....Isn't God's nature wonderful?
Later that week, I was able to attend the Stitching Jubilee in Lancaster. I had a wonderful time meeting old friends along with new ones.....Carolyn http://xstitching5.blogspot.com/and Kathy http://stitchinkatspawprintsblog.blogspot.com/ It's nice that our blogging world can extend beyond our computers, isn't it? How lucky we all are to have each other to share our love of stitching.
Sad to say, the Jubilee will not be held next year and the vendor list was smaller than in years past. The vendors that were there were wonderful. I did add a few things to my stitching collection as pictured here.
As for my October stitching.... I've been busy making treats for two dear blogging friends who have been so supportive since I have started my blog. I will show them once they are received so as not to ruin their surprises.
And........more October stitches......
I went to Target the other day to buy treats to send to my kids at college and when I got home, it seemed that the stash had grown....WHERE was I going with all of this candy?? It reminded me of how much bigger the Christmas tree seems to have "grown" once it gets in the house from what it looked like in the field!
Thank you for taking the time to visit!
I hope you all have a happy, stitch filled week ahead :)
HUGS and STITCHES,
Friday, October 8, 2010
As always, I appreciate your kind comments and emails. I enjoy following your wonderful blogs and seeing your inspiring, creative stitching and finishing.
I consider myself lucky to have met so many wonderful blogging friends.
HUGS and STITCHES,
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I keep telling myself not to start anything new until the last piece is finished but you know how THAT goes!! I call it "stitching multi-tasking"
These past few weeks have been busy with getting the house cleaned and decorated for Fall, my son's birthday, finishing my yearly continuing ed credits for anesthesia and chairing a raffle for the church picnic.
Next week, I'm attending the Stitching Jubilee in Lancaster. Are you going? As an early birthday treat, my family has given me hotel reservations for 2 nights (I usually make it a day trip). I'm sooo looking forward to it... shopping, meeting up with old friends and being able to concentrate on my stitching.
I have to get these projects finished here this week because the temptation for more stash enhancement is looming next week. Oh, I'll TRY to be good and resist temptation....HA!
GIVEAWAY NEWS..since my birthday is coming the first week of November, be on the lookout for my first giveaway!! I can guarantee a few new goodies from the Jubilee and some little "stitching extras" to make one of my blog followers happy!!
Thank you for your kind comments and emails. I appreciate each one and enjoy following yours. Your stitching talents are great and the friendship it brings even greater!
Please try to make today a beautiful one for someone touching it with a little kindness....what a difference it makes for all of us :)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Today, let us remember all those who courageously and innocently gave their lives for this country nine years ago today.
May they rest in peace. May their loved ones find comfort.
We pray for the service men and women deployed in service to our country. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice.
GOD BLESS AMERICA! THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I hope that you all had a good week and are looking forward to a restful weekend. The sun FINALLY came out here today and it was cool enough (without humidity) to open the windows and turn off the AC....what a relief to get a breeze...it was heavenly. It's hard to believe that Labor Day is next weekend! I don't know about you, but my summer flew by. I'm ready for cooler weather in the next few months but not a repeat of the unending snow and ice that we had last year..
Have any of you ever had a similar misfortune like the one I'm about to share?
On a lighter note, I'm still in Halloween mode. My little witch is coming along and should be finished this weekend...I can't wait to show you! I'm so happy with it.
I'm a long time fan of Erica Michaels designs and this chart, Random Thoughts of Autumn, is one that I started last year. I stitched it on 18ct black Aida (a real switch for me from linen) because I plan on making a pillow.
*HUGS* and STITCHES,
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Have any of you tried knotwork? This is the first piece that I did last year by Teresa Layman and I fell in love with it! Despite what you've heard about colonial and french knots, they are easy and go by quickly. Most important is how forgiving it is. When the piece is finished, it's hard to imagine that it's all knots! Her designs are beautiful and now are adapted for cross stitch, too. This little guy will be out on display soon for Fall. Speaking of squirrels, we have lots of them in our yard and last year...in my basement (long story) We live in a stone house but they found a way in through my dryer vent. It was a true family affair in the basement as we had squirrel babies! They were warm and cozy but their stay was short. Ah, my heart broke seeing the little ones but I'm happy to say that they were all humanely trapped and set free and the window rescreened. They still come close to the house though...looking for their spa!
I have enjoyed following your blogs and appreciate your kind comments and emails over the past weeks. You are all so talented with your stitching and finishing. Truly, inspirations and wonderful stitching buddies...Thank You!
May you be blessed with all that is good this week and have time for some relaxing stitching and doing the things that make you happy!
To all of you parents, guardians, and extended families sending your children off to school (whatever the age), the military, or venturing out on their own, my thoughts and prayers are with you :)
*HUGS AND STITCHES*
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Christmas in July seems to be popular right now but I'm in a Halloween stitching mode! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas but I also LIKE Halloween. I'm an "Autumn baby" so maybe that's why? I just bought this new design "Candy Corn...Boo to You" and it's different from anything I have for Halloween....I'm sure you'll agree, it's a necessary addition to my "stash." :) Stay tuned for the finish as I have opted to change the fabric and some of the floss. I hope we like it!
Speaking of "Boo"....here is a picture of my 8 year old lab. She's a real buddy and a good pet. Now that all of my children are off to college and work, we are constant companions. (She knows who has the treats!) As silly as it sounds, she is well trained but hates her leash. Despite that pitfall, she does cute tricks...maybe I can take "my puppy" for an act "on the road." (lol) On second thought, we're happy at home! Having a pet is a blessing...they add so much fun and love to the family! They seem to understand more than we realize, don't they? Their love is simple, unconditional and genuine....
Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I truly appreciate your kind emails and comments and "welcome" all my new stitching pals.
Boo and I wish you all a relaxing, cool weekend filled with happy things and stitching!
Hugs and Stitches,
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I have also had the opportunity to follow wonderful blogs that are new to me..all from your friendly comments left on mine :) Thank you!
I would like to thank Carol for introducing me on her blog. She is a dear friend and was the first person to inspire me to start a blog. Then my boys jumped on the bandwagon to help me (I'm glad they did...I had no clue where to start!) and the rest is history.
I had admired a piece that Carol had posted on her blog and within a few days, I received mail from her with the chart to share, including the fabric along with a gift of LK Land That I Love complete with floss. How thoughtful... I was so excited to receive this treat! Thank you, my dear friend.
I would also like to send hugs and big thank you's to Mary Anne, Nancy and Myra, 3 of my very first followers...and supporters! Stitching friends and family are the BEST!!
I hope you are all staying cool. The weather here has been unrelenting. I can't remember a day when it hasn't been in the upper 90's for several weeks.
My youngest son is heading for college in August and we are planning a "graduation/going away" get together for him and his friends....complete with a moonbounce. Oh, just the thought of bouncing on a HOT day ......but these are the days we'll all remember (with so many happy memories!)
Hugs and Stitches,
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I finished this design in time for Daniel's 11th birthday as the frame is dated July 1998. I signed the back with happy thoughts for my husband and 4 children. What a colorful, fun and sentimental design! It's stitched on the perforated paper that was included in the kit and has stood the "test of time." I have long since preferred to stitch the Mill Hill kits on 28 ct. linen but I never tire of the beads!
This frame has a special place on the table for our birthday dinners. Maybe an heirloom to be?? One can only hope! (I HOPE the paper that it's stitched on holds up over the years!)
Happy, Happy Birthday to my buddy with all my love. May God bless You Daniel, and may the year ahead be filled with happiness and good fortune. Enjoy your day :D
Love you, Mom xoxoxoxoxo
To all who may be celebrating a birthday today, I wish you a Happy Birthday and a Happy Year ahead :)
Hugs and Stitches,
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A trip to France $$$$$$
A beautiful French Souvenir $$$
WDW Kohl Floss w/blending filament $2.50
Blackbird Designs and Mom's stitching - Free
Heartbursting Pride in a wonderful son, elected President of Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society....PRICELESS
Congratulations Bill!! xoxo
Hugs and Stitches,
Thank you all for your kind, encouraging comments. I look forward to hearing from you :)
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Carol, your inspiration, friendship and encouragement helped to make this a reality!
Speaking of "firsts," this was my first finish that was not in a frame....so many years ago....I remember finishing it the night before the class as it "had to be completed" by class time. It was only 14 ct!!! Still, I had 4 children under the age of five..so stitching could NOT be one of my priorities at the time. I was happy with the results just the same...and it hangs as a reminder of "my happy, busy as a bee times" that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world!
More to come.
Happy stitching and thank you for visiting :)