There are 5 things in life you cannot recover: A stone...after it's thrown. A word...after it is said. An occasion...after it's missed. The time...after it's gone. A person...after they die. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that made you smile. Enjoy Life!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Secret Stitcher

I received this last week but I am just now getting around to making a quick post about it.  I belong to the Queen City Sampler Guild.  For the past several years we have been doing a "secret stitcher" program of sorts.   You get a person to send stuff to for a year and a different person sends to you...all secret of course.  We reveal who we are at the Christmas party in December.  I have really had a lot of fun with this.  Below is what my secret stitcher send to me for Halloween.   I was blown away by her gifts.  All I can say is WOW and to whoever you are...THANK YOU!!

Everything was wrapped in tissue paper with the most wonderful ribbon (which I forgot to add to the photo)

Front of biscornu

 Back of biscornu

Needlecase with thread counters

I just love everything she sent.  I always love homemade things.  They are so much more special and mean so much more to me.

Until next time.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

20 years ago.....

today I married my high school sweetheart and best friend.  He is the love of my life.  He is a fantastic man, wonderful husband even when is is annoying the heck out of me or snoring like a buzz saw, and father.

I came home from work today and found this beautiful basket of flowers.  He said he wanted the biggest one they had in the case.  How sweet is that. 

I also wanted to share a picture of my 15 year old.  She went to her 10th grade homecoming dance this past weekend.  She said she did not want a fancy prom dress since she was not going with a boy.  She is not one to smile for the camera so I get very happy when I get a picture of her happy face.   She meet up with a couple of her friends and had a wonderful time.

In case you are all wondering what the heck is coming out of my ceiling, it is a red towel.  We have had a roof leak for a couple of years and hubby cut a hole in the ceiling to try and track the leak down.  We got a new roof this year and they did a couple of other repairs.  We are now waiting a couple of months to make sure the leak is stopped before the folks come back and repair the wall the fireplace is on (replace the drywall and beams, paint etc...).  The insurance company is picking up the tab for the interior work.

Be back soon with another update.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Some Stitching

I know I promised a post of some finished stitching a long time ago, but I hit some snags recently.  Two weeks ago I had a fever a congestion..2 days off work.  This past weekend I wound up in the ER with severe stomach pain.  I was admitted for an overnight hospital stay.  Had a cat scan and lots of blood work done.  They are not sure if I had a severe attack with my IBS and a touch of the stomach bug, have a bleeding ulcer or something else unknown.  I have been home all week from work and in bed.  Still do not feel great.  Saw the family doc. on Thursday and he said my cat scan show some question and I was anemic and dehydrated in the hospital.  Not sure where the dehydration came from or the anemia.  So he now wants me to go back to the G.I. doc.  Have to make that appointment on Monday.  Not sure how I am going to make it to work next week still feeling this way.

Enough of all that, on with the stitching pictures.

I stitched this little guy at the retreat I went to in September.  He was a quick stitch.  The chart came from the 2011 JCS Halloween issue.  In case you are wondering what on earth is under my stitching it is Indi's kennel.  It sits in the front part of the house and gets the best light during the day.

I started LittleHouse Needleworks "Liberty" in the summer.  I then took a class and did some model stitching so it got shoved aside for a bit.  I am glad it is finished.  It will be made into a pillow some day I hope.  I used the called for linen and threads.

This next one was also a very quick stitch.  It is from Threadwork Primitives.  You can find her charts on Esty.  I used an unknown scrap from my stash.  I used the following threads: WDW Mascara, Terra Cotta and Hazelnut, DMC 828 and 3021.  I really like this one.  My picture does not do it justice at all.

I mentioned that I took a class this summer.  The class was taught by Ellen Chester of With My Needle.   I finished my stitching and sent it of to the finisher.  I got it back a couple of weeks ago.  Below is the front, inside and back of my "Long May She Wave" needlebook.  I just love it.  Ellen had some wonderful history and slides to show during her class.

These next two are not my stitching by those of a wonderful new stitching friend and designer Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.  I did some model stitching for her this summer and she sent me this wonderful package to thank me.  I was so in awe and never expected her to do this.  I was my pleasure to stitch for her.  The note cards I believe are made from one of her photographs.  She is a very talented lady.  Thank you again Beth.

If you have made it this far, thank you for sticking with me.  I will try to not be so long between posts next time.