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!!

Monday, December 31, 2012

A Little Stitching

I have some stitching to show for the month of December.  The first one I started around Thanksgiving and finished it about two weeks later.  I decided to include it in my December stitching since that is when it was finished.  I really enjoyed stitching this one. 

"Ornamental Joy"
Country Cottage Needleworks
32ct. Country Mocha Belfast
DMC & WDW threads
 This next one is a freebie I have had in my stash for a long time.  My oldest daughter has wanted me to stitch this for her.  I finally broke down and stitched it.  The picture is a little light.  I will have to use the new camera hubby bought me for Christmas instead of my phone next time.  Also pardon the wrinkles, I was not in the mood to get the iron out when I took these pictures.

"Sammy Snow cone"
Stitchy Kitty
32ct. Antique Blue Belfast
DMC threads

 The last two came from past issues of JCS ornament magazines.  The first I think is from the 1998 issue and the second is from the 2000 issue.

 "Christmas Joy"
Little by Little
32ct. scrap
Called for threads
I made two changes on this one.  I did not do the extra stitch of red/copper in the border and I changed the sheep's body color to DMC 3033.

"All is Calm"
Little by Little
36ct. Vintage Examplar (Lakeside Linens)
DMC threads
I think I may go back and finish the satin stitches and attach the beads/charms on my Lizzie Kate Halloween Mystery Sampler now.  If I don't get it done soon it will go into the UFO pile and may not see daylight for a long time.  I am going to be starting a new sampler  in the next couple of weeks by Historic Stitches called "John Foster" . A group of ladies in my Sampler Guild are doing this as a SAL so I thought I would join along.    Of course I have another sampler I am chomping at the bit to get started called "Francis Pool" by With Thy Needle & Thread.  Hubby let me order it as a Christmas gift from him (he refuses to order things online...LOL).  It has not come yet.  I am sure I will get that started soon also.  Nice thing is the John Foster sampler is being broken down into monthly assignments so I should be able to do other things in between.
Happy Stitching!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012


WOW is December really gone???   What a whirlwind it has been.  I thought, since I have been out of work, that things like Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, cookie making, etc.. would be easier and I would be ahead of the game.  Guess what...I was more behind this year than ever.  I finished shopping, wrapping and made 5 different kinds of cookies and peanut butter fudge three days before Christmas.  I did have a lot of my shopping done before this but still had plenty to do the week before.  In the end we all had a wonderful Christmas.  I was completely spoiled rotten by my hubby, daughters and by the rest of my family. 

I did attend our annual sampler guild's Christmas party.  It was a very nice lunch with lots of wonderful surprises.  There is a general ornament exchange and a secret stitcher ornament exchange for those that participated in the year long secret stitcher program.  It is on the day of the party that secret stitchers reveal who they are.  One of my good friends, Marsha was my secret stitcher this year.  She really sent me some wonderful things.  Below is the last thing she gifted me with for December.  I was floored when I opened my package and saw the chart with all the threads.  Talk about being spoiled.   Unfortunately a couple of my good friends could not make the Christmas party this year and were missed terribly.  Marsha has some good pictures from the party here including a great picture of Linda in her Christmas headband and picture of some of us (including me on the right side on the end).  Lisa also has some good pictures here and here.

The Christmas party committee had some wonderful gifts for each of us this year.  We each got a stitched snowman jar with candy inside.  A packet of charts, some threads and the cutest little notebook for our stitching bags.  I also won one of the door prizes which contained a thread holder, some threads and a $5.00 gift certificate to Wasatch Needlecraft (a new to me online store). 

I also received some wonderful gifts from my friends. 
From Marsha (aka my secret stitcher) we received a cute basket, WONDERFUL smelling votive, mint tin and overdyed floss.
From Lisa (The Inspired Stitcher) we received a Whitman's tin (yes there was, key word on was, chocolate in the tin), threads and chart to make a fob and pin cushion to go inside the tin.

From Linda (my birthday buddy - we share the same birth date) I received this super stitched pillow.  I just love the way it is finished.

And last but not least from Patti.  Patti found these glass salt cellars in an antique shop over the summer.  She stitched each of our initials (over one and very tiny) and put them into the cellar as tiny pin cushions.  She even included a tiny counting pin.  How amazing is that.  That whole thing is probably about silver dollar size or maybe a little smaller.  I just LOVE it.

I have some wonderful friends and I am surrounded by such talent.  I am very proud to call them all my friends and look forward to yet another year of friendship, laughter and fun with each and everyone one of them. 
Thanks for sticking it out for this long post. 


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stitching & Squirrels

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  My oldest daughter, Kayde, spent the night with my parents on Wednesday so she could help Grandma cook the night before and the morning of Thanksgiving.  I think that may be a new tradition for them.  Kayde loves to cook.  Hubby was off work all week and besides the usually errands and housework we did some Christmas "scouting" (shopping the malls looking for Christmas ideas for the girls) and put up the Christmas decorations.  One good thing about not having a job right now is I get to spend some quality time with Hubby when he has time off at the holidays.  In the past I have always worked when he and the girls were home.  He has always had more vacation than I did. 
I did manage to find some stitching time in between all the running.  The first picture is of two ornaments that I stitched for exchanges.  They are for next weekend, so I need to get to Mom's and have her make them into ornaments for me.  The snowman is stitched on a random linen from my stash with DMC & WDW threads.  It is a design from Val's Stitching Stuff.  The other piece is by Country Cottage Needleworks (JCS 2012 Christmas issue).  It is stitched on 32ct. Antique Ivory with the recommended threads.

This next picture is what I am working on now.  I have been down all week with a cold, that my darling daughter so nicely shared with me, so I have gotten a nice start on this.  I love the colors.  I did change the recommended linen from Lambswool to 32ct Country Mocha Belfast.

"Ornamental Joy"
Country Cottage
32ct. Country Mocha Belfast
DMC & WDW threads
Now for the Squirrel part of the post.  When we have bread, fruit or veggies that are past their prime for us to eat, we toss it outside for the critters to partake in.  I had some Sourdough bread that got a bit moldy.  Of course I did not see the mold until I had already eaten two pieces of it...YUCK!  So we pitched it into the bird feeder.  Not soon after it was put out did this little guy find it.  You should have seen him trying to carry a full size piece of bread across the yard and try to get it up a tree.  We watched him for 15 minutes.  He would have to stop part way across the yard and put the bread down and eat a little.  When he finally reached the tree he wanted to go up, he got half way up and dropped the bread.  Down he went to retrieve it and try again.  He did this several times before he had success and managed to get up the tree.  Silly critter. 
Off to take some more Mucinex-D and put a few more stitches in on Ornamental Joy before I have to pick the girls up from school.

Friday, November 16, 2012

She Did It!!

Today I want to share in a "proud mama" moment.  My oldest daughter, Kayde Lee, is 16 and a junior in high school.  She has always been an excellent student who has never gotten a grade below a "B+" (she HATES anything less than an "A").  All she has wanted since she entered high school was to be tapped for National Honor Society.  Several weeks ago she found out she was eligible but needed to write an essay and fill out several short responses to questions which would then be evaluated.  The process also included talking with several of her teachers.  She has been fretting about this for weeks.  Yesterday, during 4th bell, she was tapped.  The girl came into her class and gave her a balloon, gift bag filled with candy and some homemade brownies.  As a group the NHS society then went to lunch at Olive Garden.  It was a good thing I got a call the day before letting me know so I could send money with her.  I had such a hard time holding in my excitement once I found out.  Every time she was near me I had to bite the inside of my cheek to keep from grinning ear to ear. 

Here are two pictures I took of her yesterday.  She hates to have her picture taken, so I know she was still flying high about the day because she asked me to take her picture.  The flowers came from Grandma & Grandpa (my parents).  Grandpa picked them out.  Good job Grandpa!!  Hubby brought her home a cherrylime-ade from Sonic, one of her favorites. 

I love my girls and I am so proud of both of them.  They are the light of my life. 

In other good news, my Mom is in Boston this week for her annual check up.  She had breast cancer about 5 years ago.  Her sister lives outside Boston and wanted her to come there for a second opinion.  She had her surgery here in Cincinnati, but the Boston doc said she would not need chemo or radiation which the Cincinnati docs wanted her to go through.  He (Boston doc) put her on an oral medication for the last several years.  She had her check up the begining of the week and she is now off the meds and does not need to go back to see the doc anymore.  She will be home on Sunday so we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

Thanks for letting me share.


Monday, November 12, 2012

A finish

I have a finish to show.  I have been working on the Lizzie Kate Halloween Mystery Sampler.  I am down to all the satin stitching and have decided to take a break from it.  I was in a turkey mood so I stitched this up.  Now I am in a Christmas mood which is good because I need to make a couple ornaments for exchanges (just need to decide what to stitch...such a dilemma).  Below is my turkey finish:
Bountiful by The Trilogy

WDW & GAST threads
30ct. WDW Parchment
It was another busy weekend around here with no stitching after Friday night...sad face :-(.  DD #2, Ryan,  went to a school function on Friday.  She is part of the color guard in marching band.  The marching band was involved in the Santa Parade at the local mall to usher in Santa on Saturday.  Sunday the marching band was part of the Veteran's parade.  DD #1, Kayde, is part of the Key Club in school and went to rake leaves for folks that could not on Saturday.  Sunday (after the parade) Kayde had to go to my parent's house to get some ancestral information for a report she has to write over the next five weeks.  Kayde is also (and so are all of us) keeping her fingers crossed that she gets tapped for National Honor Society on Thursday.  She had to write an essay and write out several responses to tell why she wants to be part of NHS and how she meets the four pillars.  
I will leave you with a couple favorite pictures of Ryan throughout the marching band season.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Giveaway

Hi all.  It's me again.  I just wanted to share that Nancy at The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a wonderful giveaway.  She is doing 25 giveaways for the 25 days of Christmas.  She is very generous and has some wonderful charts and threads.  Go check it out.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween/Merry Samhain

Hope all those in the Hurricane's path are okay.  I have a large portion of family on the East Coast (especially in New Jersey).  We have heard from some that they are okay.  Others we are still waiting to hear from.
I wanted to share a couple of pictures from my backyard before the wind took down all my leaves.  We have mostly yellow leaves in the Fall.  They are/were very pretty.  When the wind was whipping up the leaves were flying everywhere and Indigo was running back and forth trying to catch each one as the flew by.  Needless to say she was very unsuccessful and a bit confused as to what and why these strange things were trying to attack her...LOL

Below are a few pictures from around the house with some of my Halloween Decorations.  Witch hat and witch are made by Brenda of The Rusty Thimble.  She has a wonderful shop on Etsy.

The stovepipe hat pumpkin was made by Aunt Harriet (who is a seller on e-bay).

 Please ignore Indigo's couch.  She is not a good housekeeper...wink, wink.  She did not straighten out her blanket and left bone crumbs all over.  I know a big doggie that will be upset when Mommy finally gets rid of the love seat.  This is one of two pieces of furniture she is allowed on.  The other is our bed.  The stitching is mostly mine with a couple that were received in exchanges.

My patriotic shelf got a bit spookified (is that a word??).  Do you think I might like anything pewter, crockery, red ware or primitive?  Anything old.  Guess that is why I keep hubby around...tee hee hee.


Below is another wonderful creation from Brenda (The Rusty Thimble).  I could not wait to get her out of the box this year.  She fits perfectly in my Shaker rocking chair.  She stays up until the Christmas decorations come out right after Thanksgiving.  I just love all the things I have gotten from Brenda. 

My girls are too old for Trick or Treating (16 yrs & 14 yrs old).  My parents, sister and two nieces still come over since we live in a nice neighborhood.  I will be with my hubby and Dad huddled around the fire pit (it we can find any dry wood since it has been raining for several days now) passing out candy to the brave souls that dare to come out in the cold and drizzle.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe night. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Where are you???

WOW I never intended to be gone this long.  I can't believe that it is mid October and I am just now putting out a blog post.  So, where have I been??  Since the end of May I have been in a whirlwind.
The end of May I flew to Boston with my Mom, Grandma and sister for my cousin's wedding.  It was a beautiful wedding that took place at the Martha-Mary Chapel with the reception, in walking distance of the chapel, at Longfellow's Wayside Inn.  Some of the guests stayed at this historic inn including myself.  We stayed in the haunted room.  It was very cool. 
June brought both my daughter's birthdays as well as other extended family member's birthdays.  It also was time for my oldest to start driver's ed. 
July hubby had surgery to remove a cyst from his neck.  The week he was off recovering he decided would be a good time to have some minor construction done in our family room to repair water damage from the roof leaking the year before...MEN.  He even decided HE would get on a ladder and wire for a ceiling fan.  He can barely move his head/neck with the incision and he was on pain killers.  Sounds like the perfect time to work with electricity...NOT!!  Good thing I was at work because I would have put him back in the hospital for a different reason...LOL

August brought band camp for my youngest daughter who is a freshman this year and joined the color guard.  She loves it and is very good.  This month also brought the beginning of an end to a very volatile work situation that I have been in for a little over 3 years.  
Right after Labor Day was my last day of work.  I have been off work since then looking for a new job, signing up with a temp. agency and trying to heal mentally and physically from the very bad work situation.  I have stopped having so many nightmares and my stomach issues are getting a little better and so are the anxiety attacks.   Working on getting stronger and trying to lose all the weight I gained from the stress.  I am still not anywhere close to how I was 3 years ago.  Not sure if I ever will be the same.  Time will tell.
I have also found my lost sitching mojo.  I did not realize how much I missed stitching.  In the past month I have been working on LK Mystery SAL.  I am on the third part.  I will post a picture soon.
September & October have been busy with birthdays, kids activities, football games, band competitions, clubs, and PSAT for my oldest daughter who is a junior.  I also went on a stitching retreat the first weekend in October.  One of the stitch groups I belong to puts it on.  It was a nice weekend.  You can read about it here on The Inspired Stitcher's Blog.  She is much better at remembering to take pictures than I am.  Hubby and I also celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary on October 12th.  He bought me some beautiful flowers.
I will leave you with a few photos of things I have received from my very generous secret stitcher in the past few months.  The pictures go from the most recent down.  Next post I will show pictures of some of the thrifting & flea markets finds.


Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Quick Post

I know I have been away for a long while.  So many things going on the past two months.  It will take several posts to catch up on everything.  I will try and get a longer post out this weekend.

Just wanted to share something with y'all.  I stitched another model for Beth of Heartstring Samplery a couple of months ago.  She has just released pictures of the new pieces and I wanted to show you all the wonderful new chart full of.....STRAWBERRIES!  If you go here you will see them.  I stitched the small framed piece in the front (the one with the brown  frame).  Beth has all the details of the designs on her post.  I really enjoyed stitching this and the colors were wonderful. 

Thanks for letting me share.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mother's Day Giveaway Win One of 5 Prizes

All you prim lovers, check out this wonderful contest at Shaka Studios

Some beautiful things here for any prim or colonial home.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

We have babies again...

This morning we looked out the back window to see the Mama fox and her kits.   We are not sure if she has 4 or 5.  They are so cute and fuzzy.  They have built a den under our shed next to the woodpile.  Hubby walked out and got this picture of one of the babies peeking out.  The next one is the Mama.  We had some babies about two years ago but when we saw them they were a little bigger than these little ones. 

We had a nice Easter last weekend at my parent's house.  Mom always makes such wonderful dinners.  She also made me a cheesecake.  I don't get this cheesecake that often because it has to sit for 7 days after you make it before you can eat it.  We have tried eating it early, but just does not taste the same.  Below is a picture of the table.  My girls spent a few days with Grandma over Spring Break and they helped decorate the table.  The china is my Grandmother's.  Grandma was so pleased to see her china being used. 

While out Easter shopping for my darling daughters, I came across this frog at Hallmark.  His crown is magnetic and when you take it off and put it back on it makes this sound like a magic wand (does this make any sense???  hard to describe a sound).  One of the stitching groups I belong to is called the Tiara Club.  So my little stitching frog with a crown will fit right in as long as he does not cause any stitching problems...tee hee hee.

I also got another wonderful gift from my Secret Stitcher.  She sent me a cute little stuffed bunny wrapped in over dyed threads with Spring/Easter names and this funny card.

On the stitching front, I have been stitching, but nothing to show because it is a secret.  It is a model for Heartstring Samplery.  I am really enjoying stitching it and I know you will all want to stitch one for your very own when Beth releases it. 

I want to welcome my new followers.  I appreciate all of my followers coming to visit my little world. 

Back soon.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring has Sprung

We have been enjoying an early Spring this year.  The past week the temps have been in the mid to high 70's.  I went out this morning a snapped a picture of my weeping cherry.  It is so pretty with all those white flowers.  Don't pay any attention to those pesky yellow weeds in the grass.  Hubby is going to seed, feed and weed the grass today. 

Mom and Dad came over Friday when I was at work and left me a wonderful Spring surprise on my old wooden bench.   The purple pansies are just so pretty and were a welcome surprise.
I have been stitching some.  I have one piece at the finishers that I forgot to take a picture of.  I will snap one when it comes back all put together.  I have started a reproduction sampler for one of the local historical societies.  I also got another model stitching job in the mail.  I wish I could share it with you because I know you will all love it.  Here are two pieces I did in the past couple of months between the bigger project and my health issues.  Please pardon the wrinkles.  Both pieces are Lizzie Kate designs.

I also picked up two pieces from the framers yesterday.  They are pieces I stitched in the past two years.  I am just now getting them framed.  Don't you just love the sleigh cut out in the mat?

 Last but not least, I received the nicest St. Patrick's Day package from my sweet Secret Stitcher.  I got a funny card, 2 silk threads shades in 2 shades of green and a wonderful glass frog with a little legend.  I am just so tickled with the frog and the greens silks are so pretty.
Thanks for letting me share.