Thursday, December 17, 2015

Happy Holidays....

Been crazy times around here - major water leak in master bathroom and closet - so all my clothes had to stay in the living room while the leak was tracked down from the upstairs apartment and fixed - in the meantime, the new upstairs neighbors decided to start using their chimney - we've lived here for over 8 yrs and no one has used it before - well, all the smoke from upstairs has been coming into our apartment - trip to ER for my mom, asthma attacks, airing out the place at all odd hours, talking to the neighbors by us, maintenance (twice), and the fire department - finally got a basic inspection - not cleaned out since 2005 - our damper is broken - the inspection company raised their outside flue to help direct the smoke away more - I'm on a nebulizer for asthma again (my mom is already on one) - 233 skeins of floss are smoke-fumed ruined - and all my clothing also got full of smoke fumes - including 2 leather coats - get to fight it out with the renters insurance company for coverage - fun times - not. At least my stitching was in a different room away from the smoke and water damage!

Had a nice Thanksgiving though and hoping Christmas will be quiet and peaceful!

Looking forward to a better new year!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Where has time flown?

Wow - Can't believe it's November already!

A lot's been going on so sorry I haven't been posting as I had planned originally.

Haven't been doing much stitching either really.

Let me back that up - I was making some very good headway on Apple Pickin' then I don't know - I guess, I just got burnt out on it. The girl is finished and there is 1 apple done, and the footstool is done with only 1 leg to it. Looks like she's standing on funky UFO.

Got the beehive done on the sampler and the bees around it done and part of one flower vase.

Signed up for a lot of SALs to help keep me motivated but nope. In a true stitching slump.

Even though I'm really enjoying Flosstube.

Been more on a reading slant of late and even that's tapering off. Maybe the stitching bug will pick back up again....although my knitting needles are calling me lately.

Not good.

Stay tuned - we'll see what happens....

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A froggin' we will go and bees come to visit!

I hope this gentleman is on his merry way....he's visited long enough!

Quick (blurry) picture of Pedigree of Honey - fabric is more golden than it shows but I am very happy with the progress so far, especially once I got through working out the mistakes in that beehive - who knew 2 colors could be so fussy! :) Once I get the other 2 bees done (facing the opposite direction), it will be back to Apple Pickin' for awhile. On a good note, my arm and hand is feeling stronger so I am hoping to start on Tradewinds in about a week from this Sunday! And I may be ordering some fabric for a Christmas project this Monday - if I do, I share the details then! Been looking for a long time for the perfect fabric and think I have finally found something ideal!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Blackwork Pumpkin I - finished :)

Sorry about the dark picture but I have a finish :) Felt so good to get it done too - even though I am still having to stitch a lot with my left hand - even have a frame for it - just need to wash/press it and try to cut the scrapbook paper I bought to try to make a mat for it. Now maybe I'll finally get a few stitches into my honey sampler today to make it an official start :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Projects Update & Winds oh My!

Firstly, I wanted to extend a warm welcome to my newest followers, thank you so very much :)

Just a quick post today - haven't had too much time to stitch but I did get some work in on Blackwork Pumpkin 1 and a little bit more on Apple Pickin'. I'm know the photo looks a bit silly, sort of like she has a funky UFO flying over her head but my batteries in my camera are on their last leg and I probably won't be going to the store until Tuesday so I'm trying to make them last.

My RA has been acting up in my arm and hand so I've been having to do a lot of stitching with my other hand - I did purchase some needle puller thimbles (I got these at my local Joann's for $4.99 - used the 50% off coupon) that I found in the cross stitch section - I am very fortunate my local Joann's has a well stocked section - I was sort of well, not hesitant, but what's the word I'm looking for....ugh....been a long night folks, sorry....not that believing....they are very flexible and wasn't sure it was worth the money....but they do indeed work!! It's just hard to thread needles with them but with a needle threader, I'm good to go!
Would help if I posted a picture of what I'm rambling on about here huh?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Now For Something A Bit Different - A Chart Title Meme....

Found this over at Stitchbitch's blog and it looked like a lot of fun so I thought I'd give it a go being as I don't have much to show on the stitching side of things just yet. Since I can never get my images and words to load up the way I'd like to on here, I'll post the image then the "meme" part underneath in the caption part of the image - hope that makes sense.

Here we go:

Are you male or female? Woman

Describe yourself. Salty Dog
How do you feel about yourself? Fine Wine
How do some people feel about you? Crazy As An Owl
Describe your love interest. Hope in the Lord
Describe your best friend. A Few Hoots
Describe where you currently live. Hobbit Hole
Where would you rather be? Wave Watching
Describe what you want to be. Peaceful Garden
Describe how you live. Wild Adventures
Share a few words of wisdom. Be Silly
Now use a title to say goodbye. Don't Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle

Friday, August 14, 2015

Such a very lovely gift, from such a gracious Lady....

Let me tell you, Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is such a gracious lady....I don't remember if I mentioned before that I won one of her latest contests she had recently - she had asked what was your favorite color and for some reason that day, I decided to answer golden honey. I even said as much in my comment that for that day for some reason, that was my favorite color. I think it's because there's been this chart on the back of my mind of late - you know how that happens sometimes. I bought it in the original magazine years ago and had always planned on stitching it but never got around to it then found a copy of the magazine a few months back at the local library sale or maybe it was at a thrift shop - called The Pedigree of Honey (I'm not really into bees but there's just something about this sampler that I love but that's another story) - and yes, you can still purchase the pattern at Herrshners as a .pdf (if I'm repeating myself these days, sorry)

anyways - long story short, the first time she sent whatever it was I won, it got stolen from the apartment manager's office. I didn't want her to think I was being rude by not contacting her to thank her for sending it and all so I let her know what happened - she decided to send it to me by certified mail - I had to pick it up at the post office and when the postal clerk brought the box to me, I told the clerk it had to be a mistake as I wasn't expecting such a large box. She double checked but it was the right one. I decided to open it up in the car and I sort of startled the people around us, my family and certainly myself as I broke down crying - sobbing a little actually - I never expected such generosity and such beautiful things....

let me tell you - this fabric just glows - it just absolutely glows - it's called Antique Champagne 36ct Belgium linen - and it is the most beautiful fabric I have ever seen for stitching on and I have seen many a hand-dyed fabric - but this has just captured my heart....and her floss....oh my, it is so very soft and velvety to the touch....I cannot wait to stitch with it....and when I can, I will be ordering more of each (or something similar of the fabric - I am not sure if she still makes this exact color) and no, I am not writing all this to gain points with her - she doesn't even know about this blog post - I'm just writing this as I feel credit is due where it is due!

I wrote her and told her how I reacted and yes, we had a very nice email exchange over it - even now I am tearing up over everything....I will be stitching Pedigree of Honey on it and a few other things - anyways, sorry for repeats of things - my mom's surgery for her thyroid removal has recently been scheduled and it will be tricky due to her having lymphoma cancer in the same area, my sister sees a specialist on Monday about the tumors on her pancreas and possible surgery and I just found out yesterday that I have rheumatoid arthritis and I am also being tested for lupus (my sister was also diagnosed about a month ago with RA only - it showed in her bloodwork - mine didn't but was due to this stupid elbow injury leading to all sorts of stuff) - so my mind has been in a bit of a whirl to say the least....

here's a picture yet again of Pedigree of Honey and also of what I won:

Friday, August 7, 2015

Apple Pickin' & Prize Update....

My arm has been a bit of a bugger so I haven't gotten as much stitching done as I'd like but I've been using my new Morgan lap stand and it's been absolutely wonderful! I love it more and more each time I use it!

I do feel badly that I had to contact Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe to tell her that it looked like when the package she sent to me was delivered to my apartment manager's office that it got stolen - I didn't want her to think I was being rude or ungrateful by not contacting her to thank her for receiving it. We got the slip in the mailbox from the postman but the office couldn't find it. They have an attendant on staff after hours to assist people with the gym, pool and packages so who knows what happened to it. I left it totally at her discretion on how to handle the situation so she is sending it by certified mail where I have to sign for it. She really is so very kind!! It should be hee Monday :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Oh my gosh....

I still am so stunned at this - really is so very sweet and kind of her - you know those contests Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has been having, (and there is still time to enter a few more of her's if you haven't yet) well, I was checking my Bloglovin reader today and saw a new post from her and well, my mouth fell open when I read her post today - apparently I won! She had asked what was your favorite color and that day I say for some reason, golden honey - I think my family had been having some biscuits with honey or something but it just sprang to mind when I wrote it and oh my goodness, it has brought tears to my eyes, her being so kind - this is! My Morgan lap stand for stitching will be here tomorrow so now I have both of these to look forward to oh and I found 3 great issues of Cross-stitch & Needlework magazines at my local library in their used book sale section for 10 cents each yesterday - 1 has a Mirabilia mermaid and 1 has a Joan Elliott fairy so God is really blessing me of late!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Don't you hate waiting?

Just ordered this on Monday....Morgan lap stand - 7" and 10" hoop sizes - it should allow me to stitch easier with my non-dominant hand (left) while my right hand/arm recovers. I finally got in last week to see an orthopedic specialist and had X-rays and an MRI done on my elbow and now I've been referred to the rheumatology department where I will have fluid withdrawn from my elbow joint. Apparently I have developed some form of inflammatory arthritis that is attacking my joints (it didn't show up in my lab work but in the MRI) so I guess it's a good thing I'm learning how to stitch with my other hand! One good thing, I had a follow up appointment with the ortho doctor this morning and I've been given a prescription for Predisone for 3 weeks so that should definitely help too. Now, if only the postman would arrive with my lap stand :)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tide is slowly turning I think....

at least it seems to be....

I actually managed to stitch for about 45 minutes today with my right hand before the pain was too much. Not the greatest but it's better than no stitching, right? :)

Anyways, slowly but surely, here's Apple Pickin'

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Win A Full Set of Hand-Dyed Floss....

from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe - head over there now - Nancy's at it still!!! :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nancy's Doing One Last Give-Away....

over at the Victorian Sampler Motto Shoppe - you need to tell her what your favorite colors are - I told her right now mine are sort of a golden-honey color - it reminds me so much of The Pedigree of Honey sampler that is now out by Herrscher's - I have it in the original magazine format - keep meaning to do it - I may do this one for the sampler SAL I signed up for instead of the Peaceful Garden - will have to see - I go see an ortho specialist tomorrow - saw a new physical therapist earlier today - she was really upset that I hadn't been seen sooner by one so she called my doctor and had a chat with her - one thing that I don't like is that my original therapist suggested I should be tested for rheumatoid arthritis - which is done by a process of elimination of a battery of tests - and so far, some of the blood work is showing that I may indeed have something off - and this new therapist I saw (my other one is on vacation this week) thinks my elbow joint is offset - at least it's not broken - but I'm being a grump and eating a piece of cherry pie!

anyways, here's the Pedigree of Honey sampler model:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Apple Pickin'....Peaceful Garden....Halloween....

Before I forget, I wanted to say thank you so very much for your comments - they really do mean so much to me :) I just wish I could figure out how to reply properly back to each of you but I do want to say that I love hearing from all of you :) So again my sincerest thank you to each of you :)

I have been stitching a little bit here and there with my non-stitching hand on Lynn's Prints - Apple Pickin

Physical therapy is really taking it's toll on my stitching arm/hand so I haven't been doing as much as I'd like - I think under normal circumstances by now I'd be done with this....I am stitching this on white Monaco but my camera is lousy - and sorry for the alignment - some day I'll get the photos straightened out when posting....

I've joined up with a stitching group on FB and they are having 2 upcoming SALs that I have tentatively signed up for later this year - I think they both start in late August - one is for a sampler stitch-a-long and the other is for a Halloween stitch-a-long. I am turning 50 in August and I decided I wanted to mark the occasion by choosing a special pattern to do - and well, I fell in love with Moira Blackburn's Peaceful Garden - - if you click on the image at StitchandFrog's website, a separate image will appear - you can then double-click on the 4 arrows in the bottom right corner on it and a really large image appears - it's the largest I've been able to find online to really see the details. I've seen a picture of a friend's completed piece that she did - no color or fabric changes - and the colors are so much richer than the photographs shown on the models on websites - I've just fallen in love with it - a couple of other sampler groups I've joined with on FB - when I mentioned this sampler, people raved about it so I think I am making a very wise choice :)

For the Halloween SAL, well, normally I really don't do Halloween - where we live, there really aren't many kids who come around trick-or-treating and we don't have any kids in the immediate family - but anyways, yesterday I was at a local senior thrift store and was looking through their craft section and found a couple of old BHG Cross Stitch & Country Craft magazines - and one had a really cute haunted house pattern on the cover - they have it as a banner but I'll probably frame mine - not sure if my hand will be up to doing all this stitching but it sure is cute - I found a picture of the completed piece online - not sure if I like it with all the buttons - I think it's a bit overkill - maybe some smaller sized buttons would look better.

Oh and for a laugh, here is a photo of my stitching stand - my $3.99 papertowel holder - I brace it between my knee and stomach, lean my hoop against the wooden post, lean my right hand against the metal bar as it rolls a lot, and try to stitch as I can with my left hand - I have to prop my feet up high on a footstool to do this so I can only stitch for short periods of time. I look silly and it's very tiring but it's better than no stitching at all!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Christmas in July - Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Giveaway

I think Nancy has Kris Kringle's spirit permanently in her heart because she's still at it - this time a $25- gift certificate - go check it out:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Quick Update....

Know I haven't posted much - my right elbow/arm is taking a lot longer to heal up than expected. I started physical therapy last week - they did an ultrasound treatment and electric stimulant treatment with heat and ice - both helped, but they weren't able to complete the ultrasound treatment as the pain was too intense.

On the stitching front, I did have one finish, Sakura branch (most of it was done before my arm accident - finished the rest of it using my left hand) - and I've started Apple Pickin' by Lynn's Prints - not enough to show really as it's very slow going. That's about all the stitching news for now.

Nancy's at it again....Another Giveaway!

Head on over to Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe to find out all the cute details on Nancy's latest giveaway!!!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Sampler Giveaway!!!!

Nancy is generously giving away one of 2 samplers at her blog - go visit her today :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Floss Giveaway!!

This is HUGE folks - 1600 yards of Nancy's fabulous handdyed floss - beautiful colors!!!!

Victorian Motto Sampler Fabric Giveaway!!!!

Fantastic Nancy is giving away some of her beautifully hand-dyed fabric - go enter today!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Table / Lap Stands

Thanks to my elbow injury, I've come to realize that I'm most likely going to have to break down and get myself some sort of stand to do stitching with for the long run. I hold my work in my left arm, my preferred sort of way due to my wonky eyesight (astigmatism in one eye, near sighted in the other, get to wear bifocals and 5x clip-on magnifiers to stitch with - personal preference) to hold my work up close as I don't have a magnifying lamp and regular floor stands force me to lean forward too much (I guess I am too tall or something).

So I've been looking around for a reasonable (economical) solution and have come across what I like the best for now - Lacis Tambour 10" Round Tablestand:

I know Clover has one that clamps on to a table but it has only a 7" working space vs. the 10" space and I like that I can put the Tambour frame on my lap or on a tv tray or table and it rotates 360*, which will make it nice that I can use it to stitch with mainly my left hand if need be. One other thing is that I've been to Lacis a few times in person. It is a small shop but oh, if you love needlework and lacework and things of that nature, oh my....

Here is a review of the Tambour frame by Mary Corbet - I've also asked some fellow stitchers and some really enjoy using theirs for regular stitching.

In the future, I am thinking of also getting a Needle Needs Aristo Stand - a table stand version of their floor stand - which would be wonderful and the price isn't all that bad either!  Here is a video review on it by Nicola Parkman:
So, hopefully within the next few months, I will be getting these and be able to slowly get back into stitching. I get to start physical therapy on my arm this coming week and am not looking forward to it. Blech!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bit of this, that....

Thank you most kindly for those of you who have stayed with me throughout my hiatus. I've missed the stitching world and sad to learn of more people moving towards Instagram and the like and away from blogging. Sort of reminds me of moving away from reading actual books and writing hand written notes and letters.

Oh well, I think blogging will still remain a fixture, at least I hope so. What I have discovered is vlogs - videos on Youtube from various stitchers showcasing their work & stash. Oh dear, this is not good! :)

Speaking of stitching, my mojo kind of went no where then it started to pick up again, only for me to injure my right elbow (tore ligaments/muscles) so no stitching for at least a month - I'm typing this left handed. I do have some upcoming new starts planned plus some WIPs I want to focus on and some stitch from stash to do too, plus Christmas ornaments to finish finish! I did managed to get a bit of stitching done that I have some pictures to show so until  next time:

Letters From Nora - O

Old time airplane
Sakura - WIP

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Going through a lot of changes....


Not sure whom all is still following my blog - I've decided to be off social media until after Easter for Lent. Been going through a lot of personal changes (finally made peace with my abusive father and fully forgave him even though he is deceased and also working on getting to like and love myself) - got a lot more to go through yet but I am making small changes that do seem to be positive for the long run of it - plus I'm still doing a bit of stitching here and there as the mood comes. Anyways, I wanted to wish each of you a blessed Easter and I will hopefully finally have a lot of new finishes to show in April.

Take care :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I will be there....

DMC 904/721, 18ct white aida.

Ornaments still need finishing....ugh....
washer/dryer broke, had to wait for ever for replacement....

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Santa Snow-globe

Bent Creek's Santa Snow-globe - finished 01/16/2015 - True color of material is closest to how it looks in top left of left picture.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Catching up a bit....

Oh my, I don't know where to start - first off, thank you so much to my new followers! I am hoping to make this blog more fun this year and more stitching related. I have a lot of smalls I need to finish but I'm waiting on stash to arrive by mail - you know what that is like....hurry, wait, hurry, wait! And I've finally ordered myself a rotary cutting mat/ruler/cutter set from Joann's - I managed to snag it for 55% off - my mom wanted some beads which were on sale, and before I knew it, skippedy dooodah, it was in my cart and being ordered! I've got stacks of fabric I've been holding off on playing with but this year, I really want to get into making all sorts of cute things! I even bought some Darice floss/bobbin holders on sale and plan on starting to reorganize my floss this weekend - I'm wondering if I am daring enough to take before/after pics - it's scary! :) A friend asked if I had a floss winder and I said no, I love to do it by hand - I love seeing the colors catch the light - it's like playing with mini-rainbows - so hopefully, I'll be playing with rainbows later today :)