Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day weekend.....

Let us take time to pause this weekend of those who have gone before us.....fought for our freedom and those who have sacrificed their life for us to be able to live in a free land.  As a military wife, I understand all too well of having my husband being deployed. 

I leave you with pictures from the 65th Anniversary of the D-day invasion.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stitching with friends.....

I'm soooo excited as I will be leaving today to go stitch with a friend who has invited me to her stitch group for the week.  I know of only my friend and possibly 2 or 3 other people but that's fine.  You know how stitchers make friends so easily as we all have something in common....xstitching!

I'm really looking forward to it and I will report back with all the fun we will hopefully had!!! decide WHAT to take to xstitch on. problem.  Stitching project - I want to do something for myself this time.

Until I return......HAPPY STITCHING!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Hand Dyed Fiber threads.....

Ooooohhhh Look at my new threads I got in the mail today!!!   These are for 2 new projects that will be for a birthday gift and a xmas ornament gift.  They look soooo wonderful that it is making want to start those 2 new small projects now......but I won't at least for today.

The greens and burgandy's are for a JN project while the brighter colors are for a BRD project. 

It has been very windy here today so I've got all the windows open to let the house air out.  I have to do this while I can before it gets sooooo hot here in AZ later on.  It's been the PERFECT DAY to stay home to xstitch all day.....which thankfully I have been able to do.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sampler Sunday at the Attic, some WIPs, new goodies

I went this past Sunday to the Attic for their Sampler Sunday Stitching.  I took 2 projects but only stitched on one.  I stitched on Gigi R Collection Privee Elizabeth Precious 1817 as I really wanted to get more done on it, and I knew it would be easier to stitch while listening to Vicky's wonderful talk about reproduction samplers. 

I also took my Scarlet-Letter Jane Rees WIP as I haven't been able to stitch on her very much due to all the company I have been having recently but I did want to share with them my WIP of her.  Here is where I am right now which I hope to get back to here soon after I complete this special project I'm stitching but I can't share pictures of it yet.....for fear that the person it is for will read my blog.

Here is another WIP that I'm almost....ALMOST....finished with.  I hope to be by this time next week and then I can share the finish with you.  It is SB Sail Away.

I also started a new project for myself this past Friday.  I started my Gigi "B" Sampler and I'm stitching it on 32ct White Belfast with HDF Winterberry 1423 in premium silk floss.  I'm sorry for the wrinkled fabric and low lighting.  The sun WAS OUT when I started to take all the pics but for some reason it went in and out of clouds.

And last week, I did buy myself 2 new pairs of scissors.  I got the rabbit ones for a Danybrod design that I want to stitch up and make a small rabbit fob for the end of my new scissors.  I also got the cute pair of black cat scissors as well.  I need to find a cat design (hopefully somewhere in my stash of charts or freebie charts) to make a fob out of for that pair.  We can't have naked scissors!  It just wouldn't be right! 

And last but not least, I finally broke down and bought the Shakespeare's Peddler Jenny Bean's Creation Sampler to make for my husband's office.  I will have to leave off the alphabet at the top as he is not a fan of samplers but that's ok.  I did go ahead and buy the thread pack because Jean had it so conveniently attached to the chart so I wouldn't have to pull the threads for it.  So oh had to come home with me too.  hehe  I know the chart called for 40ct Vintage Pear Lakeside Linen but I am going to do a floss toss and see what wonderful linen I can find in my stash.  THEN if I don't find any fabric, I will buy some then. 

I am also doing an exchange for a message board I'm on so I will start that little project today.  I will share a photo AFTER I know she's gotten it.  This is all the news for now from me.  I've just been really busy with the kid's activities lately and we have been doing some entertaining for friends also and then I had planned a Pampered Chef party last Friday night.  So those are some reasons why I haven't been stitching more lately or posting more.  Hopefully I will get a lot more stitching time as you can see I have some wonderful projects to work on.  I hope you have a wonderful day.


Sunday, May 8, 2011


Today is one of my most favorite days of the year.....besides my birthday, Easter and Christmas.  Today is a day for Mother's to be honored.  I sent my mom a beautiful card and a check for her Mother's Day and told her to spend it on her mini vacation with my dad.  She said she wanted to find something special to buy with it and would tell me when she found it.

I started my day with my husband giving me an Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chocolate Chip muffin for breakfast.  At chapel, all the mothers were given 3 roses:  a red, a pink and a white rose.  They had a lunch fellowship after service but I had my heart set on going to Red Robin for my Mother's Day lunch and we did go there.  My kids and husband all gave me beautiful cards after we got home and they got me a nice wall shelf to display our international knick knacks on.  But my other Mother's Day present was the framing for my Examplars From the Heart Resurrection xstitched project that I stitched while my husband was deployed.  I have sooooo wanted this to be framed but we were still in Germany at the time when it was finished and I just didn't trust the mail system to get it to Jill Rensel studio so I waited til we moved back to the USA and hand carried it on the plane til we got settled here in AZ.  It was well worth the wait.  You can see it here as Jill had taken a picture in her studio before mailing it back to me.  Yes....I have taken a picture of Ted and I holding it but the pics aren't loaded up onto the computer yet.  I will share those this week.

I am SOOOO PLEASED with it.  Jill still has 3 other of my projects left to frame up but I sooooo wanted to have this project in time for some company that was visiting me this past week but also to have it here in time for me to enjoy for my Mother's Day.  Jill did an absolute fantastic job and I can't wait to get the other 3 pieces either.

Today has also been a day of rest for me as I have had a very VERY busy week last week that I won't bore you with the details on.  I even took a nap today to rest which I sooooo needed but still feel tired somewhat. 

I hope everyone has had a beautiful BLESSED Mother's Day...... if you are a mother or a woman who is like a mother to someone else and mentoring her!   I know I am BLESSED!!!!