Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hello, is it me you're looking for?

Well, it's been a while since I have posted.
A long while. I'm still here, I'm still alive!
So much has happened in our lives.
We've been busy, and life keeps moving forward, good, along with bad.
We keep our focus on God, and he always pulls us through.
So many updates!
Some I can tell you, some I cannot just yet.

*Last year was very difficult. We had some trying times, but our faith never waivered. My husband became ill. He had to have multiple surgeries. It was a very hard journey. We pray that he will stay healthy for many years to come. This journey has brought us closer, not only to each other, and our children, but closer to God, our Catholic church and church family, and our faith.

*We had started a small hobby family farm (sampler Hill farm on blogger)
Our whole flock of hens and ducks,  minus one duck were wiped out by dogs while we were away one weekend. Very upsetting! We are presently awaiting the arrival of our new baby chicks, due to come in the mail next week from Meyer Hatchery.

*I'm still volunteering for our church quilt and crochet ministry...but there will be news on the horizon for me soon. Something great, and I am very positive about what will be coming this year. A position I know God wants me in! More on that in future posts ;)

*Our Son has completed six full years of service to the United States Navy! He is now a veteran. Where have the years gone? We are so very proud of the man he has become!

*We have become Grandparents! Our Son and his wife have a precious baby boy, whom we have been chosen to be Godparents to. We are so very blessed. He is beautiful!

*I've crocheted a lot for our new Grandson, for church ministry, and I've also made quilts for the same. I've also done some stitching too. A baby sampler for the baby of course, along with a little piece for our 32nd wedding anniversary which we celebrated last month.

Now onto some photos!
The birth sampler I stitched for Paddy, our Grandson: the hungry caterpillar! You can find this chart by the whistling doe online if you do a search. Darling designs!

Some other things I made for our
Grandson:
A hungry caterpillar quilt..there's a theme going on here! 😀

Crocheted big granny square, with Lion brand ice cream big scoop yarn in mint color. Hat to match.
Hungry caterpillar cocoon (I followed along on youtube to make this adorable crocheted piece!)

 Taggie blanket :

 Baby bobble crochet blanket. I found the bright colored yarn at acmoore.

Blanket in blues


Box stitch crochet blanket:

I couldn't resist this soft whale fabric at hobby lobby! I added bumpy minky fabric to the back. Nice and snuggly for our grandson 😊


Our Grandson is so perfect, and such a blessing!
Patrick John! ❤️

The blanket I crocheted for our Son. So thankful and proud of him for his six years of service to our country in the United States Navy! 


Another lapghan I've crocheted:

Lizzie Kate design I stitched for our 32nd wedding anniversary ❤️❤️


Something I've started stitching on:
Heart and Hand by Brenda Gervais

My wonderful stitching tray filled with needful things! ❤️


I thank God for our blessings, to have gotten us through this past year, and for good things to come.
I wish you all a wonderful spring!
XxLouise

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


It's finally happening! We are starting our own little farm, yay!!! The chicks and ducklings are on order, due in April. We will be building the coup and run shortly. We have already cleared land out back to get ready. Feed and necessities are purchased. Just waiting on the babies! Thank you for your prayers, well wishes, and for joining us with our excitement and on our journey! Our blessings overflow. ❤️
You can follow along with us at https://samplerhillfarm.blogspot.com

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Farmstead Christmas

I recently finished stitching Farmstead Christmas by Plum Street Samplers. Stitched on 32 count "cauldron" linen by picture this plus with DMC threads.
I just love this design! 









I started stitching a small thread fold  kit by Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin called Milkpaint Sampler. This is a kit offered by Kreinik. This was so generously gifted to me by another stitcher. 


I have framed our Anniversary sampler, not sure if I had previously posted a picture of it framed, so here it is! Looks so pretty above our fireplace ❤️



To my surprise I recently inherited a sterling silver thimble that belonged to my great Aunt Catherine. You can imagine how thrilled I was! I never met her in person, but I feel honored to now own her thimble and to know she was a needleworker too. It is engraved, and very, very old... Vintage! 

I also inherited one of her Duchess wood embroidery hoops!

I stitched a small scissor fob for another friend going through breast cancer. I keep her in my prayers for healing and health.


I crocheted a red lap blanket for my daughter in love for Christmas. She loved it! ❤️

Our church crochet ministry made many blankets for veterans. I felt so honored to be a part of this project! I was happy I was able to make some of the blankets too. Here are some pictures of all our blankets for the veterans displayed on the pews in our Catholic Church.
Here is one of the blankets I had made:

All the many blankets!





We have some news! We have added to our family. We headed down to the shelter and adopted a cattle dog mix. We named her Ginger and she is a very sweet dog. We have been adjusting to having a dog in our home, as well as she has been adjusting, she gets lots of love!
Here is our sweet Ginger:



We had a wonderful Fall season, and a great winter season so far! We have been quite busy. We celebrated our daughters 21st birthday, took many walks on our Trail Of Blessings on our property, lots of visits with our backyard neighbor's horse "Cherry"!,  took a mountain trip, a beach trip, day trips to antique shops, picked out some great pumpkins at a local Farmstand, took a trip to the stitch shop in SC with friends, our Son and his wife came home for Thanksgiving, we are truly blessed indeed!!
Here are just some of the many pictures I took all through the season!







Cherry with "our tree"!


Home❤️
















I'm at the Stitch N Frame shop in SC... Can you just see the happiness on my face?! lol 😀

A collage of the inside of the stitch shop. Can you see why I'm so happy to visit?! Glad it's not too far from home, about an hour. I have plenty of friends that way, so always a wonderful trip!

Me and my daughter had so much fun picking out our pumpkins!




Andy our bird:

Our Son came back from a long deployment. We missed him so much. I made sure our time together for Thanksgiving was just wonderful! It was so good to have him and his wife home with us. We had a big feast! I prepared lots of delicious food too.






Our little family, we are blessed!

Our beautiful Christmas tree...

Of course I made all my special cookies!

I baked some other goodies recently too...






Andy was happy that Santa brought him millet!


Andy weighing in on things and saying it's been a pretty good year! ....

I've already started my list of to-do's for the coming year. I would love to stitch The Lord's Prayer. 
For today though as I type this, I lay in bed with another severe headache.
It's so difficult to plan things when my headaches take over.
Tomorrow is another day. 
I wish you all a New Year filled with all good things and many Blessings!
Louise xx