Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beautiful Day Number 85!

Hello and happy 85th day of this year !
I am keeping up with making one mini granny square a day for each day of the year. I started with purples because I love purple so much! I have added greens and yellows now too. I think this looks good, and sort of reminds me of pansy colors. Just love pansies!

I have finally finished a long time Piece called "Briar Rabbit" by Lori Markovick of La D Da designs. I love this bunny , so very sweet! Someone noticed I had four stitches left to put in, I did that after my picture I took ;) isn't it darling! Everyone knows how much I love my bunnies ❤️

Took a drive today, and was happy to see the cows are out grazing on this beautiful day! I love where I live :)

I snapped a picture of our sweet bird Andy as he was eating. He is such a cutie! What a messy eater though. He is a very sweet hand tamed bird who loves kisses, and has amazing whistling talents. You can see his videos on Facebook. His page is called "Andy The Bird". Be prepared to be very entertained by this feathered love :)




I hope you are all enjoying this splendid day!
Louise xx




Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ornament finish and March Ramblings...


I finished up my ornament for March. I am trying to keep on track with stitching one a month for the year. This is from the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue 1999. It is called Christmas Basket by Theron Traditions. I just love this design!

Looks like Spring has sprung in our part of NC!

Seeing these flowers gave me the inspiration to finish stitching "May Flower Basket" by Blackbird Designs :)

I also finished up my Patty Dovecoat sampler! This was a SAL in a Facebook group I belong to..

I went to a stitchers gathering in Rock Hill SC. It was so much fun! We shopped at A Stitch and Frame Shop. I wanted to buy everything! I did pick up two charts, The Irish Blessing by Erica Michaels and Time and Season Sampler by Moira Blackburn. Cannot wait to start stitching these!

Here are Bonnie's Belles!
I am in there also :)
I am in the back with the blue scarf!
With Saint Patrick's Day, I did lots of baking and cooking!
I also have been volunteering at the church on Wednesdays preparing the soup lunch for after mass.
Here are my Irish Soda Breads...

Our meal of corned beef and cabbage.. A tradition in our home!

I also made Irish potato pancakes, also known as "Boxty"

I baked some delicious shortbread too :)


We took a trip to GA and met our Sons wonderful girlfriend! We just absolutely love her to pieces!! They have been dating for a while now and we are looking forward to seeing what God's plans are for the two of them. They look so cute together! We attended mass at Our Lady Star Of The Sea. It was wonderful!

Pretty daffodils from my neighbor and friend Suzan! Picked right from her own yard. Love them!


She also knows how much I love my tea, she stitched and framed this little design for me :)

With the warmer weather, Charleston has been enjoying himself sunning on our back porch. One spoiled bunny, and rightly so! :)

I tried out my new bread machine.. Had to return the other one as it didn't work. It really makes a nice loaf of bread!


Now looking forward to Easter! I have my new running shoes on! :)
(No I don't really run) ;)

Wishing you all a blessed day! 
Louise xx

















Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello my friends!

Stopping in with a quick hello! Been so busy the past month. Hubby had surgery and is finally feeling better. So glad the continued pain is over for him. Took many months for a diagnosis , and with lots of worries we thank God it is all behind us now.
I have stitched an ornament ( trying to do one a month!) this is by Nikys creations
Just love this one! I found it in one of the just cross stitch ornament back issues. 
Thinking on which ornament to stitch next. 
We had plenty of snow here last week. Took some pretty photos:

Our back yard 

Our wood pile




Love when it snows here, so beautiful!
I recently sewed this adorable crayon roll for  a special little guy. I found the directions on Pinterest. Love love Pinterest! It came out adorable!
If you would like to make one yourself, the directions can be found here

It was a beautiful day today. My bunny enjoyed being outside!

I love him to pieces!!❤️

Perfect solution for those terrible hot flashes at night... Found this ice bag at Aldi! I fill it up before bedtime and if I get too hot, I put this on my neck... Filled with ice it is wonderful, and I can get my sleep finally! Will be good for my migraine attacks too. Well worth the money.


Saint Patrick's day is coming soon... Cannot wait to make the corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread. Yum!

Blessings to you and thanks so much for stopping by ❤️
Louise









Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Eight years

Eight years since my Dad has passed. He is missed

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hello all


I have started this year off with trying to be more organized. Taking time for my health (eating right and exercising), and taking time for my stitching too. I have a plan to stitch at least one ornament a month for our Christmas tree. I have taken a great interest in Santas, so this will be my ornament theme :)
Here is my first one, small, but still a santa nonetheless. This is a freebie by Nikyscreations. So cute and primitive!
I recently was blessed by winning a giveaway from Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives . I stitched this piece up fairly Quickly and put the heart together which now hangs on our bedpost . Love this design! Stitched on 32 count Olde towne blend linen with the gentle art sampler threads Cinnamon and wood trail colors.
And here is the completed piece:
Isn't it darling? I am in love with it!
I have started a new stitch along. This design is called "America Land That We Love" by designer Jean Farish. I purchased this amazing design from
Her Etsy shop so I could join in the fun!
This is a big design with all of the states of America on it. The land that I love! Each state has something to stitch that represents that state. I am excited to bea part of this SAL on Facebook! Here is my beginnings of what will be...
And here is where I make my stitching happen...my little corner of the world with the new OTT lamp my husband bought for me! It is wonderful. It has a magnifier and chart clamp, and a tray that attaches to hold all my needles, scissors and such. It even came with the pincushion attached.


I am one happy lady:)

Wishing you a weekend full of stitches,
Louise ❤️

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year 2015! Long Post, picture heavy!

It has been a wonderful year. Started off with lots of glorious snow so I could build our snowmen (and women!) family. Our Son graduated the U.S. Naval submarine school, and our daughter graduated high school. We had a wonderful Beach vacation. We were blessed for the times our Son was able to come home, and we could be together as a family once more. We traveled to New York for a family wedding
spending lots of great time with both our families. Took a trip to CT. Took trips to Saint Mary's GA, and Florida for another very special wedding! Spent an amazing Thanksgiving together at home, all four of us ! Thankful the second doctor helped me to feel better after my surgery. Becoming closer to our priest and parish. Our Son meeting a wonderful young lady that we cannot wait to meet! Buying our first ever brand new car... So exciting, first one in 28 years of marriage! Feeling blessed for our beautiful town and home. Although there were some sad events, we pray and know God is always watching over us all. Sad to see our sweet bird Misty pass away on Christmas Eve. First Christmas our Son couldn't be home, but it will make those special times ahead that we can be together that much better! This year, I plan to be the best I can be, not only for myself, but others. Give more, love more, pray more, and always, always thank God for my blessings. Love to each and everyone of you, and may your new year be filled with nothing but blessings!

I realized after looking at all the  many pictures I took, I was one very busy lady! I do have a couple of finishes to show. I know I haven't posted in a while..been just that busy! These pictures are in no particular order....
Here are my Christmas cookies, baked a special batch for our Sailor Son!
 We have a new pet betta fish that joined our family, her name is Snowflake :)
 I baked cinnamon salt dough ornaments for bowl fillers, wreaths and ornaments.
 I crocheted a couple of these scarfs. I like red best!
 I whipped up some needle cushions on my sewing machine and filled them with crushed English Walnut shells for stuffing...
 More needle cushions that were gifts. As you can see in the picture, I purchased an old oil spout to put on a quart sized mason jar. Perfect for filling cushions!
 My little men with painted faces :)
 A pretty "Prim" garland using the cinnamon salt dough ornaments...hearts too!

 I fabric strip wreath with my little men :)
 purchased a new hoop! Although not wooden, I have found this hoop to be fantastic for stitching and holding fabric taught.
 Our "Andy" the bird looking pretty in a basket :)
 Our sweet little Parakeet "Misty", who passed away on Christmas Eve :(


  Something special I stitched for Thanksgiving..this was a freebie design. This design is by Heartstring Samplery titled "It was Enough". You can find the freebie HERE
 A little Christmas ornament I stitched up for a friend...
 An amazing cross stitch kit I received from my dear friend and neighbor Suzan for Christmas! This is called Family ABC's. A kit by Design Works.I just started stitching on it! :)

I have discovered pomegranates!! Soooo Yummie!

 I am a big tea lover..look what I found over the holidays. YUM!
 We finally unpacked a lot of our "Annie" collection...lined them up the stairs to the sewing room! I think they look happy :)
 We have a Christian Ministry in our town. I like to donate things, then venture inside to see if there is anything of interest that I just might need. :) Look what I came home with one day while visiting there. Cross stitch books, magazines, and a big linen tablecloth that I can cut up and use for stitching! All this under ten dollars! Magazines are always free there. Such a treat!
 Fall baking I did. Apple pie, black cat cookies, and pumpkin cookies :)
 Our sweet bunny "Charleston" peeking from behind the pumpkin to say hello!
 stitching on my Thanksgiving piece (picture further up is the finished piece!)
 Our Raggedy Ann Tree...
 Our Family tree..holds so many memories with all the ornaments so dear to us...

 A sampler bag I stitched...had so much trouble putting that zipper in!!

 My husband surprised me with a wonderful new standing OTT floor lamp. It has a wonderful magnifier and chart clip/holder too! I am loving it..makes stitching so much easier!
 A giant yummie Gingerbread man I baked and decorated :)
 knowing our Son could not be home for Christmas, I couldn't stand the thought of him not having a little Christmas tree to decorate his room. So we mailed him one! <3 br="">
 Our Sons boots at home on Thanksgiving. We were so happy to have him home..and I loved every minute of cooking for him!
 As children grow older, things change. With our Son being in the military, its hard. So many birthdays missed, and special events and holidays too. Although we are apart, our hearts never really are. We are family, and will always have those special bonds. I stitched this to help me get through Christmas without our Son being home.


 We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was so nice to be home all together as a family. Christmas was hard. Very hard. Not having our Sailor Son home for the first time in all these years. It was much different. Although we did get to skype..thank goodness for technology. It still didn't keep the tears from falling though. Family is important to me. I love my husband and children dearly. I know that time must march on and life is always about changing. I have to learn to accept these changes and embrace them...for I know great things lie ahead! I consider myself very blessed. I am happy for my life and family.
I want to try really hard this year to stitch at least one ornament a month..between doing all my crocheting and other stitching too! I think it would be so neat to have a collection of ornaments from this year that has just begun.
Now lets see if I can stick with my plan! :)
I wish you all a beautiful New Year, and may only the best come your way.
Blessings to all of you,
Louise xx