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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn has arrived!

My favorite season is here! I just love this time of year. The cool crisp air, the smell of goodies baking in the oven, seeing all the pumkins around town... Oh just to take it all in!
I have already baked an apple pie....
And oh! It is soooo delicious!! But I need to stop eating so much of the goodies and start working out on my treadmill... I will be starting today as it just arrived . No more walking outside worrying about stray dogs and weather! I have no excuses now!
I have been stitching more on my Harriet Elizabeth Coe by Brenda Gervais.. Here is where I am at..
I am absolutely in love with this piece!! I truly love sitting with my tea and stitching every chance I get on this design. Sooo enjoyable!
With the Fall upon us now a new member has entered our family. I had a choice of colors and that was quite a difficult decision .. I chose black. Although I liked the cinnamon red, I felt safe going with a color that would blend with any decor changes I made in my kitchen. Here she is!
A new professional series 6 qt kitchen aide stand mixer. These are by far the greatest mixers to work with. (In my opinion) I had a smaller version in white that was 24 years old and just now part of a knob broke off (just a little plastic piece)... But it was still running after 24 years!! They are pretty much workhorses. They may seem expensive but when they last that many years, well, you surely are getting your money's worth.
I had some visitors in our yard recently. Praying mantis! Interesting little bugs... Or should I say big bugs!


We celebrated our daughters 19th birthday! Our daughter is such a blessing to us.

Wishing you all a wonderful Fall Season! Happy Baking!
Louise

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Summer

Our summer has been filled with many travels. Attending weddings, visiting family and friends which took us over many miles and through many states.
While traveling I managed to make yet another little blanket. Babies seem to be popping up everywhere! This one is done in traditional baby colors. Again, a simple large granny square.
I also worked many hours on a stitched piece which I presented to my neighbor and friend Suzan. She has been very good to me and my family since we have moved here and I love her to pieces! I wanted to make her something special. I dated it 2012 for the year we became friends. This is called "Variegated Friendship Sampler" and it is designed by Ursula Michaels. It was a freebie originally given out by DMC and at one time was featured in The Cross Stitcher magazine August 1994 issue. From what I am told the design is no longer available and I have already passed my chart on to help another stitcher out. I am thankful that friendly Stitchers helped me by sending me some of the variegated threads I needed. Many of them have been discontinued. This piece really did come out pretty!

Along our travels I visited my childhood home. This is the home I grew up in!
While visiting, one brother gave me his Raggedy Andy doll from childhood. He needs major repairing, which I will do soon, all his stuffing is falling out! Another brother gave me an old Singer sewing machine he found at the end of someone's driveway for trash... I also brought home two dolls from when I was little... Baby beans, so cute!... And my first doll dated 1965, by The Effanbee company.


I was so happy that we were able to spend one day on our travels with our military Son. He surprised me with a very special hat! I love him and miss him so much. It's hard not having the family all together anymore. He has been in the military two years now and it still hasn't gotten any easier as far as missing him goes. A mothers love never ends ❤️
I was also given an antique crochet bedspread made by my maternal great grandmother. Although she had left pieces undone, it will be treasured by me always. It really is a stunning piece! I wish I could figure out how to finish it. It is a very old piece. I feel honored it was given to me! I thought it odd that the pieces missing were not along the edge, but sort of on the inside parts....


I visited with my dear friend Lillian who is now 90 years old. I love her sooo much!! She is an amazing quilter. I took some pictures of her quilts to share with you..








While visiting with Lillian I took notice that she still has the Angel doll sitting on her couch that I made her many, many years ago! 

Some summer creatures we came across.....
A frog...

A cricket!

A turtle too....

It's been a really good summer except for the fact that I am still not feeling well. A trip back to the doctor, this time a gastroenterologist. I deal with constant pain and can barely sleep through the night. He thinks the gallbladder surgery messed up my system and I am one of the unlucky few whose system did not adjust as it should. I am on a couple of different medicines now hoping they will help. It's been over a week and so far not much luck. I am upset but trying to be positive. It's hard having constant pain and not getting sleep at night because of it. It wears on me. Pain in my upper stomach and back. This has been on and off since last year. The doctor thinks I have post cholecystectomy syndrome. Something to do with the bile in my system. I have to drink these packets mixed with water two times a day, and let me tell you, it is the most awful tasting stuff I have ever had to take in my life!
I go back to the doctor in six weeks. If this and the other medicine doesn't help, I guess more tests will be done.
Sooooo.....
I am thankful I have a loving and supportive husband. I am also thankful I don't have to run out to work and can be at home. I couldn't imagine having to hold a job with this daily pain.
I am trying to focus on stitching to keep my mind off of of not feeling well.
I have decided to stitch my first reproduction sampler! I have started "Harriet Elizabeth Coe" by Brenda Gervais. I am already loving the eyelet stitched, yes I'm hooked!!

Well that's my updates for now. Looking forward to brighter days ahead. I will keep praying and know I have to be pain free for good one of these days!
Blessings to you my dear friends ❤️
Louise xx