Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer is here!

Been busy doing little things, spending time with my daughter, and crafting. We have also been volunteering. I will be heading down to the police substation today to have my fingerprints taken for my latest venture. I will also be taking  a CPR course refresher , along with a first aid class. I am very much looking forward to this!

The weather has been hotter than hot..but I guess you can expect that in Florida. We need rain so badly, and not much has come our way so far.We will be heading to the beach soon...but more than likely it will be in the early morning or evening time. I do not like sitting in the hot sun during the middle of the day.
I have my sunflower seeds to plant yet and hoping I find the perfect place to plant them.

I worked on  one of my little cross stitch pieces yesterday most of the day. It is now finished. Not sure if I want to frame it or perhaps make it into a pin cushion. Here is the finished piece.

Our family is looking forward to the fourth of July and all the festivities. A tradition in our house is cooking up hot dogs on the grill and watching the hot dog eating contest at Coney Island.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
Louise

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Little Stitchery WIPS

Yes, I have many UFO's..and yet..I start something new again! :)
Such a great feeling always starting new things. This time it is "Basket Of Memories" by Blackbird designs. Love this design..so delicate looking. I am working it on linen with Simply Shaker Thread "Freedom".
I am also still working on "Faith Sampler" by Liberty Primitives and Needlework. This one was a freebie I found on the internet. If you go to Liberty Needleworks blog..you can click on the left side of her blog for many wonderful freebies! They are all so gorgeous..I would love to stitch them all. Here is the link for you:
http://libertyneedlework.blogspot.com/
 I have decided to do this freebie with Crescent Colors "Bing Cherry". :) I am liking the look so far.

I wish for you a day filled with sunshine and happiness :)
Louise

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pringles Can Speaker



I really didn't think this item would be as good as it turned out to be!
I am always ordering free things through the mail for my kids. They never know what will show up in our mailbox next. :)
Pringles had a promotion going on where you could send in for a FREE speaker for a Pringles can.
I thought we might as well send for it. It is amazing to hear the songs from my daughter's ipod on this can speaker! It is so clear and well worth every bit of FREE that it was. :)
It uses three batteries..we have to see how long the batteries last..it DID come with FREE Duracell batteries too! What a deal.
Listening to Taylor Swift right now..I just love Taylor Swift! :)
You too can order your FREE Pringles canister speaker..just follow the directions Pringles Promotion

Time to head out and get the rest of the items needed to bake my husbands birthday cake. Today is his birthday and we are so excited for him!

Louise

Monday, June 27, 2011

Snuggly Bunny

I snapped the cutest photo of our sweet Bunny.
He has free reign of our kitchen every day, and is such a love!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stitchers Trip


I had a wonderful time with friends visiting Mount Dora Florida. We stayed at a wonderful hotel with the softest pillows I have ever felt! We spent time stitching at the hotel, then at the stitch shop too. It was fun browsing around the shop and chatting with the ladies. One of my friends took a group photo..I am still waiting on that. I did not take many pictures myself this time. I found a couple of charts I just had to have, as well as some over dyed flosses and fabric. Some of us brought along "giveaways"..things we have had on hand that we just don't want anymore..so it was up for grabs for everyone to browse through and take if we liked. I just "upped" my fabric stash! I don't have much in the way of stitching fabric and was delighted to see all the fabric Liz brought along from her stash to give away to others. So generous! Bev had some really neat things she was giving away also. She makes the most beautiful zippered pouches..was so pleased to receive some of those for free!
Here are the goodies I Purchased for myself (not a lot of things, trying to keep in budget)!

And...BLESSINGS I received from my friends!
Anyways, I woke up with a very bad migraine today and missed church. I am just not feeling up to my best at this very moment. Thinking on some things, and hoping to start back on my ripply blanket again soon.
I am going to take a nap and hopefully will feel a bit better later on.
Louise

Friday, June 24, 2011

Crochet, Crochet!

I am very excited and looking forward to my little getaway with my friends! I have made them each a little something from my hands and heart. I crocheted face cloths and picked up some wonderful Yardley lavender soaps to pair up with what I have made.
I know we are going to have a grand time visiting and shopping. I cannot wait!
Here are the face cloths I have crocheted:

And here they are all packaged up and ready for the giving :)

Yesterday everyone was thrilled to finally get a short thunderstorm with rain. The drought has been so bad here in Florida. You can actually see bits of ash floating in the air with all the forest fires around us. The fog has been so thick from smoke, everyone has been staying indoors for now. Looks like more rain will be coming soon, perhaps more relief for us is on the way!

Wishing you all a blessed weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Freebie Sample!

Here is a link for a free sample of Dove Conditioner!
It is while supplies last though, so hurry up. I already ordered mine :)
FREE DOVE SAMPLE

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day


Father's Day.
I do know that I was heartbroken when my Dad passed away just four short years ago. He was my world growing up. He taught me so much. He was my confidant, defender, leader, and my inspiration. He used to tell me all the time we were made of "Good Stock" :) He always made me laugh. He seemed invincible! I really believed this was true. I believed that he could live until at least 100. He used to tell me all the time that I always did things the hard way with procrastination (so true!)..the smallest tasks I would stretch them to the greatest extremes instead of the simple way out. I guess that is just my way of wanting things just so. I remember the night before he went to the hospital. I spoke with him on the phone. I am so glad I did. We spoke of little things, silly things. He laughed, as did I. He told me he had stomach pains..I told him perhaps it was kidney stones again. I told him he should go to the doctor the next morning. He agreed that he would.
Little did I know this would be the last time I would speak to my dear ole' Papa Bear. He went immediately into surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He did live a couple of weeks longer on a ventilator, but had to remain in sedation.
Many miles separated us, and I did not see him before he passed.
I have had dreams of him since then, and little signs that I know he has passed on to me. I am confident he knew I loved him, as did he to me.
Life goes on, and the memories are very strong. It still hurts badly, and sort of waiting for the pain to subside a little bit more. Church is hard on Father's day. I go on this day for my husband. He is the best Father to our children, and it means a lot to him that we go on Father's Day. It is terribly hard for me to hold back my tears as a celebration for all Father's is mentioned on this day in Mass.
I celebrate in my heart my heavenly Father above, and thank him always for the blessings he has bestowed upon me with my given earth Father.
I celebrate the years, the love, the memories. I am thankful I had this opportunity in my life to have a Dad that loved me so....


Happy Father's Day to all Dad's living on earth and in heaven!
Blessings to you,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blue and White Chevron :)

Oooh! How I love blue and white together! My daughter loves blue also. I have decided to start crocheting a pretty blue and white chevron blanket for her blue bedroom.
It is quite an easy pattern that you can find HERE from the Royal Sisters Blog. I absolutely adore all her makings on her blog. She is so very talented indeed! You can visit her wonderful blog here The Royal Sisters
It seems as though the crochet bug has really bitten me! There are so many things I want to make. I have tried different patterns, (still having trouble with some)..but even if there is a slight mistake, I make it work as best as I can.
I really like the blue and white colors of this blanket and how they are blending so nicely. I am using some of my favorite yarn from Hobby Lobby. The yarn is called "I Love This Yarn!" in colors of white, Dark Country Blue, Medium Blue, and Soft Blue. I am very pleased with my work on this so far.
Busy hands make for happy hearts!
Will update as I go along..hoping it won't be another UFO. :)

Blessings to you!