I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Friday, January 13, 2017

Contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting another contest for some of her beautiful floss.  Visit her here for more details:

Valentine's Day floss giveaway

PS Partridge in a Pear Tree

Christmas again!  lol!  I'm in a Christmas Ornament SAL blog and we decided that one of our themes could be 12 Days of Christmas.  I'd stitched PS 12 Days of Christmas all together on one piece of fabric but always thought they'd be cute stitched as individual "days" and finished as this theme at the blog was my little prod to do it.

Here's my Partridge in a Pear Tree:

I've been "down" with a cold this week so had some extra stitching and reading time.  I'm almost finished with Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  I'm enjoying the book but it makes me sad to think of what many of those children had to endure in real life.

I made some split pea soup in the crock pot for dinner yesterday.  I don't know if I was craving the soup or did it wishing for some real winter weather.  (It was about 80 for our high yesterday.)  DH wants me to take it easy today so when we were discussing dinner plans for tonight, he reminded me of the homemade lasagna in the freezer.  He didn't have to twist my arm!

Happy stitching!

Monday, January 9, 2017

A New Year...And a Little Holiday "Report"

Happy New Year!

We enjoyed a bit of travel to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and grandbaby.  Our sons were there too and it was nice to have everyone together under one roof even though the roof wasn't ours.  Some of us traveled together on Christmas Day.  It was actually a pleasant day to travel.  We joked about our "traditional" Christmas lunch of pizza in the terminal.

We got there in time for a nice Christmas dinner prepared by our son-in-law with dessert of a wonderful flan prepared by our daughter.

Then we opened our Christmas crackers and proceeded to open gifts.  The center of attraction, of course, was the baby who seemed to enjoy her first Christmas.

The siblings and our son-in-law (who is behind the camera) went hiking.

We went hiking another day.  We hiked up a hill but the most challenging part of the hike was hiking back up the street to DD's house.

We really enjoyed the family time...and playing with the baby who is such a fun age.

We arrived home late Tuesday night (actually early Wednesday morning) and have been pretty busy ever since with work, taking down Christmas decorations, rehearsals, stitching with my friend one afternoon, our monthly night out playing cards, and church.  A cold front blew in Friday and we enjoyed a weekend of winter temperatures even down into the mid 20's.   (I say "enjoyed" because it's already back in the 60's today.)

On the stitching front, I was able to finish Little House Needlework's December Calendar Girl.  (I have a few more to do to finish the series.)

I'm working on Day 1 of PS Twelve Days of Christmas for the Christmas Ornie SAL blog.  I've stitched the whole design on one piece of cloth but always wanted to stitch the individual days for ornaments and, since the theme this year is 12 Days of Christmas, this is the perfect opportunity.

We really enjoyed our holidays but it's always nice to get back to (our version) of normal.

Happy stitching!

Monday, December 19, 2016

One More Christmas Finish

Angels by Country Cottage Needleworks

Happy stitching!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Busy, Busy Week!

It's been a hectic but fun week!  I went caroling with a group 2 afternoons this week with a group from Dow Chemical (current, past employees or friends). This was my first year to do this and was it every fun!  We had a couple of "rehearsals" in the past couple of weeks to prepare.  They took us from nursing home to nursing home in a bus and provided bottled water and Christmas treats for in between stops.  I hope the residents had fun (I think they did.)  I know WE sure had fun!  One of the favorite things was to sing The Twelve Days of Christmas with audience participation.  We had little groups for each "day" holding up a sign and singing when it was our turn.  Some of the groups really "hammed it up".

I'm in 3 groups that are singing for church activities today, choir, faith band, and a female trio and have had multiple rehearsals to prepare.  Our music at church this am went well.  We'll have another event tonight called Cookies and Carols where various musical groups in the church (choir, youth choirs, 2 faith bands, our trio, hand bells, and pianists).  We'll also have group caroling in between the performing groups.  Everyone will bring cookies to share for the evening.  We did this last year and it was a lot of fun.  I'm expecting it to be fun again this year.

By the way, it was 80 degrees yesterday (not very Christmasy weather if you ask this Buckeye) but last night the temp dropped 40 degrees.  Brrr!!  You really feel it when the temperature drops that quickly!  Needless to say, it feels a lot more like Christmas today.  I love it!

A friend hosted a lovely brunch for my walking buddies one day this week.  Her house had been flooded early last summer and she and her DH just got to move back in last month so she was anxious to show us the repair/renovations.  Her contractor did a beautiful job!  I took her a little sled ornament for her tree.

I've made a little progress on the Denmark Santa although I don't think he'll be done for this Christmas:

I'm also working on CCN's Angels:

The little needle minder is by Lizzie Kate.  I made the mistake of reading her recent blog where they talked about the kit that included the design, fabric, and this little needle minder guy...I HAD to have it.  I don't usually buy kids but as soon as it was available, I ordered it.  Isn't he cute?

I haven't baked even one cookie.  DH is in the kitchen now making pizzelles for us to take tonight to church.

  I made some cranberry shortbread cookie dough yesterday that is chilling.  I'll bake it off either tonight or tomorrow.  I plan to also make a Raspberry Ricotta Cake and probably some spritz cookies.  I usually bake a lot more for Christmas but it just hasn't happened this year.  (It's not like we need all that sugar and calories anyway.)

We're looking forward to spending Christmas with our kids and new granddaughter.

Merry Christmas!

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Merry Wind Farm

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Merry Wind Farms

Happy stitching!

Monday, December 12, 2016