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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Long Time, No See

I've neglected my blog (and stitching) lately but for a good reason.  I returned late last week from visiting our new grandbaby (and her parents, of course, but they'll probably always get "second billing"  from now on).

  She's doing great now but, unfortunately, she had to spend a few days in the hospital after we arrived.  It was a little scary and stressful for all of us at first and I'm so thankful that we were there to be able to lend some emotional and practical support during and after her hospitalization.  My husband had to return home as we'd originally planned (see below) but I was able to extend my stay another week+ and help out with cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, baby cuddling, etc. so that the parents could catch up on their rest.   I know they could have handled it on their own but I'm so glad they didn't have to.  (Everyone seemed to be doing better by the time I left so I felt ok about leaving when the time came.)

  They had a few days on their own and now the other set of grandparents are there visiting.  I Facetimed with them yesterday and was happy to see the other Grandma preparing dinner for them...and hear that Grandma and Grandpa took the baby out on a stroller ride yesterday afternoon so DD could take a nap. (DD couldn't have chosen a better husband and in-laws.  They're wonderful people!)

While I was in CA, my DH retired from his job, had a 3-day weekend which he spent doing yard work, and then went to work the following Monday for a new employer.  His drive is even longer (1.5 hours each way) but when things settle down, he'll be able to work from home at least a couple days a week.  Those of us who know him laugh at his idea of "retirement" but he's very excited about what he's doing with his new job.  As long as he's happy, I'm happy. 

As for my's taken a back seat.   I didn't even take any with me while visiting the new baby...and wouldn't have had any time to pull it out anyway.  Once I returned home, unpacked, and reorganized I pulled out a sampler that was only lacking the personal touches to be finished.  It's "Live Laugh Love" by Primitive Betty.  Rather than use my initials and the current year in the "banner", I thought I wanted something older.  I ended up using my late grandmother's (maiden name) initials and her birth year in the banner and thought it would be a nice way to honor her.  (She didn't cross stitch but she was a talented seamstress, quilter, and crocheter and I think I acquired my interest in stitching from watching her over the years.)  I "signed" the piece in much smaller back stitching.  It felt good to finish something right off the bat after just picking up the stitching again.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Oh, Baby!!

Our granddaughter has arrived!!  Of course she's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen.

My babies were all 8-9 lbs at birth (the last one was just over 9 pounds born 2 weeks before the due date!) so we were thinking she'd be a big baby, but she's a little "peanut" at just under 6.5 lbs.

Her first name comes from the street where my DD met our sweet SIL met (they feminized it) and they honored my mother by using part of her name for the middle name.

We haven't gotten to hold her yet (she lives a plane ride away) but will go see her soon.  She's precocious...already is using Facetime with us.  ;-)

I finished up the lettering on her birth "sampler" and took it to my framer Monday, asking if he thought he could get it finished before we leave to see her.  He's such a sweet man!  He put it at the top of his pile and finished it that afternoon for me.  The design is Gabrielle Rose by La D Da with a few changes I made.  DD prefers simple designs on things I stitch for her and I'd always wanted to stitch that design.

If that isn't exciting enough, DH is in the process of retiring at the end of this month.  His last day is March 31 and he'll enjoy a long weekend....before he goes to work Monday full time somewhere else.  lol!  If you knew him, you wouldn't be surprised by that.  He's very excited by what he'll be doing for the new job so I'm excited for him too.

Stitching has taken a back seat lately as you might imagine but I'll get back to it soon.

Happy stitching!

Friday, March 4, 2016

A Trifecta (of stitching finishes)!

OK.  I'll admit to being a serial starter but once in a while it allows me to finish more than one thing in a short amount of time.  This week I finished 3 projects.  What a treat!

The first is February Calendar Girl by Little House Needleworks:

While putting her away with the other Calendar Girls, I noticed that I only lacked 3 French knots, her eyes (and my "signature") to finish January.  (I'd toyed with the idea of replacing the French knots with beads but changed my mind yesterday.)

I'm still behind on this series but I made a decent "dent" finishing these 2.  My plan is to finish stitching all of these before deciding (and starting) on the "finishing" of them.

While on a finishing roll, I picked up an autumn themed Prairie Schooler that I put down to work on Christmas things last year.  The Indian corn was a bit "fiddly" and most of the rest I had to do was backstitching.  That may have been another reason I put it down then.  I have visions of "finishing" it in a wreath like I saw on Priscilla's blog.  (If you haven't seen her blog, check it out for a real treat.)

 I even know where I'll hang it when it's finished.

No fancy cooking this week but I felt very old fashioned that day I made potatoes au gratin and chocolate pudding, both from scratch.  Both are so easy to make, I wonder why I ever bought box mixes for either of them.

We're still on Baby Watch and DD's due date is today.  For some reason, we're all thinking Baby will be a little late but no matter what, it won't be long now.  We're so excited to get to finally meet her!

Happy stitching!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Progress Report

I decided it was long enough to wish I was stitching a "big girl" sampler so I decided to spend at least one day a week on a sampler.  Rather than starting a new one, I decided to work on Lucy Redd by Homespun Elegance, one that I'd barely started previously.  At least for this week....who knows which one I'll work on next week.

LHN February Calendar Girl now has a head but her face needs work.  I used the wrong color for her cheeks so I frogged them out after this picture was taken.

We're on baby watch and I prepared for our trip to meet her by buying a replacement carry on suitcase.  (The telescoping handle of my old one keeps getting stuck.)  I lucked into a decent sale at Kohl's with a coupon for an extra 20% off, triple my "yes to you" points, and earned Kohl's cash.  It felt pretty good to time a promotion like that for when I needed to buy something.

I'll be using that bag for another trip this Hawaii.  I'll be playing nanny for my niece and nephew for a couple of weeks.  It will be nice spending some time with them, my sister and BIL, my brother and SIL, and being able to help out my sister with child care.'s Hawaii!!!!!!

I didn't cook/bake anything interesting this week but DH made some chipotle chicken chili (from a Ree Drummond recipe) for a chili cook-off at work.  While he didn't win, it must have been good because there's hardly any left. 

Happy stitching!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Waiting for Baby, a Small Finish, and another WIP

Here's La D Da's Gabrielle Rose all ready except for our grandbaby's name/birth date:

It won't be long now until she's born!  We cannot wait to hold her!  Our son who lives in Denmark is planning his trip home to visit with her in CA and with us here.  He and I may also fly together to OH to visit with my parents while he's in the States.

I stitched this little guy for the Halloween Ornament sal group.  This month's theme is Mummies and Monsters so I chose "Frank" from Trilogy's Eekology leaflet.

I'm way behind on the LHN Calendar Girls but I at least started February.

I'm getting together with some stitching buddies tomorrow and I just might bake some more cranberry orange scones to take.  It's been a while since we've gotten together so I'm looking forward to it.

Happy stitching!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Progress, a Finish, and Award-Winning Pie

I continue to make progress on "Gabrielle Rose".  I'm enjoying stitching this sweet design.

I managed to finish the PS ornament and posted it to the Facebook JCS ornament sal group.  I don't enjoy stitching on black but this wasn't too bad.

We were accidentally quite social last weekend with our Rook group on Friday night and our tailgating at church on Sunday.  Our neighbor gave us a bag of lemons so I made a couple of lemon meringue pies to take to tailgating.  There was a cook-off complete with judging and my pies won a trophy.  

While tailgating, we were invited to a Superbowl party.  We'd talked about the homemade limocello that DH made so we brought some of that.  It was a hit at the party!  All in all, it was a very lemony day.

We plan a quiet weekend this weekend and will prepare a nice Valentine's dinner at home.

Happy stitching!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Gabrielle Rose

I finally started the birth "sampler" for our first grandchild who is due to be born next month.  (Can't wait!!!)

I'm stitching La D Da's Gabrielle Rose for her and splurged on silk floss. (I hear from my grandparent friends that it's hard to resist splurging for your grandchildren.  I've already bought her a couple of outfits and a baby carrier.)   I'm pleased with how it's coming along so far.

Today, also in preparation for meetig our grandbaby, I got my dtap shot.

I finished the next piece a while ago but since it was for a One Day Wonder group, I waited until the official "unveiling" on my group before showing it here too.  It's from the PS "January" leaflet and reminded me of all the sledding my childhood friends and I used to do together.  What fun we had!

Happy stitching!