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

Saturday, December 3, 2016

3rd Day of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 12 Days of Christmas Contest

Today's prize is a collection of Christmas floss.  Nancy's floss is gorgeous!

For more info:

3rd Day of Christmas Contest at VMSS

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Small Finish

I'm a member of the Facebook group Candy Cane Stitchers.  The designer Barbara Ana gave the group her design of Silent Night.  I'd had it started since she posted it in 2014 and finally finished it last night.  I love the sweet little reindeer!

It's been a busy week keeping up with my regular activities and adding a few more with Christmas coming up.  I joined a group that will be caroling to area nursing homes.  I was so tired last night and it dawned on me that I've had 4+ vocal rehearsals this week between choir, caroling group,  faith band, and rehearsing with a friend with whom I'll be singing a duet this Sunday at church.  (We just found out about it Wednesday after choir practice and sight read it for the first time then.)  I'm not complaining because I love to sing and I'm enjoying it so much.

After finishing Silent Night last night, I picked up the Denmark Santa wip.  I'm hoping to finish it this year...but I want to make a few of those sled ornaments and perhaps stitch a small stocking for our grandbaby.

We're playing cards with a group tonight so instead of preparing dinner, I'll prepare a snack to take and share.

We're hoping to finish putting up the Christmas decorations this weekend.  I think we're actually ahead of where we usually are in that department this year.

If only I didn't require sleep this time of the year!

Happy stitching!

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 12 Days of Christmas Contests

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting her 12 Days of Christmas contest.  Each day there will be a contest for something she reveals on that day.

I'm a little late to the started yesterday.

For more info : Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

It's been such a busy year that the time is just flying by!  I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving already!

We're having a small family group this year (3 of us) but we're all getting together for Christmas, including our son who lived in Denmark for 3 years.  He moved back "home" (the continental US) last month.  After I finish writing this post, I have to get busy on making pies, cranberry sauce, etc.

Speaking of busy, we met a group of friends and went to Galveston for a Segway (historical) tour of the island.  It was my first time on a Segway and made me into a liar.  (I'd previously seen those things and said I'd never ever be caught on one.)  At the risk of sounding like a dork, it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  Maybe because I was enjoying being with our friends?  Before we started, we had a short lesson in how to operate the Segways which included info about what happens when you hit top speed....all of 12.5 mph.  Of course, I had to try that out.  lol!

  Our tour guide was great!  He was very informative and obviously very interested in the subject matter.  One of the favorite stories he told was about a house where the original owner wanted himself, his wife, and his daughter interred in a special room in the house.  He was but the house was sold before the demise of his wife and daughter.  Unfortunately because of zoning restrictions, they couldn't make an opening big enough in the house to remove him for burial whenever the house is sold, the owners have to disclose that the buyer is getting the house AND the original owner.

 The next day I flew "back home" to Ohio to visit with my parents and attend Camp Gottastitch with a friend.  I enjoyed the whole trip.  My parents and I went to all the hot spots of my small home town so it felt like I was a tourist.  I can't even remember the last time just I visited them and that was really nice too.  When I first walked into their house, it felt like that commercial where the grandchildren are visiting their grandparents who greet them with a handful of devices and saying "Welcome!  None of this stuff works!"  I updated their new phone/new SIM card (which turned out to be a comedy of errors because they got mixed up which was the old phone and which was the new phone) and their iPad.  Then I recharged everything for them.  The funny thing is that they hardly use either device.

If you only knew how technically illiterate I am, you'd be laughing at my being their tech guru.

I'm most homesick in the fall (down here in Gulf Coast, Texas we don't get the beautiful fall foliage...and this year it's been unseasonable warm here).  The drive from my parents' house to my friend's house and then the drive from her house to Amish country in OH (Berlin was where we stayed) was gorgeous!  I decided I must try to visit "home" in the fall more often so I can experience my kind of fall.  It even snowed while we were in Berlin!  (For some reason, I was a lot more excited to see snow than all the other women Midwesterners.)

Stitch camp was so much fun!  I was already acquainted with a few of the women who were there and made friends with many more crazy wonderful women.  There were 38 of us plus 4 owners and workers from Cross My Heart, the LNS that held the camp.  What a great and fun group!  We had a well-lit room where we stitched (and snacked) and there was a little mini "store" for more stash enhancement.  (They "had" me with some new Elizabeth's Designs.)  Lots of activities and prizes!  We walked down the hill from our hotel for dinner Saturday night and I thought I was going to burst after all that food. (Did I mention the cinnamon rolls at the hotel breakfast?  They were from a local Amish bakery and were to die for!)

I won a prize for coming the furthest to camp.  (Take THAT, Miss Chicago!  😃😃😃)

I took along an old wip of Bent Creek's Snowbuds (I've been trying to seriously work through my wip pile recently) and started a new sampler...Pink Sparrow by With Thy Needle and Thread.

This was my first time to be able to go to this camp and definitely won't be my last time.

Happy Thanksgiving and....

Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 4, 2016

A Small Finish and a WIP

I was able to stitch my November Christmas ornament for the Christmas ornament stitch-along.  It's Winter Forest by Little House Needleworks.

Next I started a Denmark Santa by Heartstrings.  I think I've had this kitted up back when our son moved to Denmark 3 years ago.  I decided that this is the year to finally stitch it for him since he just moved back to the US from there.  I have no idea why I kept putting it off.  It's actually going to be a little big for an ornament so I may to a stand-up finish instead.  We'll see.

We're already enjoying our new deck.  A friend came over to stitch with me yesterday and we took a break by having a piece of apple pie while sitting on the deck.  I'd like to put a table and chairs out there when I have time to start looking for what I want.  It's the same lake it's always been but somehow it seems nicer out there on the deck.  I'm sure it will be even nicer when we put some nicer furniture out there...and maybe a potted plant or two or more.  (We have entertainment now too watching the new home can see it on the upper right part of the pic below.)

For the second time in this past couple of weeks we were asked advice about employer health plans for 2 of our kids.  One is our son who just moved back to the US from Denmark and the other is our "baby" who graduates college next spring.  He already has a job waiting for him after graduation.  What a great feeling!!!

I just received another new model stitch "job" so I'll be working on it now.  Cute design!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Thanksgiving Themed Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy's hosting another generous giveaway through her blog.  Read all about it here:

Thanksgiving Giveaway at VMSS

Friday, October 28, 2016

Sugar Skull, Root Canal, Deck construction, Stitching Friend

I finally had my root canal done Monday morning and it went fine.  I just have to have my dentist replace a temporary filling in the crown with a permanent one next week to put this whole episode behind me.

I'm trying to get a little ahead on my Nov. sal's (since I'll be doing some traveling again soon) and I stitched a Sugar Skull for the Halloween ornament blog sal theme of bones/skeletons.  This is from the 2015 JCS Halloween special issue...and was a pretty quick, enjoyable stitch.  I'd seen so many people stitch sugar skulls that I needed to get into the act.

As much as we need 2 bathrooms updated, DH (and our neighbor friend) really wanted us to build a deck by the lake so we're building a deck.  (I secured a promise from DH that we won't put off the bathrooms too much longer.)  The guys are also replacing a fence along a pato/garden area.  The deck is nothing fancy but it will make that area a lot more usable than it was before.  They had to tear down a small portion of the fence but our neighbor already has plans to put a gate there. (We need the fence to keep the dog in our yard but we've been talking with our neighbors for a while that we need a gate too so it's easier for us to go back and forth between our yards.)  His wife is a "junker" and she's found and repainted a chaise lounge for us to use on the new deck.  They're really good neighbors.  Even I am excited about the deck now...I'll be even more excited when the bathrooms are redone.  ;-)

Before, we just had a concrete sidewalk along the bulkhead:

Here's what's going on this week:

If you look in the top left corner of the last picture, you can see a bit of the fence that needs replacing.  We found out it wasn't even build to code, so in addition to being nicer, it will be up to code and safer.

We opted to keep the little pier where it was at least for now.  We'll also install a pool ladder so it will be easier for swimmers to get out of the water.  Our neighbors (the ones referenced above) have a 3 tiered deck and we're working on the neighbor on the other side to get his done too.  (He's all for it!)  I suggested that we have a progressive lake party sometime going from deck to deck for food, fun, etc.  Several of us have small boats so we could also make it a "regatta".  We may just do it sometime!

I have a friend who's been joining me weekly for lunch and stitching.  Instead of going out for lunch, she brought lunch over here yesterday.  I think I've created a "monster" as she's becoming addicted now.  We had a good time chatting, stitching, and watching the guys work yesterday afternoon.

I think next up on the stitching front is a Christmas ornament (for Nov. for the ornament blog) and then maybe after that a Denmark ornament for my son (who just moved from there back to the US).

Happy stitching!