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

Friday, April 19, 2013

Heartbreaking week

This week's events of the bombing in Boston (and the aftermath...I'm still glued to the news watching the unfolding events), the ricin letters, and the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas just breaks my heart.

 I will never understand the hate that flourishes in some people's hearts as to the man made/intended events.

I'm trying to focus on the good deeds/actions that come from so many after events such as this.  Really, when you think about it, there's so much more good in the world than the bad...both in the reactions to these events and also in day-to-day life.

Still, so many people are in my prayers today...the victims of the violent acts and the people affected by the accident in West.  So many people's lives will never be the same.

 I also pray for those whose hearts are filled with hate....that their hearts will soften.

On the stitching front....

Diane from Little House Needleworks released a model I stitched for her, Miss Peepers.  It was a FUN stitch and stitched up quickly:

You can also see it (along with other recent releases) here:

Little House Needleworks

I've also finished and sent another model so picked up my wip of LK A Good Marriage to stitch.

Another last....T's last band UIL competition was yesterday afternoon.  They did an amazing job and earned Sweepstakes for their concert and sight reading...the highest score possible.

I probably should get going on T's graduation piece.  Time's a'wastin'!  lol!

Happy stitching!

Monday, April 15, 2013


Another last.....last prom.

The kids looked fantastic.  I loved the colorful dresses the girls were wearing.

It sounds like they had a great time too...a great group of young people.

I'm still model stitching (2nd of 3) so can't show stitching pics, of course.  I'll be sure to share with you once they've been revealed by the designers.  I love model stitching!

Friday, April 12, 2013

HS Graduation Quickly Approaching

Our "baby" graduates from HS this spring.  I knew this year would go by quickly but things seem to have gone into hyper speed.  Some "last times" this week...his last band concert, last drum line gig, last prom tomorrow night. He turned 18 last Friday and his graduation announcements have arrived.

The picture above is from a photo shoot for his senior piano recital coming up next month.

Most of the drum line seniors at last Sat's gig.  They're missing one who was at a jazz band competition. These kids have been drumming together since 6th grade and are like brothers and sisters to one another.

He's SO excited to be moving on to college next fall and we're excited for him, but all you parents know this time is bittersweet.  Our oldest child is in her early 30's so we've had children in the house for a long time.  Empty nest will be an adjustment to say the least...but a natural and desired outcome.  While I'll miss having kids at home, I have some things to look forward to doing too.

On the stitching front, I finished a model and started another so no pictures.  I have another model coming after the one I'm working on now.  I have so much fun model stitching--it's fun to be "in on" a secret and so fun to see the models I've stitched being released by the designers.

Happy stitching!


Monday, April 1, 2013

A Right Spirit----Finished!

I loved stitching this one!  I changed it slightly, thanks to my friend Sherre and her DD.  The cabin was changed to a house and I stitched the name of the verse on the bottom.  I hope this one doesn't spend too much time "ripening" before I frame it.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter.  Ours was a little nontraditional.  We spent the weekend visiting our DS at UT Austin.  We took his 2 roomies and a friend of our other DS's out to dinner Sat. night...with me checking the score of the OSU basketball game every few minutes.  Let's not talk about the outcome of that game.  :-(

Yesterday we went out for subs for lunch before heading back home.  The boys weren't too thrilled having their picture taken.  ("We're eating, Mom!")

From the "simple pleasures" department....We use lemons quite a bit in cooking (and DH's lemon mint sorbet).  I think I mentioned before that we planted a Meyer lemon tree this year.  We were introduced to this lemon juicer while visiting our DD a couple of years ago:

I have a fancy juicing machine but this is great to use when you just have 1-2 lemons to squeeze.  DD sent DH  a lime squeezer like it recently.  (He likes to drink soda water with a little lime juice.)  Since I've been making Cranberry Orange Scones lately, I've been looking unsuccessfully for the orange squeezer version.  I finally found it at Central Market in Austin so we now have a full set.  WOO HOO!  I'll have to bake some more scones this week to try it out.

  The trip home took >2 hours longer than usual because of several accidents along the way.  A couple looked pretty serious.

We enjoyed seeing the bluebonnets along the highway though.  Pictures just don't do them justice!

I've found myself lately checking ebay often for samplers...and have bought a few.  This one was "getting up there" on ebay so I checked to see if it was available at a more reasonable price at an ONS.  As luck would have it, it was on sale at 123 Stitch.  I believe I was meant to obtain it.  Isn't it a beauty?!  Ginger's in Austin has been closed for a while but there's a needlepoint store in Austin that sells some of the same fibers we stitchers use so I stopped by and bought the GAST needed for this one.  She'll have to wait a bit....I'm model stitching for a while.

Prom is coming up so we ordered DS's tux last week and one of my Monday errands is to order flowers today.  This will be DS's last school formal dance which makes me a little sad.  Graduation is right around the corner!  Life will certainly be different after DS graduates!  We've had children in school since the mid 1980's.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Happy stitching!