Friday, February 23, 2018

Just a quick post

Good Friday afternoon! There is actually some sun peeping out at the moment. It has been raining for a week and there is more in the forecast for the next week. Enough already!

 I can't remember if I showed these project bags so here they are (again?) Anyway - I again used Vonna - The Twisted Stitcher's tutorial and modified it a bit. I had some extra fabric so I made a couple of smaller ones too.
I am finally framing this Little House Needleworks piece. I'm not sure when I started it but I know my eyes were better because I stitched it over one! I changed the colors to match the house I was living in at the time (so it had to be pre-2009) after the yellow house with a green door we moved to a yellow house with a red door but I wasn't about to take out that over one stitching. I finished it in 2011. In 2016 we moved again and now have a yellow house with a blue door. (I like yellow houses!)
I've just got it propped in the frame so I could take a picture without the glare from the glass. (Same goes for the photo below)

This one is a Lizzie Kate design. I'm sure I speak for a lot of stitchers when I say I am going to miss seeing new designs from her. (in case you haven't heard - she is retiring) I still have many designs that have't been stitched but collecting is half the fun!
Anyway - I now have all the parts to get these two framed so I will be getting that done over the weekend.

Missed getting to go out to celebrate National Margarita Day yesterday so I think we may just have to go out to dinner tonight and celebrate a day late. :)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Not a lot of Valentine decor around here but there are a few touches here and there.

 A little wooden heart on a shelf in the kitchen.

 A couple of fabric hearts and some heart shaped garland.

 Found the little love block at Hobby Lobby - it matches the sign hanging above and I will probably leave it out.

 I love decorating this piece for holidays. I left the lights inside the glass door when I out the Christmas decor away but I need to replace the batteries. 

 Stitched and finished this piece several years back - I need to replace the cording.


I could have taken a closer picture - there is a little fabric heart by the lamp and some glittery hearts in the vase but I wanted to show how much warmer the stairs look with the lamp. It makes the room up there feel more like a part of the house. I always felt like I was banishing kids to the attic when they sleep up there. Thanks to Timothy for fixing me up so I could add a lamp there.

Hope everyone has a lovely day! :)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Happy Birthday Timothy!


Just have to slow down long enough to wish the middle kidlet a happy birthday!
Hope you have an awesome day!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snow!

We don't get much of the white stuff around here. The snow is pretty but the ice underneath is dangerous which means things pretty much shut down. Never got above freezing yesterday and had an overnight low of 10 so everything is still pretty much shut down. We should start to thaw out tomorrow afternoon. (the sun is out right now!)

I stepped out on the porches and took a few pictures yesterday.

 View from back porch

 View from side porch

 View from front porch.

I watched several cars go up that hill. There is a stop sign there and the ones that actually came to a full stop had to back down the hill and start over. Thankfully the cross road gets little traffic.

I stayed inside all day except for getting out long enough to take Nicholas out - he refused to get out in the yard where the snow was so I had to walk him on the sidewalks (nearly busted my backside more than once). It took three different trips before he finally took care of business.

Hubby, on the other hand, had to go to work and took this picture while he was warming up the car enough to get the ice off the windshield.

I've got the Christmas decor put away and I'm trying to at least dust while getting the 'regular fluff' back out.

I hope all of you are staying nice and warm!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas 2017

A few last photos from 2017

Brittany & Brian, Timothy, Ashley & Jason

 Scheduling this year was tricky. We managed to have all the 'kids' together for about 7 hours on Christmas Eve. We had a lot to cram into those precious few hours. After eating and gift giving we headed out to take a few pictures of the kiddos while we still had a little daylight. There is a big, decorated tree in this shopping center but the lights were not turned on and it was quite muddy so we opted for the benches. It was cold and super windy so we snapped and ran quickly.

 My guys. I'm very blessed to have these men in my life.

After photos we came home to visit awhile longer before Brian and Brittany headed back to Houston.

 I made these two ornaments for friends and they were finally delivered this past weekend. My hands are finally healed enough to stitch again but finding time isn't easy. I'm still putting Christmas decor away. I finally got all the ornaments off the tree last night but they are all over the table. All the hangers get removed and any ornaments that have a box go back in their boxes. Everything else gets wrapped in tissue before being put away. (I admit to a little OCD when it comes to my ornaments) There were two fatalities from the other trees - glass ornaments don't fare well when dropped on concrete floors and one injury from the big tree. I have a leg to try to repair - we will see how well that works. 
Each of the boys have a box of ornaments that have been collected since their first Christmas. Brian finally took some of his with him this year to put on his own tree.

Baby boy's bride brought me an ornament to add to my collection this year. (I didn't get any new ornaments made for myself this year) I haven't decided if I will pack it away or find a place to hang it in my sewing room to enjoy during the year.

Hope your 2018 is going well so far. Things have been extremely busy here and getting this Christmas stuff put away is going slower than I would like but it will get done. Haven't decided if I will put the Valentine decor out as I put this away or wait a few weeks. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Totally useless

My fingers are dry and cracked. My thumbs are raw and totally useless. I can't stitch with bandaids on them and can't touch anything without them on. Just using my phone is a challenge (typing this isn't exactly fun either)
I look like I have been holding hands with Edward Scissorhands.

 I stitched this little ornament for a gift exchange before Christmas. It is from the 2017 JCS ornament issue. I can't put my hands on it right now, (none of my Christmas stuff has been put away yet) but it was made into a little purse ornament in the magazine. I left off the top part and just mad this ornament out of it.

Here are a few pictures from Christmas at our house. 

 Ashley - baby boy's bride

 Timothy - the middle kidlet

 Brian - the oldest and his girlfriend, Brittany

 Jason - my baby boy

 and the hubby. There were only 6 Christmas crackers so I sacrificed and let the others have them. Cute aren't they /

I have only had one day that I could stitch since Christmas. Once the weather turned cold out my hands got super dry and I started getting cracks on my fingers. I used to always have this problem but it went away when we moved to Houston. They would get dry and rough but not the cracks and bleeding. Last winter we had a mild winter here and I didn't have a problem but it is making up for it this year. 

The one day I did stitch I made a boo-boo. Had to take out that over one stitching.
I'm keeping ointment and bandaids on the worst places and hand cream on the rest so hopefully I can be back to stitching soon.

I have a few more Christmas pictures I can show if I don't get any stitching in soon.

Hope your 2018 is starting out great!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas


From my house to yours,
Merry Christmas!
Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday!