Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sail Away . . .

is done ~ drum roll, please!!!

I had it all finished and just needed
to add my charms!
Luckily, I kept track of them
throughout this long process!!!

Sorry for the blurry picture.
When I get it framed up in a few weeks,
we are sorta busy at HL
right now with Christmas,
I can get a better, clearer photo!
Say a prayer!

I used the silks that were sent with the kit.
I did use a couple of silks I already
had for some of the motifs.
I didn't have room for the band lines
cause I changed the alphabet and it
took up extra space so I had
to make adjustments.

I also put an "L" in the center of the motif
for my first name that will never change.
I also signed my first name and
put the date under
the little lady.

I used blending filament, yellow,
for the sun
and used glow-in-the-dark
for the top middle window, upstairs,
which represents the candle burning
for the
safe return of her loved one.

It was so much fun to stitch
and a part of me will miss
the experience, just a small part!!!

Not, those frogs, however!!!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and
looking ~ I appreciate you all so much.

Take care and God Bless your stitching fingers!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Totally Useless SAL

Here it is past time again for my TUSAL!!!

So sorry I seem to get it on the quarter moon!

It has lots of orts of the different ones I have finished.

Sail Away ~ silks, Boo Sheep ~ silks, LHN cottons,
shiny ones and silk ones
and dull ones and tags from
different shops,
and tags from floss and
one broken needle and lots of used up ones.

Thanks for taking a look I appreciate it so much as always!!!

God Bless your stitching fingers ~

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Five words in a story . . .

I used to wear a ring on my index finger
on my right hand.
It seems to get tangled up in my threads
while I am so deeply engrossed in my stitching
zone so I have to quit wearing it.
I often will sit and stitch while munching on
some dried pineapple which is a very
good source of energy. My thoughts drift to the
gorgeous finished piece that Gabi did.
It is called "Coming to Water" and the focal
point is a large elephant stepping out
of the framed picture to get a drink of water
with the other animals.
It is quit stunning and very beautiful.
Then sadly, my mind turns to all the cleaning
I must do starting with getting rid of the dust
bunnies that seems to be everywhere.
Where do they come from?
So . . . I put down my stitching and pick up that
dust rag and get busy!

God Bless your stitching fingers ~

Friday, November 13, 2009

Garden . . .

When my mom was a mere girl of 12
she was coached by her oldest sister
to do this stamped cross stitch.
My aunt was a hard task master
and made her take it out
if it was wrong.
It was wrong ~ she was only 12 and this
was her first attempt at cross stitching.
Sadly it was also her last.

When we moved to Waco I unearthed this
lovely piece in a frame.
I took it to work and removed it from that
It was old then and I stretched it.

As you can see it is crooked but I was afraid to
pull it too tight.
I was afraid it would tear.

As you can see the frame has a light
place at the bottom.
I must fix that!
I digress, so I cut the mat and framed it.

I think it is gorgeous,
not because my Mom did it,
but because she stuck with it and
made it perfect.
Well, it was also cause she did it.

It is one of my favorite

The very best part is that today
is her birthday!!!
Today she is 93, and though she doesn't stitch
she made my sister, Debbie, and I
some beautiful dresses as
we were growing up.
I cherish the memories of
wearing those dresses as a child
and still remember
what they looked like.

She also taught me to sew when I was just
and I have sewn for years.

My daughter, Heather,
wore some of the cutest clothes around.
My dolls
had some pretty cool things too.

So what started out as a hard stamped cross stitch
by a strict task master
turned into
some awesome clothes. It also taught me
the great
love for what you can paint with a needle and thread.

Thank you Mom!

Happy Birthday ~

I love you very much
and I hope you have many more to come.

God Bless you for coming by and looking.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

T. H. E. Cat and Pumpkin

This is the cat I saw on someone's blog
and decided I needed it.
I found out where it came from,
ordered the book, and
made it into a name tag!

Isn't she the cutest?

I never drank coffee for 20 years until
my husband divorced me.
Then I had some heart problems and had to stop.

Now that those problems have been fixed
I have
to have my cup of coffee in the morning!

Isn't it good for you this week?

I wore my name tag to the last EGA
meeting for Halloween. She was a big


Halloween not so much this year but
I have talked to other people and they said
it was slow here in Waco, Tx.

Here is a picture of my pumpkin
I carved
for that one smallish kid I scared to death
with my witch face.
Could word have gotten
out so fast and that is why no more small ones appeared?

Surely not!!!

God Bless your stitching fingers ~

Prairie Moon Sampler and Halloween

Got word today we could start our
Prairie Moon Sampler.

So I did!!!

I had already stitched the outline for it
when I first got my pattern and threads.

I got what turned out to be a yellowish fabric
so I stitch some of the outline on it.

Didn't like it one bit ~ not a fan of yellow!

I had a piece of Glenshee linen so I decided I
would use it.
I will take a picture tomorrow.

I have the outline done, some of the tree
and Under The Prairie Moon done.
Waiting for next week to get here so I can do part 2!

Well, another Halloween is gone.
Sadly, we only had (1) one Trick or Treat er
this year.
I did give a Butterfinger, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers
to the cable guy.
He rang the bell in the dead
of night to see if he could go in the backyard.
I couldn't let him leave empty handed, could I?

I was so excited this year and I even carved
a Jack-O-Lantern face
on my pumpkin.

I had some pre cancers burned off my face
Monday last so I looked like a scary
When I opened the front door and there
was only one smallish child standing there

I gave him a fright let me tell you!

Last year we had three come to the door so
I guess someone is trying to tell me something.

Next year Mom and I will go do something else
and the Halloween kids can find another
place to get their treats!

Thanks for stopping by ~ appreciate it!
God Bless your stitching fingers ~