Sunday, December 31, 2006
I've been thinking about my goals and what I'd like to get accomplished in 2007 both as a person and as a stitcher. I've got lots of projects lined up! I've got some finishes to share soon, but none that I can show right now. I've decided I'm not going to buy stash (besides floss, fabric, etc) until I get some things done and moved out of here! LOL! Let's see how long that resolution lasts!
I got a gift certificate from my DH for Christmas and yesterday I went and spent the whole thing. I got Victoria Sampler's Christmas Village Sampler and Victoria Sampler's Jingle Bell Tree Farm - the fabric for both and the silk packs and embellishments for both, that was well over $150 for these...YIKES! But they will be beautiful when they are stitched. I don't have them on my list anytime soon.
Upcoming for me is to get down to business on weight loss, exercise and generally becoming more healthy as a whole. I'm tired of feeling tired, so am hopeful that I can get this primary 2007 resolution in hand.
Well that's all for me on this last day of 2006, I won't be unhappy to see the last of this year! Please enjoy the tune from Dan Fogelberg...this is my all time favorite song by him. Plus it's about the New Year too! I'm going to update my music options on my blog whenever I post. Personally I like listening to music as I go around blogs and when I found this to add to my site, I couldn't resist! Happy New Year! ;)
Thursday, December 21, 2006
This is the Christmas Picture that we had in our cards this year and it shows the little miracles that I live with...they are my dear hearts! They certainly all look quite similar - don't they?! I guess our gene pools are not very broad :)
I won't be blogging again probably until close to the first of the year. I work this weekend, (ugh!) then I and my family will be travelling to our parent's homes. My DH will be back by the middle of the week because he doesn't want to take days off work...(I know he's a man) and I'm not returning until right before the 31st. Please know that I've been stitching, stitching away on secret exchanges...but I've got a couple coming up by the end of January so I'll be able to share them then. But until then I wish the best of all holiday seasons! May your travels be safe. May your health be intact. May the spirit of the season touch your hearts and may you all know the love and fellowship of family and friends!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Friday, December 15, 2006
What would you think if you received this in the mail?!
Such lovely, lovely stitching......
Then all of these goodies????? YIKES, how do you say thanks when you've been so abundantly blessed with such a huge stash of stuff?! THANK YOU, CATHY!!!!! You can meet and see all of Cathy's other lovely projects at her BLOG
She's a wonderful lady and does the most gorgeous work....how my heart skipped a beat when I saw the package was from her!! Thanks again Cathy! I will enjoy every single thing you've sent and your stitching is beyond compare!
Until Next Time..... :o)
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I've done a lot of work today on a "stitching project" but not actually..... stitching. Rather I'm devising my finish that I mentioned in the previous post. I've got it all together and am now just waiting on my actually finishing the stitching part....I think it's going to be fabulous! If so I'll share it with all of you....I've not seen a finish like this on anyone's blog and I think it's *may* be an original! :o)
Until next time.....
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Well, I've been stitching away the last couple of days, I'm having a much needed "Mommy's" break...I'm still taking care of everything, but I'm letting my "housework" slide a little. I'm burning myself out, I've been rushing around running everywhere. So I'm slowing down for the next couple of days to rest a little. What I'm stitching is for an exchange, so I can't share any news or details other than, the design is Out of Print and rather old and the picture on the pattern doesn't do the real thing justice! I thought the pattern was so-so, but as I stitch it, I think I'm going to stitch it for myself!!! Plus I think I came up with an ingenious finish...if it all works out...I've been thinking about it in my head for days now and finally I put my plan into action today. We'll see if it all turns out well.
I guess that's it for me today. Have a great day and if I don't post for a couple of days....I'll be around before the end of the week :)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Here's what I stitched for the Winter Blast on the USEBB exchange board. It is from Prairie Schooler's Winter Wind.
This was my very first flat fold...I put twisted green/red cording/with gold beads all around the front and back of the flat fold then I glued tiny snowflakes all down the sides.
On the back I used the coolest fabric I could find...that matched the colors from the block. Then I stitches a small block with our initials and the year and name of the exchange. I think it turned out pretty good! For a first timer....on the flat fold technique. I learned a lot from this so the next will be better. I hope Juanita enjoyed the package as much as I enjoyed putting it together! Here's the goodies I sent along:
I sure am enjoying myself in these exchanges. I hope my partners aren't disappointed with my stitching and finishing techniques. I'm sure they wouldn't say they *hated* them (even if they secretly did! LOL!).
Well that's it on my front for today. Tomorrow and Sunday I have to work. So I'll be visiting everyone's blogs on my break! Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Then much to my delight (and surprise!) my friend Harmien from the Netherlands sent me this lovely ornie from Angel Stitchin': Isn't it cute as a button! Look at all that rusched ribbon. Harmien doesn't have a blog, but I'm hoping to convert her to blogdom soon!
What a surprise filled day I had today! Two beautiful handstitched gifts from two lovely ladies! I'm truly spoiled and just can't say enough about the fine workmanship shown in these two ornaments! Thanks again ladies!!
Until next time!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Then I packaged it as seen here:
Then I had my kids put their Santa hats on and take them and our yearly Christmas Cards to all of our neighbors with instructions of saying "Merry Christmas" when the neighbors opened their doors. I think it all went well...I was peeking out the window as they were passing out our gifts and most people looked well pleased to be getting a large bag of homemade carmel corn :D
My family made this Advent Wreath last evening at our church's Family Focus dinner. We had a good time and the live tree boughs make our dinning room smell wonderful! I haven't put one single X in a cross stitched item this weekend. I was so determined that I wanted to get lots of stitching done, but I got this bee in my bonnet about making the neighbor treats early this year, so that I wouldn't have to worry about it and so my entire Sunday was spent doing that. Oh, well, I love spreading good cheer and giving to others so, it was time well spent!
Thanks for the positive comments on my Jedi Robes! You are all a special bunch of people! :o)
EDITED FOR RECIPE: Sorry I should of thought of posting this...but thanks to Glenna's suggestion here's the ingredients:
2 sticks of butter, 2 cups of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of corn syrup, 1 tsp. of salt. Melt together and bring to boil on Medium Heat. Boil for 5 mins. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. of Baking Soda and I added some Vanilla a squirt or two of it. Mix. The mixture will turn a lighter color tan and get very "fluffy". Pour over 8 quarts of popped popcorn in a large roasting pan. mix well. Put the roasting pan full of carmel corn (minus the lid) into a a 200 degree oven for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. When 1 hour is up, lay out carmel corn on wax paper to cool. Break up large chunks of corn. Enjoy!
MMMmmmm good :o)
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Picture #1: Ian doing a "move" while posing for the camera. #2 Picture: Katie showing the Jedi Robe sleeves and their length....Jedi's keep their hands on the inside of their robes when not carrying their light sabers apparently. Picture #3: Jedi Jacob and his best "Anikin Skywalker" tortured look.
And then here's a "fight scene" from both of the birthday boys.
The robes were a real hit for Jacob...he even slept in his last night over his P.J.'s. Ian on the other hand, not as enthusiastic, but got more so as he saw how much Jacob liked his. Ian did not sleep in his, but it was draped over the end of the bed. So all in all I think the robes were a hit. Even Katie as shown above tried them on. I asked her if she wanted one too, and she said, "your kidding right?!" I guess that means "no".
Well we've got a 1/3 of an acre of birthday cake left to eat.....and my back is killing me this morning because I was the party police last night and slept on the floor with the kids. You never know how old you really are until you sleep on the floor for a night.....I've realized, I'm older than I think.....
Meanwhile, Mr. Winter has visited the Hoosier State...Wowzers it's cold....my Dad who lives outside of St. Louis, MO...said he had 4 inches of ice on his vehicle yesterday and from the reports we're seeing this morning on the news...the pictures are dramatic. Some 400,000 people (not entirely sure on the numbers...but they were big) in the St. Louis area are without electricity. With the temps dipping dramatically at night and even during the day, I pray that people will soon get their electricity on. Can you imagine how cold that is without heat or electricity? I can't....
I don't have a single thing to show you as far as cross stitching goes - I'm hoping once I unload, I mean, drop off the overnight guests, I can get a little stitching time in today. But tonight we're booked at our church's family focus group for supper and advent wreath making...so I've got food to make this afternoon for that. So that probably means little time to stitch. But tomorrow's another day! Until next time....
Today I'm thankful for electricity, funny how we don't think about how much we rely on something until its gone.
Stitching this weekend on: surprise gift
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Soooo, where this lengthy story is going is: they along with their sister Katie - Birthday Dec. 11 (yes, poor planning on my part) are having their Birthday party Friday evening, as I don't work this weekend and next weekend I do. We're having a big bash repleate with Pizza, breadsticks, pop and cake and overnight guests. Should be a fun, fun time....I figure if I continue to repeat it, I'll believe it!
What's up with the dubious title of this post, you ask??!! Well see, as I had to explain it to my good friend Harmien....they are totally into Star Wars. We have seen the movies (all 6 of them) at least 100 times each. I'm not kidding! They reinact scenes from the movies between the two of them. Jacob is always the "bad guy" be it Darth Vader, Darth Maul..etc. and Ian is always the "good guy". They've done this for years...at least since they were 4. Anyway...Jacob is really into dressing up like Darth Vader. He has the mask that makes the breathing sounds and says 7 different pharses from the movie....the cape and all of its splendor. Year before last Halloween, he had the Anikan Skywalker padiwan suit. This fall he asked me if he could have for Christmas a Jedi Robe, one with a hood. The hood apparently is VER Y important to him, because he kept saying it over and over, it's got to have the hood. I said well "we'll see", which he then promptly told me "We'll see, means no!" After Halloween, my husband found some sort of robe with a hood and bought it on clearance....thinking that this would appease his appetite for a Jedi Robe with a hood. Well he wears that thing constantly...so much so, it's trash now...you know how cheap costumes are made. So we contacted the Jedi Federation (its what we told them when I was taking their measurements and they asked me why I was doing it), seems as if the Jedi Federation is on backorder...I guess Jabba the Hut sat on some sewing machines...and the rest is history. SO anyway, I am now a Jedi Federation sewing master, I am humbled, believe me.
I have researched and combed the web for any sort of pattern. I've looked at countless pictures of ObiWan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and all the other assundry Jedi Masters trying to figure out how to best make one of these robes. Get a pattern you say, well I checked all the major pattern makers to find out that in fact Simplicity had a "Star War's costume pattern" with said Jedi Robe, however it was pulled because Lucas Media said it was an infringement on their copyright. I guess he wasn't getting a kickback from the sale of the patterns. Can't blame him....so anyhow...No patterns. So I made my own. I was dubious, see I am NOT a seamstress.. needleworker yes, seamstress...NO! Well, let me tell you from everything I read on the web (and there are many, MANY pages of enthusiasts out there). I found a reasonable estimate of how much fabric to purchase. I went to Joann's and found the darkest brown cotton I could find (now if it was authentic it should be wool of some sort....but I'm trying to do this cost effectively). I purchased 15 yards! The lady thought I was loco...but I'm here to say after I've cut out and sewn these together, I've used all of the fabric except about 2 yards.
The robes: are in my humble opinion FANTASTIC! LOL! I know that I'm bragging...but I don't do it often and I am just tickled with the look of them! I thought I was going to mess up and it would look awful, especially since I was making my own patterns and had spend $35 on fabric that is brown.... And you know the stress that the Jedi Federation appointed me sewing master (not apprentice...but MASTER!). Well in the end it all worked out. My dear friend from work said I should make some to sell on eBay! I told her that I could make up certificates of authenticity by saying sewn by the "JEDI FEDERATION Sewing Master" ! lol!
Along with their new Jedi Robes they are getting the newly released Light Sabers. Now we have a whole arsenal of Light Sabers already, but apparently these are spring action light sabers and they have new sound effects and better colors...or something...anyway, they were released for sale about 3 weeks ago and I was there ready to buy them. We got a red Darth Vader for Jacob and a blue Luke Skywalker for Ian. I can't wait for them to open their presents on Friday to see what they think of their Jedi Robes, see we told them the Jedi Federation was backed up and they'd be lucky to get them to Santa by Christmas.......Do you think we need to go to confession over this?! LOL!
NO stitching news, besides I'm working on a secret gift for a friend. I've decided NOT to stitch my project Fall Gifts by CHS over 1...after I did An's scissors fob...I thought I needed to re-evaluate that project! Plus my eyesight suffers after a session of over 1 ~ YIKES!
Thank you for all the kind comments on the ornie I sent to Myrna. They are much appreciated and make me feel good all over!
Until next time!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Well I received word from Myrna that the ornament that I made for her was received in good condition! Whew! My first exchange is under my belt and I all that I can say is THANK HEAVENS! Here's the low down on what I stitched. It is the featured design from Country Cottage Needleworks that was on the front cover of the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Ornament Issue 2006. Myrna said her main tree was in whites and blues, after I read that, I knew exactly what I was going to stitch, especially after I read Myrna's Wishlist and saw that she had some Little House Needleworks patterns picked out as well! I stitched it with DMC floss on 28 ct. Raw Linen. I stuffed it into a small pillow ornament and bound the edges in twisted white cording with gold beads. I thought it turned out well. Isn't it the cutest design? I love CCN and LHN designs! This was quick to stitch too! I sent along some goodies in the package to Myrna, however, I forgot to take a pic of them, so we'll just have to wait to see them when Myrna posts them on her blog! I'm glad you liked the ornament and goodies Myrna! It was a pleasure to stitch for you!
Hope everyone had a great Turkey Day!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I've been straightening the house so that it is spic and span for our return Friday evening. We plan on putting up our Christmas tree once we get back home. In the meantime, I plan on doing a little R and R at my Mother's house the next two days. It will be refreshing for me and a much needed break from the everyday grind.
Before I close, I would just like to mention a few of the things I'm grateful for in my life. First of all, I'm thankful for my family - without them (no matter how much I have to hustle and bustle around after them) I'd be nothing. My husband and children mean the world to me and I love them so much. I'm thankful that we have a safe, warm home and that we can always return to it for restoring benefits and togetherness. I'm thankful that I have such good friends to lean on both present in my everyday life and in blogging. Without friends to share good and bad times, would be misery for me. Lastly I'm thankful for my health and the health of my family. God has been good to us. I thank Him for his presence in my life and the many gifts he's bestown on me, I am many times unworthy.
Well dear friends, I am so thankful for you and your visiting my little piece of cyberspace. Your comments and kind words humble me. I so enjoy reading them all and I thank you for taking the time to read my little blog about my life and works. Have a safe and happy holiday!
P.S. Just a FYI, I've got my 5 Pay It Forward participants!
I've already finished a project and sent it to Annemarie! As I was doing it...it just seemed that it was for Annemarie. So heads up An! Please don't be critical it was my first try at this finish...LOL! I'll get something made and sent to you other lovely ladies in the next few weeks/months..... :D
P.S.S. I mailed my USEBB Ornament Exchange yesterday! My partner should probably have it in her hot little hands on Friday. I'm anxious to see what she thinks, this being my first exchange :D
Until next time, have a wonderful, restful holiday! :D
Monday, November 20, 2006
Have a great day :0)
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I've also been VERY busy! The fall product sales for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are in, so I've been busily sorting cases and cases of nuts for the Girl Scouts and popcorn for the Boy Scouts. My house looks like a fast food drive up window, I've had so many people in and out of here picking up their sale products. Then I was the co-organizer of a Girl Scout overnight at our Girl Scout Camp this past Friday night and Saturday morning. I didn't do much really to organize it, was just support in buying and hauling out to the camp enough food for 50+ people and trying to be the "hostess" for all the troops coming in to share this overnight.
I also am a lucky participant in a 2nd head cold. I just had one less than 2 weeks ago, but lo and behold on Wednesday of this week, I could feel it coming on....my head has so much mucus in it I don't know where it is coming from. I feel like someone is sitting on my head and digging their fingers in, there is so much pressure and my ears are full of fluid, so sometimes it sounds like I'm underwater....yep, colds are great!
Ellie is still fighting her 2nd cold of the season, she's been switched to a 3rd antibiotic and is now on steroids as well for chest "wheeziness". Sadly Ian woke up today saying his throat hurts badly...(I looked, I think it may be strep) and my DH Keith is hacking up his lungs as well. This has been circulating through our family for the past month....such is the way of large families, we just pass it back and forth and all around....but perhaps if we get it early, then later this winter we'll be free from illness. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
My family will be travelling 110 miles south to spend Thanksgiving with our families....Thursday is my MIL's day (I go for lunch and early afternoon, then I get to go out with my Mom BYMYSELF!!!! for a movie...we're hoping to catch Queen) Then on Friday it's Thanksgiving at Mom's house with my side. We'll also hold small birthday parties at both families homes for the three big kids.....as they have birthdays in early Dec...Ian and Jacob born Dec. 4 and Katie born Dec. 11. We've found with this season, it's better that we celebrate with our families during Thanksgiving, and then we do our own party with friends in our home on their actual birthday....That way they get a whole bunch of little parties and since it's hard to have a birthday during the holiday season, they feel special too...
So, I'm getting heart palpitations reading my plans for the upcoming week...but it will get done, and what I just went through this week between GS meetings, product sales sorting, overnights, mammograms (had my first one this week...still waiting on results...), illness, it should PALE in comparison to the short week we have this week....but I still have to come back early on Friday evening so that I can work this weekend...cuts short the festivities, but that's life. Makes our short time with family that much sweeter.
So dear friends, if I don't write much in the upcoming days...please know that I still *try* to read everyone's blogs...I'm just so busy I catch myself coming and going....I think I'd like Santa to bring me a vacation for Christmas...a magical one, where I can just stay in my PJ's, no cooking, no babysitting, no cleaning, no driving anywhere, free from stress, but I can still be around my family....to make sure they are safe and sound, I won't miss them and I can just stitch and stitch, have my favorite Chinese takeout brought in...anybody know a place where I can get all of the above? Sounds so heavenly! Please send information to me if you do....
Until the next time....Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
Today I'm thankful for: Mucinex, Decongestants and Puffs Plus...what did people do before those lotion filled tissues, my nose would be hamburger if not for these wonderful inventions!
Stitching on: snowmen ornaments for teacher's gifts
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Here's a quick finish and another ornament off my list of "to do's"!!! This one is for my nephew Nicholas. This is a Lizzie Kate pattern and I stitched it on 18 ct. Aida (I've come to not care that much for aida lately, but I have a slew of it so I'm using it for ornies like this). I used WDW threads and I really like the way it turned out. I used the cardboard sandwich method again and although the corners in the middle aren't perfect....(argh!) I think it turned out ok. I've got to quit knocking myself up about things not being perfect. I'm not perfect, so thus the things I make aren't going to be "perfect"....I think this little ornie looks cute although the corners are not identical........
A big THANK YOU! for all the nice comments on my bedroom! I love blogging, as it makes my self confidence soar at times when I really need it! Glenna commented on the old sewing machine in my bedroom. I do have an old treadle sewing machine that is in perfect working condition...I sometimes even use it!....but the one in my bedroom is one that was destined for the scrap heap and my dear brother saved it. He cleaned it up and made it into a lamp...if you look closelyin the picture posted in my previous blog, you can see that there is a fringed shade over the sewing machine, that's actually the lamp part that is wired inside the machine! The table that it sits on was also destined for scrap, it was just the old iron bottom "legs" of the sewing machine. My brother saved those as well and put a beautiful piece of cherry wood on the top to make a table, so one Christmas about 5 years ago, I got the most beautiful handmade gift from my brother, a sewing machine "legs" table and a quaint little lamp made from an old sewing machine. It looks really cute together! Thanks Glenna for the comment and pointing out the machine so I could share this story with my blogging friends......now if my brother reads this blog he can get a big head! :o)
Rainy day today and dreary here in Indiana...the kids are out of school due to election day, they can't play outside, so they are restless. Ellie is restless as well because she got her 15 mos. shots yesterday...she's a little "crabby" :o) I'm trying to crank out some exchange stitching and Christmas gifts....so there ya go, a busy day!
Before I leave I'd like to take a moment to encourage the American citizens, that read my blog, to get out there and vote! My DH and I (Ellie in tow) were at the polls at 6 a.m. this morning to use our precious right to vote. We all need to be aware of the sacrifices that people in the past have done to secure this right and stand up and use it to make our voices heard! Ok, that's all I have to say besides - My name is Vonna Pfeiffer and I approve of this message :o)
Monday, November 06, 2006
And here's the view from the left hand side:
In our new home (we moved in May 30, 2006), we have 4000 sq. feet and three levels (walkout basement, main floor and then second floor), which we desperately needed with a family of 6. We had lived in a home with 1800 sq. feet for 10 years, of course we bought it newly married and w/o children! In our new home, I've had everything decorated for weeks, however, I never got around to doing our bedroom the way I wanted as money is tight right now. But I found a fabulous sale and got all the items seen (bed coverlet, bed skirt, shears, valances, pillows and shams) for a really, really great price. So early Christmas for us...my DH and I won't have anything to open under the tree this year at our house, but who cares! I've never had shear curtains in my bedroom before and let me tell you .....they're romantic, soften the light coming through the window and just beautiful! I'm throughly pleased with how it turned out. I even hung all the curtain rods by myself! Until next time....
Stitching on today: finish my USEBB Ornie for exchange and VoHRH
Today I'm thankful for Egyptian Cotton!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Anyway, I got a really good start on this Mirabilia design. I love it and here's the story:
My Aunt Sarah passed away on Dec. 13, 2003, she was just 51 years old and died of breast cancer. She left two boys that she had adopted ages 13 and 12. My Mom is presently raising both boys along with a dear friend of my Aunt's, who is like an Aunt to me and my siblings. Anyway...when my Aunt was sick and knew that she was terminal, my Mom and her took a trip, right after Chrismas in 2002. It had snowed mightily the few days before their trip. When they arrived at their destination, of course it was snow covered and deep as well. The story goes, my Aunt Sarah asked my Mom to make a snow angel with her and then two grown women in their 50's, I might add, dropped to the ground and made snow angels together laughing and giggling the whole time.
The Christmas after my Aunt passed away, my brother purchased a figurine of two girls making snow angels. He gave it to my Mom. Of course their were a lot of tears when she opened her gift and she keeps it out all year long to remember.
When I saw this Mirabilia design, I had to have it to stitch for my mother. You see my Aunt was blonde and always wore her hair long, my Mom has brown hair and has always worn it short....my Mom's not too girly either and she always wears pants, so this design although supposed to be a boy and girl, looks just like my Mom and Aunt. (I'm making my mother sound like she's really masculine...she's not, just not into dresses and skirts :o) So I'm hopefully going to get this done by February, for my Mother's birthday....(I hope she doesn't read this!)
Ok on to happier stories......
Here's my trick or treaters....(including my husband) I don't know what he's supposed to be..... LOL!
The boys are of course Batman...check out the "stance", Katie is Mary Ingalls, and Ellie is just the pretty princess that was saying goodbye, before the big kids went out...she and I stayed at home and passed out treats...she had a BLAST! doing that! LOL! She was so cute helping me and she never got scared of the scary kids that came, of course we didn't have a lot of scary people, we had a headless horseman, that was a little "bloody" but nothing really scary. We had a lot of Wonder Women...what's up with that....is it playing on some cable network again?! Lots of Disney princesses, most boys were Pirates (because of the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, I think) and then some, I don't know what they were......
I was out of "treats" that we had purchased within 1/2 hour of starting...YIKES! but I luckily had some granola bars and tootsie pops on hand to pass out. We started out with microwave popcorn and an apple juice box as out treats, then ended up with granola bars and suckers...those last kids got jipped! We figured we had over 100 kids show up at our door! Next year I'm stocking up!
Well that's it for me today....I'm going to have a stitch fest today as well.....the kids are out of school today 1/2 day because of parent teacher conferences....so, with them home in the afternoon, Ellie is entertained so a little break for Mommy! I don't have to work this weekend so maybe, if I'm lucky I will get a whole lot of stitching accomplished! Have a great day and weekend!
Stitching on this weekend: Ornie for exchange *for sure* and one of my 4 WIPs, haven't decided yet....
Today I'm thankful for my digital camera...how did we ever live with them?!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Just a little Halloween Humor! No this isn't my house....I found it while surfing the web. Thought it was funny so I posted it to share a giggle or two!
On the stitching front...been doing some more stash buying. I found some wonderful M Designs on Clearance at Hobby Lobby for $1.00; they are needlerolls. I really liked them so picked them up. I've not got much done in the way of stitching so....I'll leave that for another entry hopefully sometime soon!
My kids are all jazzed up about Halloween; sadly one of my twins has strep throat....ugh!....but he's on antibiotics and will have his 3rd dose this evening. I'm hoping that he'll feel well enough to go trick or treating tonight. He's getting a little color, so I think he'll be ready. Ellie and I both have the crud too, not strep throat, but a deep chest cold. Yuck! Katie's getting it too. The only healthy ones at this point is Keith, my husband, and Ian my other twin. So we'll see how long they strong can survive in a house full of sicko's.
I've been enjoying all the blogs lately. Seems like lots of your are busy, busy, busy stitching away! Everyone is doing such lovely projects. Thanks to Michelle over at Ozark sew 'n sews, I finally kitted up "Gathering Honey" and crossed a few X's this weekend making a start on it. You all need to go on over and check Michelle's blog out...she's on my sidebar....Her Gathering Honey Sampler is spectacular!
Well, I've officially finished my Winter Blast Exchange for the USEBB, but can't tell you anything other than that...can't wait to share it - I think it turned out beautifully! Now I'm stitching up my Ornament for the exchange. I've started it and almost had it done and decided it didn't look right...so I'm going to start over...how sad is that?!
Almost time for lunch and naps (!) so I better get scooting...I don't want to miss Day's of Our Lives either (my only soap, that I watch)!
Have a Wonderful Halloween! I hope everyone gets their sweet tooth satisfied :o)
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Here is my start on Fall's Gifts by Carriage House Samplings. What I'm using: DMC floss (I think the DMC conversion is beautiful), I thought about getting some Vickki Clayton, but I didn't see a conversion for Fall's Gifts on her website and then why pay extra $$$ when I've got the colors here at home?! I'm using 28 ct. Black Belfast, over 1.....YES, I'm doing it ON BLACK OVER !!! All I can say is, let their be sunny days when I stitch this....Thank heavens for my Ott light...if I didn't have that...I'd be sunk! This is my first attempt of stitching over 1 and I am well ~ pleased! I love the "delicate" look over one seems to achieve. I know I've not gotten very far....but that's probably over 100 stitches and at least 1 hours work. I really, really like the look....we'll see as I progress.
I've also been stitching on my Winter Blast project...can't tell you much about that other than....It's close to being done - the stitching that is....then I've got to figure out the finishing....hmmmm.......
Today I've not crossed one X yet...rather, I have been cleaning the house. I've gotten my house as neat as a pin now and everything is clean, dusted, mopped, swept, polished, dried and put away. My house smells clean and fresh....just like swiffer wet jet spray... :o) but in just 1/2 hour the house will be invaded by the BIG kids and then everything will stink again and be messy and crumbs will be on the floor and milk will be spilled across my shining cabinet tops....BUT that is what having kids is all about...at least after 6 hours of cleaning I can at least see for around 1 hour that WOW, my house looks good! LOL!
Tonight, I'm going to take a long, hot bath in my jetted garden tub. Ahhh, I relish the thought! But that will come after, supper, homework, spelling words and 4 other baths that I have to give! Tonight my hopes are to finish the Winter Blast Stitching project...wish me luck!
**Today I'm thankful for Sweet Tea, is there ANYTHING that is as refreshing as a big 'ol glass of iced sweet tea. YUM-O! Rachel Ray---you don't know what your missing!** :o)
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Here's my first try at doing a "sandwiched" ornament! I sort of followed the rules to do a pinkeep...I took two pieces of cardboard cut to the same size, glued batting on the one and trimmed, then stretched my gingerbread man on top of it and glued the linen to the back of the cardboard. Then I took the second piece and glued my back fabric. Then I hot glued the "off" sides together, attached a hanger and went around the edge with red ribbon. Then I made the bow and glued it on. Finally I added a little gingerbread man button in the lower left corner and ~viola~ it was complete! It was a messy job and it probably wasn't a stellar performance on my part, but I learned a few lessons for the next time and I think it turned out pretty-doggone good!
This is the completed ornie picture
AND here's the back picture showing the cute fabric I found to complete this project.
This ornie is for my nephew Bradyn for his St. Nick gift on Dec. 6. It was a freebie design from Waxing Moon. I think the gingerbread man is really a cutie :o)
Well another weekend of work down! Whew! It was a little hectic this weekend. We always get busy when the cold season starts. So I didn't get any breaks and didn't get hardly any stitching done :o(
Tomorrow I have our Girl Scouts meeting after school. There are 4 new girls joining our troop, so I've been busy getting all the necessary paperwork together for their parents to enroll them in Girl Scouts. Our fall nut sale comes to a close tomorrow, so I'll have to collect everyone's sales sheets and tabulate the quantities for our troop to order. I'll be busy tomorrow.....
The LNS called today and the Carriage House Samplings chart I ordered - Fall's Gifts has finally come in....so I'll run over and get that tomorrow morning! Can't wait to figure out all the threads and stuff I need. I LOVE to kit new projects....now if I could learn to LOVE to FINISH projects I'd be in business.
Hope everyone's weekend was good! It's getting cold here in Indiana...I think we're supposed to be below freezing tonight! Doesn't the cold seem to be getting here early this year?! But in Indiana you can never tell - wait a few days and the weather will be different!
Until next time.....
*today I'm thankful for reading everyone's blogs and seeing that YES! there is a different way to finish my projects!
Friday, October 20, 2006
As the boys played on the computers, the girls and I went upstairs to change the sheets on all 5 beds....ahhh, what a nightmare! But we got that done, cleaned out the linen closet, because while dressing the beds, I thought it was time to pull out our "winter" blankies and put them on too. Then this inspired me to "clean" out the linen closet, I really hadn't done that since moving in here last June...I just sort of opened the door shoved it in and hoped for the best. So, I thought now that we're settled here in our new house and the winter blankies are out I'll arrange it. So that took at least a good hour of going through that. Then the girls and I got everyone's winter clothes out and hung them up and put the shorts away....it's been really cold here, so I don't think we have to worry about "hot" days any longer...but you never know, so I left each child two pairs of shorts out ~ just in case :o)
After I got all the above done...I had all the laundry to do....so got that started and then we had our Pizza Party at lunch...yep, we called Papa John's and pigged out. Now I'm getting a relaxing afternoon and evening....we'll eat leftover pizza, they watch movies in their jammies and stitch to my hearts content! What a perfect day!
I work again this weekend....but I'll take LOTS of projects to work on during my "breaks"!
Until next time....keep on smiling! :o)
*Today I'm thankful for all the blessings I've been given in my life ~ my four little miracles, my darling husband, a roof over my head and food in my belly. God has been good to me!*
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Well, here's a picture of my stash buying frenzy....much to my DH's dismay :o)
I finally got the "Witches Riding By..." by Lavender Wings and Glendon Place's "Witching You Were Here". For the Glendon Place witch I got the yummy Wichelt fabric called Summer Sky...it's fabulous and really a great "knock off" for the $50 fabric that the pattern calls for!
All the material that you see, I got on a FABULOUS deal at JoAnn's...I got the pumpkin print fabric (by Glendon Place pattern) for 1.50, there is 3/4 of a yard there....Then the perfectly springy pink polka dots fabric is like 1 yard and it was 2.00. Then the cute snowman fabric was .75 and is 1/2 yard. Then I splurged and got the green/red with gold snowflake fabric in a full yard and it was on like 25% off sale, as well as the green/red plaid.....
What a delightful day of spending money and piling up some more stash!
On the stitching front....I've been BUSILY stitching my fingers to the bone on my first exchange. I'm about over 1/2 of the way done!!! And I've been buying 'extras' as I see them in craft stores! I'm having lots of fun doing this! Thinking about how I'm going to finish it....haven't decided yet. Then I've been looking ahead to the themes for next year and pawing through my patterns to see what I've got! Fun, Fun, Fun!
Well I guess that's it for now....I've got my bottom part of my house cleaned today, so woohoo! for that! Tomorrow I have my anual exams at the Dr's....*great*, yeah right and Friday my kiddos are off for a three day weekend due to "Fall Break".
Until next time....
*Today I'm thankful for the *Swiffer* wet jet....what a wonderful invention for busy mothers!
Friday, October 13, 2006
I'm already busily stitching my Winter Blast exchange, although I don't know my "partner" yet. But I thought I may as well get started. I'm waiting to stitch my ornament until I know if there are any certain likes/dislikes as far as ornaments go (i.e. religious/non-religious, etc.). I think I'm going to do a "flat fold" for my Winter Blast exchange. I've never attempted one of those, however I have some really great snowflake fabbie that I've been waiting to use, so I think that is what I am going to try.
I've recently become very intrigued with scissor fobs, needle keeps and scissor keeps. My LNS is taking part in this on-line needlework show. Of course, I didn't let this pass me by....I finally broke down and purchased.....
FALL GIFTS by Carriage House Samplings plus some spectacular 28 ct. Belfast Linen to stitch it on.....I've been salivating over this pattern since I first saw it. It's on order, so I don't have it my hot little hands yet.....but soon, very soon.....
Well, my 'lil pumpkin here at home is dreadfully sick. She's radiating heat, and has copious amounts of nasal drainage. Poor 'lil gal, she wants to suck her paci, but can't do that and breathe at the same time. Never fear! We went to the Dr. and he gave us some meds! Daddy will pick them up on his way home! Well this is a work weekend for me.....for all you people out there with the weekend off....ENJOY!!!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
considering that we had a busy, busy weekend.
I'm not too sure about the colors of this block. BUT it's early and it will probably *POP* more as the black of the background is filled in?! I hope?
Well Conner's Prairie was a lovely experience! I've never been there before and it was just great! The boys were not so intrigued by the whole deal, but I think they are a little young at 6 to realize what was going on. The people in the "living museum" actually work and dress and speak to you as if it is 1836. No kidding. I almost felt like I was barging into their home when we went into one, because they put on quite a front! We had a lovely day and the weather was PERFECT! It was a blessing to be with my family on such a beautiful day sharing a lovely time!
Well, back to stitching....I've not gotten all of my ornaments done for Christmas and it is bothering me a bunch. I'm so covered up with volunteering, that I'm not getting my goals done. Plus VoHRH is consuming me. I've never done a project this big and I am bound and determined that I will finish this! I think my husband thinks it will go in the WIP box, like a lot of other large projects go that I've started.....but I will get this one done. Scouts Honor!
So I think I'm going to start a couple of ornies and try to get them finished. Maybe small ones instead of the big involved ones that I get into will make it go smoother? Who knows?! What I need to remember is: stitching is my *calgon* moment! I'm not going to go heckbent for leather trying to make everything come together. It will all work out. But when you are an A type personality like me....I sometimes get myself bogged down in the deadlines and the rush or finishing rather than taking my ride down the lazy river and enjoying my craft!
Until next time - keep smiling! :o)
To steal from another blogger - - - I'm going to list something that I'm thankful for...as isn't nice to remind yourself of all the good things in life.
Today I'm thankful for all the good friends and acquaintances I've met through this Blog! You are much appreciated! :o)
Friday, October 06, 2006
Well, I'm happy to report that today I say "adios" to Block #2 of VoHRH!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a long and enduring trek this block became....but I muddled through somehow. I do think it's rather a nice block, don't you? I think my favorite part is the trees. Eventhough I said a *few* four letter words while backstitching the branches and leaves...but hey....they look good right?! All for the good of the end product!
Well I'm off to the graveyard....or Block 12, for those of you who care. LOL!
Tomorrow my family and I are going to http://www.connerprairie.org/ Conner's Prairie. We're going to step back into time and have a good time I'm sure. We've never been there, but I have many friends that say it is an awesome experience. We're going to do it all, morning chores, pan for gold, dip some candles, evening chores, a little shopping, watch the Lenape Indians Dance, eat some autumn apples dipped in caramel (YUM!), etc....
I hope that everyone has a great weekend! I'm looking forward to it! This is my only weekend off in October, so I'm going to LIVE it up! I've got all my "extra" volunteer activities about wrapped up, so life is looking good!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I did some changing on the bird color...it was supposed to be teal I think...well I changed it to black and I may go and do black on all of them...I don't know we'll see as I progress...Which is about as fast as molasses going downhill during a ice storm! :o)
Next up: the graveyard...which I'll probably be there until New Years Eve since it's solid Cross Stitch...but maybe I might surprise myself!
Here's my little walker.....
She was walking into the computer room as I was typing away on my Blog. She's a cutie, and won't keep her shoes or socks on for Love or Money! So I'm trying to persuade her that socks and shoes are good things.....especially with the cold coming on...we've got to learn to wear shoes outside now and keep socks on our feet....
Well today is laundry day and I've got to run....PTO meeting this evening along with the Cub Scouts Meeting too. So off I dash to finish my house work!
Until next time.... ;o)
Sunday, October 01, 2006
My girl scout troop organizer activities will be *hopefully* slowing down now. I've gotten two new troops started and did some #fast# talking to get two parents for one troop and three for the other to be leaders! This Thursday I have to train them (yes, I'm a trainer too....) and then they will be on their own!!!! Can you tell I'm excited?!
See my name is Vonna and I have a problem. I can't say "NO!" I can't even say, "no..." All I can seem to say is, "Yes, I'll do it." That gets me into some problems...I get stressed out, I get burned out and I get tired. For instance, I'm also a Girl Scout leader (yeah, I know...) and I had a Ice Cream Social at my house this past Friday night...well this was our first "meeting" and I'm already SICK of Girl Scouts....we haven't even sold Cookies yet....usually by the time cookies are over, I'm SICK of Girl Scouts....now, I'm sick of them and we've only had one meeting. It'll get better as soon as this troop organizing stuff is over with.
Thank heaven, I got out of doing Cub Scouts Den Mother or Cub Mother or whatever they call it. I've got enough cubs at home, don't need somebody else's cubs......don't get me wrong...I like cubs...but you know what I mean!!
Ok, well today I'm at work. I'm surrounded by my bugs and having a good 'ol time! (yeah, right..but I'm trying to think *positively* :o) )
Not too bad on Sunday in a hospital. Everyone that got drunk/ill/hurt from a Saturday night date/brawl/etc....has been taken care of over the night shift. I come in and it's relatively slow going until the Church's let out and people over-eat on Sunday Dinner and then it hits....people think they are having heart attacks(usually just gas)/throwing up/stomach aches/etc. Then it starts rolling again. You think I jest....I do not....it is true, after working 13 years in this business you can start to see patterns. For instance...I believe that people's hormones or blood chemistry actually DOES change during Full or New Moon Phases. If you are working on the evening shift and it is a full moon....WATCH out....things are going to happen. For example: women go into labor/babies (multitudes) of babies are born/rowdy, drugged up or drunken people take over the streets/attempted suicides/accidents/etc. These things really go on during full moon phases. It's odd. AND if you have to work on New Year's Eve during the evening/night hours and it's a new year AND a full or new moon phase....you might as well put on some roller skates and your riot gear....it's gonna get ugly! LOL!! But since this is such a "lengthy" entry...one can see that it must NOT be a full moon, nor AFTER Sunday Dinner, because I'm having a good time typing away here on my keyboard.
Well I must run as my break is over, my buggies are calling (*hello E. coli, howdy Staph aureus, Good Day Klebsiella...) they want me to come out and play....I did NOT stitch anything during my break - like a should have done - nope instead I'm hear blabbering to you all.... :o) :o)
Until next time....when I *hopefully* have something to say and show about STITCHING!!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I've just too much on my plate right now...but I'm not going to sit around crying into my soda about it....I just need to learn the word - "No"....
You know how you see signs on churches that every now and then have some great, witty, one-liners that make you stop and think.....well I ran across one of those last week. It said,"We're too blessed to be depressed." How poingnant is that? It makes me stop and think how true that is. I'm running around trying to be all things for all people and then I get down and I'm lucky that I can run around, I'm lucky to have all the blessings I have in my life - my kids, my husband, my home, good friends, talent, etc. etc.
Had a lovely surprise in my mailbox yesterday...the much anticipated Lavender Wings Witch had arrived and was waiting for me! She's a beauty! Rather larger project than what I had first anticipated. But a beauty no less!
We've had good news with the kids at school. My little studious daughter got her mid-term grades for third grade. She had all A's and one A+ (100%). GREAT! The twins are making strides in their reading and settling in nicely at school, learning the ropes as 1st graders. Both Ian and Jacob have gotten all their spelling words correct each week!! I know that doesn't sound like a big deal, but believe me for two little boys - that is a HUGE deal!!! :o)
Well until next time, keep your fingers crossed that I pull out of this stitching flunk...
Monday, September 18, 2006
You can see to the right besides getting done the outlines I also finished the St. Peter's Church wording and filled in the grass around the fence. That's it! I've not had much time of late to stitch. Between working the past 3 weekends straight (I am supposed to work every other weekend), school homework (yikes! I should just homeschool, because I'm basically doing that anyway), Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, School PTO - I just don't have any time left to do ~ you know basic day to day life stuff like sleep and bathe! LOL! The most stitching I do is probably like 1/2 hr. per day...That sickens me....
But on the bright side, I'm seeing more progress with this project especially since the outlines are done. Next will be the graveyard since I'm feeling spooky.
Another thing to celebrate is that my last baby is WALKING....how sad is that to think that I'll never see another little face concentrating so hard to make it to me as they take those first unsteady steps. The joy that comes across their face as they made it without falling. Yep, that's pretty sad. But on the bright side, she's healthy and happy and able to take those first steps which will lead to a whole lifetime of first steps into various parts of her life.
Ok, that's enough philosophical talk for me today on a "Manic Monday"! Remember that fantastic song which was sung by the Bangles in the 80's ~ when I was young, naive and didn't have a care in the world! Ahhh.....those were the good 'ol days! :D
Friday, September 15, 2006
I cannot tell you how happy I am, this is my *favorite* issue of the year!! Yippee!!
They called at noon, I was over there and on my way back home by 2 p.m. I looked through it already and I believe it is another winner! While there I also picked up JCS ornament preview magazine which is really the October issue....has some cuties in there as well that are "complimenting" ornaments to the ones that some of the designers did for the Ornament issue. I love the Country Cottage Needleworks ornie in the mag and the Angel Stitching one was cute as well. Little disappointed in Lizzie Kate's ornie this year...but you can't win them all.
So has anybody else gotten their copy yet?
Have a great weekend everyone....!!!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Here's my update for VoHRH....notice not a thing has changed in Block #2. The only "change" is that I am almost complete making all the block outlines. I got this wonderful idea from Kim who is doing HoHRH....I was always thinking I should stitch the outlines, but then I got lazy. After looking at Kim's wonderful blog and seeing her progress post to post, I thought I'm not crossing another X until I finish my block outlines. So see, I'm almost done! Makes you realize just how monstrous this project is...does it not?!
After I finish the church...I'm going to the cemetery...I feel a little "halloweenie-ish" and thought that it would be my next stop in the Village....it is Block #12.
Plus since there is no signature on this peice, I think I'm going to somehow sign it in an "old timey" way. Like "wrought by" or "this work is mine" I don't know if I'm going to incorporate it in a block or do it along the side. Any opinions???? Since you lovely ladies were astounding with your information on PinKeeps, what are your ideas about signing this piece? Don't hold back....let me know! :o)
Finally, I went on a little spending splurg....LITTERALLY....I purchased the following items:
I really love the Lavender Wings Witch...Love it....
Well I'm up to my ears in cookie dough and my baby is up to her ears in cookies period as she's been sampling and covered in chocolate...
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Here's the BIG finish on my Bent Creek "Pumpkin Harvest". I made it into a hanging pillow, like a do with all my finishes lately. I embellished with buttons, ribbon and bows. I think it looks really "country" and fits well into my country styled home.
Here's why I like to make my "seasonal" cross stitched pieces into hanging pillows, I can hang them on my "rusty stars". This grouping is in my entry way. Doesn't it just make you want to drink apple cider?!
Well it's been a busy, busy day....finishing my craft space, completing my Bent Creek project and decorating for fall.....
Whew! But at least I can see progress for all the effort! Tonight is the school's first PTO meeting....so I guess I'm not done yet! Until next time, think fall! ;o)