Thursday, March 05, 2009

A tisket, a tasket, a kitty in my basket...

Hello sweet friends! I've been neglegient in my posting about this most lovely of sweet gifts that I received from my friend, Harmien. Its a little friend for Chatty :)

Isn't he lovely? I absolutely love it and when I received it, was during some dark days - so a smile he brought with him all the way from the Netherlands. I cannot tell you what he means to me. Thank you dear Harmien!

I sure haven't been doing any stitching :o( But I've been doing a lot of creating and finishing! There are a couple of new finishes that I've come up with for The Twisted Stitcher's Finishing Service I now can create for stitchers Wall Hangings custom made to my client's specifications. And a Front Double Mount Flatfold (or Flatfold *B* as I'm calling it at my service) - this first one I made turned out really, really cute...I see a lot of those in my future with my own finishes!

On a personal note - my Mama and I started a lifestyle change on Ash Wednesday. I'm proud to report that 1 week in - I've lost 14 lbs! I couldn't be happier. I know that it won't drop off this fast from here on out, but I am pleasantly surprised at just how good I feel about "being hungry"! LOL! :o) It's a hard, long battle I've got in front of me, but I am resolute in my mind, my will is firm and I shall conquer this one thing that has alluded me the past 10 years. I've never in my life not been able to accomplish something that I've set my mind to, and this too shall come to pass.

This weekend.... I have a date lined up with my stitching chair and I hope "numb butt" syndrome will be headed my way! I need a good does of numb butt syndrome...and I hope this weekend is THE weekend for it.

Until Next and best wishes, as you count your blessings and your stitches, from our house to yours! XXXX

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
Psalm 23:1-3


  1. is a lovely and cute kitty!.

  2. Congratulations on the weight loss, Vonna. That's awesome! As someone who is struggling with her own weight issues, I'll be following your progress. Are you following a particular diet, or just counting calories & exercising? A girl needs some tips on losing 14 pounds!

    The kitty is cute!

  3. Oh I just love that pattern of that kitty. It turned out great and what a nice gift! Congrats on the 14 pounnds! I think I found it! I keep meaning to email you back honey, it's just been crazy...I promise soon!

  4. Oh, how thoughtful and sweet of dear Harmien! Her kitties are adorable and lovely... I just love them! :-)

    Oh, what Wonderful and Beautiful new finishing techniques, Hun! You are sooo talented! I am trying to teach myself to *finish* but I am clueless, and it's slow going, thus I get so frustrated!
    And big Congratulations Hun and good luck with your life-style change! :-)

    So, which one of your new lovelies will you be stitching this weekend whilst acquiring "numb butt"? Inquiring minds want to know! I'm off this weekend and I too hope to acquire a nice case of the same wonderfully, comforting malady... I sooo need to get some things finished!

    Blessings, love and hugs always in stitches...

  5. Awe, the kitty is so sweet! Harmien did a wonderful job! And that was so nice of her to send him to you! Congrats on losing 14 lbs! That's awesome! You inspire me to get back to the treadmill!

  6. A huge congratulations on your weight loss. And the kitty is so adorable!!

  7. That kitty is so cute! Congratulations on your loss too!

  8. Like the new finishes you featured. Your finishing work is always so incredible!

    Congrats on the weight loss! Wishing you continued success.

    P.S. Spring temps are on their way for the next few days. Hooray!!

  9. "Numb Butt" - I love it! I adore your little kitty - so cute! Congrats on the weight loss - how in the world did you lose 14# in one week?? Awesome!

  10. This kitty pattern is so lovely. What a nice gift from Harmien.
    Wow, congratulations on losing 14 pounds. It's awesome adn I wish I could do that as well.

  11. A very lovely kitty! Congratulations on your weight loss, and I hope you do get numb butt this weekend!

  12. What a beautiful gift! And I love your new finishes Vonna!!

    Good luck with the weight loss! You sound determined :)

  13. 14 pounds?! That's awesome! I gave up sweets/dessert for Lent and am hoping that gives my efforts a boost. Please do share your secret!

    The kitty is super cute...I may have to try my hand at making those. Surely my sewing-machine-challenged self can at least fgure out a little stuffed pillow critter...

    PS...your music choices rock. :-)

  14. What a wonderful gift!

    Congratulations on your weight-loss!

  15. What a sweet gift for a sweet lady :)

  16. I love the kitty. I was fortunate to receive a little fellow from her also. I won the drawing she had.

    Your new finishing techniques are lovely. You do such beautiful finishing.

    Congrats on losing 14 pounds. I know how hard this struggle is. I am constantly fighting it. Right now I am trying to lose a few so I can comfortably sit on a bus to Mt. Rushmore in June and Cape Cod in October.

    Hows you two best friends E&C?

  17. Anonymous10:47 AM






  18. Congratulations on your acheivment you and your mom can do it with the support of one another you will keep eachother going. ((HUGS))

    The kitty kat is so adorable. What a wonderful gift :)

    Take Care

  19. Congratulations on your acheivment you and your mom can do it with the support of one another you will keep eachother going. ((HUGS))

    The kitty kat is so adorable. What a wonderful gift :)

    Take Care

  20. 14 pounds! That is incredible!

  21. He is a very cute kitty too.

  22. Congrats on losing the 14 pounds--that is incredible. And how sweet of Harmien to send that lovely little kitty, just when you need a smile the most. You are indeed a lucky lady. Love the flatfold finish B--saw one just like it on artisticneedle's finishing blog last year. I so wish I could do finishing like you ladies. I just keep on trying--one day, perhaps!

  23. Well, I've suffered from numb butt sydrom for the past two weeks and I can't WAIT to get out of my chair and go for a run. That's never happened to me before.

    Harmien's kitty is so sweet! I'm sure he feels right at home at the Pfeiffer's!

  24. 14 pounds! Congratulations!!! I would love to know how you did it. DH will be back from Korea in one month and I would love to drop a few pounds before his return.
    I love your new finishing services, especially the Flatfold B. Would love to see what you are planning to stitch on this weekend, too =)

  25. That Harmien is such a sweetie...looks like that cute kitty found a wonderful home :)

    Congrats on the weight loss!

  26. Congrats on the weight loss!!!

    LOL, numb butt sydrome - love that!!

  27. Wow! 14 pounds. You could make some big bucks selling your weight loss secrets!

    I love your double mounted flat fold. You do beautiful work.

  28. The kitty is so cute!!!!!
    Congratulations on your weight loss!! That is a big achievement!!!!

  29. Sweet gift from Harmien!
    Congratulations on the weight loss!

  30. Congrats Vonna! That's great! I need to lose some weight myself! It's just that chocolate is sooooo good! hahaha

  31. I love the sweet kitty gift from Harmien and I'm sure he was just what was needed to give you a little comfort.

    Awesome work with your lifestyle change and its paying off huge! I think a weekend of numb bum is in order.

  32. Congratulations Vonna! It got to 86 degrees here today, so it can't be long until home grown fresh veggies will be available. Oh the taste of fresh from the garden tomatoes! I can't garden on the deck, it faces west and gets too hot, but I think mom and dad will let me garden out at their house this year. Just some tomatoes and peppers, maybe a cucumber. Will you be gardening this year?

    I LOVE this kitty and really want one for myself. Maybe this year...

    Beautiful flat fold!

    Happy stitching this weekend.

  33. What a sweet, sweet kitty! What a wonderful stitched "pick-me-up" for you! LOTS of congrats for the weight loss!! Neat that your Mama is your buddy!! :) Good luck finding the "butt" time - I'm looking to have some of that myself very soon!! (Only a stitcher could coin and LOVE a "numb butt"!! :)

  34. What a cute kitty!

    Congratulations on making the commitment to weight loss. That is awesome progress for the first week!

    Love the "numb butt" term! That's definitely what my weekends are like, since I have such limited stitching time during the week :)

  35. What an adorable gift from Harmien!! I just love it and know you do, too. WOOOHOOOOO girlfriend!!!! 14 pounds? That's awesome!!! *doing my cheerleader jump - oh the visual* LOL

    Some great stash you got there, too! {{{{{HUGS}}}}}


  36. Yes, indeed; once you set your mind to something, it's as good as done! Way to go, girl! :)

  37. Cute kitty! I love the new finishes, will you be doing a tutorial for the new flatfold, it looks fantastic.

  38. Hey Vonna dear! Love your kitty from Harmien. :D

    And this weight loss? What is your secret? I've been busy with it for something like 8 weeks now and have lost something like 4 kilos. What am I doing wrong????

  39. Love the kitty from Harmien! He's so cute!

    Congratulations on your weight loss!

    You have won an award on my blog:)

  40. Dear Vonna, the kitty is so cute. I am passing you an award, see my blog :-)

  41. What a cute kitty! Congratulations on losing 14 pounds! You are inspiring me to start doing the Walk Away the Pounds DVD's again. I've gotten lazy about exercising since Christmas.

  42. Congrats on your weight loss! That is fantastic. Continue to good work. Your kitty is too cute!

  43. Good for you Von! I too, struggle with weight issues because of health reasons. I am praying I'll be able to do some serious walking when the weather is nicer. I think eating in moderation, not starving yourself (you said you were hungry) is the key. And there's water you are losing first too. We are liquid creatures. Don't get discouraged! Continued luck-I'll be watching.

  44. Congratulations on the weight loss! Mine continues to go up and down. I prefer down LOL. i hope you are able to get alot of stitching done this weekend.

  45. Cute kitty from Harmien! Congratulations on your great start/weight loss! And all hail the Numb Butt Syndrome - LOL!

  46. What an adorable kitty! And congrats to you on your lifestyle change. You have inspired me today. That's wonderful!

  47. Congratulations on the weight loss victory! Thank you for the verse from Psalms. I needed that encouragement today!

  48. What a nice gift. LOL on the numb butt syndrome.

  49. Hi Vonna,

    The incomparable Harmien strikes
    again!! Sorry, I was just on
    Staci's blog and she got a lovely
    gift from Harmien too. I adore
    the expression on this little
    fellas face. The fabric he's
    stitched on looks great too with
    it's mottled shades of colour.
    Wonder if she dyes her own fabric?

    I love visiting your finishing
    site to see what fantastical
    methods of finishing you've
    either created or improved upon.
    Wish we lived closer together
    because I'd hire you to teach
    me how to make magic with fabric
    and trim too.

    Congratulations on the weight
    loss and for making those
    healthy changes in your life.
    And to your Mom too. Good
    luck on your journey towards
    your goals.

    I truly loved seeing all your
    new stash treasures and reading
    about your plans for stitching
    larger projects for your home.
    I look forward to seeing what
    beauties you and your needle
    make of these wonderful designs.
    You're going to have so much fun
    stitching these designs, and
    arranging them around your house.


  50. Love the kitty... it's no wonder he brought a smile to your lips! Loved the stash enhancement post and CONGRATS on the weight loss! You go girl! You're in my prayers, Vonna. ~Robin

  51. Oh how sweet - your little companion from Harmien.
    I am trying to work on the "numb butt" syndrome but we keep having visitors.
    Good luck with the weight loss Hon. I will happily cheer you on. Maybe you can be the incentive to get me back on track. I am stalled bigtime!!!
    Many hugs, my friend

  52. Congratulations on your weight loss? I wonder what your method is? I am doing an online Bible Study called The Lord's Table.


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