Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bringing home the gold....

Just a quick update...
Katie had much success at her solo and she played beautifully! She brought home the GOLD! The judge said he was impressed with her abilities since she was a young musician and has only played 2 years.

 Katie prior to the solo contest

 Katie after her win, with her clarinet teacher (left) and her accompanist (right)

Then I neglected to tell you about the boys....
they had their last ever Boy Scout Pinewood Derby race on Friday evening. Ian was the first one out of the racing trials...but he still had a big smile  :)
Jake was the last man knocked out prior to trophy wins, but he got a medal for his efforts.

Mama's big boys....

And although she didn't win anything....
she's still a winner to us! Here's Ellie being a monkey in the playroom (housed in our unfinished basement)....she's not supposed to be doing this, I just found this picture on our camera...hmmmmm....

Thank you for indulging me....
I'm mighty proud of my little chicks :) 

Until next time, we'll be trying to stay inside because of the big snow/ice storm headed smack dab for central this rate, my kids will be in school until July 4th.....

Hugs and love,

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Family Sampler...

Happy day dear friends....
I finally finished my Family Sampler by Little House Needleworks !!! Whoo HOOO!!! I'll let the pictures do the talking for now....

Little House Needleworks - Family Sampler (slant)

Little House Needleworks - Family Sampler 4

Little House Needleworks - Family Sampler 3

Little House Needleworks - Family Sampler 5

Little House Needleworks - Family Sampler (front)

The Family Sampler
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Copyright: 2010
Stitched on: 32 ct. Vintage Buttermilk
Stitched with: Crescent Colours and DMC as suggested

Isn't it beautiful???
I just love it! I literally slipped the last few stitches in just about 45 minutes ago...I can't stop smiling! I've already ordered the frame for it and have scheduled it to be framed at my Local Needlework Store, so fingers crossed it won't be long until I'll have a framed piece to hang in place of honor in our home. This is easily the largest stitching project I've ever finished. It's a biggie :)

Since I....
finished one of my WIPs now, I get to choose something new to start from my stash. I'm trying to placate myself and motivate myself to get those WIPs done by promising myself one *new* start after I finish an old WIP. So hmmmm....I guess on this cold snowy evening, I'll get to let my fingers do some walking through my stash. FUN!

This past weekend...
my daughter Katie and I got to go on an adventure. We attended the March for Life in Washington DC and although we returned home exhausted, our hearts and spirits were renewed to stand up for our beliefs and watch our rights as American Citizens in action. We saw some magnificent sights in our nation's capital, but just a tiny few of all I'd really like to see someday. I will share a few of my favorite pictures of our time together in DC.

Katie and Mom outside the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception 2011

Katie and Mama outside the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
prior to Mass on Sunday evening January 23, 2011

Katie at the Washington Monument 2011

Katie in front of the Washington Memorial Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 March for Life Washington DC

Side hill of the capital,
we were in the middle of the march and we held up the camera and clicked to capture all those people behind us

I guess that does it for me for today. We have a big weekend ahead. Katie has a Clarinet Solo Contest to attend tomorrow. We have been frantically having last minute practices with her accompanist and getting her a new black sweater for her evening attire. She sounds great and my fingers are crossed that she brings home a win tomorrow....but no matter how she does, I'm so proud of her I could pop!

Thank you....
for visiting with me today! And until we meet again, I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God.
Hugs and love,

Monday, January 10, 2011

A couple of New Year Finishes....

A very warm...
Happy New Year to all my friends and readers from a very frigid Indiana! 2011 was ushered into existence and the race has been on for the Pfeiffer clan ever since....there is no rest for the wicked and I must be really and truly wicked because I've been going like the energizer bunny ever since the fireworks on January 31st :)

New Year's Eve...
found me busily stitching, not what I had planned and kitted up to stitch, rather an emergency request went out for quilt squares for a very sick little boy at Love Quilts . So I volunteered to be a stitcher of one square for his quilt and was granted the request. Although I didn't start the New Year off stitching something I had wanted to stitch, somehow I feel that I was blessed to stitch and send a square to someone in need especially an innocent little boy struggling in illness. Here's my contribution to Kirin's Quilt:

Kirin's Quilt Square for Love Quilts

"The Dog House Sampler"
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Stitched with DMC on 14 ct. white Aida
Stitched with love for Kirin at Love Quilts

I also threw my hat in the ring for a Inspirational Verse quilt square and stitched this:

CK Inspirational Verses Quilt Square for Love Quilts

"Tree of Life"
Design taken from the Scripture Thread Pack Collaboration Series
by Crescent Colours and Little House Needleworks
Stitched with love using DMC on 14 ct. white Aida

As you can see...
I always turn to my very extensive stash from Little House Needleworks to find the perfect design for the squares I stitch and have never been disappointed. Diane's designs hold the simple perfection to compliment many themes at Love Quilts and I don't have to go buy a pattern, because I own all of them already :)

You'll be seeing...
more quilt squares stitched by me in the very near future, I've got three more going. It seems that when I read the stories of these sweet, very ill children, I cannot think of not stitching something for them. Maybe its just a little way of giving back for all the many blessings and health given to me in my four children. I'm so thankful and very, very I'll stitch some more squares for kids, hoping to bring a smile to their face in some small way.

I probably....
won't be back for awhile, as I'm not knocking out my stitching as fast as I would like....ain't that the way? But when I do come back, I'll be a chatty Cathy keeping you up to date on the stitching and happenings around here :)

go out to the residents of Tucson, Arizona. The horrendous happenings there over the weekend and the senseless loss of life and violence used against innocent people....well, words cannot explain my feelings. My family and I are praying. Praying for the people in Arizona and praying for all people across the United States of America. It's time to take a good, long, hard look at ourselves. Anger has polarized our nation and it has imprisoned us all. Its is amazing to me, just driving my kids to their extracurricular activities, or driving around doing errands - just the simple act of driving -  brings out this ugliness and anger in some people. Driving is one thing, but it certainly isn't the only thing that brings this ugliness's everywhere it seems: on-line, in check out lanes at the grocery store, at libraries, on the phone, in the school....everyone has a smart mouth, a quick retort and is always right. Yes, it seems to me that we all need to take a long, hard look at ourselves -  me and mine included. Nothing can be corrected until we learn simple, basic manners and correct ourselves. It seems to me that a lot folks have either forgotten or refuse to use the good manners that our parents instilled in us. It's gotta start somewhere and I think that its a time for a "back to basics" approach. Showing respect to ourselves and taking that respect and kindness to others in public, is a start that I think would be a huge change. Baby steps put forth by all, can amount to a big leap. I am and have challenged myself and my children to think of others, to think before we speak (or type) and to think before we act. I can only hope that perhaps my children's generation will do a better job than my generation. May it be so.

Until next time...
I thank YOU for your visits and your lovely well wishes and comments to me and my dear family, they are so much fun and bring so much joy to my life. Thank YOU for being you and visiting with me! And until we visit again, I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God!

hugs and much love,