Saturday, June 29, 2013

St. Augustine...

Well our annual vacation to St. Augustine 2013...
has come and gone. And we had a fabulous, great, good time my dear friends and readers!
To commemorate our annual trips, I like to do a "vacation sampler" and I rely heavily on Nikki of Country Cottage Needleworks for our beach vacation memory samplers. It seems that every year just a week or two before our annual vacation, Nikki releases another darling, beach themed design and it speaks to my heart. This year was no exception. May I introduce:
 
"Surfside Cottage"
by Nikki Leeman ~ Country Cottage Needleworks
copyright 2013
stitched on 28 count Country French Blue Linen
stitched with DMC
 
**instead of stitching "Surfside Cottage" as Nikki designed,
I modified the pattern to commemorate
 our St. Augustine vacation**
 
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Cute as a button....don't you agree? I'm going to do some searching for a frame....
when stitching on the called for fabric, it stitches up into a 5 x 7 size and I'm thinking I could purchase a frame locally, but if nothing turns up, I'm going to purchase and frame in the one Nikki chose from Crescent Colours, as it is simply cute as can be! And will go perfectly in our beach themed bedroom. (which we painted in colors to resemble our St. Augustine vacation memories...we're ga-ga over St. Augustine! ha ha!)
 
And a FYI (and OK maybe a little enabling) for my fellow stitchers out there...
Just Cross Stitch has released a "preview" of the cover of their 2013 Ornament Issue:
 
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...and I figure since its released I can point out something to you all...
Do you see that white and blue ornament up there with the birds on it? Well that is the one Nikki has designed this year, and it is the sweetest ornament (although this picture doesn't truly show it off) that I stitched and finished for her. It uses the same fabric as "Surfside Cottages" and I'm going to make an ornament with "St. Augustine Vacation 2013" on the back to remember our annual vacation this year on our Christmas Tree...pretty nifty idea, if I do say so myself! Heck to be honest, we have some family friends that took a cruise this year, and I'm going to stitch one up for them and gift it to them at Christmas so they can remember their "Family Cruise 2013". The little sweet birds look like seagulls to me...it will make the perfect little memory ornament for our tree! So if  you took a beach vacation this year...you need to RUN, don't walk! and get yourself the "Surfside Cottage" pattern, a hank of the beautiful Country French Blue Linen and then get yourself the Ornament Issue and stitch up some memories! :)

And while we are on the topic of memories....
please allow me to share a few candid moments of our perfect vacation!

Nombre de Dios...
we start our vacation each year here at the mission. Every year, we kneel and pray a rosary inside. This year we started praying it alone and during the first decade people started coming in and praying with us. Afterward, Katie counted 12 people that came, joined in and prayed with us! We had the whole place filled! A lady even thanked me for leading the rosary afterward. I know that Jesus smiled at all of us gathered praying in his name together!  It made my heart happy knowing that together we prayed and all the little prayers that went to heaven that day! Beautiful! 
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El Galeon...
 was docked at St.Augustine while we were there! Keith, my boys and Ellie toured this beautiful ship!
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Early Morning walks on the beach...
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The girls saved their money all year....
so they could swim with the dolphins at Marineland of Florida! Look at their little faces! Ellie was so happy!! They got to swim with Roxy for 30 minutes of unadulterated FUN!
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Evening walks on the beach....
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Trips to Old Town...
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Significant finds on the beach walk adventures....
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My very, very, very favorite beach front home...
we walk to this house each year and it is exactly 5 miles from our condo to this gorgeous house and back... ahhhh! to live in this house! That'd be near heaven, I'm thinking...
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Eating out on the water in Tiki Huts....
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And sadly our last evening on the beach...
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A beautiful vacation...
with my beautiful family. What more could a girl want?!
Pretty much nothing on earth fills me up as much as my family and the beautiful creations God has made. It all comes rushing to my mind when I'm on the beach and you feel the wind blowing your hair, the power of the surf pounding the beach and I just can't help being awe inspired and filled with happiness, knowing how truly and utterly blessed I am.
Thank you God for all your many, many blessings you have bestowed on us!
(and particularly on me!) 
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Until next time my dear friends...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always.
(And dreaming about St. Augustine 2014!)
 
Love and hugs,
Vonna  xxx

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Courage...

Short and sweet today, folks...
I am busy, busy, busy ~ just like everyone else roaming mother earth ;)
 
I did get to finish the next in the Little House Sheep Virtues designs, let me introduce:
 
"Courage"
designed by: Diane Williams ~ Little House Needleworks
stitched on 30 ct. Weeks Dye Works Cocoa
using DMC as charted.
Finished as a little pillow on Weeks Palomino Houndstooth Wool
 
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I love these little JABCO buttons....
 
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....and my whole flock as it stands now....baaaaa!
 
The Flock thru May
 
Please don't forget to take a look at other's flock 'o sheep here: Stitching the Little House Flock
 
What's up next?!
 Well I'm thinking the next little black sheepie in the flock....
time will tell ;)
 
Until then....
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always!
Hugs in stitches,
Vonna   xxx