Friday, January 19, 2018

Week #3 of 2018....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you all ~
It's been sort of an "off" week here at the ranch....
We've had lots of snow. We've had lots of very cold temperatures. My bum cheeks feel like two blocks of ice. My cave is freezing. And generally I've been a little unmotivated and have found myself wasting copious amounts of time.

Monday I did finish the 6th installment of the Early Americans ~ Paul Revere, so may I present:

Little House Needleworks ~ Early Americans Series ~ Paul Revere
remember all of the details of this piece - as I am working it -  may be found in the tab above under "Early Americans Progression"
Early Americans Update_Paul Rever

Then I'm trying to have at least one new finish every Friday.
(I'm in trouble for next Friday if I don't get my butt in gear)
Here is my Fully Finished Friday piece:

Country Cottage Needleworks ~ Frosty Forest ~ Snowy Deer

Country Cottage Needleworks_Frosty Forest_Snowy Deer

Country Cottage Needleworks_Frosty Forest_Snowy Deer_close

Do you like stitching Little House and Country Cottage Designs? 
I know some of you aren't members of Facebook, but for those that are, I host many, many Stitch-A-Longs in the Little House and Country Cottage Stitching Group on Facebook. Diane and Nikki both are on the board too. There are sneak peeks and lots of good info...come give us a try!
If you are on Instagram and a follower of mine there - I post reminders there about the stitching SALS for the LHN/CCN group there too. If you would like to stitch along on Instagram rather than FB, just stitch and when posting use the hashtag and there you go!

This week, poor Ellie....
had to add the dreaded rubber bands to her braces 😭😭😭
She's hurting and it looks like a weekend of pudding and ice cream for her.


And although I'm not officially supposed to be in the cave yet....
I have started finishing again, because if I don't start now, I'll be so far behind before I've ever started!

Here's what came out of the cave this week for clients:
SD_LK_Jingle SD_LK_O Christmas Tree SD_Hands On Design_Be Mine SD_Bent Creek_Ground Hog Day

So there you go folks!
I'll do better next week...I've been a little out of gas this week...

Until next time...
Keep smiling because God loves you and so do I!
Be kind...because kindness matters!
Stitch every day....because it lowers blood pressure!
Take your vitamins....because its flu season and who has time for that?!

Love and hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx


  1. Hey Vonna, the Early Americans are looking wonderful but everything you do is equally amazing! I have a question for you...... Did you finish the Prairie Schooler Alphabet? I am wanting to start it and wondered if you would be willing to post a picture of how you finished yours. Thanks so much. Stay warm and healthy!

    1. Janice, I didn't finish it, but if I did ever finish would be framed. As much work as goes into that...framed all the way.

  2. Early Americans looks great so far.
    Beautiful finishes. I'm sure your clients will LOVE them :)

  3. Ohmann sending Ellie many hearts...I hated those rubber bands! Love the finishes especially Jingle with the bells.

  4. I love your Snowy Deer finish, Vonna. I can't wait to see what you are planning to do with that series display-wise. Good for you on finishing up Paul's square. The items you finished for your clients look great. Enjoy your weekend!

    PS I think ice cream for Ellie is a great idea. Pudding not so much! LOL

  5. I feel your pain on the cold, temps have been in single digits with snow--most days I look like the Michelin man (woman) because of all the layers. Beautiful finishes--like the ticking and polka dot combination. Kind thoughts for Ellie

  6. I am always in awe of your work and especially your finishes! Beautiful, beautiful work. You are truly an inspiration!

  7. Very cold weather brings on that urge to hibernate!! Hope Ellie has a fairly good week-end in spite of the bands! Of course, all those finishes are inspiring, just beautiful. I love seeing your Early Americans. I'm on block #2.

  8. I am going to start on the early Americans one of these days, does the square in the middle with We the People come in that series too? And thank you for your prayers, my son got a job, and things are looking up! Praise the Lord! I love all of your finishing!
    Just gorgeous!

  9. Your Frosty Forest finish is so pretty Vonna. Please give Ellie my best wishes - I too had braces back in the day and well remember how very painful it was when the bands and rubber bands were tightened. I walked around with my mouth open as I could not even bear to have my teeth touch (uppers and lowers).

  10. where and how can I get a free copy of Groundhog Day? Judy -

  11. We all have off weeks. Hope the next week finds you all motivated indeed.

  12. Good job on what you did get done this week! Hopefully as the temps warm up a little, your cave gets more comfortable. Great finishing as always and those are some cute free patterns!

  13. Such wonderful finishes. I love the colors you chose for Frosty Forest. Looking forward to following your progress. Ellie is going to have the straightest teeth a and perfect bite!!!

  14. i think i hear st augustine calling your name...

  15. Everyone needs a little down time and I'm glad to see you've had some too! As always, your finishes are just stunning. Love the way you finished Snowy Deer. The sprigs of evergreen are a perfect touch!

  16. Ice cream and pudding sounds great to me :) But, not the pain of rubber bands--poor Ellie! It will be worth it, though. I sure wish they had braces back in my day. My top teeth are fine, but not my lower :(

    Lovely stitching and finishing as always, Vonna--still don't know how you do it all! Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

  17. I used to take either ibuprofen or tylenol about 30-45 minutes before having bands tightened so it would already working by the time I was at the orthodontist. In addition to ice cream, tamales or lasagna are good for a flavor change.

  18. Hi Vonna,Love all your stitching and finishing. The Américan series is Beautiful. Frosty Forest is on my list! Gorgeous finish on it. In

  19. Vonna, Every time I see a post of the Early Americans piece, it makes me want to start stitching it right away! Alas, I have to buy the patterns first (that usually helps!). Congrats on your progress. The finishes you posted are gorgeous as usual. Wish I had your talent and flare. Please express my sympathies to Ellie. I remember those days well and I hope they don't cause her too much pain.


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