Friday, June 08, 2018

A very jumpin' May and June...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you, my friends ~

I always know when e-mails start popping up in my mailbox with the subject line:
Where ARE you? 
that it has been too long between posts.
Like everyone else on the planet my only excuse is:
time goes way too fast.
I need to clone myself and to be honest if I could, I sure would...I'd make the clone do all my work and I'd sit and stitch and quilt away! LOL!
God gave me a strong back and a firm constitution and as my Grandma used to say: I'll rest when I'm in the grave. So I'll keep plugging away too :)
and giving thanks that I can still work hard and long hours with little complaint 
(although the older I get I feel it faster and longer...ho hum...)

Where have I been? 
Well let's do a little recap of the last few weeks:

So I told you all about Prom and the Prom Dinner that I rolled out for my I'll pick up from there: 

On May 27, 2018....
I made my 5th appearance on Fiber Talk! (Recorded a couple of weeks prior) Gary Parr and Christine Williams are just fabulous people. I know I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again. FIBER TALK IS WHERE IT IS AT! What a service Gary and Christine are doing for the needlework community, really the handwork community, as a whole. They interview/talk about a wide range of topics, interviewing folks doing what they love best in the world. There are of course, real experts in the field, and I've listened to every podcast since they started. I always giggle when I'm on because I'm like the Hillbilly cousin from Southern Indiana, in comparison to most of the guests. 
Maybe a little comic relief amidst all the noble handwork experts. Gary and Christine keep asking me and I'll keep accepting their offers to be on the show because I love them, I honestly do. They are true friends to me and I love them, simple as that. Just like I love all of you! I do!

 And again, I've said it before and I'll say it again: This little thing called the internet and the needlework community has sure enhanced my life. I have friends all over the world, thanks to the internet and my hobby. True friends, that I may never meet in real life, but I can do a video chat with them and see them and make connections that make the world a smaller, better place. 

So are you looking for a little entertainment during your stitching time?
Click on THIS LINK: FIBER TALK (this is their website)
but wait!! they are also on YouTube too!: FIBER TALK ON YOUTUBE
Same content on both places, but on YouTube you get to sort of "watch" a slide show of what they are talking about and it's very nice! I prefer to listen (and watch when appropriate) on YouTube. 
Fiber Talk ROCKS!  You need some in your life :)

Next big thing is: 
Ellie was promoted from Elementary School, completing grade 6, and now moving on to Middle School and Grade 7 and 8. (New building, New School next fall) She's excited! And can I just take a moment and brag on her. I love to read/see/hear about people, no matter what their age, that are doing good things. We hear way too much negative "news"...I want to hear good news, good things and celebrate those that are doing great things in their little part of the world. Here is my daughter's little part of the world:

She was promoted and here was our little party at home with her:
(wording on the cake was by her Daddy who likes to irritate us all with his "totally cool" language, believe me if he could have put "legit" on the end, he would have - but I had to draw the line somewhere)

Ellie Grad 

She was awarded 7 awards...the ones that were most meaningful were:
Summit Year Book Cover Design Artist (year book pictured)
Art Award for top artist at her school throughout her years in Elementary school beginning in Kindergarten.

Ellie year book

President's Education Award:
Ellie and one other student in the 6th grade class was recognized for their outstanding Academic Achievements in the classroom and their superior standing of:  PASS+ ISTEP - which is Indiana's yearly academic Achievement Test on all subject matter each year since 3rd Grade. Pretty Amazing, right?!

Ellie President Award

Another extremely proud moment was when she was awarded the "Exemplary Student Award" by her teacher for her class.

Ellie Exemplary 

Katie was also awarded the Exemplary Student award when she was promoted in 6th grade:

Ellie and Kate Exemplary Girls

Here she is proving it: 

Exempalry Girl 2010

We are God goes the glory.

this past weekend on June 2, this happened:

Ian and Jake 1

Ian and Jake 5

Ian and Jake High 5

Both Ian and Jake....graduated from Bloomington South High School with Academic Honors. 
Jake: 4.2 gpa
Ian: 3.9 gpa

They both are direct admits into....
the Purdue School of Engineering on the Indiana University ~ Purdue University of Indianapolis campus. They will be studying, God willing, Electrical Engineering and following in the footsteps of their Daddy and big sister (who is on the same campus, studying the same, and will be a junior next fall). The boys have College Orientation in July and then we will be buying all the stuff to make their Dorm room (yes, they are rooming together) their home.

Fall is going to be hard for me....
and I'm not thinking about it fact in my best Scarlett O'Hara impersonation: 
"I'll think about it later....after all tomorrow is another day!"


that takes us to what has been going on with me....
First up is:
My feature in the Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine was released!!
Here is the cover of the magazine:

and here is the project that I featured in the article:

VP_LHN Liberty Belles_Jar Wrap

"Liberty Belles"
by: Little House Needleworks
Stitched on: 30 ct. R&R reproductions Olde Towne Blend
Stitched as charted
Finished as: Jar Wrap
The jar I chalk painted and "grubbed up" myself

It is an honor to be a New Feature in the magazine. So far, I've had really nice feedback about what my article says/shows how to do. So YAY! I was very worried. I only want to please people and I worried for weeks (literally as I submitted back in February).
Wait until you see my submission for the fall issue!!

Are you a subscriber? If not...why not? GET YOURS TODAY! it is a beautiful magazine with nice, card stock thickness paper, glossy pages, beautiful pictures and crammed with lovely stitcheries and punch needle patterns for you to replicate. Go HERE to order your subscription today: SUBSCRIBE TO PNPS

I also finished my very first - START to FINISH quilt.
I designed it, chose all the colors/fabrics, cut it, pieced it, quilted and bound it all myself! 
(...oh and all the mistakes I made myself too!)
I learned LOTS...and here it is:
My First Quilt My First Quilt_close

I've really taken to quilting. In fact, I really like it A LOT. I've already got my next quilts on the go and of course my monthly quilt shop Block of the Month going too....

Speaking of the quilt shop, guess who took a small job on there? 
Yeah, me...I'm working filling in just randomly, on a "as needed" basis. I've worked 5 days so far and I work again a few days in the next couple of weeks. I am enjoying it. It is fun and it gets me out of the house and doing something completely different from anything I already do and the scenery isn't bad either!


I'm working on my cross stitch, but nothing to share really because to be honest...I haven't had any time at all recently....for just ME, that is. I'm also going to be honest, I feel like a Mac Truck has run over me. I'm so tired all of the time....

This week I purchased off of Craigslist a sweet deal! A Koala Studios Quiltmate 2 sewing cabinet for my new quilting sewing machine (Juki TL-2010Q). It was a wonderful deal and after the boys and I went and got it I spend the day cleaning out and re-organizing the cave...It took me all day and my husband had a van load of things we no longer needed and took it to the donation center.
Here's some cave shots:

Newly purchase Koala Studios Sewing Desk
Koala Studios Desk


Cave Side Shot

A few of the cave zones...
Cat Corner, Exercise Zone, Mary Kay inventory zone, cross stitch zone, work table zone, movie picking zone, college carpet storage zone...


Are you tired yet? I am...
but amid all of this...I have also's what's been up in that arena of my life:
(please note designer and name of design at TOP of photos, always)
KB_HOD 12 Days JG_LK Two as One PG_BBD Peace Friend PG_BBD Rosehips and Ivy PG_LHN Poinsettia House PG_LHN Season's Greetings WF_LHN Cardinal Winter WF_LHN Merry Christmas WF_Liberty Sam WF_LK Autumn Smalls WF_LK Feelin' Festive WF_LK Happy Haunting WF_LK Little Merry WF_LK Little Thanksgiving IJ_PS Barnyard Christmas CC_HIH Redbird Sampler ES_SS Steampunk Fish ES_WTNT_Jolly Happy Soul LT_LK Wise Men EC_Needle Notion Sampler Santa EC_WTNT Summer Schoolhouse Lessons AK_LHN Peppermint Twist AK_LHN Pine Tree AK_LHN Winter Forest AK_LK Jolly Man

But as I was going over everything, I forgot one more item:


To whom much is given, much is expected.

SO...that's where I've been folks!

Until next time...
SMILE because it is a simple thing and brings so much joy!
So from me to you with a great big SMILE...
love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx


  1. Oh Vonna, what a fabulous post to read. Congratulations to Ellie, Ian, and Jacob on their accomplishments, promotion, and graduations. I can't believe that Katie will be a junior in college. Where did that time go? What incredible finishes you created. I really them all, but the Uncle Sam stand up is leading the top as a favorite. Congratulations to you on being named kitchen manager and your feature in the magazine. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Love your cave...
    Your finishes are awesome...
    Joining you in being proud of the accomplishments of your kids...
    I know it's hard when they start leaving the nest one by one, but remember, this is truly the best part of your time with them. They're still kids (always will be) yet they're old enough to be experiencing life as it's meant to be for them. And you get to watch and cheer them on!!

  3. You will love the Juki machine. It's my go to machine for almost everything.

  4. Congrats to your boys and to Ellie! I love seeing her artwork. She is truly blessed by her God-given talent (and so are we in getting to appreciate it).
    Yes, I am certain you are tired! I got worn out just listening to all you have done! Heard you recently on Fiber Talk and really enjoyed it.
    Happy crafting!

  5. Wow Vonna no wonder you are tired. Your accomplishments are amazing. Looking forward to getting my magazine and seeing your article. Your quilt is beautiful. Your finishes are awesome. Your children are all amazing blessings!!

  6. Now you can add quilting to your many talents!! All of the finishing is great,as usual. You do such wonderful work. How proud you must be of Ellie and the boys. It is a time for change in your family. A pastor that I really liked once said that the secret to enjoying motherhood was to accept each change as it came and enjoy the new experiences each change brought. He was a very wise man.

  7. Congratulations to all your graduates! Your re-organized finishing cave looks great. That sewing cabinet was a wonderful find.

  8. Wow Vonna, you should be tired. I love the quilt, the finishes as always and your can do spirit. You enjoy this summer with your boys and when fall comes you can dote on your last one. Time does fly way too quickly. Inspired as usual.

  9. Congrats to you and all your children - they are achievers all four of them.

  10. Congratulations Vonna on the successes of your children - a real reflection of loving parents! And on taking on the responsibilities of funeral catering, it is a worthwhile and largely unrecognised part of ministering to the grieving. Good on you!

  11. Congratulations to all your amazing children...nice to see Miss Ellie in the spotlight again! Love the graduation photos. Your finishes are beautiful Vonna.

  12. wow! Wow! GOD BLESS! You have all had great accomplishments...congratulations‼️ You live your lives by wonderful examples....
    Vonna, Thank you for sharing your precious time with us so appreciated....enjoy all your new adventures....blessings and love, LaNelle

  13. Congratulations to all.......can you tell me where you have the two plastic stand up storage for your cross stitch, where you purchased them?

  14. No wonder you’re tired with so much going on! Congrats to you and your kids for all the accomplishments! And the offer still stands - I know you don’t know me in person, but I am downtown every week day for work, so if you ever need something for your kids at iupui, you just let me know!

    P.S. my mom and I took a quick trip to Fancy Works yesterday and had a lot of fun, what a great shop you have!

  15. Happy Sunday Vonna! Thanks for the update. The quilt is pretty. Congrats to Ellie and the twins. You raised/are raising great humans. Love those animal ornament finishes, the peace/dove ornament, ok they are all well made! I love the detail with the cording and ribbons. Ellie is an amazing artist, that book cover is cute. If she pursues art in college, she will be bored. LOL! I mean that’s talent. I went to Milwaukee Highschool of the arts. I saw talent everyday in high school, but some artists had that natural ability, and would get bored zzzzz! As always, be well, ty for being a role model to me, ty for being supportive, and stitch on! Thank you for an old post you wrote, as well, you touched on something I’m going through. I have support but that post helped a lot. P.S. I had a teacher in high school who would say, stop sleeping so much, when you’re dead you will be sleeping forever. 😀
    Xoxo David 🌈🦋🐝

  16. Vonna I left a comment but I don’t see it! If there are 2 comments, sorry? Love the quilt, the bat cave, and finishes. I love how the cording gives a “pop” to the piece. The Halloween ribbon is “lit.” (So not cool enough to say that). Congratulations to Ellie and the Twins. Ellie is talented and I hope she pursues her art. I went to Milwaukee Highschool of Arts. I know talent when I see it, she’s gifted! I know you are very busy but thank you for continuing to share! Thank you for always supporting me. I feel the same way as you do about having friends on line in this community. Commenting on blogs, YouTube, and Instagram, has connected me with great a few kind stitchers! P.S. I had a high school teacher who would always say, you kids sleep too much, when you’re dead, you’ll be sleeping forever. 😭😂

  17. Oh Vonna Congratulations on all your children's accomplishements and yours. You are Blessed. Love, love all the finishes. My daughter is a junior in colege and am looking forward to having her home for summer! Yeah! :D My son lives in a town near by and see him on weekends. Like one of your other comenters said accept each change and enjoy each new experience! So true,that is what I always try and do! So enjoyed your blog entry, I have neglected it a bit because of your flosstube! Until next time, Happy Stitching! :D

  18. You continue to inspire me and help me strive to do more than I think I can. You give us a glimpse into your life and world and I believe that you are fulfilling a great calling. You are so very special. Thank you.

  19. Your very accomplished kids obviously got their wonderful work ethic from you and Keith, Vonna! I am continually amazed at how much you accomplish each day--from quilting, to stitching, to finishing for others, to raising four kids, and now working in the quilting shop! I'm exhausted just thinking about it :) Best wishes to all of your kids as they move on to the next chapters in their lives!

  20. Don't know what happened to my partial comment but anyway - in response to your last post - yes I'm crazy too and yes I caved on Sarah B but I opted for the 32ct and when that ONE YARD piece of PTP Sand came I thought OMGosh I might be insane. I admire all you do, do it while you can because the older you get - you will begin to slow down - you must no matter how hard you try - it's life. Your twins are so cute - congrats to them and to Miss Ellie for their accomplishments. You and DH must be so proud of your brood. They are all special kids and special parents too. Such a wonderful family ! I feel like I know you all. I'm sure you must enjoy getting out of the house and working once in a while at the LQS. Your studio redo is wonderful - WOW - what a find on the Koala - lucky bird - you spend so much time there you deserve to have an efficient effective work space. hope you are having a great summer so far - Mel

  21. So much great news to read on your blog post. I'm so happy for you. I don't blame you for being tired girl. You work too hard. Try to find time to take care of yourself. I say that to you and read it to myself. It's hard. But it's important.

  22. Finally playing catch up with the blogs. Between my issues and then my mom, well, I am glad to return to read about it on your blog. How proud you can be of those kids. All of them do you proud. You will still have Ellie in the Fall and for some time to come yet. Your stitching and finishing are absolutely wonderful as usual.

  23. Oh Vonna! You are so blessed! Congratulations to your children on their awards and graduations. I love the picture of your boys high 5ing in mid air. Really great pic! You are such an inspiration to me. Because of my health I can't accomplish a 1/4 of what you do but I so enjoy seeing all that you are doing. You are so talented as is your youngest. I think we will see great things from her in the future. God bless you and your family Vonna.

  24. I am so happy for you for all the good things that are happening in your life! I hope you are enjoying it all. I hope you take time to breathe, relax, and enjoy - at least once every blue moon! You give so much joy to so many. Thank you, Vonna, for all you do for everyone in your realm! :)

  25. Congratulations to your daughter and sons. Family is the one of the best things in life. I always enjoy reading of your family's events and all the wonderful accomplishments you have done. Continue living life to its fullest and enjoy every minute.

  26. It's such a joy and blessing when our kids succeed and excel. You are an inspiration, such beautiful finishes! Thank you.


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