Friday, December 06, 2019

Days 5, 6, 7, 8.....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you all ~
for the 

I'm alive and well...
just working at the quilt shop full time this week to help out cover for a quilt retreat that one of the owners wanted to attend. 

I work today and I work tomorrow and then Sunday after Mass we have planned to go up to Indianapolis to visit and celebrate the birthdays of the boys and Katie's (which will be here Dec. 11) jointly. So I don't want to stress myself any further by adding making sure I blog...so my apologies I won't be here again until next Monday.

However Today is Dec. 6 and it is St. Nicholas Day!
When I was a child and of course my own children...
LOVED St. Nick's Day!
Being a Catholic and of German descent we celebrated St. Nick's Day by leaving a pair of shoes and socks out and St. Nick came and filled them with treats!
You can read a bit about the tradition (similar to the tradition of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands, I believe) : HERE
So happy St. Nicholas Day! Say a special prayer for him - today in the spirit of St. Nicholas, do something special for someone else. I plan on doing as many "something specials" or random acts of kindness, that I can. Join me!

and Finally....
I think that some people do not know that I appear LIVE every Friday night on Fiber Talk on YouTube. I also am on every other Wednesday on Fiber Talk Podcast and several (if not all) Sunday Shows when we interview needle artists of all varieties. 
Tonight is: 
FIBER TALK LIVE at 8 Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain and 5 Pacific. In the UK it is 1 a.m. and believe it or not we have a couple who set their alarms to wake up and join us! ha ha!
Follow Fiber Talk on YouTube: HERE 
just click on the SUBSCRIBE button and ding the bell to get alerts when we are live (or uploaded a new video or podcast)

Well it is off to work I go...
I have been going in an hour early to sit and stitch in peace and quiet before the day before I have to turn on the open sign and unlock the door....hahahaha!

Until Monday...
Merry Christmas,
Vonna xxxx


Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Day 4....

Happy Birthday to my handsome boys!!
Ian and Jacob
20 years old today!

Doubly blessed were we on this very day 20 years ago!

WE LOVE YOU!

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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Day 3.....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome ~
to Day 3 of

Well here we are....
I always think I won't have enough things to share for 25 days on this blog...but in reality...I have so much going on in one day in my life I could write probably 5 blogs a day! 
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Yesterday, as you know, I was called in to work at the Quilt Shop....
I've had people ask me what Quilt Shop I work at here in Bloomington, and there is only one, not necessarily identified as a Quilt Shop, but it is Quilt Fabric and Sewing Machine Dealer. I've worked there nearly 2 years and to be honest, I love it. I really do.
The name of the store is Klaiber's Sewing Center and we are off of West 17 Street - just down from Armstrong Stadium and Assembly Hall. I'm particularly proud of the website/webshop - Jacob and I built it and maintain it. Here is a link: KLAIBER'S SEWING CENTER
We sell Babylock and Janome machines and I have gotten pretty savvy at knowing what machine is the best for what you want to do. Heck I've even gotten really good at selling myself machines since I own 5 of them. Ha ha...but I will say this - I use every single machine I own and I love them.
See something you can't live without? Well you can buy it and we will ship it right to you!
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This weekend on Saturday we had Small Business Saturday Sale and I worked with several other ladies. Here is a snap of us from Saturday:

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aren't the ladies sweet? I love each and every one of them...dear friends all!

Speaking of quilts...
in the last 2 years I've gotten rather proficient in piecing and quilting. I've made several quilts, large and small. I love quilting, although it will never replace my first love of stitching. All of my kids have quilts except Katie...she's not very happy about that since she's my first child, yet the last one to have a quilt made especially for her. So I wanted to make something special for her. The boys were the first quilt recipients and they are very "American" in the fact that they love patriotic memorabilia. So they have "America" quilts. Ellie loves cats so she has a "Parisian" cat and macarons quilt. Kate loves penguins. So when I saw Elizabeth Hartman's "Penguin Party" quilt pattern. How could I not get it and kit it and go! Here is a photo of the quilt that is on the front of the pattern: 

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So I got started...cutting and cutting and cutting. This is all flannels and will be my first wool quilt. 
2.5 - 3 hours later (I lost track) Here are all the pieces (minus the sashing):

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I then stated following the pattern and the first step was to make the eyes. So there you go: 20 penguin eyeballs.

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I was hoping that Santa would bring this quilt...but I'm beginning to wonder.

Yesterday at the quilt shop I had a finish of the cross stitch variety:

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"Joyeux Noel 2018" 
By Rosalyn Pettit of Fleurs de Lin
stitched on 32 ct. black evenweave using DMC colors.

**Here is a tip from me to you: if you want to stitch on dark colors, choose evenweaves only - not linen. Why? I find that linen threads being uneven makes it hard for older eyes to actually see where to place the stitches. (believe me I've tried several times) Linen is also not as tightly woven as an evenweave cloth is, and that makes light come up from the bottom and for me that is completely distracting and somehow does not help me at all to see holes. I feel like I'm going to have a seizure in fact - it hurts my eyes. I cannot have the light come up from the bottom and having a light towel on my lap doesn't help any at all either for the same reason as above...it hurts my eyes or makes me feel disoriented like I'm going to have a seizure. I like Evenweave, densely woven cloth...with very BRIGHT LED lights and magnification. Try it! I think you'll see what I mean. 

I have a really good idea...
about how to finish this ornament. I hope I can get it to work out so I can share it with you!


My Jane Stanwix 1843... 
Got a little attention, but not enough to really share anything because:
1. I was working yesterday
2. I had to record a Fiber Talk last night
3. I had to do my second ride on the elliptical last night
4. I ran out of time.
RIP....

Today's installment from my Advent of Hope studies....
I woke up not feeling the most enlightened this morning. I did my usual: make lunches, ride the elliptical for 45 minutes while doing that I listen to Matthew Kelly's Best Advent Ever daily installment 2 or 3 times (I do this because I never pay good enough attention and so I listen over and over and over to make sure I fully HEAR it). Then I read a couple of chapters of my current inspirational book which is: "Joy to the World" by Scott Hahn. . . today both the daily video from Best Advent Ever and the chapters read in the book weren't very "in my face" inspirational. I'm like that...sorta if it doesn't hit me or doesn't speak to me, or I'm not struggling with that day's lesson then - sorry not inspired. BUT what did hit me between the eyes was my daily inspirational "come to Jesus" throughout the year book that I look at every morning. It is set up with the day's date and then on the page are several Biblical Verses or Inspirational Quotes. What struck me in this book was the Psalm for today which was:

"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all the day long." -Psalm 25:5

I've been particularly struck with Psalms lately...typically not my favorite book in the Bible...but each one that has struck me recently has spoken to my struggles in daily life.

As Matthew speaks of in today's video...
many of us walk through life sleep walking, on auto pilot - journeying from one task to the next. I struggle with that. I set up my days as a series of goals - I jump one hoop, then move to the next, and the next, and the next and the next. I count my day as a success when I have jumped all my "hoops" and I feel very disappointed when hoops are left un-jumped. My husband says he has never seen someone accomplish as much as I do in one day and then feel disappointed because I feel I have done enough. It's true...it is rare that I feel happy with what I've accomplished. I always have one more task, one more thing to do ... I'm a conundrum.  While I think about God throughout my day, sometimes I don't have a "relationship" with him. I don't credit Him or don't recognize the many blessings, miracles, wonders that I witness or see every day. And they are there - every day. I've been thinking for the past year really - particularly the past 6 months that I am missing out in life. I'm letting it run by me. I need to stop more often - and see the goodness of the Lord. So again, God has hit me right between the eyes (thank you Lord!) - when in the beginning of the morning - I was dissatisfied with today's inspirational readings and video...I go to my next book and there! THERE! I find it!
"Guide me in your truth and teach me..."
Yep...blessings, miracles and wonders...never cease and happen EVERY day.

Until tomorrow...
Merry Christmas, 
Vonna xxxx





Monday, December 02, 2019

Day 2....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you ~
my friends here with
DAY 2
of

First I will share with you my start on: 
Jane Stanwix 1843

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Not a huge amount of progress....
I definitely was planning much, much more of a big reveal here for my first full day of stitching. 
But you know Rome was not built in a day and the best laid plans blow up from time to time.

I bought Jane at the Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin as a kit. Jeanne has some of the BEST color conversions and so...there you go, I bought her when I saw Jeanne's version. 
I cannot share with you the conversion because it is Country Sampler's copyright, but you can buy a kit from them and have it for yourself. 
Here is the link to the sampler: JANE STANWIX at Country Sampler 
She's being stitched on 36 ct. Confederate Grey using DMC and Gentle Arts.

Speaking of best laid plans....
Last evening I was making myself some oatmeal for supper. My phone rang and it was the owner of the Quilt Shop. The lady who works Monday's was sick, so can I work? Of course, I can...although I did have a date with my washer and dryer and also some finishing I want to get done and out of here.... but I love the owners and it was their day off so of course I can fill in.

Which leads me to today's installment of my Advent of Hope....
I am doing a couple of things for Advent. I'm getting the daily emailed videos of: Best Advent Ever with Matthew Kelly. Long time readers/followers of me, will know that I partake of a lot of Matthew Kelly's studies (Best Lent Ever, Best Advent Ever, Daily Meditations...) I like him. He's like me: flawed and striving to be better. He has sensible, solid, thought provoking words that simply help me understand me and help me on my road to heaven (I hope!).

I awoke to a couple of things this morning....
a less than positive email, a less than (in my mind) positive comment on a social media feed I was following and being the sensitive person I am, I got upset. Quickly.

See I have several flaws and as is my way, I am going to point them out and share them with you: I am too sensitive, I am quick to anger and I react to being hurt too quickly. 
Why am I like this? Well partially it is how God made me and is part of my genetic make up. Part of it is the little girl who was made fun of most of her life and never had a voice to speak up and tell them to shut up and look at themselves. Part of it is: I had no voice then, but I sure (as heck) do now. But most of it is flaws: too sensitive, too quickly angry, reading too much into something, caring too much what others think of me and simply not just blowing it off. 
Who cares?!

I have this friend....
he witnesses much of my junk. And even though sometimes I don't agree with his take on things, he does yank me back to reality and out of my quick judgment, my too quick reading of the situation...and pulls me back and lets me think and observe from all sides perhaps a little better than I do on my own.
Now I don't always agree with his take, but he helps me to see a different view. And that's a real friend isn't it? One that knows maybe I don't agree with him, but loves me anyway - and the same goes with me. I am blessed that God placed him in my path.

While this was all going on this morning (and it's only 7:45 a.m. now and 2 hours has passed already): I was making lunches for my engineer and student, I was on the elliptical for my 45 minute morning ride, I was listening to today's Best Advent Installment and I was reading a passage of my Advent selection of: Joy to the World by Scott Hahn.

Boy....
I listened literally to the Best Advent Ever video for this morning 9 times. Yes...I did - no fooling.
I listened and thought...boy Lord, you are hitting me right between the eyes -  I need to listen again.
Then I did listen, 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. more times....

I have no idea what I'm capable of...
I surely don't. I know that the Lord put me on this earth to be a servant. It is obvious to me and has been for some time - likely since I was a child. You see, I am happiest when I serve. Serving others, making them happy, comfortable, feel at home, comfort them when they are sad or sick, give them a helping hand, making people smile, making people laugh, listening to them and their problems or anxieties....all of those things are gifts God gave to me to help serve others. I often get people telling me: "you have much charisma, people are just drawn to you". My own husband said that is why he was drawn to me when we met, my sparkle, my shine, my charisma. That is shocking to me because I don't see myself in that way. I truly don't. All my life people have come in and out of my life - particularly as an adult...we meet, we speak, I lend a hand or listen and then they go. That shine or sparkle or charisma - whatever you want to call IS NOT me...it is God. It is His gift given to me and I just try my best to be the vessel and the shine he wishes me to be. I still fail horribly most of the time, although I do pick myself up and try, try again.  Matthew asks today: the next time I have to make a choice, lay it at God's feet and ask the question: Lord what am I capable of? Here is what I have to do...I see these possibilities that I could do...what do you Lord, see for me? And to pray about it and listen before acting.
Just listen.
That's my problem too...listening...I don't calm my heart, my mind, my spirit long enough on most days to listen. So today it is my prayer...that some day soon I will learn to ask and then listen - not charge on like a bull in a china shop - which is my wont to do. 

Although I will say: God asks me to stop and listen, but He does not ask me to be a doormat and I will not be one. I have spent a large portion of my life being a doormat and actually thankful for the mud that people wiped on me...but I will not be one now. He does not ask that. Rather He asks me to stop and pray and listen.

OK, well I have 30 minutes to dash upstairs take a shower and put on some war paint to face the day.
See...hectic always in motion...but I am hopeful - ever so hopeful that I will soon learn to stop-pray-and most importantly LISTEN!

I will leave you with a shot of my holiday hearth. It brings me joy. 

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Now...I gotta run...
May today be a day of thought provoking peace...
may it be so!

Merry Christmas, 
Vonna xxxx

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Day 1....

~ Greetings and warm wishes to each of you on this ~
Day One

Today, December 1st marks the first day of Advent, the first day of the new liturgical year in the church and the first day of me trying to be better than what I am now.

You know it's hard sometimes to live life in the way that my heart yearns for...
peace, charity, humbleness, free from anxiety, hatred, jealousy...(fill in the blank)
I am just not the person I want to be....yet.

So today as I begin my Advent journey - the season of hope, the season of peace and goodwill...my mind reflects on the Psalm 51:10 -19 (I can nearly say it by heart...one of my goals is to memorize it completely and fully by Christmas Day.)

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, o God,
you who are God my Savior, 
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

Open my lips, lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
May it please you to prosper Zion, 
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Create in me a pure heart, O God...
may it be so!

After Mass this morning I lit a 7 day candle for my petitions...
there are many things that I pray about, but the one that I offered today in the silence of my heart was for me to have an Advent of preparation with attentiveness to my relationship with God. I have failed in that for many weeks, months...I haven't been as attentive, as pure of heart as I should be.
So my candle was lit with my particular petition to: create in me (and in you) a clean heart, O God...

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I am going to be posting my progress here every day...
and I will also be posting it on my Instagram (@vonnapfeiffer)
If you are wanting to join along in this stitch with me...please post your progress on Instagram with the following hashtags (so others may follow and we can find each other)
#janestanwix1843
#25daysofchristmasstitchwithvonna

Merry, Happy Christmas...
Vonna xxxx

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A Blessed Thanksgiving...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you, my friends ~

I wanted to swing in one last time before the blog becomes Christmas oriented to share with you my finishing of an Autumn Quilt that I just got done sewing the binding on today!

"Charms on Point" by Missouri Star Quilt. I used "Autumn Road" fabric line byWilmington Fabrics. Such a cute line of fabrics :)

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The back is by "Maple Island" by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics

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I did edge to edge quilting myself on this smallish quilt - 60 x 60 so a generous  lap size - using my Baby Lock Unity sewing/embroidery machine. The quilting is in Oak Leaves and Acorns with swirls all around, the outer boarder I just did a blown out zig zag stitch. I'm really proud of my quilting on this one!

I also did my own embroidered Quilt Label and I always "sign" my quilts too... for an added personal touch for when I'm dead and gone, just a little reminder of me. 
Fall Quilt 2019 Tag

Here is my Fall Hearth with my newly created quilt snuggled in the venue too
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May I take this opportunity to share my many blessings and my most unending gratitude to you all ~ I sometimes do not get on here as frequently as I would like. I often do not get to share on this forum as often as I care to do...but I want you all - who still follow me in this way here on this blog - that I love you all. Am thankful for you all and every night I pray for those who touch my life in so many ways through needlework and/or quilting. God has been most gracious to grant me many, many people in my life to encourage and lift me up - often times when I need it most - I hear from one of you through email, through cards and letters, through direct message.... I feel that most of the times I am not as thankful as I should be. So, please know that I am writing to each of you these heartfelt words. 
THANK YOU!
YOU have blessed my life beyond adequate words that I can express.
I am so lucky to be a part of clan of needle enthusiasts. I am so honored that in some small way I may have inspired one of you. 
THANK YOU!

Tomorrow....
may you have a blessed Thanksgiving day, no matter what you do, how you celebrate it (or not) and know that my thanksgiving for blessings this year will certainly include you all.
My family....
is un-traditional in the fact that we do not do turkey and dressing and fancy china...
we do pajamas and tacos, movies and enjoying each other...with a few desserts thrown in and a nod to the season as one of the desserts being Pumpkin Pie. I am hopeful one day that my future grandchildren (if we are so blessed) will know me as the "cool" granny that has tacos on Thanksgiving Day! 
HA HA HA....something to aspire to!

My thanksgiving and prayers for you:
Vonna xxxx

Friday, November 22, 2019

Two in one day? OMG....

YooHoo! It's me again...
This deserved a posting all it's own. As my close followers will know:
I am the frequent co-host on Fiber Talk with Gary Parr.
Gary and I have a certain rapport that just works and makes me laugh and most anyone that listens or now watches us 
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So...Gary and I decided that every Friday night...(minus the Friday nights that we have life happening) - we will be doing LIVE YouTube shows starting at:
 8 pm Eastern/ 7 pm Central/ 6 pm Mountain/ 4 pm Pacific (if I messed that up excuse me)

so why don't you join us tonight?! 
(and every Friday night!)
we have a really great time!

Fiber Talk LIVE

Follow us on:
Fiber Talk Website: HERE
Fiber Talk on YouTube: HERE
Fiber Talk on Instagram: @fibertalk

me on Instagram: @vonnapfeiffer


Long time - lotsa stuff....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to all ~
well I've been MIA on this little piece of blogosphere for some time.
As you can imagine I have been in "full tilt" for the last what...close to 3 months? I cannot wrap my head around how fast time flies and how much I run from pillar to post.

Here's a breakdown (and it won't be quick) of what I've been doing over the past days fast flown....

October...
I had the distinct pleasure of going to Sassy Jacks in Weaverville, NC to attend The Bristol Sampler Weekend with Claudia Dutcher Kistler of Dutch Treat Designs
I was SO EXCITED!!! I'll talk more about why I was later...

Here we are on our way to Asheville:

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We ate at Mayfel's which is a Louisiana style food diner. Here is Ellie trying her very first green fried tomato!
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Ellie walking the streets of Asheville: 

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On our way to the Arts District (yes we walked .... about 4 miles round trip) there was this beautiful iron gate that I had to take a picture of:

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After the arts district we made the drive to Sassy Jacks in Weaverville to drop off cookies I had made for the weekend courtesy of Fiber Talk. On the way to Sassy Jacks we saw this local honey store and I thought it was so darling: 

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Here are the cookies we dropped off (when they were in production of course)...
I delivered 100 individually wrapped iced and decorated sugar cookies for the first day of classes and about 150 individually wrapped chocolate chip cookies for the second day of classes.

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The Bristol Class began on Friday afternoon and went all the way through to Sunday early afternoon. Oh my word! It was fantastic!! Claudia is not only a historian, but she has worked closely with the George Mueller Trust to catalogue the Bristol Orphanage samplers they have in their possession, so she is VERY well acquainted with the styles and history of these simple samplers made by the hands of young orphans in the Ashley Downs, Bristol orphanages ran by George Mueller.

Here is Claudia:
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Here are some gorgeous, ORIGINAL, Bristol Orphan Samplers:

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The Original Harriet Salt that is in Claudia's personal collection that was reproduced by:
Hands Across the Sea Samplers and is still available for purchase!

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While I was in class...my family - Keith and Ellie - were touring the sights of Asheville and surrounding area....
here are a few snaps of them enjoying their time together...they did tour Biltmore, go hiking and swimming and driving all around ;)

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I couldn't go to Sassy Jacks without some great money spending! Here is some loot from my 3 glorious days at Sassy Jacks and the Bristol Weekend:
Hardwicke Manor Fanny Stand and some of Claudia's Bristol Reproductions


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Class Projects!!
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And finally my Bristol Sampler Collection!
(some of these I had prior to my trip to Sassy Jacks)

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Finally I urge interested parties to take a look at Claudia's website. I stumbled across Bristol's last fall. In January I started researching them. Which led me to Claudia's website...which led me to look for books on the subject in particular George Mueller biography books. Fascinating man, fascinating story, these Bristol Orphan Samplers have become a VERY dear thing to my heart.
Here is Claudia's Website: BRISTOL SAMPLERS

I spent largely the rest of October recovering from my star struck fun at Sassy Jacks and working either at the quilt shop or at home finishing....

November....
started with a bang again because it was my bi-annual trip to Berlin, Ohio where I meet my friends Renee and Christy for the weekend of stitching and good fun. In November it is at Camp Gotta Stitch which is through the Needlework Shop: Cross My Heart LTD 

I love Berlin, Ohio: 

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Here was my table mates:
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and my good friends the day we were departing:

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Golly what a good fun time we all had! LOVE IT!! Can't wait until I get to go back!

Now that you are caught up with my personal stitching life...
here's what I've been stitching on: 
The Queen Sampler
Here is how it stood October 18, 2019

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I am going to be honest...I was struggling with it.
 I had made a counting error is Row 2, then I used it to count off on Row 3, which compounded the error because I used Row 3 to count off for Row 4....
compounding errors along the way - it just got bigger and bigger.
I emailed the above photo to my friend and mentor: Gary Parr (who is also stitching The Queen) and after a 5 second turn around of "yes he in fact did see my errors" and a circle around the obvious error, in row 4...I decided to: 

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I washed the linen (by hand, of course) dried and re-started - I am NOT going to let this project beat me. Here is a progression of my restart with appropriate dates.


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I haven't worked on it since November 16.

Information about The Queen's Sampler is:
Original Design by: The Needle's Prayse: Darlene O'Steen

I am following her pattern using the stitch guide by: Needlemade Designs: Linda Vinson

I am stitching on 37 ct. Russian Tea Cake by Access Commodities with A Ver A Soie 

I am stitching mine fully reversible. I will be framing it with plexiglass on the back so the backside can be seen.

The stitches I have used so far in this sampler is:
reversible cross stitch
double back stitch
double back stitch variation
satin stitch
montenegrin stitch 
running back stitch
I have also set up one grape for the spiral trellis stitch

I do not regret picking the entire sampler out and restarting (although many people thought me nuts) I feel great about it, I feel great about the amount of lessons I've learned, the stitches I've learned, how my stitches lay, the tension on them...and I can say with perfect assurance that as it stands now...there are ZERO mistakes! HURRAY!

I also have been stitching on: 

Early Americans Sampler by Little House Needleworks
(28 ct. evenweave, using MY bake and basted method - search bar on sidebar will get you to tutorial)
Here is how the whole sampler stands:
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Sarah Brazier by Hands Across the Sea Samplers
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and a small Bristol "treat" I'm making for someone special using MH Smith by Dutch Treat Designs

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I've also been quilting:


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Are you tired yet? I sure am...
I also have been finishing out of the WAZOO...definitely not as high as numbers as last year because I had to slow down due to my hand doctor's orders, but as of last night I had finished my 425th item of 2019 for clients. Whew. However I AM DONE with deadline 2019 finishing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That means no deadlines for the rest of the  year and smooth sailing. I still have packages lined up her to work on, but I'm going to slow down a little and 2020 will see me accepting less finishing and doing more for Vonna. Life is short. I want to create every day, but more for me and not everyone else....again my hand doctor orders me to slow it down or face severe, hand mobility issues. I can't live my life without the use of my hands. They are precious to me. So cutting back is the only  option.

I've been getting emails about -
The 25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher....
am I going to do it?
YES!!! of course! It's the most wonderful time of the year!

This year is going to see some differences though...I'm going to at least post a picture of something I'm doing that day and maybe a little commentary....
I'll have days with memories and things I hold dear in my heart still...
but the big change will be:
I am going to start working on a sampler December 1st and try to finish it by Christmas Day - and if not finished by then, hopefully by January 1st!

Would you like to know what the Sampler is?
It is this one: 
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I saw this in the Country Sampler - Spring Green Wisconsin Newsletter and flipped out. So much so that I went IMMEDIATELY to their webshop and purchased it. The colors are different in the top photo because it is one of Jeanne's fabulous conversions. I cannot give the conversion because you have to buy the kit from Spring Green to get it. FANTASTIC colors and I am SO in  love with this. 
I will be starting Dec. 1 and daily will upload my progress to the 25 days posts. 
Wanna join me? The more the merrier, I say! Here is a link to the webshop at Spring Green Country Sampler: Jane Stanwix Sampler KIT

So until December 1st and the start of the 25 Days of Christmas with me...
I wish you and yours a most blessed, thankful, Thanksgiving...no matter how  you spend it - we are doing PJs and Tacos because who says you have to eat turkey? or get dressed up? LOL!

May your blessings be many and your troubles few...
Love and Hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx