Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Humble Gratitude....

Dear Ms Pfeiffer,

I am pleased to announce that you have won ‘Blog of the Year’ at The British Craft Awards 2019 – congratulations! Thank you for all that you do for the crafting community!

Please find attached your winner jpeg that you can display on your blog should you wish to announce your win.

We will be featuring an editorial on the awards in the next issue of The World of Cross Stitching (issue 280, on sale 22 March) and Cross Stitch Crazy (issue 254, on sale 14 March). Please can you send us a short quote that we can use in the future. Perhaps tell us what winning this award means to you, what your plans are for the next year, is there anything you would like to say to our cross stitching audience who voted for you?

Would it be possible to have your quote by the end of this week?

Congratulations once again and thank you for all your hard work!

Best wishes,

Christina Hughes
Production Editor, The World of Cross Stitching


What a way to wake up this morning as I opened my emails to find this letter awaiting my opening....

This blog, conceived in a time in my life when I was much younger, has been my diary for going on 14 years...

You have watched my family grow...
You have witnessed our successes....
You have seen our failures....
You have prayed and encouraged us....
You have grieved when we have grieved....

To me that is only one thing: LOVE
You love us and I love you....
Thank you for being a part of my life in this most weird and wonderful venue - the Internet.
So many things can be said that speak to the negativity that this weird and wonderful platform brings to the world....but I choose to focus on one thing:
The wonderful.
It has been wonderful for my life.
Truly, it has.
So many connections I have made...
and it is all because of this little slice of the internet that I began pouring my heart out sharing what I loved best in the world....
My stitching....
My creating....
My family....
My life....
and many read, and continue to read all that I love.

Thank you.

Hugs and love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

P.S. Last week during my procedures....I was differed on my MRI to Wednesday (tomorrow 2/20). SO of course my appointment with my surgeon and all the other doctors were differed to this week as well pending the results of my MRI. So here's what I can tell you. Every procedure to date has been negative (PRAISE GOD!) I am hopeful that the same will be said for the MRI tomorrow...but prayers are still appreciated. I will have to live with this for the rest of my life and these same procedures will be repeated every 12 months for the rest of my life....it is sort of a blessing and a curse all at the same time. I am choosing to look on the bright side...however I'm not going to lie, sometimes if I think real hard about it, it's sort of like a cloud following me around...but instead I'm trying to think of it as a rainbow following me and rainbows are the promise for a brighter tomorrow  :) 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday, Monday....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to one and all ~

Quick post just to get information out....
I've had several (many, many) emails and comments about this design I finished:
LHN_Blackbird Inn

Then framed in a frame from Family Tree Frame Co. (Juliet Frame). 
Little House Needleworks_Blackbird Inn_Framed Family Tree

Diane does not "retire" her designs. This one is a very early one - I think like the 5th design she released when she started Little House. I have stitched it twice, once for a gift a long time ago and last year for me
I just framed it January - ya'll know how my 2018 went.

the design is available only through Diane's Company - Classic Colorworks/Little House Needleworks. If you want this design - please just ask your Needlework Shop (online or brick and mortar) that you want it. They can order it through Diane, very easily to get it for you!

Now listen....
Diane DOES NOT sell retail - so she cannot sell it an individual person. In this day and age you can contact an Online Shop very easily via email to have them order for you, if you don't have a Local Needlework shop. Please don't inundate Diane with e-mails. I just wanted you all to know that it is readily available. It is NOT retired like the rumor mill is saying. 

Do you like my colors? 
I converted them and the notes on fabric count, type and my color conversion to Classic Colorworks (my personal favorite threads) May be found in the TABS above under: VONNA'S COLOR CONVERSIONS click on the tab and scroll down until you see Blackbird Inn.

That's it folks...
May I bend your ear...for prayers for me today as I face some testing and also remember me Thursday as I meet to discuss the results of 4 recent testing procedures and my future.

Thank you, 
Vonna xxxx

Friday, February 08, 2019

A Friday in February....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to all ~
I hope this finds all of you well 

No updates....
on stitching or quilting for this week. It's been a week of healthcare and tests. I have another date with some healthcare practitioners next week...no rest for the wicked... a day filled with tests and another day filled with discussion and results of what all this stuff has been about. Let's keep our fingers crossed that this will soon be over and everything is fine. 

is Friday, the most fabulous day of the week. Tomorrow I have a funeral luncheon to host so since I'll be on my feet running around all day cooking and cleaning the luncheon, I'm taking today off as a Vonna day!
I love Vonna Day's!

It's only 10:30 a.m. and I've already did my good deed for the day...
I sew pillow cases for Ryan's Case for Smiles. This organization is a non-profit group, where they ask for people to sew pillow cases to fit a standard pillow and donate them to a local chapter in their area. This week JoAnn's had their children's prints and Kona cottons on sale. When I find sales at JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby or at my local Quilt shop, I try to stock up on enough fabric for 10-20 cases.

Here are the choices I selected for the Girl's Cases: 

Here's my Boy Cases selections:

When I get home from buying fabric...
I go ahead and cut them to the size needed for a case and make little "kits" for them housing all the materials needed for one pillow case inside a gallon sized ziplock bag. (I've made so many of these I have the sizes for each piece memorized). This way when I have a few minutes on my hands, on any particular day, I can sit down and whip out a case or two and put them in my box where they wait until I have enough to wash (in fragrance free detergent), iron, pack and send to my local chapter coordinator. 


My good deed for today...
to start off "Vonna's Day" was: I made a boy case and a girl case...and here they are:
Ryan's Case for Smile_1

Aren't they darling?! I always love when they are finished and I can look at them and think:
  YEP! This is the cutest one ever! 
(until I make the next one 😂) This time around I got mainly young children prints...next time I'll have to get prints more fitting a teenager. (I try to swap back and forth on the prints I get). 

I didn't know about Ryan's Case for Smiles until a good friend of mine shared this on her news feed on Facebook. As soon as I went to the website and read what they do and how I could help and that there was a "local-ish" to me (its in Indianapolis) chapter...I contacted the coordinator for that chapter and discussed if the possibility was open for me to make them and then ship them to her. She agreed and I started sewing. 

Might you be interested in donating some of your time and some of your talent in the form of pillow cases in support of young children and teenagers that are found to be in the middle of something scary and upsetting - a health emergency?

If so....
I want to make sure that I can help you find all of the important information for you to see if your state/country has a chapter. Please go HERE to find YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER information.

HERE is the link for the pillow requirements and a sample pattern.

I don't own a serger, and I like the look of an accent band and French Seams (which makes serging or zigzagging raw edges obsolete) plus I think French Seams and the accent band just makes for a beautiful presentation of the case. To learn how to make a pillow case just like mine shown above follow this video tutorial on The Crafty Gemini: HERE 
It's a simple tutorial and makes beautiful, standard pillow cases, as required for Ryan's Case for Smiles Organization.

Inquiring minds???
One pillow case takes: 
2/3 yard of fabric WOF (width of fabric) for the body - this is the Main Print of the overall case
1/3 yard of fabric WOF (width of fabric) for the case cuff  - in my example it is the solid color on the end of the case
2 inches width of fabric for the accent cuff 

So 1 yard of fabric + an accent band - but you don't even have to do the accent band + a little of your time = a pillow case to bring a smile to an ill child.

To whom much is given....
much is expected.

Until next time...
hugs and love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Friday, February 01, 2019

Flosstube #22 - Show Notes - February 1, 2019


2018 Finishes never show cased on my channel:
1. Erica Michaels "Scary Berry" on 28 ct. Heather Linen from Lakeside (discontinued color - sorry)
2. Heart in Hand "Halloween Night" on 28 ct. Bake and Basted the Vonna way 
3. Heart in Hand "Tom Turkey Sampler" on 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha
4. Lizzie Kate "A Little Thankful" using kit fabric and colors 
5. With Thy Needle and Thread "Spirit and Spells"
6. Little Stitcher "Cardinal Bird House" in 2018 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue
7. The Creative Twist "Farmhouse Christmas Snow Globe Tutorial" available in the Punch Needle and Primitive Stitching Magaine Winter Issue 2018 
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November 2018 - I attended a fantastic retreat (Camp Stitchalot) at: Berlin Ohio through Cross My Heart LTD Venue is located at The Grand Berlin Hotel see venue HERE

2019 to date:

1. Framed "Blackbird Inn" by Little House Needleworks CONVERSION in TABS above under Vonna's Color Conversions
2. Framed "Spring Delivery" by With Thy Needle and Thread
3. Finished complimentary design from The Scarlett House entitled "LOVE" into a flat mounted cupboard hanger

1.) Teresa Kogut "For Ewe" available from her Etsy Shop: HERE
----stitched on 28 ct. Midnight from Luminous Fiber Arts Etsy Shop: HERE

2.) Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery "Hope" charity work designs...there are 4 of them available in her Etsy Shop: HERE
----40 ct. Legacy by Picture This Plus using Classic Colorworks Black Coffee

3.) Told in a Garden "Song of a People" (so old I have no idea any specifics other than pattern name and I'm stitching in DMC)

4.) Modern Folk Embroidery: HERE

Wool Applique:
Rebekah L Smith "Merry Mittens" her website: HERE


I'm All Into: 
1. My Versa Fit Bit HERE
2. Lose It! App for my iPad/Smart Phone
3. My Coffee Mug from Things Remembered HERE 
4. Chia Pudding: 1 can unsweet coconut milk 4 oz water, 6T chia seeds, 1T vanilla, 3T Swerve zero carb sweetener. Mix well, adding one tablespoon of the chia at a time and stirring well so that they don't clump, wait at least 1 hour before eating. I like to heat mine up for a few seconds and add a few blueberries. YUMMY!
5. Netflix Documentary to watch: The Magic Pill

Have a great month! I'll be back next month!