Wednesday, January 18, 2023

January 18, 2023....

 ~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to my Blog! ~

It's time for my weekly check in....
what's been going on around here?

Ellie started college....
She's attending a local community college carrying 16 credit hours, an internship AND a job. 
And she is fabulous!
She IS going to continue her education in Art, however right now to meet her deadline for transfer to a 4 year university by her Junior year she has to have certain classes done. She is planning on going into Computer Science. So she isn't in Art classes currently, but she will be, hopefully this summer.

~People have asked and ~
We are exploring the possibility of getting prints done of her work, made into cards, stationary, and regular "frame worthy" prints. More info to come sometime in future....

Last week....
I did another larger order for a sweet, stitching client:

~ drum ~

~ small pillow ~

~ weighted stand-up ~

~ flat round ornament ~

~ pillow ~

~ pillow ornaments ~

~ snow globe ornament ~

~ pillow ~

~ another of my snow globe ornament finishes ~

Routine living.... 
I don't know what we've been busy about...but we've been busy. And I hate to say this, but our weather here is more like Spring than winter. Robins are buzzing by my window as I type and Blue Jays are active...Cardinals....

We are getting....
A ROOF COVERED DECK!!! added to the back of our house this year!  Contractors have been coming to give their bids on the job. I am SO EXCITED!! I have long wanted a place that I can easily just walk out my front (or back) door to get to a covered place to sit and read, nap, stitch, watch wildlife.... and so our Christmas "present" to us was that we would add this to our home this year. We currently have a deck, but it isn't covered and .... no shade so we just sit out there and bake. A couple of years ago we added a 12 x 12 pavillion and a patio on our lower level and IT IS GREAT! But to get down there I have to walk down to the basement and drag everything down 2 flights of stairs (my lights, stitching, etc). THEN if you have to use the restroom, we don't have a finished bathroom on the basement level so it's climb up stairs to the bathroom.....Having a place right off our existing living floor...FANTASTIC! I can hardly wait!

Personal Stitching...
I have continued to stitch on my Lavender and Lace ~ "Santa of the Forest" the last week. It is my #1 WIP - I'd love to see him done this year. (I re-started him last July 2022)

Here is where I left him at Week #1: 

Here is as of tis morning: 
(excuse my waste threads - I end my threads like this so I don't have to flip the frame, I just stitch and pull thread down line where I know there is stitching, stitch up to the hole it is coming out of and clip thread effectively stitching over the thread) I just find it easier this way than weaving under back - or ending in a pin stitch (when I'm doing confetti colors (especially light colors)


Here he is without any typing around him: Untitled

Here is a side by side photo comparison Week 1 to Week 2.....I've gotten a lot of work done on him, I think, personally...

OK....well that's stitching and finishing...
let's talk my lifestyle journey. Of course I'm ALWAYS trying to lose weight. And I'm trying something new this year. I feel like I want to eat something....I stop and set my timer and stitch for 15-20 minutes and drink a big glass of water. I'm trying to train myself to reward myself with stitching - which I LOVE to do - instead of eating - which I also love to do. 

So far 2 weeks in - so good.
I'm stitching small ornaments for this exercise. So far I have one done. I'll share it when I get it finished.

I think, my friends that does it for me for today....
I'll be by again next week, if not sooner!

Until next time, 
Happy Stitching!
Vonna xxxx

Monday, January 09, 2023

January Nine and feeling Fine...

 ~ Greetings and Warm Welcome Friends ~
to my blog!

January 9...
the hubbub of the holidays are gone, went like a whirlwind, like it always does. I always savor the Christmas Holidays because of the fact that we can stay home, snuggle in and just: RELAX. I love that!

So last Tuesday, 
everyone went back to work, including me. I finish for The Shepherd's Needle - their shop models - Ann always chooses such lovely, creative finishes for her models. She tells me what she wants and I get down to the finishing. I'll let the pictures do the talking.....







Lovely, lovely stitching to create lovely finishes. 

I continued on with my 12 Days of Christmas Stitching, personal challenge...

The Prairie Schooler Angel's piece
stitching on 32 ct. black linen 2/2 DMC
I have Charted: Gloria in Excelsis Deo and it will be centered under the 3 angels.


32 ct. Twilight Blue Wichelt 2/2 DMC:

28 ct. White 2/2 DMC, this is from the 1991 Cross Stitch Christmas magazine (Better Homes and Gardens) I have long loved this and had it marked 2023 the year!


My own stocking, on 20 ct. linen 1/2 5 pearl cotton DMC/WEEKS/Classic Colorworks:

With the 12 Days projects all started, I began my rotating through my WIPS. I started with Lavender and Lace - Marilyn Leavitt Imblum's Santa of the Forest. 
Stitched on 28 ct. 2/2 Natural Linen 
I started this the last week in July. Here was after 1 week of work: 


Then a few days more:


By this time (the end of August) Working was getting CRAZY and I lost my mind and my stitching mojo. SO I did one more day and didn't stitch again until November:


Yesterday I picked him back up and managed quite a bit of progress: 
January 8, 2023:


I'll stitch on him maybe all this week, and then choose my next project. 

We got to meet Ian's new girlfriend: Kamdyn:


She's very nice and fits right in!

Then my Ellie and Jake went to see Puss in Boots at the theaters 2 times over the holidays and then Ellie dressed our little Puss as Puss in Boots (ha ha ha!):


That pretty much sums up my life since our last visit. I was beginning to feel a little overwhelmed today thinking about all the work I need to do, keep on track with my gentle stretching and walking exercises daily, my diet, my religious education class I lead.......focusing on me more and work (and everyone else less) that's extremely hard for me. Scheduling, I must remember to always schedule enough time for me into each day. That's a new and novel experience, that's easily forgotten or over thrown for more and more....LESS...I need to remember LESS is good! LOL!

Now I have just enough time on my "lunch hour" to go for my daily walk. 

May you find joy in  your stitches!
Vonna xxxx

Monday, January 02, 2023


 ~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to my Blog ~
A Joyous and Blessed Happy New Year 2023 to you all!

Well here we are friends....
a clean slate :) Although I approach every day (or try to) as a clean slate it is always a bit refreshing at the beginning of the new year to think: let's write my story...

My main goal in life is....
to be the best version of myself I can be. Version. That's a strange word isn't it. Sort of gives the idea that there are carbon copies of oneself. And isn't there? We all know the voice that we use when meeting someone new...Or if someone "important" walks into the room how our body language, speech automatically changes....
Really honestly I try to only have one version of me....but it constantly needs improving. So starting a new year with God - it's important to me. And topics to help ME be a better ME. Which in my case means: SIMPLICITY and FOCUS on ME. That sounds really, really self-centered but as a mother and wife and general servant at heart - I tend to focus on everyone and everything BUT me.

Last Year I took very many big steps into making my life revolve better around my faith - I try to attend daily mass as much as possible which means in a week I tend to go 3-7 days a week. I agreed to lead an Adult Continuing Religious Education class this past year. The class is only partial year and runs from August - May.  I will continue that path, but also with a focus on me. ME time. I don't allow that for myself very often. That's going to change. I'm going to slow down on my finishing business and I am going to ramp up more walks, more meditation, more stitching, painting, sewing...whatever I want to do. I  have got to get it into my head that doing things for me...not just rushing through my day to get to my chair to stitch for a few hours in the evening... is OK. More than OK, it makes me a better person.

So my general law of the land...
well maybe not a law, how about working to create a mindset conducive to more meditative steps to slowing down my whirlwind life I've created for myself. Giving myself more allowance for time where my hands may be idle to meditate on higher things. Giving myself more allowance for time to do creative things that are for me alone. Some people need to work on giving...that is not my problem at all. My problem: giving to myself or taking for myself - THAT is my issue. 

This is the perfect time to do it....
as I know Katie and Austin will soon, God willing, be trying to conceive. I made it my mindset from the moment that I had children was: if my children live close to me and I'm physically able - I'm going to help them care for their kids so they don't have to worry about daycare or babysitting. God put me on this earth to be a Mommy and I, God willing, will be an awesome Grandma. So if ever I was going to have a year for ME...this is the one! May it be so!

Let's talk stitching, huh?!

I gave you DAYS 1-4 of my personal 12 Days of Christmas Stitching Challenge....
so here we continue: 

I am continuing making Christmas ornaments. This one will be for Ellie - she loves squirrels. 
This is by a new to me designer: Pigeon Coop Designs. You may find his website HERE
32 ct. Storm Gray Linen 2/2


I have long loved these Santa Faces from Mill Hill - I have a couple and *may have* used some Christmas Cash to buy the rest of them. Please note, the hat is stitched on a small piece of perforated paper and the face and beard is stitched on the other (peeking out from behind the chart). Once all stitched you attach the hat to the head. 
14 ct. perforated paper 3/1


I have had this kit for about 3 years. Our Lady of Guadalupe by Joan Elliott. I got a nice start on her on New Year's Eve.
She's stitched on 14 ct. Aida that came in the kit - I'm not too good to stitch on Aida. 


My New Year's Day Start:
June Griggs Designs for P Buckley Moss "Solitary Skater" 
28 count DMC 2/2


  Like the Told in a Garden designs - I have a LOT of these in my stash. (I have long been an admirer of the Amish as a people and the tenants they hold on simplicity) My home is filled not only with cross stitch, but with prints from Nancy Noel and P Buckley Moss. So...makes sense to pull this oldie, but goodie out and get it up on the wall. It is stitching up FAST (as you can see). Some people don't care for solid stitching... to me it's almost therapeutic. As you can see I stitch in the outline and fill it in way. I prefer to do it that way - in fact I have ALWAYS stitched like that. I find I have less counting mishaps if I outline and fill in. Easy evening stitching. 

So there we are all updated to Today: 1/2/23

I will be starting today a design I sort of laid out myself. I will be utilizing the Prairie Schooler Angels:

What I have planned is stitching these all in a row and I have charted in a Celtic/Old World style font to be stitched 1/1 in gold: Gloria in Excelsis Deo. I am stitching them on black evenweave and I personally think they are going to be fantastic like this. We will see. 

What else do I have planned....
well I have pulled LOTS of things to start. I thought I had less than 12 turns out...nope - I have about 3 times 12 pulled. HA HA HA! 
I'm going to start enough to get to 12 (maybe a couple more than that depending on how I feel) 
and then rotate through these new starts and some old WIPS that I'm bringing back.

What you may see:
Told in the Garden
Carriage House Samplings
Little Stitcher Ornaments
Dimensions Gold Kits
Luca S Kits
Little House Needleworks
Cross Stitch and Country Crafts Magazine Pieces
For the Love of Cross Stitch Magazine Pieces

What you are sure to find:
I plan 2023 to be a whole lot of fun in sharing what I love to do best. 

In closing....
thank you for all of you who leave such warm and friendly comments. 
I know that some say they cannot leave comments on my blog. I have found personally if you are on Apple products - it's hard to leave comments. BUT if you sign into Chrome on said product you can leave comments easier. I use Apple products and I struggle with leaving comments on my favorite blogs too. So sometimes I will run down to my good old computer and sign in to leave one, but have found that signing into Chrome does make a big difference. 

My friends, thank you so much! 
May your 2023 be off to a wonderful start. My family has one last day to spend together before back to the grind. We are meeting today for lunch and an afternoon of games. We will be meeting for the second time Ian's new girlfriend. She is a year older than him. Is devout in her faith (Baptist), has brought him back to God (prayers answered). She seems very kind, down to earth and works hard. As far as I'm concerned I'm on board!

Until next time....
May you find peace with your needle and thread!
Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx