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Monday, January 14, 2019

New Year, New Start, and Finishes!

Happy New Year! WOW, 2019, eh? Hmmm. I don't know if I'm ready, but it doesn't matter. It's here for the long haul.

My mother in law wound up having surgery New Year's Eve, and it went well. Hopefully, no more issues for them this year, and good health all around.

I have a finish! I finished The Giving Sisters, by Notforgotten Farm.





This was a very fun, but intense, stitch for me. I had suffered through many starts over two years so this was a big accomplishment. I thought they came out fantastic and while I may have misplaced a few stitches in the cauldron bubbles, I didn't stress over it. And I did all those single stitches as pin stitches, so no carryovers. Yay!

I have a new start too. I downloaded Goodflora Stitchwort's "Oh, the Miles!" It is the cutest thing! I'm going to change the doggy to reflect my own sweet Jenny (a little Jack Russell). This fabric is not pink, by the way. The lighting is WAY off here. It's a pale brownish.


I also got a serious case of crochet bug the past week. I saw a hat on Ravelry I just had to make. Now, it IS a baby hat, and NO, there is no baby to give it to, but I HAD to make this thing.  Just look!




Oh my goodness. This is one of the cutest things I've ever made in my life. I cannot take the sweetness! It is a quick stitch and I learned some new skills making it. The designer was so helpful and I mean seriously, just look at that!!!! I have it on my desk and can't stop looking at it and squeezing it, lol.

You may remember me raving over the Country Au Point De Croix book by Helen Wind. Well, for Christmas, my mom ordered me the other book, ABC Country by the same designer. The multitude of cute, primitive designs in these books is overwhelming! So many I want to stitch! Thanks Mom!



Our neighborhood was so gorgeous and festive in December. Christmas Eve I was not having a good day (I ate dinner at McDonald's for goodness sake), but I took myself for a drive around the village and seeing everyone's lights really lifted my spirits. I feel so lucky to be here.


Christmas Day wasn't complete without my in-laws here, but we had a dinner and a house full of guests and it was good. I can't say I'm sorry it's over thought, you know what I mean? I'm just so over all the commercial aspects and pressure buying that goes on.  I'd rather bake, take walks, learn something new, visit friends. All the money and buying---make it stop, please.

I'm going to leave with one more photo and link. I made a chicken and dumplings meal last night, and would love to share. It was so wonderful and easy.  Find the recipe HERE:


 It would be great on a snowy cold evening like we had last night. My husband made the actual dumplings while I was stirring and adding things to the pot and he did a great job!

Enjoy your week, and do some wintery things--go for a walk in the cold, light a favorite candle, take a hot bath, enjoy some tea, read on the sofa with cuddly blankets, or make a new comfort food recipe!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Hullaballoo

Well it's here. Christmas Eve. I hope yours is going wonderful and lovely. Mine is, um, a bit frantic, hurried and out of sorts. My husband's mom is in the hospital again. She has a chronic intestinal problem and it picked today to kick up for her.

As I write this, it's looking like she has to have surgery and my husband is on his way up there now. :( Between that, trying to get insurance issues resolved, and some family estrangement, it is not a an overly happy holiday. I'm usually a "glass half full" kind of girl, but there are some issues that are preventing even me from seeing the bright side at this time. I SO DO NOT want to be a downer.

It's also very hard having Christmas without my step-dad around. Seeing how hard it's been on my mom being alone while dealing with some pretty awful family issues is just emotionally taxing on us all. You just want to make it better for everyone, but you can only do so much.

OK, let me try and turn this around.

I have started collecting some different type Christmas/Winter decorations and have really found some cute things the past couple seasons. I'm trying to concentrate on things I can leave out all winter. I got the tin houses at Marshall's and HomeGoods. One is very large and the other is a bit smaller. I adore them! I want to collect more of these type things.



I picked up two of these snowflake lanterns at JoAnn's last year. It's a matte pottery type thing that has been pierced. They are pretty large and look so beautiful with candles in them, or even without! 


These little ceramic tealight houses are from Homegoods. They are a matte style and I love the non-descript nature of them. Just kind of soothing to look at.


These pretty trees are from JoAnn's from last year. They are glittery/snowy, but not too overly Christmas-y. 


And just a little shot of our tree. We are so lucky to have so many presents. Not all of them are showing here. There have been many added since I took this! And of course, my sweet little Jenny in the background there. OK, starting to feel better now.


I'm thinking about goals for 2019.  That will take up the whole next week of my thoughts, I'm sure. Along with trying to help my husband's mom get back on her feet and healthy. We have been trying to get all of our parents to move to our neighborhood where we can all be there for eachother. Don't know if it will ever happen, but it would be nice.

I hope anyone coming across this blog will remember to pause to be thankful at the end of this year for what you have. I'm going to concentrate on that, along with my goals for next year. All in all, we are lucky and fortunate.  That is not lost on me just because of some current hurdles we are facing.

Enjoy your holidays and I hope you everyone gets lots of stitching time, reading time and time with who ever it is you call your family!  I plan to finish those dang witches and get a new project going by the 31st. Wish me luck, lol. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

So close! December Musings and other stuff.

I hope everyone is having a nice end of Fall and early Winter. Here, on this day, we have a LOT of snow coming down right now and it's beautiful.



  As of right now, around 5:30pm, it's really dangerous on the roads and there are many accidents on both major roads and all the back roads near us. My husband has gone out to fetch my son's girlfriend (bless him!), and bring her home safely. I wanted her to come home much earlier, but she had something to take care of and got on the road as soon as she could, but it's just too bad out. Really pretty snow to look at and watch from inside, but deathly dangerous to be out in it!

Thanksgiving was nice with friends and family around again. Menu was much like last year and everything came out great. I just cannot believe Christmas is upon us again. Love these kids right here.

I'm beginning not to enjoy it like I used to. Lots of reasons for that, and I think I need a separate blog to discuss those things.  Heck, maybe two additional blogs, lol.  Be on the lookout...........
Nearly done with The Giving Sisters. I'm getting tired of looking at it with all the snow and cold going on around me. Used the pin stitch to do the single stitching above the cauldron.  So many ways to fudge around with a stitch out there all by itself.  Easy to lose count too!



 SO CLOSE to being done! I want this off my bars before Christmas, and I want to stitch something wintry!

Also been working on some crochet stars. So relaxing and fun and it puts me a bit more of a festive mood working with all white yarn and some pretty snowflake stars. I'm going to turn them into a banner or string of them to put up somewhere for the whole winter season.


Well, I'll stop for now. Time to get dinner (pot roast) out of the oven and hope my husband and my girl make it home safe and sound. I hate not having everyone safely inside these four walls. I hope you and yours are tucked away, enjoying the evening and being festive!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

And then there were two--sisters, that is!

YES! Sister has finally made an appearance! It's coming along great and I'm really enjoying it. There
is so much black floss in this design, and I love it. Hoping to have this completed by Halloween!

 


We kicked off our Halloween season by going to King's Dominion for their Halloween Haunt. We were a bit disappointed this year. Seemed like some of the haunt areas were gone and some of the atmosphere is was just "off". But we had a great time anyways, as we always do.






The wheel of the year has brought me back around to Fall again. This is my most favorite time of year. Each season has it's own appeal, but for me, Fall is just something special.  It's the season of introspection with it's shorter days and longer nights. It's perfect for crafting, reading, taking inventory of one's own life. I plan to do that this Fall, as I do every year.

We don't have much in the way of cleaning out or improvements to do to our home, aside from painting.  Oh yeah, my husband is building a deck! That will be nice. We have a concrete patio, but it looks disjointed from the house and putting a deck over it and re-doing the stairs will pull it all together wonderfully. I'll share some before and after photos when it's all done! Until then,

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Goodbye August! Moving right along .....

Hello there! Still plugging along! I've not had much time to stitch as work has picked up a bit and trying to go to the pool most days before it closes after tomorrow! But the sisters are stitching up nicely. One is waiting to be brought to life, but I had to stitch half of the border so that I would know where to put her! I'm telling you, even with 2.5 or 3 magnifying glasses, I lost count every time I would try to skip across to start the other hat. This old gal is learning to adapt!




You can see a bit more of the staining and dye than in previous photos. The light was on my side today!


I'm getting so excited for Fall! I had my birthday recently and I never take them for granted. I'm so glad to have lived my 52 years relatively healthy and happy. Most days, I'm just content and satisfied. Just very thankful. My mom's birthday is just a few days after mine and we always celebrate it together. This year, went to a new Mexican place nearby. Good food, and we ate too much. I loved it.


My son's girlfriend bought me a special and delicious cake, which she went out of her way for, and it was amazing. Chocolate mousse cake - not too sweet and just right. We thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm ever appreciative of the nice things these kids do for me. She is lovely and wonderful and beautiful and if I could have chosen a young woman for my son, she'd be it. My son took us all out to a LOVELY and yummy lunch at one of our favorite Italian places about 30 mins away. Boy was that a great meal!


One night recently, I came out to check on my moonflowers and found a gorgeous Luna Moth munching on the leaves. He was so intent on eating that he let me get some awesome photos of him. Isn't it gorgeous?



I was also able to utilize, finally, the camera my husband bought me a couple years ago to get a nice shot of the moon.


Well, enjoy the first week of September, the unofficial first days of Fall. I hope everyone is getting lots of stitching done! Until next time,

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Notforgotten Farm Giving Sisters and Moonflowers

I pulled a switch-a-rooni and stitched her ALL OVER AGAIN on linen! This has to be the third or fourth time I've begun this project on different fabric. I hand dyed this linen to be darker than the aida was, but you can't get a feel for the color here. It's a warm brown and turned out very pretty. The linen is Zweigart I believe and I picked it up from Hobby Lobby. I'm enjoying hand dyeing!


So now I think I'll progress to the other side, or maybe the top border so I don't get my counting wrong for the second sister. Ha, that is most likely what I need to do! It's been a fun stitch so far (you would hope so for as many times as I've started this project!). I'm trying to continue to let go of perfectionism in pursuit of completion.  Hard task indeed. But I'm getting there.

We had our first moonflower bloom around mid July, which is earlier than we ever had at our previous home!

They are so lovely.  I managed to do a video of one recently opening. Totally amateur, but it's OK! Only a minute long, but it captures it pretty well.


We had our first year anniversary of moving into our new house on August 2nd! We've been so happy here. I am so grateful to be living where I do with the people I love.  A full four seasons here. I can't believe how the time has gone.


I hope everyone has a great week!  Next time I'll have some more updates of my witchy sisters.  After all the starts I've done on that thing, it could have been done by now! 😁