Thursday, June 18, 2015

I have been so busy.

I have been a little busy with Mom's move trying to unpack her belongings and hang pictures, wow I hope I never ever move myself for a long time so much packing and unpacking, I think I will stay where I am at and hope this will last until I live to be 100 years old.
You know I have enough stash to last three lifetimes.

I am so perplexed at my self for the huge mistake I mad on my Scattered Seed Samplers A Token Of Spring, I was going along so well and boom just like someone hit me with a bat, I realized I had made a big and I mean big mistake on counting,  the lower half of the Sampler has a row of diamonds, do you think I would sit and look before stitching nope just went ahead and stitched without a care, I had to rip out so much, it is almost enough to make a girl have five margaritas, what would the stitching look like with all that booze in my system? just asking, please forgive me for my comment, I am just so mad at myself, count ten times stitch once, nope not me, just forge ahead and this is what I get.

This is kind of what it looked like before I put in the Basket and Bird and the Diamonds on the bottom and the  side stitching, lo and behold I had to rip it all out, as you can see by my little sticky notes, argh and argh again. I do not have a picture of the before ripping.

So I decided to start with the Flowers and Branch's around the Birds, maybe that is where I should have started.
I wanted to get this done before the next installment comes at the end of June, oh well I am doomed until then.

I will be doing the ISHW weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday minus a graduation party many miles away.

I am counting the days until retirement, I am getting so excited, just think me with no work load, I have been working since the age of thirteen, I worked on weekends for two years until they found out I was only fifteen, then I found another job and worked there until eighteen, then I went to work for a printing company, worked there for seven and one half years, the company closed down, off to another job as manager for a restaurant, so as you can see I need to retire, I have been working for fifty two years minus two months.

The newest additions to our neighborhood, three baby robins and a cardinal, they are all so sweet, one of the robins was with me in the garden picking strawberries, he/she could fly but stayed with me, I just wish I had my camera  with me at the time.
there was a hawk flying around and landed in the tree, when I came out of the patio door in the bedroom to see what all the ruckus was bout he took off, I am sure he wanted one of the babies.

look hard the cardinal in on the rope of the neighbors waterfall fence, by the tassel.

Well that's it for today, I hope all are having a wonderful season of spring and getting loads of stitching done.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Some Stitching and some fun things

Greetings to all:

Than-you for your lovely comments on my last post, I am totally in love with the Little Sparrow Stitching barrel, Tammy is so talented and such a sweet Lady.
I do have some progress to show not much because I have been busy, tell you more later.

I had to rip the left side out yesterday, I was almost to the end, as I was putting the frame down to get a drink I noticed the lower hump was a little off, yep by adding one stitch I had to rip it out, nope it could not be closed to the end it had to be at the beginning, oh pooh, the more I stitch on this little lovely the more I like it.
I hope to have it finished and put together by this Sunday, the next installment comes near the end of June, wish me luck.

Next is the second bracelet I made, I did this one in a black and white with silver rings and a pewter heart that was a gift from a friend.
These go together so  fast  I want to make more, they are a simple bracelet but just the same I love them.

So sorry the pictures are so bad, I took them this morning when having my latte at Starbucks.

Next is a picture of my Mother signing the papers for her new home, the lady behind her is my Sister-in-Law, this was an exciting day for my Mother, you see she has never owned a home before, I am so proud of her.

Happy New Home Mom, I love you so much and am so proud of you.
Just a couple of photos of my Mothers home.

That chair looks so lonely.

Last week was a special week for me, I was able to travel with my wonderful Husband to Alexandria Mn. you see he teaches a Background Investigation class at some of the Law Enforcement Tech Schools in Minnesota a few days out of the year.
I went with and sat at the hotel and stitched and read until he came back, we went out to dinner that evening and I had my favorite food walleye dinner oh yum, popovers, green beans, salad, baked potato and a very large  margarita, you see our Anniversary is the 11th of June and we just could not fit in anytime to get away this week, so my wonderful Husband called my boss and set up some days off to my surprise, I was so surprised that these two men would do such a lovely thing for me, I had no idea about the days off until Wednesday morning, so we spent several days after his class and relaxed at the hotel.
On the way home we stopped at the only distillery in Minnesota, it is in a very small town (Osakis) Mn. While there Mike was able to tour and taste the whisky, he said it was so smooth and wants to buy some just to have around for sipping, you see we are not big drinkers just a little nip and some for cooking is good.

While Mike was busy I went to a place called Grandmas I bought some gifts which I cannot show you because they are for friends that belong to the Minnesota Needlework Guild.

Michael and I were sitting out on the deck reading yesterday and an Oriole decided to visit the grape jelly feeder I have out, he or she fluffed their feathers for us.

Of course we get the back side to this lovely bird, just the same they are so beautiful.

The next picture is of a deer that was eating Dr. Hurrele's flowers, I just had to take a picture, this happened this morning when I arrived at his home to pick him up to head to Brainard to see patients.

What a beautiful creature, I told him to have his wife go to the hairdresser and get hair and put it around the plants this does work I have done this for a few years now, the dear smell the hair and stay away from the gardens and bushes, sounds icky but still works.

Michaels arm is doing so well the Dr. said he is three weeks ahead of schedule, he is doing wall push-ups as part of his home physical therapy, just one of the many things he needs to do to get back in shape.
I will have some exciting news next post, at least for me it is, I will post pictures soon.

To you all


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Happy Spring Sitting out on the Patio Today

Good morning to all: I first want to thank-you all for your well wishes and beautiful comments.
I am humbled.
I received private get well wishes and an E-Card from Kim McCool, thank-you it came at a time when I was on a relapse, finally I am getting my health back, I have not been ill for over 12 years and wham I get pneumonia.
Now I have to say the stitching took a back seat to my illness, sad was I whenever I got up to try and eat something or  visit the ladies room I wanted to stitch so bad, now I am back at it yippee.

I was lucky enough to join a thimble exchange, this was a one time deal,  I was partners with June from http://butterfly-,  I think you need to stop by her blog, she has some of the most beautiful floral photos she shares on her blog, plus all her beautiful stitching.
June changes her shelf for the seasons, her displays are lovely.

( I had to correct my posting, this is what happens when you walk away from the computer while typing information is entered wrong  so sorry June)

I love the tissue paper and the little stickers she used, the measuring tape is adorable and the sewing machine is so cute, there is a card with two magnetic bookmarks in the upper right hand corner which today I will start using, of course id you follow me I am a lover of lace, I use it for almost everything, the little dragonfly is beaded and so small and sweet, there is a small notebook that is so small and cute, I love the pewter thimble it is lovely, I have never had many thimbles in my life only five and they are all special so now I can add this one to the collection.
Than-you June, so sorry this has taken so long to post, the package came when I was ill and I put it away to open later, I thank-you with all my heart.

Next is a beautiful stitching project I received from Louise Penglase, I love birds and Louise sent me the cutest Kookaburra from the Australian Collection by Lesley Suzanne Davies, Louise also sent along an extra piece of linen which I will hand dye and use for the third Jeannette Douglas Biscornu
from her Spring Biscornu Collection, what a lovely surprise it was for me to find this little lovely package in my mailbox.
Thank-you Louise, I love it.

I finally finished my Shepherds Bush A Full Heart, I am so happy to get this piece ready for the shaker box.
By the way, the Shaker box recommended for this piece cost about 165.00 dollars yes I said it right, so I went to Ebay and found one for 12.00 and a little shipping charge, it is beautiful, I love it, I sure would like to have bought the one they recommend for the project but that would have taken so much stitching money away from me, so being the sensible person I am I found one for the price I am most comfortable with.
May I present:

I do need to press the linen before I put on top of the box, I want to finish the edges of the box top a little different from what S.B. has done, how I am not sure.

I am working on my Scattered Seed Samplers A Token Of Spring, I love this project, it is a barrel pin cushion, (I am a sucker for pin cushions)  Tammy Black is from Wisconsin and is a wonderful Designer her link; Tammy has a new series coming out it is all about sheep, Title is The Sheepish Needle Sampler Club  sign-up starts tomorrow I believe, she has a payment plan if you like, oh please stop over and visit her site.

Next is a bracelet I did yesterday at Becka Beads in Maple Lake Minnesota, I needed something to do yesterday to get me out of the house, soooo I did this .

I do not normally go for this kind of jewelry making but this was to cute to pass up, I am going to work on a black and white one using small size ribbon instead of leather cording, I want to put a magnetic clasp on instead of a button, by the way Becky made the flower button I used on the end of the coral bracelet, (she is very talented) thank-you Becky for the class and the wonderful ladies I met there yesterday.

If you can see the pewter  and blue charm in the upper right hand corner I did that at Becka Beads last year, I am going to make a pendant and earrings with the brass and gold beads this week, I wanted something to go with my brown suit coat just to brighten me up a little, I will post a picture later this week.

Blessings to you all and thank-you again for your lovely comments on my last post.
Needle and thread are calling.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Thank-you for your well wish's and a stitching update

Thank-you all for your well wish's on my illness,  am back to work after 1 1/2 weeks, it was hard I still am a little weak but mending just as well.
I have not had a cold or flu or any related illness for over 12 years, the E.R. said I had pneumonia due to the long hours I am working, I do love my job and know the horizon in near for retirement.
Now I did not  do much stitching when I was ill, I was in bed for almost a week, all I had to eat each day was a bagel, jelly and peanut butter, my favorite sandwich.
Even that did not like me but I had to have something, I will maybe never drink a pepsi again, when ill things taste so much different including chocolate, I will maybe return to chocolate someday.
Now on to some stitching, I had done the grass before getting sick, I stitched the house and will start the fence tonight.
So sorry about the shadow on the picture, I am at a coffee shop, the sun is not out and the lightning is crappy here.

This is our little monster trying to get the door open so she can go outside, she is trying to be sneaky about it she looks back at us and stands up a little taller, still she cannot reach the handle.

Up next is a plastic dog we have had for a couple of years, all of a sudden the cat is afraid of this thing, she howls and screams at it so we had to remove it from the sidelite where I have it every year.

This is some of the wonderful gifts that were given to me at the Stitchville Retreat the first week-end in may.
The first on is from a lovely Lady named Kathy S. she gave us a little round container (I shall use for beads), the cool airplane paper clip I will us on my stitching pages, a magnifier and some bubbles how fun is that, thank-you Kathy S. I love the goodies.

Next is the gift LaRue O. gave to me it is a small box with cardboard floss keepers and the box with duel uses, you will see in the next picture.

This is so cool the box flips over and has a pair of scissors inside, oh how I love this set.
LaRue also included a small magnifier it is so beautiful, I love this gift set.
Thank-you laRue.

Well my coffee is getting cold and I want to do some stitching on my break, Happy Spring to you all.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Retreat, Pneumonia, And Some Stitching

Happy spring to all, thank-you for all your beautiful comments on my last post, I am retiring soon and will have time to respond to all comments  ( I will have more time on my hands).
I went on a wonderful retreat from the 30th of April to the 3rd of May.
The retreat was sponsored by Stitchville USA in Minnesota, it was held at the Oakridge Conference Center in Chaska Minnesota.
What a beautiful venue they have and the food was fantastic.
The Teacher was Ellen Chester from  With My Needle, the class was Kindred Spirits, I love this class so much I want to take more classes from her, I have to say she is a very tiny and lovely Lady, what a ball of fire she is, and her husband is just a hoot and so helpful.
The instructions were so well laid out (done by her wonderful husband) so easy to understand and follow.
The whole kit is positively beautiful, it was well worth giving up lunches out and Starbucks to pay for this class, I would do it again.

This is a Shaker Box, it is about 12 inches long, it is beautiful, I have never had anything like this before.
I need to get my Shepherds Fold done first then my drum from Scattered Seeds done , then I will go full force on this lovely kit.

I want to show you some of the lovely things Deb and Deb chose for our gifts for the retreat, wow they are so generous with their gifts to the participants of the retreat.

Thank-you Ladies for a great week-end. I encourage you to stop by the shop if you are ever in Minnesota.

I have not been stitching at all since last Thursday, I have pneumonia, I have been so ill this past week that I have been in bed since last Friday evening since arriving home from work, I have never been so ill in my life, I have not had a cold or flu in over twelve years, so when it happened it really happened, I am on the mend now and hope to be back to work on Monday, and do some stitching this week-end, I would not wish this on anyone, it is horrible, I am not an easy woman to keep down, but this did it.
This is a picture of the Shepherds Fold  A Full Heart that I worked on last week,
this is the top of the box, there are two more pieces to come to complete the set, I am saving my money this week by not going to Starbucks to buy the next piece that comes out.
It is warm today about 65 degrees I hope it gets warmer so I may sit outside for a half hour tomorrow, wish me luck.
Hugs and spring butterfly kiss's to you all

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wow I have been lost for a while

Greetings to all: Thank-you for your lovely comments to my Easter Post.
I have done little stitching of late, I have been busy working and helping my Mother get ready for a move to a new home.
Now understand my Mother is 84 years young and has a mind as bright as a 16 year old, sometimes that it is very interesting to be with her, she is not afraid to say what is on het mind that is not a bad thing sometimes.
She has just bought her first home, just think her first home wow,  I am so proud of her, so it has been a challenge to get over to help her get packed and ready for a garage sale.
Mother is moving closer to me, she will live only 6 miles instead of the 27 miles now.

Retirement: I have been informed by my wonderful Husband that I will be retiring in October the last friday to be exact of October, I am looking forward to this date. YIPPEE.

Next week is Retreat week-end, I leave for the Conference center in Chaska on Thursday, the Oakridge Conference Center is  so nice, I am really looking forward to this event, Ellen Chester from
With My Needle is teaching the Kindred Spirits Class, this is a Shaker Carrier with a pipkin, scissors holder, pin cube and needleroll with the option of a ruler holder, I am really excited about this class.

I did work on my Jeannette Douglas Biscornu pattern, this one I did on a green fabric I have had for just about forever, I like the color combination, I did not use the colors called for I like to be different.

I was on my way home on Friday from Minneapolis, I could not believe my eyes here is a tom turkey trying to woo two females, he was in full bloom, I could not get a good frontal picture, so I asked him to turn for me and he did oh my goodness, it was amazing I was only about 20 feet from him.

This is a visitor to our corn feeder for the deer, this little one seems to rule the corn bed, he has the blackbirds pacing until he is done, he will not even let another squirrel around.

It is spring finally yippee, I plan on sitting on my front porch drinking a latte and stitching.

Blessings to all