Monday, November 21, 2016

It has been a while

First I want to thank-everyone that emailed me asking if everything is okay, I would like to name you all but would take way to much time so sorry, from my heart to yours thank-you for your concern.
Michael has had some very bad and very good days, he was again in the hospital in October, his blood pressure spiked again to 245/180. he was so lucky he did not have a stroke or heart attack, however he spent three and on half days in the hospital, he lost the hearing in his right ear 100% lost so sad, there is no medical reason for this  accept that he was exposed to agent orange in Viet Nam, he is still doctoring and will continue for some time in the future, he had three shot od steroid in his ear, ouch, he was so brave, I want to pass out just thinking of it, of course this is causing his dizziness.
He also has a mass on his lung, they are telling him it is not cancer it is just something from the agent orange they will continue to monitor it, he was up at the VA in St. Cloud all day today and has to go back in December,  please I beg you to pray for him.

I want to thank Cathie who has the blog site http://cathiescraftworks.blogspot.com, I sent her my used Scattered Seed  Sampler pattern she sent me the loveliest pin pillow which has a spot in my family room so I can see it everyday, this is what she made I love it.
Cathie: Thank-you so much you are an Angel, just when I needed a lift your pillow showed up, thank-you Dear Friend.

 
 I have been busy I have done my Scattered Seed Samplers that are mailed out periodically, I am finally getting caught up with stitching yahoo.
This is the Pins & Needles Pinpoke
I forgot to take a photo of the coordinating fabric so sorry.


This is the Mend My Soul Tailors Roll, I just love this design and the fabric color makes me so happy, the coordinating fabric is beautiful, Tammy has an eye for selecting fabric to go with her designs.


This is Come Dance With Me Pinkeep, I adore this design, I love the birds and the flower so much, I plan on using a dye to add a little flair to the designs I have stitched so far, I bought he bottle way back in January and still have not used it so now is the time.
I have never used this stuff before Instant Antique Aging Solution wish me luck, I will post photos when all is done.


This is the one I am working on now, I love this it is a scissor mat Tammy Black is so creative, I will use  this often. It is called Rest In The Lord Scissor Mat, look at the beautiful floral in brown coordinating fabric it is so pretty in person. I hope to have this one finished by Thursday.

 
I have been beading a little ,  last month I went to a retreat put on by Keli my friend, we stayed from Friday to Monday you can check in on Friday at 10:30 and check out at 4:00 on Monday I love the early check-in and late check-out, I took a few photos and then my battery died.
I taught a lady how to make beaded crystal balls, she loved hers and was an easy learner.
This is the one she made
  

 
Then I made one for Keli for putting together the retreat.
 

So sorry it is blurry, they really are much prettier in person, I will be making more for my tree this year.

Here are a couple of bracelets I have made, they were so easy to make I even surprised myself.

 
I do like to bead, I have been making jewelry for years  usually from broken jewelry, beading is very comforting for me.

Now I have to tell you about something that really amazed me, my wonderful Husband decided he wanted to change the wood floor to a lighter color, I was not sure about this, you see it is real wood not the laminate kind, so I said go ahead however he is doing slowly only because I am keeping him from over doing it and making him self sicker, he just wants to be productive and busy, so here is the difference.


We are giving all the old flooring to a friend who has cancer she has always wanted wood floors, so instead of throwing the flooring in the garbage she will get anew floor for free, my Mike is such a wonderful man, her whole main floor will be wood.

I want to show you a photo of Krissy's costume, she was so good and showed herself off so sweetly, she like to get dressed up.
This week she had surgery on her other kneecap poor baby, I hope that she does not need anymore surgery's.


It is time to stitch and watch The First 48,  Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate Turkey day.

Blessings
Catherine

 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thank-you Veterans




Thank-you Veterans for the dedication and love, for serving your Country, for sacrificing for all our Freedoms.

Thank-you to the Veterans that have gone before us, You will not be forgotten.

I am a very lucky person to be able to thank-you  from the bottom of my heart to yours.

Blessings
Catherine

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Progress on ISHW

Hello All: I am at retreat this week-end, I am having a ball.
I did finish all the stitching of my Kindred Spirits Class Project from 2015, this was a class hosted by Stitchville USA here in Minnesota.

I plan on starting to put together the items to put into the Shaker Tray.

I present:

 
ISHW is hosted by Joyce over at http://joysze.blogspot.com  Please stop over and see what Joyce is into.

Time to get back to stitching.

Blessings
Catherine

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ISHW and A Retreat Week-end

Fall Greetings to you all: This week-end is ISHW by the very lovely Joyce over at http://joysze.blogspot.com, please stop over and leave a comment and maybe join the ISHW week-end and maybe get a load of stitching done.
I have a retreat this week-end, Friday to Monday, I am looking forward to this, I am excited because I do not go to the Feb or Oct. retreat any longer they moved and its just to far to drive, I will miss going to Cindy's retreats but I need to move on, they are a great bunch of ladies.
I will be only about 20 miles from home with this retreat, the other retreat Keli puts on is at a camp only 65 miles from my home and if I go the back roads it is only 55 miles.
The other retreat is about 70 miles, just to far for Mike to drive me and come to pick me up, at Keli's I can ride with a lady that lives not far from me to Keli's retreat.
Anyhoo, I have photos but the computer is not cooperating well so they will have to wait.
Stay warm and enjoy the fall colors for they will be gone soon.

Blessings
Catherine

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tried A New Blogspot Design

Hello to all my followers, first of all if I do not send you a thank-you for your comment by email I am so sorry  am very busy.
I hope you like my new color scheme for my BlogSpot, I tried something different then what I would normally do.
I have done some stitching and will post a new photo on Thursday.
I am almost done stitching all the pieces to my Kindred Spirits, yahoo, soon I will be able to put all the pieces together and put into the tray and display in my cabinet.
I have been commissioned by my cousin to make bracelets for her upscale dress shop, I am making 25 as of now and more to be made in the near very near future, some of the photos I show you do not show how lovely they really are.
I hope this fall finds you all well and stitching your hearts out.

Just a little photo of our baby girl sitting in my chair, she thinks she owns this chair.


This is a goose strolling down the street in our neighborhood, she or he was not even bothered by cars that drove by.



Blessings
Catherine

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Drive By Post

First of all thank-you for all your comments on my last post, I really feel the love in my heart.
Welcome to my new followers, I hope you will not be disappointed in my post's.

I am a very lucky lady, I was looking at an email sent to me by Common Thread a DMC Corporation,  they wanted me to see the  Celebrating Our Heritage For 270 Years, wow I did not know Mike was in the office with me as I was looking at the email.
I said outloud wow that is beautiful, he asked me what and I said the Collection they have for sale to honor the 270 years of DMC.
He went onto the web site and ordered this beauty of a gift to surprise me for taking care of him when he was recovering from his surgery.

This is what I received in the mail yesterday, a beautiful box trimmed in gold, so pretty.


A pair of Eiffel Tower scissors, a skein of gold thread, a book with lovely vintage designs, a card with a serial number which is on the gold thread wrapper to match the serial number on the box.


This is a page from the little book, I love it, it is written in French so I will need to have Mikes sister read it for me, but I can still read the stitching design patterns, I do not need a translation for that.



Here are a few photos of a storm coming our way that past week-end, along with some lovely fall colors.



After the storm, some thunder and some rain, it is chilly today around 68 degrees too chilly for me. Brrrr.




I hope this fall finds you stitching hall and Christmas designs.

Blessings to you All

Catherine

Monday, September 19, 2016

My ISHW Progress

First of all: Thank-you to all my followers, I know you cannot comment everytime I post due to obligation's at home and work  but thank-you all the same, I love you all.
It has been a trying summer with Michaels illness, being a nursemaid is not all that bad, I love taking care of him, he is doing so well now and I thank-you all for your personal emails and comments on this blog asking about him, it warms my heart.
This Blog World is like having a Family that is so special.
Thank-you from our home to yours.

Last week-end was ISHW sponsored by the beautiful Joyce over at http://joysze.blogspot.com
Joyce has been sponsoring this every month for a very long time, I do get loads of stitching and  beading done on this week-end Joyce  has a sign-up once a month, if you do not follow her please do so she is a hoot.

I am trying to get the stitching done on my Class Project from 2015 Ellen Chester's Kindred Spirits, I am finishing up the third band and will stitch the needle roll next then the scissor holder,  then I can start to put the piece's  together for the wood carrier tray yahoo.
this is my progress so far on the third band.

 
I am so lucky I was able to get a
Book Of Days 2017 A Needlework Enthusiast's Book
It is beautiful, I bought this from Tammy Black over at http://scatteredseedsamplers.blogspot.com 
really you should take a look at her Samplers they are very sweet, I love stitching them. I love this book, now I can keep track of my stitching and finish's in a book instead of a piece of paper.



I also bought from Barbara over at http://tostitchornottostitch.blogspot.com please stop over to her lovely BlogSpot, she does have a few things for sale, maybe she has something you are looking for plus she has a beautiful BlogSpot.
I have been looking for this issue of Inspirations for a long time Etsy and Ebay have not had it when I look, I want to stitch the Tiny Treasures on the front of the magazine they were designed by Betsy Morgan who I love, I was able to take a class of hers this year.








I also have the new Just Cross Stitch Halloween and Christmas Issues, I love the special issues.
They are loaded with so many things to stitch.



I also received my October Issue of Just Cross Stitch 2016 I plan on stitching the Seasons In Chalk Fall, I will however change the pumpkins to a solid pumpkin color, I am not fond of the checked look.



I hope you are all enjoying this day and are getting loads of stitching done.

Blessings
Catherine

 

Friday, September 16, 2016

ISHW This Weekend

Greetings to all my followers, thank-you for all your lovely comments on my last post, it was a sad day in history.
As I sit here writing I hear my lovely little girl Kristy having doggy dreams, she is such a hoot, she snores louder then my Husband and so loud sometimes I cannot sleep so I go the ear plugs.
Today starts the ISHW sponsored by the beautiful Joyce over at http://joysze.blogspot.com stop over to her site and sign up this is a great way to find some me time and get stitching done, plus you get to see what other people are working on.
I have been working on my Class project from Ellen Chester, many of my friends from the Retreat that Stitchville USA sponsored in the spring of 2015 have finished theirs, I am a little behind, no not a little a whole bunch behind, I will be posting photos of my progress tomorrow, I need to get a few things done here today and get to stitching again.


 So sorry I just had to post a photo, we have a few magnets on our fridge just a few because I like them not to be there, it is not for me, but we have friends that have their fridge's  full of them.

Blessings
Catherine
 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

We Must Never Forget

 A Very Sad Day In History



Please say a prayer for the Hero's and the lives that were lost on that day.


Please hug your family members and friends today.


Thank-you to all the Emergency Personal, Fire, Police Sheriff Ambulance and Hospital workers.
Thank-you from my heart to yours for what you do.



Catherine

Photos found on Pinterest

 

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Couple of Finish's And a new Car To Go With My New Key Fob I won

Thank-you to all of the people who have left such lovely comments on my last post, Michael is doing well and driving and mowing the lawn now, this sounds like not much but when it is taken away from you, you get antsy to get back to a normal routine, I am so lucky to call you friends.
Thank-you  to all the wonderful private emails asking about Michael and my Mother, I am truly lucky to call you all friends.

 I won a beautiful Fob from DaffyCat over at http://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com you need to pop over to her blog and see the beauty she is working on now, it is lovely. I am using this fob for my new car key which you can see in the bottom of this post.  Thank-you Sharon
I won this Fob back in June and forgot to post due to Michaels surgery, so sorry Sharon.


I have been stitching I finished  The Scattered Seed Sampler Mend My Soul, Tailors Roll, this is such a beautiful, Tammy Black does such a beautiful job designing, I love her designs.


This will be a pin pillow, I am excited about this pillow it is so primitive looking .


I went to the Minnesota Needlework Guild Retreat the second week of August, there is a relocation stash room, I found a kit with a  P Buckley Moss Tarry Not almost finished project, I brought it home all it needed was the back stitching and a few French knots and lazy daisy stitch's, so its like getting an  almost finished project for free


So sorry about the wrinkles, I will be looking for a mat and frame this week sometime.


I did make another bracelet which I love it has leather and beads, I was at a birthday party at Becka Beads in Maple Lake  Minnesota and this is what we made, I love it.


                                                                  I love the colors



I have been working on finishing the stitching on my Ellen Chester Retreat Project from 2014, Kindred Spirits it is almost done and then I can put all the pieces together and finish the tray I can hardly wait.
I do not have a photo of my stitching but will soon post one, here  is a photo of the class  project.

 

I have to tell you I have a new car, I know this is not about stitching but a new car is something we have not had for eleven years, the Durango was still in great condition and had very low millage  we put on new tires and had a tune-up last month and still we bought a new car.
We got a great trade-in price and so many rebates it was hard to not buy this 2017 car.





Happy Stitching
Catherine

 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oh my What a Summer and my ISHW update

Greetings to all my Faithful Followers: First of all thank-you to all who have emailed me to ask how things are going, a special shout-out to Conny at http://remakeremixreuse.blogspot.com and Joyce  over at http://joysze.blogspot.com  thank-you for emailing  about how things are going with Michael and I, wow it has been a very busy summer.
First Michael had triple bypass and what a road it has been, he was doing well and ended up with an infection in one of the incisions on his leg, they do not cut the whole leg to get a vein anymore they do three small incisions which is good, the infection was due to his rejection of the sutures inside the leg, he is allergic to the threads they used, so of course the strongest antibiotic was prescribed, he is off the med for the infection but still having reactions to the antibiotic, which is subsiding.

(I do have a stitching post today)

He is driving now and enjoying it more then I expected, he was able to go get an oil change and tire rotation today all by himself, yahoo some time for me alone, please do not get me wrong I do love my Husband but I need some me time, I am selfish.
I was at the Minnesota Needlework Guild week long Retreat from the 8th of August to the 14th I was just not relaxed worrying about Michael, things did go well for him, but not me, I had the best table mates who kept me happy with talk and smiles.
In July when Michael was in the hospital Mom's basement flooded, and she ended up having a leaking roof, so a new roof and new carpeting, sadly the insurance did not pay for the roof so Michael being the most generous Man I know paid for the roof, I love him so much.

So on to stitching, I have been busy doing my Scattered Seed Sampler pillow, I am so happy to have a needle and fabric in my hands, I will finish it this evening.
This is what I stitched on my ISHW week-end moderated by Joyce over at http://joysze.blogspot.com





I also have been making more pin pendants, one of the new ones is a Halloween one and another is a bronze color for fall, the bronze one will be a pendant to hang by a velvet ribbon.
They really are much prettier then the photo shows.

 
I did pick up some new stash, I wanted to do a table cover for fall for our kitchen table, so I picked a leaf pattern, I will not put the leaves on black but a different color background not so dark.
 

I also bought a cat wool  pattern I love me some kitty stuff.
I have the fabrics to do this little cutie, he is so cute.



I hope you all are having great weather and enjoying the summer or winter wherever you live.
Thank-you for being a follower.

Blessings
Catherine