Thursday, March 26, 2015

Some stitching and a Blogsot you must see

Hello to all: It is a sunny day here in Minnesota, in my part of Minnesota at least.
I was out on the patio for about 10 minutes, it was a little cool but worth it.
I sure hope spring has finally arrived.
Please Mr. Weatherman no more snow.

I did finish my Hearts Content scissor fob, I just need to construct it and add the trim and tassels.



I also finished the back side of the first Jeannette Douglas Biscornu, I did not do a duplicate of the front side since it will be hidden when tied together with the Biscornu's, I plan on starting the second one this week-end. Not a good picture for some reason.



Now I know I said I was going to start on the scissor fob from Shepherds Bush but I really wanted to get the Goodness and Grace  Pin Cushion done first this is the part three of the Shepherds Fold, I am loving this lovely pattern.


I love the green fabric for the backing, it is so soft and of course enough to do the backing on the scissor fob.

Thank-you all for your kind words for Michael, he is healing slowly but  still unable to use his right arm, a sling for six weeks, poor guy.
I do like to help him, he is so sweet and good to me, he deserves all my attention.
This evening I made coconut tamarind curry chicken and rice it was wonderful, I am full to the top of my head.

I want to tell you about a BlogSpot I have started to follow, this is the link http://e-subrosa.blogspot.com you should stop over and see the super cute patterns she has they are wonderful. Eszter is a wonderful designer, she is very creative.

Well I need to get back to stitching, I am watching Cupcake Wars it is an old one from 2010 but well worth the watch.

Happy Spring
Happy Easter
Happy Stitching

Catherine

Monday, March 23, 2015

What I did on my ISHW and surgery for Mike

Greetings all: This has been another day that was snowy and cold, I had to shovel a three car driveway this morning, we had 3 inches of snow, Mike had rotator cuff surgery last Thursday and could not  shovel, also he winterized the snowblower last week before surgery,  oh well it did not kill me, perhaps I lost three pounds, wishful thinking.
This is what it look like this morning ick.
Mike just had to get the mail by himself, bad boy I was nearby. Poor guy one arm man.





Last week-end was the ISHW weekend, I did loads of stitching, I did manage to get more done on my Hearts Content scissor fob, hopefully I will finish tomorrow.
 
 
 
I also finished the first of the biscornu pieces and started on  the bottom  piece.
I love this pattern, it is so sweet, I am doing my own colors and adding more beads to this piece.
I need to make a total of three biscornus.
This is a Jeannette Douglas pattern from  2010, this has been in my stash for a while.
 


I wanted to show you my next project, I plan on working on this in between the Jeannette  Douglas and beading bracelets.
I have been on a Shepherds Bush addiction, I do not know why.
This is the scissor fob from the Shepherds Fold, I stitched the  needle book last month.

 

I love the Shepherds Bush Fold it is so sweet, I hope to save enough to buy the box that it shows in the picture of the A Full Heart the box top the  first part of the Fold.

Lynn over at http://happinessiscrossstitching.blogspot.com is having a great giveaway stop over and see the lovely things she designs and the Kat patterns she has designed.


I am off to stitching some more and watching Dancing With The Stars.

Happy Easter
Catherine

 

Friday, March 20, 2015

A warning a few stitching items and some exciting news

Blessings to all my followers:  we had a strange phone call this afternoon, someone called saying they were from Microsoft and that they needed to help us with our computer, however  they were hackers I found out after a lengthy conversation with Michael (my main man) that they have found that 14 people were trying to hack into our computer, we were very careful not to give in they even argued with Michael that they needed to help us,  PLEASE  DO NOT give in to these phone calls they are hackers themselves, I have a friend who did give in and lost everything and  even her credit rating, do PLEASE hang up on them, you will never get a phone call from MSN asking to take over your computer.
I have been without internet service for a few days off and on, the company we have is the only one out here in the sticks to use, they are upgrading to a faster service and messed up the junction box, the big terds, so sorry for the bad language, first a bad computer tower and now this I give  up.

Now for some stitching news, I have been stitching off and on I have been so busy with work last week and part of the week before I was working at home for customer service, I am an all trades girl for the Emergency Service I work for, I am so excited that I am retiring on October 28, 2015, yippee I see loads of stitching and sewing in my future.

I did finish off a couple of ornaments that were waiting in my big drawer of unfinished projects, they are stitched just not completely finished.

The Santa is the  Von Claus #P923 I added a star and hanging thread to finish him.
The Partridge I am not sure of it has been so long since I stitched him, I am so sorry.




This is a Shepherds Bush 2013  scissor fob the pattern was gifted to me by a friend, with the leftover threads, I had to buy the ribbon to finish the edges, oh my the ribbon is not cheap.
The picture shows two fobs but I did them back to back, I like the finish, now I need a new pair of scissors to put it on.



I am not sure of the designer of the kitty pattern on my scissor fob, I did not do a great job of finishing this one, I added black beads on the edges, I used I think 36 count linen,
 The other pattern is a Drawn Thread  A Spot of Spring, I wanted a small scissor fob with this pattern and used 36 count  linen, I like the smallness of this pattern however the French knots were a mess to get on the sheep.


This is what I am working on now, this was a kit I have had it seems like forever, I love the Hearts Content kits, however my eyes tell me to take a rest from the small stitching holes, so it is taking me longer then I want to finish the stitching, I have a vintage scissor collection and want to give each one a special fob, this will be a while before I am done with all the fobs, I hope to show you all a picture someday.
This is stitched on 36 count ivory 100% linen which came with the kit, I am stitching this one over one threads, that is what is taking so long, I am finishing mine a little different then the picture I do not want any unfinished fabric showing like the picture shows.

I am joining the Scattered Seeds and Samplers Little Sparrow Pin Keep club, it is well worth  the money Tammy is a wonderful designer and a very sweet Lady, take a look at her blog at
Scattered Seeds and Samplers, just click on the Scattered Seeds and Samplers button on the sidebar of my blog page.

This is the ISHW stitching weekend so off to a margarita and some stitching.

Blessings In this Lenten Season.

Catherine
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Just a little post

Without a computer for a while, now I am happy so far with my new tower, this is what my desk door looked like for a while, oh my.

 
This is the little girl looking at a lady bug just before she attacks it, yes it is that time of year, lady bugs are coming out of the woodwork ick.
 
 
A beautiful sunrise, just think warm weather is about to come to Minnesota
 

 This is the moon coming up and what a beauty it is.

 
 

I have this vintage pair of gloves from long ago and wanted to do something with one of them, so I filled it with crushed walnut shells added lace and a broken vintage earring for a ring, the little beads were already on the glove, it now sits on my sofa table just looking pretty.

 
 
 
Well I should go for now I am working at home this week and not on the road yahoo for me.
Happy stitching to you all.
 
Blessings
Catherine

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Great Nephew his Sister and their new Cousin and some stitching

Welcome to my new followers, thank-you to all my followers that leave comments I really thank-you from the bottom of my heart, I would send individual thank-you's  I am so sorry I do not have the time.
I went to a baby shower on sunday, I had so much fun, we wore my Mother out it was a smashing time.
Baby Tahlea Simonne is so sweet, and of course the house was full at my sister-in-laws, good food and loads of fun.
I present Tahlea


This is my great nephew Rohan, he is a hoot, he came dresses to the nines, I told him he looked like one of the Men In Black, he was pleased, he is such a ham and a ladies man.
His parents are Sindu and Ryan.




This is Rajam Rohan's sister and Grandmother, my sister-in-law, Debbie holding  Rajam  she  is so cute, I just have to brag about my family, since I do not have any children, I am blessed with such a wonderful family unit. Debbie is a great Grandmother and gets to see the children everyday.


Now for a little stitching update:
I did manage to put some stitching on this piece, it is a Jeannette Douglas piece from her Spring Biscornus pattern.
I am off today due to a blizzard yahoo, after I get my computer problems fixed I will stitch in my comfy chair.
I hope this day finds you healthy and without crappy weather.

Blessings
Catherine

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ishw Update sorry it is late

I did manage to get a little stitching done, I started and finished my Shepherds Bush Spooky Stitches bag I love it, it is an easy stitching project, I have one other bag from Shepherds Bush and plan on doing them all.


Next I started my Jeannette Douglas Spring Biscornu Stackers, I am doing them in three different fabric threads and fabric colors.
I love the look of the stackers.


I did also get two bracelets done, Becky at Becka Beads in Maple Lake Minnesota the blue bracelet is for me,  I also  started  a green bracelet for my Irish friend Kathleen, I hope to have it finished this weekend.


The next bracelet was rather easy, I want to make few for myself in spring colors.


So sorry about the horrible pictures my Nikon  is not working well, maybe it is time to get a new one, you never know.

I am so sorry all the snow is going east, we have only a dusting on the ground, we need snow or rain in the spring for the farmers.

Happy stitching to you all.

Catherine



 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Some stitching, beading and the upcoming ISHW week-end

Welcome to my  followers old and new I Plan on doing lots of stitching this week-end it is the ISHW week-end, sponsored by http://joysze.blogspot.com pop on over and visit her lovely blog and maybe sign up for the ISHW it is free.
You can see what other bloggers are doing and will have done this week-end.

Now for some stitching news: I am doing the Shepherd's Bush Fold, I love this series it is so sweet, I  finished with the needle book, now I need to put it together. I am enjoying this series.

                                                                     A Full Heart


                                                                My Home Scissor Fob

                                
                                                        Cherish Life  Needle Book
 
 
I am on a Shepherds Bush kick this winter, I am also going to stitch the Spooky Stitches bag it is so sweet.
 


                                                           Spooky Stitches Bag
 
This is the 2013 Scissor Fob which was a gift to me.
 
 
Now as you can see I have loads of Shepherds Bush stitching to do.
 
I did manage to get another bracelet finished last week-end, I was at Becka Beads for beading last week-end, this is a simple and easy bracelet, I love the colors I picked.
 


I am going to do one on green for my friend Kathleen the Irish girl and a pink one for me for easter.

Now my message to the Mayor of Boston, how can you stop the people from jumping from their windows, they should know what hazards are on their property, this is like telling them to stop sledding you may run into a tree or something else, I say let them have their fun, but that's just me.

Please stay warm in this cold weather and stitch stitch stitch.

Blessings on this Ash Wednesday
I gave up chocolate, pepsi and sweet rolls for Lent ouch.
Catherine
 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I had the Pleasure of meeting a wonderful Lady

Greetings to all my followers and new followers welcome: I have some exciting news, I have had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful and beautiful Lady this past friday evening.
She is one of my followers and I am one of hers.
I had mentioned to her that if she ever was in Minnesota to please let me know and maybe we could meet.
Lucky for me that day was friday last, I picked up Chris at her hotel and we went to dinner at the Star Of India in St. Cloud Minnesota, I only live about 20 miles from St. Cloud.
This is one amazing Lady, very intelligent and very charming.
We hit it off immediatly,  we talked about family, stitching and many other subjects, we agrre on everything, the thing I find so amazing for me is it was like we had been life long friends, how cool is that.
Our husbands are almost exackly alike in that they read the same kind of books, like to hike for Chris's husband and my Mike like to run, they both like to hike, Chris does also as do I.
Chris's husband is in the same lione of work that Mike and I used to be in, however Mike and I changed proffessions midlife.
I must tell you I already miss Chris, she is so charming and very pretty, Chris has a grand personalty that is oh so lovely, very gracious and  just a wonderful lady.
I was a little nervous about meeting her at first when I arrived at her hotel to pick her up, I have met one other lady who is an avid beader who really put the scare in me, so meeting Chris was a very
 pleasent surprise.
We had a beautiful dinner, Chris had a great dish that had spinach and veggies, I had a chicken dish that I fell in love with, we shared a combo appitizer plate with loads of goodies on it.
Chris also shared her yummy dessert with me, thank-you Chris.







Chris brought me a birthday gift and what a gift it is she gave me two bars of wonderful chocolate:
Mosher Roth Mint and Mosher Roth Toffee Crunch, I did try the toffee crunch tonight, I held off for as long as possible the temptations gave in wow this chocolate is wonderful, thank-you Chris.
She also gave me a gift certifacate to Stitchville USA from here in Minnesota along with a punch card, I almost started to cry, what a lovely and generous lady she is.
I hope to see Chris againg someday, her blog is Tot Hill Farm Stitches, I love the name if you are not a follower please start following her is a wonderful Lady.
Thank-you Chris for a wonderful time.






I have tried to upload pictures, I will try again tomorrow on my lunch break.
Thank-you for understanding. Blogger will not let me upload for some reason.

I should go now I need to get up at 03:30 so need to get my briefcase and other things together.
Happy Stitching

Catherine
 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I was away

Greetings to all: I was on a two week vacation to Cancun Mexico, came home last week=end, had a wonderful time and have the best tan I have ever had.
I did do some stitching, loads of reading and lots of relaxation.
We donot take our phones or any electronic devices with, this is after all a vacation from everyday life, we did take our camaras, I have many pictures to show, but today will show only a few.
So here goes.

PELICAN AT POOL SIDE





He was a hoot, he sat by me for a very long long time, no one else had the pleasure of his company, I felt very lucky to get these pictures.

This is a great picture of my wonderful husband, he is my life and heart, thank-you Michael for a great two weeks.





We stayed at the Live Aqua  again, we stayed there last june for five days, it is a beautiful resort.
Great food and wonderful relaxation.




WE had a special meal made for us, the waiter we had for breakfast every morning had arranged for us to be served a special meal no other table was served that evening, we had a seafood salad, salmon,  crepes and a special wine that was out of this world, the rest of the meal was fantastic.
We plan on going back maybe in may or june, if Michaels surgery on his rotator cuff goes well in march.
 
I am on the road today and hope to get home early tonight to do some stitching.
I will post again on Friday some pictures of my stitching and more vacation pictures.
 
 
Catherine

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ISHW Week-end

So sorry I did not post my ISHW post yesterday, I was so excited to just do an update with all the problems I have been having with blogger.


This is a sweet little ornament Sue H. my sister from another mother gave me, I think it is so adorable, thank-you Sue.


I found this adorable pattern on Pinterest, I am not sure of the artist, I did this on 32 count two over two, he is going to be a scissor fob. I stitched him on my ISHW.



I also worked on Just Nan Little Princess Snow, I did change out the fabric color and thread colors, I wanted something a little different, I am also going to cut the big round eye circles in half, I want her to look a little more dramatic, wish me luck.


My next project to start is a Jeanette Douglas pattern,  I bought this pattern when Jeanette was teaching a class in Minnesota a few years ago, I was at the retreat she gave the class in, she is a hoot.
I just need to get the fabric, I plan on starting this sometime next week.



My wonderful sister-in-law sent this card to me early, she is so funny please read the card it is so funny, sorry about the cuss words, very early for my birthday, we are going to Mexico next month for a great getaway, I so look forward to this vacation every year.
The people staying at our home for us are a beautiful couple, it is a little vacation for them being away from home, and taking care of our home for us, besides boo boo kitty needs someone here to keep her company.

I should get ready for bed the alarm clock goes off at 03:00 tomorrow for work, ugh, it is going to be sleeting out and turn into rain later in the day ugh again, I do love my job, I have a wonderful boss and work for a wonderful company.
 
Blessings
Catherine