Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Computer Issues an update and my late ISHW post

Welcome to my new followers, thank-you.
I wish to thank all my followers today without you I would have no one to show what I have done.
My Husband just says thats nice, men oh well, they do not get excited about crafting like I do.
I had the pleasure of joining a Round Robin put on over at  http://butterfly-butterflywings.blogspot.com, June has a lovely blog site stop over and take a look.
I recieved a lovely package from Heather from Ireland, sime threads, a lenght of fabric which will be stitched for a small box, and a beautiful Lifes A Stitch  by Lizzie Kate, 7x7 square, I love this I am going to make a needlebook with this, the fabric is a beautiful dyed piece. Heather is at  http://heathersstitchingstory.blogspot.com, stop on over and give a visit she just became a Grandmother, she is so lucky.
This is waht she sent me.
 
 
Next up is a piece from The Spring Fling that Stitchville USA put on last spring, this is a Drawn Thread  patter you could do a picture sampler or a sewing pocket I choise the sewing  pocket, I am almost done I stitched on this for my ISHW and did get loads done I have maybe two hours left, then I can stitch it up into a pocket.
May I Present
 


The picture looks kind of strange I just could not get  a great picture.

Next is a bracelet I did at a class at Becka Beads in Maple Lake Mn.
I plan on taking it again with the Minnesota Needlework Guild on august 12, there are so far 5 of us going, we have a week long retreat in Buffalo Mn. I donot have to travel far just 16 miles wow what a treat, I look forward to this retreat now, this will be my second time, the people are so wonderful loads of visiting sharing and stitching.
 This is the bracelet it comes in 5 or 6 colors.



So sorry about the crappy picture I tried several places to get a good picture this was the best very cloudy today.

Today I shall try and finish my Drawn Thread Sampler, wish me luck.

Happy stitching to all.

Catherine


 

Monday, July 7, 2014

A little stitching on the fourth week-end and some outdoor pictures

I made it through the week-end with a little stitching and a few margaritas, even the hottub was my friend,  we turn down the heat in the summer and use it to cool down, sitting in the tub and watching the fireworks going off on the lake in town was the highlite of the 4th, it was a stunning display, we sang America at the end of Mass on saturday night it was very emotional for me, I am so grateful to live in this country, even with all the crazy things that are going on that sometimes make no sense to me, maybe someday the government will start to think of its citizens and not themselves.

Anyhoo, I did get some stitching, one was a finish  from a pay it forward I recieved from Robin over at http://stitchingwitch.blogspot.com Robin has a beautiful blogsite so stop on over.


I know some of you have done this flag in the stitches it called for but I decided to due the traditional cross stitch, I was going to do a scissor fob but changed my mind and will hang it on my mirrow in my car.

Next is a stitch I have not finished as you can see, I used a 28 ct. White Opalescent fabric, I like the sparkle it has a little more pazazz, I hope to finish this today.







This is waht I am reading  this week, I finished Monica Ferris's book Thai Die it is a great mystery with a lovely pattern in the end of a Han Phoenix for cross stitching.





My Stella DeOros are in full bloom along my sidewalk and driveway, they are so pretty, when it is a gloomy day they still look bright and sunny.

 




I also want to show you the tree that someone poisened, we have a good idea who, just cannot prove it right now, we do have security camaras now and hope that they donot come back.






On to a better note here are some of the visitors from our yard, I just love birds and animals so much, enjoy, however we seem to be feeding the deer more bird seed then the birds that is o.k. they need to eat too.






A Downy Woodpecker eating suet from our deck railing hanger, these birds live in Minnesota all year around.


This frog just would not leave me he spent a good amount of time on my hands.



Sneeky deer.



This is a picture of one of the feeders I need to fill.




My last picture is of Blondie (Starlynn) our baby.






 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My exchange to Cucki

Hello to all my followers, welcome to my new followers I do hope you enjoy stopping by.
I am so excited that the Fall pattern I stitched for http://cuckistitchingcove.blogspot.com likes what I stitched for her, I truefully enjoyed this little  stitch.
I joined the Round Robin that  June over at http://butterfly-butterflywings.blogspot.com June is a sweetheart for doing this, I do like exchanges soooo much  this one  was just made for me to join.
I shall now present to you Cuckis exchange to me I love Halloween and do decorate for all seasons, this is going to be a fold stand-up just what i want for a small stable gatherine.



This is what I stitched for Cucki, I love this design it is from the  Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine issue 9/13. I stitched the square on 14 count  cream color using DMC threads, fabric was bought at Joann Fabrics and Crafts.

 
This is Called Autumn Squirrels
 
 
 
I worked on another square for Heather in Ireland, but you will have to wait to see that one.
I will start working on one for June, I will start stitching on it this saturday. she is the  Round Robin moderator.
 
Blessings
to you all
Cathgerine

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Great Givaway Over At The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy is having another great  givaway over at http://victorianmottosamplershoppe.blogspot.com
stop over and see what she has to offer, Nancy also sells patterns and other wonderful items on ebay, so jump on over.
Good luck on winning.

Blessings

Catherine

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Round Robin and Vacation

While I was on Vacation a lovely exchange arrived from Cucki at http://cuckistitchingcove.blogspot.com, please stop over to her blog it is a lovely place to visit.
I think the name of this is Out Flying, I love this beauty, it is a  7X7 square, I am not sure what I will do with it  just yet I do have an idea so we will have to wait and see.
Thank-you Cucki.



Last sunday my wonderful Husband surprised me with a vacation to Cancun Mexico,  I had no idea he was going to do this he is so romantic, he cooked this up and even called my boss to ask for the week off for me, wow Mike you are the best.

This is the front of the Resort taken from about a half a block away.


The entryway is stunning offering two flat fountains which were something to see.




Live Aqua is the name of the Resort it is amazing you are pampered from the time you get there until you leave wow, on entering you are given a cool cloth to wipe you brow and a tea that was something I had never tasted before it was amazing.




You can see a few of the eight pools, they even had a hottub which we did not use, we have a hottub at home, the pools are so nice they had a long pool for the long distance swimmers which Mike used
 the most or you could go down to the sea and swim however the winds were high so I stayed by the pools.






We had many visitors that were just beautiful, the green iguana was so sweet he let me get only a foot away from him to get this picture, the bird stayed by us for a long time she even put her foot in the pool to tsest the water.





Across ther street from the resort was La Isla shopping center, it was big with loads of shopping and restaurants, we did not do any shopping just walked around and bought Starbucks coffee, we had our pictures taken with these to statues, I know Spiderman but not sure of the man on the bench.






Here are a few pictures of the restaurents ther are six places to eat on the grounds featuring specialtys of all kinds all food is made from  scratch including the sauces and dressings, yummy.
Of course Mike had to take a picture of my burned face ouch.





It was our 37th anniversary on the 11th of june, so Mike had something special done for me, while at dinner, a person went to our room and put rose petals everywhere it was so beautiful, I was shocked he is so romantic, the tub was big enough for four people,  the candles were lit and on the floor when you stepped into the room from the halway, it was so charming.

We had an awful experience at the airport, I was qued what ever that means and had a full search, I am not against it for the fact that with what is going on in this world we need positive security,
we stopped at my office to pick up my company car and got home about 12:00 midnight, it was a long day and a beautiful vacation.

Next week is ISHW week-end, I need to catch up on my stitching.

Blessings

Catherine




 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Stash A Round Robin and a ISHW week-end starts this friday

Happy Spring to you al welcome to all my followers, I have not posted sinch april, it has been a very busy month with a passing of a relative and loads of work, I will need this stitching week-end really bad, I put in an extra 40 hours in this pay period and still have tomorrow and friday whew.

I Have joined a Round Robin this is my first, I do wish I could show you what I am stitching for my partner, that will just have to wait until she recieves it, I am excited about this I have never done this before and am enjoying it so far.

I bought some stash from The Silver Needle in Tulsa, Ok., they have a stash reduction sale going on and I bought the $7.50  before postage it is worth it,  I am so glad I did this I did recieve some things I really like,  pop on over to their site, to see what the prices are, I did not know what was coming but am so glad with my purchase.


I am not a red hat lady but do like the pattern with the beads and humming bird ornament.
The bone lacy round came broken on the Marie Suarez kit, I can fix that with a little jewelry glue, the Sweetheart pattern is so pretty I think this will go to my niece to stitch.


I plan on using the pocket for a gift I need to start stitching this soon for a gift to be given in june, this kit comes with everything you need including a needle.
 The  Pine Mountain Best Witches kit is adorable, I need a new item to stitch for halloween and this is it.


 Three of the  patterns above are going to a stash sale in october at retreat.
Fancy That  Long May She Wave I will stitch for my Patriotic corner on my landing.



I like all these patterns, The Mill Hill booklet I will keep I love that bunny stand-up, I am going to stitch up the Sunflower Seed halloween pattern into ornaments for my halloween tree.
The other patterns will also go to the stash reduction sale.





 I was in the grocery store one day last week and found these two books, wow they have great patterns for quilting and cross stitch felt rugs and loads of fun stuff, I need to subscribe to this magazine.



I did manage to use one of my gift certificate from my wonderful Husband, they are for my favorite stitch shop Stitchville USA here in Minnesota, sooo I wanted that oh so cute Owl from Just Nan and the Christmas Mouse, I love these little ornaments they are so sweet, when am I going to have enough time to stitch all these things? I need another 50+ years just to use up the stash I have, I am not the only one in this world that has this problem I am sure, I like to read about the stitchers like me.

 I am so glad the snow is gone (I hope until next winter) cross my fingers, I was on the road in the last storm it was horrible and so slippery, a person needs to be very hardy to live in Minnesota and put up with the crappy winter driving conditions.

I hear dinner calling baked chicken and a hardy salad sounds good, happy stitching to you  all and many blessings.

Catherine