Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy belated New Year

I have been sitting at this computer getting caught up with blogging comments and reading emails, I am way behind.
 December was a very busy month, I did very little decorating because Mike had planned a vacation away during Christmas, we went to Cancun Live Aqua, our new favorite Resort, this was our third time there, love it.
Christmas at the resort was amazing, Santa showed up coming on a sleigh with horses in the lead.

And this is my little old chubby self and Mike with his Christmas tie with Santa and Company

This is rice art they dye the rice and hand design it on any surface they choose, the lights were blue around the resort for Christmas

This is the entry during the day.

  this is what it looks like at night during Christmas, during the rest of the year it is a flat water fall very pretty.

I took Olaf along on this trip, he had fun, will show a couple of pictures of Olaf next post.

Now for some news, Mike is retiring in April after almost 40 years with the Wright County Sheriffs Department, I am so happy for him, wow home with my favorite Man 24/7 hmmm we will see how this goes, giggles.
I bought some stash last Saturday from my favorite Needlework Shop Stitchville USA,
I am doing a monthly ornament SAL over at http://stitchinglotus.blogspot.comhttp://stitchinglotus.com, I rather excited to do this, maybe I can get all my ornaments done for nest Christmas.
This is the first Ornament I will do, I love Plum Street Samplers so sweet, I am doing this on Edinburgh White Opal 36 count, I like the sparkle of the fabric.
I also bought some red and pink fabric to make Valentine ornaments for Valentines Day, I want to start a tree  for each holiday like Frances has in her home, she has inspired me to do so.
Stop over to her BlogSpot, she is a very good decorator. http://asymphonyofstitches.blogspot.com
I am sure you will love what you see.
 I love the Easy Stitch Basting Tape, so easy to use, I also wanted to try the  Instant Antique Aging Solution, it looks very interesting.

I bought two Mill Hill seed bead Santa ornaments to stitch for my lovely neighbors who took care of our mail and snow removal while we were gone, we just could not find  anything just right for them, I think this is perfect.
I also bought the little Mini Pom Pom one yard in Raspberry and TuTu Pink for my Valentine ornaments.
I am working on my Scattered Seed Sampler Pure In Heart from Tammy Black, she is a great Primitive Designer, I just have to finish the sheep and put together as a door hanger, I have done very little stitching this past month due to Christmas preparing  and Christmas vacation.
To all who commented on my last blog, thank-you from my heart.


cucki said...

Beautiful stash..I love everything so much
Sweet hugs x

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Absolutely wonderful pictures
Happy new year

Tiffstitch said...

Great stash and nice photos from vacation too!

Linda said...

Great pics from your trip Catherine. I love your Olaf. Awesome stash.


Vickie said...

Wow! I have never taken a trip like that! Amazing. Good for you two. :)
Your stitching is beautiful my friend.

Jacquie Morris said...

Wow! Lovely holiday!! Hope you had a lot of fun :)
Wow! Again, for 40 years!! Hope he has a happy retirement :)
Lovely stash... PSS design lovely things looking forward to seeing your progress :)
Happy New Year!
Smiles :)

Kimmie said...

Looks like an excellent vacation!!!!!

Happy retirement to your hubby!!!!

Frances N said...

Looks like a wonderful trip!!! And such nice weather! We went to Cancun on our honeymoon, 32 years ago~never been back, but would love to! It was so beautiful then, and I'm sure it still is!
Your stash is lovely! I also like the Plum Street Samplers--the tart pans are so cute!
Thank you for mentioning me in your post! I'm honored that you like my trees!!! I put up my New Year's one this year for the first time! I only have four cross stitch ornaments on it, so I need to make a few more for next year! I was able to fill in with sparkly stars and snowflakes!!
Happy New Year!

Preeti said...

Lovely vacation pics and lovely stash too :) looking forward to your stitching with those.

Marilyn said...

Looks like you had a great time.
Nice stash you bought!
Olaf is cute.

Ma, Herself said...

What an awesome vacation, Catherine, I am so glad that you guys were able to spend time away...and what a beautiful resort!
I love your stash...that's like a the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae...yep, I said it! LOL
You both look great in the pic...and that tie, too fun!

Penny said...

I think I could be very happy vacationing in Cancun for Christmas. :) Wonderful pictures! I always love the idea of doing a monthly ornament - maybe this will be the year I follow through with my plans. Your husband's retirement is a new chapter in life - wishing you both many happy days together!

Carol said...

What a fun looking vacation, Catherine! I am tempted to go away some Christmas, myself, and not deal with all of the decorating, cooking and such :)

Great news about your husband--start your "honey-do" list now!!

Wishing you all the best in this new year!