Friday, September 15, 2023

I Am Sorry I have To Step Away For A While From Blogging

 Please forgive me if I do not comment or respond to your comments, Mike has taken a turn for the worse, I need to take care of his needs first, I am busy all day with his health care.

God Bless You all for Visiting My Blog.


Monday, August 21, 2023

Just Think Another Post

 Hello dear followers and commenters, thank-you all, Heritage Hall thank-you for your comment, I do not have your email.

I have some things to show you, I did attend retreat and had a blast, I had the greatest roommate we had a ball.

I was able to visit the stash reallocation tables, I did not take much in the beginning but on the last day I did grab what no one else wanted including fabric and trims.

It really is an amazing place to visit and find so much to take home, the fabric I waited for just before                                                they packed everything up at the end of the retreat.

                                                               Some very nice fabrics

                                I found this great book and plan on doing the Santa on the Donkey

                                 I also found these and many other great patterns no one wanted

I love the trees Liz Mathews does this one is added to my collection of two others, hopefully I can get to                                                                              them soon

                                       I Like this Stacy Nash not sure when I will get to it

These are some of the items in our goodie bags this year the theme was Dog Days Of Summer, the two                                                       chair ladies were a hoot and so much fun

Some more goodie bag items the back of the coaster is so cute, there was also a big project bag that 
                                                                          these items were in

Some threads a sweet card made by one of the team for the goodie bag and some trims from the stash pile

An adorable needle holder from a very sweet lady I sat by while stitching, I think her name was                                 Rosanne, it is a lipstick holder, great idea it has a magnet inside I am already using it

A sweet lady by the name of LaRue gave me the adorable scissors and notebook, I love them both and                                                     have used the scissors and boy are they sharp

                                Nancy gave me adorable needle minder she made, oh so cute

I found these two needle minders in the stash pile, I have many needle minders I will have to show you                                                                                someday

In my next post I will show some of the designs I found and the unfinished projects that some have started and did not finish, I have a thing about unfinished projects, that is the only time I have more than                                                                 one project going at once

I will post again soon, please Pray for the fire victims in Hawaii and Canada and the hurricane in                                                                      California, so sad what is happening



Thursday, August 17, 2023

As Mr. Rogers Said Won't You Be My Neighbor

 Greetings to all my followers who comment and the ones that do not, I am always happy to read your                                                                   comments and it warms my heart.

                    I thank-you for still hanging in there with me and being my neighbor in Blogland

Thank-you also for all your kind words on Michael's health, I will not go on about it, but he is doing                                                              better, Prayers and kind words do help.

As for stitching I have done a little I did get some finishing done not as much as I wanted but any is                                                                            better than no finishing.

I follow Tiger Lily on YouTube, she had three free designs that she offered in her 44th episode, one of Santa and one of Mrs. Santa and a snowman, I hope she does a reindeer this year, I did completely finish the two will do the snowman later, I did mine a little different, I used popsicles stick's for the sleds, not really like hers but my own version.

I did add the pom pom to Santas hat used two different ribbons the hanging ribbon I found at retreat in the stash reallocation pile, I also added a holly bit to Mrs. Santas hair, I hope you like my finishing.

    I did get a couple of things stitched, I also did a finishing on a few other stitched items which I will                                                                             show in my next post.

I stitch this sweet design from Belinda over at she sent me this adorable Noel pattern when I bought a quilt bag pattern from her please check out her site it is amazing, she does everything from cross stitch to quilting, also check out her Esty shop, she has some amazing                                                                                bags she makes

I also finished stitching this freebie from The Wishing Thorn, it was sent to me by Birgit when I bought                                    the Wooland Walk Sampler design which I have not constructed yet, she is                                                      at Birgit has beautiful Samplers for sale.

I also worked on a design that was started that I found in the stash relocation pile, it had one line of                        alphabet done I did the rest, I just need to add the wool flowers and make into a pillow.

So sorry about the upside-down photo I am not able for some reason the get it upright, Google is tricking me, you can see the wool flowers in the upside down photo

I have been very busy with the yard work all the heavy things that Mike cannot do, so very little stitching and beading, I have been able to do some alterations here and there, hopefully he will be back to normal before the snow flies, so sorry for the bad word (snow) we will be having very warm weather starting                                                       this Saturday which does not bother me at all.

I have one favor to ask: Please Pray for the people in Hawaii, it is so sad that they did not use the sirens for the fires, the sirens are not just for hurricanes, many people would have had so much time to get out         for many at least two hours, please pray they get all the help and assistance they need to recover

                              In my next post I will talk about the retreat and all the fun I had

                                                                    Hugs Catherine 

Saturday, July 29, 2023

I am Taking A Break From Stitching

 Greetings friends: Thank-you for your wonderful comments on my last post about Michael, he is healing and doing so much better, he has another surgery coming up which will tell us if he had prostate cancer and what they will be doing for him. Prayers please.

I am taking a long-awaited break from stitching; I have decided to work on doing a bunch and I mean a bunch of finishing of projects that are (some five years old and younger, I have been very busy with gardens watering mowing, getting the security camaras running again after the electricity goes out from storms and blackouts, I have to get on a ladder and reset them, it's a chore but I love doing taking care of things that Mike usually does and I am pooped out, I need a relaxing time to just be in my sewing/craft room.

Maybe a little purging of fabrics and other items will be taken care of at the same time.

I will post what I am stitching on in my next post, I am almost finished with the set then it will be constructed.

Mike has been saying two Rosaries a day for rain, every time he does it rains an inch or more, Prayers do work, he then says one of thanks for the rain, what a man he is so much Faith.

This is going to be a year to not ever forget for both of us, I love him with all my heart and soul and body, I would do anything to help him, he is amazing and never complains, if it was me, I would be the biggest crybaby in the world, giggles.

As Mike says when he leaves the home for Bible study, a quote from Custer (look for my return Libby)

He is so witty sometimes he still makes me laugh after 43 years of marriage.

Hugs to you all


Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Michel Is Home And Recovering

 Thank-you to everyone who sent well wish's on my blog and in emails, you all are amazing and very caring.

He is in a load of pain, doctor said to expect this, he is resting a lot with many naps, his surgery was Monday came home Tuesday, sleeping in the reclined sofa.

From our hearts thank-you.

I will be posting tomorrow on my progress and other things that are happening here.


Wednesday, June 7, 2023

The Scream Heard In Annandale Minnesota

 Greetings everyone: How about that title? I was working on a project that has the elongated bullion knots, I practiced so many times thought I had it down and then no such luck when working on the design, so, I am going to do a spider web or add a large button to fill in the area.

This is a kit I got from the stash relocation table at retreat last year, it was one of the kits from a fellow Guild member who sadly passed away, she was a wonderful and generous lady, we miss her so much.

This is the Pin Pillow, I love the Spider Web stitch in the corners


I bought this design from The Wishing Thorn, Birgit has so many lovely designs, I am not sure how I                           will finish this on, I stitched it on 28 count unknown fabric with DMC threads.

This is a Lizzie Kate Snippet Merry Ho Ho, I did not add the Merry Ho Ho, I wanted to keep it small to fit in a small frame, maybe.

I also made another Christmas ornament Little House Seasons Greetings 

                       This is such a sweet design, I stitched this on 30 count unknown fabric both Christmas                                                     patterns are from stash relocation at Guild retreat last year

I fully finished the stitch along with Helen D on Youtube
It is a October House Strawberry Faire

I also finished constructing an Easter design I found online not sure of the designer, I stitched it on 32 count unknown fabric, I love this bunny I stitched it last October and constructed it in April after my last post

I have been very busy spring cleaning which comes with doing the woodwork trim dusting, washing windows, wiping down wall to make sure there are no cobweb, I did find one a very small one thankfully, I washed the back deck and the front porch got the summer furniture set out and cleaned them, planted lots of flower pots along with the other things in my gardens
Everyday I go out and spray the boxelder babies, it sound cruel but they are a menace here in Annandale, Minnesota, I use Dawn soap and water, it is safe and works so well

I want to thank you all for your Prayers and Blessings on Mikes health, it has been a battle, he is having surgery on his back the end of the month, I hope this helps with some of his pain
I will send out thank-you's this week for your comments on my April post

In my next post I will have a photo for Toki over at
I will also have a photo for Jeremiah who's mother follows me

I feel bad I have not been commenting on your blogs of late, I am going to try harder to leave comments more often

Have a wonderful day


Saturday, April 29, 2023

Lots Of Stitching

 Greetings to all my lovely followers, I have sent thank-you's to those of you that have emails, to a few that have no emails, thank-you all from my heart for visiting and commenting

I have been able to get in some stitching and reading which makes me very happy.

I had to rip out one quarter of the left side of the Blue Ribbon Design Hayride Happenings by Belinda has a great site with stitching sewing and quilting, please visit her site.

I used a Natural linen 28 count with the called for DMC thread 
this is from the Just Cross Stitch 10/2018 magazine

I finished stitching the Swan Lake by Blackbird Designs Anniversary Of The Heart series I used a unknown fabric from stash and a variety of threads from Gentle Arts
I did remove the A and put in a heart at the top
I am not one for putting dates in stitching form on my stitching very often

I am working on Woodland Walk Sampler from Wishing Thorn
I am using a 32 count Belfast Linen and the called for DMC threads, I love this design.

It is finally spring here but a bit chilly I will take the chilly weather over the sub-zero temps.
I plan on having a finishing day tomorrow after Mass and lunch with friends, we meet once a month and go to Mass in a small town called Watkins here in Minnesota, a very quiet and charming place with a very old-fashioned Catholic Church
Have a wonderful week stitching and please visit my other followers


Friday, April 21, 2023

Some Snow and Some Stitching

 Hello my dear Friends: Thank-you for your kind and thoughtful comments, I will be sending out thank-you tomorrow.

  I have finished stitching another design, I did switch it up a bit, i did not want it to be the same as the        pillow, this will be a stand-up triangle tree I just need to add the star ornament on top, stuff and enjoy

 I also started another design it is from a magazine Just Cross Stitch October 2018, the design is a Hayride Happenings by Blue Ribbon Designs, I love Belindas designs and had this in my stash for so                   long, it really is a pretty design, I am stitching it on an unknown fabric on 28 count

So sorry about the wrinkles, I am loving the owl

I was surfing and found a site that had a design that was so sweet

The designer is the Wishing Thorn
She has some beautiful designs some Samplers that are positively beautiful, please stop by and take a look, I am stitching this on 32 count unknown fabric using DMC threads

I did finish Blackbird Designs Swan Lake but forgot to post a photo, I will do so on my next post by then it should be framed.

I found an adorable design from Just Another Button Company, it is part of the Just Desserts Club, I need to dedicate a day to just constructing the Pin Lovers Just Desserts kits one day soon, this Bunny Cupcake is so adorable.

Today I worked at the food shelf, it is such a pleasure working with the other volunteers, we have so much fun, the lady that does the computer entering loves M&M's I bought her a bag and told her that the Easter Bunny could not fin her house and asked me to drop it off, she was delighted to get them, we have a ball there .
It has been snowing and raining and hopefully the sun will shine tomorrow, so many around us have flooded basement or wet basements, we had double tile put around our home with lots of pea rock and sand, our sump pump has never gone off in the 21 years we have lived here, I feel Blessed.

I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with family friends and stitching 
Gods Blessings to you all


Monday, April 17, 2023

Snow and Stitching

Thank-you to all my faithful followers, thank-you from my heart for your lovely comments.

I have done some stitching, some spring cleaning, and lots of not so happy moments this weekend, we has six plus inch's of snow I say six Michael says plus, I long to sit out on the front porch with my coffee and book, we had two days of 80 degrees last week melted the five feet of snow on the lawn.

Deck from the kitchen

deck from the bedroom

Now for some stitching, I have been a little busy working on the  Swan Anniversary of the Heart from Blackbird designs, I hope to have it finished tonight.

I also did some constructions on a few items first is A Study In Blue
I love this design and the finishing, I worked on it in 2022 and finished stitching in November 

I used a bunch of leftover Weeks threads with some Gentle Arts Thread colors I stitched this and finished

The Biscornu is small enough to use on my pinking shears

I really like this design and finish I stitched and finished in February 2023 

I also finished a Kitty and me design, into an ornament, it was a freebie from Pamela at
I finished stitching this in February 2023 

The next finish is a Brenda Gervais Easter Parade, I stitched some time back
I am not sure of the fabric on the bottom, I think I should have done a different print
I really love the design, the ribbons are from an Etsy site MyScrapCabinShop, she has so many beautiful colors to choose from you can buy in sets or individual, they are long pieces
I stitched this way back in March 2019, I am so slow at constructing, I have a pile of about 50 items that need constructing

This is my next project, I did this into a pillow many years ago, I will make this one a triangle tree, Liz Mathews (who is Kathy Barricks daughter has some tree designs in standing triangles

Its time for another latte and some reading have a wonderful day
Please Pray that the crime in the USA stops, its so sad how many lives are lost due to crime by gun knife and other means
Have a wonderful stitching week