Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy April!

Good Grief!  I started this post at the beginning of Apirl and never finished it ... and now it's almost May!  Hope Spring is treating you well!  Our weather has been all over the map, other than snow, we've had rain and sunshine and rain and pouring down hard rain, sunshine, hail and sunshine again ... and sometimes all on the same day!  lol

Back in February I went to visit my friend Elaine for the weekend ... she's a stitcher too.  We had been talking about learning some new finishing techniques ... we both like learning new things together.  So I went through my drawer of "needs to be finished", gathered all my finishing supplies and headed to Elaine's.  The first new technique we picked was flat fold.  Thanks to Vonna of Twisted Stitcher we had the most awesome instructions!  You can find all Vonna's tutorials here.  this picture

Here's our stitched pieces and our packing fabric ... now the real fun begins!
Elaine was the reader of the instructions, she did an amazing job *smile*
Now were have everything ready to assemble ... and just waiting for a little more glue to dry ...
Hours later ... we have two finished pieces .. These are Elaine's ... The Bunny is the flatfold and the bell is a mounted flat ornament ...
and here's mine ... Celebrate is my flatfold and the other reindeer is my mounted flat ornament.  We both loved learning new things ... more practice is needed with both finishing techniques ... but not bad for our first time!

I stitched these two fun Easter designs but didn't get them finished in time for Easter ... there's always next year!  I think Hop would make a cute little flatfold ...
Hop Squared by Lizzie Kate
Stitched with recommended
 fabric and threads

Hip Hop Easter by Lizzie Kate
Stitched with recommended
fabric and threads

I'm going to frame Rise and Shine and hang it in my kitchen ... such a cheery design
 
Rise and Shine by Hizneit
Stitched on a misc piece of fabric with 
recommended DMC

For the last few years all the girl cousins have tried to get together for a weekend.  This year we stayed at my Aunt Georgene's apartment in downtown Seattle.  Aunt Georgene and Uncle Dick spend most of their time at their farm, so they were glad to lets us use the place.  It's actually two apartments opened to be one big one ... so there's plenty of bedrooms and two kitchens! lol  We all arrived Friday evening and enjoyed a lovely dinner out.

Saturday afternoon we picked up my Aunt Betty and drove up north and had lunch with my Aunt Georgene ... quite a lovely group of ladies!  From left to right, Jan is the oldest cousin, Aunt Georgene is the oldest sister, turn 93 years young last January (my dad is the baby), Val is an adopted cousin, married Kris last September.  Kris and Jan are sisters, next is Aunt Betty, Kris and Jan's mom and last is Sue.  Sue and I being the daughters of the boys in the family.  Totally confused?  lol  I know I am!!!
When we got home from all the fun with the aunts it was drinking time!

and Mexican train time!  Lots of laughs!!

and a last picture .. I love these women!!

I really hope April has been a great month for you and here's hoping all the best with May coming fast!  Thanks for hanging with me even when I'm blogging every few months.  Love ya!

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for all my cousins ...

Monday, March 02, 2015

Happy March!!

How's March treating everyone?  I know most you have had just a miserable winter.  We usually don't get a lot of snow except in the mountains, but this year has been horrible ... no snow!!!  The mountains look so weird all bare except for the very tops ... the ski resorts are struggling big time and I'm wondering what our summer will be like with no snow runoff for the reservoirs .... could be a hot dry summer, which won't be much fun.  We've had one of the warms February's on record ... I'm afraid the weather is changing, and not for the good ... anywhere!

I had a fun couple of weeks with stitching.  I was going through all my project bags and found 3 designs that were in varies stages of being done ... so I decided to finish them up ... what a great feeling that is!!!

I started this freebie design last year ... not sure why I didn't finish it back then, but I'm glad I found it and got it done ...
 Easter Freebie by iStitch
stitched on misc piece of white linen
with WDW's Sweetheart Rose


Now this design I know is at least 2 years old and I remember getting to a certain point in the stitching and didn't want to do the vines ... when I pulled it out all I needed to stitch was the basket, the vines and the leaves/flowers ... a few hours later it was done!  Can't wait to get it framed!
 A Little Easter by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on a misc piece of linen
with recommended threads

 My last finish ... I've been working it the longest last month ... I really enjoyed this one too!
Delivery Yummy Goodness by Homespun Elegance
stitched misc piece of linen
with recommended threads

In between all the Easter stitching I threw in a St. Patrick's Day stitch ... this one was quick and soooo cute to stitch!

A Little Bit of March by Lizzie*Kate
stitched on misc piece of linen
with recommended threads

Thanks for all your lovely comments and well wishes for my father-in-law.  Yesterday he turned 93!!!  Monica and I didn't go visit him because we've been fighting colds ... I've been done with one horrible sinus infection, my first one ever!  and hopefully my last ... omgosh it's been ugly!  But Terry, Chris and Robert went to visit him ... took him some cards, a balloon and a cupcake to celebrate 93 years.  He had a nice visit with everyone.  Hoping he gets to come home in a couple more weeks.

I hope you all stay safe and warm out there in the snow covered states ... and wherever you are, I hope the frogs stay away and you keep stitching and sharing.

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for finishes...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Valentine's Day with your loved ones or all by yourself, as long has you have some chocolate!

I did a little more finishing last week ... this was a freebie by Cathy of Hands On Designs, you can find it here.  I really like how this turned out .. gave it to Chris and Monica for Valentine's Day


Doing a big happy dance .. I finished this love last night and I'm over the moon in love with it!  Thinking of sending it to Jill for framing ...
Quaker Christmas by Midnight Stitching
Stitched on 32ct RR Antique Cotton with 
recommended threads

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your Saturday and Sunday .. Nascar racing starts tonight ... so excited!!!

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for red ...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A few pictures to share ...

Happy February everyone!  Can't believe January is already gone ... where the heck is time going??  Moving way to fast in some areas and not fast enough in others! lol

We are still trying to get over our Seahawks losing the Superbowl ... shakes head ... but we still love them!  Should be interesting who comes back next year ... keeping my fingers crossed the team stays pretty much intact.

Now that football season is over I'm looking forward to a great Nascar racing season and some great soccer ... yep, I do love my sports!

I got a bug up my butt last week about all the finished stitching I have laying around that needs to be finished so I can enjoy it.  I'm sending a few things off to be finished but thought I'd do a little finishing myself ... ya know I don't like to finish things, but well they turned out pretty cute, even if I do say so myself! lol ... I stitched these two Bent Creek snappers last year ... now I get to enjoy them *smile*

I stitched a couple of these reindeer I think last year, might have been 2013 ... I love how it looks in the watch fob!
Let it Snow is a new design from Cathy of Hands On Designs ... the series is called A Year In Chalk ... looks like a fun series and I like Let It Snow a lot ... but stitching with white is never my favorite thing to do lol ... I found this chalkboard easel at Hobby Lobby ... I hope my idea works!

This is a wip of mine from 2 years ago ... don't know why it took me so long to be back to it, cause I'm loving stitching it.  Do you find some designs are calming to you to stitch?  This one is!  It's been a joy working on ... it's Quaker Christmas by Moonlight Stitching ...

Our life has been upside down lately.  My father in law, who will be 93 on March 1st, ended up in the hospital on January 11th.  He's been battling congestive heart failure and took a fall on the 11th that put him in the hospital .. didn't break anything, thank goodness!  He spent about 3 weeks in the hospital, now is in a rehab center.  We've been very lucky all these years ... his health has been great and his mind is sharp has a tack.  He's been living alone since his wife passed about 10 years ago.  Terry's the only sibling living close ... his sister lives in New Mexico, so Terry's been the one to help his dad with most everything.  Since his hospitalization, Terry's been living down at his dad's house, taking care of the dog, the house and the bills, plus being there at the hospital/rehab center for his dad.  It's been odd not having him around ... we meet on Saturdays for a movie and lunch ... catching up ... and he comes to the house about once a week to help with stuff around here and to do any work that he can't do at his dad's.  He's pretty flexible working for himself and being able to work from anywhere, for the most part.  We don't think Al, my FIL, will be able to go home and be as independent as he was before the fall.  His strength just isn't coming back very fast and his driving days are over.  Not sure what the next few months will bring us ... but positive thoughts and prayers would be wonderful!  Ahhhhh another stage of life for us.

Thanks for visiting ... love hearing from you all!

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for a loving and supportive husband ...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year's Eve eveyone!!  My last stitches are below ... I really enjoy finding a new font to stitch the year in ... this years color was WDW's Grapefruit ...

 and here's how it looks in it's pillow ...

The table is all ready for the party to begin ... but first we're going out to dinner with Ken and Lisa ... then home for some bubbly, games and dessert ...


Looking back on 2014 ... it's been a great year ... I turned 60 this year and had a couple of wonderful trips ... one with my best friends, who both turned 60 this year too 





 Then in September I took my fantasy vacation ... a 5 day trip to Paris to celebrate turning 60 with Lisa .... OMG what a trip!!!  of course you've seen a lot of those pictures!  lol



We also lost our beloved Chip ... miss you!!!



and I stitched!  Here's some of my finishes for 2014 ... I know a few are missing, but this is most of them ... 2014 Stitching

all in all it was a wonderful year with good friends and family ... I'm a bit sorry to see 2014 go ...


but I'm looking forward to what 2015 has in store for me ... Terry and I will celebrate our 40 anniversary in June 2015 ... we are planning a trip to London and Paris!!!  We are both soooo excited!  and of course there will be many other highlights to 2015 along the way.

I hope you're 2014 has been a good year for you and hoping that 2015 brings you health and happiness and lots of stitching!  Love you all!



I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for a good 2014 ...



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas from my house to yours ... I hope you are having a wonderful day with family and friends.




I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for the spirit of Christmas, today and everyday ...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Trees!

I just love trees ... naked and decorated ... but I think I like the process of getting our tree the most.  We start out with breakfast, then off to find our tree.  After picking out and cutting our trees, it's home to our house to put up our tree, decorate it, then off to Chris and Monica's house to put their tree up, decorate it ... then finally dinner and a movie.  It's a great day! 

This year Chris and Monica were getting one too.  Here's the tree we found ... funny, it had the straightest trunk, but a cute little bend at the very top ... we had fun decorating this one!  Here's Robert cutting it down ... Terry is helping! lol
 Success ... and ready to take home to decorate ...
 and here's the tree all decorated and ready for the big day ...
 some close ups of my favorite ornaments ...







These are Chip and Maddy's ornaments ... miss them so much *sniff*


 I didn't get a picture of Chris and Monica cutting down there tree .. but here it is all decorated ... cute!


I have an all stitched ornament tree that I put in the entryway ... love love love this tree.  There are ornaments that I have stitched, but there are also tons of ornaments from stitching friends over the year ... it's a very special tree indeed ...
 
 some close ups ...



 another kind of tree ... my dad and I did Christmas shopping on the 12th ... it's been a long standing tradition of ours.  Started years ago, we'd go shopping for mom's Christmas presents.  When she passed years ago, we continue the tradition, shopping for the grandkids ... this year he did most of his shopping online, with a little help from me.  After our online shopping we headed to Molbaks nursery to pick up some poinsettias.  I had to get a picture of him in front of their beautiful poinsettia tree ...
 
and of course we had to take a selfie ... love this man!

Only three more days!  are you ready??  I'm ready except for cooking for Christmas Eve.  We'll be spending Christmas Eve with my Dad, my brother and his family and of course our kids ... 13 of us!  It'll be a great evening.  Christmas Day the kids will come over for our Christmas, then we'll head out for dinner with Terry's dad.  He enjoys going out to eat, so that's what we do.  It's all good!!  Smaller room, just Terry, me, the kids, Terry's dad and cousin Pat.  Has long has we're together we don't care what we do ... plus not cooking todays in a row works for me lol.

I hope your days have been merry and bright and not tooo stressful.  Merry Christmas to everyone.  Love you all!

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for coffee ...