Sunday, December 07, 2014

The favorite coffee cup ...

Happy Sunday ... hope everyone had a great weekend ... we had a very full, busy and fun weekend ... I'll share pictures tomorrow.

After showing you my Christmas coffee cup/mug collection I said I would share my favorite one ... well, that turned out to be more difficult that I expected! lol ... I love all of them for lots of reasons ... but when push comes to shove I do tend to go back to using one or two more than the others ... and well I would have to say that this beauty is definitely one of my all time favorites ... I got it a Starbucks (I know, you are really really surprised! lol) in 2004 ... lovely isn't it?!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks so all your comments ... I love reading each and everyone of them.

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

I'm grateful for coffee ...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A finish ...

 Happy Wednesday everyone ... hope your December is going well!

I finished this sweet little stocking last night ... I did way too much frogging on this piece ... why is it that the small designs can drive you more crazy with mistakes than the larger ones!
Lizzie*Kate's Reindeer Sampler,
from Flora McSample's 2014 Stockings leaflet
Stitched on recommended fabric with 
recommended WDW threads

Do you have a favorite coffee mug or tea cup?  I have a few Christmas coffee mugs *smile* but yes, I do a favorite or two in the cupboard ... come back tomorrow and I'll share my favorites ... I'd love to see yours!

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

I'm grateful for coffee ...

Monday, December 01, 2014

Happy December!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Our's was small, but very nice ... and the Seahawks won which made the day even better!  Here's a picture of our holiday table ... Dad does a great job of setting a Thanksgiving table *smile*

 Yep, that's Terry and I ...
 and the rest of the family .. My dad, Chris, Monica, Terry and Robert ...

 Brrrr it's cold here ... but sunny!  I love days like this!  We had a bit of snow on Saturday ... just a dusting actually, but it's been so cold the dust is still on the ground.  I started my decorating over the weekend.  Terry decorates outside while I decorate inside ... well he really does a lot more, like bring all the boxes down from the attic and then down to the living area of the house ... and he hardly complains *smile*

I'm pretty close to being done ... still have the reindeer to put out, but they should be done by tomorrow.  We will be going to get the tree on Saturday ... so I am almost done and an enjoy the decorations ... I do love this time of year.  Thought I'd show some of the decorations ...

This red dresser sits in my kitchen ... the salt and pepper shakers are from Pottery Barn ... collected them over the last few years ...
 This is my Christmas salt and pepper shaker collection ... I hang a lot of my stitching on the wall too ...
 This area is in the kitchen eating area ... we have two metal bookcases in that fit in under the garden window ...

 and this is my kitchen window ...
 Here's my mantel ... I love changing it up every year ...
 A close up from the mantel ... love this little vignette (is that the right word?) ...
 The deer vase belonged to my mother-in-law, Gin ... she gave it to me years ago ... I treasure it even more now that she's gone from us ...

Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments ... so keep them coming *smile*  I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for family heirlooms...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving everyone ... I hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family.  Love you all!

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

I'm grateful for family and friends...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Missing stitcher found ...

*edited*  you might want to grab a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate cause this post is kinda long!

Where the heck did October go .. and November is almost over too!  YIKES!!  October was a busy time around here ... I headed to Myrtle Beach, SC for PALS Stitching at the Beach ... it was a great time!  My best friend Elaine went with me this year ... I think she's hooked *smile*



Here's the whole group ... what great group of ladies!

I need October very sad ... we had to put down our silly sweet chocolate lab Chip.  He would have been 9 Thanksgiving weekend.  I miss him every day ... he was the last of our animals and dammm this house is so quite with no fur babies around.  Here's a few pictures of my sweet boy ...
 Maddy wasn't too sure about the puppy lol ... we lost Maddy 2 years ago ...



 Hi Mom *smile*

In between all this I have been stitching ...
 Lizzie*Kate's Dear Rudolph
stitched using recommended fabric and floss

 Give Thanks by Country Rustic Primities
stitched with recommended DMC
tea/cinnamon dyed fabric (dyed by me)

Thankful Harvest by Country Rustic Primitives
stitched with recommnded DMC 
  tea/cinnamon dyed fabric (dyed by me)

 Sampling Thanksgiving by Lizzie*Kate
stitched with recommended floss
using misc. piece of fabric

 Wait 'til Dec 25th Lizzie*Kate Jingles Flip-it
stitched with recommended floss
on misc. piece of fabric

 Reindeer by Just Nan
Stitched with recommended DMC 
on misc. piece of fabric

Celebrate by Lizzie*Kate Tiny Tinings XIX
stitched with recommended floss
on misc. piece of fabric 

 
 Bent Creek Tiny Tim Turkey
stitched with recommended floss
on misc. piece of fabric

I sent a few of my stitching pieces to our wonderful Faye for her special touches.  The first two pieces I stitched for Lisa and myself as a memento of our recent trip to Paris ... Faye out did herself with these ... she added some lovely embroidery to the pillows ... I'm in love!  The blue one is for Lisa, the red one for me, of course *smile*  The design is one of Carol's, iStitch ... Sew le coeur de Paris ...



This is one big ass pin cushion .. and I love it!  Design is by Blackbird Designs ...

  I just love this turkey!  Gobble is by Country Rustic Primitives ...
 and last ... for now ... Fa La La, older chart by Shepard's Bush ... Can't wait to start decorating!
 

Whew .. that was a lot of pictures!  Guess that's why happens when a stitcher goes missing lol ... I promise to try and not stay away that long again ... I've missed you all so much!  Can't believe next week is Thanksgiving!  I'm so excited for the holidays this year ... really looking forward to spending the day with my family ... cooking, eating, laughing and of course watching football.  I hope you and your family/friends have a very blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

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

I'm grateful for blogging ...




Friday, October 10, 2014

Last day in Paris ...

Off to The Louvre for our last day ... you can't visit Paris without seeing this incredible museum and seeing a view masterpieces, right?  *smile*

The pyramid is the entrance to the Louvre and is surrounded by lovely fountains ...


I nice passerby offered to take our picture in front of the pyramid fountain ...


Our goal for our visit was to not stand in long lines ... so we bought our tickets a few days before and by passed the long lines .. it was wonderful! lol  Buying your tickets ahead of time really is helpful and so is renting the headsets that explain what art you are viewing.  We didn't rent those and regretted it ... after all the entire museum is in French, something we wish we'd rented.

With map in hand, we headed off to see the Mona Lisa ... on our way we saw just a few lovely paintings ...







The painting on the ceiling was awesome ...

We entered the room that the Mona Lisa is in and I wish I'd taken a picture of the crowd of people around her ... it took a bit of waiting to make your way to the front of the line ... but it was so worth it ... she's amazing!  Much larger than I expected.  Unfortunately this is about has close as you can get ... but wow, it's the Mona Lisa!


Off to find the Venus de Milo sculpture ... and I do mean find ... The Louvre is like a maze, even with a map it's a bit of a fun challenge.  Here's Venus ... she is lovely ...


We then went to see a couple of Michelangelo sculptures ... This is The Rebellious Slave ... such a moving sculpture ... 

This is Dying Slave, he looks like he should be laying down ...

This is a bronze statue of Hercules ... 

This statue of Mary and Jesus was wonderful, unfortunately the window behind made getting a good picture very difficult ... but we loved seeing this piece ...

We spent about 4 hours at The Louvre and only saw a very small percentage of all the wonderful works of art in this museum ... here are some more pictures ...




my, what big feet you have!






 

We're leaving the next day for Amsterdam ... just doing a quick layover before heading for home.  I'll post our short but fun trip to Amsterdam next week.  I'm getting ready to head to Myrtle Beach for PALS Fall Fling ... but I'll be back and bore you with more and more photos!  *smile*

I'll leave you with some random pictures of the city of Paris ... 








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

I'm grateful for pictures ...