Friday, June 1, 2018

Owen's Eleven Month Picture!

Here's my boy - my how he's grown!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Redoing the Porches

Hello Every One!

No stitching to show. But, I have re-done the porches this spring.

Our back porch is off the master and has been empty since we built it in 2000. Eighteen years and nothing but spiders, leaves, and uck. This year...something new!

East facing porch - looking south east.

And looking north east.

I ordered new cushions at the same time I ordered the chairs. They were to ship Monday (ha, didn't believe them as it was a holiday) - got an email - they'll ship Tuesday. Got another email today - they ship tomorrow. Any guesses as to when they will arrive? So, luckily, I still have my old cushions from the front porch. Making do until --- but, you can see the ottoman cushions. They match. The little round table by the single chair is from Amazon. It matches at half the cost of the other end table! Woo!!

Then we set to work refinishing the front porch furniture. Three days of sanding and four or five days staining the furniture (by me). DH wants to clear coat them with poly before finishing up. He sits down - and in less than 5 minutes and less than 18" of 'painting' - he's done!!! He went and bought a paint sprayer. It was going to hurt his back and he wasn't doing it the hard way. He got them all polyed in less than 30 minutes. And this doesn't work on stain because?!?!

They were brown with those orange cushions from the back porch. Now, new cushions and new stain - viola - new porch!!!

West facing porch - I put together the flower pot and the ladder thingy by the door.

These chairs will get some love this fall when we re-paint them.
If you noticed the ceiling fans...well, we have a problem. He took the blades off for winter and we can't find them any where -- the house, basement, attic, shed, or garage. They ran away! And you know the minute we buy new - we'll stumble on them and be upset.

Well, I'm heading back to my genealogy. Adding obituaries to my program. It's a long process!!
Keep stitching and blogging - I do come around and read everyday. It's just the posting that has slowed to a crawl.

Oh, next month - my grandson will be a year! Where did the last 12 months go??? I promise pictures!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Photo Fest...

Finally! I have my act together and I can post. All at the same time...what a miracle!

I promised you photos of my Christmas stash, promised photos of Owen, and then there is the other stash I have been purchasing. Oh my!

I must say having a snowy winter causes online shopping. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. lol

Ready? Forgive all the rotated photos. I just can't get them to straighten up.

Here's the Christmas Stash!

And then there's the "I'm buying Christmas presents and I want to get ____ for me." stash.

And then I went on a weekend get-away that had a nearby cross stitch store.

And since it was winter and it kept snowing...

I did finish a couple of stitches while I did this serious shopping.

North Pole - Mill Hill Beaded and Seeded Kits

Fun Every Day - SamSarah
I had stitched the Fun Every Day several years ago, and just finally glued the stitches to the tags. I was scared to death of messing them up. 

Would you like to see Mr. Owen?

My mother-in-law and Owen in February.

And his 7th month photo
We had some excitement in January. The 'thaw' happened and the river came to visit. I really dislike these visits. Ugh! 

These pictures were taken about a week after the flood and the ice had a chance to melt. Our yard was covered in ice for about 3 weeks. It has since flooded 2 more times. Our yard is a mess of sticks, garbage, and large trunks of trees. Once the weather breaks -- we will have several hours of cleaning. 

I have a new obsession. Found this picture on Pinterest.

Photo saved to Pinterest from -

And then I found a blue version of it.

Photo saved to Pinterest from -

I have decided to stitch the blue one. Here's my fabric and floss. 

The fabric is a 25ct Lugana Stormy Clouds and DMC floss. I've never stitched on something this tiny over one. I had hoped the fabric would have the 'storm clouds' running left and right. But, they are running up and down. Not something to worry about. Purchased a Rolaframe set. I've never stitched on a frame - I stitch in hand. So this may turn out to be wasted money. 
I had to wait for my newest fabric to arrive. Waiting caused me to start something from my stash...

Come Sail Away - Leisure Arts
32 ct Belfast linen Stormy Clouds and DMC 4240
Didn't realize until after I ordered my fabric that I was actually working on the exact same fabric. Oops! 

Well, to use Faye's words...My 'Picture Walk" is done. 

Off to start my newest stitch...wish me luck...25x25=625. Yeah, 625 stitches per square inch. And this bad boy is 10 x 25". Eegads what have a started?!?!

Happy Stitching to All! 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bad Blogger!

My last post was Oct 22! Wow! Shame on me and apologies to anyone who still follows this blog.

My grandson is 7 months old today. Sitting up, holding his own bottle, 2 teeth on the bottom, adorable, up on all fours, great at going backwards, and has every one of us wrapped securely around his little finger.

There would be pictures - but I'm on the tablet.

Stitchingwise - I'm still working on a Mdm. Chantilly Christmas banner. I finished a Mill Hill button/beaded piece called North Pole. For whatever reason, I found it difficult to keep the floss and bead symbols correct. It wasn't the pattern - it was me! Eek, what happened to me?

Christmas found lots of stitching goodies under the tree. And there are pictures on the laptop. Patterns galore! But, to be honest, I did some me shopping in December and it all got lumped together! Amazing patterns from Mdm. Chantilly, Lizzie Kate boxers, cones of floss, dmc's newest floss, and gadgets.

My daughter bought a house and moved about 15 minutes away. They love their 1924 Craftsman house with original hardwood floors!

Logan is completing his MLIS in May. He's working full-time, doing an internship, and classes. Busy young man.

I've been wanting to write a post. Time just slips by so easily. Too busy doing life. I would promise to write more often, but I'm afraid I'll break the promise.

So, until next time!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Owen and his Mommy and Daddy

No words really needed here... It was picture day again.

Here's to a new week! Hope everyone is doing well.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nordic Needle Closing?

I haven't been to rctn in years. The first post states Nordic Needle is closing after 42 years!? Say it isn't so!!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lots of Finishes and Family Pics!

I've been busy lately. And I have the finishes to prove it!

Let's go ~

Adjust the Sails - Pine Mountain Designs
32ct Belfast Linen (included) with DMC Floss

I am Only One - Lizzie Kate
30 ct Lambswool Linen (included) with DMC Floss

A Little Beach - Lizzie Kate
Linen included with pattern and DMC Floss

Land of Liberty - Shepard's  Bush
10 ct Tula Beige with threads included
I must have had a thing for buying kits. Worked for me - no thought! Woo hoo!

I am Only One - those with sharp eyes might see the oopsy. Ugh - I couldn't count with it. Started in the middle with the bird. Then I did all the lettering to the right of the bird. Doing well until I started the middle line of lettering to the left of the bird. One stitch too low. And I based the ENTIRE left side on the middle line of stitching. Things obviously didn't match. With the spot of solid stitch on the left - I got lazy and decided to rip out the bird and all lettering to the right of the bird instead of the lettering that was wrong. So, now the entire thing is one stitch too close the the bottom border. Sigh...

And Land of Liberty - It isn't as charted. The stripes on the flag were all different stitches. Decided they needed to be the same and changed out the flag.

Did my sister's family pictures this afternoon. Considering the youngest is 16 months old. We did okay. It's been awhile since you've seen the kids. Hold on because they are growing like weeds!

Garin is soon to be 11!

Alivia is 7!

Bryce is soon to be 4!

Willow is 16 months!

Not looking at the camera, but baby wasn't crying!

The Whole Family! 
No pictures of Rob and I with our kids this year. He's working 7 days and that makes it hard to work around. We're hoping for good pictures at Christmas! 

I've misplaced Owen's 3 month picture. Bad Grandma! Promise the next post will be a little man update. Off to stitch - working on Madame Chantilly Christmas pattern. And it's adorable. 

Have a great weekend!