Friday, December 31, 2010

The Elves Finally Came Through ...

Those English Elves and the US Elves must have gotten over their contract issues with Santa! Because the magazines from the UK made it! OMG - the patterns! How do you pick what to stitch first? The UK patterns seem so soft, fuzzy, and warm! I need to take some pictures to show you what I plan to add to my stitchy list. But, it is way too early to dig out the camera for a bad photo. Hopefully, Mr Sun will come out today and then I will take those pictures. Marlene - thank you for sending these to me. I can see hours of fun! Woohoo!

I've been in a funky/grumpy mood of late. At first I thought is was the let down from the holidays. Or maybe just tired from work and the holidays. Then there has been the lack of stitching. Not sitting with my daylight lamp could be part of it. I've never before been problemed with SAD - but there is always a first time. But, honestly, I think I have been grinding about something said to me. It hurt and for some reason - I'm not letting it go as quickly as I should. And this thought brings me to a resolution for 2011.

Normally, I don't do resolutions because they just don't work for me. I've already listed my stitchy goals for 2011 and looking back at that post - I think I am NUTS! Why put that kind of pressure on myself for something I enjoy? I will burn myself out. As for the challenges - I'm sure none of you will smack my hands for not completing every project I listed. So here I am even before the New Year arrives - changing my mind about HAVING to do 30+ projects. I'll get to what I get to!

And the other resolutions?
~ Be a duck. Let what others say to me roll off my back. If it is offensive, unkind, or just not nice - let it roll away. That would be their problem not mine.
~ Be a bear. Get more sleep. Hibernate if needed! Quit taking on too much.
~ Be a bird. Eat like a bird. (yeah, I know most eat more than their body weight per day but you get the idea!)
~ Be a turtle. Slow and steady wins the race. I'm not 20 anymore. Fast and flash are not my style anyway!
~ Be a jitterbug. Get up and move/exercise. Have fun with it!

So, when I tell my hubby I plan to be an animal this year -- do you think this is what he'll have in mind?

To All of you ~ Thank-you for making my first 8 months of blogging a wonderful experience. If no one tells you this today - hear it here first - you are a great bunch of women with hearts of gold! Please be safe tonight and have an awesome time.

Here's to 2011 - may your health, wealth, and happiness be where you want them to be. And to another year of us blogging and stitching with few visits from the frogs!

Salute - Denise

Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Family Thinks I'm Weird ...

The reason why -- I'll get to that in a minute.

We had a great day yesterday! Woke up at 3 am. I had had my allotted 6 hours of sleep and me back told me to get up. By 3:30 I was showered and dressed. By 4:30, I was back asleep on the couch listening to the Weather Channel. That's the first weird thing. I can't sleep in the bed for more than 6 hours and once on the couch - I have to have the tv on or I can't sleep there. BUT, no tv on in the bedroom.

Final time for waking up 7am. Got the make-up on and the hair straightened before waking the males. Courtney was on the road at 7:30 and Andrew was driving. The roads were snow covered and they were taking it easy. They made it here in good time!

I forgot to give Grace to Logan on Christmas Eve. I was so tired after coming from Mom's that I just completely forgot. So, while waiting on Courtney and Andrew - I gave it to him. Logan loves drawing and detail. So, he immediately got the shadows and crispness of the picture. It now sits on his desk - (ready for this) replacing the Maxim calendar girls! Now, that says something about the way he feels about Grace.

Christmas cookies for breakfast. I had gingerbread and Cool Whip. Weird thing 2 - I don't eat it on a plate with the Cool Whip sitting pretty on top. Oh no, give me a bowl and spoon and step back. I mush, crush, stir, and make a mushy squishy disgusting mess of the gingerbread.

We opened our stockings and marvelled at Rob's buying power. I had asked him to pick up a few things for the stockings a couple weeks ago when I was hacking up that lung. One of the things I had asked him to get were Reisen dark chocolate chews. I needed 3 bags. He knew one of those bags were for him. So, what does he do? Buys two small bags and a third that was three times the size of the small ones. The big bag was for him. Go figure?!?

I think Santa got everything the kids wanted. They seemed more than happy. Rob played with his tools and I played with some new electronics. It was a pretty good year.

So why does the family think I am weird? After we are done unwrapping and everyone has gone - I immediately start taking down the decorations. There have been years that I start to take ornies off the tree on Christmas Night. This year I was good.

I re-did the stitching room and left the living room alone. All the Christmas stitched items are down and the winter items are up. I dusted and re-arranged the Willow tree people.

This morning I was up at 4:30. Bridget barked because she needed to go out. Damn dog (borrowing that from Spinster)! There was no going back to sleep. The end tables are back to normal. Most of the Santa decorations are now on the dining room table and the only thing keeping me from starting the tree -- Garin is coming in a few hours. I might have him help.

My question to you -- how long do your decorations stay up after the holiday? I have a friend who doesn't put up their tree until Christmas Eve and leaves it up for the month of January. Am I so weird to start taking them down today?

I have a short week at work! Hip hip hooray! Off Monday and Friday. The rest of the week - should be short days! Crossing my fingers. Hopefully, my needle and floss will hit some linen! It has been 10 days since I last touched any stitching. I am starting to twitch!

Maybe I should go fix that twitch and stitch for a bit before Garin and Alivia come down.

I hope your Christmas was Merry!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Almost time...

Today I seem to be at a loss for words. I want to convey my wishes for a wonderful holiday to all of my friends and I just seem to be unable to get the words down.

Christmas is a day to spend with those that mean the most to you. I will be spending it with Rob, Courtney and her boyfriend Andrew, Logan, my parents, Keri and her DH Andrew, Garin and Alivia, and MIL Lucy and her DH Randy.

But, I would like to come visit you too. See, I've finally found a group of WONDERFUL women who enjoy this thing called stitching as much as I do. Some of you do more needlepoint than cross stitch, some just cross stitch, and there are the crocheters and knitters too. I would like to be able to criss cross the globe and see how you spend the day and just say hello.

You may not know how much you mean to me. Sometimes all I do is lurk on your blog and sometimes I comment. There are some who have become email buddies and there is a phone buddy in there too.

So, ladies, I may not be on the internet but know you are in my heart and on my mind this weekend. Have a Merry Christmas, take care, be happy and healthy, and don't eat too much.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I've been seeing Santa a lot lately!

 And he looks like my mailman! Silly, I never thought he looked quiet like that.

Now, not everything he has brought me has been for Christmas but, his timing is impeccable! Except for the connecting flight from England. Not sure what happened there but some magazines that were shipped out from England nearly a month ago -- have been stolen by the elves! I'm thinking since elves can only work at three places (for Santa, in a tree (Keebler), or at a shoe store) maybe they weren't Santa's regular elves that lost the magazines.
 So, what have I received? Alyssa had her month long Christmastime Give Away recently and I won not one but two days! (lucky me!) And just a few days ago I got the 2nd win!

LHN's Snow White with the fabric I plan stitching it on -
A hand dyed 14ct aida

On the left my first win from Alyssa - November Twirls!
The center pattern and card are from Pumpkin!
This picture shows a thank-you pattern from Pumpkin. Do you remember my give away in October? She was one of my winners. So, she sent me a pattern as way of thank-you along in my Christmas card. (Thank you Pumpkin for the pattern!) I now have an original photo of hers! I plan to frame the pic after the holidays! I started to show the card - but it is her photo and her copyright - not mine. But, believe me when I say - gorgeous!

And this brings me to yesterday... DH met the mailman (Santa for real this time) and brought in a package. I thought it might be those magazines. It wasn't --- It was a BOX! From Canada?!? Hmmm, what, who, how, why? OOOOHHHH JAYNE!

The Christmas Card ~
Can you see the handwritten "in Ohio" under Let It Snow?

The Santa Key ~
hanging on my tree until the 24th!

 A beautiful pair of scissors with a fob made by Jayne (it also has a tiny Maple leaf charm!), a Snowman holding a snowbaby (it's laying down for the photo and doesn't show well - oops!), some wonderfully satin hand lotion, and a pair of Olympic gloves!

And Soap Box Winter that she stitched for me!!!
This pic does NOT do this piece justice! It's perfectly stitched and finished! It has our names and date written on the back. Now it hangs in the living room - later it will be in the stitching room with me through spring! 

I would like to publicly thank all three of you for sending me such lovely things! I must have been good this year!!!

I just looked at the clock at realized I have 2 hours until I have to go to the dentist. :(
Used to love getting my teeth cleaned. But, several years ago I had to cancel my appointment (happened to be going away for the week) and never rescheduled. See, I just didn't like my dentist. The hygienist was great but the dentist would fly through and barely acknowledged I was in the chair. Geez, buddy at least look at the chart and call me by name and don't talk about other patients in front of me! Anyway, I put off going, and put it off some more. A year passed, and another, and soon I just forgot about going. Here we are at least 5 years (and probably closer to 7) down the road. I know, I know - hush! And I have a sore tooth. Are we surprised? DUH!?!?! I made an appointment yesterday and here we are. Dreading - DREADING - the results of not going. Can we have another PSA here? Go to the dentist!!!

Okay, rant over. Just do me a favor and say a little prayer for stupid old me - thank-you!

Since this is the 21st and I have not been posting like a good little girl should this will probably be my last post before Christmas. Thank you all for stopping by my little spot in bloggerville. I appreciate all the comments you leave. I really do read them although you'd never know by my lack of response!

Merry Christmas!

ps - I wanted to tell the story about those gloves and getting what you wish for. Last year when watching the Olympics, I saw the Canadian gloves and so wanted a pair. But, I didn't know anyone in Canada that could get me some. The Olympics came and went and the thought of the gloves went away. I might see a pic here or there since and I would always tell myself - I would really like a pair of them. Imagine my complete and utter surprise when I opened Jayne's box to see my pair of red Maple leaf Olympic gloves! I told DH I'd always wanted a pair and he looked at me sideways and asked, "Really?" He might not have known but God did.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Progress

I might actually meet my goal on this one!
Have hopes of finishing this by the new year. Didn't think I had stitched all that much on it until I looked at last week. I did okay even with being sick!

I must say I found a flub in the pattern this week - the tombstone in the middle has a skull and wings. Yep, that's what the pattern shows. But, the picture shows crosses on either side of the skull. Went ahead and charted them in.

There were other issues this week too! The lower 'E' on the right. I stitched this thing twice and the 'N' three times. Completely my fault. Never assume two letters are the same. And that one little square set the ENTIRE round motif below completely off. Rip, rip, rip!

Today was my first day back to work. The boss was nice and let me have the 3rd day off on Thursday. I prayed last night to have the strength to get through the day. Made it through work and still haven't had a nap. When the caffeine wears off --- I'm going to be out!

Hopefully, tomorrow will be a BAKING day. I desperately need it to be. The guys want their cookies - thank-you very much!

I feel I might owe you an apology. Didn't mean to gross anyone out with my lunch selection the other day. Although, Paula had a good one -- potato chips and spray cheese. I'm not a huge chip fan but I can see the possibilities with this one. Salty, crunchy, and cheese. Everything is better with cheese!

And Stitchy McFloss thinks I eat many weird combos. So, I have to ask -- what is your strangest food combination? The one that sent Stitchy over the edge - chocolate pudding on vanilla ice cream.

Until next time -- I'm off to the races!
Smiles - Denise

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Grace's final photo!

Woohoo! Two posts in one day! I am feeling better. Just had lunch and after looking at what I grabbed - no doubts about it - on the road to recovery!

Should I explain that...why not, I'm bored and not doing anything much! When I was a kid and got the stomach flu - I always would ask for a double cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake from McDonald's when I first started to feel human. Somehow that combo made my stomach calm down and the (delicate way to say this ....) went away.

So, after talking to a friend on the phone I got hungry. I had cranberry/blackberry juice, a ham and cheese sandwich with ketchup and blue cheese dressing, cheetos and chocolate icing (you dip the cheetos into the icing -- yes, I know, gross, but ohhhh so yummy) and then because I could eat 'dessert' 3 fig newtons. No, I am NOT pregnant. Yes, eating this way is the reason I am fluffy.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and comments! I think they are the reason I am feeling better! I needed a hug from my blogging buddies!! I will be writing down the suggestions for meds to keep here at the house!

Oh, did you stop by for the grand finale? Grace is this close to being ready to wrap. I'm not strong enough to get the glazing points all the way into the wood and Rob needs to attach the hangers. Then I will cover it with brown paper to finish it off. Hopefully, the boy will leave the house sometime before Christmas.

Since I saved the best for last and I feel a nap coming on - time to go!
Smiles - Denise

Get your Flu shots!

There is that to the point for a PSA?

I thought it was a cold -- but it has held on to me for 6 days now. I've taken the last two days off work. Just couldn't muster the energy to stand there hacking up my lungs and breathing cold air. Sorry Bob!

You know you feel badly when you get worn out from stitching. Of course there were a couple days I didn't even try. The simple fact I'm posting something tells me I'm feeling more human.

Guys ---- do me a favor??? Next year - in the fall - remind me to go get the shot!!!

Off to gargle with salt water -- soothes my throat.
(Am I sounding completely whining? Sorry)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Progress

Somehow it is evening already. Where did today go? Could have sworn I just got off work. Hmm...

Another week down - two to go! December seems to be flying. I still have a bit of shopping to do and a few things to wrap. The baking - is um - um - falling behind. Oops! Now DH and the boy might be upset by this - my butt is rejoicing!

Much progress was made on TTT last Sunday. I got up at the crack of dawn and stitched 6 hours before anyone else stirred. Then early in the week saw more hours stitching than expected.

I've gotten the left two pages completed! The top middle page only needs a few skulls stitched and it would be complete. Those skulls are my Achilles. They make me twitch!
It seems I have joined Jayne's Flippin' January Challenge. Even though all my projects are new - I am planning to finish about 6 current WIP's. I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew!

Have you heard the weather report for the Ohio valley? Between a surge of rain from the Gulf coast and a clipper from our friends in Canada - we are expecting between 2"-4" this weekend. I have a feeling it could be more. Hope everyone is prepared!

May you have a wonderful weekend. Keep smiling!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm a Bit Nuttier Than You...

Well ladies, many of you are joining the January Challenge. I have respectfully declined the invitation. Although, I have decided my course of action for 2011.

My WIP box is so full - the lid won't stay on properly. I won't bother with pics of each project. As of Jan 1st - I will delete my 2010 Completions and add the following list in no particular order -

Dirty Snowmen - Notforgotten Farm
Bluebird - Blackbird Designs
Pumpkins - LHN
Snow - Bent Creek
Peace on Earth - LHN
Christmas Snow - Waxing Moon
Make a Wish - Forever Friends
Snowmen Photobooth - Bent Creek
Cherries - LHN
Watermelon - LHN
Just a Little Autumn - San-Man Designs
Seasons - San-Man Designs
Fa La La! - Plum Pudding Needleart
Primitive Winter - Notforgotten Farms
My Love - Lavender Wings
Blessed Be - Plum Pudding Needleart
Lookin' Like Fall - Plum Pudding Needleart
I Pledge - La-D-Da
Peppermint Twist - LHN
Frosty Flakes - LHN
Olde Crow - The Stitcherhood
He's A Flake - LHN
Safe Harbour - Silhouettes - Heritage Crafts
Guiding Light - Silhouettes - Heritage Crafts
Peace on Earth - Katidid

Continue on with -
March-April-May - HIH
September-October-November - HIH
Santa Arrives Tonight - Homespun Elegance
4th of July Bird - HIH
Ski - Twisted Threads
Colorful Sky - Mystic Stitch

That's 31 projects in 12 months. I wanted to do 24. We'll all see how crazy I am!

Thank you for hanging on til the end of the post! Didn't know if either one of us would make it! ;0)

Smiles - Denise

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's snowing again...

I have a feeling this winter might be an ugly one. Last year we had snow on the ground from the weekend of Thanksgiving clear through late February. This year, the snow fell on the 28th of November and it's still there.

The temps seem to be getting silly too. I saw on the Weather Channel that our high temp next Monday and Tuesday will be 17F (-8C). That's January cold.

And this has me in a funk. I normally love winter. I like cold. Or, I should say liked. This winter (and we still have 13 days until it officially arrives) the cold seems to be seeping into my bones. I'm wearing sweaters, socks, my 'Donkey' slippers, and a blanket.

Maybe I should go play with my stash. I seem to be in a funk about stitching too. This stitching Halloween things during Christmas season -- it's throwing me off. I'm not feeling anymore Christmas things either. So, what's next then - spring??

Am I getting pre-Christmas depression? Why? Everything is done and the holidays are set. Cards are mailed. Why am I guessing everything but the 8 ton elephant in the room? It's the job.

There's nothing great to report from my little corner of bloggerville. I don't see myself joining the SAL that has you doing 15 projects in January or Jayne's finish 15 UFO's in January. I doubt I will join this years TUSAL. So, what goals should I set?


1.) I would like to finish Colorful Sky by Mystic Stitch
2.) Stitch at least 2 items per month.
3.) Make and finish the 3 LHN ornies I have.
4.) Go to the 2 retreats I have in mind.
5.) Get my passport so I can visit this friend I have in Ontario.
6.) Meet at least one more blogging buddy in 2011.
7.) Consider taking the bobbin lace class in Canton.
8.) Start going to the Wednesday evening stitch group.
9.) Frame/finish 1 item per month.
10.) get more involved in bloggerville.

Should I have saved this for my New Year's resolutions? Perhaps. Seems I am always thinking too far ahead.

But, thinking about that list has lifted my spirits. Makes me want to kit things up. That leads me to wonder if I shouldn't join that 15 project thing. Think I'll go play and see what I come up with.

Oh, before I forget...someone asked if knowing my Christmas present or seeing it sit under the tree wouldn't drive me crazy. The answer - no. What drives me insane is surprises. If I know DH got me something and he refuses to tell --- I'm beyond peeved. I get *&(*&*&#% mad. If it is a present under the tree - I better know what it is or I will be peeking.

Thank you for letting me ramble. I read all of your comments (I just fail miserably at getting back to you) and I appreciate every one of them. You take time out of your lives to see what nonsense I might be doing. Thanks guys!

Until Friday when I get to show the surprising amount I have done on TTT. I'm kind of proud of myself.

TTFN - Denise

Sunday, December 5, 2010

When's Scott coming with the gifts?

What's that title all about? Garin thinks Scott Calvin will be bringing his presents for Christmas.

A little background. My sister and BIL didn't want to tell their kids that Santa brought their gifts. They didn't want to lie to them. I understand - but disagreed. Their kids not mine. Garin started pre-school this year. And guess what? Suddenly the guy wearing the big red suit not only exists but is VERY real to Garin. And Garin is concerned. They don't have a fireplace - how will Santa deliver the presents???

Keri called me a week or so ago and told me Garin's concerns. What to tell him - she asks? I told her to tell him what happened in Santa Clause (the movie). The heaters change to become a fireplace for Santa. She wanted to borrow the movie to explain it all to Garin.

A few days later - we have a new problem. He believed it - ALL. Scott Calvin is Santa and the movie really happened. So now, Scott will be coming to the house.

Don't you love the way kids' minds work?

Smiles - Denise

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I'm so Excited...

When the kids were small and Santa brought every one's gifts, we started a tradition on Christmas Eve. We always have my family in for the holiday on Christmas Eve for dinner and sometimes a Christmas movie. (Have you ever really noticed how many Christmas movies there are?) Anyway, after the movie and before time for bed the four of us would sit down and have a gift exchange. We each bought/made something for each other. Generally, keeping our gifts secret. None of us keep secrets well. So, this secret keeping is HUGE for us!

This year we're down to three. Courtney has flown the coop. She'll be here bright and and early (according to Logan - she's to be here no later than 7:30 - thank-you very much) Christmas morning.

For Rob I have gotten a pocket size version of the Constitution. It also has the Bill of Rights and all amendments. He saw it this summer in a magazine and I happened to find said magazine when cleaning the desk in the hall. (A task best left to someone else - but it always is there for me.) Logan is getting Wall-E from me.

Rob is getting the boy the movie Inception. And Logan got The Book of Eli for him. Last night Rob came out and gave Logan an idea for his Christmas Eve gift -- hmm, what could it be??? The very same movie. Logan played it cool and acted dumb about what the movie was and who was in it. Smart boy.

So, why am I excited you ask? This has been a nice post lady but, get to the point! Ok, ok! Have you ever heard of haycanvas bags???? Oh, ladies if you haven't you'll want to! I need (yes, need) a nice bag to take my stash when going on retreats. I plan two for 2011! Every canvas bag I looked at was thin or no pockets on the outside or none on the inside. Something about every bag just wasn't right.

Not this bag!!!! You can make it completely custom or take a bag off the display. Mine is the larger classic tote. Linen in color and a black bottom. The black bottom is also pockets! There are also pockets inside. And they will personalize them too. They found a embroidery design online that is PERFECT for me. It says, "Cross Stitch" and then there are X's under the words. This lettering will be in red. It will be ready for pick-up Dec 18th. Then it must sit under the tree until 9pm-ish Christmas Eve. This is what Rob got me for my Christmas Eve gift. He wanted me to pick it out - so this year I know what I am getting. (Insert Happy Dance Here)

Here's a quick peak at the tote ~

If you would like - check them out at Cathy would love to hear from you!

Maybe tomorrow I will tell you our plans for this Christmas. They have morphed once again!
Hope today is the day of your dreams!
Smiles - Denise

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Progress

Just wanted to stop by and show my progress for the week.

Not to bad for two days work. Things have gotten hectic this week and next week promises to be worse. We start work Monday morning at 3:15am! This means I am up at 1:30 and going to bed around 7:30pm Sunday night. Three more weeks until the madness is over.

Otherwise, things here are moving headlong towards Christmas. The shopping is mostly done. All wrapping has been completed. Cookies will be started tomorrow. Decorations done. Letters to Santa sent. Christmas cards - mostly sent.

It seems life has become a routine lately. Up early, work, home, eat, clean-up, nap, work around the house, make dinner, and melt into bed. In 23 years, only one Christmas has been what I assume normal to be. That was last year. Had my gall bladder out on the 10th and didn't return to work until the 29th. I made cookies every morning.

Well, we're off to the mall (eegads on a Friday afternoon?) and then to Red Lobster. I hope for Red Lobster. Doesn't Pasta shrimp Alfredo sound good?

Oh, and get the boy a new coat! We have been stalling forever hoping he would stop growing long enough to buy a nice coat. That doesn't seem to be an option any longer!

Hope your weekend is filled with fun, laughter, and good food!
Smiles - Denise

Monday, November 29, 2010

Oh, Christmas Tree - Oh, Christmas Tree

I promised Marlene and Vicki some pics of the tree! ((Editted to add - Mary Jane and I also talked about this tree too. My apologies I didn't add you when I posted the first time)) So, without further ado ~


One of two old (pre 1990) ornies
And the other
This tree is not one of my 'normal' trees. And honestly, I like it more! Why? I usually have all metallic bulbs, a gold ribbon as garland, German paper stars made from ribbon, only white lights, and a big bow on top.

The blue bead garland was a find from Black Friday - if you see mini blue bulbs - they were another find. But, Marlene inspired me to use my quilted snowmen and dig a couple stitched ornies out. See, she sent the puddings. Do you remember them?

 And today I received my very first win from a blog. Lyssa sent it in a Christmas card. I sat here trying to think of who it would be - it was a mystery! And then it clicked. I'm a little slow sometimes.

Thank you! It should be a quick stitch and will match my October Curls finish! If I do it correctly - they can share a frame! (PS - Lyssa - could you email me please)

Oh, I meant to let you know my sister's FIL is out of the hospital. Has been for about a week. He is mending and not only has ankle issues but 8 broken/cracked ribs. Ouch! How he's getting around - no ideas. Can you imagine crutches or a wheel chair? I had thought he was using a wheel chair until my FIL reminded me about pushing the wheels. He should have plenty of help. He has 12 children living nearby.

I'm off to bathe Grace and then press it. Hopefully, it will dry quickly so I can stretch it by this evening.

TTFN - Denise

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The ABC's of Me

Robin has this on her blog. Couldn't help my self - had to do it too! Please feel free to join in!

 A - Age: 42 and a half (Gotta get the ‘and a half’ in – like Candi from Two and a Half Men)
B - Bed size: Queen soon to be a king!
C - Chore you hate: dusting
D - Dog's name: Bridget
E - Essential start your day item(s): a little internet and the weather channel
F - Favorite color: Blue
G - Gold or Silver: Gold
H - Height: 5' 8”
I - Instruments you play: piano – it’s been awhile though
J - Job: UPS Preload SPA
K - Kids: 1 daughter and 1 son
L - Living Arrangements: Married, son at home and daughter has flown the coop
M - Music you love: Rock n Roll
N - Nicknames: Depends on my surroundings – home – I’m sweetie or honey
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Yes, tonsils and gall bladder
P - Pet Peeve: Lying
Q - Quote from a movie: Rob, you big stud, take me to bed or loose me forever! Goose’s wife to Goose – Top Gun. It always brings a laugh from DH
R - Right or left handed: Left
S - Siblings: 1 sister
T - Time you wake up: 3am M-F, 7 on the weekends
U - Underwear: Yep, I wear them!
V - Vegetable you dislike: Most. I like corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and green beans.
W - Workout Style: relaxed – very relaxed. That might explain the reason I should actually do some exercise.
X - rays you've had: teeth, knees, right foot, elbows, and hands
Y - Yummy food you make: Chocolate Crimple Cookies and Spaghetti and Meatballs – not at the same time.
Z - The best place to visit: The ocean.

Have a wonderful weekend. Hey, the tree is up and there wasn't any swearing or screaming! ;0)
Smiles - Denise

Friday, November 26, 2010

So many titles would fit this post...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all of those in the US! I hope your day was filled with wonderful food, thoughts, and family!

Alivia was cold the other day and her Mommy thought a hat would help. It did --- but it made her look like this ~
The Mafia Princess
I thought the Soprano's might be around to collect their lost lamb!

This is what my Thanksgiving looked like ~

A Redneck Thanksgiving
We had deep fried turkey. I am not a fan of peanut oil so we also had chicken. It was raining - so safety first. Don't want the oil/flame to be disturbed! At least he kept it out of the garage! I can only imagine what the people thought as they drove past the house. But, with my husband - it was normal.

~~ Side note about the husband ~~ One year his mom had cleaned out her yard prior to the 4th of July. The weeds and shrubbery were still 'green'. We were having a large bonfire for the 4th and DH decided to add her trimmings to the fire. The fire smoked and hissed and smoked some more. A LOT MORE! There was so much smoke crossing the bridge - visibility was zero. People across the river were coming out of the nursing home wanting to know if they should evacuate. The neighbor boy ran over to see if the house was on fire. We couldn't see him but, we heard, "No Mom, the house isn't on fire. It's just Rob!"
So that, my friends, is how it goes at my house. If it's more redneck than PC - blame my husband!

Otherwise, the food came out pretty well. Everything was finished at roughly the same time. No one went home with food poisoning. And we were stuffed. To me - that is a successful holiday! 

This afternoon the daughter and I are off shopping. Trying to find her boyfriend something for Christmas. I need to pick up another frame (didn't like the other one), some magazines for a friend, some ornaments for DD, and check my start time for Monday morning. Last I heard - I start work at 4:15am. Tis the season and such!

I am ashamed to show my progress on TTT. I have an excuse - really!

Measly progress this week!

Here's my excuse ~
Mystic Stitch
14 ct white Aida
DMC floss
240 x 190
Hot off the needle at 7:18 this morning! Done, done, done! Come join me in my happy dance! He looks so good in the picture. After seeing him up close for so long - it's nice to have some prospective!

Tomorrow we are putting up our Christmas tree. If you hear screaming and cursing from my direction - please ignore it. I find it rather stressful some years and I'm not sure how this year will turn out.

Hope your weekend is everything you want it to be! (and warm if you are lucky!)
Smiles - Denise

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Progress -- One day late!

It's not my fault! (Sound like a teenager saying that don't I?) Well - really, it's not. Sometimes life just changes your plans in mid-stride. Yesterday my sister's FIL was hit head-on by someone who was distracted. The driver of the other vehicle turned to look back at her young child and went left of center hitting Andy's van causing both vehicles to be totalled. Both drivers were life flighted. Both passengers walked away with minor injuries. Andy had surgery to 'fix' his ankle. The heel bone and all ankle bones were rammed up into his lower leg. He has some broken/cracked ribs and a concussion. The other driver broke both femurs and had many other injuries that at this point I can't remember. So, I got Garin and Alivia for the day while Mom and Dad went to check on Grandpa.

My plans -- out the window. I would like to stop and say to all mothers of young children who stitch -- bless you! I didn't come close to doing the stitching I had hoped. How you do this every day - I have no idea!

What did I complete, my napkins for Thanksgiving. I got napkin rings on sale at 70% off on Thursday. The fabric for the napkins 50% off! Great deals!

This morning I put the last stitches another project!

Waiting for Harvest
Black Bird Designs (with my modifications)
28ct unknown linen
Crescent Colors Floss

Pumpkins Three - La-D-Da
Made as companion pieces

Thursday was consumed by taking the boy to the dentist, clothing shopping, craft shopping and pizza. We got some great deals on clothing at Plato's Closet. Plato's is a second hand shop in our area. Do you have them near you? If so, and you haven't checked them out. I suggest you do so. We got a never worn tag still on shirt that retailed for $34.50 for $10. A jacket for $10. I got some other clothes for DH and spent on 5 shirts and 1 jacket -- $46. I had also sold some clothing to them getting back $11! Not shabby!

I got a frame and foam core board from Pat Catan's. Then we stopped at Jo-Ann's and got the fabric and napkin rings. But, no stitching happened except at the dentist.

I told you I've been working on Grace.
I hope you can tell the progress I've made this last week!

And then there's my SAL. The poor thing ~ I stitched the border around the witch and it had to come back out. But, after that set back I got back in gear and got some more done. I bet Crystal (Midnight Stitcher) is leaps and bounds further than I am. Have you checked out her progress? She stitches beautifully!

I find it ironic how two people can do the same project and head in completely different ways. She is going more vertical with hers and mine is wherever I meander.

Today's plans include that mountain of laundry that's in my bedroom. I usually do some during the week - haha - didn't happen. DH is in the kitchen now doing dishes. Gotta love the guy! I HAVE to find the dining room table. I am having the whole family in Thursday and I need to get organized. Making noodles today and possibly pumpkin cookies.

I took a floating holiday for Wednesday - that way I can make the desserts and appetizers. If I don't get the cookies made today then that will happen on Tuesday. Friday, DD and I are hitting the stores for some craziness. She has to work until noon. So, we should miss most of the out-of-control people.

I have been talking to some of you about your holiday shopping. I have completed both of my kids plus Garin and Alivia. The rest is about half done. DH is my problem child this year. He has no idea what he wants from Santa!

In case I don't blog before the holiday - Happy Thanksgiving to you all! May your turkey be moist, the potatoes not lumpy, and the desserts be calorie free! Don't eat too much!

Smiles - Denise
ps - with my job - Christmas is our peak volume season. Ship early, pack you boxes well, and be patient with your delivery drivers. I probably won't be around as much as normal. Bear (or is it bare) with me please!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I haven't gotten lost...really!

I am just determined as all get out to finish Grace! Grace gets all stitching time except 4 hours per week until I am done with it! Mondays and Wednesdays are the days I get to be home alone. And only on those two days will I work on Waiting for Harvest and TTT (Thine is the Trick and the Treat). This means Crystal is going to be leaps and bounds ahead of me!

I have stopped spending much time here in bloggerville. I sort of sweep through early in the morning and then again once in the afternoon. Please forgive my dogged determination but, this is what I do when the procrastination has lasted too long. I am much harder on myself than anyone else could be.

I plan to continue to show progress Fridays. At least then you will see my results. Until then - I'm off to the stitching room!

Smiles - Denise

Friday, November 12, 2010

SAL Update and Other Progress

 I'm loving this project. The fabric is beyond wonderful - So very happy I went with it! And the Splendor silk -- yummy! Can't wait to see Crystal's progress!  
This weeks progress on my SAL with Crystal

Remember the BBD I talked about re-designing for my needs? This is it. It was to be all black - I colorized it. Not sure how well the brown letters fit in. I have the purple border to go on the top and bottom and of course the pumpkin on the left.
Waiting for the Harvest - BBD
misc 28ct linen
Crescent Colors floss

And poor Grace -- I haven't touched it in three days! Tomorrow or yet tonight! I had hoped to finish pg 15 this week. I might have gotten half way there - sigh!
See the stitching on the right - that's this week.
 Sorry about the snowy pics last night. Oops - sorry Pumpkin I said the 's' word again. And Jayne - I know you meant this winter but I couldn't resist. 

Well everyone, the shopping trip was a success - Garin got new tennis shoes and lined snow (oops - sorry again Pumpkin)boots. BOGO half off!

It's time for dinner - NOTHING even sounds good. Fast food, pizza, mac and cheese? Does chocolate count? Cookies? Cake or brownies? This time change has just sent my cooking mojo all wonky.

Here's to your weekend - may it bring all pleasant things to you!
Smiles - Denise

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Your Wish is My Command!

These are pictures from March 2010. We had over 12" in a snow storm that lasted just one night and into the morning.

Looking towards the river

Our neighbors trees. This is my absolute favorite picture I have ever taken!

More of their trees!

After the storm passed. Maybe 6 hours from the first picture.
But, I'm not ready for this yet! Maybe on Christmas Morning. If it does snow like this again - you are all invited to bring your favorite sled and come to the house. We'll sled ride, have hot cocoa with warm bread and butter. I might even find a pound cake with raspberry syrup. 
Smiles - Denise

A Walk in the Yard

I took Marlene on a walk with me. Well, as best I could be with an ocean between us. And that got me to thinking. Would you like to take a walk with me too?

Yesterday was a beautiful day. Today is looking good too. I need to go put the flag out. Happy Veteran's Day to all those who have served!

The trees seem so stark and bare. 
Looking downstream

 Bridget enjoyed herself. She thinks she is the world's bravest puppy. But, she won't get her feet wet. 
Bridget trying to be brave and go get a drink.

 This is my house. Can you see the blue buckets on the porch? Oak trees - DH wants more trees on our lot. 
Our House

I have no idea why I love this stupid bridge. It's just a bridge - but look at the light and shadows. 
Looking upstream

Our mighty Tuscarawas River is looking more like a creek. The water should be 3' higher. There are dry leaves lying in the river 4' out. I have no idea why it is so low. This is the area where we have our bonfires. It's about as far from the house as we can get. 
Noticing how low the river is!

I tend to take pictures of the trees in bloom. Sometimes in the fall.  These berries will stay most of the winter. They look kinda sad - don't they? 
Washington Hawthorne berries

I loved the contrast of the whispy grass and the sky.  
Pampas Grass

 I used to have two gargoyles. Some kids stole one several years ago. He's some where in the river. I heard him go whoosh! The kids loved a gargoyle book our library had. So, when we saw him (them) - we had to get them. 
Our Greeter

 My uncle is picky about his yard. He's having a metal roof installed on his garage by the Amish. The horse had to go some where. Bet he left some nice piles in that perfect yard. ;0)

The horse in my uncle's yard
 Tomorrow I plan to show my stitching progress for the week. Hope today is a happy day for you!
Smiles - Denise 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Follow Me - Finished!

I have a gift completed! Yippee!! And my 23rd finish for 2010! Thanks to you guys - I have stitched more this year than any other year to date!

Follow Me - Primitive Needle
30 ct - WDW Tin Roof
Sullivan's Black
Glass glare on this photo. And it seems dark. Sorry - some day I will take a photography class and save you from the bad picture misery!

Many have asked for me to tell my thoughts about Sullivan's Floss. Well, I'm not sure if my difficulties were from the floss or the fabric. My hands were rough and dry while I stitched this project. The fabric caught on the roughness and just in general felt bad in my hands. Today as I framed this - the fabric felt much better. (Wearing gloves at work). I had problems with the floss twisting, looping back on itself, and tangling. Again this could have been my hands not the floss.

What I will say is this about the floss - I was also working Splendor silk as I finished Follow Me - the silk gave me no difficulties. But - then again - that's comparing apples and oranges. Buy a few skeins and see what you think. Sullivan's is cheaper than DMC and matches DMC's colors. It's worth a try. I will be using is again - maybe the second time it will be better.

I'm old! I feel old. I can't stay up all night anymore! This weekend was for a much younger person than me. Friday I got up at 3 am for work. I did take a nap but, it didn't matter much at midnight! That's 21 hours - much too many awake hours for me. Saturday I got up at 8:30 thanks to my sister calling. Ugh! Later Saturday night I ended up having Alivia spend the night. She's 11-12 weeks old. Still not sleeping through the night. Can we see where this is going? I slept on the couch and she slept in her carrier. But - she is the noisiest sleeper I have ever met. Moans, groans, throwing her little arms signaling a touchdown, smacking her lips, and sucking. Umm, sleep was not what I got. She was fine in the morning - I felt like a bus hit me! This is the reason I had my kids 15+ years ago.

I enjoyed my time with Alivia but it was really nice when her mommy came and picked her up. Oh, yes, being an aunt has it's perks! I can see why grandparents always smile when mom and dad arrive!

Were off to hurtle through another week - I hope this week finds you healthy and happy! Smiles - Denise

Friday, November 5, 2010


First, thank-you to all who commented and sent email! Didn't mean to scare anyone. Someone close to me had their marriage come off the rails and needed me to be there while they started the recovery process. She is a strong woman - stronger than she realizes. In all honesty we were all surprised at what happened yesterday and now she is dealing with the new life that lies before her. She is keeping a level head and the kids are her priority. So, any well wishes or prayers you say for her will be appreciated!

Now, on to the regularly scheduled program!

This is Courtney's Christmas present. She is a bit morbid and this is PERFECT for her. And I - can not keep Christmas secrets at all! It is just another thing that is beyond me! Plus, she has seen it! Keep this fabric in mind for later - ok?

I managed to work on Logan's Christmas stitch too. I have no idea if you can tell by the photos that I did anything.

Before -

And After -

Every stitch counts! I missed his birthday in September and Christmas isn't looking so hot either. I need you guys to hold me accountable! Push, email, comment, nag! Anything to guilt me into getting in gear! Because I am starting my SAL this weekend!

My fabric -

I got this fabric yesterday. It's not hand dyed and it's not the 'correct' color. But, I like it! Here's the story. I ordered everything from a LNS. I was promised the orders to go out that week. Four plus weeks later - and my fabric is now back ordered (I was told last week she already ordered it and then she turned to an employee and told them that she still hadn't ordered it) My floss arrived three days after she ordered it. But, 4 weeks after she told me she ordered it. And I ordered two patterns. And there were two put with my order the she sold one out from under me! So, I moved on. The tin roof fabric from the Primitive Needle project is what I ordered. It feels odd in my hands. My hands aren't the smoothest this time of the year and is catching on the cloth. Hand lotion be damned - cardboard sucks the moisture from skin worse than the colder air!
Courtney's fabric (with my pattern) -

Let's just go with Courtney has her supplies. But, she'll have to wait on me to finish mine first. That's great with her because even though she wants to start - she can't. Going to school full time, working 30 hrs a week, the boyfriend, dog, and all general household duties there's just no time -- Maybe she'll start this in the summer! 

Since, I went to another LNS for just my fabric - I felt guilty. So, I HAD to buy something else. I know, I know - what about that promise to stop buying stash?? Oh please, even my husband knew that was a joke as I said it. I have to impulse control of a gnat! And seriously ladies - did you really think I could do that?

So, being somewhat restrained I got -

Only two extra patterns! A bit more floss for Courtney and my fabric! And I got another stupid black bird! One the ornie - I am going to design my own bird and stitch it instead of the charm. Well, that's the plan!

Are you still out there? Do I hear crickets? Sorry, this turned out to be a book!
Hey, you can come back now - I stopped talking. Hello - anyone out there? Hello?

Well, I guess those that bailed on this post won't hear that I'm thinking about another give away. I am nearing 100 followers and that begs for something good. Natalie (astitchintime) gave away a gift certificate. I'm thinking I just might do that too. Although, the shopping for extras was fun! I don't know...

While I'm thinking about this I want you to enjoy your weekend! Give that spouse or special loved one an extra hug and tell them how much they mean to you.

Thank-you for listening to me and being there for me! I might never meet you in real life - but you still mean the world to me! (cue the sappy music - thank-you for being a friend)

Smiles - Denise