Wednesday, September 30, 2009

House of sickness

Greetings all! Well, my guys are sick today :( . It has started over the last couple of days and has gotten worse this morning. They were starting to get worse yesterday so I ended up being busy with them and other things , so not much stitching. DH had to call in sick today to go to the doctor. I think he is starting to get another nasty respiratory infection. He got one a couple of winters ago that was starting to shut his lungs down and causing lots of problems. Took almost 2 months to get over so we are taking precautions. No pics today obviously. Hopefully things will be better in a day or two.
'Til next time,

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A wee bit o' progress

Greetings all! Last night was what my son calls 'chick flick' night. My sister came over and she taught me a little bit of how to do bobbin lace. I got the hang of it a little bit but I can't really say it's my bag. I was going to take a picture of it but I forgot. We watched 'Duplex' with Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller. That movie is so funny. I love the look of the place before it gets trashed. I had a wee bit o' progress on No Bees. I focused mainly on the movie , fixing dinner, and I finished the stitching on an exchange piece. Now I just need to finish it off into the final product. For some reason the pic came out bright today.Here's what I got done on No Bees.

Okay, think back to Cicely , Alaska and the early to mid 1990's. Come on ,you can do it, you're not that old. The show was Northern Exposure . It was a place to sit and relax, visit with friends, have a drink at 'The Brick' , get a little insite into Indian customs , nearly freeze to death. You could talk movies with Ed , try to figure out what it is that Maggie is truly searching for, see an uptight doctor from New York , hash it out with an ex- astronaut turned millionaire , who thought he owned everyone. You could spend the night at the 'Sourdough Inn' , take in the view, and listen to the insightful thoughts of 'Chris in the Morning'. I miss that time when waiting for the new episode to come on. I do now own all of the seasons on DVD and pull them out to watch when the urge strikes.

I purchased this Northern Exposure cookbook on ebay a few years ago. From time to time I pull it out and make one of the wonderful recipes concealed in it's pages. Last night I made Ruth-Anne's pork chops, except I use chicken. It is one of our favorites from the book. It has the chops ( chicken breasts ) of course, freshly grated ginger, salt , pepper, orange peel, orange juice, and dark brown sugar. It's really good. Last night I served it with the baby carrots and potatoes that we had left over from the night before.

Here they are cooking. Don't they look tasty? Is your mouth watering yet? :) I may have to make them again next week.

Well , I'm off to see the wizard. Thank you all for your wonderful kind comments. Don't forget to keep coming back to see the giveaway announcement. Hope you all have a great day!

'Til next time,


Monday, September 28, 2009

No Bees update...and announcing my first giveaway

Greetings dear blogging buddies! I didn't get a whole lot of stitching done this weekend. We had a mound of paper work that had to be done and worked a lot on that. I did get some stitching done on an exchange piece and some work done on BoaF's No Bees.Here is the progress.

Here's a little bit of a close up. I'm stitching this in DMC with a little Crescent Colours. The pattern calls for GAST but I'm improvising with what I have on hand. I am stitching on 28 count cream colored evenweave although in the pic it looks a little darker. I actually would have liked the color that it appears to be in the pic but I think it will look okay on the cream.

Keep an eye out on my blog this week. Someday this week I will be announcing my first giveaway and since you won't know just when , you'll have to keep coming back won't you? ;) Keeping this short today as I have much to do and not a whole lot of time to do it in. Hope you all had a nice weekend!

'Til next time, happy stitching!


Friday, September 25, 2009

Oh Dat Quazy Wabbit!

Greetings dear blogging buddies! I hope this finds you all doing well this morning! Or afternoon,which ever the time is when you stop by. Well ... you are probably wondering about the title. Once in a while when my mom does something silly ,I put on my best Elmer Fud imitation and call her 'dat quazy wabbit'. She just laughs and laughs. Yesterday she was due to have surgery as you know. She has different meds she has to take for different things and she was supposed to go off of specific meds so many days ( I think 7) before having her surgery so her blood wouldn't be too thin. Well, she forgot to go off of one of them in time, so they had to put her surgery off until next Friday.It's just as well I suppose.My sister is moving here from Washington state and just got in on Wednesday . My mom has been getting ready for her and was really exhausted so I think it will be better for her next Friday anyway. Daisygirl... you asked about if they forgot about her during treatment and caused her to get burned. Yep, that's pretty much what happened.They put like this square patch of something ( I think it's some sort of rubber) over the site where they do the radiation and the tech got busy and forgot and left that on a little too long.He apologized of course ,but that doesn't make the pain go away. She couldn't have radiation for awhile until she healed and she was nervous that she would be without it too long. Unfortunately she couldn't have the type of reconstruction she wanted due to that.On the bright side though that was the only set back she suffered other than them having to go ahead and do chemo and radiation after the mastectomy. She's in remission though and doing great. On the stitching front, I finished Owl on an egg into and ornament. I decided to go ahead and try to make a candy corn button.It turned out okay I guess. It's permanent now anyway. I found the wonderful candy corn ribbon and just had to use it . I am pleased overall how he turned out.I have him hanging on the door knob of the curio cabinet.

I finished the Bent Creek snowman for the most part. I changed a few colors around .I haven't decided for sure whether or not to use cross stitches for the snowflakes or snowflake sequins. I better decide soon because I am really wanting to get this done so I can move on to something else.

Edgar's fog and theatre pictures reminded me of some we had taken so I thought I would post those. The fog picture was taken over Lake Taneycomo while we were at the Branson Landing.The fog had been thicker and looked really cool but by the time we decided to take a picture and walk down to the car to get the camera, it was starting to dissipate. I used to spend a lot of time in that area when I was a little girl. The Branson Landing shopping center wasn't there and there were some summer cabins down there and people used to go fishing there a lot. The cabins are long gone. I remember that my dad helped with the demolition of some of those .I was in kindergarten then I think and I remember finding someone's toothbrush and picking up rocks and fossils. It was a lot different back then.

This is a picture of the Lander's Theatre which is now houses the Springfield Little Theatre. A lot of people still refer to it as the Lander's . There are all kinds of stories that surround that old building. We were in there one day and was allowed to have an unguided tour. There used to be an elevator in there and it was closed when there had been a fire and hasn't been used in many many years. Now here is something that will make the hair on the back of your neck raise. At the time we were there they were getting ready to put on a production of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and were getting the Nazi costumes ready in the sewing room upstairs.Just outside of that sewing room is where the old elevator shaft was and they now use it for a closet.There is a whole bunch of stuff in there and they seemed to never throw anything away. We found a stack of very old newspapers and started looking at them.One of them we found was had a story of the Nazi invasion on Austria on the front page.When we looked at the date of the paper it had the exact same day on it as when we were there, except of course for the year. We had the hair on our necks and armed raised up and had chills and we decided we were done with the tour. I would sware on a stack of bibles that it is true! One of the strangest things that has ever happened in my life for sure. We told the girl at the ticket office about it and she wouldn't believe it until my husband went back up the stairs and got the paper and showed it to her. She jokingly asked her boss when her shift was over.LOL!

Well I shall run along for now.Thank you for the comments, especially about the ones about my mom. You all are just so sweet!

'Til next time, happy stitching!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Whooo? Whooo?

Greetings all! Can you believe that we are in the last days of September? Man ,where does the time go? I have been working the last couple of days on Bent Creek's Owl on an Egg .I'm not sure if I will add a candy corn button. Guess it depends on whether or not they turn out right. I am also trying to decide whether or not to make this into an ornament or a scissor pocket. I will roll that over in my head with everything else in there. Here he is! He reminds me of a bandit with that mask on!

I may or may not post tomorrow. My mom is going in to have some more reconstruction done from her mastectomy. She got 3rd degree burns from the radiation so they are having to do more than they thought at first.

Thanks for stopping by.
'Til next time,
Happy stitching,

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pick a title..,any title

Greeting all! Okay so I couldn't decide on a title name today. I will never make it as a writer, good thing I'm not trying. I just poured here last night. We were at the grocery store and it was sprinkling when we wernt it. When we came out, a whole other story. It was pouring buckets when we ran to ther car and quickly unloaded and got in the car, it looked like we had walked through Niagra Falls! It was cold too! Well, I finally finished my Gathering Pincones pincushion. I'm not real happy with the way the bottom turned out. That lower right corner just would not behave! Any advice Vonna? Oh well, I'm not trying to win a prize. My dad goes to sales all the time and he knows I have a thing for wooden boxes. I keep my specialty theads in this one. Speaking of my dad, I mentioned in a post a little while ago that he lost his dog of 15 years, Brutis.Well this past Saturday, the day I dislocated my toe, he had to rush his other dog ,Brutis' brother Mickey, to the vet. He hadn't hardly eaten since Brutis had died and my dad thought he was grieving himself to death. He had lost weight and was getting weak ,and despite my dads efforts to get food down, he just wasn't eating. Dr. Smith ( our family vet) ran some tests and she told my dad that Mickey had liver cancer and it was too far gone. She suggested putting him down but my dad wasn't ready to let go, so she gave him some pain medicine and fed him through an I.V. and told my dad she'd call him and let him know how he was doing.I had called my mom about my toe and she said that dad was at the vet and would be home shortly and she'd send him over. Well he no sooner got home and the vet called and told him she needed him back out there. When he got there she told him that Mickey had started having seisures and he had went blind.She told him he only had hours at that point so my dad had her put him down. My dad came over and put my toe back in place and then told me about Mickey. He was very upset to say the least and I felt guilty about him coming over to help me. Then I realized that it was probably a good distraction for him. I feel just awful for my dad having lost both of his dogs in such a short time. Well I seemed to have gotten off track a bit. Here is the finished pin cushion.

I just had to start yet another project last night. Here is my progress on Bent Creek's Owl on an Egg. It's a freebie from them. I'm not sure just yet how I will finish him. I am leaning toward either an ornament or maybe a scissor pocket. I think he is the cutest little guy. Thanks Tracey , for directing me to the link for this pattern!

Not a whole lot of progress on the snowman.I did change the color of his scarf from mulberry to dove. I just couldn't see him in a purple scarf. I will change the color of the puddle that is supposed to be underneathe him and also the star. The color called for is WDW cadet for those but it has too much of a green undertone for me, or at least the dye lot that I seen did. I will probably change the star to a light yellow, maybe WDW honeysuckle and the puddle to WDW dolphin. I might go ahead and use DMC # 3678 which is the alternative on the pattern.

Ok ,I know this looks nasty, after all ,CANDY BLOOD! We saw this yesterday at Walgreens and had to get it for our son. We're coming up on that time of year for all the gory stuff. I don't get too gory though as I can't stand it. Anyway ,what we found funny about it is that my husband works in blood services so we thought our son would get a kick out of it.Maybe the idea is morbid ,I don't know. Our son liked it though.

My toe is much better and I need to get some housework done so I'm not sure how much stitching I will get done.

Thanks again for all of your nice comments!

'Til next time,


Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday ,Monday

Greetings all! Well here it is Monday again. I was hoping to get some stitchng done this weekend and didn't realize that I would be able to get as much done as I did. You see, there wasn't any housework that got done this weekend. Would you like to know why? I was a bit immoblized as I had kicked a duffle bag that was left out in the floor and dislocated my toe. I had kicked the wheel as I was walking and just didn't see the bag there. So needless to day I was in pain and not so able to walk around. My slave, oh I mean my son ( LOL!) brought me all my supplies and I just sat in the recliner with my foot up with an icepack and stitched. At least until my dad came over and put my toe back in place. I knew if I went to the ER all they would pretty much do is take an x-ray and tape that toe to the next one . So I figure why spend all that time waiting in the waiting room and then in the exam room, not to mention the high bill ,for something I knew my dad could do. We were also with satelite for awhile as our dog Daisy chewed the satelite cable in-two. Then this morning she got out of the backyard and ran off. We found her though.I can feel CarolynNC's pain of the dogs reeking havoc. Anyway... on to stitching. I got some stitching done on No Bees ,but then I had an itch to stitch on something else. I started two more projects.One of which I forgot to take a picture of ,but the other is of Bent Creek's Waiting for Santa.I didn't get any stitching done on exchanges but I will work some more on them this week.

Here is my weekend progress of No Bees. I suppose it grew a little this weekend, not as much as I'd hoped ,but I just had to start those others. You all know what I'm talking about.

Here is Waiting for Santa. I am going to make a pillow out of it so there I didn't really need to leave much room on the sides.I need to find just the perfect fabric so later this week I will go to the quilt store and look around.

Here is a close up. I am stitching this on 28 count natural linen using some DMC and Weeks.

Well I suppose this will be it today. Thanks so much for the comments. I appreciate them!

'Til next time,

Happy Stitching,


Friday, September 18, 2009

Aaahhh Friday!

Greetings all! Thanks for all of the nice comments.They are thoughtful and much appreciated!
Well here it is Friday again.Last day of the school week, YEAH!!! That means I'll have more time for stitching over the next couple of days.Well I have been wanting to do this little pin cushion for some time now and I thought I would just get it done. It is from Hillside Sampling's Gathering Pinecones. It has some tricky speciallty stitches to it.One of which is the point oka stitch ,which I usually always forget where I'm at doing that one, so it may not be real straight. I stitched it on 28 count oatmeal evenweave using a brown DMC for the branches and some Needle Necessities. NN has switched company names and is now Threadworx and they have switched some names around on the colors so I don't know what these are called today. They were Grecian Olive and Serengeti under the NN lable. Peg... can you tell if this is the fabric you were talking about? It looks the same as your BBD. Of course I'll teach you to make buttons.

The brown fabric is what I am going to use for the back of the cushion. My sister gave me a whole bunch of it a few years ago.It's not really my taste so I've been at a loss as to what to do with it.I think it will be perfect for the back.I'm sorry that you can't see much of the detail.Our camera just dosen't send to the blog very clearly.

Well, the bees have it! I've been trying to decide, as some of you may know, on which design to stitch for my laundry area.It was a toss between this one and Ida Mae Crow. I will still stitch Ida Mae someday but for now I like the bees.

I put in some stitches while watching my son bowl yesterday. He only bowls for an hour and a half so this is how far I was able to get.I know it's not much to show now ,but I promise you it will grow over the weekend!

I will leave you today with this thought.... Where ever you wonder,where ever you roam, be happy and healthy and glad to come home. Hmmm. I may have to stitch that on something.

Take care friends,


Thursday, September 17, 2009

I'll pass....

Greetings all! Thanks for all of your kind comments and visits to my blog of ramblings.It's appreciated! I usually buy the lastest of the JCS Ornament Issue. I have looked this year's issue over and you know what friends, it just doesn't do it for me. I found maybe two that I might even possibly think about stitching. Just doesn't have enough inspiration for me to go out and fork over the dough for it. For me, last year's issue was lacking too, but not nearly as bad.It seemed like maybe they just threw this one together.I don't know but I think I will pass this year.

There were a few ornaments that jumped out at me last year.One was 'Walt the Malt" from Raise the Roof. I had to do him right away. He is so cute. I made some of the buttons for him as I didn't want to wait for them to come in the mail. I made his carrot nose, the holly leaf and berries, and the peppermint disk. The heart and the star I already had and there is no way on God's green Earth that I would even attempt making those anyway! Maybe I'll have to stitch another for a giveaway soon! Hmmm...Oh ,he's making me think of hot cocoa and I think I have enough time for a cup before I head out! Here's the little guy.

My sister was begging for him the other day and she even told her husband to put him in his shirt pocket . Is this a hint she wants one? I think maybe. ;)

On that note I think I will go join Walt . You all have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by.

'Til next time ,

Happy stitching,


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Some Fall finishes

Greetings all! Thank you all so much for the kind comments on my eyes. It's appreciated! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it is finally settling down. Here are some Fall finishes that I have been working on. This first one is Bent Crreek's Plumberry Sampler and I changed the colors to make it more appropriate for the Fall season. I made the buttons.The look I was going for with them was for them to look like a pumpkin patch.I attatched a hangtag that I made with a safety pin.

The next piece is my finish on the Bent Creek Autumn Row that I was working on. I finished it into a pillow for the window sill.

This last one is a Lizzy Kate design finished into a door hanger.I added a little flatback acorn button to it.

I didn't do much stitching yesterday as I worked mostly on finishing, plus housework.Actually come to think of it ,the only stitching I did yesterday was the little pumpkin for the hangtag on Plumberry.What wrong with me? I must be slipping! I thought about stitching some last night but I got very tired and fell asleep watching Vertigo with James Stewart. I'm disappointed that I fell asleep,I haven't seen that movie in ages.

Well that's it today .

'Til next time ,

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Have you seen it?

Greetings all! I've been blogging for one month today ! Yeah!!! Well this morning is starting off different than yesterday. Yesterday morning while I was trying to post the internet went wonky.Once we discovered that the problem was not here at home we called our internet provider, which is supplied by a cable company.It was down all over town and not back up and running until late in the afternoon. I also got news from my eye doctor that my pupils are starting to work again.It's just small movement ,but at least it's movement! I have been fighting a battle with iritis for quite some time now.Off and on for 12 years. Because of all the inflamation I have had in my eyes from this .the last time doc dialated my eyes to look in the back for scarring, my pupils just stuck, they stayed open. The inflamation wouldn't allow them to go back to normal.Trying to see to read or even stitch has been a real challenge. He also told me that I didn't have any inflamtion in either one of my eyes yesterday .I haven't had that news in over a year! As you can probably guess, I am in really good spirits in that regard. I was saddened by the news last evening of the passing of Patrick Swayze. One of my very favorite things that he was in is the North and South series. I love movies of that period like The Blue and the Grey ( he wasn't in it) A lot of it was filmed right here in Greene county at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. More of my favorites with him are Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and To Wong Foo. He was a talent that will be missed by many. Ok, have you seen it?? LHN now has a picture of The Library up on their site, Go take a peek. I did a little test dying yesterday.Not real big pieces. Just something to get a feel for a it. I used purple ,turquoise, and blue. For one test I used turquoise and blue. I will need to play with the dye a little more to get the hang of it but here is my attempts.

Thank you friends for visiting.

'Til next time,

Happy stitching,


Monday, September 14, 2009

Time Flies !!

You know that old saying time flies when you're having fun? Well I've been having a lot of fun since I started blogging and I realized that tomorrow will mark one month since I started this blog! Times goes in a hurry. Well,the guys went fishing overnight so I got a lot of stitching done.I stayed up until almost 3:00 the next morning.I haven't done that in a long time! I watched The Lake House , Must Love Dogs, and Corrina,Corrina. I just love those movies.The guys didn't catch a whole lot of fish, they caught four altogether. I forget to take a picture of the other fish before Jack cleaned them.Glad he saved the biggest for the last .Here it is.

I knitted these socks using Opal sock yarn in their Harry Potter line.The color I chose is "Ron". I think it's a nice fall color.One thing I don't like about knitting striped socks is a lot of times the stripes don't come out the same. If you try to find the same part of the pattern in the yarn to start the second sock to start off with , you may not have enough yarn to knit the other sock.I really like Opal yarn though.It makes nice socks.These socks have wrinkles in them from sitting in the dryer too long.They look like they are different sizes but they aren't.I think it's the wrinkles that make them look that way.

Here is my progress on LHN Home of a Needleworker (Too) . I'm pretty much on the home stretch.Just have to finish the top and bottom borders and there is also a row of what is supposed to be swirled floss?

I am trying to chose my next project.I have been thinking for sometime about doing a piece for my laundry room. It's a toss between NoBees ,No Honey from Birds of a Feather or Ida Mae Crow from The Goode Huswife. The laundry room is across from the Marjolein Bastin bathroom so the Bees piece would go with that and the laundry room is at the end of the kitchen ,which is sort of Shaker style and I think Ida Mae would go ok with that but not so much with the Marjolein stuff. The curtain in the laundry room is sort of a sage green checked fabric so either would match that.Still it's a toss up.Decisions,decisions!

Thank you friends so much for stopping by and for your comments! I appreciate them!

'Til next time,

Happy Stitching!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Yeah it's Friday!!!

Greeings all ! I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful comments! I appreicate them very much! My only regret about them is that I can't read the one from Miriam.Wish I knew how to use the translater! Any ideas? I wanted to mention that my son's bowling score on Wednesay was 147! So far his highest score had been 128.he was very excited and his hopes of getting a trophy this season is a little higher.Well here we are up on the weekend again.I don't know about you but the week went by really fast for me.I don't have anything planned other than stitching until Monday when I go to the eye doctor.I hope I get good news this time. I have had a condition called iritis (infamation of the iris) for several years now.With this bout it is in both eyes.It's a serious condition as it can cause blindness.It's mega depressing at times.Anyway...on to the pictures. I thought this first one was appropriate for the day that it is.I actually stitched it last year . I had stitched so many of the same design for other people and used the current year.When I stitched it for myself, I decided to go with the year that was stitched on the model.It is by Bent Creek and titled Flag 1998.

Here is my husband's start on Moonlit Cabin.He has worked on it some ,but the count is so small that it is taking him awhile.Plus he's just learning so he doesn't have a lot of speed yet.His embroidery scissors arrived in the mail on Wednesday, yeah!He had spotted them when we went to the shop in Branson on Saturday that I told you about.He debated back and forth about getting them then left them behind.I knew he really wanted them so on Monday I ordered them for him. We also went to the local quilt store yesterday.They have punch needle patterns there so they carry WDW and we bought some.Jack is starting to get a little fiber stash of his own going.It's so fun to see how fun he think this is now that he picked something to stitch himself.I'm surprised he has even tried it and he said that he was too.Now he's planning his next two projects and has even got bold enough to buy dye to dye the fabric for those.I've been stitching for 20+ years and just recently dyed my first fabric.


A little more of a closeup.

This last one is a better shot of the PS piece I took the other day.I was able to turn the picture and get a better shot this time.Plus as you can see I was able to get a little more done on it.Last night I also worked on an exchange piece so no pictures of that.I can hardly wait 'til I can show it though.

Well ,that's it for today.Hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

'Til next time, happy stitching!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Moning Coffee

Greetings all! I just love the quiet of the morning when everyone else is still sleeping and I get a chance to do some stitching and have some time to myself.I like have a cup of cappucino or coffee, well OK , a few cups,while having this alone and stitching time. I finally finished up this 'Friends and Coffee' piece from a Stoney Creek magazine.It didn't take me long at all to loose the magazine, so I'm sorry that I can't tell you which issue just now. I changed the friend part to read family because I figured the other would be more appropriate if a friend gave it to you. I made the heart button myself. I like making buttons and have ventured into making different types instead of just plain round ones. I stitched it on 32 ct. lambswool linen using DMC. Here's a peek at the finished product. Now just to find a frame to put it in.

'til next time,
happy stitching!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Just a little giveaway post

Just wanted to direct you to a Riona's blog about a giveaway she is doing.The giveaway is for some Halloween charts.Sorry ,she didn't post a picture but if you're interested ,go to

Good luck!

A little more past and present

Greetings all! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I thought I would post a few more pics of things that I had done.I have not be able to figure out how to do an album so this is the best I can do for now. This first picture is a painting that my MIL did in 1977.She titled it "Autumn at the Mill". My FIL made the frame from wood that was taken from a cabin that my MIL was born.They were clearing land for 'improvements' and the cabin got the axe. My husband really treasures this painting so it hangs in our house year 'round.

I tried to get rid of this pic so I could turn it. I couldn't ,so here it is.It's something I started on Thursday from PS " A Prairie Year".I will finish it into a pyn keepe I think.

I stitched this from BBD "Be Kind and True".It's the top portion of the pattern.I finished it into a trinket box for my MIL.The next picture is of the inside.It was a Moda fabric but I can't remember who the designer was.

Next is LHN's Traveling Stitcher that I made into the suggested project keeper.It was stitched for someone else.I should make me one! The next pic is from the inside.I used the flosses from Crescent Colours that was in the pattern pack.The DMC is just for show. The fabric was again a Moda print by 3 Sisters.

Here is LHN's Wool Needlebook pattern.I made it into a needlework set.

I love gameboards and of course LHN patterns.Here are two gameboards from her Garden and Hometown patterns.I made the checkers myself.I just love making those little things.

That's all today! Thanks for stoping by. Hope you can visit again soon!
Take care,

Monday, September 7, 2009

A little this...a little that.... (picture heavy and a little long)

Greetings everybody! ....Welcome back to my humble little blog! This weekend was a somewhat busy one, yet somehow it seemed so calm.We had planned on Friday to go to what I thought was a needlework shop .It's about an 45min-an hour drive.We no longer have a needlework shop in town so I have no choice but to drive elsewhere.When I called the shop to find out their exact location, I discovered that they have all the cross stitch fabric ,most of the fibers,but very few charts.The lady on the phone told me that there isn't much of a demand for them.I think NOT! She told me that the store was mostly catered to knitting.Good thing I didn't tell her that I knitted or she probably wouldn't have mentioned that they didn't have much in the way of cross stitch.Anyway...we considered the busy traffic there would be in Branson ,especially Labor Day weekend,but thought ,what the heck,let's go! So very glad we did! We popped in to this great little needlework shop, Cecilia's Samplers, ( ) where I had never been.It was a great little shop and the lady was oh so helpful.We stayed and stayed and stayed! We learned that the shop was recently vandelized.Someone hacked a chunk out of a model they had in their store! Can you imagine someone doing such a thing?! The dirty birds! Anyway ...we came back with a small stash ,and when I looked in the bag in the car on the way to Bob Evans for dinner,I found a thread sorter, a magnetic calendar for the fridge and a really cute Halloween pattern from Just Another Button Company.There was a little note that said a gift for you! Such a nice place and absolutely no pressure to buy.If you ever need something from the net,check them out! By the way, the LHN Home of a Needleworker (too)! is mine, the Plum Pudding pattern and WDW is my husband's! Now he knows you can't go into a shop and come out empty handed!

As you can see,I had to get started on the LHN pattern.I stitced while watching The Sound of Music. I , of course didn't stitch all of this during that time.I'm not that fast! I was disappointed to find out that Christopher Plummer had said that of all the roles he's played,he detested that one the most.I just love that movie and it wouldn't be the same without him.I am going to make Needleworker into a pillow,which is why I didn't need as much extra fabric around the edges.Besides, it leaves more fabric for the next project,right?

Just a couple of little stitches I did for an ongoing Autumn/Halloween SAL. They have a number of little uses.

Just a quick look at what I will have on my feet this fall/winter season.Just finished them up recently.

Here's a pic of the girls at play.I know they look like they were fighting, but they weren't. This weekend had some sadness as well.My dad's dog Brutis of 15 years died. Now my dad typically is not a crier,but his dogs ( he has another named Mickey) are a big part of his life.My mom told me that he cried for a long time.I felt just terrible for him! We will all miss Brutis.

I couldn't resist this next one. Kinda hard to tell if Daisy was being bashful or mischievous.

Some time or another this weekend ,someone brought in a hitchhiker.Probably DS as he was outside in the backyard a lot .

We ended last evening with a bonfire. I love that it's beginning to be Fall.It's my favorite time of the year!

Thanks eveybody for all of your nice comments.They're appreciated! Hope you all have a wonderful day!
'til next time, happy stitching!