Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stitching , treats, and a scam

Hello all! So glad you all stopped by! It is going to be a wonderful day here in the Ozarks! The high being called for today is 75 and tomorrow and Thursday it is supposed to be around 80! That will probably change though, as it is always cold here around Easter.
I'm so glad you all enjoyed the pictures of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homes. That was a fun place! Yesterday Valerie asked what the needlework was like. It was mostly very very tiny knitting and crocheting with something that was labeled as being a sampler done by Laura but it looked more like she was either doing the satin stitch or perhaps making a smyrna. It was done when she was like 5 or 6. Then they had some beadwork that Mary had done after she went blind. I thought it was very pretty
With yesterday being so nice, we decided we needed a treat and ran down to Dairy Queen. We also stopped at Walgreen's for Coke in bottles. Doesn't this look like a good treat?

Well drinking a Coke was a mistake for me and my stomach so this came next.

You all at one time or another have probably been sent a chain letter wanting money for some dumb ( phoney) list of names and tells you how to make money with it right? Well Jack decided to send them the money and here it is!LOL!

Yesterday I decided to stitch a pin cushion for my wall curio. I stitched it on a mystery piece of linen and used DMC and Weeks. It is part of the BBD "Where My Heart Blooms" pattern that I am borrowing from Catherine.

This is the fabric that I used on the back . It is a Moda print from Holly Taylor's Burst of Autumn line.

Well , that's a wrap for me for another day. Thank you all for all of your wonderful comments and wonderful words of encouragement! They ALL mean so much and so do you!!
'till next time,
don't be a stranger,

Monday, March 29, 2010

Little Houses on the Prairie and the kindness of others

Greetings all!~ I am so glad that you stopped by for a visit today. I hope you are too! Today's post is chalked full of photos so please bare with me. I'll try to keep the statements inbetween short .
Some time back I had asked if anyone had a loose feathers pattern from Blackbird Designs titled "Where My Heart Blooms" that they would be kind enough to let me borrow. Well , some one was kind enough. I had thought I was going to be borrowing this pattern from someone else for a time so I didn't let her know right away that I still needed it. Anyway, I finally got my rear in gear ( or was it courage?!LOL) and let her know I still needed it. So without further ado, look what arrived in the mail from Catherine!!

She has such a kind heart and I am so excited! I went straight away and bought what I needed to work on it. I did dye some thread myself for parts of the house , so that cut into some stitching time.... but , look what I have done so far! ( so far frog free!)

Thank you so so much Catherine. You're a sweetie! While stitching I got A LOT of movie watching done. Oh where to begin! Well for the silly side I watch "Paul Blart, Mall Cop" with Kevin James, which actually turned out much better than I thought it would. "Julie and Julia" with Meryl Streep was another funny but good movie. Then of couse there has to be something to fill in the gap of romance.Those movies in that genre I watched were "Sleepless in Seattle" which I must have seen a hundred times, but I don't care! I had to watch "The Ghost and Mrs'. Muir " again. I know, know, it's been on quite a bit lately ,but I can't help it. Then came "Last Chance Harvey". I love .love , love Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman and I really liked this movie. Then yesterday afternoon brought the wonderful "Somewhere In Time" with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. That's another one that I must watch when it's on. I would love the visit the Grand Hotel someday. I also watched the remainder of "Scent of a Woman" which I didn't catch until it was half over.
Friday we made a wonderful trip to Mansfield Missouri. The last home of Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder. There are actually two homes on the property that they lived in. Here is the sign as you approach the first house and the museum and bookstore.

Here is a sideview of the house that they lived in the longest. The museum and bookstore are behind the house.

Unfortunately ,we could only take pictures of the outside of the house and the museum. No pictures are allowed inside so I can only tell you a little about that. We were amazed at the amount of personal belongings of the family and other artifacts that were there that had once belonged to them. Inside there were ton's a pictures of the family, furniture, a buggy, needlework ( some of which was done by Mary AFTER she was blind), clothing, early writtings, letters to Laura from school children , the Little House books in several languages, too too much to mention. Even "Pa's" fiddle. Which is actually taken out and played once a year for their "Wilder Days" celebration. We watched a little 10 minute film and in the background is a gentleman who was playing the fiddle. It still has wonderful tune! Here is a picture of the front of the first house.

The cabinets in this house is very low as Laura was a shorter woman than I realized. She was 4'11". Actually Almanzo was a short man as well, he was 5' 4". This house was truly great. So much character inside and I loved all of the wonderful antique furniture and dishes and table linens. In later years when Almanzo was older he had a lame leg and could no longer work the farm. During this time, he took up rughooking ( are you reading Deb?) and the rugs are placed all over the livingroom and library area. Inside the house , is a small room that Laura and Rose placed a copy of their books in after they were published. It's funny, there are two staircases in the house, one the Laura and Almanzo used and one that Rose used. The one that Rose used was only about as wide as half of a normal staircase , I kid you not! In the wall that the kitchen and diningroom shared , there is a square hole, that Laura used to push all the dishes and food through from one room to the other so she wouldn't have to keep walking back and forth.

Here is the National Register of Historical places plaque just as you come in the screen porch on the back of the house.

This was the spring they used on the property.

A stump of a pecan tree that Almanzo planted . I don't know why I took this picture.

Now on to the second property that they lived in here. Rose insisted that they have a "retirement" home and had this little cottage built for them. Eventhough they did live there for a while, when Rose went on one of her long excursion trips, Laura and Almanzo moved back "home" to the big house where they spent the rest of their years.

Rose had this house built to resemble the cottages she had seen in Europe. However this particular plan came from Sears and Roebuck building plans.

This little cottage was my favorite of the two houses. It has such charm. They are 3 french doors that lead out of the front . They are all kinds of nooks and cranies in this house where books and knick knacks can be displayed. The closets were very unique for the time, btw there are no closets in the other house. the closets here have a little pullout beveled drawer system that you see a lot in more modern closets , but they weren't in just any house back then. The bathroom is this little cottage is great with it's archway above the shower and wonerful little light fixture hanging down. I love the arch wooden door in the picture below. I will tell you that there is something that I didn't like about this house. The kitchen was very sweet and I loved the design. However, you had to go outside the back door and then into a door that led to the cellar. Once you were in that door, tucked inside a cubby in the wall where those steps were , was where the refrigerator was! Looks like they would have extended the back kitchen wall to accomodate the refrigerator like they did in the other house.

They are burried in the downtown Mansfield cemetery.

Rose's husband's grave is not here and we didn't think to ask where he was buried. Well actually , it didn't dawn on us that he wasn't here until we were at the cemetery, and had already left the tour.

Well , I hope I didn't bore you to tears today. It was very interesting for us and we'd love to go back when they have their festival in the fall so we can actually tour upstairs in the houses. They only do that once a year.

Thank you all for your comments and your visit today! I appreciate it so much!
'till next time,
don't be a stranger,

Friday, March 26, 2010

Another Little House Design

Hello dear blogging buddies!~ First things first. I need to make a correction about the flowers I took a picture of in my mom's yard. I found out yesterday that daffodils and jonquils are the same flower with an exception. Jonquils grow in thicker bunches and have more rounded tips, therefore the flowers that are in my mom's yard are daffodils. It's nice to have a botanist as a next door neighbor! :) My mom always called them jonquils , therefore I did too. I don't think I'll be correcting my mom though, I know you all know where I'm going with that . :)
I've started a new project. You all know I'm famous for that! It's a Little House Needleworks design called " Star light, star bright". I am stitching it on yet another mystery count and type of linen which is kind of a smokey blue with DMC floss. I thought at first that I would make it into a pinkeep . However , I was afraid that it would finish out a little big for that so after reading Karen's blog yesterday , http://karenshandiwork.blogspot.com/ , I think I will borrow her idea and maybe finish this into a cube. That will be the first time that I do a cube finish so I'm a little anxious about it , but it looks simple enough.

I'm thinking about stitching up another motif from Quakers and Quilts and maybe making it into a biscornu. I have a little curio wall cabinet that Jack got me several years back for Mother's Day . Besides receiving the gift of becoming a mom on Mother's Day , I think it's my next best Mother's Day gift. I am getting pretty tired of looking at the Precious Moments figures that are in there. I guess it's because they are all the same color so I am getting a little bored with them. I'll put them away for a little while and will fill it with smalls finishes for a while. I have stitched since I was 13 or 14, and believe it or not, I had always finished my stitching as framed pieces until a couple of years ago. So I don't have a lot of smalls done yet. I will probably have that cabinet filled in no time though, with everything I've been wanting to stitch. Right now I have only a couple of exchange pieces that I have received in there so I have some planning to do! :)
Well the boy child , as Terri affectionately calls him, will be home earlier than expected. :) I need to get together around here so I can get to the grocery store and get that out of the way. Gotta fill the pantry and the fridge so he can empty them out you know! LOL!
You all take care and have a super super weekend and I will see you all again on Monday!
'till next time,
Happy stitching!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A finish and some posies

Howdy everyone!~ How's the weather your way? The weather here has been a little warmer with some sunshine. Don't know if we'll be seeing any sun today though. It started to rain last night and it is still coming down in spurts. I think it's been mostly a constant sprinkle. I can handle the rain over the low temps.
I have another finish to share. It's a freebie from Lizzie Kate. The fabric is a mystery count and type.I stitched it using DMC and Weeks Dye Works. I think I am going to get a little antique type heart charm to stitch on the pink patch and then finish it as the top of a little wooden box. I want to find just the perfect box and fabric for the lining.
With the rain, came some blooms. This was taken just outside the gate at my mom's house yesterday. I've been seeing jonquils coming up in the yards around and my mom's bloomed a little later than some others. Soon she'll have her other flowers in bloom . They will be so pretty. I can hardly wait for my neighbor's flowers to bloom. She has some really really pretty ones. I'm sure she'll be adding new ones this year.

I want to welcome all of my new followers and for all who feel that my blog is worthy of following. I feel blessed. Thanks for stopping by again today and for all of your wonderful comments, words of encouragement , and support. It means a lot! Come and visit me again real soon!

'till next time,

don't be a stranger,


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A little progress on Stripes

Greetings all!~ What a nice day yesterday turned out to be! It was nice and sunny and the high was supposed to be 72. Not sure what it settled in at , but I'd say it was close to that. I got some housework done and some stitching as well. I dug out my "Stripes" from Shepherd's Bush ( no Jolene, I hadn't forgot I had it, just forgot where I put it! :) ) and put a few stitches into it. It will look really nice when I get it done. I'm thinking about the frame I will put it in already. Not sure just yet which one I will pick.

Also while going through things yesterday , I also found the JBW Designs Christmas ornament that I had lost. For some reason I had put it away with my fabric instead of finished pieces to be put in finished form. Go figure, huh? The linen is another "mystery grab bag" piece I got a while back. It is a little more loosely woven than I like to use for ornaments. It's almost like something you would use for a sachet, but I think it will work. I did change the color of the bunnies. They were charted to be stitched green. Green bunnies?! Now I know I stitched them around St. Patrick's Day , but there was no way I could live with green bunnies. I changed the color to a nice soft brown and I think they work a lot better. I will probably get it into finished form later this week.

I had a very strange dream last night. Seems like I've been having a series of those lately . Any of you ever do that? I've even been having dreams that have been sort of a continuation of a dream from the previous night , which to me, is very very odd and probably doesn't happen that often. I've even had dreams that have come true ( no I'm not saying I'm psychic) but boy oh boy , I hope these don't ! LOL! Well , with the exception of the one where I found a pile of diamonds! LOL . John Ritter was in that one. I had fallen asleep with the t.v. on and when I woke up, Three's Company was on. LOL. Funny how when we hear things in our sleep , how they work their way into our dreams.

I hear the spring birds outside. They've been flying around gathering things to build their nests. I wonder if they will build in our light fixture on our porch again. They did that about three seasons and then last spring, they didn't come back. They were a nuisense at first because they kept pooping on the porch , but when they didn't come back , I was sad.

Well , I hear the alarm going off , which means hubby will be getting up and I need to get off of here so we can start our day. Hope you all have a wonderful wonderful day! Please come back again soon!

'till next time,

don't be a stranger,


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A little sunshine coming my way!!!

Greetings one and all!~ I am finally starting to feel like Spring has sprung here in the Ozarks! Yesterday the sun came out and all of the snow and sleet we had gotten disappeared . Then the mail brought a wonderful surprise for the Easter exchange from Conny over at http://creativebasket.blogspot.com/ . In the package was some wonderful trims, some sweet little bunny stick-ons. They look like they are little momma and babies together.

Then there is the WONDERFUL pin keep that she sent! It is from the Little House Needleworks chart "Two Roosters". She had seen that the chart was on my wishlist and decided to stitch it for me. I appreciate your thoughtfulness to take the time to put in that much detail Conny ! Thank you so so much!

She found just the perfect backing fabric. Isn't it awesome?! I have been eyeing some of her other work and she finds just the perfect backing fabric for her stitching!! Thanks again! I will display it proudly! ( ok girlfriend, you gotta tell me how you get those stitches so perfect!)

Alex is still enjoying his time with the grandma and the grandpa. I miss him though! :( It looks like my time to myself will be cut short. Jack requested a few days off of work yesterday and they were approved, so he will be off of work for 5 days starting Thursday. I'm a little bummed that my "me" time is cut short , but I will enjoy my time with him.

I did a little stitching last night while watching the movie "Far From Heaven" with Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid. Anyone seen this movie? I thought it was very well done. A different story line than I expected. I was pleased to see Dennis Haysbert. I like his acting and I think he did a bangup job in this movie. I wonderf if HE has Allstate insurance! LOL! Today I plan on do my stitching while watching Little Women with Winona Ryder. One of my all time favorite movies. Do any of you have movies that you like to watch during certain seasons? I was just wondering , because I do. Like in the Spring I like to watch movies like "Steel Magnolias" and "Dennis the Menace" . I have other movies that I like to watch during certain seasons also or movies I like to watch while it's raining. Maybe I'm just weird?!! LOL!

I hope you all have a wonderful wonderful day! If you've never made a comment before, please do so. I love to hear from new readers and comments! :) Welcome also to all of my new readers and followers!! Thanks for your visit. Please come again soon!

'till next time,

don't be a stranger,


Monday, March 22, 2010

Not more!!!!

Greetings all!~ So glad you stopped by today. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Well I might as well get on with it. Just look at what I woke up to yesterday morning!!!

Can you believe it? The first weekend of Spring and boom! More sleet and snow! I know it wasn't much but P-LEASE!!! It's not expected to hang on long. As a matter of fact, it rained through the night and half of it is gone already. I was hoping for nicer weather this week. :( It is supposed to be in the 60's tomorrow though.
Didn't do much stitching . I did however whip this up. It will be attached to a rotary cutter case when I get that sewed up. Won't that be cute? I've needed a rotary cutter case for some time now , just hadn't gotten around to it though.

I will probably spend most of the week on deep cleaning and organizing. I really need to get into the game room and tackle it some more. It will be a good time with the kiddo gone. I spoke with him yesterday and he is having such a fantastic time and his nana's . I'm glad that he isn't bored and driving them crazy! On the stitchy front I think I will work on some things I have started and do some more handquilting on Alex's moose quilt. At least he'll have it next winter! :)

Well , I'm off. Happy Monday to you all. Hope you have a most wonderful day . Thanks so much for stopping by . Thank you for all of the wonderful comments and emails. I appreciate them so so much!

'till next time,

don't be a stranger,


Sunday, March 21, 2010

A wonderful giveaway

Hello all!~ Just wanted to let you in on a giveaway from Terrie at The Stitch Store. go check it out, http://terrie-pruett.blogspot.com/2010/03/its-give-away.html . You have until March 31 to enter.

Good luck,

Friday, March 19, 2010

TGIF and beginning of Spring Break!!!....

Greetings all!~ Ahhhh... Friday is here! I will be spending the day cleaning house for the weekend as usual but things are a little different today. I am packing my son's laundry that I am washing into a suitcase and he is going to his nana's for Spring Break! That's right, an entire week of no math, science , history, Italian, none of that stuff! Also no "mom , we're out of... ( plug just about anything in here)". You know I remember when my brothers and nephews were growing up , man the food they went through. Do they have hollow legs or what?? Now Alex won't be a teenager for another couple of months ,but man can he put it away already. I'll make dinner and tell him that dinner is ready and before I know it, it's gone!! I mean HIS food . not everyone else's. I do remember a time when my teenage nephew was at the house and Alex had a run in with a bookcase and we had to take him in for stitches. My nephew Turner stayed at the house , and when we came home, ALL of the dinner was gone! Now mind you , I'm not making fun of my son whatsoever. It's just amazing how their appetites transform almost overnight! All you moms and dads out there that have teen boys or had teen boys know exactly what I am talking about. Somebody please tell me it slows down!! The grocery bill sure has been growing ... and growing... and growing. My husband always says he could be doing worse, which is true . I'm not complaining really , I find it humorous actually.
Before bowling yesterday , we did a little quick shopping. I needed to get my allergy meds at Walgreens and found chocolate covered Peeps. Now Jack loves Peeps. Has to have them every Easter. As a matter of fact , my MIL even continued to buy him Peeps for the first few years we were married . I thought he'd probably like a chocolate covered one, so I bought him one yesterday. I was informed yesterday....no more chocolate covered Peeps. I guess the verdict is in! LOL

I was in need of some new dishcloths so I crocheted these up this week. They sort of match my kitchen towels which are covered with coffee stuff. I think I might make me a couple more as I go through them a lot.

I had an ornament that I recently finished from JBW Designs that I had planned on posting today , but cannot find what I did with it!!!! It's just as well . I only had the stitching done, I didn't have it in finished form yet.

I hope you all have a glorious weekend with lots of R&R. Thank you all for all of your wonderful comments and emails! I enjoy reading them all and enjoy getting to know you all a little more. Thanks for stopping by and visit again real soon!

'till next time,

don't be a stranger,


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thinking of summer....and HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!

Howdy everyone!~ Now I know what you all must be thinking....she's thinking of summer, is she off her rocker?! Well, ask the right person and you just might get a YES! I know that I have been wanting Spring , which you're probably all sick of hearing about , and now I mention Summer. Well... technically I'm not really thinking about Summer, just the cute little Summer House design I just stitched up from Little House Needleworks. I didn't have the called for Crescent Colours on hand so I substituted my own. I used DMC for the house ,flag , stars , and wording, Weeks for the vines and stems , and Gentle Arts Simply Shaker for the flowers. I like the way it turned out. I plan on finishing it into a pin keep unless some other mood strikes me.

The last few days hubby has been fighting a bug. We even made a trip to the ER because he ended up spiking a temp of almost 102 degrees. Now , I think I am getting it. I really hope not. My son is going to his nana's in Oklahoma for Spring break and I would really like to enjoy MY break, not use it dealing with being sick. Isn't that just the way it goes? If I'm not sick , I am contenplating what I will do with my time. Will I do some Spring cleaning? Deep cleaning? Yard work? Organizing? Quilt? Or just sit in front of the tube and mindlessly veg while stitching ? Hmmm....so much to ponder!

Well all, gotta go for now. I want to thank you all for coming by and visiting , and THANK YOU so much for all of your wonderful comments. I do so appreciate them all!!

'till next time,

Don't be a stranger,


Monday, March 15, 2010

A little prairie rabbit

Howdy all!~ With the hopes of Spring starting to bud, ( and all of you know how bad I've wanted Spring) I was in the mood to do a little Easter/Spring stitching. Here is my finish from this weekend of the April Square taken from A Prairie Year by the Prairie Schooler. I decided to finish it into an ornament and added some lace at the bottom. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do for the hanger so I just use the same pink and green from the design and made a two color cording. I thought it needed a little "pop" of color. On the back I just used a white on white print of little clusters of leaves. I used a 28 count lugana and the recommended DMC floss.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I hope it was filled with lots of dreams of Spring. It is coming sure enough! Thank you all for all of your wonderful comments and kind words ! I do so look forward to reading them! Thanks so much for visiting and come again reall soon!!
'till next time,
Happy stitching!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Another patriotic finish....

Hello everybody! I finished another patriotic design from The Stitching Parlor called Liberty Tin . To finish it into a stitching box , it required a heart tin from Mrs. Field's. I used a 28 count fabric and used the called for DMC. You can't see them in the picture , but all of the dark red stripes are done in smyrna stitches. That part took a long time to do.

I found a really great fabric to line the box with. Isn't it just perfect?!

Thanks again to Becky , for passing the pattern on to me.
That's all for me today! Thank you all for the wonderful comments. Thanks also for visiting today, and come by and visit again real soon!!
'till next time,
Happy Stitching,

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A little peep show

Hello everybody! I thought I'd show a quick little Easter scissor fob I stitched up. It is a Prairie Schooler freebie titled Peep. I stitched it on the recommended 32 ct. Lambswool linen using DMC floss. The fabric that you see in the background is a 30's reproduction fabric from Marcus Brothers that I used for the back. I really like the way it turned out!

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments and for visiting me. I so appreciate it! I do hope you visit again real soon!
Happy stitching!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A non stitchy Wednesday post

Greetings everyone!~ Today's post is a not stitchy one. I need to take some time to get caught up on things so I thought I'd leave you with some pictures of our beautiful landscape here in the Ozarks while I do so. These pictures were taken last summer during our visit to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton. It is really beautiful there in the Spring and Summer. As you approach the park at the top of the hill, you will be greeted with the remains of a carriage house for a castle that was built here by wealthy busniessman Robert McClure Snyder. He had visited the casltes of Europe and longed to have some of that luxury here in the Ozark Mountains. He hired stone masons from Scotland and the building began. It was once THE place to be for parties at the time. Mr. Snyder suffered many tragedies during his years here, one being the castle catching fire and losing everything. There are pictures of what the castle looked like during the years he and his family lived there posted on plaques on the premises. I wish I had thought to capture some while we were there.

Here is an airial view of the castle. On down that road to the right is where the remains of the carriage house is located.

This is the carriage house.

This is the first view of the castle as you're walking up the hill.

A peek inside.

This is overlooking the hills and one of the rivers that runs out of the lake there. Although you can't really tell in the picture, it's a magnificant view.

One of the watch towers.

Here is Alex down in further into the park.

This last one is one of many natural bridges that we have in our state. This one is down further into the park.

Well that's it! There is lots more to see in this park and even if you stayed all day , you wouldn't see it all!

I want to thank you all for all of your wonderful comments! Reading all of your comments in one of the greatest highlights of my day!! Thank you also for continuing to read my blog. I wanted to take a minute to tell you all how much I appreciate your visits and getting to know you all.Please come back real soon!

'till next time,
take care and don't be a stranger,

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Looking a little more like Spring!

Howdy everybody!! It is starting to look a little like Spring here with the birds flying around and looking for things to build nests. I just love hearing all of their chirping! The crocuses and jonquils are coming up in the neighborhood too. Even our next door neighbor is starting to get the bug. She was out in her backyard this past weekend tilling her garden spot getting it all ready. Our neighor is a botanist at the local university and she always has lots of pretty things blooming. Now myself... I can't grow anything! I always say I have a brown thumb. I was thrilled to find a pattern from Bent Creek called "My Thumb Is Brown". I knew I had to stitch it up for myself. I've had it stitched for a while but I don't think I've posted it before. Here it is.
I had had this fabric in my stash for quite some time and thought it was the perfect match for the design.

I don't take very good close-ups so you can't see the beadwork very well. I used beads instead of french knots on the flowers and I like the way it turned out.

Thank you all for your continued visits and wonderful comments. They so make my day.Thank you so much for stopping by today and come back real soon!

take care and don't be a stranger,


Monday, March 8, 2010

I've been awarded!!

Thank you so much Tracey! http://xstitchmama.blogspot.com/

If you have been nominated by me to recieve this award and would like to accept it, here are the rules:

1.Thank the person who sent you the award.

2.Paste the award on your blog.

3. Link to the person who nominated you

4. Tell 7 things about yourself.

5. Nominate 7 blogs and post links (keep in mind there are some blogs that do not accept awards)

6. Post on those 7 blogs to let them know they were nominated.

Here are 7 things about me:

1. I was shot at in a driveby shooting when I was in the first grade. They missed and were never caught.

2. I am of Scotch-Irish descent along with Cherokee Indian , but I'm so light complected no one would ever know.

3.Though usually not detected in photographs, I have one blue eye and one green.

4.I am number 7 in a family of eight children ( I have a sister who passed away from pneumonia and a brother from cancer) I have 19 nieces and nephews and 14 great nieces and nephews, one passed away at seven months.

5.In 1979 our house burned completely to the ground.

6. Due to a serious bone infection when I was 18, (caused by an accident) I have a donor bone implant.

7. My son and I nearly died while giving birth to him. He is the highlight of my life!

Now on to the 7 blogs I'd like to nominate:

1. Sadie http://stitchingupastorm.blogspot.com/

2.Valerie http://samplerstitches.blogspot.com/

3.Hazel http://quietlystitching.blogspot.com/

4. Jolene http://dipdiddlydesigns.blogspot.com/

5.Parsley http://seasonsofmymind.blogspot.com/

6.Berit http://pathofpinsandneedles.blogspot.com/

7.Mary http://quilthollow.blogspot.com/

There are so many great blogs out there and I'd like to give this to ALL of the ones I read in spirit.

'till next time,

Don't be a stranger,


Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Greetings everyone!~ Thank you all for all of your wonderful comments. They are so great and encouraging!! First I'd like to talk about a couple of the comments. Catherine said that she hadn't ever tried a needle roll before. You should, they're great. Most patterns for needle rolls stitch up very quick. There are lots of small oblong patterns that would make great needle rolls. You should go for it! Jane mentioned that she had a couple of punch needle patterns in her stash but had yet to try them out. Punching can be fun and a lot of the time goes quicker than cross stitch. Although, I will never turn from my passion of cross stitch. As with anything , it does take some practice. Hazel will be trying it soon and I can't wait to see her progress!
Most of you know that my dad brings me treasures from time to time that he finds at yard sales and flea markets. I have a very sweet picture of him taken in 1931 when he was 3 months old , that I thought I would share with you all. Wasn't he a beautiful baby?

Here is the lated treasure I have gotten from him. Isn't this chair great?! Now it's too rickity to sit in. I have no idea how old it is. It makes a great resting spot for my little seasonal sheep. Ok Deb, notice that the spring blanket is on? The poor thing must be confused as I have his spring blanket on but his hangtag still says "winter"! LOL.

Here is my latest punch needle. I finished punching it yesterday and finished off into an ornament for the peg shelf. I see a thread at the botton that got pulled to the front that I forgot to clip. Oops!

This is the fabric on the back. It is a Williamsburg print. I just love it.

Well I will shuffle off and get going with my morning routine. Hope you all have a must wonderful day ! Thanks so much for all of the comments. You all are so great!
Don't be a stranger,