Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January 2016 TUSAL Report

Better late than never...but not entirely my fault.

First, my ORT jar for 2016...

And the close up too...

You can see it's barely filled, but that's more due to a lack of stitching than to a lack of frogging...and yes, that is a Popsicle stick in there, which I decided to leave since I took a break from stitching to enjoy my newest obsession...

Weight Watchers Giant Latte bars...they are the bomb! They fit in perfectly to the new plan, and they are only 4 Smart Points, totally easy peasy to fit into my day,! Love them!

If you just read the above and totally understand what I just said...raise your hand!

Now, for the reason that I am late with the TUSAL report...I was unable to take a see, my iPhone took a bit of a dive into my coffee cup and fried itself...I take no responsibility as it literally did a half gainer and plopped itself right into my full, hot coffee cup. I put it into a bowl of rice for 24 hours, and it never seemed to recover...however, I must confess that this was not it's first experience with swimming, since I accidentally dropped it into the toilet (yes, clean water) about a month ago...I know, I actually received quite a lecture from Pa about the value of things and a lack of focus and appreciation for technology...wah, wah, wah....luckily, knowing me, we had purchased insurance and I was able to get a new one overnight...anywho, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit...stop by again soon!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Oh Nancy...She's Having A Giveaway

She is just too sweet!
She's having another generous giveaway over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
12 skeins/20 yards of the most gorgeous rainbow of colors...but it all ends February 2, 2106.
Run, don't walk and sign up!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit

Saturday, January 2, 2016

A 2015 Finish, A 2016 Start, And A Wipocalypse List For Fun...

Happy New Year, dear friend!

It seems that all I have been doing since Christmas day is eating, stitching, and catching up on all five seasons of Downton Abbey... which I decided to go back and watch from the very beginning.

I wanted to share my last finish of 2015...I really did love this stitch from the first pull of the floss to the very last bead.

May I present Bothy Threads "Love Heart"

I can't wait to get it framed!

And then...

I made a big start on Rosewood Manor "Crazy Socks" for our SAL...

I love the fun design and the gorgeous colors! I am stitching upon White Monaco fabric, using the charted DMC!

If you would like to join the Crazy Socks For A Cause SAL...please do!


I have created my 2016 WIPocalypse List:

*Rosewood Manor "Crazy Socks"
*Dimensions "Aurora Cabin"
*Dimensions "Glory of Autumn"
*AAN "Cottage"
*Ink Circles "99"
*Becky Boo's "Welcome"
*Shepherd's Bush "Reed's Stocking"
*Shepherd's Bush "Jillian's Stocking"
*Pine Mountain Monthly "Snapshots"
*Pine Mountain "Gather Friends Close" Series
*Sue Hills "America The Beautiful"

Look for my Full Moon Progress Updates...

I will also be participating in...

Last of all...

I am determined to turn the oodles of stitched up dough bowl smalls into their wee pintuck pillows so that they will no longer look pathetically naked, in a stack upon my sewing table, waiting for their final touches and wooden home...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, on this second day of the New Year, and I send you off with wishes for a safe, healthy and blessed 2016 for us all!

I'm off to begin Season 5 of Downton about your binge watching!


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wishing You A Merry Christmas...

And a Happy New Year

From our home to yours... See ya'll in 2016!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Crazy Socks Giveaway And SAL

Good Tuesday morning, dear friend!

I can't believe it's already the first of December! Where did the year go...on the one hand it feels like it's been one long year, but at the same time it seems like we were just ringing in 2015...crazy!

As we begin the countdown to Christmas, and fill our days with tree trimming, cookie baking, gift shopping, and holiday cheer, I wanted to take a moment to remind ya'll to stop and count your blessings, and to remember those dear friends who are making their way through the holidays with heavy hearts...

For those of us who are lucky enough to call Karen Kluba of "Rosewood Manor," both a talented artist and a friend, we know just how heavy the Kluba family's heart is this holiday season...the following message from Karen says much of it...

"Hello, I'm not sure how many of you are aware of our daughter Rachel's very serious accident late this summer.  She lives in England.  She and her two sons 7 & 6 were visiting us here in Michigan for about 30 days while the boys were off school.  Her husband had come over for the last 8 days of the summer. We had a fun summer which ended in tragedy just two days before they were to fly home.  We are all devastated.

"After a month in hospital here in Michigan she was flown via medical transport over to England to a hospital there.  She has sustained a TBI-Traumatic Brain Injury.  She is now in a center for enablement - receiving rehab in Oxford, England.  We are all hoping and praying for a miracle, that she can overcome this, but it will all take time - lots of time. The doctors feel that her sister, her father and I, should visit to help with her rehab as often as possible.

"I designed a leaflet to raise money to help our family be able to fly over to visit her in hospital in England.  It is called "Crazy Socks"-the explanation of the title is on the back cover of the chart." 

I am asking everyone to please support the effort, and help one of our own...please purchase your own adorable copy of "Crazy Socks," as I have, and let's start a SAL!

As I know that this is a big spending month for so many, I wish to not add to any one's burden with any extra expense, so I have also purchased 9 extra "Crazy Socks" charts from Karen, that will allow everyone who wants to join the SAL to do must really show me that you want to join but just don't have the funds, and I will send you the chart.

Please leave a comment on this post to let me know that you are interested in the SAL, which will begin on January 1st and will march at it's own pace throughout 2015...There are no rules, except that you must purchase the chart to help support the Kluba's ability to visit Rachel.

I have purchased a couple of new pairs of Crazy Socks, as a special treat for the first finish of the 2015 SAL...but it must not be started until January 1, 2015 and it must be a complete finish...stitched and finished into your forever treat!

I also ask that you visit Karen at Rosewood Manor and check out her gorgeous designs.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Is This Place For Real?!

Suwanne Valley Cross Stitch
Good Monday morning, dear friend!

I always feel kind of funny saying "Good Monday morning," because it feels rather "Oxymoron-ish" if you know what I "Colossal Shrimp" or "Government Intelligence," to name a couple (wink wink!) but anyhow, here we are another Monday...

I have a rather odd habit (what else is new) which requires no travel, but takes me anywhere I want to go, for as long as I wish to stay...and costs me nothing but time, a bit of electricity, and my dear laptop. When I find myself feeling overwhelmed or rather "ferhoodled" for one reason or another, I simply sit down in my big comfy couch and head out on a wonderful journey. I never start out with a destination in mind, I just Google something random and explore wherever it takes me...and you know how that goes when you start out on a Google search, one thing leads to another and before you know it you're knee deep in minutia. I have visited the Ancient Pyramids and Stonehenge, I have window shopped at Harrods and Pike's Place...I have drooled over Cross Stitch Shops from here to Queensland, Australia...and I have even explored my very own town...all without leaving my house.

I had always thought that if I had the ability to visit someplace, in real life, that was "to die for" stitching wise, it would either be Indiana, Wisconsin, or Ontario in girls have the best shops and stitching groups! Bazinga!

Where am I going with this? Well, last night I was on one of my "trips" and stumbled upon the most amazing Needlework Shop in Trenton, Florida, named Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch. I think I may have found my real happy place...formerly known as, the Starbucks inside Target. The Shoppes that make up this little shopping center are amazing, and seem to include a sewing shop with both machine and hand quilting supplies, cross stitch shop, tea room, cafe, and (gulp) soda mention a few! I have now saved it as my go to digital "happy place." Go check it out at the link above and if you are lucky enough to live within driving distance, hop in the buggy and get a move on...pedal to the medal people!

If you have been there please let me know...Is this place for real?!

"Next Stop Willoughby" indeed, because we've just entered the Twilight Zone!

Have a wonderful Day, and thank you for stopping by and taking a bit of digital travel with me...