Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thirty Years!

We are celebrating our thirtieth anniversary today.  
With my parents, God bless them  
We were living in Nashville and it was 110 degrees the day we got married.  
It was so hot, you couldn't stand on black top with your shoes on!
He understands my cross stitch obsession....has from the beginning.
What a guy!
Hope the next thirty are as wonderful!
Have my thread and fabric 40 count Flax Newcastle for Sarah Braizear 1829
Just have to make the leap.
Trying to decide if I should start with some of the border or in the middle.  
Usually I start in the middle but, it may be better to start in a corner.  
People are doing it both ways.
While I was noodling around in the sewing room last week, deciding to put all the kitted projects together, I found this.  
I always say this but, I just love this and may have to start it much sooner than later.  
Next weekend is the annual girls weekend.
Usually we scrapbook and have other craft projects but,  MaryBeth kind of put the cabash on the scrap booking by deciding to have a collage of the pictures made.
I enjoy the scrap booking but, its okay.  
I don't know if Jan is going to bring a project or not.  
I have one to share but, I figure, I just might make this my weekend project.  
I will get it started a little before I go.  
They are planning on staying to Monday but, I can't with the time I missed and a maternity leave.  
I was going to do it in the DMC called for.
But, I pulled some overdyes using a conversion list and have decided to do it in Weeks Sanquine, and Tiger's Eye,  GAST:  Country Redwood, Harvest Basket, Soot and Walnut.  
It should be fun and quick.  
Adam and Eves are one of the things I collect.  
I have been working on La D Da Margaret Cottam and making progress.  
I love doing this!



I love Penzey Spices and follow Bill Penzey on FB.  
I just got the free set, just had to pay for shipping.  
Their spices/herbs and blends are just so wonderful and there are a lot of salt-free options.
Since the health issues started, I think salt adversely effects me.  
Trying to make a conscious effort to be reduced salt.  
Watching the labels and choosing less sodium options and substituting  with the blends, I think will help.  
The salsa/pico seasoning is salt free too.  
The pin says "Embrace Hope" , I'm all about that.  
There were also some suggestion cards on using the seasoning.  
Going back to work tomorrow.
Hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful week.  
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My Cape Has “P” On It

First, Thanks for all the wonderful comments.  
Blogger use to shoot them to my email, but, not happening anymore. I am feeling better and now just waiting to hear from physician offices.  
I have been off work this week and working on exercising, building up my endurance and gradually weaning off the prednisone.  
It is quite the medication.  
It has really helped but, comes with some side effects.  
You don't sleep much on this stuff, it has gotten better since I dropped to 20 mg.  
It does really wire you up during the day.
I feel superhuman, my cape has a big ole "P" on it.  
I have been getting stitched pieces finished.  

Finished everything but the strawberry from the Summer Schoolhouse Samplers from
With Thy Needle and Thread.
Just absolutely love these pieces!
My Joanne Fabrics box turned out great too.  
My husband did a great job chalk painting it for me.  

Framed Chessie and Me Angels O'er This House (I think)
It was sitting in the closet and I had a frame it would fit into.  
I had redone the initials because the charted floss blended too much with the grass.  
My first attempt at pin drum.
Its a little lopsided but, my friend Arttie says, "It's primitive."
It is Acorn House from Heartstring Samplery.  
Not sure I'm, going to do more of these...finishing is well....
Framed Painted Threads Sampler from Threadwork Primitives.  
I saw it, had to buy it, and Kendra had it at the Bee when I stopped and immediately started stitching it.  
I don't know why it grabbed me so!
I have been working on Margaret Cottam Sampler that was a three piece project, maybe a mystery?
I am nearly done with the border.
Can't wait to get started on the guts.  
I am part of the SAL for Sarah Braizear 1829 from Hands Across the Sea Samplers.  
I finally got the rest of the over dyes yesterday in the mail.  
I am doing it on 40 count Flax.  
It is monumental but, very cool.  
Not sure I will get it done in the time frame but, will give it the old college try.  
So many patterns, so little time. 

I have been following a few Floss Tube channels. 
I really like the Saltbox Stitcher and Primitive Stitcher.  
I also like Vonna Pfeiffer's channel.  
I should have watched the turtorial on pin drums....maybe before, do I dare say it, attempt another one.  
I have kind of a hard time with the silly ones that laugh and joke for an hour.  
I must be too serious.  
I ride my exercise bike and watch these.  

That about wraps it up.  
I assure you, I am feeling better and thank you again for the kind words and prayers.  

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Henry Hates Fireworks

I'm glad the Fourth is over and so is Henry, well at least for now.  
Henry really hates fireworks.  
The thunder shirt didn't work so great this year.
I'm sure there will be more kaboom tonight into the weekend.  
I had to stay up with him until after midnight last night.  
He had to pee in the worst way but, every time I opened the door, fireworks went off.  
I am really hoping for his sake and mine, it is quiet tonight.  

I haven't been feeling very well lately....since Memorial Day.  
Been short of breath, achy, chilled and non stop headache.  
Last Thursday, my breathing got so bad, I took myself to the ED and was admitted.
Trying to figure out what is going on.  
My lungs had fluid in them but, my white blood count was normal.  
Was still put on an antibiotic and solid dose of steroids for the inflammation.
I tested positive for Rheumatoid factor so I will be seeing a Rheumatologist and I will need to see a Pulmonologist.  
I spent a couple of days in the hospital and have been home all week.  
I go back to see my doctor tomorrow and start get all the balls rolling.  
I had more blood work done earlier in the week and have a Pulmonary Function Test on Monday.  
Not talking about asthma.  
Just got to wait and go through all the tests....waiting is the worst part. 
In the meantime, trying to build up my endurance level

Finally, yesterday, I had some ambition to decorate for the Fourth.  
I love my Uncle Sam.  
Hung a few pictures too.  




I have been finishing my Summer Schoolhouse Lessons.
Expect to see them the next post.  
Well maybe, everything but the strawberry.  
I used the fabric for the leaves I had used on the backs of the pillows but, really hated the way it turned out.  
While I was up with Henry, I took it all apart and ordered some wool on line.
Now I have to wait for that to come but, I will post before then.  

Hope you had a good Fourth.  
Rest assured, I am feeling much better than a week ago!

Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Now I’m in the Home Stretch

I'm really in the home stretch now with WTN&T Summer Schoolhouse  Lesson.
I thought I had one more but then I realized...
What goes on the Hornbook I bought?  
I finished the first part of the fourth lesson.  
This part went very fast, finished in a couple of days.  
It will be a strawberry pinkeep.  
I will have learn how to make those.  
I still have to learn how to make a pin drum.  
(I probably need a week to finish projects.)
This is the last part, the piece that goes on the hornbook.  
Of course I have to finish frogging the stem  right of the "C"
Used the wrong color.  
Bob's brother and his wife are visiting the area and rented a cottage on a nearby lake. 
It is a sweet little cottage.
They were hoping the kids would come with them when they made the reservation in November.
But, you know  how adult children are...BUSY!!!
We had them and my mother-in-law for lunch.  
I'm sure I have mentioned this before. lunch just works better.  
We had ham and cheese sliders, pasta salad, fresh fruit and a tomato/basil/mozarella salad 
and homemade Rhubarb pie that was perfect, if  I must say so!!

Otherwise a busy weekend, as usual and not enough time to stitch.
Is there ever enough time to stitch?
Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Have a great week and 
Keep on Stitching!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Update on Summer Schoolhouse Lesson #4

It has been a wild weather weekend!
We have had gully washer storms:  Friday, Saturday and tonight.  
There has been flooding in the western part of the UP in Ironwood and streets are being washed away in Keweenaw County.  
Michigan Tech University is there .  
Its been amazing.  

Image result for keweenaw
I finished my sister's  birthday present.  
I just have to frame it.
Once she opens it, I will post a picture.  
I have gone back to WTN&T  Summer Schoolhouse 
I think there is just the strawberry to finish after this.  
I think I have had a virus for the last couple of weeks that has knocked the stuffing right out of me.  
Haven't had too much ambition until today,  
I finally got around to baking not one but two Rhubarb Cakes.  
I'm taking one to work tomorrow for a treat.

I was reading Samplers and Santa's Blog and she is having the same issues with Blogger as I am with the comments not going to email.   
Blogger must have done something.  

All in all it was a pretty good weekend!
Hope you  had  good weekend too.
Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching 
Monica  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

I Am Digging Netflix’s Lost In Space

Being a kid in the 60's, I grew up watching the cheesy Lost in Space  
I thought it was pretty cheesy then.
Definately not as cool as Star Trek.
When  I heard Netflix had re-done the show, I thought "Yeah right."
But, I'm really digging this show!
I love the robot, Will isn't an obnoxious kid and Penny is hysterical.  
I really hope it gets picked up for more seasons.  

Can't show you what I'm working on because it is my sister's birthday present.  
I will post it after she gets it.  
This much I will tell you, I'm using Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads.  
I have stuff to show you though.  
Yarn I picked up at Rainbow Yarn and Gifts  
It is absolutely gorgeous and I have a pattern picked out, but, when I was taking pictures, 
I couldn't find the book to show you.  
It is Baby Alpaca and Tencel.  
The color is called Atlantis.  
Its going to be a lacy scarf/stole
Got some Dixie Sampler Hand dyed fabric:  French Vanilla and Ocean Waves in 32 count.  
I usually don't buy a lot of color other than neutrals but, the blue kind of spoke to me.  
It really is a beautiful color.  
I'm sure I will find something to stitch on it.  
Ramping up for Sarah Braisear.
I have 40 count Flax Linen and will be doing in over-dyes.  
I am waiting to get the remainder of the floss from the Bee.  

Look how off these two Old Hickorys are.  
I think I have enough of each dye lot so no worries.  
Piney Woods:  the one on the left is more green
The one on the bottom is more brown.  
I will have to see what it is for before I decide which one to actually use.  
I have been trying to resist Floss tube but, broke down and have been watching a few.
I have to say Flannel Jammies Farm episode where she interviews Pat Ryan on samplers was very interesting.  
The link will take you to the episode.  
I also have been watching Priscillia and Chelsea, The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch

I'm hoping comments are being forwarded to my gmail account since I'm not getting them on my other email....whats up with that?  
I usually like to respond to comments.
If I don't respond promptly, its because I'm going back to the original post and will comment  

Well that about wraps it up.  
Hope you are having a great weekend.  
Bob is fishing tonight so I splurged and had fast food.  
I usually avoid it but, it is a guilty pleasure that I infrequently imbibe in.  
I suppose that stuff could kill you.  LOL.  
Have a fabulous week.  

Keep on Stitching 
Monica


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Some New Stash!

Went to Green Bay shopping yesterday.  
I figured I would have Bob drop me off at the Stitching Bee and sent him to Fleet Farm.
Fleet Farm has just about everything:  clothing, camping, farming, home goods and bull sperm.
Had to throw that in there.  
He wanders and wears me out to follow him around and he walks in circles, double backs etc.
I need some floss for Sarah Braizear and figured I would have my latest Farmhouse Christmas patterns...someday will get those started.  
And I just wanted to hang out and get some stitching done.
While Kendra was cutting fabric for a customer a High School age guy came in holding a piece of paper with DMC 902 written in magic marker.  
He looked kind of scared to be there.  
I found the floss for him since I really know the store and rang up the transaction.  
It was so cute!

My Farmhouse Christmas patterns.   
Picked up WTN&T Berry Days  at Thistle Down Farms and La-D-Da Fetish No. 2 Elizabeth Longley
Started working on my sister's birthday present and been working on  WTN&T  Summer Schoolhouse Samplers part 4.  
Once they are all done, I will finish them off and display them.  
I have a box I picked up from Joann Fabrics that I think I will chalk paint.
It says "Kissing Balls" and I don't want to keep that part.  
I tried sanding it off but, it wouldn't budge.  
Chalk paint and then distressing it will work well.  
I needed some knitting needles so went to Joann's yesterday too and found some really cute Washi Tape that will work well embellishing note cards.  
We probably shopped our last time at Younkers yesterday too.  
All the BonTon stores are closing which means in Wisconsin Boston Store and Younkers.
Where am I going to shop.  
Our local JCP closed a year ago.
There is a Macy's in Appleton and Kohls but, I never find anything at Kohls I like being middle age and over weight and Macy's to me is just Meh.  
Its going to be a dilemma. 
I don't know about you but, I have to try stuff on to see if it will fit.  
You know skinny pants just don't look good on short, chunky people.  
Why do designers and clothing manufacturers think we all want that?
Heavy sigh.

Had a great weekend after a very long three weeks at work.  
Hope your weekend was wonderful. 
Have a great week!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica