Sunday, April 12, 2015

His Eye on the Sparrow Update.

I'm back on His Eye is on the Sparrow.
I've made some progress on the area over the large bird.  
 I'm working on another peacock next the the goose and gosling.
I have said this in other posts that I feel like I'm making progress as I complete each motif.   
I did win a drawing from Samplers and Santas.  It is Stacy Nash Country Sampler Early Alphabet Pinkeep.  The intention is to (haha) stitch it forward.  In other words, when I'm done I will hold a drawing.  Stay tuned, it will probably be the next thing I work on once I spend a little time with Sparrow.

We had six inches of snow thursday night/friday morning.  The roads were very much a nightmare, the worse all winter.  It had rained all day so there was a lot of water on the roads.  It turned to ice. Like I said the roads were horrible. It was in the 60's yesterday and 70 today so, most of, if not all the snow has melted.  That is the great thing about snow storms this time of the year.  It melts really fast.
Looking forward to next week weekend and going to LaCrosse to see Katy. That also means a trip to the cross stitch store there.  Love that place.

Hope you had a great weekend and your weather was good.  Back to work.
Have a wonderful week and may your needles stay sharp.

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Some Finishes

I finished Spring Hare.  
I'm pretty happy with the GAST Rhubarb for the letters and a hint of color in his bow tie.  
 Just need to frame him.  
 I also couldn't resist, I had to start Sweetheart Sewing Tin from Milady's Needle.
And I finished it.
Now I have to "finish" it.
Henry Ford had his first haircut at the groomers.  
He wasn't the best do but, he will get better. 
We have lots of work to do with him to get him to behave better.   
Bob has been suffering from a progressively worsening cough since January.  
I suggested he call the doctor on Monday to have it checked out.
He didn't have an opening until Tuesday, so he took that one. 
I thought he might have walking pneumonia or something.  
The doctor listened to his lungs, took an xray and those were fine.  
He thinks it may be a side effect of a high blood pressure medication he started in December.  
He is off of it and will start something new in two weeks. 
In the meantime, since he was coughing so hard the bed was shaking so much I went and slept in Katy's room .
Buster had to come with me.  
Needless to say, a little dog can be a big bed hog and I haven't slept too much.  
His cough is getting better so, maybe I can sleep in my own bed tonight!.  

Hope your week has been going well and you have a wonderful weekend.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Couldn't Resist

Took a road trip today with some of the stitching group.  We were missing one but, it is always so difficult to get folks coordinated.  I have been dying to get the to the Stitching Bee to see the new things from the Nashville Market.  
So here is the stash.  
I really like GAST Rhubarb so I got some not "New"
Can't see it so great but, I got a microfiber cloth with sampler motif and a new needle minder one of my fav's, a Sheep.
 Thistles Button Box this is a new designer from Belgium.  Primitive Stitchin Tisket Tasket Primitive Pillow tuck.
 BBD Down in the Valley and Plum Street Samplers Serial Bowl Collection Sampler Lesson.  This came as a kit with the fibers but, you select your own fabric.  I had ordered this prior to Market.
 Don't know if this is new but, it is very cute, BBD My Friends House #8 Abecedarian Series.
 Heartstring Samplings Stitcher's Resolution.  I love the saying on this:  1.  When in doubt buy more linen and thread 2.  Stitch all day and absolutely no housework allow 3.  Always start a new project before the last one is finished requiring a return to number 1.  Too cute!
 This was in the new pile and I thought I had seen this before.  Not only have I seen it, I already bought it a while ago.  This may have to be a give away.  Stay tuned in the future....
 This is a little kit in a tin by Milady's Needle.  Thread, fabric a wooden needle tube.  I absolutely fell in love with this.  Kendra had three and was thinking she made a mistake getting these.  So not a mistake as far as I'm concerned.  The thread colors are gorgeous!  Can't wait to do this.  It may have to move up to the top of my list.
I don't know when I will have time to do all this but, does that really matter.  
We also went to a new quilt store.  It was a happy fabric place.  Some very cute fabric.
Hobby Lobby and then the Mall.  
We were home for dinner.  

Hope your week has been going well.  It was a beautiful Spring Day.  
We may get snow on Easter, so much for an Easter bonnet.  May be Easter mucklucks will be the key.  

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Tooth

Katy was home this weekend to have the tooth that was filled over Spring Break checked out.
The tooth was fine, the filling was fine, the bite was fine.  
She has large nerves in the tooth and her jaw which could be making it more sensitive. 
The Dentist put her on and antibiotic for a week just in case.  
When she came home on Thursday, she had just started with a sore throat.  
By Saturday morning it was worse, she couldn't talk and she threw up.  
She was always my strep kid.  
The antibiotic for the tooth would work for Strep but, she was only on it for seven days and strep needs a ten day course.
Hence, a trip to the afterhours clinic.
That place was a zoo!  Fortunately we were only there for two hours (an hour too long but, that's the way it goes)
She was good enough today to drive back to school.  
I'm really OCD when it comes to the germs when the family is sick.  
Thank goodness for Clorox wipes and spray!
But, my throat is kind of scratchy tonight...that hopefully will only have to be a phone call to the doctors if it is worse in the a.m.
Maybe, its the crummy weather we have had today.

Now, on to something better...Spring Hare progress.  
 I am thinking I'm liking the pink letters and the little in his bow tie.  
Finally, when and saw Mom today and brought Buster.  
He was very good.  
He let people pet him and didn't leave anything behind, if you know what I mean. 

That should about wrap it up.
Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching. 
Monica

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Taking a Little Break

I decided to take a little break from His Eye is on the Sparrow to work on La D Da's Spring Hare.
People were doing it last year and dont-cha-know day late dollar short.
I'm working on it now and he is just so handsome!
 He is stitched in Garden Gate.
The letters around him are to be stitched in Sable but, I think I may do it in Rhubarb instead to make it look more springy.  
I just started working on him on Tuesday.  
It is really going fast so it won't be a very long break.  

Katy went back to school on Sunday.  
While she was home on spring break she had a cavity filled.  
She started having problems with the tooth as soon as she got back to school. 
The pain has gotten worse therefore she is on her way home to see the dentist tomorrow.  
Stocked up on Gluten free food and told her to sleep this weekend.  

Hope you have had a wonderful week.
If I can, I might try and do some framing this weekend. 
Thanks for stopping and commenting.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I've Been Hopping

It has been very busy.  If you have been following my saga, then you know that my 87 y/o mother was moving into assisted living.  She has had a very rough couple of weeks dealing with the idea.  Now that she is there, I can't say she's happy but, she isn't unhappy.  She is walking better than she has in years since she is walking to the dining room.  She tells me everyone is "just so nice"  and "it is so clean."  She states, "I'm not happy but, I'm content."  So whatever that means, I'm going to take it as something good.  It has been an monumental amount of work since she didn't do any packing.  She had a hard time trying to decide what black pants to keep out of the 8 pairs she had.  Overall, I think it is going well.

Like I said, it has been a monumental amount of work.  Besides packing, there was a lot of cleaning out of stuff.  We have burned 3 grocery bags stuffed with old records.  Then there are the many phone calls and stops to change addresses.  I have a few more things to take care of but, hopefully it is winding down.  I tried to interface her bank with my Quicken but, they aren't connected.  I will have to do it the old fashion way and manually access online.

Enough of that.

Here is the update of my His Eye is on the Sparrow
Head on angle.  
 My Market acquisitions
Stacy Nash Cherry Hollow Farm Sampler
The floss colors are so beautiful!
Not a great picture but, I love this sampler.  
 Chessie and Me 1801 House.
I have loved little boxes since I was a little girl.
I was always on the look out for little boxes.
That is all for now.
I dvr'ed Greys Anatomy for later and it is almost time for Scandal.

Thanks for stopping and the wonderful words of encouragement during the last few difficult months.  I think the Assisted Living is the place for her to be.
She is three minutes from me.

Have a great weekend and hope everything is well for you.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Starting to Warm Up

It actually made it to 38 degrees today.  Right now it is snowing a little.  Could spring be around the
corner?
Rotated cross stitch pieces around the house.  I got rid of all the winter ones and just put up a variety of Prairie Schooler:  Daffodils (March), Spring Time and Weather Wise.  I love Prairie Schooler but, I have said that before.

Took the day off from the move and getting things arranged.  I have to deal with the pharmacy first thing.  They will blister pack her medications and send them over the the Assisted Living.  I  have to stop at the bank to change the address and order new checks.  I  have to stop at the post office. The realtor is also going to be coming tomorrow.  My aunt helped clean out her closet.  I went through it again with her yesterday and really scaled it down more.

Here is the latest update of His Eye on the Sparrow.  I may take a break from it for a little while.  I really want to work on La D Da's Spring Hare.  I'm just waiting for the fabric and fibers.  I also have things coming from the Nashville Market.  The Stitching Bee went to Market.  She got 3 of 5 on my list.  I haven't asked her what she got.  I want to be surprised.  

That should pretty much wrap it up.  
I am taking M-T-W and already have Thursdays off.  
I was going to take Friday off too to recover but, my boss is being a prick. 
That is a whole other story that I won't get into.

So have an awesome week.  
I'm just wishing my life away for a few days.  
Thank you so much for the words of encouragement from many of you.  
Now to just get use to the time change. 

Check out the Spring give away on Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  Check it out here

Keep on Stitching
Monica