Sunday, August 30, 2015

His Eye on the Sparrow

I saw Ed yesterday and we talked about life, the future, getting things done and overall stuff.
He'll be graduating at the end of the semester and needs to start working on that before graduation.  
Its scary stuff!
And I loaded his refrigerator up.  
It was a fun day!!

Been plugging away at my His Eye is on the Sparrow.  
I'm nearly done with the bottom section.  
I usually frame my pieces but, because this one is so large, I'll have it professionally done.
Better start saving for that.



It really is such a cool piece.  It is taking a long time.  I still have the top section and then the border left to do.  I may have to put it aside for a while and work on my Lizzie Kate Mystery sampler.

Hope you have had a great weekend.  There is too much work and not enough stitching time.  I've been going like a bat out of hell all week.  Even Thursday, my day off I worked like a maniac.  The insanity needs to stop!  Yeah, right.

Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Phone

I went to Verizon, my carrier to see what kind of a deal they would make on an IPhone 6.  I knew I could get one from Best Buy for $99.  Nope, $199 at Verizon and they proceeded to tell me that I would get a much better IPhone from them then Best Buy.  I figured I would take my chance and get it from Best Buy.  I wanted the IPhone because of the app XStitch to inventory my stash.

I've been working on figuring out the new phone.  It isn't too different.
 Katy at the yarn store feeding the alpaca's.  I picked up a new book, Making Shaws with Sock Yarn
We made bracelets last night.  My cousin's wife has breast cancer.  She is going through chemo right now so I thought I would make her a bracelet.  The dangly by the clasp is removable with a lobster claw clasp and says "Believe" and "Hope".  I could have gone pink but, she wears alot of earth tones.  I will have to get it off in the mail, hopefully to brighten her day.  

It has been a really crazy month with Mom.  July was an overnight stay for chest pain.  Her nitro was just old.  Did you know that stuff only lasts a few months?  Then, last weekend it was a flare up of her COPD and she was in the hospital for five days.  I was suppose to go on my college girls weekend but, had to stay home instead.  I wouldn't have had a good time and there was no one else to take care of it.  She is back at the assisted living and doing fine.  She is confused and needs to do a nebulizer treatment four times a day but, doesn't get it right.  Either she does 1 or 2 or since she got home and is a little shook up, did 3 this morning by 10 am.  They are now going to supervise her.  

Can't believe how the summer has flown by.  Katy has been home since August 1 but, getting ready to leave to go back to school.  I'm glad she has been home because she has been an immense help through this.  

Have a great weekend.
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Thursday, August 6, 2015

What Will You Do When You Can't Cross Stitch Anymore?

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I'm going to do when I can't cross stitch any more.  I've been watching my mom struggle with quilting.  Quilting was her passion.  She is still doing the hand quilting but, we have the keep the projects small:  hot pads, placemats and table runners.

I thought maybe punch needle.  I bought a cheap punch needle to try and see if I might like it.  I got fabric too.  Haven't tried it yet.  It looks like it just sucks up the thread and may be kind of monotonous.  That might be okay when my eyes and memory aren't so good.

While in North Carolina, we went to Chapel Hill Needlepoint.  My sister does needlepoint.  I looked around and found a little piece thinking, this could be the thing for when I get old, can't see the linen and have no memory.  I really like it but, it is pricey.  Why I started cross stitch back in the day, because it was cheap....chuckling to myself.
Maybe if I'm lucky, I won't have a problem stitching or maybe I should do what Gladys did. 
When I was in high school, I was a bed maker at a nursing home. There was a little old lady, Gladys who worked on the printed cross stitch pillow cases and dresser scarves.  She had the kind of glasses that really magnify your eyes.  She worked with a darning needle and crochet thread.  When she got mad at you, she would poke you with the darning needle.  Maybe I'll be like Gladys.  

Headed on a road trip to The Stitching Bee today with Katy.  

Keep on Stitching
Monica 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Epic Fail

I figured "no sweat man" when the Secret SAL started on Prim Stitcher's 
Just had to have the freebie from With Thy Needle and Thread done by August 1.  
I had all the stuff pulled together to finish the piece. 
I knew how I was going to finish it.  
I had found chenille through Victorian Motto and Sampler Shoppe.
It is stitched on 32 count over one for a pinkeep.  
It's August 2, and as you can see, I'm still working on the border and it isn't "finished."
Epic Fail...oh well....the world won't come to an end.  
The flowers in the garden are looking good.  


 This looks more like a weed.
 Love Balloon flowers!



 This looks more like a flower.
 He prefers to sit on the lower peninsula rather than the upper peninsula.  
Maybe he fits better...lol!
Everyone was home this weekend which was very fun!
Thanks for stopping
Have a wonderful week!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Few Pictures of My Trip

Things have really been popping since my last post.

My trip to North Carolina was wonderful.   It was really hot tho!
We went to the Mount Ayr but, couldn't take pictures which is usual.  Here is a LINK. I love historic houses.  Where ever I vacation I try to go to one.  The tour was only offered twice a day.  We missed the morning and barely made it to the afternoon.  Almost got stopped by a torrential down pour.
 We stopped at the the Welcome Center which is also a historic house, Dickson House.
 The little side garden was the best feature.  The lady working there was nice but, not exceedingly friendly.  She did recommend an excellent restaurant for lunch.
 The Crape Myrtle was blooming all over the area.  It is like a lilac on steroid.  Just beautiful!
 We then went to the Burwell School for girls.  It was an academic based school for girls.  The docent was excellent.  He was extremely knowledgeable about everything.
 Picture of the outside of the school.  Here is a Burwell School Link.  Elizabeth Keckly, had been a slave there.  When she was freed, she became Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker.
 The back gardens and the privy.  Got to love privies!
 This was Mrs. Burwell's sewing box.  I took several pictures but, really only added the stitchy pics.
 Not a stitchy pic but, my daughter Katy.  We were there to see her you know!
 The dining room
 One of the sampler's.  I wished these pictures had turned out better.  I think my camera lens fogged up.
 One of the bedrooms.  The Bedrooms had the sampler pictures.

 Loved the saying on this little needlework piece.
 Mrs. Burwell's study/office and sewing room.  It overlooked the main street.
 The sampler in the master bedroom.

 I really wished this one had turned out better.
 We had lunch at the Saratoga Grill.  It was on the second floor of a building on mainstreet.  We had a great view of the street.  It started out beautiful but, as lunch went on, it got black.  The wind was wild and it POURED!
Katy at lunch.  She had a burger and my sister and I had the salad plate.  
It was truly what I expected for lunch and was so delicious.  
It was crab salad, chicken salad, fruit salad and a scone.  
I think it was my favorite meal while we were there. 
 We had a really great time!

Thanks for stopping.  Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Travel Lightly

I'm getting ready for my trip to North Carolina to see Katy.  I'm meeting my sister from Florida in the airport for our big adventure.  I'm starting to pack.  Fr. Joe, our priest, always has a little saying on the board.  Last nights was "Travel Lightly".  There was a spiritual message but, I took this more as a message from God to me.  You can do it with carry-on's.  That's what I'm going to do.  I should be fine, I'm only going to be gone five days.  I bought a new purse that is quite large to carry on stuff.  My purse is usually small enough to fit in my desk drawer.

Projects are getting ready.  More for the lay-overs than anything.  One project is on 32 count over one.  If that is too small, then I have a second project that is a little easier on the ole' eyes.  Got to remember to bring my boosters.

I finished Salute to Abigail.  I even ironed it before posting the picture.

One is without a flash and the second is with the flash.
The last stitching group was at my house.  I had seen this dessert on FB for Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake.  The recipe was HERE.  My pictures don't look as good as on that blog but, it is mine.  
 It is a very putzy recipe and took two days to make.  You could probably get it done in one if you started in the morning.  I did it after work.  Let me tell you, it was worth every tedious minute!!

Finally, our boy Henry Ford turned one this week. 


And as he is today!
Still annoying the heck out of Buster.   
I probably won't post again until after I'm back.  
Have a great week!
Thanks for stopping
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Got Some Catching Up To Do

I had four days off this holiday weekend and you would think I would have blogged before now.
It started with having a little house guest come on Thursday.  
She is a friend's sweet little girl Shih Tzu.  
Henry Ford and Buster are quite rambunctious and scare the daylights out of her.  
She seems to be getting over it but, the first day it was trying to keep HF from running her over. 
Then is was doing stuff around the house but, didn't get as much done as I thought.
Could it be I am slowing down?  

Then on Saturday afternoon, I decided to take inventory of picture frames.  
I move stuff around, especially seasonal.  
I have ready made frames and some frame parts.
I wanted to get some framing done and had to see if I had frames.
 It was quite a project.  
I have sized everything so I know what I have available.
A few projects I cut the fabric a little short.
It will all work out.
Now I just have to stitch it all up.  

I am glad the 4th is over.  The local fireworks did shake up the dogs.
There were fireworks being set off starting Friday until 330 Saturday morning only to start back up early afternoon for the 4th.  
Needless to say, we didn't get much sleep Friday night.

Another Christmas in July at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Well got more stuff to do before I can stitch tonight.  
Thanks for stopping
Keep on Stitching
Monica