Monday, August 27, 2007

Wild Menagerie (UFO)

Remember this piece? I stitched on it some in June and I got it back out yesterday to stitch on the next couple weeks. At least off and on anyway. This will go to my youngest nephew so I have more incentive to stitch on this from time to time. It still will take a long time yet.

Well....until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

World Grand Champion Start

Thank you for all your comments to my blog posts and for reading my blogs. I really enjoy reading everyone elses blogs. As you can tell my Blog Roll is growing and growing!

This is my progress after 15 hours of stitching. It's quite detailed but fun to stitch and now the horse's face is done the rest is going easy. I had to frog a lot on the face but faces were never my thing. I always have a rough time with them.

We have had so much rain this past week but we needed it so bad. I think we had more rain the last few days than we had all spring or summer. We were suppose to have a Steak Fry today but the people hosting it had no power for 2 days. They were suppose to get it back last night or today. I just hope they didn't have to throw too much food away. They buy the steaks and all the other food themselves and ask for no help from anyone else. But that was my first thought "Oh no I hope they didn't have all the food yet!"

Next weekend is a big weekend as we are having a family gathering. My brother and sister-in-law from MO were going to come in but cancelled as he got a new job and has to work next Sat. We figured something would happen to prevent them from coming it usually does. But the rest of us are still going ahead with our plans and are going to have a good time without them.

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Happy Dance!

Pigeon Point Lighthouse is Finished! I am so happy. That piece took a lot longer than I contemplated. Plus I made little mistakes I didn't discover until I had too much done on it but it's mostly with the colors so it can still go on the Quilt.
It will go to a Lighthouse Quilt we are doing at Cross Stitching for Charity. I love these Lighthouses as they are so realistic I'm sure I'll do more. Growing up on Lake Michigan I loved the Lighthouses!

Thank you for your comments to my last post. My mom is doing much better now. It was a medication that was created the problem, so they reduced it.

We are getting lots of rain compared to what we've been having. Today is nice but is suppose to rain again Thurs. and Fri. I haven't heard any complaints we needed it so bad. We were starting to worry about loosing Lake Michigan! LOL! Well not quite that bad but it needed the rain too.

I have World Grand Champion all kitted up to start tomorrow. It's a Horse and Rider in the Winner's Circle. Until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

This is my progress as of yesterday on this piece. I'm getting anxious to get it done. This is progress after about 42 hours of stitching.

My mom is not doing well at all so I've been going over there when dad needs to go somewhere. We are not wanting her to be alone. Her heart is acting up again. Plus she has numerous other health problems. She's suppose to have ankle surgery Sept. 6 but her heart has to straighten up first. Dad was going to go golfing today but decided not to. We had wanted him to go but he says they have 8 men without him. So instead he's going to take me a couple of places and a couple of places he wants to go to while my brother is with mom. Wish he would go golfing though maybe he will Monday. He does so much for everyone else he needs to do something for himself.

Thank you for the birthday greetings. A couple of you sent e cards which I did receive the notice but for some reason couldn't open them up. I needed to download something first and I'm unsure of it so didn't do it. My computer has been wierd lately so I tend to be very cautious. I did appreciate them.

Yesterday I found out my best friends when growing up daughter died earlier this week of an anuralism (sp). She was expecting her first child and no they were not able to save the baby either so that's a double tragedy for the family.

It seems like an awful lot is happening lately it's almost overwhelming but we know God is in control.

The meetings at church are going well. The speaker is really good.

I hope I haven't offended anyone in my blogs it seems like I'm not getting the comments I use to or compared to what I give out in comments. I really appreciate the comments and these days even lift my spirits. I also know though from trying to leave comments on some blogs blogger doesn't always cooperate so that could happen on my blog.

Oh Q o W How did you get started cross stitching. For me my sister got me started back in 1980. She lived in Iowa at the time and did it at the time and introduced me to it. It came slow at first but once I got my first piece done. (A birth sampler for my niece Melissa who is Johnny's mommy) I was hooked.

Well, I've chatted enough. Until next time. Happy Stitching!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Isn't he the cutest

Baby you've ever seen? Of course I am prejuidiced. This is my great nephew Johnny taken about a month ago. He's such a sweet baby boy I just love him. He gets on all four now and hasn't quite started crawling. He does roll from one place to another to get what he wants. He's going to keep his parents on their toes! Of course he has doting parents so he'll be okay.

Until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Birthday Stash

Yesterday I received my birthday package from Kajsa. I loved it. I was bad I didn't wait for my birthday to come which is Tuesday. I love that little needle holder, the cross stitch is so pretty. She did a good job on it. She also gave me a couple of leaflets on my wish list. I love the Margaret Sherry Cats and John Clayton Scenery pieces. So she gave me one of each of those. She also sent material. So I was very happy. Thank you Kajsa. I also have close up of the Needle case.

Today my dad and I went down to Farmers Market. I love fresh homegrown tomatoes, plus picked up cucumbers and red potatoes. I wish tomatoes lasted longer around here but they don't. The other day I picked a couple of cucumbers and some green beans from my brother's garden. Boy there is nothing better than fresh vegetables from the garden. So I had a good lunch today!

Tomorrow starts our Evangelistic Crusade at our church. We've been preparing for it the past few months. The speaker is from VA.

I was picked again to be UFO task accomplisher of the month. This time they picked Santa I can explain. So I got that out and started working on it. I know why it's a's small but it's not easy! I know my carpet needs shampooing bad! Almost did it this week but something came up and couldn't. Just pretend it's not there okay!

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Birth Announcement is finished

I finished this earlier today. It was the hardest piece to get into as it was so easy and boring I could do it in my sleep. I am unhappy about the bees in the corner, I may be taking them out. I'll see when my niece sees it what she wants. I don't think you can tell those are bees. This will be the center of the Winnie the Pooh wall hanging

I will post tomorrow as I just got my birthday package from Kaysja and I love it! Thank you Kaysja.

I just walked in a few minutes ago so I need to get organized here. I've been with my mom for a couple of hours. She is not doing too good, we're not sure if it's her heart or what. But my dad is there now. There has been a whole lot going on in our family and it's taking a toll on her.

Well until tomorrow Happy Stitching! Barb

Tuesday, August 07, 2007


The other day I was at the computer and just happened to look down and there was Whiskers looking up at me me so sweetly. I don't know how long he had been there.
But 5 minutes later he knew he had my attention and he wanted me off the computer! What happened to my sweet little boy! Needless to say he won I was off the computer

Today is suppose to be a stormy day so if I want to vaccuum I better do it soon. My sister is coming to town later today she'll stay with my parents until Thurs. She is bringing her deep steam vaccuum to do their rug and then bring it over here and I'll do my rug it needs it bad. Then we'll probably go shopping and try to figure out things to do for most of the day since we won't be able to be on the carpets for a few hours.

Oh I'll get some stitching time in today too. Until next time Happy Stitching. Hope these pictures did what I wanted but I have my doubts. I added a photo as an after thought a couple hours later. Sorry I accidently added two photos of the same picture. The Lighthouse is coming along much better now the worse is over.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

I got Tagged!

Okay I got tagged. I knew it would happen sooner or later. I got tagged by Jacky. The rules are you are suppose to tell 10 wierd things about yourself and then tag 10 other people . (That is if I remember that was all there was to it) So I'll do the 10 things first '

1. I'm not sure I can tag 10 other people

2. I spend too much time Cross Stitching

3. I love my cat.

4. I'm not big on eating out

5. I prefer to be left alone I'm not much of a mixer

6. I do not like Steak

7. I do not like Ice Cream

8. I love to watch HGTV

9. I Love Chocolate Chip Cookies!

10. I will not get on elevators I am afraid of them!

Okay I tag

Michelle (Natvie Texan Stitching
Jen Jennxstitch
Jen Jen's Stitching
Sarah Just Another Flamingo on the Lawn
Cath Pumpkin Patch
Margaret Stitch or No Stitch
Johanna Jo's Stitching
Janice Amazing Stitches
Meari Meari's Musings
Barbara Mainely Stitching

Friday, August 03, 2007

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Progress

I have stitched somewhat on this this past week so thought I would give you an update. The clouds aren't my favorite part but they are getting close to done now so the rest of the peice will go smooth. I tend to like to do the what I think will be hardest first and get it out of the way. Here is progress after about 22 hours of stitching.

Until next time Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Birth Announcment Sampler

I am doing this piece on the side. Just when I have a little time now and them. This morning I made an aggressive effort. Now that it is well underway I like it but at first I couldn't stand it which is why I moved so slow on it. (I started this piece middle of July. It just took forever plus a thousand years to get it to look like anything. The corner squares are suppose to be in pink and a flower but Melissa didn't want that for her boy so I found a bee in the same book and I knew she would go for that as she likes bees. (Not the real ones.) I really don't like doing the corners at all. Oh well..... This will be piece no. 5 towards 25 challenge as I have stitched 2 other pieces from the book and have two more to go for Johnny's wall hanging pieces to be done. This his Grandother is going to make the wall hanging.

I haven't talked about my stitching goals for the month for a while so I did make some for this month. We'll see if I keep them or not. They are to finish Pigeon Point Lighthouse and this Birth Announcment. Possibly do a deGrazia graph for an Indian Quilt. Stitch more on Wild Menagerie or another UFO piece. I also would like to start Tigger.

Our church picnic was fun on Sunday. It was a beautiful day for it and a lot of us took advantage of just walking down to the Lake. (The park is on Lake Michigan).

The heat is continueing. We really need the rain bad. I'm just staying in with the air conditioning.

I have enjoyed seeing all your blogs. Some of your blogs I can't make comments as the Security bar that asks if you want to see the pictures of the people keep popping up. I say yes and it comes right back up. Some of you I just close it and then re enter and I can post but others of you like both Jenn and Jen I can't do that to. So sorry, I'm am not ignoring your blogs and if I could post I would. Somnetimes I don't get blogger but oh well....

Well until next time Happy Stitching!