Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Progress on Three Kings

I've made quite a bit of progress on this piece the last 3 days.   I had hoped to finish this piece by Jan. 1 but I  seriously doubt that will happen.   Depending on how far I get and if the thread holds out I will finish it early Jan.  I'll make that decision Dec. 31 and see where I'm at.    If I'm close to finish I'll finish it out.   If not I may get it out on UFO weekend.   I am doing this on Oppascent material using Gentle Arts Hycyth thread.  The more I think of it I think I'm going to have my sister frame the Baby Jesus piece and let her grand daughter, Addie have it next year.   She has this thing about Baby Jesus.   She just loves singing Happy Birthday and is completely convinced her baby brother will be baby Jesus.  She is only 2, and no one says she's having a baby brother.   Her parents don't want to know if the baby is a boy or gir until the birth in June.  

How was everyone's Christmas.   Ours  was very quiet, just mom, dad and me.   Wendy's mom died that day.   She had been ill all month and the last couple of days it was obvious she wasn't going to make it.   In a way we are glad it happened this year and Wendy can move on into 2011.  This year alone Wendy's step dad who raised her, her step mom, her grandfather and 2 or 3 other relatives died so it's been a rough year for Wendy and Tim.     Her funeral is tomorrow afternoon

Friday is our family Christmas.  We are having a White Elephant exchange for that.   I need to wrap that pressent, plus, Ashton's, Johnny's, Addie's, and Katelyn's gifts.   I'm hoping I find Tim and Andrews, since I can't find them.   I'm hoping I sent them home with Wendy to wrap that day we went shopping before her mother went bad.   I do have Wendy's gift card here.

Well....Until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

How  appropriate finish this piece on Christmas Day.   I loved this piece when someome first posted in their room at Cyber Stitchers.   I e mailed her and asked her where she found it and she e mailed me the information.   I started it as soon as I bought the book and went great until the second angel and the second half of the hay.  I frogged so many times.   It still isn't perfect but I just improvised.  
Said as long as I have the shape right I won't care if I get a color wrong here and there.   I just wanted to finish it.   I still love this piece.   It's what  Christmas is all about.  Even 2 year old Addie has been singing Happy Birthday to Jesus all month long.   And since she is going to have a baby brother or sister later this year in her young ming she thought she would ask for Baby Jesus for Christmas she understood that can't happen though.  

l'll be going to my parents house in about an hour and we'll unwrap our gifts and have dinner than.  Our big Christmas is this Friday with rest of family.

Merry Christmas everyone!  Until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, December 24, 2010

A New Christmas Start

Two or three years ago I did Winter Village and Bethlehem.   I bought the Three Kings pattern the same time but didn't start it until the other day.   (Yes I will finish Baby Jesus, but I ran into a problem there so  am just doing a little a day or it would go in the garbage.   While I have made progress not enough to post.   Actually I'm waiting until it's finished to post it.  I   know I scanned the piece crooked!
    I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.   Christmas Day itself will be very quiet as I'll just go to my parents and it'll be just the 3 of us I think.   I have a problem this year.   I couldn't find the gift cards I got my great nieces and nephews, finally found them and they are in mail probably they'll get them Monday or Tuesday.   Now I can't find the Christmas present I got my brother, Tim, or his son, Andrew.   I'm hoping I gave them to Tim's wife and she took them home with her to wrap.   Our family Christmas itself will be next Friday.   My sister-in-law, Beth bought me a cake pan (as I lost mine at a church picnic) so I can make my 7 layer bars for it.
 She's tied up these days as her mother is not doing well at all so she's been at the hospital with her virtually day and night.   So I haven't been able to ask Wendy.  We really feel bad for Wendy as this year she lost 3 very close family members and 2 others who were pretty close now it's touch and go with her mom.  The other night they called the family in as they didn't think she would make it through the night.   She's holding her own but she's on a respirator and no Nursing Home in town will take her because of the Respirator so she will either have to go to Chicago or hopefully one of the Hospitals here in town has a long term unit, hopefully they will have a bed open up for her very soon. 
    Until Next time Happy Stitching    and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Baby Jesus

Remember this one?   I think each Christmas I have worked on it a little since I started this blog in 2006,   I will finish it this year.  I've done a lot of frogging on this one and I think I will be improving a little bit in one area as I can't figure out where the mistake is.

  It looks like we we will have a White Christmas this year.   We are getrting the snow and it's not going to be warm enoough to melt.   Speaking of Christmas.....I better get my Christmas cards out.   I hate doing that!  Each year I vow I'm going to do a little at a time but I always wait until the last minute.

   I am done with Physical Therapy now.   I'm not saying the pain is gone but it is much more tolerable than what it was.  

    Well I'll keep trhis post short.   Until next time....Happy Stitching

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gentle Moment-Finished!

I really stitched like crazy the last couple of days to get this done tonight.   I was really anxious to do a Christmas piece.   I really did enjoy stitching on this piece.
     Friday was a busy day for me.   Starting with the cat scan.   It went well, I was scared for nothing.  I don't know the results yet but sure it turned out fine.   Then had Physical Therapy the afternoon.  This week will probably be my last week of it as my shoulder is responding well to it and while there is pain not nearly as much as there was.  So I'll just maintain the therapy on my own I think.
    Friday night we had a birthday party for Johnny who turned 4 on Sat.   Yes, that baby 4 years ago I blogged was coming and announced his birth is already 4.   He's a smart little dickens too.   Just too cute.   He's 4 going on 10 I think.   Of course he was all hyper and excited at his party.
    We got hit by the winter storm somewhat but not nearly as much as most areas did.   It snowed a lot late Sun. morning as we got out of church then a couple hours later cleared out.   But boy is it cooooooold out!
     We had Christmas on the Lake Shore at church over the weekend.   Everyone did great and there was a good attendance at all 3 of the services.   I think the best part was the children but it was good.
    Well...until next time Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Its Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Yes, we are getting hit by the snowstorm but not as bas as some areas.   We will get heavy snow for about 20 minutes than it's just flurries.   We do have probably about 6 inches on the ground, maybe more.   I just hope my nephew and his wife make it back to Chicago area safely, it's suppose to be worse as you head in that direction.  Chrissy is about 8 months pregnant due the end of Dec. first of Jan.  

  Also my niece and her husband and baby son are flying back to CO today.   Michelle, Scott, and Nick flew up for a 4 day weekend.   We went to another niece's Friday to see them.   It was so much fun.   Nick is starting to talk a little and has now mastered the art of walking.   Addie just loved seeing her cousin Nick and wanted him to stay with her.   Addie and Nick were so entertaining!   I wish we could see them more!

   I have made some progress on Gentle Moments.   Today was the most I worked on it in the last 10 days put together.   And the rest of this week is filling up so won't have much more time to work on it this week.  Good thing I like to backstitch as there is a lot of backstitching on this!
One of these days things will slow down.

     Last week Christmas came to our Food Pantry.   Someone from another church called and said they had a Food Drive in November and they gave half the food to the Rescue Mission and we could have the other half.   Of course we accepted it.  So one of the ladies met with them Monday and got the food downstairs.   Tuesday another lady and I came in and were shocked by all the food.  So a couple of our Pastors brought the food into the Pantry and we started putting some of it away.   The men of our church had been concearned about the shelves we do have sagging and afraid they would collapse so they bought us 6 Gorrilla Shelves.   They put 3 up last week and 3 more will be put up Wednesday.   So that gives us a lot more room for the food and so much nicer than what we had.     Usage of the Food Pantry has picked up a lot too.   Last week we had 12 families sent to us which is more than we usually get in a month.   So we are just hoping and praying our food holds out.   We may have to get an emergency supply of food from Love Inc.   We are now open 4 days aweek and added 2 ladies to the crew.  Plus our Youth Pastor is going to be the Director, I'll report to him.   He also will be our contact with Love Inc.   I think things will go much better now we made that move.   We were really having problems with one of the ladies causing problems between Love Inc and she was trying to take over the Pantry so we basically reduced her role.   I half expect her to quit on us as she is unhappy with us on that move.  

This weekend is Chrisstmas on the Lakeshore at church.   This time I'm just going and enjoying it on Sat. I've worked hard on other things our church has had this one I wanted to sit out and enjoy.   The church is all decorated for it.  

We also have Johnny's birthday party Friday night to go to. He is 4 years old now.   Remember 4 years ago on Dec. 11 I was posting saying we expected him any moment.   Boy those 4 years have gone fast.   He is now a big brother.   Actually we think he is going on 11.  LOL as he is so advanced for his age.

Well, before this turns into a book I will say until next time.....Happy Stitching!