Sunday, March 30, 2014

You Are My Sunshine

This is one of the kits my friend from church gave me. It's actually done on Plastic Canvas as a wind chime, but I'm doing it as a quilt square on aida cloth. I've got it going good now so I've gone back to stitching on America and will do this in the afternoons.

It looks like Spring has finally sprung! Granted we still have quite a bit of snow on the ground but it's melting slowly. On my deck the snow was almost as high as the railings, now it's one small strip and probably will be gone today, tomorrow for sure. Probably most of the snow on the ground will be gone later this week, just the snowbanks will remain. Well that's my prediction anyway. This week I am going to get serious about spring cleaning. I'm in the mood for it.

Yesterday we had a baby shower for or our former Pastor and wife. They just recently adopted a baby boy. We were so happy for them as they've wanted a baby for so long and finally got one. You'd never know he was adopted as he looks so much like her. They got a lot of cute clothes for him.

Speaking of babies, I keep forgetting to post my nephew and his wife had a baby girl, Friday, Mar. 21. Her name is Aubrielle Grace (Aubrey for short). Not sure I like the name but it will grow on me. This is their 2nd child. They have a son, Wyatt who is 3 and is adapting very well to the baby. He'll be a great big brother.

For a couple of days I was really worried about Saturn. He was sneezing and just wasn't acting like himself, although he did eat and drink good. But today he seems much better and back to normal. He even is more of a pest today than usual. I tried to stitch on America earlier this morning and he sat right on it, and made me pet him and talk to him. He was so cute!
Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finally A Finish

Good afternoon! Finally after all my starts I have finished Minnie Mouse. It was a fun stitch and she turned out so cute.

Also Finally our weather is turning the corner. Enough of my whining about the weather. It's going to be most 40's even 50's the next several days. Maybe this winter has finally turned the corner. Our snow should seriously melt some what now.

Well...I'm going to go kit up my next piece so until next time....Happy Stitching!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Turtle Trot's 9 and 10

I just realized I never posted 9 and 10 so here they are. One is America by Sue Hillis and the other is His Eye is on the Sparrow by Leisure Arts and the last is Count Your Blessins by Leisure Arts

Strengthen Me (Phil. 4:19)

Good Morning. This is #10 for Turtle Trot. We are doing this at one of the groups I'm in. This piece is in memory of my dad as this was his favorite verse. Now I have all 10 pieces selected and started, I can just keep on stitching one of them to the finish. So I think my next post will have a finish.

Yesterday we had a big pancake breakfast at church. We had pancakes, scramble eggs, sausage, and sausage and gravy over a biscuit. I had never had sausage and gravy over a biscuit, but I tried it yesterday and it was really good. I probably ate a bigger breakfast than I ever ate before as I had one helping of each. I didn't eat again until 6 last night and that was a light supper.

Also we will be getting an Interm Pastor I think. The speaker yesterday told us we would be voting on him in a couple of weeks for Interm Pastor. I hope he goes through, I think he will. He's someone the church knows fairly well, he's spoken at our church many times through the years.

Our weather is a little on the cool side yet. We'll have a day or two where we get 40 but then drop back into the 20's. It does melt the snow slowly so we don't have a flooding problem. And the snow has melted quite abit. Some spots we even see small patches of grass. (I forgot what grass looks like...haven't seen it since Nov.!) The snowbanks are now about my height so they are down quite a big. This week each day is suppose to get a degree or two higher then end of week (Friday) it is suppose to hit 50! and then drop into 30's. Maybe after tomorrow we will be done with the 20's. After all it is heading into April time for spring to come.

Well....until next time....Happy Stitching!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

USS Arizona Memorial Well underway

Good Afternoon! I stitched a lot on this piece to get it going good. It has an awful lot of white in it and that sky drove me crazy. It's still not all the way done, but when I pick it back up it will get finished. Needless to say, I've turned into a serial starter for the Turkey Trot, I've started #9 now and will start #10 probably Sat. as Strengthen Me is going real well. Strengthen me is in memory of my dad as it's his favorite verse (Philippians 4:19),

We had another funeral at our church yesterday, of a long time member. His wife died just a couple of days before my dad did. Dan's death shocked everyone he died suddenly. He had been in the Navy for 30 years I think and was in Afghanistan for Desert Storm. He got a full Military Funeral including 21 gun salute, which shook the neighbors up as they thought someone was being shot. Man so many of our church members are dying off, this is 5th one since Jan. plus so many have left the church. We really need to find a Pastor soon.

One of the Stitching Groups I'm in is going to do Turtle Trot starting Mar. 24, so I'm excited.

Well....until next time Happy Stitching.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Another piece for Turkey Trot

Can you tell I'm excited about this Turkey Trot. It just entreats me, plus will make me finish some pieces I started years ago. Although I am not officially a member of the Turkey Trot since I can't seem to add my name to the list, I'm doing it on my own and just letting the members know I'm doing it. I'll post my progress on 10th of month. This piece really I'm sort of cheating as it's one of the pieces my friend from church gave me half done because of her eyesight. (She also was the one that gave me Amazing Grace piece.)

This piece I'm working on in the afternoons, and in the morning I'm working on USS Arizona Memorial. That one the colors aren't so interesting. I'll post progress in a few days. It's coming along well, but just so much white and boring. So it's been done along side of a more colorful pattern.

I'm in the mood to get some spring cleaning done. My sister bought me a Shark cleaner a while back, so I got that out today, and tomorrow I'll put it to use on the kitchen and maybe the bathroom. One of those two rooms anyway.

Spring is just a few days away and yes the weather is getting warmer well 20's and 30's are warmer than what we were. We'll hit 40 a few days in the forecast, then it'll be 30's again. The snow is melting very slowly. The snowbanks are about my height now so they are shrinking. Thing is we don't want a big warm up or we'll have flooding problems, so we're not complaining about this. We just complain when it snows.

Dancing with the Stars starts tonight! Hooray. I can't wait. This time they have a good cast.

Well....until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Another new start Hope

Good Morning! I have been up since 5:30 am and started right in. I had Home Made Bean Soup in the Crock Pot, cleaned my bathroom, got dressed and even stitched some. I'm thinking about vacuuming now it's 9 but I'll wait.

I am wanting to join Turtle Trot but cannot figure quite out how to do it. I did leave a post on the site and asked a member but haven't heard back yet. I just did it last night so I may hear yet. Anyway I have most of the 10 pieces selected. Rather or not Minnie Mouse will be one I don't know, she may be done by March 10. Anyway if anyone who is a member can tell me how to join or if it's too late, I'd appreciate it. You can e mail me at Barb k 28 at yahoo dot com. Oh and tell me how to put a link on the site for it. Thank you. Tentatively the 10 pieces I'm selecting are 1) America by Mystic Stitch, (that may be on for 2 or 3 years it's huge), 2 The Skater by Lynn Nicoletti, 3)Red Bird by Stoney Creek 4) Amazing Grace by Stoney Creek 5) USS Arizona Memorial by Stoney Creek 6) Squirrel by Stoney Creek 7) Strengthen Me by Diane Arthurs. Those 7 for sure. I'm debating on the final 3 but will decide before Apr. 10

My sister was in town for a couple of days. As usual I had to have her take me to Jo Ann's for floss. Why is it I have a thousand extra skeins of floss yet I always need more. And I don't think a thousand is exaggerating either.

Oh another group I thought about joining was Stitch from Stash but they allow $25.00 a month for patterns. I don't want to spend any more money on patterns for a while. Of course this month I spent over $100 on the patterns I ordered from The Stitchery earlier this year and over $50 on material and floss. So I pretty much spent my allowance for almost the year.

Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Minnie Mouse Start

Good afternoon. This Minnie mouse will go on a quilt for a lady we are doing at Caring Stitchers. She likes baking, Nascar racing and Disney. So I am doing this Minnie Mouse. I may possibly do a food square for her a little later we'll see.

It seems so nice to have the weather warming up. Most of the week will be 30's or upper 20's. Today is 40's and later in week it'll be 40's one day anyway. So our snow is slowly melting. Well I guess Wed. and Thurs. are suppose to be record cold. We don't want a big warm up or we'll have a flood problem as we have over 16 inches of snow on the ground even after some melting. Mar. is an up and down month as far as weather goes and this Mar. is no exception.

Tomorrow my sister is coming back into town for a couple of days. Later she is going to Hawaii. Her and her husband have been planning this trip for their 40th anniversary. They didn't get to last fall so they are now.

Oh, I almost forgot....I changed browser's because my other browser was terrible after I upgraded it. I love this one, I can open my mail with no problem, come here and post with no problem, and go to my Yahoo groups with no problems. Only two problems I can't play Jigsaws on Facebook anymore (or any game) and I can't go to my dashboard here, so I just go through my blog roll and pick some blogs to read, I try to catch those I know post regularly. I wish I could figure out how to update my blog roll. Some have not posted in over 2 years, 3 or 4 have died unfortunately, so I'd like to delete some but add others. Anyone know how I can get to my blog roll please tell me. Thank you. (See I lost my bookmarks when I changed browsers but have no problem getting to my sites.)

Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Cross Stitch Gifts

Isn't this beautiful. This morning I was working in the Food Pantry at church and this lady came from our church came down with some books, and patterns for me. Two or three pieces she had started but because of her eye site she could not finish so she gave me her books and these pieces. This one Amazing Grace by Stoney Creek she had only the bottom border to finish. So I'm going to finish it off. In talking to my mom, we thought maybe we'd get it framed and give it back to her. After all she did most of the work and it's beautiful I hope I don't ruin it I'll be happy if my stitching looks half as good as hers. This is only the top half. When I finish it I'll have someone piece it all together for me or have my brother take a picture of it.

Well....until next time. Happy Stitching

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Back to stitching on America

Good afternoon! It seems nice to see some sun today. We are in the 20's today and most of the week will be 20's and 30's much better then what we've had. Also not that much snow in the forecast so maybe some of this will melt. It's warm enough to melt some but not too fast. They say March comes in like a lion out like a lamb, comes in like a lamb out with like a lion. Well it came roaring in like and lion! Everyone is so sick of this winter even those who like winter are sick of it. My cat is a happy cat too, he's running around here playing with his ball, even he says it's nice to see the sun more.

I have gone back to stitching on America. I was so sick of winter I didn't want to work on the ice skater anymore until next winter. I was anxious to get back to this piece. You can see the Statue of Liberty come to life more and more. Almost getting too long for one scan now. Page two is almost done. I really am enjoying this piece but there is so much confetti stitching. I like challenges though. The only problem with that much confetti stitching is it makes the back bulky, and will be harder for the framer of frame.

Our group leader and I were to provide something to eat today after Bible Study. I said I'd bring my pizza casserole. I kept changing my mind between that and 7 layer bars. I finally decided on pizza casserole because I had all the ingredients and didn't know if I'd get to the store. Well I got to the store fine and spent way too much on groceries because I bought for 3 different meals for today and I'd have everything I needed for whatever I decided. I really really really wish I would have just stuck to the 7 layer bars. I made the pizza casserole fine. But when I went to put it in the refrigerator to save it for today it all landed on the floor! I was sooooo upset. I scooped it up but I couldn't bring it today! I couldn't do that. So I made Hodgepodge soup and hoped and prayed the ladies would like it. I wasn't too confidant with the soup as I had never made it for anyone but me before, and just put in it what I want. It went over real well. The ladies loved it some went back for 2nd and 3rd helpings. I had a big crock pot full of it, and went home with maybe enough for lunch tomorrow..

Well, until next time Happy Stitching!