Friday, February 24, 2012

No Stitching This Week...

This has been a very busy week with church activities every single night and today I am busy making Whiskey Cakes for the church bake sale tomorrow!  Therefore there has been no time for even picking up my needle for any stitching these last few days and the weekend looks to be just as busy with other activities too!

The weather today is so beautiful! It is almost 80 degrees outside! Of course a cold front is due to move through later today which will bring us back to more seasonable weather here in Virginia.  Unfortunately with this cold front and the extreme drop in temperatures expected we are under tornado watches across the state.

I did go out and take a couple of pictures of flowers in bloom in my yard.  Spring is trying so hard to come early this year.

My horses are wishing for cooler temperatures.  They are much too warm in their long winter coats today!  These two pictures are of my Morgan gelding, Hawkeye.

He is covered with dead grass from rolling on the ground trying to dry his sweating coat.  He needs a good rub down to clean him up a bit and some cooling winds to make him feel more comfortable.

On Wednesday night, Ash Wednesday, we had the most wonderful service at our church, a service that makes one think on all the sins we commit on a daily basis.  You know the little sins we don't even recognize as sin.  The way we think about others, the choices we make in reaching out or not reaching out to those in need.  The pride we have instead of humility, the control we think we have in our lives when really we can only depend on God to make all things right.  This service has really made me take a step back and examine myself from afar and see what God sees, the sinful self that I am and the child which He loves and to whom He extends His unlimited grace and mercy.  I thank God everyday for the incredible gift of love and sacrifice he gave to us in the death and resurrection of his one and only son, Jesus Christ! I think that this year's Lenten journey will be one of growth and maturity in my faith!

I wish everyone a safe and fun weekend!

Blessings and Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

TUSAL February and Two CJC Finishes!!

Finally blogger is letting me post today...sometimes I do hate technology!  It has taken me two hours of trying to get this post to actually be posted!

Well it's time for the February TUSAL and here are my ORTS for the month....

February TUSAL

Looks about the same amount as last month.  You can see there are lots of reds, greens and whites from all those Christmas ornies I have been working on.

The exciting news for this post is the completion of two more of my Crazy January Challenge projects!

Little House Needlework
"Pine Tree Inn"
greenish-gray scrap of 32 ct linen
DMC threads

Little House Needlework
28 ct DMC linen Tea
DMC Threads
Sorry the linen colors are washed out in both pictures, I had to use the flash on the camera when I snapped these shots.

I have enjoyed reading everyone's comments on my posts. It is so much fun to read your encouraging thoughts. I have been thrilled that a couple of you have decided to stitch a project because you saw it on my blog!  We stitchers do like to enable each other!  A BIG Thank You to everyone who has taken the time to send me a comment!

Blessings and Happy Stitching!!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Another CJC Finish!!!

I just finished "He Is Risen" and could not wait to share!  

I stitched this as designed except that the little flowers at the bottom I switched from the dark purple to the pink used in the other flowers, thought they stood out more in pink.

Little House Needlework
"He Is Risen"
Just CrossStitch Magazine March/April 2010
Antique White Monaco Fabric
DMC Threads

Blessings and Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing all my readers a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Elyssa Feb. 14, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Update and Crazy Weather!

Happy cold, wet Saturday!  Our weather has been so crazy this winter, not much like winter at all until today.  It turned cold last night and we had a little rain this morning.  About an hour ago out came the sun and  the day was looking up...then things went from sunshiney to wind and snow in a matter of minutes! Can you see those snowflakes?  It is like a blizzard, we even have thunder!

Out the back door

view from the side deck
As I type these words the ground is white and the snow is slowing down, looks to be stopping.  Hopefully that's all the snow we get today!

Now for the stitchy update!  I have two finishes to share!  First is 'Red House in Winter'.

"Red House in Winter"
My next finish is "All is Calm" and in the picture you will see the fabric I found for the pillow finish!

"All Is Calm"
I went to my local Joanne Fabrics store yesterday to get some finishing fabric.  Lucky me when I arrived they were having a moving sale and all the fabric left in the store was 50% off and the remaining trims were 75% off!  Believe me I had fun picking out some beautiful cotton fabrics and got lots of cording trim for making my Christmas ornaments!  That plaid homespun fabric was one of my 50% off buys...when I saw it I knew it would be perfect with "All Is Calm"! 

When I got home and told my dear husband about the great sale, he just shook his head and said "Oh, no" in a dismayed voice.  I will never understand why husbands don't appreciate a good sale on fabric and craft supplies! I really did save a lot of money even if I did buy more than I had intended to when I went shopping...a girl can't just pass up 50% off now can she...LOL!

I wanted to show the progress I made this week on a couple more of my CJC projects!

My Big Toe Designs

"He Is Risen"
These two projects are moving along quickly and I am enjoying my time spent on them!

That's it for I look out the window the snow has stopped and melted away.  Wonder what the weather is going to do next?

Blessings and Happy Stitching!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Monday!!

It was a cold dreary weekend at my sunshine in the sky just grey clouds, cold air, dampness and some rain.  A good weekend to stay inside and keep warm.

My youngest son and his family came to stay for the weekend and my oldest son and his family came for a visit on Saturday!  We celebrated my husband's birthday a week late but that was ok with him. We had a nice family meal of take-out pizza and salad. There is a nice little Italian Restaurant in our town called The Brick Oven...they have the best white pizza and their regular pizza is very good too!  They make wonderful salads with the best tasting Ranch Dressing I have ever had, wish they sold their dressing by the bottle!

We had so much fun watching my granddaughters play!  They are both crawling now and into everything!  I really need to do some baby-proofing around my house before they come again for a visit. It won't be long before they are both walking! 

I did managed to get a little stitching in before the house filled with people. Here's my progress on "Revelation" and "Red House in Winter".

My Big Toe Designs
32 ct. natural linen
Weeks Dye Works Threads

Little House Needlework
"Red House in Winter"
32 ct linen
DMC and Crescent Colours Threads

I should get "Red House" finished this week since there is not much left to stitch on it!  And I hope to get at least one other ornie finished too!

That's all I have for today!  I wish everyone in blogland a wonderful week! 

Blessings and Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy February!!!

Wow! January flew by and here it is February 1!  Of course it doesn't feel like February outside with the temperatures hovering around 70 the last couple of days but it has been so nice to have sunshine and springlike temperatures!  I am not going to complain about it.  Spring is my most favorite time of year and I will take a springlike day anytime of the year!

Quite a bit of stitching was accomplished in January! 16 Crazy January Challenge pieces were started! (I was only suppose to start 15 but just couldn't resist #16!) There were even a couple of finishes, too!!

I promised you a picture of my start on "He is Risen" in my last post and here it is:

"He is Risen"
Little House Needleworks
JCS Magazine Mar/Apr 2010
More progress would have been made on this one but there was some frogging to do because I couldn't seem to read the right color number on the chart.  Bifocals can be bothersome sometimes!

Now for the finishes....yes plural finishes!

Snow in Love

"Joy and Peace

"Winter Forest"

"Frosty Flakes"
Little Bird changed from white to a red bird

Homespun Elegance
"Blessed Heart"
Homespun Elegance
"Birds and Blossoms"
I am 1/3 of the way to completing my CJC 2012!!  So glad I chose small projects this year!

My goal this year has been to cut out stash building and get some stash stitched and completed.  Well, I was doing so good until Little House Needleworks came out with the first ornie for 2012 "Blessed".  I resisted until almost the end of January but on January 30th an order went out to 123 Stitch.  How I love that ONS!!  And of course when you only have one thing in your cart that is not a good use of shipping cost so a couple of other charts landed in my cart along with the needed threads to stitch them.  I know...I am hanging my head in shame...I couldn't even go a whole month without adding to the stash collection...BUT  IT  FELT SOOOOO  GOOOD!!!  LOL  I will show you my stash when it arrives in the mail!

Now for a big announcement!!!  My oldest daughter is expecting a baby on August 21!!!  She told us right before Christmas but didn't want it made public until she got through the first trimester.  Let me tell you, it has been so hard sitting on that secret these last weeks!  I am so excited!

Well, that's all the news for this post.  I leave you with a wish for Blessings and Happy Stitching!