Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!!!

I am so honored to be nominated by March Ann of STITCHING AGAIN for the Liebster Blog Award! Thank you March Ann!  I really appreciate you thinking of my blog and I accept the award!

Liebster is a German word meaning favorite, dearest or beloved and is awarded by bloggers to newer bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.  By accepting this award I:

     1.  Choose 5 blogs to award the Liebster to.
     2.  Thank my friend and link back to her.
     3.  Post the award on my blog and list the bloggers I pass the Liebster on to with their links.
     4.  Let them know by leaving them a comment.
     5.  Share 5 random facts about myself that people do not know about me.

My 5 blogs to pass on the Liebster to are:

     1.  Mimi at The View From the Stitching Chair
     2.  Natasha at A Stitchers Ramblings
     3.  Lynn at Kernel's Korner
     4.  Peg at Lightening Fingers.........not!
     5.  Katherine at Regaling From Windy Ridge

And 5 random facts about me are:

     1.  I love, love, love chocolate eclairs
     2.  I dream of starting a horse farm to raise Holsteiner horses
     3.  I would love to visit the Holy Land one day
     4.  I love to cook for a crowd
     5.  I love to grow organic vegetables for family and friends

Thanks again to March Ann and I look forward to reading all your blogs!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TUSAL March, Gardening and A Little Stitching Progress!

I want to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my last post...your comments meant so much to me.  The last several months have been difficult but my faith in God has given me the hope and strength to live each day to the best that I can.  Seeing the way that Anna's life impacted so many people on this earth I can only thank God that he chose me to be her mother and to have with her the 21 years that she spent here on earth.  I miss her every single day but I have so many sweet memories of her stored in my heart, she brought me such joy.  I know that one day we will meet again in heaven and we will be able to spend eternity together.  Oh what joy there will be!

Now on to some stitching updates...

There has not been a lot of time for stitching at my house.  Spring is here and outside chores are calling me.  The weather in my neck of the woods has been so beautiful, so sunny, bright and warm.  Some days have been on the hot side and I have been tempted to crank up the air conditioning but I haven't given in to that temptation yet.

All of the flower beds around the house need weeding and mulching.  They were neglected last fall so there is more work than usual.  And my muscles have been complaining about all the hard work  Thank goodness for Tylenol!!  The strawberries are blooming and are setting berries, unfortunately they are very weedy so that's been the chore for this week.  I have started my tomato plants for the vegetable garden.  Here's a picture of them!

They are leaning towards the sunshine.  I rotate the trays everyday to try to keep them straight.  The varieties are Mortgage Lifter, Black Krim, Brandywine, German Johnson and Amish Paste.  All are heirloom varieties.  A lot of canning will be done this summer when they are ready for harvest!

Here is my TUSAL picture for March.

Not a lot of ORTS this month.

Here is the progress on the projects I have worked on since my last stitching update.

La D Da

"There is a Garden"
Homespun Elegance

Little House Needleworks
Also, I did order, receive and start a new design by Rosewood Manor.

"Dogwood Lace"
Rosewood Manor
This one kept calling to me so I just had to get it!  It is stitched with WDW Baked Apple. This one is going to be beautiful!

Thought I would leave you with a picture of my youngest granddaughter.  This is her 10 month old picture and she is such a doll!  She always has a smile on her beautiful face!

Blessings and Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Today has been such a special day, beautiful and bittersweet.  A friend sent me a link to a video that has just touched my heart so deeply.  I thought I would share it with you.

Anna is my daughter and I miss her so much everyday...I am continually amazed at the number of lives she has touched in life and in death.

May this video be a blessing to you...

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Finish and Two New Starts...

Happy March!  It's been tough getting much stitching time these last couple of weeks.  This weekend I was blessed with nothing much to do so I parked myself in my little corner and stitched away!  My needle was moving in and out of the fabric as fast as I could make it go!

First up is my 12th Crazy January Challenge finish for the year!  Isn't that little black bear cute!?!

Little House Needleworks
"Snowy Pines"
32 ct. linen
DMC Threads

I was getting a little bored with ornament stitching, so I started a new project that was calling my name!  Here is my start on a lovely little sampler by Homespun Elegance...

Homespun Elegance
"There Is a Garden"
32 ct. Lakeside Linen - Woodsmoke
DMC & Weeks Dye Works Threads
This sampler is small and should work up quickly.  I must say that the linen feels so rich and is a joy for stitching.  The verse on this sampler says "There is a garden where memories grow of people we loved so."  This is a special sampler for sure.

There were so many beautiful new designs coming out of the Nashville Show that I just had to enjoy a little Stash Enhancement Therapy!  Here is one that came in the mail on Friday!

Rosewood Manor
"Peaceful Dove"
Isn't she beautiful!?!  I just couldn't resist this sampler nor could I wait to get started on her!  Here is the progress I made on her Saturday Night...

Rosewood Manor
"Peaceful Dove"
32 ct Cream linen
DMC Threads

I love the shades of pinks in this sampler!  The dove reminds me of the morning doves that frequent my yard. They are such lovely and gentle birds and their cooing is such a nice sound.

Well, that's all I got done this weekend.  All in all I am pleased with my progress.  Hopefully there will be more progress to post about in the next few days!

Blessings and Happy Stitching!