Sunday, December 27, 2009

More Christmassy stuff..

I'm not ready for Christmas weekend to end.  I don't feel like it's time to go back to work yet.   So I am going to share with you a few ornaments from our tree.. some have special meaning/sentiment and some I just really like.. and there really are so many more.. but here are a few.

This one I stitched myself, from a freebie I think, not sure how many years ago. I just think he's cute.

This is a neat one my mom gave me- I love snowmen and old looking ornaments so this one is a favorite.

This one I received from Deb in Kentucky from an exchange a few years ago. This one is from a freebie from a UK stitching magazine I think.

My grandma stitched this one for me, along with two or three other ones with a similar theme.

I received this one this Christmas from a pen pal of mine whom I've been writing to for years- since high school at least, I think!


I dont' really remember where this little wooden Santa came from.. I just like him.

Another one my mom gave me...

I bought this one when I was in grade school- it is looking pretty rough, but it is a mouse sleeping in a half a walnut shell-her little quilt is real fabric. I bought it at a "Christmas fair"- where your parents give you money and the gym has a bunch of craft-type things for kids to buy for their families as presents. I still love this ornament--maybe I should touch up her paint..

My dad made this one..

A Prairie Schooler freebie I stitched several years ago..

 A berry ornament I bought in historic St. Charles, MO (one of my favorite places)

My mom made this one for me along with a couple of other pretty ones.
And my friend Rhoda asked about Hanna's stocking - I stitched hers years ago- I don't remember when I finished it, if it was before or after her first Christmas- but here it is. It was from an issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework(or it may have been called Cross Stitch and Country Crafts then)- I looked for a similar one for David but never found one I really liked, so I went with Shepherds Bush.


Well I hope you enjoyed my little pictorial! lol And for those of you heading back to work/normal routine tomorrow- just remember you aren't alone! ;)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

I am just chillin' at home with my family- kids are playing Lego Batman on the Wii, Rob is working on Hanna's new ipod, getting it ready to roll.. thought I would check in with my blog friends and see how everyone's Christmas is going! I am wearing a warm snuggly poncho my mom made for me- I will have Hanna take a picture later so you can see. :) I did get two stitchy gifts- an Ott-Lite (Michael's had them 1/2 price, woo hoo!) and a beautiful hardcover book "A Cross Stitch Christmas" from my FIL and his wife.  All kinds of designers are featured including Donna Vermillion Giampa, Ursula Michael, Gail Bussi, Nora Corbett, and a lot more!! There are some beautiful winter scenes and a gorgeous stained glass window pattern.   Dh also go me a new camera- a Canon Power Shot(thanks Edgar! I love it!) so maybe now that I have a camera that's a little more portable I will have more pictures to share with you all. 
Rob helped me finish my ornaments the other night-he is better with a sewing machine than me-and they were sent out yesterday. I only have one to finish yet and get out, which I will hopefully take care of this weekend. I am just trying to decide how to finish it because it's a rectangular shape with a rounded top.  I never did finish stitching the Tinkerbell design for dd, I think she has forgotten about it- so I will continue to plug away at that and my Dec. flip-it. I have joined the Brooke's Books Stitcher's Alphabet SAL- I am hoping to get the fabric I  need this weekend also.  I have never started a project from the corner before, always the middle- but since all the letters aren't done yet I'll be starting in the top left corner- any tips?
Dh and I watched "The Accidental Husband" the other night- the reviews I had heard were not so good but Colin Firth was in it so I gave it a try anyway.. it was predictable but still cute, I thought.  Don't know that I'd buy it for my DVD collection but it wasn't so bad. I mean we rented it from a Redbox and it was not a waste of 1.00. lol  We've also rented "All About Steve"- hope to watch it soon. I would like to watch at least one version of "A Christmas Carol" this weekend - I have two tivoed. 
I don't think I have shared a picture of our Christmas tree yet- this was taken with the old camera-

It was taken right after we put it up.  The kids and I made Christmas cookies yesterday- this year I opted for the Toll House pre-made dough- it is delicious and so much more convenient!  Here is the finished product- the one with fewer cookies was decorated by Hanna and I decorated most of the larger plate- there are a few decorated by David- those would be the ones with the piles of icing. lol

I also got a great deal on a gingerbread house kit at Michael's so the kids and I will hopefully do that this weekend as well.
Well, I am sure chatty today aren't I? That's about it for now- hope I will have some stitchy pics soon- but in the meantime here are my attempts at taking the kids' pic for the Christmas card- they would not sit still- I finally gave up and chose the one in the middle.




This bottom one would have been perfect if David didn't have the goofy look on his face!

Merry Christmas and as Tiny Tim said -"God bless us every one!"





Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Why????

Why is it that every time I get out my sewing machine something goes wrong?  Why? Tonight I wanted to sew up some ornaments, that are already going to be late. I ironed all the pieces and sat down to work.  I placed the pieces of fabric under the needle and as I began to sew- not even one stitch- my needle broke!! And of course I couldn't get the lever to un-screw to get the needle out- Rob will replace it for me later. I hope I have the right replacement.  The more I attempt sewing, the more I see why women send their pieces out to be finished.  I know this is just something minor but it seems like every time I sew something goes wrong!! I am just so frustrated.

David's stocking is now officially a stocking!

I finally remembered to take this to a lady at my church, and ask her to finish this into a stocking for me.  I finished stitching this last winter I think, but after Christmas, I also couldn't find buttons I liked for a while, and I didn't want to pay $30 for the accessory pack- I think that's how much it was. So here it is- finally!


And here is a pic of some of the ornament kits I did for my MIL- I forgot to take a picture of the others and have already sent them to her! Oops!


Hope to finish up some ornaments for other people soon and get them sent so I can post them!;)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Just a quick post (w/ a finish!)


I am still working on ornaments- I am afraid some are going to be late. :( But I did get this one finished- I made it for my friend/zumba instructor Pretz- the winter scene is from For The Love of  Cross Stitch magazine(I think!) and the alphabet is from a Gloria & Pat alphabet leaflet.  My hubby assembled the ornament for me. :)  The fabric is Silkwaver I think- Blue Dynasty? DMC floss and Kreinik #4 braid- it actually called for blending filament but I didn't have any - so instead of using floss and filament I just used the braid. I think it turned out pretty well, and Pretz loved it, which is the important thing. :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Companies taking the Christ out of Christmas!

I am a Christian, and it really upsets me that so many stores are willing to recognize other winter holidays such as Hanukkah (forgive me if that is spelled wrong) and Kwanzaa, but not Christmas. I know not everyone is Christian, and am not offended by those celebrating the above holidays, however most of the people I have spoken to that are not Christian, or know people who aren't Christian, say they and those they know are not offended by those saying "Merry Christmas."  So why is Christ being taken out of Christmas? Below are a list of companies who have chosen to do so.  Please take some time to let them know that this upsets you.  This list was given to me by a friend of mine, so if any links/emails don't work I apologize.

These companies have banned "Christmas" from their retail ads, in-store promotions or television commercials.


Please take time to let them know you are offended by their anti-Christian and anti-Christmas bias. Their contact information is below.

We cannot stress to strongly how important it is for you to be firm, yet very kind in your correspondence with these companies. Please be respectful and choose your words wisely.

In addition, companies marked with an asterisk* have gone so far as to substitute the phrase "Holiday or Dream trees" instead of "Christmas trees" in their promotions.



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* Target (612) 304-6073 Guest.Relations@target.com



UPDATE - AFA ENDS BOYCOTT



Click Here to read the AFA Press Release



In their official statement, Target said: “Over the course of the next few weeks, our advertising, marketing and merchandising will become more specific to the holiday that is approaching – referring directly to holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah. For example, you will see reference to Christmas in select television commercials, circulars and in-store signage."







Original Target Issue Concern:

Target refuses to use the word "Christmas" in any of their corporate advertising. Their latest 36-page ad insert did use the phrase "holiday" 31 times. In addition, Target has banned the Salvation Army bell ringers from their stores, but opted to sell items online for customers to donate to the Salvation Army. Ironically, Target doesn't give a single cent to them, but profits from your purchase. They also charge you to ship the item to the Salvation Army.



Nordstrom (206) 628-2111 President Blake W. Nordstrom contact@nordstrom.com

On their "holiday shipping" section of the website, they only refer to "December 25." Their catalogs do not mention the word "Christmas." Mr. Nordstrom says he welcomes your comments.

* Sears (847) 286-2500 nationalcustomerservice@sears.com

Sears, owned by Kmart, is advertising "Holiday" trees on page seven of their circular. It also was noticeably absent of the word "Christmas." UPDATE: Sears has confirmed that it now displays a sign reading "Merry Christmas" at the entrance to its stores nationwide.


Walgreens (847) 940-2500 President Jeffery Rien -Jeff.Rein@walgreens.com



Because of your efforts, Walgreens has released the following response in 2006: "Next year (2007), you can be assured our advertising will better incorporate 'Christmas,' and our holiday trees will be called Christmas trees. Unfortunately, all of this year’s December ads are already printed, so it's too late to make changes for this season."
(Just for the record, I (Tracey) looked at their online ad for this week- all the Christmas-themed items say "holiday" socks or "holiday" gloves- the only reference to Christmas I found was for Christmas pencils!)
Lowe's (800) 445-6937



We are pleased to update you about Lowe’s sale of Christmas trees. Lowe’s informed the AFA that it is removing banners referring to “holiday trees” from its stores (the actual product signs inside Lowe’s stores did say Christmas trees, but the outside banner did not). Lowe’s says it has proudly sold Christmas trees in its stores for decades, and continues to do so this year in all of its stores nationwide. All 49 varieties of live and artificial trees at Lowe’s and on Lowes.com are labeled as Christmas trees.



Lowe’s assures AFA that the language on the banner was a mistake, and was not in any way an attempt to remove Christmas from the season.



We applaud Lowe’s for listening to its customers and responding to their concerns. Just as we alerted Lowe’s to our concerns, now let’s show them our support by sending thank you emails and shopping in their stores.

Office Max (877) 484-3629 williambonner@officemax.com

Office Max offers no "Christmas" in their advertising.

Kmart (800) 635-6278 kmartccn@kmart.com

Kmart promotes a "Holiday Sale" on their website. Links to the trees webpage asks if you "Need it by Christmas," but refers you to its "Holiday Shipping Dates" section.

Staples (800) 378-2753 experts@orders.staples.com

In searching for "Christmas" on their website, results show only three matches. Staples ads avoid using "Christmas."
Best Buy (888) 237-8289 dick.schulze@bestbuy.com


Best Buy offers no "Christmas" in their advertising.

Kohl's UPDATE: Kohl's has provided AFA with a corporate statement. They dispute the charge made on The O'Reilly Factor and provided a letter stating they "would use the word 'Christmas' in some of our advertising." AFA is pleased to let you know that this in, in fact, the case. Kohl's asks us to inform you of their plans to incorporate "Christmas" in future advertising. We appreciate Kohl's listening to their customers concerns and responding in kind.



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These companies have banned "Christmas" from their television commercials. In a review of commercials aired on prime-time broadcast network, these companies clearly marketed their ads to Christmas shoppers without using the word "Christmas."

In a total of 116 commercials, only 11 (9%) included the word "Christmas" in the ad.



SC Johnson

Therese Van Ryne Public Relations Manager

tmvanryn@scj.com

262-260-3709



L.L. Bean

publicaffairs@llbean.com

800-441-5713

Zales

David H. Sternblitz, Vice President

ir@zalecorp.com

1-800-311-JEWEL.

Kmart

Julian C. Day, President and Chief Executive Officer

kmartccn@kmart.com

248-463-1000



Outback Steakhouse



Emails to Outback are being rejected with the message, "Your message was deleted without being read." You may wish to make a personal call.

Stephanie Amberg, Director of public relations stephanieamberg@outback.com

813-282-1225



Chris T. Sullivan Chairman of the Board chrissullivan@outback.com



A. William Allen, III Chief Executive Officer billallen@outback.com



Benjamin P. Novello President, Outback Steakhouse bennovello@outback.com



Lexus

media_relations@tma.toyota.com

1-800-GO TOYOTA

Old Navy

custserv@oldnavy.com

1-800-653-6289



Old Navy is proud of their anti-Christmas stance, simply referring to the "holiday" (Christmas) as nothing more than a tradition.


Kroger

kroger.investors@kroger.com

513-762-4000



Best Buy

Susan Busch Director, Corporate Public Relations

susan.busch@bestbuy.com

612-292-4000, ext 4

Cingular

Stephen M. Carter, Chief Executive Officer

1-866-246-4852

Reckitt Benckiser

Tom Corran, SVP IR and corporate communications

tom.corran@reckittbenckiser.com

corpcomms@reckittbenckiser.com

973 404 2600

Pier 1

Merianne Kimmel Roth, Senior PR Manager

mkroth@pier1.com

817-252-8080

Red Lobster

Darden Media Relations dardeninfo@darden.com

Joe R. Lee, Chairman & CEO jlee@darden.com

407-245-4372

Office Depot

Bruce Nelson Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

bnelson@officedepot.com

561-438-4800

Gillette

James (Jim) M. Kilts Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

james_kilts@gillette.com

John F. Manfredi SVP Corporate Affairs

john_manfredi@gillette.com

617-421-7000

Applebee's

Laurie, Ellison, Executive Director of Communications

Laurie.ellison@applebees.com

888-59APPLE

Burlington Coat

Monroe G. Milstein – Chairman, President, and CEO

Monroe.milstein@coat.com

Phone: 609-387-7800

Dell

Investor_Relations@dell.com

1-800-WWW-DELL

Milton-Bradley

Gail Carvelli Media Relations Manager

gcarvelli@hasbro.com

401) 431-8697

Thursday, December 10, 2009

To Thee Hope

I finished my Brightneedle ornament today- still need to "finish" it- but thought I'd post anyway. I didn't use the recommended DMC but used overdyeds instead- if anyone is interested this is what I used:

DMC 169- GAST Barn Grey
           318-GAST Bankers Grey
           372-SSS Green Tea Ice Cream
           407-SSS Mocha
           452-WDW Carnation
            524-GAST Green Apple (I didn't actually use this- the two letters that were to be stitched in this color I stitched in a different color-SSS Spice Drop-by accident and just left them alone. )
            927-GAST Evergreen
            3013-WDW Ivy
            3046-WDW Beige
            3053-SSS Spice Drop
            3774-SSS White Peach
            3863-GAST Cidermill brown

I stitched it on BCG Textiles linen, 32 ct.  This was from the 2006 JCS Ornament Issue,  stitched  one strand of floss over one fabric thread .  Now off to work on a Christmas gift...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Sushi boats and giveaway goodies!!


The other day I received my giveaway from Robin - it made my day cause I was really having a bad Monday- and this was a spot of sunshine in it all! I know she posted pics on her blog when she had the giveaway, but I thought I'd post some too..



Isn't this a lovely journal? I love the quote on it- I even have it written in a book of favorite quotes/poetry somewhere. :)  Thank you so much Robin!
I also won a book on Goodreads! I was notified yesterday. I won The First Rule.  I'm really looking forward to receiving it and checking it out!
A friend of ours from Illinois is taking a class near by for a couple of weeks, so he stopped in to see us last night.  We went to Hanna's concert at school then all went our for sushi. Look what we got:


A boat full of sushi!!! It was delicious!! And very artistic. I wish I would've had a real camera to take a picture.  Although two women sitting at the sushi bar already thought I was a bit weird for taking a picture of our dinner.. lol.  We had just never had one of these before!
On the stitching front- still stitching away on gifts and ornaments. I am hoping to finish my Brightneedle ornament tomorrow.. unfortunately I don't even know if I am going to give it away- it's so dainty and pretty!!  lol Speaking of stitching.. that is what I should be doing right now.. so until later..

Saturday, December 05, 2009

the right day for some stitching supplies!!

I am so sorry I haven't been blogging much lately- been working feverishly on Christmas gifts, added to the usual day to day stuff.. phew! I have cut back on my computer time somewhat for now. 
Today I went to my LNS to pick up some beads and Kreinik braid I needed for a gift I'm working on (thanks so much Michael's for phasing them out so I have to drive 20 min or more to get them! Argh!). But anyway, it was probably a blessing in disguise- I went to my LNS because she always has her Mill Hill beads and Kreinik stocked- also picked up some beading thread... and I wanted to check the price on Butternut Road's "Winter Sampler" cause I really love that pattern. I'd like to start working on it after I'm finished with gifts.. I checked and she asked me how much it was- I said "14.00." And she said "I'll give it to you for half price." I had only brought a certain amount of cash with me but she took checks so I figured out a way to work it all out. :) She also let me know from time to time she has half-off sales on her charts and asked me if she had my phone number. I said no and she passed me her little blue book where I promptly wrote it down! Am hoping to go back soon and take advantage of the sale when I have a bit more money.  "Winter Sampler" is an older pattern but here's a pic if you aren't familiar with it-

The only think I'm not too sure of is the white moth at the time.. to me it doesn't fit.. but I guess there would be nothing to put in it's place so maybe I'll try it, it is kind of pretty, for a bug. lol

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Me and my little man


Taken this morning-I got all my hair chopped off yesterday!
Oh, and that hat used to be mine when I was little. My mom or grandma made it, can't remember! :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for you all, my dear friends.  I so enjoy sharing my life and stitching with you!  Each new follower I get makes me feel special.I hope each and every one of you has a beautiful day!

Things I am thankful for today:

That David's fever went down and our Thanksgiving get-together will happen!
For my health.
For the ability to cross-stitch. ;)
For a roof over my head.
For a husband that is an excellent cook. :)
For the beautiful weather today.
For a wonderful set of parents and an awesome brother who love me.
For two beautiful, healthy children.
For the generosity of others.

And sooooo much more! God bless you all today!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A generous giveaway!

Robin is having a great blogaversary giveaway! Click her name or the title of this post to check it out. :)

Another new post is below...

my tiny angel, Christmas lights, and more..


Hanna and David (with a little chocolate on his face)

Tonight was the annual lighting of the Christmas lights in our historic downtown area.  I took the kids for a little while- Krispy Kreme was giving away a free doughnut to anyone who wanted to wait in line.. lol.. he was even dipping them in chocolate and putting the sprinkles on right there! So the kids and I grabbed a doughnut and waited for the lights to be turned on, and the kids also mixed up some reindeer food (glitter and oats) to leave on the lawn for Santa's reindeer. :)  These pics were taken with my phone so they aren't stellar, though I like the one of the kids.

A shot of "Main St"


the (magnolia) Christmas tree

I've also been working on my Brightneedle Christmas ornament at lunch- I am subbing overdyed threads for the DMC and finally have my conversions all worked out I think- except for one that I missed.
I couldn't get a good pic of this- if I turned my flash on it was too washed out, so I had to use this one. It is one floss thread over one fabric thread- this is sometimes a little nervewracking but I love the dainty stitches. What needles do you use for tiny stitches? I think mine is a little too big.
And last but not least, the bookmark I did for my mom for her birthday- she loved it. :) Some of you may have seen it on the Freebie Gallery blog already. It's by Linen Flowers and it's a freebie! It can be found here . They have lots of really lovely freebies on this site.  Happy stitching!

For all primitive/Early America/antique lovers

Check this place out- no cross stitch here but some wonderful items!
Carole's Country Store Be sure to check out all the different areas!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Need help finding Kate!

I need some help from the blog world- I won a giveaway on a blog a while back, and I received the chart yesterday- wanted to let the giver know that I had received but no longer have her email, and can't remember which blog was hers.  Does anyone know of a Kate that blogs, a fellow stitcher, that has recently moved? She is in the U.S. Thanks so much for your help! Worst case I can just drop her a line back by snail mail I suppose..

Will hopefully post a pic or two soon of something- most stitching has been for Christmas, some for people that may read my blog, especially now that it's linked to my facebook page.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Snowman card pattern winner!!!

Bet you never thought I'd post! Sorry it took so long-- David closed his eyes and reached into the bag o' names and he picked...FAYE RAYE!!  Woo hoo! Faye, email me your address at angelrose1108@yahoo.com and I will get this out to you Monday- congrats!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Super stitchy giveaway!!!

Erynne is having a super generous stitchy giveaway on her blog! Just click the post title or her name to check it out. :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A little giveaway


I came across this card pattern the other day- I have already stitched it-so if you would like it please leave a comment on this post only and I will draw a name Friday or Saturday. :) I'm hoping to finish up a gift tonight, will get it in the mail and hopefully in a few days I'll be able to show it to you. :) Not much else going on today except the usual!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My grandma's card finished!


Just a quick post to show you the card I made for my grandma- this was my first card-making attempt "from scratch" - meaning no cards with openings for stitching to be inserted, etc.  I tried to wing it last night or Friday and it didn't turn out, so I reviewed a tutorial I had received from a fellow stitcher on the San Man board, and gave it another shot. It's pretty simple, but I figure as I know more what I'm doing I can get a little fancier. :) Plus Grandma's birthday is tomorrow so this is going to be really late!! I love these brads I found at Michael's - I think they are so pretty- there were two different sets with them as well, one kind of funky (in a good way) and the other kind of classic. The design is from a Cross Stitch Crazy magazine "extra" I believe. (Too lazy to go look-lol) I know it was a British cross stitch mag.  Sorry for the crappy picture- I used the flash but it still turned out pretty dark!

Who'da thunkit?

LOL! You know that headache I had for a week?  Well all it took to cure it was a night out with my hubby and a margarita and a half at Chili's. hee hee..  Rob surprised me Friday by finding some friends to watch the kids and taking me out to Chili's for dinner!  It was delicious and so nice to relax.  And as mentioned above, the margaritas did the trick! Weird huh? Mind you, alchoholic beverages are not going to become my headache medicine. ;-)


And here is my progress pic on my LK flip-its- not as far as I thought I would get but after Hanna goes to bed I've been working on her Christmas present- once I make some progress I will post it here as she doesn't read my blog, unless it's over my shoulder once in a while as I'm typing. 

I am going to be listing a couple of items on ebay if anyone is interested-  the pattern and leftover threads from Bent Creek's Blackbird House zipper-
and a cross stitch mousepad kit- it has been opened but all the original items are in there. My ebay ID is hannasmom1198. :)
And last but not least, here is a picture of some trees near our townhouse- sorry the pic is not of the full trees but I didn't want the neighbors' vehicles in the photo.

I really wanted to wait til the middle tree had turned also, but I was afraid the leaves would be off of the other two by then!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Not exactly as planned...

Good evening dear friends! I took the day off today to spend with the kids, take them to the Veteran's Day parade, etc. Rob was supposed to work today.   Well the parade was cancelled due to the weather. Rob took the day off, not necessarily a bad thing..  I went to the chiropractor this morning to try to get rid of this never-ending headache.  I felt better after getting adjusted but the headache was still lurking, and slowly got worse as the morning went on.  We did some running around, ate some lunch, and Rob suggested that when we got home I should take a shower and let the hot water run on my neck-where most of my tension was- and then lay down.  I told him I didn't want to sleep my day off away.. and he said "Well then just lay down and watch a movie."  Great idea! He kept David busy and Hanna had a book to read for school so I did as he suggested- I have been in the mood to watch "Emma" ever since I finished reading the book(maybe even before.) So I popped that in and lay down to watch it and try to relax, and also complete one more thing on my Jane Austen challenge list! Next thing I know I am waking up and part of the movie is over. Argh! And even then I couldn't stay awake, kept dozing off and on.. though there is an advantage to falling asleep while watching the movie- I dreamt of Jeremy Northam. hee hee..  So I guess I did NOT complete another task on my Jane Austen challenge. lol  The good news is my headache is mostly gone, I hope it will stay that way and I won't wake up with it again in the morning.  Overall it was a good day, after waking up from my nap/movie watching I just stayed in my flannel PJs the rest of the day.  It has been raining since yesterday so I knew I wouldn't want to go anywhere else- even though I wanted to kit up Hanna's Christmas present and I was missing a skein of DMC.. argh! Will have to go tomorrow and pick it up.  I worked on my LK flip it blocks again and am making some decent progress- will post a pic after I work on it tomorrow.

I also read a little.  I'm reading Exit Wounds by J.A. Jance- it is really good so far. Unfortunately it is #11 in a series and now I will want to read all the others. Like I don't have enough books on my goodreads "to read" list! :-O

Well it's back to work tomorrow so I suppose I better get to bed- I hope everyone had a great Veteran's Day and took some time also to remember and pray for our vets and active duty military.  I just found out a good friend of ours is going to be deployed fairly soon to Afghanistan. :(  What sacrifices they make for us!!

Monday, November 09, 2009

I feel like I've been away forever..

but have just been really busy!  Friday night we had a few tween girls over for a sleepover for Hanna's birthday- she turned 11 on Sunday!  We watched "17 Again" with them- I am not a huge Zac Efron fan - guess just from over-exposure- but it was a cute movie.  One of the girls couldn't spend the night but the other two stayed, and they all wanted to go to zumba class with me Saturday.  It was ok, we really didn't have much else to do so it would get them out of our little place and give them someplace to burn some energy.  We had a good time-came home and Rob brought home some subs for lunch.  They hung out a while longer then headed home.  I was having a bit of a rough weekend because I had a headache that started Friday and still has not gone completely away, though it has gotten better. It seemed nothing I took would help, and the one thing that did, kind of, was Excedrin Migraine, but it gives me heartburn and acid indigestion.  At that point anything was better than a headache.. but I think a trip to my chiropractor is in my not so distant future.  I haven't been adjusted in a long time.

On the stitching front, I got a bit more done on my bookmark this weekend but not as much as I would've liked.  Tonight I worked on my Brightneedle ornament, and my lunchtime project is a Jane Austen ornament for a friend of mine- the freebie was sent out with Tanya's (Sampler Girl) orders from her $5 sale. :)

We also had something a little odd happen yesterday- the kids and I came home from church and running errands and their were ladybugs all over the front of our building!  We also had several in the house as Rob's and my bedroom window was open and evidently we have some little holes in our screen.  So the window was quickly shut and Hanna and I began ladybug-catching.  We tried to be humane and set most of them free, though I fear when I was vaccuuming up dust around the window one or two may have met their end. I thought we had most of them, then realized the seal around our kitchen door at the bottom has come off and there was enough space for them to get in- so we caught some more.  I also filled up the crevice with tin foil until I can call our property manager to replace our seal/ or the ladybugs move on, whichever comes first.  According to Hanna they were still around when they got home from school with Rob!

Well, that's the update- sorry no pics tonight, I am feeling a bit tired and lazy- maybe tomorrow. :)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Did you know...

Brightneedle is now only designing teaching designs and not retail? They are retiring all their designs. :( I may be behind on the times, but I didn't know this until I went to their site today.  So sad.. :( I love their designs!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Halloween pics, a gift, a finish, and an ebay win!

Well, back to reality!  Mom and Dad's visit was great but much too short!!  We had a great time as always!  I did happen to get a little stitching time in the evenings as we watched movies, and finished my L*K flip-it!   (***OOPS!*** Not quite finished- realized last night I forgot the border.  Am going to LQS to get some WDW Snowflake today! LOL)

Mom went with me to take the kids trick-or treating-And on Friday I received this beautiful giftie for my birthday from Sharlotte!


 A great weekend!
And today I won a pattern on ebay that I've been wanting- the Celtic Band Sampler by Homespun Samplar. I love this design! I meant to get a whole lot of pics with my parents this weekend, but again I failed.  I guess it's cause we just hung around town and did some shopping and went to Starbucks mostly! We did go to Raleigh for a bit on Sunday, but just to church and to grab a bite.. went on a disappointing trip to find a LNS that I had heard of - but evidently I had heard of it a lonnnnng time ago cause it was no longer there, and the neighbor had never remembered and LNS being there. Any of my NC blogging friends remember You Count w/ Freda in Cary?  I had never been there- I guess I waited too long to check it out! Oh well!
I guess I better go get some stitching done!

Friday, October 30, 2009

a photo question..

Many of your blogs have some sort of computerized "signature" on the pics, with your name and the year, or your blog name and year, I am assuming so people cannot use them for random things.. how do you do that? It's a really good idea! (Yes, sometimes it takes me awhile to catch on.. lol)

My parents will be in this evening and staying for the weekend, so I will have a lot of blogging to catch up on, on Monday! :) Hopefully a little stitching to show too!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I Love Candy Canes finished!!


I finally finished I Love Candy Canes. Woo hoo! This was an easy piece but for some reason it took me forever to finish- I guess cause I was only working on it one day a week, and it was on the night I usually have zumba class. lol
I don't think I posted this yet either- I actually finished this several years ago but never framed it- I found a frame my dad had made me - for what I don't remember- but it fit my L*K Autumn Cottage Boxer perfectly! So I framed it a weekend or two ago.
My birthday was ok, nothing super spectacular, but got lots of well wishes from friends and family, a nice card and gift from my boss. :) Not alot of money for a gift from dh, but that's ok- he'll make it up to me at some point. Overall it was a good day. David couldn't understand why I didn't bring a party home from work with me- he thought I forgot my birthday! I told him we'd celebrate when Grandma and PaPa got here. :)  That's about it for today- better go to bed- back to work tomorrow.

It's not too late...

You can still join Missy's 13 Days of Halloween giveaway! <-Click! Lots of fun prizes!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Giveaway time!

 April at Itching 2 Stitch is having a great giveaway! Just click the title of her blog for details.

Clouds and sunrises

Now that Hanna has to be at school by 7:30! I see a lot of sunrises.. I am also a cloud freak- I love pretty clouds. Here are a few snaps I've taken with my phone for your viewing pleasure. :) The first one includes some crows or blackbirds of some sort- we've seen scores of them lately!!