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Monday, September 24, 2018

October Wreath

Hi friends! Slowly but surely I have gotten the October wreath done for the cubby shelf. It is hard when I am only stitching for 10 minutes at a time due to this strained neck. Here it is.
The French designer, at Trésors de boîtes à couture says these are cyclamen. I am not feeling it. I still love this wreath. I think it is very pretty. If you like it also, you can find the pattern HERE.

I never did show you my September cubby shelf display and here September is almost over!🙄

Since we have moved to this apartment one year ago from our home, it has been a challenge for me to find SPACE to display my cross stitch. I know the time will come once our three young adult children move out, but I am not rushing that❣️ For now, space is at a premium around here. I had a light bulb moment the other day.💡 DUH! The top of the cubby shelf is another little shelf!
Okay, Did any of you read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne? WOW. Just wow. You should read it. Really. This is a book you don't forget. A book with a lesson. An ending you are not expecting.
Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
I am working on designing a little October poodle now.😊

Thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement for myself and Scott and Jenny. Please keep praying for Scott, okay? There has been another complication and he must go back to City of Hope today. Thank you ever so much! God bless you my friends! What a wonderful blessing this cross stitch community is!

Have a fabulous week now. Til next time!

Stitching and praying,
Madeleine's Fall Murphy

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Good Grief!🙄

Hi friends! I am still around,  but having a bit of trouble. I have encountered a setback with my neck. It seems my neck is the weak point in my body. So Bridget tells me. Yes, Bridget. As in this Bridget.
Remember her? My physical therapist? Yes, I am actually back to seeing her.😥 It seems unreal. You won't believe how I injured my neck! I spent several hours with my MIL shopping and out to lunch. She speeds to the red light and takes off very fast at the green light. I am not used to all the jerking around in the car I guess. My neck was rocking back and forth. Bridget said I suffered mini whiplashes that day. So my nerves have been all frazzled since then. A MONTH AGO!! I just can't believe the pain from something so simple! So I will work with her in therapy for a while.

I did call the neurosurgeon's office when my neck pain did not go away after two weeks. I left a message with his assistant explaining what happened and asked if I should go back to PT and if so can he send an order over for me to begin? Since I received an order to begin PT, I guess he feels this is the correct thing for me to do.

I did ask Bridget if something is wrong with me, maybe to do with my neck surgery? She said no, she did not think so. I have suffered a sprain.

I won this adorable T-shirt from the giveaway that RJ and Mary had on their blog STITCHING FRIENDS FOREVER.

Isn't it cute?! I just love it! Thank you so much Peggy for this T-shirt from your wonderful LNS, Crafty Framer and Cross Stitch Store, in Largo, Florida.

Here is the pretty card Mary made me. She also sent these sweet pink coasters as a little extra.

I have an update for you on our friend Scott. He has had a double craniotomy to remove the two brain tumors. A postoperative MRI has revealed that 0.1% of cancer remains in his brain. Radiation is needed along with chemo to rid him of this. This is very good news!

Scott is now at a rehabilitation  hospital. He is doing physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Please pray for him and his family. There is still a long road ahead. Thank you!
War Brides by Helen Bryan was a good story, but I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning. Also, there are a lot of characters to keep track of.
With war threatening to spread from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. Nightly air raids become grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge an unlikely bond of friendship that will change their lives forever.
Alice Osbourne, the stolid daughter of the late vicar, is reeling from the news that Richard Fairfax broke their engagement to marry Evangeline Fontaine, an American girl from the Deep South. Evangeline’s arrival causes a stir in the village—but not the chaos that would ensue if they knew her motives for being there. Scrappy Elsie Pigeon is among the poor of London who see the evacuations as a chance to escape a life of destitution. Another new arrival is Tanni Zayman, a young Jewish girl who fled the horrors of Europe and now waits with her newborn son, certain that the rest of her family is safe and bound to show up any day. And then there’s Frances Falconleigh, a madcap, fearless debutante whose father is determined to keep her in the countryside and out of the papers.
As the war and its relentless hardships intensify around them, the same struggles that threaten to rip apart their lives also bring the five closer together. They draw strength from one another to defeat formidable enemies—hunger, falling bombs, the looming threat of a Nazi invasion, and a traitor in their midst—and find remarkable strength within themselves to help their friends. Theirs is a war-forged loyalty that will outlast the fiercest battle and endure years and distance.
When four of the women return to Crowmarsh Priors for a VE Day celebration fifty years later, television cameras focus on the heartwarming story of these old women as war brides of a bygone age, but miss the more newsworthy angle. The women’s mission is not to commemorate or remember—they’ve returned to settle a score and avenge one of their own
I am sorry I do not have stitching to share with you right now. Bridget told me not to stitch for TWO WEEKS NOW! Well, she said don't do needlepoint. So, I guess I can do my cross stitch then?🤣😉I may or may not be sneaking in 10 minute sessions.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day my friends!

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.  Luke 15:10

Stitching and praying,

Friday, September 7, 2018


Hi friends! I have some devastating news to share with you. Our dear friend Scott's cancer has spread to his brain. As you can imagine our dear Jenny, his son Andrew and his daughter Emily are all in shock and heart broken.

I am asking any and all of my 406 followers who pray to PLEASE PRAY! Scott, as you can imagine, is in very much pain. And do you know what? Jenny, Andrew, and Emily are too.
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Stitching and praying,

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

☀️Summer Postcard☀️

Hi friends! I am taking part in Jo's Summer Postcard Blog Hop.

Each person participating sends her a stitched picture (postcard)  with a message and receives one in return. Here is the lovely postcard I received.
Some of you may recognize this fantastic work, am I right?! Yes, this is from our dear friend RJ.
Click here to go visit RJ's blog

RJ writes:
Greetings from the shore! The weather is perfect, the water warm and the boardwalk is crowded with many people. Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.

If you CLICK HERE you will go to Jo's blog and you can see all the post cards. And see where my postcard went!😉

Blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. Psalm 72:19

Stitching and praying,

Monday, September 3, 2018


Hi friends! I completed my first Christmas ornament stitching. It is for Emerson. I am not sure how I will do the finishing yet, but I have a while to think about that don't I?😉
Just perfect for our 22 year old carpenter son right? This is from 501 Cross Stitch Designs by Sam Hawkins. I stitched this two over two with the called for DMC on a mystery 29 count linen.

The next stitchy project I completed is the September Poodle.😊I am really pleased with how this little one turned out.
I thought of you Julie and your love of books. When I stitched this I smiled. I knew you are going to stitch this as one of your little poodles on your bookmark!! How wonderful!

Here is the September Poodle for all of you my friends to stitch up if you like. As always, all of the poodle patterns can be found on my Calendar Poodle SAL Page at the top of my blog. Just click on the tab found there.
Use two strands of 838 to make a French Knot nose. Use one strand of 838 for all backstitching.

Last but not least, I have the winner of the Lizzie Kate A Little Beach pattern.

Image result for lizzie kate a little beach

I will be back soon with something special. Until then, take care! Thanks for stopping by.

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  1John 5:12

Stitching and praying,

Friday, August 24, 2018

September Wreath

Hi friends! I finished stitching the September wreath for the cubby shelf. I really like the marigolds, don't you?
This was stitched one over one on 25ct white Zweigart Dublin linen with the called for DMC. This pattern can be found HERE.

I also got my September poodle designed. Now I will move on to stitching him!🐩
I cannot for the life of me remember which of my British stitching friends recommended Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys. Was it you?? Please let me know! I read this book and it was good. It was not exactly what I was expecting.

We have been watching the old family videos we made starting 24 years ago when Jacob was first born. We watch them when we are all together, so it is going slowly. It is hard to get all five of us together at one time actually with work and school schedules. Brian and I sit glued to the screen practically. HA. The kids not as much. Um, the first two whole tapes are of Jacob only.😉Oh first time, young devoted parents!!!🤣

Madeleine begins university again on Monday. Summer is ending then isn't it? Hard for me to know, I still stay in mostly. I tested it, and even with the increased dosage of the Topamax, yes, the headaches soar if I stay out in the sun for any length of time, so I do not go out at all.

Thank you for your lovely comments last time and your birthday wishes for both Brian AND Murphy!😁

I have a giveaway going on for a LizzieKate pattern right now. See my last post for the giveaway.

I hope you have a lovely weekend my friends! Take good care of yourself,  there is only one you!❤️

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works  Hebrews 10:24

Stitching and praying,

Monday, August 20, 2018


Hi friends! I have a sweet finish today to share with you. "A Little Beach" by LizzieKate. This one is for Brian. This is a pattern he chose. Today is his 50th birthday!🎂
This was a kit. I did not even take the time to count the linen. I think it must be 28ct or 32ct? I used most of the called for DMC. I did change out the dark green and the oranges. I chose ones to match the cover picture better. I stitched this two over two as called for and this gave me a 5x5 finish. Absolutely perfect for this frame I have had waiting for one year!
I plan to use this for seasonal displays.😊 Brian is quite happy with this small gift.
I have this spot open on the side of my dresser, right as you walk into our bedroom you pass by it. This is where I have placed it.
Now that I am done with this pattern I would like to offer this to any of my sidebar followers. There are blue beads left, but I used the star fish charm. I will need you to leave a comment on this post telling me you would like this chart. I will draw a name for the winner of the chart on Monday, September 3rd.
Have you ever read a book by Adriana Trigiani? Oh my goodness!!! This author is SO GOOD!! I read The Shoemaker's Wife. What a fantastic book! I loved it. I looked her up on and ordered more of her audio book on our library system. Oh man! So good! I am going to read all of her books. SERIOUSLY!
Beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns with the most epic and ambitious novel of her career—a breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again. The Shoemaker's Wife is replete with the all the page-turning adventure, sumptuous detail, and heart-stopping romance that has made Adriana Trigiani, “one of the reigning queens of women’s fiction” (USA Today). Fans of Trigiani’s sweeping family dramas like Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia will love her latest masterpiece, a book Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, calls “totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream.”
Well off to stitch on the September floral wreath for the cubby shelf. I need to think up a September poodle!! I have no ideas yet!🤔

Murphy turns 15 tomorrow!🎉

Thanks for stopping by today my friends. I am always glad when you do. Have a super week now!

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
Psalm 32:7

Stitching and praying,