Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy. Psalm 86:1

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Good Morning friends! I am taking part in the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop this year. You can learn all about it, and find out where the Hunt begins, by going to Jo's blog. Each of us in the Hunt are sharing an Easter or Spring stitched finish with you. Here is mine.
I stitched this when I was 18 years old. :) This is simply titled "May", because it is from God's In His Heaven, a pattern book by Gloria & Pat. There is a different pattern for each month of the year. I had this framed about 10 years after I stitched it. Then it hung in Madeleine's room for many years.

Each of us participating in this Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop were assigned a letter. If you visit Jo's blog to find out where to begin, then you can hop from blog to blog, collecting letters as you go. You will end up with the Mystery Phrase. :) My letter is  S. You need to visit Gracie's blog next to continue on in order, and solve the mystery!

I will be back on Easter to share two finishes with you. I took a break from Theotokos to make two Easter projects. They involve cross stitch, embroidery and sewing.
If I don't hear from you for a while, I want to wish you a Blessed Easter right now!

Beading and praying,
Vickie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Poodles and Pansies

Hi friends! Did you get yourself an Easter hat like this?
This is another one of my vintage poodle cards. :)

This is what Henry looked like before his haircut yesterday.
Here are Mabel and Henry after I gave them both haircuts this week.
The weather has been mild enough that I have been working in the garden for 30 minutes at a time, every other day now without increasing my left SI joint pain. Hooray! Thank you God. What a blessing.
Pink and purple pansies! Another blessing. ♥

I finished Man's Search For Meaning. This a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. He was a Jewish psychiatrist. It was a very interesting book. This was an assigned book for Jacob's Philosophy course. I decided to read it also.

Here is a picture (not the best, sorry) of the beading I have done thus far.
That is it for today my friends. I hope you are well AND happy. :) I am glad you stopped by. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them AND YOU!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Dreaded Chore

Hi friends! Another beautiful, sunny day here. It is 60ยบ. :) I worked for 30 minutes in the garden yesterday AND today. Without much pain increase! That is fantastic for me. I am very happy with that. I love to garden but decided a few years ago not to expand or add additional beds or borders anymore. I just cannot handle the pain gardening brings about. If I can work 30 minutes at a time with what I have here now, I will be busy enough.

If you recall, last week I asked you all what Springtime chore you think I dread the most. One person guessed correctly. That would be Mary Jane. I told her she is right and I will mail her the chart this week. :) Oh yes! The nasty chore is cleaning up dog poop!!! With our long Wisconsin winters, a lot of poop gets hidden or frozen in the snow and ice. And when things melt and thaw in Spring, well....YUCK!! Happy to say that chore is all done!

Plodding along with beading still. Little things keep popping up for me to do, so I haven't done as much beading as I would like. Tomorrow I have to give Miss Mabel a shampoo, blow dry and cut. :)

You take care. Thanks for stopping in today.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Sunday, April 6, 2014

RAK


Hi friends! I received a RAK from our friend Carol. What a happy, beautiful surprise. :)
Carol tells me that she admires how I live my life to the fullest in spite of my chronic pain. So she stitched me this LHN "Hope" virtue. She hopes and prays that some day my pain will be erased altogether. Oh me too Carol, me too!

I cannot even put into words the excellence of this little pillow. I am NOT exaggerating. I told my husband that this is the finest stitching and finishing I have ever seen. Carol also included an extra bit of cording so I can use this pillow as a Christmas ornament. What an excellent idea! I will do just that. :) You can also see the pretty, little note pad she gave me.♥

Busy times with Emerson. He graduates in less than two months. Then on to Concordia University Mequon.
The campus is right upon the shore of Lake Michigan. He will live at home and commute. He is going to major in History, so far. ;) He decided not to major in Art. He was also accepted at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He loves art and history. The choice was his to make. And he waited as long as possible, let me tell you! He is definitely not done creating art. We will see what God has in store for Emerson.

I finished my least favorite Springtime chore. You still have a chance to guess what chore that is for a free chart I am offering here.  I will draw a name tomorrow. :)

Plodding along with the beading of Theotokos. THAT takes a long time!

Well off to worship on this beautiful Sunday morning. I hope you have a lovely day in the Lord my friends. Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pink + Poodles = Fabulous!

Hi friends! Do you remember last month I received an RAK from Kim? Well one of the gifts she sent me was the JBW pattern, French Country Poodle. I stitched it up using the pretty, pink variegated floss Donna sent me in February. I finished it into a "knob knocker"/ door knob hanger for Madeleine's bedroom.
I stitched this one over one on 25ct white evenweave. It is finished with the adorable, pink poodle fabric you see. Thank you Kim! This won't be the last time I stitch this poodle up. :)

My heart finishes aren't always what I want them to be. I find it so hard to keep a uniform shape. Do you have troubles with hearts? This is what hung from Madeleine's door for a few years.
I believe this was from a Cross Stitcher magazine. I substituted my own purple DMC colors to coordinate with her room. :)

I took a picture of Theotokos when I took it off the scroll bars three days ago. You can see I began the beading in the upper left corner.
I want to thank Vicki,Lee and Dani for their advice on beading. I have not heard back from Riolis. That is okay though. Had I looked at the needle they included for beading, I would have noticed it is impossible for one OR two strands of wool thread to fit through those beads. DUH! I did say that I have not done a big project with beads before. I did! So, I took myself to JoAnn right after Dani told me to use Nymo thread for beading. I am happy to say it is working very well. Slow, but very well.

Remember my Spring Poodles post? Wanna know something I think is very cool? Kissy of Kissy-Cross saw my post. She said she was inspired by concrete Mabel and Henry wearing their bows with her freebies on them! She decided to create another freebie because of it! She made two bunnies wearing poodle bows! tee hee! She says, "Okay, you can't see the poodles on their bows but I swear there are some ;-)" Yay! Use the link above to check out this new freebie. I printed it off. :)

I hope you have a super day in the Lord my friends. It is rainy here, so I will be beading today. Thanks for stopping by.  Oh yes, I forgot to mention if you are interested in a free chart I am giving away, see my previous post. :)

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

Hi friends! Spring has sprung, Theotokos is done. Well, the cross stitch anyways. Now the beading is left to do.

I bought this pattern on ebay. It is from 2006. It was open, but they stated that everything was there. I did some checking on the internet this weekend. It seems that the patterns come with directions in 6 languages. Well not mine. It is only in Russian. I am unsure if I should use one strand of the wool or two to attach the beads. I emailed Riolis over the weekend. I hope they respond and let me know soon.

So since almost all the snow is melted, the weather has been milder, and I can see a few plants beginning to peek out of the soil, I will now accept that Spring is here. ;)

I was looking for a poodle chart this weekend and came across this one.

I bought this pattern at a thrift shop. It has a few notes in pencil inside from the previous stitcher, so it is not in mint shape. But I know I will never get to stitching this. Would you like to stitch it? If you would like it, you need to be a follower of mine. AND... just for fun, you also need to answer this question correctly. :) If more than one of you get the correct answer, I will draw a name. I will draw a winner on Monday, April 7th. Here's your question: What is my least favorite spring time chore?

I finally finished reading My Heart's Cry by Anne Graham Lotz. I really liked this book a lot. I am glad it is my book, as I have pages marked off to go back to again and again. Simply put, this book is all about saturating your life with Jesus.

Well, if someone has a Riolis kit, and wants to tell me if I should use one or two strands of wool for attaching the beads, please tell me! Or maybe you just know, please tell me! I would love to begin today. Otherwise, I may be taking another break with a small stitchy project. :)

Have a super dee duper day!  Ha! Did your kids watch Barney over and over too?! Some of the songs are stuck in my head FOREVER from kid's programs.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Poodles

Hi friends! How are you? You haven't heard much from me, because I have been plodding along on Theotokos. I am very close to being done with the cross stitch. Then on to beading! Yikes!

I needed a break from Theotokos, and we are giving the front room a bit of a different look. Nothing major mind you. Rearrange some furniture, and take out one arm chair and put in a wonderful rocking chair. I have had 5.75 yds of lovely home decorator fabric sitting for years. I made a new slip cover for our footstool. We purchased the foot stool a few years ago. It is like new and nothing is wrong with it. I just wanted it to coordinate with the rest of the front room. The walls are cream. Our accent color was denim blue. It is now chocolate brown.
I will be using this same home dec fabric to make valances for the front room also. Soon. And then a few table runners. Always something.

You might remember my concrete Mabel and Henry statues that sit on the front porch? Well they needed a bit of Spring. So I stitched some pretty tulips for Mabel and two cute bunnies for Henry.
These motifs were taken from this sweet freebie right here. I made Henry's bunnies brown. :) His bow tie is stitched on 18ct cream wired aida ribbon. Mabel's bow is a burlap, wired ribbon. I bought both of these ribbons on clearance at JoAnn last year.

All five of us saw Muppets Most Wanted on Sunday. It was a fun movie.

That's it for today. I am thankful for you! I am praying for a handful of you with specific needs. If you ever want someone to pray for you, just ask me! :) Have a super weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie