Calendar Poodle SAL

Monday, June 17, 2019


Hi friends! I would like to share with you two gifts that I received for my 50th birthday last week.

Our friend June sent me this sweet poodle pattern🐩, bookmark, and ribbon. Thank you once again June!💗
Our friend Donna sent me tea, a bookmark, and floss. Thank you once again Donna!💗
I would like to show you my latest finish.  This is 'June Square Dance' by Heart in Hand.
I plan to use this 3x3 mother of pearl frame for the whole monthly series. I stitched this two over two on 32ct evenweave using DMC and VMSS 1795 Sky Blue. I am loving this series❣️

I am now stitching this pattern.
I have had it in my stash for 4 years. I finally want it stitched! I found it at a thrift store for .49 cents!

We have a winner for the SamSarah charts.
The winner is:  LINDA!
Have any of you read The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom? Oh boy, is it ever good! I love historical fiction.
Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of the highly anticipated Glory Over Everything, established herself as a remarkable new talent with The Kitchen House, now a contemporary classic. In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War. Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family. In time, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the master’s opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves. Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  John 3:17

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic week my friends!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, June 10, 2019


Hi friends! Check this out❣️
This is the chocolate birthday cake Brian ordered for my fiftieth birthday party! Perfect or what?

The winner of Country Cottage Needlework's Main Street Gazebo pattern is: Jo!
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I am now giving away these two patterns by SamSarah. I am giving them away together as one gift.
If you would like to enter this giveaway you need to: Be a sidebar follower of mine on this blog, and leave a comment on this post stating that you would like these patterns. I will draw a name on Monday, June 17th.

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

Thank you for all of your wonderful  Happy Birthday wishes my friends! I am so very glad you stopped by today see the cake we enjoyed at the party! Have a great week now!

Stitching and praying,

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Friday, June 7, 2019


Hi friends! Yes, that is right! I turned 50 years old yesterday! My mom is having us all over on Sunday for a birthday party. I will share a picture of my cake with you next time. Brian has ordered a special cake.😁 It will be pink with a poodle on top! No, I am not kidding you!

I have not had much opportunity to stitch this week. I did want to share the winner of 'Secret Flower Bed' by The Trilogy pattern.

I had thirteen ladies enter the giveaway. The winner is: our friend Vicki

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner was a very good book. I really did not realize German Americans were sent to internment camps, did you? Even Italians. And then forced to be sent back to Germany and Italy. I knew about the Japanese Americans. What a sad part of our history.
Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943—aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity. The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences. But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny, or disappear into the image others have cast upon her. The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."  Matthew 7:7-8

I hope you have a good weekend my friends! Thank you for stopping by!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, June 3, 2019


Hi friends! I have a finish for the cubby shelf to share with you!
I had to stitch this tiny, little gazebo one over one on 32ct lambswool linen to make it fit. You probably will not recognize the pattern. I have changed it a LOT! Not sure if you can even see the rooster weather vane I created on top in weathered copper color? This is "Main Street Gazebo" by Country Cottage Needleworks.
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 I think I may call it "Broad Street Gazebo" now.😁 I modeled this after the gazebo on Broad Street in Greendale, Wisconsin where we lived for 10 years and raised our kids. I love Greendale.💖Always will❣️

This is the "Greendale section"of my cubby shelf. The white house is our former home in downtown Greendale.💗 I stitched up Dorothy's famous quote many years ago, referring to Greendale.
 Thought I would show you the actual gazebo too.
So now I am going to give away the pattern! If you would like "Main Street Gazebo" by CCN you need to: be a sidebar follower of mine on this blog, and leave a comment on this post telling me you would like the pattern. I will draw a name on Monday, June 10th.

And now...

The winner of the Hinzeit Love Bits: Love America chart is:  ASTRID! 😁

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Thank you for stopping by today! I am so glad you did! You brighten my day with your comments.😊

Stitching and praying,

Guess who has a VERY BIG Birthday this week?

Friday, May 31, 2019


Hi friends! I have finished 'June-Strawberry' by Rainbow Gallery, the 2005 Cross Stitcher's Surprise Series for the cubby shelf.
I stitched this as I did the rest, one over one on 25ct evenweave. You can see this pattern involved some satin stitch and some Rhodes Stitches.

Today is the day to announce the winner of the ⭐Stars and Stripes⭐pattern!

The winner is:  Donna!

I have a short video to share with you. Something rather different. I realize Willie Nelson may not be for all of you. I grew up with Willie Nelson. My Dad was a huge Willie Nelson fan. So I have a soft spot for Willie. I realize he smokes marijuana, I do not. I have never done drugs in my life. I have never even smoked cigarettes! Anyhow! Back to Willie, I came across this brand new song written by Willie. And a new video by him. It is very short. It is explains at the end how he saved 70 horses from slaughter. Maybe you will watch it?🐴

Have any of you read A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles? I am going to say that so far THIS is my favorite book this year! I just loved it! I highly recommend reading it!
He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

I hope you have a great weekend my friends! Thanks for stopping by!💗

Stitching and praying,

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

🌸Secret Flower Bed🌸

Hi friends! I can finally share my June pedestal frame finish with you. Here is Secret Flower Bed  by The Trilogy.🌸
I absolutely LOVE this pattern! Can you guess why??🌸 So much gorgeous pinkness!🌸
Isn't that little inchworm just darling?
It reminds me of when I was young. We had an an apple tree in our backyard. My grandpa planted it when he built the house my mom still lives in. It was cut down years ago now. But when I was young, I spent many hours over many summers in that tree. I would look for inchworms and play with them! 🐛 My brother Michael and I ate our fill of McIntosh apples and pears. We had three pear trees also. 😊 The only pear emoji available is this one:🍐 and let me tell you, Mike and I did NOT eat our pears like that! We knew when a pear was ripe and perfect. The perfect shade of yellow.
This pattern was given to me by our friend Robin I would like to pass this pattern on to one of you now. All you need to do is: be a sidebar follower of mine on this blog, and leave a comment on this post stating you would like this pattern. I will draw a name on Friday, June 7th.
I am now stitching the Rainbow Gallery June pattern for the cubby shelf.

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

Thank you for stopping by my friends! I am so glad you did! It truly would not be the same without you. I mean that.💗

Stitching and praying,

Sunday, May 26, 2019

💖💙Love America💙💖

Hi friends! Happy Memorial Day!
Here's my patriotic finish for Memorial Day💖💙. Hinzeit Love Bits: Love America I left off the charm and used the called for DMC. This was stitched one over one 28ct Lambswool. Itty bitty stitching! It's now in the cubby shelf.
Would you like this chart? (I do not have the charm.) Our friend Robin gave this chart to me. I would like to now offer it to YOU! All you need to do is: be a sidebar follower of mine on this blog, and leave a comment on this post telling me you would like this sweet, little chart!😊

What can I say? Two more The Cat Who books! I love them!! You should read them! REALLY!

Jim Qwilleran—along with his lovable Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—follows a trail of clues as elusive as a cat burglar in the night in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.

There’s been a rash of petty thievery in Pickax—ever since banker Willard Carmichael and his flashy young wife, Danielle, moved in. But now Willard’s been killed in a mugging Down Below…or so it seems. Qwill’s suspicious, especially when Willard’s house-restoration project in Pickax falls into the hands of Danielle’s cousin—whose rich new wife then dies on her honeymoon! The clues are confounding. But with Koko’s help, Qwill intends to catch a thief—and a killer...

In this delightful Cat Who mystery featuring Jim Qwilleran and his lovable cats, Koko and Yum Yum, the rites of spring are celebrated with the fine art of birdcalling—and a fateful act of murder.

As early spring comes to Moose County, Jim Qwilleran is looking forward to the peaceful beauty of nature’s rebirth. What he gets instead is a chorus of noisy birds that constantly wakes him from a sound sleep—especially when Koko insists on joining in with his own feline version of birdcalling. But soon Qwill is wondering whether Koko is trying to say more than just “tweet tweet,” because a series of strange events—starting with an act of vandalism and culminating in a mysterious chain of death and disappearance—has Pickax in a similar uproar. It seems that this spring, a cat’s fancy may turn to crime solving...

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Have a super weekend my friends! Thanks for stopping by!💙💖

Stitching and praying,