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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Home Sweet USA

 Hi friends! This is the pattern I have been stitching on all month. 💖🤍💙Home Sweet USA by Barbie Laux of Twisted Willow Designs💙🤍💖

🤪THAT my friends is A LOT of DMC 4240!! Almost two entire skeins. This pattern is in the current issue of JCS, August 2022. The design calls for the entire background to be DMC 414 and 535. Yes, grey. And, YES, you are supposed to actually follow the pattern to create an alternate grey pattern. UM NO! And why grey? I decided to use DMC 4240 because it was the only variegated blue in my stash. I always work from stash first. Everything I used for this was in my stash. An alphabet is provided so you can chart out your state, but you have to figure out the spacing on it. 

Despite how long this stitch took, I am glad I did it. I have always wanted to stitch the entire United States and glad I finally got it done! Now of course I am way behind this month for starting my June Cottage Garden Samplings pattern. Oh well.

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I have a Summer pattern Giveaway.

I am sorry, but once again, due to the size of this pattern, I will have to limit this giveaway to my United States followers. To enter this giveaway you must be a sidebar follower of this blog and you must leave a comment on this post stating that you would like this Scarlet's Summer Sampler pattern. I will draw a winner on Friday, the first day of July. It is a darling pattern by Chessie & Me. I hope one of you would like it. The last pattern I offered had no takers. I put it in our local lending library.

My brother Jonathan is not doing well with COVID. On Monday morning at 4am Mom took him to the local hospital ER. He could barely talk. He was put on oxygen and given nebulizer treatments and steroids. He was kept at the hospital for three days. He is back home now. I do believe he is going to be plagued by a lifelong cough. Jon has had problems with bronchitis since he was 12. Prayers for him would be appreciated. By God's grace Mom, Auntie Kathy and my brother Michael never got COVID thus far.

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Are you suffering terrible heat where you live also? My goodness. Thanks be to God for air conditioning. It has been near 100 degrees for several days here this week. Ugh. We have relief now this weekend with 80's and 70's.

Thank you so much for your support and friendship. I have always replied to every, single comment over these many years, unless you do not leave an email.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Friday, June 10, 2022

Subrosa Strawberry

 Hi friends! This is my latest finish. 💖🤍💙🍓Subrosa Strawberry🍓💖🤍💙

This is a free pattern you can find on e-subrosa.blogspot.com I stitched it with my own choice of DMC stitched two over two on 36ct white Edinburgh linen and finished it with a wool top. This will be added to the corner shelf display next month.

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I have more birthday gifts to share. 🎁A wonderful pink needlecase from our friend Stasi 💕 Thank you so much my friend❣️

🎁 Look at this wonderful birthday package that arrived from our friend Donna Do you see the sweet little cross stitch patterns?💕 Thank you once again Donna!

🎁Dear Carol sent me this for my birthday. What a pretty floss. The color is Sherbet. Thank you so much Carol❣️
🎁Manuela made me this beautiful pink rose birthday card which I will eventually take apart and sew into a small pillow. Thank you very much dear Manuela!
I am now stitching another patriotic piece. What are you stitching right now? 

Do not forget I have a pattern giveaway going on right now. Just see my last post.

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—  rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.1Peter3:3-4

My brother Jon has gone back to work with a mask on for another week. No one else in the family has contracted COVID. Thanks be to God. Thank you for praying my friends.

This is the weekend Emerson moves out. Brian and I have gone over to his apartment twice this week during the day. Brian, to build Ikea furniture, and I to clean. Moving is a LOT of work! It will be a family affair this weekend. I do as much as pain allows.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend my friends! Thank you for stopping by. Take good care now.

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Monday, June 6, 2022

53

 Hi friends! I am 53 today. Mixed feelings on that. I do not feel any different, that is for sure. This is the first year in my life my Mom has not had a birthday party for me. Am I crying over that? No. No I am not. I do feel the loss of it though. Birthday parties at Mom's house are more than chocolate cake, singing Happy Birthday and getting gifts. It is seeing your entire family once again. Hugs and kisses and love and laughs shared. So much joy. THAT is very much what I am missing. AND..... Mom was supposed to have her knee replacement surgery on June 2nd. So we planned to not have my birthday party. Okay. That was one thing. She had to put off the knee replacement surgery until the future now, BECAUSE... my brother Jonathan who lives with Mom got COVID four days before the surgery. SO NOT GOOD. My brother Michael lives there also and so does Auntie Kathy. Auntie Kathy already permanently barks like a seal all the time from her bad reaction to the chemo last Fall. So far just Jon has COVID. I am asking if you would pray that Jon recovers swiftly from this and that the other three do NOT get COVID. Thank you my friends. 💗

Let's move onto some happy birthday gifts I received from dear friends. Our friend Robin has sent me this gorgeous floss tag.🤩 And this darling chenille strawberry. 🍓 I just love these gifts Robin! These are both perfect for my corner shelf display. Thank you so much my friend!

🎁Our friend Martina made me this pretty birthday card which I will eventually take apart and sew into a small pillow. 

Thank you very much dear Martina!
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🎁Most precious needle minder from our friend Julie 

We both love poodles and pink. 💕 Thank you Julie for this sweet birthday gift! Julie is battling cancer and could sure use your prayers dear friends.

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This is the piece I just stitched and finished for myself in time for my birthday, because I love it so. 

Our friend Lisa borrowed me this pattern. 

No, I do not plan on stitching the strawberry basket. I truly love the scissor fob, which is what I have stitched. I have returned the pattern to Lisa now. Thank you once again Lisa for borrowing this to me. 

I stitched this two over two on 28ct mystery linen from my stash with DMC and StitchySilk in Cherry Blossom (Thank you Carol!).  I whip stitched the pillow closed as Stacy Nash suggests. It sure gives a nice square finish, but it is a pain in the rumpus to do. I filled it with sawdust. I stitched the pale pink velveteen strawberry to the top as Stacy suggests also. 🥴Embroidering strawberry leaves is not my forté. I got it done though.

Plenty of gifts sent my way for today. How about a gift sent out to you? Here is a giveaway. 

If you would like to win this chart just be a sidebar follower of this blog and leave a comment on this post stating you would like the chart. I will draw a winner on Friday, June 17th. Due to the size of the pattern, this giveaway is open only to my American followers. Do not worry, I have more patterns to give away this month also. 

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.  Proverbs 31:30

Thank you so much for stopping by today my friends! Thank you for your support and your friendship all these many years. I appreciate you so very much. 💗 I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. 

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Thursday, June 2, 2022

Upcycled Denim

 Hi friends! 👖Would you believe these are old jean seams from a carpenter?? 

Yep. Our son Emerson the carpenter is hard on blue jeans. He wears them out often. I got to thinking a while back that I should upcycle them into something. I looked around the internet for some ideas and came across this. A fun little idea. Pretty easy to make cones and hot glue the seams from his jeans I cut out to the cones. I had gold wool to make stars and and I chose some trim from my stash for garland. I had to include the Wrangler patch. 💖That's my son. And my baby boy is finally leaving the nest after 25 years. Oh this mother's heart. I know many of you do not understand this. We were blessed to have all three of our children live with us longer. They all lived with us while they attended college and after. We live in a large metropolitan area where there are numerous universities. So we only have days left with Emerson under our roof. Good thing he is only moving a short distance away. 😊

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Our friend June has sent me this precious chart and little charms and sweet ribbon for my upcoming birthday. Thank you so much dear June!💗

I am stitching up Stacy Nash's Strawberry Scissor Fob right now. I will have it finished by my birthday. That is my treat to myself. I love this pattern. It is so very pretty.

Well I am off to write out some of our family favorite recipes for Emerson at his request. I asked if he wanted to take a picture of my recipes and have them on his phone. No. He would like them on recipe cards like I have. 🥺 Gosh I am going to miss him bad!

I hope you have a weekend of wonderful weather and also find time for stitching. Thank you for taking time to comment. I truly appreciate your friendship.

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Stitching and praying,

Vickie




Sunday, May 29, 2022

May's Lily of the Valley

 Hi friends! How are you? I hope you are getting nice weather? We finally are.

I did finish stitching my gift piece for my priest. I am lazy and have not finally finished it off yet! I do not feel pressure to do so. The plans have changed a bit now. The priest who is assigned to come to us, is still at the same parish for now. His paperwork has not come through yet. He is from Serbia. He does not speak English very well at all either, Father shared with us. And the congregation the priest is in has quite a few immigrants, so they really are very comfortable with him. Our Bishop is looking to see if there may possibly be another priest to come to us. Father Serafim cannot stay long term. He has just been elected a Bishop!

Let me share the piece I have fully finished with you. 🐌May's Lily of the Valley🐌by Cottage Garden Samplings. 

I stitched this one over two on 40ct lambswool linen with DMC, VMSS and WDW. Because I changed it up a bit. 😉 I am making flat finishes out of all twelve months and mounting them with a magnet to this finishing piece I got from Hobby Lobby.

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I stitched a little Lizzie Kate piece for a friend for her birthday, which I cannot show. It is in the mail. I will show it once she receives it.🥰

I am now stitching another birthday gift which I cannot show. What are you up to?


📚🎧Well friends I have a different series for you! This series was recommended to me over half a year ago to me by my friend Lisa and I took my good, old time getting around to the first book! This is quite different from other books I read. The setting is in Botswana, and the main character is Mma Precious Ramotswe. She is a self assured, modern woman full of love for her country who also happens to be Botswana’s premier lady detective. I am enjoying this series. These books are charming and clean. They are interesting and I enjoy learning about this culture. I am already on book number six. If you like detective stories and would like to learn about Africa as well, this is for you!

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.  If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  Therefore


“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”


 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I hope and pray you have a blessed new week.

Stitching and praying,

Vickie






Thursday, May 19, 2022

 Hi friends!

The winner of the 🌼Homespun Collectibles🌼pattern is:

Lynda Ruth!

I have been stitching on a special piece for our beloved priest all week. He will be leaving us soon. 😢 He was with us only to fill in, until the priest who has been called to this position comes soon. His wife has been on total bed rest for over half her pregnancy and was told not to move during her pregnancy. So they have not. After they have their child, they will come here to Wisconsin, and Father Serafim will go back to the monastery where he teaches(Father Serafim is also a monk.). He has been with us almost one year now. He came when Father Dragan retired last year. I am very sad to see him go. We all are. He has been such a spiritual father to me. We go to weekly Bible study with him. He is SO intelligent. He has also personally counselled me, as I still suffer trauma from childhood abuse.

📚🎧I  finished listening to this audiobook by Adriana Trigiani. Oh my friends, have you ever read a book by Adriana and been disappointed?! I certainly have not! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this story. A multigenerational Italian AND Scottish! love story during WWII.

 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  1Corintthians 10:13

I hope you all have a wonderful, stitchtastic weekend! Thank you for commenting. I appreciate that. You brighten my day with your friendship.

Stitching and praying,

Vickie







Thursday, May 12, 2022

Garden Angel

 Hi friends! 🌼Homespun Collectibles🌼

This is the perfect pattern for my dear Mom. I stitched it for her birthday, which is tomorrow. I stitch my Mom an angel or a cat every year and my Mom is a MASTER GARDENER.🌻🌹🌸🌷🏵️She still gets out there most every day, despite the pain in her body, to tend her garden. I learned the love of gardening from my Mom. 

I received this pattern from my friend Gracie and knew I would stitch it up for my Mom. I used the flatfold tutorial from our friend Vonna. I stitched this with DMC (I changed two of them) two over two on Ice Blue Cashel 28ct linen.

Would you also like to stitch this darling pattern?

 If so, leave a comment telling me so on this post. This giveaway is open to all of my sidebar followers of this blog. I will draw a winner on Friday, May 20th.

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I get to meet up with my local stitch group, Cross Stitcherhood, tonight! HOORAY! Always a fun time stitching, chatting and laughing with my friends. I will be stitching on a birthday present for a friend.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;  1Peter 3:15

It has turned hot here. I hope you are enjoying the weather you have. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,

Vickie