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Friday, January 17, 2020


Hi friends! How are you? I hope all is well with you? Thank you for your kind words on my last post.

I forgot I have not even shared my January cubby display and half of January is over and done with!
Vickie @stitchingvickie 🐩❄️January Cubby Shelf Display❄️🐩 #crossstitch #crossstitchersofinstagram #overone
Guess what?! I finished those blasted 🎶Bluegrass Bibs🎶 for my brother Jonathan! I have yet to return them to him, so Brian has yet to "have the talk with him", but he will tell him that his sister can no longer stitch for him on denim.🥳

💚💚💚Do you see all of this GOREOUS GREEN FLOSS?! I was GIFTED ALL OF THIS by the ONE AND ONLY NANCY of Victortian Motto Sampler Shoppe! YES! FOR REAL! I won one of her giveaways during her 12 days of Christmas event in December. God bless Nancy! She is SUCH a kind,generous, soul. If you also want a chance to win something TOTALLY AWESOME, she is constantly giving! You just need to follow her blog. Yep, that is it!🥰Thank you Nancy!

I would like to offer a giveaway of my own. This pattern was given to me by our friend Robin to give away here on my blog! She is such a sweet, good friend!
If you would like this LizzieKate chart, all you have to do is: be a sidebar follower of my blog, and leave a comment here on this post telling me you would like this chart.  I will draw a name on  Friday, January 24th.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I appreciate your friendship! May God bless you!

Stitching and praying,

Friday, January 10, 2020


Hi friends! Let me show you the gift I gave Brian for Christmas.
This is from Prairie Schooler, book #87 Christmas Trees II I stitched this as called for, except I changed the called for color of 18ct Aida to Dusty Green to match the picture color. The chart calls for Olive. I think they made a mistake, since mine matches perfectly? Now he has two Christmas trees!🎄( I started giving him stitched trees last year.)

Oh friends the 🎶Bluegrass Bibs🎶 are back!😔
This is Amy Nelson, daughter of THE WILLIE NELSON! 🤩 🤠 Amy is one half of Folkuke.

This is Cathy Guthrie, granddaughter of WOODY GUTHRIE!🎸
Cathy is the other half of Folkuke. Am I done? NOPE! FOUR more autographs to embroider on these 🎶Bluegrass Bibs🎶 of my brother Jon's. Then I am hoping to be done forever. How's that? Brian has offered to talk to Jon for me. Since my wrist pain has only worsened with this stitching on denim, Brian is going to tell Jon I just can't do it any more. I will offer to show him how to do it. I do not think he will ever do it himself. I don't think this will be well received honestly, but I do not want to stitch these endlessly. And Jon keeps getting the signatures and assuming I will do them.

I do not know about you, but I knew virtually nothing about English/Native American conflicts in New England before reading this novel. This book was very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her. Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the reader to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom, faith, and acceptance.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! We are getting plenty of snow this weekend! We are supposed to get about 12 inches! I guess it is about time for that to happen!

Stitching and praying,

Sunday, January 5, 2020


Hi friends! On Friday Brian and I took a road trip up North an hour and a half to get this....
💕💗🥰💗💕My 'new' Martha Washington cabinet from Brian. I wanted this for Christmas, which for us Orthodox Christians is this coming Tuesday. He says this is not for Christmas. It is just a love gift. Hooray for me! Thank you Brian❣️

I finished stitching Brian's Prairie Schooler Christmas present and am finishing up making it into a tree. Some of you may recall last year I started a tradition of giving him a cross stitched tree instead of an ornament for Christmas. I will share this finish with you next time!

Oh friends! You are not going to believe what my next project HAS TO BE! Yes, you read that right. HAS TO BE. I promised my brother Jonathan I would embroider signatures next.😭Oh those blasted Bluegrass Bibs! I think there are FIVE waiting for me. Brian asked me if he wants me to say something to him about my hand and wrist and I said yes!!! Oh! Yes. I have not mentioned that here. I have been having arthritis pain that Inever knew a person could experience in their life in my first finger of my right hand! 😱 Now I truly know what it means when you read knife like pain on those medical forms!! And my tendinitis has barely come back in my right wrist also. I have taken to wear the brace I had stored away every day now for several hours. It has greatly helped. I just know stitching on denim will NOT help.
Vickie @stitchingvickie Hi friends! How many of you have read THIS one?! Way back in high school? We only read parts of it
How many of you have read THIS one?! Way back in high school? We only read parts of it in high school. This was the last audio book I listened to in 2019.🎧 I HIGHLY recommend listening to it! Sissy Spacek narrated it and she did a superb job of it! I am so glad I went back and revisited this book my friends.📕 It was voted 'Best Novel of the Century' in a poll by Library Journal in 1999. This book is just so moving. So in your face about prejudice. Just read it!!💖 And yes, I plan to listen to Go Set a Watchman very soon!
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” Psalm 103:2

Stitching and praying,

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

Hi friends! Here is my latest finish to share with you! I have had this tiny little piece completed for almost two weeks!
I have been waiting for....A MILK CAP TO MOUNT IT ON!😂(Remember the turkeys in November?? They needed Snapple caps. Those are too big for the reindeer!) Yes! I stitched this one over one on 32ct mystery linen so it would fit inside this fantastic reindeer tea light holder.🦌
This free pattern from Sablaise is called Biscornu Noel 2019, you can find RIGHT HEREand yes! I am waiting for more milk caps!
💗❄️💗 I want to share with you the beautiful PINK Chrismtas card our friend Martina made for me! And look at these lovely, delicate ornaments she made!
They are so pretty I will hang them on my corner shelf and keep them on display during this winter.❄️Thank you once again Martina!🥰

💝🐦💝Look at this lovely wreath ornament made by our friend Manuela
Such tiny little stitches! And each fussy cut piece of fabric perfectly displays the lovely cardinals!🐦 Oh Manuela! How gorgeous your work is my friend! And a PERFECT PINK Christmas card for me!💗My friends do know me!😂 Thank you once again Manuela!

This was a great read! If any of you are interested in White Russian history, I highly recommend this book.
Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself. The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.
Henry is doing pretty well on his road to recovery. He is on four different medications. His main problem is that when he feels better, he loves to rub his neck on the carpeting! THE WORST THING HE COULD DO FOR HIS HERNIATED DISC IN HIS NECK!! We have to really watch him. We have taken away his nightly kong treat, his bones, his toys.  ☹️We feel very mean and it is sad, but he has to recover! Less than two months now.

I am still stitching Brian's Christmas gift to be given on our Orthodox Christmas. I should have it done!!

“Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.” Psalm 63:3

Happy, Blessed New Year my friends!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, December 30, 2019

Little Women

Hi friends! Did everyone have a good Christmas? We did celebrate with our children and family, but Brian and I are still waiting to celebrate on January 7th, since we are Orthodox Christians.

I would like to share with you the gift I made and gave my Mom.
✨Doodle Angel by Daily Cross Stitch✨ Every year I stitch her an angel or a cat ornament. Her two favorite things! This was stitched two over one on 25 ct cream linen with the called for DMC.

💙💙Winky💙💙 I finally made the time to make this ornament for our dear daughter Madeleine.
I stitched this portrait of her parakeet Winky eleven years ago when we first got him. I stitched this onto his cage cover. The pattern is from the book Picture Your Pet In Cross Stitch. This is a wonderful remembrance of him , and Madeleine said she does not want to pack it away with the Christmas ornaments, but keep it out. 💙🕊️

I am now stitching Brian's Christmas gift. I am 25% done I think! I have plenty of stitching time this week. Go me!
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How many of you have read this? I specifically remember looking at this book on the grade school library shelf. I had it in my hand. I really pondered it. I put it back. It seemed too long. I chose another one instead. I just finished it about 40 years later!! And wOw!! I LOVE this book! I have Good Wives next in the series on order from our library. Can't wait!! AND we went to see the movie last night as a family! It was SO good. There are differences from the book. I am not going to spoil anything for you. If you want to know more, ask me! I will say, bring tissues! Have any of you seen it? I have never seen any version of the movie before. Oh! And who is your favorite chararcter? Mine is Jo.

“You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” Psalm 10:17

I am so glad you stopped by today my friends! I am praying for several of you.💗 I do thank God for all of you today!💗

Stitching and praying,

Monday, December 23, 2019

🎄Merry Christmas🎄

Our friend Gracie gifted me with all of these lovely patterns!
Thank you once again dear Gracie!💖

Our friend Stasi gifted me with these presents!

💗💗💗Is that ever perfect for me or what?! The Scrabble tiles have found the perfect home on top of my cubby shelf❣️ Thank you once again Stasi!

We took our little Henry to the veterinarian on Friday.We did not do an x-ray. The vet saw no need since we are not doing surgery. We are treating him with medication the same way we would if he had one herniated disc or two. He increased his gabapentin to four times a day. Thank God! That is what I do with mine! Four times a day. I could never do three times a day.(Yes, Henry and I are on the same medication! I have a herniated disc at L4-5, my lower back. From when I took a massive fall almost 15 years ago and also permanently injured my SI joint.) I can also give him a gabapentin before we leave for hour on Christmas Day. His last dose of tramadol, before bed, is to be double. He had to special order Henry's muscle relaxer. They don't have one for Henry's size. He is only 6 pounds. He feels adding in a muscle relaxer will be very beneficial to his healing. He said it will take roughly two months for him to heal from a herniated disc.

Have any of you read this book? I really enjoyed it even though it is based on rich, privileged, prejudiced people. It certainly explored a new world for me! And don't read my statement wrong. I am not now prejudiced!! Or rich, or privileged!
A lifetime of secrets. A history untold.
No. It is a simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936. And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life. Kitty and her husband, Ogden, are both from families considered the backbone of the country. But this refusal will come to be Kitty’s defining moment, and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. For while they summer on their island in Maine, anchored as they are to the way things have always been, the winds of change are beginning to stir. In 1959 New York City, two strangers enter the Miltons’ circle. One captures the attention of Kitty’s daughter, while the other makes each of them question what the family stands for. This new generation insists the times are changing. And in one night, everything does. So much so that in the present day, the third generation of Miltons doesn’t have enough money to keep the island in Maine. Evie Milton’s mother has just died, and as Evie digs into her mother’s and grandparents’ history, what she finds is a story as unsettling as it is inescapable, the story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth. Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. It shows the untold secrets we inherit and pass on, unknowingly echoing our parents and grandparents. Sarah Blake’s triumphant novel tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

We are going to my in-laws for Christmas Eve and my Mom's for Christmas Day. We always do this.

I hope and pray you have a Blessed Christmas my friends! Thank you for stopping by here!

Stitching and praying,