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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

👰🤵

 Hi friends!  Well the wedding was a success. The weather was....interesting! Yes, it did get to 60 degrees(briefly). The sun did come out briefly. It was mainly overcast, BUT BOY OH BOY, WAS IT EVER WINDY!🌬️ We had wind gusts up to 40 mph!! 💨During the ceremony!! EVERYONE looked windblown! And this was out in the country with nothing to break the wind.

So I will share the best of what little pictures we have. It was hard to get pictures when every member of the family is partaking in the ceremony!




Emerson and Madeleine







Jacob and I danced to Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up".  I was told by quite a few people that everyone was crying. Funny. I thought I was going to be sobbing out of control. Jacob teased me last week that I was going to ruin his suit. Ha ha. As I told our friend Carol, that while Jacob and I danced, we were so deeply, deeply talking of our love for each other, I did not even cry. I can't even  believe it! I am a HUGE crier. I love this son of mine so very much. We are just so very proud of the man he has become.

And here is the wedding verse Jacob and Kristen chose. They had it printed on the mugs they gave to everyone at the wedding:

That you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ    Romans 15:6

I hope to share better pictures of the bride and groom in the near future. 

Stitching and praying,

Vickie








Thursday, October 15, 2020

🦉October Square Dance🦉

 Hi friends! Tomorrow is the wedding!!!!! I have prayed every day, numerous times a day for the weather. The temperature has now gone up! The high is now 60 degrees. Much, much better! Thank you Lord!

Here is my latest finish. October Square Dance by Heart in Hand🦉


Stitched two over two with DMC and VMSS on 32ct mystery evenweave.

🧡 October Cubby Shelf Display🧡

These are all stitched over one. Except the little October pillow on top

I am now stitching a Thanksgiving piece. I rarely get around to stitching Thanksgiving pieces. Do you? I love autumn. It is so gorgeous. So much beauty to admire.

“In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

 —Matthew 7:12

Well I don't mind a bit if you pray for our son Jacob and his bride-to-be Kristen. Not just for their wedding day, but more importantly for their lives together. Please pray for God's blessing on them. Thank you!

Hope to be back very soon. I plan to share pictures of this special occasion with you! I have never even shared pictures of any of my three children on my blog before. Jacob is getting married, Emerson is the best man, and Madeleine is the bridesmaid. Kristen has one sister, who is the matron-of-honor and one brother who is a groomsman.  It worked out very well. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Sunday, October 11, 2020

Wedding Sampler

Hi friends! Here it is! Back from the framer! Ready to go on display at the wedding THIS SATURDAY!!


😁 I can't wait to surprise Jacob and Kristen with this!💕 We chose a solid walnut frame. This is stitched two over two with DMC and Cottage Garden Thread in Burgundy for the flowers on 30ct Baby's Breath linen. Their wedding color is burgundy. This pattern is by DMC and is called Just Married. It was charted to say "Just Married"(in French!) at the bottom. I changed it to say Two Become One instead. 💞 It has been in the 60's here for days. We even had a day where we hit 80! The predicted high for the OUTDOOR WEDDING?! 47 DEGREES 🥶


Have any of you read this book by Frank McCourt? I absolutely loved this! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND listening to the audio book. Listening to Frank's wonderful Irish voice narrate his memoirs of his "miserable Irish Catholic childhood" had me 😂 pouring tears, crying with laughter more times than I can count during this entire book. 


“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16

Have  a great week my friends! Five days until the wedding!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie




Thursday, October 8, 2020

🍊🍊🍊

 Hi friends!  This is my latest finish. 🍊October freebie by romyfrees.blogspot.com


 I stitched this two over two on 28ct using DMC. The fabric shown is the backing material.

I am now stitching up another October piece.

Only 8 days until Jacob's wedding!


This is the second book in the Kate Waters series I read. I enjoyed this British reporter series.
As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers human remains, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who has been found at the building site? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A child was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell...

“Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” —1 Timothy 4:8

I hope you have a great weekend my friends! Please stay safe and take care of yourselves. 

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Sunday, October 4, 2020

Flowers of the Month

 Hi friends! This is the latest little stitch I have completed.



🌻Flowers of the Month: July & August by Praiseworthystitches🌻 Both of these patterns are from the current issue of JCS. Since I stitched them for my cubby shelf, I stitched mine one over one on 25ct linen(except the berries on the October piece. I did those over two), so I had to leave off the over one word at the bottom. I also skipped the border. I used DMC and VMSS. I have had the September one done for a long time. That one was on display and in the cubby shelf last month. I finished the October one the last day of September.😉

I altered my mother-of-the-groom-dress this weekend. The straps needed to be just barely, barely shifted over in the back and shortened just a tiny bit. Would you like to see my dress? I saved a picture from the their site from way back in the Spring when I found the dress at TJMaxx online when all stores where still closed and I was looking online.


I also stitched on Baby It's Cold Outside. This is a very special sampler that is being jointly stitched by our local stitching group. We are mailing it to each other and each stitching a bit and passing it on to another friend to stitch a part and so on, until it ends with Barb. She will finish the stitching and then get it framed. This piece is to be a gift for Leanne's Mom and Dad. I think this is SO neat. I think they are going to be really, really touched, don't you? For those of you not familiar with Barb and Leanne, they had a Flosstube called Lost in Floss. Barb now does this by herself, because dear Leanne died in January of this year from breast cancer. Leanne was Barb's best friend since high school. Baby It's Cold Outside was a SAL Barb and Leanne had together. It was HUGE on Instagram!


The part I stitched on this piece, is "the woods", or the five pine trees to the right. I am now mailing it off to my friend Chris. She is then mailing it off to Barb.




This is the second book in the Kate Waters series. She is a reporter. This is a British crime series. I really enjoyed it.

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers human remains, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who has been found at the building site? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A child was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell...


I hope and pray you are staying safe and healthy wherever you are my friends! Wisconsin has a COVID spike going on. We have remained pretty much sheltering in place all these many months anyhow, so we will just keep on that way. We are fortunate that Brian works from home. 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” —2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Two Become One

 Hi friends! THIS is why I have been absent for September!  

THIS is my gift to our oldest son Jacob🤵 and his bride-to-be Kristen👰.💕 It took me most of the month to stitch it. Jacob has moved back home with us. I wanted to keep it a surprise from him. Unfortunately, he saw me stitching on it after a while. He did not see IT though. He is still keeping this a surprise for Kristen.😁 This went off to Hobby Lobby for framing yesterday. I would have chosen ornate wood for myself. The framer, Brian and Madeleine (our 22 year old) said solid walnut frame. I agreed. It is for the couple. Not for me. This is stitched two over two with DMC and Cottage Garden Thread in Burgundy for the flowers on 30ct Baby's Breath linen. Their wedding color is burgundy. This pattern is by DMC and is called Just Married. It was charted to say "Just Married"(in French!) at the bottom. I changed it to say Two Become One instead. 💞



📚The Widow is Book One in the Kate Waters Series by Fiona Barton. Jean is the story's title character, the widow to a very bad man. She appears to be "just a dutiful wife". This is a psychological thriller I enjoyed.

I hope you have an excellent week ahead my friends! I am working on lots of little things. I made myself a blush pink wedding mask to go with my blush pink dress for the wedding! Take care!

“Train yourself to be godly.” —1 Timothy 4:7

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Tuesday, September 8, 2020

🐩📣🎪 🐩

Hi friends! 🍎September Cubby Shelf Display🍎 These are all stitched over one. Except the little September pillow on top.🏫
Here is the 🍂🍄September Corner Shelf🍄🍂 And on the very top shelf I have a brand new finish!

🎪📣🐩LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS, CHILDREN OF ALL AGES, PREPARE TO BE AMAZED! 🐩📣🎪 🐩September Square Dance by ME!🐩 I am stitching the entire Square Dance series, but the September pattern by Heart in Hand is of chickens. I know so very many of you are into chickens, but I am not, so I created my own pattern with what I am into! I thought I would have fun with the poodles. Poodles are so smart and love to please. All of our poodles do (did) tricks. None of them jumped through hoops! I never tried! 😂 Murphy danced on his hind legs in a perfect pirouette. That is why I made the first poodle leading the way black. In memory of him. 😉The placement of the word September is the same from the pattern, everything else, I created. The poodle jumping through the hoop is an antique pattern. I went to get the link on my blog. It is no longer available. I am glad I stitched it one other time. I was able to copy it from my other finish. I stitched two over two with DMC on 32ct mystery evenweave.
And here is my other new monthly finish. 🍇🍐🍎September Brings by Bent Creek

 I stitched this two over two with DMC and VMSS on 32ct lambswool linen.

I am still stitching away on Jacob and Kristen's wedding sampler.

“We live by faith, not by sight.” —2 Corinthians 5:7

Please take good care of yourselves my friends! Wear those masks. Stay safe. Pray for this country.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie