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Friday, October 11, 2019

Harvest Pumpkin

Hi friends! Let me share a small finish with you. Here is November- Harvest Pumpkin from Rainbow Gallery, the 2005 Cross Stitcher's Surprise Series.
I skipped the October pattern, as we do not celebrate Halloween. I can use this for both months.🧡 I chose my own DMC colors and once again omitted the charm since my finish is so tiny. I am very pleased with my choices of colors. Their chosen background was brown and tan. I stitched this one over one on 25ct cream linen. It is now in the cubby shelf.
I would like to remind you of a pattern giveaway I am having. Just leave a comment stating you would like the pattern. You must be a sidebar follower of mine and you must live in America for this giveaway, sorry. Here is the pattern:
Well my friends, how about some more fantastic The Cat Who books? You know I love them!!

When a body is found on Jim Qwilleran’s property, he and his cats Koko and Yum Yum will have to determine who committed the fowl deed in this mystery in the bestselling Cat Who series... The good people of Moose County are in a fever of excitement. It’s almost time for the gala groundbreaking for the Pickax bookstore—and the town of Brrr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however, are spoiled by the discovery of a man’s body on James Qwilleran’s property. Could it be the work of the killer who used the same MO in northern Michigan? To solve the case, Qwill and his feline pals, Koko and Yum Yum, will have to prick up their ears to find the thankless killer...

Siamese cat Koko finds a bunch of clues when an out-of-town actor dies mysteriously in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat Who series. With the opening night of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest fast approaching—along with the dedication of the new bookstore in town—good times are ahead for the citizens of Pickax. But the merry atmosphere is dampened by the suspicious death of an out-of-town actor and the theft of a rare book. Qwill finds himself distracted from the recent events by his finicky pal Koko, who’s been acting more fishy than feline. Has Koko gone bananas, or is he trying to let the cat out of the bag to help Qwill solve the dual mysteries?
Please continue to pray for my stepdad Jim as he fights to get rid of the last two lung tumors. Radiation continues on and on. Please also pray for dear Julie. She could not have her surgery to remove her uterus. Her cancer has spread beyond her uterus. I do not have specific details as of yet. Julie is in shock about it right now. I am just asking all of you to please pray for her and her husband and two sons. That is what she needs, our support.

Thank you for stopping by sweet friends! Have an excellent weekend!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:4-5

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



Sunday, October 6, 2019

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Hi friends! Has it cooled off by you? It certainly has here. I like it. I love the autumn season the best.💛🧡

I am going to meet up with Barb and Leanne from Lost In Floss fame! Do you know them? Do you watch their Flosstube?
They are having a Stitching Group Gathering at Panera's in one week from now. Very near me! I can hardly wait! I wonder who else in this area will show up? I am  so happy. I have never stitched with friends before!

I have a chart here from our friend Robin that I would like to pass on to you. This is open to American friends only, sorry. You must be a sidebar follower of mine and you must leave a comment on this post stating you would like this pattern on this post. I will draw a winner on Friday, October 18th.

I highly recommend A Daughter's Tale by Armando Lucas Correa. It is based on a true story of a little girl's survival during WWII, because of the ultimate sacrifice her family made. This is the second book I have read by this author.

BERLIN, 1939. The dreams that Amanda Sternberg and her husband, Julius, had for their daughters are shattered when the Nazis descend on Berlin, burning down their beloved family bookshop and sending Julius to a concentration camp. Desperate to save her children, Amanda flees toward the south of France, where the widow of an old friend of her husband’s has agreed to take her in. Along the way, a refugee ship headed for Cuba offers another chance at escape and there, at the dock, Amanda is forced to make an impossible choice that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Once in Haute-Vienne, her brief respite is inter­rupted by the arrival of Nazi forces, and Amanda finds herself in a labor camp where she must once again make a heroic sacrifice. NEW YORK, 2015. Eighty-year-old Elise Duval receives a call from a woman bearing messages from a time and country that she forced herself to forget. A French Catholic who arrived in New York after World War II, Elise is shocked to discover that the letters were from her mother, written in German during the war. Despite Elise’s best efforts to stave off her past, seven decades of secrets begin to unravel. Based on true events, The Daughter’s Tale chronicles one of the most harrowing atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during the war. Heart­breaking and immersive, it is a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival, and redemption.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

My stepdad Jim's two small lung tumors are gone. The two remaining ones are significantly shrinking. He has chemo this week. Radiation must continue until the tumors are gone.Please keep him in your prayers my friends! Thank you ever so much!

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I am so glad you did! I hope you have a great week ahead!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



Friday, October 4, 2019

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Hi friends!
Yesterday was our 27th wedding anniversary. I gave this to Brian.
The Thread That Binds by Mosey N Me. Stitched as called for: over two threads with one thread on 40ct New Castle Cream with the called for Weeks Dyed Works, except I used VMSS 1795 Tarnished Gold instead of Fawn. With our friend Stasi"s permission, I used her adaption of the chart. She loaned me the chart!!💗 Thank you once again Stasi! Brian loves this gift! He was so touched, he almost cried.😮

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



Monday, September 30, 2019

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Hi friends! Here is an update on the sampler I am creating.
Stay tuned for more!
The Daughter's Tale by Armando Lucas Correa is another very good book that I read that took place during WWII. This story is based on true events. 
BERLIN, 1939. The dreams that Amanda Sternberg and her husband, Julius, had for their daughters are shattered when the Nazis descend on Berlin, burning down their beloved family bookshop and sending Julius to a concentration camp. Desperate to save her children, Amanda flees toward the south of France, where the widow of an old friend of her husband’s has agreed to take her in. Along the way, a refugee ship headed for Cuba offers another chance at escape and there, at the dock, Amanda is forced to make an impossible choice that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Once in Haute-Vienne, her brief respite is inter­rupted by the arrival of Nazi forces, and Amanda finds herself in a labor camp where she must once again make a heroic sacrifice. NEW YORK, 2015. Eighty-year-old Elise Duval receives a call from a woman bearing messages from a time and country that she forced herself to forget. A French Catholic who arrived in New York after World War II, Elise is shocked to discover that the letters were from her mother, written in German during the war. Despite Elise’s best efforts to stave off her past, seven decades of secrets begin to unravel. Based on true events, The Daughter’s Tale chronicles one of the most harrowing atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during the war. Heart­breaking and immersive, it is a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival, and redemption.


I hope you have a wonderful week my friends!  It is rainy for days and days here. So dreary, but good stitching weather!

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing… And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11,14

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



Friday, September 27, 2019

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Hi friends!

I have an update picture to share with you of my sampler. You can click on the on the picture to make it bigger.
I am now working on words I am putting above. I am over half done with that.
Can I promote The Cat Who books enough? I think NOT! 😻

Jim Qwilleran lives in Pickax, a small town 400 miles north of everywhere, and writes for a small newspaper. He stands tall and straight. He dates a librarian. His roommates are two abandoned cats that he adopted along the way, one of them quite remarkable. Qwilleran has a secret that he shares with no one—or hardly anyone. His male cat, Koko, has an uncanny intuition that can tell right from wrong and frequently sniffs out the evildoer... 

Retiring in Pickax, actress Thelma Thackeray has decided to start a film club and organize a fundraiser revue, starring Koko the cat. But Thelma's celebrated arrival takes an unpleasant turn when the strange circumstances of her twin brother's recent death seem suspicious to Jim Qwilleran. Qwill needs a helping paw in this case. But will Koko deign to take time from his stage debut?

What could be more purrfect for fans of the Cat Who series than an intimate look at the private lives of those extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—the most unlikely, most unusual, most delightful team in detective fiction!
In this charming collection of feline antics, you’ll discover why Jim Qwilleran considers Koko a veritable clone of T.S. Eliot’s Rum Tum Tugger, how Yum Yum was rescued from a burglar who is not above a spot of catnapping, and many more fascinating catly facts...
My stepdad Jim is doing fairly well with his chemo and radiation thank you for your prayers. Our friend Julie needs us to pray for her also. She has uterine cancer. She has a tentative date of October 9th for surgery. 💗

I am so thankful you stopped by today my friends. I thanked God for you today! God bless you!

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world Philippians 2:14-15

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, September 16, 2019

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Hi friends! Here is September-Schoolhouse🏫 from Rainbow Gallery, the 2005 Cross Stitcher's Surprise Series.🔔
I chose my own DMC colors and VMSS 1795 Tarnished Gold and once again omitted the charm since my finish is so tiny. I stitched this one over one on 25ct cream evenweave. It is now in the cubby shelf.

I am now creating a sampler of my own design! I have had a pattern floating around in my head for weeks and I just needed to get it out! I have never undertaken a design this big! I hope it turns out the way I envision it in my head! I am not very far yet. Just planting some grass.
Time for some more Koko and Yum Yum! I have told you all how much I love every single one of these books in this series.

The way Jim Qwilleran sees it, there’s nothing worse than being left high and dry. But that’s exactly where he’s been ever since a record-breaking drought hit Moose County. He’s bedraggled. Beleaguered. And, following a rash of fires at local historic mine sites, deeply bewildered. Some blame the blazes on bad weather conditions, but Qwill’s thinking arson. And when a mysterious explosion is followed by a blood-chilling murder, he starts seriously praying for snow—and answers. Good thing Koko can smell trouble a mile away...

Jim Qwilleran is enjoying his stay at the Nutcracker Inn in Black Creek. His two Siamese, Koko and Yum Yum, don’t seem quite as pleased with the accommodations...though Koko does enjoy keeping a keen eye on the squirrels and other local wildlife. Then, while Koko’s eagerly watching some jumping trout, he spots something else: a body floating downstream. When it’s revealed that the victim was a guest at the inn—and had nuggets of gold hidden in his shoes—Qwill dives into the case. And if he and the cats don’t solve it soon, they’re going to be up the creek without a paddle...


Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Psalm 51:10-11

Thank you so much for stopping by today my friends! I hope that you have a great week! I will be visiting the eye doctor this week.🤓 I hope I find some new frames easily. I have had these same frames for 7 1/2 years!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Monday, September 9, 2019

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Hi friends! I did a Wisconsin thing!😁🧀 I have been wanting to create this for a LOOOONG time! I finally took the time before our Ark Encounter trip last month to make myself a chart of our lovely state IN CHEESE!🧀
I thought about stitching the words "Eat cheese or die" on it, I kid you not. Hey, born in Wisconsin, raised on cheese here! I love it!!! Can you possibly tell yet?? I did take it with me on the trip down to Kentucky. HUGE mistake, since this is all stitched on 36 count to make it fit in my cubby shelf. I did stitch in the car for hours .... and got precisely the bottom six rows done. 😑 Um yep. Anyhow I think this turned out pretty good for my own design. It now resides above the Wisconsin Robin.
I am now stitching up the Rainbow Gallery September freebie finally!

The winner of the Hinzeit Love Dogs pattern is... Linda!


Have any of you read The Girl They Left Behind? Oh my goodness! What an excellent book! I highly recommend reading it! The story is based on what actually happened to the author's mother during WWII. She was left behind when she was just a toddler. Her parents had sewn a note into her winter coat that read: "In anguish and despair we release this child into the hands of God, with hope and faith that she may be saved."

On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation. Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets. When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love, or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms, and to confront the painful enigma of her past.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory 1Peter 1:6-8

I am so glad that you stopped by to say hi today! I hope you have a stitchtastic week my friends!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie