“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5

Monday, October 5, 2015

Here In Poodletown ;)

Hi friends!I have made progress on my Henry stitching, just not all done yet. Should be this week. My darn right wrist is still hurting. I found some hand exercises online. They seem to help actually. If you have wrist or hand pain from lots of stitching, you too can check out THIS LINK.

I need to force myself to get some autograph embroidery done for my brother's overalls. THAT is not going to help my wrist feel better!

Have you seen the October issue of Country Living magazine? I check this magazine out from our library, and this month's issue really caught my attention. The cover shows two cross stitched pumpkins! ha!
Now I never thought of THAT! I read the directions. They used fake pumpkins. ;) You carve a hole in the bottom and use an awl to make your holes.

I finished the book, The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate in three days. It is a long book, but it was a great story. I checked The Photograph by Beverly Lewis out from the library. I have yet to be disappointed with one of her many, many books. I just need to find time for it.

I gave Miss Mabel a haircut. Isn't she a pretty, grey poodle? ♥

Here is another painting by Madeleine. Thank you for indulging me on this. I know I am a bit proud of her. ;)

Giving thanks acknowledges that our lives are not the products of our own efforts, but a gift from God. Give thanks always, for all things.

Have a blessed week my friends! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
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Go Pack Go!

Friday, October 2, 2015


Hi friends! I got a surprise package in the mail Wednesday! Yippee! Our friend Angela made me a lovely, pink box! Take a look.
Isn't the fabric she lined it with gorgeous? Thank you Angela. So kind of you! I will find a special use for it. :)

This is where I am at on stitching Henry.
I have had to do less stitching this week, as my right wrist has been hurting. I have been reading The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate. I just happened upon this book at our library. It is a very good read thus far. I can tell you I will be reading more books by this author. So glad I found her. I continue to read the Holy Bible daily. What a blessing this is to my life. I am also reading many spiritual writings. Lots of reading!

Brian and I celebrate our 23rd anniversary tomorrow. We went back to Hartford, the town we lived in almost 8 years ago now. My idea. I thought it would be simple and nice to go back to a great bakery there, a few thrift shops and then lunch at a great coffee shop we went to once in a while when were lived there. We had a nice time together. Here are some pictures I took on our country drive north. These were all taken less than 20 minutes from our home. (We didn't move that far south. ;)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Kindness places the other ahead of ourselves. Be kind.

Stitching and praying,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Hi friends!  Our friend Cucki is still in need of our prayer. I told her that we all care about her and miss her. I told her so many of us are praying for her. She left a comment here on my last post. Here is what she said: "Thank you my dear friends..
At this time I really need your love and support. Please be with me. Big hugs and love. Cucki xx"

Prayer is directing our hearts outside of ourselves and towards God. Pray.

Our friend Ele has received the bookmark I made her as a thank you gift for the pretty cross stitch pillow and lovely pink fabrics she gave me. Here is what it looks like.
The "E" and the spool freebie are both stitched over one with DMC on 28ct white evenweave.

Our friend Maggee sent me some lovely pink fabrics for the Epic Pink Tumbler Quilt. Yippee! Thank you Maggee!
 This is one of the bargain dahlias I bought from Walmart back in July. It is finally blooming and so pretty!

I will be back soon with a stitching update. Have a stitchtastic day!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, September 28, 2015

Just Stitching and Praying

Hi friends! Were you able to see the Blood Moon? All five of us watched the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse last night. Neat!

I have stitched a bit more on Henry. And embroidered a bit more on my brother's autographs. No pictures to share though.

I have been picking out the patterns to stitch up for Christmas ornaments for the three children. Pretty sure I know what I am doing for them now.

Do you sometimes wonder where friends disappear to? I do. I do not do Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, so I miss friends on Blogger. There is a friend of ours I have been missing. Our dear friend Cucki. I emailed her this morning. Our sweet friend is still not feeling well. She is staying with her mother. I know the love and care she will get from her mom will make her feel better. Would you join me in prayer for Cucki's health?

Winky says "Hi!"
I will have stitching pictures for you next time my friends. And I have a lovely, dark pink dahlia finally opening up. Remember the Walmart clearance pink plants? I forgot to get a picture of the one pink gladiola bulb that bloomed this year! So I will get a picture of the dahlia this week.

Let me know if you need prayer. I am always praying for friends! :)

Stitching and praying,

Friday, September 25, 2015


Hi friends!  Hello new friends! How are you? Is it nice by you? It is warm and sunny here during our days and cool at night. Love it!

Our friend Brigitte had sent me pretty pink fabrics for the Epic Pink Tumbler Quilt. I was very happy to make and give a stitched bookmark to her as a thank you, since she has a collection of stitched bookmarks. :)
I stitched this sweet spool freebie (CLICK THIS LINK HERE FOR THE FREEBIE) two over two on 28ct white evenweave.
I stitched Brigitte's initial one over one.

And now I shall show you the gifts I received from our friend Nancy! She had another giveaway. Imagine that! ;) This giveaway was called Favorite Things Giveaway. She asked entrants to tell her our favorite things. Well, I told her pink and purple flosses. Imagine that! ;) I won!
Here's another shot so you can admire these pretties.
That is not all. Nope! Nancy asked me to browse her charts and pick one. Isn't this a sweet one I chose?
Thank you Nancy! Nancy sure is a big blessing to the stitching community.

This is where I am at on the stitching of Henry.
Mabel continues to improve. We are so thankful for that. She walks on all four legs now. Unless she is walking quickly. Then it is on three legs.

I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend my friends! I plan to!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, September 21, 2015

Art By Madeleine

Hi friends! Not a lot of progress here this weekend. I stitched up half a dozen rows of Henry's body on Friday evening. Saturday morning I realized the color was too dark for him. I guess the light blue of the linen darkened it up. So I ripped all that out. The orts look like Henry's tight little curls.
After much decision, I have found the right colors and have begun stitching him again.

I completed the first embroidered autograph on Jonathan's denim overalls.
This is using 6 strands of 310 DMC. I will use less strands for many. This was a thick autograph. Not all are. Most are illegible. I started easy. Many are fading badly. I will have to get Jon to decipher most all of them. There are 31 autographs in total. o_0

This message is for Maija. I am unable to send you an email or post a comment to your blog for a few weeks now. I am sorry. I do not know why. Please know I appreciate you commenting here and value your friendship and prayers. I am praying for Kristiina.
Miss Madeleine is working on art. Always. She needs to have 10 art pieces completed in one month from now. A lot of pressure when you take Advanced Placement Art. Once she completes this class, she will have credit for one art course in college taken care of already. I took this picture of one of her pieces which of course is unfinished. I say of course, because she has a real problem with completing paintings. She gets them almost done, and then moves onto another. She is not currently working on this, but it is one of my favorites! Know who he is?
He is Art Garfunkel. :)

Have a super week! I am going to!

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
Psalm 119:35

Stitching and praying,

Friday, September 18, 2015

Miss Mabel

Hi friends! I finished stitching up Mabel. I just need to find two frames that match and fit! You knew I was going to stitch up Henry also, didn't you?!
This is stitched two over two with DMC on 28ct Bo Peep Pink Cashel Zweigart linen.
 I took a few different pictures in different lighting, hoping you could see the pale pink of the linen. I have a pale blue linen picked out to stitch Henry on. It is Dresden Blue Meran linen.
I did change a few things on this pattern besides the DMC colors. I gave her a smaller muzzle and filled her ears out just a tiny bit more, as I am not adding in the bows the pattern shows. I also am not stitching up the border or name underneath.
Did you ever take on a needlework project someone else asked you to do? And you KNEW WITHOUT A DOUBT you would not like doing it?! And because it was your baby brother asking you to do it, and he thinks you can do anything needlework related, you said yes?! AAAHHH! That is where I am at. Jonathan asked me to embroider over all the signatures he has collected from various bluegrass artists over several years. These signatures are in black sharpie ON HIS DENIM OVERALLS! Help! I knew this would be a time suck, but not this bad. I had put the overalls aside for a month and a half. Never touching them. I have begun. No way I can work on this straight without cross stitch relief in between. It took me one hour to embroider "Leigh"! I didn't even start the last name yet. I need to change the subject before I have a melt down here.

This is the sweet freebie I stitched up two weeks ago. I stitched her one over one one 27ct mystery natural linen. I call it the pink pots girl. BECAUSE, Madeleine waters my pink windowsill pots for me. And I know Madeleine is 17 years old, but it just makes me think of her and I love it! You can find this freebie HERE.
Precious, isn't it? I have not finished her off yet, as I am still undecided. I have this wooden display shelf. One of those knick knack things with lots of cubicles, or tiny square and rectangular openings. I had thought to make many smalls up and display them within. Like I am sure you have seen done with printer's trays. I do not know if I still desire to do this. I have one large, open wall in the kitchen. It is to be my sampler wall. That has been the plan since we moved into this home over seven years ago. It is still blank. Well my stitched Mabel and Henry are going there. I have all the patterns for BBD Anniversaries of the Heart and the linen. And no, I have never even begun them! That is real big when stitched together and framed as one big sampler. That is to go on that wall too. The wooden shelf thing won't work there then. And I don't think I have anywhere else in the house for it. Until kids move out. HA! Nothing like thinking way ahead, huh?

I hope you have a beautiful weekend my friends! Oh, by the way, Mabel continues to do well. She uses three legs mainly, but seems to be recovering very well. ♥

Stitching and praying,
Mabel aka Toots, Babes and Pretty