My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
James 1:2-3

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hands On Design

Hi friends! I decided to move on with the next pattern, March, from Hands On Design, since it is found in the same Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine I have checked out from the library. (March 2014)
The picture has a pinkish cast to it. My pink sweatshirt was glowing in the sun. ;)
This is stitched one over one on 25ct New Khaki Lugana using DMC. I did change three DMC colors.
Perhaps you noticed Murphy?  Yes, the original pattern shows a Leprechaun from the waist down. I wasn't real keen on that. I thought, hey, Murphy is an Irish name. Why not put him in the pattern instead? ;) I have a feeling his previous owner was Irish? Poodles are originally from Germany in case you did not know.

We went to the Milwaukee Art Museum on Saturday.

Madeleine received a Silver Key Award for her self portrait and a Silver Key Award for her portfolio in the Scholastic Art Competition. This is a national art competition. There were almost 2,000 entries from our state of Wisconsin alone. It is for grades 7-12.
Yep, she painted herself with her parakeet, Winky.

The winner of the Sweetheart Tree pattern, Finger Fun I is Jo! I will get this pattern off to you Jo.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, February 5, 2016

Here In Poodletown

Hi friends! I wasted no time in stitching up the free February pattern by Palko, that you can find HERE.
I stitched this one over one on 25ct white evenweave, using DMC 48(a gift from Annette).

I  finished up a sweet Valentine pattern now. Then I will get back to the January SAL from Snowflower Diaries.

I received a gift of three more pink fabrics from Jenny. I also received two very special items from her. Do you see the small wooden heart? And that is a pink and white bracelet from Jenny also. I am going to write a little something on that heart for Jenny. She is collecting them. They are little hearts of encouragement. Jenny has breast cancer. If you want to know Jenny, take a look HERE and learn more about her. :)
God bless you Jenny!

I saw the spine orthopedic surgeon on Monday. I have degenerative disc disease at C5/C6 (the neck). This would explain the pinched nerve there and the pain. He said I am not a candidate for surgery.(That is fine with me!) He suggested an epidural injection. So I saw my pain management doctor Wednesday. I will get an epidural injection in two and a half weeks.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hands On Design

Hi friends! I finished up another February design for my cubby shelf.
This is February from a Year of Celebrations by Cathy Habermann/Hands On Design. This pattern can be found in the March 2014 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine. Our library carries this magazine. :)
This was stitched one over one on 25ct New Khaki Lugana using DMC and one silk gifted to me by Peggy.

I am having another giveaway, open to all. You just need to be a follower of mine and leave me a comment stating you would like to be entered in the giveaway. Here is what I am offering you.
Finger Fun I  by the Sweetheart Tree. I realized I am not going to stitch this pretty pattern up. The most adorable, tiny buttons are attached and included. I actually purchased this pattern because it is pretty AND those buttons are so cute!! I will announce the winner on Monday February 8th.

I'm off to see the wizard! the spine orthopedic surgeon this afternoon. I'll let you know what he says, and what the MRI shows.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
The thrill of the hunt

Friday, January 29, 2016

Joyful World SAL- February

Hi friends! I have completed February in the Joyful World SAL by Snowflower Diaries. Here the ducks are out in the snow.
I stitched this one over one on 25ct Driftwood Dublin linen. I adore the tininess of it. I used DMC and the orange is from VMSS. I did change several colors. I gave the hen her white-bordered blue patch on her wing.
I made the violets the colors of Wisconsin Wood Violets.
I will go back and get January done, but first I am stitching another piece for February. And then I will need to stitch up Palko's February chart.

I have finished reading Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner.

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed…

What a good book! This is the fourth book by Susan I have read this year already. I am on a waiting list at the library for her latest book. Reading has been competing with my stitching.

I had the MRI done. I now wait to see the spine orthopedic surgeon on Monday. I am hoping for answers and NOT surgery. I have learned over these last weeks that the pain and pressure are unbearable if I go off of the muscle relaxers. Since I have the go-ahead to stitch again, I am!

 “In His unbounded love, God became what we are that He might make us what He is.” —St. Irenaeus 

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, January 22, 2016

I Am Stitching

Hi friends! I stitched up the January freebie from Palko. I have this wood shadow box or cubby shelf. I want to fill it up with treasures. And so I began.
January is stitched one over one using DMC B5200 on Wedgewood Blue 25ct lugana.

I am now stitching on the February Snowflower Diaries SAL.

I have finished reading A Fall Of Marigolds by Susan Meissner. This book dovetails a historical story around a contemporary subplot.

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

I really liked this one a lot. The 1911 story centers around Ellis Island. We took a family vacation 5 years ago to New York. We were on Ellis Island. Very interesting to learn more about it. I cried once while reading this.

I had a recheck appointment Tuesday with the orthopedic doctor who had ordered the physical therapy. I told him the pain and pressure have not gone away since his exam on December 1st. He put me on prednisolone. This helped greatly the first two days, now not so much. I have a MRI scheduled for next week.

Oh Lord, be my comfort, my courage, and my strength this day.

Thanks for stopping in today. I am so glad you did!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pure Love

Hi friends! A frigid morning here. It is currently -8º with a windchill of -25º. I would love to just stay in today, but I have possibly my last physical therapy session today. The pressure in my neck is mostly gone, but the pain in my neck and shoulders and upper back is still there. It actually slightly worsened after I told you of my improvement on Friday morning. :(  I do have an appointment with the pain management doctor on Wednesday. We shall see what she has to say about this pinched cervical nerve.

So I want to share with you the Christmas ornament I have finally made and given to Brian.
This is Pure Love by The Snowflower Diaries. You can find this pattern in the 2015 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue.
This is stitched one over two on 38 count mystery linen. I used DMC and Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe floss.
I changed the finished shape, shown in the magazine as a rectangle, to a heart. I wanted to stack a heart on top of a heart to show a bit of the lovely red silk I used. The back is also covered in red silk. I used a length of red metallic floss for the hanger.
I am pleased to say he is extremely happy with it. He does not want to pack it up with the Christmas things. He wants to display it for a few months. :)

And now to announce the winner of  Mini Silver Needle Stitches pattern. Jenny! I have emailed you. As soon as I receive your postal address, the pattern will be on it's way to you.

Thank you for stopping in with me today friends. I am so glad you did. Your words of encouragement brighten my day!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cross Stitch Collection

Hi friends! Are you ready for some great news? I have been improving! Twice a week my physical therapist has been helping me work out this pinched nerve. I have been doing my home exercises every day and correcting my posture. The pressure in my neck is almost completely gone now. I do have pains that pop up in my upper back. My therapist told me my next appointment will hopefully be my last one. HOORAY! The last question I asked her was if I can stitch now. Yes I can! She said to stitch for 20 minutes at a time. Then do stretches. I can do that!!

I have something fun to share with you. A handful of my overseas friends have notified me that they have spotted me in the January issue of  Cross Stitch Collection magazine. I was contacted last fall by the magazine and asked several questions.














I trimmed up Murphy's top knot. Now he won't need a full haircut for weeks yet. I gave Miss Mabel the whole works. You know what goes through my head very often when I blow dry her out? ♪ I WILL SURVIVE ♫  You know the '70's song by Gloria Gaynor? Or do you prefer it sung by Diana Ross? I prefer Gloria's version myself. Mabel's hair looks just as glorious as either lady, don't you think?
♫"GO ON NOW GO! WALK OUT THE DOOR!"♫
I finished reading The Girl In The Glass by Susan Meissner. A very good book.  This is the seventh book I have read by this author. She seems to delight in writing dual-time-periods-fiction.

I finished listening to Come Rain Or Come Shine by Jan Karon. I LOVED this! I have read every single one of her books. Listening to this book was great.

In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It’s a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you’re invited—because you’re family.

By the way, it’s a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what’s a good wedding without a good cry?


I baked Challah this week. We love this bread around here.
STITCHING and praying,
Vickie