But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Peter 1:5-8
Monday, July 30, 2012
Not the best picture, but you get the idea right? Four layers of white cake, dyed two different colors of pink. All frosted with "Mr. Brown's Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting". A family favorite. So she officially turns 14 tomorrow. :)
So before I went to bed last night I threw up 3 times. :( Still not feeling so great today. Taking lots of naps with sweet Mabel.
Did not mention this, but she jumped off of the couch last week. Madeleine placed her up there and forgot. The vet said it is time to have a family talk. So we did. He said her jumping off the couch is like us jumping off the roof of our home. Her going up and down the stairs all day cannot happen. As in ever. Each step to her is like a 3 foot step for us he says. She needs to be lifted on and off the porch too. The only options for her now is to go on the steroids and muscle relaxants when she has an "episode". We obviously hope these are few and far between. He did tell me she will gain weight. We of course hate this. He said she either lives plump, or she will end up paralyzed and then euthanized. I am summarizing this for you. He is wonderful and kind.
Haven't stitched in a day. I will when I feel better. I still need to finish the Garden Party into a pin pillow.
Napping and praying,
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Let the pink goodness begin! These beautiful, wood, like balsa I believe, roses are now residing in my big, wood bowl with my smalls, and the pink flower June sent me.
She sent a box of Itty Bitty Buddy Biscuits for Mabel. So sweet. I am happy to say she loves them. Maybe a little too much! ;) Two notepads with Bible verses on them. :) Beautiful notecards. These things were stuffed in that little corn meal bag. It is a perfect sized project pouch for me right now.
Strawberry preserves from Kentucky. My kids have asked for it for their toast this morning. :) Three fat quarters of pink fabric has already been added to my evergrowing pink fabric collection. Beautiful pink scrapbook papers. You should have seen the kids and Brian's faces when I undid the drawstring on that little burlap sack. I could see it was crushed walnut shells right away. They all looked very puzzled. "What is it?!"
Look at this cool, little sewing basket. Do you see the wonderful things Peggy made for me? And even counting pins too. I now own two pair of scissors. Look! They are pink.♥ Madeleine wanted them, but no! Mama wants them. :) Even a poodle!
Pink trim, buttons, measuring tape, and the cool measuring tape trim. This little basket is really neat. I can see a small stitched piece mounted on top. :)
Wonderfulness that makes me think of Peggy.
Wow! This pattern is awesome. The flosses and 36 ct Toasted Coconut linen from Tree of Life Samplings. Very pretty.
More floss, and 4 fantastic charts!! I was so excited over this, I was so moved, I almost cried. I want to thank you once again Peggy Lee AND Master Chief!! How thoughtful, kind and generous you are! My husband, my three children, and I were all stunned. I am NOT exaggerating at all. Wanna know something great? I know you have experienced it yourself. This wonderful thing has allowed Peggy and I to get to know each other better. It is very nice to follow all of you. But is even better to get to KNOW some of you!
I hope you all have a great weekend. I still feel a little like I am floating around on a cloud. Such a warm, fuzzy feeling to know someone took such care JUST FOR YOU. It has been in the 80's here. It did rain a few days last week. The pond has filled again. HOORAY! I will be making a birthday cake for Madeleine today. Party with family tomorrow. Her birthday is the 31st. She will be 14. :)
Thanks for all of your wonderful comments ladies. You are such nice people.
Stitching and praying,
Friday, July 27, 2012
I had a request from Carol a while back to share pictures of my poodle needlepoint collection. It started out simply. With this little vintage,grey beauty you see above. I found her on ebay. She was stitched, but the background was not. So I did a little reading and taught myself to needlepoint. I filled in the background with a cream color.
I found this sweet little one on ebay also. It was a vintage, unopened needlepoint kit. She makes me laugh. She looks like she is chewing bubble gum and getting ready to blow a bubble!
Now this one was also found on ebay and I love it! Do you see the heart stitched into the back leg? We bought this from Sweden. They had it listed as "vintage swedish flemish poodle tapestry sweden". Well, not quite, but it is old. How old who knows. It is unusual.
I know, sweet right? Bought him on etsy. He was mounted in a hoop. I put him into this frame instead. So this is punchneedled I do believe. I have yet to get my punchneedle out and try it. :(
You'll remember the Mabel look-alike I just got for my birthday. Well, I had to remove many staples from this one. They stapled right into the needlepoint! There are some stains light are mild, but there on the bottom. It is also missing 2 or 3 stitches on the bottom left corner. Why? I don't know. I was looking for a long tail of yarn on the backside to do repairs with. No such luck. I just left it as imperfect as it is. She looks a lot like Mabel. The frame I just found last week at Good Will. $1.99! It was brand new in the package, but sprayed a goldtone. It is a nice wood frame. I had prayed before I went to Salvation Army and then Good Will. I asked God to please provide a frame, as we don't have extra spending money right now. And then this find! This frame is 13'x13". Not common at all. I am so thankful to God for it. I picked up some :"linen" colored craft paint from JoAnn. Painting a wood frame is a pain in the rear end. But the end results are pretty good.
This last one I purchased with birthday money also. It is very different. It came framed and cheap too!
The collection, as it hangs in our pale, yellow kitchen. Our Jacob is less than thrilled with his mother's choice of collecting. He loves Mabel. Just doesn't love poodles, poodles, everywhere poodles! ;)
That's all for today folks. I am very, very close to finishing the Brightneedle Garden Party.
Stitching and praying,
Monday, July 23, 2012
Here I am with Julio, our silver toy poodle. I would have been almost 5 years old. We are in our backyard, in front of the pear tree and pool. Julio was adopted by us as an adult. We didn't have him for all that long. As you can see we loved him to bits.
Doesn't he look cool in his baby blue and white hat with baby blue rhinestone color too?! Very seventies!
Mabel was a black 2 lb puppy when we bought her three years ago. She is grey now, with a bit of silver.
This is the cake I made on Friday for Emerson's 16th birthday. He wanted a yellow cake with white frosting and this kind of design in chocolate frosting. :)
I am stitching on Brightneedle's Garden Party. It is a cute stitch. I had to change two floss colors so they would be more visible on the light sand linen.
Stitching and praying and barely reading,
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The pond has a narrow strip of raised land between the two sides. It really almost creates two ponds. A small part of it is usually submersed.We have seen it submersed entirely twice during very, very rainy weather. Well the water level is down about 4 or 5 feet in the pond. So much so, that the east side is gone. Dried up! Completely. Like Death Valley.
|Here you can see the two divided sides.|
Depressing? Sad? Hot? Yes!!!!! We spent at least 20 minutes down in that pond bed rescuing baby toads. I thought they were frogs. Jacob tells me they are toads. He is probably correct. They were they size of your thumb nail. Hopping around, very confused. The boys would scoop them up and take them over to the other side that is still there, for now! We will be checking in on them again today, as it is supposed to be about 110°! Yucko! We found so many tadpoles and little, tiny fish that were dead.
There are still turtles and big bullfrogs, and the little toads. We have a 40% chance of thunderstorms tonight. I pray it is so.
It is not all doom and gloom today. Yesterday I received the most wonderful package in the mail. It came all the way over the ocean from our dear friend June. She had a giveaway this last month. She entered your name every time you commented for a few weeks. Well, I have commented every, single time June posts since I have been one of her followers since way back when. June is such a lovely lady and a dear friend.♥
This is how she wrapped it. Pink goodness! I am sure you can guess I was excited. I carefully peeled off those two stickers. Madeleine's favorite color is also pink and she loves owls. She is going to reuse those stickers in her scrapbook.
You can see the beautiful card she sent me. It is a wonderful British painting on the front. Just look at those stickers. :) Pink poodles! Isn't that a lovely fabric flower? And dusty rose fabric with white polka dots.
Are ya seeing the pink goodness here? Sweet little note cards, a lovely sachet. Look at the sequins, ribbons, trims, and buttons. The butterfly tissues are so June. They seem too pretty to use. A quick little stitch kit too. :) The pretty pink coaster is already in use.
Thank you dear June. You are so thoughtful and clever. I appreciate this gift. I appreciate YOU! ♥
Well, I chose the linen and made my run to JoAnn for floss. I put just a dozen or so stitches in last night. I will definitely have time to stitch today. I need to get outside shortly to water my garden. It is already 79°!! It is not even 8:00 a.m.! Another day to hide inside with the A/C. Take care of yourselves. Keep cool. Or dry as the case may be! HA!
Stitching and praying,
Monday, July 16, 2012
Take a look at this little beauty. ;)
Yes, another bottle cap poodle magnet. This little sweetie was taken from my own book House & Garden Samplers by Mary Jenkins. I used the Crescent Colours Milady's Teal (variegated grey) floss. I stitched her one over one on 32 ct Antique Pink linen. I sewed on the hand dyed ric rac trim I recently won from Nancy.
If you look very closely at the magnet picture you may be able to see the variegation of the ric rac. Sorry I did not realize the pics don't show it off. It is great. I love it. I put it to use right away Nancy. Thanks again Nancy!
These lovely gifts are from my friend Annette. She is going through a very rough time right now with her mom. Please keep Annette in your prayers. :) You can see one of Annette's personal business cards in front. Can you believe the variegated DMC floss is one I do not have? I have many, many DMC pinks!! I will try the Peach Tea. :) Look at the lovely little envelope it came in. I have never received a handmade card before. What a talented lady.♥
So now that the magnet is done, I am on to another stitch. I know what pattern it will be, just having difficulty picking the linen for it. I am working from my stash. I have to! Then I will need to be off to JoAnn for the missing DMC.
I have just begun a new book, Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner. So far it is interesting. I am not very far! ;)
More junk weather has begun this past weekend. 100+° temperatures are here for a while with no rain again. :( I hope it is cooler by you. And green! The grass is so brittle here. A yucky yellowish brown.
Getting ready to stitch and praying,
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I have been tagged by Melissa. The Rules:
Post these rules.
You must post 11 random things about yourself.
Answer the questions set for you in their post.
Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people.
11 Random things about me:
1. I am 5'11"
2. I am a Christian
3. I had a silver toy poodle named Julio as a girl.
4. I am a chocoholic
5. I danced ballet as a teen
6. I have a Certified Veterinary Technician/Veterinary Nurse degree
7. I don't like coffee, I don't like tea, I do like chai lattes.
8. I have 3 younger brothers, I am the oldest
9. My youngest brother,Jonathan, is a McDonald's Monopoly Millionaire
10. I have green eyes
11. I asked my husband "to go out" 26 years ago. ;)
My answers to the questions from Melissa:
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
So this is what I just finished off a few minutes ago.
|Poodle Treats Basket Band|
I thought a small cross stitch band for Mabel's treat basket in the kitchen would be cute. The small sitting poodle I found here. I adapted it a bit to my liking. I have used this motif a few times before. The poodle jumping through the hoop was found here. This would be an antique pattern which I think is awesome. Again I tweaked it a bit. Left off the clown also.
I stitched it on 32 count white linen, 2 over 2. This would be my first time using crescent colors floss. The color is called Milady's Teal. I have no idea at all why. It is a variegated grey floss. Mabel is sort of a variegated grey herself! ;)
Simple and cute! How do you like my Italian spaghetti poodle? I love that neck on him. :) And the treat basket? When you own a little barrel chested, begging toy poodle, you need to keep her slim. We don't give her regular dog treats.
Plain rice cakes that we break up. Exciting right? Delicious, no? Yucko!! But guess who does tricks for them? She even lets me pluck the hair out of her ears for them! Silly girl just loooves food.♥
That's it for today. Onto another stitch. Any guesses as to the next subject?
Stitching and praying,
Monday, July 9, 2012
The wonderful pink daylily it is resting next to is called 'Elizabeth Shooter' if I remember correctly. We bought it about 8 years ago. It has lived with us at three different houses. I am like that. I have dug up quite a few plants and brought them with us to each house. Mainly the chocolate collection.
Can you read who the winner of the Christmas Friends chart is? Yes! Calamity Jr. So Mary Jane I need your address please. If you would email me with that I will get it out right away. :)
Well, I am working on a little something right now that I have been trying to plan out in my mind. I checked out one book from the library and found the font I want for the lettering. I have been digging through my freebie charts for just the right motifs. I found the right linen and pulled the flosses. Started stitching it last night. Just a small project. Hope it turns out as I envision it. You'll see.
May the Lord watch over you, keep you and bless you.♥
Stitching and praying,
Stitching and praying,
Sunday, July 8, 2012
|Bent Creek Bunny Log Cabin Tuffet|
Isn't it wonderful?! I just love the way it turned out! Exactly the way I had envisioned it. Brian had bought me Sweet Liberty- Tuffets last year from our quilt shop here in town. It is a collection of 7 pincushion patterns. I had not made any of them yet. But I knew I wanted to finish this little guy into a log cabin finish. In pink to coordinate with that flower of course. ;)
Oh man! I just realized I did not take a picture of the back for you. :( And I fussy cut some very pretty pink rose fabric too! Maybe I will still get a picture and show you tomorrow. Because tomorrow I will be drawing the name of a stitcher for the giveaway. Come back tomorrow to see the picture okay? Find out who won while you are here too! :)
Hello new followers! So glad to have you. I hope every single one of my readers has a fabulous evening now.
Stitching and praying,
Thursday, July 5, 2012
After finishing my patriotic finish yesterday, I decided to finish another piece before beginning another stitch.
|Christmas Friends, 2 over 2 on 32ct lambswool linen|
The tape fell off of my nose last night. For what I went through, the scars are fairly small. I will keep applying the scar plus sunblock cream for months. My nose is still extremely sensitive though. The problem is I wear glasses and the pressure is constant and bad. We are headed back to the doctor who taped my nose today. Emerson's forearm hurts. He took a fall from his skateboard! :( I will ask the doctor when or if this pain/pressure is going to go away. Maybe it is still too soon. I hope so. I do not want to live with this constant painful nose.
Have a fabulous day whatever you are doing friends! Welcome to my new followers. I am so glad you found me. Thanks for all of your loving comments everyone. They have meant so much to me through all of this. You ladies are the best!!
Stitching, maybe more finishing, barely reading and praying,
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
|Yankee Poodle, 2over2 on 28ct blue meran linen|
Hey! You couldn't guess this would be my patriotic finish?! HA! I love it! I finished stitching this two days ago, but did not finish it up into a pin pillow until today. You can find the free pattern here. It is from Paulette Stewart. I have had this in my stash for quite a while. It needed to be done. :) I was going to add some red trim, but decided against it. I like it too much this way.
I found this great fabric last year at our quilt shop in town.
This is my wonderful gift I received from Michelle yesterday.
|Milk Chocolate Daylily|
Do not forget to enter the giveaway here.
Stitching and praying,