Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Queen Bee

Good Morning my friends! The beautiful autumn weather continues here. Love it. Gorgeous colors in the leaves too. =)

I was so moved by "Pumpkins For Cathey" on Friday. So very touched. I have been praying for Cathey for a long time now. I know I am not alone. I just keep thinking how absolutely blessed Cathey is to have sooooooooo many people beseeching God for her.♥ Oh the power of prayer!

I have stitched and finished a tiny, little Queen Bee for myself. This pattern is by Maria Diaz. It is from the Rustic Style Cross Stitch booklet by Cross Stitcher. I love this booklet! I have a handful of patterns I will be stitching from it.
This little bee was stitched on 25ct Antique White linen. I used the DMC called for and stitched two over one.
I knew I wanted to use a yoyo to finish it off. I used fabric from my stash that works very well. =)
For now, I have mounted it onto my linen valence above the kitchen sink.  I made these valences years ago from an old embroidered table cloth. It is all done is greys and pale yellow. Our kitchen is pale yellow. =)

I am excited to begin my first SALs!!! Today I will start stitching Paulette's free SAL . I am stitching Mary's Sampler on 40ct Sandstone linen. I will be starting the Barbara Ana Autumn Delights SAL with Vicki, Annette and Donna on October 1st. Wanna join us? Take a look here.

I have been listening to yet another CD I checked out from the library. This one is The Bible narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. Well, let me tell you in one word............ POWERFUL!! It is a selection of familiar and important passages from the Old Testament. Wowie zowie! I have only volume 5 & 6 so far. I am on the waiting list for the other 4 CDs. Disappointing only in that the WHOLE Bible is not done. That would have taken nearly 100 hours of recordings. I would listen to it!! There is also some dramatic music provided by leading composers from the Holy Land. Just awesome! Just saying!

I also picked up from the library The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini. Another historical fiction book by her. Looks really, really good!

I have found ONE tea on this planet that I like. ;)
Imagine that, huh?! Otherwise, I just don't drink tea or coffee at all. I DO like Chai Lattes! yum yum!

I baked brownies a few days ago. I bought a bag of Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses. I thought it might be yummy to put a kiss into each brownie top. Well, I found my first pumpkin anything that I don't care for. The flavor of the kisses is toooooooo much for us. Only Jacob likes the kisses. I wonder if he will when he finishes off the bag himself. ;)

I baked Pumpkin Yeast Bread yesterday. We all liked it..... a little. The problem is that my mom has made Pumpkin Bread for decades, and so have I. My mom's is like a desert bread/cake. This yeast bread tastes so similar, except that it is yeast bread and less sweet. I think it has us all confused, do you know what I mean? I think our brains our expecting the yummy, sweet treat from Grandma. So, since the recipe makes two loaves, I am going to attempt to make Pumpkin Bread Pudding today with the second loaf. We will see how that works out.

This is what I look at, on my kitchen window sill, as I wash dishes every day.
I planted these pansies into my pink window planters last week. They are more pinkish purple than pink, but I still love 'em. The pink, white and green sedum and the artemisia 'silver mound' are always in the planters. I put all the planters in the garage over winter. I water them about once a month, and the two perennials stay alive that way. I just replace the pansies twice a year, in spring and fall.  Pansies are my favorite flower. =)

Have a beautiful Sunday friends! Thanks for stopping by. So very glad to hear from you.♥

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

24 comments:

Myra said...

OH your little queen bee is precious. That would make a great needleminder. I will be stitching Paulette's mystery with you. Enjoy your Sunday!

Vicki said...

Your "queen bee" looks perfect on the valance, what a clever idea!

cucki said...

Aww sweet little queen bee is so cute...
Happy stitching
Hugs x

Annette-California said...

Sweet queen bee. Great idea using a yoyo behind it, beautiful. Good luck to.you baking more pumpkin recipes. Im off to check out PSS mystery part 1. Happy Sunday. love Annette

gracie said...

What a sweet bee and that valence is lovely...

Lija Broka said...

I thought that bee looked familiar. Silly me, I have that pattern book on my computer ... lucky me my local library subscribes to the magazine in the emagazine format. Looks good!

butterfly said...

Loving your Queen Bee , And your pansy looks so pretty.Hugs.

Margaret said...

Love your queen bee finish -- so sweet! You have some good SALs going there! I'm tempted by Paulette's but I'm lousy at SALs. lol!

Emma/Itzy said...

Sweet stitching!

Cindy's Stitching said...

queen bee is just adorable. It looks really pretty.

Dawn said...

love the bee and the flowers are beautiful Vicki

Catherine said...

Very sweet finish!!

Lesley said...

A very pretty Queen Bee and your valances are gorgeous,as are you pansies.

moreofhim said...

I love this!! It made me smile because I used to call myself "Queen Bee" and my sweet poodle, "Queen Bee Junior". LOL I always said she ruled the roost but she couldn't be Queen Bee - just Junior. Silly, I know, but I miss that girl and this just gave me such a smile. Thank you!

Blessings - Julie

Chris said...

What a sweet finish Vickie!
The event for Cathey was very moving. It was wonderful to see everyone's posts.
The pumpkin bread pudding sounds yummy.
Lovely pansies.
Have a wonderful week!

Mii Stitch said...

An adorable little queen bee stitching!!

Michelle said...

Oh how cute - your stitching is lovely x

Mary said...

Queen Bee is sweet, Vickie. The yo-yo is a fun addition.
Good luck with your pumpkin baking.
It's disappointing when your recipe isn't quite what you thought it to be but....nothing ventured, nothing gained. If Mabel and Henry are anything like Rosie, they were anxious for a taste!
Have a good week ahead.

Julie said...

Very pretty little finish.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your bee is lovely

Maggee said...

I almost forgot about the SAL! Thanks for reminding me! Queen Bee is quite a nice piece. The two strands make it pop! ANYthing narrated by Sir Lawrence Olivier must be fantastic! James Earl Jones also has one of those great narrator voices... Just saying... Hugs!

Jeanne said...

What a cute little bee finish! Great pumpkin too on your last post.

Melanie said...

It was so heart warming to go through everyone's posts for Cathey. It took me a few days but I got through all of them. It's always nice to see people come together like that online vs. the usual viciousness you see on regular sites.

Super cute little bee! I love the backing yellow fabric. Just perfect. :)

♥ Nia said...

Lovely stitched piece =)