Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

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,


Mii Stitch said...

A sweet finish for February :)

Cindy's Stitching said...
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Cindy's Stitching said...

very pretty Vickie. have a great weekend.

butterfly said...

Lovely stitching Vickie , I will have to play catch up soon hugs.

gracie said...

Hope your MRI results are favorable. February looks great.

Annie said...

Love your color choices for fabric and floss. I'm finally getting around to stitching January. I haven't made any floss color changes, but I think maybe I should have for more contrast on my fabric. It still looks cute though. These are such sweet designs.

Fingers crossed for good MRI results!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Lovely finish! Awww look at the cuties at the end of your post. So sweet. :)

Wishing you a day filled with many blessings sweet friend. :)

KimM said...

This is so cute - can hardly wait to get started on mine!!

Hilda said...

Dear Vicky,
it has been a while since I had the time to take a walk through bloggerland to read and comment. Therefore I missed some of your blogposts, but read them all now.
I hope you don't mind me to comment all of them here.
I am so sorry that your pain is back again and I really really hope the answers you will get next week are of "no surgery"-kind of solution!

I LOVE the cuby shelf you should this and last post and that you are going to fill with this tiny darling stitchings.
Joyful world is such a lovely SAL. I really hope I will find the time (one day) to stitch it too.

Sending all the best wishes for health and no pain!


Jacquie Morris said...

Yippppeeee!! I love it!! Your ducks are so cute :) really like the colour changes you made too.
Just in time for March in a few weeks!!
Take care of yourself...
Have a happy smiley weekend :)

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
your little ducks are very cute. I will stitch the ducks, too.
Have a ncie weekend, Manuela

Judy said...


Fairy Stitcher said...

Beautiful work, love these designs, hope to stitch them too, soon :)

cucki said...

So beautiful my dear
Big hugs and lots of prayers for you x

Lesley said...

A very pretty little design,beautifully stitched.
Hope you have a great weekend.

hookedonstitches said...

A lovely finish! My hubby has severe back issues and can't live without muscle relaxers either. He had an MRI and the Surgeon told him there is nothing he can do, it's a genetic defect. Take care, praying for you :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

February looks great. IF I stritch this SAL I will definitely make them over one.

Hope you get some answers from the MRI too.

Thoeria said...

Sweet stitching, Vickie :} Your clour choices are lovely!

Really hoping that you get answers next week x

Barb said...

That is so cute.

gominam said...

February already, that's so pretty, love the colors you used:)

Justine said...

Such a pretty stitch! Hope you get the answers you need soon.

Beth said...

I have joined the SAL, but not stitched anything yet, ducks are very cute.

Emma/Itzy said...

Very sweet finish! :)

Maggee said...

That is a really cute finish... but I can't believe you are still stitching, while in such pain! Aren't you supposed to be limiting it?? Keeping you in prayer!

Angela Tucker said...

Good evening, Vickie. So beautiful! And over one? You are crazy!! LOL I did over one ONCE. Not my cup of tea. It is really hard to frog when you make a mistake. And I made quite a few on that project. LOL

I hope you get good news. Surgery is always scary. It would be nice if they come up with alternatives, at least to try first. You know that I'll keep holding you up in prayer...have a good weekend, sweet Vickie.

Brigitte said...

What a wonderful SAL Joyful World is and so many stitchers have joined. Love your version of February.

Varla Lee said...

Oh It is lovely!!

Julie said...

Pretty finish, mines all kitted up ready to begin.
Hope you can get some help after the scan.

Sherry said...

what a great finish. I love this SAL.

♥ Nia said...

You stitched 1 over 1! such tiny stitches!! :)
Looks lovely!! :D

Jenny said...

Hi Vickie, Your little ducks are just adorable! I am so enjoying seeing these little animals being stitched. The book sounds great. I too am on a waiting list at my library for her books. I am praying for good news with your MRI and that you will not need surgery. I am so glad that you can still stitch :) even though you still have pain. I know how happy that makes you. Have a good weekend my friend and I hope you have many happy moments reading and stitching.

North Country Stitcher said...

Hi VIckie,
So sorry to hear about your pain. Hopefully a quick solution can be found. Your stitching looks lovely!
Take care of yourself.
Lisa M.

Bea said...

Love your ducks.

I hope you get some useful information and don't need surgery. I always think of that as the last resort, but sometimes it is necessary. Thankfully the Great Physician is in charge and we just have to believe and trust.

That book sounds fascinating. I always love stories where the past comes into the present and things need to be sorted out. Makes you wonder who and what your decisions are going to affect.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

What a neat little design. Interesting to hear what you're reading - I find it so hard to find new books nowadays as so many of them don't have a decent story.
I hope your results show no need for surgery Vickie.

diamondc said...

Vickie: Mabel is so cute posing for you.
That book sound very interesting, I am ordering a book called The Privilege Of Being A Woman by Alice Von Hildebrand, it looks like my kind of read.
I am so happy you are able to do some stitching, February is adorable, I love duck.
I hope your MRI says nothing is requiring surgery.


Margaret said...

I love these Joyful World designs. They're so pretty. Love how yours came out. I want to read Secrets of a Charmed Life -- it's on my to-read list. I'm glad you're stitching, but so unhappy that you are still experiencing problems and pain. :( Prayers that you get answers and not surgery from the doctor.

Carolien said...

Dear Vickie,

Be careful, take care and I hope there will be good answers concerning the pain etc. Answers that can help you.
The ducks are lovely and what a beautiful fabric you used :)

Happy Sunday & waves across the ocean,

Carolien said...

P.S. Never hears of Wisconsin wood violets, grins ... Lovely name and thought though and they are so delicate like this. Must go and google about them :)

Sarah in Stitches said...

Gorgeous finish! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you, Vickie :D

Sandra die Puppenhexe said...

Dearest Vickie , I express to you our fingers crossed for the results of your MRI examination . I hope it will soon be up for it and the pain better . Your February has become beautiful and I find it so beautiful that we have embroidered the same despite the great distance that leaves the world the same but much smaller werden..smile ..
A prayer for you
Your Sandra

Meari said...

Did you get Palko's February chart yet? Or, does it come out sometime in February?

The monthlies from Snowflower Diaries are so cute!

moreofhim said...

Beautiful stitched piece! I'm definitely going to have to make this one! I'm so glad you're stitching. The book you read sounds really good! I love reading (as you know) and have been reading some wonderful books.

I hope you get good news regarding your MRI.

Blessings - Julie

Cathy said...

Love the Joyful World February! I do have a question. I've just started stitching January on 25 count Davos. What did you do with the specialty stitches right underneath the fox's feet? Do they work over one?