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Friday, May 17, 2019

🌼May Flowers🌼

Hi friends! I am stitching my June pedestal piece. I thought in the meantime I would offer this small chart courtesy of our friend Robin
If you would like this chart you need to: be a sidebar follower of mine on this blog and leave a comment on this post stating you would like this chart. The button is not included. I will draw a name on Friday, May 24th.

I will be back shortly with an adorable finish to share with you❣️

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends! Thank you for stopping by!

Stitching and praying,

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ABC Can't Catch Me!

Hi friends! I want to share another UFO I finished off into a pillow. This is 'ABC Can't Catch Me' by Nancy Turner/VMSS . I stitched this in 2015 with DMC one over one on 26ct cream linen.
Isn't it cute?

When we got together on Sunday at Mom's for Mother's Day, I asked Jacob to take a picture of my three brothers and me. Here we are.
What is so funny to me is that I am 5'11"tall. I look short in this picture don't I? We are all tall in our family except my mom and her husband. She is 5'2" now. She keeps shrinking. I don't know how tall Jim, my stepfather is. Not much taller than her! My father was 6'4".

Yes yet another Kate Morton book! And you betcha it is good!
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WWII. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. Morton once again enthralls listeners with an atmospheric story featuring unforgettable characters beset by love and circumstance and haunted by memory, that reminds us of the rich power of storytelling.
I am stitching an adorable pattern for the June pedestal stand. It was gifted to me by Robin. So that means when I am done it will be offered to YOU!😊

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”  Isaiah 60:1

Have a super day my friends! Thank you for stopping by and saying Hi!

Stitching and praying,

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Hi friends! I have a finish to share with you. This is May-Bright Flower from Rainbow Gallery, the 2005 Cross Stitcher's Surprise Series.
I left the black and white, but changed all the other DMC colors, and now it really pops! I stitched this one over one on 25ct cream evenweave.

And this is where it is now. In the May cubby display.
I also FINISHED  THE LAST AUTOGRAPH on my brother's bluegrass bibs! THANK GOD! I will give them to him on Sunday when I see him when we go to Mom's house for Mother's Day. Problem is folks, HE IS GOING TO GET MORE SIGNATURES!!!!!!!! This project will never end I tell you.
I will share another UFO that I finally finished into a pillow next time. I have been stitching a very sweet piece dear to my heart. I can't wait to share it with you. I hope it turns out as sweet as I plan.💗
Okay, who has read The Lake House by Kate Morton? Didn't you love this book? I sure did!

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned. Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as a novelist. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old Edevane estate—now crumbling and covered with vines. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever. A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies from a masterful storyteller, The Lake House is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.
I plan to stitch this weekend. I want to finish this little design I am working on.🐩Yes. That is your hint.😉

Here is a picture of some of the tulips blooming across from our apartment in the village square. Yes, we just now have tulips blooming!

I hope YOU have a lovely weekend! I thank YOU for stopping by! God bless you my friend.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Stitching and praying,

Monday, May 6, 2019


Hi friends! I came across an UFO over the weekend and decided to finish it off into a pillow.
I stitched this almost four years ago. Two over two on 27ct natural linen with DMC. This is a free pattern you can find HERE I just love this sweet little pattern. It reminds me of Madeleine. That is why I stitched it. Madeleine used to help me water the pink windowsill planters at our home. Not when she was this little, but still. 🤗

I am working on the LAST  signature on Jonathan's bluegrass bibs!!!

I absolutely flew through this book!!! I just cannot wait for the next Maisie book to come, and then when it does come I am so sad when I am done with it so quick! I just can't get enough Maisie!! Remember this? My own Maisie I stitched?

Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival. When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend—and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! Thank you for you kind words of encouragement! I hope you have a great week!

Stitching and praying,

Friday, May 3, 2019


Hi friends! I would like to share my May finish for the pedestal frame with you.
This is "May Joyful Journal" by Heart in Hand. I think it is a really sweet pattern. I stitched this two over two on mystery 30 count linen with the called for DMC, except for the blue of the bicycle. I used VMSS 1795 Sky Blue.

I also completed one more autograph on my brother Jonathan's bluegrass bibs.
One more to go!

I am working on the Rainbow Gallery May piece for my cubby shelf. I will have that finished for next time.
Well I have been turned on to Kate Morton books lately! Are you one of my friends who also reads them?! They are good aren't they?!

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-fi rst birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends! Thank you for taking time to comment. I appreciate that. 💗

Stitching and praying,

Saturday, April 27, 2019

🌷 Happy, Blessed Easter!🌷

Hi friends! Happy Easter to my fellow Orthodox Christians!
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Here is a darling little Easter finish I have to share with you.
I stitched this tiny little pattern for my cubby shelf. This is called "Easter Egg Robin" by Kitty & Me Designs and you can find this pattern and more freebies HERE I have stitched both of the robin patterns now. I think they are adorable! Robins are Wisconsin's state bird. Thank you Pamela for designing these!!

for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10

Stitching and praying,

Friday, April 26, 2019

🐇Mr. Rabbit🐇

Hi friends! Here is my Easter finish. "Mr. Rabbit".
Isn't he absolutely darling? I just fell in love with him and knew I had to stitch him as soon as I finished my last project. I stitched this on 32ct Baby Lotion linen and then backed it with Rhubarb velveteen by Lady Dot Creates. 
I affectionately call this finish Peter Cottontail!🐇 The designer calls him Mr. Rabbit. The designer is Maria Brovko and you can find this FREE pattern on her facebook page.

I finished another autograph for my brother's 🎶Bluegrass Bibs🎶 
This is Frank Solivan of the Frank Solivan Band & Dirty Kitchen. Two more signatures to go you guys!!🤪

I have a question for you friends. Were you ever required in school to read The Scarlet Letter? I know I was back in grade school. I do believe it was 5th grade. I had this idea in my head recently to listen to the book after so many years. So I borrowed an audio book from my library. Wow! I was so surprised. They place the grade level of reading for this book at 11.7!! 🤯 WHAT?!  I was 10 years old when I read this folks! I remember reading this in public school. Which of course made me ask my kids if they read this. No they did not. My three went to private Christian schools. They never heard of this book. Do they still teach this book? I admit it takes some concentration in the beginning to get into it. YES, it does. How sad is that.  Shows how my mind was back then. Uncorrupted I guess.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people. None more so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet "A" on her clothing. She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence. Her husband, the aptly-named Roger Chillingworth, who Hester thought had died in a shipwreck but was actually being held captive by Native Americans, arrives at the exact moment of her deepest public shaming and vows to get revenge. Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, remains safely unidentified, but is wracked with guilt. Though originally published in 1850, the story is set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts among Hawthorne's Puritan ancestors. In The Scarlet Letter, he created a story that highlighted both their weaknesses and their strengths. His knowledge of their beliefs and his admiration for their way of life was balanced by his concerns about their rigid and oppressive rules.
I hope to be back on Orthodox Easter with a small Easter finish.

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:12-13

Thank you for stopping by today my friends. Thank you for your lovely comments. They encourage me. God bless you! Have a great weekend!

This should be very interesting. Our Easter service begins at 11:30 p.m. Saturday evening and goes until 3:00 a.m. Sunday.  The interesting part is we are expecting a low of about 26 degrees then WITH SNOW!❄️Lots of snow. 3 to 6 inches of it!❄️Did I mention we process around the church? I will let you know if we still do that!!

Stitching and praying,

Saturday, April 20, 2019

🐇Happy Easter!🐤

Hi friends! HAPPY EASTER!
I did get the Poodle Parade magnets finished for Mary and Jim, my senior friends at the nursing home. And Henry and I took the magnets to them on Saturday for a visit. They loved them of course!
Aren't they darling?

And now I must apologize! I completely forgot about the Lizzie Kate giveaway because of the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop on Friday. I did not realize they would end up on the same day. I had three people enter their names for the LK Flip It Blocks With Charm April pattern (no charm). I wrote down all three names, folded the strips of paper, shook them up in my hand and had Henry choose! That is right! Henry. He sniffed and with his nose he pushed..... MANUELA  right out of my hand. So Manuela, I have your address and I will mail this pattern to you my friend!😊

The Victory Garden: A Novel by [Bowen, Rhys]
Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite authors. This was a very good novel. I just thoroughly enjoyed it!
As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage. When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow. As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny.
Have a wonderful week my friends!

“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Stitching and praying,