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Monday, May 13, 2024

State Fair Entries

 Hi friends!  Well my State Fair entries for this year are ready. I would like to share them with you. I have one cross stitch piece this year. This is God Bless America by Artful Offerings. 

I stitched this one over two on 40ct Vintage Country Mocha. I used the thread conversion by Jeanne Horton of Country Sampler. I made changes to the pattern. I got rid of the alphabet under the American flag. I put in Land That I Love instead. I got rid of the circle of  13 stars and put in the 30 stars that would have flown in 1848, the year Wisconsin became a state. The pattern originally showed 1776 on the side of the barn. Since I am from Wisconsin, this has special meaning to me. 

I bought this barn wood frame from Hobby Lobby and Emerson cut it to size for me. The lower left corner may appear to be cut "off", but it is not. The barn wood is uneven at the point. The corner does meet perfectly, just not directly at the top. 80% of the corner connects perfectly. I love it in this frame.

Bowl of Pansies
This is my entry for Punch Needle in the State Fair. These took me three and half months to create!!
I bought a miniature punch needle to create this project. The needle is the size of a needle you get an injection/shot at the doctor. You insert one piece of embroidery floss in it at a time. 
I used this book bought for me by my Mother 10 years ago, to create these pansies.
As you can see, I changed all the colors of the pansies. I chose my own colors, and boy, that was not as easy as I thought it would be!!
I punched each pansy piece or leaf on a matching colored cotton fabric. Then seam sealed it with Fray Check. Twice. Then sealed the back with Gem-Tac. Then the nerve wracking part. Cutting each part out directly next to the stitching. 
I then had to use Madeleine's water colors to mix and match the perfect color to paint the small white wires for the backs. Once these were dry they were also glued. I bought green wire for the backs of the leaves. 😉😊
I had never done floral work of any kind, so this was a learning experience. I had to construct the pansies by layering, twisting and connecting the wires to a stem and adding the leaves. 
I inserted them in foam. And rearranged. And rearranged. And DONE! 😵

And now I am VERY MUCH ENJOYING stitching Christmas ornaments for my family once again!

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.  For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1Peter 3: 13-17

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! Thank you for your kind words. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Thursday, April 25, 2024

Punching Pansies

 Hi friends! I have not been cross stitching at all since January when I stitched God Bless America. I have been punch needling my three-dimensional miniature pansies for the State Fair this year. I grossly underestimated the HUGE amount of work it would take just to punch these! 

The punch needle itself is much smaller than a normal punch needle. It is only the size of a needle you would see at the doctor's office. I place one strand of embroidery thread inside the needle to punch with at a time. 

The book gave bold, purples, yellows, whites, and burgundy colors. I wanted my pansies to be pinks and lavenders. I chose my own colors. 

I might have enough pansies punched now for the milk glass bowl I plan on using for the Fair. I am not sure. I will not be sure until I have assembled them all. Here are all the parts and pieces punched up. 

I began with leaves. That is why there is a practice outline on the right.

This color green is not showing up accurate. None of the leaves have been trimmed up.

I made two of these, but only took one picture.

The next step in the process is to surround each piece with Fray Check and let dry. Repeat. Then coat the back of each piece with Gem-Tac with a paint brush and let dry. Then remove it from the hoop. Once I have them all done, I will move onto the next step, which is cutting them out, directly next to the stitching, leaving as little base fabric showing as possible. 

That is as far as I am sharing for now. This will keep me busy for a while! What a project! 

This has cured me of punch needle for a while! It is easy, but I miss cross stitch dearly.

I just wanted to share what I have been up to lately. 

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31-32

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

Punching and praying,
Vickie







Tuesday, April 2, 2024

April Displays

 Hi friends! I forgot to tell you that the whiplash pain is gone. Hooray!

Here is my 🐥April Cubby Shelf Display🐥 Almost all of these are stitched over one.

Here is my 🐰April Corner Shelf🐰 I will leave this display set up until Orthodox Easter, May 5th.


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🐩🐩This is the first time ever that Little Henry and Flossie have played together. They are using Flossie's new Trixie Dog Activity Mini Mover she got for her birthday. It is a brain game. 

Flossie was afraid of it until Henry came over and just started doing it. I had it loaded up with Flossie's dog kibble. Henry is VERY motivated for that! He is on a prescription diet. A little bit of hers won't hurt him. Once Flossie caught on, she had fun sliding the doors with her nose too. Only Henry also uses his little paw and nose to work it. He is the only one who has the string with the hidden compartment figured out. Neither has figured out the knob and hidden compartment yet. There are also 2 cone -shaped covers that fit over any of the center holes. I don't think Henry is even strong enough to remove them. I will wait a while for Flossie to master this to bring those out for her.



📚I have an extremely different book to share with you today. It is not going to be for, well almost all of you? I felt I must share this though. I found this book by looking at my online library website. They promote the new books coming out and I nab them. This was one of them that caught my attention. I am so very glad I did. I have never felt more understood in my life by anyone than this author. My Dad abused my Mom , my brother and myself years ago. I am not going into details. I will just say, Mom almost died. Things were very bad. Things like that do not leave you. They do not.
This sounds impossible, but this book helped me SO MUCH, I had to expose myself and share this here in case someone else needs this book also.
If you are suffering inside from post traumatic stress from abuse in your family, this book is a good help to healing the hurt inside. God bless you. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

I am a punching maniac. I am happy to say the leaves are all punch needled. They are not trimmed up though. I am waiting to do that until all punch needling is done. I am now going to begin punch needling the pansy petals. I will show pictures soon. I hesitate, because it does not look like much yet friends.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

I hope you have a great week friends! It has been raining all day here. It turns to snow tonight and into tomorrow. We will be getting 3 to 5 inches. How fun. NOT.

Punching and praying,

Vickie






Saturday, March 30, 2024

Poodles!

 Hi friends! Yesterday was our little Flossie's first birthday. Look at the pretty girl she has turned into. 😍 Happy Birthday Flossie❣️ We love you❣️


🌞🐩Now that Henry is 14 years old, his hair grows slower. I know. It does not look like it, but along his back is the main issue. In the winter months I have noticed he is colder, especially at night. He cuddles right up against me in bed. Yes, he sleeps with us in bed. 🥰 I told Brian I wanted to get him a little t-shirt. We found this one at Walmart the other day. PERFECT for our Henry! 
Size XS of course. I only wish he would wear shoes or socks. Ha! His feet are cold. He will not do it. Yes. I tried. 😂
I am still punching away on my intricate, miniature needle punch project for the State Fair. I have 19 leaves done out of 24! Hooray!🎉

My nerve pain is sloooowly settling. I continue to do the PT exercises daily.

He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.  

                                               Isaiah 53:3-4

We will be going to Mom's for Easter lunch tomorrow. I am taking sweet potatoes by request. 😉 We are missing Jacob and Kristen this year. Jacob simply cannot get off for this weekend. He is at the bottom of the seniority for his department. 

Brian and I are Orthodox Christians, and as such we ourselves are still in Lent. Orthodox Easter is May 5th this year. The reason Orthodox Easter is different is that it always follows Jewish Passover. The reason being, Passover comes first, then Christ dies, then He is Risen. The Orthodox never changed calendars. The Catholic Church switched from the Julian to a Gregorian calendar in 1582. A little history lesson for you today. 

I do wish you all a Blessed Easter my friends. Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your time with your families. Cherish them!!

Punching and praying,
Vickie





Friday, March 22, 2024

MARCH!!

Hi friends! I am still here. I am currently suffering whiplash. 😩 Yes. Again. You may recall I had whiplash back in 2018. I drove with my MIL and suffered with horrid neck pain for two months! I went to PT back then and received exercises and deep massage. This time I pulled out those exercises and started them right away. I am also using ibuprofen daily. This hurts! I get whiplash easier I believe because of that cortisone shot I got in my neck that went wrong in 2016. The nerve is permanently damaged.

What stinks is that I am working on a punch needle project for our State Fair. The State Fair finally opened up punch needle as a category this year and I really want to enter and win! 😁 My Mom bought me a wonderful punch needle book about 10 years ago. This is it.

The project you see on the front cover IS what I have begun! I have never done miniature punch needle. I had to buy a new punch needle. The needle is the width of a large needle you get an injection with from the doctor or nurse! Very small! Very time consuming. 😵 I am NOT doing my pansies in these colors however. That also took me a looooong time to figure out the colors, let me tell you!! I am doing pastel pinks and lavenders. 😁 I am really, really restricting how long I work on the project. I only allow myself to punch one thread, then I get up and do something else. Pain is not fun.

Here is my 🍀March Corner Shelf🍀

☘️Irish Flossie☘️ I made this cute, little flat ornament to hang from my corner shelf.

 I thought Flossie's nice red coat would look cute with green bows. I stitched her up with GA and DMC on 28ct pale green evenweave, two over two.

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Emerson has the frame for my God Bless America Sampler right now. It is a barn wood frame. He will cut it to the perfect size for me. I will make him a nice dinner and dessert. When I get that back and framed I will show you.

It is snowing here today. We have about three inches on the ground so far this morning. 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends. If you have stopped by today, thank you. If you are leaving me a comment, bless you! I know I am very sporadic in posting nowadays. Thank you for hanging in there with me. Take care my friends. Until next time!

Stitching and praying,

Vickie












Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentine's Day!

 Hi friends! Happy Valentine's Day! 💕 Here is my corner shelf full of love. February Corner Shelf💕💌

Here are a few other February decorations.
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Our cross stitch group finally had our Christmas party and gift exchange. You all were correct. Lisa does love the sewing box I made her and I am very glad.

These are the lovely gifts I received from my dear friend Colette. 

The little piece she stitched for me is by Prairie Schooler and is called Still Life. I love it on that PTP Shadow 40ct linen. Just gorgeous! 

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This is what I finished last night.           🐩💕Hearts for Ronny💕🐩by Fox and Rabbit. 

This is a modified, pared down version of the pattern, given to me by my dear friend RoseAnn. You may have guessed I changed the colors of the poodles to look like Henry and Flossie? Correct! 😊 I stitched this one over one on 28ct pink Meran Linen with the called for DMC and my own choice of fancy flosses for my poodles. 😁 The backing fabric and ribbon are from my stash.

I baked gingerbread Flossies last night. Ha! I had a dog head cookie cutter. I bent it and reshaped it. I think it worked out fairly well to resemble a poodle head now.

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I am back to stitching on God Bless America again.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

I hope you have a wonderful day my friends, filled with LOVE! I am grateful for YOU and thank you for stopping by here today.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie






I gave Flossie a haircut. I tried to get a picture afterwards. How funny. When I want a picture of Henry, he is not usually very cooperative. Now I could not get him out of the way! Well once I pulled out treats, I just had to be fast!🤪