Calendar Poodle SAL

Monday, June 5, 2023


 Hi friends! BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER!(I received her a few days early.)

Meet Flossie! She is 3 pounds and 9 weeks old and Henry is 13 1/2 years old. He is not all that impressed. Cally really isn't! I think you can tell, I am❣️

Now I can start my mornings with my chai latte in my Flossie mug. 💗🐩🐾
Stitching and reading time are greatly reduced around here! I did get this stitched and finished before little Miss Flossie arrived.
🤍Lily of the Valley🤍from May Flowers by Blackbird Designs.
 I stitched this one over two on mystery 40ct linen with the called for flosses, if you can believe that. ha!
🧀June Cubby Shelf Display🧀 
Almost every one of these are stitched over one.
The new piece in the cubby shelf this month is "Cheese Please" by Sweet Wing Studio. I stitched this one over two on 28count black linen with the called for DMC. Why this pattern? Um, I live in WISCONSIN?! My three favorite foods, in order, are: chocolate, bread, and cheese! 😁
🐩💗June Corner Shelf💗🐩Second shelf is filled with hearts, because of you dear friends💕 So many of you prayed for me and care for me and I genuinely feel improved. Perhaps the medication is beginning to work now? Perhaps Flossie is helping lift my spirits?!
The winner of the Freedom Quaker chart is: Martina! 

Tomorrow is my actual birthday. I PLAN to post again. My schedule is not entirely my own right now!! Let's see what tomorrow brings.🐩💗

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

Thank you for stopping by my friends. I am so glad you did. I hope you have a great day!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, May 29, 2023

Here I Am

 Hello friends. Thought I disappeared, I bet. I am here. I just have not been able to post. I have not been able to do a lot of things. I have actually been depressed. I am in severe pain. My back is very bad. It is myofascial pain. I am suffering for many, many weeks now. The physical therapist who did dry needling made it better last Fall. He got the pain to go away for 4 months completely. This time around he made it worse. It is excruciating. I am only surviving by taking muscle relaxers morning, noon and night. I am on a new medication the pain doctor said other patients have had good results with it. I have to give it another week to see if it will work. I am still in the process of increasing the dose.

It is very hard living like this. Very. I asked my doctor if I could have a referral to go to a different therapist who dry needles. She contacted my pain doctor first. He told her he does not think I would experience any less pain with a different therapist doing it. My doctor relayed this message to me, but said she will refer me if I want to. I want to. My entire right side of my back is so stiff and painful, it is horrid. I just have not had any energy for anything. I have been stitching as I can. Sitting is a problem. 

I had my first appointment with the new therapist, Jen. She is very nice. You know how the first appointments go. They are almost all evaluation. She did do a few minutes of hands on at the end. She did some myofascial release therapy on my back and it felt good at the time. It did increase the pain a bit once I got home. Time will tell with my sessions with her if she can help me. She does not feel dry needling is the way to go right away. I am fine with that!

This is Our Lasting Friendship by Blackbird Designs. 

This is my friend Kathy's sampler. Eight of us in our local cross stitch group are doing a round robin with this pattern. I just completed the "June" stitching on this/Kathy's sampler. This month we stitched the wording in the center.


This is a new story and main character by Jacqueline that is about another strong woman. I am thinking this is the beginning of another series. I see similarities to Maisie really. I enjoyed this book, I just hope she continues to write about Maisie Dobbs. If you enjoy Maisie Dobbs books, you will like this also.

I would like to offer this chart to you my friends in a giveaway. 

Please leave a comment on this post if you would like to enter the giveaway. It is open to all of my friends anywhere. You need to be a sidebar follower of this blog.  I will draw a name for the winner on Monday, June 5th.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,

Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

Thank you for sticking with me friends. Some of you have checked on me. God bless you for that. You have helped pull me out of the funk. Thank you. 💕 Long time friends are very special aren't they? Even though we have never met face to face, we still "know" each other and care for each other, don't we. Thank God for friends like you all!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, April 24, 2023

💗Eliza’s French Birds 1849💗

 Hi friends! I never shared with you my sweet crocheted bunny🐇 and Easter card from our friend Martina Thank you once again Martina! This is a very welcome addition to the corner shelf. So precious and perfect!


I did finish💗Eliza’s French Birds 1849💗by Judy Whitman. I enjoyed every stitch on this.

I stitched mine with all the called for flosses on 36ct Iced Cappuccino linen. I found a lovely frame at HomeGoods. I gave it to Emerson to cut to size. I got the frame back over the weekend. 😁 I will work on that this week.


Our Lasting Friendship by Blackbird Designs. 

This is my friend Kathy's sampler. Eight of us in our local cross stitch group are doing a round robin with this pattern. I have now completed the "May" stitching on this/Kathy's sampler.


💗Redwork Pears💗 by my friend Annie of  Annie Beez Folk Art. This is the second pear pattern I stitched from the set, only this one I did not finish into a pear like I did the first one. This time I made a tree. 

I stitched this one over two on 35ct WDW Sophia's Pink linen with this gorgeous pink silk floss from my friend Margo.💕 

I have a large collection of antique wooden spools for all sorts of fun.


📚Yes! JUST YES! If you are a Kate Morton fan, you know. I recommend all of her books. This one does not disappoint. It is a BIG BOOK, at 544 pages, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,

Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.  Psalm 86:15

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I am glad you still visit and leave comments with me. I appreciate your friendship and respond to every one of your comments. Please be sure to have an email that I can reply to though. 💗

Have a wonderful day!

Stitching and praying,


Friday, April 7, 2023

Easter Blessings

 Hi friends! All the snow has left us here FINALLY! I am not saying it is warm at night. Not at all, but we are warming up!

🐑Paschal Lamb🐑

This was a freebie I stitched many years ago that is no longer available. The Steiff lamb is my Mom's toy from when she was a girl.


🐥April Cubby Shelf Display🐥 

Almost all of these are stitched over one.The tall, thin scissors motif on the bottom is a new addition for the cubby shelf. My friend Lisa in New York stitched that for me, and I mounted it in the cubby shelf so I can look at it every day.🥰

🌸🐰April Corner Shelf🐰🌸 I added another bunny this year.


💗Eliza’s French Birds 1849💗by JBWDesigns.

This is my progress on the #jbwelizasfrenchbirdsal on Instagram I am doing with several ladies. I am stitching mine with all the called for flosses on 36ct Iced Cappuccino linen. 

I noticed the berries were charted to be mainly red, but the picture shows them mainly pink. There is a picture inside the pattern also of the original antique sampler. That too has mainly pink berries. So I ripped out the few berries I began stitching and stitched them mainly pink. I like this better of course! 😍

This is the project I am continuing to stitch on until it is done.


I am suffering with myofascial back pain. Sitting for too long brings it on. I have to remember to get up after 30 minutes ALL DAY LONG. By the end of the day my lower right back hurts very bad. I went back to the physical therapist I saw last year who is licensed in dry needling, Mike. He is very nice, but what he does is not! It hurts SO BAD! And it hurts BADLY for over half a week. I just don't know that I can keep doing this for who knows how long. I am hoping this time is different. I took Tylenol before my appointment and after. I am going to stay on that for a while to get me through this. It definitely hurt less yesterday than last week's appointment. 

My stitching buddy from our stitch group is bringing me a book on myofascial pain and treatments. She has it because it also covers fibromyalgia, which she has. I have tried a few different treatments already, but I may learn something from the book. It can't hurt to read!

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful, Blessed Easter my friends! Brian and I will be celebrating with our families also. Brian and I celebrate our Orthodox Easter next Sunday. 

Stitching and praying,

Friday, March 31, 2023

Spring Stitching

 Hi friends! It is really taking a while to warm up here. It was 19 degrees last night! 🥶

You all know our friend Lynda Ruth, would you please pray for her? She was in the hospital. Her husband Dave has brought her home. She had fluid in her lungs and had to have it removed. She is now on medication. She has asked if you would all remember her. Let us not forget one of our own, but send her love.💕

🐰Spring Cutie Cards🐰by Sam Grover in 2014 Cute Cross Stitch magazine. 

Are these not precious??!! 

I had saved this pattern, and when I found this adorable, little basket at Goodwill for a dollar and change, I knew I finally found my way to finish these little critters. 

I stitched these one one over one with the called for DMC on 28 count pastel mint green evenweave.


💕Oh Sweet Pea💕from April Showers by Blackbird Designs.

I stitched this one over two on mystery 40ct linen with some of the called for DMC and VMSS Antique Pink and The Perfect Rose. 

The backing fabric is from my stash. This was a snow day last week. Sweet Peas in the snow!😄 I thought I would take pictures of the stocking inside also. So bright inside!


🌟Glory To God🌟by Little House Needleworks. 

This pattern can be found in the 2008 Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornament Issue. I stitched this for my Mom for this coming Christmas. She loves angels. I stitched this two over two on 32count Silkweaver Belfast linen in French vanilla swirl  with the called for DMC and VMSS 1795 Golden Straw. I had the perfect finishing fabric in my stash. What a dope! 🤦I glued it on upside down. 

😑 Well, I know Mom won't notice. I am disappointed though. Oh well. Vonna I am not. One ornament done for this year anyhow.


❄️Elizabeth Jane❄️by Blackbird Designs.

WOO HOO! I have now completed two of the six samplers I have on my list for this year to finish!!

This sampler block is in honor of my FIL, my MIL, and my BIL.

I am stitching Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs all on one piece of 25ct cream Dublin linen, which requires some modifications along the way. It is stitched with the called for WDW Baked Apple, mostly DMC, and some #vmss I have made MANY color changes to make mine look more like the pattern covers. The entire thing is stitched over one.


📚🎧What a super read! This historic novel is about the courtship and catastrophic honeymoon aboard the Titanic of young Madeleine Talmage Force and John Jacob “Jack” Astor. I thoroughly enjoyed this love story. I never knew of it.

Well if you can believe it, I am still waiting for my flosses for Eliza's French Birds 1849 by JBW. I want to start it SO BAD!! The flosses are scheduled to arrive today! Brian emailed 123Stitch and sent them a screen shot of  the fail to deliver and return from the PO. 123Stitch put the incorrect address for us. 😖 They agreed not to wait until they received that package back to send me those flosses. They mailed me out flosses and did not charge shipping. The originals are going back to them. I just want to start!

What are you stitching on right now?

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

I would like to offer this chart as a giveaway to my American friends this time. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post stating that you would like to enter the giveaway. You need to be a sidebar follower of this blog. I will draw a name and announce the winner on Friday, April 7th.

I hope you have a marvelous weekend my friends! Thank you for stopping by. Take care. 

Stitching and praying,