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Friday, December 1, 2023

Two Flossies

 Hi friends!  ⛄When I saw this idea from Lori of Notforgotten Farm last year, I knew I was going to make one also this year. 

I saved the perfect honey jar and I used January Snow by Twisted Threads as my pattern. It is designed to be stitched on the same linen Lori used, 28 ct Rivera Gingham. She offered the Sam the Snowman pattern this year, but since I had this pattern (thank you Robin ) I stitched my little ☃️ 

The blue snowflakes are from my stash. The only thing that is not from my stash were the tiny, white bottle brush trees. 

I could have simply topped the lid with fabric, but I seem to make things difficult for myself usually. 🙃 I had this free pattern from Zweigart already printed off in my stash and it fit perfectly WHEN I STITCHED IT ONE OVER ONE ON 4O COUNT NATURAL LINEN!! 😬 It is done, I I think it is cute. 


🐩🐩Two Flossies! 

I created a little Flossie for Brian and Madeleine's Christmas ornaments this year. I did it the old fashioned way, with graph paper and pencil. They look a tad different because I stitched them two over two on mystery green 32ct linen with DMC 433, WDW Bright Leaf, Pecan, and GA Sarsaparilla. Hmm. I forget what brown I used for the eyes and nose. I have come to realize that Flossie's exact haircoat color is impossible to locate thus far. I have searched Michael's, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, Lynn's, and Country Sampler. So I came up with this combo. As Madeleine told me, "Mom, it is an interpretation." 😉😂 No, she has not seen these yet. I give everyone their ornaments in their Christmas stockings. I found the wooden ornaments for $1 at JoAnn. Flossie JUST fit. I also bought this glittery, green paint there and jazzed them up.❇️


I am stitching something totally unplanned and super cute right now. I cannot wait to share it. It is VERY tiny though, so it is slow stitching.

I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  Psalm 118:5-6

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you and your kind words.

Stitching and praying,


Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Celebrating 60 With Annie

 Hi friends! Last week I went to The Country Sampler with my friends Linda and Kathy from my stitching group to meet up with Annie of Annie Beez Folkart to celebrate Annie's 60th birthday! Her daughters Chelsea and Isabel were also there. Our fellow stitching friend Tammy came too. 

So many wonderful Christmas things to see in the crowded shop and the gorgeous School Room.

We went out to lunch with the birthday girl Annie and then after shopping was complete, we stitched the day away upstairs. It was a marvelous day ❣️

I am stitching a small winter project for me in between ornament finishing. I really dislike finishing!

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge 1 Corinthians 1:4-5

I hope and pray my American friends have a Blessed Thanksgiving. I am cooking it for the four of us this year: Brian, Madeleine, Emerson and I. Mom, Auntie Kathy, Michael and Jon, who all live together, have decided to eat out this year. My in-laws are driving to Columbus, Ohio to my brother-in-law's. Jacob and Kristen will drive up there. They are now in Cleveland, Ohio. Jacob cannot get off of work, due to being the lowest in seniority in his department now. He can come home for Christmas though! Yay! We will be facetiming them at least.😁

I thank you for stopping by today my friend. Take care.💗

Stitching and praying,

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Flossie's Coat

 Hi friends! Here she is! Sporting her new, green fleece coat Mama made her.💚

Doesn't she look great in green? 

Doesn't she have gorgeous eyes? I love them. They are the color of her fur.

I have created a "Flossie" pattern. 😁 I stitched it twice. I am making two Christmas ornaments from it. One for Brian and one for Madeleine. I stitched her on green linen and it makes her look great there too! 😉 Now I need to make these into ornaments.

🦃November Cubby Shelf Display🦃Almost all of these are stitched over one.


🦃🍁November Corner Shelf🍁🦃

The winner of the Bouquet of Sunshine pattern is:  Manuela! 

Manuela I will get this pattern on it's way to you.

But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. Psalm 59:16

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

Stitching and praying,


Flossie's first snow!

Monday, October 30, 2023

Pumpkin Pincushion

 Hi friends! 💛🧡❤️I made a pumpkin pincushion. 

The pattern I stitched on top is free from Zweigart. 

I stitched it two over two using the called for DMC, on a burnt orange 32ct linen from my stash. 

I hot glued that wonderful acorn squash stem on the top, center. I had that saved for years, just waiting for this! HA! 

I made three pins from my stash of beads. I tea-dyed the antique ric rac and hand sewed it all the way around. This pumpkin is stuffed with stuffing/fluff.

The above picture shows the other pumpkin pincushion I made years ago. I used the same linen, but stuffed this one with crushed walnut shells. It makes for a heavy, flattish pumpkin. I still love it though.


📚I am a HUGE fan of Beverly Lewis. Are you? I became a fan of hers in the late '90s when I was into all things Amish. We were living in Greendale then. I literally read every, single book there was in the Milwaukee county library system on the Amish. That is how I discovered Beverly. I started with The Shunning and I was HOOKED!🪝 I have read every, single one of her adult novels. LOVE THEM! If you are looking for a clean, cozy Christian read, look no further!
The Heirloom is a stand alone novel, but also the prequel to the 1997 The Shunning. This is the story that explains what caused Ella Mae to be known as the Wise Woman. For any of you long time readers, this will make sense.
One of my Instagram friends left a comment about The Shunning TV program she has watched several times. I told her I did not know it existed. Brian and I watched it over the weekend. I highly recommend it. It is really well done. Not every detail is purely accurate to the Amish, but I am picky. 😉
I have created a "Flossie" pattern. 😁 This is what I am stitching twice right now. One for Brian and one for Madeleine for their Christmas ornaments this year. I am pretty pleased with the outcome so far.

I have another giveaway for my sidebar blog followers. This one is for the pattern I have removed from the July/August 1992 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Cross Stitch & Country Crafts. This pattern is called Bouquet of Sunshine.
It shows two different ways to stitch it. This is such a gorgeous pattern. I just know I will not get to it though. I would love for a friend who will actually stitch this to get this. Again, I will be removing the above seen pages, plus the actual pattern and folding them and placing them in a business sized envelope for mailing to save on postage. This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, as long as you are a sidebar follower of this blog, and leave a comment on this post stating you would like the pattern. I will draw a name and announce the winner on Friday, November 10th.

It has turned cold here. We are below freezing at night and are supposed to get a touch of snow tomorrow. Now the gorgeous, colored leaves begin to drop fast.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

When you go through God's Word, God's Word goes through you.

Thanks, as always for your support of me and my blog. This would not continue without your lovely comments. 

Have a super day and week!

Stitching and praying,

Do you like our matching socks?

Thursday, October 19, 2023

The Family Heirloom

 Hi friends!  I stitched and finished one mini stocking from the Blackbird Designs series for each month of the year! I am so very glad. I do not plan to stitch all 36 stockings in these pattern booklets, but I will be going back at some point and stitching some more of them.❤️💚

This is Merry Christmas from Merry December by Blackbird Designs 

I stitched this one over two on 35 count lambswool linen with the called for DMC and the CC Clay Pot. I lined the stocking with the same fabric as the back. 

I think I should have ironed it! I added the motif on the bottom. The date was supposed to be stitched on the bottom. I did not prefer that.


🤎🧡🖤✂️🧵 This is an antique scrappy log cabin quilt that is 63 1/2" x 81 1/2". It seems to be late 1800's. It has a wonderful variety of prints, solids, paisleys, sateens, velvets, and shattered silks. I thought about replacing the shattered silk, but no. This was given to me at my bridal shower in 1992, by my Mom and Auntie Kathy. They found it in my Great Aunt Corrine's closet when she moved to a nursing home when she was in her 90's. Auntie Corrine never sewed. They believe it was her sister's, Auntie Ethel's. She sewed. I got my first sewing machine from Auntie Ethel. I also got her treadle White sewing machine.

Brian hung this while I was gone at stitch club last week. He surprised me. It has not hung in any of our home's or ever this apartment, for decades. I talked about getting it out again despite the damage. I went back and forth, thinking should I hang it and possibly have it deteriorate more or leave it rolled up in storage. It is too precious to never see again. It is now hanging on the one large open wall in our apartment, in our bedroom. Yes, that is the treadmill on the bottom right. Not perfect, but it is what it is.

I have a video showing a closeup of the entire quilt. Blogger will not allow me to upload the video. Too much content. If you would like to see the up close video, go HERE


📚🎧I have loved every, single book by Jennifer Chiaverini, let me start by saying that. This book is about thousands of women who answered their nation’s call during WWI. Canary Girls is about the “munitionettes” who worked grueling shifts often seven days a week, handling TNT and other explosives with little protective gear. These workers suffered from serious, unexplained illnesses. One common symptom, the lurid yellow hue of their skin, earned them the nickname “canary girls.” This book was so informative and interesting. I highly recommend it.

I am working on my finishing pile right now so I will have some new finishes to share with you next week! 😁

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!  Psalm 27:14

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I hope you are having lovely weather as we are. Take care.

Stitching and praying,