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Friday, September 30, 2022

September's Morning Glory

 Hi friends! It has been a while. That is because I am busy stitching Christmas gifts. I did take time to finish my September monthly piece though. Here it is.

💐September's Morning Glory 💐by Cottage Garden Samplings I stitched this one over two on 40ct lambswool linen with DMC and VMSS. How about those morning glories?!🤩 I loved stitching them. Made me recall growing them in my garden years ago too. I grew ones called Milk Chocolate also. 😊

I am making flat finishes out of all twelve months and mounting them with a magnet to this finishing piece I got from Hobby Lobby.

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🌞Sunshine🌞by Cricket Collection. 

As I think you may have figured out?? I changed the words. 😉 It did read "you are my". Our beloved priest, Father Serafim, constantly calls people Sunshine, so he himself has earned the nickname Father Sunshine. 😊 He is such a wonderful, intelligent, helpful man. It is hard stitching for a man I think ( in my opinion), and Father Serafim is not only a priest, he is also a monk. So he really should not own a lot of "stuff". I am hoping a coaster is okay. He liked it. He laughed and used it right away anyhow.

I stitched this one over one on mystery lilac 40ct to make this fit!! I used a few of the called for DMC and then pulled the rest of what I liked in DMC, as the pattern called for Silk'n Colors and Kreinik Braid, and I was not doing those.

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I am now stitching a small fall piece.

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.  Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? James 3:10-11

We will have our sons and our DIL over for lunch on Sunday. Madeleine lives with us, if you recall. 😉 I am going to bake a carrot cake. I have had the recipe from Barb, form Lost In Floss, Floss Tube fame, for at least 3 years now, and have never made it!! I had it last month, and I have to say it is the best carrot cake I have ever had.🤩🤩🤩 The occasion on Sunday, well Monday actually, the 3rd, is our 30th anniversary. If we had money, we would do something or go somewhere. Seeing as, the medical bills still keep us down, well, we have each other and our children to celebrate with. 

I did stitch something very small this year. Seems silly. I stitched a bigger piece for Brian two years ago! And here is a milestone year and it is a little gift. No matter. He loves them all. And I cannot make a lot of pieces for the walls. Brian does not like a lot of cross stitch on the walls. I keep working on that/him.😉

I hope you all have a great weekend! I plan too. Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your comments. That is why I take the time to reply. 😊

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Be Merry

 Hi friends! Hooray! Hooray! I have another ornament completed for the family.😄 Yesterday I got the finishing done on Madeleine's ornament. I had been putting it off, as it was new-to-me finishing, a mini stocking. Have you done mini stockings? I am SO glad I had the step-by-step tutorial from Carol Mundle on Instagram. She emailed me a pdf step-by-step process a long time ago and I saved it for when I needed it. If you want easy to follow directions on how to make a mini stocking that is fully lined that also has pictures, email me and I will send this to you.💌

This is Be Merry by Raise the Roof Designs. 🥸

This pattern is found in JCS 2007 Christmas Ornament Issue. Madeleine is a huge fan of Groucho and the Marx brothers. I stitched this two over two on 32 ct Lambswool linen with some of the called for DMC and I used VMSS Valentine Red. and  CC Toasted Marshmallow. I lightened up the face and nose.
I cannot wait to surprise Madeleine with this one! 😍

💕The Cross Stitcherhood💕

This is the pattern I designed for our fist ever retreat day on Leanne's birthday. In the center of this pattern is the free pattern offered by punochka_stitches a few months ago. Every single one of us has "signed" our names now. I also added Leanne's name.💖 I am very happy with this special piece. I gave everyone VMSS floss from my collection to stitch their names in.
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We have another retreat day coming up for our cross stitch group next month. It is here in Wisconsin. Lisa, in our group, is friends with a woman who owns a fantastic historic farm home, which also happens to be an airbnb. She is letting us stitch there for the day. 

I created little gifts to give my friends and one for the couple. And I also made three more for Annie and her daughters. Are you familiar with AnnieBeez FolkArt? Well Lisa reached out to Annie and asked her if she would like to spend the day with us. She and her daughters live not too far from where we will be that day. They said yes! 😃 We are going to have fun! I am baking a challah bread for that day. We will have lots of food of course.

I am now working on my September monthly piece.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10

The weather is just starting to cool a bit here. I love sleeping with the windows open.

I hope you have a fantastic day my friends! Thanks for stopping by. Take care now.

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Friday, September 16, 2022

Catching Up

 Hi friends! Here we are halfway through the month and I totally forgot to post my pictures to the blog of my cornershelf displays and the cubby shelf! Oops!

🍂🍄September Corner Shelf🍄🍂


🏵️📚September Cubby Shelf Display📚🏵️ Most of these are all stitched over one.

Our friend Marilyn sent me this sweet surprise. 
Thank you once again Marilyn! I love it and all the pretty pink!

I have not been showing much stitching, because I have been stitching Christmas pieces for friends. I cannot show those pieces here, now can I? 😉 I still have to work on the finishing for those. That always requires a certain "finishing mood". 

I did get the stitching done on a small anniversary gift for Brian. Our 30th anniversary is coming right up. Now to get the finishing done on that one too!

This time of year always stresses me out. I have SO many gifts I make for family and friends. And I do NOT like having so many things on my to-do list. Brian says I do this to my self and I do not have to. Well I don't know about that. I enjoy gift giving. Don't you? This is why I start early. Do you have any tips for me? I feel like I have it pretty well in order, but when you are handmaking gifts, you can only go so fast!

I found another pain management doctor near me. I will see him October 6th. I will see what he has to say about my situation. The new sciatic pain on the left is settling down a little bit, but definitely still there. 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends. Thanks for dropping by. 

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





Monday, September 5, 2022

Santa & Rudolph

 Hi friends! I finished Emerson's Christmas ornament. 🎅Santa & Rudolph by Water's Edge🦌

I was showing Emerson the ornament I had planned to stitch his sister from the 2007 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue, when he pointed out this one to me and told me he liked it. Well that was a no-brainer! I stitched this on the called for 28ct Summer Khaki Cashel linen with most of the called for DMC. I did change a few. I did NOT place a red pom pom nose on Rudolph. I stitched him a red metallic nose instead. I stitched Santa's pom with Wisper floss.
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I am now stitching Madeleine's ornament during the day and when she is home at night, I am stitching on a Christmas gift for a friend.

Are you stitching Christmas yet?

Our stitching group is meeting this Thursday at the local library. RoseAnn is the one friend who did not get a chance to "sign" her name on my Retreat Sampler. I hope she signs it on Thursday. I am doubtful about that. We chat more than we stitch. 😉 I will send it home with her and get it back. Then I can finally frame it next month!

Are you working on a sampler for Sampler September? I will work on my Emma Fischer 1859 a little. I am not dedicating much time to it though. I know how fast time goes this time of year! I am working away on making my gifts. I hate being frazzled. So far, so good.

I did have the follow up appointment with the pain doctor. I asked him for lidocaine patches. I decided for now to not go through anymore injections. You see, the doctor is very young. About the age of our Jacob. I know all doctors have to start out. He knows what he is talking about. I believe what he is saying. I think what he says to do next is probably correct. But to have HIM do the injections on MY body, UM NO! He does not have enough experience behind him. I told Brian this. Brian is all for him. I said, Yeah. Why don't YOU have the injections IN YOUR BODY BY HIM!!! Based on how painful the last injections were, I will not do injections with him for now.

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. John 15:10

Thank you for stopping by my friends. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. You all are a blessing in my life. I thank God for you. Truly.

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Friday, August 26, 2022

Retreat Day

 Hi friends! 💕The Cross Stitcherhood's first ever Retreat Day was a smashing succes! We honored our dear friend Leanne on her birthday. 

Barb baked the delicious and gorgeous carrot cake you see here, that was a favorite of Leanne's.

We can all tell you why!! YUM❣️ You can see us gathered around one of the last samplers that dear Leanne stitched.

Roxanne is missing from the picture as she came later. We had loads of laughter and loads of food too! Ha!

💕The Cross Stitcherhood💕

I designed a pattern for our fist ever retreat day on Leanne's birthday. When I saw the free pattern offered by punochka_stitches a few months ago, I knew we as a group had to stitch it. Then I started thinking even more when we decided to have our retreat day. So I designed the top and the bottom parts. Our group decided they did not want to see this pattern until the actual day. So I stitched mine ahead of time so they could all see it. I passed mine around so they could "sign" their names on mine.

 They will be stitching theirs and bringing theirs to our monthly meetups and we will "sign" our names then. 😊 I have to say I am pleased with the way it came out. Thank you Evdokia for the free pattern. Now I just need RoseAnn to stitch her name. 

This gorgeous sampler, Emma Fisher 1859, from Heartstring Samplery was my new start on Leanne's birthday. 

Everything you see here was gifted to me. 💕💕💕 My friend Anne from IG gave me this entire kit❣️ God bless Anne❣️ And God bless my friend Lisa from my stitch club❣️ She gifted me the 40ct New Castle Champagne linen I am stitching it on. Stitching friends really are the best, right? Right!

I do have a question for you on this sampler. I love it because it is the 23rd Psalm, one I memorized many years ago. I asked our children to memorize it years ago, and I worked with them on it. Not sure they still know it, but.... 

Okay, here is what I plan to do. I am going to stitch my name at the bottom instead of Emma Fisher's name. SO, that means I no longer will stitch the Age 15. What is your opinion on my stitching MY AGE there? Do it? Or no? I sat next to Barb on our retreat day. I asked her as I stitched on this. She said she would not. She said she would get rid of this line all together. She said, "It is none of your business!!" Well, I do not care about my age. I have never been like that. I have never died my hair. So I don't care. I really do care what you think. Please tell me. 

I noticed on August 11th, Brenda Gervais posted on Instagram an antique sampler that she bought because she said, "Aged 51 ~ The listing of her age caught my eye on this sampler dated 1802... a bit unusual." Well that has not left my head. If it was okay with this woman, why not me?

🌊August's Poppy⚓by Cottage Garden Samplings. I stitched this one over two on 40ct lambswool linen with DMC. If you know me by now, you know that I changed the colors a bit. I am making flat finishes out of all twelve months and mounting them with a magnet to this finishing piece I got from Hobby Lobby.

I will now go back to Emerson's Christmas ornament. It is half done. I would love to get it done by the end of the month. Maybe!

I had my test shots of cortisone yesterday in my lower back to if I got pain relief. I got three shots. They did not work. I never felt pain relief. My pain came on as usual in the late afternoon. This is how I have been suffering for over half a year now. They told me to do my usual activities. I did. The treadmill and sit and stitch. And I made sure to sit for a bit longer to really test it. Well that sucked, because my pain went up to a 7. The shots were uncomfortable. One shot was horrid. He said, Hang on. He kept saying, Picture. And they would light up the x-ray under me and he would check his placement. He told me he probably hit a small blood vessel. Um I did not believe him. I think he meant a nerve. I was praying the whole time. I could not even pray during that time I was moaning in pain. I am now in worse pain today. I am praying that subsides. I have to call the nurse today and tell them it did not work. I believe the doctor wants to see me to discuss other options maybe. I do not even know that there are other options left. I did PT and that is supposed to work. Well, it is not. Positive thinking. mm hmm. 

You know what I do on days like this? I am NOT kidding. Ask Brian or the kids. I have done this for years. To avoid getting depressive, I end up breaking out in song. I will belt out like Little Orphan Annie: "Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya Tomorrow! Your always a day away!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1

I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend my friends! Thanks for listening. 😘🤗

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Retreat Day


 Hi friends! Well tomorrow is our local stitch group, The Cross Stitcherhood's first ever retreat! 😁 The twelve of us are all getting together at a local library for over eleven hours. Well, not everyone can be there the entire time. You can come and go as you are able. It will be such fun. I designed a pattern just for us for that day!  I thought I would share it with you here, as I am going to reveal it to my eleven friends tomorrow morning, and I am fairly certain not one of them looks at this blog. So, here it is.

Now I must tell you, the center portion was NOT designed by me. If you would like to stitch that part you can find it right HERE on Instagram. I must give credit to Evdokia Nikolaeva on Instagram. She gave that free pattern away on Instagram and I knew it was perfect to use with the parts I created to make one pattern for our Retreat Day, so we could all "sign" our names on our very own samplers. 😊 I can't want to surprise my eleven friends with this on the 24th!

Now, it is NOT finished! That is on purpose. And that is BECAUSE....... tomorrow we will all stitch our names around the open spaces. 😊 I thought that would be a fun idea. I told the girls to bring two of their favorite color flosses with them. I hope they think this is as neat as I do!

We are celebrating our friend Leanne on the 24th. She passed away two years ago from breast cancer. The 24th is her birthday. We are all starting a brand new project that day. If you also would like to start a new stitch that day, and happen to be on Instagram, just use the hashtag #leanneslegacy and join in!

Barb is baking a birthday cake. We are all bringing food. 

I am going to teach how to make strawberry pincushions. There are a few gals in our group who do not know how to make them.

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  1John 5:12

You will hear from me soon all about the fun we had. I am going to wear a mask there. I am still suffering with post COVID asthma. The last thing I want is COVID again with more damage to my lungs!

I hope you have a terrific day my friends! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Friday, August 12, 2022

Jonathan

 Hi friends! I took the advice I received from you all and I stitched up my retreat piece. I am not going to share that quite yet though. 😉 Today I am sharing the birthday gift I have made and framed for my brother Jonathan. 

Jon started a very large vegetable garden this summer, so I thought I would represent that. 😊 He is even wearing his signature overalls and his yellow garden crocs. I stitched this two over two with DMC and VMSS 1795 Tarnished Gold on 30 ct WDW Guacamole.
This is what the frame looked like before.
I found it at Hobby Lobby and paid $4 and change for it. Perfect!
I am now stitching the August monthly pattern.

Well friends I now have asthma. I had COVID last month and my breathing just was not getting better. I had tightness in my chest and shortness of breath after I used the treadmill. My doctor prescribe an albuterol inhaler to used before I used the treadmill. That helped, BUT I still had the tight chest  afterwards all day and into the night. I called my doctor and she prescribed Flovent. I tried that. Oh man! This made me SO dizzy and nauseous! For hours and hours. I am waiting for my insurance to approve another inhaler now. 













Her Mother’s Hope and Her Daughter’s Dream tell the story of four generations of women in one family who are all searching for their God-given place in the world. This historical Christian fiction spans decades and continents to explore not only the sacrifices mothers make for their daughters but also the very nature of unconditional love. Very well written books! Just loved them!

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  John 15:7

I am seeing a pain doctor today. I am still suffering pain in lower right back. I did try the physical therapist a few months ago. She gave me several exercises to strengthen my back, core and abdominals. I am supposed to get up every half hour from sitting. I do these things and I still have this horrid, seizing back cramp, nerve pain thing that happens every day and night in my lower right back. The only thing that takes it away is sleep. I wake up every morning and it is gone. Thanks be to God. I am hoping this new pain management doctor ( my previous one moved to the other side of the state) can help with a shot or a procedure of some type.

I hope you have a nice weekend my friends! Thanks for listening. 

Stitching and praying,
Vickie