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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Autumn Delights

Hi friends! How about we do the happy stuff first, okay? I finished the Barbara Ana 'Autumn Delights' into a framed flatfold. I used a chocolate colored linen I had in my stash. I tried making a twig frame from fallen branches from our big Silver Bark Maple tree. I may still make up a twig frame to mount around the stitched piece, on the flatfold. It is not that easy to get twigs to lay straight!

I stitched this all one over one using DMC on a creamy mystery colored 27 count evenweave.
This is where it sits out on display now. On Great Aunt Ethel's treadle sewing machine with my fall pieces and Cathey's Pumpkin.♥
Here it is in the chocolate garden, amongst the chocolate colored foliage. Did any of you notice the two personalizations I made? Instead of stitching the kitty peeking out from behind the tree, I stitched Henry!! ♥ And I "carved" my initials into the tree bark. =)

Here is my updated picture on the PSS SAL, Mary's Sampler.

Now for the unhappy. I had the second test injection today. The pain relief so far from this test injection is slightly better than two weeks ago. I insisted on stronger sedation this time, so this injection went a lot better. I will have a consult with the doctor in two weeks. If he finds the relief I got this time not very impressive, he will not be doing the radiofrequency alblation in my SI joint. To be honest, our talk this morning was depressing for me. To see my pain specialist discouraged, well it made me feel low. I have tried so very many procedures and therapies over these 9 1/2 years. If he does not do the ablation, we will just manage my pain with medication and occasional cortisone shots. =(

I finished listening to  The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan on CD. It was very good. This book was written in 1678, so it was very different and interesting. I had been wanting to read this for years. I know that it is a popular book with quite a few Amish people actually. It is a Christian allegory. I am glad I found it on CD through the library system so I could finally get this book done!

Let's end with more happiness shall we? I gave Henry a haircut on Sunday.
Boy is he hard to get a decent picture of. He doesn't hold still. Here he is chewing a bone.
Here he is waiting for me to open Winky's cage door. ;)
I couldn't resist adding this one in too. He is so intent on Winky here. He is giving a little leap. Doesn't he look like he is flying or something? hahaha!

Have a stitchtastic day my friends! I am so glad you stopped by!

Stitching and praying,


Parsley said...

Oh I love your fall stitch! Perfect!

I hope you find pain relief. I know it's frustrating. :-(

Annie said...

I love that Barbara Ana piece. Yours looks so good in over-one. How cute to put Henry in the photo and your inits on the tree. Looks like such a fun stitch!

Must be hard to keep your spirits up with this pain to deal with. Hope they figure out something. Hugging Henry is probably the best for temporary relief I bet.

Rowyn said...

Henry is super cute, and looks happy and energetic in that last photo!

I love your Fall display and your Autumn Delights stitchy finish.

Tricia T said...

Your stitching is lovely, but Henry steals the show, I'm afraid!! Such a sweetie and what a great haircut... I need to learn how to do that.

I pray your pain will be eased somewhat. I can imagine how discouraging it must be.



CalamityJr said...

Beautiful finish (love your changes!), and Henry's photos are so cute. What a sweetie! Hope you get better news on the pain management; so sorry you hurt so badly.

Malgorzata Zoltek said...

Wspaniałe jesienne drzewko! Może w przyszłym roku też je wyszyję. Dużo zdrowia życzę. Pozdrawiam.

Beth said...

Autumn Delights is great - congrats on the finish. Enjoyed the photos of Henry. Hope your pain management option work out for you.

Trace4J said...

Love the delights and Henry's new do.
Praying for you still.
Big woolie hugs

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

I love your finish.....I love your other photos too...

May I make a suggestion - you need to make your photos smaller because they are interfering with your Side Bar and its hard to see when the photos are going clear over to your side bar and covering up part of the wording.

Mary said...

Your Barbara Ana tree is adorable, Vickie! How special that your initials are "carved into the tree" with your little buddy nearby.
Henry is adorable, what a genuine sweetie.

I hope you will find pain relief soon. You will be in my prayers.

Melissa said...

The Autumn Delight piece is so cute, and I'm impressed that you did it all over one!

I'm sorry about the pain you're under. It's terrible when you are walking under that cloud. I hope they find some answers to help you.

Meanwhile Henry is looking mighty cute with his haircut!

Margaret said...

Love the personal touches on your Barbara Ana piece! Henry is so cute in it, and the initials on the tree -- brilliant! Great WIP too. Henry is such a cutie! As for the sad -- I'm so sorry this is turning out to be so depressing and all. I was hoping this treatment would be the cure for you. :( I hope things get better. Lots of prayers -- think positive too!

Deborah said...

Love your Barbara Ana piece! I love over one. Henry couldn't be cuter.

Lumiruusu said...

Hello Vickey!

The Autumn stitcjinh is so sweet and I just love you stitced henri instead oc cat !!! How clever!! The Great Aunt Ethel sounds like a character from some lovely novel about the days by-gone. How nice you have her table on your house :)

I am soppy for hear your health issues.. I really should write you an e-mail soon..

Annette-California said...

You are amazing:) I love the carved initials in the bark and love Mr. Henry peeking around the tree. Soo cute! You did a beautiful job finishing Autumn delights - flatfold, Fab!!! I am praying for you Vickie. love Annette

cucki said...

Aww I love your fall stitch so sweet..
I hope you feel better soon dear..
Henry is so sweet ❤️
Big hugs x

Lillie said...

Congrats on your BA finished.
Loved the last photo of Henry best.

~ Lillie

Dovilė said...

amazing fall stitch:)

Lois said...

Sorry to hear how discouraging the medical news is for you. Love your autumn finish - what a sweet piece! Isn't the Mystery Sampler lots of fun. I love that Paulette is only doing a couple of motifs each Sunday - so easy to keep up with! Henry is looking very handsome!

♥ Nia said...

beautiful work :) Congrats on your finish!!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Your flatfold is gorgeous! The trick to doing a twig frame is having a lot of twigs to choose from :) HA! and if you have long twigs you can snap them where they bend.

Love it all Vickie, gorgeous stuff!

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

How beautifully you have finished your Barbara Ana piece Vickie.
Your pain management issues must tire you out,constant pain is draining.I fervently hope that whatever happens you can find a way to minimise your pain in the future.

Animals have a way of soothing us,especially dogs, in my experience. Henry is adorable:-)

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Wow you are finished already!!!!! I barely have half my tree stitched because 3 weeks dealing with the Inlaws left me so exhausted that I didn't stitch anything. I love the idea of a stick frame somay have to steal that idea....that is if I ever get mine done.

Love Henry's sweet new hairdo. He's just so stinking cute and I'm trying really hard to steer my MIL into a resue poodle for her next doggie. She's always had yorkies and I think a poodle would be a much better fit for her now.

Julie said...

Gerry h really cute, love his 'flying' ears pic, so funny.
A wonderful finish, great alterations to personalise it for yourself.
I hope the latest injection helps with the pain levels.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Beautiful finish! Congrats!

butterfly said...

Vickie your stitching is so beautiful I love this design .
I have not had my mag yet , so hoping it will come soon.
So sorry that you keep having to have these injections , I wish you could be pain free.
Love your cute flying baby. hugs.

Ranae said...

Oh! I just love your fall finish
Barbara Anna has wonderful designs
I sure hope you find some pain relief
Take care!!

Chris said...

Lovely little display of your autumn items, the stitching is beautiful. I love the way you have made it into a flat fold. And your dog is so cute, we have our Nell cut in a Dog Parlour, she wouldn't stay still for us!
Happy Days and Blessings
Chris x
PS In my youth when I went to sunday school there was a large picture of the roads in Pigrims Progress.

Unknown said...

Hi there! I'm a new follower to your blog and I love it! I have two poodles myself and I can totally understand your love of the breed. Great job on the Barbra Ann wip..I just discovered this designer and I must say I love them. I have a lot of problems with my si joint too so I know how you feel. I have a new blog. It's called Sweet Pea's Stitching Dreams. I hope to see you visit a follow my blog. Nice to get to know you. Michelle

Maggee said...

I absolutely LOVE the last picture of Henry! I may be showing it to EVERYone in my family, since he looks so much like Rusty (but I am sure he is not MEAN like Rusty is!) We will have to pray about the next injection... Love your finish--it was a really cute project! I loved seeing your progress pictures. Hugs!

Simply Victoria said...

Henry is such a darling! Finished stitch looks great too. Sorry to hear that the specialist's news was not so hopeful sounding. Keep the faith!

moreofhim said...

I love your piece and the personalization is perfect! Henry peeking from behind the tree is adorable! I love your finish, too.

You know I'm praying for you, Vickie! My heart aches for your pain. :(

Henry is SO adorable! I had Cookie groomed today and will take a picture for my blog. I've been a bit under the weather so haven't updated it much this week, but hopefully, by Friday, I will.

Many blessings - Julie

Irmeli said...

Your stitching is so beautiful and in addition stitched over one! You have done great job with finishing too.
The pictures of Henry are cute, he is so sweet.

Mii Stitch said...

Beautifully finished Barbara Ana piece!!

Chris said...

Hey Vickie,
So sorry to hear that you are depressed about your Dr.s appt. I am hoping that today the pain has lessened and that you are feeling better. Your Barbara Ana finish is fabulous and your flatfold finishing is perfect.

Chris said...

Hey Vickie,
So sorry to hear that you are depressed about your Dr.s appt. I am hoping that today the pain has lessened and that you are feeling better. Your Barbara Ana finish is fabulous and your flatfold finishing is perfect.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh my goodness your Barbara Ana is awesome. I so love that little Henry is peeking out from the tree…that is so sweet. Your other SAL is coming along nicely, too.

I am so very sorry about your sad news. We will continue to pray that someone will find something to ease your pain. I so wish I could do something to make you pain free, since I can't, I will pray in agreement with you that you will be healed.

Blessings to you always sweet friend. :)

Giovanna said...

What a lovely finish to the tree, congrats. And I do hope things brighten up for you on the pain treatment front...

Carol said...

Your personalizations make this piece even more special--Henry looks so cute peaking out from behind the tree :) Really cute finish--congratulations!

You sound very discouraged, Vickie, and I so wish I could help with the pain. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope some how, some day you will find relief...

Anonymous said...

your stitchy display is such a delight, great job. I'm working on Mary too, isn't it great to keep up every week with minimum efforts?!
Henry deserves a kiss, he's so sweet!
lots of hugs to you, I hope everything turn out for the best.
happy xxx,

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great finish! I love the changes you made, the initials are a lovely way to sign the piece. And of course you need more evidence of Henry, Mabel has featured in alot of your pieces, bought and stitched!
Love his ears in that photo.

Melanie said...

Love love love it! Just a really great piece. And it's even better with Henry in it. :)

Furry Bottoms said...

OK, I love Henry. And your Stitching work! I have a work in progress but I cannot show it on my blog since it is a Christmas present for a mutual blog friend of ours.

Furry Bottoms said...

OK I did not finish my comment. Yes I hit publish, but I realized I did not finish commenting, so sorry. First of all, that autumn piece is beautiful. I think I may have a challenge for you. I will need to look for the picture and see if you've already done it. I drool over it but I know I don't have that expertise yet, and I believe you do.

As for the pain... oh I know. I can't take ibuprofren and Tylenol does not do a whit, only prescription pain meds will help and I would prefer not to take those. I feel for you. Heating pads do work, but only if you can tolerate it. I used to hate it. Take care!

Catherine said...

Such a sweet finish and display!!
So sorry to hear that you are discouraged ~ will continue keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...
Love that last pic of Henry ~ so adorable!