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Friday, May 31, 2019

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Hi friends! I have finished 'June-Strawberry' by Rainbow Gallery, the 2005 Cross Stitcher's Surprise Series for the cubby shelf.
I stitched this as I did the rest, one over one on 25ct evenweave. You can see this pattern involved some satin stitch and some Rhodes Stitches.

Today is the day to announce the winner of the ⭐Stars and Stripes⭐pattern!


The winner is:  Donna!

I have a short video to share with you. Something rather different. I realize Willie Nelson may not be for all of you. I grew up with Willie Nelson. My Dad was a huge Willie Nelson fan. So I have a soft spot for Willie. I realize he smokes marijuana, I do not. I have never done drugs in my life. I have never even smoked cigarettes! Anyhow! Back to Willie, I came across this brand new song written by Willie. And a new video by him. It is very short. It is explains at the end how he saved 70 horses from slaughter. Maybe you will watch it?🐴

Have any of you read A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles? I am going to say that so far THIS is my favorite book this year! I just loved it! I highly recommend reading it!
He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

I hope you have a great weekend my friends! Thanks for stopping by!💗

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

🌸Secret Flower Bed🌸

Hi friends! I can finally share my June pedestal frame finish with you. Here is Secret Flower Bed  by The Trilogy.🌸
I absolutely LOVE this pattern! Can you guess why??🌸 So much gorgeous pinkness!🌸
Isn't that little inchworm just darling?
It reminds me of when I was young. We had an an apple tree in our backyard. My grandpa planted it when he built the house my mom still lives in. It was cut down years ago now. But when I was young, I spent many hours over many summers in that tree. I would look for inchworms and play with them! 🐛 My brother Michael and I ate our fill of McIntosh apples and pears. We had three pear trees also. 😊 The only pear emoji available is this one:🍐 and let me tell you, Mike and I did NOT eat our pears like that! We knew when a pear was ripe and perfect. The perfect shade of yellow.
This pattern was given to me by our friend Robin I would like to pass this pattern on to one of you now. All you need to do is: be a sidebar follower of mine on this blog, and leave a comment on this post stating you would like this pattern. I will draw a name on Friday, June 7th.
I am now stitching the Rainbow Gallery June pattern for the cubby shelf.

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

Thank you for stopping by my friends! I am so glad you did! It truly would not be the same without you. I mean that.💗

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Sunday, May 26, 2019

💖💙Love America💙💖

Hi friends! Happy Memorial Day!
Here's my patriotic finish for Memorial Day💖💙. Hinzeit Love Bits: Love America I left off the charm and used the called for DMC. This was stitched one over one 28ct Lambswool. Itty bitty stitching! It's now in the cubby shelf.
Would you like this chart? (I do not have the charm.) Our friend Robin gave this chart to me. I would like to now offer it to YOU! All you need to do is: be a sidebar follower of mine on this blog, and leave a comment on this post telling me you would like this sweet, little chart!😊


What can I say? Two more The Cat Who books! I love them!! You should read them! REALLY!

Jim Qwilleran—along with his lovable Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—follows a trail of clues as elusive as a cat burglar in the night in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.

There’s been a rash of petty thievery in Pickax—ever since banker Willard Carmichael and his flashy young wife, Danielle, moved in. But now Willard’s been killed in a mugging Down Below…or so it seems. Qwill’s suspicious, especially when Willard’s house-restoration project in Pickax falls into the hands of Danielle’s cousin—whose rich new wife then dies on her honeymoon! The clues are confounding. But with Koko’s help, Qwill intends to catch a thief—and a killer...

In this delightful Cat Who mystery featuring Jim Qwilleran and his lovable cats, Koko and Yum Yum, the rites of spring are celebrated with the fine art of birdcalling—and a fateful act of murder.

As early spring comes to Moose County, Jim Qwilleran is looking forward to the peaceful beauty of nature’s rebirth. What he gets instead is a chorus of noisy birds that constantly wakes him from a sound sleep—especially when Koko insists on joining in with his own feline version of birdcalling. But soon Qwill is wondering whether Koko is trying to say more than just “tweet tweet,” because a series of strange events—starting with an act of vandalism and culminating in a mysterious chain of death and disappearance—has Pickax in a similar uproar. It seems that this spring, a cat’s fancy may turn to crime solving...

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Have a super weekend my friends! Thanks for stopping by!💙💖

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Thursday, May 23, 2019

⭐Stars and Stripes Giveaway⭐

Hi friends! How about a nice patriotic giveaway courtesy of our friend Robin? 😊
This is LHN's 'Star's and Stripes'. If you would like this pattern you need to: be a sidebar follower of my blog,  and leave a comment on this post telling me you would like this pattern.  I will draw  the name of the winner on Friday, May 31st.❤️

I still plan to give away the pattern I just completed stitching that Robin also gifted me. However I cannot give that one away yet! I ran out of fancy floss with only about twenty stitches to go!😖 I had to order another skein and I am waiting for that. I will stitch that up and THEN offer that Trilogy pattern.

While I wait for the floss, I have begun a small patriotic stitch by Hinzeit, Love America.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’” 1 Peter 5:7

I hope all of my American friends have a wonderful, long weekend! We may or may not attend the parade right on Main Street. Too bad it does not pass by our apartment windows this time. Different route. There are supposed to be rain showers in the morning. We will have to wait and see. The afternoon will be nice, but I cannot be out in the sun. So..... maybe I can get out to the car show and events before the sun comes out. Maybe.
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Thanks for stopping by my friends! 💖

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, May 20, 2019

You Can't Buy Love But...

Hi friends! Here is what I worked on last week.
I have had this poodle pattern for ages. I found it on a French blog. It was listed as a "free antique poodle pattern". The scan she provided was poor. The copy I printed off was so blurry the x's were wonky. I got a headache trying to decipher it. But I persevered and I LOVE this precious poodle!🐩
The phrase is something VERY dear to my heart.I desperately want to rescue another poodle. Our Murphy was a rescue.

 Our little Henry is a rescue.

Brian is not ready yet. And he is not sold on doing another rescue next time. I am working on him! I made the pillow for the top shelf of the corner shelf, which just happens to be in our bedroom.😉Oh? You will see it morning, noon and night every day? And I am not supposed to talk about rescuing another poodle? Okay.😆
The pink is VMSS 'Candy Pink'. This is stitched two over two on 28ct Confederate Grey Cashel Linen.

I am still stitching 🌸'Secret Flower Bed'🌸 by The Trilogy. A very, very cute pattern gifted to me by Robin. As soon as I am done I will be offering it to YOU! See my last post for a pattern I am giving away right now.
Well friends, one more Kate Morton book for you, and then I have read them all, as I tried to read her latest out and could not get into it. This one is The House at Riverton and I truly enjoyed it. It kept me in suspense until the end.

Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline. In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline and only they—and Grace—know the truth. In 1999, when Grace is ninety-eight years old and living out her last days in a nursing home, she is visited by a young director who is making a film about the events of that summer. She takes Grace back to Riverton House and reawakens her memories. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant twenties and the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever. The novel is full of secrets—some revealed, others hidden forever, reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier. It is also a meditation on memory, the devastation of war and a beautifully rendered window into a fascinating time in history. Kate Morton’s first novel, originally published to critical acclaim in Australia, and quickly becoming a #1 bestseller in England, The House at Riverton is a vivid, page-turning novel of suspense and passion, with characters—and an ending—readers won't soon forget.
Could I ask you a favor please? I have not mention my migraines in a long time. I have been suffering terribly lately. I still have the daily migraines for three years now. The Topomax I take does not seem to be working well any longer. I just did blood work on Friday. I expect to hear from the doctor today to see if we can increase my dose again. He put me on a prednisone(steroid) dose to hopefully get rid of this! I do have naratriptan to take when they get extreme. I am supposed to limit my use of that. The problem is that I am now in menopause. I now get menstrual migraines too. I get migraines before my periods, during and sometimes after! And I get more than one period a month sometimes.😭 So the favor is, would you pray for me? Thank you my friends.💗

“And you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.” 1 Corinthians 3:23

I hope you have a wonderful week! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me such nice comments. I appreciate YOU!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie




Friday, May 17, 2019

🌼May Flowers🌼

Hi friends! I am stitching my June pedestal piece. I thought in the meantime I would offer this small chart courtesy of our friend Robin
If you would like this chart you need to: be a sidebar follower of mine on this blog and leave a comment on this post stating you would like this chart. The button is not included. I will draw a name on Friday, May 24th.

I will be back shortly with an adorable finish to share with you❣️

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9

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

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ABC Can't Catch Me!

Hi friends! I want to share another UFO I finished off into a pillow. This is 'ABC Can't Catch Me' by Nancy Turner/VMSS . I stitched this in 2015 with DMC one over one on 26ct cream linen.
Isn't it cute?

When we got together on Sunday at Mom's for Mother's Day, I asked Jacob to take a picture of my three brothers and me. Here we are.
What is so funny to me is that I am 5'11"tall. I look short in this picture don't I? We are all tall in our family except my mom and her husband. She is 5'2" now. She keeps shrinking. I don't know how tall Jim, my stepfather is. Not much taller than her! My father was 6'4".


Yes yet another Kate Morton book! And you betcha it is good!
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WWII. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. Morton once again enthralls listeners with an atmospheric story featuring unforgettable characters beset by love and circumstance and haunted by memory, that reminds us of the rich power of storytelling.
I am stitching an adorable pattern for the June pedestal stand. It was gifted to me by Robin. So that means when I am done it will be offered to YOU!😊

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”  Isaiah 60:1

Have a super day my friends! Thank you for stopping by and saying Hi!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Thursday, May 9, 2019

🌼🌼🌼

Hi friends! I have a finish to share with you. This is May-Bright Flower from Rainbow Gallery, the 2005 Cross Stitcher's Surprise Series.
I left the black and white, but changed all the other DMC colors, and now it really pops! I stitched this one over one on 25ct cream evenweave.

And this is where it is now. In the May cubby display.
I also FINISHED  THE LAST AUTOGRAPH on my brother's bluegrass bibs! THANK GOD! I will give them to him on Sunday when I see him when we go to Mom's house for Mother's Day. Problem is folks, HE IS GOING TO GET MORE SIGNATURES!!!!!!!! This project will never end I tell you.
I will share another UFO that I finally finished into a pillow next time. I have been stitching a very sweet piece dear to my heart. I can't wait to share it with you. I hope it turns out as sweet as I plan.💗
Okay, who has read The Lake House by Kate Morton? Didn't you love this book? I sure did!

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned. Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as a novelist. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old Edevane estate—now crumbling and covered with vines. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever. A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies from a masterful storyteller, The Lake House is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.
I plan to stitch this weekend. I want to finish this little design I am working on.🐩Yes. That is your hint.😉

Here is a picture of some of the tulips blooming across from our apartment in the village square. Yes, we just now have tulips blooming!

I hope YOU have a lovely weekend! I thank YOU for stopping by! God bless you my friend.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Stitching and praying,
Vickie