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Friday, February 19, 2021

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 Hi friends!  It has warmed up just a little bit here. We are now into the twenties F. HOORAY!

💗🍓Chenille Strawberries🍓💗

I have been playing with vintage PINK chenille in between stitching. FYI: A strawberry this size, sewn but not yet stuffed, can be turned upside down and used as a lovely party hat on your Himalayan cat. You must have an agreeable Himalayan for picture taking however. 😕

The overcast morning light does not show this lovely vintage chenille in it's true gorgeous watermelon color❣️ LOVE it❣️
More to come in different styles❣️

Are you familiar with Hedy Lamarr? Did you know she is credited as being the original inventor of WiFi? Did you know at the beginning of World War II Lamarr co-created a "spread-spectrum radio" with George Antheil? They developed a radio guidance system using frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology for Allied torpedoes, intended to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. But of course Hedy Lamarr was an actress and a film producer. She appeared in 30 films over a 28-year career. This was a fascinating book. I highly recommend it!

Thank you for stopping by to say Hi! my friends! I appreciate your friendship. I hope you are doing well and keeping safe. God bless you.

“Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!” Psalm 100:2

Stitching and praying,

Vickie





Sunday, February 14, 2021

Valentine's Day

 Hi friends!  It is still REALLY FRIGID here, with temperatures in the subzero numbers nightly and single digits by day.

💕💗Love One Another by Judi Utter

This is a free pattern I have had in my stash for many years. I printed it off from cybersttichers.com. So simple, but beautiful, isn't it? I stitched this one over one with B5200 on WDW 35ct Sophia's Pink linen.

Do you LOVE my little vintage🐩 egg cup holder?! I think you know I do❣️ I thought this was just so perfect to display this MOST important message.

This is a free pattern by Hello From Liz Matthews.



I stitched mine over one with VMSS 1795 Sampler Pink on 25ct Antique White linen. This is backed with Rhubarb velvet. If you look really close you can just see it. This was my little Valentine gift to Brian. 💘

I am still stitching Valentine pieces. I will be all month! 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.  John 13:34-35

A hope you have a wonderful week my friends! Stay safe!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





Thursday, February 11, 2021

Valentine Stitching

 Hi friends! I am busy stitching Valentine pieces. This is 💘The yearly anniversary freebie from Cathy of Hands On Design 💘

I stitched this one over one on 35ct WDW red pear linen with the called for DMC. Trimmed with VMSS rick rack. The poodle fabric is from my stash.🐩 I showed the finish to Brian. Brian asked me, Wait? You love me, or you love poodles? I said, Both?💗

💖Valentine Freebie by L'AghinodiChicca.blogspot.it💖

I put my own little twist on this pattern with the finish, since I had this 🗝️ in my stash. The birch 🤍 was in my stash also. It is from JoAnn. I used DMC 612 and VMSS Valentine Red, stitched one over two on antique white 40ct linen. This is now hanging on my 💘tall sewing cabinet.💘.




📚 Alright my friends, I have another winner for you! I found this audio book on our library's website. It was on the "Staff Picks list". I asked our daughter Madeleine a bit more about it, since she has worked as a Page at our public library for years now. She said that Station Eleven was the book chosen for our library with the grant money given this year by National Endowment of the Arts for the Big Read Program. There are many parallels between the world of Station Eleven, and our present day Covid 19 pandemic. The "Georgia Flu pandemic" in the novel spreads even faster and is inevitably fatal. Victims die within two days of getting sick. This fictional pandemic manages to wipe out 99.9% of Earth’s population, more or less. There’s no way to be sure of the statistics because there’s no internet, or gas, or electricity. Small bands of survivors find each other, and sometimes form settlements, sometimes murder each other.😲 Lots of people with interconnecting stories are introduced. This book was written in 2017. I find that fascinating.

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10

The weather is still frigid here with minus temperatures every night. 🥶 Snow is coming once again too. Blech.

I hope you have a very good weekend my friends. Stay safe.

Stitching  and praying,

Vickie




Sunday, February 7, 2021

Valentine Stitching

 Hi friends! It is REALLY COLD HERE! 🥶 The daytime temperatures are in the single digits and the nighttime temperatures are below zero. Let's just say none of us enjoy it that much. Especially little Henry. We do put his little coat on him that I made him, but after he does "his duty", he is holding his little paws up in the air, begging to be picked up.

👩‍🍳I spent Saturday morning baking. With the frigid temperatures, it seemed a good morning for homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

You do not want to know how much 🧈butter goes into these. I wish I did not. I think that is why I have not made them in 10 years? 🤷‍♀️ But oh, the taste! Oh the smell!

💌💘💗💕🐩February Cubby Shelf Display🐩💕💗💘💌 

 These are all stitched over one. Except the little February pillow on top.

💘Holiday Hoopla-Valentine’s Day by With Thy Needle & Thread💘

I changed a few shades of DMC.💗 I have most of the Holiday Hoopla patterns and plan to display them the same way. Hanging from the lovely 153 year old glass door knob that is just feet from my stitching spot. These lovely old doors are one of the first things I noticed in this apartment.🥰 The wonderful red bow with hearts and crystals on wire trimming is something I have been saving (hording) since Brian gave me a gift 🎁 of Sprungli chocolates💝 that he ordered from Switzerland, about twenty years ago! I thought it was too pretty to throw out and always thought I could use it for something. HA! Never imagined this! It works perfectly!

I am now stitching another Valentine piece.


📚 I have another really good book recommendation for you friends. This one was so different from others than I have read. In a very good way! Emmeline lives on a remote island with her scientist father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. "Fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives." It is truly a fascinating way of looking at things. There is a LOT more to the story. Look it up!

I hope you have a super week my friends! Stay warm!! We are trying to.🧣🧥

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6

Stitching and praying,

Vickie







Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February Corner Shelf

 Hi friends! This is the first in the new monthly series I am starting for this year. I finished it before the end of January. And it could not be more appropriate for our weather! As you can see from the picture.❄️ We will get a few more inches yet this week.🌨️ This is January Rick Rac Row by Pine Mountain Designs.

 This is the original pattern.

 You can see I changed most of the colors to PINK it up! 💕 The finishing fabrics are from my stash.💗 This was stitched two over two on 32 count white evenweave with DMC.

I forgot I had these sweet snowman buttons given to me by our friend Gracie . I took the time to make a little snowman pincushion.

Here is my 💕February Corner Shelf💕

Well Gordy the Groundhog here in Wisconsin says it's going to be an early Spring. Not so sure about that Gordy. We are getting plenty more snow ❄️this week and subzero weather too. 🥶

I am stitching a Valentine piece right now. 💘
This was my treadmill book, and it worked perfectly. It made the time pass quickly. 🏃‍♀️ What a GREAT 📕 A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition―and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don't come back.
Eccentric Lady Jane Franklin makes an outlandish offer to adventurer Virginia Reeve: take a dozen women, trek into the Arctic, and find her husband's lost expedition. Four parties have failed to find him, and Lady Franklin wants a radical new approach: put the women in charge. A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder. Survivors of the expedition willing to publicly support her sit in the front row. There are only five. What happened out there on the ice? Set against the unforgiving backdrop of one of the world's most inhospitable locations, USA Today bestselling author Greer Macallister uses the true story of Lady Jane Franklin's tireless attempts to find her husband's lost expedition as a jumping-off point to spin a tale of bravery, intrigue, perseverance and hope.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1Corinthians 10:13


I hope you have a nice, safe week my friends. More and more of my friends are getting vaccinated. That is great! I wish I could get vaccinated. Unfortunately, since I am 51, I think that is going to be quite a wait. Well, we continue to be smart and safe here in our household. Take good care of yourselves my friends!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie