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Sunday, March 28, 2021

🍀Stitching Green

 Hi friends! I have my last St. Patrick's Day stitching to share with you.💚

This is 🍀March Rick Rac Row by Pine Mountain Designs🍀. 

This was stitched one over two on 36 count white linen with DMC and VMSS. This is the original pattern.

You can see how much I have changed it. I like it A LOT more GREEN 💚 and I added the 🌈 and I love it❣️

🍀Freebie Pattern from chezelisa.over-blog.com🍀 

I left off the wording, and decided to mount it on an old wooden spool. Stitched two over two on 32 ct with DMC. ☘️


📚My treadmill read. Highly recommend. Send For Me is a historical fiction novel that takes place in Nazi Germany and in present day Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Hometown!😁) This is a story of a Jewish family's intergenerational love and loss. A lovely look at close mother/daughter relationships. The book is based on the letters the author found from her own great-grandmother to her grandmother. Actually the letters in the book, are the letters from HER great-grandmother. I was left heartbroken, not going to lie. I still think about these characters all the more, knowing this book was based on truth!!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” James 1:2

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful new week!

Stitching and praying,

Vickie






Thursday, March 25, 2021

🍀🌈St. Patrick's Day Stitching

 Hi friends! I am still stitching St. Patrick's Day patterns over here. March is always a month to honor my Irish heritage.💚 This is a very old 🍀freebie from The Sampler Girl. 🍀

I omitted the date on the very bottom, lower right and put in a cross from an Irish pattern from Hands On Design from a 2015 pattern I have. Stitched one over two on 40 ct mystery linen.

🍀Irish Soda Bread🍀

Recipe courtesy of dear Sharon 💚  This was my first time baking Soda Bread. And the first time we all had it! It was delicious!

🍀🌈St. Patrick's Day Freebie from eastcoast.crafter 🌈🍀

Stitched two over two with DMC and VMSS on light mint green 28ct evenweave.

I have one more St. Patrick's Day piece I need to finish up.

This was a fantastic audio book! This story follows the life of Elisa, a young woman in Texas who discovers courage and strength during the Dust Bowl. This focuses mainly on the relationship between mother and daughter. It also exposes problems of racism and classism that occurred during this time due to the have and have-nots.

My back pain is slightly less. The numbness in my left leg is barely improved. I do have an appointment with a physiatrist for next month. Brian found another well rated doctor and he had openings sooner than the other doctor, so I am going with him. I would rather be seen a month sooner! Not sure what the treatment will be, but first I need to be seen! Perhaps a steroid injection?

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8

Thank you for stopping by. I hope and pray you are well and safe. Have a good weekend my friends!

Stitching and praying,

Vickie



I actually made this neck tie as a gift for my niece's dog, I did not realize it was WAY TOO SMALL FOR HIM!🙄 SO Little Henry got an Easter neck tie! And of course, I made another BIG one for Lenny, my niece's lab mix.🐾🖤


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 Hi friends! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

🍀Shamrock Row by Bent Creek🍀

Whew! Just got this finish done in time!💚 Thank you once again Vonna  for your awesome cube tutorial. I could not have done this without you my dear.💚 This is a looong cube! Almost 19 inches. 🎩 So cute! Thank you dear Stasi for borrowing me the chart.💚 This is stitched two over two with DMC and VMSS on mystery 30ct linen.

I am now stitching the March monthly piece.

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” Psalm 119:71

Have a great St. Patrick's Day my friends!💚 Thank you for stopping by. Keep safe!

Stitching and praying,

Vickie



Our Sweet Irish Murphy




Sunday, March 14, 2021

💗Do Small Things with Great Love💗

 Hi friends! 💗Do Small Things with Great Love by LizzieKate💗

This wonderful pattern was given to me by our friend Donna Thank you once again Donna. I have passed it along to another stitcher.💕 This is a favorite saying of mine, as it is one of Mother Teresa's quotes. More accurately: “We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa. Jan 31, 2017💙 I stitched this one over one on 28ct Bo Peep Pink Cashel linen with DMC and VMSS.

Our friend Lee sent me lovely gifts just for being a frequent, faithful commenter on her blog.

The Pulled Thread Embroidery is just lovely. Can you even imagine the hours of work that went into this friends?!? I look forward to finding just the right color background to show off the stunning work and then framing it.

The pulled thread pink heart is also fantastic! The kloster blocks with petite beads are just so lovely. Thank you once again Lee.💗


📚 The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow. Have you read it? If you love Jane Austen, you should read this! It is so well written. A very enjoyable book. Every character we know and love. This book gives a whole new compatible story to Mary's life.
I am just finishing the stitching on Bent Creek Shamrock Row. I HOPE to get it completely finished by St. Patrick's Day this week! I don't know. Wish me LUCK!!🍀

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

I have an appointment with a physiatrist, but not until May 20th. 😒 I did not even know this kind of specialist doctor existed until my physical therapist recommended I see one. I put myself on the cancellation list. I am hoping and praying I get in sooner. My left leg and foot go entirely numb some days. Not to mention the constant pain my back is in morning, noon and night.

Take care my friends. I hope you stay well and get vaccinated soon!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie




Monday, March 8, 2021

☘️🍀March Corner Shelf🍀☘️

 Hi friends! Here is the ☘️🍀March Corner Shelf🍀☘️


In the first week of December I hurt my back. I was talking to Brian, sitting at my laptop at the table. I was turned in my seat, with my left elbow over the back of the chair. He was in the kitchen talking. When he was done talking to me, he walked toward me and behind me. It is a tight space. He walked into my elbow(by accident) pushing it backward. I felt immediate pain up my back and also felt a small pop in my spine. I have had pain since. I gave in and went to the doctor on Christmas Eve. She did x-rays which just showed arthritis. She said I would need an MRI to show a disc herniation. I held off on the MRI, but began the physical therapy a few weeks later. I have been doing PT since.

I had the MRI last week. It showed I have three bulged discs. This is better than herniated discs. I am not in horrid pain constantly. Sleep is bad. So is bending and lifting.

At my second to last session (the last one, we just talked) with my physical therapist, she  pushed on my spine. I was thinking in my head, she must know what she is doing. ?? I was barely able to speak for the pain. I did say out loud to her, That hurts so bad. It feels like a VERY BAD BRUISE RIGHT ON MY SPINE. She stopped after 20 seconds, I would say. I have had worse pain since that session.  I have not been THIS bad for the last months. And thank God the MRI was after that. Or I would be wondering. She must have truly aggravated the nerves. I just hope and pray it settles down and goes away??

I did see my neurosurgeon. NOT hoping to have surgery. I was hoping for advice on what to do for the pain. I see in hindsight, that was a mistake to go to him. I first saw his PA. She gave me time, but  did not feel that my pain should be coming from my discs! UNREAL! She wanted me to believe that it was from my muscles. Kept poking and prodding my muscles to the sides of my spine. Uh, no, those DO NOT hurt. The doctor gave me little more than 5 minutes in the room. That has changed since I saw him last. How sad. Who wants to be rushed through like cattle? I started to explain to him, and got, "I know, I know. Ashley already told me." Rude. Don't like it. I was told to follow up with my primary care doctor and continue with PT. So going to him was wrong. I do have another session with my physical therapist this week. I will see what she says, but I am not sure how much more she can so for me. I am doing my exercises at home daily. The self traction (grasping the edge of the bed in the downward dog position) and doing press ups several times a day are the only way I make it at this point.

I am now working on the finishing on an LK piece.

Please pray for me!

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” —2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Thank you for taking the time to read this and more importantly, thank you for caring.💕 God bless you. I hope you have a very good week my friends.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie






Monday, March 1, 2021

Let's Get Caught Up

Hi friends! I have not gotten around to showing you the rest of what I made in February. Let me do that!

💗🍓Chenille Strawberries🍓💗

I think these are my favorite yet! Oh how I would have LOVED an entire chenille bedspread in THIS!!

💘💗🕊️Primitive Valentine Ornaments by Dames of the Needle🕊️💗💘
These patterns can be found in JCS February 2015, pgs. 60&61. I stitched mine one over one with DMC and VMSS on 35ct WDW Sanguine linen. The hearts are backed with the fabric shown.

My last Valentine stitch of the month. 😉 This is 💘February Rick Rac Row by Pine Mountain Designs💘.

The finishing fabrics are from my stash.💗 This was stitched one over two on 36 count white linen with DMC.

I am now stitching a Lizzie Kate pattern.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6

I hope and pray you have a good week my friends! If you would not mind, would you please say a prayer for me? I am in a lot of back pain. I injured my back in the beginning of December. I will explain it more soon, but I have been through a lot lately, and it is not good. I have an appointment with the neurosurgeon on Friday. No, not for surgery. But I do need answers. Thank you my friends. God bless you.💗

Stitching and praying,
Vickie