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Friday, October 29, 2021


 Hi friends! This is the autumn piece I was working on.🍂🍁🍃

"Automne" by Agnès of She has many free patterns available if you sign up for her free newsletter on her website. I love this clever pattern. I had to drop the "e" off the end and make the green "o" leaf taller so it would look like a "u", so it would spell autumn instead of automne. The fabrics I used are from my stash, that is why they are not a perfect match. Also because the lighting was off. They are actually a little closer to the leaf colors. 😉 I am really trying to use up stash whenever possible. This was stitched with the called for DMC one over one on 26ct vintage butter pecan evenweave. 💛🧡💚❤️

I just finished stitching Jacob and Kristen's ornament. I need to work on the final finishing this weekend. I still stitch Madeleine's ornament whenever she is at work.

Do you have any good books to recommend to me? I am always looking for MORE. Ha!

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2Timothy 3:16-17

I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend dear friends! Thank you for your lovely comments. You keep me going. 😘

Stitching and praying,


Sunday, October 24, 2021

🤎Quaker Acorn by The Workbasket🤎

 Hi friends! I finished the autumn piece I was working on. Quaker Acorn by The Workbasket🤎

I have had this freebie in my stash for years. I started it last year and stopped and set it aside for this year to finish when I needed to begin Christmas stitching last year. I am very glad to have completely finished it❣️ 

This is stuffed with wood shavings. I will only use wood shavings if I have backed both my linen and the backing fabric with interfacing. That way the wood shavings stay put, and do not work their way out. This is stitched two over two on 28ct raw linen with WDW Havana and Palomino. It is not perfect, but as good as it is going to get, since I stitched it and finished it while enduring a horrible migraine that goes on and on.

I am fitting one more small autumn stitch in. I hope I do not regret it with my Christmas stitching schedule. 😬 Are you stitching autumn or Christmas right now?

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2Corinthians 12:9

Have a wonderful week my friends! Thank you for stopping by. I am very glad you did. Have a super week! And you know what? Make someone smile today. 😊

Stitching and praying,


Friday, October 22, 2021


 Hi friends! I now have two Christmas ornaments completely done. Hooray for me! 

🖤❤️💛 This pattern is from Zweigart's pattern booklet No. 273, entitled "Folklore". Our son Emerson has been diligently studying the German language for a year now. He had a trip to Germany with his high school friends planned just weeks ago. The pandemic cancelled that for him.😌 The second picture shows the backing fabric I used.🎄 

I stitched this one over two on 40ct mystery linen with DMC.

I am stitching Madeleine's Christmas ornament, but only when she is gone at work, so it is slow going. During the day, I am finally back to stitching my Autumn piece, as the WDW flosses finally arrived from 123stitch. 

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!  Psalm 24:17

Our stitch group met via Zoom on Wednesday night. Not the same as being together at all, but better than nothing. We are doing a Christmas ornament exchange. 😁 This will be my first time doing one of those. I picked out what I am doing. I had one ornament planned, but after our Zoom meeting, I got to know my exchange partner a bit better. I picked an ornament that is more "her" I do believe. Something I am hoping my exchange partner does for me?? Like a big PINK Christmas poodle?! 🐩💗 This is why I am trying to push and stay organized with the Christmas stitching! It seems like I am ahead, but we all know how that goes. Time has a funny way of slipping on you at this time of the year!!

I thank you for stopping by today my friends! I do hope you have a lovely weekend. Thank you so much for your encouragement and wonderful comments. They mean so very much to me.

Stitching and praying, 


Monday, October 18, 2021


 Hi friends! I have been busy stitching, it just has been gift stitching, so it has been secretive! This is Toby.

He is my best friend Heather's little dog. I have had this French freebie printed off and saved in my "to be stitched" pile for years for Heather! 😳Shameful, I know. I finally told myself, "THIS IS THE YEAR!" 

I stitched it for her birthday. It was a surprise gift. 😁I am happy to say, she was overjoyed to receive this.💖 I truly wish I had the link to the freebie for you my friends. The link is not on my printed page, and I no longer remember where I got it. 

Stitched two over two on 32ct red Belfast linen with DMC

I have since stitched Emerson's Christmas ornament and Brian's too! I am now working on the finishing for Emerson's. Next up is stitching Madeleine's ornament. 

📚Okay friends! THIS AND BOOK ONE are my favorite books of the year❣️ I highly recommend LISTENING to them! Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim make up the Thursday Murder Club. What a bunch of characters they are!😂 They are senior citizens who live in a posh retirement village and enjoy figuring out real-life murder cases. Joyce is truly my favorite. I struggled with telling you more. I held back. I will not wreck it for you. TOO fun! Just read it. You won't regret it.

I decided I had reached my limit with my EXCRUIATING migraine when it had reached ONE MONTH WITHOUT ONE DAY OF EVER BREAKING. I had gone to urgent care over three weeks ago. The doctor there put me on methylprednisone and gave me a shot of toridol. It did not do much of anything. I was advised by my gynecologist that if it just gets too bad, go right to the hospital's emergency room. They have much better drugs there. So Brian and I went there last week Monday. Sad to say, they gave me IV medications and were only able to knock the migraine down to half. What the heck??

I called my neurologist's nurse and told her I was not willing to wait until my December appointment to talk about the possibility of me going on the injectable migraine medications, as the nurse and the doctor had suggested I wait to do. I wanted to pursue going on them with insurance NOW. The steroids were doing nothing for me. She told the doctor. She got back to me. He tapered me off the steroid very quickly. He put me on Indomethacin, a NSAID, that I noticed in the paperwork reduces inflammation or heat. I am totally suffering from internal body heat during this menopause. It is helping me so far. He also got me the prescription for injectable Emgality. I gave myself the initial two injections in my thigh last Tuesday. They did bring my migraine down to a 1 by the next morning, BUT we have rain here almost every day this season. My head is affected by, you guessed it, rain and humidity! I can't win. So the Indomethacin and the shots work together for me it seems. And my Topomax. And if it gets real bad, take Naratriptan! I cannot wait til menopause is over!!!! At least then I will be done with hormonal migraines. My gynecologist said that my be another four years worst case scenario though. 😭😩The neurologist does not ever think I will be rid of the migraines caused by the incorrectly given steroid facet injection in 2016. The good news is that today my pain is a 1.

I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word. 119:107

I do hope you have a blessed week my friends. Thank you once again for stopping by. Take care now.

Stitching and praying,


Sunday, October 3, 2021


 Hi friends!  Here is the 🍁September Cubby Shelf Display🍁 

These are all stitched over one. Except the little October pillow on top. You may notice my Hands On Design, A Year Of Celebrations October pattern looks quite different! I created my own. We do not celebrate Halloween. That was the reason I thought about not stitching this series back in 2016, from the 2014 Cross Stitch & Needlework magazines. It is SO cute, I just had too. 😊 I was able to keep the basic layout. I just came up with an Autumn theme instead and I love it.

And here is the 🦔🍄October Corner Shelf🍄🦔 

Very similar to the September Corner Shelf, but hey, 🤷‍♀️, I honestly did take it all down, dust it and reassemble it slightly different. Maybe you can spot a few different cross stitch pieces and 🐩 from last month.

I am now stitching an autumn piece I found while digging around getting organized for Christmas stitching. It is partially stitched. I started it several years ago and tucked it away and forgot about it! I do believe I have time to get this one done. I hope I do not create more stress for myself here. Probably!

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matthew5:11-12

I hope you have a wonderful week my friends. Thank you for stopping by.

The migraine is still nasty. Still going nowhere. Still on the daily steroid from the doctor. Unbelievable. 

Stitching and praying,