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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Stocking Stitchin'

Hi friends! I want to share with you my latest finishing work.

💗Here Comes The Bride💗from Glorious June by Blackbird Designs. I have had this stitched for a month! It has been waiting to be finished. Having a puppy will put a big kink in your stitching plans, let me tell you! I stitched this one over two on 40ct Platinum Newcastle linen with two of the called for DMCs and Olde Willow Stitchery Hand-Dyed Thread in Floral Fantasy. 

The backing fabric is from my stash and I was thrilled to discover it in my stash, since it mimics the wedding ring pattern I stitched on the front on the stocking.

I noticed that with this one, the sixth in this series, I finally think it looks very good. I guess it took a lot of stocking making practice to get them to turn out decent. 😂 These are fully lined, and a pain in the 🍑 to make in my opinion.


💖⭐Bountiful Stars⭐💖from Patriotic July by Blackbird Designs  

I stitched this one over two on 36ct cream Edinburgh linen with the called for 924 DMC and CC Clay Pot. Love this one! 

I backed and lined it with this fabric from my stash. I am finishing all of these mini stockings so they are fully lined.

Now that I am caught up, it is time to pull flosses and find linen for August. 🙃 I do stitch and finish 😑 while little Flossie sleeps. Puppies sure are a LOT of work. You forget that! Much easier when you are younger and have kids and THEY can entertain the puppy all day long!!


And speaking of the little rascal... Holy Smokes it ain't easy to groom this puppy! And I have groomed three other puppies we have had over the decades! This one is a rascal. She is a professional at not letting you get her face done. I clipped her body two weeks ago. I left it longer. Her facial hair was a bit shorter than the body hair, so I waited till now. Sooo... the results are not exactly what I was hoping for, but it will have to do. She still looks cute, right?

Goodness, I hope she gets better with time! She is so smart, I used treats to get through it, and she expects them with just about every snip of the scissors. 🤪 Oh Flossie!🐩🐾💗

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much for dropping by today. I appreciate your friendship. I enjoy reading your comments and have always replied to every single one of them over these many years of my blog. I do need you to leave an email address though if you would like me to be able to contact you. 😊

Stitching and praying,


Monday, July 3, 2023

Hello July

Hi friends! I will first show you Our Lasting Friendship by Blackbird Designs. This is my friend Beth's  sampler. Eight of us in our local cross stitch group are doing a round robin with this pattern. I completed the "July" stitching on this/Beth's sampler three weeks ago, but forgot to post it. Having a puppy will do that to you! This month we stitched the lower left corner.


July Cubby Shelf Display 💖🤍💙🐩 

Almost every one of these are stitched over one. The new piece in the cubby shelf this month is "Mighty to Save" by My Big Toe Designs. 

I stitched this one over one on 35 count lambswool linen with VMSS of my choice. 

This pattern was a gift from my stitching buddy Lisa in New York. Thank you Lisa❣️

I am now stitching Emerson's Christmas ornament. I do have the monthly stockings for June and July stitched up, I just need to find/make the time to make them into stockings. With little Flossie here, her nap times are precious. I find myself always wanting to just stitch during those naps!

📚What a great book! Ashlyn is a rare-book dealer who has a gift for feeling the echoes of a books’ previous owners. Ashlyn discovers a pair of beautifully bound volumes that appear to have never been published and each tell conflicting sides of a tragic romance. She becomes obsessed with the books and needs to figure out what happened to these two lovers.

📚🎧This is the latest novel by Martha Hall Kelly, that ties in with Lilac Girls and Lost Roses. Two former female spies, bound together by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous Nazi doctor in the aftermath of World War II. I have not been let down by one of Martha's books yet! I love historical novels based on true stories.

I thought I would update you on my back. I am no longer in severe pain. I am taking the muscle relaxers daily and the naltrexone, a pain medicine. Between these two, my pain levels are now very low every day. The physical therapy did help, but it was mostly a refresher course to be honest. I do most of these exercises daily for years to strengthen my core. I will have to keep doing them.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

Thank you for stopping by. I realize I have not been posting on a regular basis whatsoever anymore. I appreciate you followers who still follow. 😉😄 Your friendship is a blessing to me. Thank you for your comments. Then I know you were here! 🥰

I hope my fellow Americans are having a wonderful weekend! We went out with our in-laws and all of our children to lunch yesterday and then came back here to play with Flossie.

Stitching and praying,