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Friday, January 26, 2024

🖤January Celebration🖤

 Hi friends! Here is the ❄️January Cubby Shelf Display❄️ Better late than never!

Almost all of these are stitched over one.

Isn't this precious? 

Madeleine went to an antique store and found this antique, handmade miniature chair with the little cat that feels like it is lead. 

Well I fell in love with this chair.😍 So of course I asked Emerson, our carpenter son, if he could please make me one also? What a son❣️ And yes, I asked for a lighter stain. 

I went through my fabric stash, and decided on this antique poodle fabric. Of course MY chair has a vintage poodle on it. 😁

🖤January Celebration🖤by Blackbird Designs
I have been wanting to stitching this pattern for many years. This design can be found in A Fine Collection by BBD. Thank you Gracie!
I finally decided, THIS IS THE YEAR! I mean really! It is not a big pattern! I am SO very glad I got it done. I LOVE it! I did not have the called for 28ct black Jobelan, but used 25ct black evenweave from my stash. So my heart is a little bit bigger. I used two of the called for colors and changed two, because I used everything I had on hand. The only thing I had to buy for this was the black glass head pins.
I finished mine a bit differently than the directions call for. I lined my heart with black interfacing and stuffed it with wood shavings. I really like using them for a nice firm stuffing. And they are free for me! Ha! Emerson is a carpenter. 😉😊Anyhow, this is my first finish for the year. This will not be my last finish from this BBD book!
I am stitching on my God Bless America Sampler now.

📚🎧I have loved every, single book by Heather Morris. Let me start by saying that. This novel is based on the true story of two sisters and Australian Army nurses who survived a deadly attack by the Japanese on their merchant ships during WWII. They swim to the shore of Sumatra, and are taken by the Japanese and put in POW camps where they remain for the next 3 years and 7 months. Not all of them survive. It is a true story and heartbreaking, yet inspirational. I actually cried, which I usually do not. I listened to the audio version. I highly recommend it, as one nurse has extreme musical talent, and the vocal orchestra she created can be heard.
This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

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

Stitching and praying,

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Silent Night, Holy Night

 Hi friends! I have not posted for so long, it will be much easier for me to just start with my recent finishes and go from there. Sorry. I am just losing my blogging enthusiasm. 

🌟Silent Night, Holy Night🌟by Barbie Laux of Twisted Willow Designs. 

Not such a great picture. It was snowing and overcast here. This pattern is found in the December 2023 issue of JCS. I stitched this on WDW 35ct Gunmetal linen from my stash. It called for black linen, but this works too. I needed a small count, and did not have a small count black linen in my stash. I used most of the called for DMC. The JOY sign is from Hobby Lobby on sale for $5. This is a Christmas present I  gave to Brian today, on our Orthodox Christmas.


Our Lasting Friendship by Blackbird Designs. 

I finished it! Eight of us in our local cross stitch group did a round robin with this pattern this year. I used the called for colors, EXCEPT I replaced CC Straw Hat with GA Raspberry Frost like Lisa and Margo did. This is 40 count tea-dyed (by me) linen. I also changed the little doggies into 🐩 of course! I have a thrifted frame I have given to our son Emerson, the carpenter. He is going to cut it to size for me, and then I will pin it and frame it.


I have begun a new sampler for this year. It is by Artful Offerings and it is called God Bless America. This is a picture of the pattern: 

My soul follows close behind You  Psalm 63:8

Thanks for stopping by today and catching up with me. I hope to continue blogging. I do know it will not be as often as I used to. I just don't "feel" that anymore if I am to be honest.

I hope you have a wonderful week my friends!

Stitching and praying,