Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Live Within Your Harvest~~

I have a terrible time staying on a stash diet. Every time I have a little money in my pocket~it burns a hole in it. I always have some piece of fabric that I want or new floss colors to sort. We live on a fixed income, so anything that is spent over budget affects us gravely. How then am I supposed to 'Live Within My Harvest'?? I believe that if I put a limit and/or goal to my cross stitching (crafts) perhaps I would refrain from spending more. I feel like if I finish at least three projects, then I should be able to buy more stash. I also need to save up some money for bigger projects that need special floss, fabric and fibers. I am in a group where their main objective is to finish ufo's. Well I have one finish to announce and it couldn't be any more clearer than this:
This UFO "Live Within Your Harvest" started out as a round robin back in 2001. I stitched the pumpkin patch, then three other ladies stitched the remaining girls. I just kept putting off stitching the border and saying. Well it was high time to give this lovely piece a finished blessing. I am really thankful for this reminder~~I need it.
Here is the Precious Moments piece I am working on now~Prayer Changes Things~ I believe in the power of prayer; and I have many 'family stitchers' praying for me for just the asking. I have been blessed time and time again with a renewed strength, a physical, emotional or spiritual healing. I pray for other people. I pray for leaders of my church and leaders of this great country. Some people don't want to talk about prayer~~I say let's talk about it and practice it every day. Our Heavenly Father wants us to tell Him our needs and our wants! If you are out of practice in prayer try saying a simple blessing of your food that you are about to eat. Ask that it be blessed in Jesus' name. Amen. When you are ready...try making a gratitude list. What are you thankful for? start out slowly and before you know it you will build that personal relationship with God.


Here are some other precious moments pieces that I would like to do:

I have gained some weight here in the last year that I want to try to curve off. I thought this little piece 'The spirit is willing but...' fits me to a T. I will try to remember that being willing is half the progress.

Here are 'two who disagree'...Aren't they cute? jay and I seem to explode and then come together. We do not like to go to bed mad. And I often remind myself that anyone who says they do not argue in a relationship~~has a problem right there. Sometimes we have to agree to disagree, but always keep those lines of communication open. Then, of course, there is the Precious Moments Collector sign. I started this one a long time ago and did not like the material so I am going to start it over.

this reminds me so much of the puppies Boots gave birth to. Every home needs a pet I believe. I am going to start making some little blankets for the shelter here...or some sort of charity work. I know they are always in need. I want every animal to feel loved and protected. I have a 13 year old cat named Church. Boots and church are so much a part of my life I would be lost without them.

And I worked on the Gingerbread Mice stocking~~which had about 15 color changes in this small area. I had to put it down and work on the precious moments because it was so tedious. I am forever picking projects that have a lot of detail. oh and this one uses kreinik blending filament too. it is going to look awesome.

Have fun and enjoy the relaxing affects of cross stitching! I get so excited about my pieces large or small. Of course I have a lot of large pieces that are in the BAP Turtle Trot to work on also. I need to do an update on those too. Take care of YOU and have fun in whatever makes you happy. Until next time Hugs and Happy Stitching!




Sunday, March 2, 2014

March is blowing in...

I can't believe march is upon us. I have been busy stitching my linda colemans' pie cabinet. Jay has been playing his street wars game while I stitch. We laugh, sing songs, and chit chat together. It is a lot of fun with him. Jay motivates me to finish and do what I love to do--craft! My mom and I have spent some time together. She took jay and I to the grocery store-Walmart-about a month ago. and then, the other day she and I went out for a bit and brought back Chinese food. YUM! one of our favorites. Here is one of the progress pics of the linda coleman I am working on. It is coming along nicely.

Feb. 17th, 2014
March 2, 2014
Then, I got this pattern from patterns on line...a little shopping! Alma Lynne is one of my favorite designers. I have only stitched a little on this...she uses a lot of colors in her designs...lots of shading.
My ort jar is getting full...
Jay and I found out the other day that we will be moving as our lease is up here. We had a run in with the Landlords and it is best if we just find another place to live. The circumstances I can not say at this time, but I ask that everyone pray that this turns out for the best. I value each and everyone that follows along my blog. It is nice to share with my friends.
I haven't taken a picture of boots in awhile since the puppies. I will have to get a good face shot of her as I am going to register her as a therapy animal. found out about all this the other day. Church, the male cat that I have had for over 7 years will also be registered. I can't express the love I have for these two pets. They sure make my day when I am feeling down.
The weather here has been crazy...one day it is freezing temperatures and the next day it is 80 degrees. Can't get the temps to level off yet for spring to arrive. This change in temperatures being dramatic does not help my fibromyalgia any.
Oh and I am going to have jay take a picture of my nurse, susan and I. Susan has been an exceptional care giver. The time and caring is sure pleasant. She helps me out around the house, helps me cope with daily living routines and when my hands don't work...she is my hands. A lot of time I am in such physical pain that I can hardly help out doing anything...other times I have a bit more energy. We have a lot of errands to run as I stay busy with doctor's appts and taking care of Jay too. I don't know what I would do without her. She is here 40 hours a week, never calls in sick, and is always on time...this is a blessing compared to some of the other nurses I have had in the past.
Well, let me get back to stitching and crafting. Hope everyone is well and I will keep all of you in my prayers. Hugs and happy stitching, Queeny