Saturday, April 18, 2015

April Showers~~

This has been a difficult month for me and It is because my father died three years ago this month. I miss him terribly. I have been mending my relationship with my mother and that has proved to be a highlight this month. Not only do I believe that a mother's love is everlasting, but also forgiving. I have not been the 'model' child or adult for that matter. There has been some rocky roads and mending fences is a good thing to do. 
     My oldest sister, Patricia, and I have also been mending fences. And she mailed to me a cookbook and some nicotine patches and lozenges. I am so grateful for her support in Jay's and my challenge to quit smoking. She quit February 26th I think. 
     I finished the Hunting Island Lighthouse for her and mom is going to frame it. It is the first project that I started and finished in a timely manner in a long long time. I am so proud of myself for this project and I really hope she likes it. I still need to wash and press it. I just love lighthouses and hope to stitch some more.

The newest addition to my Dimensions Gold Collection Kits is 'Leopard's Gaze'. I have not started it yet, but I couldn't wait to open it up and study the chart. I usually look at a chart for a long time before beginning to stitch it~~to get a feel for how the colors are going to be stitched. I don't know if other people do this or not, but I learned to stitch according to the shades~stitch the light first, then medium and last the dark shaded color. 

Frederick the Literate has been added back to the rotation. Here is where I am at and I would like to do a follow up in about a week to see how much I can get done. 

For those who missed my last couple of posts, I have been fascinated with cats and animals. Here are two of the Lesley Anne Ivory Cats for the signature series 'Designs for the Needle'. I found them on ebay and I have two more. I will begin separating the floss for this first one and instead of stitching it on 14ct material I will be stitching it on 28ct mushroom evenweave. I am very excited about this series. 

I am not sure if I posted this finish, but here are the suited cards for the Texas Holdem patterns I am stitching from 'Ante Up!' I have been working these since the first of the year. They are stitched on 16ct white aida and I will be making the whole thing into a wall hanging. 

And it is time once again to show our orts. It is a new moon. My jar is filling up and I smash them down. I enjoy saving the snippets of floss.

 Miss Tripp loves to get into everything and she keeps me company. I love her.

And last but not dare least, I rec'd my Spring Mail Art from Tracy Clark. I am sending mine to Connie Rogers for finishing as I do not have a sewing machine yet. Maybe the money Jay and I will save from not smoking will get us a TV and a sewing machine. That is my plan. 
I think she did a beautiful job on this mail art. 

There were seed packets and buttons inside. What a lovely way to start off spring. 

Once again, thank you for taking time to look at my blog. Leave a comment if you like. I love to read them. Just a note for what is coming ahead...I will be doing a giveaway at the first of the month. Continue following my blog and details will be forthcoming. Hugs, and Happy Stitching, Queeny

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dust Bunnies Be Gone!~~

Hello Fellow Stitchers! This is the time of year that I do my deep cleaning and it started yesterday. Everything in the house was dusted~shelves, knick knacks (commonly known as 'dust collectors') and all the nooks n' crannies, and ceiling fans. Dust Bunnies Be Gone! I usually let them stay for Easter, but this year I decided to try and get a handle on things early. Well, if you are like me, stitching comes first and house work whenever! ya right! 
     Miss Tripp has really got a hold of my heart. She has become my 'Maggie Messmaker'. And Boots is definitely Church's Dog. My husband said this last night and I was like 'come to think of it boots is...' LOL Too funny these furbabies are to us. Here is Miss Tripp trying to get in trouble...

I have been stitching on Maggie the Messmaker for a few weeks now, but I had to put it down to work on a gift for my sister and an exchange partner. Here is the progress I have made...
This picture was March 20th...

And Now...

 It wasn't until I saw the pictures that I realized how much progress had been made. I wish there were more hours in the day and that I had the energy like I used to. Since I can't sit for too long or stand for too long at a time, I stitch for a little while then get up and do something, then sit again. Boy, it is tough getting older, but I try to keep moving. Yesterday, I walked one time around the block which is about 1/4 of a mile. If I hadn't of done so much cleaning I would have walked again. It is a start, and I am thankful for every step that I can take.
     Last year a lady down the street gave me a box of patterns that was from an LNS closing. I never looked in this light house pattern book until the other day. I found a loose pattern inside the book of the very light house where my sister works in Beaufort, SC. The light house is at Hunting Island where we as a family vacationed many times. Patricia, my sister, works at the campgrounds. I can't wait to finish it and present it to her. 
     Miss Tripp was posing for the camera again, so of course I had to stop and take a picture of her too. 

I straightened and organized my craft table and wrapped a lot of floss last month. Here is my Ort Jar and my floss wrappers. The jars are filling up quickly~~now I want to see some finished items to go along with all the floss snippets!

     On the home front~ Jay went to his last disability doctor's appt the other day. I think it went really well. They said we should hear something within 10 business days. The doctor would have the report ready and the Judge will rule on his case. This has been a long process that I never thought I would be going through a second time. My disability did not come easy...I had to really fight to get mine. Jay's is going on three years.
     We announced to several that we will be moving to Colorado when Jay receives his settlement and starts getting benefits. My momma did not know what to say, 'It is Cold there! bbrrrr!' Well, I believe it is just what Jay and I need. I am so excited about the even aspect of moving. I have lived here in Brunswick since 1995. Jay has never traveled west and it will be an adventure for him.
     Miss Tripp and Church were given a new scratch box. they really like the catnip. LOL they go crazy over it. Until next time, be safe and well. Happy Easter! hugs, and happy stitching, Queeny
P.S. - I promise a picture of myself and Boots for the next update!