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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  It has been unseasonably warm this past week.  So much so that we actually grilled burgers for our New Year’s Eve dinner!  We rang in the new year with Baked Clam Dip, some snacks, and watching When Harry Met Sally.  Earlier we had watched Holiday Inn with Dad.

Last year we had a new addition to our family. We took our cairn terrier to the vet and returned with a three week old blue point siamese kitten. I just couldn’t resist that face nor his need for a family. Dexter was our rescue kitten and he’s become a sweet addition to our family.

Here he is at 8 months old now helping to guard the laptop that was streaming Christmas music!  Remembering the Christmas tree issue with Merlin and Gandalf we were concerned come the holidays but Dexter surprised us and didn’t show much of an interest in the tree.  Gandalf however did insist the bottom lights needed to drag on the carpet and Merlin occasionally supervised the light rearranging!  And although I think he thought about it, he didn’t chew through any lights this year.  Considering it was a mission to find clear replacement light sets in mid December I appreciated that Merlin left them alone.

I really did do some stitching this past year!  I joined the Halloween Ornament Exchange on STO and restitched the Blackbird Boo design for myself as well.   In September I also participated in the block exchange and stitched up one of  my own designs for the Owl theme.  I also did a bit of Halloween stitching but can’t locate the safe spot I put the finished pieces to take a pic!

And I did complete stitching Clara Ellen from Blackbird Designs Anniversary of the Heart but haven’t personalized it as yet.  I changed around the colors in the house  and really like how it turned out.  I’m still contemplating  doing all the AOTH on one piece of fabric. 

Any other stitching I worked on were my designs, A Spooky Spot of Halloween and the Quaker Winter Acorns, which I posted pics in the Market release post.  And once again it’s that time that I am designing and stitching on Market pieces whose deadlines are in February. 

I spent alot of time in physical therapy last spring and part of the summer only to find that the reason my right leg was painful is due to a cyst on my sciatic nerve by the spine.  Between that and a deteriorated disk I am looking at surgery this year to fuse a section of my spine and remove the cyst.  I’m not sure when it will be scheduled but it’s inevitable according to the surgeon.  I am in pain daily, not a fun thing, but I’m bummed knowing I need surgery. 

We had a scare the week before Christmas with my Dad.  He ended up hospitalized and had a stent put in.  We are thankful that his five by pass from 10 years ago is still doing well.  Dad’s doing better and we managed to enjoy our Christmas holidays with all the family!   Alot of cooking, baking and laughter!

I’m off to stitch on a Christmas ornament that didn’t get finished this past holiday and between blogging, stitching, and my furry babies with me in the loft I hope I am on track for the new year! 

Hoping your holidays were wonderful and wishing you all a happy, healthy, and stitchy 2012!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! At this time of the year everyone thinks  getting together with family and friends.  Many visit our loved ones in the cemeteries and leave our tokens on their graves. It is also a time to reflect, and to keep soldiers, past and present, in our prayers. Thank you for keeping our country safe.

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Happy 4th of July!!!

Hope everyone is having a special 4th of July weekend!  Enjoy your family and friends!! 

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Happy Monday!

I am thinking that it’s a great day for finishing up some models, working on new designs and having a plan!  Sitting with my cup of tea looking over the soy beans in the neighboring  field, checking the woods for the little deer that visits (saw a deer and her fawn instead), and watching the kittens playing in the yard.  It’s peaceful right now.  School starts in three weeks, Liann will be a senior in high school.  Where has time gone?  Summer is almost done.  I haven’t managed to ride Ras much so far this summer either. 

Wanted to share a picture of something that I never thought would happen!  Check out Merlin sleeping with Buddy!  Too cute!!   Buddy loves kittens and cats. 

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Later in the day the two of them took another nap together.  It’s sweet how those two have made friends.  

I am sorry this is short but I need to finish this model to take to the framer tomorrow.  That’s the plan or should I say that’s my goal.   Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

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Top o’ the morning dear friends!  The sun is shining through and it’s looking to be in the 80’s today.   Sounds like a perfect day to me.

Is everyone making their St Patty’s Day dinner of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes?  I like to serve glazed carrots too.  I can’t wait!  It’s my yearly favorite meal.  I know, I know,  my family asks the same question, then why not make it throughout the year.  I don’t have an answer to that.  Just know I make it on St Patty’s Day and that’s that!  I’m thinking of surprising hubby with apple pie as well.  Of course that’s only in the “thinking” stages and I’ll see as the day progresses. 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.   We’ve had three solid weeks / weekends of music deals.  And a concert every weekend.  I would like to think that it’ll settle down but now it’s time for cello master classes and solo competitions.  Bethel College Wind Ensemble is already rehearsing for their May concert and I’m sure HS Orchestra will have another concert soon as well.

Finally got to ride Ras last night.  It was a wonderful evening.  Felt good riding again, even though it wasn’t for that long.  He’s about as out of shape as I am, so we’ll work our way slowly into a long ride.  I feel good all the way around so I’m sure all is healed up.  I find out tomorrow. 

Well everyone, I’m off to make cranberry walnut biscuits for breakfast and start my day.  I have a model to finish up and a smidge of stitching left on an Irish piece I’d love to put in my tuck.  May your day be filled with sunshine and smiles!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Music weekend. . .

It was definitely a music weekend!  Remember Liann made alternate for State KMEA?!!  Turned out one of the other cellists had a college visit that could not be changed and Liann made it into State!!!  The concert was Saturday afternoon and these kids were incredible.  We stayed and watched 56A Band concert as well.  Sunday afternoon was rehearsal for Youth Symphony, their concert is this Saturday.  Hubby and I grabbed a late lunch at Il Vicino while we were running errands and waiting.  Yum!  Do like their wood oven pizza!


Wanted to share a clever finish for Snowman’s Quaker Christmas!  Coral stitched him up on gold perforated paper and carefully trimmed it down!  How pretty is that?  I like the gold peeking through.  Thanks for sharing your ornaments and idea with us Coral! 

Well everyone, I’m off to feed the horses and birds.  They are having their own concert as they’re chattering with each other and the hawk must have just stretched his wings, I heard his cry as he flew past my loft window.  Our red winged blackbird is calling from the highest branch he could find.  Pretty soon I’ll hear the blush bellied woodpecker looking for seed and hammering away on the trees in the woods. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy your day!  I hope to get a lot of stitching time in today.

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As I sealed the last box to ship I realized it was time to share my new release!  This pretty bellpull is Quaker Winter’s Slumber, the first in a seasonal series.   The chart will be carried by both Hoffman Distributing and Norden Crafts at Nashville Market in two weeks.  And in fact, the model will be at Norden Craft’s room.  Thank you Lavon for stitching the model, and Kathy Nielsen for another beautiful finish.

There will be a Heartstruck release in February so watch for it!  Pretty excited about these two holiday pieces! 

My entire house has this cold, cough, ear, and sinus thing going.  My surgeon said let’s see how I feel Monday to decide whether the surgery goes forward or gets postponed.  My Dad’s doctor (and by the way he got a good follow up visit with the doctor today) said let the cold run it’s course as I was concerned about my Dad being sick.  My stepson has bronchitis and a sinus infection, and my husband is doing the cold pills and lots of liquids deal to get rid of his cold.  Liann, my DSD, is still just sniffling, maybe it’ll pass her by or she’s healthier than all of us.  I hope I can get the gall bladder surgery over and done with Monday.  This is getting me down with food, discomfort and just wanting it to be over! 

Has everyone checked out the additions to the Gallery?  Several beautifully stitched pieces and finishes too.  Go take a look if you haven’t visited the Gallery in a bit.

Winter has come back with a vengeance today, frigid temps and my hubby just announced it snowing outside as he got more wood for the fireplace.  I’m off to warm up by the fire.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  I plan to work on my Dessert Block for STO and Liann has Youth Symphony tomorrow.  So Saturday is looking busy already!  Please take care, stay healthy, and happy stitching!

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