Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful for....

Just a few of the many things I am so thankful for:
My husband; a dear, kind, sweet man who has been my best friend for 37 years.  Our daughter and her husband who make us so proud  and who we love having in our lives.  Our kitties who provide us with lots of love and cuddles.  Reasonably good health, especially when compared with the health traumas of the last year or so.  {Husband Tom had multiple angioplasties, quintuple bypass surgery, rip-roaring uncontrolled high blood pressure,  near kidney failure.}  He still has some problems, but is doing much better.  I'm thankful that this Queen of the Worry Warts was somehow able to get through all of this with him and hope to keep learning to deal with  the stress.  Thankful that my brother has just about completely healed from a horrific accident that occurred just 2 days after Tom's bypass.  I'm thankful for friends and family and co-workers who put up with my constant worrying.  Thankful for the fact that the above mentioned co-workers {and boss} are so much like family to me and we can all have silly fun during spare moments at work.  Thankful that my Dad is 89 years old and in excellent health and is very active.  I'm also thanful for being able to have a blog with some lovely people who actually take the time to look at my pictures and read what I have to say, it stills astounds me and seems almost unreal!  I could go on all day, but will end with saying that I thank God most of all, because without Him nothing else on this long list would be possible.  I hope every person reading this and everyone that they love is having a most wonderful Thanksgiving today!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Two Red Houses, Vintage Hearts and Harley

I'm sure you recognize this as one of Little House Needelwork's designs from a few years back.  It was a really fun stitch and when I decided to finish it off, I thought this checkered fabric would be perfect for it.
I also had some black and white checkered ribbon on hand which worked nicely for the hanger.
And now for something a little different:

I've been thinking about doing this type of embroidery for a while now, it seems to be becoming more popular lately and I see it everywhere.  I used to do it a lot many years ago until I discovered cross stitch and then that was that.  It was fun though, and the nice thing is now we have all the overdyed and multi-colored threads we can use which makes it even more fun.  I found this free pattern at and she has many more that are just as nice.

I found these heart pincushions at a craft show yesterday.  They are made out of vintage fabrics and I got them for the unbelieveable price of one dollar each!  I don't suppose I needed any more pincushions but I just couldn't resist!

Here's Harley taking his afternoon nap.  I've been trying to get pictures of our other kitties to put on the blog, but I can't seem to get them to cooperate.  They always look away at the last second or run off when I go to get the camera.  We have a lot of pictures of Harley because he's such a little ham he's always ready to pose.
Maybe it's because he's such a people kitty, he likes everyone! 
Thanks, everyone,  for visiting, I hope you enjoyed yourselves for a minute or two!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Camille's French Sampler

This is another sampler from my huge collection of stitched projects waiting to be finished into something.  Today I decided to get it done.  There's nothing like having a blog to get me motivated into finishing things so I will have something to post!  I'm chipping away at the stack one by one!

I used silk Hand-Dyed Fibers by Vikki Clayton and the designer is Tanya from the Sampler Girl.  I was lucky enough to get this design a few years ago when it was a freebie---thanks, Tanya!

The variegated green used on these leaves is "Moon-Called Sea".  It's my favorite of all of Vikki's threads and I love the name, too. That's it for this time,  although I would like to say thank you to the people who became recent followers of this blog and of course thanks again to all of the "older" followers, too.  I appreciate each one of you so much!