Monday, October 31, 2016


Friday night my SO and I had Chinese food with his mother which was delicious. It was a new restaurant for me. My fortune was very interesting: 

I didn't think much of my fortune at the time and I usually never do. It's pure entertainment, but nonetheless, I was intrigued enough by it to take a picture. 

Saturday, my SO and I took a little hike in the Narrows of the Harpeth and afterwards got in our canoe and went fishing all day. The weather was beautiful! What we weren't expecting to see where a few cows in the middle of our path. 

Luckily, they were just as surprised to see us as we were to see them and nothing came of the encounter except a stare down. This all leads me to my fortune from Friday night. I had long forgotten about it at this point, but the cows made me think of a few new punchneedle ideas. The designs just came to me; out of nowhere. The fortune came true!

Talk soon!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


I'm feeling so inspired today. After speaking to my Aunt Pam this morning about our favorite subject... ah-ha - the needlearts... I found a gem of a blog called Cose y calla; and after 5 seconds of scrolling I was addicted. Naturally, I immediately called Aunt Pam to rant and rave and ooh! and ahh! about it. I can't get over this woman's creativity and how beautifully perfect everything turns out. 
I'm hooked!

And punchneedle... It's calling my name again. I have a WIP, but after going back to Notforgotten Farm's blog and surfing through her Etsy shop all I want to do is punch my little heart out. After seeing this box (find it here), I'm done. It's mine! Wait till you see the 'extras'. It comes in many different colors. I like Robin's Egg or Black; haven't decided.

This even inspired me to research ways to feed a large family on a budget. 
Tonight's meal: Bean & Beef Chili with Cornbread.

~*Soul Food*~
"Making amends isn't just saying, 'I'm sorry,' It means responding differently from our new understanding."

Monday, October 24, 2016

Whilst stitching...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

just breathe

I awoke at 4:50 am and got so much done. I leave for work by 8:00 to head into downtown. By then, I had picked out my outfit, bathed, applied makeup, did my hair, painted my nails, made my SO a smoothie and oatmeal, changed the litter box, ate breakfast, AND stitched for an hour and a half while I talked to my Aunt Pam. I was in heaven! So far my work day has been light. I had a great lunch with my Mom at Provence. Ahhh! I can't wait to see what my evening has in store.

Talk soon!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

taking a stand

Have you ever used a stand for assistance? Well, I have now and this thing is awesome! I was gifted this nifty stand called Daylight Stitchsmart Stand Accessory from Herrschners and it arrived last night. There are two different kinds. One with the magnifier and lamp and one without. I received the one without. Who needs the extras when you already have your own, right?!

My SO put it together in zero point three seconds. It's so easy to use and maneuver about. I. Was. Giddy. I put it to the test the moment it jumped out of the box. I've never used one so I had high hopes this would do exactly what I wanted, and it delivered. I don't anticipate any hand, wrist or shoulder cramps in the near future. Thank you to my gift-giver!

Talk soon!

jim rohn

Rule the day or the day will rule you.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

narrowing it down...

I think everyone is familiar with this little gem of a series. Could watch it 100's myself.


I finally decided which WIPS I wanted to put into my current rotation for the rest of October into November. I narrowed it down from 34 to 9.  The rest are resting until I can make more progress  on the list below. I don't think this is half bad. Gotta start somewhere and here is my start:
  1. And They Sinned ~ Examplar Dames Designs/Examplars From The Heart
  2. Ages of Man ~ Long Dog Samplers
  3. Peaceful In The Garden ~ Moira Blackburn
  4. Summer, Loose Feathers, part 1 of 3 ~ Blackbird Designs
  5. Deaver Daughters Schoolhouse Sampler ~ primitivebettys
  6. Handsome Lion ~ Etsy bought (picture at a later time)
  7. Adjust Yours Sails ~ Hands on Design
  8. Trees ~ The Workbasket
  9. The Shores of Hawk Run Hallow ~ Carriage House Samplings
I'll certainly be busy with these 9 terrific pieces. Wish me luck!

Talk soon!

Monday, October 17, 2016


Here are a couple of leftovers from my 2011 finishes. They aren't finished into pincushions nor are they framed, but they are stitched and ready to be made into something pretty. I have the cutest little Eiffel tower charm, black, white and gray fabric, and black rick and rack for PARIS. I can't wait!


I will iron them before finishing. They've been stored SINCE 2011 and not properly, I'd like to add. I'm changing my ways. Promise! I'm getting a container just for finishes and folding them up neatly this time. 

I confess. My stitching has been unorganized for the last few years. After years of my mojo being misplaced, any stash that I had bought sat on the back burner. I've accumulated quite a stash too. My WIPS are all over the place. It's chaos. I have finally gotten on track and I'm making progress. I'm stitching. I'm organizing. I'm getting to my stash and taking inventory. It feels good to take back some control. Now to only get back some of my followers across the globe, especially the US!!!

Talk soon!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

update this weekend...

This weekend has been productive. I went fishing with my SO (Significant Other), but the fish were not wanting to show up. Went and saw the movie "The Accountant," however, I cannot give an account as to how it was. I fell asleep during the show. I was pooped! I have, though, made progress on my beloved stitching. 


That's all for now. These finishes are from 2011 and I apologize for the missing information. Gotta get back to my Packers football game!

Talk soon!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

peaceful it is

Even though I have 33 WIPS, I'm like the average stitcher and I'm starting another project. Some things never change, do they? Ha! My dear Aunt Pam and I are committing to a SAL. My Mother and I are also working on a SAL with a twist. We're working on the same piece; taking turns from one block to another. We started Shores of Hawk Run Hallow by Carriage House Samplings a long time ago and have decided to actually finish it this time. Not sure who's custody it will belong to ;-) 


I will have more thoughts later on. This paralegal needs to get ready for work.

Talk soon!!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

good morning

There is nothing better than waking up before anyone else. Having that peaceful, quiet time to one's self and doing whatever it is I want. For now, I think I'll catch up on the blogs and drink a Cuban style coffee from one of my favorite mugs I purchased from The Hearstring Samplery. Hope you enjoy your morning as much as I've enjoyed mine.

Talk soon!


Monday, October 10, 2016

so sad...

I feel so overwhelmed. Well, mostly embarrassed by all my WIPS. Thirty-three (33) to be exact. Gulp! Over the weekend, I gathered every work in progress I know that I have off hand. Not only do I have some quick stitching to do, but some major ironing is in order, as well. I'm so embarrassed by the state of my needlework. This is what happened when I lost my mojo and slacked off for several years. The majority of mine only deserve one photo op. Of course, only a few of my WIPS need additional pictures taken anyway. Very pathetic.

  • And They Sinned by Examplar Dames ~ 32 ct. Light Mocha Linen using Gentle Arts and Weeks Dye Works threads (2 over 2).
  • Ages of Man by Long Dog Samplers ~ 32 ct. White Linen using Vicki Clayton Silks and Rainbow Gallery threads (1 over 2). 
Progress 10/2016

Progress 10/2008

I have not been taking very good care of my needlework. I am sorry they aren't ironed. My next mission is to iron every WIP and store them properly until I get them back out to stitch. I've come up with a new rotation in hopes that I'll finish them quickly. These 2 are in the rotation so wish me luck!

Talk soon!!!


Thursday, September 29, 2016


I almost forgot where I stored all my photos. YIKES! I had to scroll down to My Stitchery just to highlight the link to remind myself where I used to store everything. At least I remembered my password. (Now to jot that down...hmm.) Now that I know, I'm not too sure I like Photobucket anymore. Any recommendations? I've heard flickr is good.

Talk soon!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

playing catch up

Where do I begin? So much to tell since I last posted about anything. Life has been full of ups and downs, but I am grateful for every turn. As I get back into the grove of blogging, and it is my desire to do so, I'll update on my life, my kids, adventures, those mundane things we chuckle about, and of course, cross stitching and crafts we so delve into that relieve our stresses (for the most part).

First thing I noticed since hopping back on Blogger are the changes that have been made to the format and the added options. This will take some getting used to.

Talk soon!