Friday, August 31, 2007

Photo Hunt - Dirty

This week the theme is dirty! I tried to take a picture of a dirty golf ball -- that's what happens when you hit it in the mud -- but, it didn't turn out. And, then DH Chuck says, "Well, Becca didn't clean the birdbath". Oh My Gawd!!! It was disgusting!!! Here is a picture of one dirty birdbath!

Thanks for reading, and your comments!

Summer Seasonal Stitchers Exchange

I received an email from Amy that she had received the Summer Seasonal Exchange I had sent out! I had been reading her blog, and trying to figure out what she might like...

Here is what I finally decided on -- remember I take horrible pictures! LOL

Just Nan - Small Delights - Seasonal Gems II - "Summer"
Stitched on 28ct. Cream Cashel Linen
Fibers: DMC, Kreinik, & Caron Wildflowers
Embellishments: Beads & Rose Charm
Finished as a pinkeep with a deep mauve fabric on back

And, I also included some extras in the package....

Amy says she likes what I sent.... It was fun putting this package together! I have already started on the Autumn package! I found just the neatest thing!

Thanks for reading, and your comments! I appreciate them so much!

Stitching on today: CCN Geranium House -- still!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2007


As I don't have any stitching updates... you all get pictures of my kids!!! (And not the fur-kids!)

This is my son, Rick, and his fiance, Kristen. We are very lucky she is joining our family. She is a sweetie!!

And, here is my baby, Becca. She will be a Senior in High School this year. :::Sigh::: They grow up soooo fast!!!

Thanks for reading my posts, and for your comments... They are much appreciated!

Stitching on today: CCN Geranium House

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I have been sooo lucky! I received my Seasonal Exchange and my What's the Buzz Exchange!!

My Seasonal Exchange came from Carol, and to say I was thrilled was an understatement! I read Carol's blog, and am always in awe of the beautiful stitching she does. And, now, I have my own "carol-stitching"!!! Carol made a mattress cushion for me from a SB design.

Here is the front:

And the back with our names:

And.... the entire package!! Lovely lotion, a car jar, floss, fabric, scissors, notepads, a cat chart... and mice for my kitties!!! I am feeling spoiled! (I am not worthy!)

Here is CeeCee with 'his' mouse! It now is minus a tail....

The mailbox was buzzing when I emptied it yesterday, and found a package from Terry! Inside was a darling biscornu covered with bees! One of the cats thought this was another toy for him! He was set straight right away! This is Mommy's toy!!

Terry also included some goodies: a bee themed piece of finishing fabric, a darling ME trinket box, and the chart "The Busy Bee"! I am feeling soooo lucky!

That's it for exchanges for awhile. I haven't signed up for any because of all that's been going on around here, and feeling so 'unsettled' would be a good word, I guess. There is one that is tempting me on one of the boards -- I'll probably cave and sign up! I would just like to get back in a routine.... maybe when school starts next week!

My sister, Ree, is going to come get me today, and we are going to explore yarn shops around town... or so she says! Should be fun, but, I did tell her I had to be home by 5 to play golf! I should get off of the computer and work on getting my two exchanges packaged up to mail!

Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving comments! They are always appreciated!

Stitching on today: CCN Geranium House & TW Knotwork Bookmark

Monday, August 27, 2007

Picture post :-)

I have a couple pictures I can post!

I finished the LHN Home of a Needleworker!! I really like the way it turned out:

And, I am making progress on CCN Geranium House! I have to finish it this year -- I already put 2007 on it! Here is a WIP picture:

Also, I went stash diving, and came up with some Autumn Stitching Projects! Here is a picture of what I picked out:

There are projects by LHN, Cedar Hill, Chessie & Me, The Trilogy, and JBW Designs.

My son called me from Walmart, and told me they had DMC on sale for 10 cents! I gave him a list for the Autumn projects, and here's what he brought me home:

I also took a new picture of the Redwork tin that Nicki had made me. (I don't know if it's a better picture.) I have the little scissors I found at Hobby Lobby attached to the fob.

That's it! I can't show the other two projects, as they are for exchanges.... Soon....

Thanks for reading, and all your lovely comments. :-)

Stitching on today: Exchanges, and CCN Geranium House.

Friday, August 24, 2007

PhotoHunt - Happy

This week's theme is "Happy". Hmmm.... what better than a picture of a contented, happy cat!

I think I want to be a cat in my next life! (The big guy is my husband, Chuck)

Friday, August 17, 2007

PhotoHunters -- Two

I thought of several different 'two' items... but, finally I chose this:

I save these throughout the year, and use them for my 'stash' money at Camp Stitch-A-Lot in March. It's surprising how they add up in a years time. :-)

It will be interesting to see what everyone picks for 'two'!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


I was having a 'poor me' day. DH is away, the kids were demanding... and the new kitten, Willow, was staked out in my stitching chair! (Too cute to move!) She is not our cat, but, belongs to son and his fiance. We just 'cat-sit'.

I think I've killed one of the plants we received, my house looks like a disaster, and I have no motivation to straighten!

I went looking for something to read... I have lots of books, but, they are mostly crime stories, or the like, and I wanted something more 'light'. I found one by Nora Roberts -- but, wouldn't you know it? It's book two! I wonder where book one is?

So, I decided what better time to start on the 'thank you's'. I managed to get quite a few done before the mail was delivered. To my surprise... there was a package... from Nicki? (Nicki had been the moderator in the Redwork exchange, and my package had gone missing.... I finally received it last week, but, Nicki -- in her kind heartedness, also stitched me something!) I was thrilled!!!! This was just the thing to pick up my day! Check this out -- A Redwork tin -- all my own!!! And it even has an 'M' on it!! (I'll try to take a better picture)

And, then I open it up -- inside is such a fantastic finish, and a precious fob!! (the back of the fob has an 'M' too!)
Edit: I found the perfect little scissors that fit inside the tin!

As soon as I'm done posting, I'll be running upstairs for the perfect little pair of scissors for it! Nicki -- Thank you so much!!! I do truly adore it!

And, now a question.... I would like to plant a Forsythia in memory of my Mother-In-Law, as she always had these in bloom in the spring. Does anyone know when they should be planted? In the spring? If anyone has the 'green thumb' and can let me know, it would be appreciated.

Today is my golf league, so that will be nice to get back out and play. The weather is near perfect, and it should be fun.

I'm dividing my stitching time between two exchanges, and CCN Geranium House. Can't take pictures of the exchanges, but, here is a progress on Geranium House... yes, I changed the color of the house! :-)

I'm hoping to make this into a banner for the front door... I think it would look good there!

Off to stitch a little....

Thanks for reading, and all your comments! They are much appreciated!

Stitching on today: Shhhh -- exchanges!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

PhotoHunters - In a Row

I went looking for a picture, and found a rare one of my three black cats on the back of the sofa -- in a row!!!

Hope you enjoy my entry this week!

Friday, August 10, 2007

For the Birds Exchange....

I was very fortunate to have Nancy have my name for the exchange on the USEBB in "For the Birds"! Nancy stitched the most adorable cushion! I already have it hanging by my sewing machine. It is a Loggerhead Shrike, and it has beads all around it and for a hanger! The back has our initials and the year.

Nancy also spoiled me with lots of goodies: fabric, floss, ribbons, notes and sugar-free mints! The perfect feel good package! (in my favorite of colors -- blue!) I love it!!

And, Katrina posted that she had received the package I had sent out for this exchange. I stitched Waxing Moon seasonal bird freebies into a little bellpull. It was stitched over one, on a 25ct. I think it turned out pretty cute! I also added some goodies to her package. I was a little late in mailing it out, so hopefully I will be forgiven. :-)

Edit: here is the link for the freebie designs: Waxing Moon Designs

On life... Chuck (DH) starts his 'new' job at the company next week. Hopefully less stress... but, he will be traveling some. We are trying to get back in a routine. School will be starting soon, and Becca will be a Senior! (Yikes! How did that happen?) I'm trying to stitch some everyday, and if not, at least set aside some time to read.

I hope you are all doing well out there in blogger land! I've heard from a long missed stitcher friend, and hopefully we can get back in touch.

Thanks for reading and your comments... they are appreciated!

Currently Stitching: LHN Geranium House
Currently Reading: "A Good Yarn" Debbie Macomber -- just finished!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Thank you...

Thank you all so much for your comforting thoughts and prayers during
the past week and a half. I always knew my Mother-In-Law was
something special, but the outpouring of concern, support and
attention from the Lansing community has been overwhelming. During
this stressful time, support from friends has helped to overcome the
continuing nightmare. We are in hopes that her tireless efforts to
better her neighborhood will continue in her memory.

Thank you again...

Myrna & Chuck Hallman, and family.