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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Getting Older Sucks!

Yes, it really does.  Last week for some unknown reason my back started to ache, it was a throbbing pain on the right side. It hurt so bad I couldn't lay on my back to sleep I had to try and stay on my left side, anyway I thought maybe it was a kidney stone.  So I started drinking more water and cranberry juice, no improvement, it got so bad that I drove myself to the emergency room.  Once there the doctor checked all the vital signs, asked all of the important questions and then sent me for a CTscan, after telling me that the pain could be anything from a aneurysm on the aorta to muscle strain.  As the pain meds started to kick in I finally got the results, all the test were negative and the only thing he could tell me was maybe I had slept wrong or tweaked (not tweerked) my back some how. I was happy that there was no major problem and this was categorized as old age aches and pains for no reason. But I guess I'm luckier than some as long as I'm in pain I'm alive. Okay that's the end of the rant, now for some stitching updates.
I  missed sharing  my IHSW progress and my Wipocalypse report so this will cover everything.
I made no progress on any of my original wips:
Angels of the World
Africa
Three Kimonos
Idelia Mae Rich
Rose Sampler
Around the World in 80 Stitches
But I have managed to add to their numbers with:
Spiral

Thine is the Trick or the Treat

The Way to Happiness (a free SAL from Facebook)

As if this isn't bad enough I have also signed up for another Facebook SAL that starts this coming Sunday all I have is the floss toss.

Last but certainly not least I have the floss and chart for my daughters wedding sampler still awaiting the fabric which is on it's way as we speak.

The pumpkin I posted yesterday I purchased a couple of years ago at a craft show, I thought it was rather unique. It was posted for Cathey at Pumpkin Patch & Co in celebration of her blogoversary and sponsored by Sharon from It's Daffy Cat.
Well I won't promise to post more often because I hate to keep breaking promises but I will try my best. For now thank you all for the wonderful comments and I'm off to make some more wonderful little xxs.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

37 Years and Still Together...

I met my husband when I was 12 years old, we were both tall and rail thin but we fell in love at first sight. All through junior high and high school we were inseparable, he played on the basketball team and I was his biggest cheerleader. Even when he went away to college and me to the Army, nothing came between us, we vowed to grow old together and so far we are doing just that. 
This past Saturday we celebrated 37 years of marriage.  We may not be rail thin anymore, and our hair is a lot more salt than pepper but the same love we felt way back then is still going strong to this day. For our anniversary we spent the weekend in Atlantic City at Harrah’s casino, and I got to stand next to a box of money (supposed to be a million dollars).

 I would have loved to be allowed in that box for a few minutes. We played a few slots and walked the boardwalk and I enjoyed spending alone time with my soul-mate.

Last week I showed a piece I was working on a piece called Thine is the Trick and the Treat well; all I showed had to be ripped- out.  I usually start my stitching in the center and work outward, but that I thought would have been confusing with this design so I began with page 1 which is the top left corner and as you saw I had finished that whole first page. Just as I was removing the q-snaps to start the second page I noticed that the fabric was turned the wrong way. So on Thursday I began to slowly and carefully remove all of the stitching, I worked from the back cutting the floss.  It was hard work but saving the fabric was more important than the floss (fabric $27.00 vs floss $.39) you do the math. Anyway I restarted on the drive to Atlantic City but it was a little hard working on the uneven threads of the linen  in the car, so this is all I got done.

On Sunday after being out walking the boardwalk and enjoying a delicious lunch at “Pickles Deli” (Rueben on marble rye)







 we went back to our room to relax and hubby watched the football game I decided to start the other design I took with me (just in case). It is called “Spiral” from Jardin Prive, the fabric is 32 ct Lakeside linen called Woodsmoke and it is stitched with DMC #5200. I love the all-white on this color it really pops.  

As if I need another project to stitch, I have just joined another SAL this morning (it’s free) from http://lesmarottesdenath.free.fr I will start gathering my floss and fabric in just a little bit. 

Thank you all for stopping by for a visit and I hope you come again and leave lots of wonderful comments as I go to make some wonderful little xxs.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

MIA again...

Yes I have been missing again from here and if I have disappointed anyone I apologize.  I guess the blogging bug can leave you just like the stitching bug.  Hopefully it will return permanently. I have been doing some stitching and listening to some audio-books  A couple that was really good is: “The Apple Turnover Murder” by Joanne Fluke and “Southern Comfort” by Fern Michaels.  I made trip to the library today get more and I picked up “Death’s Half Acre” by Margaret Maron, “Wicked Appetite” by Janet Evanovich to name a couple, I love murder mysteries as you can probably tell.

As for stitching, well the coward in me has come out and I have been afraid to try assembling the needle book again after my last disaster and I haven’t framed my son and daughter-in-law’s anniversary sampler even though I have everything on hand to do so.  I have ordered the fabric for my daughter wedding sampler and have the chart decided on so that will be my next major project. 

In the mean time I was stitching on “Thine is the Trick and the Treat” when I saw a beautiful sugar skull being stitched by a friend on a Facebook group and I thought about the chart that I have had for a while and decided that I should stitch it for Halloween so I started and just couldn’t put it down.  The name given to it is “On the brighter side of life”.  I got the chart as a freebie on the Director of Cross Stitch (to find skull click on DMC on the upper left, go to page 5 and scroll down)  however it now has to be purchased for $4.00 and it is by a designer known only by “beauty123”.  This was a very easy and colorful design and I really enjoyed it, now to decide what to make of it, maybe a large hanging ornament or a small pillow. 

I am so excited tonight is the first “stitch-in” at In-Stitches Needleworks since the lock-in back in June. It will be nice to see the other ladies and see what they have been working on if anything over the summer.  I may even pick up a couple of items from my wish list while I there. I guess I should get a move on so I can make a snack for tonight and maybe put in a few stitches before I go. 

Thanks for dropping in and hope to see you soon, oh snap I almost forgot to post my few pictures, which is probably what you came to see.



"On the Bright Side of Life"


Until next time I’ll be making those wonderful little xxs.