Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Two for Two

Success! I managed to complete another project for the 2015 Smalls SAL.  That's two for two!

2015 Smalls SAL ~ February
Designer: Shepherd's Bush

This little kit has been hanging out in my rather HUGE stash basket for a long time.  It was the perfect "quick stitch" for the monthly smalls SAL. 

Quilting has been taking up much of my free time.  I finally had this quilt top machine quilted and am stitching the binding on…



It's a king size quilt so there is quite a large bundle of binding. Being a Gadget Goddess I had a handy Winding Buddy, which was very helpful in keeping the binding under control as I applied it to the quilt.


I am happy to say the quilt is finished.  I will share a picture of it in a later post.

Now a little something from:

                Here is cute little Emma:

                                                  Here is sweet little Lily:

Here we see both Emma and Lily:

And now we see Emma lunge at poor little Lily's face:

Such a NAUGHTY LITTLE PUPPY!

Thank you for stopping by.
Until next time


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness

An abundance of gorgeousness delivered to my door.  A beautiful bouquet of red/pink Valentine roses from my sweet sons, G & D

Beautiful

They are so very thoughtful, amazingly generous, and sweeter than sweet.  These guys are, without a doubt, what makes my heart happy.

My DH surprised me with this very pretty, and oh so DELICIOUS, heart shaped Valentines cake.  He ordered it from my favorite local bakery.  I meant to take a picture of it before we cut a slice (or two), oops!


Dark chocolate cake, strawberry filling, and a simply delicious frosting, does it get any better than that? Very sweet…cake and DH!

Now, time for some stitchy Gifted Gorgeousness.  It's the 15th of February, already!  Here's my progress…

2015 Gifted Gorgeousness SAL
Designer: Little House Needlework
Design: Lantern Lane

My dear friend, Vonna gifted me this kitted up LHN project for my birthday and I have decided to stitch it as part of the SAL.  This will be such a nice addition to my sampler wall. Thank you again, Vonna!

I recently started working on Cubby Hole Quilt. It needs to be complete by early May.  

Cubby Hole Quilt 

There are a total of 221 five inch blocks in this quilt. 

The snow continues to fall, as do the temperatures. It's freezing, only 5 degrees outside and the snow continues to pile up ~ everywhere…



Little Emma is changing daily.  She is turning gray, as Yorkshire Terriers do, and continues to be cute as ever…



Thank you for stopping by.
Until next time…

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Something Stitchy

Here are some overdue stitching pictures…

1) Beautiful Ornament from my dear friend, Carol S.




A sweet ornament from a sweet friend. Thank you, Carol for the ornament and for your friendship.  You are such a special friend!

2) Beautiful Ornament from my dear friend, Vonna.



Designer: With Thy Needle and Thread

It's a skate! How cute is that? Vonna's creativity always impresses me, as does her beautiful work. 

Love, love, love this!

3) Perfect Project Bags and LHN Project Kit from Vonna




Not just one but FIVE of these very handy project bags. You see Vonna knows me quite well and knows I have way too many WIPs…haha. Now I have a home for some of them!

I'm all set to start another wonderful project thanks to my dear friend who sent this as well…
This project is perfect for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL …


Thank you so much Vonna. You are beyond generous and a truly treasured friend!

4) Wonderful HOE Ornament from Stephanie



Designer: Lizzie and Kate
Design: Flora McSampler 2013 Stockings

Ohhhh, how exciting a beautiful stocking ornament.  Thank you, Stephanie!

5) Some 2014 Christmas ornaments stitched for friends


Designer: Prairie Schooler

Designer: Country Cottage Needlework
Design: Snowmen Trio

Designer: Lizzie and Kate
Design: Flora McSampler 2011 Ornaments

Designer: Prairie Schooler
2009 Gift of Stitching Ornament Issue


Design from: Christkindl Book #136 by Rico Design
Fabric: 25 count white Lugana 
Floss: DMC

This angel was selected as my 2014 ornament ~ 10 of them stitched for friends. 



It goes with the  ornament that I stitched in 2013…

I enjoyed stitching ornaments but am happy to take a break and work on non holiday stitching, like this one for the monthly 2015 Smalls SAL

Smalls SAL - January
Designer: Carousel Charts

Here is what I will be stitching on next

Design: Cubby Hole Quilt

I must get started on a High School graduation quilt for my cousin's son. This is a greg quilt for a guy and it can be completed relatively quickly.  The digital pattern can be purchased through Fons and Porter HERE.

Lastly, I got my cast off…


Thank you very much for all of the well wishes!

Thanks for stopping by...
Until next time ~ 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No Skiing In Colorado

No skiing in Colorado for me that is…not this year.

And this ^^^ is why! 

Yes, the night before we were scheduled to leave for Colorado, on December 18th, I managed to break my ankle.  At 10PM I stepped outside to let little Emma out and when I stepped off of my front porch, onto the huge rock step, I quickly found out that it was a sheet of ice.  As I went airborne, so did Emma.  She flew from my hand but thankfully did not get hurt.  Unfortunately, I was not as lucky. The pain was excruciating!!!  After 30 minutes of agony we decided to head to the emergency room. To my horror I was told that my left ankle was broken and I would need to see an orthopedic the next day. Whaaaat?????  What about our plans to head to Colorado the next day?

On Friday the orthopedic doctor looked at the X-rays and determined that I did not require surgery ~ PHEW. They did put me in a cast, Christmas red I might add, and sent us on our way.  My DH and I set out to pick my older DS up in NYC and at 8PM we began our 1900 mile drive to Colorado (yes, I did say drive).  My DS did most of the driving…


with DH doing his fair share.  Thankfully, I did not break my right ankle so I was able to drive the last 4 hours of the 28 hour ride.  

Lily and Emma were great little travelers.  Emma was in charge of the Starbucks cards for all of our coffee breaks.


DS "D" met little Miss Emma for the first time and they became fast friends…

Emma thought she might like to Ski with the boys but realized that they do not make ski boots small enough to fit her.



Although I was not able to ski, I was very thankful that we had a chance to spend Christmas with "D" at his new apartment in Colorado.  Last summer he left his job in NJ and took a new position with a company in the Denver area.  We were happy for him but we hated to see him go. 

Both "D" and "G" did get to ski multiple times. They had a great time at Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Steamboat:

"D" night skiing at Keystone

"D" with GF "C" Skiing at Steamboat

We did get the opportunity to meet "D's" GF family.  They vacationed in CO over the holiday as well so we joined them for dinner at The Nickel in Denver and had a great time.

DH and I spent much time shopping.  We traveled around northern Colorado where I purchased a boatload of fabric, some yarns, and some cross stitch stash from:


We also ventured to Cheyenne, WY.  This was an interesting view from the highway…


No, it is not real

In WY we stopped at:


It is always fun to visit quilt, yarn, and cross stitch shops in different states. 

Here are two knit finishes from when I was just hanging out in "D's" apartment…


Gift for "D" GF

Gift for "G" GF

This Texture Knit Cowl pattern is a Freebie by Yarn + Co found HERE

We arrived home, from our month long vacation, at 4:30 this morning.  I have an appointment with the orthopedic doctor on Tuesday and am keeping my fingers crossed I am able to get out of this cast!

I hope that you enjoyed the holiday and wish you much free time for a lot of stitching in 2015.


Thanks for stopping by...
Until next time ~ 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Meet Emma

As I mentioned in my last post, my DH was traveling to Barcelona, Spain and Mainz, Germany earlier this month.  He asked if I would like to join him but I declined.

Although I have been to Germany I have never been to Spain so why would I choose to remain at home?

This is why…

MEET EMMA

DH was traveling over "Puppy Pick Up" weekend and I did not want to delay taking Emma home.

On October 31st we visited a local breeder to pick out a new Yorkshire Terrier puppy from a September 14th litter.  We selected this cute little girl  What a face….

October 31st
Emma: 6 weeks ~ 1 lb 4oz

At just 6 weeks she weighted in at 1 lb 4oz ~ so very tiny. We anxiously waited until she turned 3 months to take her home.  Our scheduled "Puppy Pick Up" date was December 5th and as much as my DH longed to be able to change his travel plans he could not.  There was no question about it, I was staying home so that I could finally bring this sweet baby home!

She is very sweet, absolutely adorable, sometimes a wee bit naughty, dearly loved,
and oh so cute
December 6th
Emma: 3 months ~ 1 lb 11 oz

I wish I could say that I knitted that sweaters, I did not.  The breeder sent her home in it.

For some strange reason Emma finds comfort hanging out by my muck boots.  Yes, she sometimes chews on the laces but will sit and sleep next to them.


Our 6-year-old Yorkie, Lily has been very patient with Emma who: nips at her legs, tugs at her ears, and attempts to jump on her back. Fortunately, Lily is able to jump onto furniture to escape the naughty puppy harassment!

Last Friday we took a loooooong road trip, driving 1900 miles without stopping (there were 3 capable drivers), to spend Christmas with my youngest DS in Colorado.  Last summer he took a new job here and we decided that we would spend Christmas with him skiing.  I have never skied outside of the Northeast so I was very excited about this ski trip.

In my next post I will let you know why I'M NOT ABLE TO SKI IN COLORADO ~ Unbelievable!


Wishing you a Merry Christmas



Until next time…