Sunday, June 4, 2017

May 2017

Hello everyone,

May was a busy month of appointments.

We opened our pool on the first week of May.

May 7th & 8th we had snow flurries and light snow showers - only a dusting...but still not the greatest spring weather. But the snow didn't keep our hummingbirds from showing up.. first sighting was May12th. All the summer birds have been returning.

It was nice to see this bluebird stop by.







Summer has arrived...The lilacs and apples have blossomed and the peonies have buds. The azaleas are flowering now and Mom's peach tree had it's first blossoms.

I had to have my Jeep serviced, so I dug out this kit while I was waiting... It made a cute little bookmark. You can see the yellow backing fabric I used.
NMI kit - Busy Bees Item 3829 Sleepy Bear© NeedleMagic, Inc.
14ct Ivory Aida
Single strand yard
Stitch Count:  28x 35, one over 1
Cross stitch, Back stitch

Next project I dug out was Hearts of America 3: Florida © 2002 Original design by Thea Dueck for the Victoria Sampler (HA#27)
Fabric:25ct antique white Luguna
Threads:DMC, Kreinik#4
Stitch Count:42 x 48, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Double Running Stitch, Wrapped Herringbone Stitch, Elongated Scotch Stitch

Then since my stash arrived, I had enough thread to finish Wee Spring © 1996 Heart in Hand but my HAED project called to me... and it is now almost 1/2 finished!
2013BB SAL QS Mystic Garden (It is a cropped version of Peacock Garden.)
Design by Michele Sayetta Artwork by Ciro Marchetti
28ct Picture this Plus Valor
DMC & Kreinik#4
Stitch Count: 139 x 138, 1 over 1 full cross
January 2017 I had 8430 stitches completed. Now at 9490 stitches complete.













That's about it for my stitching last month because once I was finishing up the NMI kit, I realized that I had several other smalls that needed to be finished... so I spent some time in my sewing room and finished a few other projects.

New Stash : Just Nan -Summer in a Mouse House design. I also used up my gift cards and splurged on some of these lovely designs.
Frony Ritter: Celebrations Flags: Freedom
Little House Designs:Early Americans Betsy Ross & John Hancock

Sue Hillis Designs: Play Baseball
Blackbird Designs: Lady Liberty and Hats off to uncle sam
Hinzeit: Love America, Flag Freedom


 Designs by Lisa:If you have a Lab
 Frony Ritter: Celebrations Flags: Snowman, Pot of Gold
 Little House Designs: Hometown Holiday The Bookstore






 Victoria Sampler's: Hearts of America 2 and 4
 Hinzeit:  Love 2 Nurse
These are for an idea I have for my brother who is a traveling nurse




Dad is doing better.. He is on a more frequent schedule with some of his doctors... but the new stronger compression stockings have helped.He also had his eyes checked (cataract still there but not time for surgery), hearing aids adjusted after ears checked, various blood tests due to the increased dosage of lasix, 2 visits with the vascular doctor, and a visit with his urologist.

Mom had her annual with primary and blood tests.

DH had a few dental visits...and he just had his sleep study - still waiting on the results to see if they think he has sleep apnea.

Samantha is enjoying the new smells and sounds that come with the change is weather.

Memorial Day weekend was rather damp.. and for the most part rainy. That means that the black flies and other insects have returned. Along with them, the peepers have been singing- and we found a small snapper turtle sunning itself by the pond yesterday. It looks like we might also have a groundhog in the field along with some turkeys. And one evening when I was taking Samantha out, we had a small snake warming itself on the driveway.
Until next time -




I'll leave you with this lovely scenic,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Friday, May 5, 2017

March 2017 (Spring is in the Air) + April 2017 ( Easter treats)


Hello everyone,

It's been awhile since I posted...Life has kept me busy.

March came in like a lamb... and then turned into a lion all in the first day! Mid-month (Pi Day) brought snow (almost 2 feet) with blizzard conditions that came with the coastal storm. March ended like a lion with winds, rain, and snow flurries.





The weather has been bouncing.. some warm days then a cool patch... then slowly warming up again... We have green grass and our trees are starting to shoot. The crocuses, hyacinths, and daffodils have been opening up in the past week. Last night we had another frost, so it's much too early to begin planting anything other than the snow peas.


I took part in another ornament exchange - this one was Easter themed.

My partner CC (Australia) stitched me this beautiful waxing moon design - bunny egg mini.
So beautifully stitched and finished....I just adore it!



The backing fabric is just as lovely.

We mailed our parcels on the same day March 20th... Her parcel to me arrived before Easter...Around April 8th. The package I mailed her took the long route to it's destination - and only arrived a few days ago.

The design I stitched for  CC was from Book #107 Just Hatched © 2003 The Prairie Schooler
Fabric: 32ct Ivory Evenweave
Threads:DMC
Stitch Count:64 x 54, 2over 2
Cross Stitch
I also made her a little pincushion with the same design..



I found a cute bunny bead so that meant making a scissors bling, and I attached a magnet to this cute little wooden chick to make a needle minder.

Then I found this cute fabric with easter eggs, and dug out some white bunny buttons, and... voila...finished this cute ort container.








Since my package was apparently lost, I started in on another Easter design to mail out as a replacement and was just finishing it up this week when I got the word that she received my package.

Parade Bunny Egg © March 2017 Complimentary chart from the Cricket Collection
Fabric: 32ct Antique Ivory Evenweave
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 35 x 43, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, French Knots

Other stitching for March & April was this lovely design that will either be a small bookmark or an ornament.
Alphabet Dogs #295: Puppy © 2014 JBW Designs
Fabric: 32ct Antique White
Threads: WDW
Stitch Count: 33 x 43, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch

And, I finished up another bookmark...an older freebie...
Penguins © Charles Craft
Fabric: 18ct antique white
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 34 x 114, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch


As I mentioned in my last post, I started a spring stitch...I still haven't finished it yet...I have to dig out my other skein of oatmeal and just haven't had the time to go through my kitted up patterns.
Wee Spring © 1996 Heart in Hand (Cecilia Turner Needle Artist) part of the wee one series
Fabric: 32ct Desert Sand
Threads: GAST, Wisper
Stitch Count: 68 x68, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, Eyelet Stitch


New Stash: I caved... I saw the cute new Spring in a Mouse House design and ordered the series... and while I was at it,  the Rosebud Tweet flew into my shopping cart along with Frony Ritter He Arose.

Then I got an email - I won this chart during the online needlework show.This will be a lovely tribute piece. I have the fabric ordered and hope it gets here soon.

And lastly, I received my final kit in the Silver Needle stitching circle of friends round 2. 










My brother's contract job has ended and he stopped in for a short visit before heading southwest. We celebrated his May birthday before he left.

My niece went to France & Italy - and was in Paris during the recent events. So glad she is safely home.

Dad continues to heal and sees a quite a few of his specialists this month, And his birthday celebration was at the end of last month.

Tomorrow I'm cooking a special meal as this week is my Mom's birthday and she asked for her favorite dessert... I decided a whole meal delivered would give her a nice treat.

Samantha is doing fine.. although she continues to have flare ups of the colitis... still treating each episode until they become so close that we need to keep her on the medication permanently.


Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 Valentine Exchange

Hello everyone,


This month I can share the lovely exchange I had with K.M. for Valentine's Day.

I chose to stitch her this lovely Erica Michaels berry design
Here it is before finishing...






 

Sweetberry (linen) © Erica Michaels
Fabric: 32ct Magnolia
Threads: WDW & GAST
Stitch Count:126 x72, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch

 
Extras were optional - but so necessary -  I filled her box with some treasures.






And when I opened up her delightful box....

She stitched me this lovely pillow from a pattern she found online. So nicely stitched and beautifully finished!









And yes, she spoiled me as well as I found all these treasures in the package.

 




The only New Stash this month was my Silver Needle Stitches with friends circle kit by La-D-Da.










Mostly this month I worked on my Easter exchange that I'll share with you in April. I did start a small spring design a few days ago - that one I should have finished soon.

My Dad had another high blood pressure episode - this time with shortness of breath - so - another trip to the hospital this past week. The good thing is that they decided to do his heart stent surgery while he was there. He's home now. Still waiting for one of his new medications that needs approval from the insurance. And the Drs. have to continue tweaking his medications to determine which one is the cause of his problems. It took several hours for him to be admitted as the flu is rampant and the hospital was full when we arrived.



Samantha had another vet visit - she had another flare-up and was feeling poorly. It turns out that her stomach bug issue was colitis. She is now on a prescription food. We are waiting to see if she has to be on the medication with that permanently. But she is feeling better now and loves the new food.

 













We've had unseasonable weather lately. Our first Robin showed up on February 26th. I also saw (and heard) a large flock of geese returning. However, the evening before we had heavy rains that mixed with sleet and freezing rain before ending in a dusting of snow that left our trees looking very wintery.

Our neighbor's German shepherd loved it when we had to shovel off the porch roof.







This past week, the temperatures have been climbing and signs of melting are here...lots of fog, some patches of bare ground, and mud along the edge of the driveway. Although for the most part, we still have about 12" of snow remaining.

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 2017 Hearts abound

Hello everyone,

Do you ever plan your stitching around the season or upcoming holiday... or perhaps you choose a theme for the month? I thought about a new start for the new year, but I really wanted to finish a few of my HAED's this year.

So with that in mind, I  picked up my 2013BB SAL QS Mystic Garden (It is a cropped version of Peacock Garden.) Design by Michele Sayetta Artwork by Ciro Marchetti
28ct Picture this Plus Valor
DMC & Kreinik#4
Stitch Count: 139 x 138, 1 over 1 full cross
Last time I shared a picture it was at 7840 stitches finished. Now at 8430 stitches completed. I had planned on getting more done - Life got in the way.


My smalls this month are a few more finishes for Valentines Day. Hopefully things will calm down a bit so I can "finish" these lovelies.

My first chart stitched was this freebie chart I received with an online order.
Bless Your Heart Free-Bee by La-D-Da
Fabric: 32ct Mystery from a Bookmark Grab bag that I bought - Very Stiff Stuff
Threads:WDW
Stitch Count:50 x 39, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch

Then I grabbed another freebie from my binder -
A Hug Will Do © 2000 Lizzie Kate Inc
Fabric: 28ct Flax
Threads:WDW
Stitch Count: 37 x 40, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch








Digging through my binder of freebies, I came across
Ewe Heart © 2005 Linda Stolz dba Erica Michaels
Fabric: 28ct Mushroom /Gold Luguna
Threads: DMC#12, GAST
Stitch Count: 48 x52, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, back stitch, running stitch




Next I worked on this design by The Little Stitcher that I found online.
Give Love Freebie©2013 The Little Stitcher
Fabric: 32ct off white evenweave
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 35x27, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch






I also worked on a Valentine exchange piece that I will share with you next month.


New Stash?
Silver Needle Erica Michaels Kit- I love her berries.. and was so happy to get this special kit.

and a few small pieces of fabric, Sue Hillis Christmas Ride, and a few threads...






January was a month that had a lot of bouncing temperatures. We had a lot of snow/ice mix storms and periods where the temperatures either stayed cold with the ice or warmed up for a quick thaw. 


 

The chickadees were enjoying their seeds on their feeder despite the winter weather 

Mid-month was Samantha's annual vet visit. Her liver value was a bit high - but she had been sick with a stomach bug since just before New Year's and was off her usual medication for that.  Everything else was good. She had a few cuts on her paws from the ice...but easily remedied with some antibiotic ointment at night. She got her lyme and distemper shots and her rabies shot will be in 6 months. She had another flare up of the stomach bug the following week, but is better today, and she is slowly getting back on her normal food regimen.(Only a few more days before everything is back to normal.)


Just about the same time, DH's face swelled late one evening. A trip to the dentist the next day indicated that he needs a root canal. However his dentist doesn't do them and the specialist is booked until early March. So he was on antibiotics to get rid of the pain ..after 10 days they were used up ...he still had pain so he was put on a different antibiotic for another 10 days.

My Dad had an unplanned trip to the Doctor as he was having some difficulty walking - luckily it was only some slight bruising of his toes and an ingrown nail.

Last week Dad had a major health  issue - he had another heart attack. His 2 year old stent gave out and had to be replaced. Luckily there was no damage this time. But they found another blockage and he will have to have more surgery in a few weeks to open up that artery. He came home yesterday - taking it easy - resting and watching some DVD's we gave him.

Last night I picked up a few of my beading projects that I had started last year but never got to finish. I can work on them in short bursts of time which makes it easier to check in on my Mom & Dad every few hours. I want to finish them off before I start the next one that I have picked out. Hopefully I'll have them finished in a few days.

I also signed up for an Easter exchange so I started to look through my stash to figure out what I wanted to make for my partner. I found so many patterns that I had forgotten about - not Easter - but some that are now in my stitch next pile. I did pick out my Easter pattern and hope to get it started next week so I can mail it off before my Dad's next surgery.

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.