Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!  May you find a blessing in today and every day!!!

We have already called some family to with them a Happy Thanksgiving and will be Skyping with some of our family here after we have lunch today.  We will be having a dessert fellowship with friends of ours this afternoon who are also military.  When you are in the military and live far away from family and loved ones, your military family BECOMES your family throughout your career as well as our church family and our friends we've made along the way!!!

So I did want to you leave you with one more fun blog photo for today!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November Smalls.....

Today, we are to share our November Smalls!  Heather of Stitching Lotus is our leader for this SAL, and I have to say how much fun I have each month trying to decide WHAT to stitch to share for this SAL.

Of course, some of the projects I have stitched and couldn't show you at the time.  So now that some of the gifts have been given to their recipients, I can share those pictures with you.

First, I would like to share this project I stitched for one of my best friends when she came to town to visit!!!   I chose from iStitch Designs Sew Stitching Soothes the Soul and finished the stitching into a project bag for Janet.  You can click on the name above and it will take you to Carol's blog if you want to order this design.  I also made one of my T.O.P.s (Thread Organizer Packs) to coordinate with her bag as well as an ORT catcher.  She was so excited to receive her gifts!

Janet had stitched Threadwork Primitives Common Thread Stitcher's Mat as her gift to me.  Was there a reason we exchanged gifts with each other you may wonder?  No.  Just that we wanted to give a present to the other person!  I was THRILLED with receiving such a beautiful gift from her!

I know the date on this picture shows today's date, but I had just realized that I had not taken a picture of her gift to me.  I had made sure to get a picture of her gift before she left though.  I'm just happy and thrilled that she took the time out of her trip to come see me!!!

This is a biscornu for Angelica's Birthday this month!!!  Her birthday was just last Monday!

Front side:
Back side:

I also made the little counting pins that are stuck in the biscornu!  I thought it turned out quite cute!

The last picture I have to share with you today is the Christmas ornament for my daughter's roommate.  Amanda has become like a daughter to me as well, and I thought she might enjoy this little cat ornament from Happiness is Cross Stitching blog.  You can find more cat patterns listed on her blog as well under the Free Calender Mini Cat Cross Stitch patterns on the right hand side.  This cat was stitched using Hand Dyed Fibers in premium silk from my stash!

That's all I have for now to share for my November Smalls!!!  As always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Stash pictures!!!

I just had to share some new stash pictures!!!  Who understands better what it's like when you get NEW STASH but your best friends, girlfriends and OTHER stitchers!!!!

These goodies have been trickling in over the past few days so I thought I'd just make one post to share them all at once.

The first goodies I have gotten were the new Just Nan Christmas releases!!!!  I got the Gingerbread Reindeer Mouse!!!  He is SOOOOO CUTE and once I get him stitched, he will sit with all my other JN mice!!!  And yes, Kimberly......he is cute no matter how much you and I don't like mice.  These mice are just plain adorable than the real mice we have encountered in the past!!

The other project I received was the new JN Tiny Christmas Biscornu!  I love these small pincushions!!!  Ok....I just LOVE pincushions!!!

I saw the Plum Street Sampler Serial Bowl Series and just FELL IN LOVE with Lesson #4!!!  So yes....I just had to order it and have it for my stash as well.  I thought this would be a great project to work on over Thanksgiving this weekend, and it just came in the mail yesterday!  I got a nice piece of Vintage Sand Dune piece of fabric to stitch it on.

And just today, I received in the mail my JN Bee Rosey shop exclusive kit from ABC Stitch Therapy!!!  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the pink color of this cube!!!  I was so happy to have gotten in on this wonderful exclusive kit!!!

Now I'm just wondering if I want to have DH wrap up the  JN new projects and give to me as part of my Christmas presents.  Hmmmmmm.......I'll have to think on that one!  LOL   :)

I mentioned in my last blog post that I have been searching for the perfect buttons for mine and my daughter's Christmas vest.  I found the perfect Snowflake buttons at Michael's Craft store on sale last week for 40% off regular price!!!  WOOHOO  I took a scrap piece of our Charlie Brown Christmas fabric with me while shopping for the buttons and decided that the snowflake buttons would be the perfect finish!!!  Here is a quick snapshot of them that I just took.

Tomorrow I will be baking a few desserts to take with us when we go to some friends house Thanksgiving afternoon for a dessert fellowship.  I will be making Hawaiian Angel Food Cake, M&M cookies, amd a pan of brownies!!!  I'll try to remember to take pictures of the goodies to share with you!

That's all I have for now.  I'm off to stitch this evening after I pin down and cut out my daughter's vest.  I hope to sew it up this weekend as well as I just want to have it done by the time I bring her home from college for winter break!!!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

YEAH!!! Good news on computer!

I am sooo happy!!!  I had to take our newer computer into Best Buy Geek Squad to get a few things repaired.  I took it in on Veteran's Day, picked it up 3 days later, brought it home only to find that I needed to take it back to Geek Squad.  Needless to say, I won't bore you with the details but I have definitely gotten my money's worth for having Geek Squad Protection Plan from Best Buy.  It is sooo worth it.  Thankfully it's all fixed now as it runs much faster than our older one.

Also, one of the guys helped me get my issue with posting pictures here on my blog fixed as well.  There was a box under Details and Settings that was NOT clicked to allow the pictures to post.  Whew!  So glad that was fixed and the pictures are clickable again!

As I said in a previous post, I bought the Charlie Brown and Peanuts gang Christmas fabric to make Christmas vests for my daughter and I and ties for my husband and son.  Here is just a picture of the fabric folded for you to see what it looks like.  I just LOVE it!!!

I have my vest all finished except sewing the buttonholes and buttons on.  I haven't found exactly the buttons I want for the vests this year, but I want some cute Christmas buttons like I put on another of my Christmas vests.  I did get the ties made for DH and DS!!!

YEAH!!!  I just love how they turned out.  When I get the Christmas buttons sewn on my vest, I'll take a picture to show you as well.

I'm SOOO HAPPY to be posting again!!!  How funny we are soooo connected to our computers and electronics these days.  No I don't have a smart phone.  I still have a dumb phone but at least I can text with my family and friends on it!  I just can't check email.  Thankfully we had our old computer for DS to be able to do his homework on as well.  It's amazing how high schools have the kids do part of their homework on computer as well as my DD in college!

Until another post of some stitching news and pictures..........Happy Stitching!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nov TUSAL report....

It's that time again this month to post our TUSAL report.  I don't have the link to post at the top here because my newer computer is in being serviced and will hopefully be back soon.  So I'm thankful that we have an older computer to use and for DS to do his homework on each day.  But you can click on the link on my side bar or HERE to get you to Daffycat's blog.

Here are my ORTs from my last TUSAL report.  I seem to have a lot but I think they got squashed down when I transferred them from my ORT catcher to my ORT tin for photographing.

As I said, my newer computer is being serviced at Best Buy because I could not pull up certain cross stitch websites to view what is new.  So they think it was something about linking to having internet connection.  I don't know but hopefully the Geek Squad is getting it fixed.  I'm on a first name basis with 2 of the guys that work the desk there because I've had to take the computer in so often lately.  I'm HOPING this time they will get it all fixed as all my pictures are on that computer. 

At least I know the pictures I post here are clickable again but I did learn how to make them NOT clickable. 

I'm off to cut out my Christmas vest for this year and hopefully pin down the Christmas ties for hubby and DS.  I will make DD vest when she comes home.  I was able to get the Charlie Brown Christmas fabric from JoAnn fabrics!!!  It's soooooo cute!!  I can't wait to wear them this year.  However, DS said he would have rather had a vest than a tie.  He really hates to wear a tie and had I known that when I bought the fabric, I would have been making us ALL matching vests.  Oh well.  Maybe next year.  And yes....I'll share our picture when we have them made this year!

Happy Stitching everyone!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day

I want to take a moment today to honor all those Veteran's who have served in the past, serving now and will serve in the future!!! 

I will be stitching on some patriotic design later on today after my errands this morning and spending the day with my hubby.

Happy Stitching!