Friday, December 29, 2006

Farm Animal Charity Square Finished

This is my recent charity square finish. It will be used in a farm theme quilt for the Quilts 4 Older Children group. Loved stitching this Margaret Sherry design from her 2004 Country Friends calendar.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Flower Theme Squares

Here are my completed flower theme squares for a quilt going to a lady in a UK nursing home. The squares are in the process of being mailed to the lady who will quilt them. This is all being done through the online group - OECS.

Christmas 2006

This has been such a wonderful Christmas this year with many surprise blessings. I received a wonderful box of goodies from 3 online friends (I won't give their names in case they would prefer to remain anonymous to the general public). They sent me cross stitch floss, lots of aida, many stitching magazines and as if that weren't already enough - they stitched a large lap quilt for me. I was in awe and tears when I opened it. It is simply beautiful and I am enjoying it while I stitch during this chilly time of year (yes, it does get chilly down here in south Texas). I think you can all agree that the quilt is simply awesome!!!!!
I had planned on having a quiet Christmas Eve alone, but when I went to church in the morning, I was invited for a late afternoon dinner at the home of some friends. After dinner, I attended candlelight service at church. The day turned out to be full of warmth and sharing.
I truly have so much to be grateful for and look forward to the upcoming year with anticipation of much charity stitching for which I have planned to stitch. My goal is to stitch a minimum of 50 squares during the year. That shouldn't be too much to expect, since I was able to stitch 45 this year in addition to a completing a large wedding gift for my son & DIL and the America sampler for myself. And I didn't begin doing the charity stitching until in March.
The charity stitching has filled me with such joy to know that what I am doing is going to help bring smiles to someone who is going through a very difficult time in their life. I've been given this talent of being able to stitch, so I feel it's only right that I use it to share with others.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Sports Quilt

Here's the finished sports theme quilt for which I cross stitched all 9 of the squares. Kim did the quilting and she did such a beautiful job. This lap quilt is for a gentleman in a nursing home in England. It's in the mail now and hopefully, he will receive it for Christmas. I hope he loves it as much as I loved stitching it. Yes, he did receive it in time for Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Rose On Her Toes

I just finished this Precious Moments square (A Rose On Her Toes) for Quilts 4 Kids. It will be for a quilt for a baby in Australia who has Spina Bifida. When I see the pictures and read the stories of these children, my heart just aches for them and their families. I only wish I could stitch faster to complete more squares for more ill children.

Friday, December 01, 2006

My "W" List

Saw this on Meari's Musings blog, and told her I wanted to play too! She assigned me the letter 'W'.

Here's the 'blurb' and my list: Comment to this message and I will assign you a letter of the alphabet. Then go to your blog and post a list of 10 words that begin with this letter and what they mean to you.

1. Wisdom - comes with age and life experience (or at least one hopes so).

2. Why? - one of my favorite questions and has been all my life. Tends to annoy people a great deal, but I just want to know the reasons for things.

3. Who, What, When, Where, Why - the questions a journalist must cover when writing a story.

4. Waste Knot - a starting knot used in cross stitch that later gets cut off.

5. White Christmas - something I don't see now that I've moved to Texas, although we did have a few inches a couple years ago on Christmas Eve. I was even able to build a small snowman. It was such fun and really nice that it was all melted within a couple of days.

6. Wonderful - makes me think of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" - one of my favs.

7. Wash & Wear - the only kind of clothes they make, right? :D

8. Whoop-te-do - an old phrase I just thought of that is a sarcastic remark to someone who says something I couldn't care less about. I think of this everytime my rude neighbor says most anything. I prefer to not hear him talk or even not to see him. I like to avoid ugly spirited people such as him.

9. Whiny - the type of people who really irritate me.

10. Wishful - How I feel when browsing all the cross stitch catalogs. :-)

2006 Stitching Slideshow - Too cool

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There's Magic In My Needle

Here's my recent finish, "There's Magic In My Needle" and it's a project just for me. Yep, I stitched something just for myself. Have to do that every once in awhile. I stitched it along with my online friend, Greg and really enjoyed this project. Actually, I completed it a couple weeks ago, but just got around to washing & ironing it and then sewing on the needle.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

End of November Update

Well, I've been rather lax about writing anything in here this month. Just been too busy stitching. I was working on squares with a sports theme for a quilt going to a gentleman in a UK nursing home. The quilt in currently being done and I'll post of pic when it's completed. Easier to post one pic of it all rather than pics of each of the squares. This pic I've posted here is of my recent finish. It's Springtime Fairy for Quilts 4 Older Children. The quilt this square is for is going to be a fairy theme.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Cowgirl Angel

This is my most recent finish - a cowgirl Angel for Quilts 4 Older Children. The amount of fractional stitches in this design made stitching on 14 count aida a very challenging process. I am thrilled to be finished!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Another charity square completed

Just finished stitching this Precious Moments boy for the CSFC quilt. Love how he turned out. Just so sweet.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Dark Movies Game at M&M website

Just finished playing a game at the M&M Dark Chocolate website www.darkjustgotfun.com It was so much fun to come up with the names of scary movies that were being depicted in the scene. There were a few tough ones and I needed to get some help from a google search for names of scary movies and also from yahoo answers, but I finally got all 50 of the movies. Here's the list but you'll have to find out where they belong in the scene. If you want to play the game without having the answers in advance, please don't read any further. The list of 50 movie names follows: . . . . . 1. Clockwork Orange 2. Dead Zone 3. Pitch Black 4. 39 Steps 5. The Mummy 6. Twin Peaks 7. War of the Worlds 8. Rear Window 9. Eraser Head 10. The Crow 11. Beetle Juice 12. Dark Water 13. Butterfly Effect 14. The Village 15. The Howling 16. 21 Monkeys 17. The Blade 18. Jaws 19. Signs 20. 6th Sense 21. Scream 22. Children of the Corn 23. The Omen 24. Silence of the Lambs 25. The Grudge 26. The Lost Boys 27. The Fly 28. The Wicker Man 29. Halloween 30. Leprechaun 31. Friday the 13th 32. Seven 33. Nightmare on Elm Street 34. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 35. The Invisible Man 36. The Ring 37. Psycho 38. The Shining 39. The Birds 40. Rosemary's Baby 41. The Hills Have Eyes 42. Pumpkinhead 43. Saw 44. Child's Play 45. House of Wax 46. Candyman 47. The Creature From the Black Lagoon 48. Alien 49. Piranha 50. Blue Velvet How many of these movies have you seen? Must admit that I haven't seen most of them, since I'm not really into scary movies. But it was fun to play the game.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Charity Square Completed

This is the Precious Moments square I just finished for CSFC to be made into a girl's quilt. Now I'm starting on a PM boy design on blue fabric.

Friday, October 06, 2006

America Sampler Finished

I am so happy that my "America, Land That We Love" sampler is finished. It still has to be framed, but the real work (stitching) is completed. I was so excited when I placed the last stitch. This stitch-a-long project has truly been a labor of love. I'm pleased with the final outcome, especially since this is the largest cross stitch piece I've ever done.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Nostalgia Time

I'm going to borrow a post from another blogger to write about here, which is sure going to age me. LOL "What are some of the things you remember growing up (candy, fashion, electronics, etc.)?" When I was growing up, things were so very different. We played outside all the time doing activities such as hopscotch, jumprope, marbles, hide & seek, red rover, & riding our bikes. We made forts out of various types of materials. There was only 3 TV stations (NBC, CBS & ABC). The programs I remember watching were Gunsmoke, Ed Sullivan, Red Skelton, wrestling, Flash Gordon, Lone Ranger, Howdy Doody, & the Mickey Mouse Club. We didn't sit in front of the TV for hours on end - too much fun outside to stay indoors. On rainy days, we'd play board games or use blankets to cover the furniture to make indoor forts. There were no computers or stereos. We had only AM radio for all the music stations and had hi fi's (stereo wasn't yet heard of) for listening to our 45s or record albums. High school typing classes were using manual typewritters and it was a goal to type at least 60 words a minute on them. The class only had 1 electric machine that someone got to use only if they were already fast on the manual.

We went to the movie theater on Saturday mornings to watch great movies like 'The Blob' & 'The Mummy'. There was always a cartoon along with the main showing. It cost 25 cents for the movie & a big box of popcorn was 15 cents. There was no such thing as movies on TV. The VCR and DVD players hadn't yet been invented, so either you went to the theater or you didn't watch movies. And of course, there was the drive-in movies. You could pack up big bags of homemade popcorn to take along. I still miss the drive-in movies.

My family didn't have a telephone, but most everyone else did. Phone number exchanges were letters (like WE5-5555). The WE stood for a name (like Westmore) and there were different names all over the country. Also had party lines and private lines were just beginning. Imagine 'sharing' your most personal secrets over the phone with your friend and having MANY other people being able to listen in to your conversation. LOL I always loved going to my grandma's and listening in on her party line phone - until I got caught and had to hang up. LOL Girls were not allowed to wear pants to school - only dresses and skirts. And they had to 'at least' touch the knee or we'd be sent home to change. And of course, we had those awful blue jumpsuits for gym class that we all hated. Ratted (teased) hair was the fad and we slept in big brush rollers. Oh, did they hurt and I'll never understand how I could have slept in those things! Our family ate dinner 'together' every night to meals my mom cooked on a stove. There were no microwaves yet. There were also no fast food places. In fact our area got its very first McDonalds when I was in junior high. The burgers were 15 cents and fries 10 cents. We'd walk over from school at lunch time and buy some fries - IF we had any money, which most of the time we didn't. Going to the store and buying 'penny' candy was a real treat. Yes, we really did have penny candy. Wax lips, twix sticks, sugar ice cream cones, mary janes, & little boxes of pumpkin seeds were just some that I remember. Lots of sugar but not much chocolate. Halloween was like candy payday and it was so much fun. But my mom would take all the candy and let us only have a little at a time. Now I know why I didn't have any cavities as a child. :-) So much has changed over the years. Some good and some not so good, but it's always fun to think back and remember the good times. Just cannot imagine how I survived without my computer and blogging. LOLOLOLOL

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Quilt is finished

The quilt is now finished with the circus square I stitched. I just cannot believe how awesome it turned out thanks to the beautiful quilting of Kim Lewis. The square I stitched is the left side above the bottom row (an elephant and clown). Seeing the finished product and then how it will make a child smile makes this effort so very worthwhile. Kudos to all the stitchers involved!!! Just a note to say I've finished my America sampler. It's washed and needs to be ironed. Then I will take a pic and get it posted on here. It was so exciting to put in the last stitch on that project. I am so looking forward to seeing it framed and hanging on my wall. :-)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Cat Person

I took a test to find out if I'm more like a dog or cat (as if I didn't already know - lol). Anyway, my results were 0% dog and 100% cat. Well, of course, I could have told you that before even taking the test. The results said I am intelligent, independent, and set on getting my way. And that there is NO WAY I'm gonna fetch a paper for anyone! LOL If you wanna have a try at it, go to: http://blogthings.com/areyoumorecatordogquiz/

Monday, September 04, 2006

Final Snow Angel Finished

Here's a pic of the Angelic Bell Ringer Snow Angel I just finished for a CSFC quilt. Now I'm going to get back to my America sampler.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Star Snow Angel

Here's the first of 2 Snow Angels I'm stitching for a charity quilt. This one is named "Star Snow Angel."

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Work in Progress

Here's a pic of my "America" sampler I'm currently working on during the weekdays. On the weekends, I'm stitching squares for charity quilts. I began this project in February of this year, but had to take a couple month break while I did some stitching for wedding gifts for my son and daughter-in-law. I'm really getting excited about finishing it now that I've gotten so much of it stitched. This one is going to be for myself.

Monday, August 21, 2006

All Kitties Completed

I finished the 3rd and last kitty (the "V") this past weekend.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Problems come in threes

It's always said that bad things happen in threes. I was kinda hoping that wouldn't be the case after having 2 problems with my computer. But it has happened - the starter on my car has given out. I knew it was going to happen because the starter has been acting up, but I kept hoping it would not give out for awhile yet. I'm happy that nothing is wrong with my computer, but sure didn't want to have to come up with money for another repair of some type. The positive side to this is that now I've had three things go wrong, so I should be safe for awhile. Note the key word here is "SHOULD." Such is life! LOL

Thursday, August 17, 2006

2nd Kitty Square

Just finished the "T" Kitty Alphabet square. Now I'm moving onto the "V" Kitty and then I'll be done with these kitty squares. They are fun to stitch and I enjoy working on the peach aida. It's a nice change from the white aida.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Kitty Square

I finished this "R" alphabet kitty square this past weekend and am now working on the "T" kitty. These squares are for my CSFC group to be made into a quilt.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Butterfly Square Finished

I just finished this butterfly square this morning for the CSFC group. It will be used in making a butterfly theme quilt for an ill little girl. This was a freebie design from Black Swan. And now I'm on to the next quilt square I've signed up to stitch. :-)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Charity Stitching Pictures

Here's pics of 2 squares I recently stitched for my charity groups to be used in quilts. Circus Theme and International Bears

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Asking for formatting help

I'm trying to figure out how to get the right side of my blog to come up even with the left side. If anyone has any advice, please let me know. I've lessened the number of posts on my front page and even set it to show the short version of my posts, but nothing has changed. I looked in the template section, but don't see anything that is different from before, so have no idea of why this just happened on it's own. UGH!!! I think I need to take a class in html. :-) Got it fixed. Problem was that I had reduced the amount of posts to appear on my front page and when I increased it back again...it was fixed. Yahoooooooo!!!!!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

When it rains, it pours

Finally got my computer running again after getting a new power supply put in it. Didn't have it long before I began having lots of trouble connecting online. Called the service provider a couple times. First they said there was line problems in my area and to wait a few hours to try again. It actually took me nearly 10 hours before I was able to go online. Then a few days later, they told me my splitter was bad and to replace it, which I did. That only helped for a short time. I moved my computer from my bedroom phone jack to my living room, but still had no luck. It got so I was unable to connect at all, so they told me to replace the modem. Just to make certain it was the modem, I borrowed my neighbor's modem (which is the same as mine) and I got online with no problem. So had to replace the modem yesterday. Now I'm back and it's working fantastic. I just hope all keeps working smoothly for quite sometime now. Am trying to keep my stress level at low for a little while now. LOL Hope to get a stitching project picture posted here soon. I've recently finished a few charity squares that I'd like to share.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Saturday at the Library

I'm still using the library computers, so cannot add any pics to my message. :-( I'm busy as ever trying to finish up stitching the 2 Disney charity squares. These have proved to be very challenging since I've had to frog so many times, I'm beginning to talk like one........ripit, ripit, ripit. LOL In fact, I got so annoyed at having to frog, that I finally just pulled out a new piece of material and began over again. I'm sure cutting it close to the wire to meet the July 1st deadline. But I'm continuing to stitch away and think positive. I do know that I probably will never choose the current patterns (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet & Eeyore) to stitch again. LOL As for the computer, I've got a few phone numbers to call on Monday for repair prices. Wish me luck everyone and pray that I can afford the cost. It's not too far from the first of the month, which means payday. So at least that's a positive. My daughter celebrated her 39th birthday on Friday and she's my baby. LOL My son will be 41 next month. UGH...............I'm getting old. I heard a commercial where the lady said she's not old.....she's just lived a very long time. I like that way of thinking about age. LOL Well, best be closing and going home to get back to my turbo needle. Sure wish it "really" was a turbo needle, since I need to do this stitching as quickly as possible & WITHOUT MISTAKES. :-) That's the key word, isn't it?!? LOL

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The wonderful world of high tech

Well, just wanted to write a few words about my latest adventure. My computer went down earlier this week, so I'm now relegated to the library computers. Oh, such fun and excitement. You would think that spending $1,000 for a Dell computer would at least offer me 5 or so years of computing security. But, no, after only a couple years, it won't start. Perhaps, it's my power supply that went out, but I'll have to have someone check it all out to determine the cause of why it just won't start. I am at least thankful that the library offers free computer use or I'd really be in a mess. It's amazing how lost I feel without my world-wide access from the comfort of my home. LOL Now I'll just have to put on the TV and be satisfied with the slim offerings of entertainment that is offered there. :-( Well, best be getting off the computer. I've been here for about an hour and a half and need to get home and back to my stitching. I still have two Disney squares to finish by July 1st for a charity quilt and I'm not getting it stitched by spending all my time here on the computer. More later. :-)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Down on the Farm

I found this message from Yahoo quite interesting about their email and thought I'd share it. "Your email is stored on a server, and a collection of servers is called a “farm” - which is what the “f” stands for. And farms have numbers. “f348” means your account is on farm 348. Now, f348 is a great farm! They’re all great farms. But we regularly move accounts from farm to farm to balance the load on our servers. So there’s no guarantee your account will be on any specific farm for any amount of time." How neat to be able to say I'm on the farm while I'm checking out my email messages. I've always enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of the country and now I can enjoy it while sitting in front of my computer (well, in thought anyway).

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Birth of a Hummingbird

A friend sent me this link and I found it so interesting, I wanted to share it with everyone. Click on the following link to view a picture story of a Hummingbird birth and growth. There are 5 pages in the story, so be sure to click on the "next page" at the bottom of each page. On the final page, there is another link where you can click on to view another series of a Hummingbird birth. Simply fascinating and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. http://community.webtv.net/Velpics/HUM

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Charity Stitching

I just finished this Texas Bluebonnet flower square for Operation Elderly Cross Stitch. They make lap quilts for the elderly in nursing homes in the UK. I'm sure this flower quilt will be really lovely. I've been really busy with charity stitching and still have 3 more squares to finish by July 1st. I'm doing 2 squares of Winnie the Pooh for a Disney theme quilt and 1 square of a South Korea Bear couple for an international bear theme quilt. I really enjoy stitching for these quilts since it gives me a way to help others and allows me to stitch designs I would never do otherwise. Best get back to my stitching now. Good day to everyone. :-)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Nascar Candy Man

We're nearly half-way through the Nascar season and one of my fav drivers still hasn't won a race. :-( Oh, come on Candy Man - I know you can do it and I'm pulling for you every race. For any of you who don't know who this is, Elliott Sadler is his name and he drives the #38 M&M car.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Blog Links Added

Finally - I have added links of my favorite bloggers on here. Must admit it wasn't very user-friendly to do, but thanks to Carol (of Carol's Confesssions), I was able to get it completed. You almost need a class to learn how to do all this blog stuff. Guess I'm just getting older and not as happy about facing computer challenges. LOL But I am happy to have the links added. Now maybe in time.....I'll be able to learn how to add links for other things from the web that I find of interest. One can always hope anyway. :-)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Morning message

Thought I'd write a little since I've been awake since 5am. Since I usually stay up most of the night and sleep most if not all of the morning, that's really unusual for me. LOL Hope to get the stitched "Pledge of Allegiance" square for charity finished today and then move on to the next square I've got due for July 1st. I ended up with many squares due by July 1st, so am rushing for time. I don't plan to make this same mistake again. After July, I have one square due each month through November and that is much more manageable. I finally finished the "Fly Fishing" piece (pic above) and all the fractional stitches were a nightmare. I'm amazed that a designer would actually design a piece for 14 count aida and put in so many fractional stitches (each of the 70 rows had from 1 to 10 fractionals in it). I do like how it finally turned out, but wouldn't want to repeat the experience.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Prayer cross stitch piece

Here's the pic of the Prayer cross stitch piece I did for my son & DIL for their wedding. Just love how it turned out and the frame I found for $20 was just perfect. Now I'm working on an 8 x 10 frame for a graduation gift. As soon as it's finished, I've got many charity squares to get going on. Have squares due each month from now through November. That should keep me pretty busy. LOL Bye for now - gotta stitch!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wedding Time

The year is certainly flying by. It's already the middle of May and I haven't been very good at writing in here. Have been busy with all my stitching projects and also family events. My son & DIL just got married this month, so had family down from Indiana for the event. All went so nice and I'm so happy to have such a sweet DIL. My son is truly fortunate to have her in his life. Now that it's all over and everyone has gone back home, it's back to normal and my stitching. This picture is the wedding doves cross stitch piece I did for Lisa's bridal shower. Once I get the pic from my daughter, I'll post the piece I stitched for their wedding gift. I'll keep this entry brief. Gotta get some stitching done. :-)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

1st entry of 2006

I've been rather lax at writing in here, but here's my first entry for this year. I'm really excited about completing my first cross stitch quilt block for charity (the heart pictured at the left). I'm beginning my next project today. It's a Disney quilt block. I chose 2 faces to place on one square (Alice in Wonderland & the Cheshire Cat). Thought they would make a nice inclusion for the Disney quilt being made. I've been stitching quite alot since the holidays have ended. Just made a design for myself (Live Simply). I also finished a gift for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday on Feb 9th. I "FINALLY" stitched her birth announcement. Now all I have to do is frame it. And since I've completed all 12 of the Cattitude cats, I need to get busy on making them into a quilt. It will be my first attempt at quilting, so needless to say I'm a little worried about how it will turn out. I haven't even decided on what fabric to use for bordering the designs. Maybe I'll take them to the store so I can choose a material that would complement them but not overpower them. Well, best end this and get my needle going. I'm anxious to see how the Disney block will turn out.