Saturday, October 04, 2014

Our New Little Love...


We are happy to introduce you to our newest family member - our forever fur baby!
 (She looks huge in this picture - but really, she only weighs 2 lbs!  The camera always does the same thing to my thighs.  LOL)

After the loss of our beloved Tea Tzu, our home just hasn't felt the same.  As a family, we decided that it was time for us to give the love we had for Tea Tzu to another four-footed friend.
We were on waiting lists for several Japanese Chin possibilities but for some reason, none of the  "maybe's" ever panned out.  We finally decided to stop doing things "our way" and just prayed that God would (in His time) lead us to a pup that was meant for us.  Wow!  God did His thing is a big way!!!  We stumbled onto a litter of chin puppies that were due any day AND the "chin mom" lived just 10 minutes from us!!!!!    After hearing our story, the "chin mom" - Rita, felt led to reserve one of her puppies for us!  Rita called us the morning the puppies were born (August 13th) and let us know that she had a black and white female that was waiting just for us!  I have to admit to doing the funkiest "happy dance" ever.  :)
Since Rita lives so close, she invited us  to come visit our pup early on.  This is Shelby's first picture:
She was so teeny-tiny...but our hearts exploded with love for her. 

After this, the great name debate began.  Our snarky teen-ager thought she looked more like a cow than a puppy at this age, so he suggested names like "Ribeye", "Porterhouse" and "T-Bone".  LOL
As a family, we came up with 13 names that went on the list.  We eventually narrowed the choices down to 3.  We kept trying out the 3 names but none of them were feeling right.  My husband LOVES Shelby Mustangs.  He was extolling their virtues (yet again!) and jokingly said, we should name the puppy Shelby.  For some reason,  that was a light-bulb moment.  Of course, she's SHELBY! I also love the movie, "Steel Magnolias" and the character Shelby played a pivotal role.

So, her "official" name is Shelby Tzu Ami.  Shelby (Tzu- in memory of our sweet Tea Tzu) and (Ami-means beautiful in Japanese).  Ian chose Ami.  He speaks Japanese and he was adamant that  a Japanese Chin should have at least something Japanese in her name!)


Rita has been a wonderful chin mom.  She has encouraged us to come visit Shelby often, so that she'll get to know us.  She also asked that we bring a blanket that Shelby and her mama and brother and sisters can lie on that will put their scent on the blanket.  It might help Shelby transition easier if she has something that has a familiar scent when she comes home.  Ditto for Shelby's dog bed.  It has been so much fun living so close to her and being able to watch her grow from visit-to-visit.

My hubby calls Shelby "Tank" because she just bulldozes her way over her brother and sisters.  She also seems to have a "Hey y'all, watch this" personality.  She was the first to figure out how to escape from the pen...

She was 4 weeks when she tried to climb out

Last week she fell asleep on hubby's lap.  Nothing sweeter than a sleepy puppy

Despite the rumors floating around, we did NOT have to rent a U-Haul truck to bring home all the toys, treats and goodies that we've bought for Shelby.  LOL   (That's where my XS stash money has been going!)

Shelby isn't quite ready to be coming home with us just yet but it should only be another couple of weeks. We can't wait to get her home and start our new adventures with her!  (and the housebreaking and the chewing and 

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, September 29, 2014

Another page finished!

This is where "Call of the Wolf" stands today.  I'm getting there!   :)   Haven't had a whole lot of time for stitching lately, but every little "x" gets me closer to my goal. 

We're supposed to have a rainy couple of days coming up - so hopefully, that will mean time for blogging some new pictures and sharing a fun update on the soon-to-be four-legged status of our home!      :)

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stitch from Stash

Things have been so busy around here lately - some great, some good and some bad, just to keep things interesting - we're plowing through it and with God's help, we'll land on our feet and smell pretty.     :)
That being said, I haven't had any motivation to spend any money on cross stitch so I can safely say that September was another month without spending a penny.
I'll try to update soon...
Hugs and Grace,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stitch from Stash

This has been another great month for my wallet.  Not a cent spent on anything stitching related.   That's not to say that I don't have a few things here and there on my "wish list" but no spending!

Hugs and Grace,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Time for an update!

Stitching time has been precious over the past month but I'm happy with the way that this is coming along. 

When the weather is especially hot and humid (and the ocean temp is nice and warm!) I love to hang out on the beach - I've been spending a LOT of time there but wouldn't dare take my stitching along - sand and surf and stitching = no good outcome. It's also great weather for tennis and for doing "touristy" things in the lovely state of Florida.  So, it's been (mostly) fun things that have distracted me from putting needle to thread.

I would like to ask for prayers/good thoughts for my hubby.  He's having a biopsy on the 26th and we would really appreciate you thinking of him.  We keep trying to push aside the "what ifs" but sometimes, it's hard to have this hanging over our heads...

I am determined that I'm going to do some additional blogging this week of pictures that aren't stitching related. * I also will be making an announcement regarding the four-legged status of our home.*    :)

As always, thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stitch from Stash -July

I'm happy to say that after being a stash-piggy in June, I behaved myself in July and didn't spend a penny!     :)

I kind of feel like it was too easy not to spend XS money in July because we've been so busy with family visits and just the general busy, busy, busy that summer brings.  It's more fun to spend time outside than inside.

I've been trying to stitch on the wolf every chance I get to put thread to fabric.  It's coming along nicely.  I'll post an update soon.  I haven't had any time to work to work on my "Cookies-Dark Side" project that I 'm making for my son's "man cave" in his new home.

I'm glad my XS budget is back on track and that I have the stitch from stash group to keep me on target.   It's helped me to distinguish between wants and needs.

Have safe fun in the sun!   :)

Hugs and Grace

Saturday, July 19, 2014

White Fang*...(aka Wolf Update) & My Mid-life Stitching Crisis


   (*thanks to MiiStitch for suggesting "White Fang")    :)

This is the latest and greatest wolf up-date.  I am enjoying watching the wolf and his buddies come to life.  This is from a kit (and generally, I'm not much of a kit kind-of-girl).  I'm learning all over again why I'm not a kit fan.  One of the floss colors used with the "sky" in this design is a VERY, VERY, VERY pale blue.  (Did I mention how pale the blue was?)  So pale, in fact...that it is hardly even noticeable in the design.  I didn't notice how un-noticeable it was until I stepped away to look at it.  In hindsight,  I wish I would've picked up on this sooner.  I would've subbed my own choice of a pale blue thread that would've been seen, but subtle.  I still love the project and look forward to stitching it every chance I get.   I have one page completely finished at this point and a good start on the other pages.  There's still much stitching to go until I finish, but I'm plugging along and happy with it.    :)

So, I've hit what I call my "mid-life crisis" stitching-wise.  (And thank you to my "precious" husband for pointing out that I'm only of a "mid-life" age if I intend on living 100+ years.  He thinks I'm just a wee bit past "mid-life")  *Bless his heart*...those of you in the south know that *bless his heart* has multiple meanings....LOL.

Anyway,  I have found that with age comes wrinkles, flabby arms (when the heck did those set in???)
and reading glasses.  For me, it also has changed a lot of my tastes in what I choose to stitch.  I find that these days, I'm enjoying crawling out of my stitching "comfort zone" and trying new things.
I seem drawn to bigger projects (think samplers) and anything with a Quaker theme.  I've found Rosewood Manner, Blackbird Designs, Chatelaines and the Scarlet Thread to be appealing to me now.  I still find Country Cottage, Little House, Lizzie Kate and a couple other "new to me" designers  to be fun and delightful, (and I will stitch them with joy for my "on the go" projects, But for some reason, my taste is changing.  I'm even determined to tackle a HAED project someday.  Once the wolf is finished and my "Dark Side...Cookies" project for another son is finished, I'm going to see where this new direction in stitching takes me.   (Oh and I intend to work on these flabby arms too!)  

Have your tastes in stitching projects changed as you've, ahem... "aged?"    :)

Hugs and Grace,