Friday, November 13, 2015

It's been a whirlwind...

Have you ever had one of those months when you wake up and wonder where the past month has gone?  That's where I am right now.  (I promise I will get some Disney photos uploaded as soon as things slow down a wee bit.  I want to tempt all of you to come visit Disney during the next flower show at Epcot.  Oh, and their are pictures of Disney food.  LOTS of food!  Lol)

By way of a quick update, here's a few pictures....

Biggest news?  Our youngest applied for and was selected for his first "dream job".  We're really proud of him.  He has aspergers and life has always been a little more difficult for him.  But he has never given up or used it as an excuse.  He's always pushed through...he's a great role model for me! Now, to explain the picture...
Within a couple of months of moving to Florida, we found a "hole in the wall" ice cream shop.  The old-fashioned ice cream type of shop that I remember from my childhood.  The treats were amazing and the folks that own it are wonderful, sweet people.  They watched our son grow up... Their shop was always the place to celebrate a win on the tennis courts or bemoan a loss.  They even came to watch a couple of our son's tennis matches.  We always joke that we must spend too much time at the ice cream store because they know us so well!  Lol.  Anyway, today, my hubby and I were driving past the place and decided to stop by.  He and I wanted a treat and thought we'd bring something home for Ian.  The owner asked us why we didn't have Ian with us.  We told her that he had just landed a job and he was at home being lazy before his training starts tomorrow.  She was so happy and excited for him that she did this....
Seriously, what's better than the "ice creaam lady" giving him a free super-size treat AND writing ...
"Congratulations!  Good Luck with your new job!"...   :)

Halloween looked like this for us this year!  Shelby is a total social butterfly and loved having the littles come to her house and tell her how cute she was..Girlfriend was totally eating up all the attention.  She especially loved the end of the evening when she got her own "treat"!  (I paid 25 cents at a garage sale for her little "costume".  Ian said I paid about 24 cents too

And finally, prepare to be amazed....NOT!!  This is the grand total of stitches I have under my belt on my Chatelaine.
Yup. that's it...  I'm hoping that after the rush of the holidays,  I'll be able to really spend some "quality AND QUANTITY" time with my "Watergarden" Chatelaine.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner...I really appreciate your kindness!

Hugs and Grace.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Stitch from Stash - October 2015

I did "pretty good" this month... As in, I stayed within the SFS $25 monthly "allowance" this month.  I spent $10.45  because I caved in at the HAED sale.   I just couldn't resist purchasing this...

These faces and the cute titles of the "books" proved to be too much for my willpower.  This will be my first start for the new year project.  Looks like this one-Wip-at-a-time girl is going to become a rotating fool.  Looks like I'll be working on a Christmas project, my Chatelaine, and this HAED project all at the same time.  Whew!  I think I'm just going to follow my heart in 2016 and just stitch on whatever project calls to me on any given day...   (I'll also have a couple of small projects to carry with me when I'm on the go). I'm excited!     :)

Hugs and Grace,

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Catching Up

Sorry I've kind of been neglecting my blog lately.  Lots of "busy-ness" going on. 

My best friend and I have been friends since I was 3 and she was 5.  That's been a LONG time!  We've text every day and talk on the phone quite often.  We kept saying that we really need to get together for some "real" hugs...and we finally made it happen!  We had a blast (acting more like 13-yr olds instead of grown woman who used our AARP cards to get a hotel discount.)  lol.   We both hope that we can meet again on a regular basis.

I received word from Diane (the give-a-way winner) that she received her little gifts.  Here's a pic of what I sent:

Here's a picture of my current WIP:

I'm having fun with this one.  :)

Coming up soon to stitch is my Chatelaine:  (I'll be starting it on November 5th.) 

I'll try to get some Travel/Disney pics up in the next week.  

Hope you're all well and happy!

Hugs and Grace:

Friday, October 02, 2015

And another one bites the dust...

This is my long-forgotten UFO, "Delicate Beauties" by Paula Vaughn.  I really do love this piece, it just seems that there have been more "important" stitches that needed to be done first.  (Wedding Samplers, Gifts for friends and the Wolf for our son.  Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I thought it was time to pull out my UFO and make it a WIP...alas, when I started to stitch it, I saw MAJOR, MAJOR, MAJOR (did I mention that there were MAJOR mistakes?)   For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why things weren't lining up or how I could fix them.  I finally tossed it to my hubby and asked him to see if he could see what I was missing.  He found that when the working copy had been made, a few rows had been deleted from each page...therefore, it was disastrous.  He felt so bad because he was the one who had made the copies for me and didn't realize how important it was for lines to "line up" and I just took it for granted that it was right.  My bad...  Bless his heart (and I mean that in the sweetest way, not the other "southern" way).  He feels awful and I am a wee bit sad but hey, today is a new day and I'm sure that there will be MANY other new designs that I will just HAVE to stitch.  And.... some day, I might just decide that I want to give this beautiful Paula Vaughn design another go.

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, September 26, 2015

And we have a finish!

This is a wedding gift for my son and his fiancĂ©.  They won't be married until next summer but it feels great to have this finished!   This was such a fun stitch.  I LOVE the happy colors (and it matches the bride-to-be's chosen colors!).  This makes the second large (large to me anyway) finish in this year.  First, I finished the wolf design and now this wedding design!  Woot!

Next up is going through my stash and setting up a rotation system of some sort.  I'm going to place a real miss-mash of projects in my 2016 basket.  Some large pieces:   (I'm going to be starting a Chatelaine, a Celtic Angel (done in the alternate autumn colors) and also, a HEAD design).  Some medium-size designs:  (Merry Christmas Y'all), and some small, fun Lizzie Kates, Little House,  Country Cottage and some little freebies.  (And any other goodies I might pick up along the way).   I also want to pull out a couple of UFO's and work towards getting them finished.  I'm telling you, it's going to get downright whacky around here!     :)
Again, I'm going to be giving away some stash as I do my major sorting, so stay tuned!

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stitch from Stash - Septmeber

This was a good stash-enhancing month for me.  I bought one chart that I REALLY wanted and I only spent $5.75 for my happiness.  Here's the chart that could not be resisted...

This is SO me!  I say y'all ALL the time!  (even if it's just one other person in the room, I will still say y'all want some lemonade or tea?)  LOL

So, this will go into my happy pile and will be a new start as soon as I pick up the right fabric. 

Amount Spent for September:                 $5.75

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Shelby had a birthday!

This little bundle of fluff and love just turned one!  We never could have imagined how much love and laughter she was going to bring our way.  When we were putting her into the car for her first ride home, I snuggled her close and told her that she had no idea what a crazy adventure she was in for.  and I think, under her puppy breath, she was saying the exact same thing back to me!  LOL

 Our first meeting with our girl!

One of our visits...

First day at home
( I love this "fierce" face"! 

Shelby was our first adventure with a puppy.  We were amazed at how fast she learned to let us know that she needed to go out to potty.  We used the "bells" method and within a week, there were no "accidents".  We didn't realize how energetic a puppy could still be when it was "our" bedtime.  We didn't know that puppies who have been completely vaccinated can still get kennel cough.  (It's rare but it happens and when it does, it is usually VERY bad!)  We didn't know that we would spend almost an entire night at the Vet's office, not knowing if she was going to make it.  We didn't know that the same nebulizer that we use for our son's asthma, is the same one that would help our puppy breathe easier.

We didn't realize that boxes of tissues would be more temptation than she could resist and she'd wind up getting her head stuck in the box.  Ditto a red, plastic "SOLO" cup.

We didn't know that even though we live in Florida, our little pup would stand and "shiver' and "need"a warm towel when the temperature went under 70 degrees.

                          (She now owns a red coat for just such "emergencies").

We didn't know that warm laundry, fresh from the dryer would be such a "pup magnet".  She learned that when the drying signals it's finish, it meant that she has to race to hop in the basket!  We didn't know that putting fresh linens on our bed would take 15 extra minutes, because that's prime puppy play time!   

We didn't know that  Shelby would love "Guardians of the Galaxy" and have a serious "crush" on "Groot"       

We didn't know that this was the face that she'd make every single time we mention the "B-A-T-H" word.

We didn't know that she'd earn her AKC "Star Puppy" and her AKC K9 Good Citizen Award and be ready to become a therapy dog.  (She loves this medal so much, she mugged "bored" in this picture! LOL)
We didn't know that she'd love sleeping on Papa's lap.  EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!
We didn't know how much this little face would mean to us and how much she would change our lives...

Happy Birthday, little love!!!

Hugs and Grace,