Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sharing a Finish :-)


I forgot to post a picture of this completed project after my hubby finished framing it.I just love the little "additions" he chose to put on the frame to compliment the stitched piece. This was a gift for a friend - I think I might have to put this design (All Hearts Warm by Lizzie Kate) back into my rotation pile and stitch another one for us to display in our home!

Thanks for looking!

*Sharon

I'm One Spoiled Stitcher!!







Just look at the WONDERFUL gifts that sweet Lillie stitched for me!!! Lillie had my name for the "Stitching Bloggers Birthday Exchange" group - and I just can't believe her kindness and generosity!! Have you ever seen such lovely gifts?? She put so much love and effort into my gifts - I am just SO touched!!! The pictures don't do her stitching and finishing justice. I can't believe how wonderful the stitching box turned out!!!
Lillie even tucked in a hand-stitched card and fun puzzle for Ian. Ian's birthday is also Christmas (just like his Mama!!) so it was extra special for him to receive an extra-special gift too!!
I am so grateful to have such a loving, generous "stitching sister" in Lillie - -
She made my (our!!) Christmas and Birthdays extra-special this year!!!

I just had to share - ENJOY!!!

*Sharon

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Finally!!! Time to up-date









This is going to be a l-o-n-g up-date! This time of year is just go, go,go and I just haven't had much time to sit down and blog...but here goes......

The pics are of the first small that I've ever finished!!! I made it for my Stitching Birthday Bloggers Exchange buddy. I'm not thrilled with the way it turned out - it has a few funny lumps and bumps here and there (hey - just like my body!!!), but I did put a lot of love into it, I had fun doing it and I look forward to doing many, many, many more "small" finishes!!!! I did like the colors and the tree design and how the stitching turned out. I hope my "buddy"enjoys it - she sent the sweetest thank-you to me. I just love making goodies for fellow stitchers!!!

The other pics are pictures of some "feel better" flowers that my sweetie bought for me. I have really been "under the weather" lately. I have some heart issues anyway, but they had really been getting worse in the last few weeks. I kept going because of the holidays, but there were times when I honestly felt that I wasn't getting enough air in and I've just been flat exhausted. This isn't my personality at all and I've been SO frustrated!!! I tend to be a real go-getter and have annoyingly high amounts of energy, so this was a real change for me. After losing 20 pounds in three weeks (not complaining about that!!!), nearly passing out and having a few people who are really close to me tell me that I look like a "walking dead person" (nice friends I have, huh??) :), I went for some tests. Turns out that I have a level of "1" ferritin (iron) in my blood. I have no iron in my blood and only a "1" on a storage level of iron in my body. I am SEVERELY anemic. This diagnosis would cause all the awful symtoms that I'd been having and it kinda made me feel better just to know "what" was wrong. Does that make sense? Doc said that being anemic really accentuates any heart problems you already have and can even start new heart troubles if you're otherwise healthy. I've been advised that I need a type of transfusion because I'm so low in healthy blood right now - but I keep thinking that I need to wait till after the holidays - I'm still deciding what to do. In the meantime, I'm on more supplements than you can imagine. I joke that I don't have time to go do the transfusion thing right now 'cause I'm too busy taking supplements. I'm seriously taking 6 supplements 6 times/day!!!! Yikes!!! The worst part of this whole thing is that I'm on strict "no tennis" and no strenuous activity limitations for the time-being. You just have no idea how much I'm missing my beloved tennis!!!!
Anyway - I'm sure I'll be back and bouncing around in '08 and believe me, I'm really looking forward to being "well".

I hope that the other pics will enable you to have a "virtual" mini-tour of a few of the amazing gingerbread houses that are at Disney World this year. We went to all the resorts and Epcot this week so that we could enjoy the amazing sights and smells. I just love gingerbread houses and Disney goes all out (to say the least)! The carousel was amazing - so huge and had a cute chocolate tinkerbell topper.
The other gingerbread houses were life-size - you could walk through them!!! Of course, in typical Disney style, there were hidden Mickey's on each piece and we made it a fun family challenge to find them all - we found them!!!! Whoo hoo!!!!
I was really dragging by the end of the day at Disney - I was SO tired - but it was so worth it - we made such fun memories sharing the sights, sounds and smells!!!

Guess that's enough of a catch-up for me. I hope everyone is staying well - and warm, if you're in the path of the winter storms.

Today is cookie/candy baking day for us - so I'm off to be coated in flour!!

Have a Super Saturday!!

*Sharon