Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year


It's been quite the Holiday Season...my goodness - such a wonderful time spent with precious family, lovely  gifts, fun and laughter with just enough passing of kidney stones (OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!), and a jug of frozen water falling on a foot (more OUCH!!!!!!!)  thrown in just to keep things "normal".  :)  But, I digress....

I think things on my blog are going to be changing up just a bit.  For the most part, this has been a stitching blog - and it will still continue to contain updates about my passion for ALL THINGS stitching.  BUT, I think this is also going to become more of an everything "blab blog".  Somedays, it may be ONLY about stitching, and other days it may not contain anything but the words,  "Oh Crap".  Anyone else ever have days like that?
Some days, I'll share my faith - it's so important to me.  Other days, books and recipes that I love.  Who knows - - - I'm not exactly sure where I'm going with this - but I am going somewhere...and I hope you come along with me on my journey of "blogdom self discovery".

In the meantime, I wish each of you a New Year filled with all that makes you happy and peaceful!
Hugs and Blessings.....

*Sharon

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A Finish, A Start AND the cutest dollar bill you've ever seen!!!

Though not necessarily in that order....
First, introducing the best-looking George Washington on a dollar bill - EVER!
-not that I'm prejudiced 'cause I'm his Mama or anything... :)





See, I told you he was a cutie!!! Ian loved this halloween costume - 'course the fact that he scored a MAJOR haul of candy didn't hurt, either... :)

Now, for the finish...I humbly present, "The Angels Sang"... stitched on recommended fabric and using recommended threads...

This will be going off to spend Christmas with a dear friend of mine. "D" loves angels, so I hope that this piece will bring a blessing to her home this Christmas.

Now on to another start! I've been in love with this "Happy Home Sampler" since I first saw it in the July '08 issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework. I love samplers, so this had to go into my ever-growing "to do" pile. I'm including a pic of my progress so far, and a pic of what I hope my piece will eventually look like!



Thanks for checking out my up-date. I love your visits and sweet, sweet comments!!

Stay Happy and Well,

*Sharon

Monday, October 05, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.....


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...in my stitching room!!! I got bit by the Christmas stitching bug early this year, and now I can add another finish to my pile! This is "Cold Hands" by Lizzie Kate. I just love this little guy - he'll be going to live with a friend in Ohio.




Currently, I'm working on "The Angels Sang" by Little House Needleworks. Not much progress to show on this one, but at least I'm headed in the right direction. (I think!) My son asked if this was going to be a ghost!! Me: "Nope, it's going to be an angel." Snarky Son: "All-righty then, if you say so - sure looks like a ghost to me though." :)
You'll have too stay tuned to watch the "ghost" grow wings and a halo!! :)


*Sharon

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Around Our Home - - Getting ready for Fall

See what happens when you leave the crazy lady home alone with a camera? You get pictures, pictures and more pictures! Good thing we don't have to pay to have them developed anymore! :)
Anyway, I've started putting out some fall decorations around our home and I thought I'd share some of my favorites.
This is a sign that hangs in our foyer. Our entry is "weird" in that it is a "rotunda" shape. It's a neat visual effect to have a "round room", but it's hard to hang things on circular-shaped walls.



Next up, my pumpkin welcome - this also hangs on one of those "round" walls in the foyer.


Last, but not least, is my favorite!! An autumn oil-burner teapot. This "lives" in my tea-themed kitchen. I burn this everyday with a lucious pumpkin-scented oil. Love it, love it, love it!!! :)


I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my fall favorites...for more fall fun, check out Rhondi's "Welcome Fall" party.

*Sharon

Tea Tsu Strikes Again!


My little sweetie just came home from the groomers...I thought I'd share her latest look with you. Okay, so there's not much difference between her "old look" and her "new look", but she's been strutting and stylin' around here like she's on the red carpet, so I decided to take advantage of her "posings". Enjoy! :)
Four-legged friends rule!
*Sharon
(Edited to add - Sheesh, I just realized I just took her picture on the same rug that I took her picture on last time she went to the groomers'. I've gotta find doggie some new digs!) :)

Stitching a Snowman...


I'm just having a blast stitching this fine fellow. This design is Lizzie Kate's "Cold Hands, Warm Heart". He's one of about 6 Christmas gifts I'd like to make for holiday giving this year. I love doing Holiday stitching, but I also have a stack of everyday "just for me" designs that I'm itching to get started on. Ah well, all good things in due time.
Sweltering and Stitching, (still in the upper 90's here - where's fall????)
*Sharon

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Please pass the chocolate.....


Okay, this is a definite "I MUST HAVE CHOCOLATE NOW!" time of my life. So, here's the situation I find myself in re: my knee. Ortho doc said "sorry dude-ette, you need a total knee replacement". Okay, okay...such is life. I'm tired of having so much pain. Compared to pain, my future tennis "career" (ha!) can now take a back seat. (Did I just say that??????) So, off I go to see regular doc to get my medical clearance for surgery. I get told, "So Sorry Cookie - you can't have joint replacement surgery, because that would entail being on a course of blood-thinning meds (heparin, or coumadin, etc) for 4 - 6 weeks to avoid blood clots and with your anemia issues, that just can't happen." Argh!
My ortho doc's sweet nurse is going to find out if we could bend protocol just a bit to avoid the prolonged blood-thinners, since I'm still very young to have joint replacement. I have no history of blood clots, so we may still be able to proceed, pending Ortho docs reply. Sweet nurse did say that I may have to agree to stay in the hospital for a couple of extra days so that they could closely monitor me to make sure that I won't need an extra transfusion after the surgery. I can deal with that - just bring me chocolate (and LOTS of it) - and I promise to be a good patient!
So anyway, I'm still on hold right now. I am a huge control freak, so it's hard for me to be in a holding pattern, but sometimes, all you can do, is all you can do.
If Ortho guy does decide that I can go ahead with surgery, I'd like to do it ASAP. First off, if I know I have to do it, I just wanna do it and get it over with. Secondly, our anniversary is in November, and I'd really like to be up and dancing and not limping at our celebration. (Okay, so I probably won''t be dancing by then, but I would like to be off the walker and at least onto a cane - wow, that made me sound old!!!) Also, with Christmas on the way, I'd like to be as close to 100% as I can be by then. I'm a huge Christmas gal (on top of Christmas - my son and I share Christmas birthdays) and I REALLLLLLY want to be able to do all my fun, traditional Christmas stuff that I love so much.
So, please pass the chocolate - as I sit and wait to learn my fate.
*Sharon
(PS - I'll post stitching and homeschool up-dates later. I'm spending lots of time doing both!!) :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering.....


Sometimes, words aren't needed...
Hugs,
*Sharon

Friday, August 28, 2009

Merry Friends Finish


Whoo-hoo! I think this is FINALLY the year that I "get it" - Christmas is coming!! Yea I know, most folks already know that - but this year, I "get" that I need to start my Christmas stitching now and not wait until December 1st to put in the first stitch on my Christmas "wanna-do's". So, with that being said, I proudly present my first "stitched for Christmas '09" finish! :) I just love Lizzie Kate's designs - they stitch up so fast and easy!
It feels sooooo good to have one gift under my belt. Next up - Lizzie Kate's "Cold Hands". This will be my 2nd time for stitching "Cold Hands"...I had a friend put in a special request for this design, so gift #2 will be soon underway!!! :)
Thanks for taking a peek!
Hugs,
*Sharon

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bosco is ready to trick-n-treat!


All-righty then... Bosco is finished!! :) This was a fun stitch - Mosey and Me has some of the cutest designs! Add the fact that there's no back-stitching and whoo-hoo, it's a wrap!!! In the original design, Bosco has "trick or treat" above his head, but hubby has an idea for framing and wanted Bosco left sans wording. I bow to his greatness!!! :)

Now, it's time to work on some Christmas stitching - here's my progress on Lizzie-Kate's "Merry Friends"...


On the knee front - - hurumph!! Dr.'s agree that my best option at this point is total knee replacement, but that would be a death nail in my tennis life...I''m having a hard time facing that option - tennis really defines us as a family and I can't imagine not being part of that. Also, my "relatively" young age creates a problem...(I'm spending $$$ on wrinkle cream and saving for botox and a facelift - but now I'm "young"???) Seems that knee replacements typically last 15- 20 years, so "technically", I would be ready for another replacement before I even hit age 65 - not a good scenario...though it would provide much-needed pain relief and much-better mobility. Plus, because of my "young" age, I would probably have a great recovery and do well. So, I feel like I'm sort of stuck right now...I'm in decision mode. The last-ditch effort I can try is to go into an up-loader brace and do synvisc injections - that might enable me to extend my tennis days a bit longer, which I see as a HUGE plus!!! Dr. says that the syncvisc amounts to putting a band-aid on a severed artery, but I'm just not ready to hang up my racket yet. :(
I always think it's better to try the conservative route first - Synvisc might be my miracle cure!!! Pray or cross your fingers for me?

Have a "not too young, not too old" kind of day!!!

*Sharon

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In "kneed" of encouragement....

Hi Kids -
Long time, no communication...I've been busy (for the most part anyway), having fun and enjoying summer. Up until this past week, that is....
We've had such a good time having some "free" time - the best was our celebration of July 4th. A sleepover for kids and adults which included an always-to-be-remembered water balloon fight!! (For the record, the ADULTS won!!!!) (That's my story and I'm sticking with it!!) :)
Moving on - (or should this be moving back?), about 20 years ago, (when I was VERY young!! hee hee) I had knee surgery. (Bad skiing accident). In the past couple of months, I've been experiencing more and more pain in that same knee. For the most part, I tried to ignore it other than taking an occasional tylenol. On Monday, I stepped out of bed and had agony shoot through my leg. The whole knee gave way and I honestly saw stars. I waited the pain out for a day, then limped off to the Dr. I had x-rays which didn't look promising, so I then went for an MRI. I had an appointment with a sports dr. this morning. Long story short, my knee is now bone on bone and my options for relief are narrowing. I'm no weight-bearing on crutches for the next two weeks while my knee dr. consults with my anemia dr. as to whether or not I am up for handling a knee replacement surgery. Bummer, huh? Crutches + Cast + July + Florida and all I can say is that it stinks to be me!!! :( Due to the type of surgery I had before, I'm fairly limited to what surgery can be done to give me enough mobility to ever play tennis again. Dr. says as it is, I'll probably never be back to being able to move enough to play through 3 sets - but at this point, just getting back to the court at all is a huge goal for me. (Sob, sob, sob...)
On the bright side, my hubby and my son are just such sweeties - look what they just came home with - - (along with some pretty good pain medicine!)



Pretty,aren't they? Best thing is - the flowers were my "not so little" guys' idea -that makes them even more special!

So now I have lots of time to sit and stitch (though probably not while I'm under the influence of that lovely pain medication I just mentioned) and go blog-visiting to my hearts' content.

Here's a pic of my latest "Delicate Beauties" progress - two pages down, two left to go! I sort of "hit the wall" with this project, so I've reduced it into my a one-day-a-week rotation.




I've started a project for halloween, Mosey and Me's "Bosco Booberry". Here's a progress shot of this one - -



Next up for me today is to go through my Christmas project binder and pick out some ornaments/gifts for the upcoming Holiday season. We stitchers always seem to be "stitching out of season", don't we? Golly, it's nearly time to get started on those Valentine projects, isn't it? LOL :)

Sometimes, life just stinks and apparently, somewhere along the line, I signed up for this to be one of those times for me...Well, that's it for "Stitching Confinement: Day 1" I'll keep you posted and be around to visit with you soon.

Prayers/Thoughts would be SO appreciated!!!

Limping Along....

*Sharon

Monday, May 04, 2009

Paula Vaughn would be proud! :)


After much stash fondling, I decided that I was still enjoying stitching on Delicate Beauties, so I decided to put off my rotation for a bit and just keep plugging away at DB. I'm really happy with the progress that I was able to make! (check my last post to see the *before* pic.)
I've also managed to do one of my own "honey do" list items. (Yes, I have my own honey-do list!) I finally painted both sides of the entry door that leads from our garage into our laundry room. (The builders' did a less than stellar job of painting this door before we moved in... (they only put on one coat and you could see the brush marks! The rest of our doors and trim were great - but this door? Yuck! I've been meaning to "pretty up" the door for a quite a while. Don't worry, I didn't take any boring before and after pics of a plain door but believe me, what a difference it makes to walk in that door that finally looks finished! This was one of those "chores" that I wish I would have found time to do sooner. Amazing what a difference a little properly-applied paint can make!
Thanks so much as ever for all the wonderful comments - they just make my day! I've so enjoyed making many new blogging buddies...

*Sharon

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My apologies to Delicate Beauties...(and a clock picture too)!


Have you ever felt the need to apologize to a piece of needlework? I love this piece so much and have always intended to finish it, but somehow it just keeps getting pushed further and further down into my "favorites" pile.
I started this piece in 2006, for crying out loud!!! :(
Anyway, I'm setting up a loose rotation schedule for myself in hopes of making some real progress with this. I'm still "floss-tossing" and "fabric fondling" to choose the next smaller piece I will do in my rotation. I'm stuck between choosing "Bosco Booberry" (he's so cute!) or "Killer Dust Bunnies". (that piece cracks me up!) Of course, "Bless Our Home" and "Cups of Friendship" are also calling to me to stitch them too. Do I dare live large and (GASP!) start them all??? Nah, remember Delicate Beauties, remember Delicate Beauties....(you don't have to read that over and over - that's just a reminder to me not to get too far off target - lol)
I think I'll sleep on it tonight and make my decision later this week. 'Course by then, some of you lovely people will probably entice me with your wonderful projects and then I'll want to start even MORE stitched goodies. Honestly, the web can be hazardous for stitchers...so many gorgeous designs that call my name when I see your work. :)
Our town had a spectacular art fair this week-end. The town shuts down to traffic and is filled with block after block of every type of artwork imaginable. The talent always amazes me...if I look at a log, I see a log. These artists look at a log and see a dolphin or a fish or a manatee. The wooden bowls are so smooth and just unbelievable with their many blends of wood. The jewelry, glasswork and ceramics are beautiful too. AND, the BEST PART??? Just look at what my sweetie bought for me!!

A teapot (w/ cup!!) clock! (Now, did you really think you were going to get away from my blog w/o reading "something" about tea???) :) Isn't this just the cutest?! The lady who makes these does the most amazing ceramic pieces - mostly large table tops, etc. She just happened to have this little pot and cup and we knew it was destined to come home with us. The colors are a perfect match for our kitchen colors/counter-tops. This was just made to hang over the door to our pantry! (Yes, I know - we have lots of clocks already in residence in our kitchen - think coffee pot, microwave, etc...but come on, a teapot clock!!?? Gotta have it, baby!!! :) Don't think my sweetie's kindness will go un-noticed, I see a few of his favorite desserts very soon in his future!! :)

I hope you each had a wonderful week-end and are ready to jump in to a mah-velous Monday! :)

*Sharon

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Iced Tea Finish


Okay, so it's not a BIG finish...but it IS a finish! (And BTW, please try not to notice how LONG it took me to do the "not a BIG' finish!) :(
This was a fun stitch - life just keeps getting in the way of my stitching times. I wouldn't have it any other way though...'cause life, in addition to sometimes causing trouble, also carries with it the bonus of unexpected hugs from loved ones, time spent talking about important "nothings" with friends, and a lot of times, life includes good food! :)
Anyway, this little fellow will go (all together now - ya'all know the answer to this one!) - into my tea-themed kitchen. There's a spot on my kitchen island that just cries out for a snowman in a teacup. :)
Now, I'm going to treat myself and start something new AND pull out my long-standing (or is that long-suffering?) UFO, "Delicate Beauties". I'll post my new project and my latest DB pic later.
Thanks for all the lovely visits and comments. I appreciate each of you visiting!
Hugs,
*Sharon

Details:
"Iced Tea" by Midnight Stitching
28 ct. hand dyed fabric - "Sky"
Specialty Threads as called for in design (including that always dreaded Kreinik metallic)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Brrr....Iced Tea



The next piece that caught my stitching fancy is "Iced Tea" by Midnight Stitching. Isn't this just the cutest little fellow? (Now that he has eyes, anyway - before that he was just a kinda creepy-looking white blob! lol) I'm posting before and after pics so that you can see that I'm heading in the right direction with this! :)
Speaking of "cold", (we were? well, snowmen are cold, right?) Darn Nyquil must be kicking in...I seem to have caught that nasty cold bug that's been making the rounds...I am totally enjoying the irony that I'm stitching on a piece called "Iced Tea" while in "real life", I'm sipping EXTRA HOT tea w/ honey and lemon. :)
Must be the Nyquil again - but that just strikes me as being VERY funny. (Don't worry, I'm not out in "public" saying this lame stuff - I'm home all day today!) :)
Stay warm!
*Sharon

Friday, April 03, 2009

Come and Share is Finished!!!!


I just put the final few stitches into "Come and Share". This is one of those pieces that I started "many moons ago". Somehow, this mysteriously made it's way into my UFO pile and spent a couple of sad years there. (I'm still not sure how that happened - lol). Anyway, since I "rescued" it, it's been such a joy to work on. I've loved the colors and the saying and the bunnies and the....well, I REALLY like it! :)
This will be hung in my (where else??) tea-themed kitchen...(can you believe I purposely saved wall space in my kitchen for this piece - even while it was still a UFO???) Go figure... lololol
I recently did my part to stimulate the economy...I bought some lovely designs and fabrics and threads and.... :) (oh the dangers of blog visiting - I have been seriously enabled!) I've recently added Blackbird Designs to my ever-growing list of favorite designers - so I bought a few of their designs just to get the party started (among all the other "goodies" that made their way into my basket).
I can't wait to get started!! I'm happily off to fondle floss.... :)

Thanks for visiting my blog and enhancing my journey!!

*Sharon
(PS - as always, I jumped the gun while posting my finish...the rubber still needs to hit the road on this one (aka ironing and adding the lovely embellishments) then it will be handed over to my Sweetie so that he can work his framing magic!)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

And so she stitches...


I'm having the truly wonderful experience of enjoying this piece more and more with every stitch I make! Usually, by the time I reach this point in a project, I'm itching to move on and start something new...not so much with this one! I'm just loving the colors and the "spring" feel - I'm gonna be sad to put this one onto the finish pile!
'Course, I suppose I could always "cheer myself up" by going stash shopping, right??? (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) :) :) :)

*Sharon

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pictures - I got pictures!!!







Just sharing some fun Florida photo's. The beach shot pretty much speaks for itself...gotta love my "backyard"! :)
The lighthouse is Ponce Inlet Lighthouse which is just south of Daytona Beach. Due to my anemia issues, I couldn't climb it this time...I had a great laugh 'cause the gift shop actually sells a shirt that says I "almost" climbed the lighthouse. :)
I felt kinda bad because there were a few "older" folks that ripped up and down the steps without missing a beat - they put me to shame! :)
The other shots are from our local zoo, and Disney World's Epcot and Magic Kingdom parks. (along with my favorite not-so-little fellow!)
I hope you enjoy seeing some of our "famous" scenery...come visit Florida - you just might want to stay!! :)

*Sharon

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Finally!!!! A finish!!!


Finally, I have time to post a pic of this finish! Whoot, Whoopie and Yahoo!!!! :)
This is Heart and Hand's "Inspiration Series". I just loved working on this piece...the design does have a border, but my framer (also my very best friend, a.k.a. my hubby!!) has an idea for framing this piece and his line of thinking is that the border would conflict with his framing idea...so, no border stitching for me for this one!! :)
I can't wait for this to start "living" it's life above our door...I'll post a follow-up pic when it's framed....

*Sharon

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A most AMAZING day!!!






We had the most AMAZING day this past Friday! Our not-so-little guy's tennis coach is also a certified pilot and flight instructor...Casey asked us if we'd like to go flying with him sometime. Of course, we jumped at the chance and Friday was our lucky day!!! I've flown infinite times commercial, but I've never flown in a small puddle jumper. To say that it was AWESOME is one of the biggest understatements of my life! God NEVER ceases to find ways to take my breath away!!!!!
Because of our location (right on the Atlantic Ocean in Florida), it made the flight that much more incredible. The ocean was a perfect turquoise and not a cloud in the sky - breath-taking doesn't begin to describe the experience!!!
Of course, we had to find our house (it's here in the pics, believe me! lol) and the tennis courts that we love to play on most often.(they're here too!Check the last pic for the courts!) :)
I just had to share the pics and experience with you.  I can't wait to fly again - we'll be pestering his coach more about flying than tennis (NEVER thought I'd say that!!!) :)
Do something AMAZING SOON!!!!

*Sharon

Thursday, January 01, 2009

First finish of '09...




Happy New Year!!! What a fun day this has been...we started out playing tennis this morning, and I'm ending my day with watching football and stitching! I just put the last few stitches in on this piece. I'm off to a great start!! :) The other pic is a progress shot of my Heart in Hand Inspiration series. I haven't had much stitching time lately (the holidays were BUSY!!!), but I'm looking forward to settling down a bit and stitching more.
BTW - Santa brought me a gift certificate for a stitching floor stand and some stitching stash! Woo-Hoo!! :) I'm looking forward to trolling the 'net and going on a shopping spree!!! ('Course I ought to finish some pieces from the stash that I already have before I add anything new - yea, like that's going to happen - NOT!!) :)
Well, it's time for me to head back to the pizza and football -
May you each be blessed with family, faith, laughter and love.....

*Sharon

Design Details:
Happily Ever After - Glory Bee
28 ct caffe mocha

Inspiration Series - Heart in Hand
32 ct Summer Khaki