Friday, October 14, 2011

The things you do for your kids.... :)

This is my current project.  I normally am not much of a kit person, but I am SO loving this for a lot of reasons....the main one being that my not-so-little son picked out this kit his very self and asked me to stitch it for him.  :)

Ian LOVES wolves and anything wolf-related.  He says that when he plays tennis he has the heart of a wolf (pack leader position, of course!  LOL) so when he saw this kit, he claimed it.

I told him that he'd probably be about 27 before I get this finished and that after I put all the work into this, he'd better not ever stop loving wolves.  Hee hee.

After my stitching sessions are over, he always wanders over to my stitching corner to see how my progress is coming along.  It's fun that he's so encouraging!

This is my progress shot  -

I know, it's looks more like a horse or cow or blob instead of a wolf, but I think I'm moving in the right direction.  :)

I'm having so much fun watching a wolf grow out of my blank fabric and floss.  I'm pretty sure that this will be my main focus project for a while. 

I "cherish" stitching something so personal for someone I love so much!


Thursday, October 06, 2011

A cartload of pumpkins

I can honestly say that these were pumpkins stitched in pain.  My mom's dementia has reared it's ugly head in a way that none of us saw coming.  She has decided to shut members of her family out of her care.  She doesn't want us involved in any way in her care or her life.  I have had so much pain over this...the more I try to get in, the further I get pushed away.  I've realized (after much prayer and many tears) that there is just nothing I can do at this moment...I am locked out of her heart (and her life and her medical decisions) and I don't have the key.  She has changed her power of attorney, her will and her medical directive.

I have had more than a few rough days lately.  Bless my hubby's heart - at my lowest point, he told me not to worry, his faith can be big enough for the both of us right now...that made me love him even more than I ever thought possible.  I also want to say thank you to all those who have taken the time to leave a comment, e-mail me and think of us or say a prayer.  I am more grateful than you could ever know, please believe me.

Some of the brightest things that have come out of this awful mess is that I've gotten close to my sister and brother-in-law and my sweet great aunt, who is an angel who walks among us.  If you ever need to be lifted up, go visit my great aunt...she makes homemade candy that tastes like it should only be served in heaven AND she gives the best hugs in the world.  When you leave her home, you know you're loved, no matter what.  My faith is also growing - some days even when I don't "want" it to stretches to meet my needs.  I am trying to "cast my burdens on the Lord" but in my human-ness, I keep trying to be a control freak and taking them back.  My life and faith is a work in progress - - - I think I've finally started to accept that.  The serenity prayer keeps coming to mind...

Now, on to my pumpkins!  This was a fast, fun stitch for me and I loved stitching with the Autumn colors!  The fall hues are always my very favorite colors to work with.  :)

This will probably be my last "finish" for a while.  Every year, I always stitch Christmas gifts for various people in my life.  With all the on-going turmoil, we've decided just to go the gift-card route this year for everyone except hubby and son.  I want to just stitch for fun and relaxation, not on a dead-line. Hopefully next year, I'll have lots of gifts made and ready to go.

Ian loves wolves and asked me to stitch a wolf for him.  He picked a design that he really likes so I'm having fun getting started on that.  I think I'm going to try and make 2012 the year that I really concentrate on finishing some of the designs that I have in my stash.  Somehow, a lot of UFO's have made it to the bottom of my stitching basket and I'd like to get them finished.   It's easy to say this now...just wait, I bet a bunch of designers are out there right now working their magic, creating more patterns that I'll "have" to have and make me blow my resolution right out of the water.  We'll see....  :)

 Again, thanks so much for all your support!

I "cherish" each and every one of you!


TUSAL - September

I know I'm late with my TUSAL report this month...but I can honestly say that this September has been one of the hardest months of my life.  I'll post more about it in a later post, but suffice to say, dementia stinks...both for the patient and the patients' family...

I like looking at the jar when it comes to this time of year...I can see the pastels of spring topped with the oranges, greens and rusts of Autumn.

I'm looking forward to happier times with more stitching time to add more orts to my 2010 collection.

I "cherish" the tough times that make us strong.... my faith has had to grow in ways that I never imagined that it could...