Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The end of a year....

Well, the wolves and I have become great friends in 2014.  I'm really hoping that I'll be great friends with the three remaining wolves yet to be stitched.  I'm really, really hoping that the wolves will be finished and framed in 2015!   :)

I'm going to put a few stitches into a new start tomorrow (by Rosewood Manor) and then head back to the wolves to get them finished up.

This wasn't a year that showed many finishes but it was a year that as a family, we pulled together and powered through some pretty rocky health scares and challenges.  I think that we lived out our favorite saying "Family: forever, for always and no matter what".  (I know that there's a cross stitch design that has this saying - does anyone know the designer?  I'd LOVE to stitch it!)

We were able to spend time with our wonderful little grandson who lights up our lives at every mention of his name.  (Oh yea, we love his parents too! LOL)  We love all our boys - each one of them are really something special!

We lost our sweet girl, Tea Tzu and our hearts still hurt and miss her.  It was also the year that Shelby arrived on our doorstep and she's opened the part of our hearts reserved just for her. 

We're blessed... and grateful... what a wonderful way to begin a New Year!!

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Shelby Says.....

Merry Christmas!!!!

Hugs and Grace,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stitch from Stash - December

Woo-Hoo!!  We've reached the end of 2014 AND the year's end for Stitch from Stash!!! I'm happy to again say that I have spent zero, zilch, nada, goose egg,...  (I've been seeing way too much of that commercial for AT&T - lol).  Anyway, no money spent this month on anything cross-stitch related. 
We've been so busy volunteering for one of our favorite Christmas organizations, loving our sweet little puppy and enjoying some fun parties that only seem to happen this time of year.  I just haven't had time to think about stash.  BUT.....once January turns onto the calendar, there is going to be some MAJOR desires to be dealt with.  I have seen some of the cutest Christmas finishes and a couple of them are calling to me, VERY LOUDLY.  BTW, y'all can be really naughty enablers, just saying....

I'm still working on the wolf project and I have a project all picked out for my January 1st start, so it's not like I need a pity party because I don't have anything to stitch, but I kinda think that my 2015 spending won't be quite as sparse as my 2014 turned out to be. However,  here's hoping that  I can have enough self-control and good health to be able to post the next years "I survived Stitch from Stash 2015" graphic!  :)

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stitch from Stash - November

It's been another easy-on-the-wallet month for me. Not a cent spent on XS.  I've been happily occupied loving on a new puppy and finding a few minutes here and there to stitch on the wolf.

This has been a great challenge for me this year and I have enjoyed it WAY more than I thought I would. I will admit that I sort of started January out on a "poor me - I have a limited budget for xs"attitude.  Now, with the support of a lot of people with GREAT ideas and lovely pictures of what they've been stitching from stash, I look back and see a great year w/ no feelings at all of being XS-deprived.

Earlier this  year, I did buy a new pattern from Rosewood Manor and the Valdani threads to go with it. I LOVE the design "Quakers and Quilts".  It will be my "New Year's Start" on January 1st.  I'm going to rotate between the wolf and the new start.
Ideally, I would have finished the wolf by the end of THIS year, but with all the "blips" we've had here and there, I'm okay with it being right where it is.  It will be finished hopefully, in 2015!

Hugs and Grace,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wolf Update - October

I've had a wee bit of extra stitching time over the past couple of weeks, so I spent the time on my wolf project.  Still loving this and starting to get excited about the fact that I might actually see this finished!!!!    I have quite-a-ways to go (roughly a page and a half) but at least I am starting to see daylight!   :)

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash - October

I didn't spend a Penny on any stash this month.  Any money I would've spent for stash, went instead to this cute lil face!

Shelby has come home to live with us "fur"-ever!!!!      :)

Our world has basically been turned upside-down, but we wouldn't have it any other way!

I have found some time to stitch, so I 'll be up-dating my wolf progress soon.  also, be prepared for LOTS and LOTS of Shelby pictures!    

Hugs and Grace,

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,

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stitch From Stash - June

This will be a quickie post, we have family in town visiting and I. Want to be fully immersed in the fun!  I knew it would happen - I'd fall off the stash wagon sooner or later.  I made it 6 months without spending a single penny but this month, I found temptation that I couldn't resist.  I was hoping to have a  picture of my goodies to share with you, but I 'm still waiting on my order to arrive.
here's my report:

Moira Blackburn - Three Things Sampler.                 $ 8.00 Including Shipping
18 ct fabric for sampler                                                 10.00.    ".             "
Rosewood Manor - - Quakers and Quilts.                     18.00.    ".            "
(This also includes the Valdani Threads needed for the design).  
I think I found a steal of a deal on this one!

So, all together I spent,     $36.   This month was a bonus month for Stitch From Stash, so I had a little extra breathing room.    I spent $25 of my monthly allotment, plus another $11 for my bonus month money.   I can honestly say that I'm happy that I spent a little this month.  Having new stash to fondle can solve almost any woe.  Am I right?   LOL

Hugs and Grace,
(Posting this from my IPad... For some reason, IPad is not liking Blogger today.).   Please excuse any wonky typos.
Stitch From Stash

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wolf Update

First, let me send a heartfelt thank you for the get well wishes I received.  Happy to report that I'm back to 100% and ready to roll!  So sweet of y'all to take time to comment.  (I love comments but I'm happy if you're just "driving by" too)  I LOVE sharing my love of the needle arts!  :)

Can anyone come up with a better title for my wolf update pics?  I feel like all I'm doing is wolf update after wolf update...  come on, somebody has to think of something catchy!  :)
I am happy with the progress I've made.  The colors are feeling a bit monotonous but when I step back and look at the entire picture, I understand the use of the colors.  (wouldn't be very realistic if the wolf was holding a multi-colored ball or umbrella!)  LOL

We've decided as a family that even though we miss our sweet little "fur baby" so much, it wouldn't be dishonoring her life if we find another little Japanese Chin to love.  So...we're in wait-list mode.  We don't want to rush in and grab the first chin that we see - we want to be sure that the pup we get is truly the one meant for us.  We got our last chin when she was 2 years old.  This time, we're going to go the puppy route. We're retired now and feel like we have the time needed to devote to a puppy...I'm sure it will be quite the adventure.  I hope somebody has a 24-hour puppy help line available.  LOL  Since chins are a bit of a rare breed, we're probably in for a long wait but we have faith that the right little sweetheart will find us.

I have a huge photo dump post coming up...need to get my photo ducks in a row.  I'm also planning to have some give-a-ways some time this summer.  I have been blessed by the kindness of others and I really want to pay it forward.  Stay tuned!

Hugs and Grace,

(PS - I knew it was going to happen, I fell off the wagon from the "Stitch from Stash" group.  I'm still within my alloted amount, I just can't say that I haven't spent a penny on stash anymore.  I hung in there from January until June - I'm happy with that.  I'll tell you all about my goodies once they arrive!)

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The wolf is getting a friend!

It's been a bit of a yucky week around seems I was having the perfect storm of multiple infections...having a kidney infection,  the flu (confirmed by testing - who gets the flu in May for crying out loud?) an ear infection and a blood pressure that bottomed out (40/20 for a little while, so I've been told - I don't remember too much that happened last Friday/Saturday).  None of these issues are  anything I'd recommend to anyone.  I was running a temp a bit north of 105 and can honestly say that this is the sickest I've ever been in my life.  Apparently, when I had the high temp, I was a little "out of my right mind" (even more than usual - ha ha) and decided that this would be a good time to text my kids.  I was completely jumbled and couldn't form complete sentences.  I sent messages that said "cougar blue bananas wuz so cold until beach sings".  (and that was the message that made the MOST sense...they went downhill from there.  LOL)  Oh, and did I mention that I sent those messages at 3:59 a.m.?  Apparently, my boys called each other to ask if they thought something "might" be wrong with mom and then called my hubby to find out what was going on.  New rule around our house - whenever one of us has a really high temp and isn't quite "with it", we have to promise to take the cell phone away.  My boys have since joked that it might be time to put mom on a canoe and send her out to sea...ala eskimo legend.  (At least I think that they're joking!)  LOL
I am doing much better now and I'm slowly getting my energy back and am somewhat more coherent.  (I hope!)  Hee hee.
The up-side to this weirdness in my life is that I have had lots of time to sit while I've been recovering, so I've had time to stitch!  I have grundles still left to do on my wolf project but I find it encouraging that a second wolf is beginning to take shape.  :)   I am loving this project more with each stitch I make.  I love watching it grow and seeing progress (even if it is at a snail's pace!)
All that to say, I'm so thankful for my family who care for me (even at 3:59 a.m.), my wonderful hubby who has stepped up to keep the household running smoothly and who cares for me with more TLC than I could ever imagine or deserve, for modern day miracle drugs and a great hospital with a great staff. 
As a friendly reminder, don't text and drive and don't text your nearest and dearest when you're not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, nor the sharpest knife in the get the idea.

Hugs and Grace,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash - May

Another month with no money spent on anything cross-stitch related.  5 Months with not a penny spent!!!   :)   I've been so focused on stitching the Wolf and my on-the-go project, I just haven't felt the "need" (lol) or desire to buy anything......yet.  I know my time is coming.  It will be fun to see what finally tempts me to go 'off the wagon'.     :)

Hugs and Grace,

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Watching the Wolf Grow

I've really been purposely trying to get needle in hand nearly every day for at least a few minutes for the past couple of weeks.  I've been amazed at how 20 minutes here and there can make.  It's fun to watch the wolf begin to "flesh out".  I have SO much stitching left on this design, but I'm happy with the progress.

On another stitching note, I've started a new "on-the-go" project.  One of my son's just bought a new home that has a  man cave  just for his stuff.  (I think just like many wives, his wife wants to give him a room to keep all his "stuff" in just so she doesn't have to look at on a daily basis.)  Andrew falls into the "Star Wars geek" group, so I kitted up a freebie for him that says "Come to the Dark Side, We have cookies"  by Dorkstitch.  I already had the fabric and floss, so this really IS a freebie for me...always a bonus!  
I have just started the border, so not much to show yet.  I'll keep you posted on any progress on that front.

Photo-dump alert.  In the next couple of days, I'll be doing a few photo-dump posts.  I have pictures from Easter at Disney - incredibly beautiful Easter eggs - as only Disney can do and I also have pictures from the flower and garden show at Epcot.  It would be REALLY nice if I could learn to post these pictures closer to the time I take them.  LOL

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Overwhelmed with Goodness!!!

First of all, thanks go to each of you who sent such thoughtful notes about the loss of our little sweet pup.  So many of you related all to well to the pain that losing a beloved pet can bring to a family.  You lifted us up and we stand on your shoulders, thank you!!!  Right now, we're in the middle of that awkward, "Do we want another dog?" phase.  Surprisingly,  the hubby, who before we got our girl, repeatedly stated, "This is NOT my dog!", is ready to bring another little pup home.  He never realized before how much life a pup can bring to a home. It was fun to watch him make that transition.  I think I'm a little on the fence.  I DO want another dog.  I'm just not sure it's been long enough yet.  Ian is in the camp of not wanting to set himself up to get hurt so much again, when the time would come to eventually let another pet go.  This is definitely an issue where every family member has to be on the same page, so we'll wait, let time pass and revisit the issue again, when we're all ready.  I'm sure that somewhere out there, there is a little chin that needs our goofy style of love and when the time is right...we'll bring it on home!  :)

Now, for the GREAT news!!!  The wonderful stitching blogger, Edgar, generously had a give-away for his blogging anniversary.  I was so thrilled to be notified that I had won!!!!  Edgar went so far above and beyond on goodies for his give-away...I was just blown away!!!!  Wanna see my lovelies????

Ya'all, This chocolate smelled so good, I didn't know whether to eat it or dab it behind my ears!!!  Everyone who knows me knows that I love me some good chocolate and Edgar went over the top with these goodies!  This was especially fun for me because I don't have access to any of these types of chocolate.  I feel like such a decadent princess!!   :)

Then, there was this....

And then....Edgar had asked whether I had a preference for coffee or tea,  I can be in moods for either at times, but mostly, my heart goes towards tea....Look at what he sent!
Isn't this just the cutest?  I have wanted one of these personal teapot/cup combo's.  I've just never bought one.  This is so perfect for me.  I again have that princess attitude rocking.  :)  I've already used this to brew a cup of the licorice tea.  It was heavenly and tasted extra special because Edgar had chosen such a special gift for me.

But wait...there's MORE!!!
Here's something I never even mentioned to Edgar but somehow, he seemed to know.  I love to collect mugs from lots of different places.  I have a mug shelf that displays my much-loved destination mugs.  I didn't have a San Fran mug, so this is so awesome!!!

Okay, this is the part that is going to make me tear up...Edgar asked if there was anything particular to San Francisco that I might like.  (Backstory here - Ian has had one heck of a year, probably his most challenging ever.  Health-wise, he's faced some scary medical choices that adults shouldn't even have to make, (and then battle back from those choices),  he's lost friends, he lost his dog and a whole lot of other challenges that I won't share here...suffice to say, other than getting into the school of his choice and getting a gnarly scholarship, he's had a pretty crap-tastic year).  Ian has an interest in all things Japanese.  He's studied the history, the art, the culture, the technology and especially, the language).  He lives in Florida, so you'd think that he'd pick something like Spanish or, because of his heritage, Chinese.  But kid has to love Japanese.  He worked really hard to learn to read, write and speak Japanese. (I still struggle with English!  LOL)
Okay, with all that in mind, I asked Edgar if there was any way he might send something for Ian that had anything Japanese-related.  He said that he was making a trip to Japan town and asked for something specific that Ian might like.  I asked Ian and he said something with "good fortune" in Japanese.  Because he's had such a rough year, he thought some "good fortune" wouldn't hurt.  :)
Edgar went so far above and beyond...we just can't believe it.
This is what Edgar sent!  A candle with the good fortune symbol (smells divine!) and...
the PENDANT!!!!!  (I was trying to be artistic by making a heart with the chain, I should've just taken a picture of the pendant, but photography isn't my strong suit).
I wish you could have seen Ian's face when he saw the pendant.  I saw 12-months of stress just melt away from him.  Ian found a black rope to put the pendant on.  Ian is over-the-moon tickled with this. He said it's sort of his "battle of courage" for fighting through this year and coming out on top.
He loves it and I just love Edgar and Ricco for putting so much time and thought into gifts for us.
They just couldn't have chosen anything that we would have loved more and enjoyed so much!
May you both be blessed beyond how you have blessed others!!!!

I told you I was overwhelmed with goodness!!!!!

Hugs and Grace,

Friday, May 02, 2014

Rainbow Bridge...

Our Sweet Little Love

We had to let our little sweetie go to the Rainbow Bridge today. She has been struggling with congestive heart failure and lung and kidney issues.  We've tried all sorts of medicines...knowing that when it was her time to go, she'd let us know.  Sadly, late yesterday, she did indeed show us that she needed to be able to breathe easy and spin and play and eat and enjoy life.  She was no longer able to do those things on this side of the today, she went on ahead of us.
We are so fortunate that our county's humane society has a "Rainbow Bridge Chapel" where you can bring your fur baby's for their last few minutes on earth.  It was so beautiful...stained glass windows and soft furniture to sit on to hold your sweet ones when they pass.  We had all the time we needed with her and were treated with overwhelming kindness.  Previous to this, we had taken our pets to our vet when their time came.  I always hated those metal tables.  This was so different and I am so grateful to all the donors who created such a special, special place for those of us who love our animals, oh so much.

We made the decision to have her cremated and Ian picked a lovely box for her remains.  Our hearts are broken...and the tears flow freely.  I wouldn't trade the pain though...pain comes from wonderful memories and lots of unconditional love and trust.  Our little love was a rescue and when we first got her, she would sit in her crate and shiver with fear.  After a few days, she'd venture out a bit at a time...and then she made the leap of faith to trust us...and she learned how to rule our roost!  :)

I miss you so much, my little stitching buddy.  I purposely stitched a few of your hairs into Ian's wolf project... You'll be in our hearts and have our love...forever.

Hugs and Grace,

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I should have tried this years ago!

So, whoo-hoo, it's almost the end of April and I still haven't spent a single cent on anything needlework related.  I'm participating in the "Stitch from Stash"challenge this year and so far, so good!
For heaven's sake, I haven't even been spending any of the monthly allowed allotment! 
I have been really focused on finishing my wolf wip and on my "Sheep Virtue" as my take-along.
I can honestly say that I have immensely enjoyed seeing all the goodies that ya'all are stitching on and that I love being "enabled", but this challenge has shown me that I don't "need" to own/or stitch every wonderful project that I see.  It's okay that I can just love your projects from afar!
 I will say that I have some pretty groovy "wanna buys" on my list for my "reward" of finishing the wolf, so stay tuned.  I figure I'll have the wolf done in about 77 years or somewhere thereabouts, so the new stash will be coming...eventually.!   :)

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, April 14, 2014

The better to see you with, my dear...

I must definitely be making some progress. My wolf has TWO, count 'em, TWO eyes now!  :)
It was always a little quirky to be working on this design while he had only one eye.  LOL
I had some definitely needed stitchy time over the week-end and I tried to put it to good use.  I still have a long way to go before this will be finished, (I'm hoping by Christmas????) but forward progress is forward progress and whenever I get the chance to make some x's, I'm a happy camper.

Just in case you forgot, this is what the finish line will (hopefully!) look like for this project.

Hugs and Grace,

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Wolf Update

How's that for a clever blog title?  I sometimes think that coming up with something clever as a post title is the hardest part of blogging!
I've had a wee bit of stitching time lately...and this is the progress that I have made with that time.
I'm enjoying this project way more than I thought I would...I think the fact that I'm making it as a "once in a lifetime" gift for our not-so-little guy is adding joy to the all the little x's.
I do miss doing smaller projects though. I don't think this is going to be the year of Christmas ornament for me - this wolf is a true BAP.
I do have a small on-the-go project but lately, due to the beautiful weather we've been having, my "on the go" time has been spent "going" to play tennis.  Add in a couple of fun days here and there at Disney (The flower show is going on now at Epcot.  I have lots of pictures to share of that in up-coming posts)  and finishing up home school with the not-so-little's senior year and it's been a bit busy around here.  (I may or may not have spent some time missing my little J-Luv a whole lot too!)

BTW, let's not talk about the gator's loss last night.  Sad, sad, sad.  My bracket was already a mess after all the upsets at March Madness this year, but I still had a chance if my gator's would have pulled off the big win.  Oh well, football season is just around the corner....

I'll be back soon with what I'm sure will prove to be yet another awe-inspiring post title.  :)

Hugs and Grace,

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Hugga"'s Memories

I sure hope you want to see pictures of my little J-Luv, because I've got LOTS of them!
First, let me explain "Hugga".  When Jackson was born and I was officially a "Grandma" - due to blended families, I was one of three of Jackson's grandma's.  So as not to confuse the little tyke, I decided that I wanted him to call me "Gigi".  All was well, until Jackson's recent visit.
We tried and tried to get J-Luv to call me "Gigi".  Nope...didn't happen.  Then, we tried and tried to get him to call me "grandma".  Nope...didn't happen.  J-Luv decided that I was "Hugga".  Every time he wanted to be with me, he would always say "Hugga".  I LOVE giving and receiving hugs, so "Hugga" works well for me.  I'm pretty sure that one day,  he'll call me "Gigi"...but if I always remain his "Hugga", I'll be a happy camper!  On the other hand, Grandpa was immediately "Bampa".  We had a WONDERFUL two weeks being hands-on Hugga and Bampa!

The "King" of the Castle
(Okay, so this is the little guy in front of Cinderella's Castle at Disney, but he was definitely the king of OUR castle!)     :)

My beautiful little beach boy! He LOVED playing in the world's largest sandbox!
He loved trying out new parks!
(and though he didn't say it, I'm pretty sure he enjoyed being "hugga's" little "fashionista"- who says boys don't like to rock plaid?!)  LOL
 Oh, how he loved the parks!  :)

Checking out fishing poles w/ Bampa

Bampa and Hugga "might" have endulged him w/ a little slide of his own.

He was so stinkin' cute w/ Pluto and Minnie.  He LOVED visiting them!

Every cute lil Disney Visitor needs their own "ears"

Mimicking Snow White...I swear, this wasn't staged!  :)

Okay, okay...enough pictures for one blog post.  Don't worry, I have LOTS more that I'll be sharing in the days/weeks/months/years to come.  Suffice it to say that J-luv had Bampa and Hugga wrapped tightly around his heart.  We feel so blessed that we had the time to spoil enjoy him so much.  He won't ever remember our visit together, but we'll NEVER forget it!!!!
Hugs and Grace,

Monday, March 24, 2014

No stitching, No stash

I'm very happy to say that this month I didn't spend a single cent on stash.  Now, if you would ask me if I had spent "more than a single cent" on my little baby-love Jackson,  I would be a hot mess.  Lol.
Because of  our wonderful visit, I've had neither time for stitching nor stashing.  I have lots and Lots and LOTS of pictures to post soon.  Now that my favorite little family is back at their home safe and sound, I have a bit more time to stitch.  I'll have an up-date pic on that as well.  In addition, our own not-so-little guy received some Whoo-hoo news in regards to being admitted to his college of choice AND in receiving a scholarship to said college.  It's been a wonderful month around here - one to remember and treasure forever!!!


Sunday, March 02, 2014

Grandma Paws

I am just one big 'ole giddy Grandma this week!!!  The little guy pictured above is coming to spend a week with his "GiGi"!  His mama and daddy (my son) are going on a cruise (to celebrate surviving the little guys' first year) so Grandma and Grandpa and the not-so-little Uncle are going to be watching this cutie while they're away.

I swear, I feel like I have hours and minutes counted until I get "mama paws" on my son and his wife and "grandma paws" on my little J-bug.  It's been a while since we've had a little one around here, so we're hoping we remember the basics.  (we already have the head-over-heels love for Jackson part down pat!)

We have some fun adventures planned for Jackson and have built in lots of time for running and chasing.  I wouldn't mind some cuddle & snuggle time, but I'm not sure this busy little just-turned-one is going to go along with that.  :)

No matter what, I am just so thankful to have this time with all my sweeties.  The fun starts Thursday...I just have to be really patient for a few more days (hours and minutes!)   :)

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

No more goat!

To the victor goes the spoils, ladies and gents.  All the votes have been tallied and for sure, this IS a WOLF!!!!

The nasty "this looks like a goat" theory has finally been squashed around these here parts and everyone has agreed that the finished piece really will be a wolf.     :)

I am really enjoying working on this piece.  I've been stretched a little thin for stitching minutes lately, (all for good reasons!) so I'm only getting in 20-30 stitches at a time, but every stitch made is (hopefully!) a stitch in the direction of a finish.

Hugs and Grace,

Friday, February 21, 2014

The confused people who work at Visa.

Yup, two months and the poor folks who work at Visa are probably beginning to think they might need to send a nice fruit basket to my house because my "charging" habits have slowed dramatically.

I've safely made it through another month w/o spending a Penney on anything stitching-related.
This challenge has encouraged me to get real with what I have on hand vs what I still love.
I've done a lot of sorting and labeling...It's a joy to finally be so organized.

I have to admit to being tempted by some of the goodies that I've seen from the latest market...we'll see how long the resolve can hold.  In the meantime, I'm still plugging away on ye olde BAP wolf design for our son.  I'll try to post an up-date pic this weekend.   :)

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Is it a goat? Is it a wolf?

You've heard the expression "Sheep in Wolf's clothing", well, meet my "Goat in Wolf's clothing".  The "funny" guys that I live with think that the wolf that I'm stitching looks more like a goat than an actual wolf.  This is EXACTLY why they're called "works in progress", am I right?
This is a slow stitch for me due to the great wolf debacle of 2012.  I don't want to make another un-fixable boo-boo in this project...(this is my second time attempting to stitch this design!)  I really want this to be a "once in a lifetime" gift for the not-so-little guy at our house and I want to get it right.
Therefore, I'm trying to be extra-careful, which is slowing down an already "stitches at a snails pace" stitcher.
Hopefully, my next update will show the emerging of the WOLF that I'm stitching on!!!  :)

Grace and Hugs,
(Dang, now that I'm really looking at this picture, it does "kinda" look like a goat, huh???)  LOL

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stitching from Stash - January

I made it through the first month without spending a Penney! I'm participating in the Epic Stash Project.    It was a wee bit hard, but really wanting to finish the wolf for Ian has kept me motivated to stitch what I already have.  I think by next month, I'll probably fall off the wagon just a wee bit, as my needle supply is quickly dwindling...
So far, so good!  If I keep up at this pace, Visa is sure to call to see if I'm still among the living because there haven't been any $ charges made to xs stores.  Lol

Month one down:  ELEVEN to go - ACK!!!!!      LOL

Hugs and grace,

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kidney Stones & Kidney Infections - Ugh...

Jus' Sayin'..........

Hugs and Grace,