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,
*Sharon


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,
Sharon


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,
*Sharon



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Easter - Grand Floridian Style

Okay, you know when you're posting pictures from Easter while you're sipping a pumpkin spice latte', you're REALLY behind on posting pictures.  I think we can look at this in two ways;
on the one hand, we can think, "Holy Cow, this goober is REALLY far behind" OR....we can think, "Holy Cow, this goober is helping us consider travel plans for Spring 2016".
Either way, here we go with the pictures from the Grand Floridian Resort (Disney Property Resort).
All the eggs are completely edible.  The artwork is stunning!







These are just a few of the eggs that were on display.  Each one was just so amazing!

The good news about seeing the eggs - you don't have to be a guest at the Grand Floridian to see the eggs.  (Although, it's a BEAUTIFUL property.  I'm sure anyone would enjoy staying there!)
As long as you have a pass to Disney World, you can hop on the monorail and go from the magic kingdom, make one transfer and you'll be transported straight to the front door of the Grand 
Floridian.  Then, you can hop back on the monorail and go to whatever park you decide to visit.
Another HUGE reason why Easter/Spring is a good time to visit, other than the wonderful weather, is that the Flower Show takes place at Epcot in the spring.  So, if you plan your trip just right, you can enjoy both the egg displays and the flower show!  Some of my up-coming posts will show lots of pictures from the flower show.  

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the eggs... (oh, and it's okay if you think that I'm the goober who's just REALLY far behind!)   :)

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Thanks go out to everyone who entered the give-away.  I wrote all names on post it notes, folded them all exactly alike and put them into a hat.  Our snarky teenage son pulled the winner's name...
Congratulations to Dizzy!  I wish I could do a give away to everyone, but keep your ears to the ground.  Over the next couple of months, I have committed to being brutally honest with my stash...what do I absolutely love and what do I absolutely know that I will stitch (in THIS lifetime!).  If an item doesn't fit into either category, I'll be giving away some of it here on my blog. If I'm not going to stitch it, I want to make sure it goes to a home of a stitcher who might enjoy it.!
I'll post a picture of what's in the give-away box, once it's been received by Diane.  I don't want to spoil the surprise for her.  Again, nothing fancy, just some small little things that I enjoy.

Travel pictures will be going up in the next couple of days! 

Again, thanks for visiting!

Hugs and Grace!
*Sharon

Saturday, September 05, 2015

A give-away and time to roll the scroll...


Sorry I didn't put up my give-away post up earlier.  It's been one of "those" weeks where anybody, everybody and everything has needed (and deserved!) my attention. So, here goes:

I'm doing a drawing for a give-away.  Let's not get our bloomers in a bunch over this...it's a small give-away of some of my favorite things.  These are non-stitchy related items.   It's not an $$$ give-away, so if you're thinking you're going to ebay any of the items for major bucks, you're fresh out of luck.  LOL  These are just some fun things that I love and use on an almost daily basis.  Please toss your hat into the ring in the comments.  I will put all names into a hat (seriously, yes, I'm using a hat!) and our youngest son will draw the winner next Saturday.  I'll post the winner's name immediately thereafter.  Again, If you're here reading, please enter!   :)

I hit the point this morning where my millennium frame needed to roll up a wee bit for me to be able to stitch the bottom part of the wedding stitch for my son and his fiance.  I decided to take it off the scroll and take a picture of the work I have finished so far.  I still have lots of ribbons and stems to stitch and then personalize it, but so far I'm really happy with how it's turning out.
I know you're probably getting pretty tired of seeing the same piece over and over.  I so appreciate your lovely comments you've left for me.
(Again, it's "Cherished Wedding" designed by Ursala Michael, Janlyn Kit)

I've decided that come 2016, I'm going to go all ape-crazy and set up some kind of whacky rotation system.  Hang on kids, it might be a bumpy ride....   :)

I've also been going through our photos and editing a lot of them.  I am so far behind in posting "travel-type" pics.  There are some pretty neat ones that I can't wait to share.  Hopefully, I'll be able to post some in the next couple of weeks.  (you might not be too thrilled with the thought of travel pics, but I can promise a lot are Disney and a LOT are food...hopefully that will tempt you a bit?)  lol

Thank you so much for coming to my little spot in the world. I so appreciate the time that you spend with me.  I hope each of you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon