Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Today I'm posting pictures of some of the things I've stitched in the past and have in my home. Most of the things I have stitched were given to others as gifts. This is a quilted/cross-stitched wall hanging I did in 1994. I did the cross-stitch and my mom made it into a small quilt for me. It is my favorite thing I have done that is hanging in my house.
The picture above hangs over my sink in the kitchen. In the small box in the middle it says,
"Vicki's Country Kitchen." I still like my country decorating, even if it isn't the style anymore! LOL I did it in 1993. It came from an old Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine.
This hangs over my roll-top desk in my den. I love farm themes and cows. Before my husband and I separated, we had a farm. We had a couple of horses, lots of cows, cats, and a dog. I really miss the farm. I'm not sure where this graph came from. I finished this in 1996. It says, "For I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. Phil. 4:11." This is one of my favorite verses from the Bible.
The welcome above hangs in my entry hall. It came from one of my old magazines, but again I don't know which one. I finished this in 1987, before my husband and I separated. I was really impressed when my framer made the mat so perfect!
The sampler above is one of the hardest things I've cross-stitched. I started it in 1991, right after I left my husband, and finished it in 1994. It is a reproduction of an antique sampler, The Agnes Eland Hick's Sampler. The original was stitched in 1858. A funny story about this sampler - (although it wasn't funny at the time!) my son and daughter would get jealous if I did other things that didn't involve them. They were 5-years-old and 3-years-old. My daughter (3) would hide the books I was reading, and my son (5) cut this sampler! Luckily he cut it in the border that didn't show when it was framed. I was so upset!
This cross-stitched piece is very precious to me. I didn't do it. My dad did! My mother had started cross-stitching back in 1979 when I started. Finally in the early 90s my dad expressed an interest in trying it. So my mom taught him. He was very good at it and did quite a few pieces. He did this in 1992. He also did it for my brother and sister and gave them to us that Christmas. Now that he is not with us anymore, this is very special!
I have other things that I will show at another time. I have noticed something while posting these pictures - I really like Welcomes! LOL I didn't realise I had so many hanging in my home!
I haven't done much stitching today. I've had a migraine headache. I have managed to go through some things in the garage (I'm trying to get it cleaned out!) The headache has been coming and going, so I've worked during the "going" parts. LOL Better go - my head's not hurting much now - maybe I can get some stitching in! Happy stitching!
Friday, December 29, 2006
This is my latest ornament. I'm still in a Christmas mood, I guess. This was in The Cross Stitcher magazine, Dec. 2006. They are tiny ornaments for a Christmas wreath that you cross-stitch. There are 8 of them. I'm going to do all of the ornies, but not the wreath. My tree is small, so these little ornies will look great on it. This is 1.5 inches square. It is stitched on 14 count vinyl weave. The border is gold metallic. It is backed with felt. Some of the other little ornies have the light effects thread in them. This is the first time I have used light effects. I also worked on the Picnic Sweatshirt. I'm about half finished with it. Too tired today to post the pictures of old work hanging in my house. Will do it later. Have a great day!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
My pictures did not come out in the order that I wanted them to, but I'll just let it go. The picture above is my mom's totebag. I wish the picture was better, but I guess it will do. She is very happy with the bag. I am also very happy with the bag.
This is our Christmas tree with my homemade ornaments on it. These are ornaments I've made last year and this year. I have a BIG box of ornaments I have collected over the years, but since my son's death, I can't look at them. Maybe someday I'll be able to use them again.
The small glass balls are purple. They look black in this picture. DD picked them out - purple is her favorite color.
This is my darling daughter. She's seventeen and very pretty, if I do say so myself!
This is the piece I stitched for the new great-nephew we are expecting in January. I'm going to get a frame for it in the next few days. They decorated his nursery in a jungle theme. So this is a wild animal alphabet. I really enjoyed stitching this!
The bag above is my niece's bag. I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I am stitching this design again for a square for Hannah at Love Quilts. The theme for her quilt is flowers and bugs. I also plan to stitch it for myself to make into a pillow for summer.
And last but not least, the bag above is my sister's bag. I took this picture before I took off the stitched piece and cut it down some. It looked much better after I redid it.
I've also taken pictures of some of the stitching I have done that is hanging in my house. I'll show those later. I'm out of time now. Happy stitching!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
1. [X] I have walked into a glass/screen door.
2. [x] I have tripped on my shoelace and fallen.
3. [X] I have choked on my own spit.
4. [ ] I’ve seen the Matrix a bunch of times and still don’t get it.
5. [ ] I type only with my pointer fingers.
6. [x] I have caught something on fire.
7. [ ] I’ve told a cop to buzz off and gotten screwed for it.
8. [x] I have attempted to sip out of a straw but it accidently went into my nose, rather than my mouth. (I thought I was the only one who had done this. I was in college and was trying so hard to impress a young man I had just met. LOL It still remains the most embarrassing moment of my life!)
9.  I have thought of something funny that happened yesterday, and laughed out loud and people looked at me weird.
10. [X] I’ve caught myself drooling. (at night, because of my c-pap machine)
11. [ ] I’ve accidentally caused an explosion.
12. [ ] If someone says the word “fart”, I can’t help but laugh.
13. [ ] I’ve been into a “Do Not Enter” one way road plenty of times.
14. [x ] Sometimes I just…stop thinking, & zone out.
15. [ ] Is it POSSIBLE to lick your elbow?
16. [ ] I just tried to lick my elbow.
17. [ ] People often shake their heads and walk away from me.
18. [x] People often tell me to use my “inside voice”
19. [ ] Gum has fallen out of my mouth while talking.
20.  I use my fingers to do simple math.
21. [ ] I’ve jumped off a moving bicycle.
22. [ ] I ate a bug for $5 or less.
23. [x] I’m taking this test when I should be doing something more important.
24. [ ] I repost chain letters because I’m scared of what they threaten will happen if I don’t.
25. [ ] I’ve removed my pants when I was with friends.
26. [ ] I’ve ran around naked when I was with friends.
27. [x] I’ve searched all over the place for something, and then realized it was in my hand the whole time. (This is due to old age!LOL)
28. [ ] I break a lot of things.
29. [ ] My friends know not to use big words on me.
30. [ ] I put my head to the side when I’m confused.
31. [X] Sometimes I start telling a story and suddenly forget what I’m talking about. (Again - old age!)
32. [x] I’ve fallen out of my chair before.
33. [ ] When I’m laying in bed, I sometimes stare at the ceiling and try to find pictures and words in the texture.
Tally up your number of x’s. MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 3 TO GET YOUR PERCENTAGE. Repost this as “I am 36% stupid”.
I'm surprised that the percentage isn't higher! LOL Here I sit doing this when I should be finishing my mom's piece. I'm going to get started right now! LOL
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
This is the piece for my niece's totebag. I did this in one week! Of course, I stitched almost all day each day! I really like it and plan to do one for myself to make into a pillow. I am also doing it for a charity square for Hannah G. at Love Quilts. It is Picnic Sweatshirt designed by Diane Arthurs from Imaginating, Inc. The scanned picture is darker than it really is. I just adore the ants and ladybugs! I love bright colors and, like I said before, folkartsy stuff. But after Christmas I'm going to try some Quaker things. I've been so inspired by what I've seen on other blogs.
We had our teacher-friends party last Saturday. We had a great time! Everyone really liked their ornaments. I randomly passed out the ornaments except the one for the snowman collector, but each person got one that really matched their personality. I couldn't believe it! I got lots of neat stuff - lotion, shower gel, Christmas magnet, ivy plant, photo cube, and lottery tickets! We had a ball scrapping them to see if we had won. Two women won - one $2.00 and one $3.00.
I didn't win anything. I'm not a lottery person, but I like getting them from other people!
I only have to finish the cross-stitch for my mom's tote and put all the pieces on the totebags and I'll finally be ready for Christmas. I can't believe I actually got them done. I only have a little bit to do on my mom's. I should be able to finish it tomorrow. I also need to make a pillow for my daughter. I'll post a picture of what I stitched for her later. I don't want her to see it 'til Christmas.
While I was stitching today, DD was also stitching. She's doing a Noah's ark. She is very good, especially since she's only stitched 4 things. The Noah's ark she's doing is a kit and it's pretty hard. Her best friend, Alex, was here, too. She wanted to learn to cross-stitch, too. So I taught her how today. She's doing a very simple reindeer ornament that I found on the net. It's very cute, and she is really a natural stitcher. She's doing a very good job. Well, better go to bed so I can get up early in the morning and get started on my stitching! Have a great day!
Friday, December 15, 2006
I've finally finished the teacher-friends' ornaments. The one on the top is the last one I stitched. The other one is one I've already shown before, but I wanted to show how it looked finished. They all turned out so cute! I won't show all of them. Too many pictures. I put red felt on the backs of them so the stitching back wouldn't show. The party is tomorrow, so I got them finished just in time! It will be so much fun to see these friends again.
Yesterday I went shopping all day and got most of my gifts. I just haven't found something for the men yet. I always have trouble coming up with ideas for them.
DD quit her job yesterday. She didn't like her boss. Of course, she would quit before Christmas when she hasn't bought any presents for her friends, and she has spent all the money she has made on other stuff. Now she expects me to give her money for her friends' gifts. And money is very tight this year. She knew I was expecting her to use her own money to buy for her friends! Plus now I will have to give her money for gas for her car, also. Teenagers!
We had a very good time today. DD and I like to play board games. I had bought the game Life for my great-niece, but then decided to give her some Barbie clothes instead. SO we decided to keep the game since we've lost most of the parts to the Life game we had. I beat her twice (which I rarely do) and she won once. I really enjoy doing things with her.
Well, I'm going to go. I like to watch The Ghost Whisperer and it's on. Happy stitching!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Saturday, December 9, 2006
My family is trying to figure out what we are going to do about Christmas. We have always gone to my mom and dad's on Christmas Day for our family dinner and gift exchange. But last year, my dad went into the hospital the day after Christmas Day and died 2 weeks later. My mom and dad were SO close. I' m not sure she can handle having Christmas at her house. I'm having trouble because of the loss of my son and my dad. However, we're afraid that if we don't get together, someone else in our family may pass away and we'll regret not getting together. After losing a son at such a young age and so unexpectedly, you realize that you can lose anyone at anytime.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
Sunday, December 3, 2006
little pattern had 13 colors and lots of backstitching.
The ornie below was the first teacher-friend ornament kit that I stitched. It is for my friend that collects snowmen. She decorates her condo with them every winter. She has them everywhere. When I go to her place, I really get in the holiday spirit. She gives the Christmas parties every year. It's a brunch. She is a marvelous cook. We have the best time - eating, talking, laughing, reminiscing, etc. We worked together over 20 years and shared many life experiences with each other. We are like a very close family. They were there when I got married, had my babies, had illnesses, had surgeries, lost my son, lost my father, etc. It's not often you work with people who become such close friends. I truly thank God for each and every one of them.
Saturday, December 2, 2006
I've decided to do the rest of the ornaments for my teacher-friends before I work on any other Christmas stitching, because the party is 2 weeks from today.
Angelsan wanted to know how I am going to attach the cross-stitched piece to the totebags. On the first bag, I used an iron-on double-sided adhesive to attach it to the front of the bag. Then using my sewing machine, I stitched around it right next to the border. I will show a picture as soon as I get one. Obviously the bag is too big to put on my scanner. LOL
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
These are pictures of the squares I have stitched so far for charity. The first is a small square for Friends 2 Seniors. I had a hard time with it. I kept messing up on the cats. I'm not a cat person and didn't really enjoy stitching them. They must not like me much either! LOL This pattern came from a leaflet named Towels & Mugs & More Oh My! by Graph-it Arts.
The dinosaur square is for Quilts 4 Kids. It will go in a dinosaur-themed quilt for any child. This pattern was in an old magazine named Cross-Stitch Plus, Jan., 1993.
The last square is for a little girl named Taylor at Love Quilts. This pattern is from Priscilla's Babyland by Gloria and Pat.
I really enjoy stitching for charity. I can't wait to get back to it after finishing my Christmas stitching.
I had an awful time with these pictures and trying to type beside them. It just kept messing up!
KD left for Hilton's Head after lunch and I have really been lonesome since then. I got kind of used to him being around. We watched football games together and talked a lot. Things we didn't do when we were together. He will be back at Christmas.
Yesterday DD told us she wanted a new CD player for her car, and that they had them on sale at Best Buy. So her dad takes off to get her one after she left for work. They had sold out; so he decided to stop in Columbia today on his way back to Hilton's Head and see if the Best Buy there had one. Then in comes DD today, after he had left, with a new CD player for her car. I quickly called him to stop him from buying one, but I was too late. He had gotten her one at Wal-Mart in Columbia. He's going to return it, because the one she bought had more "stuff" that she wanted on it. Why do teenagers tell you what they want for Christmas and then go out and buy it themselves??? We ought to just give her the money and let her buy her own presents!
Well, it's very late and I should head to bed. I started this post Sunday night and finished it on Monday. Have a good day!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Today my son's best friend came to visit and ate lunch with us. He has really had a hard time since my son's death. He is like my own son and has always called me Mom. When he was little (he and my son had been friends since they were 4-years-old and in daycare together), he would not eat hardly anything! It was so awful trying to fix something he would eat. My own children were not picky eaters at all. They would always eat anything I fixed. Finally, I made sloppy joes (my recipe) and he loved them! Since then he always wants me to fix sloppy joes everytime he comes. We had a very good time today and shed a few tears together.
DD left to go to work. She is a waitress in a local restaurant. I haven't eaten there yet. She's only been working there 2 weeks. Her dad and I are going to eat dinner there tonight and sit in her section. She doesn't know; we are surprising her! Well I THOUGHT we were surprising her - her dad just told me that he told her we were going to eat there! He can't ever keep a secret!
I will post pictures of my c-stitch work real soon. DD has promised to help me; she has a site on my space. Got to go and start another ornament.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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