Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4

Friday, November 17, 2017

Never Enough Pink

Hi friends! Today I am sharing with you two surprise presents Brian has given me since we have moved into this apartment. First, I must explain that since Murphy is 14 years old and going blind, we have used a night light in our bedroom, where he sleeps in a bed on the floor at night, since we have gotten him. He won't lay down to sleep without a night light.

So a few weeks ago Brian was out running errands which included Target. He came home with this night light. An upgrade for me or Murphy? Hmm.
She is adorable though, right? I am sure they did not make these for half blind 14 year old miniature poodles or for 48 year old women, but hey!

The second gift is also a winner. This one left me stunned. I refused to accept it at first. Brian insisted. I am very much a saver and penny pincher, that is why!
He says we are going to sell my old white Kitchen Aid mixer on Craigslist. The one we got as a wedding present 25 years ago and still works beautifully. This one is has my name written all over it he says. He says, "You should see your face when you look at this mixer!" He also got a smaller one because our kitchen is smaller. I hope that is not a problem. I think it may mean I can no longer make a double batch of chocolate chip cookies. And this gang loves their chocolate chip cookies! Brian says we will deal with it.
The last audio book I finished was Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. Have you ever read this book? I liked it. I find the actual lives of the Bronte sisters very interesting.
In an effort to save her family from poverty, a young woman takes employment as a governess and discovers the great difficulties, instability, and even abuse that accompany her new position in Victorian society.

Based on Brontรซ’s own experiences as a governess, Agnes Grey is a poignant tale that explores the repression of women as well as the coming of age of a young and memorable heroine.
 I am now listening to To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon. I absolutely love this book. I love every book by Jan Karon. I know I am going to go back and LISTEN to the whole Mitford series. The books just make me feel good! And laugh. How many books make you feel really good?

I am still stitching on Christmas ornaments. Maybe some sneak peaks next time.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! I am so glad you stopped by!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


























Monday, November 13, 2017

White Linen

Hi friends! Have you seen any snow yet? We had just the smallest amount of flurries on Friday. Nothing much. That is fine by me!

I finished the white linen valance for the boys' room. I was not so sure about the ruffle on the bottom. I think I made it slightly too rufflie. I am not taking it apart and redoing it however! It does not bother me that much.winking faceI randomly spaced 1/4" pin tucks across the valance width.
I made this valance like I did the previous two. I see something I like on Pinterest and just study the picture and kinda figure out how to make it on my own. I have had this white linen in my stash now for years.
The guys like it. They seem to like whatever window treatments I make in their rooms. This is a lot less exciting than the rainbow dinosaur window valances I remember making when they were very little.smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes
This can be seen right out the boys' bedroom window.
I am stitching a Christmas ornament.(Not the kit I was waiting for. Still waiting!!) No pictures there.

I also have more sewing to share with you next time. I can't help myself. I know I said I was going to do stitching now, but, well, I can't stand the state of undoneness around here. So I am also working on a few things.winking face

I hope you all have a great week my friends! Thank you for stopping by. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I enjoy reading them.

Stitching and sewing and praying,
Vickie



























Friday, November 10, 2017

Still Sewing Over Here

Hi friends! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement you have left me. Your comments brighten my day.
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It has turned cold here. Frost every night. Shivering poodles every morning. I wish I could get a sweater on grumpy, old Murphy, but I may not have fingers left after the experience.
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Here is the linen valance that I completed for the bathroom.
Does it look familiar? Yes, it is the same as the kitchen valance, just different dimensions. The scallop template for the kitchen did not work for the bathroom window. So I had fun figuring out the scallops two separate times!! NOT! It's done now though, and I am pleased.
I had the pink linen in my stash for years. So that is always nice and a benefit!

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I am behind in telling you about the books I have listened to. Back before we moved, I finished listening to Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford. I have not been disappointed by one of Jamie Ford's books yet. This was not my favorite of his, but still good.
From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair.

“An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story that shines a light on a fascinating, tragic bit of forgotten history.”—Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale

For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. But only once he’s there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off—a healthy boy “to a good home.”

The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam’s precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known—and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he’s always desired.

But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love.

Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle’s second World’s Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters.

Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolations is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.
I am finishing up the last valance I will be sewing for a while. A white linen one for the boys' room. Then it is on to a few cross stitch Christmas ornaments. I ordered a VERY special Riolis kit  from ABC stitch two and a half weeks ago. It should have been here by now!! I need want it very badly. It is for Madeleine for Christmas this year. I give the kids ornaments every year for St. Nick's. Brian called them yesterday and asked where the order is? After being on the phone for 13 minutes!!!, he was told the order is "on invoice". Um, what?  C'MON ABC STITCH LET'S GO!!!! Please ship it NOW!

I hope you have a super stitchtastic weekend my friends! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



Monday, November 6, 2017

Main Street Monday

Hi friends! These waterfalls are one block away from our apartment here on Main Street. These falls give our little village it's name.
 Here is a faithful friend who watches over the falls across the street.
Thank you so much for stopping by today my friends. I appreciate each and every one of you. I know I have not shown stitching in weeks, I am sorry about that, I just do not have time right now. I am working on one more valance I think. Then I MUST stitch up a few Christmas ornaments! So hang in there if you are visiting for the stitching. It is coming!
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Have a super week my friends!

Sewing and praying,
Vickie
 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Kitchen

Hi friends! Have you missed me? I have missed you. This moving stuff gets harder as you get older!confused faceThere is still plenty to do, but I thought I would try to find a bit of time to show you what I have been up to. I made a valance friends! Woo hoo!  Yes indeed I found time for a bit of sewing. I chose to start with the kitchen. The kitchen is painted that very pale pink I told you about, Martha Stewart Magnolia Blossom. Our appliances are black. So....
Pink and black linen!smiling face with heart-shaped eyesHmm. I just realized I don't have a close up picture of this. Maybe you can click on it and see it up closer? There is a lovely 5/8 inch white ribbon I found at JoAnn that I placed on the valance with iron on adhesive hem tape.

Did you notice Mr. and Mrs. Kitchen?
Are these vintage 40's wall pockets not darling?! I found them on Etsy. I love them. I popped some ferns into them.

And on the left side of the window above the kitchen sink....

 Yes, my same two samplers I had hung in our home on the left side of the kitchen sink there also.





So there is your peek into our kitchen my friends. Things are coming along. I will be back next time with a bathroom peek! Ha!


Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 1John 2:3

Sewing and praying,
Vickie

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Main Street Monday


This is the view out my kitchen window. I am showing you the fire department,Company #1. It is housed in the historic City Hall building which was built in 1929. It is built with brick and  lannon stone.There are several lannon quarries in this area of Wisconsin.  I love the parapets and windows. How about that bell tower?

Sewing and praying,
Vickie












Friday, October 20, 2017

A Peek At The Pink

Hi friends! Busy, busy times.I have not worked on Moonlight Visitor at all. In one week we will be living in the apartment, so we have been packing and moving boxes over. The apartment is one mile away.๐Ÿ˜‰ I do have a very few pictures to share with you. Not much so far, but I have had a LOT of requests to see the pink, so here you go!

This is a living room wall. This paint color is called New House White. It is the palest of the whites with red hues by Behr paint. It seems in the morning to appear totally white. I took this picture at it's pinkest. It did not even seem this pink in real life to me. I was surprised when I viewed it on the computer screen by the amount of pink showing up. (But I like it!!)
This is one of the first things I noticed about our apartment. Yes, I know. Such an important thing, right?๐Ÿ˜‰ Brian said he never noticed this. I fell in love with these glass door knobs instantly. Our building is 150 years old.๐Ÿ˜
I just love these locks. This is the boys' bedroom closet, complete with skeleton key still in the lock.

Here is our lovely, old medicine cabinet. It might be hard to tell, but the bathroom walls are painted Martha Stewart Magnolia Blossom ( a very pale pink).
When my Great Aunt Corrine died I got her kitchen table. NOT her kitchen chairs. My Aunt Kathy took those. Yes, took the chairs. When you are 22 years old, you take what you get.๐Ÿ˜‰ So, after carting this antique table around for all these years, it was not in the best of shape. It is 104 years old now. Solid Maple. It was made by the Wisconsin Chair Company of Port Washington. Not far from here. So cool! 

Good thing our second son, Emerson is a carpenter hey?๐Ÿ˜ It was all just surface damage. That young man sanded it all down, stained it all to match the original color and varnished it. TA DA!
I know. Not a good picture at all. I just don't have time and I only took the camera with me once to the apartment. I will get another one sometime soon. Really. Notice the leaf is in. We will keep it that way. We are more used to those dimensions of the table. The size compares to our present kitchen table which we are selling with the house.

The three chairs seen here are the ones I got for $5 a piece. They needed a little wood glue, and I put new fabric on the seats. I think they are cute. The three other chairs we bought are T backs. So a little mix and match. Oh well!
The grey vinyl flooring you see is in the dining area and the kitchen. The rest of the apartment has wood floors.

More pictures to come my friends! That is it for today though. I have been packing, packing and unloading, unloading. REPEAT!  It is nice that we live only one mile from the apartment. We can run loads of boxes over there when we fill up the car a few times a week. The BIG, final move is next Thursday.

I have been figuring out valances. I had some pink and some white linen in my stash already. I had to order some very pale pink linen. I went to JoAnn and bought some black linen. All the valances will be linen at this house. I have never done the same thing with my curtains or valances over the years at any of our four homes or our first apartment! I enjoy creating new styles.๐Ÿ˜Š

Well, I must get back to packing. Then I will take a break and sew for a bit. For now the cross stitch sits on the side.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed a look into my new world. I always enjoy having you, so come again!

Sewing and praying,
Vickie



Friday, October 13, 2017

๐Ÿฉ

Hi friends! Let me finally share with you the progress I have made on Moonlight Visitor.
I am getting there, slow but sure. Not a lot of stitching time lately. Lots of packing going on. And I have been plotting and planning new valances for the apartment! I have always loved making curtains and valances for our homes. I took home economics in junior high and high school, did you? I loved those classes. I really enjoyed the cooking and sewing AND they were useful classes! For me they certainly were anyhow.
Oh do I have a good book for you! I listened to The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James and I really, really, really liked it a LOT! I could not wait to listen to it each time I had a chance. This basically followed Charlotte's life, and what an interesting life she had!
Though poor, plain, and unconnected, Charlotte Bronte possesses a deeply passionate side which she reveals only in her writings—creating Jane Eyre and other novels that stand among literature's most beloved works. Living a secluded life in the wilds of Yorkshire with her sisters Emily and Anne, their drug-addicted brother, and an eccentric father who is going blind, Charlotte Bronte dreams of a real love story as fiery as the ones she creates.
But it is in the pages of her diary where Charlotte exposes her deepest feelings and desires—and the truth about her life, its triumphs and shattering disappointments, her family, the inspiration behind her work, her scandalous secret passion for the man she can never have . . . and her intense, dramatic relationship with the man she comes to love, the enigmatic Arthur Bell Nicholls.
"Who is this man who has dared to ask for my hand? Why is my father so dead set against him? Why are half the residents of Haworth determined to lynch him—or shoot him?"
From Syrie James, the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a powerfully compelling, intensely researched literary feat that blends historical fact and fiction to explore the passionate heart and unquiet soul of Charlotte Bronte. It is Charlotte's story, just as she might have written it herself.
The electrician came yesterday. At least that part is over and done.  Oh yes! And the painting is ALL done. Brian painted it all. The rest of us prepped and did clean up. I will have pictures eventually. I don't want you all to think the apartment is overwhelmingly pink. Not at all. It is very subtle. Very pale. Very pretty if I must say so myself.๐Ÿ˜˜

Well, back to some packing. Thanks for stopping by today my friends. I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
Me and Murphy strolling down Main Street nowadays. ;) Right!! Ha!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Silver Anniversary

Hi friends! Wow. I can take a break I think.

On the 3rd was Brian and my 25th wedding anniversary. On Saturday we had our celebration. We had a joint party with my mom and her husband, as they will also be married next month for 25 years this year. The party was wonderful. We rented a hall in the town I grew up in. The one my mom and most of my family still lives in. We had family and friends, a meal and a good time.

I had on display this:
Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon
 Do you like the frame Brian and I picked out together? We went to Hobby Lobby to have it done.

And after I gave this to Mom and Jim, we displayed this also:
They loved it and were very appreciative I am happy to announce.๐Ÿ˜Š

I have been stitching just a little on AotH, Moonlight Visitor. I am sorry, I do not have a picture for you today.

I won a giveaway from our friend DJ. This is a super chart. It will make great gifts for friends.๐Ÿ˜‰Sorry DJ, I did not remember to take a picture of the chart AGAIN and I am not putting off posting about this gift from you another day! So I borrowed the picture from your blog.๐Ÿ˜‰

That's it for today for me my friends. Break is over! Back to packing! Oh yes, I must tell you all. The moving date is NOT the 13th, this Friday. It is the 27th. That truly was the original date. The buyer is a first time buyer and also an underwriter at a bank. So she THOUGHT she could move it up to the 13th and was pushing for it, but no, it will be the 27th. That is okay. We have the apartment cleaned and over half painted. Think pink my friends! (Very, very pale pink) Woo hoo! Yes, my husband loves me.๐Ÿ’•

Take good care of yourselves. There is only one you!! And I am so glad YOU came by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie







Monday, October 2, 2017

Winner

Hi friends! We went to the apartment yesterday and cleaned and began painting. The walls were painted grey. Brian asked if we could paint them colors of our choice. Yep!๐Ÿ˜Š But boy, what a LOT of work. And we are going back at it today.๐Ÿ˜

The winner of the "God's Art" chart is our friend Mary. I will have another giveaway soon. I found charts to give away when I had my HUGE clean out of my stash in preparation for the move.
I have read yet another book by my favorite cartoonist, Stephan Pastis. I am trying to read the books in order of publication. This one was published in 2004, and is titled, Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury. I had many laughs of course. This was a fun book.
The Fab Four of the funny pages come together again-this time in their first book treasury.

Rat, Pig, Zebra, and Goat, the central characters of Pearls Before Swine, are back in Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic, the first Pearls Before Swine treasury-supersized for your enjoyment.

But this is no ordinary cartoon treasury. Like the influential Beatles album that inspired the book's title, Sgt. Piggy is full of surprises. In addition to collecting all of the Pearls cartoons that appeared in BLTs Taste So Darn Good and This Little Piggy Stayed Home, cartoonist Stephan Pastis takes readers on a VIP backstage tour of one of the most successful comic strips in newspapers today.

In Sgt. Piggy, Pastis explains the genesis of Pearls (hint: it didn't begin at an artist's easel), why he was initially reluctant to show it to newspaper syndicates (and the surprising reason he changed his mind), the unexpected responses from readers to his work, and which Pearls strips worked and which ones didn't (and how he would have corrected the ones that didn't). The result is a rare and revealing glimpse into the world of Rat, Pig, Goat and Zebra.
I am stitching away on Moonlight Visitor whenever I get the chance. I will show you a picture next time my friends. Off to the apartment I go!

Have a super week! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie