Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4

Monday, September 18, 2017


Hi friends! Guess what? Yep! The house is SOLD! 8 days! It took only 8 days on the market!πŸ˜„ And now guess what?! We close and move out on October 13th!! wOw!! Less than one month now!😲

I do have a finish to share with you. May I present Maisie!
one over one on 40ct cream linen using DMC#640
This wonderful freebie can be found RIGHT HERE. You may notice the freebie is on a French site. It is also not labelled as "Maisie". I am calling her that. Why? Have you not seen the many, many Maisie Dobbs mystery books I have read this year and last?!? I am a HUGE fan of Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs, so I just had to create a Maisie for my cubby shelf. I searched and searched for the right old fashioned lady that represented Maisie to me. It took me months to find her. Lots and lots of searching, but I found her.

I am very happy with this finish. Do you remember how I originally began this piece? Here is another look at it.

I am glad I scrapped that start and just began over again with DMC 640 instead.

I am now back to working on Anniversaries of the Heart.😊 That feels great! I am working on sampler #8, Clara Ellen. This sampler is dedicated to my mom.❤️ I will show you a picture next time.

Well, next up, is to wait for the house inspector to come by. Such fun. NOT. Always something, right?

I hope you have a wonderful week. Thank you for stopping by. Your comments brighten my day.

Stitching and praying,

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Top Five

Hi friends! It is time for me to share my Top Five favorite Christmas ornaments from the JCS 2017 Special Holiday Issue. Except, I am sharing 9!! HA! Out of the "70+ Ornaments" in the magazine, I honestly only see myself stitching these 9. I am just listing them as I came across them in the magazine.
Image result for Just cross stitch 2017 special holiday issue
1.  Hats Off to the Holidays! by SamSarah Design Studio Inc.
2.  Sno-Cone Snowman Drop Ornament by StitchyFish Designs   
So glad to see Lee finally made it into Just Cross Stitch magazine! Just like she said she would!! Congratulations Lee! What an accomplishment!
3.  Modern Nordic Ornament by Ink Circles
4.  A Savior Has Been Born by My Big Toe Designs
5.  Halleluia by Nikyscreations
6.  Joy by Hands On Design
7.  2017 Christmas Bauble by Patricia Ann Designs
8.  Merry & Bright by Lucie Heaton Cross Stitch Designs
9.  Very Merry by Lizzie Kate Inc.
Aren't these great ones? I really like them. Do you? Have you seen this issue? Do you have a favorite? I still really look forward to this issue every year. I enjoy just flipping through old issues.😊

We continue to show our home. Which means constantly keeping it spotless.πŸ™„

 I have been stitching up the freebie for my cubby shelf on 40 ct, one over one. I am getting close to a finish.

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement last time. I surprised all of you by our plans to move to an apartment. It is definitely a BIG change for us!

I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend my friends!

Stitching and praying,

Friday, September 8, 2017

Stitching and Slightly Crazy Over Here

Hi friends! The stitching of the small freebie is not going so well. All because I wanted a vintage look. I wanted it to look like an old sepia photograph. Well using DMC 4145 was NOT  the way to go about that. I figured that out after stitching on it for TWO days. One over one on 40 ct. Yes, you read that right. Wanna see the hot mess?
Um, yep. Can't tell what it is right? Nope. I am not telling you yet. πŸ˜‰

The winner of the Stitcher's Sampler Pattern Giveaway is our friend Manuela. Manuela I need your postal address, and I will have this sampler pattern sent on it's way to you.
 I have news. We are moving. After living in this pink and white brick home for 9 1/2 years, we are downsizing. This is our fourth home we have owned. We are now moving to an apartment. We have not lived in an apartment since the first year of our marriage. The apartment is two miles from this home, in our same little village. The apartment is on Main Street above the Italian bakery. I have never mentioned it, but in addition to Brian's full time work, he works a part time job as a baker. Yes, he is the other baker who works with the 75 year old Italian baker.

So. BIG changes for us. We had a HUGE rummage sale. Got a storage unit, put many things there for the meantime and have been getting our home ready for sale. My stash has NEVER been more organized or purged!! Yesterday afternoon the house first went on the market. We had a call from our real estate agent telling us a family would like to come see it. They came in the early evening. We are waiting to here from our agent today what the showing agent has to say about last evening. Here we go! I will keep you posted. 😡

I hope you have a wonderful weekend friends! I am so very glad you stopped by.

Stitching and praying,

Monday, September 4, 2017


Hi friends! I did it! Wahoo! It is DONE!😁 I finally finished Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon!! Oh yes I did!! And then... I gave it to Brian right away. Ha! We will go pick out a frame this week. He loves it and is impressed with all the shading he says.
I want this to be framed and on display on a table at our upcoming 25th  wedding anniversary party with family and friends.
This was stitched two over two on white 28ct linen using all the called for DMC.
This pattern can be found in the Spring 2016 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine.

I am now working on a small.😊 Yes, one of my beloved smalls. It has been too long. I have this freebie I have been wanting to work up for many months and I am doing it NOW!

I want to remind all of you my friends that I have a Stitcher's Sampler pattern giveaway going on right now. I will be drawing the name of the winner on this Friday. If you would like to enter that giveaway, please go HERE
I read the simplest, funniest book the other day. From the young adult section of the library. Yep. Pearls Before Swine: BLTs Taste So Darn Good by Stephan Pastis.  Are you familiar with the Pearls Before Swine comic strip? It is my favorite. This is his first book from 2003, and I just had to order it from another library to read it. I did not know Stephan was a lawyer who quit to become a cartoonist. I am glad he did! I was laughing so hard I was crying sometimes with this book.πŸ˜‚
Pearls Before Swine is the hilarious new comic strip tale of two friends: an arrogant, egotistical Rat who thinks he knows it all and a slow-witted Pig who doesn't know any better. Together with Zebra, the activist, and Goat, the reluctant brain, Pearls Before Swine offers caustic commentary on humanity's quest for the unattainable. Smart, witty, and sometimes painfully honest, Pearls Before Swine mocks the flaws and shortcomings of human nature with cynical humor.

Pearls Before Swine has been syndicated by United Feature Syndicate since January 2002 and now appears in more than 100 newspapers worldwide. In panel after panel, Pearls Before Swine causes readers to lose themselves in laughter.
I know some of you want to see a picture of Murphy with his haircut. Well, he was naughty for Mary. She could not finish his chin at his last haircut a few weeks ago. I have been snipping here and there when I can. I cannot sneak a muzzle on and do it, now can I? So as soon as I get those billy goat hairs trimmed off, you get a handsome picture of him.πŸ˜‰

I hope and pray you all have a wonderful week my friends. I thank you for stopping by today. Thank you for your kind comments. Til next time!

Stitching and praying,