Monday, December 31, 2012


 14 Ornaments

3 Exchanges


11 Other Finishes

2 Model Stitching Finishes
Despite my period of stitching blahs, I managed to get alot more finished than I thought I did.  Didn't get very far on my Ornament To-Do List though.  Oh well, it's time to set some goals for 2013.

What are your stitching goals for 2013?

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Design by Little House Needleworks
Completed December 29, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012


I liked the way this beaded ornament turned out so much...

...that I made 4 more!

Instead of finishing the angel in my previous post, these were the ornaments that I gave as Christmas gifts.


I stitched and assembled this fabric lined box for a birthday gift. 

Happy Stitchin'

Monday, December 24, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


I'm trying to get my stitchy projects done before Christmas.  I finally decided on two Little House Needleworks ornaments to stitch as gifts. 

This is my progress on the first ornament.  I haven't started the second one yet!  We have our Christmas gathering on Christmas Eve, so I don't have too much time to get these done.

(sorry for the blurry pics - they were taken with my daughter's phone)


My oldest daughter and future son-in-law adopted Skye.  She is a 12 week old Border Collie/Sheltie mix, super playful and very loving.  The vet thinks Skye will be about 30-35 pounds when she's full grown.  She's such a sweetie! 

Anyone who uses Yahoo Mail probably knows that Yahoo changed the email format last week.  Since then, I have had several issues.  I've sent feedback to Yahoo everyday as well as sent help requests and haven't received any response from Yahoo. 

The issues/problems I've been having are:
  1. When I reply to an email, Windows Live opens instead of being able to send a reply through Yahoo.  Since I don't use Windows Live, I am unable to reply to emails.
  2. In Group Digest messages, I cannot click on a message title and go to that message in the digest.  Instead, I'm taken to the first message in my Inbox.
  3. When moving from one email message to the next, the actual message opens in the middle or end of the message instead of at the top of the message. 
  4. After deleting or moving messages to another folder, the messages reappear in my inbox.

I've tried using different computers, different browsers and cleared all the cache and cookies from my computer and nothing has made a difference.

It's very frustrating and I'm at my wits end.  Have any of you had these issues?  Have you found a solution?

Sending my prayers out to the families in Connecticut.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012


When I was a kid, growing up in a new, suburban neighborhood, all the houses had outdoor decorations for Christmas.  One neighbor had an over-sized Santa in his sleigh with super tiny reindeer on his roof.  I always thought it looked so funny, but I sure looked forward to seeing it every year.  Our house had lights illuminating the roof line and we hung a string of lights around each window.  The tree sat in the living room directly in front of the big window and us kids took such pleasure in decorating it.

This box holds so many memories for me.  It is the only box left from my childhood and it's filled with various ornaments we made all those years ago.  Us kids would drag all the boxes out from under the basement steps and haul them upstairs to the living room.  We would empty all the boxes and have everything sitting out all over the living room.  It took us hours and hours to get everything just the way we wanted it.  (Funny how I don't remember taking any of the decorations down -- maybe mom did it when we went back to school).

I'm reminded of all the happy Christmas' of my childhood, when the magic and wonder of the season filled everyday leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Opening another little window on the Advent calendar and reading that day's bible verse kindled that excitement for the upcoming celebration.

It sure seemed like the days lasted alot longer back then.

Can you believe that I'm still trying to find ornament designs to stitch for gifts for family members?  I know, I have that super long ornament list, but...  I - just - can't - decide!!!  Any suggestions?

I celebrated a birthday on Monday and this is what Hubby made for me.  No gifts, but he made dinner and cupcakes!  My youngest daughter is in Japan right now, but she sent me a birthday message through facebook.  My oldest daughter and future son-in-law stopped in for a short visit too.   

Simple joys made my day!

I can honestly say I've don't ever remember being able to sit on my porch swing without a coat, gloves and hat on my birthday.  The temp in my area of Illinois made it up to 72 degrees!

May you find the magic and wonder 
of this holiday season!