Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

Monday, September 25, 2017


Hi friends! We are moving along on the sale/closing of our home. The inspection has been done. Of course the inspector found something. An electrician is coming tomorrow.

I am over half done with my mom's sampler, sampler #8, Clara Ellen. I am sorry I do not have a picture for you. Next time I will and it will be a finish. I hope! You never know. This moving stuff is busy, busy, busy!! So much to do. And our closing date is October 13th!!😱

I do want to offer a chart as a giveaway to my American friends. I am sorry, but due to postage, I have to offer it only here in the States. The only rules are that you have to be a follower of mine and you have to leave a comment here on this post telling me you would like this chart. I will draw the name of the winner on Monday, October 2nd.

The latest book that I listened to was Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. I came across this book on the blog of our friend Robin. I am so glad I did! What an excellent book! And this is a true life story!! Wow! I highly recommend this.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.
In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.
Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.
In the middle of all this busyness and craziness going on, I am trying to get a few things prepared and done for our upcoming 25th wedding anniversary party also. Wowza! Pressure makes me organized though, so this is good. I think?πŸ˜•

I hope this is a great week for you my friends! I myself, cannot wait until the weather cools down around here. It has been in the 90's for half a week. I have literally not stepped outside the house for almost 4 days now. A menstrual migraine plus the heat would NOT be good for me. It's okay.

So glad you stopped by. Til next time!

Stitching and praying,
I will have you notice the lack of chin hair!! Finally! I trimmed his chin. Remember I said I would share his picture once I trimmed the hair that Mary could not get?! Murphy is QUITE the rascal!

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,

Monday, August 28, 2017

Celebrate the Years

Hi friends! This is the latest piece I have completed.
I can understand if you would be thinking this is for my and Brian's 25th wedding anniversary coming up on October 3rd, but it is not. Why not?! I stitched it for my mom and her husband that is why! They were married the month after us, also in 1992. We are having a 25th wedding anniversary party together with family and friends in October to celebrate. I am gifting this to them then. I will  frame it by then.πŸ˜‰

This is called Celebrate the Years by Hands On Design. This pattern can be found in the June 2015 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.

This was stitched two over two on 32ct linen as suggested. I had the parchment linen suggested, but not in 32 count so I chose something similar from my stash. I used the recommended blanc and 318 DMC, but also added in 415.

The winner of the 'French Elegance' pattern giveaway is our friend RJ!
If you would like a chance at another pattern, I am giving away a sampler pattern right now. Take a look HERE
I finished reading the other book that I found through the Jane Austen display at our library, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James. Have any of you read this book? I know Jenny has.πŸ˜‰ We both liked it.This story sure did make me wonder if maybe our Jane did have a love of her life, and maybe just never wanted to broadcast this information all over the place?
Many rumors abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane's life—finally, the truth may have been found. . . .
What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair? That's the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into the secrets of Jane Austen's life, giving us untold insights into her mind and heart.
Jane Austen has given up her writing when, on a fateful trip to Lyme, she meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. Inspired by the people and places around her, and encouraged by his faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last.
Deft and witty, written in a style that echoes Austen's own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind this beloved author's romantic tales. It's a remarkable book, irresistible to anyone who loves Jane Austen—and to anyone who loves a great story.
I am now back to stitching on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon exclusively.

I am so glad you stopped by today. Your comments brighten my days. Thank you.😘

Stitching and praying,

Friday, August 25, 2017

Stitcher's Sampler Giveaway

Hi friends! I am still very busy around here. I had my third and last round of 31 Botox shots on Wednesday. These have not cured anything for me. I am not sure how much they have helped me. I DO KNOW the best thing for me is to STAY 100% OUT OF THE SUN AND HEAT AT ALL TIMES. EVEN IN THE WINTER, NO SUN. My headaches just soar.

I gave Henry his haircut yesterday.

 My dear Uncle Ken died on Sunday. We are attending the funeral today, Friday.

I will have a Hands On Design finish to share with you next time. I wanted to show you something cross stitch related today, so how about this chart? It is from an old magazine, and I am offering these two pages as a giveaway to any one of my followers anywhere.
I will be folding these pages to fit into a business size envelope. Just leave a comment on this post if you would like to receive this chart. I will draw the name of a winner on Friday, September 8th.

I would also like to remind you all of the other giveaway I have going on right now that ends on Monday. Check that out RIGHT HERE
So, how many of you have read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall? Did you like it? I did. I listened to it  and I enjoyed it.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin, religion and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious tenant of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband. Defying convention, Helen leaves her husband to protect their young son from his father's influence, and earns her own living as an artist. Whilst in hiding at Wildfell Hall, she encounters Gilbert Markham, who falls in love with her. On its first publication in 1848, Anne BrontΓ«'s second novel was criticised for being 'coarse' and 'brutal'. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall challenges the social conventions of the early nineteenth century in a strong defence of women's rights in the face of psychological abuse from their husbands. Anne BrontΓ«'s style is bold, naturalistic and passionate, and this novel, which her sister Charlotte considered 'an entire mistake', has earned her a position in English Literature in her own right.
That is it for today my friends. Short and sweet. I hope you have a good weekend. Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you stopped by.

Stitching and praying,