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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Enabling Alert!

Oh my!  I have to say that this is the most dangerous time for me in the realm of STASH ENHANCEMENT!  Beyond, beyond SABLE is where I am right now but do the sheer numbers of charts that I already own stop me from adding to my collection?  No!  Because all of my stitchy buddies and prolific designers, I am sure to be stash rich and cash poor (wink, wink).  Giggle.  But I do love it and there are many more terrible things I could spend my discretionary cash on (besides shoes, which is a very close second to buying bits and bobs and charts and linen), right?

So, feast your eyes on the new things from With Thy Needle and Thread.  All these will be coming to live at my house and hopefully will find themselves gracing my holiday home soon....

This pillow is so pepperminty sweet!

I can see stitching the santa with the snowman over one for a sweet bowl filler.

  So many ideas!

And Pineberry Lane and Lori from NotForgotten Farm have posted sneek peeky at their offerings for the Country Sampler's Prim Girls Club.  They are wonderful as well.  Go check them out.

So this week wasn't a great week for me health wise, I was bone tired again even with sleeping 7-8 hours a night.  On Monday, I stayed up late to watch the Steeler's game (into the 3rd quarter) and that set me back most of the week.  Even with going to bed before 9 and sleeping until 5 each day after my late Monday night, I'm still dragged out with no energy to spare.  I had bloodwork done on Friday and I'm thinking I need my meds to be adjusted unless there's another problem causing this extreme fatigue.

I stitched a little more on Merry Christmas (Prairie Schooler) I'm filling in the white at the bottom and can take it back to Michaels to have them put it in the frame. I worked on True Virtue but I'm bogged down with the four sides stitch (does anyone have any hints on how to stitch letters using this stitch?) and I stitched more border on I Sigh Not for Beauty.  I am debating on changing the verse to a favorite scripture.

I have finishing work I could do too, ornaments and some pumpkins.  Enough to keep me plenty busy.

Well, I have to go to the grocery store,  I'm hoping there's bread, milk and water available.  Seems like everyone is gearing up for Frankenstorm.  We are to get 3 days of heavy wind and rain starting Sunday.  Maybe snow too because there's a cold front coming from the north that's supposed to stall right over us.  I've heard on the news some areas in Northwestern PA are to get up to 2 feet of snow from this system.  So, for all you in the path of this storm, I'm praying that the damage is minimal and the storm heads out to sea instead of making landfall.  Stay safe and stitching!

Sunday, October 21, 2012



I got to take some pictures this afternoon of some of the pieces I've recently framed and some that I finished stitching.

I will let the pictures do the talking. Hope you like 'em.

First up is an oldie from Prairie Schooler.  I stitched it back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.  I stitched it over one.  Omgosh, over one.  What was I thinking!  But I love how it came out.  It's framed in sueded mats. 

The Prairie Schooler
DMC on 28ct Lambswool Evenweave
Stitched Over One

 Isn't it pretty?

I love the frame.  I've used it before on a Blackbird Designs piece.
 Here's the Bee Man.  I am not sure if I showed you this sampler framed. 
The Bee Man's Garden
The Goode Huswife
DMC on 32ct Lambswool Linen
And my very first Adam and Eve sampler...that sweet Lisa and Oliver tending their sheep.  I love this sampler. It's 80's kitch colorway just makes me itch for disco and legwarmers. Haha.  Seriously, the sampler is very well designed and I love Merrily Beams designs. It hangs in my family room.
Done by Me!
Merrily Beams
DMC on 32ct Flax Linen
 This is Pumpkin Pinkeep from With Thy Needle.  I love Brenda's designs.  I almost left off the alphabet but I'm glad I didn't.  I'm not sure if I can tackle putting it together to make that cute pumpkin. It's gone in the done but not finished box.

Pumpkin Pinkeep
36ct Antique Cotton Linen
Recommended Threads
Next is the Prim Sister's School of Needlework.  Laura from Maude and Mozart (Hi Laura!!) let me borrow the pattern.  I love the primitive style.  Don't think I'm going to make it into the ditty bag.  Probably I will frame it.
Prim Sister's School of Needlework
DMC on 32ct Flax Linen
 Don't you just LOVE the girls!

So other than that, I'm doing ok.  Feeling stronger with more energy but I don't think the meds are right just yet.  Blood work this week to see where I am now that I've been on the Methimazole a month.  Hopefully, the numbers have dropped.

I am grateful for one thing though,  my stitching mojo is back.  I'm happy about that.  I am thinking of next year already. I am still stitching Wips, True Virtue and I Sigh Not for Beauty and LHN ornaments.  I think they are so cute.   But I have so many plans.  I've kitted up a Scarlet House Sampler and I want to participate in next year's With Thy Needle's SAL on  A Maryland Inspiration.  Yes, I bit off the entire thing, ordered the chart and the silks (ssshhh---an early Christmas present for moi) plue I kitted up Mary Gibson (using Chocolate for Breakfast's Stitching for Lunch's silk palette).  I have a ton on my plate but I'm glad for it.  It makes me happy.

 Tonight the Steelers play the Bungles so I'm off to ice a cake and make coffee for the 8:20 kickoff.  GO STEELERS!!!

So, I hope you like what you saw, I know the pics are crappy but you get the over all idea. Thanks so much for stopping by and hello to all new and old. I'm glad you came by!

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Results Are In

First of all, I want to thank you so much for your comments, prayers, good thoughts and wishes.  I am very happy to report that the results of my very painful biopsy were CANCER FREE!  The nodules are follicular and are very common.

To say I am relieved is an understatement.

Right now, I am on a very low dose of methimazole and I can feel the positive effects of the drug already.  The bone numbing fatigue has lessened, I wake up fairly refreshed and the fog clouded mind is clearing.  Today was the first day that I didn't fade by 1 PM. I'm hoping things continue to get better as the days go on and not swing too far the other direction.

I have a number of pieces that I am almost done stitching.  I am within an hour of finishing the little LHN snowman ornament and the pumpkin pinkeep from With thy Needle and Thread.  I've finished Prim Sister's School of Needlework (thanks, Laura!) and almost, almost finished with Blue and Brown pillow (watch out Faye, it's coming your way soon!).  And of course, Done My Me is framed.  And I've started filling in the bottom of Prairie Schooler's, Merry Christmas.  I'm a happy stitcher.

Now, to take some pictures...where's that silly little pocket camera....
On a side note, I'm looking for Missy Raven...Missy, if you are reading this, please email me or leave a comment here. I have this box o' goodies for you and I need your address so I can saddle up the pony and get it to you.  And to the lovely lady who wanted to know if Done By Me was a kit, please email me too. I am willing to pass the  pattern on to you. Just need your address.

Anyway, I am so blessed by all of you, thank you again and again for all your support.  You guys are terrific.  There's nothing like stitchers to lift someone higher than I ever thought possible.