Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Winner of My 2 Year Blogoversary


Melissa from St. John's Stitcher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats Melissa! I will email you shortly with all your information so I can get you that 123stitch Gift Card!! Whoohoo!!!!

I also drew, well Titus did, two more names for a complimentary prize and the people whose name he almost ate/chewed are................................


Before I post the drawing photos, I almost waited until night time to draw because my hubby is asleep (he's working graveyards) and Titus was being a little traitor and sleeping with him in our bed.  My hubby's schedule is perfect for a cat...sleep all day, stay up all night.  So I thought, fat chance Titus will come out and help me with my draw.  Then I thought...hmm...maybe if I shake his treats he'll come out?! So I did and out he came!! I put a couple of his treats in the bowl and he drew the names.  Actually he almost ate them trying to dig them out!

It would've been easier to do the random generator...ah well

Thank you to all who have entered!! I truly wish I could send everyone a little something....

So here are some Joyce style :D


Friday, September 28, 2012

**GIVEAWAY**Last Chance!!!

Just a reminder that today's the last day to enter my 2nd Year Blogoversary Giveaway!! 

I want to thank all of you for cheering/supporting me! This week has been a great week with things at work coming together.  My brain is starting to figure things out and I'm even going in tomorrow to organize the cabinets and resources.  I think once that's done I will feel relieved!
As for mojo came back last weekend!! Yahoo!! I also caught up with my 1000+ blog posts!

I will show you some pictures tomorrow after the giveaway draw, since my camera is charging at the moment.

Good luck to everyone!!



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Pathetic IHSW and TUSAL

That's right folks.... I had a pretty abysmal IHSW this weekend for stitching.  Thank you darling Joyce for putting it on....I plan to actually do better next time.


That's how I feel!! I can't write for some reason...I think my mind is overheating like my computer with my massive TO DO list to do!

I can't even focus on blogging right now because I have tons of kids files to read and sort and organize.  Which is great.  Not complaining at all. I just wish there was more time to manage all that I am managing. I'm am woefully behind on emails and commenting but I am keeping up with a lot of your blogs!! Sometime soon I will get in the swing of things again and be able to stitch, blog and comment...all things I love to do.  The desire for stitching has pretty much disappeared until I get my brain sorted out.  Thank you all for joining my giveaway and hello to my new followers! Too bad you joined when I'm in a slump :( Usually I have more energy and interesting things to share with my readers.

In case you missed the's my 2 Year Giveaway post.  Be sure to enter!!

Anywho.  How about some photos.

I thought of flushing my pathetic threads down the toilet...but thought better of it.
I lost so many of my threads while camping/traveling....

I really do wish I could have breakfast all day long.  Tori Amos sums up my sentiments on breakfast in the song Purple People; "Breakfast, every hour, it could save the world!"
The crow apparently thinks so too.

My Tётя Mira's Russian rooster egg. 

My Matryoshka dolls...perhaps from my Tётя Mira (Tётя=Aunt) on my desk in my classroom.

Oh and the stitching I managed to do one evening.  I worked on my lovely Jane.  I wish I could spend my days finishing her up.  Perhaps this weekend......



                  Here's Titus too for those who love to see him.

Pretty boy.....pretty pretty boy.  Lol!!

Hugs to you all and know that I think of all of you and appreciate all your lovely comments and encouragement.  If only I could make another me to manage my workload!!! Crazy thought!


Edited: I left out the "e" in my own

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Stitching, Threads and Sipping Red Wine

Is drinking red wine a good thing while blogging?

Hmm.....Well even if it's a no..WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!! I'm celebrating by myself! Isn't that fabulous?!?! Funny how the day you can actually go out and do anything, everyone is either away, or busy.  I think that's what people call....Murphy's Law? No wait...that's something else....what do you call it?


You didn't come here for that, but if you did, grab a tea, coffee or wine like me and sit back and enjoy what I'm about to show you. Join me in celebrating!!!

First off.  I managed to stitch 1 design while at Tatuk Lake (really far away from any sort of cell phone reception..AT ALL!!!! ACK!) I really enjoyed my time with my family and wish it could have been a longer visit.  I fished, as many of you saw in the last photo, I stitched, I played LOADS of crib (only won 2 games...sigh), and made the morning fires without my Dad's firestarter...hehehe! I really wished I had a video of my brother, a firefighter, splitting wood with an axe.  He's got so much strength it's insane.  I think all of us were awestruck watching the log split into two and fly.  SERIOUSLY!!  I had many wonderful walks and took lots of pictures, some of which I will upload and create an album on picasa and link it...not yet though!

Here's my little autumn stitch that I really loved stitching.  It's a freebie from Le Chalet des Perelles stitched on 28 ct. R&R18th century brown, using DMC, NPI silks, GAST and WDW.  My Uncle Paul really enjoyed watching me stitch this piece and liked that I had a beautiful hobby.
We saw loads of beautiful birds flying above us such as Pelicans, Osprey and Sparrows.  My camera couldn't zoom out enough to catch the Ospreys diving down to catch the Kokanee salmon but I could get this little guy. Isn't he the cutest?!!
He looks like he's pissed at something.  Maybe he doesn't like his picture being taken?!!

Enjoy gives you a good feeling :D
Stunning rainbow hey? There's a photo I'll post of me that my dearest sweet mamma took of me...and you have to laugh.  A BUG FLEW INTO MY EYE PRECISELY THE MOMENT SHE TOOK THE PHOTO.  Okay I'll post it here for your viewing pleasure.
Love it!

Seriously though.  The bug had a LOT of space to fly around in....why my eye???????????????????????????

Okay now onto another freebie I stitched while in the car driving to and from Edmonton.  It's Plum Street Sampler's Christmas Coffee tree that I think was made for me.  I stitched the tree trunk with GAST Espresso, the beans with WDW Molasses, the green is Nancy's Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe..super lush to work with, and the off white is GAST's Oatmeal.  I stitched it on 32 ct Natural linen and loooooved stitching it.  I have a finish in mind but can't get to that until later on in the month. 
I went through the Rocky Mountains for my first time, well my second but my first time was when I was 16 traveling with my Ukrainian dancing troupe and it was night, didn't see a my first time really.  Um where was I.....

Ah...mountains.  Amazing!

The pandemonium of trying to take a photo of baby elk.

Oh, you want a Titus pic? Here is my big, beautiful baby!!
Some stash that arrived while I was in no man's land. 
Um....any of you work with that perle cotton stuff? Or know what it's used for? I tried some last night and I'm not liking it at all.  I didn't know when I ordered it that it would be so thick.  I don't do canvas work and can't foresee myself doing that anytime in the future.  I think I may give them to the 2nd or 3rd place winner...still mulling that part out.

Some Vikki Clayton silks and silk threads since I read on a person's blog (sorry can't remember where) that she is discontinuing her silks line :( Big booo from me since I just found out about her when I ordered her silks for Jane.  Oh well.  Her silks are amazing. I can't wait to work with them.
Looooove the colours!!!!

The last bit I want to share with you is the AMAZING gift that Jo from Serendipitous Stitching sent to me for being her 2000th comment post.  I was tickled pink, literally, when I saw what she made for me.  She also sent me a BBD chart that I can't wait to stitch! THANK YOU DEAREST JO!!!!! 
I love how she made it in my favourite colours and stitched my name! It's very precious to me.  Every little stitched piece that has been made for me is cherished so much.  It's my third piece from someone other than myself and I love it to bits :D 

Okay....I hope you made it thus far and haven't been too bored.  I started looking through the blogs today but had to jet off to go school supply shopping.  I ended up buying a new computer chair that was half off and will be delivered Tuesday.  The Ikea one I'm sitting on is broken and has no back. LOL!!!

Love and hugs to you all 


Edited: Fixed link for the French autumn freebie!

Two Year Blogoversary!!

Celebrate with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

On September 12th, I will have been blogging for two years! Wow, how times flies by.  I think I have whiplash right?! So in order to celebrate my blog's birthday I will be putting on a fabulous giveaway prize!! I have thought lots about this in August and have mulled over some ideas.  This time,  since I have limited time with my new job, I'm going to keep it simple and offer a $20 Gift Certificate to! Does that sound good??!?! I also will have a 2nd and 3rd drawing and will send the winners a little something as well.  It could be threads, trims or fabric.  Not sure what yet but I hope you won't be disappointed! 

Now for the "rules" part.  I've also given this some thought and would like to reward those who have been my regular readers and will include last post's comments as another entry.  You can have another entry if you comment on my posts from now until the Giveaway time! I probably will only post 1-3 times before the giveaway so don't worry!!! I'm either going to draw by paper or do that random generator thing.

Okay...the low down.

1. Be a follower
2. Comment on this post for 1 entry
3. Comment on future posts for multiple entries

The giveaway opens now and will be closed on Friday, September 28th.  I will do the draw on Saturday, September 29th. Good luck to everyone and....


I truly appreciate all the wonderful friendships and kindness that has come my way. I am very blessed.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Landed and Hit the Road Running

Well hello everyone!!

I have loads of news to share with all of you and like my post title says, I've hit the road running!!! Or at least it feels like it! Last Wednesday, as we arrived in a town with cell reception, FINALLY, I called my hubby because I was desperate to hear his voice, and he tells me that a principal has been calling and calling and calling.  So I start to panic, on a road beside a Tim Horton's in a teeny tiny Northern BC town called Vanderhoof.  I get the number, call the principal, and WHAM....I GOT A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm now officially a Learning Assistance Teacher and have a GAZILLION things to do! I'm loving it but my head is swimming and right now, I can't even focus on blogging properly and I have a blogoversary coming up! So this Saturday, before I go teacher supply shopping, I'll write a proper post with pictures and everything and hopefully try and catch up with all of you.  For those who pray, please pray for me that I do my job well and help these children learn.

Take care and

Big love and hugs from me and my sweet Titus!