Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hannah Brassington Finished!!


She's done! Come do a happy dance with me!!!

A labour of love and not too many catastrophes.  I squished my initials and date in the diamond shape center.  The word "neighbor" is all over the place, but I like it because like Hannah, I had trouble squishing everything.  I think we both went with the flow!!  I hope to frame this gorgeous gal sometime soon...I always have hope!!

Started January 15, 2013
Finished November 13, 2013
Stitched on 40 ct. Newcastle linen in Cream
Threads: Avas silks
Love: times a 100!!

Here's a martini to celebrate!!

I have many more things to share with you but will keep this post all about Hannah.  She deserves the glory!!!

Hugs and thank you all for your love and support!!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

November Blues

Good morning everyone!

I have been missing blogland big time.  It's report card time and here I am procrastinating writing a post! I have plans to get right to it afterwards.  But I just had to pop in and say hello and that I miss everyone.  This month has been overly trying for me in a number of aspects. Overwhelming to say the least.  Thankfully, we will be breaking in December for two weeks and I am counting the days!! 

Today I want to share with you a lovely giveaway win that I received from Shelly, An Arizona Stitcher. She sent me the most wonderful package and stitched me the most adorable little squirrel.  I marvel at her skills at making pinkeeps.  

wonderful little treats she included in the package
Adorable little squirrel with nuts

Titus sniffing and giving his approval

I have this sweet little friend hanging on my doorknob so I see it everyday.  Thank you again Shelly for such a lovely package and making me smile!

As for stitching, there has been some.  I stitch on Friday nights until quite late because I miss it so much.  I've almost finished Jingle Jingle by PPS.  I just need to add a couple of snowflakes in the background. I tried taking a good photo of the piece but the camera just wouldn't capture the true colours of the design.  Too bad.  The red is really nice and cranberryish!!

I've also stitched 1 of the 3 giveaway gifts and started the other two last night.  I won't include photos of those until they reach their new homes.  After reports, I hope to stitch on them this evening.  That's my motivation to get some reports finished!!

Hannah Brassington is now complete! Yay!! I will take some photos of her another time when the light is better.  The 1 over 1 stitching was a pill to do and I made a number of mistakes but I fudged along and went with it.  

I think I'll not start anything big quite yet as Christmas is coming and I have a few projects/exchanges I need to finish first.  I usually like to start a new sampler in the new year.  Gives me something to look forward to other than my birthday which I am dreading.  I don't want to get older!!

I truly appreciate all of your love and prayers for my husband.  He still suffers but we have found that if he avoids gluten and dairy, his thyroid doesn't instantly flame up and his pain is not as severe.  We still have many tests to go through to find out why there is pain, when there shouldn't be.  Most people who have Hashimoto's or thyroiditis don't have issues and can manage life with synthroid.  Not the case for my husband.  His form is very rare and the doctors aren't being very aggressive with his treatment.  That means we have to be demanding and aggressive.  We still have hope that the inflammation will come down and he can lead a pain free life.  Again, thank you for all of your support.  I really mean to reply to all of your emails.

I'll leave with a few favourite photos I took this month.  


Beautiful heron on the river logs

Titus looking like he's a vampire
Take care and hugs to you all!!


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Giveaway Winners!!!

On a bright, sunny Sunday morning, I had my trusty furry helper, Titus, draw the winners for my 3rd year blogoversary.  He enjoyed the 5 treats it took to draw three names!!

Congratulations to Pat from The Southpaw Stitcher for nearly being eaten by Titus, and becoming the 1st prize winner!! I will start stitching your Crow on Pumpkin tonight!!

Congrats to Noni and Cucki for being my second and third winners!!!

I will be emailing you all shortly to congratulate you and ask a few questions.

Thank you to all of you for participating and reading my blog.  It means a lot to me to have so many wonderful friends in the world.  Big hugs to you all!!