Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tumultuous Times

Hello everyone!

Thank you all for your condolences and prayers for the passing of my Grandma.  It was good to be back home and to reminisce fond memories of her with my family.  She looked very peaceful and I was sure she was there watching me while I read the service.  She was a very kind and loving grandma who looked after me quite a bit when my mom worked.  She always made my favourite deserts and being a typical Ukrainian Grandma, made us eat, eat, and eat!! 

Memory Eternal Anastasia!!!

That's what we say as Orthodox Christians.  

Here's a lovely photo of my Dad's parents. Doesn't my grandpa look like Clark Gable?!!

Now I have one grandparent left, Nana.  I spend my Sundays with her and cherish every moment.

Although this month has been tumultuous, yes we are still on strike, I have been trying to look on the bright side of life.  Stitching and crocheting has kept me sane and level headed.  It is as though crafting soothes me and lets me work through my thoughts and emotions.  So without further ado, enjoy my photos of some of the therapeutic work I have done and the photos of a beautiful Prince George I took during a few walks and hikes with my family.

A Bull Moose in the Forests of the World trails

Little country road by my house

Forests of the World lake

Forests of the World dock and lake...people fly fish here

close up of a moose butt!!

Red breasted woodpecker
Wildflowers picked by my railroad here in New West

Finally, I framed Magic Garden.  

Magic Garden Framed!!
Progress on BBD's SAL, granny stripe and Sarah Chapple

Eyelets were stitched outdoors in the heat of the sun

Onto the repeat colours now!

Sarah's pretty cherry tree with a delicate 4-sided stitched fence
Did I forget anything...or anyone?

Titus!! My little furbaby! I missed him and he missed me terribly!

Titus helping me stitch!

Again, thank you for taking the time out of your day to come here and comment.  I am horribly behind in my blog reading and hope to catch up next week.  I have a wedding to attend on Monday and a stagette tonight...then nothing for a time!




Oops! Forgot to mention that I was featured in Cross Stitch Collection's August issue!! I was so flattered they asked to interview me and they will be sending me a copy of the interview. Most people won't realize this, but when they sent me this, I noticed I sent them an unfinished photo of Hannah Brassington! Notice how there isn't any writing in the diamond?! 



Vickie said...

Oh Anne! I am so glad you are back. What a fabulous picture of your grandparents.♥ You took great pictures! What a lovely world you live in. You have been busy too! I hope you enjoy yourself tonight and I hope the wedding is a lovely, blessed event.

Mii Stitch said...

Aww this is lovely to read you again! Lovely post with the most wonderful wedding picture, a beautiful bouquet, sweet finishes and such huggable kitty :) Big hugs xxx

Jacquie Morris said...

I picked up a copy of Cross Stitch Collection today and came across an article inside about you!! Its great reading!!
Smiles :)

stitchersanon said...

Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing. I am so sorry you are going through such a tough time. Thank goodness for crafting. I cant work out how people who don't craft at all keep sane. Sending hugs from Ireland

Giovanna said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures! I hope the work situation gets resolved soon and that you will have less tough times. Congrats for being featured in CSC.

Margaret said...

Your grandparents were a handsome couple indeed! Congrats on being featured in the mag -- so exciting! lol about the unfinished pic. Whoops! Sorry you are still on strike. Hope the stitching therapy keeps you going. Love your beautiful pics from Prince George. So gorgeous!

gracie said...

Having time to do stitching will keep you sane. Sorry about the strike. Keeping you in my thoughts.

marly said...

So sorry you lost your Grandma. What a nice photo! And the photos of your area are just wonderful. Such beautiful land. Congrats on the article!

Annette said...

Omg Omg you are famous!! What a awesome piece!!! Loved reading it. I can imagine that its very special for you

So sorry to hear about your grandma she looks so beautifull in that pic. Even your grandpa. Very handsome grandparents.
Enjoy your nana

You made awesome pic,s love the moose butt hihihi
Your WIPs are going well. Have fun with your crafts They are the best therapy!!
Love the flowers you picked

Linda said...

Congrats on being featured in the magazine Anne. Sorry for your loss. Love all the pics.


Sarah in Stitches said...

I'm so sorry again for your loss! I know how you feel, I lost both my grandfathers in the same year and now I've only got one grandmother left.
Congrats on being featured in the magazine! Your stitching is so beautiful, and I loved seeing all those pictures. :D

Annette-California said...

Love the beautiful photo of your grandparents! Lovely country your from. Very beautiful stitching and those eyelets are lots of work but gorgeous! Welcome home!
HOW COOL that your featured in the magazine!!! Congrats!
love Annette

Pull the other thread said...

Glad to see you are back again. Hope things settle down dor you soon. Lovely work on all your pieces. Congrats on the interview.

Carol said...

I love that photo of your grandparents, Anne, and see some similarities between you and your grandmother. I remember when I had one remaining grandparent, too--I treasured her so much and she ended up living to 98!!

I'm sorry the strike is still going on, but I'm glad you have more time for your stitching, crocheting, traveling and photography. I always enjoy your beautiful photos and how exciting to see a moose up close like that!

Your CSC article is wonderful--and well-deserved! Congratulations you stitching star, you :)

Hope things are less tumultuous for you soon--sending a hug your way, my friend...

cucki said...

Congrats on being featured in the magazine Anne.....
. Sorry for your loss..... I Love all the pics.
Big hugs xxx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Gran. I hope things at school resolve soon, it's dragging on for you. It's good that you can craft and congratulations on the magazine feature, how neat.

Maggee said...

So MUCH to comment on... The picture of your grandparents is priceless. She was wearing a beautiful dress! Glad your visit home was sweet and full of wonderful memories for you! Did you finish that Summer Quaker recently too? Nothing about it, but it was enough to inspire me to hunt it down--I know just where it is! BIG Congrats on being featured in the magazine!! Woohoo! Not only does our crafting keep us sane, it gets some of us published! Hugs!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I'm glad things went well at your Grandmother's funeral and that you have had your stitching to keep you calm.

Being in the magazine came at just the right time to cheer you up too.

Rhona said...

What a beautiful picture of your Grandparents! Glad you have your stitching and crocheting to keep you sane during this difficult time, hopefully things will get back to normal with the schools soon. Love your pictures...even the moose butt!

Barb said...

What a great picture of your grandparents. Congrats on the article! Love all the stitching you have been busy doing!

Annie said...

Your grandparents look like movie stars in that photo! What a treasure.

So annoying that the strike continues. Hope it resolves itself soon.

Congrats on that mag article! Always knew you were a celebrity and now it's been confirmed!

Mmanka said...

This is lovely to read you again!Lovely pictures, congrats on the article!

valerie said...

Wow, congratulations on your magazine feature! I'm glad your grandma had a lovely service and the photos of Prince George are stunning! Look at that! I am sorry to hear that the work situation is still unsettled. I hope there is a resolution soon.

Lovely stitching as always!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Sorry about your Grandma. What a pretty photo. You have been busy. The cat made me laugh, don't the always do that. Congratulations on the magazine article.

Penny said...

What a lovely picture of your grandparents! Sorry to hear you are still on strike. Thank goodness for stitching and crocheting ~ I know what you mean ~ they do help keep us sane. :) What beautiful pictures. I can't imagine coming across a moose ~ they look huge. Congratulations on being featured in the magazine!! Titus is a handsome little helper. :)

Andrea said...

Beautiful photos. The lake photo is so soothing and the moose :).
Congratulations on your CSC article.

Melanie said...

Such beautiful photos. Your grandparents look so happy there. And dashing.

Congrats on the article. :)

Julie said...

A truly beautiful black and white photo, what a lovely couple.
Congrats on being featured in the magazine.
Lots of lovely crafting pics to please the eye... beautiful work you've been doing.

Brigitte said...

It's always so nice to see a new post from you. What a wonderful picture of your randparents. And yes, your grand-dad really has some ressemblance with Clark Gable. I n spite of the sad reason for the family gathering it must have been good to see your family again.

The good side of the strike is that you are able to do some more stitching and reading, and also photographing. The pictures you show here are fantastic. In spite of this I hope that the government will soon find a solution to the problem.

So great that you were featured in that British magazine. I will ask my daughter to buy a copy of the magazine for me because here I can't get it. I had already tried to get hold of the issue where Carol of Stitching Dreams was featured but have to wait that maybe my ONS will one day offer a copy.

Great stitching and crocheting!

woolwoman said...

so sorry for your loss Anne - I loved my dear Nanny so much and miss her still even though she passed in 1999. Sometimes I wish I could just taste her dishes one more time or feel her tiny hugs. Congrats on the feature article - I will have to see if I can access it. I hope the strike is settled soon that is so unnerving to deal with. Your stitching is beautiful as usual. Hope you have a good coming week

Kathy Ellen said...

Oh Annie, my heart goes out to you, upon the passing of your beloved grandmother. She sounds like a very special grandmother, and I can only imagine how you must miss her, but your heart is filled with beautiful memories of the special times that the two of you spent together.

Hopefully you passed some peaceful and soothing moments at the beautiful lake with the forests surrounding. The moose is incredible!

Your stitching is all beautiful. Taking up needle and thread does help to calm and soothe the soul.

Congratulations upon being named the Online Stitching Star of the August issue of Cross Stitch Collection! I must try to find an issue at my local bookstore!

You are a very special person, Annie, and it is always a joy to share these special moments with you.

God Bless You Always.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

My sincere condolences on your loss, your Grandmother must have been a remarkable lady. Please take all the time you need - we'll still be here :) Congratulations on the magazine feature, it couldn't be more deserved - your blog is always an absolutely pleasure to read!

Solstitches said...

I'm all behind with blog reading and had no idea that you had lost your dear grandmother. What a lovely picture you have there to remember her by as well as all your special childhood memories.
Congratulations on being featured in the stitching magazine.
Your stitching is always beautiful so this recognition is well deserved.