Tuesday, September 30, 2008

For women everywhere...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there will be over 200,000 new cases of breast cancer this year in the U.S. Breast cancer is the second deadliest cancer in women (behind lung cancer). Women can  and do survive breast cancer but early detection, awareness and treatment is important. More information can be found on this sites.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Neighborhood update...

I am actually making some progress on Little House Neighborhood by Little House Needleworks and I'm really enjoying it. My first house is almost complete as you can see. I substituted Wood Smoke by GAST for DMC 3032 and Maple Syrup by GAST for DMC 3790.

Friday, September 26, 2008

New from CCN

New from Country Cottage Needleworks...the Garden Party Thread Packs. Each pack contains the chart and cotton floss from Crescent Colours.
September - Ladybug
October - Dragonfly
November - Bumblebee
December - Butterfly

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This says it all...

While shopping at Cross My Heart - Columbus Ohio  I spotted this piece. Guess a picture is really worth a thousand words. I took the picture with my cellphone camera and forgot I had it.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

WIPs update

This weekend I was able to add the latest installments to two of my mystery samplers.
Spanish Sampler
Papillon Creations

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Quilted Bellpull

I originally stitched these Lizzie*Kate Stamps back in 2005 and finally got around to having them finished. As you can see my friend Liz did a spectacular job finishing them into a gorgeous quilted bell pull. She chose the fabrics to highlight the floss colors I used and did a wonderful job matching them up. I am just thrilled beyond words with what she accomplished. THANK YOU Liz, you rock girl!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Small finishes

Merry Autumn
by JBW Designs
God Bless You
by Bent Creek

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New from LHN

From Sea to Shining Sea Silk Thread Pack
To be released in six parts starting in October
Holly & Berries 
to be released this month
Gingerbread Trio 
to be released this month

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I didn't get as much stitching done during my vacation as I anticipated but I think I made a good dent in it since we arrived home on Wednesday. I am totally in an ornament mood at the moment so these were fun to to.
Joyful Blessings by Blue Ribbon Designs
Dove (Christmas Past) by Prairie Schooler
Snappy Sampler by Bent Creek

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Pez Queen

Prior to our trip I discovered the b.a. Sweetie Candy Company in Cleveland. It claimed to be the largest candy store in the USA so I knew I just had to check it out. It was indeed an incredible store and I was able to buy some sugar-free candy. As you can see my daughter was quite thrilled to see their PEZ display, she's been collecting them for a long time.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Flat Rita

"Flat Rita" was the creation of the Ohio gals who wanted our friend Rita to be part of our get together on Saturday, August 30th. Afterwards it was decided I should take Flat Rita on the road with me. 

Check out her adventures at:

My special birthday

I celebrated my 53rd birthday while on vacation. It all started with some beautiful cards and gifts from the gals in Ohio...Renee, Nancy and Lauren. I got a beautiful photo album, a cute floss ring, and some gorgeous fabrics (no pictures yet as I had the items shipped).

While in Cleveland I had dinner with my best friends from high school who treated us to a great meal at the Texas Roadhouse. The following evening I was surprised by my siblings with a small party with more gifts and the most delicious cake. Pictures of that evening are posted to:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Family Get Together

We had the first reunion for our branch of the family on Sunday, August 31st. It was the first time in almost 8 years that we were all together in one place. My sister flew in from Florida while we came in from California. If you'd like to see more pictures than please go to.

Friends and shopping...

Milly, Lauren, Nancy & Renee

We met up with the gals in Ohio for a wonderful breakfast at a restaurant called First Watch. Afterwards we did a bit of stashing at Cross My Heart in Columbus.
My stashing...
USA Squared by Lizzie Kate
Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle by Lizzie Kate
Autumn Harvest by JBW
A Very Merry Autumn by JBW
French Country Bunny by JBW
God Bless You by Bent Creek
Ocean Treasures by Who Knew
Come Gather by Katidad Designs

Gifts for Renee, Nancy, and Lauren (aka Sassy)

PS Santa Exchange

My Santa to Janet

I participated in a Santa exchange in the Prairie Schooler group and was partnered with Janet. This was a lot of fun and I love the Santa she stitched for me.
Santa received from Janet

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We're home!

Hubby and I are finally home from our trip to the Midwest. It's always great visiting family and doing fun things but after almost two weeks away it sure is nice to be back in our own home. We left Columbus, Ohio at 6:40 AM (that's 3:40AM California time!). The plane ride from Minneapolis was bumpy and sometimes downright scary that I wanted to kiss the ground at the San Jose Airport. LOL! 

We got home and barely put the luggage down and then ran out to Safeway to restock the fridge and cupboards. Don't think we're going to venture very far till we have to return to work on Monday.

I have plenty of pictures and stories to share so come back and visit my blog if you're interested.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Checking in...

Hubby and I arrived in Indiana last night after spending a week with my family in Cleveland. I have tons of pictures and stories and look forward to sharing a few when we are back in California.