Sunday, May 31, 2009

Weekly Update

I spent the week stitching on  my current WIP, Sunflower Inn by Little House Needleworks.

Today I spent the day at my LNS stitching the day away while waiting for hubby who rode his bicycle from our home to Morgan Hill (for a 40-mile ride) in preparation for doing the Tour de Cure on Sunday, June 14th. In spite of an injury he completed his "training" today. Trying to get his water bottle back into place he dropped it and made a sudden stop which cause him to fall off his bike. He's got quite the scrape right below his knee as the girls at the shop can attest to. The shop owner Teri was kind enough to get him cleaned up and bandaged. For those interested in sponsoring his ride and supporting a cure for diabetes here is the link to his direct page. Thanks for your support!

While at the shop I got some threads for my new chart, Rubie's Owl Sampler by Paulette of  PLUM STREET SAMPLERS

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quote of the Week

There is nothing more marvelous than doing something you love to do and getting paid for it. It ceases to become work, money, and effort; and it becomes fun, your expression of the joy of life.
--Stuart Wilde

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Another stitched freebie

I'm glad one of my Yahoo groups decided to do a freebie SAL this month. I'm having fun discovering freebies that I've had in my stash for awhile and always hoped to get to. I think I will continue looking through them and stitch at least one freebie a month. My latest finish is called Chilly's Gift by Michelle Lutzen of Stitch Kitty. It's still available on her site which you can access via this URL:
Mine is stitched on baby blue 14 count aida using the DMC floss recommended. I used a pink Christmas tree from my stash, finished it as a mini pillow, and added the pink ribbon and star.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

In remembrance

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who've died while in the military service. This weekend I want to honor and remember the men in my family who have served our country. 
Pictured here is my father in law, Virgil Dunaway who 
served on the USS Duluth during World War II.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quote of the Week

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
-- Anonymous

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekend Update

After having my family all together for Mother's Day, I was ready for some stitching once they all departed for home. One of the Yahoo groups I belong to is having a "freebies" SAL this month so I dug into my stash (wow, do I have a lot of freebies stored away!) and found two I wanted to stitch...well for starters. : )

I also added Part Five to my Alla Turca SAL and started a new piece by Little House Needleworks for our SAL in the LHN/CCN Yahoo group.
Letter D by Clarelis
Stitched on 16 ct. adia in
Lily Pad by Sassy's Fabbys
using Rose Manor by Crescent Colours
Tree (designer unknown)
Stitched on 16 ct. adia in
Ginny's Iris by Sassy's Fabbys
using Old Blue Jeans by Crescent Colours
Alla Turca by Pelin Tezer
 Sunflower Inn by Little House Needleworks
 on 28 ct. Ivory Monaco using floss recommended

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New from LHN

Colonial Women

Fresh Watermelon

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quote of the Week

"To be loved, be lovable."
- Ovid

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

This is by far the best Mother's Day I've had in a long time. On Wednesday evening my son TOTALLY shocked me by flying in from San Antonio, TX. Two days later on Friday evening my daughter flew in from Arizona also as a suprise. This was the first time in five years that I've had BOTH of my kids home and for them to surprise me like this for Mother's Day is beyond words. We had such a great visit, and we laughed, talked, shopped, ate, did a lot of reminiscing and took some pictures. It was pure torture to say goodbye to my son this morning as he left for the airport to return home. I can't thank my daughter-in-law enough for sharing him on this holiday. Miss you hon and I sure look forward to seeing you soon. 
My daughter is leaving in the morning to return to Arizona so I will be on this emotional roller coaster a bit longer. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful family. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS MOTHER FEEL SO SPECIAL!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Last weekend hubby and I took a fabulous tour of Filoli House located in Woodside, CA and its magnificent gardens. Here are a few of the pictures we took. There are others on our photo blog, so please enjoy (url below).

Quote of the Week

Life is like a mirror. If you frown at it, it frowns back. If you smile at it, it returns the greeting.
- Herbert Samuels

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico. On May 5, 1862 over 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City.

For more on the history of Cinco de Mayo check out these sites:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A finish

Last week I showed you my stitched piece, Petites Lettres Rouges by Blackbird Designs. I now what to share with you a few pictures of the finished piece which I plan to mail tomorrow to my mother.

Spanish Sampler

I have added part 6 (of 9) to my SAL, Spanish Sampler by Periphaeria Designs. I love the vibrant colors on this piece, especially the reds (DMC 815 and 902) and purple (DMC 550) and now I'm not sure whether I will frame it or have it finished into a pillow.