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A New Addition To My Collection

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I'm not sure how it started, but over the years I have become a collector of scissors.  No, wait.  I take that back.  I actually do know how it started.  I had one pair of small embroidery scissors that my mom bought me when I first started stitching back when I was in college.  Then I was given another pair from a friend.  Then I started having more than one project going at a time, and I would keep a pair in the project bags so I could just grab a project and go when I was taking my stitching with me.  If I was going to have multiple projects I needed more than two pairs of scissors, right?  Then last year I bought my very first pair of Gingher scissors.  I was in heaven!!  I had finally gotten a pair of the really good ones.  While my collection isn't as big as other people's, I think it's quite nice, and quite colorful.

So when I was wandering the aisles of Michael's the other day what did I happen to see?  These lovelies. Did I need them?  No, but I thought t…

A Special Anniversary Trip To Kick Off The Holiday Season

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Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and was able to spend the day with people you love.  Our family got to meet our new nephew, which was definitely something to be thankful for.
This year my husband, MJ, and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  To celebrate we planned a trip to Hawaii!  While I hated the thought of all that flying time (11 hours total from the East coast of the United States), I was very excited about going.
We were happy and relaxed for two glorious weeks.


This was the sunset from our table at dinner the last night we were there.  It was a trip I will never forget.  Seeing the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, the many historic and beautiful beaches and seashores around O'ahu, and the lush, green canyons of Kua'i was something I will never forget. 


While we were away we had some days where we had absolutely nothing planned.  Now tell me, when does a mother ever get to do absolutely nothing?  Never. MJ and I took full ad…

My Original "You're Crazy!" Project

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It's been a while since my last post, and as I was sitting here I thought I should write an update. It's been a busy house this last month, with my husband going back to work after his surgery and Z going back to school.  8th grade!!!  How on Earth did that happen??
Now that M is adjusting to life in a college dorm my home is a much more quiet and peaceful place.  This has allowed me to get back to a project that has been sitting in my bag, literally, for years!  

I started The Final Few way back in June, 2009.  You read that right.  2009.  It was my first Heaven and Earth chart (I've since acquired several more), and it fed two of my loves: stitching and pandas!  I remember thinking, "How hard could it be?" Then I looked at it.  Over 60 pages.  Lots of confetti stitches.  Throw in a very strong willed young man causing lots of anxiety and anguish.  It was too much to work on, and I put it aside.
After the house got quiet and I was able to breathe again I heard …

A Very Busy Week

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I'm not even sure where to start with what this week was like.  I suppose I should start at the beginning with my husband having surgery to remove an obstruction in the kidney area this past Monday.  He did well, but I was really not pleased with the care he received in the hospital.  A surgical PA who came in to evaluate him on Tuesday was trying to release him without consulting the physician of record, and the hospital would have let him go if I hadn't called the doctor and demanded to know what the hell was going on!  He hadn't even started on clear liquids yet and this guy was trying to release him?  Ugh!  They sent him home the next day, again, against my better judgment, but it was what it was.  He's home and on the road to healing, which is what is important.
Friday brought move in day for M, my college freshman.  He didn't want me to take any pictures, but this was a huge step for him.  He's not far away, and while living in the dorm is a big adjustme…

Teaching An Old Stitcher New Tricks

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Today is August 11, 2017.  Do you know what day it is?  It's World Cross Stitch Day!!  Does anyone plan on celebrating today?  I know I certainly do!  What is everyone working on to celebrate our hobby?
For those of you who don't know it, I'm a huge Star Wars fan.  I came to love the franchise in my late teens because I wasn't allowed to see the films when they first came out.  I'm not sure why that was, but the first film I saw in the movie theater was The Return of the Jedi.  Since I hadn't seen the first two movies, parts of the plot were pretty much lost on me, but I have since made up for that.  I'm not a big Etsy person, but every now and then I peruse it to see what they have.  I found Star Wars sugar skulls!!  Wow!!  I bought them, then wondered what I was going to do with them.  All I kept thinking was I needed to put one on a tee shirt.  You know what that requires?  Waste canvas.
First of all, it's hard to find.  The big chain craft stores d…

A Finish and a New (Re)Start

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My husband, my son, Z, and I were in Chicago for five days last week.  M chose to stay home and have some extra time with his grandparents.  I think Tiger the Wonder Kitty missed me while we were gone.

While we were gone, and after we got back, I kept working on Vinny the Vampire and his moon, and I'm so glad that I pulled this project back out to see the light of day!  He's finished!!  My plan is to turn him into a pillow and he can be a pair with Frankie the Thinker, also by Glendon Place.



A new finish means a new start, right?  How about a new restart?  I started Hot Chocolate by Alessandra Adelaide Needlwork a long time ago, and I got pretty far on it.  Unfortunately, I had my fabric turned the wrong way and only realized that the design wouldn't fit the way I was stitching on it until it was too late.  There was too much stitching to pull out, and I reluctantly tossed the fabric.  I had actually forgotten about it until I started going through my basket of kitted up…

Sometimes The Instructions Are The Hard Part

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We all have them.  Projects that started working on, and got quite far on, but it then gets puts aside for  one reason or another.  I am certainly no exception!  I started this more than a year ago.

Meet Vinny the Vampire by Glendon Place.  As you can see I got a lot done.  I had to stitch the moon that goes behind the bat, and do the back stitching.  So why did I put him aside?


There were several reasons, but the big one was that I just could not figure out the directions for how to stitch the moon!  It sounds simple.  Start here, and stitch diagonally.  You would think I would be able to figure that out!

I finally plucked up the courage and asked the question on Facebook!  Thank goodness for the kindness of stitchers!  No one made me feel stupid for not understanding what turned out to be something very simple.  Vinny finally has a moon, and I will soon be able to remove this project from the unfinished project bin!