First Finish of 2018

It's been a while since I've had a finish, but here it is!

Mickey Salutes America was a kit created by Stoney Creek and was sold at the Disney parks.  There is a frame style at Michael's that I think will be perfect for this.  Time to visit the frame shop!

Back In The New Year's Swing Of Things

As this is my first post since Christmas I must start off with Happy New Year!!!  I wish all of you a blessed, happy and healthy 2018!!
I am not the kind of person who makes New Year's resolutions.  It's never been a habit I got in to, and I was never very good at keeping them, anyway.  What I have decided is that this year I would like to put in a few stitches every day.  Stress and anxiety sometimes get in the way, but I think this year I'm really going to try to push through.
Putting in some stitches every day has helped me make good progress on Mickey and Minnie out in their sleigh.

Considering that I only started working on it right after Thanksgiving I think I've made good progress on it!  Depending on how you look at it I'm either late for last Christmas, or I'm getting a head start for this year.  Either way, it's getting close to a finish.
I have a friend who finishes two WIPs for every one new start.  I'm not that  disciplined, but I do have …

A Holly, Jolly Christmas

It's the day after Christmas, and while my kids are quiet I thought I would update my blog.  It was a quiet day here, with just MJ's parents coming for dinner.  I don't do alot of fuss when I set the table, but my Christmas table runner always looks so pretty.  It was a large project, but was well worth the time and effort.

This is the first year in a long time that I made no new stitched Christmas ornaments.  Over the years, between the ones I've made and the ones I've received as gifts or in exchanges, I've amassed quite a collection.  In addition to the Christmas tree in the living room I put up a second tree in our den where I hang my stitched ornaments.  I'm beginning to think I need a bigger tree!

Christmas stitching continues on Mickey and Minnie.  Now that they have eyes, ears, and a hat I can move on to stitching their sleigh.

Every family has their own holiday traditions, and ours is no different.  One that started about three years ago is Desser…

A New Addition To My Collection

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

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

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

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…