Archive for October, 2006

After church we took Hannah to the pumpkin patch about an hour drive from us.  We had checked out the website that The Sampler Girl kindly shared so we knew Hannah was going to have a fun time.  First stop….Pony Ride.  Hannah rode on a pretty pony named Blue, who just so happens to be named Hannah’s favorite color.

We later discovered that Blue is a ham.  Her handler was having a snack and gave a bite to Blue, who then just kept inching closer over the handler’s shoulder to get more snacks from her.  It reminded me of JoJo and her trying to get you to share with her.  LOL

Hannah also enjoyed the slides, swing, and other play things.

We also rode the spooky hay ride which Hannah got a kick out of especially pointing out the spiders to Daddy so that he wouldn’t see them.  And since we prefer that Hannah not go into moonbounces and that sort of thing (she gets sick whenever she plays in anything like that) we bribed her with a second pony ride.  This time she waited to ride a pretty little pony named Hershey…our favorite chocolate!  ;0) 


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Could It Be Over?

I am not sure if the slump is over, but I did get some stitching done today.  My LNS is having it’s first (and hopefully annual) ornament exchange.  I couple of weeks ago I picked out what ornie I wanted to stitch, got the fabric and pulled the threads.  I went done to the the LNS today and instead of working on the LHN piece, and since it was in my bag, I decided to start the ornament.  Perhaps what I needed was a new (small) start.  The designer is LHN and it is from the 2004 JCS Ornament issue…I think.  I stitched the outer border while at the shop and stitched the tree this evening while watching "The Lake House" on DVD.

Thanks to The Sampler Girl tomorrow we are going to the pumpkin patch with Hannah.  I think we are going to have a fun time. 

Today I got a wonderful surprise in the mail as a belated birthday gift.  My blogging friend, Sue of Home Sweet Stitching sent me two fabulous Little House Needleworks charts that I didn’t have…Blackbird Inn and Fruit Bowls.  Thank you so much, Sue!

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I am still hip!

I was watching Regis
& Kelly Live this morning and learned to do the new dance craze…Chicken
Noodle Soup!  I use to go dancing all the time, but then after getting
married and having a baby something happened…I lost my rhythm.  What’s up
with that?  But I can Chicken Noodle Soup!  Though I am still working
on the "With a Soda On The Side" part.  LOL
Not much going on around
here.  I really haven’t been stitching at all.  I am just not in the
mood and to tired.  I have been frogging every time I stitch on the LHN
Where There Is Hope piece.  I had to rip out half the border again
yesterday after I discovered that I was off by half a stitch.  With the
exception of not yet having done the November Punch & Cookie, I have managed
to complete my other goals.  Which is amazing considering my slump.  I
have come to the realization that I will not be finishing the Ad-ventful
advent calendar for this holiday season. 
I am going Christmas
shopping today.  It isn’t yet Halloween but the Big Toy Book from Toys R Us
arrived earlier this week and Hannah has made her selection.  Sadly many of
the things she circled she will not be getting.  She has chosen about four
outdoor play houses that we have no where to put, a pool table and five
kitchens and three easels that again have no where to go.  Hopefully,
she will be happy with what mommy, daddy and Santa are able to get her. 
I also have to go by
Hallmark and get a few ornies there.  I don’t think my mom is getting any
this year.  She usually gets a ton of them and gives them on
Thanksgiving, but she usually asks which ones we like/want from the Dream
Book.  So I must go and get them today before it is to late.  I
am glad she isn’t getting them this year, because I think she should
spend the money on herself for a change.  She is such a generous
woman, but really goes a bit overboard on occasion.  But that’s my mom and
I love her.
Off to

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SBQ ~ Morbid stitching

Today’s SBQ was
suggested by Carol (
http://www.carolsxsblog.blogspot.com/) and is:

If you were to
come across a sampler chart that caught your eye and appealed to you, would you
or would you not stitch it if it had a morbid or "creepy" saying on it? If not,

I would say that I would
stitch it.  If it caught my eye and appealed to me, I would think that the
saying on it would be part of the reason why it caught my eye. 

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It’s not perfect

But I stitched AND finished this myself.  My Red Desert Scissor Pocket for my beautiful Lanell scissors. 


I plan on stitching some more of these in different colors for some of my other Gingher scissors, so I am hoping that with a bit of practice, I will get much better at it.  The fold lines started pretty straight but didn’t stay that way…that’s where I need some practice.  Plus the lining fabric will be a cotton or something at least that will stay straight when ironed. 

I having really been stitching much.  Either just not really in the mood or to tired.  I have been stitching on the LHN Where There Is Hope piece here and there, but every time I stitch on it I have to frog.  Sometime just a little, other times a lot.  I keep plugging away at it.

Hannah gets her school photo taken on Friday…hoping that she doesn’t get sick as last year she missed picture day and had to wait for the make-up.  So far this year has been a much better year as far as her not getting sick.  We are hoping that continues. 

Off to get in a few stitches…hopefully. 

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I almost finished the case for my Lanell scissors today, but have two more things to do to call it finished.  I have a small piece of advice on the finishing.  The designer used silk.  Our local fabric store didn’t have any silk my friend and I liked.  We did find a fabric that was a great color match so we got that.  Man was it hard to work with in the folding the inseam over and even after ironing it was a PITA!  So my advice, try to find a silk or a cotton that will crease well.

I did work on And They Sinned this evening, but honestly didn’t get as much done as I would have liked.  Thanks to NBC!  That’s right…I am blaming them.  They aired a Heros marathon and I had to watch.  I like the show a lot, so I had to watch. :0)

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Yesterday morning I meet my friend Wendy at the fabric shop where we found a pretty colored fabric to finish our Lanell scissor cases. We are going to do that on Sunday. I also found a little cross stitch kit that I picked up for Hannah as a Christmas present. I am hoping that she will become a stitcher, though I don’t want to push her. 


After that I went to Hannah’s school to volunteer for the last day of the book fair and to help pack up. The packing up went very quickly. However, over the three days I ended up with quite a pile of books.

Books for Hannah:  

The Puppy Place: Goldie by Ellen Miles

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel *

By The Light of the Moon by Sheridan Cain *

Barbie: The 12 Dancing Princesses Sticker Storybook

The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kasza *

The United States of America: A State by State Guide by Millie Miller & Cyndi Nelson *

Horse Dictionary: An A to Z of Horses by Don Harper *

Constellations: A Glow-in-the-Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki *

Nintendogs: Do You Know Your Dog? A Breed by Breed Guide

The Dog: Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet? And Other True Facts by The Dogs as told to Howie Dewin *

*books I picked out for her…I did well, she especially loves The Dog Who Cried Wolf, Horse Dictionary and Constellations.

And for Me (also pictured above):

A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin (this was in what I guess would be the young adults section, but I read the back cover and thought it sounded interesting.)

Old-Fashioned Holiday Recipes by Debbie Mumm

Here are my weaknesses….stash :0), purses & bags, books. I just can’t get enough! LOL What I need is more time to read and stitch!!

Today Hannah and I went down to the pottery place to make a gift for Mima and Pop-pop (my parents). Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of it even though I remembered to take the camera. It is hard to image it though, because the pottery looks so different before and after the firing process. The process takes a week, so I will go down to pick it up next weekend.

My parents are leaving on Monday to drive from VA to TX…El Paso, TX! They are going to see my sister and her kids. My nephew, Danny, is home on leave having completed basic training for the Navy and my niece, Angelina, is apparently having her baby shower while he is home. We haven’t seen my nephew and niece in 18 years. There is also my youngest niece, Michelle, that we haven’t met. Sadly, my sister & I are not very close nor is she close with my parents. She will call every few years, like we spoke last week, but then disappears with address and phone unknown or unanswered. But my parents have been speaking a lot on the phone with my nephew & older niece as they all want to have a relationship. Hopefully they will take lots of pictures to share.

I did have a nice surprise when I got home. I had won a bid eBay for UK Cross Stitcher Issue 176 with the Margaret Sherry collection book as the free gift. And it arrived today. I think the little book is cute, even if I have all the patterns thru out the magazines; it is nice to have them in one publication. I was thinking it would be great to have a book like this with the zodiac ones and the recent Archie & Spot.

We went to the movies today to see Flicka. I highly recommend this movie. It is very good, though I hear it is changed from the book which I haven’t read.

Sean has jury duty on Monday. He is very upset because it couldn’t have happened at a worse time as far as work goes. He had hoped that he wouldn’t be called up, crossing his fingers each time he checked on-line to see.

The new Mirabilia kit is so pretty. I have only gotten Halloween Fairy so far, but I am thinking that Miss Valentine will be finding a way home with me.

I am now in search of Leah Gingher Scissors…aren’t they pretty?  I have checked eBay already…WOW!  The bid is almost $200.  Someone wants these way more than I do.  

I am sure that there was more I wanted to share here, but now I just can’t remember. And this is the longest book ever written…okay, maybe War and Peace is a little longer, but I am finally heading to bed…ciao!

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Today’s SBQ was suggested by Vash (http://seasidestitcher.blogspot.com/) and is:

Which way do you stitch, i.e. do you stitch /// followed by \\\ on top, or the other way around \\\ followed by ///? Are you left- or right-handed and do you think that this affects the way that you stitch?

I am right handed and I stitch \\\ followed by ///.  I don’t think that my being right handed affects how I stitch.  Stitching \\\ then /// is just what feels natural to me.

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Today I helped out at the book fair again, but only for a couple of hours.  I am planning on helping again in the morning after I meet my friend at the fabric store.  We are going in search of fabric to finish our Lanell scissor case. 

After the book fair I went to my usual Wednesday afternoon stitch session at the LNS.  Apparently I am not meant to stitch on the Little House Needleworks’ Where There Is Life project.  Sunday I had to rip out most of the border.  I had decided to move on to another area for a while and wouldn’t you know after stitching almost all of the wording on the bottom part of the pattern I realized I started in the wrong place.  I had to rip it all out.  UGH!

After Hannah went to bed tonight I finally finished the attic room I was stitching on.  Yea!!  I only have one more room to stitch…then on to the chimneys and foundation.


I did stitch a bit on And They Sinned on Sunday.  I think I forgot to take a picture of last week’s progress.   But remembered to take a picture this Sunday before I work on it again.  Not making nearly as much progress on it as I thought, but every stitch is getting me there.  I enjoy stitching on it. 

Wow!  My little kit-kat is running around the living room even though the dog barely went out a few minutes ago.  She doesn’t usually come out of her hiding when we put the dog in the yard outside.  She doesn’t usually venture out until the dog is put to bed.  I wish we could get the cat to just tolerate the dog enough not to hide all day long (and maybe the dog would not have to sleep in her crate at night either).  I am not sure if there is anything we can do to help this happen.  Perhaps I should do a bit of research online.  JoJo managed to sleep into after my alarm this morning…crossing my fingers that she does again tomorrow.

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Hannah’s P/T Conference went really well last night.  She is doing very well in school and is reading a little above what is required for her age.  No worries on her writing letters/numbers backwards.  The important thing is that she has no trouble reading and that she is very willing to both read and write.  Also that she will correct it if pointed out. 

The school is doing the book fair right now, and I volunteered to help.  It was a much longer day then planned.  After school, Hannah and I came home for snacks and to do some of her homework before heading out for Tae Kwon Do.  Back home for dinner, finishing homework and bathtime.  Now I am fighting to stay awake but I should just head to bed.  The dog had me up early again the past few mornings.  Please, please let this end soon!

Oh, I have been stitching a little more but not quite getting anywhere.  Maybe tomorrow…

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