Monday, December 12, 2011

Exciting News....

Well as I am sure many of you who
may read my blog have realized that there
really hasn't been a lot of stitching showing
up on my blog. Well there is a good reason for that.

I have been diligently working behind the scenes
to begin my antique sampler reproduction, adaptation,
as well as original design business.

I am happy to announce I have two samplers
completed one with a model stitcher now and
several more in various stages of production.

My designs are exclusively distributed by Kelmscott Designs.
Please visit me at my new blog

Friday, December 2, 2011

Back Home...

Well I have just been on a whirlwind trip.
Started last week going to Greenville, SC then
thru Asheville, NC which was a beautiful drive.

to get to Kingsport, TN for Thanksgiving.

Back home and then off to Michigan
to visit my in-laws. We spent
the night at Frankenmuth which always
includes a visit to Zehnder's for Dinner.

We then did some Christmas shopping
at Bronner's the World's Largest Christmas Store

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Where did the time go???

Apparently I have turned into the worst
blogger in the world.

Is there an award for that?

It has been forever since I have had
an opportunity to blog and a lot
has happened

Went to the beach - had a wonderful time
with my stitching pals.
It was so good to get away from all
the day to day responsibilities

I was able to finish a couple of projects
and they will be off to the framers
this weekend. I will share photos and
more information once they return.

This past weekend our neighbor hosted
the first annual alley party. The street I
live on all houses have the garage in the back
so there is an alley that runs behind my house.
They provided the beer and brats.
We needed to bring a side.

I made this wonderful pumpkin mousse.

This weekend is my guild meeting which
always is a good time with the ladies.

I will do my best not to let so much
time go between my posts.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Seems like September has been
a whirlwind at my house.

School is in full swing

I get to have my first Room Parent
meeting next week
- oh goody!!!!

Cub Scouts has started
anybody want some popcorn?

I am taking classes.

Work is busy as ever
- fortunately.

I purchased a few antique samplers
over the past few days.
Many are ones I feel like I may have saved.
- one is very special.

I am working on a secret project
that I will be able
to start sharing about in a few weeks
- if all goes as planned.

A stitching friend of mine has a beach house
that I will get to visit very soon.
No work, no husband, no kids and
a whole lot of stitching going on.

In the meantime here is a photo of
my last visit to the beach.

Such tranquility to look forward to.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

End of an era

This past weekend my husband
finally made the decision
to let the car that belonged
to his grandfather go.

My husband has very fond
memories of his grandfather
and spent a tremendous
amount of time with him
and his grandmother

Fortunately I was able to meet
and get to know them as well.

My husband's grandfather
taught him how to fish
and survive in the bush.
His grandparents had a
cottage someplace in Canada
that had minimal modern
conveniences, but apparently
they all loved it.

It was here they fished,
played, spent time together.

His grandfather taught him
how to fix things - which I
thank him dearly for.
My husband's father isn't a
handyman - so those skills
would not have been passed on by
him, so it was his grandfather
that taught him wood working,
how to fix the plumbing,
how to wire the electrical outlets
and various other things
that sometimes only our grandparents
can pass along to us.

Shortly after my husband and I were
married he started to show the signs
of Alzheimer's as many know the
disease not only trying on the patient
but just as hard if not harder on the family.
Eventually they had to make the decision
for him to go into a nursing home.
My husband's grandmother
would go every day and visit with him.

The last time we went to see him
before he passed. We had our oldest
who was about 2 1/2 at the time with us.
Grandpa kept calling my husband his dad's name
and our son my husband's name.
When we left my husband was so upset
and told me he didn't know me.
I replied to him and told him he knew you.
He just recognized you at another
time in your life when you happened
to be a little boy with your daddy.

So when my husband's brother
asked if he could give the car to
our oldest who had just
started to drive we said sure.

Little did we know at the time it
would soon become my husband's
car that he drove to work everyday.

Until a couple of years ago when
the inevitable started to happen.
My husband repaired what he could,
but the car unfortunately sat more than
it was driven. He came close on more
than one occasion to have it taken away,
but would always change his mind.
Well this past weekend the car was
towed away and so was the end of an era.

Another Busy Week....

The week started off with our boys
heading off to school.
Our youngest didn't want his
photo to be taken, but
he finally gave me a quick smile.

A very rare photo is the one of
our middle son. I was able to
convince him to smile for me.

I didn't even bother with my
oldest plus he had already
left to go to his morning class.

So hard to believe how fast
the time goes by.