Friday, December 24, 2010

Pa rum pa pum pum..

Do you hear that little drummer boy in the distance?? A newborn King to rum pa pum pum. It is Christmas Eve and the celebration of His magnificent birth is on the horizon....

Our finest gifts we bring pa rum pa pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pa pum pum
So to honor Him, pa rum pa pum pum.

I heart Christmas~ the preparations, the decorating, the baking, the anticipation, the joy of celebrating my Savior's birth. Everything is coming along much as planned for me this year, all I needed to do by now is done, but my celebration won't end until midnight New Year's Day, as my youngest children and my grandbabies won't arrive until early on New Year's Eve. So our family Christmas won't be fully celebrated until New Year's that said, I still have a few presents to wrap and some baking and food preparation to do next week.

After I get done with this blog post (I couldn't NOT take the time to wish you all a BLESSED and Meaningful Christmas, my dear blogging friends), I will go and finish getting ready. I am going to my eldest daughter's house this afternoon, she is having a Christmas dinner for her family and I want to get an early start. Since we have some precipitation in the form of snow predicted pretty heavily, I want to get there before it gets bad. She lives about 45 minutes away from me. If things get bad later on this evening, she and her hubby have promised to bring me home. I am loved!

I have been stitching, but not as much as I would have liked! I had several ornaments to get finished, three of them; two for one granddaughter, since I had neglected to get her one made last year, and of course one for the new granddaughter! I haven't shared pics lately of the sweetums, so here is one taken recently, when my daughter Megan and I went up to their home for Baby Addison 'Bean' 's dedication at church. Allie Bug was upset about something, but I thought it was still a very dear picture of the three of them:

I didn't get very good pictures of my trees this year, but just let me say I am very pleased with them. I have the large one in the family room, one in the living room/dining room and last but certainly least the one in my bedroom, which has all of the handmade stitched ornaments on it. This is the tree that I have shared closeups of. I am hoping that Santa leaves me some extra funds to shop for a new camera this year!

Today I am thankful for my Savior's Birth, all that He is to me today and everyday!

See you in the New Year!! I am having a blogoversary in January, so be visiting for a special giveaway planned!

Merry, Merry Christmas Dear Blogging Friends!

Love, Jan

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dear Blogging Friends...

I pray that you all have a most wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day with family and friends!

I am thankful today for the good health and well-being of my parents! Such a joy and blessing to still have them here with us!

Blessings, Jan

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Finally, a Fini!

Hello there, dear blogging friends, it has been longer then I would have liked since my last post. But I have been so caught up with work and family, haven't hardly had the chance to check out your blogs even.

If you haven't been to my design blog Tree of Life Samplings, I wanted to show you my latest finish, the second in the Emma Rose Series, Emma Rose Christmas:

 Definitely my personal stitching time has been at a minimum, since I had to stitch the above and change several things as I was stitching. But I did get some time afterwards to finish up Blackbird Designs Sunflower House. Sorry if these pics are out of order, thanks to Blogger messing with me. The one picture I took of the entire project, turned out horribly and way too dark. It was a fun stitch, can't wait to get it framed now.

Currently finishing up an exchange piece, so can't show that until much later! Really busy with working on new designs, hopefully to have released for the Nashville Market in February. It does take awhile to put a design all together, from start to finish and with Thanksgiving and Christmas upon us, the time will go swiftly, I am sure!

Thanks for visiting, hoping to have some time to visit you in the next few days. Thanks also for taking the time to comment, you are all the best!!

 Thankful today for my son in law, Josh, for being such a wonderful husband to my daughter and a super father to my two granddaughters. 

Much Love, Jan

Friday, October 8, 2010

Emma Rose Release~Ideas Needed~Small Giveaway!

Tree of Life Samplings 'Emma Rose Friendship'
Lakeside Vintage Buttercream, 40 ct linen
Needlepoint Silks

Hello dear friends, I am in need for you, when you have a few extra minutes, to go to my design blog: Tree of Life Samplings. I am working at getting designs ready for Nashville in February of 2010 and need your feedback, ideas, suggestions, for what you might like to see Tree of Life Samplings design. I have several ideas myself already, but some can be put on the backburner, if you come up with something that outshines the rest, so to speak! So come on over, speak your mind, and get your name thrown in a hat for one of my patterns (your choice). When is the drawing? Evening of October 22, 2010! Oh if you don't feel like posting, email me your thoughts and ideas, I am all ears and I will most assuredly include your name in the draw!

Thanks bunches, I appreciate your help and your visits!

Love, Jan

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NEW Releases Coming Soon!!

Please be sure and visit my design blog, Tree of Life Samplings, for my newest releases, one complete in it's frame, and the other a nice little sneak peek, soon to be seen in it's entirety (by the weekend, is my plan)!

I hope that you love them, I am excited to share them with you!

Love, Jan

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My New Little Blessing!!

Introducing my new little granddaughter, Addison Rose, born at 3:50 am on September 2, 2010! I am so sorry it has taken me so long to share this special gift with you all in blogland! This is Addison Rose, two days old, in the arms of her mother, my daughter, Ashley Beth:

Her older sister Allie Bug (now an old 14 months) is very proud of her new little sister!!

Ashley with her two angel daughters, my granddaughters, Alexandra Catherine (14 months old) and Addison Rose (3 days old) all ready for church that first Sunday!
I just know they are going to bless my life in so many ways...they are all healthy and all is well, thanks be to God!
Short post, lots going on with my life right now, many designs are in the works and I MUST get another model stitched! I will be visiting again soon and will also try and get caught up on my blog reading and commenting! Hope you are all well, my blog friends and thank you so much for stopping by and visiting!

If you haven't yet seen the sneak peaks of my newest design Quaker Peace, be sure and visit Tree of Life Samplings Blog! The link is at the top of this blog...the complete design framed will be shown very soon and also a sneak peek of Emma Rose Christmas! Exciting times for Tree of Life Samplings!
Love, Jan

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hearts, Hands and House!

Greetings...Hidey Ho my dear blogging readers and friends! I was shocked this morning, when I looked at the calendar in my office, it is the 18th of August!!! My oh my where have the last few weeks gone??? Anyway, I wanted to post before now, but alas, better now then later, right?

Weather...Mother Nature has given us a small break in the extreme humidity...dew points have been down in the 60's rather then the 70's, which makes the low 90's at least more bearable. But now we need rain, not exactly in the drought zone yet, but it won't be long until we will. Grass is burning, ugh...hoping for some rain by week's end. My tomatoes are doing wonderfully, won't be long until I have a large enough crop to do some canning. Also the flowers are finally looking good, I had a time with the ones in the front flower beds, but they are thriving now. I want to wait a few more weeks, since the heat is so extreme to get some mums and plant them.I am so looking forward to Autumn!

Stitching...I have been stitching, well trying to everyday as usual and I do have a few stitchey pics to share with you! This is an unfinished exchange I did for a friend (Robin no blog). It is a complimentary design by Hands to Work and is titled Heart and Hand. I left off the bottom rows of alphabet.

All pictures are clickable to enlarge!

Hands to Work Heart and Hand
40 ct Lakeside Vintage Light Examplar
Belle Soie Mer Bleu with Poison Apple (for heart) Silks

Also some small progress on Sunflower House...
Blackbird Designs Sunflower House Loose Feathers #9
Stitched on 32 ct R&R
Recommended overdyeds GAST

I do have an ornament started and almost finished, but alas, it will just have to wait until next post to share with you!
Small Collection: I know that many of you have heard of or probably own a few pieces of FireKing...anyway, I had gotten a couple square containers with lids, in the Fire King pattern from my mother. I think she had them since they were brand new. Of course I always loved them as a child, thought they were so neat, especially with all of that intricate work on the glass. Anyway I recently found a cake pan and a pie plate. Also found a loaf pan, but don't think I have a picture of it. Here is the piepan and cake pan:

Wish you could see them better, it is hard to get pictures to show up all of the intricate patterns in the glass! I was happy to find these pieces. I need to take pics of my square lidded fire king dishes soon and show you.

Also I found this dish several months ago and once again the etchings in the glass aren't clear. I have no idea when it was made, nor by who, but it came home with me, because I knew that my Allie Bug would love it some day. The inside of the dish has a picture of Bo Peep with her sheep, and the outer edges of the dish have the alphabet going around! Love this dish, if anyone has any information about it, I would love to hear from you! I don't care whether it has any monetary value, I just think it is adorable and will be a great keepsake for my granddaughter! Would love to have information on the manufacturer, etc, though, thanks!

That is about all that is going on in my neck of the woods! Hope that you are doing something that you enjoy and taking each new day as it comes and enjoying it to the fullest!! I appreciate you visiting and reading through my post and leaving a comment! Your kind words make my day and I look so forward to hearing from each of you, thank you!

Be sure and have some stitchey fun today!

Love, Jan

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Some special treasures, first a gift, then some finds!

I hope that this finds you, my blogging friends, staying cool, wherever you are! I think that this summer will stand out in our minds for it's extreme heat and humidity! I know that last night, was so unsufferable to even sit for a few minutes on the front porch. I didn't even attempt to go for my nightly walk, because I just knew it wouldn't even be healthy for me! Now that said, I go every night, and usually don't even venture out until sometime between 9 and 10 pm, because of the heat. I try to walk at least 2 miles, and sometimes 3 miles, and when I come home, I definitely need a cool down period. But last night? No maam, wouldn't even attempt it! And I missed it...I just hope tonight isn't a repeat, but I am thinking that it might be. I love the changing seasons, and I don't want to wish my life away, since it is moving swiftly enough, but I can't wait for Autumn!!! Stay cool, wherever you are!

I got such a lovely thank you gift on Monday, from Faye. She sent me this sweet pin pillow, complete with special pins that she made herself! Isn't it the prettiest thing? I will treasure it, Faye, thank you ever so much. I don't have many smalls in my collection and each one I get is a special treasure to own! Also when saying your prayers, if you would add dear Faye's mil Ada, to your list, she is in need of them! Thank you and I know Faye would and does appreciate those prayers!
On Saturday, I decided to treat myself and make a trip to the antique mall that is about 5 miles south of me. I enjoy going once in awhile to see what treasures they might have. Love to have company along, but love to go alone too, because sometimes I just take my time and find more things, you know what I mean? I never fail to bring something home, but this trip, I was able to find some great things, that I have a picture of below:

The drawer is from an antique sewing cabinet and was in great shape, so I couldn't pass it up! Not sure yet what I will use it for, but I can bet I will find a good use for it soon! I love drawers, boxes and cabinets!! Another weakness I have is for glass canning jars...this one was a super buy and it said Drey (I don't have many that are from that company) and it is a larger size, then the quart sizes that you see everywhere. I wish I could tell you what size it is, but I am horrid with measurements, anyone help me out? Is it a quart and a half, maybe? I know it isn't a gallon size! Anyway, I love it!! I only collect the smaller pint sized antique canning jars and they are hard to find. As is this size. Also got lucky and found a couple more flower frogs, now I have four of these! Last but certainly not least, I found five, count'em five antique sewing machine oil cans!!! I was jumping for joy at the find, and the price was right, $4. each!!! Yay!!! I had a great time!!!
I do have a couple of stitchey pics to share, of a couple of my wips! Haven't had as much time as I would like to stitch these days, but I do try to put in a few stitches each day!

This is a really lousy picture of Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers #9 Sunflower House, my progress as of the end of July! A fun stitch, stitching it with the recommended colors of fibers on Old Mill Java by R&R! A slow stitch, since I have some obligation stitching to complete, but I have been enjoying every stitch.

Also another slow wip:

PLEASE do forgive the wrinkle down the middle!!! I needed to bring it upstairs and set up the ironing board, and I was just too lazy busy to do that! This is Beatrix Potter Sampler, not quite in her full glory, but one stitch at a time will bring that to pass. Just not sure what year that will be...She is stitched on 32 ct French Vanilla linen from R&R with Used Brick Crescent Colours fibers. I love how it is looking so far!!

That is about it for now! I am heading out for some early errands, before the sultry heat is in full swing! I want to thank you all so much for coming to visit, and reading and commenting! You all just make my day! If you aren't a follower yet, then I would be thrilled if you become one today!

Today, whatever you do, do with love and gusto!! And try and have some stitchey fun too!

Love, Jan

Monday, July 26, 2010

Birthday Wishes and Pictures to Share!

It's Monday, the 26th of July and all day it has been my daughter's 31st birthday! I had a bit of a birthday celebration at the house yesterday afternoon! With the exception of my youngest daughter and her wee family, everyone else was here, even my parents! So it was a great day, full of celebration, fellowship, good eats, that left me with a satisfied heart at the end of the day! Happy Birthday to my dear Megan Brooke!! May you have many, many more birthdays, my darling one! Momma loves you enough!!!

Many of you have been experiencing a heat wave like we have around here of late! In fact, the entire summer has been a hot one and very humid! I have been trying to walk every evening, and sometimes with the horrid heat being so bad, I am unable to do that, which I need to do, and have grown to look forward to. So, guess I am really looking forward to Autumn...hope we have an early one!

I had a friend visit a few weeks ago, and she sent me this ever so sweet pincushion as a thank you gift! I was thrilled, it is Blackbird Designs Bird In Hand! Isn't it lovely? Thank you so much, Kathy!

 She also finished this little design that I had stitched, by Lizzie Kate, Work, Pray, Trust! While she was visiting, we went to Joann's and picked out fabric and trim and she created this little cutey for me!

Another special friend, Lizzy, blessed me with this Sweet Friendship stitched piece, which I had framed! I am so pleased with it, thank you so much, Lizzy!!!

I am so blessed with such special friends, my cup runneth over!!

Also back from the framer's is Little House Needlework's Brave Hearts, stitched on 40 ct Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside with the recommended Belle Soie Silks. A fun stitch, that I started a couple years ago and just finished, about time, huh? I love the molding on this one too!
Another small finish, that I stitched a couple of months ago and just got in a frame is Shakespeare Peddler's Count Your Blessings:
In other stitching endeavors, I am working on a bit of secret stitching, and also Sunflower House by Blackbird Designs. Also trying to get some ornaments stitched, before Christmas creeps up and I won't have anything stitched for friends or family! Must keep up the momentum! Here is one I just finished, designed by Brittercup Designs and titled 'Mine'...I think it was the title that enticed me, so cute!

Other then designing and I just had a recent release, Road Home, if you haven't seen it yet, please visit Tree of Life Samplings blog! I have three more I am working on now, and will most likely, by that I mean, I hope, will be released pretty close together, we shall see!

Thanks for your visits and especially for your ever so sweet and encouraging comments! Keep them coming, they mean the world to me!

Till next time, have some fun with your stitching!

Love, Jan

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Announcing the Winner(s)!!!

First of all, thank you all so much for participating! And my goodness, over 200 followers now! I just hope that you enjoy your visits and I don't bore you to tears! I would hate to lose you, now that I have you...isn't there a song from sometime or other, saying those words? lol

And thanks all for your birthday wishes for my Sweet Allie Bug!

I won't pitter patter around with you, I will just get on with the announcement and congratulate, FIRST of all, Faye from Carolina Stitcher! Just let me say what a joy she is and has such a wonderful blog, I really enjoy visiting her, so if you haven't yet, stop by and check out Faye and her blog!

Faye said:
Oh sweet to have a giveaway to celebrate the first birthday!! Count me in for sure,.YOU were one of the first blogs I started following and always look for your posts!!
Again, congrats!!! Faye

Thank you so much, Faye and when you get a minute, dahlin', would you mind sending me an email with your mailing address? I want to get you your VB filled with goodies sent to you as soon as I can!

I can't help it, I was just so overwhelmed with the many, many comments, that I had to draw two more names...not for the VB bag filled with goodies, but for a little something else...something else, that has not been quite decided yet, but if the following two faithful bloggers would kindly email me, I would appreciate it! Don't forget to send me your snail mail address!

Terri from Chocolates 4 Breakfast

Terri said:
Add me to the list of those so happy to see a post from you, Jan! Sounds like you have had a very busy summer. I'm sorry your parents have had some health issues but I now they are blessed to have you there.

Allie is so cute and I know how much you must be enjoying her! Happy Belated Birthday, Allie!
I would love to be entered in your very generous drawing!
Thanks, Jan!!

Marsha from Littlebit

Marsha said: I just don't seem to have the knack for winning a giveaway, but what a nice one this is. Um..does the little Allie Bug come with it? :)

YOU, my followers, commentors and visitors make my days full of joy and complete! Thanks for your lovely, lovely comments!! And thanks for taking part in my giveaway, Allie Bug and I are so glad that you did!

Much Love, Jan

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Egads it is time for a Giveaway!!

I always have such good intentions of posting, but time gets away from me, so again, my apologies for not checking in sooner, and especially for not visiting your blogs! I really miss reading all that you are up to! I hope to get to visit very soon! In the meantime, my summer has been a busy one! My father was very ill, and he was in and out of the hospital for the better part of six weeks, but fortunately, he is on the mend now! My mother is now experiencing some health issues, but you know, when you still have your parents with you, and they are well into their 80's, health issues are to be expected! A burden, but the blessing of having them still, far outweighs any inconvenience!

I really didn't mean to get into all of that, but thanks for giving me your 'ears'!

My precious granddaughter had her first birthday on July 2, 2010! And I want to have a giveaway to celebrate her first birthday! This is what I am offering, a Vera Bradley cosmetic bag, which if you didn't know already, makes a great 'pack and carry bag' for those stitching gadgets! I have stuffed it with silks, fabric, scissors and other sweets for stitchers! Here is a pic of the bag and it's contents:

And another angle:

And a pic of my beautiful, precious and happy granddaughter, Alexandra Catherine, that I affectionately call Allie Bug, on the morning of her birthday:

I have been stitching...not alot, but do have some things to share, and I will do that asap! I miss sharing my stitching with you all!

For the giveaway, please post to this thread, and if you are not already a follower, please follow! Also if you care to post about this giveaway on your personal blog, and that would be great, please leave two comments on this post, so it will be easier for me to 'count'! And do so no later then July 17, 2010! I will post the winner on July 18, 2010! Best of luck, I know you will enjoy the goodies!!

Until next time, I remain forever grateful for your posts!!

Love, Jan

FYI, I am having another great giveaway over at my design blog: Tree of Life Samplings Be sure to visit and have a look-see!

Also, my friend Deb from The Thread Gatherer is having a wonderful giveaway, as well! Be sure and visit! Click on the link to get to her blog!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tree of Life Samplings 'The Sparrow'

For more details, please visit Tree of Life Samplings blog!!

Love, Jan

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A little stitching and lots of bragging Nana pics!!

Once again, I have been longer at posting, then I wanted to be, but I know that you all understand, at the fleetingness of time!! If we could just grab ahold of it, and help it to slow down.Like today, being hump day (midweek), wouldn't that be grand? Although I know those of you that work through the week, are wanting to hurry it along to get to friday, and I totally understand that, I also know that time would be grand if it slowed down a bit!

I went and spent last weekend with Allie Bug and her family! What a joy she is, well, her mother was as a child, so I am not surprised! I am sharing a few pics of my time with her, hope I am not overdoing it, but she is so cute, I can't help but share several!

Morning play time! Now which block should I remove first?
Who is having more fun then me? Daddy is a great daddy to lift me up in this pine tree, don't you think?
Oh boy, what fun Nana and I will have, going for a walk in the neighborhood! Care to join us next time?

 Oh such a long and fun day, and Nana's arms are pretty neat to fall asleep in! Nana thinks that I look pretty sweet when I am asleep, so she had Mommy take this picture of us! Aww...such a great nap!

  Okay, this is the next day...Mommy's birthday, and we are headed for a day of fun! I love it, that Nana is along with us, since that gives me someone else to talk to and look at in the back seat of Mommy's suv! See you all next time!

Alexandra is now almost 10 months old! Where does the time go? Her baby brother/sister is due to join us in September and the whole family is eagerly looking forward to that blessed arrival!

I have been stitching some, I decided for as long as I have had my Time and Season Sampler by the talented Moira Blackburn in progress, that I needed to really work hard at getting it finished! Oh what a glorious day that will be, I will be so thrilled to go and pick out a frame for her, so I can display her in the living room! Anyway here is a shot of her, the last time I took a picture, I do have a bit more done since then, so a bit further along. Not a really good picture, but just one showing where I am on her. Don't know why I am calling her 'her' either! lol I feel like I am roughly 2/3rds done, with all of the jumping around I have done, it is hard to tell:

I also stitched up a small piece, by Shakespeare's Peddler, and called Count Your Blessings, but shoot, I forgot to take a picture, oh well, there is next time!

Also, I have gotten back from my model stitcher the next design to be released from Tree of Life Samplings! It is now at the framer's, but I did take a few sneak peek pics of The Sparrow, if you would like to see, here is one:

AND, there are a couple of others on the Tree of Life Samplings blog, if you would be interested in seeing! At least until I get the piece back from the framer and I get a photo shoot date with it all framed! I am hoping to have it ready for release by the end of next week! We shall see!

That is about all for now, other then I want to thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to comment! It makes my day to read all of your comments, thanks for being out there!

Have some fun with your stitching today!

Love, Jan

Friday, April 9, 2010

As Promised...

I am back with some pictures to share of my latest stitchings! One of them you have seen, but not in it's frame, the other you haven't seen at all, at least not stitched by my hands! I worked on it this winter, during my illness!

I am just so overcome with your kindness and compassion, thank you so much for ALL of the wonderful and heartfelt comments! Friends such as yourself were and are most beneficial and key to my recovery, and I mean that with all of my heart!

First of all, one of the two I just recently picked up from my framer's is Simply Live by Primitive Needle. It was a delight to stitch, but when it came to finding just the right frame for it, I was having a hard time, till I stumbled upon this one! I think it is perfect for it, and I am so pleased! It is hanging low in my office over one of my filing cabinets. Keeps me 'centered' while working and reminds me to keep life simple, slow down when I can and focus on what matters the most! I love it!

The second piece that I picked up from my framer's is by La-D-Da and titled Watchful Eye. I started this before Christmas and didn't finish it until a few short weeks ago. It kept me going through my extended illness and bedrest, and turned out to be quite meaningful to me! Isn't it something how what we choose to stitch at any given time, does affect what comes to pass? I did change the color palette a bit with this one, if anyone is interested in my changes, feel free to email me, I will gladly share! I have found that I stitch a lot of La-D-Da's and I love her designs but almost always change the colors to suit me better!

I do have a design for Tree of Life Samplings completed! It is titled The Sparrow and is now in the capable hands of one of my model stitchers! I am anxious to show you, and I know it won't be too long a wait until I do! It is a pretty neat design, one I am well pleased with and I think you are going to like it too! Stay tuned!

I have a trip planned for tomorrow, I am going to go and visit my daughter and family for a few days! Of course that means lots of precious and quality time with Allie Bug, I haven't seen her since the middle of February and I am really missing her! I will take a few pics to share upon my return, never fear!

I have a request for a special favor! I have searched high and low for a pattern by Sheepish Designs titled Alpha Birds and cannot locate it anywhere! I have Alpha Menagerie and Alpha Sheep, but not the first one in this set, and I am so wanting to stitch them! If there is anyone that can help, please email me at I will gladly purchase it, trade for something, anything you request! And I appreciate the efforts, thank you!!!

Hey, thanks again, dear blogging friends, I feel your love and compassion and value you that more then you know! Thanks for being out there and letting me know you all care!!

Make some special fun with your stitching!

Love, Jan

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Time Passes....

and before you know it, it is April Fool's Day! And you start thinking, if you don't get off your duff and post on your blog, everyone is going to forget all about you and never visit again! After all, it has been almost 3 months now since your last post, and what is that all about???

A bit of an explanation ~  I mentioned in my last post, the first part of January, that I had been diagnosed with pneumonia, and I was trying to recouperate. Well, the week following my last post about that, I was admitted to the hospital where I spent the next 15 days, being treated for pneumonia complications and going through lung surgery and recouperating from that. I came home at the end of January, but still had a long way to go, to a full recovery, in fact, I am not there yet, BUT the good news is, I feel so much better now and at least I am able to get back to my life!

Apologies ~ I need to apologize for not having been here to post on my blog's anniversary, goodness, it was my first year's anniversary, and I missed it! I wanted to have a neat giveaway, for all of my readers, and missed the opportunity! I also had another milestone in February, I turned 60 years old...OUCH, boy that does hurt! lol Anyway, just to let you know, I hope I am never away for that long again, I have missed so much visiting with all of you, and commenting on your blogs, I am seriously behind on my reading, but hope to catch up soon!

Pictures ~ Or should I say lack thereof!! I have often said, what is a post without pictures? And always try to share at least one, but this post, is going to be just the written word! I do promise to follow with some pics, very very soon, like in the next week! I have been stitching a little ( not as much as I would have liked, when one is bedridden and getting over a major illness, which is the perfect opportunity to stitch, instead you just concentrate on getting better!) and will share some of that, I promise! And probably a new pic or two of my sweet Allie Bug! My daughter is pregnant again, so Allie will have a baby sibling in September of this year! Such fun that will be!!

Oh and that Giveaway? Maybe later then intended, but it is going to happen very soon, so be watching!

Happy Easter! May you and yours have the most blessed of holidays!!

Thanks for your visit, thanks for your patience and thanks for your comments! I appreciate each and everyone of them and YOU!! Make some stitchey fun very soon!

Love, Jan

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Goings On in My 'Little Corner'!

Once again it has been forever since I posted! I am late in wishing you all a Happy New Year, not to mention, I didn't get to post you a Merry Christmas for 2009! Regardless, I wished both for you all, albeit silently!

I have a couple of finishes that got framed a couple of days before Christmas and I am so pleased with how they turned out!

First of all is Hands To Work This Is The Day and here is a not so great picture of it hanging on my wall:

And one of a closeup of the frame:

I just love, love, love this frame!!!

And the other piece that visited the frame shop, Prairie Moon's Holiday Farm!

And a pretty good example of the frame, close-up:

I just know that both of these frame moldings will be chosen again for something else that I stitch!

Christmas....was an extra special happening here, I thoroughly enjoyed having my family all here to celebrate Christ's birth! The only downside was waking up at 4 in the morning on Christmas Day in lots of pain, couldn't lay down and go back to sleep, so I got up and sat in the living room. Wasn't long before daughter Ashley was up with the baby, and I asked her as nicely as I could, if she could handle by herself the meal I had planned to fix for everyone. She was gracious, and I knew very efficient to get the job done, but I really hated having to do that. To make a long story short, ( I thought I had broken a rib or something), I visited the doctor the next week, and found out I had pneumonia! I was really surprised, had no idea it was something like that, although number 2 son, Dusty, who is an RN had hinted at something like that. Anyway, that is what I have been doing ever since, trying to get back my health, slowly but surely getting there, but I do know I have to patient, because I am definitely no spring chicken and pneumonia takes a while to get over. So taking it slow and easy, even though I am behind on everything!

Stitching...Due to having to lay low and take it easy, I have been stitching, as long as I can stay awake that is! I am working on two projects, CHS's Matter's Choice and La-D-Da's Watchful Eye. Enjoying them both and hope to be able to share some pics soon of either progress or maybe even a finish!

I appreciate you stopping by, and I am thankful and blessed for your lovely comments! Enjoy your day and make some fun with your stitching!

Love, Jan