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Friday, December 2, 2016

Done and Dusted

Hooray - I finished my wise men!!!  Introducing Follow The Star - 

And right here, I must stop and apologize for the quality of the pics.  I have no idea what's wrong, it must be the operator, I forgot how to use the dang thing.  

I'm really very pleased with how this turned out, the Asian-inspired fabrics just glow on the deep blue background.  And my very first Christmas decoration is up in my house, lol!!!!

Because it's so late in the year, I'm doing an introductory price of just one dollar for this pattern - I'd really hoped to get it done in early November, but we all know how that goes.  You can purchase Follow The Star in my craftsy shop, here:

This special price is only until Christmas!  

In other news, we visited the cardiologist today, and mum is getting her new pacemaker MONDAY!!  It's a new kind too, it automatically sends the data to the clinic, no more fooling around with land lines [we no longer have one!] and visiting the clinic.  Mum's not only battery-operated, she has wi-fi!  Makes you wonder what's next, lol.  

Well my dears, I must go make dinner, I have a nice relaxing weekend to look forward to and I'm going to try to catch up on blogs....cuz

I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Postcards From Heaven, Block 12, December....

It's here - the final block in our year-long journey.  What a blessing this has been to me, and I hope for you also!  Jenny always has the best ideas.

It's been an amazing journey, as well - at least for me.  I think I told you before that I had these blocks done by last December...and every month, as they came up, they were always applicable to what was going on with my family and me.  Some more so than others!  

My prayer this month is that if you haven't opened that door to Jesus, you soon will.....that you will taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms 34:8

The pattern is available free from my craftsy shop, just click here:

Jenny's exquisite version:

You'll have to go to her blog to see the gorgeousness of what she made with it!  Jenny of Elefantz

I do hope you've enjoyed this journey with us.  It's been a very busy year for me, and sometimes the only project I got done all month was my postcard, but that was enough.  I can't wait to get all my postcards put together into a quilt - I'll share that with you too!  And hopefully tomorrow, I'll be able to share a finish with you - 

I actually had my sewing machine out today!!!!!!!  Can you believe it!!!!

See you soon, precious friends - be blessed.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

First Week

Hello my friends - I've missed you!  We've had our first full week of mum at home, she was ever so glad to get here.

She's constantly freezing, even when everyone else is warm.  Her doctor thinks it's her thyroid, so he's checking things out.  Yes that's a roll of toilet paper next to her - we ran out of kleenex, lol.  Keepin' it real.

She's doing very well, except for anxiety.  She's been breathing so badly for so long, because of the mitral valve, and is having a hard time adjusting to the fact that she can now breathe easily!  She refuses to lay down flat, and sleeps in the recliner.  

We laughed the other day - told her I thought that getting her here would be the easy part, we'd sit around and drink tea and read and I could stitch.  Turns out, driving to the hospital and nursing home every day was the easy part!

Every day there's someone coming in, and usually multiple someones.  PT, OT, nursing, social workers, you name it.  And I'm constantly washing something  - dishes, laundry, counters, floors, bathrooms.  Not a lot of time to stitch!

I have started a new Christmas design.

Don't think it'll be ready for Christmas, though.  I was hoping to make it for my cousin, sigh.

Autumn is just about over, it's been absolutely splendid.

That's my view across the street.  It's been unseasonably warm, for which we're profoundly grateful, but I woke this morning to frost.  Most of the leaves are gone.  The bucks in the back meadow are butting heads, the squirrels are frantically burying things, and I think one of them has taken up residence in our living room wall.  Good times.

Well that's all from me, I've been hoping to get around to your blogs and try to catch up, but my computer is hardly on.  I've been full on flat out and wow, Christmas is coming - we're having Thanksgiving here, and celebrating two birthdays that fall on that day as well!  This year has gone by in a blink.

Keep well my friends, I miss you so much!!!!!


Monday, October 31, 2016

Postcards From Heaven, Block 11 November

It's November 1st in Australia, which means it's time for another Postcard From Heaven!!  This month it's Jenny's gorgeous design for you....

Oh my isn't that too gorgeous for words!!!  Thank you Jenny!!!  Go visit Jenny's blog to download the design, and see the gorgeous pincushion she made with it:

I've done mine, of course, in redwork....

And used the King James scripture.

If you'd like to use the King James also, you can download the words only file from my craftsy shop.

I truly love this verse, and this month's design. I'm sure you will too!!!

As always, be blessed as you stitch.....


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wasn't This A Quilting Blog????

LOL - in stitchy news, I just finished up stitching November's Postcard From Heaven, just in time!!!!  Seeing as how it's almost November....oh you just wait, Jenny did a darling design.

In mom news, she's doing very well.  We had a home visit with the therapist yesterday, and she's determined to get to my house as soon as possible.  

That was yesterday's pic - my cousin had come from up north with sugar-free chocolates for her, and she wore the bow from the package for awhile.  It was such a pain dragging the oxygen tank around, so today they took her off it for physical therapy, and she did great!  Looks like she won't have to come home with it after all.

Fall colors are happening all around us, and I'm missing them, I spend most of my time running back and forth to mum.  

I've discovered that our backyard is sorely lacking in reds and oranges - that pic is from the library parking lot - so some care will be given to next spring's plantings.

I need to thank you all for your wonderful comments lately, I've read them all and appreciate them SO MUCH - but have had no time to reply.  That will change once mum comes home, thank goodness - and maybe I can get away with staying in my jammies all day once in awhile!  Doesn't that sound nice???  And what's really nice, mum will be a captive audience, and I'm going to show her all your blogs, lol!!!  She hates computers, but she loves you all.

Last thing before I go - I'm going to be changing prices in my craftsy store, just on the free designs.  A lot of them are no longer going to be free, they'll be changed to $1.  So if there was a free design you had an eye on, go ahead and get it now.

Ok, I'm off - still have to do dishes [although my oldest took me out tonight, we saw the movie "Sully" and had dinner], and laundry, and something I'm forgetting completely.  Take care my darling friends.....


Friday, October 14, 2016

Guts And Glory

Trust me, she's smiling - mum is at the rehab/nursing home.  She's doing VERY well.  Still on oxygen, but she does need her pacemaker replaced - yet another surgery, but this one will be outpatient and in about 3 weeks.  

My friends, I'm sorry I've been so silent, but I've been at the nursing home all day and half the night.  Mum had some transfer trauma, so did I - but this place is more like a 5-star hotel than a nursing home, and she's settled in nicely.  They have a master chef and I'm afraid she's getting spoiled.  My cousin, who travels around to nursing homes all the time, said she's never seen such a nice place.  

My poor sewing and home have been sorely neglected.  But at least mum has not been!  While understaffed, everyone has been uncommonly kind and helpful.  Did I mention this is an amazing place, lol?  Mum has not been having much pain at all, hasn't needed pain meds, it's incredible.

We both thank you for all your prayers, from the bottom of our hearts.  This has been quite the ordeal, and not over yet, but I know your prayers got us through.  Thank you my lovely friends!!

See you soon....


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