Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mailman Mike

I was working on this....I know, I hate knitting, I know...don't question the crazy, just go with it. And then all of a sudden I got a knock on my door. Hmmm. I looked out the window (because I never, ever open my door without knowing who is on the other side) and it was our new mailman.



I opened the door and he smiled and said, "Well hello there!" and then he extended his hand. I shook his hand and he began to tell me his name, that he had worked for the postal system for 31 years and that he wanted to work for three and half more years before he retired and oh yeah, "Here's your mail."  I smiled and thanked him and then he said, "I could have just folded it up and put it in your mailbox" he pointed to the envelope that had "do not bend" stamped across it, "but that's not what I do." he smiled and I thanked him again for not bending my package and off he went down my front steps. He paused and then turned back and said, "I won't be here for the next three days, I am going on vacation, I haven't had one in over five years. We are taking care of my wife's 92 year old Mother and I need a few days off."  I smiled and then he waved and was off walking down my driveway towards his delivery truck.  He was a really nice guy and I look forward to stalking him just as I did with the previous one for when my magazines are due! I thought it best to not share that little bit of info with him just yet. It's best to keep a little bit of mystery in a relationship, don't you think!

So I knew what the package was. I had been waiting...and waiting. It was this. I know, pretty awesome right!  Oh, and I got this one last month at a stitchy shop.  I am going to have so much fun making these two.

Oh, the knitting needles are taking a snooze in the craft studio. I told Jo to give them something to keep them quiet...I was thinking something along the lines of a root beer and a snack...apparently, he slipped them a Benadryl or two....so I am guessing the knitting needles will be quiet for a while.

I have not worked on the SAL of the adorable Advent Animals either. I keep seeing so many things I want to start. Of course in order to retain my well earned title of Queen Of Starts, I must continue to start projects. One does what one can in order to hang onto one's crown mind you!

The new issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine is out.  Not sure I will get this issue. I only like the Fall Pumpkin in this one.

 Hope you are all having a most wonderful day!  Stitch On!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dr Who!



For all my fellow Who-villians.....mark this on your calendar!  Yay!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Mo, Mr. Subtle


Today, waking up before the roosters even think about waking up, I went through my normal routine...well, almost. Everywhere I went in the house I saw a picture of the above. Apparently, Mo has a burning desire to have this.  After collecting no less than 10 xerox copies of this magazine cover, I finally just went into the craft studio.  Mo was there quietly stitching and Jo, well, Jo was still in bed of course, it wasn't anywhere near noon yet.

I showed one of the photos to Mo who smiled and turned red and then said while stitching, "Oh, I see you got my subtle little hint." He smiled and kept stitching.

"You do realize it's not out yet, right?" I asked him.

He stopped stitching and then looked at me and let out a little gasp.

"Are you sure?" he asked reaching in his pocket.

I frowned as he started to unfold a rather large piece of blue paper.

"This is the newsletter from the stitchy shop." he smiled and then turned the paper over and then he read out loud, "coming soon" and then his hand flew back down to his lap and his face seemed to reveal a world of disappointment. He let out a huge sigh.

"Oh, it won't be long. Hang in there." I smiled at him and then turned to walk away.

"Does that mean yes we will get a copy?" he asked me.

"Of course." I said without turning around and kept walking towards the kitchen.

To my surprise when I got to the kitchen I saw Jo sprawled out in a chair, his right elbow on the table.  His hair looked as though it had received some sort of shock treatment, I thought it best to not inquire the reason behind the torture of his hair.

"How's it shaking?" he asked me as I walked past him heading towards the fridge to get my tea.

"I'm almost fifty Jo, everything shakes at this point!" I smiled back at him before opening the door to the fridge. After getting my iced tea, I closed the fridge door and then asked him, "What are you doing up so early?"

Jo rubbed his head, making his shock treatment hair stand down a little and then he looked at me and said, "Genius in there made me run him to the all night copy place to get copies of...." and he looked around and then picked up a copy of the magazine cover and showed it to me.

"Yeah, I saw them everywhere this morning." I smiled wondering to myself, just where is there an all night copy place...and then I quickly decided, it's best to not ask.

"So what are you up to lately?" I smiled at him while sipping on my iced tea.

"I have been trying to crochet. I am having issues." he said and then drifted off.

I looked at him and then he quickly added, "Don't ask." and so I just changed the subject.

"You do realize, we will need lots of help in the cross stitching department if we are to get any of those ornaments finished this year, right?" I looked at him and smiled and then pushed the box of gingersnaps towards him.

He smiled and then began to help himself to some gingersnaps.  "I know. I was hoping no one" he looked at me, "Meaning you, would ask me to cross stitch."

I started to laugh. "It's funny how you keep getting mixed up into things you never thought you'd get mixed up into." I reached for a gingersnap.

"If it were for anyone else, I'd say no...but for you, Doll, I'd do anything." he winked and then got up and started to walk towards the craft studio.

"Thanks Jo. I know I can always depend on you." I smiled and then took another bite of the gingersnap.





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yo! It's Jo!

How u doing? This is Jo, yeah, that Jo. I am back and off the chain as they say...who says that, probably Mo considering it's like from the Mesozoci Era. Gotta love Mo, well, at least that is what Stitchy continues to tell me over and over again when I make the mere suggestion that he might be better off with the fishes!

Stitchy and Mo  are out of the house, the dynamic duo are somewhere lost in the wilds of Ben Franklin's Craft store, at least that was what our boy genius Mo blurted out when he answered her call phone this am.  I awoke to, well...nothing. There was not one sound in the entire house, not even a clock ticking...it was eerie to say the least. So after I looked around and then poked my head in the garage to see if Sandy (yes, you know Stitchy named her car) was there, she was not, that's when I called up Stitchy's cell number.

It went to voice mail a few times before Mo picked it up. He was breathless and panting like a donkey trying to make its way up a dusty hill. I did not even bother to ask why he was panting, for we all know that Mo is a motor mouth and tells everything....usually things no one wants to hear, but that never stops him.

He said he was panting because they had to run across the parking lot in a rain shower. I could hear Stitchy laughing at him in the background. I really missed that laugh when the boy wonder and I were off at camp this past summer. So good to be home...thanks for asking by the way!

OK, so I was told to write up a post about this picture.



I guess it's from this magazine that is suppose to be out, or is coming out, or has been out...I forgot to tell you the truth because, well...I am out of gingersnaps and my attention span is somewhat limited!


I guess Stitchy and our boy wonder are out and about trying to locate this item. I know, I know....I keep telling her there is this new thing called an Inter Net where you can order things that will come to your home.  She just smiles and never does it. I sometimes wonder if she is not half Amish or something.  I know for a fact Mo is not Amish, he has a huge fear of horses...buggies....planted fields, unplanted fields, barns and what was the other thing...oh yeah right, hard work!

Any who, I am suppose to ask all of you wonderful folks, if any of you have this...if so, Stitchy wants all the details about the lamb in the first picture. Yarn used, how much, what color....oh and there was something else...hmmmm what was it?  Hold on I am trying to think of what it was....hmmmm, sorry it escapes me now.

Oh, yeah...something about although she still hates the feel of yarn, she is willing to "scarfice" in order to make the adorable lamb. I know, pretty lame.  I no longer question these things when she says them....living at the Chez Mc Floss has taught me to just roll with the punches, it makes life so much easier that way!

I guess that is it for now..oh, and she said to tell you she is still seeing Mr. Cross Stitch, but we are not allowed to tell Mr. Mc Floss...don't ask, trust me!

On a personal note, I would like to address the demise of Mr. Crochet. I was at a total loss when we discovered he was....well, no longer among us. Summer camp helped me a lot to get focus and figure out what I wanted to do in the future. I still want to crochet, but sadly, I will no longer have a friend to hook with...but Stitchy has assured me that she will join me from time to time and that will help ease the loss of Mr. Crochet.

Keep it shaking until next time.....and feel free to send gingersnaps, apparently Stitchy has forgotten to buy any and the entire house is devoid of gingersnaps...yes, it is truly a sad, very sad day here!

-Jo



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Video

Ok, here's my latest video. My voice sounds froggy because of my allergies, so please excuse, I usually don't sound as though I have been sucking on scrap metal, honestly I don't!

I so love this doily tablecloth. Hubby said it reminds him of bay leaves. The moment I saw it I knew I just had to make it. At first I was going to use a variegated green thread, but I quickly saw that the pattern was getting lost in all the variances of white and green.

This is a combo of Aunt Lydia and Red Heart size 10 thread. Both color ways were Frosty Green and since they are made by the same company and both made in India, they match. Surprise, surprise, right!

I am thinking I want to make another one but this time in red. I think it would look pretty for the Christmas season.

I still can not locate my 1.50mm hook. I have no idea what happened to it. My guess is Gauge took it on his way out of the house yesterday when I kicked his butt out!  He left in a huff with the knitting needles and yarn tucked under his arm. Never fear though, since Jo and Mo and headed back soon, I am more than sure one of them will find it for me.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :)


Monday, July 28, 2014

You knew this was coming...right?

Please disregard my last post about doing the knitted throw.

If I have to keep knitting, I will absolutely fall upon my knitting needles and end it all!

I am gonna say it here....right now....I hate knitting! I can't stand the feel of yarn anymore. I am going back to cross stitching and crocheting with thread.

Ok, we all saw this coming...right? Well, everyone but my crazy butt. What is wrong with me? I promise the next time I feel like knitting, I will just lay down on the sofa for a while until that feeling passes!

I am now headed to our local bakery.....I think I need a cookie fix after all this hoopla! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Gauge

Hubby and I were in Bed, Bath and Beyond way back last winter and I saw a cool knitted throw that I wanted. It was rather expensive, so I just looked at it and then moved on. Hubby touched my arm and then looked at me while raising his eyebrows and then said, "It's a shame we don't know anyone who knits " and then he smiled his handsome smile at me.

 I smiled back at hubby. He then said if I wanted the throw to get it...but I left it behind. My mind was racing at this point. I really could knit a throw. I had never tried to knit one. Although, my love for knitting is somewhere between a root canal and a colon exam, but I did know how to knit. It's not like I don't have a ton of yarn in the basement, right!

So when I came across this, my mind began to ask why not! So I dug around in the basement for some yarn, and tonight, while all the world is enjoying their peaceful Sunday, I will be doing a gauge swatch...yes, Gauge that red haired you know what that I threw out of my house long ago...never the less, I will be doing a gauge swatch. I honestly have never, ever done a gauge swatch.

I am a bit of a rebel and prefer to live life by the seat of my pants, so no, I have never actually worked up a gauge swatch.  Life is too short to waste it on a gauge swatch! Nevertheless, I plan to swatch until I can't swatch anymore.

Mr Cross Stitch has come down with a cold and has taken to his bed. It was all of a sudden and rather a shock to us all. He's a fighter though, so I have no doubt he'll pull through....right?

Mo and Jo are on their way back home from summer camp. Mo was all excited on the phone trying to tell me something when Jo yanked the phone from him and then calmly just said they'll be back in a few days.  I did not have the heart to tell them that Gauge was back. I'll just keep that between us for now, ok!

Wishing you all a most lovely day.  :)




Friday, July 18, 2014

SAL for Advent Animals

Ok, go here for the latest, adorable, must stitch it now, can't wait to stitch it, gonna stitch it, where is my fabric?,  design from our SAL.

I just absolutely love Hattie the Hedgehog. Don't get me wrong, all of the Advent Animals are all adorable, but I have always had a "thing" for Hedgehogs...it's there over abundance in cuteness...love them!

I can't wait to sink my needle into this puppy. Seriously...I have to drop all my projects and start this today! Love, love, love Hattie the Hedgehog.

Hmmm maybe I need to write a story about all the animals....no, no...I better leave it alone. I think I blew some of your minds with the Devil Wears Piranhas anyway!  Thank you for all your sweet comments about my crazy butt story. It was great fun to write.

As the dog days of summer are upon us now, at least that is the way it feels to me, I have been making great friends with the air vent next to my stitchy chair in the craft studio.  I am still red hot, madly in love with cross stitching. I just can't seem to get enough of cross stitching!  :)

Ok, head over to the link above and get your stuff ready for Hattie the Hedgehog...or what ever animals you choose to stitch up. These would make such sweet little cards and ornaments of course, too.  Just tell me who does not need a hedgehog on their Christmas tree? I know I do!

Happy Stitching!  :)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Devil Wears Blue Piranhas-The End

“Ok, Ok…I believe you. Now draw it back.” he demanded.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Devil Wears Blue Piranhas-4

“Are you sure?” I looked at him and then at the blue Piranha shoes that looked back up at him, and then again at me. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Devil Wears Blue Piranhas-2

“Let’s see,” he said as he moved back down towards the floor and put his blue Piranha shoes on the carpet.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

It snowed last night......



Townsend's Gap finally got a dusting of snow last night.   :)  (I used white mill hill beads for the snow).

Hmmm now to figure out what to start next.   :)

Wishing you all a lovely day and weekend, too!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Townsend's Gap



It's a quiet night in Townsends Gap. The brisk wind blows past the open fields on the edge of town. The temps have fallen to the point of where the snow can not melt. It covers every thing in the town and has left small frozen water falls on the edges of the mountain side. The town sits between  two mountains, it is the only flat area for miles.

The sky is clear and although there is talk of snow in the future, right now, there is only stars that twinkle in the sky reflecting their beams of light upon the snow.  A blanket of calmness has covered the town in peacefulness.

The creek that flows through the valley is frozen over and the edges are covered with a thick layer of snow that fell during the day. The moon can not be seen for after the day light gave way to the darkness the moon slowly drifted beyond the cliff's edge to where the tall pines cover the mountains.

A wolf cries out in the distance breaking the silence of the town. The wind blows past the flag at the  school,  leaving a clank, clank noise from the hoist. The sound seems to chime like a bell that echoes beyond the edges of the town and up the sides of the mountains and then back down again.

.....that's it for now....snow is gonna be falling soon, I'll be back with an updated pic when it does.

Happy Stitching.   :)


Monday, June 30, 2014

Brrrrrrr Update on Winter Town



 I still have a few more trees and buildings to stitch on this before it's finished, but I am getting there.

Summer appears to be getting in my way of stitching. I'll try to reel all the fun in so I can stitch a little more.

Hope you are all having a lovely day.  :) 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greetings from Tabby



Well Hello there!  My name is Tabby, you know, because I am a tabby cat! How do you like my snazzy little fish purse...or my uber cool ice skates?  I have a sprig of holly behind my ear because I am in the Christmas mood. I know, I know it's not even July...but you see I am part of a new collection of patterns. There will be twenty-five in all. Go here for more info.

Please come back soon I have a friend who just happens to be a polar bear and well....he's crazy for coco.  That's it, I can't say any more or else I'll spoil all the fun.

Hope you all have a most lovely day....I am off to the fishmongers to fill my purse full of...well...fish! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SAL for Advent Animals from Brooke's Blog

I am a little slow out of the gate at times....I know, it's true...but when I saw this, go ahead, follow the link, I'll wait for you.....aren't they the cutest!

Yes, I have to stitch them.  Each and every single one of them.

In stead of doing them as separate ornaments I am going to put them on one piece of fabric (at least that is my goal at this point).  This might change, depending on several things.

Seriously, aren't these the cutest little guys you've ever seen. I am just head over needle in love with them.

Now I just have to figure out how to explain to Hubs that yes, I have over 400 colors of DMC floss, and yes, I did just buy quite a few (it's for another project) but I need more.  It's always an interesting conversation. It usually ends with him shaking his head and me smiling as he drives me to Ye Ole' Michael's Craft Store.  I asked him the other day if he wanted to see my latest project...he said no! He said he's rather wait until it was finished.

Poor Dude doesn't realize he married the Queen of Starts.

So if anyone wants to join me in the SAL for these adorable little Advent Animals...please just leave a comment and let me know. That way I can follow your blog and then we can share our progress. Maybe we could pick one day a month to share a post on our blogs of what we've stitched so far.

Ok, now I am trying to think of fabric ideas...colors...what size I will need. How many in a row....Hmmmm I do have an idea (of course I do) but not sure yet. I might need to pull out the graph paper and dust off the ole grey cells to figure it all out. Hmmm.

Oh, and please check your comments, I am leaving comments but I am being told that you are not getting my e-mails to let you know that I am leaving comments. (And that a few others are having this same issue). The only way around this appears to be if you moderate your blogs comments.  That way you will see all the comments being left to you because you'd have to approve them before they are published.  Just know that I am reading your awesome blogs and leaving comments.  :)

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :) 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Just Because.......






I am still laughing about this....I honestly love this. I know, I know...what does that say about me...but I am sorry, it's just how my crazy butt mind works!

Here's the link where I found it.  :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Here we go again...

I was finally getting some peace and quiet since Mo and Jo had joined up for summer camp. Nope, I have no idea where they went, and trust me, after Jo's little adventure last year to places I had never even heard of,  I decided it probably was best that I just did not ask where they were going.

Needles to say that when the door bell rang, I did not answer it. I never answer my door bell. Nope, I sure don't.  I waited until I could hear the footsteps leave my stoop and then looked out the window. It was our trusty mailman Bob. He leaves stuff on my stoop all the time, which is perfectly fine with me.

I opened the door and then saw before my feet a 11 x 14 envelope. Hmmm. I picked it up and brought it inside. I laid it on the table and just stared at it. The address was typed, so I could not tell from the handwriting who might have sent it...and of course the post mark was all smudged and I am not gonna name names (BOB), but there was a small grease stain the size of a thumb print on the lower left corner...Bob eats his lunch before he stops at my house. He parks down the way where the street dead ends into the woods and partakes of his noon meal there.  Once I got an empty sandwich bag in-between my junk mail...yep, crumbs and all. From the smell of it, Bob was eating bologna that day.

So I just left the envelop there on the table and made me some tea. I needed a spot of tea as for I had spent the morning cleaning and doing laundry.  After I made my tea I sat down at the table and opened the envelope.

I saw this inside,




 along with a few skeins of white dmc floss, a 15 x 18 piece of navy blue aida fabric and a note scribbled in Mr  Cross Stitch's almost illegible handwriting. "Sorry."  I smiled. He was kind of a class act Mr. Cross Stitch. All the year's we've been together...gosh, I had to stop and remind myself that it truly was going on almost thirty years. Wow. That's a long time to have a friend.  Oh sure we've had spats and arguments, but in the end, we always remain friends.

The fabric is too small for the entire design, but I am going to do a portion of the design from left of the church where the two trees are to the end of the chart on the right.

Why am I doing a winter scene in the middle of the hot, sticky summer.....did I just hear someone ask? Oh that's easy...if I can't be cool, then at least I can stitch cool!  :)

If you need me I will be camping out under the Ott light, wearing my readers that would give the Hubble a run for it's money and stitching away.   Life is good...I am very blessed indeed.

Happy Weekend!  :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hello Darlings.......


Ginger here, that's right, that's me up there in that horrible photo that Stitchy Mc Can't Take a Decent Photo took of me today!

After my luxurious bubble bath, and gentle soaking, I am now pinned down onto the blocking mat. Well, rather stretched out almost beyond the limits of what my fiber was ever intended to perform.  I know, who knew Mc Can't Take a Decent Photo even had a blocking mat, right!  Don't let the word get out though, she's kind of crazy butt when it comes to blocking. I mean, seriously people, look at me...I feel as though I should change my name to Stretch.

I must admit I rather like having all the bling, you know the beads. It makes me feel all sparkly and girly.

That's it for now Darlings....I've gotta get back before "you know who" realizes I am even on this thing.  Smooches.   :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

And todays funny is.......



I saw this and it cracked me up. Just look into those sweet little eyes...can't you hear him/her screaming "HELP ME!".    Too, funny.

I am still knitting away on the doily (where the only thing that will suffer is a side table)....

Hope you are all having a most lovely day sweet friends.   :) 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

What a douche'!

Mr Cross Stitch came into the room and saw that I was knitting. To say he had a hissy fit would be putting it mildly. I tried my best to reason with him. I tried to explain it was only temporary, that knitting and I had a love hate relationship, that mostly resided on the hate instead of the love. That soon I'd be back again to cross stitching and......the douche walked out on me and slammed the door in mid-sentence.

Needless to say I have put all my cross stitching stuff up! I boxed it all up and threw it so far back in the craft studio closet until I am pretty sure it had to hit Hoffa, if you know what I mean!  What you didn't know he was in my craft closet? Oh come on, everyone else is in my craft studio, why not him, too!

I was rather disgusted with Mr Cross Stitches attitude, I must say.  Truly the audacity of such behavior. After all the times that he's been brought back to life...and now this! What an ingrate!

Oh, I am over my little hissy fit...well, kind of.

I just finished my first round on the knitted doily that required beads. I was rather taken back at just how easy it is to knit with beads. I love it! Now I've got all kinds of crazy butt ideas racing through my crazy butt head.

Oh and I got inspired and started to scribble a few things on paper. I have not drawn in years...decades truly...since I was in my twenties and trust me that was like, oh almost thirty years ago.  Hold on....I have to take a deep breath on that one. Do you want to see?


I call this one "Pierced Through the Heart" because it looks like those two branches are just one branch going through the trunk. I know, it's lame, but what can I say!  It's suppose to be trees in the distance with a lake in front of the trees. Can you see the bird? There were two of them, but once I cropped the photo, the other guy became a casualty of my lack of cropping abilities.  :) 

Again, it's been a really long time since I've drawn anything and well....I think this shows it, too!  I am feeling like digging out my art stuff again. I know, I know just how many crafts can I keep going at one time....let's just close our eyes and not ask those type of questions...ok!  :) 

Wishing you all a most lovely weekend...and hope to have photos soon of the knitted doily with beads. Yay!   




Thursday, June 5, 2014

Crazy butt strikes again!

I had written a little more in the story...and then took it down...which explains why everyone keeps trying to read the post but can't.  I am sorry. I was having one of those senior moments (I have been having them all my life really, but now I have an official name I can call it)!

I did not like how I wrote the last post of the story....so I took it down. I am kind of putting that story aside for now.  I have two more I am working on, but they are not Mo and Jo stories.  I plan to put them on  my writer's blog (just email me for the link). I will make the blog open so that anyone can read it, so you can "follow" my writer's blog and when I post a story on there, you will see it in your readers. That is if anyone wants to keep reading my crazy butt writings.  :)

 I have been given the privilege of doing a test doily for an awesome designer on Ravelry. I really love her designs. She just rocks!  Go on, take a look at all her lovely patterns, I'll wait for you. See, I told you her patterns are awesome!  She is also a very kind person, too.  She rocks!

 I have been turning the craft studio upside down looking for my number 4 double pointed knitting needles. The last I saw them they were in my knitting needle box....and now, of course that I need them, they appear to have sprouted legs and ran off....I won't go as far as to say it was a mutiny....but you can never tell with those fancy pants Addi's hanging around ....I don't have many of them, but the ones that I do have...they have attitude to spare!  Truth be told, I don't really like the Addi's....but I never say that out loud...I don't want to hurt their feelings.  I am more of a Chiao Goo Red Lace Circular kind of Gal.  I love their sharp points and they are truly a lot less expensive than the fancy pants Addi's.  But today I am hunting down a pair of bamboo double points with questionable heritage, since I don't recall what brand they are.  :)

Wish me luck that I will find them.  Jo has asked me to put out "feeler" if anyone wants to "take him in" for a while. He requires lots (and I do mean lots) of gingersnaps....a pack of "smokes" and he's kind of like a Gremlin...you can't feed him after midnight ....no direct sunlight...but truly he's loads of fun....Oh and Mo just chimed in to add "He's loads of fun in small doses".

Pssst....does anyone want to take Mo, too?


Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Oh My!

It was very early in morning,  the Hubby had already left for work, and the sun was just stretching out it's rays across the hills.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mr Cross Stitch Alive and Well......



Here is an update on my Rabbits Run.  I am still loving the cross stitching, so I figure I'll just keep at a bit longer.

I am so glad you were all shocked by the demise of Mr. Crochet. I am just thrilled that no one saw that coming. I know I did not either!   Not sure where the story is going from there, however. I haven't been inspired to write lately....just stitching.

I am having fits to start my new Quaker Christmas II cross stitch...but I am trying to be good and not start it until after I finish the Rabbits Run. I am not sure how much longer I can hold out. Seriously....I want to stitch that puppy right now! Go here for another look of the Quaker Christmas II.  I have picked out the red floss I will be using...still working out if I am going to use blue or green for the words of the songs. But there is lots and lots of time to work out all those details.

What's new in your world today?

Wishing you all Happy Stitching and many blessings my sweet friends.   :)







Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Creative cross roads......

I appear to be at some sort of creative cross roads. It happens every now and then. Sometimes it's a good thing. I stop and reflect on what I "really" want to do when I grow up sort of thing...yeah, still haven't grown up yet...but one must keep trying, right?  :)

After the demise of Mr. Crochet....I am kind of at an impasse, what now?

Oh sure, we all know the dead never really stay dead on my blog. It's probably just a matter of time before the drawer slowly opens at the morgue and Mr. Crochet jumps out complaining that his clothes are now wrinkled.  I have tried to knit...OMG! I wanted to poke my eyes out from the shear boredom of it all. Knitting is so much slower than crochet....which just left me there asking my crazy butt..."If you are bored with crochet, how on Earth will you never knit?" Easy answer. I won't!

Now don't get me wrong. I love seeing all the super cool things you all make. I think knitting and crochet are awesome ways to express your creativity...but for what ever reason, I seem to need....well, more.  Of what this more should consist of, I truly can not say...but there is a void.

Any ideas?


Monday, May 26, 2014

Gone...but never, ever forgotten.


Thank you to all our military members (and their families) who fight to keep us free.

 Long may our flag wave in a sky where freedom is still allowed. May that flag wave across our nation and cast it's shadow upon each of us so that today we can bow our heads and remember those who were left behind, who are MIA, and for all those who died, fighting so that we could remain free... all of them will never, ever be forgotten.

Blessings to you all sweet friends. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What did you say?

I wasn't sure how I felt about having to verify if that was Mr. Cross Stitch laying dead at the morgue.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Johnny Lawman

I was sitting down for a quiet few moments to cross stitch.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Duel

Dark storm clouds raced across the moon.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Blogger hates me!

Apparently, when I leave comments I am forgetting to hold my breath, lift up my left leg about 3 inches high, move my right foot in a circular direction all at the same time! For when I leave comments on some blogs I am getting a crazy butt msg saying that it did not go through...and yet, there it is in the comment section on their blog.

I do not get this msg on any blogs that have comment moderation. I only get this on blog that do not have that.

I have goggled it...and tried all the things that they say will fix this and nothing does. So I give up.

I am leaving comments on your wonderful blogs...but maybe you don't realize I am because of the email issue that says it can't deliver it to you.

If anyone has any ideas how to fix this, I am all ears!

I honestly can't complain about blogger though, it's free, so I'll shut up now....but I just wanted you all to know that I am reading and leaving comments.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :) 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rabbit's Run update...my first video!




 If you click on the lower right hand symbol next to the youtube logo it will make this puppy full screen...you know, if you want to see it full screen and all.  :)

Ok, it sucks...I know, I know I need to figure out how to get it in focus, which is kind of puzzling considering I used the auto function.

I would like to thank Jadee from Ravelry who helped me figure out how to get the video onto my blog. Thank you kind friend for taking your time to help me.  :)   I just love Ravelry it's filed with such lovely people who are always willing to help.  I wish there was a Ravelry type thing for needlework...wouldn't that be awesome if we had a database with all the patterns and stuff like on Ravelry. Awesome!

Here are some photos since you can't really see it clearly on the video.








Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :)



Friday, May 2, 2014

May 20th hurry up and get here!


This will be out on newsstands as of May 20th.....I love, love, love the front cover design. 

I keep hearing John Denver's song in my head now.  

This is another project I will add to my ever growing list of future projects.  I just can't seem to stop cross stitching.  

I picked up the hook and did a few more rounds of the Friendship Doily....it just bores me to...well....cross stitch.  The desire to crochet is just not there anymore...isn't that funny. 

I have started to write a new story.  This one is written in chapters like a book. Not sure where it is going, or what I will do with it when I get finished.  I might put out a little snippet or two if anyone wants to read it...but only after the Mo story has finished...which is not too far away.  

Am I boring everyone with all the story writing? Please let me know. If you just want to hear about my crafting, that's OK. Should I stop putting the stories on the blog? 

I will always write, I can not help but to write....to me it's kind of like breathing. I honestly don't have a choice. The words flow like a torrent of emotions sometimes and others it's like a slow dripping faucet...but it never stops.    But that does not mean I have to subject you all to it either. Just let me know. 

In the mean time....I will be dreaming of my next stitching project...the Quaker Christmas II...it's gonna be huge...like the size of Texas huge (love Texas by the way)!  :) 

Wishing you a most lovely day.  



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Excuse me but do you have any blue thread?

You know me, always minding my own little bee's wax when all of a sudden something just hits me and then the next thing I know I am knee deep into another project.....hey, stop that laughing out there, I can hear you from here!   :)

So there I was going through all my blog reading for today, trying to keep up to date on all the lovely things you all make...and that is when I saw this.

I love it.  I am going through some kind of phase where I only want to work with one color or at least a few colors...and this design fits the bill perfect!

Yes, I am still working on my Rabbits Run and then after that I have Christmas Quaker II and now there is this new design. There will always be a new design with me...that's just who I am...the Queen of Starts.  I am so glad I am the only one with this title....I know the rest of you, my sweet friends always finish every single thing you start....right?  ....now I am laughing!  :)

OK, now I am looking for ideas about what color blue to use....DMC.....or another brand?  It's a big picture so I might need a lot...which leans me towards DMC for it's cost value and that I can get it anywhere at any time.  But I am up for any ideas you might have, too.

Today it's over cast. We are suppose to get into the high 70's with possible storms this evening....but no snow! Yay! Finally....no snow....I just have to keep saying it over and over again...no snow! Yay!
Yeah, it was kind of a long winter for us here in KY....so I am looking forward to the warmth of Spring and Summer.

Oh...and if anyone wants to do a SAL with the above link.....let me know....I could be persuaded to start another project...you know...for the SAL and all.  :)  

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A bad girl!

You want to know what bad girls do!  I'll tell ya!

They don't stay home for lunch and eat that ham and cheese sammie that they are suppose to eat, you know the one with whole wheat bread and non fat mayo and mustard with a side of dill pickles...nope, they most certainly do not.

Instead they hi-tail it up to White Castles to get some of these...go ahead, check out the link, I'll wait for you.  That would be the original sliders with fries of course!

And since I live in BFE (that's beyond freaking Egypt) I mean, the bad girl lives in BFE, she ate them in a parking lot.

Now since she is a bad girl, of course she did not eat them there!  Nope, too much of a risk of getting caught, instead she hi-tails it to the parking lot of Kohls.  Which just happens to be across the street from a lovely church.  Nope, she did not feel guilty....ok, maybe a little.

After the bad girl devoured the sliders and fries and then washed it all down with a sensible diet coke...she then just sat there and thought up tons of story ideas for her story...I mean....you know, if that bad girl was a writer and all....

Then,  out of the blue...she heard chimes. She pressed her cell phone to see what time it was 11:58am....three chines and then 12 long deep sounding bongs...came from the church across the street.  The 12 long deep sounding bongs that marked the noon hour were followed by a few songs, all of the music which was half in chimes and organ did not stop until 12:12pm.

One of the songs was "What a friend we have in Jesus" and "Holy, Holy, Holy....Lord God Almighty, God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity." .....bad girl was singing along...window rolled down, people staring....she did not care....you know, she's a crazy butt bad girl...that's what they do!

The sky was a perfect blue, not one cloud in the sky...the air was chilly but nice....birds were singing, the grass had finally turned green after a zillion months of snow....a perfect Spring day.

Out came the baby wipes....yeah,  bad girl keeps them around for occasions such as this...clean hands...full tummy...blessed heart...she then took out her stitching....

Yeah, bad girl...bad to the bone...sitting in the Kohls parking lot cross stitching. Beautiful, warm sunshine...........still singing the songs from earlier.....pondering the awesomeness of God. Great is Thy faithfulness.....again more singing...more people staring.....praising Him with each and every single stitch.  Morning by morning,  new mercies I see.

I think this might become a daily thing with our bad girl...sans the White Castles...but most certainly sitting in the sun stitching.....singing...praising Him and feeling the sweet, sweet Spirit washing over her....goose bumps....I always, I mean she always gets goose bumps when this happens, and it only happens when she sings praises to the Lord.

Even though she's a bad girl...she's very blessed and thankful for all that she has!  

May your day be filled with many, many blessings sweet friends.   :)




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CAL update

I am on round 12 of the CAL doily.

I started it yesterday.  It's slow going for me. Why? Oh, let me tell you why, so glad you asked.

I was cross stitching on the Rabbits Run Saturday night...having so much fun....in fact I was having so much fun I never even picked up the crochet hook until Monday...but let's go back to Saturday shall we.

There I was happily watching TV with the Hubs and cross stitching away. I had cut a rather long strand of thread, being lazy I just did not want to have to keep threading needles, so I cut it long...that was mistake number one.  Then as I was really getting into my cross stitching and watching the TV at the same time, I wasn't really paying attention (mistake number two) to what I was doing and when I pulled the thread from behind, I grabbed it extra hard and instead of thread my hand grabbed the needle...it stabbed me.  It went in so deep into the meat of my hand that I had to pull it out with my other hand. Ouch! Yeah, there were a few years, but mostly I was stunned. It hurt, you know because it was a size 24 tapestry needle that was dull without a point....but mostly it hurt my feelings that I am so accident prone that I could not even cross stitch without getting a boo boo! Pathetic, I know.

I picked up the cross stitching again the next day...with a much smaller strand of floss, and paying more attention....so I was having loads of fun...and I plan to continue to cross stitch, too.

So I started the doily on Monday...figured I had better get off my duff and get it finished. I don't like doing picots...and this doily is full of them....but I will press on....I am on round 12....taking the next day off to cross stitch...and then come Wednesday I will crochet again.

There is also a knitted shawl I am thinking about making....I know...where did that come from? I haven't knitted in a coons age....well....I am getting bored with the .....wait for it....crocheting...I know, crazy right! I guess I haven't done it in so long until it's not that big of deal anymore to me.

I hope to have pics soon....and more Mo adventures, too.

Wishing you all a most lovely day. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter


Upon a cross
for our sins did
He bare
so that we could live 
forever in 
Our Father's Kingdom

I wanted to wish you all a most blessed Easter. 

 This is what I have been working on for Lent. I had started this piece last year and then I had lost interest in cross stitching.  Since I gave up crochet for Lent, I had to put all that energy somewhere, so I re-directed it into cross stitching.  I now have a renewed love for cross stitching again. 

Happy Easter sweet friends.  





Thursday, April 17, 2014

I am a hooker again......



It was most difficult to give up crochet...at first...and then as the days of Lent passed by....prayers, many prayers later...I soon learned that it's not so important that I crochet, as long as I am being creative.

I found a new love for cross stitch again....which was what I was doing when I first created this blog.
I would have never discovered any of this had I not given up crocheting for Lent.

I think doing Lent for me has drawn me closer to Him. I am so very blessed and thankful. All I can do is praise Him!

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 Today my friends starts our CAL for the doily over on my sidebar. If you follow the link, it will take you to the site where you can get the free pattern called "friendship doily".  

Come back and CAL with me.  

Don't forget to leave me a comment and tell me what colors you are using.   :)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Feast your eyes on this.....


Go here to learn more.

Let's just say that maybe...just maybe someone was looking at this...and maybe, just maybe their fingers slipped and the next thing this someone knew they had bought this item.

Maybe, just maybe this someone already has the 14 count fabric for this (yeah, it's like 36 x 30)...but not the fibers.

Word on the street is that this someone bought a skein each of the colors called for (there are only two) to see if this someone will like them...if not.....there is talk of using DMC color variations floss in a color way of Radiant Ruby (4210) and perhaps...maybe, not sure yet of Evergreen Forest in (4045)....but it's all up in the air you know.....until said package gets to this someones house.

I'll do my best to keep you all updated......

Oh and I have a question...let's just say that said someone has a restraining order on them from their mailman...something about stalking him through out the neighborhood to get their previous packages....is it considered ten feet from the front door to the mailbox?

Happy Stitching! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Here we go again.....

Oh the lustful heart.....

I saw that the new issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine was out, well, at least on their web site.

I love this


It's a Dahila Pillow by Donna V. Giampa.  Is this not the coolest thing you've ever seen. I love those colors, the detail...dang...now I have stitchy fever again!

Oh and in this same issue, there is this


Oh I love the Bluebirds by Marie Barber

I am more than sure I won't be able to stitch these only because, let's face it, I lack the stamina that is required to do such big projects...but they are both such a feast for the eyes, I just had to share them with you.  

Oh, and just in case anyone was asking...of course I will start these...I am, after all, the Queen of UFO's...so what are two more, right!  :) 

Calling Mr. Cross Stitch....where are you?  I guess I'll have to ask Jo....no, Mr. Cross Stitch is not dead....I believe the term used was "relocated".   

You know me, never a dull moment at the house of Mc Floss!  


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SAL for Rabbits Run

My sweet friend Evalina Maria of This and That blog and I will be having a SAL of the adorable Rabbits Run.  Go check out her awesome blog, I'll wait for you.  :)

I told you she had an awesome blog. I admire her stitching talents and enjoy keeping up with all her lovely projects.

She has already started Rabbits Run...which I totally understand because who could wait to stitch Rabbits Run...so adorable.

I got my chart and fabric yesterday, so today I will be starting Rabbits Run!  Yay!

Oh yes, I will be continuing to stitch my "secret" project that I will reveal on Good Friday...and yes, I will be putting a few stitches into Rabbits Run as well.

Wishing you all a most lovely day.  :)

Oh, and there will be another part of Mo's story tomorrow, too.   

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Where I went today......

I had to get a few flosses to make the Rabbit's Run that is whizzing it's way through America to me as we speak...yep, it should be here sometime next week. Yay!

There I was getting my flosses...well, actually Hubby was getting the flosses as I called out the numbers to him.  Once that was done I walked on down towards the end and then, there it was, on the end cap....I looked, reached out my hand....and quickly withdrew it.

Hubby looked at  me and then frowned.  I knew he had no idea what I was doing or why.  I just smiled and then explained that I was merely touching the crochet threads.

He said that touching crochet thread wasn't the same as crocheting so he felt pretty sure I wasn't violating any rules or anything. I started to walk away and then he asked, "Well, just because you can't use the crochet thread now, doesn't mean you can't use it later on when you can crochet again."

Seriously, is it any wonder that I love this man!   How on Earth could I do anything but agree with logic such as that.....yep....new colors of crochet thread in my stash.......I put them in the thread cabinet and closed the door.....I did not want to keep looking at them......ok, I do want to look at them, but you know what I am saying!

In the mean time...I have been making progress on my UFO stitchy piece....I plan to reveal all come good Friday.

I hope you are all having a most wonderful day today sweet friends. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thank you! :)

Gosh, imagine my shock when I woke up this am to see 16 comments! Wow! It truly blew my socks off.    You all rock!

I wanted to thank each of you for taking your time to leave a comment and let me know that the adorable design I had posted about yesterday is Rabbit Run by Prairie Schooler.  Thank you all so much!  :)

I really love this design!  I have it on order now....thanks again for all the links and info.  :)

Now onto more stuff.

All this got me to thinking (which we all know trouble can not be far behind when that happens, right!).  

I have grown tired of knitting. I think we all saw that coming!

 I am not sure how to break it to Mo yet that I am cross stitching again. .   He gets so emotional over these type of things.  That entire Mr. Cross Stitch ordeal left his emotions in tatters.  I still don't think he's figure it all out yet...and I am not about to tell him anything either. I find it best if people arrive at their on conclusions....especially Mo!

I do have one question for my stitching peeps out there again (waving at you all with a big smile). For those of you who are going to be stitching this adorable design. Do you plan to use the DMC colors called for on the pattern or will you be changing them...if so to what colors?

Oh and I dug out my 3.5x readers....they are a true lifesaver...and Mr. Ott Light got a work out, too.
Now I have visions of fibers dancing around in my head....floss, floss....gosh I have always been drawn to the beautiful colors of floss.....YUM!  Oh you read that right...Yum, Yum, Yum!  Ok, I will try to pull it back a little, I appear to be getting very excited over beautiful colors of floss...I know you all don't have the problem...right?   :)

Wishing you all a most lovely day.....and thank you again for "encouraging" me to continue to cross stitch....I know I keep trying to kill Mr. Cross Stitch off...but he just won't die....you have to admire that in a character/hobby!  


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Have you seen this?



I was wondering if any of my stitching peeps out there know the name of this design?  I saw this in my net travels but there was no name on who designed it or anything.

I love all the bunnies on it,  and the chickens crack me up, too.

Oh and just in case you were all wondering...yes, there will be more of Mo later in the week, look for him around Friday....and you all might want to sit down of this....I am .....are you sitting? Ok, here goes....cross stitching again....shhhhhh don't rat me out to Mo...or Hubby for that matter!

I put a few stitches in on a one of my bazillion cross stitch UFO's and quite enjoyed it actually!

I have grown tired of knitting...so I thought I might try to cross stitch again for a while.

I am on the hunt for more bunnies to cross stitch...if you have any links please let me know!

Wishing you all a most lovely day.   

Monday, March 24, 2014

Who wants more Mo?

I have been so bored lately...I have been knitting, but to me knitting is almost as fun as going to the dentist for a root canal...no really!  Ok, the dentist might have an edge, but you get the idea.

I have walked past my crochet hooks and looked longingly at them...I even blew them a kiss the other day...but I have not touched them, nor will I....until April 17th.

I have learned so many things during my Lent Journey, things that I would have never discovered otherwise.

I have written a few more lines of the Mo story....if anyone wants to read it.  Do you?

I hope I am not boring all of you to tears with my Mo and Jo stories.

I will have another page in the saga of Mo tomorrow....unless of course you say you are tired of all my crazy butt writings...just let me know.

Wishing you all a most lovely day.  :) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What I am up to now!

I have started a few knitting projects and then frogged them...you know me, boredom is a killer of projects in my house. What is it about that first initial lusting over a project and then the desire to make it that sometimes fades into a loveless relationship?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Delusions of Mo The Ending

Mr. Mc Floss allowed Mo to move back into the craft studio after he saw how much enjoyment Stitchy was getting from the knitting.  All was forgiven and life continued on as it always had in the house of Mc Floss.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Delusions of Mo part 7

Jo was putting scrabbled eggs in a plate when Mo and Stitchy walked into the kitchen.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

CAL set for April 17th

My friend the fabulous Michele over at Mainly Crochet has put up a free pattern of a doily designed by Kathryn White. It's called "Friendship Doily".  Please go here to get your copy.

I will be hosting a CAL of this doily starting April 17th.  If you can't wait until then, and I totally understand if you can't, then please feel free to go ahead and make this lovely doily.  There are several color options you can choose from.

I will be making mine with Aunt Lydia crochet thread. Still not sure about the colors yet.
Please drop me a line and let me know if you make this...I'd also love to see your finished doily, too.

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On the knitting front I could not wait to get the lace yarn I needed to start the shawl, so I have started it using something from my stash....I will have pics soon...not sure how I like it, but I just could not wait any longer to start it....not begin able to crochet for a while, has kind of made me a little stir crazy...my hands have no idea what to do....I guess once a hooker, always a hooker!  :)

Wishing you a most lovely day. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Love...love...love this little guy!



We all know my love for anything bunny....I saw this and just had to slap it on my blog!  Is he/she not the cutest little thing you have seen all day or what!

Love the whole bunny and alice thing...wonder what "wonderland" they are headed to?  Hmmmmm.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Delusions of Mo Part 5

Mo felt cold and then he heard someone calling his name again.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Give Away!

I just found out that Nancy over Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe  is having a give-away. Please follow this link to find out all about it...oh and please tell her I sent you...yes, I am trying to win a cross stitch chart.  She has some truly lovely charts and awesome looking hand dyed thread. My fingers are now itching to stitch again! 

I seem to have lots of time on my hands here lately...so what better way use that time than to stitch! 

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Special mittens



I could not help myself, I saw this on my net travels and thought it was too cute not to share.  :) 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What can I give up for Lent?

There are many things I could give up...but none of them would mean as much to me as this.....crochet.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Good Morning!


This is the view from my front door around seven something in the morning.  I love that the moon is still out.

Hope you have a glorious day today! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Love this!



Oh we are to get more snow again this week, too...they are talking possible ice storms for the weekend...gosh, I really miss Spring!   

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Please follow this link

Please follow this link to my friends blog.

She does the most lovely cross stitching.  Today she has a post about the song "It is well with my soul" and the story behind the song.

I was so moved by this story of the man who wrote the song and why....

So if you are up for a blessing today and want to see that faith is more than just mere words, then please follow the above link.


Faith is just a word until we put it into motion.  :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Long lost Mo

Jo arrived back at the house without Mo.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mo gives his statement to the police

The lights were lowered in the interrogation room, as Mo sat there, very nervous, very upset waiting for the detective to come back into the room.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!



Now get out there and make it a day to remember!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What happens when you knit too much?

                                             link for photo             

Hubby saw this when I was looking at blogs and said I have to stop knitting now if this is what happens to you when you knit!  He said it was bad enough that I was already a hooker! What ever, Dude...what ever!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

What the ice storm has left behind....




We are still below freezing and don't expect to reach freezing until Sunday...and that is only after we get more snow. The ice storm we got a few days ago left behind it's calling card on all the trees. Each branch is encased in ice...it can't melt, the sun barely shines.  It's cold.  It got down to 7 degrees last night.   My clean driveway that I worked so hard on the other day, is covered again in ice and snow. I told Hubby it might stay that way.  He just smiled. 

On a much happier note, I would like to say that I have been doing a lot of thinking....I really need to stop moaning and groaning about how much I miss home (Florida) just suck it up and move on. Nothing is going to change, we are stuck here as long as Hubby's job is here...so I will instead be thankful that he has a job, that we are warm, have food to eat, and that I am blessed with a Husband that puts up with my crazy butt.  I am truly blessed.   

I have been working on the wisteria doily...ok, it's not going to be a tablecloth...I never could reach the huge gauge that was required, I did go up a hook size to 1.75mm and I am still two inches shy...but to tell you the truth...it was never going to be a tablecloth anyway...I got to looking at it..it only has 30 something rounds...that's a doily people!  

It started to ruffle like no bodies business for a while, but then it settled down and has now started to behave. I am only on round 20.   Pictures soon....maybe next week.  :) 

I do hope you are all safe and warm and happy. I am slowly realizing that it does not really matter where you are, as long as you are surrounded by those who love you...and I am so I am content and very blessed indeed.  

Happy Weekend! 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil is a douche'!

I am sure everyone has heard that Punxsutawney Phil , that over grown rodent that has way too much power on our weather (snicker, snicker) is without a doubt a douche'! Nope, you will never convince me he is anything other than that after the bad weather we have all been having.

Don't even come to his defense, if you do, I promise you I will not publish your comments! Period! Big ole' stinky rodent!

I use to think he was cute, when I lived in Florida and his "winter predictions" never had any influence on my weather. It was always nice...oh sure it gets cold in Florida...maybe all the way down to the teens (on rare occasions) but then the next day it's back up to 6o or 70 degrees. Gosh, I miss Florida. Sorry, what was I saying..Oh yeah....Ole' Phil...he's a douche'!

Come on with all this bad weather. We've had snow...and now ice, too.

The mayor of our city is out doing TV blips and issuing warnings.....Oh I miss the days when the only thing I had to worry about was sun screen.  Don't get me wrong, Florida is full of crappy stuff....but the weather was nice.

The trees and power lines are encased in ice. We might loose power...and if I do...I just wanted  to put this out there for everyone to see.....Punxsutawney Phil is a major douche'!

I do have to blame someone don't I?  Well Ole' Phil get's the blame!

I am ripping out the wisteria tablecloth that I was working on in purple and using a white...and then when I get back to the blooms I will switch to a variegated purple. I think that will look nicer. I'll let you know.

I am off to hook for a while and keep my hooks crossed that I don't loose power.  :)

Thank you all so much for your kind words and prayers for Hubby. He made it safe last night, and this morning, too...I will be praying for him all week long since our temps won't even reach freezing until next week!



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I can't keep it to myself any longer......

Thank you all for your kind words about my crazy butt out there shoveling snow....believe it or not, I am feeling good today, only my thumbs are sore!  :)

So when I came in yesterday and was trying to rest, I was working on my new surprise tablecloth. I know, I know just how many tablecloths does one person need?  I know, but we all know that I do things to the point of being excessive (oh my stash is one fine example,  be glad you all don't have my hang ups and issues!  :)

I was working on what I am calling Wisteria (I am totally ripping off what another hooker named this, although this is not the patterns name).

First I have to bore you with lots of details that will make you yawn and probably dose off a bit.  I grew up in Florida (oh warm Florida....hold on I need to pause and soak up all the warmth from my memories..ok I'm back) where there were flowers and stuff blooming and growing all the time. I have many favorite flowers and bushes, one being our wisteria that grew in our front yard. It was older than I was and had grown into a mass of sprawling limbs that would bend towards the ground like a weeping willow when they were full of blooms. It was awesome. The fragrance it gave off was intoxicating.  

So when I found this pattern it made me think at first of grapes...and then when I realized there were a few errors in the pattern and I had to seek help, I jumped on Ravelry and found that another hooker found the errors and then had put the label on this of wisteria.  I ran with it.  It brought such lovely memories back to me of the wisteria in our yard.

So I am going to make this (have already started) and I am using....wait for it....a ball of variegated purple for the blooms part, and  a purple for the rest of it. I am only on round 11, so I might even change the purple base to a light green and then continue with the variegated purple for the blooms. Not sure yet.

Today we are suppose to get an ice storm starting at 300PM (which has me very worried because Hubby does not get home until 500PM and he is across town).  We are suppose to get a quarter inch of ice. So please keep my sweet husband in your thoughts today if you can spare a moment or two. I am going to be worried sick until I see him tonight.  Thank you for taking your time to do this for me.  :)

Wishing you all a most wonderful day.  :) 

Monday, February 3, 2014

I hate winter!

We got six inches of snow last night! Ick! So after Hubby made his way to work this am, I "suited up" and started to shovel the snow.  OMG! OMG! OMG!

I am sore in places I never even knew I had. Seriously...I am way too old for this!

Hubby does all the snow shoveling, but I wanted to surprise him....I guess you can say he will be surprised when he comes home and finds me sprawled out on the sofa with a heating pad and diet Pepsi by my side.  I am fine if I don't move...then I am stiff and sore. Dang,  just when did I get so old?  No, no..it had nothing to do with me being out of shape...I am perfectly shaped...round!

I know, I know...suck it up....pull up those granny panties and move on...nope, I am gonna whine and complain a little....besides I figure if I milk this just right...there might be some crochet thread in my future...gosh, the things I do to get crochet thread.   :)

I have been working on a new tablecloth...but I can't seem to figure out which color thread I like...so I am playing around with it just yet. No, can't show you the pattern, it's all a surprise! I am still working on the other crochet tablecloth....hope to get more of that in tonight.

As for the ripped out knitted tablecloth....it's on stand by.....I put the thread in a bag and thought it might need some time alone!

Wishing you all a most lovely day.  :)


Sunday, February 2, 2014

What Mo saw in the basement

Mo came running up the basement stairs out of breath and trying to say something but instead just pointed and then passed out.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Crochet Tablecloth Update....

I am moving along nicely on the crochet tablecloth.

Stor Rund Dug

My next adventure into knitted lace will be this.

I am auditioning different blue threads to see which one I want to make this  lovely doily out of...although I have a feeling it will grow into a tablecloth, but for now, I'll call it a doily.

Ok, I have ripped out all of the knitted tablecloth...started it back in a variegated thread and I really don't like that either. So I might go back to white again and re-start the tablecloth...it just seemed easier to start again...the un-knitting was getting a little crazy...and let's face it there is enough crazy around here as it is!

So while I have Stor Rund Dug dancing around in my head...and what blue thread to use to make it...I will be settling down to re-start the knitted tablecloth once again.

I think I have been bitten by the lace bug....just saying.

Now it will be a long, long, long time before I have any pictures of any of the knitted lace things I am making. I am taking it slow and not racing through this...so it might not be until late February before I can get anything up...I know that seems like a really long time, but I am not a speed knitter...I am slower than paint drying on a cold winters day....yep, that fast!  :)

I blame all this urge to knit on the weather!

Oh and I found this (which I think is totally awesome) I don't have the skills to make it, but I thought it was one of the most lovely blankets I have ever seen.  If you open up the pattern you can get a much nicer view of the blanket and it's so pretty.

Who knows, maybe later on in the year once I tackle my lace tablecloth(s) we can have a KAL (knit a-long) for anyone who wants to join me in trying to make the blanket. No, I doubt I have any more skills then than I do now, but lacking in skills doesn't seem to stop me in attempting things....mind you it doesn't always turn out good, but I guess there has to be something said for at least trying (at least I keep telling myself this)....right?

 I have to learn to develop a taste for cables. They aren't really hard, you just twist the stitches (with or without a cable needle) to change their positions and thus creates the risen texture that is so distinctive in knitted cables.

But this will be much later in the year....right now I can't even find 9 skeins of this yarn anywhere I go....Yeah, I kind of was looking...might have to order it on line through Red Heart Yarns. But I am not ready for any of this just yet....I merely wanted to entice you into wanting to make this blanket with me.  :)  Any takers?

Wishing you all a most lovely day!