Wednesday, 21 February 2018

February's IHSW

Since I wasn't able to participate last month, here I am just a little late for February.

Friday afternoon I picked up my nieces so we could celebrate Christmas and their birthdays. Just a little belated, but that's how we roll.


Saturday morning I took the girls to have their nails done as their Christmas present, all three wanted gel - not spoiled much! I told them next year we're all getting henna tattoos! 
The afternoon brought snow, such a pretty view from my craft room.




Sunday evening we dressed up and went to the Melting Pot for fondue to celebrate their 14th birthdays.


They wanted a goofy picture, they got it!


So even though this weekend was busy, I was able to take some time to stitch and almost finish my Welsh Dragon. I was making it for myself, but I think I'll give it to my Dad for St. David's Day instead. I do want to make myself a smaller one though.

Hopefully I'll be on time for next month.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop 💖

Welcome to another fun loving year of the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop, brought to you by Sweetheart Jo!
Hop on over to her blog to follow the love and try to figure out who sent what.


Such sweet stitching, all three perfect for Valentine's Day! Who made this lovely trio?


What is Valentine's Day?
According to seven year old Aki...
"It's like where it's basically you give people cards, and it's 'be nice to everybody' day. Like if you see a stranger on the street, you can say, 'Hi.' "

So be like Aki, say Hi today!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Question time ❓❓

After way too long, I finally finished them!

But I made a mistake on the right and added an outline on the tale/back when it wasn't supposed to be there.
The one on the left shows what it looks like without it.
Does is really matter? Although the one on the right kind of looks like I've outlined boobs! 😆

Thoughts? Take it out or add to the other one?

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Better Days ⛪

I needed to finish up Mom's chapel by Thursday because I was supposed to visit with her that day. But I decided that going for the weekend instead was a better idea (and I wasn't going to be finished by then anyway!)
So I hit the Stitching Post on Tuesday and decided to fill it in with the blue and white. They're both shimmery and I thought it would be better coverage. The best part... tent stitches!


Ming and Max kept me company as usual.


Although I did have to go back to pick up more blue 😠, I finished it on Thursday! I also picked up a Mill Hill frame while I was there, but it's really not that washed out when you actually see it.


So even though her actual chapel is not as big as the stitched piece, it will do!


Mom was thrilled with it and it's now in her room while she's in rehab. She's doing so much better, she was almost running down the hall with her walker this afternoon!

Thanks again for your prayers and best wishes for her, it worked!!!

Friday, 19 January 2018

Rough start to the year 😞

Where to begin?
For Christmas, my Mother spent it in the hospital with flu that turned into pneumonia. She was discharged (and probably shouldn't have been) and readmitted with flu and bronchitis two days later.
Dad was with her when she ended up having a seizure due to having low sodium, and her heart stopped. (At least that's what they think) After CPR, she ended up in ICU on a vent. So when I went to go visit her for the day, I was expecting to see her in a regular room and instead found her in ICU.

Thanks to my wonderful friend who works at Southwest, she flew in my older brother from Louisiana. DH picked him up in Baltimore after midnight and we met halfway so he could be with Mom too.

Honestly, it all jumbles together, but at one point she was off the vent and told me to take a picture of Dad sleeping! She doesn't remember it though.

It truly was a scary time, we thought she wasn't go to make it when she was reintubated because she was having such trouble breathing.
To make a long story short, after lots of prayers being said ALL OVER the world, she's doing much better!

So along with all the upset, we had some good moments with the family, especially when we knew she was on the mend.

Although this was taken during the initial stay in ICU, here's my brother "taking care of business!"


I was face-timing Nathan one night while at their house - I don't normally look like that! Tenny was missing her Momma, and I was a cheap substitute. 


The GMen came up with Nathan the day Mom was transferred to another floor. Here we are with my nephews waiting in the lobby while she was being moved.


With Dad just before everyone left to go home.


While I was there, I started this for my Mom because it reminds me of her chapel at home.



I continued during my break at home, with company. I think they missed me.
And when I went back again, I was still working on it. Mom kept asking me if I was done yet - I knew she was feeling better!

And finally, here she is settled in rehab. Dad was able to bring Tenny for a visit, I think it did both of them good! She may be there as long as a month, but with her determination, it could be less. Go Mom!
I'm planning on visiting next week.


Here's the "sort of" finished chapel... but I'm not really liking the finish it's supposed to have.
I don't like that so much brown is shown in the background, I thought about adding a dark shimmering blue to make it look like it was night. Thoughts or other ideas?



And so with all the hospital visits and being away from home, then coming back and running around doing things here, I'm way behind on reading blogs. Just when I was almost caught up!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Woosh, it's over!

Well that went by fast!
Nathan went back to school today and he was not a happy camper. He was actually a very cold camper!

Here's some of our December.
This is the poinsettia "tree" in our mall. Although the one I remember growing up with was much taller and thinner. 


The family picture after Christmas Mass.


Christmas eve watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - always a winner! Too bad we didn't have any eggnog to join them.


Oooh, Father Christmas dropped by!


Ming enjoying her catnip teabag.


Max on a little catnip high!


My girlfriend came over with her new pup to have dinner with us on Christmas Day.


This...
I ordered this dragon shelf from Randal Spangler in October while at a craft show. It came in November and I had to wait until Christmas to open it, but it was worth it, I love it!
I still have to hang it in my craft room, but Max needed to inspect it first.


I didn't ask for any stitchy stuff, since I have enough to keep my busy for quite a while, but my girlfriend gave me this knowing I love dragons. I LOVE IT! The colours are so beautiful.

After Christmas, we headed to DC to see the National Christmas tree. We ended up visiting a couple of the museums and seeing the tree at a distance.

A cold day for a family selfie!


We went to a family party on the 30th, and look what I found on their tree. I made this over 20 years ago! I was slacking though, I never made her younger sister one, oops.


I finished this on New Year's Eve for our friends who joined us that evening. I used two patterns I had. It's kind of cramped, but I guess it worked.


Wishing you a wonderful New Year, may it bring you everything you hope for!

Monday, 25 December 2017

Happy Christmas from Spike and friends

On day twenty five... 

♪ ♫ "Oh, come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels
Oh, come let us adore Him,
Oh, come let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord." ♫ 

Almost time to go

It's almost the end of Spike's adventures.

On day twenty one, Nathan finally found them and yelled, "Spike's got a girlfriend!"

He shared more candy with them this year.

And he couldn't forget the rest of the misfits.


One day twenty two, Spike, Scotch, and their Lego buddies tried sledding.

 I think they need a little more room.


On day twenty three, Spike and the Ninjago gang got together to give Nathan a Ninjago figure and Lego erasers.


On day twenty four, Spike read, "The Night Before Christmas" to Scotch and their friends.

But we missed it, so we had to read it together later as a family.

As of now, he's still waiting for Father Christmas.
I wonder if he'll go back with him or stick around another day?

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Another five fun filled days

The merriment continues...

On day sixteen, the Hogwarts gang came for a visit. Even the dreaded Dementors! They also left a "cootie catcher" to figure out which House he belongs in.



On day seventeen, Rudolph and friends dropped by and made Bumble out of Legos.


On day eighteen, Nathan found Christmas music playing and Spike's Lego friends were dancing with the M&M guys.


On day nineteen, Spike and Scotch were handing out Santa hat kisses to everyone.


On day twenty, Santa came by for a big Santa hat kiss of his own!


What will they get into next?