Sunday 28 July 2019

Scavenger Photo Hunt, July 📷

It's the end of July already and time for Katie's I live, I love, I craft, I am me ... scavenger photo hunt this month!

The words for July are...

This actually isn't as bad as it has been in the past, but my craft room can get rather "busy"!

Nathan having a little fun paddling around!

Beautiful pink flamingos in Costa Maya.

Starts with an E
Elevator! How many of us can fit on the cruise ship elevator?! I think a few of us didn't make the frame!
An extra E - Elephants in our room.

Our friend came over with his drone to take photos of our roof to see how many leaves were still up there. We're on the back deck, watching it fly around.

My Own Choice
Our first cruise with the extended family was on the Enchantment of the Seas in 1999 (left) and now on the Symphony of the Seas. Big difference, but both were great trips!

Have fun cruising the other postings, see you next month!

Friday 26 July 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground 🏝

 Need I say more?!

I either lost the floss for her skin, or left it at home. Oh well, there's still plenty of stitching to do. I did change her hair, I thought there was too much coral colouring.

So I might not have finished her here, but I'll always remember where I started!

More on our cruise next posting...

Friday 19 July 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground 🛩

Or should I say... Friday's Stitching Air?

Sorry, just a little blurry.

I thought it was appropriate for our travels today!

All set for flying... or maybe cruising?

Um, Gman2 being ever so serious?!

Maximus this afternoon, I think he wanted to come with us!

Wednesday 17 July 2019

The People Chose 🏁

This was a tough month to decorate the banner! Take a look at Jo @ Serendipitous Stitching to see what I'm babbling about.

This month is dedicated to finishing, so I'm going to show you some of the things I have on hand to use and then some finished pieces.

Some sparkly/seasonal ribbon

Some regular coloured ribbon

Plenty of beads and charms

Some of my fabric and felt

The "glue" that holds it all together!

Sometimes wood needs some painting or fabric needs some glitter.

And with all those magical embellishments, this is some of what I've come up with.

I made this one for an exchange.

This was the first one I made, also a type of exchange.

I think this was the first cube I made, for a friend's birthday.

This was for an exchange, but I don't know if it was ever received.

The one I made for my Momma.

And the tiny one I finally made for myself.

I guess you could say I like making cubes! This is another one for a friend's special birthday.

Adding some buttons to this one, I got this back even though it was a gift.

 Now this is one I haven't shown before. I made this for Cori's special birthday. This was one of those Target bags that was on sale months ago, I bought a few and this is the first one I stitched on.
No embellishments on this, but I just wanted to show the finish.
It was pretty easy to stitch, I used a bigger needle and used all six strands of floss. I didn't cut away the liner, just stitched over it and for the little bag I was fine with it.

This is a bookmark I made for Cori's sister for HER special birthday, she loves HP! I know you can't see it very well, but I ended up spraying glitter on the white areas. I thought it needed a little something and that was it!

And of course, the famous sleds! I just ordered more of these for Christmas gifts, so I need to get started on them.

 And this one I made with an Altoids tin, a little memo/prayer holder.

And of course I can't forget the Mill Hill finishes. These are the Halloween ones I have on my tree.

That's all for now, I know I have lots more but this was plenty!

Friday 12 July 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground 🏥

Well, this is not where I expected to be stitching today, the hospital.
The Sweetheart Tree, Celebrate Summer.

On Tuesday, my parents dog died and on Thursday morning my Mom was taken to the hospital. They think she suffered a mild heart attack, probably from the upset of Tenny.
Here's the email my Dad send me...

Dear Astrid,
    The unthinkable has happened and our beloved and darling Tenny is no longer with us. I took her down to the animal hospital at 8.30 a.m. and snuggled in my arms she was given an injection, and within two seconds at the most was gone and with her went a large part of us.
     Our grief is devastating, as we have never loved a pet as much as we did Tenny, and she was our baby. As Mom said, "it is now just the two of us". Our lives will never be the same again with our little protector gone and for thirteen faithful years she has always been here for us. Who needed a security system when Tenny could hear everything. From the very day she entered our lives Tenny has never spent a night apart until tonight.
     Tenny shared Mom's pain and suffering and was her constant and faithful companion. Those adoring big brown eyes some how helped to ease the pain. Through the year of hell (2018) Tenny's adoring little face greeted me every time I returned from the hospital or Lions and she gave me the strength to go on.
     Mom will miss her beloved little friend when she attends chapel as Tenny was always there in the front pew. I have no reason now to go for walks and everywhere we look there are memories which will never fade.
     Sleep well our beautiful and darling little girl, free from all pain and suffering. We will never forget the joy you brought into our lives from the first moment we cuddled you in Tennessee, blessing and enriching our lives.
     Don't be afraid, little one, as you are in a better place, and one day we'll spend eternity walking happily once again on Route 66. God Bless, Tenny, and we shall always keep you close to our hearts, treasuring the years we had together.
                                                                                             Love, Mom, Dad but sadly no more our beloved Tenny xxx

I came to the hospital today instead of visiting tomorrow like I had planned. While I was there, Mom and Dad told me they want to get another Pekingese. So we started looking online, first for a rescue but weren't able to find one that was somewhat close or fit what they were looking for. Then for a puppy, and we found this sweet girl in "nearby" West Virginia. So it looks like they're getting her, and I might be picking her up at the end of the month for them. They have already named her, meet Addie. The significance of that name is that's what my younger brother used to call me when he was little because he couldn't say my name. Guess who'll be getting a dog sometime in the future - hopefully a long time from now!

Mom just melted when she saw her picture, so I hope it all works out and they get her like they are planning. She will definitely cheer them BOTH up, even though I know as a puppy she'll be a lot of work! 

I'd like to stitch them a little something in memory of Tenny, so hopefully I'll find a pattern similar to her. I have a couple of books to look at at home, I think one might be in there.

Please say a prayer for my Mom (and Dad), she might be able to come home tomorrow, but most likely on Sunday. I'll be here until Sunday morning, so I can keep Dad company at night until she gets home.

Sunday 7 July 2019

Starting off July 🎶

Ok, who doesn't know what this means?

Hint - getting ready for concert at FedExField in DC with Karen!

Yes, it's the Rolling Stones! 😝

Oh my goodness, the last time I saw them in concert I was newly pregnant with the Gmen in 1997. It was a cold night and I needed to drink hot chocolate to keep warm and then kept having to get up to go the toilet!

Just a little scary looking on the big screen...

...but they still sound great!

My summer display, just right for July 4th.

Those Gmen causing trouble with fireworks.

I celebrated by finally drinking my birthday beer!

And I have a finish, sort of. I just need to add a charm and decide how I want to fully finish it. I changed the colours a little bit and added beads for the stars.
I won this on Vickie's Blog as a give-a-way and now it's my turn to share. I know it's after the 4th, but does it really matter?!
Please leave a comment if you're interested and I'll pick a name next Monday, July 15th.

Just for fun, some oldies!