Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer.  We are having a little cooler weather & are drying out from the drenching rains.

I will soon be listing a number of OOP charts as my interests have changed and I just don't stitch as much as in the past.  I have really enjoyed playing with my new blog which centers on hair & make up for us 'grown' up girls!       http://inmyprimetime.blogspot.com/ 
I would be delighted to have you visit.
I am sure there will be linens & other stitching items that will be available - I will keep you posted.
The next couple of weeks will be spent preparing for my dear grandson's birthday party - another Jurassic Park cake will have to be created!

Take care!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Someone asked me if I still have R&R linen - I do & sent an email but it must have not gone thru;
reach me here if you need some.

Monday, June 3, 2013

I have not been stitching and I have started a new blog for those of a 'mature' age!  Please come and visit me and the beauty products that are perfect for us:
http://inmyprimetime.blogspot.com/
As we grow older we need special care for our skin and  it will be fun to find what works for each of us; and of course there will be giveaways! Look forward to 'seeing" everyone!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to all! It seems this year has gone by so quickly - my adorable grandchildren are growing too fast and I have not stitched enough!  I hope the new year brings more time for stitching and all the things we love.
All the best to everyone.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

There is nothing like March Madness and us Southerners live for it!! My beloved Duke Blue Devils just did not have the stuff this year but there is always next year and I know Coach K will have the boys in tip-top shape - we love you guys anyway!

Chronic Migraine now has its own ribbon - scroll down to view and help us support more research.
After 4 brain surgeries, I know it's important to show our concern.

I was delighted to have some charts that other stitchers needed. Collecting is fun and so is sharing - I know the charts have nice new homes. I am still searching for the Plantation Sampler,as I know it is around here somewhere- I have always loved the design and know I will actually stitch it!
But if I can't find it, I could be very happy with Christmas Garden - it is really calling my name - and of course, Pink Hill Manor would look wonderful in my dressing room....

The weather here is unbelievable and I hope this does not mean we will be french fries by July!
Summer in the south can be brutal and it is not my favorite season - another reason to stay inside and stitch.
Enjoy the nice weather!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Update & fun for you!

After back to back brain surgeries (Oct & Dec), I am finally on the mend. I have even started looking thru my sampler collection for a new start. Your blogs have been an inspiration.
I have missed everyone! And an extra "Hello" to the new followers!

I need to reduce the number of charts I have, as I have been quite the collector over the years. So, I am going to offer them to all of you. If you are a collector of diff designers, this is a good way to fill in your collection. I have older Sheepish Designs, Mary Beale (all of the stockings) and Good Huswife, plus others. Simply send an email of what you are looking for and I will do a search - it's way too much to list individually. Also if you like R&R linen I have tons of it - just let me know the colors you like - of course the dye lots will be diff from what is available today, but they are all great colors for samplers. My home is pet & smoke free.

As I have been looking thru my stash, I am still loving Autumn at HRH; PS Summer Samplers; Blackbird Designs Quaker Garden and a band sampler Froth & Bubble. All of these are older designs but I still really like them and know I would enjoy stitching them. Yes, there are others that are started which I should finish but I want to treat myself to a new start. I can always justify starting something new!

This is short as I wanted to update and get back in the swing of things.
I recently saw someone's blog that had not been updated in over 10 mons, so I feel better about myself! It's amazing how quickly time goes by and at my age, I am ready for it to slow down!
Take care everyone and know I am thinking about you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone a little early. I wish all of you a wonderful day.

The brain surgery is healing slowly, but it is not clear if the implant can stay, as the brain seems to want to reject it. I think I will use this as an excuse to eat choc cheesecake!

I have not stitched since surgery, but I have been looking thru things, so hopefully I will be tempted after the first of the year. I hope you have had time to stitch during this busy time.

This was just a quick hello before a dr's appt and I hope everyone is well. I send good thoughts to all of you.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Isn't this neat? Lori is so talented and she kindly shared this with us sampler sisters:
This is one of the amazing things about this hobby - people are generous - yes, once in a while you will find a crab apple; for the most part though, some of the nicest people I have ever met have been other stitchers. It truly has enhanced my life.

I am home from brain surgery #3 - see how badly I need this hobby!!!!
I can't wait to catch up on your blogs - I know I will be envious - are you mostly stitching on holiday items or a great sampler /I am looking to be inspired. AT this point, things will have to come to me, as I am house bound until at least Thanksgiving - but at least I should be on my feet by then, because my turkey has to be just so-so; and I can't really blame it on my family - I am fussy about by bird also!!

Can't wait to catch up with everyone!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Do you still have older designs that you hold on to? I definitely do and I still love them as much as when I purchased them. Of course, some I love and collect even though I have not stitched any!! But it is a fun hobby!
I just received my order for the JCS Ornament issue - it just doesn't seem like the holidays without it!

Please go see the adorable denim jacket I decorated for GD - the lace adds just the perfect touch to the ruffles on the jacket!
http://thesweetpinkshop.blogspot.com/

Here is a wonderful site for migraineurs:
http://rewriteyourday.mychronicmigraine.com/

It gives you a chance to rewrite a day lost because of migraine - it is a wonderful gesture and I can't wait to read the winning story.

Have you seen the ad for the cd for Tony Bennett & duets? I think I am going to get it, as his voice is still wonderful.

The leaves are starting to turn here and the temps much more reasonable - fall is the best!

Monday, August 15, 2011

It is finally out of the 90's !!!!!! Little GS had a wonderful birthday yesterday and loved the loot - here are some pics: he wanted a Jurassic Park cake so we made one together. I must say he is very creative and did all the decorating - I used sparklers for the volcano which surprised him and my 6 yr old was impressed!

But since it was my birthday too, this is what I got!!

Well, I guess I should also include this since I wanted it so badly!!!

So what are you working on? The children in my area have gone back to school, so maybe there will more stitching time for everyone!! Hope the heat is subsiding for you!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Isn't this pretty? I have not started on it yet, but it is in the "pile" - I pray I live long enough to complete some of these. I hate to think I will still be stitching birth samplers as the grandchildren go to college!

I have to show you this outfit I created for GD - I thought it will be comfortable and adorable on her. It has white eyelet and a tulle bow on the front and the back. I hate to think what I have spent on ribbons & lace recently; but this was worth it.
http://thesweetpinkshop.blogspot.com/

This will be short - I am off to Duke for a brain scan; many of you know I am a daily migraineur and had 2 brain surgeries in a 5 yr period - guess what's coming up again ????!!!!!!!!!
Honestly, why not just put a zipper back there and be done with it !!!!!!!
I have collected a couple of small stitching items that will not be too taxing for post-op - at least I will be on my feet for Thanksgiving.
Can you believe how fast time is flying by - our children go back to school in 3 weeks!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pneumonia has about done me in !! I am never sick in the summer but this has been a terror - I am now on my second round of antibiotics - so stitching has not been a priority and I miss it.

Not long ago I read about a designer that offered free little designs - and they were copyrighted, so therefore, she did not want any changes made as you stitched. Gosh, I can't think of anyone that has not substituted diff colors on a design. I have a new chart that is in blue but I want to stitch it in pink for GD. Now I am not sure if I should just sell the chart or give it to Goodwill. In all of my years of stitching, I have never heard of a designer making such demands, especially for a free design. Most designers seem happy that we have personalized the design to fit our needs. Now for historical reproductions, I am much more diligent about trying to re-create the original - but for some cutesy, quickie little design??? - if you feel the need for that kind of control, why not keep it to yourself so it is not defiled.

On this same line, I received a new chart whereby the designer states " Be Creative!" She gives alternate thread colors and it appears to be OK to use whatever color of linen we like - that is my kind of designer and I will be buying more of her designs.

I recently was in a craft store and they have started putting out fall ribbons and decorations and even though it was 95 outside, I started thinking about Thanksgiving dinner!! It must have been a coping mechanism before heat stroke!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Well, it's going to be 90 degrees again today, so I will stay inside - heaven knows, there is plenty to do!! I have completed some summer hats for the hair accessory line:
http://thesweetpinkshop.blogspot.com/
and still have a couple of other colors to finish.

I absolutely love fall and the beautiful colors that come with it. So when I received this chart I was thrilled because it has everything!
I have not stitched in a while so hopefully this will get me back in the groove.

Let me say "Welcome" to Cake Pop Fusion, who recently became a follower - your website is fantastic and my little grandson would love all of your fabulous creations!
Take care everyone!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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I was able to get these from a sale at Hancock's Fabric, but I almost missed it because if you do not go in the shop within 6 weeks, they drop you from the mailing list. Well, I live in the middle of no-where and cannot get there every month - a little more generosity in this dept would be good for the consumer.

Little GS played t-ball this spring so I went to his last game and got some pics; I just love that sweet face!!

My little GD has inspired me to start a line of hair accessories for girls - here are a couple of things I have created; all are one of a kind - I will take checks from the USA and all of these would make great gifts! I will have a separate blog for the hair accessories - just need to finish up a few details: http://thesweetpinkshop.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer time is a good time.........


This came in the mail - the bunny pattern could not be sweeter; of course this will be for GD who is growing too quickly for me:
Trouble looking for a place to happen!!!!!!!
Have a nice holiday!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I have these for sale, as my tree is not made up of stitched ornaments:
I love this quote: "And what is a stitch for? To hold.
It binds past to present, old country to new,
generation to generation."
I found it here: http://samplerstitcher.blogspot.com/
You must see some of the band samplers she is working on - I hope she puts me in the will !!!!!

Go here and see Siobhan's Anniversaries of the Heart: http://bluehenhollow.blogspot.com/
OH MY STARS !!!!!!!!!!! This is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen!
Besides being a super person, her work is just outstanding! I told her I was coming back as her twin in my next life!

Since we are coming up to the end of May, I am starting to look at Christmas designs and I think this one will be a nice stitch:

I have to admit that when it comes to cosmetics, I am very particular because I have to be. My skin is very sensitive so I mostly stick to name brands. I was recently at Target and tried a lip gloss by Sonia Kashuk and wow, it was a great product. I like the shine and lightness of gloss and this one went on easily and stayed put! It must be popular because I got the last one in the "Beauty" color.

Precious grandson was here this weekend and "let" me take his picture:
He loves to color so he usually has a crayon in his hand. Unfortunately, this morning he came and told me his head hurts and as a migraineur, it just about makes my heart stop. I gave him some medicine and convinced him to lay down, as his stomach was also upset = classic migraine symptoms. I know my GC have a 4 fold risk of having migraines but I am just hoping for the best.
Have a good weekend.

Monday, May 2, 2011

I am so flattered to be part of Sorority Rush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://bloggerettesorority.blogspot.com/
Come see this beautiful blog!

I know most of you know of this site but for any new folks, you need this link:
http://stitchingblogsweallluvtoread.blogspot.com/
It is so organized and I cannot imagine the time it took to construct this site. It is so nice to see everyone's updates.

The royal wedding made me think of the Royal School of Needlework - would it not be wonderful to learn more about it? I am hoping that while the new Princess is living in the country, she will pick up some needlework and eventually choose the School as a focus and promote it as an official function.
I have read that our European stitching sisters pay dearly for DMC threads - while here in the USA, we pay more for the overseas designers. I will be happy to trade with anyone that has European designs - I have an excellent amount of thread and I will be glad to trade with you - just send me an email = it's on the side of this blog.

Besides needlework, I also enjoy painting items - like this oval box:
I also use them to put gifts in - I need to do one with pink roses for GD's room, so she can keep her hair accessories inside.

Don't you think GD will love these?
These last 2 were found at a thrift shop - love it !!

Someone recently wrote to me after seeing the blog and introduced herself - we like some of the same things and it was a real treat because it came while in the mist of a terrible migraine that is in the 5th day. And I remember thinking she does not realize what a gift she gave (though she probably does by now because I wrote back and thanked her!!). This makes me aware of how thoughtfulness can make someone's day exceptional and we all need more of those.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Just a quick post to let our stitching sisters know we are thinking of them during the terrible storms that came thru the midwest and the south - please be safe and check in whenever you can - we are here for you.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I hope this finds everyone well - I wanted to share the lovely GD in her first Easter finery:

Unfortunately the headache monster won and our day had to be cut short, but I was thrilled to get some pictures of the GC having fun. Time is going by too fast!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I want to welcome the new blog frog friends - it's nice sharing things that we have in common.

I need to put down the peanut M&M's and start stitching but I love their spring time colors!
Here is some progress for the GD's room - it goes with the ABC sampler:
I also have this in the wings for GD's room - I have most of the pinks pulled for this and hopefully it will go quickly.

My dear friend Sandy is going to be a grandmother in Nov, so I have pulled together fabric, needles and cute teddy bear charts to get her started. She stitched years ago and now is a good time to bring her back in the fold. But as we all know, when stitching for the grand children, time flies by and before you know it they are here and you are not ready!!! We are so excited, we are going shopping next Sunday - I hope the rain stops by then!
And hopefully when it does, this addition of a screened porch off the back of the kitchen will get completed:

My precious GS was here this weekend and it just was not long enough; he has spring break next week, so I will have him for 4 days!! Let the spoiling begin!!!
We are already looking at the toy store inserts for his Aug birthday and the biggest wish is for Legos! How easy is that?!! But I also have in hiding some other goodies he will enjoy - I just love planning his birthday party, at my house (because we share the same month!).

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I know we all love stitching but here is another passion (no really, they're for the grandchildren!!) Here are just a few of the teddy bears in my collection:
Luckily I have a granddaughter, as GS is completely absorbed with dinosaurs = he is pure boy!!
What else do you collect? I love china and dessert plates are a weakness!

Want to see some beautiful samplers that are for sale - go here:
http://samplings.com/current-selections

Now that GS is in school, I think I will stitch this for him - it's practical and will not be out-dated for a number of years:
Oh boy, another band sampler!!

Our temps are getting warmer this week, so I at least feel spring will really stay this time - we just had snow last week! Take care!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I recently found this blog and once I looked over it, I realized I have several of her wonderful designs! It's a pretty blog too! http://heartstringsamplery.blogspot.com/

Here's a picture of Liam's girl friend:http://kentuckysampler.blogspot.com/
I won't show the one where she has put toast on her head but it is funny; but it probably won't be when she's 16!!!!!!

Though we are trying a new med for the never ending headache, I don't think it is going to be the answer - my body does not like it and even though I have reduced my dosage, it is not staving off the pain. At least it was generic!!
Is it me or is service just a thing of the past?? So far this year, my pharmacy has lost 2 prescriptions - a chain drug store that should have its stuff together. Someone mentioned mail order but I have not tried that option - I wonder what the turn around time is?

GO DUKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

I want to say "Hello" to all my friends, as I have been missing in action; I have been in a migraine swamp lately - after a 5 day bout, I was on steroids to break the cycle; it helped but I am back into another round. Because the head pain is more frequent, I went to a neurologist who believes I may be having secondary headaches called Hemicrania Continua - it makes you go around asking people to pull the knife out of your eye!! Not fun. Oh, I didn't mention the 'good' part = you can still have migraines with this type of head pain!!
The recent show of 'Royal Pains' discussed chronic disease and had a banner that said: "You are not your disease". These words seemed almost empowering - many times I feel like I am always saying: " Hi - my name is Mimi and I am a daily migraineur".
Here is a new book about the never ending headache: http://chocolateandvicodin.com/
I believe this may be one combination I have not tried!!

We are going round and round at my house over my samplers. No - not because I have too many (which I do) or they cost too much to frame - nothing like that. It is because I will not hang them up.
I know many of you have sampler walls or Quaker walls and they are gorgeous - I am happy to just sit and look at all your lovely tributes to our fore-mothers. Each of you stitchers do beautiful work and should be so proud and I personally thank you for letting me see them; they are inspirational.
In my current house, there are a couple of large walls that need something and my family thinks my samplers should be displayed where everyone can see them. I am having trouble with this idea. It looks like I am vying for attention - anyone that walks in will feel obligated to comment on them - it's not who I am. It just seems so personal to put my work out there in public view (esp for those that are not sampler lovers).
I could be talked into putting them in another room but that is not the popular idea.
I don't know why I am having difficulty with this - is it because I think I am not a real artist, though some of the samplers are my own creation & design?
Is there a pill for this???????
And since I am still on a band sampler binge, I love these:

It is cold today so will use the fireplace - after a news show stated a barrel of oil is now $106, I am glad we all have our stitching - it does not cost anything to sit and create a lovely remembrance for the next generations.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I recently clicked on a blog and within a couple of minutes was in heart attack territory as some music loudly comes out of no where! People should warn you about those music players! The migraines have been consistent = as in every day and loud sound, smell & light are some of my triggers - of course, no reason at all is also a trigger!!!!!!! My favorite House episode where he gives himself a migraine was on a couple of days ago - hysterically fun but so true.

These band samplers will look nice on the long wall, as you come in the foyer - now, I have not actually put needle to thread but I love the planning part as well as anything.

I am still enthralled with some old designs that I never got to - but held on to the charts anyway. I still love the Plantation Sampler(I have seen people working on it in their blogs) and have this design done enough to start thinking about frames:
Here is another older pattern, but the close-up would not stay focused:

Reading about the french needlework show that was held recently just has me ready to go!! I wish there was more info about attending - I have never been to France and flying is not my favorite activity, but I am willing to ignore my fears to see the beautiful wares.

These linens are too dark for me - I think I will add them to the sales blog at next chance.
There are so many projects I want to do for the grand childrens rooms and I need lighter colors.

It could get 70 degrees today and I plan to put lettuce seeds in their containers on the porch - won't it be great to have fresh produce again!! Come on spring!!
Edit to add: the title of the above chart is The Garden Path by Sheepish Designs

Thursday, February 17, 2011

With the help of someone else's blog, I think was able to figure out this whole comment thing. I hope it's working - There have been some comments that did not show up, so this is still a learning process.

This is what I gave my GC for Valentine's Day - they are cute and will look sweet in their rooms.

We may actually see the mid 60's later this week and I am so ready - I need to start some seedlings = the mini tomatoes & herbs. I have learned that all my plants do better in clay pots.

I am truly loving the band samplers and I pulled this one out recently - now I need to find some more that are similar, so they pair up once they have been framed.

Here are pics of Papaw's birthday and the next one is her highness applauding !!


I recently read that someone felt that blogging was sort of a fad and that it would eventually fade away - do you think so? I would miss meeting the people that I have come to consider friends - without the blogging, I would never have met them.

I have an appt with a new neurologist at Duke in March - I am hopeful but not excited enough to jump up & down. I have tried so many things for migraines (including 2 brain surgeries) but maybe there is some new thing that I need to try and I will try anything once. I am actually optimistic because I had a super neurosurgeon, who had a great staff and I think she is part of his group. Barring severe head pain, it is also a chance to stop at the new outlets in Mebane -
I can't wait to go to the QVC outlet ( and Michael Kors, Le Creuset...) !!!