A little bit of this and a little bit of that ... the craft of the hour continues to be cross stitch. These are some of the freebies that I have found, aren't they wonderful? Another autumnal one has just been started. I have accumulated quite a stack of freebies. I hope to get "several" for each season and holiday and a small tree to show them off on.
Need to get seasonal fabric to back these with. I guess the term to how I want to finish these would be "flat folds" ... slowly learning the cross stitch lingo and process.
Now before you get concerned about the lack of crochet content (rest assured, still my first love) I had met a few friends last week at Barnes & Noble and one was crocheting with this amazing yarn with sequins that she had just picked up at Michael's. Just so happens that I found myself at Michael's the following day ... goodness, you say, what a coincidence ... just had to pick up a couple of skeins. So, so soft and gorgeous ... the pictures really do not do it justice.
A scarf of this magnificent yarn will be in the making for next winter!
The sequins are not blue and green, more of a silver to match the yarn. A reflection must have been picked up. The glitter is just the right amount and very pretty.
Just love that yarn! This will be a coupon user for sure.
Just a quick hello and off into the day. A little rusty here on blogging but here goes ...
Our oldest son turns 35 today. I am in awe. Doesn't seem possible. My little premie, so tiny and now so grown. Such a handsome man ... its ok for a mom to say that, isn't it? (And its true too!) My first baby who will be having a baby in a few months. Younger son arrived in Afghanistan over the weekend and should be to his base today or tomorrow. He is now eight hours ahead of us so as I'm getting up and going he's well into the afternoon. Cross stitch is continuing to be my relaxation mode of the moment. Again, as in crochet, there are so many generous people sharing such delightful patterns. Have to get some pictures and post my newest Christmas and Fall stitchings. I'm loving the small designs but am now looking for a large one to tackle, one that can be worked on over time in between crochet and small stitchings.
Blogger is still giving me some troubles. I can't see who my followers are and worse yet I can't follow on other blogs. I really hope this straightens out soon.
Time to start the day. Morning prayer and coffee on the immediate agenda then off to work. You will remembered in my prayers.
And a few thoughts going out for a good day and pleasant weekend. We started the day with thunder and heavy rains, at least I don't have to water the tomato plants today. They got their fair share and will again later today if the weatherman is correct.
Our son left on Tuesday, to the other side of the country, preparing now to go overseas the beginning of next week. Quiet has become a close friend at the moment. Quietly in the evenings I am stitching, cross stitching. Preparing some autumnal designs for display this coming Fall. Helps to clear the mind and relax. Also looking for some cute and sweet holiday designs and finishing techniques. I want a few pillows of the larger type designs and ornaments for the smaller. Right now I am attracted to the "smalls". They are quite lovely.
I'm still finding problems with blogger so between that and my quieting, blogging has been cut down quite a bit. Hope to resume more frequency shortly.
arrived at noon today. My army boy. (Not sure he would like to hear "boy" but they, both of my sons, will always be my boys, can't help it, that's what they are!) He looks wonderful. It was such a nice dinner tonight having my little family all together.
Seeing them both sitting there, now grown men. It is amazing to me at how quickly we got here.
He's here for a week, then back and off to Afghanistan for a year but I'm not really going to think too much about that for the next few days, just going to enjoy him being here.
We're starting with sunshine, chirping birds and the hum of a tractor in the orchards. Such lovely sights and sounds of the warmer weather. The farmer around the corner is now building his garden, each day I see new plants have been added. Its a very large garden and certainly will fill his retired hours with its care. His crop will be amazing.
The hook has been a wee bit quiet for a few days with the needle taking over. My little reindeer cross stitch is completed with an autumn piece begun. I am on the search for a friendship type of design for a very special friend.
Welcome to the new week and hope that your days are filled with joy and happiness.
Morning has started, clothes ready for the dryer, dish washer to be unloaded while coffee perking. Prayers then to start the day to come and then out the door till late afternoon. Work, work, work. I am thankful.
A group of crocheters that I belong to are having a sort of doily exchange if you will ... and last week I received this most beautiful doily in the mail. You can't imagine my delight as I've put away my spring things from the dining room and bringing the blue decor back out so this will fit right in. Isn't this just gorgeous. My turn now so I'm getting one ready to take off I hope later this week to its new owner and home.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's Prayer for Spiritual Adoption
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the preborn child that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.
Glory of The Season
Almighty God, Father of all nations, For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus. We praise you and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, The foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, For ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, And in the name of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, In the unity of the Holy Spirit, With whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Today is special ...
Today is God's gift to you, how you use it is your gift to God
Before the Threshold of My Day
I've much to do today, dear Lord, But let me kneel a bit Before the threshold of my day That I may enter it With mind serene and heart made fresh with fragrant heavenly dew. That every moment of the day I'll be reflecting you.
May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly
where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way
Let this knowledge settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance,
praise and love. It is there for each and
every one of us.