Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Luke 9:23

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hi friends! Brian got me a small gift from Hobby Lobby the other day to cheer me up. Boy did this ever make me smile, despite the horrid headache.
Who does not love a Miss Mabel ornament with bling?!
I stopped the project I was working on. It is not cross stitch, but sewing. I plan to do it some other time, just not now. It is not going to get done for this Christmas with the other things that need to get done. With my head hurting so very much 24/7, I can only push myself so much. Definitely not the way I used to be able to zip around and get many things done.

So..... I started my mom's Christmas angel ornament. Hardly any progress there to show you.
I finished listening to another audio book. I borrowed this book from our library's audiobook collection available through OverDrive. Joni: An Unforgettable Story is a book I have wanted to read for years. I decided to finally listen to it! Glad I did. I learned valuable life lessons from it.

The award-winning story of a young woman who triumphed over devastating odds to touch countless lives the world over with the healing message of Christ. Includes photos and illustrations by Joni.

In a split second on a hot July afternoon, a diving accident transformed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada forever. She went from being an active young woman to facing every day in a wheelchair. In this unforgettable autobiography, Joni reveals each step of her struggle to accept her disability and discover the meaning of her life. The hard-earned truths she discovers and the special ways God reveals his love are testimonies to faith’s triumph over hardship and suffering.

The new 25th Anniversary edition of this award-winning story--which has more than 3,000,000 copies in print in over 40 languages--will introduce a new generation of readers to the incredible greatness of God’s power and mercy at work in those who fully give their hearts and lives to him.

Joni has written an afterword in which she describes the events that have occurred in her life since the book’s publication in 1976, including her marriage to Ken Tada and the expansion of her worldwide ministry to families affected by disability.

Joni is now available for the first time in an unabridged audio version read by the author.
I hope you have a lovely weekend my friends. I hope you are not getting frazzled.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Monday, December 5, 2016

A Joyful Year

Hi friends! I was chosen by our friend Michelle to receive a gift for being a friend and a follower of her blog. Michelle is now closing her blog. These are the gifts Michelle made me. Something stitched, knitted and crocheted.
Thank you Michelle. I love what you created. Perfect for ME! ♥

Our friend Kaye told me last week that she would love to see all 12 of my Joyful World finishes together in one post. I told her that is a great  idea! So here we go!!











Whew! And now... our friend Irmeli has asked me to name my three favorites! I think they are: May, November and December. ;)

That is all for today friends. I have some secret finishing to do. Then off to the post office. :) Then on to another three secret projects!

We got our first snow of the season. Not all that much, just a few inches, but it is so pretty.

Yes, I still have the nasty headache. No let up at all. November was nice with the occasional day of no headache. Cannot figure out why. I sure liked it though. I am trying not to lose hope and confidence in doctors, but.... it sure does seem that no one knows how to help me. :(

Have a good week my friends!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Third One Is Finished!

Hi friends! I finally finished Jacob's ornament. It was a challenge. It should not have been, but this WEEK was a challenge for me. ugh. I had a nasty headache for 5 days, all because I drank my chai tea latte when it was very warm, instead of just barely warm.(Drinking hot drinks and the sun cause really bad headaches)  I forgot. And I paid for it dearly. The Imitrex did not work, nothing did but time it seems. Anyways, lets look at Jacob's ornament, shall we?
This is the pattern that challenged me. Why? Because I had an excruciating headache and it is hard to focus and create at the same time. :(  So... this pattern can be found in the 2011 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue. It is just part of the pattern. The pattern is called Christmas Pine Pocket by Moss Creek Designs. My version varies a bit from the one in the magazine. I shortened only the pine needles at the very end of the branches. I worked the long stitch one over one on these, instead of  two over two the way the rest of the pine needles are done.

You may recall the stitching I did for the other side.
Of all the three ornament frames that our friend Nienke gifted me with, I will say that this little tree was the most challenging to get the linen pieces to lie flat and nice within! This is the best I can do. I tried for a very, very long time. It is very hard to get BOTH sides perfect. I usually aim for perfection. This time I am accepting a bit less than perfection.
I finished reading Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House by Stephanie Barron. I really liked this book. I have liked every book in this Jane series thus far. :) They keep you guessing!

In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind....

Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House
“I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England.”

So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southampton’s quay beside her brother Frank on a raw February morning. Frank, a post captain in the Royal Navy, is without a ship to command, and his best prospect is the Stella Maris, a fast frigate captained by his old friend Tom Seagrave.

“Lucky” Tom — so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships — is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Tom’s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French captain after the surrender of his ship.

Though Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the dead man’s chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and execution for a crime he swears he did not commit.

Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or Chessyre is lying — and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth.

The search for the captain’s honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagrave’s family, through some of the seaport’s worst sinkholes, and at long last to Wool House, the barred brick structure that serves as gaol for French prisoners of war.

Risking contagion or worse, Jane agrees to nurse the murdered French captain’s imprisoned crew — and elicits a debonair surgeon’s account of the Stella Maris’s battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of all guilt.

When Eustace Chessyre is found murdered, the entire affair takes on the appearance of an insidious plot against Seagrave, who is charged with the crime. Could any of his naval colleagues wish him dead? In an era of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, could it be a case of cherchez la femme ... or a veiled political foe at work? And what of the sealed orders under which Seagrave embarked that fateful night in the Stella Maris? Death knocks again at Jane’s own door before the final knots in the killer’s net are completely untangled.

Always surprising, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an intelligent and intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers to “the naval set” — and charts a true course through the amateur sleuth’s most troubled waters yet.
I am working on a bit of secret Christmas stitching right now. I will share with you gifts I received next time.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December Joyful World

Hi friends! It is going to be mild here today. Sunny and in the 50's! Amazing!

I have a finish I want to share with you. I completed the December Joyful World last night. The series is complete!
I stitched this one over one with DMC on 25ct Moss lugana. I wasn't sure about my fabric choice, but in the end I like it! :) I did make a few floss changes: 3021 to 420; 320 to 3364;  833 to 420.
 
ooOoo! I am excited to share with you a new-to-me book series I came across. I read the first book in the series, and I am hooked! Have you ever read a book and just not wanted it to end? I actually did not read the first book, I listened to it on CD, on loan from our library. What book am I talking about? Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing. Lady Rowan's friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie’s intuitive gifts and helped her earn admission to the prestigious Girton College in Cambridge, where Maisie planned to complete her education.

The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found—and lost—an important part of herself. Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets out on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something very different.

In the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a working farm known as The Retreat, that acts as a convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life. When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat, she must finally confront the ghost that has haunted her for over a decade.

I am not-very-patiently waiting for the audio copy of book #2 in this series. So I think I may just go over to our library and get the actual book. I need to finish reading my Jane Austen book first!!


I am now off to work on Jacob's second ornament. I will share that finish with you next time.

The results from the camera pill are all normal. The doctor said I look good in there. I am to continue taking iron three times daily and see a hematologist. My hemoglobin has gone up. Hooray! I am no longer severely anemic. It is 10.9 now. A woman's hemoglobin should be 12. So I am getting there.

I hope you have a fantastic week my friends! Thank you for stopping by today.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, November 21, 2016

Over Here In Poodletown

Hi friends! I have one of Jacob's Christmas ornaments stitched up. Only one to go! This is called 'Noel Stamp Ornament 2011' by Jeannette Douglas Designs. You may not recognize it because it is only part of the pattern. I need this to fit into the metal Christmas tree frame ornament from our friend Nienke. This pattern can be found in the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Magazine.
I stitched this two over two on 32ct mystery linen. The black capped chickadee is one over one. I used DMC and french knots instead of beads to make the berries. I like it!

I am stitching December Joyful World but am not very far. I will show you next time.

It has turned turned cold here. We have had our first snow. It all melted. Hooray! ;)

I will be back after Thanksgiving, so I want to wish my American friends a Blessed, Happy Thanksgiving!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Winner Is...

Hi friends! The capsule endoscopy went well. The camera pill is the size of a big vitamin. The nurse gave me water with an anti-gas mixture. It makes your mouth and throat slick. The camera pill slid right down. The doctor is next back at this office on Monday. He will review the hundreds of pictures taken then. The nurse will give me a call and let me know what he has discovered.
I have drawn the name of the winner for the Bent Creek 'Thankful Quaker' pattern. The winner is:  Angela! :)

Murphy got a haircut. He looks pretty dapper for a 13 year old miniature poodle, doesn't he?
Our weather continues to be very mild here. We have had only one hard frost so far! Unbelievable. My geraniums are still going! Here is a pretty pansy for you.
I have stitched up one of Jacob's Christmas ornaments. I just finished it last night though. I did not get a picture yet, so I will share that with you next time.

I have kitted up the December Joyful World. I had to make a lot of floss changes, several of the DMC seemed screwy to me. I made a big change for the fabric too. I hope I like it! I hope you do too.

Well tomorrow is a new day. I am hoping for a headache free day. I had several of them a few weeks ago. I am confident I can have them again.

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Have a wonderful weekend my friends! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November Celebration

Hi friends! I have finished the Year of Celebrations series by Hands On Design. Here is the November pattern that completed the whole year for me now.
I stitched this one over one with DMC on 25ct New Khaki Lugana. I did stitch the 3865 two over one. Except for the background surrounding the word bless. That is one over one.

This pattern can be found in the November 2014 Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine.

I want to stitch up December, the last in the series of Joyful World SAL now. I still need to stitch up Jacob's two Christmas ornaments!!

Yesterday was my clear liquid day. Last night was my "special drink to clean me out" night.   o_0   This morning I am headed off to the doctor to swallow a camera pill at 8:15. Oh boy! I keep thinking of R2-D2 plummeting into the swamp on Dagobah (The Empire Strikes Back). So I have been yelling/teasing, "R2! R2" In my Luke voice. Do you like that?! A little droid moving through my intestinal swamp? My boys appreciate my camera pill humor. ;) Maybe you just think I am nuts? Could be! This had sure better give the doctor useful information about my intestines and my anemia!

I will be back next time with a winner of the Bent Creek Giveaway.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie