But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1Peter 5:10-11
Oh Lamb of God, Sweet lamb of God
I love the Holy Lamb of God
Oh wash me in His precious Blood
My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

Monday, January 16, 2017

It Is Time!

Hi friends! I stitched on 'Forever Be My Always' By Emma Congdon. I did not take a progress picture for you. I almost have the word Forever done now. :)

I had ordered my linen for AotH off of a shop on Etsy. After 6 days, the item was still not shipped! We cancelled the order and I ordered my fabric elsewhere. So I will keep on stitching my current WIP until my linen FINALLY comes! I DO want to begin AotH!

I gave little Henry a hair cut last week. He shakes and shivers in the frigid temperatures now. Madeleine and I went to the pet store and bought him a little, red sweater. ♥ He won't need it once his hair get full again.

Over the weekend I finished book number 5 in the Maisie Dobbs series. The author, Jacqueline Winspear excels at writing mysteries that keep you wondering and guessing. I LOVE that! I do not enjoy reading mysteries that are easily worked out. I finally figured out just a bit of the story in this one before nearing the end. Makes me feel clever. ;) HA!

In her fifth outing, Maisie Dobbs, the extraordinary Psychologist and Investigator, delves into a strange series of crimes in a small rural community
With the country in the grip of economic malaise, and worried about her business, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment from an old friend to investigate certain matters concerning a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Kent during the hop-picking season, but beneath its pastoral surface she finds evidence that something is amiss. Mysterious fires erupt in the village with alarming regularity, and a series of petty crimes suggests a darker criminal element at work. As Maisie discovers, the villagers are bitterly prejudiced against outsiders who flock to Kent at harvest time―even more troubling, they seem possessed by the legacy of a wartime Zeppelin raid. Maisie grows increasingly suspicious of a peculiar secrecy that shrouds the village, and ultimately she must draw on all her finely honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases.
Rich with Jacqueline Winspear's trademark period detail, this installment of the bestselling series, An Incomplete Revenge, is gripping, atmospheric, and utterly enthralling.
The time has arrived my friends. Insurance has FINALLY approved the Botox shots for me. The huge problem was that my neurologist does not think I have migraines, but Intractable Tension Headaches. Yep, that was the hang up. Botox is approved for migraine treatment. My doctor wrote a letter and it is now being done this Thursday. I will get 31 shots in my forehead, sides of my head and nape of my neck. If you want to know more about it, you can take a look HERE. Please pray for me. I have waited so very many months for this. Now that I am getting these shots, I very much want them to work. My neurologist told me 50% of his patients he has injected over the years with Botox have had total relief from their headaches. As in gone! As in, they no longer have to go to him for headache problems. Oh please God let me be in that 50%!!!

Thank you for stopping by today. I am so glad you did. You brighten my day with your sweet words. Thank you.♥

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Hi friends! I am waiting, waiting for my linen to arrive for my AotH. So I began stitching on 'Forever Be My Always' By Emma Congdon. Here is my progress thus far.
This is two over two on 28 count linen.
Last week I finished audio book number 4 in the Maisie Dobbs series, A Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear. Yes, I am quite addicted to this series! What can I say? Read it!

Maisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious death of a controversial artist―and World War I veteran―in the fourth entry in the bestselling series
London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick's twin sister, Georgina, a wartime journalist and a infamous figure in her own right, isn't convinced.
When the authorities refuse to consider her theory that Nick was murdered, Georgina seeks out a fellow graduate from Girton College, Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, for help. Nick was a veteran of World War I, and before long the case leads Maisie to the desolate beaches of Dungeness in Kent, and into the sinister underbelly of the city's art world.
In Messenger of Truth, Maisie once again uncovers the perilous legacy of the Great War in a society struggling to recollect itself. But to solve the mystery of Nick's death, Maisie will have to keep her head as the forces behind the artist's fall come out of the shadows to silence her.
Thank you for your kind words on my ornament finish on my last post. :) I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Monday, January 9, 2017

Christmas Tea

Hi friends! I am happy to say I finished Brian's Christmas ornament just in time. ;)
This pattern is called 'Xmas Tea' by Primitve Acorns. The pattern can be found in the Just Cross Stitch 2016 Christmas Ornament Magazine. You may have seen a few other stitchers stitch this up. I have. I knew I wanted to make this for Brian for Christmas. He loves tea. He has many cups every day. The problem I had with the pattern was what to do with Xmas. Brian and I never use Xmas, always Christmas. Always. So I decided to remove both words and create and add a tea bag.
I stitched this two over two using DMC on mystery 32ct linen.
 Unfortunately I made a mistake. One I discovered too late. The vine to the right of the tea cup is supposed to be over one more stitch to the right. There should be one space between the cup handle and the berry. They should not touch. I did not even tell Brian. I normally share all the details of my work with him. I forgot to share this at first, and then, well, why even tell him? He loves the ornament so very much. :)
The Christmas Tree ornament (you can see HERE) I stitched up for my young friend Vadim was received with much gratitude. He is such a nice, devout, respectful 18 year old young man. I really like him and enjoy watching him learn to live in America. He has come here to live with his Aunt and Uncle and two very  young cousins who have only come to live here five years before him. Our church is filled with young Russian and Ukrainian immigrant families.

Now to share my BIG project with you! I bought linens and the DMC flosses and all 12 Blackbird Design patterns years ago. I am ready to stitch the Anniversaries of the Heart series all on one piece of linen. Well almost! What a dork I am! I had bought more than one piece of fabric. I deliberated for months on my fabric choice. The fabric choice is actually what held me up from starting these. And....once again I have changed my mind. I told you all I was starting AND I AM NOT. Not yet. The fabric is coming and I think you will all be surprised. ;)

So I needed something to stitch NOW. What to do? What to do? Well, the other big project for this year. Yes, I have another one. It is not as big as AotH, but considering I stitch mainly all smalls, all year, every year, this is big for me.

I was not going to begin this project for several months yet. I have had this pattern picked out for over half a year. It is from the Spring 2016 issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. It is called ' Forever Be my Always' By Emma Congdon. Have you seen it? It has lots of pink! ♥ I am stitching this as an anniversary gift for Brian. It needs to be done and framed by October 3rd. That is our 25th wedding anniversary. :)

Thank you for stopping by today. Thank you for such kind comments my friends! Have a great week in the Lord!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





Friday, January 6, 2017

πŸ””Merry Christmas!πŸ””

Hi friends! Christ is born! Glorify Him!

I will be back Monday with a finish and a start to share.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, January 2, 2017

πŸŽ„ Christmas Tree πŸŽ„


Hi friends! I would like to share my latest finish with you. This is 'Christmas Tree 2007' by Jeannette Douglas Designs. This pattern can be found in the Ornament Preview Issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine October 2007.
I searched so many stores for the perfect frame for this little ornament. I finally found it at Kohl's Department Store. I love it!
I used the called for 32ct natural Belfast linen and the called for DMC flosses. I really underestimated how long an ornament FILLED with specialty stitches takes to create!! I am very pleased with this finish. I am happy to give this to my young 18 year old Ukrainian friend, Vadim, on this, his first Christmas in America.

I am now stitching up an ornament for Brian. His ornament will be my first finish for the year. Then I will show you my big project for this year. I have had the patterns, the linen, and the flosses sitting in a project bag for years,waiting for me. Well it is time. THIS is THE year!
I have to share with you the last book that I "listened" to in 2016. Yet another Maisie Dobbs book. Yep! I am telling you, this series is fantastic! Go, get a book in the series! You will NOT regret reading Maisie Dobbs. :)
Pardonable Lies: A Maisie DobbsNovel
In the third novel of this bestselling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.
A deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. As Maisie soon learns, Agnes Lawton never accepted that her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. In accepting the assignment, Maisie finds her spiritual strength tested, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission also brings her together once again with her college friend Priscilla Evernden, who served in France and who lost three brothers to the war―one of whom, it turns out, had an intriguing connection to the missing Ralph Lawton.
I read a total of 31 books in 2016. Not bad for me. Several of those books were actually audio books I listened to while I stitched or walked on the treadmill. That works out nice I think.

That's it for today my friends! Thank you for stopping by today. I am so glad you did. :)  Thank you for your kind words. I  I hope you have an excellent week in this bright, new year! :)

Stitching and praying,
Vickie









Friday, December 30, 2016

Pink and Sparkly

Hi friends! I forgot to share this little finish with you. It is a freebie from our friend PalkΓ³. I stitched this one over one on 25ct white evenweave using the sparkly, pink Madeira floss I received from June. ♥
Here are my December pieces on display. This picture is awful. Sorry. It was snowy and overcast and I had lights on, but the picture still is blurry. I think you kind of get the idea.

I finished reading book number two in the Maisie Dobbs series a while ago. I truly enjoyed it very much. 
 Birds of a Feather (The Second Maisie Dobbs Mystery)
Jacqueline Winspear’s marvelous debut, Maisie Dobbs, won her fans from around the world and raised her intuitive, intelligent, and resourceful heroine to the ranks of literature’s favorite sleuths. Birds of a Feather, its follow-up, finds psychologist and private investigator Maisie Dobbs on another dangerously intriguing adventure in London “between the wars.” It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. But what seems a simple case at the outset soon becomes increasingly complicated when three of the heiress’s old friends are found dead. Is there a connection between the woman’s mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would want to kill three seemingly respectable young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.

 I have almost completed the Christmas ornament for my young Ukrainian friend. It is filled with specialty stitches. I did not realize how long this would take me! Oh well. It is going to be a very nice gift. Then on to Brian's Christmas ornament.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend my friends! I would like to wish you a Blessed, Happy New Year! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, December 26, 2016

Robin Redbreast

Hi friends! I would like to share with you the Christmas ornament I made for our friend June.
This is a free chart you can find HERE. I stitched this two over two with DMC on pale blue(hard to see with my picture) 28ct linen. I searched my fabric stash and found the perfect fabric to back this little flat ornament. I cut the square shape and folded it just so, with mitered corners, around to the front of another cardboard square. I finished it with a piece of baker's twine as the hanger. This is how the back looks.
Madeleine did paint Murphy's portrait also. All three poodles are done. :) They are each 2"x2".
Did you notice how she even gave poor 'ol Murphy his blue eyes? Well, he does have bluish eyes. He does not have cataracts, just old dog eyes.

I am stitching up a Christmas ornament for a church friend. Yes, you read that right. Our Orthodox Christmas is January 7th. I have time. :)

Thank you for your encouragement and support my friends. I always look forward to comments left by you. Thank you. ♥ Have a wonderful week!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie