Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Friday, December 15, 2017

Denny's Angel

Hi friends! Snowy weather here. Cold nights in the teens. How is the weather by you?

I can share this ornament finish with you because it is for a friend from my church.
This is stitched one over one with DMC of my choice on 28ct white Cashel linen. This pattern is a freebie that can be found HERE
Those are little french knots you see for the berries.

The winner of the"Miss Santa" pattern by The Little Stitcher is Martina!

I continue on with physical therapy twice a week. To be honest with you friends, it is not going well. It is excruciating. I still think I have a tear in my shoulder. The x-ray did not show that. I have to continue on with the therapy. If  I do not improve, Leigh tells the doctor and then my doctor orders an MRI.😧As my mom has always said, "Keep on, keeping on." But maybe, you could pray for me? Please? I am not a wimp, and this hurts, so it is BAD. Thank you.

I was blessed by our friend Gracie. I was a fortunate friend who received a special, special gift this year. Just look. 

It is one of Denny's Angels. Thank you Gracie. This means a LOT. This angel is so beautiful. 

Gracie also gave me another WONDERFUL Christmas gift.She sent me CDs for the
on-line publication of Gift of Stitching from 2009 to 2011. I had a super time looking through all of the CDs the other day. I have now begun a project. I am hoping to get it done for a gift for Christmas for Madeleine. We shall see! She is off of school now for Christmas break. This was unplanned, and is taking up time I should be using to bake cookies, but.... this is an absolutely perfect pattern for my Madeleine, so I am stitching!!

I am so glad you stopped by to visit me today my friends. Your comments brighten my days, and frankly with this added EXTRA pain lately, I sure can use brightening!

Have a super weekend! God bless you!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





Monday, December 11, 2017

Halleluia

Hi friends! Let me share the ornament I have created for my mom this year with you. It is from this year's Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments Issue. This pattern is called Halleluia by Nikyscreations. I stitched it two over two on mystery 30 count sparkly fabric.
The fabric you see it lying on, is what I backed the ornament with. I found those BEAUTIFUL, PINK ribbons at Hobby Lobby. Just what I needed!

I have not shared the latest ordeal  that I have been going through. You may recall I have severe neck arthritis. I had a cortisone injection in my neck almost two years ago for the pain, which caused the daily migraines THAT HAVE NEVER GONE AWAY SINCE THEN AND NO DOCTOR HAS BEEN ABLE TO HELP ME GET RID OF THEM. Anyhow, about two months ago I opened the bedroom window and turned to walk away and it fell onto my left shoulder/upper arm. The window is the kind that stays connected at the bottom so you can clean the outside. Well the thing broke and fell on me! A HUGE, TALL window. It hurt. I had a minimal bruise. I did not think a lot about it. Weeks passed. My shoulder and arm started causing me bad pain. I mean BAD pain. I have clicking in my shoulder and I cannot raise my arm. Maybe my neck also is causing pain. I finally decided to see the doctor. I had x-rays. She wanted to make sure I did not have a  rotator cuff tear. There was not a tear. So she ordered physical therapy. Ha! Once again back to Leigh my old physical therapist.

Leigh did an evaluation of my shoulder and neck and said Yep! A lot of this pain is stemming from my neck actually. I told her I definitely FEEL this in my shoulder mainly. She said yes, but you would be surprised how much problems in the neck can cause problems in other areas. So we need to fix my neck and shoulder. I have exercises. She does deep massage.😧

All this reminds me of this:
Image result for cross stitch getting old ain't for sissies

Am I right?

More ornaments to share next time my friends. I want to thank you for your wonderful comments you have been leaving me. You make me feel happy with your kind words! Thanks.😘

Stitching and praying,
Vickie









Sunday, December 10, 2017

Advent Blog Hop

Hello to friends new and old! Welcome! Welcome! Today is the 10th day of the Online Advent Calendar Blog Hop hosted by our friend Jo.

I could not resist THIS ornament as the picture to share this year. For those of you who are new to my blog, this is Mabel. Our sweet Mabel died back in July this year. We still have our two other poodles.

Jo has asked us if we have a tradition for Boxing Day. Many years ago we braved the after Christmas sales. Now, NO THANK YOU! We have three young adult children who all live with us. Two of them are college students. They will be on Christmas break so I imagine they will be sleeping in on Boxing Day! Emerson who is a carpenter, has taken vacation time, so he also gets to sleep in.😉

I am sure you love freebies as much as I do, so I found a new adorable one for Christmas for all of us. CLICK HERE FOR THE FREEBIE
 
I also have a giveaway going on right now for all of my followers. New friends are welcome! You can find the GIVEAWAY HERE

I am so glad you "hopped" by today friends! Have a blessed, peaceful Sunday.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie









Friday, December 8, 2017

Giveaway

Hi friends! Here is the cubby shelf for December.
And a close up of my signature piece. Remember this sweet, fun one?😁
 
I saw a story on Adolpho Kaminsky on 60 Minutes on TV. Madeleine was watching it, and I overheard it from the other room, it sounded very interesting, so I came in and watched. Mr. Kaminsky was a forger during World War II and beyond. He helped thousands of Jews escape death. His daughter wrote the story of her father's career as a forger.
Best-selling author Sarah Kaminsky takes readers through her father Adolfo Kaminsky's perilous and clandestine career as a real-life forger for the French Resistance, the FLN, and numerous other freedom movements of the twentieth century. Recruited as a young Jewish teenager for his knowledge of dyes, Kaminsky became the primary forger for the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Then, as a professional photographer, Kaminsky spent the next twenty-five years clandestinely producing thousands of counterfeit documents for immigrants, exiles, underground political operatives, and pacifists across the globe. Kaminsky kept his past cloaked in secrecy well into his eighties, until his daughter convinced him to share the details of the life-threatening work he did on behalf of people fighting for justice and peace throughout the world.
Finally, here is a pattern I am offering you my friends. 
This pattern is called Miss Santa and it is a design by The Little Stitcher. This is just one page I have torn from Just Cross Stitch magazine. I think it may be from last year, I am not sure anymore. I will be folding this pattern to fit into a business sized envelope to save on postage, so this drawing is open to all of my friends, anywhere in the world. You just need to be a follower of mine and leave a comment here on this post telling me you would like to be included in the drawing. I will draw a name and announce the winner next week, on Friday the 15th.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I enjoy your comments.  I hope you have a super weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie










Monday, December 4, 2017

Main Street Monday

Hi friends! We have been having very mild weather here in southeastern Wisconsin for early December. The poodles and I love it! No snow in sight.

If you stop by the bakery downstairs you will see this caricature painting of Brian's boss. The Italian baker who Brian bakes with at night and who owns this building.
 Um, yes, that should give you a little idea of his macho Italian personality. He is a very nice man though, really. His daughters have told Brian, "My Dad loves you Brian." 

Yes, I actually have concrete Mabel and Henry in our living room here at the apartment. I could not part with them, and what is the point of them living in storage? They are ready for Christmas.
 This is the wreath that hangs on our door. Remember it from last year when I created it? I just love this wreath!❤️
And here is the last look at Madeleine's two poodle ornaments I made her fully assembled. They are ready for her St. Nick's stocking on Tuesday night. This year the boys are just getting store bought Star Wars ornaments. They will still be happy. Trust me.
I will have another finished ornament to share next time!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie







Friday, December 1, 2017

Tobacco Tess and Smokey Joe

Hi friends! I finished stitching the boy poodle and I cut them both out and whip stitched around them both. I still have to make cording for the ornament loop and cut and attach the backing. That will have to wait until Madeleine works this weekend.
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When we first rented this apartment, Brian painted. Then we began hanging a few of my precious "art" pieces. I looked back over my years of blogging and realized I never, ever showed you my chalkware poodles. Mr. and Mrs Poodle have always hung in our bathroom at our last home. So I naturally wanted them to hang here in this bathroom. Brian hung them for me before we even moved in.

Brian and I came one day to do a little more work, since we were working on the apartment bit by bit, and I walked in and noticed something laying on the ceramic tile floor of the bathroom. I could NOT figure out what this could be for a moment. Then I realized it was the boy poodle face down in pieces. The girl fell down also, but she fell into the sink and had only one tiny chip. Why did this happen? We used those Command picture hanging thingies this time. Each poodle has a tiny wire hanging out the back and it is a rather delicate situation. These were made in 1978! I just about cried.crying faceSo I went to ebay and I found another set for a very good price. Yay!

A half a week later I unpacked Smokey Joe and Tobacco Tess. Yes, they looked fine, but, WHOA! I actually got a headache from the tobacco scent off these two poodles. The poor things. They lived their lives with a smoker. I took Tobacco Tess' picture here with Mrs. Poodle. Tess is on the left. I guess you cannot really tell except in real life how yellow she is. Ugh. Gross. Mrs. Poodle has a pink bow and collar with rhinestones because I painted her that way.
Poor Tess went into a Ziploc bag. She is hermetically sealed for the rest of her days. Smokey Joe... he needed a makeover! Madeleine and I worked together on him. I cleaned him three times with vinegar. We completely painted him white, gave him the baby blue collar and rhinestones too. So Mrs. Poodle got a new husband, Smokey Joe got a new wife. Yes, I am a goof.face savouring delicious foodYou should have heard me giving voices to the poodles as well! I do a pretty good smoker's gravelly voice for guy and gal. HA! The kids and I were laughing at my stupid stories.
So here are Mr. and Mrs. Poodle in the bathroom hung with nails!!

The only other decoration in the bathroom I have ever hung I also never shared with you. I have always referred to it as the Poodle Display Board.
The glass front door stays shut with a magnet. The inside has a linen padded board in the back to pin things up and display. I have a GIGANTIC collection of poodle greeting cards from the '60s. The collection was selling on ebay for cheap. Who the heck else would want used cards?! That is what Brian was wondering. Ha! I have added poodle cards gifted to me over the years. The one on the top right is from June. I do seasonal displays.

That is it for today my friends. Thanks for reading my silliness. Or maybe I bored you? Or scared you?

Take care. Come back soon

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord  2Peter 1:2

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, November 27, 2017

Stitchin'

Hi friends! We watched our Christmas Parade yesterday from right here in our apartment. tee hee! That was a new experience. Small town fun.

As promised, I am sharing my progress with you. I have the girl poodle done. Yay!
I have a very nice start on the boy poodle and will keep stitching on him when Madeleine is away from home.

Well I finished listening to To Be Where You Are.
Darn! With a book this good, you just do NOT want it to end. Did you know Jan Karon (the author) is 80 years old?!? Whatever are we going to do without more Father Tim stories? I do believe Jan is my all time favorite author.
After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.

Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it’s life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who’s still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J.C. Hogan’s desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork chop marinade?

In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees.

Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice.

But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life—with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley’s biological family begins to heal because of a game—let’s just call it a miracle—that breaks all the rules.

In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.


I have begun working on my mom's Christmas ornament. It will be an angel this year. Can't wait to share this sweet one with you.

I hope you have a wonderful week my friends! Thank you for taking time to stop by and visit me.

For You will light my lamp;
The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.  Psalm 18:28

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Friday, November 24, 2017

🦃

Hi friends! Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? I do hope so. I did. All three of my brothers and I were together at my mom's house.smiling face with smiling eyesSuch fun and laughter!

Thank you for your kind compliments on Murphy's new coat. Just so you also know, he is improving with the eye drops. He waits patiently for me to do them now. He finished up the Pupperoni, so we moved on to freeze dried beef liver. Man, does he love that! I still have to pin him between my shins, but he behaves for the drops.

I finally took a picture of the Riolis poodle Christmas ornament kit that I had waited several weeks for from ABC Stitch.
Is this NOT adorable?! I can thank Carol (no blog) for telling me about this! I hardly ever allow myself new chart or kit purchases. Honest, it is RARE, but these I had to get. I have good progress made on the girl poodle. I can only work on these when Madeleine is at University or working, since these are to be for her this year in her St. Nick's stocking.winking face

While I was on the ABC Stitch site I found a second kit in the new releases. This is also a Riolis kit.
I literally gasped when I spotted this one. It is another Russian Orthodox icon. I have not stitched an icon for several years now, but I have been praying for a guardian angel icon. I have been searching for a guardian angel icon for more than a year actually. It is hard to find one when you want one in the Russian style and your first language is NOT Russian and you are doing searches and using translation tools and you know it is not going right. I gave up. And then.... when I was not even looking, I found this. I am so very happy with this kit. I plan to stitch this in 2018. I will NOT begin it until I have completed BBD AotH though. After Christmas ornaments are stitched and after the valances are all made, I am getting back to that. After, after, after. sigh. Well, I want to thank you Carol, my follower who told me about these adorable poodles in the first place. If you had not, I would not have this guardian angel kit!

I no longer have my garden since moving in this apartment. We are quite fortunate to have a beautiful florist that is diagonally across the street from us. I was going to say kitty corner from us, but I did not know if any of you say that. Is that probably a regionally said thing? Do you say that? Have you heard of that? Anyways, she puts such lovely displays in her window boxes and planters and windows.I took this picture the other night of one of the big windows. Not the easiest to see, but I tried.
We get to watch the Christmas Parade Sunday night sitting right here in our apartment! Woo hoo! Such small town excitement, right? Now that we live in the exact center of our village, the little Christmas Parade route goes directly past our apartment. And since we live upstairs, we just need to set our chairs up in front of our windows and we are good to go! Only downside I see, is that we won't be catching any candy. Ha! I would rather be warm!!

I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend my friends! I plan to. I have two ornaments stitched for friends, but I cannot show you! I need to finish them yet.I will show you Madeleine's ornament as soon as I get it stitched. I should have the girl poodle done tomorrow while Madeleine works.
winking face
Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, November 20, 2017

Good 'Ol Murph

Hi friends! I knew what I was in for, but I did it anyways. Do you know what this is?
Yes. That would be a free pattern for a dog coat. I decided to make a dog coat for Murphy. HA! That is what the pattern looked like after I tried to lay it on his back a few times to size it up. I had to make a few adjustments to the pattern to make it fit his body size.

After I actually made the real fleece coat do you wonder if I could get the thing on him without getting bit? Do you wonder WHY I am even doing this?! I WONDER WHY I AM EVEN DOING THIS?! I did it because Murphy was groomed on Tuesday and he shakes and shivers in the cold. We do live in Wisconsin!! I DO love grumpy, 'ol Murph.
So. Yes. I got bit. There was only a little blood involved.I have since decided...Murphy will wear the coat when it is in the teens or lower! I like my fingers. Thank you very much. Are you not impressed I even got the coat on for this modeling session? You can see HE is impressed. The free pattern for the fleece dog coat can be found HERE
We have been going through a lot with Murphy actually. One week before we closed on our home sale, his left eye became very cloudy very, very fast. We made an appointment with the veterinarian and took Murphy in.
Unfortunately Murphy's left eye has rapidly progressed with cataracts. Both eyes also had uveitis, an inflammation that was causing pain and eye redness. What to do? Mama has to wrangle Murphy twice daily with eye drops. Lord help! I just stared at the vet when he told me that one. He suggested muzzling him or using treats to get it done. Well I knew muzzling him was not an option. Not twice a day every day for the REST OF HIS LIFE?!? NO. That is not right.

Treats it is. Home Murphy and I went. Brian went off to get the drops and treats. He came home with the drops and Pupperoni. Now we have only ever given rice cakes as treats in this house. That started because of our dear Mabel. She tended to gain weight and rice cakes won't let you gain weight.winking faceHenry and Murphy go wild for these Pupperoni treats! I do NOT think they are very good for them though. So after this bag is gone we are switching to freeze dried  beef liver. I know Murphy gobbles that up too because the vet offers that as a treat after the appointment is over.

I am getting the eye drops into Murph's eyes. I have to sneak up on him. (Not always easy to do!) Then I quickly pin his neck between my shins, just above my ankles.See what I mean about wrangling poodles?! He actually just stays there and waits now. I just say treat once or twice and he stays still while I place the drop in each eye.Then I immediately give him his Pupperoni. Henry gets a very small piece too.  This happens twice a day. Such fun! NOT! And I am actually Murphy's favorite person still!!

So our Murphy will go blind.white frowning faceHe can barely see out of his left eye right now the vet says. The eye drops will make him comfortable and slow down the progression a bit in the right eye. Murphy is 14 years old. The bloodwork we just had done shows he is otherwise healthy. So we will just take this as it comes.

I will share a bit of stitching with you next time my friends. My order came in from ABC Stitch on Friday finally! I began stitching the ornaments for Madeleine on Saturday. Yes, there are two poodles. I have to stitch them when she is not around.

 Thank you for stopping by. Have a super week! 

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.  1Timothy 2:5
These are the wreaths decorating Historic Downtown. That is our apartment up there.
These are how the lamp posts look. This is across the street.
Stitching and praying,
Vickie