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May you always be blessed with walls for the wind and a roof for the rain
and drinks beside the fire ~ Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you ~
and all that your heart may desire...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My Needle and My Floss... They Comfort Me...


Hello my dear friends, I am still here... I know it's been ages and I am so sorry to have worried you all as I know I have... I withdrew into my shell yet again... As most of you know, I tend to retreat when life gets to be a wee bit much... however, my stitching has been a faithful companion and as always my comfort during the storms... And lo and behold... I have a few finishes to show you all and a couple of new starts... and of course I know some of you are eager to see my ever so creepingly slow progress on Waxing Moon Designs My Needle and My Floss, They Comfort Me... aka *The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pattern*... For those of you not familiar with The Sisterhood... see my previous post...

So without further ado... I'll let my pictures ramble a wee bit for me tonight...

Deciding to go with an Autumn theme, I changed most of the colours on Waxing Moon Designs My Needle and My Floss, They Comfort Me... The wonderful ladies at The Stitch in Frame Shoppe helped me choose the threads when I was there back in August... and Oh, My! Joy, Rapture... but what a wonderful time I had browsing through all the stitching goodies... alas, I'll leave that tale for the next time along with piccys of all my lovely new stash... ;-) Anyway, as I was saying, I changed all the colours, I'll post them when I post the finished piccy if anyone is interested... and I'm stitching her on Belfast Vintage Autumn Blush...


My Needle and My Floss, They Comfort Me...
Stitched on Belfast Vintage Autumn Blush...
With Crescent Colours, GAST, WDW Threads...
and The Thread Gatherer Silk 'n Colours...
and Gloriana Silks...


And here, my dear Sisters, is my creepingly slow progress thus far... Once again, I find myself much akin to the fabled White Rabbit of my dreams dashing willy nilly off to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party... Oh, and don't forget if you want to be included in the drawing for The Sisterhood of the Travelling Chart post a comment here on my blog and I'll drop your name in the hat once I'm finished stitching... which I hope will be within the next week... It truly has been a joy and comfort to stitch thus far and I love the colours...


My Needle and My Floss, The Comfort Me...
Stitched on Belfast Vintage Autumn Blush...
With Crescent Colours, GAST, WDW Threads...
and The Thread Gather Silk 'n Colours...
and Gloriana Silks...


Sharon, Ranae and I started Salem Sisters by Plum Street Samplers on the 22 of August... And yet again, the lovely ladies at The Stitch and Frame Shoppe helped me with my fabric choice and thread colours... Did I mention what a Wonderful day that was? ;-) They did not have Lakeside Linen's Vintage Autumn Gold in 32ct so I went with 32ct Vintage Sand Dune by Lakeside Linens and ended up choosing Crescent Colours Belle Soie Silks in Eggplant and Noir and Caron Waterlilies Silks in Copper...


Stitched on Belfast Vintage Sand Dune
With Crescent Colours Belle Soie Silks
and Caron Waterlilies Silks...


Ranae and Sharon are a lot further along than me... and oh my, but both of theirs are looking gorgeous thus far... I really must see if I can't persuade the stitching faery to leave me one of her magic needles so I can try and catch up with them... Hmmm I wonder what I could use to tempt her... Perhaps she would trade a magic needle for some Chocolate... :-) I'm not that sure about the Belle Soie Eggplant I'm using for the words... I don't know if it's too purple or not.... It looks more Halloweeny with the Eggplant and I think I would like it to look more Autumny... But it's been difficult finding a silk I like online that doesn't clash with the Waterlilies Copper... I suppose I'll make up my mind once I get further along with it... This is one of the times, well one of the many times when I wish I lived closer to an LNS so I could just pop in whenever I needed to... it would be so wonderful to see all the glorious threads in the flesh so to speak... and it would make it a wee bit easier for me to make up my blooming mind... ;-)


Salem Sisters
by Plum Street Samplers
Stitched on Belfast Vintage Sand Dune
by Lakeside Linens...
with Crescent Colours Belle Soie Silks...
and Caron Waterlilies Silks...


And now for a couple of finishes... As some of you may remember, I am stitching along with some lovely folks in the Heartfelt Friends Round Robin... We are all stitching designs by Little House Needleworks for our RR's... and I chose Diane's Dear Diary Series for my RR.... I stitched Abigail Winslow before I sent it off to Edgar... and he has now finished his bit... he stitched Lucy Fairchild in Savannah and it's absolutely gorgeous... I love it!


My bit of my Round Robin
before sending it on it's Merry way...
Abigail Winslow
along with the other seven charts
in the Dear Diary Series...
Stitched on Cashel R & R Iced Cappuccino
With DMC, WDW and Crescent Colour Threads...


I asked everyone to stitch their Name and Town, State or Country in place of the names and towns on the charts... Of course my last name will not fit so I think I'm going to stitch my signature Blackbird underneath Lizzy when it comes back to me... I am also going to stitch a border around the outside using Crescent Colours Almost Auburn... Oh, and if you want to see Edgar's finished bit mosey on over to the Heartfelt Friends RR blog or Edgar's blog and have a peek... :-) It's gorgeous!


My bit on my Round Robin
Dear Diary Abigail Winslow
Stitched on Cashel R & R Iced Cappuccino...
With DMC, WDW and Crescent Colour Threads...


For the Fair and Square Friendship Exchange I stitched Autumn Blackbird a freebie by Waxing Moon Designs... My dear friend, Tuula was my partner this time and I loved stitching this beautiful design for her... I stitched it on Light Mocha Belfast and yet again, I changed some of the colours...

Autumn Blackbird by Waxing Moon Designs
Stitched for Tuula for the
Fair Square Friendship Exchange
on Light Mocha Belfast
With GAST, WDW and Crescent Colour Threads...


I am sad to say I made a wee bit of a boo-boo in counting the border and it's off one stitch on the bottom right side, which of course threw off the entire right side of the border... I didn't even realise it until I was stitching the *nutmeg* stitches scattered here and there along the border and when I reached the last one at the top of the right side I realised the entire bit was off... talking about being *away with the faeries*... I still can't fathom how I managed that one... sadly enough there was no time to frog as I had to dash off and post it away to Tuula... I suppose one can call it an *Original* ... at least I try and think of it that way, because every time I think of sending Dear Tuula my poor wee square with the stitching boo-boo I cringe... I think I'll have nightmares about it for the remainder of my days... Oh, dear... I won't think about it today... I'll think about it tomorrow...


Autumn Blackbird...
Stitched on Light Mocha Belfast...
With GAST, WDW and Crescent Colour Threads...


And here are the gorgeous Friendship squares my dear friend Tuula stitched for me for the Fair Square Friendship Exchange Blog... I love the red and the design is so lovely... Oh, and she stitched her signature square over one... so very beautiful!


The beautiful Friendship Squares
Tuula stitched for me...
A design from


I will try and post more regularly now so you all won't worry... I am so behind with all of your blogs... I'll try and catch up a wee bit over the next few days with my blogging and emails...

Thank you all, my dearest friends, for your emails and for stopping by my blog so often to check on me... I am ever so grateful for your friendship... Your love, thoughtfulness and support have been a constant source of inspiration... and your comments and emails, as always, are golden rays of sunshine through the mists...


*** Edited Friday morning... I don't know what I was thinking... Autumn Blackbird by Waxing Moon Designs was stitched on Light Mocha Belfast... not Cashel as I originally stated... ;-) ***


Blessings and Love in Stitches...


I am grateful for precious moments... special friends and blessings in disguise...

Friday, August 3, 2007

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pattern... My Needle and My Floss, They Comfort Me...


Wooo Hooo... I am now an official member of the *Sisterhood*... I can't believe Tessa's daughter, Maddi pulled my name from her Ladybug Hat and I am the next stitcher of this wonderful design which speaks so to the hearts of stitcher's everywhere... I've loved this pattern since Waxing Moon Designs came out with it and I already had it in my stash... but so wanted to join in the spirit of the Stitching Sisterhood and the wonderfully uplifting sentiment conveyed within... And here it is in all it's wondrous glory and comfort... As Harmien said... "Ne'er a truer word was spoken"

My Needle and My Floss
by Waxing Moon Designs...
"Stitching mends the Soul..."
Tessa also sent me this lovely
Wooden Heart Thread Keeper...
Thanks ever so much dear Tessa... :-)


I am sure some of you may be wondering just what the *Sisterhood* is... Well, it all started when Harmien stitched My Needle and My Floss by Waxing Moon Designs... Harmien enjoyed stitching the chart so much and was deeply touched by the sentiment and the message conveyed within... something I am sure stitcher's the world over can relate with... Anyway, in Harmien's own words... "In the spirit of PIF's and RAK's and all things good I would like to offer this chart to a fellow stitcher/blogger who would love to stitch this too." ... Thus Harmien had a drawing and Lili's name was drawn out of the hat... However... Barbara made this pledge on Harmien's blog should she win the draw... "... once I finish it (I'll stitch it immediately as soon as I get it) and then I'll offer it up again to other commentors on my blog. And boy will this chart be going on a world tour :)" Harmien thought this was a wonderful idea, however stuck to her original promise with the hope that the recipient would remember Barbara's pledge... As Harmien said... "Isn't that the most wonderful thing?? I love the idea of 'my' chart travelling the world spreading wonderful stitching sentiments!! BUT I do hope that the lucky recipient will remember Barbara's pledge and think: I will do that too!"

Thus, when Lili received the chart she decided to pass the chart on to Barbara because of the pledge she made on Harmien's blog... And then Margaret came up with the wonderful idea of the *Sisterhood of the Travelling Pattern*... Thus, the Sisterhood was born... and once Barbara was finished stitching it the chart journeyed on to Tessa... and now each stitcher who receives the pattern does so with Barbara's pledge at heart... Thus, I echo Barbara's pledge... "once I finish it (I'll stitch it immediately as soon as I get it) and then I'll offer it up again to other commentors on my blog. And boy will this chart be going on a world tour... :)"

So, I'll get started stitching this wonderful pattern posthaste so I can pass it on to the next stitcher... Oh, and if you want to join in the spirit of this wonderful sentiment and be a part of the *Sisterhood* leave a comment here on my blog between now and the time I finish stitching it and I'll add your name to the draw... ;-) I'll post updates as I stitch so you all will be reminded of the upcoming drawing...

On another note... I've been having some bother with my Fibro the past couple of weeks and as a result I'm behind with everything... and with trying to *catch up* with everything... you know how I am... "the hurrier I go the behinder I get" ... Anyway, I've got my Heartfelt Friends RR I have to get finished in the next few days... I'm using Little House Needleworks Dear Diary Series for my RR... A special project I have to finish... Yes, I'm still procrastinating about doing the finishing on my Mail Art... poor Roberta is going to think I've forgotten her... she knows I was having a time with starting the finishing part, and has been wonderfully encouraging and understanding... Anyway, the stitching has been finished for quite a while... however, I just can't bring myself to cut the fabric and begin the final process... I need some help!!! I keep hoping I'll wake up in the morning and find the finishing faery has paid me a visit during the night... Alas, no such luck... Thus, I must find the courage to get one with it... Please, ladies, if you run across the finishing faery, send her my way... and if you don't see her anywhere, a nice dose of courage along with some finishing mojo and skills will suffice... :-)

Oh, and here's a piccy of Lizzie*Kate's Bless the Graduate... I finished it a few weeks ago for my ds Jamie...

Bless the Graduate by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on Light Mocha Belfast Linen
with GAST and WDW threads...


OH, and I am thrilled to get the chance to go to an actual Needlework Shoppe tomorrow!!! Oh, Joy... Rapture... My dd, Brandy invited me to go to the Mall with her tomorrow... This particular Mall is about an hour and a half drive from us... Yes, we live in the Boonies... anyway the stitching shop is about 20 minutes or so from the Mall so I'll be journeying to The Stitch and Frame Shop... Woo Hooo!!! I'm going to pick out my threads for My Needle and My Floss and I've got to get the rest of LHN's Dear Diary charts for my RR... {I've only got one of them} and there's no telling what else may jump into my arms whilst I'm there... ;-)

And I'll leave you all with a piccy of Bilbo Baggins the Garden Gnome and some flowers from my garden...

Bilbo Baggins... the Garden Gnome...

My deepest heartfelt thanks to you, my dear friends for your visits, your thoughtfulness and your inspiring words of love and encouragement... they continue to brighten my life like sunshine dancing upon the sea...


Blessings and Love in stitches...


I am thankful for precious moments... The Sisterhood, special friends and love everlasting...

Monday, July 23, 2007

Oh, Joy! Rapture! Fair Square Treasures... Healing Hands... and Deathly Hallows...


I'm sure a lot of you have heard of Vonna and Annemarie's ... Fair Squares Friendship Exchange group... And if you haven't heard as yet... mosey on over to the blog and have a gander... They are taking sign-up's for the next round until Tuesday night at Midnight... 24th of July... so do dash on over if you're interested... it's loads of fun! :-)


Anyway... lest I get further distracted... last week I received the loveliest squares from my partner and dear friend, Sandy... I'm so happy to have met Sandy and I know our friendship will continue to blossom... She's a lovely, sweet Soul and such a dear and thoughtful friend... We share so much in common and she knew just what to stitch for me! I love them and they are absolutely gorgeous... Some of the ladies are finishing theirs into friendship quilts and yet others are finishing theirs into various *smalls*... I'll most likely finish mine into a pinkeep... When I learn how to make one! ;-) Whatever I decide to make with mine... they will be treasured always...



City Stitcher * Country Stitcher by LHN
Stitched by Sandy


And here are the Fair Squares I stitched for Sandy...


A Friend is a Gift...
by The Prairie Schooler...
Stitched on Light Mocha Belfast Linen
With Crescent Colours, GAST and WDW Threads ...


I have also been busy with some secret stitching I should have finished a wee while ago... thus, as it's a secret, I can't show you any piccys yet... ;-) Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, I'll have a remarkable finish... for me at least, by the end of the week... ;-)

My youngest son, Jamie had his girlfriend, Paige had their LPN Pinning Ceremony on Saturday... he and Paige are now LPN's... well, they still have to take the NCLEX... but they are both well prepared for it and I am so very proud of them! :-)


My dear son, Jamie


I'm sorry my posts are so infrequent of late... I have good days and bad days, much akin to everyone else... and on the gloomy days I always look for the sun through the clouds... and follow the rainbow when I spy it... and on my days off... I rest and stitch and time seems to slip through my fingers... I was off this past weekend and I spent a fair lot of it trying to keep up with time and looking for rainbows... and lounging about reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows... ;-) I had planned on going to the Harry Potter party at one of the Barnes and Noble Book Shoppes Friday night... However, we all know about the best laid plans of mice and women... I just did not feel like driving an hour and a half there and back again... arriving home around 2:00 in the morning only to rise again at 6:00 to get dressed for Jamie's Pinning Ceremony... So, I toddled off to my local Wal-Mart in the wee hours Saturday morning and snatched my copy off the shelf... eager to return home and lose myself in Harry's world for a wee while... however, the day was not my own... thus I could but snatch a few pages here and there that afternoon...

My dd, Brandy and her dbf, Nick, knowing how much I wanted to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix invited me to go with them Saturday night...and needless to say, I was thrilled, and perked up quite a bit in the course of the evening... We had a lovely dinner at Ruby Tuesday's... Nick's parents went along as well, and we all had a lovely chat about *the book*... Nick's Dad, Brandy and I are huge Harry Potter fans... and Nick's Dad and I were both eager to return home after the film and start reading... lol {Brandy does not have her copy as yet and will most likely try and filch mine when I least expect it! Not to worry, it's well hidden and guarded by my Dragons no less! lol} After dinner we went on to the Cinema... My anticipation was mounting... I had been waiting to see the film for ages and now that the moment was nigh... much akin to a child on Christmas morning... I could scarcely contain my excitement! I won't say I was disappointed... maybe just a wee bit let down as the film was a wee bit shorter than I expected, thus leaving out far too much... albeit Brilliant nonetheless... perhaps one of my favourite to date... as indecisive as I am, it's rather difficult to chose after one viewing... I'll have to see it a few more times before I make up my mind... ;-)


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...
by J.K. Rowling...


However, the book... Oh, Joy... Rapture.... *The Book* was absolutely Brilliant!!! I loved it and I savoured every word and didn't stop reading Sunday until I had devoured the last word... and then I wanted to flip back and begin all over again... I will say I read it with a mixture of sadness and elation... saddened to reach the end of such a remarkable and unforgettable journey... and elated to walk again through the extraordinary imagination of such a gifted bard! I've started reading The Philosopher's Stone again... thus the journey continues in heart and memory...

Oh, I'm so glad you all like my new blog name... I do hope my updates, however infrequent of late are showing up on your blog rolls, feeds, et cetera... you may have to change the name to my new blog name if you haven't already so you'll know when I've come out of my shell... ;-)

And my heartfelt thanks to you all, my dear friends, for your continued visits, words of encouragement, lovely wishes and thoughts... akin to the first stars twinkling in the gloaming... they are ever beacons through the mist...


Blessings and Love in Stitches...



I am thankful for precious moments... stitching friends, Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling...

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Porcupines in the Post... :-)


Stitched Porcupines, that is! I received my very first Mail Art from Roberta today and I am over the moon with joy and totally in awe... It is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you ever so much Roberta... It is so beautiful and special to me and I will treasure my Mail Art from you always! You are such a talented stitcher and finisher!!!

Roberta also tucked a few wee gifties into my Mail Art... French Country Cat by JBW Designs... {I've been wanting this design since it came out!} A gorgeous skein of Needle Necessities Overdyed Razzel Dazzel Red Thread {which is perfect for the French Country Cat!}... John James Petites 28... DMC Thread Lables and a DMC Thread Check List... and a gorgeous Post Card... :-) I love it all, Roberta! Thanks so much, Hun!


So without further a'do, my dear friends... feast your eyes upon this glorious work of Art... {of course it's much lovelier IRL} Roberta stitched Moonlight Stroll by The Yankee Stitcher... I love this design ...

My beautiful Mail Art from Roberta...


The Back of my Mail Art... Stitched by Roberta...
Moonlight Stroll by The Yankee Stitcher...


Wee Porcupines on their way home
after their Moonlight Stroll...


Peaceful night-time stroll under the stars...

And... Viola! The beautiful gifties inside ...
I really did not want to snip the stitches
on the back to open it up because it
was so lovely with the flap stitched
down on the back...
However curious as I am...
I had to see what was inside...
And the fabric Roberta used to line
the envelope is just perfect!


I'll post my Lizzie*Kate graduation finish for Jamie, a few of Brandy's Cruise piccys, garden piccys... et cetera... next time.. as I didn't want to take away from Roberta's special Mail Art with a lot of other photos... :-)

I am feeling better emotionally... physically, it's one day at the time... but I'm okay! My deepest heartfelt thanks to you all for your sweet thoughts, wishes and words of encouragement... they are ever an inspiration and continue to bring cheer and sunshine to my days... You are all so special to me and I treasure your friendship... I don't know what I would do if I didn't have you all to inspire me and brighten my days. Stitching friends are truly treasures beyond measure!

Oh, and I suppose you noticed I changed the name of my blog to *Stitching Faery's Ramblings from under the Willow Tree...* ;-) I have been thinking about it for some time... when I started my blog back in January I couldn't think of a name I really liked... so I just used A Stitching Faery's Haven until I could come up with something I really loved... Willow Trees have always been my favourite and I am always stitching and forever *away with the faerys*... So, it seems to fit me perfectly... It's a wee bit long, but it's so me! ;-)

And since tomorrow is the 4th of July... I thought I'd add this wee piece I stitched last July... I haven't had time to stitch any Patriotic pieces this year... Yet! :-) I still need to frame it...

Land That I Love by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on Vintage County Mocha Cashel
With WDW, GAST and Whisper Threads...
Finished 23 July 2006 ...



To every one in the USA... Wishing you all a Happy and Safe 4th of July! :-)

Thank you all for visiting... your love and encouragement continues to brighten my days akin to sunshine and rainbows after the rain...



Blessings and Love in Stitches...


I am thankful for precious moments... stitching exchanges... stitchy gifts... stitching friends... and love everlasting...


Monday, June 18, 2007

LPN Graduation... Island Barbecue... and Snoopy Happy Dances ...


It's been a long while since my last post... and I am so sorry to have worried you all, my dearest friends... As you all know, I haven't been well... and there has been so much going on in my life...

I sincerely did not intend to worry you all by not posting... and I know I have not answered your emails either... and I am truly sorry... I wasn't ignoring you... and I want you to know I truly appreciate your emails and your comments here... Sometimes I tend to withdraw when things get a bit overwhelming... and I know I shouldn't, but it was all more than I could bare and I just couldn't cope, nor did I have the energy to do anything save try to make it through the days... Please know that you all have been in my thoughts and my heart even though I have not been posting here or on your blogs or answering my emails... and your kind and loving emails and comments truly helped me get through all of this... there are no words to thank you all... just know that you are all very dear and special to me and your friendship means more than I could ever say... :-)

As for my stitching... I have been plodding along a wee bit... I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have my stitching to keep me sane... or I suppose I should say... Relatively Sane... ;-) I have a couple of Snoopy Happy Dances to post... and a couple I'm saving to post next time... I'm almost finished with my Mail Art piece... the deadline was extended... which was a lifesaver for me! I really hope my partner, Roberta is going to like hers... I'm still quite a bit panicky about the finishing... hopefully, I'll get through it okay and not embarrass myself too much... ;-) I can't wait to see what Roberta's stitched for me... :-) I also have lots of piccys of my son Jamie's LPN graduation and Tropical Island Themed Barbecue... Oh, and let's not forgot the Rose Flame *hare* ... ;-) although you can't really see the *fuchsia pink* that well in the piccys I have... I'll save the piccys of my daughter's Cruise for the next post... ;-) She missed Jamie's graduation as she and her dbf were Sailing away into the sunset...

It's storming here again and I'm hoping I don't have to shut my computer down because of it... I had to earlier this evening... at this rate I'll never get finished with this post... I actually started it last night but after I got all the piccys ready for posting was too exhausted to continue... hopefully, if I don't ramble too much, I'll get this posted tonight so your minds will be a bit more at ease knowing I'm okay... :-)

I think I'll just spread my rambling out over a few posts... thus perhaps I'll get something accomplished tonight... I will be taking the Nurses finishes to the Framer's on Friday so they will be framed in time for the Pinning Ceremony in late July... I also stitched Lizzie*Kate's Bless the Graduate for Jamie... I'll post that one next time... :-) Thus without further ado... let the photo gallery begin... ;-)



Nurses by Kirsten Edwards
Stitched on Meditation Picture This Plus Belfast Linen
with GAST and WDW threads...
This one was stitched for my dear son, Jamie...
finished 12 May 2007...


Nurses by Kirsten Edwards
Stitched on Light Mocha Cashel Linen
with GAST threads...
This one was stitched for Paige...
Finished on 21 May 2007...


My dear son Jamie and his dgf, Paige
LPN Graduation... 12 May 2007...

My dear sons, Jamie and Elisha ...
at Jamie's LPN Graduation ...

Jamie and Paige
Tropical Island Themed Graduation Barbecue at Paige's House...

Jamie and Paige...
Dancing the evening away
to the soothing tunes of the Islands...

Jamie and Paige...
Cutting the cake... Yummy... ;-)

Jamie and Paige opening gifts...
Elisha is looking on as they plunder through their loot...

Me and Wee Jamie at the Island Barbecue...
Since you all asked to see my *Pink* hair...
here you go... hope it doesn't scare you too much!
Although the Rose Flame streaks in my *Hare* don't show up
that well as it was getting late in the evening...
maybe you can see them a wee bit... ;-)


Thank you all again, my dearest friends for continuing to visit my blog... your thoughtful and loving wishes and comments are ever rays of sunshine filtering through the clouds...



Blessings and Love in Stitches...


I am thankful for precious moments... my children and dear friends... my stitching... and love eternal...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Visit from the Stash Faery... and the Adventures of the 'Rose' Flame 'Hared' Lady...


I don't know where the last week and a half has gone... seems like it's just flown by and I couldn't tell you what I've done... Seems like there was something I had to do every day and I didn't have nearly as much time to sit back and stitch as I wanted to... And as much as I would like to find a way... *Time* stands still for no woman... ;-) I was back at work on Monday and Tuesday... today and tomorrow are my only days off this week... I have finished wee Jamie's Nurses piece... And I have started the one for his dgf, Paige. I am going to wait and show a piccy of the finishes when I post a blog entry about his graduation... probably in the next couple of days... { I don't know why I stated in my previous post he graduated on the 11th of May... it was the 12th... I guess I'm losing my mind along with everything else!} lol Anyway, he graduated on Saturday, 12th May and Paige's parents had a Barbecue at 4:00 that afternoon... We had a lot of fun and you know I took loads of piccys to share with you all... :-)

Now where to start? I have started this entry several times since last Thursday... yet for one reason or another I kept having to stop and save it as a draft and then when I thought I'd have time to post I had to rewrite and add only to save as draft yet again... So, here I am beginning my ramblings once again... I suppose my adventures at the Beauty Salon is as good a place as any to start... So, this past Friday, I got my hair coloured... my silver roots were all a'glow and I had been putting it off because, like the doc's office ... it usually takes all afternoon... So, I spent from 10:30 Friday morning until 4:00 that afternoon at the Beauty Salon... Talk about driving someone crazy! I was soooooo ready to get out of there! lol I am not one to sit idly and all the sitting and the gossip was starting to drive me bonkers... If you've ever seen the movie Steel Magnolias... then you sort of get the picture... I guess for someone who didn't feel like they had tons of things they needed to do, it would have been a brilliant day, however, my impatience was beginning to get the better of me and I was ready to run screaming, foil in my hair and all! lol Oh, and have you ever seen the film *Signs* with Mel Gibson? You know when they make the aluminum foil hats and sit around wearing them so the Aliens can't read their thoughts??? Well, I can't help but think of that whilst my hair is being foiled... you see the many dangerous paths my mind wanders when left idle too long... lol Anyway, there I sit hair foiled out about a foot all around my head... talk about scary! If Aliens passed by, never mind trying to read my thoughts... the sight alone would drive them back to their home planet! ;-) So, back to the story... my hair stylist always uses 4 or 5 different shades of red... so there we sit with five bowls or red hair dye and she is trying all new colours from a new colour company this time... and one of the ones she picked for me was Rose Flame... so there I sit, thinking of Aliens... and the darn bowl with the Rose Flame in it starts looking very pink! I mean sort of a dark Bubble Gum pink... and I'm beginning to panic... Anyway, I keep telling myself, I am not going to have pink hair... I'm not... it's just the colour in the bowl and you know it always looks different in the bowl... once on your hair and it's actually *set* it won't be pink at all... Well, when we're finally done and she's washed it and I'm sitting in front of the mirror all Mr Magoo like 'cause I don't have my glasses on and I can't see a blooming thing... she swears it's not pink... and once I put my specs on, it doesn't look pink to me either... And once she had dried it and styled it... I had her to do spiral curls with the curling iron... I thought it looked quite nice... So, despite five and a half hours of nightmarish thoughts of bubble gum pink hair and Aliens... when I left I was pleased with the colour. However, I had to run by a couple of shoppes afterwards, and when checking out at the grocery store, this little guy who knows my daughter and it seems like I always get in his line... well he said... "Did you just get your hair done?" And I replied... "Yes..." And then he said... "Well, it's pink!" ..... Oh, I know my mouth must have dropped.... I told him... "No, it's not pink... that's Rose Flame!" And then he said.... "Well, some of it is dark red but yes, it does have *Rose Pink* streaks in it... a lot of them!" Well, of course I just laughed and told him he must be colour blind! lol Anyway, my dear sons, swore it didn't look pink when I got home... However, I have had a few others tell me it does have *Rose Flame Pinkish* streaks in it... So we shall see what we shall see... If I get up enough courage, I'll show you a piccy when I post Jamie's Graduation entry and you all can tell me what you think of my Rose Flame hair! lol Though I still don't think it looks *pink* at all... maybe a wee bit burgundy... but surely not Pink! I do wonder, however if it had anything at all to do with those Ewe & Eye & Friends *Rose Hare* charts I ordered... ;-) Hmmmm.... Curiouser and Curiouser...

My dd Brandy and her dbf, Nick got back from their Cruise to The Caymans and Cozumel Saturday night... They had a lovely time... I'll share some Cruise piccys in a later post as well...

I finally had a wee bit of time to take piccys of my latest stash therapy last week... it all came week before last and I'm just itching to start something else... Alas, my *to stitch ASAP* stash keeps growing and growing... I'm beginning to think I'm going to need a couple more Dragons to guard my treasures... ;-)


La-D-Da Briar Rabbit
NPI Silks and R&R 18th Century Rook Cashel Linen

La-D-Da ... Love Is Patient and My Sunshine...

La-D-Da - The Blessing...
Shepherd's Bush - April...

Homespun Elegance
The Stitcher and The Stitcher II

Glory Bee - Stitching with GAST Threads...
Homespun Elegance - Spring Fling...

Ewe & Eye & Friends...
Garden Patch Rabbit... Brown Bunny...
Rose Hare Sampler... Rose Hare...

The Victoria Sampler - Loving Free...
GAST and WDW Threads...
Autumn Blush Belfast Linen
{The Silks and Old Willow Stitchery
Threads are on back order}

The Prairie Schooler...
Just Hatched and Farm Fresh...

The Prairie Schooler...
Friends and P*Q*R ...

Praiseworthy Stitches... One Red Flower
and the recommended GAST Threads ...

Lizzie*Kate - Coffee Crazy...
Sheepish Designs - Come Fly Away...
Little by Little - Caught In The Garden...

Lizzie*Kate - Summer Crazy...
GAST and WDW Threads...
Watermelon Banner...
Antique Ivory Cashel and Raspberry Jobelan

Carriage House Samplings - Westwinds...
Belfast Vintage Autumn Fields...
Fat Half R&R Belfast Iced Cappuccino...



On another note... my Doctor's office called me last Tuesday and wanted me to come in on Thursday because my doctor wanted to go over the test results with me from the week before... Needless to say, I worried about it for two days... the Nurse couldn't tell me a thing as my Doc had my chart in his office and she couldn't get to it. Anyway, seems like I have Lyme Disease and it's in the chronic stages and that's what caused my RA and Fibro and who knows what else... So, he put me on Antibiotics until I go back to him on the 4th of June and then the Rheumatologist on the 5th of June. I suppose I have had it for a few years and was not aware what was causing all the problems... He didn't tell me anything else about it at all... I suppose he's going to let the Rheumatologist deal with it... who knows... I am not going to worry about it... I'm going to spend the next couple of days stitching and resting...

Oh, and on a stitching note... I joined up for a Mail Art exchange a couple of weeks ago... and I am beginning to panic... I need Help!!! lol Barbara, I have read your wonderful tutorial over at the Focus on Finishing blog... and several other tutorials as well... and spent hours looking at loads of piccys of Mail Art on various blogs here and there... and I am still somewhat clueless about the finishing... I do think I have a general idea... I just don't know if I can sew it all together and not make a muck of it... I think that's my biggest worry... Ruining it! Sewing is not my strong point... I haven't really done much of it at all and just the thought scares me! I am more of a hands on *watch and learn* learning person rather than a follow the directions learning person... Well, I am going to try anyway and I'll be keeping everything crossed that it turns out as it should... It's due to mail out the first week in June... And I would be most appreciative of any tips or luck you all may have to share... ;-)

Well, I've rambled long enough... I'm away to catch up on some blogging and emails and stitching...

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for stopping by... as always your loving, thoughtful and inspiring wishes and comments are ever rays of sunshine dancing through the mist...


Until next time... Love in Stitches...



I am thankful for precious moments... precious love... my children, my friends and stitching time...

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