Sunday, May 20, 2018

A New Start

Those of you who follow my blog know from my last post that my brother-in-law, my husband's only sibling, passed away unexpectedly on Mother's Day. This past week has been hard on our family, especially my husband and his mother. My father-in-law passed not quite 14 months ago.  We were a small family to begin with. Now our family is just 6 people.

This year has been one of losses. My Aunt Emma, an artist, passed away earlier this year. Then last month the father of one of my daughter's best friends passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was one of her early soccer coaches and we have been friends with the family for years. He was my age. Two weeks ago a friend's 25 year old daughter passed away after battling a progressive disease since birth. It has been a difficult and sad year.

Yet, Spring has sprung today with sun and warmer temperatures. It spurred the need in me to start something new, something small.
This is "Jingle as ye enter, Jingle as ye go" from the Victorian Sample Shoppe. It is a small banner stitched over two on 32 count linen. Sitting on my porch in the sunshine with a new craft started is just what I needed today.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I am also linking with Kate at Life in Pieces. Pop on over to their sites to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

A new member has joined our bunny family also.
Can you see how tiny it is. That is a small cardinal statue in my back yard that is bigger than the bunny!

It makes me smile just looking at him/her.

I am hoping for more smiles and less tears for the rest of this year.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Sad news

On Mother's Day my brother-in-law passed away somewhat unexpectedly. 
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He was my husband's only sibling. My children's only uncle. My mother-in-law's baby. He loved Walt Disney World so I posted this happy pic from his last vacation. He was an esophageal cancer survivor for over ten years. Please pray for my husband and my mother-in-law. 

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!
My mom and my children make Mother's Day special to me. 
Wishing all the mother's out there a special day with the people they love.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Final Exam

Crafting has taken second place this weekend to writing the final exam for my university class. This was the view of my laptop for most of yesterday. 
The exam is almost completed. I want to be able to print it out, check for mistakes and write an answer key before I photocopy it. I hope to do all that by Tuesday as I have to be on campus for my last lecture so I can complete the photocopying without making a separate trip.

I received this fun book from Kathi Clower at Design Originals by KC
I love Mary Engelbreit designs. They are so whimsical and colorful. Thank you Kathi for your generosity.

The only crafting that I have managed this week is crochet. I finished the second granny round and now I am working on a round of chain loops. 
I am following the Granny Blanket Edging over at Attic 24. I think its the perfect complement to my Granny Rose Afghan. The crochet is going very quickly. This UFO should be completed soon.

My tulips are in bloom around my flower beds. These have all been planted from past Easter planters that I have received.
I really love this ruffled, double tulip. I have to plant more of these.
This little bunny and two of its friends have been spending a whole lot of time in our front and back yards.
 I walked out my front door the other morning to get the newspaper and all three froze and looked up at me. They are pretty used to Hubby and me and don't run away unless we walk towards them.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. She talks about the idea of "behaviorceuticals" , the idea that working with our hands can change brain chemistry to help us feel better. Several years ago I had a severe neurological reaction to Lipitor, a cholesterol drug. No one knew when or if the symptoms would subside and it was quite concerning. To keep my sanity I turned to crocheting an afghan that I had long wanted to try, but had no real need for. Well crocheting that afghan was very calming for me. My hands shook too much for stitching of any type, but I had no trouble crocheting. It took 6 months for the side-effects to subside. I have a beautiful afghan and a wariness of drug side-effects now.

Pop on over to Kathy's site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 
I hope to add another piece to my Advent Calendar......that is after I finish writing my final exam and go grocery shopping.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

April is over already?

I can't believe that it is already the end of April. My hyacinths are all in bloom as well as some more daffodils.
 Unfortunately the stalks of my hydrangea are hiding the daffodils. I never got around to trimming them in the fall. Looking at the picture, I have to straighten that brick border as well.

My university class is almost over. There are a few more lectures and then the final. I still have to write the final exam and all my work for this class will be complete mid-May. Of course I will have to grade the final, but that is easier than preparing and giving lectures. Once  the semester is finished I will have two more days per week that I get home by 3 p.m. I am so looking forward to having afternoons that I can spend crafting as my day job doesn't require any prep work. I just have to show up and help students all day.

I managed to add piece #13 (the one on top) to my Advent Calendar. This one went more smoothly than the last. 
I also finished the first round of border on my Granny Rose Afghan. I am going to add at least one more round, maybe two or three, of the white background. 
I was contemplating adding some rounds with the colors of the flowers, but I ran out of some of them and I really like how it looks with just the white.
You can see from this corner that I have just added a single granny row around the outside edge.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I hope to add another piece to my Advent Calendar today.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

All together

All of my Granny Square Roses have been connected and now I am just working around the outer edge. 
 I think I will continue as I am, sort of making a big granny square round all around the outside edge for at least two rows. 
Then, I will decide what to do next. I have some options that I have seen on other blogs.

I managed to add another piece of Christmas Tree to my Advent Calendar, but it wasn't without it's trials. 
I was home alone one night this week and decided to fill my time by adding that top piece. I set myself up at the kitchen table, cut out the piece and started adding the embroidery, sequins and beads. The embroidery...there is only a little....went just fine. Then came the sequins. I was tired and a little stressed so of course despite my carefulness I tipped over the box of beads and sequins. It wasn't a disaster, but it wasn't pretty either. Some of the sequin colors mixed together and had to be sorted.  Some of the sequins ended up on the table....some on the floor. Believe me they were not easy to pick up. Some of the beads were mixed in with the sequins. Thankfully none of those ended up on the floor. I cleaned everything up and sorted what I could and started stitching the green sequins, but then I kept picking up the sequins and beads with the needle prior to bringing the needle to the right side of the fabric. 
I finally gave up and finished it yesterday afternoon when I was in a much better frame of mind. 
I may add another piece today. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. My Advent Calendar is in my sights. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring has Sprung for a day or two.

So Friday and Saturday we finally had some Spring-like weather. Hubby and I managed to take a walk around our neighborhood on Friday. I was good to enjoy some sunshine. On Saturday we paid a visit to Home Depot. We needed a new hose reel, hose nozzles, garbage pail, "weed and feed'' lawn care and some potting soil. I also picked up a few pansies to pretty up the porch.
I planted the pansies in a pot for the porch and then I put all of my Easter plants in the ground. You can see one of the tulips that I planted in this photo.
My daffodils are almost all in bloom.
Today is much colder than yesterday with rain expected. I need to go food shopping, but otherwise I will spend some time crafting. My Advent Calendar needs some attention. 
I have only managed to finish a couple more columns on my Granny Rose Afghan. 
I don't know why, but my crafting has been lagging. I think I am just tired from working and the cold weather isn't helping my energy level. We have cloudy skies and temps back in the 40s today. We are not expected to get out of the 50s for the rest of the week. Spring come baaaaaack!

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

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