"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." —Hebrews 12:2-3

Calendar Poodle SAL

Thursday, March 15, 2018

This Is It!

Hi friends! Here it is. The day I have been waiting for. My disk replacement surgery is happening today at 7:30 a.m. I will be home late today.

I will need two weeks to recover. The neurosurgeon wants me to sit in a recliner and relax. FOR TWO WEEKS

He does NOT want me to stitch for the first two weeks. Since the disk replacement is in my neck, I cannot hold up books to read even without causing issues truly. So I have downloaded free audio books from our library. I am finally going to check out my friends Priscilla & Chelsea on Flosstube too! 😎 I have never made time for that. Well, here we go!!

I will be getting up every 30 minutes to walk around to prevent blood clots. And I will be wearing those lovely elastic stockings to prevent blood clots too. I need to walk 4 times a day for 30 minutes also. This is all because I had a major surgery.

I thank you all for your support, care, love, and prayers! You guys are THE BEST!
This is an old freebie, but it is it is the EXACT ONE I wanted to put here for you my friends.

CLICK HERE to go to the site to get your copy of this sweet free chart. Also be sure to check out MANY, MANY other free charts posted on the right hand side of this blog! (Stasi, there are bees!)

I most likely will not be back for two weeks, so take care of yourselves.😘

Getting better and praying,

Monday, March 12, 2018

You Are Loved

Hi friends! I stitched on the April wreath over the weekend, but did not finish it. What I did finish was 13 Quilted Hearts.
I went with Madeleine and placed 5 of them so far out in the neighborhood. I will be doing more  in the next few days before I am home bound after my surgery on Thursday.

I read Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini. I read ALL of Jennnifer's books because they are excellent. This historical fiction book is about Lord Byron's only legitimate child. While it was interesting, and I learned quite a bit, there was a LOT in the middle that dragged for me. I know that had to do with the subject matter. MATH. Ada was a math genius, I am... NOT!
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—Lord Byron's daughter and the world's first computer progammer. 
The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada's infamous and destructively passionate father, is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.

When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize how her exciting new friendship with Charles Babbage—the brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the Difference Engine—will define her destiny.

Enchantress of Numbers unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing—a young woman who stepped out of her father’s shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.
Well, I will be finishing the April wreath this week. You will hear from me one more time this week before my surgery on Thursday friends.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your friendship! Have a super week!

Stitching and praying,

Friday, March 9, 2018

Marching On

Hi friends! I want to share my March wreath with you finally. I did finish this on Monday, but, well, I have not been up to posting until today.
I stitched this one over one on 25 ct white Zweigart Dublin linen with the called for DMC. If you would like to stitch this pattern also, the pattern is available HERE

I am now stitching the April wreath. I am trying to get ahead. My disk replacement surgery is on the 15th. I am not allowed to stitch for TWO WEEKS following the surgery! I want to stay on my "stitching  schedule". I also designed my April poodle and stitched her already.😘
The Last Rajah (Kellogg and Watt Book 2) by [Mazzeo, George]
I read The Last Rajah, book number two in the Kellogg and Watt series by our friend George Mazzeo!! I really enjoyed this book. The history lessons within were so very interesting. I had quite the chuckle at the end and I told George so!😉
In the post-war South Pacific, pilot Duke Kellogg, co-pilot, Edwina “Eddie” Watt, and flight mechanic Nick Minetti, once again, find themselves up to their necks in mystery and intrigue. A harrowing emergency landing on a search and rescue mission leaves the crew of “The Deuce” stranded in a remote rain forest in central Borneo. There they must contend with treachery, headhunters, and a rogue Japanese patrol. Will they find the missing heir to the Rajah’s throne? Will they solve the mystery of the blue diamond? Will they escape with their lives? With time running out and the odds stacked against them, the crew must use all their skills to survive their search for The Last Rajah.
Quite a while ago our friend Cindy showed one of the neat Starbuck's mugs she got from Target. Cindy mentioned she does not drink coffee. I do not either, so I never go to Starbuck's, but it never occurred to me that I could pick up a Wisconsin mug from the Starbuck's within our Target. Thanks for the idea Cindy!😊
Thank you for stopping by my friends. I want to thank each and every one of you who sends me notes of encouragement. The surgery is coming up quick now. I am glad! The pain is constant and intense now. I am praying for complete relief. Please join me in prayer?

Stitching and praying,

Friday, March 2, 2018

🍀Murphy The VERY Lucky Dog🍀

Hi friends! Here is the latest poodle display board.
Here is the cubby shelf set up for March.
I still have the February wreath in there. I am stitching the March wreath right now. I ran out of white 25 count linen!! I thought I had more. I ordered some and was stitching BBD Pumpkin Farm while I waited for the linen to arrive.

Did you notice the March Calendar Poodle? He is in the cubby shelf. It is Murphy this time. Here is a closer look.
Here is the pattern for you.
Backstitch the stem with two strands of 905
If you stitch this pattern or any one of my poodle patterns, please send me a picture. I would love to post it here on my blog and also on my Calendar Poodle SAL page. I will also link to your blog.

Murphy is one VERY LUCKY dog.🍀 He is actually, isn't he? We found him at our local animal shelter. His elderly owner went to a nursing home. Murphy was 12 when we adopted him. He is 14 1/2 years old now. He is blind in one eye now. (I thought about stitching his eyes blue, but no, I made them dark brown.) He is most definitely MY dog. He is very attached to me. I have a saying about Murph. If he is not happy, he is snappy.😟He is not a mean dog, he is just, let's say, irritable. So, yes, he is lucky to have us, who love poodles and put up with this grumpy old guy. It doesn't hurt that he sleeps a LOT!!! ha!

Til next time my friends!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, February 26, 2018

Huge Success

Hi friends! Thank you so much for your kind compliments on my last piece, The Italian Baker. I gave it to the real Italian Baker, and oh my!, what a reaction. He was just speechless. He is 75 years old now. He is celebrating 50 years of being in business now. That is why I stitched that for him. When I came in with Brian to work at 11:30 p.m. he was so extremely puzzled to see me. Brian told him my wife has something for you. He said, "You made this for ME?" Long silence. "My hair is standing up!" "I cannot  believe it!" "Oh, thank you. Thank you."

He then proceeded to invite us to the family 50th Anniversary party on Sunday. We went. There was a lovely table set with two heaping  platters of  many assorted cookies. In the center there was a beautiful three tiered white and gold 50th anniversary cake. Next to this cake was..... my cross stitch on display! I was so surprised. All of his daughters stopped to thank me. The Italian Baker once again thanked me. What a warm, fuzzy feeling I got.😍

Wanna know something fun? The Italian Baker plays the accordion. We went back upstairs, but we could hear him play.😉

Last night after the shop closed, and we walked past with the dogs, what did we see? Oh my! My  cross stitch of the Italian Baker! It sits facing out, towards the end on top of the long counter/display cases. Exactly where I can perfectly look in as I pass when taking the dogs on their daily walks.

Last week I finished listening to a very looooong audio book called The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. Wow! I loved this book. Thank you for this recommendation Carol.😉
Julie Orringer’s astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater (“fiercely beautiful”—The New York Times; “unbelievably good”—Monica Ali), is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family’s struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Sévigné. As he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret history that will alter the course of his own life. Meanwhile, as his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena and their younger brother leaves school for the stage, Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty. At the end of Andras’s second summer in Paris, all of Europe erupts in a cataclysm of war.

From the small Hungarian town of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andras’s room on the rue des Écoles to the deep and enduring connection he discovers on the rue de Sévigné, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labor camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a love tested by disaster, of brothers whose bonds cannot be broken, of a family shattered and remade in history’s darkest hour, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.

Expertly crafted, magnificently written, emotionally haunting, and impossible to put down, The Invisible Bridge resoundingly confirms Julie Orringer’s place as one of today’s most vital and commanding young literary talents.
I am stitching on BBD Pumpkin Farm once again.

I appreciate your prayers. The pain has been increasing. The nerve must really, really be getting pinched severely.  I am counting down the days til my surgery. It is on the 15th.

Have a good day my friends! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Italian Baker

Hi friends! I finished the piece I was working on for Brian's boss, the Italian baker. This weekend marks 50 years of his being in the baking business! I came across this freebie a few years ago and it looks so very much like our Italian baker I just knew I would be stitching it.

I am showing you a picture of the completed stitching minus one thing I added. Brian asked if I would stitch his boss' name on the hat. So I did. I did not show that. That is also why you are not seeing the final framed picture. It is framed in a black 8x8 frame from Michael's.

I am actually going in to work with Brian tonight! That will be a surprise alright! I will give the gift then. I just have to go downstairs to the bakery remember. Once the gift is given, then those two can bake bread and I can go upstairs to our apartment and go to bed!
I stitched this two over two on 29ct white linen using DMC 310.

If you should actually want to stitch this for yourself, you can find this freebie RIGHT HERE

Thank you for stopping by today. Thank you for leaving sweet comments. Have a super weekend!

Stitching and praying,

Monday, February 19, 2018

Poodle Stitchin'

Hi friends! I have had to put BBD's Pumpkin Farm on hold for just a bit. I have had a pattern set aside, waiting to be stitched for over a year now. I knew I would be stitching it, I just did not know exactly when. Now is the time!! It is a gift and now there is a time crunch!  I will show you when it is done.

I have two Calendar Poodles to share with you from the SAL. The first is from our friend Vicki
She stitched up the February Poodle. Take a look!

Vicki is going to stitch ALL? of my poodles on one piece of fabric! I like the little addition of hearts Vicki.😘
Here is another February Poodle stitched up by our friend Betsy
Here is what Betsy said:This little poodle looks just like my friend Nita’s little girl, Sophie.  I have been taking care of Sophie while they were on a cruise for the last week. They got home late last night and I gave her this bookmark when they picked Sophie up. She was thrilled. I did have to outline the picture because the fabric I chose has a lot of dark flecks in it and it didn’t show up very well. You can’t see the flecks in this picture. Go figure. Anyway, thank you for the sweet little pattern. I enjoyed stitching it up for her. 
If you also have a Calendar Poodle stitched up, send me a picture, I would love to post it here!

I read a book called Good Soldiers. I am confident no one else here would be interested in it. I read it for the slight bit of information it held about my grandfather's 89th Infantry Division in World War II. I will be honest. I did not read the whole book. The whole title of the book is Good Soldiers: The History of the 353rd Infantry Regiment, 89th Infantry Division, 1942-1945 Well, my grandpa was in the 354th Infantry Regiment. So there is mention of them. They served side by side quite often. I learned some. It was interesting. I just wish there was a book somewhere with pictures OF COURSE of my grandpa's Regiment. I really wish my grandpa did not die when I was just a baby. I am told he adored me. His only grandchild.

Thanks for stopping in my friends. I hope you have a wonderful week! I have thanked God for you.

Stitching and praying,