Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A few weeks ago, during my stitching blahs, I spent alot of time reading blogs, looking through ONS webpages and reading designer websites.  I found some really cute patriotic designs that I decided I wanted to stitch.

I'm feeling a sense of urgency right now since the 4th is next week so I decided to devote the next couple of weeks to stitching patriotic designs.  I saw that one of my favorite designers had a new design coming out and I waited patiently for the online stores to make it available for purchase.  Finally, 1-2-3 Stitch showed it on their website and I ordered it, along with one other patriotic design, right away.  1-2-3 Stitch ships so fast!  I ordered the designs on Monday (I think) and I received my order on Thursday!

Design by Lizzie Kate
June 25, 2012

I stitched this design in memory of my dad, who's birthday would have been June 25.  He loved celebrating the Fourth of July with his family and sitting with his kids and grandkids watching the local fireworks.


This is purposely a bad pic.

Hubby's birthday was Thursday, but instead of celebrating his birthday...

Thursday evening, as Hubby and I were getting loaded up to go camping for the weekend, something (we'll never know what) made one of Snickers' eyeballs come out of it's socket.  Hubby and I rushed her to our vet, where she had to have emergency surgery to remove the eye.  Snickers was completely calm and relaxed, while I was in panic mode and Hubby passed out at the vet's office.  The vet was able to use sedation instead of general anesthesia so Snickers was able to come with us that evening.

The vet said Snickers would sleep all night because he gave her some pain medication that would last 24 hours.  Well, the pain meds might have lasted 24 hours, but it surely did not make Snickers sleep.  I was up with her all night making sure she was ok because she was so restless.

Snickers is doing pretty good now and navigating around the house and yard almost like always.  She does look rather pitiful, though, with half her face shaved, stitches and wearing the e-collar.  I really think she's playing it up a bit with her sad puppy dog face so she can get some extra treats.  She's definitely enjoying the extra attention and making sure we haven't forgotten her "Queen" status!

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To everyone dealing with wildfires, extreme heat, drought, heavy rain and flooding or any extreme weather, you are in my prayers!  

Happy Stitchin'

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

We've gone a long time without rain.  Finally, Saturday evening we started getting some much needed rain.  It even rained during the night!  In all, we got just over an inch.  Today we have 40 mph howling winds.  We usually only hear the howling during the winter months.


Bee Balm (beaten by the wind)


We had a little bird living under our outdoor dining table.  The little thing could not fly and I was so worried that a bird on the ground would not survive the wildlife that we have in our rural area, but the little bird was able to find protection by hiding under my hostas.  We were able to watch it's community of adults encourage it to fly, keep guard and interfere with any thing that posed a threat.  It lived under that table and my hostas for over a week and then we didn't see it.  A few days ago, I was outside with the dogs and Little Bird was perched on the back of one of the chairs.  It was chirping so loud and when I looked over, it chirped even louder.  Then it flew away into the tree tops!

Little Bird on the first day.  Each day it looked better and stronger than the day before.

ILCS Needlebook Exchange
Sent to Shelley T.
June 2012

I've been so busy with my mom's medical appointments, board meetings and fiscal end of year procedures that I haven't had much stitching time.  I have been working on my next Christmas ornament and kitting up a couple of other projects I've been wanting to start.

I hope you all have a great week!

Happy Stitchin'

Monday, June 4, 2012

"Winter Sheep"
All Dolled Up
Design by
Little House Needleworks

Pushed myself to get a little stitching mojo back and managed to complete my 6th ornament this year!  It's stitched on hand-dyed 32 ct. Lugana.  You can't see it in my pics, but there are faint washes of reddish-pink and purple throughout the fabric.

Now on to the piece I'm stitching for my exchange partner.  Sorry, I'm not even giving hints because I want my partner to be surprised!

Have a great week & Happy Stitchin'