Monday, January 9, 2023

2022 Review

Just a few of the things I made in 2022...

Watercolor Paintings and Cards

I made several sets of cards (upper left) that I gave as gifts to family members.  The gingerbread house was sent to my cousin who celebrates her birthday in December. The snowmen cards were the Christmas cards I sent out this year.  The cart with flowers was sent given to my mom for her birthday.  I painted and gave many more cards than pictured here.

The top two are more cards that were sent.  The pumpkins were painted just to celebrate Halloween.  The four circles were used as tags on Christmas gifts and the snowman and sled was framed and given to my mom to display for the holidays.

The boy fishing was painted in honor of my grandson catching his first fish last summer.  The scare crow, rocky stream, ice cream shop and patriotic cart were painted as seasonal pieces to be displayed in my home.  The little seahorse was painted and given to welcome a new family member.

Saw the bear silhouette and was inspired to create my own.  These were painted by applying a mask and painting the inside area to create the silhouette.  Pulling the mask off after painting was magical!  As you can tell, I was inspired to keep creating silhouettes.  I really like them all, but the fish with the colorful sky is my favorite.  Hubby wants me to create more silhouettes in a larger size to be framed and displayed in our home.

This was painted for a friend, inspired from her photo of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.  It is 16x20 inches and the largest watercolor painting I have painted.

Crochet Blankets

We had a baby boom in 2022 and I made seven of these blankets in various colors.

Cross Stitch

The Rudolph ornament is a free kit from a very old Cross Stitcher Magazine.  The child building the snowman ornament is from Prairie Schooler All Buttoned Up and given to my grandson for Christmas.  I am stitching all of the ornaments from that design and giving one to my grandson each year.  The other ornaments are Prairie Schooler Christmas Favorites.  They were stitched and mounted on small planks Hubby cut from logs from the apple tree we lost a couple of years ago.  These ornaments were all given to family members for Christmas this year.  The Halloween piece is Costume Party by Hands on Design.  I stitched this on 32 count Silvermist Belfast with my own floss colors, mounted on a painted wood blank found in my stash.

Wow! I was more creative than I thought I was!  Thanks for coming along on my look back on my creativity during 2022.

Until next time,


Saturday, December 31, 2022

So long 2022

I'm back for a final 2022 post.  

I'm still dealing with a chronic sinus infection.  Yes, it has been since August 2021 that I've had this.  I only have a couple days when I feel a little better and then it gets bad again.  I have been seeing my ENT and following his treatment plan, but so far nothing has improved.  In addition to the sinus infection, I am having a never-ending, severe migraine episode and thoracic outlet syndrome flare.  

My youngest daughter and her Army unit deployed to Romania on June 26.  She told me they would be deployed 9-12 months.

She was able to have flowers sent to me for my birthday earlier in December.  She knows my favorite color is pink and the name of this bouquet is Pink Showstopper!  They were gorgeous and lasted over two weeks!

Hollie and Hazel posed for a Christmas photo.  Hazel turned 6 years old on December 17.

We had a beautiful sunrise Thursday morning. 

I have been painting, cross stitching and crocheting.  I'll share those photos in my next post.

Until next time,

Wishing you a

Happy New Year!



Sunday, May 22, 2022


First, thank you to the friends that have contacted me asking if we are ok.  Sorry it has been so long since I've posted here.  Family matters have required more attention.

Some days I barely have time to thread the needle and put a couple stitches in, but I try anyway.  I have kitted up several cross stitch ornaments and have them nearby for whenever I have a few minutes.  I also have a crochet project and card making supplies nearby.

The Triplets turned four in March.

We went to visit our youngest daughter in Tennessee.  It was a short, but great visit.  Her unit is getting ready for deployment in June or July, but on notice in case they need to deploy immediately.

I have so much fun with my Grandson.  He is such a sweet little guy and always ready to help with whatever needs to be done, especially if it is outside.

Helping Grandpa by "mowing" the grass.

Getting the dishwater ready for the lunch dishes.

Such concentration!

The park is half a block from my house and every time we go, Little Man wants me to go down the slide too.  I think I've gone down this slide at least a thousand times, lol.  

Last week, we had thunderstorms with wind, hail, lightning and SUNSHINE.  I've never experienced hours of storms with the sun shining the entire time.  We were treated with a gorgeous rainbow.  

We've had such a rollercoaster of spring weather.  We had a week of temps in the upper 90's, which is very unusual for this time of year, followed by a week of temps in the 60's.  Even with the wacky weather, flowers are blooming.

Praying you and your family are doing well!