Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Spring is Coming!

Hello Friends,

What signs of spring do you look for every year?  For me, I look for robins, flowers poking up through the soil and the local ice cream shop opening.  I can confidently say, spring is coming!  The ice cream shop opened last week, the Resurrection Lilies are popping up and I saw a robin in my front yard yesterday.  WooHoo!




Can you believe my grandson, Baby L, is 7 weeks old already?  He is so perfect and so sweet.  DD#1 and her hubby are adjusting to being first time parents.  DD#1 wasn't feeling well a few weeks ago and I insisted that she call her doctor because she was so dizzy and had passed out a couple times.  She was diagnosed with anemia and put on iron supplements.  She is starting to feel a little better and has decided to wait until after spring break to return to teaching.  I'm so glad that I am close by and can help her when needed.



DD#2 is enjoying her last days in Texas.  She will be heading to Virginia next week to begin Captain's training.  She'll be in training through October and doesn't yet know where she will be going when she's done with training. 



The triplets will be celebrating their second birthday on March 16th.  My niece is just starting to venture out on her own with all four boys.  She gets panicky and flustered when they all decide to take off in different directions, so she tends to stay home.  When one starts doing something, they all start doing the same thing, like throwing all the blocks down the stairs that are double blocked with baby gates, blowing bubbles with their saliva, or taking their shirts & pants off so they can run around in just their diapers. 



Haven't been doing much crafty stuff, but I did knit a little bear hat and diaper cover for Baby L's newborn photos. 

This year, I'm trying to "use what I have" and choosing projects that can be started, worked on or finished up with the stash I already have.  As my grandma would always say, "make do with what you have."  Have you been successful at using what you have and have any tips to pass along?




I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe!

Until next time,

Happy Stitchin'






Sunday, January 19, 2020

January 2020!

Hey there, friends!  Happy New Year! 

I hope your holidays were great and 2020 is off to a great start.  We had several family gatherings to celebrate Christmas.  The gatherings are always such a good time, but the preparation sure is a lot of work.

I had an awesome surprise!


DD#2 made it home for Christmas!  Not sure how my girls managed to keep it a surprise, but I honestly had no clue until DD#2 walked through the door at our first family gathering.  This momma's heart was full!



These are the ornaments I finished and gave for gifts.  I used floss colors from my stash and changed some of the called for colors to traditional reds and greens.



In one of my facebook groups, a friend posted a photo of an UFO counted canvas project she had started years ago.  Her post reminded me of the UFO counted canvas project I had hiding in a closet.  She actually finished hers before Christmas.  I'm not as fond of this piece as when I purchased it so many years ago.  I'm just not sure I want to finish this as a framed piece.  What other options are there for finishing counted canvas pieces? 

The big news, what you've all been waiting for...

 
Baby Boy was born on January 14.  DD and her hubby have chosen not to share baby's information online, so I am not able to share his photo here.  He is adorable and such a sweet little bundle of joy.  Both mom and baby are doing well.


Until next time,

Happy Stitchin'







 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

November & December

So hard to believe Christmas is next week.  Are you still working like crazy to get your holiday things done like I am?

My priority is, and has always been, to put my family first, so it's no surprise that most of my time has been spent taking care of my mom.  Can you believe it has been seven weeks since she fell?  I have been taking her to two or three doctor appointments every week.  Mom was so disappointed on Wednesday when the ortho said her broken leg was not healed enough to remove the cast and walking boot.  She will still be sporting that lovely ensamble through New Year"s due to the doctor being off for the holidays.  Yes, mom is still sleeping in her chair. She said she was not going to put that dirty walking boot on her bedding.

We celebrated DD and Baby Boy in November.  It was a beautiful day for her baby shower and they got many wonderful gifts.

I made three flannel self-binding baby blankets.  The youtube instructions I followed were easy, but the blankets took quite a bit more time to make than the 10 minutes the youtube video stated it would take.  I'm pleased with how my first attempt at these blankets turned out.


I also made a flannel and minky blanket using the same self-binding technique.


I finished the crochet C2C graphgan in time for the shower and DD said it is her favorite of all the blankets I've ever crocheted.






Hubby and I started looking for a newer vehicle during November.  We have been driving a 15 year old vehicle for 10 years and decided it was time to start looking.  We weren't looking for brand new, but when the dealership showed us a fully loaded 2019 for the same price as the used 2017 we were looking at, Hubby said we should buy the 2019.


It's been 22 years since we've had a new car!  We're still figuring out all the bells and whistles and I still don't have my phone completely connected, but the hardest thing to get used to is not having an ignition key, lol.

 
Hazel(nut) turned 3 years old!  She's such a sweetheart and totally thinks she's the boss.


Our decorations are up as much as they're going to be and the presents are in the process of being wrapped.  DD was supposed to be arriving tomorrow, but she called last night and said she can't come home.  I am so disappointed.  I haven't seen her since she returned from deployment in February and she wasn't able to come home for the baby shower because her unit has been training for their upcoming deployment. 

From our family to yours
Merry Christmas!