Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Clean up, clean up! And stitching

Nathan's toy area in the basement, a total mess. Although this isn't as bad as it was before this picture. I don't think the floor had been vacuumed in over a year!

Some things put away, but Lego pieces were everywhere! He was not a happy camper when I made him pick them all up.

He actually donated some toys and we stored some things in a closet (planning ahead for grandchildren!) So much better, he just needs to clean up the table.

Next project, his room. 😧

As for stitching, I bought a HAED pattern years ago but stopped because I didn't like the way it looked.
I started in the middle on 22 count. I tried using one, then two strands and it didn't matter.

Last week I bought 30 count and restarted it, starting in the upper left corner this time. This fabric is much stiffer, which I think has helped.

I am liking this so much better! So far I've only used two colours, so it's been pretty easy. I don't quite know what I'm going to do when it gets really busy, but I'm not too keen on parking.

I have a bigger one, but thought I would start "small" and see how it goes! Any suggestions on stitching a HAED would be greatly appreciated!

And I'm behind again on my replies and blog reading, sorry!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

TH Thursday

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.

Tonight I asked Gman2 what he was thankful for. He said, "You." Awe! I asked why and he said because I do stuff for him. Not much detail there!
But we did go see IT last week, maybe that was part of it?

How about you, what is your child or children (young or old) or even grandchildren, thankful for?

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Taking after his Momma!

This sweet girl, Gman1's gf, had a birthday coming up and he made her gifts.

I'm not sure where he saw this, but he wanted to make it for her. 

The finished piece, how awesome is this?!

He also put together a photo cube with pictures of them, but I didn't see the final result.

And on top of that, he made three different kinds of bath bombs for her!

Not be be totally outdone, I found out she likes turtles and made this Mill Hill one for her. It's a magnet, but I also added beads in case she wanted to hang it up.

This was our gift package to her. She's also being treated to The Pottery Stop when they can find a time to go together.

So I think she had a good birthday, next year is the big 21 - legal 🍹🍻🍷 age!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

TH Thursday

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.

Sad day last weekend, one of my classmates passed away on Saturday afternoon. This was the third classmate this year, all were just 50 years old. Two from cancer and this one was sudden, a heart attack I believe. All leaving behind families, friends, and such heartache. 

So I am thankful for each and every day.
I try and live each day the best I can, because as they say, tomorrow is never promised.
I try and treat people the way I want to be treated, and we've raised our boys to do the same.
I forgive for when asked forgiveness and even forgive when not asked - for the most part, it's hard!
If I can compliment someone, I do. If I can encourage someone, I will. If I can help someone, I do.
And I know I can always smile! And hugs? Always willing!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

It's time for Fall, Y'all!

I waited until September 1st and it's finally time!

We went to the lake for Labour Day weekend.

It rained, like it always does on a holiday weekend! But hey, the colours are slowly coming out.

 Max and Ming did a little exploring when the sun finally came out.

View of the Deep Creek Lake.

Loving the red!

The boys just before Gman1 left for UMBC.

Nathan's first day of school, trying not to laugh!

Friday, 1 September 2017

TH Thursday

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.

What touch are you thankful for today?
Since I have been back in contact with my parents (mainly my Mom), I am thankful for her hugs.
She gives great hugs in spite of her RA and all her other health issues. And Nathan's been getting them too! 

What touch are you thankful for?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Another finish and fabulous 50!

My friend since Jr High, Nina, has joined the 50's club! Yay, keep 'em coming!

Because she is known for her sugar "crack" cookies, I thought this was perfect for her.

These are some of the cookies she has made. Her husband's donut cookies (upper right) had a bite out of them!

And I think she taught him well, he made her birthday cake.

Big news in the family, her daughter and son-in-law are expecting twins! The Gmen are showing their support and trying to make sure they're boys!

Friday, 25 August 2017

TH Thursday

Oops, late posting, maybe it should be Forgetful Friday!

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.

Since it's almost over (at least with school starting soon), I'm thankful for summer.
I had a wonderful time in Canada in June with just our family, a fantastic cruise in July with the extended family, a getaway with Nathan to Deep Creek Lake, time with friends, parties, evenings by the fire pit before it got too hot, volunteering at events, and hopefully a dinner out with just DH this weekend!

How was your summer? What summer events were you thankful for?

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Sad Treasures

Back in June I went to the Goodwill store near me and found these...

 This was written on the back.

So very sad, I often wonder what will happen to things I stitched (already found one here!)

I didn't purchase any of those, but I did rescue this one.

I had seen it before in one of my magazines and thought about stitching it, but never did.
I felt this one needed to be "saved" and for $4 it wasn't too hard! The frame isn't the best, so I might reframe it.
It's stitched beautifully and the skin is over one. I wish they had put their initials and/or date on it.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Eclipse Fun and My Stitch Partner

DH and Nathan getting his viewer ready.
He took it to camp with him to use.

Karen using the one I made one just before it started. We were only going to be able to see 80% of it. If Karen had stayed in SC longer before moving, she would have seen it at 100%. She kept wanting to take a direct peek, but I told her she needed her stitching eyes undamaged!

I love how you can see the trees, clouds, and sun in there.

It's a heart!

You can't tell from this picture, but it was dark enough that the outside lights came on.

After that, we went inside to see it live and clearly. So awesome!

Then Ming and Max had to check the box out, silly kitties.

Nathan wanted to stitch again, but wanted to do something other than the cat he had started several years ago. He lost interest in it because it was hard using the yarn that it came with.

He chose this and is quite happy doing it. Can you guess what it is with the little bit he's done?