The Stitchin’ Post

cross stitching and musings of daily life

Ice + snow January 28, 2009

Filed under: Family Life,Mirabilia — kellieps3 @ 9:27 pm


(I always think this is a good thing, but I see these kind of warnings in blogs sometimes and there must be a reason…those on dial up, maybe?)

Day 2 of the winter storm happened today. It rained last night and eventually turned into freezing rain. The temperatures dropped causing more ice accumulation. Then it snowed. We are more fortunate than most. We still have electricity, and there are no trees laying on our house or in our vehicles. There are so many here without power and the electric companies are telling people that it could be one to two weeks before their power is restored because the damage is so massive. Red Cross has set up a shelter in one of the local elementary schools to help those that need it. Lots of people bunking in with friends and relatives that have power to stay warm. The local grocery store has a lot of empty shelves–no bread whatsoever!  We went out and about today to see some of the area. The pictures below are from that outing.

the front of our house






Our family is truly blessed and fortunate. I am not complaining at all. My in laws have their power restored. My parents are without power, but are fine. They heat with a wood stove insert and have a gas fireplace in the basement should they need it. Both my brother and myself have encouraged them to come to our homes, but they insist they are warm and well taken care of. I know they are. When we were kids, the power would sometimes go out for more than a week at a time during winter storms like this one. We not only survived, but were warm and had plenty to eat. My parents know what to do in these situations and also have the equipment to do so. We never camped out as children, but we had camping equipment for just such occasions. 🙂

Now on to stitchy news…I finished Mermaids of the Deep Blue last night. 🙂 WhooHoo!! This was one of my main stitching goals to start the new year. I put the final bead on around midnight last night.

Mermaids of the Deep Blue-Mirabilia

Mermaids of the Deep Blue-Mirabilia







MOTDB is stitched on 32 ct. Amsterdam Blue linen with recommended DMC, Kreinik threads, and Mill Hill beads and treasures. It was fun to stitch, and I am glad it is finished.

I am now working on Mirabilia’s Shimmering Mermaid on a beautiful piece of Silkweaver fabric that my parents gave me for Christmas (have I mentioned lately how much I love Silkweaver fabric? 🙂 ).  As soon as I have enough progress to show (I am hoping tomorrow) I will upload a photo.

I am off to do a Wii fit workout, watch Lost (any Lost fans out there?) and Life On Mars (yeah! It’s back on tonight!!), and stitch on Shimmy.

I want to say a big thank you to all who have been reading and commenting on my blog lately. I TRULY appreciate it. 🙂


More later…



Guess Where We Are Going… January 14, 2009

Filed under: Bent Creek,Cross-Stitching,Disney,Family Life — kellieps3 @ 9:10 pm


We are heading to Disney this spring!!! We can’t wait!!

We went last June, but Disney offered a great deal, and it is at a time that we can go with DH’s brother and his family. We have always wanted to go together, and it looks like we are finally going to have an opportunity. DS and their kids are so excited–they are making more plans than the adults are. 🙂

Stressful day at work today…….I am so glad it is over. I work at two different schools-three days at one and two days at another. And I like both of them. But they are each a full time job in and of themselves. And occasionally like today, there is more work to do in one day than can be accomplished in a week. Enough said…I really try not to dwell on it when I am at home.

I am debating on what to stitch tonight. I need a break from Kindness. (that sounds odd…) I am thinking I might start this…


Considering it going to be 4 degrees outside tonight with a wind chill of -10, I think it is appropriate. Stitchy pictures soon…




Happy New Year! January 1, 2009

Filed under: Cross-Stitching,Family Life,Primitive Needle,scissors — kellieps3 @ 11:19 pm

A little late maybe, but I hope everyone had a Happy New Year!

I haven’t posted since Christmas. We were very blessed to have a wonderful Christmas, not only at home, but with both sides of our family as well. I got lots of wonderful stitching surprises (some pictured below 🙂 ). DH got me two charts (Primitive Needle’s Simply Live and MBT’s Quaker Seasons). He surprised me with a pair of black teflon Dovo scissors that I adore! 🙂 I started Simply Live on Christmas Day.


My MIL/FIL gave me Roberta Ginghers. I have a slight scissor collecting habit. I love them! 🙂

My parents gave me Mirabilia’s Titania with kreiniks and beads, a fat quarter of Blueberry Silkweaver fabric, a full spectrum lamp, a 123 stitch GC, and an antique sewing box that I was extremely surprised and tickled pink with. 🙂 I still can’t decide what I want to store in it. I am thinking maybe my overdyed and silk threads as well as my growing scissor collection. 🙂 Decisions, decisions…


Speaking of scissors, if there are scissor enthusiasts out there, Sonoma Cutlery had some Gingher Freedom embroidery scissors listed on their site. Not to enable or anything…but here’s the web address if you are interested. Gingher Freedom scissors from Sonoma Cutlery

I was thrilled to find these. I wanted them when they first came out and could not find them. I think they may have been exclusive to Joanne’s, but I am not sure.

I haven’t made a lot of new year’s resolutions this year. Usually I am setting myself up for failure. 🙂 I have made a few personal ones, but mainly in stitching, I want to end this year with less WIPs than I started with (and I am starting with a Bunch!). I have several BAPs that I would like to complete. Specifically, Mermaids of the Deep Blue, Quaker Christmas, Christmas Village, Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler, and Cirque des Cercles. I have a feeling Cirque des Carreaux and maybe Rosewood Manor’s Quakers and Quilts might join that BAP WIP list before the year is over. I plan to finish WIPs but I cound not  resolve no new starts or purchases. I admire those that can. 🙂 I would like to update my blog more frequently. Three or more times a week would be great.

And I plan to read more. I love to read. While I keep a book going all of the time, I have found that in the last few years, I tend to just read for 10 or 15 minutes before I fall asleep. It takes a VERY long time to read a book in 10-15 minute increments. I have a stack of “on deck” reading that I would like to get to soon, so I plan to step up the pace on reading this year. I used to carry a book with me when I was out and about, and think I will start doing that again. I am currently reading “Breaking Dawn” by Stephanie Meyer. I am about 400+ pages into it, and it is soooo good. I am probably going to stitch less tonight just so I can pick it up and read some more. I would like to have it finished by the end of the weekend if I can squeeze it in. I have really gotten into the Twilight saga. I had started reading the first book over the summer and put it down because I couldn’t get into it. When I saw the trailer to the movie, I picked it back up and have been reading them since. I have enjoyed them immensely.


Next up is Dewey…


If you are still reading at this point, bless your heart…

More later…