Monday, July 7, 2014

Big News!

Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything other than when Rosie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge (which I still cry about when I think about her).  But I do have an excuse for why I've been absent for so very long.  BTW, thanks to all my followers for not abandoning me during this process.  See, Dave and I are moving to Colorado!  Yep, after 20 years of living in the Phoenix area, we are moving to Denver.  Why?  Well Lockheed-Martin, Dave's employer, has decided to close a number of plants across the country and consolidate them into either the Denver area or Valley Forge, PA.  The program Dave is on is moving to Denver (Littleton if you want to be more specific).  We actually have been in a state of flux since October when we didn't know where or even who was moving.  We only found out in February that he was being offered a transfer.  It was either that or a layoff so guess which one we chose.  So we've sold our home here in Glendale and bought a home up in Highlands Ranch and are actually going to be moving in about 2 weeks.
I guess the hardest things will be leaving friends I've known for years.  Having worked in 3 different LNS's, I've made a lot of friends with much the same interests as myself.   Some of the ladies have been my friends for almost 20 years.  I know I'll make new friends there (and I am looking forward to that), but I will miss my old ones dearly.

It's also been hard reducing my stash.  We are moving from a 4 bedroom house to a 3 bedroom home with an unfinished basement.  So for the past few months, I've been digging deep and culling the herd and getting rid of boxes of stash, mostly charts and magazines.  But I've also donated a number of framed pieces I've done because there is just no room for them.  So I've kept some of my favorites and donated the rest and boy, was that ever hard.  My stomach actually was tied in knots just going through the process.  People have told me I will feel good about reducing the stuff in my house but so far it's not happening.

Well, I plan on being better about keeping this blog up to date but for now I'd better go and try to find some more stuff to cull.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Saying Good-Bye

It's so hard to say good bye to a good friend.  Some days it seems impossible.  I know I haven't blogged in a while (okay, months) but a lot is happening in our lives (more about that in another post) and there hasn't been time.  But I hope that changes in the near future and I can get back to blogging about my life.  But I did want to say good bye to my beautiful Rosie.  She went over the rainbow bridge on Feb 25, 2014 after a very short but devastating illness.  She was fine on Friday and starting showing symptoms on Saturday.  By Tuesday night she had to be helped over the bridge.  It turns out she had AIHA, an auto immune disorder that destroyed her red blood cells.  It's a very aggressive and ugly disease.  She fought to the end but it was too much for her.

Rosie had a rough start in life.  She was dumped in the Grand Canyon when she was 2 months old (I'm still convinced she was raised by wolves) and taken to a rescue organization in Flagstaff.  They thought she would have a better chance of adoption if she was in Phoenix so she was fostered there in a home with 17 other dogs.  By the time we adopted her, she had some pretty bad habits (like chewing everything in her reach and not being housebroken).  During that first  year, I almost gave up on her several times but was convinced by my family to keep trying with her.  After a while, she finally realized she was home and became just the best dog.  She never did warm up to too many people but she sure loved her family (and that included her fellow furbabies).

I still look for her in her favorite sleeping places.  I still call her for dinner.  I still want to hug her good night.  But I know she's waiting for us and someday I'll see her again.  So for now I'll just say I'll see you again, sweet Rosie.

Monday, October 21, 2013

What I Like About Stitching

I can't believe it's been over 2 months since I've updated my blog.  I had such good intentions at the beginning of the year.  I was going to try and have more posts than last year.  Well, it doesn't look like that's going to happen.  But I do want to get back into posting more often and I decided that's there's no better way than with a post of what I like about cross stitching.  See, I've even been neglecting my stitching lately.  All my new electronic "toys"  have been eating away at my time and before I know it, the day is gone and there's no time to do the things I love.  So I promised myself I would turn off the iPad and the Kindle for a few hours each day and see if that helps.

I figured if I wrote about what I like about stitching (and to a lesser extent knitting and crochet), it would remind me of why I fell in love with it in the first place.  So here goes nothing!

I love the way cross stitching makes me happy.  I'm a frustrated artist.  I would love to paint and sculpt and do all kinds of artsy type things.  I would love to be able to walk into a gallery and see my artwork hanging on its walls.  But if I'm being honest, I can't draw worth a lick. So cross stitching makes me feel like I'm an artist.  I love taking a blank piece of fabric and watching the picture develope on it.  Even if I am stitching someone else's design, I still feel like a real artist when the last stitch is in.

Stitching patterns done by someone else is fun, but I love taking that pattern and adding my own twist to it.  I very rarely stitch a design exactly as the designer intended it to be stitched.  I love adding beads or metallic threads to it.  I love changing the colors around, taking some away and adding other.  I love choosing a different fabric than what was originally shown.  All these things make the pattern uniquely mine and I love that about stitching.

I love all the new hand-dyed fabrics and threads that are being used now.  I do have to clarify that though.  I know there are lots of new little companies that are dying fabrics but I'm honestly not too crazy about a lot of them.  To me dying fabric is an art and I don't think splotchy fabric does the trick.   I like a more subtle approach to the hand-dyed world.  I'm not saying those fabrics aren't pretty.  I'm just saying I can't imagine using them myself.  So no tied dyed look for this stitcher.  I'll take Stitches & Spice, Weeks, Lakeside Linen and R & R Fabrics, thank you.

So now that I've actually put down in words what I love about stitching, I think I'll go stitch some.  I have so many projects that are calling my name.  Which one should I choose first?

Monday, August 12, 2013


I finally have a finish for this year.  I'm happy dancing all over the house!  I cannot believe just how long it's taken me to finish this little design.  And I do mean little.  I guess I hadn't realized that I had lost my stitching mojo for a while.  It also took me a while to figure out the best way for me to see with my new vision.  But whatever the reason, it's done!  And it's done before Elsie is too big to use it (I think!).  In case anyone is wondering what it is, it's a hooded towel for after her bath.  It's actually a perfect design for them since they have quite a collection of rubber duckies in their bathroom.  Forgive the camera strap hanging down in the corner.  I'm using Sherrie's camera (she lost mine in the Philippines - whole nother story) and I guess I hadn't realized the strap was so long.  Anyway, now it's on to Elsie's birth sampler.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I Just Have To

show off a little here.  This is my beautiful granddaughter, Elsie.  When Chris, Annette and Elsie came down in July, we all went off to JC Penneys and had family pictures taken.  This is one of my favorites from that sitting.  That's Annette's and my hand holding Elsie's.  She wasn't old enough to stand on her own so she had a little help from Mom and Grandma.  She is such a sweet and happy baby.  Her smile just makes me warm all over.  I think she's gorgeous as well.  Takes after her grandma.  Opps, I meant to say mom.  Seriously I can see lots from both sides of the family in her.  Anyway I just thought I'd introduce my first grandbaby to the world.  World, meet Elsie.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

I would just like to wish all my followers from the USA a most happy and blessed July 4th.  Our country has faced many challenges in the past but we have always risen above them.  I am and always will be proud to be an American.

I would also like to thank the men and women of our armed forces for keeping us free.  It's a job I certainly would not be able to do but I so appreciate and pray for our soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guard.  Thank you for all you do.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I'm Kind Of Sad

I'm really kind of sad right now.  The LNS that I have worked in for the last 8 1/2 years has closed it's doors.  Yesterday was our last day for sales.  Next week we're taking inventory and then that's it.  Needler's Nest will be no more.  The really sad thing for me is that this is the first time in 18 years that I've left a job with no prospects of another.  I've worked for LNS's for the past 18 1/2 years.  When one store closed, I went to work for another.  I worked for Countless Stitches for 3 years and when Katie sold the store, I went to work for Barb, the new owner.  I worked for her for another 7 years and when she closed the store, I was asked to come to work for Needler's Nest.  Now 8 1/2 years later, Needler's Nest has closed.  It's been a fun, wild ride but all good things must come to an end.  I loved having first hand knowledge of all the new products coming out.  I learned so much about this craft that we all love so much.  I learned what I would or would not do if I had my own store (which let's face it, will never happen).  I lived my childhood dream of owning my own store.  Okay, I didn't own it but it working there was the next best thing.

I am convinced that it is almost impossible to open a LNS and have it be a success.  I truly believe it's almost impossible to make a living owning a LNS.  Yes, there are a few stores making it but I believe most small LNS will have a very rough go of it.  I do believe that the stores that make it are going to be the ones with a large Internet presence.  We're all familiar with Silver Needle, Stitches, N Things, Cross Stitch 123, The Attic and Elegant Stitch.  Why?  Because they rely very heavily on the Internet.  Of course, they have good service and lots of stuff that make our hearts go crazy.  But I really believe what helps them thrive is the Internet.  Nothing wrong with that but it does make it hard for the smaller shops to compete.  So I think the wave of the future is a number of what I will call mega-LNS's with some smaller ones scattered around.

So I'll get off my soapbox now.  It's been a great 18 1/2 years and now I'm on to my next adventure.