Sunday, April 16, 2017

End of Spring Vacation

Today is the last day of my Spring vacation, tomorrow is back to work. I didn't manage to get as much crafting done as I hoped. It turns out that when Mom fell three weeks ago she actually fractured 5 ribs. So I have spent much of this week off helping her. I was able to work on my Prairie Schooler Santa when I was at her house, but Baker Beach had to wait until I was home. 
This is how Baker Beach looked in my last update.
I have partially filled in some of those white spaces. This is a lot of confetti stitching so it is taking some time.
It is not a lot, but at least I can see the progress.
The rest of my daffodils have bloomed.
Bunny paid a visit again also.
I think he/she is wishing everyone Happy Easter!

On Monday I will be joining the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to this site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Santa is stitched

I have been working hard in my quest to finish this Prairie Schooler Santa. I need to have one less WIP. This 2014 Santa is almost finished. All that is left is the back-stitching. Yay! 
I will finish him as an ornament after I finish one other Prairie Schooler Santa. Then there will be one for each my children next Christmas.

Spring has finally sprung in my back yard!
 My daffodils are in full bloom!
I'm not sure where the one with the orange center came from, but it fits right in. I am so glad that the daffodils seem to love my garden. I have split them in the fall and now have them blooming all over the place. They make me smile each day.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Vacation

My Spring/Easter/Passover vacation from school started on Friday afternoon. Hubby and I have no plans other than to relax and hopefully enjoy some nice Spring weather. Hubby has to teach his university classes as they are not on break. I will help mom with a couple of doctor's appointments.

I hope to get some walking in. I know I will find time to craft. I have spent some time this week working on my Prairie Schooler Santa. He has his scarf and face now. I had to frog his pant legs. When I went to add his boots they were all wrong. I don't know where my mind was when I stitched them.

Baker Beach has a few more stitches. I hope to get a whole lot of stitching done on this during my vacation week.
 Bunny is back in our yard. We see him/her every morning and evening. 

Sorry for the lighting of the picture. I am not sure what happened there.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. I think I will spend some time quilting and cross-stitching today. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Moving on...

As I posted last week, we lost the patriarch of my husband's family. We had a week of sorrow and celebration of a life well-lived. Now we must all move on. My children have returned to their respective homes and lives. Hubby and I have gone back to work. My MIL is learning how to live alone for the first time in her 83 years. Life must move on....we must live our own lives to the fullest from now on. Sure there will be sorrow and adjustments. Holidays and celebrations are forever changed, but that happens when marriages/divorces and births occur too. I am a practical person. I accept what life has thrown my way. I try to gracious about it most of the time. I usually don't rant and rave and only rarely do the "woe is me" thing. I learned at a young age that life goes on. My own father died when I was just 3 years old. 

So enough with the maudlin post. Life moves on and my life is not complete without my family and my crafting. My family has mostly returned to their normal routines, now my crafting must. My mom also fell this past week, so I had some time while helping her at her house to work on my Prairie Schooler Santa this week. He has his green trim, his beard and part of his face.

I also spent some stitching Baker Beach. The rest of the black of the rocks is stitched. Now I have to fill them in with browns and oranges.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. On Monday, I will join the Stitchery Link Party.  Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Quilting and Cross-stitching

In my free time, meager as it has been lately, I have been quilting and cross-stitching. The weather has been cooperating....cold and miserable. Perfect for stitching. I have removed almost all of my mom's quilting and have been adding my own. I almost have all of the stitching done in one direction.
Baker Beach is filling in slowly. Last week it looked like this:
You can see that I have added part of a black rock and some of the water above it.
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. If you read yesterday's post you know that I may not be stitching much. I am also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework. On Monday, I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017


My FIL passed away today. He is the handsome guy second from the left. He turned 90 years old on St. Patrick's Day. 

This picture is of the three generations of men in my husband's family. My son, FIL, Hubby and Hubby's brother. This picture was taken 3 years ago. Since soon after our family has been navigating the long road of dementia. He and my MIL were married 65 years. 
I have known him since I was 18.....almost 40 years. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers over the next difficult week.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Ah Spring, where are you? Spring starts on Monday, but you wouldn't know it here on Long Island. We were supposed to have some more snow last night, but thankfully nothing stuck. My deck is still covered from last week's snow. 
My Spring Angel needs be taken out. I wonder where I stored her? That reminds me that I really have to finish my Summer Angel design and then stitch her.

There are more stitches on Baker Beach . I am about one-third of the way finished with page 8. Last week it looked like this:
 You can see below that I have filled in some of the greys and blues below the black rock which is also finished now.
I also spent a little time working on Autumn Church. Please ignore the hoop marks.
I rarely work on this, but I decided to add a few stitches to the tree all the way to left. It was satisfying just to know that I worked on it.

I think that I will spend my Sunday working on Baker Beach and starting to quilt this pretty little quilt. 
This is one of the quilts that my mother hand-pieced. It is a crib-sized quilt. Mom had already basted it. She also started quilting the center bars in a cross-hatched pattern, but she does not want to finish it and was thinking of just getting rid of it. Noooooo....... I told her that I would quilt it and save it for one of my (hopefully) future grand-daughters. This will not leave the family though. 
I am going to remove her quilting as it appears that she used a white thread instead of cream. I have put in my first row of quilting stitches following her markings. My quilting is on the's is on the left. I don't like the border stencil that she marked. It is too small. I have a couple of stencils that may fit the borders. I will decide that when I get there.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. On Monday I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

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