Friday, December 31, 2010

Reminder to watch the Fiesta Bowl

Some of you have asked me to send you a reminder to watch my daughter in the Fiesta Bowl parade.

Fiesta Bowl Fiesta Bowl Parade
Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, December 31, 2010, 11 AM (Mountain)
Television: Live local coverage on ABC15 and a live webcast at

I am so excited to see her in this parade. This is a big accomplishment!GO ALEISHIA! GO GIRLS! GO ALEISHIA! GO GIRLS!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I finished a UFO **dedicated to RENE**

I decided to pick up one of my UFO's and I finished the cross stitch part on it.
I am counting this as a finish even though I need to still make it into a needlebook.
This is my 15th finish for the year and #3 UFO finished this year.

I am also dedicating this finish to Rene (ILCS) from Las Vegas. I miss you Rene and hope God will allow you to stay with us a little longer. Although, I do not want you hurting anymore.

Prayers for you every day.

Love ya my stitching sister!
Thank you for showing me a new love for hardanger.
I do not think I would have tried had you not offered the lessons.
I will think of you every time I do hardanger.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Two weeks ago, my husband took me to a woodworking shop to pick out wood for my Christmas gift.

So I picked out some beautiful wood that in a few spots looked like it had wings.

I had no idea what he was going to be making for me but knew it would be wonderful.

Anyway, he had a ton of road blocks to overcome in order to finish it and he got it done just in time for Christmas. Although, he was not able to put the velvet in it like he wanted...

I am absolutely in awe of his beautiful work.

What do you think?

Do you think anyone might be interested in ordering one of these boxes?

**UPDATE** this one is 6 1/2 long x 2 1/2 high x 5 wide.


I created a minion and want to share him with you.
To create your own click on the word minion.

My minion wants you to know he hopes your Christmas is a great one and also wishes you a very Happy New Year.

Friday, December 24, 2010

I just have to share

This morning we celebrated with our kids Christmas as tomorrow we go to my sisters to have Christmas.

Anyway, if you remember back in February my hubby got me a special gift for our Anniversary/Valentines day gift..... If you need a refresher click HERE!

Well I made a decision to take it back so that I could help get our family some food as we had hit hard times. Hubby did not want me to but I told him that we really need the money to feed the kids.... I could always get it again later.

OK, back to this morning.... hubby handed me a box and said MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY!
I open it up and there in the box is THE NECKLACE! He replaced the necklace that I had to return.

The real kicker is that he said it had been sitting in plain site under my nose for 2 weeks and I never knew it was there.

I am so thankful for a wonderful hubby!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

WOW what a start to Christmas!

The past 3 days have been exciting! I cannot wait to see what Christmas brings after all this. :)

I received my winnings from Robin's "My trash is your treasure giveaway".

I received a Herrsherners surprise box.

I also received from my aunt in California a surprise package containing this apron and this "Stitch Master Floor Stand and Three Accessories". When I thanked her for the surprise package she said "Merry Christmas to the best mom in the world." Tears started flowing if you had not guessed.

Then I decided to spread a little Christmas Cheer and meet one of my oldest online ANGELSISTERS!!!! I also took her out shopping so that she could buy her 3 little girls Christmas presents. I sure hope they like what we picked out for them. Love ya Kris!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

An interesting History lesson

I was sent this in email and I wanted to share as I thought it was very interesting.

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out 0f the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

This week, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were NOT permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-- Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today.

This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol... so pass it on if you wish.'

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Is anyone interested?

I have been given these leaflets and cannot use them....
I am wondering if anyone would be interested in paying shipping to have one or more of these bundles sent to them????

Painting package
Colorpoint leaflets (4 different)
Silk painting leaflets
Tole series (7 leaflets -ex: tole red, tole blue….etc.)
Plaid’s one stroke home study series volume 1
Create your own designer décor
Fabulous florals
The complete guide to decoupage… the new way

Crafting package
Gloobies – Easter buddies leaflet
Gloobies – polar playmates leaflet
Magnetic ideas for craft foam
Magnetic art foam book #3
Friendly plastic for kids
Magnets and stick ons – foam series leaflet
Craft stick farm
Fun with craft sticks
Crafting fun with uni-stiks
Styrofoam and trims decorations
“spoolie” animals
Creative animal faces
Chenille craft
Holiday decorating with magnetic sheeting
More adventures in celluclay instant papier mache

Macramé and other crafts
Wreaths with fabric cord
Muffit bath set leaflet
Macramé inspirations
Macramé holiday
Macramé animal art
More cornhusk dolls
How to make cornhusk dolls
Tin can doll furniture
Aluminum can apparel
Figure draping
Draped dolls from discards
Cones to pine for
Candle magic
Nature creations
Gift item patterns
Heart felt friends and critters
Party & tray favors the year around

Crochet, Needlework and needlepoint
ASN Crochet a white Christmas (binder of leaflets)
Crocheted collars book 2
Star pearl cotton book #27 (old booklet… says 10 cents on it LOL)
Crochet a collar
Crochet collars
Crochet fantasy magazine august 1994
Crochet collars III
Many other patterns…. From internet or that were taken from mags
The creative circle kit 1925 – Kitchen spice sacks
American Indian needlepoint designs for pillows, belts, handbag and other projects
Beginner’s needlepoint leaflet
Needlepoint basics leaflet
McCall’s needlepoint with step by step instructions for beginners

Quilting and sewing
Dream spinners – doll pattern #157 Let’s pretend
Puff’n Stuff accessories
Sassy lady!
Magic with marbles
Simplicity casual cut-ups
Nostalgic noel
Pillow parade
Pillow and cushion patterns
Soft country plunkettes
Pick a place mat
Soft touch kitchen originals
Bandana fashions!
3 pieces of material (mint green, pink and salmon)
Misc. quilt patterns taken from magazines
No sew mop dolls
No-sew calico animal baskets

Monday, December 13, 2010


Calling on all cat lovers for a little help... my cat/dog likes chewing the artificial tree.

The yucky tasting stuff (ex: bitter apple) that you spray on things to make them not chew.
He loves the stuff!

To keep him out from beneath it we put things that have pokie ends... he loves laying on them.
So no ornaments on the tree this year as he also loves to run and take a flying leap into the tree!

I cannot put gifts under the tree... he eats paper and cardboard... HELP!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A cute little finish!

This is my 14th finish for the year! An Easter Bonnet pin.

I got the pattern from and stitched it over 1 with DMC.

Unfortunately, you cannot see finish #13 as it is for an ornament swap through facebooks....

Secret Santa 2010.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I am jumping for joy

My daughter Aleishia and her drill team (flag twirlers in the marching band) tried out for the Fiesta Bowl Parade today.

They came in First Place with a Superior Rating!

They will be in the Fiesta Bowl Parade!
The parade is on December 31st, 2010.....
SO if you get a chance to watch the parade on T.V. I hope you enjoy her performance!!!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Look what I received

I received this beautiful ornament from a FaceBook group.... Secret Santa 2010.
It is so beautiful.... Thank you Kitty!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Long awaited update to Jesus Wept

I had not realized how many people are watching my progress on Jesus Wept.
I thank you all for following this and keeping me on my toes.
I so cannot wait to see this one finished as it means so much to me.
You all help with the motivation that is needed to keep going and I appreciate it.

So without making you all wait any longer here is the new updated picture.... (pictures at top of blog have also been updated.)

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I so needed this....

After dealing with a rough couple of months.
I am also getting ready and preparing for the holidays as they come.

I come across this video with the help of a friend's post on facebook.
It must of been something I really needed to hear today as the moment it started tears just start flowing uncontrollably.

I hope you enjoy it too.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

My idea for stitching...

I have been seeing everyone deciding to do special stitching goals for the New Year. (ex. starting 15 new projects)

I think I am going to do something a little different.

I think for me my stitching goal is going to be working on 7 projects.

The only difference is...
I have a long list of UFO's and I so badly would like to get them finished.

So here is my idea.....
I am going to stitch on 5 of the UFO and also be able to start 2 new ones. That way since most of my UFO are 5x7 or larger.... I can chose to make the 2 new ones be smalls.

That way I can work hard on what needs to be finished and also be able to finish something in the progress....

If those 2 smalls are finished - I can add 2 more new smalls as long as I continue to work on the other 5 UFO's. Should I finish one of the UFO's - I will just add another UFO in it's place.

This way they will keep getting worked on but I still get satisfaction of finishing something and starting something new.

What do you all think? Anyone want to join me in trying to do this?

Just letting you know..

I have updated my For Sale/Trade album.

Please take a look and see if you are interested in anything... there are both stitching items as well as non-stitching items listed with pictures.

Click here to see album or click link on the right.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving !

I am wishing all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

I am so thankful for all my family. (hubby, kids, mom, sister and etc.)
Yes, this does include some of those friends (stitching and non-stitching friends)
I am also so thankful for all my friends.

You all are a big support system to me and I thank you for that.

I also want to thank my Heavenly Father for bringing each and everyone of you into my life!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A friend sent this to me

A friend sent this to me in email and I want to share it with you all.
Thank you Carolyn this really touched my heart.

Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will
get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.

'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. 'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan.

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time...

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.'

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'

'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class.

'This is your thanks.'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but
noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain's hand.

With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He
left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane.

Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.
I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of
meals. It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America 'for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

Monday, November 15, 2010

Calming the Baby Beast.

This is way too funny and I just had to share.... (You will need to scroll to the bottom to turn off the player before hitting play on this)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

And The Winners Are....

My children love to do the pick a name from a bowl thing so that is what I did.

The birthday girl that the giveaway was in honor of picked the name for giveaway #1.

The winner is......


My youngest daughter picked the name for giveaway #2.

The winner is......


My youngest son picked the name for giveaway #3.

The winner is......


I will be contacting these ladies for addresses. If they do not respond by Monday(11-15-10) with their info I will have to pick new names.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all from My family to yours!

These are our pumpkins!!! How do you like that cool Monster truck?

Above: This is 3 of my kids with my oldest daughter's boyfriend.

Below: Is 3 of my kids out of 4.
Below: Is a picture of my oldest daughter and her boyfriend. She is a bee and he is the bee keeper.... although his first costume choice was unobtainable ..... he wanted to be a flower. LOL
She definitely loves her bee keeper..... How do you like those lips all puckered up? LOL

Monday, October 25, 2010

A great read!!!

I was able to get the book that I previously posted about here.

It is called Faith like Potatoes by Angus Buchan.
This book is an awesome read and if you should decide to read this book.
I will recommend you have a box of Kleenex near by.

May God use me and my gifts to inspire others and bring others to him.

I am willing to mail this book to anyone that is interested in reading.
Please leave a comment with a email addy for me to get back to you.

You Are A Pumpkin!!!!

Being a good person is like being a pumpkin.
God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.
He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all of the yucky stuff -- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.
Then He carves you a bright new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.

This was passed on to me from another pumpkin.
Now, it is your turn to pass it on to a pumpkin of your choice.
I liked this enough to send it to a few of my favorite pumpkins in my patch.

Have A Happy Pumpkin Day!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My giveaways!

I would like to hold a special set of giveaways in honor of my oldest daughter who turns 17 tomorrow.
I will be offering 3 prize packages - you can enter one, two or all three....
you need to specify in the comments section which package you are interested in.

This is set #1

This is set #2

This is set #3

1. If you can post one comment telling me a special memory of when you or your daughter or niece turned 17. I will give you one entry.

2. If you are a follower or become one. I will give you one entry. (you do not have to if you do not want to)

3. Post to your blog. I will give you one entry.

There is a total of 3 entries per person. Entries will be only counted when posted to this post.

**UPDATE** Guess putting an end date would be a good idea... LOL
Let's say the end date is November 7th!!! Good luck!

This drawing is now closed.

I love this....

When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter they had done an ultrasound.
They had told me that she may have Down's syndrome and they would like to do an amino.
I told them no.... I have already had 3 miscarriages which is also a possible result of doing this test.
I told them if God wanted my little girl to have Down's then so be it.
I will love her just the same as my other daughter and I know that God would be there to help me through life.

Well through a dear friend of mine and her 3 beautiful girls.
I am learning more and more about Down's Syndrome and what a blessing these miracle children give to those around them.....
I love watching them grow and celebrate their accomplishments.
I only wish I lived closer so that I could give them all a big hug and tell them how much they mean to me.

That dear friend of mine shared this video on her blog and it just justified what I told the dr's.
I would like to share that video now with you.

Thank you Kris for you and your girls in my life.

Monday, October 18, 2010

I won

I won one of the 31 days of Halloween giveaways.
Mine win was through Missy's blog.
There was a bag of candy as well but that did not last ....
I did not even get to my desk before it was gone. LOL
Thank you Missy!

Missy and Annette are still doing their giveaways until Halloween come join in on the fun.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another TGPC 2010 finish!

I am so excited to share my third finish for BeckySC's The Great Pumpkin Challenge 2010 and also my 12th finish for 2010!
This pattern is by Aury and is called Wicked Accident!
Material in the background was used for the back of the pinkeep.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

This is so awesome!

I saw this video and had to share... Here is some information on it.

Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and travels south with his family to start a better life in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. With nothing more than a caravan on a patch of land and help from his Zulu foreman, Simeon Bhengu, the Buchan family struggles to settle in a new country.

Faced with ever-mounting challenges, hardships and personal turmoil, Angus quickly spirals down into a life consumed by anger, fear and destruction.

Based on the inspiring true story of Angus Buchan’s autobiographical book, Faith Like Potatoes was adapted for the big screen by award winning actor and director, Regardt van der Bergh, and weaves together the moving journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest. This inspiring true story of a rugged South African farmer, Angus Buchan, is set in the turbulent hills of the KZN Midlands. Angus' manic quest for material success is slowly transformed into a wild love for God and people, as he wrestles with faith, hope, natural disasters and tragic personal loss.

Monday, October 11, 2010


I was reading Ma Teakettle's post on labels.... I felt compelled to share a poem I wrote years ago regarding my nickname I was given back on 1987 or 1988.

They Called Her Golden Angel

The name everyone called her was Golden Angel.
There were years that went by that she could not understand why.

She asked them to explain....
Some said it is because you're sweet and others said because you're a giving and loving person.
Still she kept receiving different answers but they were all basically telling her the same thing.

That she was an Angel with a heart of Gold.
Always caring about others and trying to make everyone happy.

By being the sweet, caring, loving, generous, and very intelligent person that she was.
I guess her nickname does fit her.

But she still had one other question.

Why does everyone think that she needed to be protected from everything that is in the world?
She is not as gull-able or even as EASY as some have assumed.

Although, through all her life there is one thing she has forgotten...

She has forgotten to give herself some of the love, and just some understanding and gifts that she needs for herself. That she has been giving all of her life to others.

She has forgotten to be that angel to the most important of all people


© 1998
Dawn Wright

So with this post it also explains the subtitle on my page.
Thank you Ma Kettle for the wonderful post!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What a great day!

I was invited to go with my oldest daughter to Pride of Prescott's 8th Annual Mile High Marching Festival.

It was lots of fun!

She is on her school's drill team as a co-captain.

They got a solid 3 rating, and the highest scores in their division for percussion and visual effect!
Which is awesome for their 1st competition this year in a band that is
1/2 freshmen.

Friday, October 08, 2010

The blind boy...

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.
He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning?
What did you write?"

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way."

I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind.

The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind.
Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile.
Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling
. And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!