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Grow your blog giveaway followup

Back on February 1, I announced that Peggy from pegsplace was selected as my Grow Your Blog giftaway winner.  Her gift is ready for mailing and here’s a sneak peek:


Sorry about the fuzziness.  It didn’t like being cropped and downsized.  I will share the whole thing once she notifies me that she has received it.


Gift Away Winner

I wanted to post this before February 1 gets away from me.  Mister and I are celebrating the first anniversary of his retiring from the Marine Corps so I asked him to choose a number between 1 and 20.  Very scientific, I know, but I can’t figure out how to get the random number generator thingy to show up in my post. So, Peg (aka pegsplace) you win!  Please email me so I can get some info from you.

I’ll be back, probably Sunday, to share what kind of trouble I’ve been into the past couple of weeks.

Oh, the joy

of getting back into a routine!  I have had the hardest time.  Ugh!  So, I started over instead of picking up where I left off.  That seems to have helped some.

I’m spending a little time here and there in my craft room so while it might not be a huge difference, there will be some improvement to share on Wednesday of what my worktable is looking like.  I need to get my rear in gear and get my sewing machine set back up.  I’ve received my first monthly mini from Temecula Quilt Co., and I don’t want to fall behind since the first Jo Morton Little Women at 3 Dudes Quilting is starting later this month.

Also this month is a Button Show and a Quilt Show/Craft Fair and I know I’m going to be adding stuff to my room that will need a home.  Gotta get organized!

It took the two of us but the ActiveX Control doohicky that was broke is broke no more.  I went to my resident “expert” and he followed the same directions I did, but when he went through them again, he noticed in one of my drop-down boxes something that was (or was not) checked off.  Fixed!  Yay!  This new minor crises did, however,  cause me to have to learn some of the Google Chrome stuff.  I haven’t decided if I’m happy about that or not, yet.

Last week’s nice weather turned into quite a bit of rain over the weekend.  Tonight we’ll be back to falling temps.  I don’t know how much more my poor yard can handle 🙁  We have started tomatoes and borage in the house and this weekend we planted the little seedlings into their own pots.  Last year we were able to put out rather early, but this year the cold seems to be holding in longer.  We’ll see.  Mister is the garden guy and it’s his “toy.”

Friday’s out and about with Mister was very successful.  The car repair place is exactly across the street from my local needlework shop.  After we dropped his car off we took my new Shiny in for her first oil change.  We were barely there long enough to drink a cup of coffee!  Next was off to campus and I ended up sitting in the car for the almost-hour his class lasted and catching up on some emails via my phone and reading a bit on my Kindle Fire.  I also figure out how to save the longitude/latitude of my current location on my car’s GPS and rename it to something pithy 😉  Oh the joys and convenience of modern technology when there’s time to waste.  I now have a Karen’s Korner and Annette’s Acre saved.   Bwahahaha.

So after that we headed over for some lunch then to the art store for supplies he needs, then back to get his car, then home.  We were gone for the better part of the day and the puppies were so happy to see us.  Mister decided he wanted to try the local Chinese eatery we discovered by accident and it had the best food we had had in forever.  Including some of the Chinese we had while living in Japan (yep, there’s a difference).

Before I forget, don’t forget to reply on this thread if you’re interested in my gift away for the Grow Your Blog project.  I’ll be contacting the winner on or about the 1st for size information.

Now, to today’s Monday Musing:

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

I keep this one where I can see it every morning when I sit down for my first cup of coffee and read the news.  It reminds me that today is a new day with which to make my life worth watching.  It is by Emerson:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day.  You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. 



Hello there!

Hello to everyone who came here through Grow Your Blog!

This blog post is coming to you from … Las Vegas!  Woohoo!  I’m sitting in a beautiful 3 bedroom condo on the 5th floor of the Wyndham Grand Desert with 6 wonderful women – 5 of whom I met on the internet over the past 13 years.  We had a conversation over dinner last night about how wonderful the internet is and how grateful we were that we were able to find each other.  We all share a love of needlework in several different forms.   That love of needlework is what caused me to start my blog in the first place, many, many years ago.

So, who am I?

I’m a California girl raised in the south.  I was born in California while my father was stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.  I was raised in Texas and Louisiana, but lived the majority of my adult life in California.

In 1981 I took a leap of faith and married a man who promised to love and cherish me for the rest of our lives.  Two months later he signed his name on the dotted line and in January 1982 he found himself standing on the yellow footsteps of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and me becoming a Marine Corps Wife.  In 1984 God blessed us with a son.

I’ve lived in California, Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Japan.   I “retired” October 2011, and moved to San Tan Valley, Arizona in November.  February 2012 found my Marine finally retired after 30 years of service and is currently taking advantage of the VA program and majoring in Art History at Arizona State University.

While I call myself a “cross-stitcher,” I love various forms of needlework; miniature quilts; cooking; reading; and playing the piano.  Late 2012 found me learning to bead and make chain maille, and finding myself devouring decorating blogs that focus on personal creation and repurposing.

I have two Italian Greyhounds that I consider my children and am a huge supporter of Italian Greyhound Rescue.  I hope to someday parent a retired racing greyhound.

I’m beginning to think being a grandmother might not be such a bad thing.

So, that’s pretty much me in a nutshell!


As a thank you for those participating in the Grow Your Blog hop I’ll be offering a chain maille bracelet in the gift away on February 1.  Just leave a comment with a link to your blog.  Thanks 😀

Stitchin’ and a Quiltin’

My house smells so good right now!  I am baking banana bread.  Yummy!

Yesterday was Bag Ladies at Attic Needlework.  It’s starts at 10:00 a.m. and finishes when the last stitcher leaves, or they run us off so they can close the store.  You bring a bag lunch, thus the name.  I have not been able to attend as frequently as I’d like since it’s only once a month and so many times this past year I’ve had a schedule conflict, from either a quilt class or a doctor appointment.

Tonight is open stitch at Attic Needlework.  This is a weekly event and I go as often as I can.  Sometimes I don’t feel like packing up my stitching to drive the hour to get there because I’m already sitting cozy in my stitching chair and stitching up a storm.  Most of the time I go because I love the company.

Progress is still moving along (although slowly yesterday) in the organization arena.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get a lot done.  Harley has her surgery and I’m hoping I can get in my room and fret my troubles away in a productive manner instead of being a complete basket case sitting in my chair and borrowing trouble.  I’ve very good at borrowing trouble when it comes to the puppies.

Edgar, over at Blacksheep’s bit of the Web, is having a beautiful gift-away if quiltin’s your thang 😉  Go give him some love.  He does beautiful stitching and makes me want to move in with some of the baking he shares.

Another cute giveaway

Gloria of Milady’s Needle fame is having a giveaway on her blog! No affiliation, other than I love her designs, have met her, and want to help her get the word out 🙂 Good luck!

A really cute giveaway

Not mine, but I will admit to having this pattern and I’ve been thinking of making one of these myself 🙂

Working with my Hands has made some “thread pots” for her Etsy shop, but is having a giveaway, too.


I will be back to catch up — and boy is there a lot to tell — but I wanted to share Amy’s giveaway. It’s really cute and I know it will make my retired life more fun!

Speaking of giveaways

Right before the holidays, Kim, at Threadheads Unite!, had a giveaway and I was the lucky winner!  The link above is to the post where she showed the wonderful folk art print that has Noah’s Ark on the bowl.  I immediately knew that I wanted it for my “bible” wall I have planned.  I have several Adam and Eve charts that I’ve been holding on to and they will be great with this picture (which I swiped from Kim’s site since her photo skill far outweigh mine!)

Thank you Kim for a great giveaway.  I almost live for Thursdays to see what treasures you share with us.

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