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Thursday, December 31, 2009


Here it is December 31st, today marks the last day and last finish for 2009. But more importantly it's my niece's daughter, Aryanna's 7th Birthday! Happy Birthday Aryanna!!!!
This is the end of my first year of blogging and I have had so much fun meeting new friends, exchanging gifts, and hosting giveaways (my fav). I am looking forward to a new year of fun, stitching and laughter. I have decided that if I make a list of "goals" and actually write them down I will be better at accomplishing them, unlike making a new year's resolution that usually fails by the end of January. Does anybody else feel the same way?

by Carriage House Samplings
Stitched with DMC
32 count Lambswool Linen

Tonight I will be staying home with my family for New Year's eve. We'll light the fireplace and get settled down a bit, then we will probably start scarfing down some Robintino's sausage pizza while battling our skills against each other at the game of Chinese Checkers. I love all the beautiful marbles, it is such a fun game that doesn't seem to get the recognition it deserves. Then maybe we'll play some Yahtzee and Idiot. We will pop open the sparkling orange juice and have a glass of bubbly and watch the latest Terminator movie. Maybe I will get some stitching time in, then again, maybe not. Then we will watch Dick Clarks New Years Eve Party on tv and watch the ball drop at Times Square in NY ringing in the new year 2010. Then I will be serving my hubby some more bubbly with some homemade clam dip,wavy potato chips, cheese ball and crackers. Gotta have that food!! It's tradition!

With the new year beckoning, what new designs will you be working on? I am finishing up a Sisters and Best Friends Design and I have a few projects in line when I am done with it.

We have had alot of snow here lately. Lots of shoveling followed by more shoveling! lol I'm hoping I can persuade my son to help me make a snowman. I haven't made one of those for years!!! I better find a carrot, some eyes, buttons and a scarf, oh and maybe a black top hat so Frosty can come to life!!! Sounds like a fun day don't ya think? Then of course we will have to make some hot chocolate with milk and marshmallows to warm us up when we're done.

I wish you all a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve and I will catch ya next year!! Enjoy!


Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith, one part of patience,
one part of courage, and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun,
a pinch of play, and a cup full of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,and cheerfulness.
You're bound to have a happy new year.

~Author Unknown~

P.S. Check back soon, I have something fun in store come the 1st of the month.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Ewe & Eye & Friends
Petite Exemplary #3
DMC - changes made

Today I am sharing my first "real' floss tag I made for Sharlotte . What a crazy story, I made her one very similar to the one I am now posting, as the first one I sent to her was lost in the mail. So, I started round "2", I guess a little practice never hurt anyone, right? (I am just realizing I forgot to take a photo of the pretty paisley fabric I put on the back.)

Actually I took these photo's sitting in the truck trying to put together her package while my husband was in line at the post office saving me a place. It was the Saturday before Christmas so the post office was really busy. I guess in all the hurrying I was doing trying to get her card signed and the package already to go, I just forgot to snap a photo of the back. Darn it!! I was trying my hardest to get it to her before Christmas, but it didn't make it to her until yesterday the 28th.

On the original floss tag that was lost in the mail I put some velvet rick rack around the edges. This time I did the finishing a little different. I purchased some hand dyed wool and cut it into 1/4" strips and then I cut each strip into 1/4" pieces by snipping it from side to side creating almost little 1/4" square pieces of wool. Then I took some thread and wove them back and forth pulling it into a twisted edging. Then I hand stitched it to the edge. I hope that made sense. This way it kind of made a frame on the edges rather than just something to cover up the edges of the two pieces that were glued together.

All in all, I think it turned out ok. I really struggled on trying to put the hole for the eyelet in this piece. I guess I was just scared of actually cutting the fabric and ruining it. But everything turned out good. Whew!!!

Thanks again Sharlotte for the beautiful strawberry pincushion/scissor fob, I LOVE it!!! I hope you enjoy your floss tag. Until next post, thanks for visiting my blog and happy stitching!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Memories 2009

Christmas came and went so quickly, but the memories made will last forever. I hope everyone had an enjoyable day with family and friends. Below is a photo of "Joy to the World" by Shepherd's Bush, I stitched for my sister as her gift for Christmas 1997. I still think this is a beautiful finish and I love the way it is framed.

Next up is another photo I took at her house of a little "cupid" I stitched for her as a gift several years ago. I made it thinking it would be nice to display for the month of February for Valentines. Story goes that she loved it so much it hangs in her kitchen all year long. It's so funny to me that I love to stitch, hence the needle and thread, and she runs from it!!! How can two sisters be so different??? I don't know what I would do without my needle and thread. It seems that over the years, some of my styles have changed but I still love the choices of framing I had these two mounted in. They are so breathtakingly gorgeous to me still to this day.

Below are some photos taken Christmas Eve. We had lots of good food, entertainment, giggling and rough housing going on. What would Christmas be like without the magic of children? They make the magic of Christmas come to life.

I love this photo, you can see my hubby, Mike, and my son, Brayden in the mirror. It looks so peaceful, and the warmth from the glow is so embracing to me.

A beautiful "Angel Boy" stands watching on the mantel. I love the glow of the Christmas tree in the background.

This is my BIL, Dave, entertaining us with his talents on the guitar. I hope someday I will be able to learn how to play as good as him.

This is the beautiful Aryanna playing her pretty little violin. She has such talent at a tender age of six.

These are my two rugrats, Brayden and Mike.

The young violinist "Aryanna".

My handsome brother, Kerry, and his son, Preston.

The mardi gras girl, Reign, I can just hear her giggling, can't you? She loves to take her clothes off just like her Mom did when she was little, I guess a chip off the old block as they say.

The three musketeers, Mikey, Aryanna, and Elisa (aka Snowy).

And look at this cute little angel, Kita, she looks like she has a halo above her head.

My tired son, Brayden, after a long day with his family.

Below are some pictures I took at Gardner Village a few days before Christmas. It was soooo freezing cold that night and I struggled with my camera/batteries to capture any photos.

This picture was taken on Dec. 22, 2009 in Fruit Heights, UT. I love antique tractors and I have several photos of ones from all over. Whenever I get a chance to spot a tractor I have to stop and capture it especially if it has time worn character. I guess I am just a country girl at heart.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I have some fun projects I have been working on, but just haven't taken the time to sit long enough to blog about them. Once the holidays are over I hope I can get you up to date on my dabblings.

On the day after Christmas, a Christmas wish is granted to "Berit" so she will have a Happy New Year project for 2010!! She chose "Redbird Sampler" by Bent Creek as one of her wishes to stitch. Congrats Berit, please send me your address so I can send you your "wish".

Now, for some after Christmas humor I though I would share:

The 12 Days AFTER Christmas

The first day after Christmas
My true love and I had a fight
And so I chopped the pear tree down
And burnt it, just for spite

Then with a single cartridge
I shot that blasted partridge
My true love, my true love,
my true love gave to me.

The second day after Christmas
I pulled on the old rubber gloves
And very gently wrung the necks
Of both the turtle doves
My true love, my true love,
my true love gave to me.

On the third day after Christmas
My mother caught the croup
I had to use the three French hens
To make some chicken soup

The four calling birds were a big mistake
For their language was obscene

The five golden rings were completely fake
and turned my fingers green.

The sixth day after Christmas
The six laying geese wouldn't lay
So I sent the whole darn gaggle to the

On the seventh day, what a mess I found
The seven swans-a-swimming all had drowned
My true love, my true love,
my true love gave to me.

The eighth day after Christmas
Before they could suspect
I bundled up the
Eight maids-a-milking
Nine ladies dancing
Ten lords-a-leaping
Eleven pipers piping
Twelve drummers drumming - well, actually I kept one of the dancing ladies -
And sent them back collect
I wrote my true love
"We are through, love!"
And I said in so many words
"Furthermore your Christmas gifts were for the Birds!"

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Recipe for Christmas All Year Long

Take a heap of child-like wonder
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life—
Each day a sweet surprise.

Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.

Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)

Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.

If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it's not December.

May the wonder of Christmas fill your heart and bring you peace. Thank you for sharing your talents with me this year, you are all an inspiration to me. I have loved visiting your blogs and have enjoyed your friendships. May we all have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year in 2010. I hope Santa treats you well this year and brings you everything you wished for and them some. God Bless you and yours this Holiday Season.

Please leave me a comment and let me know one of the items on your wish list that you would like to stitch in the year 2010. I will be granting a wish on December 26th to one of my blogging friends. You can leave your wishes on this post until midnight Christmas Day. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


12 Days of Christmas Correspondence

Dearest John:

I went to the door today and the postman delivered a partridge in a pear tree. What a delightful gift. I couldn't have been more surprised.

With dearest love and affection, Agnes


December 15th

Dearest John:

Today the postman brought your very sweet gift. Just imagine, two turtle doves.... I'm just delighted at your very thoughtful gift. They are just adorable.

All my love, Agnes


December 16th

Dear John:

Oh, aren't you the extravagant one! Now I must protest. I don't deserve such generosity. Three french hens. They are just darling but I must insist.... you're just too kind.

Love Agnes


December 17th

Today the postman delivered four calling birds. Now really! They are beautiful, but don't you think enough is enough? You're being too romantic.

Affectionately, Agnes


December 18th

Dearest John:

What a surprise! Today the postman delivered five golden rings. One for each finger. You're just impossible, but I love it. Frankly, John, all those squawking birds were beginning to get on my nerves.

All my love, Agnes


December 19th

Dear John:

When I opened the door there were actually six geese-a-laying on my front steps. So you're back to the birds again, huh? Those geese are huge. Where will I ever keep them? The neighbors are complaining and I can't sleep through the racket. PLEASE STOP!

Cordially, Agnes


December 20th


What's with you and those birds???? Seven swans-a-swimming. What kind of joke is this? There's bird do-do all over the house and they never stop the racket. I'm a nervous wreck and I can't sleep all night. IT'S NOT FUNNY.......So stop with those birds.

Sincerely, Agnes


December 21st

OK Buster:

I think I prefer the birds. What am I going to do with eight maids-a-milking? It's not enough with all those birds and eight maids-a-milking, but they had to bring their own cows. There is poop all over the lawn and I can't move into my own house. Just lay off me. .



December 22nd


What are you? Some kind of sadist? Now there's nine pipers playing. And do they play! They never stopped chasing those maids since they got here yesterday morning. The cows are upset and are stepping all over those screeching birds. No wonder they screech. What am I going to do? The neighbors have started a petition to evict me. You'll get yours.

From Ag


December 23rd

You Creep!

Now there's ten ladies dancing - I don't know why I call them ladies. Now the cows can't sleep and they've got diarrhea. My living room is a river of poop. The commissioner of buildings has subpoenaed me to give cause why the building shouldn't be condemned. I'm sicking the police on you.

One who means it, Ag


December 24th

Listen Idiot:

What's with the eleven lords a-leaping? All 234 of the birds are dead. I hope you're satisfied, you rotten swine.

Your sworn enemy, Miss Agnes McCallister


December 25th (From the law offices Taeker, Spedar, and Baegar)

Dear Sir:

This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve fiddlers fiddling, which you have seen fit to inflict on our client, Miss Agnes McCallister. The destruction, of course, was total. All correspondence should come to our attention. If you should attempt to reach Miss McCallister at Happy Dale Sanitarium, the attendants have instructions to shoot you on sight. With this letter, please find attached a warrant for your arrest.

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Winter Weekend

Happy Monday everyone! Here is a photo of a beautiful snowflake we have hanging in our front yard. The new fallen snow makes it twinkle even more. We got quite a bit of snow over the weekend which will be nice for Christmas. I did some shopping for a few relatives and sold one of our vehicles this weekend, so it was a busy one and as always went way too fast.

Every friend is like a snowflake, unique in beauty and design.

Each sparkles in a different way—some are playful, some refined.

But, unlike fragile snowflakes that fade when the sun appears,

Friends grow even more beautiful with every passing year.

by Carriage House Samplings

Here's an update on dear Frederick, I love him and his colors are so fabulous!!! Between stitching and working, I have put him aside for just a bit so I can work on this

Patons "Harvest" wool yarn

fun and colorful scarf for my niece for Christmas. I love to crochet, too. Actually if it involves a needle and some sort of thread/fiber I am addicted to it! I purchased two skeins of this yarn (because it was the last two) but as I am flying along with it, I think I will be needing more yarn than I have. I hope I don't have any problems with finding the dye lot I need. If I do, I may do a stripe here and there with maybe the green to help me along. I will be adding some twisted fringe to the ends. I hope it turns out awesome and she loves it. She is really into scarves this year. Maybe I should put a "peace" logo on it, she would love that.
Sorry for such a short post, I am at work and lunch is drawing to an end. Hope you are enjoying the chilly weather we are having. I have been trying to keep up with your blogs, but have been a little behind lately. I am sure you are all making some beautiful designs for Christmas and having lots of fun. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


My rustic "fish" tree.

Seasons Greetings!!! December is flying by, work is crazy, crazy, crazy busy!!! No time to put up the tree yet, boo hoo!!! But, I do have a tree I keep up all year round in my "fish" room. So, all I have to do is plug in the lights and wa-la, ta-da, the tree comes alive. Not quite the exact thing I had in mind, but it works! (At least for this year)!

Carriage House Samplings
I would like to introduce you to the newest addition (work in progress)(sneek peek) of my cross stitch addiction, my beautiful bird "Frederick". I love him and I have decided that I must stitch his beloved "Fredericka" to keep him company. Isn't he just gorgeous??!!!

Next is a picture of the beautiful baby set a dear friend of mine, Ellen, crocheted for me. Actually, for my future granddaughter......don't take that wrong, my son is only 14 years old, but I really, really, really hope that I get a "girl" someday to cuddle and love. (And even if I don't, a daughter-in-law would be great). Maybe in 10 years or so..... Ellen surprised me with this because she "knows" how badly I want a daughter so she made this for me to put in my hope chest for future use. The soft pink yarn she chose is so dainty and the pretty silk ribbon and flowers are a really nice touch. The flowers have pretty pearl buttons in the center if you look closely. She was so kind to make this for me.

Next is a photo of a little ornament I am making (sorry for the crummy photo). I wish I could get the lighting right so you could make out the true colors, it looks vintage or nostalgic looking. Now I am trying to decide exactly how I want to finish it. Sometimes I really have a hard time making decisions when I come up with too many options. Maybe I will just stick with something simple.

Happy stitching!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Golden Santa Scissors

Good evening my friends, I wanted to share a fun find for all you scissor collectors. I found these clever 3" antique reproduction Santa scissors on Needlework Corner . They have Santa's face on the front on one side with his back on the reverse. They are gold-plated and $20.00 a pair. I "had" to have a pair and thought they would make a fun gift for yourself or a friend. Unfortunately they aren't available in other colors, but who wouldn't want a pair of these little lovlies???? Hope you are enjoying your December and I will post some fun things in a couple of days when I get caught up with work.