Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kids and an Easter/promotion present

 Today the front room was quite sunny. So the kids were sunning themselves. Boy were they cute. So I decided to play with my camera. I think I got some good shots. I lobe the wsyn9





 Jim got me somethin I have be wanting get  for a while. Its AccuQuilt... Cutting up squares and such for quilting can be hard on my back ...now I have a much easier way. It does all the cutting for me. Plus it was half off along with the dies. I got a dog and a cat one and a very large log cabin die. I can make 5"-12" squares. I can't wait to try it but I need a larger cutting board. I have several pattern books just for log cabins and they are very neat.
 Look at the triangles and cats and fussy cut squares. Haven't tried the dog yet but will soon. I need to finish some round robin cross stitch for a group at The Stitchers Village.
 Easter Sunday. I sure have gained wait. I've been walking on the treadmill a lot. You can see Jim has lost a whole size in his shirts. This is a new searsuckered shirt we got on Friday for him. I love it. I'm so proud of his dedication to exercise.
 Pammy all Tuckered out sleeping with prayer shawl she made me a few years back. Its really nice to have so many loved ones.
 I promised to show you something mom sent to me. Here is where its kept...a pretty box set by Susan Wignet

 Mom was wanting to clear out some overflow of stamps and  she saw on the package I mailed her a bit a go..the valentines ornament..that I covered it with stamps that I colored in....so she asked if I could use more.....well of course I replied...and by the end of the week a cute parcel arrived loaded with these.....oh happy day;)



Since I was in my stamps I thought I would show you some of my favorites too...

 St. Patty's Day
 Autumn
 Valentines Day
 Christmas and others
And Easter.
Would you all please pray for me...I have a nasty sinus infection that has drained into my lungs some. I get pnuemonia easily because of the immuno suppressant drug I take plus I have a phrenic nerve injury that collapsed half of my right lung from complications of a thymectomy surgery I had back in 2005. I also have asthma. I have to admit I get scared when I'm sick with lung issues. To tell you the truth I'm afraid of dying and leaving my sweet husband who adores me along with the rest of my family behind. I know where I'm going when I die...heaven  because Jesus paid for my sins on the cross and I asked him to be my Lord and Savior a long time ago. I struggle so much with my health. If you saw me on the street you'd see a smiling bouncy joyful person because I try to look for the good in all things..and Jesus gives me this ability. I try to not burden others with my health problems ..however my deepest struggle is fear of losing the battle. Am I the only one out there that feels this way? I want to have peace and live each day to the fullest..but that isn't always easy. Guess I need a little cheering up.

Years ago I took care of a man who got polio in his early 20s. He became a quaripeligic..his wife left him..and he has had huge obstacles to overcome yet he was the most positive uplifting man I ever met. Shortly after that home health job I started getting sick with the MS/TM. When I had a hard day I would remember Richard and  I would fight back working harder to get better.

As a Christian I know I should be able to have peace...Paul had an affliction and he asked God to remove it but God said "My grace is sufficient"

I know without this hardship I wouldn't be nearly as close to God and in many ways its been a blessing. God has used me to minister to the hospital staff and doctors.

If any of you have been in a spot like this and have any suggestion on how you were helped please leave a comment below. Thanks so much for your friendship.
Blessings,
Sarah Beth

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pincushions Galore

 I received this pincushion from a pincushion swap that Bea runs. You can find that swap page Here . You can see who gave who what on the link above. I love the beautiful embroidery and this is my very first Biscornu.




 I am doing hand percussion and flute and some back up singing for praise band at church. So Jim bought me a dejimbe. I picked it out. Jim said I picked the best sounding one. I've always had a really good ear.






This pincushion is the from the February swap. The other side is down below had trouble with the pictures loading right. 

 This  pincushion is a cathedral window design and I absolutely love it. My partner picked the design to represent my love for God.


 I finally decided to buy this book. It helped me to decide what to stitch on my round robin sampler.
 Look at the beautiful detail. I love it.

 Got these transfers books at half price books. Can't wait to give them a go.
 A pincushion I made for the march swap. I love how it turned out.

 My DSIL made this beautiful shawl for me. I think its beautiful.


 Here's the front of the pincushion. And scissors to match...I'm spoiled.

Above is my band sampler for my round robin. There are six people involved . You can see more about this at The Stitchers Village. Look in their forums and you'll find our RR. When its all done I will chart it and offer it as a free chart at TSV. Its a great place to meet and interact with other stitchers from all over the world. They even  have a bingo every month. I've won several times from it.

Well next post will cover a surprise I got in the mail from Mom in Michigan.......

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

picture heavy blog today.

 Mom sent me the cutest pattern to embroider the other day. We are both doing this project together. Its called the Gratitude Quilt. I'm going to hand embroider these first but I also have a machine that let's me machine embroider. Mom likes to machine embroider and sew. I grew up always hearing the sewing machine whirring. I had the cutest handmade clothes. She taught me to sew and to cross stitch. I had the cutest toy sewing machine when I was younger. Grandma and I would make clothes for my dollies. Then as I got older mom found a really nice Pfaff sewing machine for me. I learned to make a quilt and also make clothes. The only drawback was when I goofed something up it would make a really irritating noise. After a bit I got frustrated. I'm sure she thought I didn't like to sew but in reality I just hated that noise. Lol. Later on after I married she bought me a janome and I loved sewing on it. No noise on that one and I haven't stopped sewing since. Mom is what I often call a Versace sewer. She can sew anything just by thinking it up or seeing it somewhere. Her work is flawless. And I'm always telling her she should be a designer. She would do well. But of course she reminds me its not as fun if you have to meet deadlines all the time. So true. When I was in Jr. High she did get to design and sew for a high end ladies clothing store. She made these women's heads appliqued by machine using a satin stitch outline with jewelry and makeup along with some of their blouses so it looked like a cameo shot sometimes forward or side view. It was really cool. I even had one at one time.

I haven't started yet as I have a lot on the back burner but soon I will start it. Thanks mom.
 Here is my dsil Pam ..she came to keep me company while Jim was away on business for a week. We had lots of fun.
 Here is Lila all snuggled up on her bed with one of my sweatshirts on her to keep her warm.
 Here is a project I've been working on. Its a needlepoint sampler. I'm enjoying it very much.

 Silk ribbon stitches.

 I bought this cute plush rose for Valentine's Day for Pam.
 This is Dawn Rogers the owner of A Stitch Above Needlepoint where I'm learning how to needlepoint. She is very nice and her store is amazing so many fibers.
 I bought this pattern. I lover laura Perins designs.
 This is also one of hers. I have it too. Its gorgeous I can't wait to stitch it.





 Here is an ornament I got from how for February. I love it.
 Here you can see my Valentine's gifts from Jim. Three Ott lites. JoAnns was have a big sale for presidents weekend. This $300 lamp was $99 plus an additional 20% off for mMilitary discount. Everything else was 70% off with military discount.m
Dont you love these fabrics. I plan to use them for the backing of the ornaments I like to stitch.






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 Here is my big Ott lite. I told dsil Pam about the sale and she bought one too.
 Some beautiful boxes designed by Susan Winget. They use the scripture from Isaiah I will rise on the wings of an eagle...run and not grow weary. my friend at the needlepoint store. She is doing a beautiful job on it.h

 And look at this beautiful bargello piece.

 This I won on bingo at the stitching village. Isn't it pretty.

Next post. I will have more stitching to show. Blessed Stitching all