Saturday, August 29, 2009

Matilda by Moonlight

I finished Matilda by Moonlight I started on her last Thursday and just finished her up a short bit ago. I think she turned out wickedly cute! I got this pattern from the same magazine as Ghostie's Garden. Seeing as I have finished this it is time for me to start on some holiday stitching now for family and then after I finish one I will switch to something I want to do for me. I have gotten a lot done this month as far as cross stitching goes. This is my fifth finish this month alone. Hope you enjoy because I had fun making her and can't wait to display her in my home when I decorate for Halloween!

My little helper

I was stitching in bed last night and Tigger decided to keep me company, he loves to sleep on my sewing stuff from time to time

Friday, August 28, 2009

Our babies

Just some random pics of my babies being silly

What's for dinner?

My baby Bella being a stinker after getting to lick the plate after dinner!

Another week in the bag!

Well the weekend is here again! One more week of freedom for my son before he goes back to school! He goes back on the 8th. It has been a busy week here. Went to the lawyer's on Monday and that went well. Fingers crossed on that one. My mother in law has not been at work this week. She will go back on Monday I am not sure about her job. I think it is not my place to ask her about her job security when it is a sensitive time for her anyway right now. Next weekend James goes on his last camping trip of the summer so I will have the place to myself. Plenty of time to do what I want since I will be home a lone a lot! Yea! Mike went back to school as well. His new quarter started on Wednesday. After this class is done he is taking a leave of absence til mid January. When he goes back he only has 4 more classes to complete I believe before he has his Bachelor' s degree. Hopefully that will mean bigger and better things here in time. After so man years of being broke and just getting by I look forward to that changing eventually.

I started on Matilda by Moonlight last Thursday and I am very close to being done with this one by the end of the weekend if not sooner.

So I guess that is it for now, back to my stitching!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sad news

My father in law called a bit ago and told me that my mother in laws boss had passed away this evening. He had been sick for a while and had his share of hardships in the last few years. He lost his wife a few years ago and then in the winter his daughter had passed away from ovarian cancer. He was not just my mother in laws boss he was a friend of the family. I feel terrible and am doing as my father in law asked and that is to keep his family in our prayers this evening.

I also feel bad because my father in law has been sick for a while as well. He had surgery last week to prepare him for dialysis because over the years his kidneys have been rapidly shutting down on him. His doctor says when he starts dialysis he will have to be put on a kidney donor list as well. Because of this my father in law has been off of work a lot this year and is considering only working part time when he starts dialysis. Because my mother in laws boss passed away no one knows at the moment what that means for her as far as having a job. I feel awful because they have both had a rough year as well and seeing as they are both 60 right now it would be hard for my mother in law to find a job in this market as well as possibly making what she has been over the years. Speaking from experience it is no fun to find yourself without a job. I will be speaking to her tomorrow after we get done at the lawyers office concerning James and go from there.

Spider cat!

Bella is all baby that is for sure! She is hyper and very playful for her own good some days. I have a few fake plants in the house and yesterday she discovered them. She leaps into the tree and starts climbing her way up all the way to the top.I thought this was too cute and funny so I had to get a picture of this.

A quiet Sunday

I have been home today doing odds n ends. It has been a busy week and stressful at the same time. I am enjoying today's quiet before tomorrow gets busy again. I finally was able to sit and look through my Cross Country Stitching magazine that I got earlier in the week. I love this magazine because the patterns all have a country/rustic look to them which is what I love and is the gest of the patterns I stitch. I was kinda disappointed though because even though the patterns are lovely they did not catch my eye. Maybe next issue will have something that catches my eye. I finished off some finished projects. I framed Ghostie's Garden and have my herb and spice sampler hanging in the kitchen as well. All that is left right now is to make the Cherish each new day finish into a pillow for my dad's girlfriend and then I will be set. I have been stitching up a storm since Thursday. I usually have a hard time sleeping but this week sleep is the last thing on my mind. So I have been sitting up all night and sewing the night away and sneak into bed when the sun comes out for a while.

I have been working on Matilda by Moonlight. I have to copy this pattern to my computer tonight because this is a pattern in a magazine which Ghostie's Garden came from as well. A fellow cross stitcher from the cross stitch group loved the finished piece so much she asked for a copy of the pattern and I told her I would just mail it to her. I need to get rid of some of my clutter anyway. I keep meaning to list all the cross stitch patterns and leaflets I have but I have not had much time to sit at my computer for a while so I am hoping to do this during the week.

I wanted to frame my herb and spice sampler but my kitchen is only so big and I have only so much wall space so I turned the samplers into something else hope you like.

Friday, August 21, 2009

It's love

Our dog Strider and Lana. These 2 are always paling around. Lana likes to sleep next to Strider and at times I will catch Strider licking her and Lana head rubbing against the dog. They may not want to admit it but I see it from time to time they love one another.

The shoe is on the other foot

Since Wednesday afternoon me and my husband have been a mess emotionally. James my son came home from his friends house and told me that his friend's house had been broken into and that the police were called out already and he spoke to witness' the officer told my son to go home and wait for him he would be back to talk to him. Some time had passed and I thought it would be alright for him to go because the officer never came here. Sure enough a few minutes after James left then he showed up on my doorstep. He explained to me what had happened, said there were 6 witness that seen the kid that went inside the house. As it turns out the house was unlocked, pretty darn stupid on the homeowners part. 3 kids had went inside and trashed the place, poured honey almost everywhere. The officer said there was very little destroyed or broken property, most of the things that had occurred could be cleaned up and was. He explained to me that he needed to talk to James because as I could imagine as he was saying that he was getting so many stories from these kids that he can't make heads or tails. So I told him I would get James and he came back a short bit later. That is when things went bad. All of a sudden he says that now all the kids are changing their stories and saying that James did this. I know some of what he was saying he was saying to scare him but in the process all he did was make a very frantic mother who was on the verge of tears. The kid that did this was saying that James did this is well known by the police because they are always called out because of something he has done. This summer alone the police were called on him because he roughs up his mother, bullies the other children and even was caught trying to start little fires in the playground. I ended up having to call my mother in law because she works as a legal secretary and she came out asap and told me what to say which I did so that I can protect my son's rights. Monday morning we have an appointment to see our attorney and see what we have to do next.

The officer had mentioned to me many things and I found most of them unbelievable as well as his attitude towards me. Most of the time when I talked he dismissed what I was saying and by his comments he made to me he was judging my son and being a big jerk to put it nicely. What made me angry about all this as well is when my husband talked to him he was all sugar and spice both times but when he talked to me I got treated like dirt with very little respect by this blubber butt and that made me even more angry that he would not show me respect at all.

So now I am playing the waiting game. Next week the officer said he will turn in his report to the prosecutor and he will review the report and make his decision. I am hoping that since there was no evidence everything was all hearsay and even most of the witness cannot keep their stories straight that there will be no choice but to throw this out based on lack of evidence. If not then the child or children involved will have to go to juvenile court and stand in front of the judge and she will decide punishment. I was told that the charges would be trespassing and criminal mischief I believe which are misdemeanors. Meaning the judgment by the judge should not be too harsh but at the same time me and my husband are upset and worried about James and what will happen. I believe James he would not do this, this was his best friends house to begin with. The kid that I believe did this as others was saying they witnessed has had a grudge against James and his friend because they were the ones that reported him about the fire incident which resulted in the cops being called out. He has been bulling James ever since July because of that. Even when I said this to that jerk of a cop he was dismissing what I was saying. All of a sudden he was bent on it being James and no one else.

I am not going to sit here and let blubber butt push me around. We will fight and do what we have to do to get James cleared of this because this is ridiculous! I find it sickening that after witness' put this kid at the scene of the crime and not to mention he already has a record with juvenile court that they would take his word over ours. It makes no sense! All this waiting and thinking and worrying is driving me crazy.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Having fun in small places

My new baby having fun with an old tissue box!

Another sleepless night

I have been an insomniac for some time. While everyone sleeps at night I am awake stitching and listening to tv. When I try to go to sleep I can't shut my brain off so many things go racing through my head that this is all I think of and it ends up making me more awake.

Things have been crazy in my house for some time and they have been slowly winding down so there is not much that rolls through my mind as much anymore. This evening I got some very upsetting news that is weighing heavy on me. I have been a mixed bag of emotions. I have been angry, scared, sad, crying and then at times the anger comes back. I don't know what to do or what will happen but I am hoping that this passes by. I will know a little more today as to where things stand but not completely, til then I am probably going to be a nervous wreck. I will post more about that at another time. Not sure if anyone reads this but if not that is ok too at least I am finding an outlet to vent which is what I need.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Quick finish~birthday gift~Cherish each new day

This is a really quick finish I started on last night and just got done a short bit ago today. It is called Cherish each new day by 4 for my boys. This is a birthday gift for my dads girlfriend. Her birthday is not until Halloween Day but I am getting a big head start on my stitching this year because I need to start my holiday stitching for family. I decided what I am going to do is do one finish of whatever is in my rotation for myself and then hurry get stitching on a Christmas gift for family. My husband comes from a big family so I thought it would be easier somewhat on me if I made the gifts this year for most of Mike's family. Every year Mike's cousins are crafty little ladies each year their homemade gifts are too cute. Last year his cousins made homemade Christmas ornaments by painting little holidays designs on clear plastic balls. Some gifts I have gotten over the years are dressed up wine glasses that have beads on the stems, plates with painted designs on them and a really neat idea the one year his one cousin went to Paris so she framed a picture of Eiffel tower lit up at night. Awesome!

Anyway this quick finish was very easy for me to do but when I seen this pattern I thought of her. She loves Lizzy Kate and has many stitched Lizzy Kate's all around her place so I thought this looks somewhat like a Lizzy Kate and I think she will like this! I was going to make this into a small decorative pillow probably so she can put it on her bed.

Onto my next piece that is for me. I am going to get started on Matilda by Moonlight by Gail Bussi. It is another Halloween piece. Thanks for stopping by!

Feeding time for my herd!

Feeding time for what I call my little herd at times!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Halloween finish

I finished another project. This one took me 10 days to complete. It is called Ghosties Garden by Cathy Bussi. This is a pattern that I got from Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine that was published in September of 2006. The picture I took does not show all the detail but I hope it it good enough. The sign that the ghost is holding says Beastly Blooms in case you have a hard time reading the sign since it is tiny! I set a goal a while ago to get one project finished a month at best if I can. So far this year including this newest finish I have completed 12 cross stitch pieces. I have a few more picked out already that I am going to tackle. Later on today I will go through my patterns and figure out what to start next. I have to keep myself busy anyway. My son is having a sleepover tonight so I need to make sure I have something picked out to keep me busy since I will be stuck in my room while the boys have the living room to themselves! School starts here in town next week already so summer is quickly winding down. This month has been slow, but that is good as well. My dad was sick earlier this summer. He is better but may need more surgery in the fall and the doctor found a catarack in his left eye. So I guess I will see what the fall brings in that respect. Thanks for looking and happy stitching!

Its hard to be the baby!

My new baby Bella telling me to take a break from sewing!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Another Monday

Well summer is coming to a close pretty quick, here the leaves have been slowly changing colors already. The other day me and my son took our dog on a walk and I picked up a leaf from the ground that was a pretty red color. My son said don't remind me because it means school starts soon! Our summer has been good, spending time with family and my son made lots of friends this year.

I have been up all night stitching. I tend to be an insomniac a lot so I sit up all night and stitch usually. It is so quiet and peaceful at night to sew. I am currently working on a Halloween piece that is coming along great. I should be done this week sometime. It is called Ghostie's Garden. It is quite cute! I will post a pic of it when I am done.

A few more samples of my work from this summer

Some samples of my completed pieces I did this summer


I am new to this so forgive me as I figure this out as I go along. I am 32 and married with 1 child that just turned 12 and going into the 7th grade in a few weeks. How time flies! I work part time as a cleaning lady I have been doing this off and on since I was 20. I prefer to do this because I am not always a people person so with this type of job I am usually alone and that works for me! I am an avid cross stitcher. I have been stitching off and on for 20 years but in the last few years have been die hard with my stitching. I am always working on something anymore. I set a goal for myself a while ago to finish one piece a month and if I happen to do extra that month great, but no pressure either because as we all know at times life gets in the way!

I have been with my husband since I was 18. We have had our struggles and hard times but came through it tougher and stronger and still very much in love. My son gets yucked out when he sees his mom and dad smooching or hugging. We are a silly bunch my family we are always acting goofy and making one another laugh. My husband and son bring out the best in me like no one ever has!

We have pets as well we have some cats and a dog. It seems like I am always cleaning up after our babies everyday! Thanks for reading!