Monday, May 27, 2013

10 years ago today

Today is a day of reflection for me, Mom passed away 10 years ago today.  And I must admit we was blessed to have her with us as long as we did.  She would have turned 80 that year, she was a "normal" mother who hollowed at her kids to come for supper (we obviously didn't have cell phones back then) and she was cranky at times and she wasn't perfect but then again none of us are either.  I have to tell you about a piece that I stitched for her.  We were visiting the family in New Brunswick and my niece Laurie asked if I wanted to see her stitching mags... duh, yeah!  Among the magazines was a kit entitled Footprints, it was a beautiful design and she said if I wanted it, I could have it.  After much deliberation I said No thanks.  We had a lovely visit with them and just before leaving my Mom asked if I would get that kit because she would like to do it.  Not a problem - inside my head I was thinking she really had no idea how big it was.  Shortly after our visit, Mom ended up in the hospital.  While visiting I brought the kit along with me to sort the threads, she gasped when she saw the size of the fabric!  Its huge! She knew at that point that she was not going to be able to stitch it, she thought that it was an 8x10... oops, its more like 20x24!  To make a long story short, I stitched it for her and she saw me working on it and kept saying how beautiful it was and how beautiful it would be when finished.  I finished it the week before she died.  Luv ya Mom.

And yes Mom did see it completely finished.  Today my friends, take the time to appreciate your loved ones because we never know how long they will be with us.  Love you dearly.  Louise

Sunday, May 26, 2013

More finishes

Hi there, have you been wondering where I was?  I know I haven't posted in a while when my friend Kathy e-mails and asks if I am okay.  ooops, glad to know that people actually read my blog.  Gotta love them.  Well I have another couple of finishes to show you.  I have my Teapot and Wicked Accident back from framing.  Here they are, don't they look nice.  A Wicked Accident is designed by AuryTM, I just loved the design.  It reminds me of the movie "The Wizard of Oz" when the house crashes on the wicked witch.  The fabric is Midas by Picture This Plus and I used Vicki Clayton overdyed silks.  The teapot is also designed by AuryTM done on Picture This Plus Calypso fabric using DMC variations #4240 Purple/Blue combo.  I think it looks smashing.
Then I have 2 more ornaments done, Lizzie-Kate Peace and the Ink Circles: Treble Clef.  It is so pretty that I can't wait to do the Bass clef and Alto that are part of the series.    

Monday, May 13, 2013

January 2013 Stitching Adventure - Update

Hi there, have you been wondering how I am doing with all my projects?  I finally said to myself that I MUST make a list for you and give you an update... so today is the day.  I will colour code the projects - plain ordinary black for all the started projects in January, hmmm, let's use blue for the ones that are completely stitched and Purple (it's my favourite colour) for the ones that are completely finished into ornaments or framed. So here goes...  Oops, forgot to mention that some days have 2 starts... remember ... I had a lot of projects that I wanted to start in January.

January 1 - Lizzie-Kate: Faith & AuryTM: Teapot
January 2 - JBW: Christmas Tree Collection II & Ink Circles: Treble Clef
January 3 - LOL & Victorian Charm
January 4 - Hockey Santa
January 5 - Frosty
January 6 - Six Stockings #1
January 7 - JBW: Noel & Mill Hill Toy Shop
January 8 - Stained Glass Noel
January 9 - Cottage Garden (Hardanger) & Cricket Collection: Tea
January 10 - Winter Biscournu
January 11 - Ink Circles: Attractive Opposites #1 & Mill Hill: Believe Santa
January 12 - Snow Family Tree - Dad
January 13 - BFF & AuryTM: A Wicked Accident
January 14 - JBW: Country Hearts - Joy
January 15 - Is It Too Late & Mill Hill: Poinsettia
January 16 - Don't Bug Me
January 17 - JBW: Christmas Tree Collection IV & Love Tree
January 18 - Lizzie-Kate: Friends
January 19 - Bent Creek: Ze Rink & Mill Hill: Jim Shore Santa
January 20 - Lizzie-Kate: Cozy Christmas Wishes
January 21 - Ink Circles: Attractive Opposites #2 & Mirabilia: Winter White Santa
January 22 - Snow in Love
January 23 - Bent Creek Trio: House & Hand Over the Coffee
January 24 - Ski Bum
January 25 - Santa Biscournu & Mirabilia: Christmas Elegance
January 26 - Lizzie-Kate: Family & Ink Circles: Bass
January 27 - Lizzie-Kate: PeaceEileen Gurak Needlework Designs: Hooked on Tea
January 28 - Country Christmas & Mill Hill: World Peace
January 29 - Six Stockings #2 & Horse Whisperer
January 30 - Snow Family Tree - Mom & Ink Circles: Alto
January 31 - Housework Makes You Ugly & A Summer Stroll

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mill Hill Poinsettia is finished

Hi, did you enjoy the pictures of the Precious Moments Chapel?  I enjoyed it very much as you can tell. 

So have you been wondering what on earth have I been working on?   As the title states, the Mill Hill beaded kit entitled Poinsettia is finished - not only did I finish the stitching but  it is completely finished!!  What's the difference.... check out the picture.  I used it as the stitched piece that fits into the lid of the Sudberry House box.  Doesn't it look gorgeous?  One of the ladies in Branson mentioned that these kits are gorgeous and are very lovely when finished but they are a tad deceiving!  I agree, it doesn't look like a lot of stitches but this little project contains 4900 stitches including 6 different type of beads.  The beads all sparkle in the sunlight and for once, the colours are right on!
So wonderful people thanks for reading my blog and remember that you are loved.  Louise

Monday, May 6, 2013

Precious Moments Chapel - Part 3 (picture heavy)

Hello again, this is the final posting on this beautiful Chapel by Mr. Samuel Butcher.  These pictures were taken of the walls and stain glass windows in the hallways as well as the room decidated to his son Philip who passed away.  This man is truly amazing, I, for one, am very glad that he decided to share his talent with us.  I can only hope that these photos inspire you to visit the Chapel because it is well worth the visit.
Once again, thank you for taking the time from your busy day to read my blog. Hugs Louise

The Bridge to God

Philip's Room

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Precious Moments Chapel - Part 2 (picture heavy)

Hello again, here are some pictures of this incredible Chapel. A brief synopsis for you, in Part 1, we have the entrance, some of the grounds and statues and the entrance to the Chapel itself.  In Part 2, I have chosen pictures of the murals and stained glass that greet you as you enter into the Chapel.  In Part 3 I will show you some photos of the other rooms and the hallways. Enjoy these pictures, and once again a huge thank you to the man who created it all - Mr. Samuel Butcher.

The mural at the front of the Chapel

Stained glass in door leading to hallway

Stained glass in door leading to hallway

Mural on wall

Mural on back wall
Murals on back wall including ceiling