Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. Psalm 63:7

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Little Help From My Friends

Hi friends! Might any of you have a Margaret Sherry kit or pattern of a CAT that you will not be stitching or do not want? I have been searching for these, and cannot find them. I would like to make one for my mom. She has her cat Cutie, that is almost all black. That is easy to stitch. You have seen me make her black cat gifts here on the blog over the last few years. She just took in another feral kitten. This one they named "Tootsie"!😊I wish I had a picture to share, but she has a lot of white, with tiger stripes on her head and back. She is sweet. Thank goodness, because Cutie is NOT. She is a brat. She is only somewhat nice to my mom and that is it.😒

So anyhow, I was thinking if you have a pattern like this maybe: 
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or
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You get the idea. Please leave me a comment or email me. I will pay postage. 

Thank you my friends!

The first book I finished reading in 2018 is an audio book:  The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. This is a true story. Wow. A sad story. I would not expect a Holocaust story to be happy. What an amazing story of this young lady, named Dita AND the lives of her friends and family.
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, The Librarian of Auschwitz is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. 

Written with touching sensitivity by Antonio Iturbe, and translated by Lilit Thwaites, this audiobook provokes every emotional response and will not be forgotten.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.
Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

I am almost done stitching up the January wreath from Trésors de boîtes à couture 
What a beauty! This is going to make such a lovely piece for my cubby shelf.

Take care my friends. I hope you are well. We have been having the flu virus going through our family. Even once you are over it, there is endless coughing! I have it right now.🤒

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





Friday, January 12, 2018

Lots For YOU

Hi friends! Thank you for your kind words on my last post I am so glad you like the ornament I created for my friend. I would like to show you the one I made for Brian. I gave it to him one day after Orthodox Christmas.😉
Isn't he great? I love this Russian nutcracker. Most importantly, Brian loves him. He chose this for me to stitch! I was printing off freebies I had found and showed them to Brian. He asked me right away if I would make this for him. You too can stitch this up. This pattern, along with many, many more freebies can be found RIGHT HERE I love this site!

I stitched this two over two on 28ct light blue linen with the called for DMC. The ornament is backed with pale blue crepe I had in my stash. I used 1/8 inch white satin ribbon around the edge, knotted on top and looped to make a hanger.

I also have MORE SUPER freebies to share with you. I have been printing these off all last year. I wanted very much to begin stitching these gorgeous wreaths last year, but I was committed to making Brian's gift for our 25th anniversary and the BBD AotH sampler. These freebies are going to be removed to the online shop any day now. The lovely French designer has said they would only be available until the end of the year. Well they are still there my friends. If you find these beautiful floral wreaths, one for each month of the year, as pretty as I do, then go now while they are still free! Print them before they are gone. You will find the charts HERE Just keep scrolling! You will find them!
🐩🐩🐩UPDATE!!🐩🐩🐩
Late Friday the freebie wreaths I directed you to above were switched from free to available for purchase in the Boutique. I am sorry my friends. I know several of you WERE able to get them for free. You can still own these lovely wreaths by purchase.

I have begun stitching the January wreath. Once I have completed it, I will go back to stitching AotH.

The winner of the SB Be Warm pattern is our friend Mel

The last book that I read in 2017 (which I truly finished this year, but read the majority of it last year, so I am counting it for 2017!) was The Proving by Beverly Lewis. Now you cannot get me to say anything bad about any of Beverly's books. She is a master story teller. I will read all of her books as long as she writes. This one was so intriguing to me. It is about twins who went their separate ways over a man! Two Amish sisters. That hooked me right there.
Amanda Dienner hasn't seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What's more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months.

Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she's determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess!

The inn isn't Mandy's sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn't ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters. 

Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?

I have an appointment for a second opinion with highly regarded neurosurgeon on the 16th.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie






Monday, January 8, 2018

One Out Of Two Anyhow

Hi friends! We had a lovely Christmas yesterday. Thanks for cheering me on. I did get my friend Aliona's ornament stitched up and finished and given to her on time. Brian's, well, not so much. Close. Very close. Just not done yet. Here is the one I gifted Aliona yesterday.
Don't you LOVE this?! I saw this pattern just a few weeks ago and I HAD TO HAVE IT!! It is a design by our lovely Dany. You can find the pattern for purchase HERE. However, be aware that this was a complimentary pattern offered when you purchase a pattern called Sampler Houses. It is a very nice pattern, I am just not sure I will even be stitching it actually. What do YOU think of Sampler Houses? What do you think of Peace 2017?

I stitched this one over two on 36 count white linen with the called for 926 DMC. I chose to leave off the top of the pattern. I just wanted the Holy Family. I knew I wanted to make this into an ornament in this shape. I used the fabric you see this lying on to back this with. I will be stitching this up again.

June you have a few bulbs shooting up by you and Inna you have green grass with dandelions! We will be waiting a long time for these things! I took a picture yesterday of the water falls that give our village it's name.
Frozen solid.
The last audio book I listened to in 2017 was The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff. Have any of read this book or listened to it? What did you think? I liked it. It had an ending I did not expect.
A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Taleintroduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival 
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. 
Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.
In case you missed it, I have a Shepherd's Bush pattern giveaway HERE

Today I will finish stitching Brian's ornament. Maybe even do the finishing on it too.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Stay warm my friends. I hope you have a fantastic, stitchtastic week!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





Sunday, January 7, 2018

Christ Is Born!

Hi friends! Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Merry Christmas to all my Orthodox friends!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, January 5, 2018

SB Giveaway

Hi friends! I am stitching two last Christmas ornaments like mad. Orthodox Christmas is Sunday. I am 90% done with Brian's ornament, but I must get my friend Aliona's done first. Almost there! But that is only the stitching. Then I have to do the finishing on them! I will share pictures of these finishes next time.

I have a pattern to giveaway. Due to postage, this one will have to be for one of my followers in the United States. Please leave me a comment on this post if you would like this pattern. I will announce the winner on Friday, Januaray 12th.
Shepherd's Bush     Be Warm

Yesterday I had x-rays of my neck and then I saw the spine surgeon.😞 I have severe arthritis in my neck. I have a herniated disc. He wants  to do disc replacement surgery at C6 (my neck). We would have to do an MRI first. If the arthritis is too bad, then he would have to do a spinal fusion.  I told him I am not ready for spinal surgery. That is why I mentioned in my last post I was going to see this doctor, but not for surgery. I am the one who said not for surgery.  I am waiting for insurance stuff to set up an appointment for an epidural shot. That is what I am willing to do for the pain for right now. I am also waiting on insurance referral stuff, then I am seeing another doctor that Brian researched and chose for a second opinion.

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen is a book I read in December. I really enjoyed this. I like every one of the books in this series.
When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.  

What luck! A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. Only that’s as far as my good fortune takes me. I soon discover that Mummy is attending the villa party and she has her own secret task for me. Then, Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of a world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner! I shouldn’t be all that surprised when one of my fellow guests is murdered and my Italian holiday becomes a nightmare...

Well, back to stitching! I have to get these ornaments done! Eat. Sleep. Stitch.

Thanks for stopping by. Thank you for your sweet comments. I hope you have a great weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Sunday, December 31, 2017

🎇Happy New Year!🎇

Hi friends! After a little delay, due to delivery trouble, my special Christmas gift from our friend RJ finally arrived, and it was worth the wait. Just have a look at what RJ made for me. Isn't it gorgeous? I just love it! What a treasure.❤️Thank you so much RJ.
Guess what? The orthopedic surgeon said that those "tears" the radiologist discovered on the MRI are tiny, and just normal degeneration for a person my age. I do not need surgery. I do not have a torn rotator cuff. All this pain is coming from my neck! C6. It is pinching the nerve and flaring things up, all the way down to my fingers. I have an appointment to see a spinal surgeon on Thursday. Not for surgery, but to see what we can do. I am on oral steroids right now to get rid of this pain. 
I wonder how many of you have read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah? Oh this is a GOOD WWII novel my friends!

France, 1939 - In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
I am stitching up a nutcracker for Brian's Christmas ornament. I hear you saying, "Christmas ornament?" Yes, Brian and I are Eastern Orthodox, so I have until January 7th to get his ornament done. And one more ornament for my friend at church too that I have not even begun.😁

Well, I need to go walk on the treadmill. Man! Too many chocolates, cookies, pies and cakes in December!! How about you?

I hope you have a wonderful week my friends. Thank you for your kind words on my last post. Thank you for sticking with me, caring about me and praying for me. This has been a rough year for me pain wise. ugh. I am hoping for a SUPER 2018!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, December 29, 2017

Ornaments

Hi friends! I did it! I completed the stitching AND the finishing on Madeleine's ornament before Christmas.  This was an unplanned gift. Gracie gifted ME with CDs from The Gift of Stitching two weeks ago and I found a pattern for an adorable ornament I just knew I had to make for Madeleine.
Madeleine has a thing for goats.😊This pattern is called Xmas Goat Ornament by Barbara Westhoven and can be found in issue 47, December 2009, Gift Of Stitching Magazine. Madeleine was very happy with this baby goat.

Our friend June received the ornament I stitched her. Would you like to see?

This is from the 2015 JCS  Christmas Ornaments Issue. The pattern is called Very Merry Christmas by Medina Originals. I stitched this with the called for DMC, but I stitched it one over one instead of two over two. I used 28ct Deep Teal linen. It is backed with the fabric you see it lying on.

I forgot to show you one thing June sent me for Christmas. This sweet pattern.
Thank you again June!

Just look what my mom gifted me with on Christmas Day.😍
Oh yes, I love, love, love this! This is my favorite Christmas gift this year.

Our friend Catherine  sent me the most lovely handmade gift. Just look at the love she put into creating this pink beaded beauty. Thank you again Catherine!
Well my friends, I had the MRI done. It is not good news. I have a partially torn muscle in my shoulder/rotator cuff AND I have a labral tear in the lining of the shoulder joint. I am still in constant pain. I am seeing an orthopedic surgeon this morning. Please pray for me?

Thank you for stopping by today. Your comments inspire me. I am grateful for you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Keep warm! It is really frigid here.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” -Hebrews 13:8