Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where did April go?

That should say - Where did the months go since last August when we moved Chris into his dorm room? He will be home in 3 weeks! Year 1 down.

Big sigh.

Bill & I have spent most of our weekends since late January traveling to tennis meets to cheer on the BV Beavers Men's Tennis team. Momma's gotta' brag - Chris played the #1 position this year as a freshman. It was a tough spot to be in but he handled the responsibility very well. I'm just amazed at how he has grown & matured this past school year.

Kleenex aside - April has been hopping - Easter bunny pun intended.

On the Hands On Design front: I had 2 New Releases to kit & ship. Lots of finishing orders to catch up on & of course new designs to work on. I was thrilled to be interviewed by Sue Fenwick of the Star Stitch   You can see it at:

On the home front: we have ignored home renovation projects for some time, so in effort to get this house ready to put on the market in about 4 years...we dug in. oy!

Instead of typing, I'll let the pictures tell the story!

Kitting up chartpacks. I always underestimate how much time it takes to put these things together!

Gather Friends Close Part 2: Friends - 2nd part in the 3 part series. Chartpacks include the cotton finishing fabrics, hand-dyed rick rack (thanks eBeth!),  JABC button. Stitch 3 more cushions for your basket and the next row in your sampler.

Grandma's Garden: as you can tell from the picture above, the chartpack includes the WDW wool for finishing, hand-dyed twill tape & rick rack (thanks again eBeth!) and hand-dyed Hillcreek Designs buttons to assemble the pynpillow. I explain how I used an "oops" frame to finish the alternate version. Dedicated to my "city" grandma & my "aw-shaw" grandma.

Got a new coffee cup!

Wish I had taken a "before" pick of my son's room - red wall, dirty carpet, broken New carpet comes soon, blinds & closet doors to follow.

The same treatment for our room. I think we are going to lose the peanut butter walls. I don't think Zeza (photo bombing cat) will mind.

Fit some finishing work in too! Laura - just a few more to go & these will be heading your way!

A Throwback Easter photo - I just love this pic of my boys!
Same boys - love this pic too!
Enjoy the stitch! Cathy


  1. Cathy,

    How do I get Part 2 of Gather Friends Close and I would also like Grandma's Garden.


  2. Hi Cathy, I always love stopping by to see what you are working on. Someday I will get brave enough to do counted cross-stitch, but at the present time I will stay with my vintage hand embroidery. I am trying to catch up reading a little bit before I head for the nursing home to see hubby. Have a great day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend

  3. Aww such a sweet post
    Very pretty mug :)
    Pretty photos
    Hugs x

  4. Cathy, you are one busy lady..designs are great nice to have something for Grandma's they are such important ladies! Photos of your sons are adorable you must be so proud! Blessings...

  5. Love the coffee cup! The photos of your boys are adorable... nice to see them as boys and then again as young men. You certainly have been busy!

  6. I can’t blame you for putting off renovating your home for a long time. It’s not a task for everyone, especially for those who doesn't have the spare time to do it themselves. With all the things to be considered, it can really overwhelm anyone. But with your set goals to achieve, this is really the best solution. I hope you’re getting closer in finishing everything, even the minor task like installing new carpets, closet, and blinds. Hang in there!

    Sharon Scoffins @ Flooring Your Way