Saturday, April 14, 2018


I thought today would be the perfect day to show a little more of my anniversary weekend of fun. First, lets go back a few years.

If you know me, you know I'm a bit of a Bon Jovi fan. A little late to the game - in the eighties I was raising babies and watching Sesame Street. I'm trying to make up for lost time. :)

May 2011
 Houston Texas

 My first show was in Houston and we had seats in the nose bleed section. I don't have many pictures because I had just got my iPhone and really hadn't figured out the camera part. 

Last year was concert number two.

 Hubby took video of the whole opening song (This House Is Not For Sale). I just took a couple of photos of the screen but it is an awesome video. (you can probably find it on You Tube)
Seats were better than the first show, but still room for improvement. 

 February 2017
Dallas Texas

Last post, I told you about my fun stitching weekend. I made it home Sunday afternoon - did a little laundry, packed my bag again and left for Dallas Monday morning. Monday evening was concert number three!

This time we had great seats! The photos are a little washed out because of the lighting, (and I still haven't mastered that camera) but the view was awesome in person!


March 2018
Dallas Texas

It was a great show! Already looking forward to the next one - whenever that will be.
(I'm thinking floor seats?)

Today, the guys are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wish the ceremony was being broadcast live, but it's not. (will be on HBO in a few weeks, but we don't have HBO) Hopefully some video will show up on You Tube.

Congratulations Bon Jovi!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Starting to catch up - slowly

Happy April! I'm sitting here drinking hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. I know for some of you that would not seem strange but this is Texas. Usually once Easter is passed it's safe to bring out the flip-flops! (assuming you ever put them away in the first place!)

This is a picture heavy post so I will try to keep the words to a minimum.
Two weeks ago (March 23) hubby and I celebrated 39 years of  wedded bliss. We went to brunch and spent the day together before he took me to meet up with the girlfriends to go to our annual stitching retreat. The group is limited to 40 and there is always a waiting list in case someone drops out. We had a few first timers this year. (of course we left our deposits for next year!)

 We spread out and make ourselves at home for the weekend.

 We don't go hungry!

 While this was year #14 for the 3 of us, it was the 20th year for the retreat. One of our projects was this sampler that has a square to represent the theme from each of the 20 years. I had almost finished the first square when I figured out I had not started in the right place. I haven't restarted it yet. 

 I have almost finished the little sheep for the scissor keep.

 This goes on the top of a box.

 On the inside of the box, the first layer is a pocket. Under that layer is a padded space to store other stitching goodies.

 I had to take 3 pictures to get all the way around the pinkeep/drum.

 We all got special tumblers.

This is most of the stuff I came home with. The bag in the upper left corner contains all the charts, stitching fabric and finishing fabrics for all the projects. The floss in the front is the color palate we worked with. Everything this year was stitched with wool floss from The Gentle Art. I haven't had a lot of stitching time since I have been home but I'm enjoying stitching with the wool. (except for the fact that I think I may have a slight allergy to it - really gets my eyes itching and watering when I stitch with it)

Anywho. We made it back home mid-afternoon on Sunday. I had the afternoon to do laundry and repack so hubby and I could head out on another trip Monday morning. I'll tell you about that next time! Look for lots of pictures then too! 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter - a day early

I have had a busy week - took two trips back to back. Lots of fun but I don't have my photos together yet so I'll share those in the next couple of posts.

In the meantime, here are a few pictures of Easter decor around the house. Don't have much but I've plopped a few things around.

 Love decorating this little while cabinet. 
I put the lights in at Christmas and decided to leave them.

Yes, the jewelry tree stays out all year.

 A few things on the mantel 


and a bunny

Another bunny in the laundry room

and yet another one in the kitchen

I've had this little egg tree for a long time - still cute!

 How about a little chickie

 and another bunny

And some eggs hanging on my little white feather tree in the sewing room.

I went to a stitching retreat, then the hubby and I spent a few days in Dallas. I still have tote bags to unpack - have no idea why I take so much stuff to stitching retreats but I always over pack.

Anywho - hope you all have a great Easter weekend. 

More later!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Quite the close up, huh? Already had this picture on my computer and it was easier to pull it up than to get up and take another but you can see what the frame looks like. I have 7 out of 12 of these little cuties stitched up and I change them out monthly. (they are Lizzy Kate's - don't know if they are still available - sure going to miss seeing new designs from her!) Right now he is parked right in the middle of my Easter decor. The April one has Easter eggs on it - I may have to pull it out a little early. The fact that Easter jumps around can be a little hard to follow!

Going to hang out with the girlfriends for a bit this afternoon - we don't get to do it nearly enough these days. 

No green beer for me (I don't like beer) I'm a margarita girl and they are green, works for me!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Birthday Girl

This is turning into more of a birthday blog than a stitching blog!

Can't let the day go by without wishing my beautiful mother a happy birthday. Health wise, it has been a challenging year for her but she is stubborn (in a good way) and keeps on keeping on. 

Love you Mom. 

Hope your day is filled with all the things you love.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Happy Birthday JBJ

So, I have this picture hanging inside my craft closet (wall space in that room is very limited). Hubby says I'm a closet case. Is that a problem? I think not!

Happy birthday Jon Bon Jovi!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Just a quick post

Good Friday afternoon! There is actually some sun peeping out at the moment. It has been raining for a week and there is more in the forecast for the next week. Enough already!

 I can't remember if I showed these project bags so here they are (again?) Anyway - I again used Vonna - The Twisted Stitcher's tutorial and modified it a bit. I had some extra fabric so I made a couple of smaller ones too.
I am finally framing this Little House Needleworks piece. I'm not sure when I started it but I know my eyes were better because I stitched it over one! I changed the colors to match the house I was living in at the time (so it had to be pre-2009) after the yellow house with a green door we moved to a yellow house with a red door but I wasn't about to take out that over one stitching. I finished it in 2011. In 2016 we moved again and now have a yellow house with a blue door. (I like yellow houses!)
I've just got it propped in the frame so I could take a picture without the glare from the glass. (Same goes for the photo below)

This one is a Lizzie Kate design. I'm sure I speak for a lot of stitchers when I say I am going to miss seeing new designs from her. (in case you haven't heard - she is retiring) I still have many designs that have't been stitched but collecting is half the fun!
Anyway - I now have all the parts to get these two framed so I will be getting that done over the weekend.

Missed getting to go out to celebrate National Margarita Day yesterday so I think we may just have to go out to dinner tonight and celebrate a day late. :)

Have a great weekend!