Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another Texas Ornament stitched

I finished the 1st day of Texas Christmas this evening. I will do one or two more next month.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mail Art Arrived

I opened my mail box today, and found this lovely stitched envelope from Cynthia. This is part of the Mail Art exchange on the TOL board. Cynthia stitched a lovely, cheerful spring piece for me and finished it expertly!

Inside, she have included some postcards from where she lives, and lovely greeting card, a pocket calendar and some really cute frog buttons!

I still need to finish my piece to send off to my partner. I will post a picture once it has been received.

Thank you Cynthia, I really love it!

Friday, February 20, 2009

2009 Texas Stitching

The 2009 Texas stitching has begun!

I will be stitching one or two of the 12 Days of Texas Christmas ornaments each month until they are all finished. I started with the second day, and will do the first day next. After that I will proceed in the proper order.

The charts are by Red Bird Designs, and I am stitching on 32 count Lambswool, with DMC, Dinky Dyes and Splendor fibres.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Eddie's Sampler

Eddie was born six months ago, and I just now had a chance to stitch his birth sampler. His mom picked it out, and I stitched it for him. I still need to frame it, but at least the stitching is done.

This is Baby's Sampler by Sue Hillis, stitched on 28 count white Jubilee with DMC Floss.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Happy Birthday, Viki!

Happy Birthday to my first born. Here she is with the kids who sang to her on Sunday, along with the cupcake with three candles, one for each decade.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kinderfasching, take 2

Saturday was the 2nd of two Kinderfaschings (Children's Mardi Gras) that was held at our German club. This one is more like a fun fair, with games and prizes.

This was the popular egg basket game.

We also had Bozo buckets and a number of other games. When a child won, he or she received a "winner" ticket.

Winner tickets could be cashed in for various prizes, and the kids loved going "shopping".

And Fasching wouldn't be complete without Krapfen, made by our Omas.

A good time was had by all. I went for a pedicure and foot massage when it was all over.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine Mail

My Valentine Exchange package arrived, and surprise (!) I received from Suzie, to whom I had also sent. Lots of goodies including some socks. I had included valentine socks in the package to her. Great minds think alike!

Thank you Suzie! I love everything you sent!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine Stitching

Now that my exchange partner has received her package, I can show you what I have been stitching. Suzie was my partner in the TOL Valentine Exchange. I stitched her a floss ring tag that was added to the other things I sent.

It is stitched on 25 count light rose lugana, with one strand of WDW Strawberry Fields floss over one thread of fabric. The chart is a freebie that I found somewhere on the internet.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


This evening, my father was presented with the Bundesverdienstkreutz,

Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik, Deutschland (Federal Cross of Merit, Order of Merit of the Federal Repbublic of German) for over 50 years of service to promote the German language, culture and customs abroad. It is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.

The award was presented at a small reception in his honor by The Consul General, Wolfgang Drautz, this evening.

We are all very proud of Dad!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

To all my Australian friends

I pray that all of you are safe, and ask everyone to keep you in their thoughts and prayer.

For those of you who are not aware of the situation in Victoria, the bushfires have claimed so many lives and destroyed entire towns and villages. Coral has the article that goes with this picture on her blog.

Kristeen wrote the other day:

Southern Australia has been in severe drought for the last 10 years or so. We are on the harshest water restrictions ever.The temps over the last two weeks have been severe here, up to 50oC or 120o F. What little greenery that was left was totally dryed out. Our farm is usually green but there is nothing left here but baked earth and we are not in the firepath.The bushland here is full of native Eucalypts, which are full of oils. Once the trees and bush dry out the oils literally explode.The bush is incredibly thick, most of these areas are inaccesable. These small communties are mostly farming and milling areas. Kinglake, Whittlesea, Kilmore are mostly small hobby farms less than an hour from the CBD. Marysville, Buxton, are tourist towns in magnicifent dense bush. Alexandra, Yea are farmlands. Bendigo is a large country town,off hand with a population of 500,000 +. Druin and Gippsland are well populated farm areas. Coldstream, Yarra Glen, Healsville are semi suburban areas. (approx 20 mins from me)The high dry winds blew the fires at alarming speeds. Combined with dry grass, dry Eucalypts and oil, and no water, inaccesable terrain, not enough manpower, loss of communciations, this was just a fireball. The heat was so intense it has totally sucked out the oxygen. Flames were up to 30 meters high. Houses have literally just exploded. The speed of this fire was terrifying.Friends in Toolangi were told the fires were at least 2 hours away and they were evacuating, but the firestorm raged through in less than 10 minutes. From when Edwina and Brendan 'saw' flames to the time they reached the farm, Ed estimated less than 4 minutes.So much of the bush was burning so fast there was nowhere to go.Brian Naylor was Melbournes best known news presenter for 30 years. He and his wife lived at Kinglake for almost 40 years."Both he and his wife have been found dead.

And then last evening wrote:

Ok, east Beenak road has been upgraded to urgent threat. It is the other side of the launch-gembrook road, (the far end of our road). We don’t think we are in any real danger,but the neighbours have been on the phone wanting to know if we plan to leave or stay. They are staying, we are putting our fire plan into action now, been out filling water containers, etc, got the cats all inside, will keep the dogs to normal routine til or if we have to do anything drastic. It is a slow moving fire, approx 20 ks away and a lot of open pasture between us and it. Russell is cleaning and filling the gutters as I type. Will keep watch again overnight, will let you know as early as I can tomorrow how things are going. Russell has cancelled his trip tomorrow to Sydney!!!! Just preparing! CFA is concerned that Healsville and Bunyip fires will merge. The wind has picked up but things still look and feel ok, still no smoke or ‘that gut’ feeling yet. Dont panic, we plan to fight this one out, its not a firestorm, like Saturday. Yes, we will keep safe. Plan is to get the animals into the bathroom, its the safest room in the house. Talk tomorrow.

Then another update ...
Ok, they have just downgraded us to Alert instead of Urgent threat! Phew!! Still we will be vigilent tonight...See you tomorrow ....Love Kristeen

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Today I would like to wish daughter, Viki, and my son-in-law, Trey (aka: the Texan) a very happy 5th Wedding Anniversary!
(Trey isn't really that much taller than Viki, he is just standing on a step.)

Friday, February 06, 2009

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

February 6th is a memorable day. Not only is it Ronald Reagan's birthday, and my boss' birthday, but it is also the anniversary of the day I gave birth to my youngest child Kristin. It seems like it was just yesterday that she made her appearance, and all of a sudden it is 25 years later! Where has the time gone?

Happy Birthday, Kristin!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Surprise in the Mail!

Last week, I was browsing on e-bay, when I came across a seller that looked to be selling illegal copies of cross stitch charts. They all had different names, and were advertised as being available on CD or as an e-mail attachment. Sounded very fishy to me. I contacted a few of the design companies via e-mail addresses on their web sites, but knew full well that not much would be done about the illegal activity.

I was very surprised, when just a few moments later I received a reply from Marc Saastad, the talent behind The Silver Lining. He was most gracious and thanked me for letting him know. Ironically, the chart of his that I had noticed was Humboldt Coast, one of the next large projects that I plan to start once I get few other things out of the way. We e-mailed back and forth for a bit about his charts, etc.

Imagine my surprise when I received an envelope from him this week. Enclosed was the chart pack for African Violets #4. It is autographed and there was a lovely note from Marc enclosed. I hope to be able to stitch it soon!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Cup of Tea?

I finished the first of 12 whimsical tea cups that I plan to stitch this year. This is the January Tea Cup, and it coordinates with last year's January Teapot.

It was stitched on 30 count Weeks Dye Works linen in gunmetal, with WDW and GAST floss.

This is the first of the 2009 Stitch Every Day Series by Just Another Button Company.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom!

Today is my mother's 80th birthday! So please join me in wishing many happy returns of the day.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Weather forcasting

According to the Daily Herald:

First, the bad news: Woodstock Willie, the Chicago area's best-known four-legged weather prognosticator, saw his shadow this morning, dooming us to six more weeks of winter.

The good news? Groundhogs may be adorable furry creatures, but when it comes to meteorological prophecies their record falls short of their reputation.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Janyary Progress - February Goals

January Progress
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas done
January Teacup – Just Another Button Company started
1 block on Northwoods afghan (5) done
Mystery sampler part 5 done
10 hours on Guardian Angel didn't get to it
M&K’s Wedding sampler, start didn't get to it
10 hours on a baby sampler didn't get to it
TOL Mail Art Exchange piece didn't get to it
2 Texas ornaments didn't get to it
scissors fob done
Model Valentine Tree #1 done
Model Valentine Tree #2 done
Model Valentine Tree #3 done
Model Loves Me done
Model Envelope done
Model Bluebird done
Model heart done
Valentine floss ring tag done

February Goals
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas
finish January Teacup
February Teacup – Just Another Button Company
1 block on Northwoods afghan (6)
Mystery sampler part 6
10 hours on Guardian Angel
10 hours on a baby sampler
Quilt Square for Love Quilts
small for Diva exchange
2 Texas ornaments