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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Whatsoever Things Are Lovely...

The days are definitely getting colder here!  We had 3+ inches of snow this week, but today warmed up a little and sun was shining, and the snow has already melted away.

A few more lovelies 'grew' in 'Christmas Garden' this past week.

                   Just love those two sweet reindeer!

My dear friend, Janet and I decided that it would be fun to stitch 'Quaker Christmas II' together,  even though we are getting a bit of a late start.  We thought that it would be fun to get together for some special stitching days, and we'll 'sing' Christmas carols, as we stitch our way through this beautiful sampler!
This is my progress so far.  I have been having a bit of a challenge, trying to decide if I prefer to stitch using my preferred scroll rods or a large hoop.  I have swapped off twice on both, and today decided that I don't like all of the marks left by the hoop, so am going to try the scroll rods again.

I started at the center and am working to the right side.
Love these beautiful motifs!

Knowing how much I adore 'everything tea', Janet sent me this lovely card this week, which just happens to match one of my favorite teapots!

This has been a week of new beginnings, both for our family and our country.  Our son, Kevin, his wife and our two little grandsons have moved to our area, because he will begin a new job tomorrow!  We are beyond thrilled to have them living so nearby, and hope to spend time with them often:)
                             Two and a half year old Emerson, 
                          literally having a glorious time!

Then, lo and behold, our Christmas Cactus decided to bloom!

Isn't she just beautiful in all of her splendor?
If only this beauty would bloom again for Christmas!

On this beautiful autumn afternoon, thinking of so many things in our lives for which to be thankful, this favorite verse came to mind....

"Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."  (Philippians 4:8)

It is always my joy and pleasure to share with all of you dear friends.  I want you to know that my life continues to be blessed for knowing each one of you and for our lives 'crossing' with each other!

Blessings in Stitches & Friendship!


  1. Love your progress so far...I hate those hoop marks!

  2. What a lovely post, Kathy Ellen! I'll bet it is nice to have a stitching friend to spend time with. I'm blessed to be able to stitch with my daughter and we have such nice times together! You quoted one of my favorite verses as well. It always encourages me to spend more time in the Word!! Thanks for the reminder!


  3. Beautiful projects! How wonderful to have your son and family living closer!!

  4. Love the pic of your grandson! So cute! How wonderful that your son and family will be living close by now! Your Christmas Garden is looking so pretty! And I love how the Quaker Christmas piece is looking. Such gorgeous colors you're using! Just luscious! I have a fondness for Christmas cactuses. Mine is starting to form blooms as well! I'm so happy about it. :D

  5. How wonderful that your son and his family will be nearby, Kathy!! I know how much you treasure those precious grandchildren.

    Your Christmas Garden is looking prettier and prettier and I love your newest start... Such a perfect piece to be stitching this time of year :)

  6. Both Christmas stitching projects look wonderful. What a lucky Grandma you are to have your family moving closer!!

  7. Wow, your Christmas Garden is progressing very beautifully! I love this design, just don't know when I will get to it!

    Love your Quaker Christmas start! Mine is in cold storage ha ha!

    Your cactus is gorgeous!


  8. Love both of your pieces. Christmas Garden is just lovely. Same goes for Christmas Quaker. LOVE the color for that one.

  9. I love the BBD Christmas piece. It's coming along nicely. The new piece is going to be beautiful. Glad to hear that your son has moved close.

  10. we are stitching the same sampler : )
    i saw your comment on commited stitchers blog asking about the designer of the sampler she was working on - i dont think she will respond to your question - i will email you the link to the design.

  11. Lovely progress on Christmas Garden. Lovely new start. How lovely that your son and his family have moved nearby.

  12. A beautiful post, lovely stitching ,a very heart warming post thanks for sharing. hugs.

  13. Quaker Christmas is going to be amazing. Hope your recovery is going well.

  14. wow your new start is just so lovely..
    happy stitching.
    hugs xxx

  15. Lovely progress on both samplers.
    How lovely to have your family near!
    That Christmas cactus is a lovely color.

  16. Lovely stitching! I want to do the BBD Christmas piece, too. I need to take it out and figure what I need to buy for it. That's great that your son & his family will be in your area! I hope all goes well with his job. Beautiful Christmas cactus! All of mine are blooming now, too.

  17. It is always wonderful for families to be close. That is wonderful. Such very nice projects you are stitching.
    Does Meaghan like snow?

  18. Christmas Garden is beautiful and I love, love the Quaker Christmas II as well...so pretty!

  19. Congratulations to your son on his new job, wishing him well.

    Janet and yourself have a great plan for your SAL together, you've made a great start.

    Wonderful cactus, beautiful colour.

  20. Emerson is so cute! Looks like the balls are a hit! How wonderful to have him close, along with his parents too of course.

  21. I love your Christmas Garden and the Quaker too.

    I think the grandparents/grandchildren relationship is a really important one and it's so nice they'll be closer to you.


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