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Are you happy where you are in your life???

I wanted to start out my post today with this Mandy Hale quote… I love it and think it may be meant for you too!

I finished the wedding wallhanging including the hanging sleeve using an AQS Youtube to help me πŸ™‚ I will share after the lovely couple has received and opened their wall hanging… I think they will love it though ❀

I have been making my honey a new shirt… it has been a while and I made this pocket just way too big so I will be fixing that today by hand!

I have enjoyed my Singer 319w being set up safely… I put the binding on the big quilt I finished before we moved and have been slowly taking time here and there to finish it…

It is then ready to wash… no need to label as I already did.. this quilt is meant for our bed πŸ™‚ this hand stitching will definitely be on my list to spend time with today!

All this plus more I can’t share with you yet makes today a perfect day for quilting!!!!

Hope over the Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching brigade HERE <<<< and see what others are sharing πŸ™‚

In the meantime I am listening to “Atomic Habits” and “Decluttering at the Speed of Life” on Audible and enjoying them each immensely… then I listen to music some or watch on Youtube some other faves…

Meanwhile my honey has put the finishing touches on the bar in the kitchen…

It is perfect for us and for this cabin…. we feel sooo blessed! Happy Sunday friends ❀

In the Home Stretch …

The Wedding Quilt for my son and his bride to be is almost done y’all!

Molly is always near by…

I am binding the last side now so by the time you read this I should be whip stitching down the hanging sleeve for it πŸ™‚ That is THE LAST STEP before washing and wrapping for presentation on Valentine’s I am hoping πŸ˜€ Linking this awesome progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE << Come see her working on her oldest UFO πŸ™‚

So how did I make this happen you ask?

Me and my Cleopatra sewing early morning in the living room πŸ˜‰
How my honey prefers I set up temporarily … lol!

So when I took their wedding quilt off the frame to move the refrigerator there when the new one came in…

Then the bar is finally in place and getting polyurethane coated for durability.

Slowly we are making this place ours… and feeling more and more like this is it πŸ˜€

Hope you have a blessed Sunday and find something in this crazy world to be grateful for.

Happy Sunday my Stitching Friends!

As I reflect on this week in America I am sad then I am proud that we can dust ourselves off mentally and move forward. That is a good thing and all I will mention about all of the events of this week in America …

Grabbed from my friend Cathie to share with you all!

We have made great progress this week around here… Rick got a recliner… we located cushions for the rocking chair… other chairs found other places to be too… I went through the final non sewing room box in the house and we rearranged a bit after that. Rick got a kitchen bar he is building in usable condition waiting for stain and a top for it … and where is that skill saw he wonders????!!!

I got the above organizer for my computer monitor to sit on which lives on a cool wood and formica hotel style table with no drawer… here in the bedroom… I don’t use it much anymore… just to blog and search for items we wanna buy actually … I look at emails and such on my phone more lately! So this is a fine place for it to land in our little cabin.

I plan to put on fresh nail polish strips today so all my nail stuff is out you can see… otherwise this is my contained clutter I love living with πŸ™‚

I really enjoy having “pretty” nails and I work and quilt…

Grabbed from that same friend as the first MEME and edited to make appropriate for any day! LOL

So now to share you you all and Kathy Quilts Stitching crew You can find them all HERE)…. I have had a productive week… I did work on the chicken but no more pics of them for a bit… I want the recipient to be surprised with what I do next πŸ˜‰

I got so much done this week… I may be able to slow stitch my way off the frame today… The texture of the quilting will have them touching it all the time I think! It is sooo cool!!!!! But seriously, then it will have to rest for a bit… I have the binding, backing, label, extra fabric if I think of anything else I need and enough for the hanging sleeve for them… I have talked to them about hanging this…so it is green light for their upcoming wedding in April EXCEPT I need to focus on getting my sewing room set up from boxes! lol

Yep, my sewing room has had NO attention.. I have been fine with that but I have mending and hemming to do, shirts to cut out and sew together for my honey and a couple quilts to throw together as I have time… I need my sewing room now! lol

As I have been cleaning, organizing, sorting, sewing, and quilting and embroidering… I have been listening to podcasts and Audible books on my phone through my headphones…

First I wanna share Atomic Habits by James Clear… the author of the book reads it and it is LIFE CHANGING. My son Michael is gonna listen to it so we can challenge each other and have someone to hold us each accountable… I am excited.. On chapter 3 on this one and LOVE IT!!!

Next up I got my Bible when I unpacked initially and I am ready to attempt to understand this book better with this online podcast that is also on YouTube from the first season which is similar to the 3rd season of this year of the bible series. It is amazing how Tara Leigh Cobble’s commentary challenges you personally to read and make your own assessments… HERE is a link to the Youtube Playlist if you are interested ❀

It is an oasis of calm in the midst of this week in history! Look toward God y’all!!!! funniest thing is… I never read non fiction and both of these studies are non fiction! lol

Have you ever plugged in a good book or some music and just quilted, cleaned, organized whatever and realized 30 minutes and lots of accomplishments had happened??? That was my week πŸ™‚

Take care my friends and thanks for leaving a comment about you favorite part of this post today… I would love to continue to provide you with uplifing content πŸ˜€

A Busy Entrance into 2021!!!

As we all enter the New Year…. we do it differently… this has been a very busy entrance for us πŸ™‚ A friend shared this meme on facebook… I thought I would share with each of you!

I put on fresh nail strips in anticipation of the new year coming….

And I have hand quilted like crazy this week amongst other goings on…

I didn’t have time to sit down with the chickens yet… lol! But I have made great progress above from the bottom of the wall hanging where I was last week πŸ™‚ Linking this progress to Kathy’s gang of hand stitchers…. HERE <<<<<

We scored a new stove to accompany our new microwave… black stainless is soooo yummy!!!!

And here you can see how we have set up our living room with my honey’s new recliner and I am using the nice wooden rocking chair πŸ™‚

We had a couple days of warm weather and got to enjoy the house all opened up. But today it is back to needing the heat on and the doors shut… soon spring will emerge as fast as time is flying though! lol

If you look above you see 2 big black rolling chairs at my frame… 1 is waiting to go to my sewing room which is full of boxes and waiting to get organized… but the bedroom and the living room / kitchen are looking mighty fine already πŸ˜€

I am starting my days out lately to balance the busyness…with a devotion my aunt I was named after gifted me and I recently found again….

I am also listening to a podcast on the Bible. It is such a different way to hear about it than I was used to in church … I am really enjoying the deep subjects she leaves us with each day called “The Bible ReCap”.

And not to worry… I am still working on organizing and paring down where able… but minimalism just doesn’t work for us… I love my fabric and such and my honey loves his tools and other hobbies. πŸ˜€

So Happy 2021 from me to you!

We have about 5 more loads to get from storage… the rest won’t fit so we will be selling the remains as a lot… it is heartbreaking for us as we only stored our favorite things… but our most favorite things are each other and our hobbies. How would you choose???

In the comments let me know what you think of my 2021 new closure too ❀ thanks for visiting!!!!

Post Christmas Relaxation & Stitching ….

I certainly hope you had a very Merry Christmas… now we can look forward to a new year and hopefully vaccines for all that want them to fight this nasty virus!

We had a fun Christmas in our new home….

I put the wall hanging for my son and his bride to be on my quilting frame and mapped out additional hand quilting… THIS is all I can share at the moment as I don’t want them to see what I am actually doing thus far… BUT I have rolled the quilt on the frame already and am moving on up πŸ™‚

I also started stitching on the other chicken I had on this panel…

My hope is these will be mug rugs for a great friend of mine … by her request πŸ™‚

We had a good snow on Christmas Eve that lasts still till today…

We had about 4 inches overall and it has been wonderful to enjoy!

My honey got my a gift certificate to our local quilt shop and picked up a charm pack of some fabric he liked. I plan to make a table runner for our island we are making in our kitchen…

Using dresdens and picking up another charm pack to make 5 dresdens to make the length we want … I’ll use the gift certificates to pick up some yardage for the project too! So excited πŸ˜€

I also picked up a cute long sleeved shirt to wear in this chilly weather we are having…

And made sure to have a fresh manicure for the season ….

My nails are getting much better care now that we are settled and I can moisturize daily again πŸ™‚ This set of nail strips is called “Wrap it up”… I love it πŸ™‚ My honey says they look like candy canes! lol

My question for you all???? >>>> How should I make this second chicken look more like a girl than a boy… I feel like the completed one looks like a guy… so now I need to make the other look more girlie… I will add their names with embroidery on each mug rug… but these are special people to me and I would like YOUR feedback πŸ™‚ <<<<

I hope you had a merry Christmas even if you didn’t get to see all the family you usually do… we stayed to ourselves for safety πŸ™‚ Waiting for the immunizations to become available…. we are happy to welcome 2021 and welcome new leadership soon after as well.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week ahead!

As Christmas Approaches….

We are slowly getting settled in our new home… it is a cabin in the woods and it is delicious!!!

Christmas Card from one of my son’s (Michael) and his bride to be!

Last week I did blog post but it did not include any quilting or stitching… so I did not link anywhere and later found out that that post is a static post I had named “It’s Christmas time in the country” and not a blog post! lol Now I can’t figure out how to change it or link you to it but if you wander around my site here… you will find it πŸ˜€

Molly has done well with the transition from free run in her yard in our previous home to going out on leash now… she is doing great actually and loves our new home!

So this week I am here … we have had a busy week emptying 1 storage unit in our Rogue. And now we are bringing one load at a time to our new home from the other storage unit closer to where we used to live or about *45 minutes from here*. Keep us in your thoughts as we continue to work on that storage unit … most of it will be sold, given, donated, etc as we have lived a while without it but some it my quilting and fabric stuff πŸ™‚

I love this Bonnie-ism and wanted to save it to share with you all!

My honey already got my frame back up and I actually loaded the wedding quilt I am stitching on for Michael and Kristen on the frame so no pics of that!!!!

But I can share the pepper grinder red work I finished this week….

And the chicken I started on next πŸ™‚

Here is a view of our bedroom… with the quilt I hand quilted last year on it…. the one I just finished quilting before the move is still waiting for binding to be added and that won’t happen til my sewing room gets a bit of organization and attention by my honey….

I found this on Facebook and immediately agreed with Charlie Brown… I have everything I need.. we are donating a LOT right now and happy to have that opportunity to πŸ™‚

I am linking this heavily hand stitching post to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitchers HERE<<<<… I will spend the day doing hand quilting on the frame and hand stitching on the redwork … how about you??? What are you up to my friends??? Got all your Christmas making and baking done yet???

Hope you each have a very Merry Christmas and stick with the clan you live with if the virus is raging near you like it is here in the USA!

December 2020 is starting out kinda AWESOME around here!

Well we found the house we loved πŸ₯° last Tuesday, made an offer Wednesday… came to an agreement thanksgiving Thursday and today I am writing from our new home!!!

Our realtor made arrangements to safely share part of their Thanksgiving meal with us too.. his fiancΓ© is a private closing attorney so we scored the quick closing!!! Honestly the hotel was ok but the beds in this home are sooo much nicer! It came with a king and a queen bed… we are selling the king and all the linens that go with it…

Just top quality stuff.. you see it was a vacation cabin for some folks in south Florida… they occasionally rented it out but the inside is cabins and just like new with lots of furniture and house stuff we now have to cull through and bring in sell, donate, toss the rest!!! Wowee… y’all know I have been watching YouTube decluttering and simplifying vids and reading books from audible on the topic and while iOS nice the moving in weekend… we are still fairly paralyzed to continue to bring in our daily used things outside the immediate needs because this house has full kitchen cabinets, games to play, sheets and towels and blankets and throws… no quilts though! Lol

Molly likes going everywhere with us through this transition and yesterday we took her to Lowe’s home improvement store and picked out a few necessaries for the new house.

But look at some of the cute wall decor….

There is even an overview shot of this property and the neighboring properties as wall art!

But what has really given me peace during this time is my tight circle is friends and family… and stitching! Look at what got brought by my honey as necessary!!!

My red work!!! It gives me peace in the chaos of moving! What gives you peace in times like these? Please leave me a comment below! πŸ™‚ Linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE and hope I can put in a few stitches today too!!! Maybe while we wait for the bed buyers to show up this morning πŸ˜€

We have a gas fireplace that is very safe from our Molly… but we can’t figure out how to control it yet…. hmmm. It has a remote control too

So for now… I bid you adieu! We will be taking roofing, gutter, and exterior painting bids! keep us in you thoughts that COVID stays out of this home!!!

Have a blessed week ahead and may God touch your life specifically this week! Don’t forget to leave a kind word πŸ™‚ I value the time you share with me each week!

Moving Tomorrow!

Monday for us will be our official day to move out of our home… go to closing… check into a motel in town… and come back here to show her the ropes at her request πŸ™‚

Our biggest concern about moving right now is Covid 19. We wear masks and disinfect ourselves intermittently with alcohol on our hands and once home in the sink with a good long wash and sometimes change clothes to feel cleaner… Now we are moving into an environment that all these precautions may be moot… so yes we are hoping to find safety in a feeling in the motel… we will see πŸ™‚ Here is a photo of their photo of what the room should look like…

I finished my hand quilting on this quilt on my frame y’all! Linking this glory to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching linky group HERE <<<<

And here is the quilt once off the frame waiting for a label and binding 🀩

Here is my last application of Color Street nail strips from this home…

And a great book … not on minimalism but just plain organizing what you have and love… I am listening to this on Audible read by the author πŸ™‚

Here is a mountainous sunset as we were loading our things in a storage unit last night… Thanks for sticking around until the end πŸ™‚

I won’t have time today or tomorrow to respond to your comments as I usually do… we will be doing last minute organizing, cleaning, and packing a bit more too. So until my next time to write to you next Sunday I bid you adieu and stay safe!

Wild and Crazy Week to Share!

This week has been a true roller coaster but in the end we have a few answers and I got a LOT of quilting done to share with you too.. so grab a cuppa with me and let’s catch up πŸ™‚

I am having some pecan ring and a strong cup of coffee myself.. how about you???

I wanna commemorate this post to Alex Trebek! I love jeopardy and hope they keep it going somehow… I am glad he passed with family surrounding him πŸ’•

We are making final clean up for this property before we close the week of thanksgiving… no new home in the horizon yet but our belief is that if we stay vigilant God will provide!!!

Here is a view from a loft of a home we really liked but it has some moisture abatement that requires monitoring by a company… we want a house we won’t have to move from ever… so as beautiful as it was we passed πŸ˜‰

I was giddy to catch this photo of my son James with his daughter Ellie!!! Such a sweet family!!! He enjoyed his birthday as did my son Michael 🀩

I got my honey hog tied into a photo op! I love how this turned out!!!

I have really enjoyed the relaxation in this crazy week to hand quilt on Appalachian Delight this week…

I decided to add the yin yang as it has special meaning to Rick and therefore I wanted my signature on this quilt … besides my fabric label… to be the yin yang! I love it… what do you think?

So I have 1 more row of burgundy swags then I will do a wavy line 2 or 3 times to get to the top edge… all doable in this next week while packing and finding a rental… right??? Lol Linking all this slow stitching PROGRESS to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<

Last Sunday I mentioned a thread company I had discovered and gotten free samples of their mainly big stitch capable threads… Here is that link… >>> HERE

Before I close I wanna share an opportunity that presented itself… Karen Brown.. a You Tube personality in the quilting world .. agreed to have an online meeting with me regarding Hand Quilting… I am sew excited πŸ™‚ Here is one of her more recent vids…

If you made it this far please comment your fave part of this post or what you enjoy most about Sunday’s πŸ™‚

And the Pandemic Rages on in America

As we continue into November 2020… the Pandemic rages on. It is so sad to see so many people with debilitating illness from getting Corona while some get a sniffle or no symptoms and move forward… this is true for most of the world too I believe. I think New Zealand may be without many or any illness at the moment as well as Tasmania… both are islands that have quarantined well. Meanwhile in the US we are facing more Covid 19 than ever before!!! So how am I dealing??? Masking , distancing, washing and minding my to-do list below….

We are being warned against mingling with family and friends that aren’t in our circle of living daily during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend… while this doesn’t affect me much it certainly affects many around us who may choose to celebrate anyway or be very sad that they can’t celebrate with anyone… PLEASE find a way to distantly celebrate with a neighbor or family member who is alone right now y’all! We need to be there for each other in new and different ways. This week I gifted some Color Street nail strips to a new friend with a lengthy note attached for how to apply them and a link to a video to help her… she was overjoyed!!! Give it a try πŸ˜€

Today is my son’s birthday… James is 30 this year… so hard to believe. He has a wonderful wife and daughter and has yet to come visit us here in NC but they lead a very busy life at the moment raising kids and working.

Then on Tuesday my other son Michael has a birthday… He will soon be married and is celebrating 26 years of living in this crazy world πŸ˜€ He works for a Bank and enjoys wedding planning and hanging out with his bride to be Kristen. I talk to him weekly πŸ™‚

Wednesday is Veteran’s Day so if you served in the military I hope you have a blessed day. My honey was in the Army and is happy he did. The benefits through the VA are wonderful to him/us.

The Presidential election we had Tuesday the 3rd , had final count numbers close enough to determine a winner of the Presidential portion yesterday… there are still several run off elections scheduled so we won’t know all the results and these results will still need to be validated and recounted I am sure… but we will have a change in leadership to President elect Biden. He plans to start a new Corona Task Force made up of medical folks in the know on this virus starting this coming week. Of course all this happens on his own turf. President Trump will not accept any of the results until the recounts are in and he has taken others to court to see if anything may change… so we will see how things turn out in the end.

Meanwhile… we have been house searching like crazy and not watching much of the shenanigan’s going on television… who do you even watch anyway… everyone has a viewpoint they this in the most right. So far there has been one house we liked but much of the square footage is large walk in closet spaces … we don’t need that !!! So we are continuing to look for something that suits us best… we are looking between Bryson City, NC to Franklin, NC to Waynesville , NC in hopes that something different will come onto the market in our price range. We may wind up choosing one of these areas to rent a space so we can shop easier once this house sells. Speaking of this home… we have the appraisal on Monday and due diligence or time to change her mind for any reason is up on Friday. Then we are to close and be expected to move out on the 23rd. We are excited and ready to hand over the keys and start a new adventure… we just aren’t sure where that new adventure will be yet.

While all this has been happening… we leaf peeped during our searches like crazy!!!

These views … so beautiful and breathtaking… are why we are staying in North Carolina!!!

And I have made great progress quilting too!

I am coming to the ending of the center and by next weekend I should only have outer border to finish up. My plan is… once I do finish this center portion … is to mark the outer border completely to make it fit right like I did when I started this quilt many moons ago.. I will try to look that up for y’all next week. This week has just been too crazy though πŸ™‚ I am linking this great progress to Kathy’s quilt group linky HERE <<<

I also wanna share for those living in the USA a company I only recently learned of that produces different weights of heavy thread for tatting, crocheting and BIG STITCH QUILTING >>> Handy Hands is their name… I requested a FREE catalog of their thread and got all this…

I will enjoy using these samples in the future when we get moved! I am also pondering a youtube channel show featuring me hand quilting and sharing tips and tricks of the trade I have learned over the years once we are resettled! I would appreciate any feedback you have on this …

Please keep President Trump and President Elect Biden in your prayers as this transition after all the recounting occurs.. we need a peaceful transition here in the US.

Have a blessed week ahead each of you and please… if you made it this far … leave me a message.. I reply personally to each email left for me with a message πŸ™‚