Thursday, November 22, 2012

So Very Thankful....

So VERY thankful for a dear, sweet daughter-in-law
who  allowed me to be a part of her birthing experience today. 

Laymie's mother on one side and me on the other, with Josh at her side
coaching her on.
Supporting her.
Encouraging her.
I'm so proud of them I could just squeal.
Which is exactly what both mother's did as Abby made her entrance.

The doctor turned around just in time to catch little Abby.

The proud parents allowed me to cut the cord.

Abigail Elliette
7lb 8oz
21" long

I hope your Thanksgiving was one you will always remember too!

~Peggy Lee

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Hint for Joy...

Ohhhh...I had to stop and think for a while of what day this is.  I should know this because tomorrow we are headed to PA.  Laymie's due date is the 25th.  I don't want to miss the birth of my precious granddaughter!  I am also so excited to give my little Liam a squeeze.  I miss him so much.  He's getting so big.

I realized that I didn't give so much as a hint of what Joy won with my giveaway.  I took a few pictures last night before I packaged it up but the pictures I took were of EVERYTHING.  That's no hint....that's just plain giving it away.  So I took another pic today......

Seems I went from one extreme to the other with the "hint" pic.  I wrapped it all up this morning and took it right to the post office to send it on it's way to Joy.  The only hints I can think to give are..

~ I  made one of the items during the summer and blogged about it.
~ I picked up a couple of the items at a really neat store called World Market in Georgia.  We don't have them here as far as I know.  I love to browse that store!

I am at a loss for another hint.  I hope Joy enjoys her box of goodies as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

While I was in town yesterday I stopped at the two antique/peddler's malls I like to visit.

Look what I found!

Masterchief  googled Gene and Glenn.  They had a radio show years and years ago that was very popular.  We listened to a couple songs they sang together.  This is an original tin and finding this inside was an added bonus:

I took this picture after I had already taken some of the old wooden spools out and did this:

I had to put one of Masterchief's jars in service.  I hope this one isn't one of his favorites.  I try not to pick the ones that would make him lightheaded if it were to break.

I also found a couple angels to add to my collection.  I'm sure I already have these somewhere around the house but I had to get them anyway.

These blue and white little figurines are my favorite because of their simplicity.  I don't care for painted on eyes or that gold trim I so often see on these.  Every once in a while I will see one at a peddler's mall or thrift shop and I know it's going home with me!

That's all I have to share tonight.  Sorry I haven't had much stitchy news lately.  My mojo hasn't revved up yet since being home and now we are leaving again!  I am looking forward to long comfy evenings sitting in my new chair with a heating pad at my feet stitching away on a sampler.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully the next post you see here will be the announcement of Abby's birth.

~~ Peggy Lee

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Drum Roll Please........

A big thank-you-hug to everyone who entered my giveaway here at Kentucky Sampler. I know I said I would be using a number generator thing but I'm such a dunderhead when it comes to those things.  I tried to figure it out.  Maybe I wasn't using the same one I've seen on some of your blogs.  Anyway....we did it the old fashioned way.  Masterchief did the honors.

The winner is.....





Please visit Joy's blog if you haven't already.  I was not a follower but as soon as I get done with this post I will be!  
Congratulations Joy!  I will be gathering your winnings in the next day or so to put in the mail.  Please contact me with your mailing address.  Thanks.


Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served our country.  Thank you.  A special thank you to WTCM R. Reynolds (aka my Masterchief) who retired after 23 years, 3 months and 10 days from our US Navy.  His daddy, SHCS R.Reynolds also retired from our Navy.  He passed away before I met my husband but I am still thankful for his service (he was on the USS Nevada during the Normandy Invasion.)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.  I appreciate the time you take to leave them!

~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, November 8, 2012

MORE Jars and Other Treasures...

How many of you sit with your fingers poised over the keyboard trying to think of a title for your blog posts?    Come on now, be honest!  I usually give up and start the post and try to think of a title later.  Which is what I've done just now.  Maybe by the time I'm done putting this together I will have thought of one.


First let me thank you all for leaving welcome home comments on my previous post.  Your thoughtful wishes warm my heart!  I have not replied to comments as I usually try to do this time for a couple of reasons.  1. I just turned off the word verification thingy and while I've figured out how to get your comments posted I am still working on replying to them from my email where they all show duplicate! A bunch of you are no-reply as well.  I hope you don't think I'm ignoring you when I can't reply to you.  2.  There are so many of you who entered my giveaway I would be replying for days!  Please know that if you expressed that you wanted to enter the are entered!  


We have been home for one week today and if you were to look at my house you'd think we just moved in! I have stuff everywhere.  Right now the 'over the range microwave' is in the middle of the kitchen floor.  Apparently it blew it's fuse and Masterchief is in repair mode.  

In my last post I said I would include more pictures on the next post of a few things we picked up here and there.  So let the uploading begin............

These jars only represent the enormous numbers of them all about the house.  I cannot begin to count how many we he won from Ebay or picked up along our travels recently.  When we arrived home and began to unpack I found jars slowly invading my kitchen.  On the table, here and there on the counters...I couldn't function in my own kitchen!  I went to the back room and grabbed one of my old enamel trays for a temporary home.  Ya hear that Sweetness?  Temporary.  :-)  ♥

Here's something else Masterchief picked up for himself.  And when I say himself, I really mean HIMSELF! I'm not going near this thing!

The Judge


We picked up our mail, excuse me.....our LOAD of mail on our way home and I found a couple surprises!  I was so excited I couldn't wait until we got home to open them.  The car was packed so tight, the only room for the mail was on my lap.  So there I was with boxes and flyers and envelopes up to my eyeballs.  In fact that's all anyone could see if they passed us....a set of eyeballs peeking over the edge of a USPS box full of mail.  

Bekca has been so generously gifting someone every month for their birthday and I was lucky enough to be chosen for August!  

In the envelope were these wonderful treasures.....a little bar of luscious smelling soap and a post card both from when she went on a trip to France.  Some threads, ric-rac and ribbon with the cutest little soldiers on it. I am certain the button tin will be home to a few stitchy related items. 

And from Shirlee.....

Just look at this lovely assortment of wool!  When I opened the package I squealed so loudly Masterchief almost went off the road!  Shirlee took the time to go through her stash of wool and sent some to me.  I can't wait to use it in finishing some things.  At the rate I'm going though that might be a while.  

Thanks so much ladies!  It's true...stitchy friends are THE BESTEST!!!  

Also during the month of August I won a giveaway offered by Shirlee.  It was a $25 gift certificate to my favorite OLS, 123 Stitch.  The entire time I was away working I was thinking of what I would order with it.  It seems my wish list gets longer each time I look at it.  How does that happen?  I added a couple bucks to the total and here's what I ordered...

How Great Thou Art
My Big Toe
 I stitched Great Is Thy Faithfulness in the Spring also by MBT.  These are lovely hymns!

Books of the Bible
My Big Toe
 I knew immediately when I saw this one that it was a MUST for my stash basket.  I don't know when I will start it but some day it will adorn my wall.

Tabithy Eaton Pin Pillow
Beehive Needleworks
This one is so cute, don't you think?  I also ordered two Belle Soie silks to use on Books of the Bible. 
Thanks again Shirlee!  You have been a doll in helping me to enhance my stash.  I will never be able to stitch all I have in one lifetime but since when does that stop us, right?


It's time for me to fess up.  I might like a jar or two every now and then.  I found a few Barbasol jars to add to my collection.


We got rid of these.....

......and picked up these......

The one on the left is mine in case you didn't know by seeing the ott light next to it.  I see many naps in our futures with these comfortable babies!  The couch and chair are still listed on Craigslist.  We hope to sell them soon, they are taking up space in our garage right now. 

Masterchief just got back from picking up a new fuse for the microwave.  He said he went up to the salesman and asked him if he had those kind of fuses and he replied..."are you sure it's blow'd?"  

Ah yes, it's good to be home.

There's something wrong with this picture...can you see it?

We have been home for a week now and haven't changed our calendar to November yet.  It was August when we left for work!

Don't forget to enter my Welcome Home giveaway on the previous post.  It ends Saturday night.
Welcome to all my new followers!  ~hugs~

Thanks for stopping by...

~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It's Good To Be Home!

Happy Saturday to all my friends out there in blogland!!  

I've been meaning to do a quick post here ever since we arrived home on Thursday afternoon but I've been running around here getting settled in to my old Kentucky home.  Alright well it's not that old but gosh I sure missed her!  After living in a hotel room since August, my modest sized home feels like a mansion.  

We took advantage of one of our treasured days off while in Georgia to do a little antique/peddler's mall shopping.  We both found a few treasures we felt we couldn't live without.  Of course you would be correct in assuming that Masterchief's treasure were practically all Ball jars or other jars of some sort.   For lack of time I only snapped one quick pic moments ago but will try to share a few of the others things in a later post.

I found this framed cover of an old magazine.  Please forgive the slant as I was trying to avoid the glare.  Click on the pic for a better view.  I love the look on her sweet face and just look at those big eyes!  This particular issue is dated April 1934.  I haven't decided if I will reframe it or not.  For right now it's going to stay where it is until I have more time to fuss with it.  

My unpacking efforts are going at a snail's pace it seems.  When we left home in August it was good old Summer time.  I sort of giggled when I first opened the dresser drawers and saw all our Summer clothes in there.  Well....there was a big sigh after the giggle because I knew what was ahead of me.  I can't really unpack the suitcases until I put those clothes away.  I also have to put all our work related items in one big bin to store until we are called to go somewhere again.  

Needless to say I have yet to stitch one little X. I had all good intentions to start stitching on one of the pieces that you all so kindly voted on in my last post but I was fighting a sinus cold and then came down with something else that I hope I never live to go through again.  I won't go in to details but I seriously thought my Masterchief was going to have to cart my behind to the nearest ER. Thankfully it went away just as quickly as it came on but it did take me a while to get back to 'normal'....whatever that is.  
Anyway.....Land Of The Free won by two votes over the Saxon Sampler so when I get all settled in here I will probably pick up one of them. 

As I mentioned in a previous post somewhere I want to offer a Welcome Home Giveaway.  While I was in Georgia I picked up a couple things to include and I'm sure I'll add a couple more things before the winner is drawn.  

So here's how it works............

If you are interested in entering my giveaway 
just leave a comment on this post only, telling me so.

For a second entry you can post about it on your blog
but you must tell me in a separate comment so I don't
get confused and only count you in once. 
Getting confused is coming easier to me recently.  

So that's it!  I usually have Masterchief draw a name for me but I think I will try that random generator thing. 
I will close the giveaway for entries on the evening of Saturday, November 10th. I will announce it sometime the following day.  Good luck!!

Right after I hit PUBLISH on this one I am going to try to figure out how to get rid of that annoying word verification thing.  It never bothered me before but it seems I can't figure the little letters and numbers out as well as I used to and I've noticed  most of you have done it on your blogs.  So I'll give it a whirl.  

Thanks for stopping by today friends!  I appreciate your comments so much.  I hope the remainder of your weekend holds lots of crossed threads for you. 

~~Peggy Lee