Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Greetings dear friends!  I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Time has gone by so quickly for us here.  We have been on the road since August and before I knew it, Christmas was here!  I didn't even send one Christmas card out and I feel bad about that.  I received a beautiful card and sweet holiday wishes from Sweet Sue.  I am so thankful for the friends I have met through blogging.  I also received a couple gifts that I want to share with you now.  

Shirlee from Easily Influenced Stitcher sent me this pinkeep that she made so beautifully.

I love the primitive look of this.  Shirlee added a rusted pin and jingle bell to it to finish the look.  I have to say here after reading a few posts on Shirlee's blog about how she has had so much trouble finishing her pieces I now know she finishes her things very beautifully and professionally.  I could take a lesson from her! Thank you so much Shirlee for thinking of me.  I will treasure this always. 

I received this next gift from Cath of The Stitchin' Chicken.  She must know that I like the colors blue and white together because she made me this beautiful little pin pillow in sampler fashion.

I am always drawn to pieces with letters and numbers so this will fit right in.  I just love it Cath!  I thank you so much.  Your timing was perfect because I received it in the mail on Christmas Eve.  

While visiting family in PA my mother gave me a few dolls that belonged to my grandmother.  I will put a few other pictures on a future post of the other beautiful dolls but for now I want to show you just one. 

When I first pulled him out of the box I said "no thanks" but he grew on me.  We picked up an outfit from the infant section at Walmart and it was a tight squeeze.  He's a bit too chunky for the newborn size!

On our travels this Fall we picked up a few things from antique/thrift stores.  Of course you know we were suffering from a shortage of Ball jars (NOT) so we picked up a few more.
They are waiting for Masterchief to find a proper display case to put them in.  

I found a few things for me too.....
....a couple more old sewing baskets that I like to collect, some old lace and some wooden thread spools all with black thread on them.  

I am slowly finding my stitching mojo.  I picked up the Saxon Sampler and have put a few stitches in it.
I was very relieved when the thin line that is part of the border actually met the other end perfectly.  I'm sure some of you know that sinking feeling when it DOES NOT!  

Back in November, Lisa from The Inspired Stitcher did a post that mentioned this book about samplers.  She would make a good sales lady because after reading about it I knew I had to have it.  Masterchief found a good deal online and I was thrilled when it arrived in the mail.  

I have read the entire book from cover to cover already.  It is so interesting to look in to the lives of those young girls (and two boys) and to get to know them a little bit through their needlework.  I learned a lot with this book and would recommend it to anyone!

I'll leave you with one last picture.  I can't help it!  

I had to get all my lovin' time in before it was time to come back home.  She so precious!  

Well that's about it for this post my friends. Thank you for visiting and I wish you all a very blessed beginning to your New Year.  Where did the time go anyway?  It seems the older I get the faster time flies. 

Till next time....
~~Peggy Lee

Friday, December 21, 2012

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38,
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate. 
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air. 
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. 
They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say. 
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. 
"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse. 
"This is heaven" declared a small boy, "we're spending Christmas at God's house." 
When what to their wondering eyes did appear, 
but Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near. 
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same. 
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name. 
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring, 
those children all flew into the arms of their King.
 As they lingered in the warmth of His embrace, 
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face. 
 As if He could read all the questions she had, 
he gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of Mom and Dad." 
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below. 
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand, 
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!" 
"May this country be delivered from the hands of fools" 
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!" 
Then He and the children stood up without a sound. 
"Come now my children, let me show you around." 
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran, 
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can. 
 I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight, 
"In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT." 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Looking for a Shop....

Hey Friends!  A very chilly "HELLO" from Ann Arbor Michigan.  I was called last Monday morning while shopping in Walmart to come to Michigan and start work the next day.  It was a 7 hour drive for me.  Not so bad.  We are working at the Ford Nuclear Research Center on the North campus of the University of Michigan.  They removed their reactor in 2007 and we are here to conduct the final status survey.  In other words....we are making sure they got all the bad stuff out of there.  For the most part they did.  We found two spots but they are minor.  

It's absolutely FREEZING in this building and no matter how many layers I wear I can't seem to keep warm.  

Well....I was going to put a few pictures here but the darn thing says I'm out of space.  I don't have time to mess with it now so I suppose this post will go "naked".  

Now for what I really wanted to post about.......

It is possible this job will be over for us on Wednesday or Thursday.  When I travel for work I like to look up a shop to visit.  Does anyone know of a stitchy shop near Ann Arbor, MI?  We will be traveling east on 80 to go back to PA so that means we will also be going through a bit of Ohio.  Maybe around Toledo.  I know I could try to look them up but I thought I would send the word out on here and see if anyone could suggest a shop before I go digging.  

Must get to bed now.  I know it's only 7:20pm but we get up pretty early and this job is a real brain drain!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.  Oh...and a big (((hug))) to everyone who sent well wishes and congratulations for the birth of my grand daughter.  Thank you so much!

Thanks for stopping in.  Hopefully my next post will be from Kentucky.  I can't wait to get there!

~~Peggy Lee