Thursday, May 29, 2008
A few years ago when DH & I spent a week in Pennsylvania, we went to Hershey. I attended the CATS (Creative arts & textile show) where I had arranged to meet an online stitching friend from Maryland. Her hubby and my hubby went golfing while us girls had a blast at the show. This design by M designs was just one of the few items I bought at the show.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Supper this evening at their house was very entertaining. Both girls were very hungry and Sierra helped her father eat his chicken parmesan. For a while there, I thought serhe was going to eat the whole chicken breast! She loved it. We also had elbow pasta with tomatoe sauce and Brooke fed herself. DD put some pasta on her high chair tray and she was shovelling it in her mouth with both hands. When she finished the first batch she ate another helping and then a third helping. For a tiny baby, she ate a lot and I don't think I've ever seen such a small baby eat as much as she did. She was so funny and when she had finished eating, she was covered in tomatoe sauce from the tips of her fingers to her elbows and all over her face.
Just before supper, Sierra and I helped her Mommy with her 3rd birthday pary invitations. Sierra's job was to put stickers on the invitations and the envelopes. DD told her not to put stickers on the written portion of the invitations and she was very good aout putting them where it was not covering up the written portion. Then it was time to put stickers on the envelopes. Sierra would give either myself or my daughter a sticker and then tell us exactly where it had to go on the envelope. Talk about a drill sargeant! DD thinks she will probably grow up to be a teacher.
All in all, we had a great day with the little ones today and can't wait to look after them again soon while DD and hubby get a much needed break and can focus on each other and enjoy a meal or two for just the two of them.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I stitched this for myself. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am unique and rarely follow the crowd or a fad. I was a bit of a rebel in my younger years. This is stitched on 28 ct. light green jobelan over 2. It is by Raise the Roof designs.
This is a Lizzie Kate design that I stitched 2 years ago while on a week's holiday. DH & I own a timeshare condo and we exchange every year and spend a week at a condo. This year we will be going to Northern Michigan. This was a very quick stitch. Stitched on 28 count light tan Jobelan evenweave over 2.
I think it is the wet, cool day that is making me really sleepy.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
After lunch, I took Brooke upstairs and sat in the rocking chair with her, sang to her, and she fell asleep and slept for 2 hours. This is the 1st time since she was a baby that she would fall asleep for anyone other than her mother. It made me feel good knowing that she is comfortable enough with me to fall asleep as easily as she did. It made my daughter feel good too, knowing she can now go out and not have to worry if Brooke will fall asleep for me. I think she is already planning a night out with her DH when I can come over to baby sit.
In the afternoon, DH came over and we all sat outside on the deck. It was warm enough back there to take off our sweaters. Sierra had a blast picking dandelions.
My SIL arrived home and Sierra was overjoyed to see him as was Brooke. After dinner, Sierra fell asleep and my SIL was very tired from his long trip so DH and I came home. All in all it was a very good day and we did not get as much rain as they were calling for.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Made with genuine swarovski crystal bicone and cube beads and 3 mm silver beads. I have sold a few of the bracelets and have donated a proceed to the Canadian Cancer Society for Breast Cancer research. My MIL died of breast cancer in 2002.
I got the inspiration for this necklace from an online bead store that has lots of ideas. The necklace on the website did not have the swarovski pendant. The name of this necklace is Dawn's Early Light. Please contact me if you would like to order one. The cost is $35.00 CAD.
I love, love this necklace. It is made with genuine carnelian gemstone beads in 2 sizes along with silver bead caps and silver celtic design rectangular beads. Again, I got the idea from an online bead store but again, added my own personal touch with the swarovski flower pendant. This necklace was expensive to make and if I was to make another one for someone I would have to charge at least $50 - 75.00 as the carnelian gemstone beads and the rectangular beads are not cheap. I could make this necklace as short or as long as you would like it to be. I will be making a matching bracelet as well. I would charge $35.00 for the bracelet. The 1st time I wore this necklace to work, one of the ladies who works at the Tim Horton's store in our building went absolutely nuts and wanted me to make her one - that is, until I told her how much I would need to charge her. She knows well made and good jewellery when she sees it but I guess my price was a bit too much for her. She admires a lot of my necklaces and bracelets and is always asking if I am working on any new designs. Here is a close up of the carnelian necklace. This necklace looks stunning on a beige or white top.
Here is the full version of Dawn's Early Light.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Ik houd van lezend Nederlandse Dwarssteek blogs en sinds I don' t las of schrijft of voor die kwestie, begrijp zelfs Nederlands dat alles goed meer, I' ve die deze plaats gebruikt om de vertalingen voor me te doen. Ik kopi�ër en kleef en heb het enkel vertaald in het Engels. Wanneer I' ve verlaten commentaren, gebruik ik dan de vertaler en kopi�ër en kleef de commentaren in het Nederlands.
Oh how I wish I was in Keukenhof again! This is by far the most beautiful flower park in the world. I've been to Butchart Gardens near Victoria BC but Keukenhof is so much more beautiful. At least that is my opinion. We were lucky enough to visit Keukenhof in 1986 and we were also lucky that Holland had a late spring that year. All the flowers were in full bloom and I really wish I had had a better camera with me. If I ever win the lottery, one of the 1st places I want to visit would be Keukenhof and then I would want to go to Switzerland and Austria to see the beautiful mountains.
Keukenhof is near Amsterdam and is only open a few weeks a year and this year they will be open: 2008 open from 20 March to 18 May (including Sundays and public holidays.
If you are ever in the Netherlands in the spring, Keukenhof should be on your itinerary. I promise you won't regret it. Here is the link to their homepage. Make sure to watch the slideshow as it shows just how beautiful this park really is. Oh, and if you do go, take your camera and wear a good pair of walking shoes!
Oh hoe ik dit wens was ik opnieuw in Keukenhof! Dit is veruit het mooiste bloempark in de wereld. I' ve aan Butchart tuiniert BC dichtbij Victoria maar Keukenhof is zo mooier. Minstens is dat mijn advies. Wij waren gelukkig om Keukenhof in 1986 te bezoeken en wij waren ook genoeg gelukkig dat Holland de recente lente dat jaar had. Alle bloemen waren in volledige bloei en ik wens werkelijk dit ik een betere camera met me had gehad. Als ik ooit de loterij win, één van de eerste ik wil plaatst bezoeken zou zijn Keukenhof en dan zou ik naar Zwitserland en Oostenrijk willen gaan de mooie bergen zien. Keukenhof is dichtbij Amsterdam en is slechts open een paar weken per jaar en dit jaar zullen zij open zijn: 2008 opent vanaf 20 Maart aan 18 Mei (met inbegrip van Zondagen en officiële feestdagen. Als u ooit in Nederland in de lente bent, zou Keukenhof op uw reisroute moeten zijn. Ik beloof u won' t betreurt het. Oh, en als u gaat, uw camera neemt en een goed paar van het lopen van schoenen draagt!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I have finished a design for Sierra, her daughter and still need to get it framed. I have a picture of it, but as I took it with a cheap digital camera, the picture is terrible. I am currently working on one for Brooke her other daughter as well. I want to give the stitch pieces to them and am hoping that the girls will want to display them in their rooms. I feel sad that my stitched pieces may not be appreciated. I hope my daughter will have a change of heart and will display them in their rooms.
I will get both out and post a picture sometime this weekend. My camera's batteries need to be charged up.
Stitched for an exchange - stitched on tan 28 count jobelan evenweave over 2. I changed some of the colours to match the pillow tuck that an online stitching friend sent to me. After this photo was taken I stitched the design to the tuck so it wasn't wrinkly when I mailed it out.
Hinzeit's Charmed Baseball - done for my hubby who is a sports fanatic but baseball is his favourite sport. Just need to get this framed. Stitched on light blue evenweave lugana over 2. I want to get a light wood colour frame for it as I have some baseball plastic charms that I would like to glue to the frame.
Monday, May 5, 2008
This is the tablecloth I am still working on. This is counted cross stitch but as the holes are big, I am doing it with 4 strands of floss. This is the 1st corner, completed. I have almost completed a 2nd corner. I am hoping to finish this UFO before the end of this year. I plan to work on it when I am on vacation for a week next month. Hubby is working for 3 days that week, so I should be able to get a lot more done then.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I would stitch a square for one of their any child quilts. That way, I would not be obligated to a deadline.
The stories of the children has touched me immensely and if I can contribute by stitching a square, I will feel that I have done something worthwhile with my stitching.
on four things about me-
Four Jobs I’ve Held
Registered Nursing Assistant
Grocery Store Cashier
Credit Assistant for Appraisal Services at a large Canadian Bank
Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over
Four Places I Have Lived
Scarborough, ON Canada
Oshawa, ON Canada
The Netherlands - I was born there
Blenheim ON Canada
Four TV Shows I Like
Extreme Makeover Home Edition
Take this house and sell it
Four Favorite Foods
Coconut Cream Pie
Veggies and dip
Fruit and Yogurt dip
Prime Rib of Beef
Four Places I would Rather Be
Watching a good movie on TV while knitting or stitching
At a resort in the mountains
Keukenhof in Hollan - gorgeous park near Amsterdam with loads of spring flowers
At a spa, being pampered
Friday, May 2, 2008
2. Where will you be 10 years from now?
3. How were you like at 10 years old?
4. What woman do you consider a 10?
5. What man do you consider a 10?
1. Living in the house I am living in now and working for a friend's Lawn Care business as an Office Manager.
2. Retired and living near my grandchildren.
3. Happy, not a care in the world, loved playing outside and going for bike rides.
4. Sally Field cuz she's a great actress (Norma Rae)
5. George Clooney and Mel Gibson - couldn't pick just one.
*Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following…
*they have to be real places, names, things…nothing made up!
1. What is your name? Anna
2. 4 letter word: Ache
3. Vehicle: Alero
4. City: Amsterdam
5. Boy Name: Allan
6. Girl Name: Alice
7. Alcoholic drink:
8. Occupation: Auto mechanic
9. Something you wear: arm band
10. Celebrity: Angela Lansbury
11. Food: Apple pie
12. Something found in a bathroom: Ajax cleanser
13. Cartoon character: ??????????
14. Reason for Being Late: Accident
15. Something you shout: Ahoy there matey!
16. Animal: Aardvark
17. Body part: Adam's apple
18. Word to describe you: Awesome!
Okay, now it's your turn!