Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cross Stitch? Really?

I have a love of all things handwork. I have since I was a little girl and my grandma first taught me to cross stitch.

I just love to sit in a chair and stitch but the downside to that is that you can only have so many cute little pillows and wall hangings in your house, and your family eventually gets tired of getting one of your projects for every! single! holiday!

So, it's been a few years since I sat down with needle and thread (Unless you count my never ending love affair with hexies).

Just recently though, I have had a resurgence of desire to cross stitch. I am rather ambiguous about cross stitch. Part of me thinks "Oh, that's so tacky!" because I have a distaste for anything that was popular in the 80's =0P and the other part of me loves those quiet moments with needle and thread, watching with anticipation as the design emerges from the cloth.

Tacky or not, I am hooked again.

I've been making little rose themed projects to hang in the little closet that holds the commode in my bathroom. Starting with this ring of roses (Which was originally begun as an area rug for the bedroom in my doll house but was reassigned to the bathroom wall when I realized it was a lot more work than I originally thought!)

Then I wanted to try my hand at a crocheted hoop like one I had seen on Pintrest. This little bitty is only 3"!
I started looking on Pintrest for more rose themed designs and changing thread colors so that they would all coordinate. I found this Victorian Alphabet and thought our family Monogram would be fun.
Unfortunately, my little doggie decided to go digging in my stitching bag and thought this would make a tasty treat. Luckily she didn't damage the cloth or the stitches, but you can see where the color bled from the blossom on the top left =0(

This all led me to my most recent project. One I am absolutely THRILLED about and can't wait to share with you! It's one of those things that I love so much I just keep wandering over to stare at it.

So...I don't care if it's tacky, My name is Jeanette, and I'm a Cross Stitcher! Keep your eyes out, I am going to post my most recent finish soon!


Monday, March 17, 2014

15 years

I can't believe that today is the day my babies turn 15. Time goes so quickly.

They talk about driving and girls, and who is tallest.

They play airsoft war, and capture the flag, and basketball.

They registered for high school and talk about where they want to work.

They talk about college and where they want to live when they move out.

They talk about girls, and whether they want kids when they're married.

I see them lying in isolettes covered in monitors and machines.

I see them coming home from the hospital and sleeping in the same crib.

I see them taking their first steps and saying their first words.

I see them climbing up the bus steps that are almost as tall as they are.

I see them graduating from Kindergarten and acting in their grade school play.

I see them crying over their first broken heart and peeking at a new cute girl.

I see them with their big feet and hear their cracking voices.

I see my tiny babies in the bodies of men.

I hold my breath and hope it freezes time.

I watch them blow out their candles and think of how few of these moments I have left.

I see their tiny feathers sprout and dread them turning into wings.

I see the clock ticking and count the moments until my babies leave me.

When you are a mother. Birthday's suck!

Ten Questions

1. If you could eat only one nationally of food for the rest of your list what would it be? 
I would have to go with American. I am a fan of plain and simple food. Grilled chicken, steamed vegetables. I don't like spicy and I don't like tomato sauce!

 2. Would you rather go camping in the country or stay in a lush hotel in the city?
My husband may argue with this answer, but I would rather go camping. I'm not a fancy schmancy kind of girl and I would feel grotesquely out of place in a lush hotel. I would rather be in the trees, near a creek.

 3. Do you prefer to dress up or go casual?
Casual, give me a sweater and a pair of capris and I am a happy girl.

 4. What is your favorite store?
I think my favorite store would be a thrift store, or a store like Ross or TJ Max. I love the thrill of finding a hidden gem of a treasure at a great price.

 5. How many siblings do you have and did you get along with them growing up?
I only have one sibling. We were either best friends or mortal enemies growing up, usually both within five minutes of each other. I am very glad that we are great friends now!

 6. What is the #1 most played song on your ipod, playlist, etc?
Hey Jude. Although this week it would probably be "Abide with me, tis Eventide"

 7. What is your least favorite mode of transportation?
Bus! They are dirty, hot, and make me car sick. And for some reason, I am always afraid they are going to tip over when they go around a corner.

 8.What sound do you love?
Thunder rumbling in the distance. Falling rain. Babies laughing.

 9. If they made a movie about you who would be the actress that portrayed you?
Well first off, that would be one really BORING movie! And I really have no idea who would play me because fat girls in movies tend to be the comedic relief and that really isn't me. So I have no idea.

 10. If you could learn to do anything what would it be?  Hmmm a million and one things! I would learn to love sign language. I would love to learn to sing. I want to learn how to paint dolls. I would love to learn how to run without feeling like I am going to die. I would love to learn to fly. I would love to learn how to tat. I would love to learn how to do something with my hair that doesn't make me look like a grandmother. There are so many answers to this question =0P

Well, there you have it. I'm boring LOL. Play along if you like and have a great Monday.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Just a little crazy

So, I have had this idea to decoupage 12x12 scrapbook papers to my powder room wall. Am I crazy? I worry about the moisture factor and whether it will cause the papers to come un-stuck. I'm not doing the whole bathroom, just the top part of one wall in my potty closet (Also known as that ridiculously small little room with nothing but a toilet in it). Chalk it up to ADD but I hate sitting there with nothing to look at but four white, boring walls. I need something vibrant and sweet.

Do you think I'm nuts?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Reading: Nothing. I know, it's crazy.


Watching: Downton, Reign, Nashville

  Procrastinating: Dinner preparation. I really need a personal chef, just sayin'

Wanting: The last tiny bit of fabric I need to finish my Valentine wreath (That is what I was procrastinating last week =0P)

Craving- A broken X-box. The sound of Halo in the background makes me CRAZY

Wearing: Khaki Capris and a red shirt.
Relieved by: Finally having my sewing room put together and having a ME space again.

Stressing about: Cleaning out my grandma's house next week. She has been gone for a few months now but someone cleaning out her house seems so final.
Missing: My babies. I wish I could jump back in time to when they were little and needed me to kiss boo boos and make all the monsters go away. I miss snuggling with babies in footie jammies

Addicted to: Sugar. I was doing so well and then Christmas happened.

Trying: to give up soda...again


Annoyed by: Teen's and their snotty tones.

Feeling guilty about: The fact that I thought my mom turned 64 this year and I totally dropped the ball on her milestone 65th birthday

Tired of: Dreary days. I need some sunshine!

Thankful for: Tender mercies and the messages they send.

Enjoying: My job. It's a lot of fun right now and I have made a new friend at work.


Looking forward to: Next year, when all of this stressful stuff will be behind me. I will have a great new job where I will get to see my kids every day, a beautiful new house that is all put together and decorated, and no more major events on the horizon.

Suffering from: apathy

Hoping: For Spring. I love snow, but I’m ready for some COLOR and to be outside for a while without freezing to death.

Going to school every morning and playing in the band with my twins.

Proud of myself for:
Making big choices and handling stressful things without having a panic attack. This month has been a doozy and not a single Xanax has been taken! My therapist would be proud (If I was still speaking to her!)

Where the heck have you been?

So, it's been a day or two since I stopped in. Really I never intended to be away this long, but when you move into a new neighborhood that doesn't even have internet to it yet, well...

So, we built a house. I never thought those words would come out of my mouth. I'm an old house lover. But, the deal was just too good to pass up and this house has (almost) everything I ever hoped for in a house. I really hope to be happy here for a very long time.

Our house was finished in April of 2013 and we moved in at the end of the month. For someone like me, change is hard. New house, new boss, new job all within a few months of each other equals Jeanette in a tail spin.

I'm trying very hard to pull myself up by my boot straps though. I have gotten my anxiety mostly in check. We have gone back down to the lower dose on my meds which in turn has sent me into another tail spin. Not anxiety, but just a little funk. I hope it doesn't last long.

In the mean time, I haven't really been quilting much. I have made a few things to share but I hope to get back into the swing of things now that my sewing room is put together and I can function again.

I hope to be back soon, don't give up on me yet.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Staking my claim!

Claiming my blog for Bloglovin
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