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I have collected incredible amounts of cross stitch magazines in my over 30+ years of cross stitching. I enjoy knitting, crocheting and cross stitch. In May 2011 I decided to make my dream of sharing my love of needlecrafts a reality and started the online shop, The Stitcher's Market along with hubby. My biggest hope is to pass on my love of stitching to my children. Let's face it, some one has to inherit all my stash. I am shy, but I truly appreciate everyone's comments and friendship. I am glad to help anyone who needs any stitching information. I love to have giveaways and share other bloggers giveaways, so please stop by often. Enjoy your stay!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Journalizing Your Stitching Projects

Looking forward to 2010 and thinking of how to make the stitching year special, I came across this which I want to share with all of you.

http://www.stitchingthenightaway.com/printable_sheets.htm

I think that it is a great idea. There are other wonderful articles in that blog that may interest you as well.

Sharing stitches....

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Yesterday's Joke

Yesterday I went to see my OB practice (you remember I go to high risk baby doctors who are a practice of six.... there is one that I truly love, he was my first OB there and I have seen him about 6 times, but they rotate you so you can meet all 6 that way if your OB is not available the day you deliver you still know the rest), so I got to meet another team member.

Me: Do you think I am going to make it to 39 weeks?

OB: Of course! Why? Don't you??

Me: Well, I am soooooo exhausted, I can barely function.

OB: Oh, you have nothing to worry about 43 is the new 33.

Me: Uh.. Uh.. I remember having my son at 33 and it was nothing like this. Someone has been lying to you.

LOL...... you had to be there to hear the joke and the laughter.... but I do say, I will not do this at 53. Uh uh.. no, no way. I pass on that one.

Funny stitches......

Gifts... Expected and Unexpected

With age I have become a very partial to the simpler gifts in life. My tastes are very specific and many people cannot ever figure out what to get me, so I have come to the conclusion that I buy what I like for myself whenever I see it and that is that. I don't call it a Christmas gift or a birthday gift, mostly is a blessing that I have found something that I like and I have the money to buy it. Whatever friends or family gift me at the holidays is a wonderful thing and I have no expectations.

This year, I remained the same and was pleased with the small items I received. They were thoughtful and I did need them so I was pleasantly surprised and had a wonderful Christmas. I must say, that it is not the gifts that make Christmas, it is the sense of warmth and family that make it Christmas for me. Having my son, hubby and baby-to-be at Christmas was good enough for me.

So, yesterday it was my sonogram day and I had expectations. My major expectation was to get a sonogram picture, preferrably 3D of my daughter. I expected it and I did not think it was a huge expectation especially since I am pregnant and at almost 33 weeks, I think that it is time to see her face. After 20 minutes of prodding, shaking and my becoming sorer and sorer it was evident that such a picture was not meant to be. My dear daughter had her back to me and her face buried near my spine and on top of my kidney. (No wonder I have had such a backache for 2 days.) How she manages to this is beyond me. The last time, she was facing my back with her feet in front of her face and her hands in fists in front of her feet. Where did she get so limber? Must be from hubby's side because I can barely sit in yoga position. Well, there went that gift expectation. Although I am glad that she is healthy and thriving daily. I guess she wants to surprise me with her beauty when she is born. I will have to wait.

Since I was not thrilled of not getting the picture that I wanted for so long, hubby asked me if I wanted to go to a "cuchifriteria" at 116 street and Spanish Harlem. A "cuchifriteria" is a restaurant where they serve Puerto Rican and Dominican fried foods. My son who cannot speak Spanish to save his life, knows what an "alcapurria" and "pasteles" are, so you know I love those. This offer was very unexpected because traffic in Spanish Harlem is horrible, parking is non-existent and the city traffic is a headache. I had not been there is about 20 years, so I was very tempted to go to the best "Cuchifriteria" in the city. There are only four that I know of, one in Delancey (closed down), one in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (very far), one in Fordham, The Bronx (haven't been there in at least 25 years) and the one in Spanish Harlem (far from us, but fairly near the hospital I will deliver my daughter in. So, this is not an offer I will refuse seeing that I will not be back in that area after March 2010). Maybe we will go once more prior to March, but after that it may be another 10 years before we go back.

By the way, an "alcapurria" is cooked and mashed green banana dough filled with ground beef and fried in hot oil. "Pasteles" are banana meat pies stuffed with pork which are boiled. Not many people like these cholesterol filled delicacies, but since I have not had them in practically a lifetime, I whole-heartedly said "YES".

$50.50 cents later I had bags filled with dozens of these concoctions and hubby and I are still enjoying them. I shared with my mom who hadn't seen any of these items in at least 30 years and she was shocked that the restaurant was still there. So that was her unexpected gift this year. That simple gift brought much joy to all of us.

Just thought I would share that part of my day with you.

Sharing stitches......

Friday, December 25, 2009

Magical Christmas to all!!

Christmas is here again and for us it means that it will be the last Christmas we will spend as a family of three. We look forward to the changes and remember the treasured Christmas we spent at Disney World two years ago. More than anything we want to share those experiences and make many more with our new addition for the rest of our lives.
So here is to Christmases past, present and future.
Merry Christmas to all!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!


It's Christmas Eve and all is well!!
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Off to finish wrapping the presents and spreading good cheer!!
Warm and toasty stitches to all.....

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Goals for 2010

So here I am thinking 2010 is just around the corner and I have not thought of any stitching goals. Half of me doesn't want to set goals because in the end so many things go unstitched. The other half of me thinks that setting goals will help clarify what I want to stitch in 2010 and will put me on track.

Right now I will go with the flow. Non-obligation stitching for me. I will stitch what I want when I want. I will not restrict myself to a timetable. I want to have fun stitching, even if it is only one really nice project that is completed next year, I will feel joy stitching it.

In my mind blogging and stitching should be enjoyable hobbies, not things one does because one has a timetable to follow.

My biggest goal for 2010 is to enjoy life and family. It is much to short to put on a timetable.

Happy stitches....

Saturday, December 19, 2009

HUGE THANK YOU to Two Wonderful people

Sometimes, people that one doesn't even know come into one's life with a wonderful surprise. I have had two wonderful ladies gift me out of the blue.

My first thank you goes to a lady that passed me a $10 coupon at Macy's when I was sitting off-line waiting for my hubby to purchase our little girls outerwear for when she comes home from the hospital. We picked up two great snowsuits at awesome prices. Those are really going to come in handy in the middle of winter.

The second thank you goes to a messageboard member that offered me her chart of a pattern I was looking for to make for next Christmas. In exchange I have agreed to offer a PIF / pass on something special on that messageboard. But I will do one better, I will also offer something on my blog as well. I just have to get somethings ready. Expect that PIF on this blog by the beginning of January.

These two gifts meant a lot to me because I am trying to spend most of our money on baby things since we are not expecting a baby shower. (Nothing to be sad about. I actually prefer that especially since I am feeling so tired all the time and really not in the mood to have any parties.) The most important thing for us is that the baby is healthy. That alone is the biggest blessing we can ask for.

Thankful stitches.....

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Getting in Touch with my Feminine Side

Usually my favorite colors are black, gray, brown and anything that is very conservative. Well, these days, I am coming to appreciate lavenders, purples and pinks. Lacey things and hardanger items with ribbons are very pleasing to my eyes. I used to be very girly and feminine when younger, but as time passed, I fell into the conservative colors.....I guess, everyone goes through phases in life.

These days I am very lucky to be able to stay home and bake this little girl a bit longer. Hopefully some of this time will turn into cross stitching time because I am really upset with a purple sweater I am currently knitting. The pattern has an error in it and I am pretty upset, having done so much on it to see that it is a stitch off. So I am going to cool off by cross stitching.

Healthy stitches......

Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm so excited

Well, the little one is kicking up at storm, but I can't help but feel so excited. To think that in 9 weeks or less she will be here and I will be a mom again. This just feels like the sun is going to shine brightly again.

My son will be a big brother, hubby will be a daddy again to a little girl. Just these things make life so great! Maybe I am sappy, but I can't stop thinking how blessed I am to become a mommy again.

Physically, I feel like a soccer ball that is being kicked relentlessly, but it's such a miracle to have her inside me and I just can't wait to see her in 9 weeks.

Thankful stitches......