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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!

Monday, April 5, 2010

The number of the day: 40

40 is the number of pounds I have lost since delivering my daughter almost 2 months ago. Can you believe that time flies so fast??????

30 is the number of pounds I still need to lose.

Maybe this sounds sappy, but I am going to miss my doctors. Feeling sad that it is over. All those feelings bring about questions regarding my family's size. Somehow even though this pregnancy was horribly challenging, I question if she will be my last. Believe me, I remember the pain and the agony I went through with the delivery. I just wonder if I want one more child.

If you had asked me 3 and a 1/2 years ago, I would have said I was happy with my son. How things have changed. Now, at my age, I am contemplating having another. For now I have to get healthier and lose those 30 pounds.

The more I think about it, the more confused I get. If I were to give myself advice I would say, "Lose the 30 pounds, get healthier, enjoy your children and in 10 months see what happens."

Hopeful stitches to all .....

Friday, March 19, 2010

A few things to share

Inside of crocheted sweater


Front of crocheted sweater
Finally, a picture of one of the sweaters that I crocheted for my daughter. I have not tried it on her, but when I do, I will certainly post pictures. (I heard that.... you will see them before she reaches the age of 21 years old....LOL). Yes, I know I am stingy with the pics. I shall do better, I promise.
Now, I pose the question of the day:

Have you ever purchased a magazine just for one chart that you just had to have?

Today I did that. Not because there was a chart that I just had to have but because there was an alphabet within a chart that I just could not do without. Mind you there were a lot of things that I did not like about the whole design, but the alphabet and the border did me in.
I also picked up a VOGUE knitting magazine because I loved the scarves and the awesome stitches that I had never seen before. Thing about knitting is that if you use the right yarn / thread, the items look so rich and wonderful. Use the wrong yarn and they don't look as sharp as the magazine shows them to be. You know what I mean.
Those were my two purchases for the month so far. I don't believe there will be more because I don't feel that I deserve to shop if I am not stitching. The guilt is overwhelming, so I have to stitch something. Need to show willpower.... Well, I have also asked my mom to pick up a few European magazines for me while she is there. So, technically, there are more purchases to come. So, I guess I don't feel overwhelming guilt, but I do have to stitch something in order to rationalize my stashing.
It was a beautiful day here and the first true time that I decided to go out to the porch and soak in some sun. Just leaving the bed was a treat. The sun beaming down on my face felt good and I enjoyed spending the time with my daughter outside. Hope that my good luck continues with this recovery and I can enjoy Spring.
That is about it for today. She is sleeping in her bassinett. I may get to stitch something yet.
Good stitching to all....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Viva Francia

My Eiffel Tower on Farmville

Yes, it is getting nicer. I think so anyway.

I dream of going again soon. It's the $$USD that is keeping me away. Paris calls everyday although I am thinking of Provence as well. When we go, we like to stay at a hotel near EuroDisney (or whatever Disney is calling it these days). That is because we love Disney and Parisian hotel prices are extremely expensive. When we stay near Disney (Marne La Vallee) it's a 4 minute bus ride to the train station and then it's straight to Paris. We enjoy the city so much. Next time, we want to stay longer. Let's see if Air France decides to have a really nice sale. This is not to say that Paris is France. No....I do understand that. It is just that Paris is the easiest city to reach from NYC (JFK-CDG) non-stop. I am sure that if I knew of another gorgeous area near Paris which was a little less expensive and touristy I would love to go and enjoy their French flair.


When we fly, it is our preference to start our vacation using that country's airline. It makes the experience most authentic to us. I particularly enjoy the Duty Free shopping best. There are a a few places that I wish to visit, France, of course, Barcelona, Koln, and Rome to start.

Thinking that my bedrest is coming to an end. I only have one little item left from the litany of complications. That in itself is a blessing especially since the good weather is coming up.


I have searched through many stitching patterns and I am spoiled for choice. I can't choose anything it seems because everything is so lovely. But, I will and I must for Easter is approaching very soon and my sweet lady needs a stitched gift.


French stitches to all.....

Monday, March 15, 2010

French Flair

Sweet Juliette


Brooklyn Bridge on rainy day


So here I am with all love of my French things more than renewed. Yes, I am still posting from bed.

If any of you play Farmville on Facebook, you will know that right now there is a French Provincal celebration going on and we can buy French items for our farms. Well, enough said, because I went and purchased many things. Now, I have a French Provincal Flair on part of my farm. You can see it by going to this link.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=245835&l=6caa130095&id=100000087241705

These days I am feeling a lot better. I think that finally my hard head has learned that walking must be kept to a bare minimum. My left leg is doing much better. There is less pain when I move it. (Remember that my daughter LOVED to sit on the nerves leading to that leg? Well, they are healing.... it takes a long time for those nerves to heal.)

I am off the blood pressure medicine and that is a huge relief. My blood pressure has gone back to normal and it is a happy event. Now, I just wait for everything else to heal. My back hopefully will get better first, since it took three attempts at a spinal block to get it in. OUCH! Yup, I feel that after walking 1/2 an hour.

Working on getting one trade in the mail and hopefully stitching an Easter item for Juliette. I am looking at Just Nan's "Dewdrop".
Other than that, nothing else is going on here. We have had LOTS of rain and more rain. It seems that if we are not getting rain, we are getting snow. There were 2 days of just beautiful weather, but I slept through those :(
Wishing everyone Spring stitches.......

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Year is Flying By

Yikes, the time is flying and yes, I am still on bedrest. Okay, it is not like I am going anywhere with all of the snow that falls on almost a daily basis, but it would be nice to be able to walk around and get fresh air. By the time I am well, my maternity leave will be over. (I hope not).

Surfing the net and Facebook are the only things I have done other than the new mom/baby things. Stitching blogs keep me company most of the time while my crops or fish grow on Facebook. Yup, that is my life these days.

Like most of you, I am waiting for Spring to come and for the snow to go away. Until that happens I still dream of getting back to stitching.

Winter stitches to all......

Friday, February 19, 2010

Weight Lost

Remember that I was trying to lose weight before I became pregnant? Well, today I went for one of my post-partum doc visits. I lost 32 lbs since delivering 9 days ago. For my European friends, that is 14.54 kilograms in 9 days. All toxins and water. I can wear one of my rings again. Hopefully in a few days I will be able to wear my wedding band too.

As for me, I am starting to get inspired to stitch again. I really didn't feel well while pregnant to stitch and knit. Right now I am on my way to being myself again.

I thank all my blog followers for sending me supportive emails all throughout my pregnancy. You are the best!!

Loving stitches to all....

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Baby Modelling Cupcake Hat



Three pretty hats knitted by ME

Baby modelling "cupcake hat" knitted by ME

I am so thrilled that it fits her so well. The green and blue striped hat makes her look like a Disney Fairy. Couldn't take a picture of her in it because she was getting a cranky look on her face. I can't help taking pictures of her she is so beautiful. Pictures do not do her justice.

Soon, I will start knitting and stitching again.

Beautiful stitches ......








Tuesday, February 16, 2010

She has arrived!!!







Our little angel is here. DS, who is my "Angel of Joy" has nicknamed her "Angel of Angels" so you know he loves her madly.


She looks like a Snow Queen. Here is a picture of what Central Park looked like the day she was born.






Monday, January 11, 2010

February 10, 2010

Less than 30 days away!! Can you believe it???? That is the date I become a Mommy again. Can't wait to see her, to hold her and kiss her. Can't wait to fall in love all over again.

Happy stitches...