I love my cat. I love my cat. I LOVE my cat. Did you hear me? :) Madeline Amira (Amira was her animal shelter name) is a maine coon and we adopted her when she was a little puff of fur at 6 months old. She will be 18 1/2 years old the day after Christmas. She went completely blind about 2 years ago and is on the ittiest of pills for blood pressure managemnt which I cram in a pill pocket every morning for her and she regards it as her daily treat. There is no kitty like Maddy. Pets are so very dear to us. At this time of year, they need their own stocking and ornament, right? So here's a little free chart for you to stitch up for your furry loved ones. Enjoy!
The sixth inspired design from the 1946 holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. Oh I love this film!! This design highlights the adorable scene when young Mary Hatch whispers in George Bailey's bad ear:
George Bailey, I'll love you till the day I die.
Fabric: 28ct Carolina Linen by Charles Craft, worked over 2 threads with 2 strands floss Threads: DMC in colors 3747, 304, 4025, 3364, and 680 Fits in 4" x 6" frame!
The snowflakes are worked in large cross stitches (shown on chart) and 2
vintage jingle bells have been added to bottom border before framing.
It's beginning to look like Christmas here! I've gone simple this year and am not putting up all the decorations ~ less is more so I've scaled down. Less to put away too! Here's a little sampling of the Advent season around our house.
*There are oodles of ideas on Pinterest for Advent wreaths and I went with white Danish-style candles which are round and put them on a festive platter and just added some various faux flowers and ribbon from my stash.
*In recent years I began collecting Nativity scenes. One of the sets which is most dear, well ... has no Joseph right now. Mary's a single mother until I can get Joseph's head glued back on.
*I normally put up a small table tree with all my Norwegian ornaments that I've gathered through the years from my Mom and the annual Norwegian Bazaar but this year I opted for no tree and just picked out a few special tokens for a basket display.
*There's an in-wall bookshelf in the living room which I redid with all my blueware and a favorite Pineberry Lane design looks festive in there.
*The mantle is a fun play to show off holiday stuff. This year's Just Cross Stitch ornament design, O Night Divine, is extra sweet hanging there.
*One year my mother in law counted 13 trees I had decorated around the house, in varying sizes including the main big one. I remember how cute it was seeing her go around the house and count them all. Funny though year after year, they don't all make it back up to the attic ... methinks my husband has something to do with that but he declines to admit. This little silvery vintage tree shown below is super cute and super fragile so if you touch it, it will fall over. Anyway, it's quaint and mainly snowman themed. As well as has another nativity infront of it which Zack rearranges all. the. time.
*Last year some friends came over for a crafty morning and we made trees out of Styrofoam cones. Clearly it was when Pinterest was new to me. I was happy to see it was all still in tact for display this year. Plus I found some leftover Styrofoam cones in the closet that I could make more ... maybe. You wrap the cone with yarn and then embellish it with flower baubles and such to adorn as 'ornaments'.
I love Christmas!!!
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Got yarn? These are the yummy yarns I purchased at Fibre Space's annual Black Friday sale. Such color in that bag!!!! Each has a project purpose - yay. But I have to finish Christmas knitting projects before I knit anything else for myself.
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Hope your Tuesday is going well. Mine has been spent stitching ... a NEW design inspired by the holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life comes out this week. Stay tuned!
Thursday on NBC @8PM EST, premiers a television remake of The Sound of Music. Now, Carrie Underwood is by no means a Julie Andrews IMO ... but I do love Underwood's voice and am very much looking forward to this LIVE show!
For some needlework fun, here is a free pattern for you to stitch while you watch! Select your threads and fabric and get ready in time for Thursday. Enjoy :)
Climb Ev'ry Mountain
FREE CHART by The Sampler Girl
(click chart to enlarge and right click to save and print!)
December Greetings! Wow ... December? Amazing how fast a year flies by. When December comes along, I want to gather all the past 11 months and not let them go ... but alas, that New Year starts no matter how hard I hold on. But enough of that ... it's only the first of December ... a crisp, joyous month is anew for us. Embrace it and feel the JOY all around you and that you can keep no matter the year's lease.
December's gifts - custom, ceremony, celebration, consecration - come to us wrapped up, not in tissue and ribbons, but in cherished memories. This is the month of miracles. The oil that burns for eight days, the royal son born in a stable, the inexplicable return of Light on the longest, darkest night of the year. Where there is Love, there are always miracles. And where there are miracles, there is great joy.
Last night I finished Wheat (pattern on Ravelry). What a super warm, cozy scarf. The result came out very nice and the yarn (Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in colors Linen and Cranberry) is a dream to work.
I wanted to say THANK YOU sweetly for all the responses from the Podcast launch. Wow! You guys are fabulous to take the time to let me know how much you enjoyed yesterday's episode and well, I was really touched by the huge listen-in from everyone so thank you again. There are already several who joined the Ravelry group for the Podcast (link in side bar) so that's terrific. Lots to come so it's going to be great fun.
Eucharisteo is the Greek word for Thanksgiving.
The root word for Eucharisteo is Charis, which means Grace and the derivative Chara, which is Greek, means Joy.
Ann Voskamp's DVD and study book: A Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right where you Are by Ann Voskamp.
NEW PATTERN! Grace / Joy / Thanks, Eucharisteo
ON THE NEEDLES: Wheat on Ravelry
OFF THE NEEDLES: Easy Peasy Mitts on Ravelry
Black Friday excitment at the LYS
PINTEREST: Forget the gingerbread house drama and make these cute frosted trees using ice cream cones, candy and frosting S'mores Pie = bliss ... you have to try it!!
passage read from Gladys Taber STILLMEADOW BOOK, Stillmeadow Sampler
***and I apologize for the 3 hiccups in the recording of this episode ... looks like I rustled some paper too much. now I know!! :)
Just about 9pm here. Z and I have finished bedtime books and now he's reading a chapter book for a few minutes before lights out! This kid loves to read. I wonder who he gets that from? He started reading chapter books (he's in the 1st grade remember) a few weeks back and goes through them at rapid speed. And he's retaining what he's reading which is super awesome. Proud Mama here - can you tell? Luckily, he still lets me read a few picture books to him and that's a good thing too because I love children's literature and love picking up the newest titles from the library for us to enjoy.
Today flew by! My oldest has been sick with a sinus infection and back to school he goes tomorrow. I've done most the preliminary show notes for the next episode on my Podcast so will record in a day or so. I am giddy at this whole Podcast-thing. I even started a group on Ravelry (are you a member there?!!) for you to join and follow along too. The Podcast isn't just knitting but a myriad of things so don't shy away if you think it's only that.
I've a new little design to release and it will be announced on the next episode so stay tuned! By the way ... some had asked me about iTunes ... The Sampler Girl Podcast is in their queue to be added so it's just a time issue. I'll let you know when it's available there. In the meantime, you can find it here on the Blog as well as here.
Did you know it's only a month till Christmas???? I'll leave you with that thought. Till next time!
Today I had to have pie. Pumpkin pie. So while we were out this fine Saturday mid-morning, we stopped at Costco and purchased a mega-sized pumpkin pie. After dinner, I had my piece with a tall, cold glass of milk and it. was. delicious.
A local paper does a weekly feature on asking the community various questions and the other day after leaving the library, a very nice, older gentleman reporter approached me, asking if he could interview me for the next week's question. What are you thankful for? Poor fella, I could have had him there all day! I am so very blessed and thankful for little things, big things, simple things, all things. Thankful in happy times and in sad times. That's the tricky part but it can be done. God is constant. It's us who waiver back and forth and need to stay focused and balanced on that stormy boat with Jesus as our steady heartbeat.
God provides and while we aren't always grateful and appreciative with our circumstances, finances, relationships, etc ... I am ever so thankful to have new mercies every day, for the ability to see with my own eyes the season's beauty, for the giggles I hear when my boys laugh or even when they run wildly through the house, for the air I breathe in my lungs, and the warm home I sleep in at night, for the money to buy a pumkpin pie when I want one, and for the precious friendships that keep me young with stories.
Thanksgiving isn't just a one day holiday but an every day habit that we should embrace not only the 4th Thursday in November. There's always someone in need more than you and always someone more bountiful than you and wherever you find yourself, it is necessary to remember where you are always with God and be giving at all times, and give thanks in all your living.
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I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Showing off Francoise's gorgeous finish of O Night Divine, my design in the 2013 Christmas Ornament Just Cross Stitch Magazine issue. Love how she did such creative detail in the finishing - beautiful work as always.
My mom gifted me this gorgeous yarn in January of this year; the colorway is Christmas at Downton. Love. it. I wasn't going to let the year end without knitting it into something extra special. So I knit a pair of simple wrist warmers (made them 11" long) and they are super cozy and warm. When season 4 of Downton Abbey begins in a few months from now ... I'm ready to watch wearing these pretties.
I've decided to sell my patterns primarily on etsy.com and will phase out The Sampler Girl's website on December 31st of this year. Please bookmark my etsy shop linkand visit me there!
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Thanksgiving is an extra special holiday as there are no gifts to exchange, no candy to buy, no cards to send, no stockings to fill ... just time to sit and count blessings with family and friends around the table filled with good food and fond tradition. Like most holidays it can still be a frenzy but in the quiet moments, embrace those dear to you and be thankful.
An historic proclamation was issued by George Washington during his first year as President of the United States. The proclamation set aside a November day as "A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer." Signed by Washington on October 3, 1789 and entitled "General Thanksgiving," the decree appointed the day "to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.
Here's a complimentary pattern for you and while not new (sorry - time
just has been swamped!) it is now free for you to enjoy and stitch up in
time for Thanksgiving.
Click chart to enlarge and select threads and fabric of your choosing. Blessings, Tanya
Happiness of heart can never be measured out and bundled up, it's intangible. We keep running after it, grasping for it, and the heat of our running so seldom brings it closer. But now and then there may be a moment. We look at something and know it is good and beautiful. Those moments are happiness. -Gladys Taber