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Halloween fun!


I started to cut the square for this card from last night’s card and I took a double take. My cards were getting much larger than 4″ x 4″. I don’t know when that happened, but if I could cut off 1/2″ or less to get back to 4″ on a few of the ones I made in the last few weeks.
I try to do at least one duo with pointed hats each year for Halloween. I will probably do another few Halloween ones-remember I have 365 collages to do-minus about 45 now.
Then I made this postcard for a little girl with a brain tumor from Ohio. Reagyn is unselfishly running an effort to collect soda tabs that will help Ronald McDonald come to a big town’s hospital near her. I have her address (which is the school’s address) if you’d like to send her a postcard from where you live and tell her a little about your area. That’s all she asked for.
A homemade postcard for Reagyn
Today I made an item for a friend, it’s autumnal and I want to send it off before sharing it. It turned out so cute. Brian thinks I should be making lots of stuff like this to sell.
My mom went to the doctor and has a terrible allergy which she say she has seen a lot of lately. Mom’s blood pressure was a little bit high which concerned the doctor, but it may have been because of where she was or is stress related. She tends to jump to conclusions. It was like 156/73. Mom will be in the next town over to get her hearing aides adjusted but didn’t act like she would come over here. I hope she changes her mind.

Feel the Love Charity Quilt Square


I did this in about a week for a new group I am in as an emergency quilt square for a very sick lady in South Africa. It’s about 6″ x 4.5″.
It’s from Midsummer Night’s Design-the Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue for 2008. I changed the verse from ‘Feel the magic’ to ‘Feel the love’ as I felt it was more appropriate. I noticed the skin tones were two different colors and kept it that way as it made them more individual looking. There is also some blending filament in the wings and some of the stars.

Stand up to Cancer telecast


I don’t know how anyone could miss this hour long show Friday, the 5th as it was on all three major networks. Maybe cancer can be cured in our lifetime. As someone who had a close call with it last year, I appreciate all the research they can do. Meryl Streep talked about how the March of Dimes was started by Eddie Cantor, on the radio, when he asked people to send a dime for polio research. And we are lucky as a vaccine was found for polio. It could happen with cancer too.

I was touched to see Patrick Swayze speak and hear James Taylor and Sheryl Crow sing ‘Fire and Rain’. Sheryl had the calcifications like I did, but hers were cancer. She looks beautiful now and her little boy Wyatt is adorable. Dana Delaney had her mammogram videotaped. The doctor had felt a large calcification-the bigger they are the better.  I had the small microscopic ones.

I went to the site and went shopping for some little things at Cafe Press. I wanted a t-shirt, but all they had were a trucker’s hat, buttons and stickers. I bought the later two for the time being.

I’m going to keep this as a sticky post (something new at WordPress-yeah),

so you can go shopping if you’d like. If I had more moola, I’d buy more. If I get a little more down the road, I’ll send some to this org.

<————–keep clicking the buttons in my sidebar! The breast cancer site is doing a fundraiser of sorts by the number of clicks they receive.

I just saved…


…over 8,100 sq feet of land because I shopped at the Rainforest link . I love all the different things they sell at all the links, but this one caught my eye:

MofP leaf necklace

Which I need like another hole in the head. It just spoke to me and I know I will wear the Mother of Pearl necklace and red pea pod earrings a bunch. (just the red ones down there)


Made from dried pea pods with fruit seeds, wood beads, and straw detailing. The designs which adorn the earrings are based on the tribal tattoos of the Guarani people. Designed and handmade by small communities in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.

I also picked up some little things for my gal pals in my group.

Woke up yesterday with a really red left eye. Being a leftie, I do remember rubbing it last night a lot. I am of course more concerned with my eyes now because of the pressures. I did put some of the $80 (yes, had to pay half for an inch tall bottle and I use it like it’s gold) Panatol medicine in it. It is still red! I’m sure I’ll be better today.

Not much else-food shopping and all that jazz.

A few shares


First, I would like to thank Jennifer for her thoughtful comment. I do wish there were more things like the meat grinder, but mostly what she has are just ‘things’. A while ago, I brought home my grandparent’s marriage license to copy and still have it. When mom’s place gets cleaned up more, I’ll put it in a nice frame for her. : )

Here’s part of one of the two Mountain Zebras I am stitching for a quilt. I have to mark it off as I go or I’ll get the stripes mixed up! I like to backstitch as I go.


Brian brought home this photo of his parents (probably in the late 40s as he has his military shirt and tie on). The were engaged before the war and got married in 1950. Brian didn’t come along until 7 years later and was the only child. Don’t you love my late mom-in-law’s hair! She had pretty green eyes too. Brian’s dad will be 85 in June, but he won’t admit it!

Tomorrow is my eye pressure recheck. I’ll do some deep breathing exercises!

Presently a quote to live by

Knowledge is power.
Sir Francis Bacon, Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597
English author, courtier, & philosopher (1561 – 1626)


I’ve been giving Oprah (or was it Dr. Oz) credit for this and here it was Sir Bacon. When I saw it was Sir Bacon, I thought of Kevin Bacon for some reason-oh, he’s from Philly.   ; )
I’m reading up on call-backs and have gotten some interesting opinions, etc. I know my pals in blogland are being quiet on the subject-but knowledge is power people! I read there are only 10% of call backs from standard mammograms, but out of 1,000 mamms, only 5 are bad ones.
If you haven’t had a mammogram lately and you are over 40, do yourself a favor and get one so you know stuff. Ok? : )

I’ve had a quiet weekend. Two of my art pals and I are making tags/squares for our Christmas calendars. We are trading 8 to each other and then will have to make 15 for our own. I had so much fun making them today (they are only 2″ squares on my calendar). I’m up to 21 and need to make 10 more. I haven’t made the actual calendar part yet. I thank Artsymama in my blogroll for the inspiration when she posted her Halloween calendar purchase.
I also started a piece for our blogland Cross stitch lottery. On January 1st, some lucky stitcher will win all the submitted finished pieces. I wouldn’t mind winning them. I haven’t checked lately, but I think there are at least 20 participants.

This daylight savings is messing me up a bit. I better hit the hay soon. Have a great Monday!

Hope you like my new blog format. I couldn’t stand all my sidebar stuff on one side and I think my photos look better too.

Oh-my ’57 Thunderbird made the top right corner of Elijah’s Love quilt-and it’s an awesome quilt! (clickable)

Elijah’s Quilt

What a great idea!


Child with chick

Like me, you probably get tons of catalogs before the holidays. I really like to look through them for unusual items, especially for people on my list who seem to have everything. The heading on one catalog really caught my attention: The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World-Heifer International. What’s this you may ask? An org that assists 140,000 families (last year) with the gifts of animals and training and passing on the gift. What you can give is a flock of chicks to a needy family for $20 or a ‘share’ in a water buffalo-$25 toward the $250 full price. Now what would be a better way to teach kids about giving? The kids are so happy in the photos. I am definitely giving some chicks! There are bunnies, heifers, goats, etc. If you love animals, you know the gift of one is extra special. If you like this idea, feel free to post the link on your page. The link is

Sean had a low key birthday but enjoyed some emails from friends and did pick up his package (which I bet had been sitting in the mailroom for a few days), so that brightened him up. He has a few things here he ordered-the Phillies championship shirt and a shirt. Speaking of, I added some new photos to some of my items. I’m still waiting for some sales. I may do a few vintage things for t-shirts, etc.

The mam slam went ok. She questioned why I said I was sore, but I explained it was mostly my pecs and upper back which are much better. She called the doctor to make sure! She noted that I had strained myself lifting books. Geez.

Dreary weather here! I plan to do a bunch of crafty stuff and the laundry tomorrow. I have a craving for nachos! My appetite hasn’t been great this week-thinking about today and of course my pal’s mom. I ordered her 32 mini-roses in assorted colors which were suppose to be delivered yesterday. I hope they were pretty.

Hey cookbook fans! Molly Coddled is giving away a doozie of a cookbook filled with Taste of Home recipes. Go check it out-you only have one more day to leave a comment.

Some shares


Finally! The ’57 Thunderbird for Elijah at Love Quilts is finished. I think it looks cool. The variegated floss for the border and flames was one ‘x’ at a time.


And here is where I hung up my framed pieces.

The lighthouse is in the living room over a watercolor of the same lighthouse in Cape May!
Cape May2

Doesn’t this photo look like my cross stitched piece?

Cape May Photo

Walk in the Woods is hanging over the entertainment center on the only gold wall in the family room. I look at it every time I watch tv or am stitching. Great inspiration!
I have another ‘share’ but you can’t see it until I send it to the recipient.
Today I was decorating for fall and Halloween in the middle of an allergy attack. I am not careful when I vacuum (like behind the entertainment center) and am down in the basement digging for boxes. I do wear a dust mask when it’s a planned session-lol But it wasn’t funny today. Took a few doses of allergy nasal spray. I am far from finished. Maybe tomorrow!