What I’m Working On–The Kelli Edition!

A post from Kelli–

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea.  Although it was a bit hard to deal with at first, I feel so much better now.  One lingering issue that I have though is that I have a hard time sitting still without anything to do at night without falling asleep.  Many times, when Jason comes home, we watch a TV show together before heading upstairs for bed.

I had been looking for another stitching project since I finished my most recent project “Dog Lessons for People” and so I dug out this beauty.

Sampler 2
I had purchased this pattern a few months ago on one of our wonderful visits to meet Ila and didn’t realize quite how ambitious it really was.  After a bit of planning, I got started a few weeks ago and haven’t looked back!

Sampler 1
The pattern is by Willow Hill Samplings and is called Quaker Bluebird Sampler.  The only thing that I am having issues with is getting more thread as I originally hadn’t purchased enough.  I planned on purchasing some online, but found out that you can’t purchase directly from the company and are instead referred to the stores that carry their products.  I was happy to learn that there was a store in nearby Decorah that carried the line, but my happiness was quickly dashed as they didn’t have the color that I needed.  I’m still on the hunt to get some, but am going to try to find some online tonight!  Oh the joys of living in the middle of nowhere!

Dog Lessons for People–

A post from Kelli–

It’s no secret that I always need to be doing something.  Most nights, Jason is pretty tired when he comes home–I guess that happens when you work an average of 14 to 16 hours a day–and so we don’t have a lot of time to do much except watch a bit of TV and go to bed.  Because of this, I always try to have some kind of hand work to do while watching TV so that I don’t fall asleep.  I have made quite a few stitching pieces and really love the patterns that Crab Apple Hill has put out.  I have also taught myself to knit and crochet.  Recently I decided to take a plunge and tried counted cross stitch.  A while back I had picked up this Dog Lessons for People pattern (I’m a sucker for anything to do with dogs).  I had done about an inch square of cross stitching, but got frustrated when I started having to count stitches between letters and words.  That’s when it got put away.

When cleaning out some things in my sewing room, I rediscovered the pattern and decided to finish it.  And here it is–

Dog Lessons for People 1

Over all, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  I can tell that I got a bit better as time has gone on and definitely got more comfortable with counted cross stitch.  I had to do a bit of ripping out on one of the rows, so I ran out of blue floss at the end.  I decided to do the last line “love unconditionally” in red.  Once I got this finished, I pulled out another counted cross stitch piece that I had purchased.  It is a very large non-traditional sampler done all in a hand dyed blue color.  Stay tuned to see the finished product–It may be a while, but I promise I will share it when it’s done!

Cross Stitch Shop

When Kelli and I went to Osage we found ourselves in the Cross Stitch Shop.  I know you’re thinking I don’t cross stitch.  I have and I even did recently…just not enough to show off quite yet.  I do love cross stitch though.  I keep hoping and hoping that once things just settle down a little bit I’ll be able to pick it up again.  I have vowed that once I get to the new house I am taking some time for project for me, for our house.  (We’ll see if that actually happens)

Anyway…The place we went to is the Stitchery Nook.  I have to say first off, one of the reasons we loved it so much was the gal that was working at the store.  She was wonderful-sweet and welcoming.  The owner is lucky to have her working.

They have samples and samples and samples.  It was amazing to see them all.  Kelli and I like the ones with saying a lot.  This saying we both liked.


Kelli loved the one in the center of this picture…


This one says, “Needles and Pins, Needles and  Pins, If I can’t stitch YOUR troubles begin”.  That one made us giggle.



They had goodies from a local designer that really caught our eye….





Kelli ended up buying this pattern and supplies to make one.  She is already thinking about Christmas gifts..or wedding gifts.  The design is pretty but not super time consuming.


In the end we really loved MANY of the ones by Lizzie Kate.  The inspirational ones are my favorites.


I had such a hard time choosing.  I ended up with this one….

B36 Faith Inspiration Boxer

and this one….

#162 Let Them Be Small

Kelli got this one….

B42 As for Me and My House Inspiration Boxer
None of them are super time consuming and we love the colors in them LOTS.

The shop was a treat and I didn’t even tell you that they have lots of scrap booking stuff too.  I am not a scrap booker anymore but from what I saw…there’s lots….I didn’t tell you about the retreat center either.  Let’s just say, they have lots for crafters!!  If you’re in Osage, Iowa or anywhere near it’s worth the extra gas to stop.

I so want to sit down and take some time for myself and start working on these but I am so bad at that.  Give me a couple months and if you don’t see me post anything about cross stitching, send me a little note to remind me to stop and take some time.  If the stitching is half as fun as the whole day of shopping it will be wonderful.

Taking Care of Me: Growing Old Gracefully

As some of you know, I teach continuing education classes for child care providers through Child Care Resource and Referral.  My favorite classes are a series called Child Net – a 10 week series that focuses on how to deal with parents and kids, how to layout your home for better usage, activities for kids, health for kids and food for kids.  The last night is all about taking care of you.  I love this night.  It is my favorite of the whole bunch. The premise of the class is to point out to the participants that if we don’t take care of ourselves it really doesn’t matter what we’ve learned because we won’t be able to put what we’ve learned into action.  This is a very hard concept for childcare providers.  They are givers and will give and give and give until their well is empty and are actually hurting themselves by giving too much.  This is true of many community worker jobs as well. Living my day-to-day life, I try to remember that for myself…”If I don’t take care of myself, I can’t put what I learn or want to do into action”.  I want to grow old in a healthy way, be that of mind, body, or spirit.  I have found myself saying this many times to my husband: I’ve been trying to be more conscious of growing old gracefully, but with life’s ups and downs it can be hard sometimes, so I am celebrating little things that I am doing. Celebration #1- I had my annual mammogram.  Yep-annual for me is sometimes 15 months apart rather than yearly but I got it done. Celebration #2- I have gotten back into the habit of eating breakfast. Ruby Celebration #3- I am spending more time with Ruby.  When I was so busy a couple of months ago, my Ruby time got nipped a bit.  Now I am working on getting out with walking with her or even just playing fetch with her.  Being outdoors is good for me and watching her run, play, and romp just makes my heart happy. Ruby-2 Celebration #4- I’ve developed an “attitude of gratitude”.  All month long on the blog, I’ve taken the time to write one thing each day that I am thankful for.  WOW..that has really been good for me.  I’ve bypassed lots of the yuck and just found the good.  I hope to continue that…not on the blog but for me personally. Featherweight-2 Celebration #5- I am taking time to do a few crafty things for me.  Purchasing the cross stitching kit the other day was just what I needed…something for me.  Working on the Bonnie Challenge and sewing my UFO’s. That’s me time sewing and I need that to keep me charged up and wanting to do the deadline quilting.  Often times it’s just for 20 minutes a day but 20 minutes is good. Too often we humans think that to be healthy we need to lose weight, have perfect cholesterol, run marathons, eat perfectly and go to the gym regularly.  Although those things are grand and great for some people, most of us don’t or can’t do them.  I have bad cholesterol in my family and while I manage it with my doctor, there’s little I can do it to change it completely.  I can, however, do small things to improve my health:  Get my mammogram, eat breakfast, hang out with Ruby, keep my “attitude of gratitude” and do some craft things for me.  All of that will help me feel more relaxed and happy… that’s taking care of me. What are you doing in your life to take care of you so you can grow old gracefully??  What small things are you celebrating??

  • Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer  to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age.  Whether it’s through watching what you eat, physical exercise, spending time with family and friends or participating in an activity you’re passionate about — each of us has the power to decide for ourselves how we want to Get Old. It’s not just about living longer, but living better.



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