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February 25, 2019
Dad - an update. Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching Sunday. Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Update on Dad and Saturday's Song

I mentioned here that my family is on yet another journey with cancer.  Dad has Stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer that is treatable.
God has the last Word - regardless of the "Little c", the Big C has our back.  
Tomorrow is his surgery, so I asked him if I could move back home to spend a bit of time with him as he recovers.  He smiled and said, "Of course!"  I promised him I wouldn't be sneaking out of the windows (as I may or may not have done ...

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January 4, 2019
Best of 2018 from Quilting & Learning

It's almost over. Unbelievable! I'm always fascinated by time - how it rushes by and then slows down to a crawl. I still think that the best super power ever would be to stop time whenever I wanted to. Just me, so that I could quilt, rest and sleep more

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December 29, 2018
Saturday's Song. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Songs
Hello Everyone in "Bloglandia"!  I hope you all are doing well and enjoying our wonderful month of so many celebrations!  
I am slowly returning to normal after a fall season of health ups and downs.  New meds, new routines and rest have been so helpful!  As my siblings and I begin to care for my ailing father, posts will be less frequent than before, but still infused with love, faith and, of course, crafty news!  I so appreciate your patience!

Here is our Saturday's Song!  Enjoy!

This song is such a beautiful, gentle declaration of our ...

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December 26, 2018
Securing Christmas and Hopping into 2019 from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hi ya!

Thanks so much to everybunny who left a comment about me blogging again. I must say, I'm really happy to be back. I am truly looking forward to some fun times ahead!

So, how was your Christmas? Sabrina decided this was the best place to wait for Santa.

David and I started a tradition five years ago. We have a lovely Christmas Eve dinner and then go to the movies and eat a big bucket of popcorn on Christmas day. hee,hee,hee. It's fabulous! We went to see Aquaman. It was just ok in my ...

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December 2, 2018
to sum it up . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It was a very quilty week! On Sunday and Monday, I finished up the seven hexie flowers that needed whipping together . . .
All forty-five flowers (and parts thereof) were together, stacked and ready to "landscape" my garden!

Monday was a dual purpose day . . . a quilty friend of mine and I headed to visit 3 Hens and a Chick, a local quilt shop in nearby Athens. 
Sarah's one of my co-conspirators in the Quilting Intrigue Club at guild and we've been ironing out the details for our guild's mystery quilt, which we'll introduce (fabric requirements) at this month ...

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November 25, 2018
the weekend of thanksgiving . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This is going to be a culmination post ... covering the long weekend which isn't really over, because we get Monday, too -- but that will be for another day's post.

Wednesday was pie and prep day. I love pie and prep day! This year's was particularly good because I found the *best* pecan pie recipe. Pecan Pie is Todd's favorite, and for years I've struggled to find a recipe that felt no-fail and tasted delicious.  
This year, thanks to Genius Kitchen and PCrocker, my search is over. I admit that I made a few changes right ...

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November 19, 2018
holiday and hexie prep . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

So, after all the Pick a Pumpkin posts, this was a relatively downright quiet week! At least on the blog.  Nothing doing in real life!

Thursday I spent the day with the girls. It was snowing (?!?!?) when I left the camp, and still flurrying forty minutes later when I arrived at their house, on the other side of the county. And very cold.  So much so that Jason turned on the fireplace! The older girls had asked me to bring three things:  gum, watermelon, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  So like any obliging, decent, loving grandmother, I did. Of ...

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November 11, 2018
pick a pumpkin winner . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I PROMISE am almost sure that this will be the last post that begins with "pick a pumpkin" . . . at least for another year!! It was a nice solid run of seven. :)

I had the random number generator do my dirty work and it pulled number 36.  Congratulations to Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats!  Karen, I'll send you an email to get your particulars.  :)

So I did bake a batch of those Ginger Spice Cookies I blogged about yesterday. Oh they are SO good! 
I like the ones rolled in the chunky colored sugar best . . .
Isn't that ...

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November 4, 2018
early darkness . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Daylight savings time ends tonight!  To that end, this cartoon made me laugh, laugh, laugh!
It's funny ... but it's also very true, no?  Be sure you turn your clocks back ... and enjoy that extra hour of sleep in the morning! It's a little ironic to me that we get that extra hour of sleep on the morning that sun rises an hour earlier.  Why can't we get it right?!  LOL!

The girls were SO cute as the fairies from Sleeping Beauty!  
Aren't they just precious?! Of course, they were the tip of the iceberg . . .
Jason ...

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October 29, 2018
Bathurst Bloggers Meet 2018 from frog cottage designs

I just spent the last 4 days with a bunch of incredible ladies, whom I am also lucky enough to call my friends at the Bathurst Bloggers Meet which I organised. We had a great time full of lots of laughter, late nights, early mornings and hours and hours and hours of sewing....

I worked on my Ruby quilt...

And completed my 100 Days 100 blocks quilt. I split mine to make two single quilts for my girls with Tula Pink All Stars fabric...and its already been taken by one of the girls to quilt.

And last I worked ...

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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September 30, 2018
Slow stitching from frog cottage designs

This week I attended a workshop at the Home Patch with Lisa Maddock of Forage. The class was excellent. We learnt how to draw inspiration from boro, sashiko, and kantha. We used a variety f repurposed and vintage fabric with some of our own stash and mixed them together to create a background, then added an embellishment if naive stitches to create our own piece.

I stayed up till 1am the night of the class and didnt want to go to bed, I just wanted to keep stitching'..

Im really loving this technique all done by absolute favourite ...

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More slow stitching... from frog cottage designs

After two nights of slow stitching....working on a blue piece this time...

I think the branch and its leaves set the whole piece... I am soo loving this style of hand stitching......I need a day trip searching vinnies for old haberdashery items, cotton, crochet lace, trims etc...I havent finished my green one yet...just looking for more the little hexi, might add some to my green piece.

Its the holidays, hubby still cant drive and sees the specialist next week, therefore holidays at home... only a few outings here n there planned...lots of time ...

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September 24, 2018
weekend wanderings . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Busy weekends and busier weeks (gearing up for our annual meeting at work) make for longer gaps between posts.  But I am pleased to note that I've surpassed last year's number of posts by five, with this post.  It's the little things, right??!

Todd and I did make time to take the boat out this past Friday. It was the first time I'd been out on our boat since prior to the surgery. I'd missed it ... but I was a little anxious about it, too.  Turns out I had nothing to worry about . . . except how ...

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September 19, 2018
Outside Quilting from Mountain Quiltworks

Fall is in the air! Here at our mountain cabin it's getting down to 32 or lower each night. And September is rapidly churning toward October! The hummingbirds have gone south already - smart birds. And the squirrels are busy as can be gathering pine nuts for the long, cold days ahead. A hike to Fishhook Creek - a few snow fields remain on north side of the Sawtooths! But the gift that

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September 17, 2018
Saturday's Song & Health update. Slow Stitching. Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song & Health Update
Perhaps a few of you have noticed my absence from "Bloglandia" this week.  Since the last week of August, I have been in a fibromyalgia flare up - experiencing unusual pain, fatigue and, now, burning, neuropathy-like pain, in my feet, especially in my left foot.    It's been almost a year since these ailments have reared their ugly head.  Praise God, I have been able to work thus supporting my sweet Student Teachers.
I may be in pain, have to rest more than I would like, and be unable to do all I would like but ...

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September 16, 2018
stitchers in the wild . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

The week finally settled down (personally) a bit. Of course, with September here, things at the Camp are in full swing! We had three different groups scheduled over the weekend! The first was a big senior adult group that hadn't been up here in many years.  They invited us to eat with them, so we spent time with that group. The next group was an overnight children's event -- this group frequents the camp, so no hand-holding required.  The third group was . . .
Gals from my Stitcher's Etc. group!! (Doing the obligatory group shot with the Camp MACOBA sign--we ...

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September 9, 2018
fall's fluttering in . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a fairly productive week . . . I love having a bunch of little handwork projects to work on because I can skip around and work in the evenings and at lunch time without a lot of fuss, and I get things done!
So now, along with the acorn mug rug, I've finished my little harvest stitchery mug rug.  I really love how that turned out! It used a nice, wide variety of embroidery stitches, and I even learned a new one -- the wheatear or wheat stitch. Can you tell which one that is (aside from it being the ...

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September 3, 2018
Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Stash Report, from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song:  Dream Small
The title sounds unusual, but it's so true!  Those "little" things we do every day, are huge!

Above all else, LORD, help us remember our lives, our work, our calling is in Your hands.  Amen.
Slow Stitching
 Today was an amazing birthday party for my husband.  So, tonight I'll be resting with some crocheting on my  Spring Granny Square Afghan

and Prayer Shawl #10.  

This yarn is a dream to work with and I love the colors!  I may add an edging to add some beads....
Kathy at Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday ...

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August 28, 2018
lakeside weekend . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I retreated this weekend.

Aaaaaaaaaaah. It was good. Cuz I mean I really retreated. Like, no cell service or WiFi. In a house on a lake. With quilt-minded friends. 
It was *real* good.

We arrived midday on Friday and set our stuff up and got straight down to business. Lunch. Wink, wink.
And then sewing. (Of course!)

We went out to dinner on Friday evening, but before we went to the restaurant, we stopped and met up with a local long-armer (who's also in our guild) and toured her beautiful quilting space.
I mean, wow, what a set-up.
And ...

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