Sunday, October 21, 2012


Evening everyone!  I  hope you've all enjoyed a beautiful Fall weekend raking leaves, picking out pumpkins and working on those Halloween costumes!  

So, the BAD news is that the Halloween "booklet" that I've been talking about for the last couple of months has been put on the back burner. I just couldn't put it together this year with everything going on with my sister Robin. 

The GOOD news is that I have 5 new Halloween patterns to share with you that I think you're gonna like!  But first, I have to show you my new Halloween cover.  My daughter Mindy put it together for me and I think it's awesome. I wanted something different for my favorite season and I just love it! Cool huh!

THE HAUNTING SEASON is on my website, so you can get all the details there.  But here is a peek at my new Halloween designs!

 A HALLOWEEN PILLOW TUCK is a whimsical little design done on my favorite Tobacco linen with black threads. 

JUST BATTY PINKEEP & SCISSOR FOB will help keep all your needles, pins and scissors handy as you stitch your way through Halloween!

LILY PICK "MOURNING" PILLOW is a haunting little design in memory of poor Lily Pick....she tried to tell us she was sick!

WITCH PARKING SIGN will give all those witches flying around at Halloween a place to park their brooms!!

A HALLOWEEN PRAYER SAMPLER was taken from an old Scottish proverb, author unknown, and is one of my favorite Halloween verses! "From ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night...may the good Lord deliver us."

And there you have Halloween designs for 2012!

My Christmas designs are on the drawing board now..... I'll try to give you a little more time to stitch these designs since I didn't give you much time for Halloween!!

Our Zoey is growing like a weed and she wears me out every time I see her!  Here are a couple of pics from the garden this summer.  She loves the chickens and is fasinated with everything she sees in the garden, especially the rocks!!

 We'll be working on her Halloween costume this week.....she's going to be "the littlest punk rocker!"  And yes, there will be pictures!! LOL!

Before I sign off, I wanted to let everyone know that the man who took my sister Robin's life last October was sentenced to 18 years to life on October 12th, exactly 1 year and 1 day from the day she died. So, it is done. We promised her that we would see this through to the end, and we did and now she can rest in peace.......I miss her everyday and I'm grateful for the time I had with her. Moving forward does not mean forgetting.... and we will never forget, but we will move forward now because that is what she would have wanted for us.  

Thank you all for your support and your thoughts and prayers over the last year.  I am so thankful that I have so many friends that care.  God bless you all.

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Sunday, September 30, 2012


Yes, I'm still here and I hope this finds everyone well!  Thank goodness that Fall is finally here.  After the humid summer that we had, I'm lovin' the cooler temperatures and actually looking forward to raking leaves!!

For all of you who follow my blog and know about my sister Robin, I have news to share that comes as a blessing to my family.

Robin's murder trial was set for October 2nd.  On September 17th a plea bargain was reached and the man who took her life pleaded guilty to the 5 counts against him.  On October 12, 2012, 1 year and 1 day from the day he took her away from us, he will be sentenced to 18 years to life.......we WILL NOT have to go through a trial.  

The emotional roller coaster that we have been on for the last year will finally be over.  Robin will finally be able to rest in peace and we will finally be able to get on with our lives.  

We will be able to speak for Robin at the sentencing hearing in the form of a Victim Impact Statement.  We will be able to talk to the judge about who Robin was and what this has done to our lives.  He will take all of this into consideration and could possibly add to the 18 year sentence. 

Moving forward doesn't mean forgetting...........Robin will always be in our hearts and we will always have our memories.  NO ONE can take that away from us. I feel very blessed to have had my little sister in my life for as long as I did.  On October 20th, 2012, Robin would have been 53 years old...........we will celebrate her birthday on that day, at her favorite restaurant!  We will laugh and cry and remember......and we will thank God for the blessing she was to us.

To all of you who have supported me, prayed for me and my family and been there when I needed to talk, over the past year, thank you.  I have no words to express how much your friendships have meant to me and what a difference you have made in my life. 

The pain of losing my sister will  never go away, but it will ease with time......this verse says it all:

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.  I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.  I think of you in silence and often speak your name.  All I have are memories and a picture in a frame.  Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part.  God has you in his arms.....I have you in my heart.

Rest easy Robbie............I love you.

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

A quite morning.....

Morning everyone,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the end of the weekend.  It is a beautiful morning here in Ohio.  It might be 68.........the windows are open, the birds are singing and the neighborhood is quiet. Life is good!

I've had several people ask to see pictures of my home, so this morning I went around and took some shots.  My living room is still a work in progress.  My TV cabinet is new and my slip covers are new and I haven't gotten around to making the new curtains and pillow covers.  There just aren't enough hours in the day!!

So, here are a couple of shots of my living room!

I couldn't keep Lilee out of the picture!  LOL!

My early 1800's shipping trunk is one of my favorite pieces. It looks pretty good for being a couple of hundred years old!
My horse weather vane is another of my very favorite pieces.  
Here is a kitchen shot!  My kitchen is so small that I couldn't get
a full picture unless I'd gone out on the deck and shot the picture
through the window!!  LOL!

My bedroom is in the middle of a re-do, so I'll show pics later when it's finished!  

Yesterday, I picked up a couple of treasures from a barn sale that was given by my son-in-law Danny's parents. I bought this wonderful old cabinet that I'm going to refinish for a night stand next to my bed... $20! Looks pretty rough now but when I get it done I'll do a before and after pic!

Then I bought this wonderful magazine stand...$20!  I have no idea where I'm going to put it, but I just had to have it! 
I also bought a beautiful oak mantle that has an old mirror under it, but it's in the basement and I couldn't get a good picture of I'll share that later! 

And last, I bought this wonderful cabinet top from a friend of mine in southern Ohio a couple of weeks ago that I absolutely love.
The picture really doesn't do it justice and I still have to decide if I'm going to leave the door as is and stack some quilts inside or if I'm going to put something over the opening like wire mesh or a tin punched panel...........just can't decide!  I'm thinking, I'm liking the quilt idea because it will add some color.........

So, that's about all I have for now.  We got several days of much needed rain and now I have to mow the grass and weed the garden.......I don't think I've mowed in 3 weeks! LOL!  It's amazing how quickly the weeks pop up with just a little rain.

In the meantime.........from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Thursday, July 26, 2012


A good evening to you my friends!

Just a quick note to let you know that my new pattern ANNA B & NIANA is done!  This is the double pattern that I've been telling you about and gave you a sneak peek of last weekend.

I met Anna B. Warrick and Niana Story in a couple of old books.   The had both written things inside each book that made me laugh and it inspired me to dedicate a sampler to each of them.

The book belonging to Anna B had her signature in it several times on the back but unfortunately no date or any clue as to where she was from.  Above her signature in the back of the book, she wrote
"if my name you want to see, turn to page 103."  So, I turned to page 103 and written across the top of the page she wrote "you are a fool for looking."  LOL! I thought that was pretty funny.

Anna B

Niana Story came from a little book called The Little Medicine Carrier.  This sweet little book was gifted to Niana by Wilmet Ballentine on the 5th of April, 1907.  They lived in Rumsey, Ky.

In the front of the book Niana wrote "don't steal this book for fear of shame for it in you will find the owners name. And on that judgement day the Lord will say, where is that book you stole away and if you say you do not know, he will say step down below."   What a sense of humor!!

Niana Story

Details for both samplers are on my website.  Both samplers stitch up quickly and are done in muted blues and browns.  I really enjoyed stitching both of them.

I will be concentrating on my Halloween booklet now, I still have a lot to do before I turn everything over to my daughter, Mindy.  She will be doing the layout, editing, etc. getting it ready to send off the printer.  So I'll keep you posted on my progress.  I think you're going to enjoy "The Haunting Season."

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well...........


Sunday, July 22, 2012


Good morning everyone!

Look what's "cooking on the deck."  News at 11:00!!

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer flowers & Halloween

Happy Sunday to everyone!  I hope this finds you well and enjoying the end of the weekend.
Warning! Warning!  This is a long post and picture heavy!!

I thought I'd share a couple of before & after pics of some of my summer flowers.  A lot of them are going to seed already, but the rest are doing well despite the heat and no rain.

This is a pic at the beginning of the summer of my side and front bed.

And this is how it looks now!  My cone flowers are doing really well and have doubled since last year.

This was my wheelbarrow out front at the beginning of summer!

And this is what it looks like now!
I love planting baskets, but the squirrel's keep using them as hiding spots and I have to add more soil about once a week!  Before!

and after!

Forgot to take a "before" of this one, but it's growing like crazy now!
Rosemary, Thai Basil & and Chocolate mint
There is lots more of it now!!

I cut in a new perennial bed this year on the side of my garage, but unfortunately it isn't doing very well and looks pretty bad, so I'll show you that bed next summer when it's doing better!! LOL!

So, on to Halloween.... A Spooky Bellpull is done and the patterns are ready to go out the door. Details are on my website.
This whimsical Bell Pull is a Halloween alphabet that includes all of the things that haunt us on Halloween.  A witch, her hat and her trusty broom, a black cat and a big full moon.  A crow, a pumpkin and a skeleton key and a sweet little mouse sitting on the "Z".  Oh geez.......that rhymed, didn't it (pretty bad)!!  HA! HA!

My mission today was to clean (didn't get done) go to the grocery store (did that, the cupboard was bare) and stain and frame Anna B & Niana (yet to do).  I'm having central air installed on Thursday!  Just can't take the heat anymore. So by the weekend, my sewing room upstairs will be nice and cool!  I'm pretty excited!  Now I can't use the heat as an excuse not to go up there.  LOL!

Stay cool and remember.........

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Sunday, July 8, 2012


Hi everyone!  I hope this finds you well and I hope everyone had a safe & happy 4th of July!

I apologize for being gone so long.  I've been feeling very disconnected from everything lately. They have finally set another trial date for the man who took my sister Robin's life, last October.  It is now scheduled for October 2nd and we have been told that this will be it.  There isn't anything else that can postpone it again.......we'll see.  They told us it would take a year and it looks like they weren't we wait.

In the meantime, I am trying to focus on some new patterns and my 1st Halloween Booklet.  So I think some "sneak peeks" are in order!! 

ANNA B & NIANA (like Diana with an "N") is a double pattern with 2 sweet samplers that I'm dedicating to 2 young ladies with a very whimsical sense of humor.   I can't give their story away just yet, but I met both of them in a couple of old books.  I think you will enjoy their writings as much as I have!  Both samplers stitch up quick, fit nicely into 8 x 10 frames and are done in soft blues and muted browns.



 My Halloween Booklet is coming along nicely.  This is one of those things that you think "how hard can this be" and then you're thinking "whose idea was this anyway"!! LOL!  But I'm determined to put it all together and I know it'll be worth the effort.  So here are a few sneak peeks of "The Haunting Season."

My 1st Halloween pattern for this year is called "A Spooky Bellpull" and I decided if we can have Christmas in July we can surely have "Halloween" in July.  This Halloween alphabet is finished into a delightful bellpull complete with a rusty key at the bottom and a knarly old twig as a hanger.  This pattern will be ready to ship in about a week.  I'll post a complete picture & details when it's ready!!

And of course, my blog isn't complete without a few pics of Zoey.  She will be 17 mos. old on the 13th and she is one crazy kid!! I wish there was some way to bottle her energy!  She loves watermelon, her sandbox, anything connected with water, sliding boards and her swing (the higher the better).  What a little character she is! 

Here is mama & Zoey at the zoo!

I call this one "little miss attitude" (she is fasinated with her shadow).

My angel!!

Well, I think that about covers it for now.  It is actually cool out this morning so I'm going to take my second cup of coffee out on the deck and enjoy it while it lasts.

So, from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace & wish you well.


Sunday, April 22, 2012 update!

Hi everyone!  It's been awhile and I hope this finds your well.  A lot has happened since I posted last, back in December.

We are finally tying up the loose ends of my sister Robin's estate. We have been working on getting her house ready to sell and we finally put it on the market at the end of March.

The hard part is yet to come.  A trial date has been set for May 15th and God willing, this will all be over soon.  We are preparing as best we can.

We are blessed to be surrounded by some amazing people.  I have never known a more caring, compassionate, committed group of people as those in the Victim's Assistance Program in Akron, Ohio.
Without them, I honestly don't know where we would be.  God bless you, Carrie and Missy, for all you do. These 2 amazing women have become our guardian angels and we thank God everyday for bringing them into our lives.

On a happier note, my granddaughter Zoey turned 1 year old in February and she's walking......Lord help us!  LOL!  She is hell on wheels and into everything and a happier baby I have never seen.

Here she is at her 1st Birthday party with her mama! Zoey had a ball!

This is Zoey at Gramma's!  She came for a sleepover on Saturday night and Gramma had to take a nap on Sunday when she left!  Now I remember why we have our kids when we're young! LOL!

I finally have some new designs to 1st for 2012.

"Honor Thy Mother" is a sweet little band sampler that I've dedicated to my Mom, Elsie, who indeed secur'd me from a thousand harms.  I've included a complete alphabet so you it can be personalized and would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift.

Stitched on 30 count ivory linen, it's finished size is 6" x 8" and fits nicely in an 8 x 10 frame.

Nettie's Best Work

This is a delightful little sampler that stitches up quickly on 30 count ivory linen.  It has a finished size of 6 1/2" x 7 1/2".  I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this little sampler!

And last we have "Patty Polk's Sampler. "Patty Polk did this and she hated every stitch....she likes to read much more." As you can tell by the verse, Patty would have been much happier reading a book instead of stitching this simple marking sampler.  Stitched on 28 count ivory linen, with a stitch count of 90W x 146H, it has a finished size of 6 1/2" x 10 1/2", loose threads and all!

All 3 patterns will be available on my website in the next day or so.

I am working on revamping my finished goods page with lots of new goodies and I'm starting to work on some new Halloween designs for a booklet that I hope to have done by August 1st.  I'll keep you posted on both as things progress, with a few sneak peeks!

That's all I have for now, so from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.