Monday, July 27, 2015

The Dogist by Elias Weiss Friedman

My first Netgalley review! When I saw that this book was "photographic encounters with 1000 dogs", I had to check it out.  I was not disappointed. This book made me wish I had a place to display books in my living room, so that when this book comes out I can buy a copy and set it out for all my friends to enjoy.  It will not be published until October so I have some time. I honestly thing even those who are not dog lovers and or people who love to take pictures(like me) would enjoy this book.  It included photos of dogs of all different breeds, with all different expressions and emotions, and a few with special stories.  A lot of the photos are just taken as he comes across owners and their dogs, but in the case of some of the tougher cases, he actually sets up times to meet with the dog and gain their trust, so he may photograph them.  He really captures the soul and personality of the dog.  Some photos made me laugh, and some brought me to tears.  A wonderful book for any animal lover.  I have already added it to my Amazon wish list so I won't forget to buy it when it comes out. It comes out in the month of my birthday so maybe I will get lucky and someone will buy it for me. ☺This book was an advanced copy provided to me by Netgalley for review.  I highly recommend this book!

Sunday, July 26, 2015



Hope everyone's summer is going well! Here, well, it's hot! Today wasn't as bad as some days but it was still right toasty.  I did get out and play with the pups a little bit; I took my phone out to take some pictures but of course I forgot. Kona loves playing fetch and is very quick in getting the ball back to me! He keeps me busy out there! I did get this picture of him when I was *supposed* to be cleaning our spare bedroom. Ahem.

 But in my defense I did clean it up some yesterday! It has become quite a catch-all room.  Books, craft stuff, files, magazines, etc. I was trying to sort through some of the clutter. I did yesterday but today just felt a little over-whelmed(and maybe a little lazy.)  

I did accomplish a couple of things today stitching-wise.  One of my Facebook stitching groups has a Quick Stitch Weekend once a month, where we find a small design and try to stitch it in a weekend.   This month I found an old Pine Mountain pillow kit I got years ago.  I think my daughter originally wanted me to buy it so she could stitch it.  Well she hasn't stitched in a long time and doesn't really seem to have an interest in in anymore, so I stitched it for her as a surprise while she was with friends this weekend. In fact I am still waiting for her to get home and see it. ☺ 
I hope she won't be upset that I stitched it instead.

I also pulled out some frames my dad had made for me- I wish I would have written down which designs I had him make them for- and framed an old finish. It was the only one I was pretty certain belonged to one of the frames.
It's "Snow Tired" (duh) by Homespun Elegance.  Now I have to figure out what the other frames go to.  

I am currently working on a couple of different things- a Grilles by Maryse freebie- "It's Winter Time"( a little wrinkled, sorry)-
And a piece for a friend- "Chowning's Tavern" (an actual place in Williamsburg, VA). I don't have much done on that one yet; hoping to put a few stitches in it tonight.

I recently discovered  It's a site where you can request to read certain books before they are available for sale.  The authors rely on you for an honest review of their book and you post that review on their site as well as blogs, facebook, twitter, etc.  I am giving it a shot and reading my first book The Water of Life by Daniel Marchildon.  I will let you know how it is!

Well, since I started writing this, my daughter has returned home. Once she saw the pillow she remembered the kit. She did not seem upset at all that I had stitched it. ☺ 

If I am going to stitch I better get to it. Here is a little picture of Ginger as a sign-off.
She's like "Mom, you are taking a picture of me again?"

God bless!

P.S. Finally finished Brooke's Books Summer House a little while back! Here it is-

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Busy busy..

Well first things first- the Alamo is complete and delivered to it's owner. She loved it!

I have been working more on my other projects- I did a weekend project-

 Made some progress on my LK sampler-
 And been plugging away at my (mostly) "lunchtime project." 

Kona and Ginger did both get fixed- they healed well. :) Kona messes with his stitches quite a bit so he had to wear the Cone of Shame. This is actually the first one- he managed to get around this one so we had to get a taller one. 
 Ginger was a good sister though and still helped by washing his face and ears. 

Kona experienced his first snow the other day- he enjoyed it, even though he doesn't look like it in this picture.
We are supposed to get some more tonight-several inches- we'll see what happens.

On Tuesday I had a snow day home with the kids-I decided to try my hand at making some liquid soap using bar soap. It was super easy and made a ton. It was a little slimy 'cause I used a Dial glycerin bar. Next time I think I will use Yardley lavender soap. I love that stuff! We had some Ball jars so I got pumps  and made them into soap dispensers. 
 There are some other recipes on Pinterest for lotion and stretch mark cream. I may try those at some point too!  I recently bought some homemade sugar scrub at a local store and I just love it. It kind of inspired me!

Oh, I almost forgot- I have finally started putting beads on thi project too! I have had it stitched forever.
Sorry the photo isn't that good.

Well that's about it here.. Will post again soon!

Friday, January 23, 2015


Yes, it's me! I'm still here.  I have been working more on the Alamo and I am happy to say I am very close to finishing! Only have the backstitching left to do- and a couple of stitches I have found that I missed.
I have also been working on a winter freebie that I started some time ago- I thought I took a picture of it but I can't find it!  
A facebook stitching group I'm in has WIP Wednesdays- so on Wednesday I put a (very) few stitches in this-
I don't remember what I was doing/watching while working on it but got distracted, so I didn't get very far.

I have been doing lots of reading lately- came across this great app called Scribd! There are a ton of books on there and I got a three month free trial. After the trial is up, it is only 8.99 a month I believe.  It is very worth it because there are so many books available on it, and I am the type of person that has so many books that I want to read, I try to buy books used or cheap and get rid of them once I've read them. (With the exception of classics and a few books that I really really love.) So this app is going to save me a ton of money.   I said I was always going to be a paperback girl but now I have finally ventured into the world of e-books. It's not so bad after all.  DH got me an iPad mini for Christmas, so now I can have books with me wherever I go, and it's a bit more compact!

I am still getting the ipsy bags- I love them! It's like giving myself a present every month. And if there is something in it I don't like, usually my daughter does. ☺ This was my bag this month-
This month was a full size eyeliner, a full size lip balm, a full size eyeshadow, a tube of pink shimmer cream(I use it as a light blush), and a sample with multiple uses of daily moisturizer.  Not bad for $10+ tax.  If you're interested please click here to sign up. ☺ You also can get points on your account for sharing your bag on facebook or going to the site and leaving feedback on the products in your bag. The points can be cashed in for extra products. ☺☺

I did something new this year- I started a happiness jar.  Has anyone heard of it? I saw it via a facebook post.  You get a jar and every day on a little slip of paper write something that made you happy that day, even if it's just a little thing.  Then at the end of the year go back and read all the things that made you happy. ♥  I confess I have been slacking a little bit the last week or so. I keep forgetting about it. I put it on my night stand now so at the end of the day I will remember to do it.

Please pray for my furbabies next Friday- they are both getting fixed.  They have been having a little aggression toward each other and we are hoping it will help.  Overall they still get along really well, but have occasionally been having fights- real ones where they actually draw blood!   I have gotten some advice from friends with multiple dogs and other Corgi owners as well and several said to fix them.  We did not plan on breeding them anyway so it needed to be done and done soon.  Much as I would love a bunch of little Corgi babies running around, I do not have any dog breeding experience.  And I would probably want to keep them all. ♥ I can't afford that!

I have been loving my drives home lately- this is the time of year that the sun is setting as I drive home so I see many beautiful skies!  Here are a couple-

DH went to a fishing expo a few weekends ago- while he was there he saw a man selling hedgehogs and send me this picture-
Look at that cutie! I have wanted a hedgehog for a long time.  I thought maybe he was going to buy me one- but alas- when he went to find out how much they were the man was gone. :( Oh well, maybe next year? hee hee..

Well... that's the latest!   I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and new year! We had a very nice one- my mother-in-law was visiting and we had a great time.

I will sign off with my sweeties- they were wanting my Life cereal when I took this. 
Not the best photo because of course they both moved!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Wonderful giveaway for sampler lovers!

Please check out the 25 days of Christmas giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler shop's blog. Click here.

Will post again soon!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Have you given up on me?

I hope not, even though I am the worst blogger in the world.  I have been the worst about blogging and stitching, though I have gotten a little stitching done.  I worked a little more on the Alamo this past weekend.
Not much longer now! Well-except for the back stitching. Ugh. 

My parents were here for a visit this past weekend- we had a great time as we always do. It goes by too fast though. We visited a local winery that dh and I had been to before- it is so lovely. I really want to go back and take a tour of the grounds sometime. They weren't doing any tours the times that I've gone. We did have a tasting and got a delicious wine for the holidays. They served it chilled, but also put it in a crock pot with water and mulling spices and it was sooooo yummy.  We are going to do the same.
We got wine club cards from my in-laws back in September so we can get a free tasting or glass of wine every month. Good reason for a date night! (Or afternoon)

Kona and Ginger are still their crazy selves. Kona started chewing our living room carpet when we weren't home so we tore it out and got some laminate flooring. We had been wanting to do something like that anyway. I really like it- eventually we hope to do the bedrooms too. Here is a little peek-
With a Kona peek as well! It is a little darker than it looks in the picture.

My birthday was this week- I actually forgot that morning until dh said "happy birthday" which is unusual for me. I guess cause we had been celebrating off and on all weekend, including dinner at Texas Roadhouse where I had to sit on a saddle! It was quite funny. 

Well that's it for now-here is a photo of Ko and Gin to sign off.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A little finish and other updates

Finally have some time to sit and blog- the calm before the storm as it were- soon school starts.  David will start soccer for the first time and Hanna will be going back to her judo classes next week.  It's going to get busy busy busy!

I did get something finished, finally! I finished the little gift for my grandma and mailed it off to her for her new apartment.  She really likes it. I am so glad.  ♥ Here it is-
I really like the way it turned out.  The little kits from the UK stitching mags are so fun. ☺

I am also making progress on the Alamo.  I've been trying to work on it on my lunch break as much as possible, and once in a while at night.  (I have started working on the LK Mystery Sampler again as well.)  Here is my progress as of right now.

I got my third ipsy bag last month.  I am really liking them so far! They always send great products.  
I got some Bare Minerals eyeshadow, a lip stain, some bronzer that was surprisingly natural looking, even on someone pale like me! I also got a moisturizer I had tried previously- I gave it to Hanna cause she liked it and it made me break out. I also got the pink bag in the background as well as a wonderful smelling lotion- citrus ginger.  My bag for August should get here tomorrow- I can't wait!  If you are interested in checking it out click here.

I finally finished Irish Whiskey the other day.  It took me long enough huh? I did stop reading it for a bit. A friend of mine started a book club for a few of us that like to read.  She was reading Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell  by Chris Colfer so we started with that. It was a kid's book but fairly long, and it was actually pretty good! It was about some children and a fairy tale land where they find out what happened to their favorite characters after the fairy tales, but it is a real place in the book. It was pretty neat.  Irish Whiskey was okay. I had read one other book in this series (Nuala Anne McGrail/Dermot Coyne) and I liked that one a little better.  It just seemed as if it took a long time for the story to get going in this one.  I will try some other books in the series sometime.  Now I'm reading The Ranch by Danielle Steele.  So far it is kind of sad but pretty good.  I definitely want to see how the story plays out.

We have been having pretty nice weather this summer.  I don't think it has gotten over the low 90's at all! It has been in the mid to high 80's lately which is so nice.  Usually it is so hot here in the summer.  We have also had some really nice sunsets and some beautiful clouds.

I love clouds. I am sure my facebook friends get tired of all my cloud photos! ☺ There is just something about a beautiful sky out in the wide open spaces of the country.  I just love it. 

And you know I can't sign off without posting some pics of my pups.  If it seems like I post more of Kona than Ginger, it's just because Ginger doesn't like me taking pictures of her, and often she moves or walks away when I try! Silly girl.

And that's it for now. Will post again soon!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wellllll.. I had all these things I was going to blog about.. and now I am drawing a blank! Ugh.

I had been sooooo good, not buying any stash, trying to use up what I had first, or at least some of it.. well.. it doesn't count if it's almost free right? I had gotten a great deal from ebay the other day via email.  If I listed an item between certain dates they would give me a $10 ebay gift certificate- and if I sold the item I'd get another $10 added to it! And miracle of miracles, it actually happened.  I was like a kid in a candy store when that gift code came in- I could not decide what I wanted!  Well I finally decided to be semi-good and get threads for a chart I already had- that took up a good portion of it- so I got a couple of little Lizzie Kate patterns.  One looked kind of familiar- I couldn't remember if I had it on my wish list(which webshots deleted) or I already had it.  Hopefully I don't! Well this stash-buying- looking at all the patterns-got me anxious to finish my current projects and start something new.  So I am going to make an effort to get more stitching done then I have been.

Which brings me to my Alamo progress! It's not much but I did get a few stitches in over the weekend and some more on my lunch break today- I will be glad to get done with the trees and get back to the building itself.
I have also listed a few items on ebay- some older leaflets and will be adding a book or two soon. My ebay ID is hannasmom1198 if you'd like to have a look. :)
Kona is growing like a weed.  Here are a couple pictures of him and Ginger.

I thought this one was kind of funny.

They enjoy it outside even when it's sooooo hot. Of course we don't leave them out there for long periods.  Kona is learning how to play frisbee - Ginger never really took an interest in it but Kona is.  He can't catch the frisbee yet but he will go to it and try to bring it back.  Sometimes he can but the frisbee is a little too big for him, so sometimes he stands on it while he is trying to pick it up. :) DD just got back from a youth conference.  She got a little frisbee there, so we may try that one with him when she finds it.  She doesn't remember where she put it.

I recently finished reading Night Road by Kristin Hannah. It was an excellent book but so heart-wrenching! I cried so many times. I just recently started reading Irish Whiskey by Andrew M. Greeley, but am breaking from it to read a kids' book Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell.  A friend of mine started a book club and that's the first book we're reading. It's actually a pretty long book, so I thought I'd start now even though we're not meeting til the end of August.  It's actually pretty good so far!

Well that's it for now- hoping to have a finish to show you soon.  My grandma will be moving soon and I need to get her housewarming gift done!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New project!

Well.. I am still working on the Alamo of course, but started something else recently.  My grandma is moving out of her home of about 56 years and into an assisted living apartment.  I know part of her is looking forward to it-  a lot of her friends live there- but also sad because she has lived there for over half her life!  So I decided to make her a little something as a housewarming gift.  I got this kit with the UK World of Cross Stitching mag I think and thought she might like it.

I don't have any recent photos of the Alamo- but so far have just gotten a little more done on the trees on the far right.  Grandma is moving in July so I have been trying to make sure I put some time in on her project as well.

I forgot to mention in my last post about a "beauty club" I just joined- I guess that's what you would call it.. you get a monthly box of beauty samples - some are actually full size items- for only $10 plus tax.  I have been getting it for a couple of months and I really like it.  It's called Ipsy. Here are the items I got this month-
You get a different cosmetic bag every month as well.  There is a survey to fill out when you join, that helps them pick products you will like.  You can retake the quiz too if you want to change things up a bit.  This month I got an eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, lip gloss, trial perfume spray, and an anti-frizz cream for my hair.
This is my bag from last month-
I loved this bag- it was made of a soft canvas and very flexible, it is great for keeping makeup in my purse. This bag had an eyeshadow, sunscreen, moisturizer, a face mask, and some anti-frizz hair oil.  With my naturally curly hair and the humid summers here I am appreciating the anti-frizz products. If you'd like to check it out please use my referral link:  Oh, and if you review the products in your bag you get points that you can accumulate and redeem for free items! It's a great way to treat yourself inexpensively. :)

Well hopefully I will have a bit more stitching progress for you in my next post- but until then here are my furbabies. ♥

a Kona selfie ;)