Tuesday, April 19, 2011

23 days after the last post

and things have changed in my family. I lost my Dad on April 7. He was a part of the "greatest generation" and he proudly served as a navigator in a B25 in WWII. He had a great life of 85 years and I will miss him dearly. The last few months I had the pleasure to spend a couple days each week with him and I will treasure that time I had. I got to say goodbye too, which some people never get to do and I am thankful for that.....as hard as it was to do. My husband didn't get that opportunity.

Now onto the stitching since that is what probably brought you here! I took my stitching with me to my parents and finished a couple pieces while there. My 2 year Mill Hill RR is done. I finished the bakery and then I added all the buttons (except one that broke). My plan is to mount it onto another piece of foam core that is wrapped in Christmas material. If I don't like it, I can always change my mind, but that's my idea for now.
Some of my XS friends decided to do an ornament kit exchange. You pick a pattern and then supply all the material to complete it. I took Lyne's kit with me one weekend and I finished it. It was perfect for traveling since I knew all I had to take was a needle and scissors!! This one came from the 2010 JCS Ornament Magazine.
I joined a Halloween SAL that was supposed to be the week my Dad passed, so I have been working on it the last few days. It's the Witches Wheel. I think I'm going to start adding the beads soon, so I can see how those will add to it.
A long time ago I finished a birthday gift for Carolyn's 55th birthday, but I couldn't share it until her birthday (which happened after the last blog post), so now that she's received it I can share that finish too! If you click on her link you can see how I personalized it. My picture doesn't show it!
We are still in the process of remodeling our bed and bathroom.....but painting is done, some fixtures have been changed out, but we still need new carpeting and the vanity and sink installed. Pictures will have to wait until it's done. And I'm going to have to break my streak of posting Amberlyn photos. We have seen her, but haven't been taking any photos lately. But she's just a cute as ever but is getting just a bit more of an attitude!! :-)
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh, Nancy, so sorry to hear about your dad, but how wonderful that you got to spend so much time with him. It must have meant so much to him.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad Nancy {{hugs}}... I lost my dad in 2009 so I definitely know what you're experiencing. My thoughts are with you.

  3. I'm very sorry to hear about your dad. Take care.

  4. Hi Nancy, you know, the memories you have with your father will be in your heart forever and I am glad you were able to be there with him. It sure sounds like he had a very fulfilling life.
    Your stitching is moving along and the scissor case is just wonderful. I love the colour choice.
    How cute is it that you little Amberlyn has attitude. lol Naw, not a little cutie patutie like that.!
    Have fun with the renos and remember
    Be always in stitches

  5. I'm so sorry about your dad - please accept my sympathy.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear your lost. Hugs and lots of strength!
    I found your blog just and you have quite nice projects going on.

  7. Sorry to hear about your loss and I just love your stitching.


  8. Please accept my sympathies on losing your dad. You're right that getting to say goodbye does help immensely; it's much harder (as hard as it is already) without that closure.

    The stitching is gorgeous but of course those Mill Hill Houses are my favorites. You're inspiring me to no end with those.

  9. Condolences on the lose of your dad.
    I love the Mill Hill Houses.

  10. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your dear father, Nancy you have my deepest sympathy. I lost my daddy in 1991.

    You stitching is just beautiful.

    Take Care;
    Hugs, Sandy

  11. Very sorry to hear about your dad. Your stitching projects are gorgeous!

  12. So so sorry you lost your dad Nancy. He was a brave man to fight for his country the way he did.
    All the stitching is fabulous, keep up the good work!

  13. Oh, Nancy, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my dad in December, so the pain is still fairly fresh. I agree with you that it helps if you are able to say goodbye. I hope you soon get to the point where you can think of him with warmth and laughter and not pain. If you ever wanna talk, you can send me an email (jnemitz@cinci.rr.com). I love your Mill Hill RR. It's just darling. And the fabby you chose for Witch Wheel is perfect!! I love all your stitching, lol. Keep up the good work! Sending big cyber hugs your way. Keep your chin up!

  14. I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing please hold your head up high and be proud of the man he was!!!!!! Your a great woman and I know he left being proud of you!

  15. Nancy, I am sorry for your loss. I am glad that you were able to spend time with your dad before the end. I know that taking my kids to see my dad before he passed was the best decision I could make.

    I love your stitching- you are doing a great job. Easter blessings!

  16. Nancy, I am sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I hope time will heal your heart. It is great that you got to spend time with him.

    Your Mill HIll RR is super gorgeous. I can't wait to see how it looks once you finish it off.

  17. So sorry to hear you've lost your Dad. What a lovely man he was.

    Hope your stitching can take your mind off this sad loss.

  18. Nancy, may your wonderful father rest in peace. It is never an easy thing to lose a beloved parent, and your father seems to have been a very special man, for sure. God Bless you in your loss.

    All of your stitching is beautiful, and what an amazing job you have done stitching the incredible Mill Hill Christmas scenes! I love the Quaker scissor fob that you made for Carolyn's birthday. She must have been thrilled!

    P.S. I just realized that I became your 100th follower!

  19. Sorry to hear about your dad. The mill hill Xmas is so pretty.


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