Friday, January 22, 2010

Lots to talk about!

Things have been really busy lately in my life. On the stitching front, I have been getting a bit done. Almost have all my deadlines met! I have been designing quite a lot too. As a matter of fact, my model stitcher's are stitching them faster than I can design. I am NOT griping though!! I am also working toward releasing several new colors of Blended Cording within the next couple weeks.

Guess what else. I am going to be published this year 2 times in The Cross Stitcher. I am so excited about it. As it stands now, I will be in the August and October issues.

We have also made the BIG decision to start homeschooling my daughter. She is in 9th grade and has been wanting this for a couple years. We have finally decided to make this decision due to her health and stress levels. School is so stressful due to all those darn tests that they make the kids absolutely goes insane over. It seems that all the school system is worried about is their scores on the state tests and not about the quality of over all education. The pure pressure is horrible as well. Every week there is a new girl showing up pregnant at school and there is so much drama. Candice has always been an excellent student but her grades have suffered way to much to keep her in those circumstances and let her future suffer. I have joined the local home school group and they are amazing!!! This group is going to be such a huge support system for us. Now that I have talked to other parents who home school and have gotten a curriculum together, I think this is going to be an awesome experience for us all!

I have such great kids. My son is a bit crazy at time though! It is a wonderful thing when your kids let you know that you are doing a good job. My daughter is always telling us that we are the best parents ever and we are "cool". She says that most of her friends wish their parents were like us. And a couple have actually asked if they could live with us and they are serious!! LOL She always tells us that she knows she can talk to us about anything and most of her friends can not do that with their parents and feel comfortable doing so. And NO we are not the type of parent who tries to be "best friends" with our kids. Our kids know that we are the parent and that is that. But we are close family and it is a wonderful thing!

There is a Christian song out that talks about there not being any such thing as perfect people or a perfect life. My son (7 years old) always says "YES there is, because I have the perfect life!"

Now, to me . . . both kids are saying that even though we struggle financially and have a hard time making ends meet at times, our kids know without a doubt we love them and respect them and will ALWAYS take care of them no matter what!!! They understand that material things are not what it is all about, LOVE is what makes our family work and work so well. We don't get hung up on what other people think about us. The only one we have to please is GOD and that is what we strive to do better each and every day!

Well, I think that is enough rambling for today. Sorry I don't have any stitching pics, but I will soon, once people start receive their packages from me. Thank you all so much on your comments on my new releases. I hope those who have purchased them enjoy stitching them as much as I enjoyed designing them!!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sweet Treats and Faith Fish

I have just released TWO more patterns. The first is a set of Faith Fish and the second is Sweet Treats! Click HERE to see the purchase page ( you will have to scroll down a bit)!!!

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Valentine Quaker Ornament are HERE!!!

April has had a bit of stress the last couple days trying her hardest to get these sweet things finished up and photoed for me! She done an amazing job on it all!!!

The Valentine Quaker Ornament Set is here!!!! CLICK HERE for the purchase page!!!!
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Catching Up!

I am really sorry that I have not blogged much lately, including commenting. I have been a bit busy. Some of my creative juices have been flowing a little and I have been working on a couple designs. I have also taken the Stitching Bloggers Yahoo group back. I started this group a couple years ago and at that time was not able to keep up with it. I passed it on to Sharon and now she has decided that she was ready for a break and asked if I would like to take it back. We are up to 123 members and it would be great for even more stitching bloggers come to join our little family. So, drop by if you fit this group and join us!!!!

Aside from that I have not been feeling very well lately. I have been having this nagging nauseous feeling that just don't go away. If I wait to long to eat it happens, if I eat it happens . . . so I am darned if I do and darned it I don't!!! Think I might go get checked out if it don't clear up soon. I have been taking some antibiotics and they are almost gone so I guess it is time. I really thought it was just a UTI, but now am wondering. These antibiotics usually knock a UTI out pretty quick for me. Anyway, enough of that stuff!!!!

I have a new freebie on my freebie blog. Remember the bell that I designed and stitch for my moms birthday card, well I decided to share it with you all!!!

I have not stitched much but I do have a finish for this year and a new start! They are small ones that are for gifts for the winners of my giveaways so I can not share any pics yet!

I have decided to extend the sale going on at my shop. I think that I will go ahead and let this sale run through January. Remember, if you purchase $10.00 or more you receive a free Grab Bag. Check the site for more info!

Also just to give all my blog readers and customer's a heads up, the Valentine Quaker Ornament set will be released by the 15th of this month!!!!!! April has been a busy bee trying to get them all finished up for the big release. Let me tell you, the ones she has finished so far are absolutely perfect. I love the way they have turned out!!! I hope that you do as well!!!

Well that is really about it this time around. I do want to show you a pic of our Ratty Cat. He is stalking my daughters birds!! LOL I told my husband that it looks like he is cleaning up getting ready for a meal!!! LOL

Have a wonderful and Blessed weekend!!!!

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Welcome 2010!!

Ok, it was really strange typing that number in for the title!! LOL I do hope that you have all had a wonderful new year and that it has also been a very safe one!!!

Thank you to everyone who has left comments on my recent ornie finishes. I appreciate it so very much. I love those comments. Who don't??? Thank you to all those who visit and don't leave comments to!!!!

I received my final ornament from exchanges on Christmas Eve and forgot to post it with my last post. So, here it is.Penny Stitched this cutie for me. Look, it is just too cute. Thank you so much Penny, I will treasure it always!!

I also want to let you all know about a New Year Sale that I am having.
Through January 10th, if you purchase at least $10.00 worth of Cross Stitch Patterns and/or Handmade Blended Cording you will receive a FREE grab bag!! Each grab bag includes 5 yards of Handmade Blended Cording (1 yard each of colors made exclusive for Grab Bags) and 3 pieces that are perfect for hangers on ornaments and such.
I would love for you to check it out!! Well, it is very late and I must get to bed before I fall over. LOL I hope that you all have a wonderful and great and awesome and spectacular weekend!!!!

Happy Stitching,
Cindy Mae