Jan 1, 2016

One year ago today

with my nephew being home from the hospital for only two days, Carole was rushed in New Year's morning.  Five days later she was transferred to Cleveland and the diagnosis, which should have been apparent, was finally known.  Hard to believe that all the surgeries, emergencies, admissions, and months of feeling helpless was not this past year, but 2014.  Of course the first several months of 2015 were bad but we had answers and knew what to expect.  Seems like yesterday, but it wasn't.
 
Today we did a little visiting and I just made a batch of peanut butter cookies.  Why?  Didn't we have enough sweets?  My goodness.  Chris asked on her Facebook post what we are stitching for 2016.  I replied, my pant seams!  Tomorrow we'll be making a triple batch of stuffed cabbage for everyone.

I mentioned before that the Frixion pen works well for me on linen.  Not only will the iron make the ink disappear, so will the attached eraser.  Looking back to the chart for placement every two stitches causes many of my errors so I once again used the pen to mark the outline of the stem and satin stitches.  So much easier for me.  Making it even easier would be my hoop but since it's hiding, I'll work on the border until it surfaces.   A visit to Mary Corbet's site to find the stem stitch video was necessary, even though it's very easy to do.  Just couldn't remember how!  I'm hoping this slump is almost over because I ordered several pieces of linen, 18th Century Rook in 35 and Tumbleweed in 32.  I have too much linen I am not using.  A few pieces of Jobelan too. 
 
I received a large box of stitched Santas that I was asked to sell.  Mostly Schooler, many on Aida.  Beautifully finished too.  I'm going to go through them in a little while and will probably buy several myself.  I will show you what's left next time and maybe you could offer some suggestions. 
 
Until then, enjoy the weekend!  Start counting the days until spring!
 
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17 comments:

Barb said...

I bet your glad all those problems are pretty much behind you. That marking is a great idea.

Theresa Laboda said...

Glad your family is better. Happy New year.

Theresa Laboda said...

Glad your family is better. Happy New year.

bluetit said...

happy new year
kiss from Burgundy

Truus said...

Wish you all a very happy New year with a lot of stichting and a good health for you and Carole.
Greetings Truus from Holland

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Marly! Wishing you the best for 2016. Cheryl

Annmarie said...

Wish I was in the family-love stuffed cabbage and peanut butter cookies. It's 6am and now I'm hungry
Happy New Year!

C. M. Designs said...

So happy that life seems to be on the "up swing" for you. I remember reading your blog in 2014 and felt as if I had been there and done that.
I hope that 2016 will be fabulous in every way for one and all.
Your peanut butter cookies and cabbage rolls sound so good. I didn't make peanut butter cookies for Christmas LAST year.........had too many other sweets.
Thinking of you and hoping to be stitching, PS Santas soon.
Charlotte in Va.

Jacqueline said...

Happy New Year Marly. Hope it is a great year for you and your family. I am looking forward to a great year of handwork.

Sherry said...

yes, I am waiting for Spring!! I want to get outside.

CathieJ said...

I hope this new year brings health and happiness to you and your family. I hope you find your hoop soon. Your stitching is beautiful. Enjoy working that stem.

Vickie said...

I L♥VE peanut butter cookies!
We are not making it above freezing here daily. Lots of snow on the ground. It will be there a while.

Carol said...

I'm truly happy that Carole finally got the answers she needed at The Cleveland Clinic last year and is doing so much better now. Let's hope 2016 brings only good things for both of our families, healthwise, Marly--it was a tough year to deal with!

Chris said...

It sounds like a lovely uneventful New Years. Bring on the cabbage!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm still working on Plum Street's free Twelve Days but nearing the end....I'm on #11. The linen sounds wonderful. I just bought a bit more myself. A bit more. Ha! blessings, marlene

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I bet you are glad 2015 is behind you and you can say HELLO to a new, shining bright 2016. Wishing it to be peaceful, healthful and wonderful for you all.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Got any stuffed cabbage left? YUMMMM!!! And, aha!! Now I know the answer to the question I had about all those wonderful stitched Santas!!! I love them!! Sorry for the tough year(s)...praying and hoping things are brighter in your 2016.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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