Sunday, November 02, 2008

It's begun!

As I sit here in the quiet of my home, I've begun my new blog. You can find me here: or here if you just want to follow a link.

I've only put up one post - just a 'welcome' - but, it'll come along ... Hope to see you there!


What incredible weather we're having here! It's already 63 degrees & it's only 10:30am. The sun's shining, windows are open ... awwwwwww!!
T's on the road - has been 2 hours. Miss him already!! I'm very thankful the weather's so good .. T shouldn't have any troubles with his traveling, though we discovered today the Bills are playing home in Buffalo. That should be fun ... not. Hope T's brother likes the carrots I picked for him this morning. They looked yummy!
Yesterday was spent at a craft show with my mom, last minute errands with T ... and watching CBJ almost win their game. :-(
Today I get to pick up my rental car, spend a bit of time with K ... and play! Hope you all have a great Sunday!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I can't wait to see the neighborhood kids tonight ... all dressed up & excited! I've not carved the first pumpkin yet - seems weird to do without Kel here to play with me. We'll see if we have time before she leaves for the high school's band contest this evening ... Yep, she'll be home this weekend - yea!!

Hope you all have a wonderfully spooky Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I may rue the day ...

I decided to post this, but I just have to share this well-written article about our presidential race. If you have any interest in the debacle known as the presidential race, go read this ... If you don't, cool. Your choice...

Thank you, Sandy, for your comment! And I didn't take it personally at all!! I firmly believe one of the best things about the US is our ability to individually express our own opinions. If I agree or disagree with you (or the author of that article or the man in the moon), we're free to express ourselves. (I guess I should say as well that if anyone does post "nasty" comments here .. well, I do have that little trash can at the end of each comment I can use *lol*) I don't mind discussions or debates about politics or anything else - I do mind the haranguing I hear daily in my office.
I guess by putting this post on my blog, some may interpret it as my expression of who I'm voting for. No one should make that assumption .. 'cause I'm not telling! ;o)

If you know me ...

as in, have met me face to face or whatever, you'll know I'm ... hmm .. unique. Ok, you'll have figured that out if all you've ever done is read my blog. *chuckle* To show you that I come by it honestly, this picture is my mom (on the right) at her senior citizen group's Halloween luncheon today. She won the best costume prize & Susie won funniest (I think) in her pumpkin costume. Mom's wearing one of my skirts, her own tshirt jazzed up, carrying paper pumpkins & signs made by Tom. Yep, we are indeed a unique family .... ;o)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


The winds of change are blowing ... I'm thinking that my blog overhaul may be bigger than I originally thought. May move away from 'stitchingbrat' to ... whatever my poor cold brain can come up with. Stay tuned!

I've just signed up for 2 online classes - more on those tomorrow when I (hopefully) thaw out. But aren't these the cutest tags? We'll see if my brain can work this all out...

Tonight, Sassy (aka Sassy's Fabrics) & I went on a cemetery tour at my village's cemetery. Our village is on what was the Erie Canal ... goes way back in time. We have the grave of what is believed to be the first white woman to have died on the canal - Catherine Richardson. (That's a sarcophagus she's buried under with a new footstone saving the verse her husband had engraved on the limestone, which has greatly faded away) Anyway, a tour was hosted - 8 stations with docents dressed in applicable period clothing, who shared stories about their parts of the cemetery. It was awesome - but VERY cold. I learned new things about the village ... including there's a few mass graves in our cemetery, containing the remains of cholera victims. At the time, the townsfolk didn't know what was killing so many people so quickly, so they buried them in the mass graves to dissuade family members from digging up the remains. How incredibly sad! One of our village's founding families is the Rarey family ... the family of John Rarey, the original 'horse whisperer'. One of his descendants was the docent at John's headstone ... what wonderful stories Ed shared of his family. (Did I say how cold it was out there???)

I've acquired a few new wonderful goodies over the last couple of days. I'll share pictures soon... Sandy, you are SUCH an enabler!!! Love you! :0)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A goal .. and you can help!

I just realized how outdated some of the "stuff" on my blog is. I need to update the list of fav blogs, clean out blinkies, etc. So, while Tom's gone for the next 2 weeks (YIKES!) I'm going to take the time to clean this place up. (Hmmm... think I should do it at home, too? *lol*)

If you have suggestions for blog design places, a fav site to visit, whatever ... send it on! And maybe I'll even figure out a prize or two to hand out. That'd be one way to start getting rid of stash, wouldn't it?


Is it November 5 yet??? I'm SO done with political ads - they're everywhere! Some creative souls have taken their junk mail & done some great creating ... not me. I just toss the crap. I am appalled at the colossal waste - the amount of $ spent on advertising is disgusting. Wretched excess! I'm tired of the mud-slinging, of people not telling us what they will do but instead pointing fingers at others ... I'm tired of the ads that so apparently think we're all clueless & stupid. *sigh*

Yeah, it's been that sort of day. Cold. Gray. Very winter-ish. Brrrrr! Add my work day & it's just been a lovely day <--said with much sarcasm. Why do people have to be so condescending? One boss sends me emails about work, always with a "since I know you don't know what you're doing" tone. Grrrr... I responded to one today with "I do stay educated, you know". Idjit. I do my job & do it damn well ... Guess I need to look at it that I do have a job & he must have some need to feel in authority. It's on him, not me ...

ANYway ... tomorrow's a new day! :-)

One down ...

I got one pair of earrings done last night. Tried a second pair but they just didn't work the way I wanted, so ... I'll play another day. I like how these work with my necklace - both of which I'm wearing today.

Did you see snow yesterday? I didn't, stuck in my office as I was, but many others here in Columbus did. Brrrr!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

One more

Sorry for the picture quality, but this is the other necklace I made yesterday. I'd bought two crystal beads to put with this piece, but once I started laying it out - yuck! *lol*

Today I am going to clear out the flower beds. We've got snow flurries predicted for Tuesday .... nooooooo! It's too soon! My plants are still so pretty (well, most of them) ... but, snow will zap them so I guess I should just go ahead & pull them out. :-(

And for those who wonder about my crafting ADD ... yep, I've got it. Big time. Always have ... There will never be enough time in my life to do all the things I want to do, for sure!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Ok ... they're not stitching, but the one piece I stitched last night/this morning, I can't share as it's for an exchange. I'll try to remember to share a picture when the exchange is completed in December.

Ideas for my journals are rumbling through my head, so I'll play with that tonight or tomorrow. For now, it's all about beading ...

The first 2 are a necklace I finished today. The center piece, the 4 large side beads & the amber teardrops are from my time in Arizona - the orange seed beads are from my cross stitch stash. This took more time than I expected as I kept changing how it all went together, finally adding the copper coils last night (made by me) to keep the smaller beads from disappearing into the bigger ones.

The third picture shows the wrapped bracelets - the finished one is Kel's, the one on top is mine. I still need to wrap copper around the frame - something to do tonight as we watch CBJ stomp Anaheim.

The 2 beaded bracelets I made last night, with beads bought in AZ & here. I bought more of the bigger beads than I used, so ... guess I'll have to make more!

The last is of the first necklace I made, made entirely of pieces purchased in AZ. I wore it on Thursday & felt my friends with me all day.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


It's October 23 & I've not posted anything since the 12th. Hmmm... what have I been doing? ;o)

I've discovered the joy of beading ... I resisted for sooooo long, then my friends in AZ led me astray, made me go in bead stores ... and there were so many pretties! Of course I gave into temptation... And now I'm finally making things with what I bought. Good thing .. couldn't live with my conscience nagging me much longer! I restrung a jade necklace last night - now it doesn't choke me! I strung a turquoise & pottery necklace last night, too, and began beading my bracelet. K's is done (hmmm...guess I better take a picture to share) so I just had to make one for me, too.

And I discovered a wonderful beading store here today ... oh, the fun!! Great employees, wonderful stash ... Guess I really better get to selling some of my stitching stash to support my beading stash!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More pictures

One day, we ventured away from Prescott to Jerome, a one-time mining town turned ghost city turned now to an artists' colony. We had some incredible experiences there - people picking up on our groups' energy & such - and many of us certainly helped stimulate their economy. The 3rd picture is a sign made by one of my sistahs for her local dining establishment. Mitz is so talented!!


A few pictures to tease you ... from my trip to Arizona. The first shows part of the town of Prescott, with Thumb Butte rising in the background. Our house (last picture) was near the base of the Butte. The reflecting sunset picture ... well, it just shows the glorious piece of nature we lived within for a week.
The time spent with my sistahs was all I could have hoped for ... a most awesome group of women!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

coffee brain ramblings

to those friends who have responded to my post about splitting my blog: thank you!! i guess i'll just keep truckin' along the way i am ..

i bought a new journal yesterday (pics later) for my trip & other travels. this is the first journal i really felt compelled to create a cover for & i'm quite pleased with my creation. i've already written in it, too ... about the powers of turquoise, a color i'm extremely drawn to right now.

since friday night's presidential "debate" (must be a description of that word somewhere that i'm not aware of ... that certainly was not a debate) i've heard & read all sorts of opinions about the candidates, the state of our country, etc. (ok, who hasn't?) i've come to realize that i'm easily accepting of others' religious beliefs & practices, but i've a voice inside that screams in agony when someone vocalizes a different political belief than my own. i've found myself wanting to speak out in a few forums where my voice could cause problems ... and i'm already fearful of my workplace tomorrow as i have a boss who's very loud & argumentative with his own political thoughts ... it rankles my soul to stay quiet, to bite my tongue to be "safe" or non-controversial, but i don't know yet how else to handle this. it saddens me to consider staying quiet when my own thoughts are as valid as the next person's ... *sigh*

Bite me!

"Bite me!" is definitely one of my most favorite, most used phrases. Imagine my delight when I came across this delightful charm from "Charmed, I'm Sure" on Etsy!! Love it, love it, love it!!

More progress has been made on my "Book of Ornament" - I'm on the last square, then have to finish the backstitching between each block. Whoo hoo!

Two days & a wake up ... and I'm outta here! :-D

Friday, September 26, 2008

almost ....

I'm sorry it's not a better picture ... and that my toes show (lol) ... but here's my PALs round robin - almost done stitching!! Eight wonderful PALs friends stitched 8 squares, now I'm doing the final 4. Then to try to follow the directions to make it into an accordion book. I hope I can do it!!

I've been thinking about something & wonder about your thoughts on the matter. This blog began as my stitching blog, with a bit of 'me' thrown in. Now it's that plus my art journaling & whatever else I throw in. Should I continue as is, or start an art-only blog - thus, separating my life into sections? ;o)

Four days & a wake up ... and I'll be on a plane, jetting my way west ... WAY west! I'm meeting 7 wonderful friends for a week of frivolity, spirituality, friendship. I canNOT wait!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


One of my online groups - Stitchers Time Out - is having a retreat in KS this fall. Since I won't be able to attend, I'm sending Flat Me! :o)

I spent yesterday morning cleaning out the flower beds, except for those hardy enough to last for awhile longer. Some of them just keep on going ...

Monday, September 15, 2008

good ol' Ike

What a bizarre day yesterday was!! We had 30-75 mph winds yesterday (thanks, Ike). Our development never lost power (yea!) though it seems everywhere around us did. Our office has partial power & no internet. About half of us showed up for work this morning (though I waited until I knew we had power), but were sent home at 11 since everything was so hit & miss. Over half of our county is without power, trees are down everywhere, 1 out of 3 traffic signals aren't working ... It's truly a mess! Thankfully, the weather has cooled off so that's another blessing. Many schools are closed, some stores are ... (The 2 pictures from our neighborhood are of the smoke that enveloped us in the afternoon. I still don't know what was on fire, but something was - enclosing us in smoke & the smell of wood burning.)

My mom's car was a casualty of the wind last night. She was at church for a dinner & though they lost power while they were eating, no one thought anything about it ... until someone heard the crash. A huge limb fell on Mom's car. Fortunately, it didn't do a lot of damage - didn't break anything but made lots of dents all over & left her car covered with tree sap & sawdust.

Never boring here!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Don't faint!

I've actually been stitching! I received my RR back from the PALs women a month or more ago and have finally begun stitching the remaining blocks. Right now, for the life of me, I can't remember the name of the piece! It will finish into an accordion book & is all Quaker patterns ... *sigh* Oh, for a memory ...
We had Kel home for the weekend. YEA! Celebrated Mom's birthday as well as X's 2nd birthday with pizza, cake & ice cream. Yum! Kel & I went shopping Saturday ... ouch! ;o)
My niece & her family move back to Florida at the end of this week ... an experience with way too much emotion attached to it right now.

Friday, September 05, 2008

being thankful

one of the online groups i'm in reminds us on thursdays to be thankful ... and i finally remembered to list mine! ;o)

today's my mom's 82nd birthday. we'll party tonight with pizza & birthday cake and also celebrate my great-nephew's 2nd birthday.

it'll be a bit bittersweet ... my niece & her family are moving back to florida. we won't discuss my feelings & opinions about the move ...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

catching up a bit

Not that I've been busy or anything (lol) ... canned the rest of our green beans last night, went to Sunbury's Labor Day flea market & the Native American powwow on Monday ... spent Saturday with stitching friends Lauren, Renee & Milly (& her DH) having breakfast, gabbing & shopping at Cross My Heart. How did a 4 day weekend pass so quickly??

Our assignment last week in Kira's group was to scan magazines, grabbing words, then pictures as they grabbed one's attention. Then, we were to think further about what those pictures meant or symbolized. I sure seem to be stuck in vintage stuff, things that speak peace or serenity to me ... and, as always, nature. Nah, I don't try to escape my work ...

again ... my garden!!

We celebrated Mil's birthday while she was here ... and I forgot to take a picture of the floss tag I made her! Maybe she will ..

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Cathey has blessed me with another award! Thank you, dear one!


Here are the rules:

1) Only five people allowed.
2) Four of them have to be dedicated followers of your Blog and one has to be new and live in another part of the world.
3) You have to link back to who gave you the award.

But ... who to pass this on to??? Some may be repeats ... sorry! Shoot ... who DOES read my blog as a "dedicated follower"??? *lol*

Of course, Cathey ... If you've never read her blog - please do! She's a talented stitcher with a wonderful sense of humor and a huge amount of courage & strength.
My buddy Renee ... she better be a dedicated follower or I won't go to First Watch with her ever again! ;o)
Sandy (yeah, again) ... truly, she's my inspiration when I play with my journaling
Milly - Ms. Smokin' Needles herself!
Carol - a very talented artist - and, as I've told her, I really like her "job" portraits down the side of her blog

Again, thank you, Cathey!
To ALL of you who read my ramblings - be you old or new - THANK YOU!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thank you, Kim!

I received this award from Kim. Thank you! What a fun award! Now to choose 7 ... oh no!!!

The rules of the award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you’ve nominated.

Renee - one of my bestest friends ever!
Cathey - a wonderful survivor with an awesome outlook!
Mercy - a longtime 'net fellow stitcher
Sandy - another longtime 'net friend & now, a fellow art journalist (she got me hooked, bad!!)
Meari - a talented stitcher with an enduring sense of humor while in single-land
Nicolette - absolutely love her doodles!
Julie - she shares beautiful pictures from nature

Now, the problem is, I'm too lazy to go to these blogs & leave notes about the award! *lol* So, if you're reading here & want to let one of these talented women know - cool! I'll love you forever! If you're one of these women & you're reading here - let me know, 'k?


this morning, in an attempt to beat the heat of the day, i went into the garden to pick beans. tom had turned some of the plants over to allow the sun to get to the beans better ... it worked as i picked 3 large colanders full of green & yellow beans & will have many more to pick in another day or two. then the plants will be done...

i didn't plan on doing any weeding as at this point, we pretty much let whatever weeds want in, to grow. but of course, there were some in my way, so i pulled ... sans gloves. and there's one little prickly stuck in a finger that i can't see but can certainly feel.

i've been reading 'plant seed pull weed' for the past week or so .. a good read. very calming, thought-provoking ... reminded me often of why i love to garden. the tranquility of sitting there, feeling the sun beating on my back, hearing the birds at our feeders chirping away to lend music to my time out there. feeling so full of appreciation for our harvest - we'll have canned beans & frozen tomatoes all winter long. and maybe canned tomatoes as it looks to me like we're about to be overwhelmed with ready tomatoes. the joy of knowing what we eat comes from our own labors!

there are lots of gardens around our neighborhood, but they're all flowers, shrubs & trees. it looks like we're the only ones with vegetables growing, at least in our quantity. with the lot sizes we have, it's a bit sad to me that more people aren't using their yards to grow edible things. if nothing else, we're all hearing how much more expensive everything will be this winter ... but, more importantly, how can so many people choose to be so dependent on grocery stores? how can so many people choose to live off of processed foods? i'm not the most healthy person nor the most weight conscious, but when a small investment of time yields so much?

and i always go back to ... how can someone not want to absorb the pure pleasure of time in a garden? no phones, tv's ... no sound but the birds with an occasional car driving by? how can we not each need that quiet time to replenish our overloaded senses? i thinned the carrots this morning ... it is so incredible to see those baby carrots developing and gives such a feeling of anticipation of the sweet flavor they'll have when fully grown! a few years ago, we planted carrots & had a few little boys we know jumping up & down, wanting to help pull them. we all agreed nothing tasted better than those carrots!

five years ago, when mom & i agreed to build this house, to live here so k could finish school in this system, we talked of moving when she was done. in my head, i've always thought i'd move some place out further. t & i talk about it often, he looks at land often. we've seen places that appeal to us, but ... nothing goes further than that. yet. seeing the bounty we've gotten from the garden this year, knowing all of the work t does every year to enrich our rock-filled soil, slows us down a bit in our desire to move. for now, i accept that this place is where we're to be. in a rambing aside - the house we had before (k, me, my mom, my ex) had a great garden, too. it was a place in our yard that had been a garden years earlier, so we worked to bring it back to life and had great harvests each year. we even had deer who liked out corn enough to nest in it. the house isn't far from here and we each frequently drive by it. k exclaims each time, about the present owner, "she's let the garden go back to grass! she left the ornamental grasses but nothing else! how can she do that???" *sigh* though k isn't one to spend a lot of time helping in our garden, if she has a choice, it's nice to know she appreciates the labor as well as the fruits of the labor ... and recognizes the sadness of land not used for a garden.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

my baby

yeah, i had to create something about today ... about the 'butterflies in the stomach' we were both experiencing.

move in day

and so it begins ... k's life at college.

we got there first, so went ahead & arranged the furniture the way the girls had discussed ... MUCH better arrangement!

ah, color! ;-)

today's the day

the rental's 99% packed ... everyone's awake ... soon, we'll drive out our driveway to begin her journey to college.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

counting down

i'm probably boring you all to death ... but, having my one & only go away to college is sort of consuming me right now. (yeah, that's called an understatement) i thought i'd have more time to sit & journal about it tonight, but haven't had as much time as i wanted ... and i'm rambling. regardless, i did do this page tonight. it's hard enough for me, but it's harder for k ... she's having to say 'good bye' to a lot of her friends. the joys of growing up ...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


We're back from Michigan .. tired, somewhat relaxed ... I played a bit in my journals, but not much. Felt too good to sit & play with the kids, canoe, swim in Lake Michigan.

I read "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield while gone - wonderful book! And as I read, I thought about my dreams ...

There are wonderful trees around the 'resort' T's son manages (a row of 9 cabins, access to the Platte River) - had to try drawing them.

We discovered Monday morning that a tree limb had attacked our van - shattered the back window & left a big dent in the back door. MAJOR grrr!!! It doesn't show well in the scan, but I tried to draw a big purple monster first .. one we'd seen on top of a car dealership (ok, it was actually a purple gorilla) ..

A number of years ago, I was visiting my ex in NC. We stopped at a pull-off (western NC ... beautiful mountains) and I had a sort of epiphany about me, at some future time of my life.

Is it time to go back to MI yet?!?!?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

here comes the sun

It's a "half theme" day in Blissfully Art Journaling land with "here comes the sun". Since I'm stuck here at my desk, not seeing true sunshine, I used my anticipation of the weekend ahead ...
Hmm ... is this what I'm "supposed" to do? Ahhh ... it's what I wanted to do. *lol*

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Over the past couple of days, I've had roses running through my head & some of my emails, especially as in "smell the roses" as I begin this journey as a mom with a daughter away for college. I was anxious all day to get home & create page(s) - but, of course, had to go to the dentist first, have dinner, etc etc. And, as Tom, Mom & I sat outside after dinner (which was all homegrown veggies - corn, beans, tomatoes, melon - yum!) we talked about growing roses. A bit spooky, I can tell you!
But, I finally got to sit down & play ...

the photo here is my mom, many years ago ...

this photo doesn't show too well, but ... the 'writing' is an email i sent today ... again, about having & taking the time to smell the roses ...

waiting for my friend ...

i doodled ... there's been a lot of talk about zentangles & such in the "everyday" group i'm in ... so, as i sat in the parking lot last night, waiting for my friend, i played. i found out one thing - the pocket size moleskine & an ultra fine sharpie aren't necessarily made for one another. oh well ... it's a beginning ...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

frustrations vented!

Wish I could just pour this OUT of my head as easily as I put it all on paper!!

2 weeks

Friday, we went to see "Mamma Mia" again .. and this time, I couldn't hear "Slipping Through My Fingers" without crying. Way too apropos right now!!

Schoolbag in hand
She leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye
With an absent-minded smile
I watch her go
With a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that I'm loosing her forever
And without really entering her world
I'm glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what's in her mind
Each time I think I'm close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sleep in our eyes
Her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake
I let precious time go by
Then when she's gone
There's that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt
I can't deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned for us to go
Well some of that we did
But most we didn't
And why I just don't know

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what's in her mind
Each time I think I'm close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers -

And last night, it hit hard ... two weeks from yesterday, we take her to college ...

I almost forgot!

I added the picture/link the other day, but forgot to mention the "why" ... If you've not discovered the "Journal Revolution" you should! *lol* This is one of the first sites Sandy sent me to when I expressed an interest in journaling (especially after seeing hers!) - and I've been hooked ever since. Enjoy the visit!

Saturday, August 09, 2008


We have 5 finch socks out back (hmmm ... pictures in another post, maybe?) that are filled with only thistle/finch food. But every once in awhile, the finches get curious about the bird food we keep in the front yard (songbird food). The finches are just so pretty!