Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Thanks for the comments/compliments!

Thanks to all of you who commented on my DS/20! I appreciate it so much!

I actually stitched a little bit while we were out of town for
Thanksgiving. I worked on a Christmas ornament, Cross Country
Magazine's "Jesus, Author of Faith". I'll share a photo soon. The
progress I made was in white DMC thread on white Aida fabric. So it's
hard to see the stitching, for now. I've been stitching another small
area of Gathering Honey, also.

Check out Trish's blog, Just Another Stitch in Paradise, to see the companion piece to Gathering Honey, called Rose Garden: top and bottom. Her stitching is awesome!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Proud Army Mom

I am so proud of my DS/20. He's my hero. He's in the Army. Please pray for him and his safety. (Currently, he's in the Infantry.)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

2 Year Blog Anniversary

Today I have been a blogger for 2 years. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to stop by and comment and take a look at my stitching. Your encouragement has kept me motivated to finish a few UFO's. I always look forward to reading some of my favorite blogs when I can steal a moment. Obviously, according to my blogroll, I have quite a few favorites!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
I have so much to be thankful for.
I'm thankful... for my husband, my daughter and son-in-law, and my 2 sons.
... for my faith.
... for my extended family.
... for our health.
... for our friends.
... for our home.
... for our country, USA.
There are so many more things I'm grateful for, too many to list.
What are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Progessing on "Gathering Honey"

I finally took another progress photo of "Gathering Honey". I haven't backstitched the border of flowers I stitched yet. I usually wait until I get a section completed, then I go back and backstitch the area.

I got a phone call from me son, who is in Basic Combat Training at Ft. Benning, GA. He sounded great. He actually was outside, in the tornado weather that whipped through Alabama and Georgia last week. His "company" was on a survival mission with 1 meal per day and no shelter from the tornado, rain, and wind, except for a poncho. He said it was a muddy mess. They were in the elements for 2 days and 1 night. Tough guys! I'm glad he is safe, though.

We had an outing in the woods last night with out Bible Fellowship Class. We had a great time. Every family brought a crockpot of soup. There was a big bonfire and even the movie, "Cars", was showing on a tarp tied to two trees! It was just like being at the drive-in, only way better!!!
(They used a laptop with DVD, powered by a van that had a power cord in the lighter, and a cable that connected to a Epson projector on top of the van. Is that cool or what?!!!!! All the guys were saying they were doing it again for the ball (games, etc. What have we started?

And, back to the soup. Here's the recipe for the White Rotel Chicken Chili that I made. (The original recipe was passed on to me by my DD/25, but I changed it a little.

White Rotel Chicken Chili (serves about 10-12)

2 pkgs. McCormicks White Chili seasoning Mix
2 cans Rotel (mild) drained
4 cans white beans undrained
3 cans premium white chicken breast drained
salt and pepper

Using a large stock pot, mix beans, rotel, chicken, and seasoning mixes together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil covered, stirring occasionally. Then, turn to low and simmer. You can also make this in a crockpot. Top it with sour cream and shredded cheese. (My daughter uses fresh chicken breast, cooked in oil in a skillet, then cubed.) It's even better the next day.

Easy recipe for a crowd.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

SBQ of the Week

This week’s SBQ was suggested by Jan and is:

How many different brands of “complete” embroidery floss sets do you own? How do you keep track of it? (i.e., spread sheet program, index cards, palm pilot, etc.)

I have a complete set of DMC , ordered as a complete set years ago. The set includes a yard or two of each color, not near what a individual skein contains. It has been, however, a big help to use for a reference to see the actual color of a number looks like. Also, I do use some of it, if I only need a very small amount of that color.

I also have a nearly complete set of DMC, wrapped on bobbins. I have multiples of some numbers and none of a few others.

I also have a lot of whole skeins or bobbins, pulled from the storage boxes, kitted with several charts.

If I had to give an exact number of sets of DMC, I'd have to say 2 1/2, give or take a few numbers I'm missing.

I plan to use Microsoft Excel to keep track of all my thread stash, but so far, I haven't taken time to do it.

(I have about 20 - 25 spools of metallic Kreinik threads, too.)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Stitching Blogger's Question of the Week

This week'’s SBQ was suggested by Lee and is:

How did you decide on the title of your stitching blog? Was it random, or does it have a special meaning to you or about you?

(I finally joined this yahoo group, so this is my very first question to answer.) Before I started a blog, I seached for cross stitchers and the blog world opened up to me. Through other cross stitching blogs, I learned what it meant to "frog" stitches. I had been doing it for years in sewing and needlework, but had not called it "frogging". Ironically, one of my uncles, who is only 4 years older than me, has called me "Froggie" since I was a teenager. He is the only one that has ever called me that and never calls me by my real name. I frog out stitches often, and it's my nickname, so it fit perfectly.

Ornament Index and "Gathering Honey" Hunt

Julie asked where to find the ornaments and Gathering Honey....

Jeremiah Junction's magazine, Cross Country Stitching, is where I have gotten all the Names of Jesus ornaments. On their site, they have an index for each and every design, including the Names of Jesus Ornaments. It saves SO much time when I'm looking for a design that has a particular verse. When you click on the design, it even displays the photo, colors of thread needed, etc. which is very helpful, too.

I just found this on their site, too. It's a specialty stitch diagram chart. How cool is that?! I plan to renew my subscription when I go back to work. It's one of my favorite stitching magazines.

The Gathering Honey chart and it's companion, Rose Garden, can be found online.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Take-Along Project

I actually stitched on a small, take-along project while we were away this past weekend. It will be finished as an ornament for my "Names of Jesus" tree. It's kind of difficult to see in this photo, but it is a design from Cross Country Stitching Magazine. It is Jesus - author of our faith. I'm stitching it on plain white 14 count aida, which I already have on hand in my stash. (I had more than enough for 4 ornaments, so I've already kitted 4 designs as take-alongs.) Here is the design finished , but I won't be framing it.
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