Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Author Unknown

A weary mother returned from the store,
Lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her arrival was her 8 year old son,
Anxious to relate what his younger brother had done.

“While I was out playing and Dad was on a call,
T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall!
It’s on the new paper you just hung in the den.
I told him you’d be mad at having to do it again.”

She let out a moan and furrowed her brow,
“Where is your little brother right now?”
She emptied her arms and with a purposeful stride,
She marched to his closet where he had gone to hide.

She called his full name as she entered his room.
He trembled with fear–he knew that meant doom!
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved
About the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved.

Lamenting all the work it would take to repair,
She condemned his actions and total lack of care.
The more she scolded, the madder she got,
Then stomped from his room, totally distraught!

She headed for the den to confirm her fears.
When she saw the wall, her eyes flooded with tears.
The message she read pierced her soul with a dart.
It said, “I love Mommy,” surrounded by a heart.

Well, the wallpaper remained, just as she found it,
With an empty picture frame hung to surround it.
A reminder to her, and indeed to all,
Take time to read the handwriting on the wall.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

100 Project Challenge

I had signed up for the 100 project challenge on Dec 2, 2007. I didn't do much last year, but since 2007, here's my project finish totals....

1. Sue Hillis - Flurries (12-4-07)
2. Prairie Schooler - Summer Ornament (12-11-07)
3. Hillside Samplings - Letter Snow! (12-14-07)
4. House-Mouse Designs -A Mother's Work (12-29-07)
5. Heart-in-Hand - February Monthly Mania (12-30-07)
6. Lorri Birmingham - Girl with Bunny (1-2-08)
7. Lois M. Bear - From the Heart Needleroll (1-7-08)
8. Emily Jagos - Kiss Dishcloth (1-27-08)
9. Be My Dishcloth (2-03-08)
10. Diamonds On Lace Dishcloth (2-04-08)
11. Emily Jagos - Gingerbread Man Dishcloth (02-05-08)
12. Patriotic Regia Socks (2-7-08)
13. Elizabeth Zimmerman - Thick Woodsman's Socks (2-10-08)
14. Valentine Candy Box Dishcloth (2-11-08)
15. Heartstrings Dishcloth (2-11-08)
16. Illusion Kitty Dishcloth (2-12-08)
17. Heart Illusion Dishcloth (2-13-08)
18. Rainbow Boucle Wrap (2-14-08)
19. Emily Jagos - In Like A Lion Dishcloth (2-18-08)
20. Emily Jagos - Out Like a Lamb Dishcloth (2-18-08)
21. Emily Jagos - Steaming Much Dishcloth (2-19-08)
22. Snoopy Washcloth (3-6-08)
23. Zombie Socks (3-14-08)
24. Reversai Socks (4-03-08)
25. Brown House Studio - Full Winter Moon (5-28-08)
26. Sue Hillis - I Love You More (5-30-08)
27. Bent Creek - March Snapper (6-05-08)
28. Bent Creek - January Snapper (6-19-08)
29. Moonlight Slipper Socks (6-23-08)
30. Knitted Scrappy Bathmat (7-20-08)
31. Slippin' Striping Socks (7-29-08)
32. Bent Creek - April Snapper (8-1-08)
33. Bent Creek - June Snapper (8-4-08)
34. CrossStitcher (UK) Captain Jack Sparrow in Sepia (8-19-08)
35. Iowa Cruise Socks (12-30-08)
36. Sue Hillis - Oh The Weather (1-12-09)
37. Prairie Schooler - Autumn Ornament (1-16-09)
38. Prairie Schooler - Winter Ornament (1-20-09)
39. LynnH's Mom's Fast Florida Footies (1-29-09)

Only 61 more to go!! :)

My Helga Mandl and Barbara Ana piece is coming along quite nicely. Here's part three in progress. Sorry for the bad scan. I was just too lazy to take the piece off the q-snaps.

I just finished part 3 but haven't gotten a chance to take a photo yet. I'll have it uploaded soon.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Superbowl Sunday!

We've been looking forward to having a nice day watching the game and stuffing our faces with lots of "nutritious" and "Manly foods" (as DH would say). We are doing homemade pizza, chips & dip, nachos, pretzels, soda, beer, and for us girls.... salad, broccoli, cauliflower, and dip. I'm hoping to get some stitching done, but I'll probably watch the game (especially the commercials) and cheer for our favorite team. "GO STEELERS!"

I have been going through my cross stitch, and came across this little lovely that I started last year with Wonderful XS World group. It was a mystery sampler posted in 4 parts. It was a collaboration design from Helga Mandl and Barbara Anna Designs and is called "Back On the Road Again". I can't remember the reason why, but I had to put it aside, and didn't finish it. I decided to put some stitches in and yesterday, I finished part 2.

Here's what it looked like before I picked it up:

If you'd like to add this really cheerful design to your collection, you can find more information on how to purchase it at Barbara Ana Design website.

I had originally planned on working on the SKP 2009 sock today, but after seeing the directions, it's not a sock to work on while cheering on the Steelers!! I will put it aside for a start tomorrow. It is definitely GORGEOUS!