Friday, October 29, 2010

Keepin' Busy

Hi Ya'll!

Trying to keep busy while waiting for new designs to get ready.
Working on a new CS design called "Imagine Peace"
and finished 2 new "Haunted House" & "graveyard" punchneedle designs.
Photos stinks... batteries bad. 
here in Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University...
this week-end is the annual Halloween "Block Party".
This is where several thousand people visit our little town to party.
They close off our main street, 
and the visiting people drink...
and drink and drink....
from noon to 2am (or later) on Saturday/Sunday.
They start arriving today.
I'm not about to go into town (except to pick up my kid)!
I'm stocked up on cross stitch, movies, (junk) food & a good book.
I'm stayin' put until Sunday.

: ) ~ M

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Hi Folks!

Looks like the Christmas designs 
are being delayed at the printers...

I'm hoping they will be ready by Monday.

So sorry!

Until then....
: )


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My girl...

I know, I know... just have to gush! 
Check out my beautiful senior!
They grow up so darn fast!

Monday, October 25, 2010


I'm hooked on punchneedle! 
My newest design...
3 Christmas cross stitch designs almost ready... 
:  )  ~ M

Sunday, October 24, 2010


The amazing colors in my yard!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Ta Da!

All done!

Couldn't get great pictures...
too cloudy today.

Don't know what the white flecks are in the black.
They aren't there in real life. Hmmm.

Now what...

That was just so fun!
Tempted to start designing punchneedle designs 
as well as cross stitch...

What do you all think?

Happy! Happy! ~ M

PS - I'm calling this one "Shadow".
She was my buddy for several years.
She appeared on my doorstep on a freezing & snowy New Year Eve.
She was tiny.
She came through the door like she owned the place.
And she did.
She grew up with us.
She had kittens on Easter Sunday in my closet.
Then she vanished as suddenly as she appeared.
We still have her son, Fuzz.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Still working away on my punchneedle!
Making small bits of progress at a time... 
but it's better than nothing, right?

:  )  ~M

PS - Several of you had asked about the release 
of the new Christmas designs...
They are just about done, 
hopefully one will be ready next week
2 more soon to follow. 
I'll post as soon as they are all done. 
Thanks for asking!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sneaky Christmas Peeks!


Hope you all are enjoying the fall weather!

I am still working away on my punchneedle... 
no pictures yet, but soon, I hope.

Preparing a design that is going to be featured in a special addition 
of "The Gift of Stitching" magazine! So excited about that!

I am also working on some new designs for Christmas.... 
here are 2 sneak peeks.

Hope you are all having a relaxing and fun Sunday!

~ M

"Quaker Christmas"


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hee Hee Haa Haa

My brother sent this to me....
no idea who wrote it, who is pictured, or where it originally came from...
but had to share!  

:  )  ~ M

Love this Doctor! 


Q: Doctor,  I've heard that  cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.  Is this true?  
A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it...don't waste on exercise.  Everything wear out eventually.  Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer?  Take nap.  

 Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?  
A: You must grasp logistical efficiency.  What does cow eat?   Hay and corn.
 And what are these?   Vegetables.  So steak is nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.  Need grain?  Eat chicken.  Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).  And pork chop can give you 100% of recommended daily allowance of vegetable product.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?  
A:  No, not at all.  Wine made from fruit.  Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way.  Beer also made of grain.  Bottom up!

Q: How  can I calculate my body/fat ratio?  

A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.  If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.

Q: What  are some of  the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?  

A: Can't think of single one, sorry.  My philosophy is: No pain...good!

Q:  Aren't fried foods bad for you?  
A:  YOU NOT LISTENING!  Food are fried these day in vegetable oil.  In fact, they permeated by it.  How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?

:  Will  sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?  
A: Definitely not!  When you exercise muscle, it get bigger.  You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.  

Q:  Is chocolate bad for me?  

A:  Are you crazy?!?  HEL-LO-O!!  Cocoa bean!  Another vegetable!  It best feel-good food around!

Q:  Is swimming good for your figure?
A:  If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..

Q:  Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?  
A:  Hey!  'Round' a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And  remember:
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up,  totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a  ride!!"

For  those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health.  
It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional  studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat

and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat

and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine

and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine

and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.  

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of  sausages and fats
     and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like.  Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sooo Busy!

Hi Folks!

Sorry to report that I haven't had much time to work on my punchneedle - 
but my cat sure has fallen hard for this new project!

Have a great day!

~ M

Sunday, October 10, 2010

2 Posts in 1 day!

 Hello again!

Thought I'd share a day 2 picture...

This (above) is a picture of todays work (since the last photo). 
Thanks so much for the comments and words of encouragment!
They mean so much to me!

I will keep adding pictures as it's not finished just yet!

I'm adding a picture of the sky that I sat under while I worked on this piece...
as well as a new Christmas cross stitch design... it was such a beautiful day I had to be outside!

Smiles ... Maria

Teaching myself punch needle! : )

Happy 10.10.10 everyone!

I just wanted to share... 
I am teaching myself to punch needle! 
Something I've wanted to do for years, but kept putting off.
I finally tried it over the summer, got frustrated, and put it aside.

I had spoken to Lori (Notforgotten Farm) about taking her beginners class, 
but with kids, dance classes, new designs, laundry, car-pooling, etc...
I just couldn't get to her shop.  
Was so bummed - but hope to get there someday soon!

BUT - yesterday, I drew up a little black cat and dove in... and I am tickled! 
Doesn't look like much yet - but I am trying to stay positive, especially when I goof and have to start over... but it looks okay for a first piece - at least so far....

:  )

I'll share more pictures later...wish me luck!

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Thanksgiving Autumn Design! : )

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all well and happy!

I am excited to offer a brand-spankin' new design for Thanksgiving / Autumn / Fall!

Starting work on Christmas....

Blessings to you!

~ M


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