A New Toy

Sorry, no cross stitch today. Dealing with a difficult situation right now.

This arrived today – a belated birthday present from DH. This is the new tablet holder from K’s Creations. In the photo below, I have opened a cross stitch pattern for a Christmas ornament. This is going to be wonderful for stitching.

There is an app called ezPDF Reader than enables me to highlight the areas that I have stitched, so I always know where I am in a pattern. I’m going to play with all this tomorrow. It should be a lot of fun! I really needed something good to happen at the end of this very rough week.

It only took about 5 minutes to take the stand apart, install the tablet holder, and put things back together again. Maybe you could use one too.


Granddaughter #5

Checked my phone in the middle of the night, don’t know why…

But found out my youngest son and his wife were at the hospital waiting the arrival of their first child. She’s two weeks early too (He was 10 days early himself).

Meet Emmi!  She was born at 4:32 pm Eastern Time Zone

Better photo sent this morning – cuter too!



Barbara Fox Needlepoint Closing

This is a 21″ stocking by Barbara Fox on 13 ct mesh. I bought this for our new granddaughter Penelope. I’ll be stitching it for next year.

While I was browsing the web last week, I decided to visit Barbara’s website again to see what other canvases she had. I love the two trees that are shown on her New page. I saw a note at the bottom of her home page that says she is closing her needlepoint business. I wrote to her to see if she had one of the tree canvases that I really liked (she didn’t) and another Christmas stocking (which she had on 13 and 18 ct). I bought the 13 ct. one! She no longer has time to do the needlepoint designs – too busy with other projects. I hate to see her go.

Her website is:      http://www.barbarafoxneedlepoint.com

She is selling all the stock she has on hand, so do a little browsing and see if you can pick up some beautiful, new canvases at a discount.

She has a lot of flower, garden, teddy bear, and Christmas canvases (ornaments and a few stockings). Just send her an email with the number and name of the canvas you would like to purchase and she’ll get back to you and let you know if she has it in stock and what the cost will be. I paid with PayPal.  (This was written with her permission.)

Hope you find something you’ll love to stitch!

Northern California Fires

Things have been very stressful here yesterday and today. Just to fill you in –

I live in Santa Rosa, CA which was hit by a massive, very fast moving fire Sunday night into Monday. This effected the north side of the city since it was moving south from Calistoga, CA. Over 500 homes destroyed, over 20 businesses – two huge hotels, K-Mart, lots of restaurants. No containment at this time, but it is actively being worked on.

A new finger from a Napa fire is now spreading to Oakmont, an older adult community. Overnight hundred of firefighters moved to that area, hoping to prevent those homes from being destroyed.

I live 4-5 miles south of the main fire and 4 miles west of the Oakmont area, so we’re safe so far. The air is still very smoky and we have been told to stay inside as much as possible and keep doors and windows closed.

Also, there are fires in Mendocino and Napa counties. They are spreading with no containment. This is devastating, so lots of positive thoughts for everyone is appreciated.

Thank you! (and a change in schedule)

Thank you all for reading and commenting on my blog over the last 9 years!!! Today starts year #10 and a few changes are being made.

Life keeps getting in the way and I’m slowing down too. So for this 10th year, I’m going to post all my needlepoint progress in one post around the first of the month. All the cross stitch progress will be in one post in the middle of the month. There may be a few extras thrown in from time to time, but you can count on two posts (at least) every month.

The first needlepoint post will be up sometime on Tuesday afternoon. It’s hard for me to keep up with the blog at times and I know I’ve gone several weeks without a post quite often. See you on Tuesday for the start of a new blogging year.

iPhone iOS 11 Advice

The new update on iPhone and iPad software came out today. Learned a few things. You’ve probably seen warnings when you open some of your apps saying “This app needs to be updated.”

So I decided to do the Mini iPad first and see what no longer worked. I figured that some games wouldn’t work, and that is okay. But I was worried about my Needlepoint stitch apps. The Stitch Landscape app says it won’t work anymore. Tried it on the iPad after I updated to iOS 11, and it won’t even open now. Bummer.

But the reason I did it on the iPad first – if it didn’t work at all, I could still go through the app on the iPhone and take photos of the stitches I knew I wanted to keep and use. I took 38 photos – then updated the iPhone.

If you don’t know how to take a photo of your iPhone screen – press the button on the side for putting the phone to sleep AND the Home button at the same time. Hold both for just a second or two and let go – you’ll hear the photo app click. The photos are saved to your Camera Roll.

Thought you might like to check apps out before you upgrade and loose something important. There were about 10 or more app updates each of the last few days, so they’re trying to get them ready for you before you update.

To see what Apple says will not work after you have updated, Go to SettingsAbout, then Applications.

Good luck!

Scatch and Match 3

I was still waiting to find out if my youngest son and his wife were expecting a girl or a boy. Thought I would have heard by now. So I sent a text to them and was told to expect something in the mail that day. They used a very unique way to tell everyone the sex of their baby.

We each got a card in the mail where you had to scratch off the silver circles and match 3. The card had 2 “boys” and 3 “girls”, so another granddaughter is on the way – due in February! This will make it 5 granddaughters! And they’ve already got the name too – Emberlee and will call her Emmi (DS) or Emmy (DIL). I’ll let them decide which spelling and let me know. LOL

In case others are interested in using this announcement, they are from Penguinpartypress.etsy.com

I’ve ordered an ABC canvas by Alice Peterson to needlepoint for her. I’ll also make a cross stitch stocking for next year – using the one on the cover of the latest Stoney Creek Magazine (which arrived the same week they called to tell me they were expecting.

Plus I’ll be needlepointing a stocking for little Penelope next year too.

Busy, happy Grandma!!