• Holidays,  Stitching

    Love Presents

    Mom and I started what the girls hope to be a new tradition this Thanksgiving: we got each of them what we like to call a "love present," which is a present for absolutely no reason other than the fact that you're loved. When I've got the photos uploaded and ready to go, I'll show you the ones of the…

  • Family

    Peas and Carrots

    It was so nice having Bre home for a few days over the Thanksgiving holiday. And of course, she brought sweet Tilly with her. Tilly is still quite a baby, and whenever Bre isn't home, Tilly wanders around the house, calling for her. I understand, Tilly. I miss her too when she's not home.

  • New Designs

    November Releases

    In the spirit of decorating with Colonial Couples, I designed A Colonial Garden, which was stitched by the fabulous Nicole Neville… It's stitched on Lakeside's Black Forest, but I've included a color key for a lighter version of fabric, if you're not too keen on stitching with black. And finally, Olga and Boris have a new friend, although Olga may…

  • Good Things,  Stitching

    A Friendly Gesture

    I was recently contacted by Dawn, a Pennsylvania-based stitcher who has extra copies of the Just Cross Stitch 2011 Ornament Preview issue and the Just Cross Stitch 2011 Halloween issue. She has graciously offered to pass them along to a fellow stitcher, if anyone is interested. For those interested, her email address is  medspell1970@comcast.net Thank you so much, Dawn! What…

  • Family,  Good Things


    The way that the leaves turn from green into red… Baking muffins on Sunday for those still in bed… The way Sophie smiles when she's having some fun… Bacause Dad likes to play so the work's never done… The peppermint cocoa that's good for the heart… The bright orange bag that fell into my cart… The thrill of the jump…

  • Crazy Kids,  Family

    Off the Block

    Sophie participated in her very first swim meet this past weekend. Two years ago, she begged Mike and I to sign her up for the swim team that Breanna and Sabrina used to be on, so I inquired and was told there was a 100-mile-long wait list. We added our name to the bottom, and Sophie decided to use the…

  • Crazy Kids


    A lazy, Saturday morning. No plans for the day except to make some fun plans for the day. Giggling, squealing, laughing, and wanting me to tickle her like when she was little. Except for when she's texting. I hope she always stays this way. Except for the part where she insists I take a picture of her doing "the dead…

  • Freebie

    Give Thanks

    Here's a little complimentary chart to help get you in the mood for the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration. I can't wait to get my Honeybaked Ham ordered – and pick up a jar of their Mango Salsa! Remember not to click directly on the image for your chart. Instead, click here: Download Give Thanks Or, if you prefer this version… I'm…