• Family,  Good Things

    Pink Papaya!

    I'm a sucker for good cosmetics and skin care. What can I say? I got it honestly, as my mother is quite the cosmetics fiend herself, often hiding in a closet somewhere with her laptop, adding things to her virtual shopping cart and checking out faster than you can cry Uncle-wears-mascara. So imagine my excitement when Bre announced to me…

  • Good Things

    Balmy Addiction

    When I was at the Symposium in Mesa last week, my friend Natalia pulled an egg-shaped object out of her purse, pulled the top half off of it, and rubbed the bottom half on her lips. I watched her do this, unsure if I wanted to know the answer, but asked anyway: "What on earth did you just put on?"…

  • Good Things,  Stitching

    Extras

    I thought I'd show whoever may read this some of the little things I didn't include in my first two Attic posts. 🙂 Here are a couple of "smalls" I made from the upcoming Brother's Keeper chart (to be released at Nashville)… I won't be putting instructions in the chart for these, as they're really very simple. The top small…

  • Good Things,  Stitching,  Travel

    The Attic, Part II

    Yesterday I shared with you some shop photos of The Attic, and I have just a few left.. I also took some pictures during the actual Symposium, which was held at Hyatt Place (a fabulous hotel, with the nicest staff!)… I loved this collection of beaded scissors fobs… My mother's two loves: red and chocolate… I'm sad I couldn't get…

  • Good Things,  Stitching,  Travel

    The Attic, Part I

    What a wonderfully perfect time I had at The Attic's 2012 Sampler Symposium! It has always been a dream of mine to visit this sampler oasis in the desert, so when Jean invited me to present a workshop there, I couldn't email my RSPV fast enough. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of being there in…

  • Good Things

    Sunshine and Ice

    In just a few hours, I'll be heading off to Arizona to attend the Sampler Symposium at The Attic. I've been waiting all winter long for cold, snowy weather to arrive, and now that it's at our doorstep, I'm leaving Omaha! (I love winter weather.) Earlier in December, we did have one sunny, icy day, but since then, we've had…

  • 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

    Bounty

    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…

  • Good Things

    Ordinary Surprise

    It goes without saying that autumn leaves are a wonder to behold. To see them gently fall from their branches, cloaking the ground in preparation for the winter ahead is something I find utterly fascinating; God, in His Glory, has simply thought of everything. I marvel at that. I asked Sabrina once, "Who thinks of putting leaves on top of…