The better to see you with my dear….

Okay so I never was good with time…two weeks a month all relative.

But can I see…I have heard people say after cataract surgery, “white is white again”, but I had no idea what they meant until now. White is white again, colors are brighter, tints, shades and tones are clearer…oh my, what a difference! I was telling an artist friend of mine this and he said he was going to the eye doctor to see if they would do his eyes. Didn’t have the heart to tell him that the lenses have to be clouded first; if you’re not ready…you’re not ready.  And I can see 100 yards away…but up close is another story. But up close has been a problem since I was about 40 years old and I can correct that at the local pharmacy with readers.  I have my mag-eyes too and have been stitching.

At first, with one eye corrected it was not fun…computer and stitching gave me a headache (not to mention the sinus infection I had); so I did very little computing or stitching. But after my other eye was corrected and I found the reading glasses that worked I was back to stitching and computing.

But my poor blog has suffered…it is so-o-o-o easy to get out of the habit of writing for a blog. I really do not know how Mary Corbet (Needle ‘n Thread and Jane Wood  (Chilly Hollow do it. Every day without fail, it never ceases to amaze me and Jane also runs a Facebook page too.  I’m lucky to do once a week on a good roll.

But I will get back to the blue bird I waited to stitch until I could see, so next week I promise will show you some flowers…I really like this flower stitching. Here’s a hint…

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Thank you for staying around and Thank you for stopping by today.

I hope you find time to stitch today!


My stash enlarging & German Sampler Collection

Two blog entries in two days unheard of in my world but just could not wait.

This morning my friend M-TB posted a link to Needlepoint Nation Stash Exchange (!/NeedlepointNationStashExchange) and there is a Pinterest site too. So of course I headed over to check it out, friended the place, began to explore AND naturally found something I cannot live without. So I have sent an inquiry and may be adding to my stash by the end of the day. Thanks M-TB, I think…not sure DH will be as happy as I will be.
And as long as you are in Facebook don’t forget to friend Amy Bunger ( She is posting live from market…Oh more goodies.

Then I decided since I was getting a late start anyway (I blaming it on M-TB) I read my emails. Well I spent more $$:
Mary Corbet ( giveaway three Trish Burr butterflies so I will be headed to trish’s ste to get my own butterfly ( or just go straight to the purchasing at ETSY ( .

And another email from Hedgehog Handworks ( sent me to their site for the annual 15% February Sale. At least I have the month to $pend here. Maybe DH won’t notice if I space these out …

And there are those canvases I have on my want list that pop into my mind every time I buy some other than them…Oh the annoying aggravation of “Stashites” the terminal ailment of never having or wanting too much needlepoint and its accompanying ailments: threads, accessories and books.

13-02-01 german museum celle%20(58)And then I ended my email reading on a bittersweet note: Country Bumpkin sends out a newsletter and in that newsletter they told about a German Sampler Museum that is closing. So if you are going to or are in Germany you may want to make this a stop on your agenda. You can view this museum and wish you were going (I do) at Sabine Taterra web site ( And while you are visiting Sabne’s site look around pretty cool, especially if you 13-02-01 german museum celle%20(60)like samplers. I love to look at samples and I’ve stitched a few in my life but they are like quilts…I love them, want to have them just don’t want to stitch them. So this was a bittersweet referral; bitter that another stitch related museum is closing down and many of these 13-02-01 german museum celle%20(61)lovely works will not be seen again but sweet in the fact that I found another website and blog to visit.
Now before everyone starts sending me emails about promoting $pending…I receive no monetary gains from these referrals and I take no blame for spending of time and $$$ that might occur because of these references…I will be making my own excuses for my credit card spree. But since M-TB started my avoidance of work today I’m blaming her for not getting anything done today. Don’t you feel guilty M-TB….no, me either. Thanks for the fun morning. 😉
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today! I know I will; probably the only other productive thing I will do today besides surfing the web…

Postscript to Royal Wedding

 Two more great insights into the Royal Wedding from a stitcher’s perspective…

Mary Corbet, Needle n’ Thread ( has a great story and link to the cope worn by the Archbishop of Canterbury and made by Watts & Co ( )

And today Kathy, Unbroken Thread ( ) has a personal note and insight from the Royal School of Needlework about the bridal dress. I think the saddest part is we will have to wait a “statutory thirty years” to know anything about the making of this beautiful dress.

Hope everyone has time to stitch today! ttfn…sue