Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time

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Model Behavior

I have been a little neglectful of my blog lately. I miss you so! It’s been a whirlwind since returning from vacation.

I got a promotion at work! It is all very exciting (and a little overwhelming).

The boys started camp and come home sweaty and pooped each day.

Littlest and I got into the Pokemon Go craze. He’s interested in finding Pokemon and I’m more interested in posing with them for funny pictures.

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I have now been gluten free for 2 months! It feels pretty good!

I worked on my second little article for CrossStitcher magazine. I wanted to take some photos to go with it and asked Tom to be a stand-in while I set up the camera. Here are my favorite out-takes.

Of course, Charlie had to get in on the action.

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This model gets paid in tummy rubs.

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Blue Steel…

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I think he could have a successful career as a cross stitch model! (Thanks for being such a good sport, QT!)

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Happy Thursday!


We had a lovely low key weekend. I spent time clothes shopping and leisurely house-keeping and even had a date night with Tom (Mexican food and tarot card readings!). It was just what the doctor ordered.

I realized recently that I have finishes that have never been photographed. Add it to the to-do list. The problem is my love-hate relationship with photography. I love good photos, but lack the knowledge, patience, and skills to consistently take them. Oh well, another thing for the to-do list; learn photography.

That being said, here is the latest big finish.

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This was stitched on 32 count linen in The Gentle Arts “Cranberry” floss (the perfect red, in my opinion).

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I am such a big fan of Modern Folk and love the way this turned out. Now I just have to work up the courage to actually sew a pillow cover with it. Zippers are so scary.

Any finishing tips, fellow stitchers? Do you do it yourself? Do you hire someone? Are zippers really as difficult as they seem? Help!


Today I’m going to show you some sunset photos and then I’ll shut up about vacation already.

By the way, I just realized that I can take a screen shot of my photo and use that here instead of having to open each one a resize it manually. What a time saver!

Have I mentioned that the views at the beach are incredible?

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A rare quiet moment when Littlest Boy wasn’t running around and creating havoc in his wake.

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Le sigh.

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Happy faces.

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Everything I love is in this picture. (Well, not cross stitching and friends and spring rolls… but you know what I mean.)

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This is what happens when we try to take a family photo.

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I should take some lessons from Coal on how to enjoy the moment.

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I’ve been ignoring this old guy lately. Sorry, Coalie! I promise to give you a treat and extra scratches when I get home today.

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A view and a boy.

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Good Night Sun.

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Hello Beautiful!

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Tiny trains and giant frogs.

I’m sitting here looking through the photos from the weekend. They make me happy.

The Arboretum has a outdoor model railroad display. The whole environment is made of natural materials; plants, twigs, rocks etc. You wouldn’t believe your eyes!

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Seriously… made out of twigs!

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I could stare at it for hours.

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We also visited an old log cabin. It’s a real one from way back when. The boys call it the witch’s house. I’m not sure where they got that.

It’s so small and I like to imagine what it would’ve been like to fit a whole family in there. I guess they didn’t need media rooms back then or Expedit storage units from IKEA.


My inner Laura Ingalls Wilder was going crazy!

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This lovely little brook was bubbling right outside the door. Can you imagine a more peaceful place?


Someone enjoyed tickling the giant frog statue.


I took 1,369,7664 photos of flowers. I won’t torture you with all of them.


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I also took photos of cute boys when they weren’t looking.


Because God forbid I ask them to pose for a picture. This is what I get…

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Have a happy day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Did you have a nice Mother’s Day?

We had a lovely time… out to breakfast, a visit to an arboretum, and dinner with Tom’s parents. I took a ton of photos at the arboretum. It’s hard to pick my favorites.

There was a bug exhibit.. They had giant wooden sculptures everywhere… so cool!


I enjoyed all of the puffy yummy flowers. Nature is pretty amazing.



Too bad we can’t just move in there. Can you imagine a better place to sit and stitch?



The boys had fun exploring.


Can you see the butterfly?


And the baby birds peeking out of the nest? We saw their Mama flying back and forth with food for them. I guess she didn’t get to rest on her Mother’s Day.


Little boy… Big hill.

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It was a magical place.

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It’s thunderstorm-y out today so I’m glad to be inside.

I ordered a new camera lens yesterday afternoon from Amazon and it arrived on my desk this morning before 9 AM. How does that even happen?! It’s like magic. I can’t wait to use it although I now no longer have an excuse for crappy pictures.

Speaking of crappy (but funny) pictures, our neighbors put up a trampoline in their back yard and it is now the boys’ favorite past time ever.




Flower power.

I had a super fab weekend.

It started off with a bang because I got to have dinner with Stephanie on Friday. Dinner + beer + friend = YAY!

I didn’t wake up in time for boot camp on Saturday. That’s 3 weeks, if you’re counting, but today… TODAY(!) is my official return to healthy eating and exercise.  You heard it here!

Saturday was NOT a healthy day. We went to a strawberry festival but didn’t eat a single strawberry. Instead, we ate crab cakes, fries, and ICE CREAM! It wasn’t even strawberry ice cream.

It was really nice outside all weekend. I took a lot of pictures of flowers, because they stand still and don’t make faces at me (unlike some people around here). We just moved into this house last Summer, so it’s been a surprise to see what’s sprouting in the yard.

The previous owners must have loved pink as much as I do, because it’s pink, pink, pink everywhere.





I love looking out my bedroom window and seeing this pretty lady every morning.



Does anyone know the name of these?



There is a lot of pink inside these days as well. The boys gave me beautiful flowers for my birthday.



That lily could poke your eye out.

And my sweetest of sweeties gave me some roses.


That’s it for today. I’m all pictured out. Happy Monday!

Silly little things.

For a blog that’s supposed to be about cross stitching, I sure haven’t been writing much about stitching lately. My project has hit a slight snafu in that I have run out of thread. I am so close to the end and only need a teensy bit so it’s not worth ordering online. I just need to find some time to pay a visit to the crabby cross stitch lady.

I guess that stitching, like life, will encounter the occasional snafu. Do you like how I segued into the philosophical there? I have been having a case of the blahs lately. I told Tom that I had a bad day yesterday and when he asked me why, I couldn’t think of a good answer. I could only think of silly little things that were bothering me like: I felt fat, I was tired, someone annoyed me, the hem of my pants kept getting caught in the back of my shoe. Stupid stuff. With all of the rotten things going on lately, I feel guilty for even complaining.

So today I am going to try to combat the silly little annoying things by thinking of the silly little good things. Like…

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Okay… It kinda worked.

A garden tour.

A few weeks ago, I dropped my camera face down and broke my favorite 50mm lens. Tom stuck it back together, but it’s been acting wonky ever since. So, that’s my way of telling you that the following photos are wonky, due in small part to equipment damage and in larger part to photographer ineptitude.

We had a productive weekend and mulched most of the garden beds. Is there anything more satisfying than fresh mulch? Isn’t it totally annoying when the first leaf or stray branch blows into perfectly mulched beds? ARGH!

Today I’ll share some views from our garden.

This is my cutie waging war against the weeds. TAKE THAT pesky weeds!


These are snapdragons planted by my 8 year old. He’s been watering them every day and is proud of their progress. I, on the other hand, am not so proud of my inability to focus a camera.


I planted some herbs…


and Stephanotis. I’ve always liked them.


I also like stone walls and moss covered steps,


shady picnic spots,


and my new bright sneaks.


Hello azaleas.


Check out this busy little guy.


Blooms, blooms, everywhere.


Thanks for visiting!

Weeds, Fungi, & Mommy Guilt.

It was so nice to come home yesterday to warmth and sunshine. We ate dinner on the back patio (veggie enchiladas and spanish rice- yum!) and then the boys rode bikes and scooters and threw frisbees to the dogs.

We have these in the back yard.


Tom says that they’re probably weeds, but I don’t mind them. They are kinda pretty.

I also discovered this tree that has mushrooms growing up the side. I think that they look like little steps for Smurfs or gnomes or something.


My neighbor saw me taking a picture of it and told me that mushrooms growing on a tree mean that the tree is dying. Great. So much for my fun Smurf climbing tree.

Today marks my 1 week LASIK anniversary! My eyes feel totally normal and I can see like crazy. Science is amazing.

Today is also my second grader’s class field trip. I felt guilty when he asked me this morning why I can’t chaperone. Darn work. Darn Mommy guilt.

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