Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014!! I have been so excited about the new year because it means new beginnings and an end to a very tough year for me. My husband, Jay, and I celebrated our one year anniversary Dec 31st, 2013! We both were not sure if we would make it to a one year anniversary at the beginning of 2013. Things are really smoothing out now though; and we both are happy with our continuing progress. We celebrated by going to Pizza Inn for a night out to dinner. The buffet was great! Jay worked Monday and Tuesday~~I am so proud of him for his hard work. Hopefully Ollie will keep him busy and he can continue to work part time as a maintenance man at the shop. He has known Ollie for about 20 years and we are grateful to have Ollie as a friend. Jay and Ollie gave me this computer for my early Christmas present back in October. I had not been on the internet for over 2 years! Jay is enjoying playing Street Wars; and I am enjoying the cross stitching groups. I have rekindled old friendships; and I am making new ones. Blogging is new to me and I have to get into the habit of posting on a regular basis. Ringing in the new year, I have lots of projects to be finished and hopefully blogging will keep me inspired to look at all the progress and how far I come along. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and gets lots of stitching, blogging and crafting done. hugs and happy stitching, Queeny



This is my North Pole Village Dept 56. In 1996 I worked at a resort on Jekyll Island called Villas By the Sea. My position was front desk clerk and I got along well with my manager Gregg. For Christmas I wanted to get him something special, so the clerk in the gift shop told me that Gregg collected this series. So the first set, ‘sledding with elves’ was purchased for him. Right before the party, Gregg was helping another clerk move from an apt. to a house, and he fell off the back of the truck. He injured his spinal cord and brain; and he died shortly after that. I was so upset, I couldn’t believe such a tragic accident so close to ‘home’. To keep Gregg’s tradition alive of setting out the village at Christmas I started purchasing the pieces. I fell in love with setting it up each year. On a very tight budget in 2009 I decided to finish the first series which spells out N-O-R-T-H P-O-L-E. I was so pleased with having the full set out. The second series of the North Pole Village spells out S-A-N-T-A C-L-A-U -S and I intend to start collecting the figures and landscape first. I absolutely love the traditions of Christmas that are instilled in my heart. I hope you enjoy your decorations for the Holidays. Mine always comes down the day after Christmas it seems. I will leave the village up for a little while longer. I hope to find some figures on Clearance; but it is rare to find them on sale because they ‘retire’ the pieces. hugs, and happy stitching and crafting, Queeny


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Life’s A Stitch!

TImageThere is nothing more enjoyable to me than to wake up to a fresh cup of coffee in the morning~~that has been freshly prepared and served to me by my husband, Jay. He makes me feel special and loved. I am not sure why it tastes better, but as long as we are on the same team, I can have a great day. I suffer, and I mean suffer with bouts of depression that keep me in bed all day, I don’t want to even shower. I don’t know which is worse~~the mental anguish or the physical pain I endure from degenerative discs and Fibromyalgia.

     I will share with you what keeps me going~~and this is what this blog is about~~my daily happenings, my thoughts, and counted cross stitch. One of the most beautiful pieces I have done won first place at our county fair…Isaiah 40:31 Here is a pic of me with the First Place Win…Enjoy hugs, and happy stitching! Queeny