For my sweethearts

Happy Valentine’s Day to my two kids.  These were made using cat2stamp and birthday4cookie stamp set from Stamps of Life.

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Prairie Schooler Santas

I love the annual Santa designs from Prairie Schooler. This piece was stitched as a round robin with a group of friends in real life and online, probably at least 15 years ago.  This piece brings back a funny little memory . . . . When my youngest child was a baby & I was home on maternity leave, one of our cats brought a baby bird into the house and let it go still alive.  When our dog Buddy spied the bird, he launched himself across the room at full speed and slammed into the wall.  The force of him knocked this framed needlework and a glass lantern off of the wall, sending both crashing to the floor into a mass of broken glass.  Meanwhile I was simultaneously trying to deal with a crying baby, a bird on the loose, and a frantic dog.  It was a scene worthy of I Love Lucy.  Eventually I caught the bird, calmed the dog, and cleaned up the glass.  But 13 years later, I still haven’t replaced the glass in this frame.  I really should replace it to protect the needlework.  But it is a funny memory in hindsight.

Prairie Schooler Santas


Quick Birthday Fun

These fun birthday cards were made from the Stamps of Life Card Kit Club for November.  I love just about everything from Stamps of Life, but the November card kit was full of wonderful surprises. . . . including this super cute bicycle paper clips and a gorgeous 6 x 6 paper stack.  I needed some birthday cards at the last minute, and these were both very easy but cute.

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Home is a place filled with love and laughter

In the late 1980s, my mother, Sandra Gentry, started this cross-stitch design. In time, arthritis made stitching too painful to continue. She passed along the partially completed needlework to me. Years passed as I set aside needlework in the 2000s when my children were small. In 2014, in anticipation of Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary, I completed the piece.

I love you Mom and Dad, and I want to thank you for a home of love & laughter!



I am in LOVE with this little guy.  He’s made from a turkey diecut from Lifestyle Crafts.  You’ll see him grace our Thanksgiving table this year.  I’m thinking of making one for each person as a placecard.  Great way to use up scraps.

turkey diecut