Monday, September 14, 2020

The Hardest Blog Post I've Ever Had to Write

After 13 1/2 years with us, on August 26th, our precious Morris passed away. I find it hard to even type that out.

I miss him so much! He was a huge part of my every day life. I miss him walking in between me and the dishwasher every time he knew I was getting his bowl, his snuggles on my arm while I work, his nightly visit with us before bedtime, him helping me around the house, him waiting by the front door for us to arrive home, hearing the sound of the bell on his collar as he walked around the house... most of all... I miss holding him.

It's been a very hard couple of weeks.

Then I realized... my blog is named after him and I had a decision to make. I know it will be hard to see his cute little face every time I write a blog post. I had to decide if I wanted to keep this blog going in his memory. And I do. I have shared so many pictures of him on this blog and I can't imagine letting that part of him go.

I'm not sure when my next post will be since I still tear up every time I see a picture of him, but I will be back.

I hope you all stay well. Many blessings.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Completed Cross Stitch - Kitten in the Window

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Kitten in the Window Cross Stitch

This piece took me quite a while. I struggled! Before I get into my struggles, here are the details of the kit.

Design by: The MacNeil Studio
Published by: Dimensions
Finished Size: 12" x 12"
Stitched on: 18 Count Aida
Kit comes with aida, needles, thread and instructions.

I'm used to stitching on 14 count Aida because my eyes struggle with 16 count, but this one was on 18 count and I had a hard time most of the way through. I had a hard time with the size of the symbols on the pattern as well. I use a light when stitching and it helped some, but I even tried reading glasses! I don't know if it was a case of tired eyes or a case of I need glasses, but the reading glasses didn't help.

On some areas of this piece, I took pictures with my phone and tablet so that I could zoom in to see the symbols. Especially on the french knots throughout the flowers. These were particularly hard for me to see.

This kit came with 2 needles and I broke both of them working on the half stitches that uses 3 strands. Pulling 3 strands of thread through 18 count... whew!... my hands were hurting!

One of the great things about this kit is there was plenty of thread! I had so much left over that it felt as if I missed stitching something.

I know this may sound like a lot of negatives for this kit, but overall I would stitch this piece again.

My favorite thing about this kit is that when I look at it, I will always be reminded of Mr. Morris.

If you are interested in purchasing this kit, you can find it here on Amazon. (affiliate link)

This is before I added back stitching and french knots.

Kitten in the Window Cross Stitch Before

Here is the completed piece.

Completed Kitten in the Window Cross Stitch

And these are a few close up pictures.

Kitten Cross Stitch Close Up

If you've already stitched this piece, I would love for you to hop over to my stitching Facebook page and share pictures!

Kitten in the Window Cross Stitch | Counted Cross Stitch | Dust Bunnies and Tabby Tales

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Daily Life, Project Update and Mr. Morris

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Daily Life - Dust Bunnies and Tabby Tales

My family has been steadily busy this past month. It's only June, but it feels like August here in Texas. It has been crazy hot!! I'm already missing my parents having a swimming pool.

We purchased a new washer and dryer because our washer was in terrible shape. We will not be purchasing a Samsung washer again. We had to do a recall on it because of the whole thing where the top could randomly fly off, but it's had other issues as well. We had to replace the pulsator cap several times and there was so much rust that it was pretty much not usable anymore. We had to replace the heating element on the dryer as well, so we decided to get a whole new set.

Morris has been helping me work...

Morris Helping Me Work

When he's not napping...
Morris Napping
My husband sent me this adorable picture of him.

And here is a bit of a project update on my Cross Stitch WIP...

Cross Stitch Kitty WIP

You can see my previous updates and other projects here.

I went with my daughter one evening to the bank and I noticed a face on the column while I was waiting for her. Do you see it?! I'm pretty sure the people at the bank were reviewing the camera footage and wondering why I was pointing at the building. I know they were totally thinking I was a crazy lady.

Face in Column

Face in Column - Close

I hope you are safe, happy and healthy!! Many blessings!
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