I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
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Lissie taught me how to cross stitch when I was eight years old.  This was a form of craftiness I loved and had my own little sewing kit filled with DMC embroidery flosses, Aida cloth and more.  Sure, often those flosses were used to make friendship bracelets, but I also did quite a bit of cross stitching. 

I loved to cross stitch, and completed a couple of larger pieces when I was in college.  Then, I got married and discovered this amazing thing called the "Internet" and the next thing I knew, I no longer had time for cross stitching (husband, children, my internet addiction) and my flosses and patterns languished in the closet.  Feeling sorry for them, I found a friend who cross stitched and gave her every last one of my cross stitching goodies and bid them a fond farewell.

Who knew I would be desperately needing them 10 years later?  I'm unable to do anything other than sit with my foot elevated at the moment and I'm getting BORED!  My lovely friend Robin suggested I pick cross stitching back up as I was tired of the 'net and couldn't focus on reading anything. 

Just let me tell you, cross stitching is obviously not the "in" thing any longer.  I had a miserable time trying to find a pattern I would enjoy doing and have some use for, I couldn't find a hoop to my liking, and there was no Fray Check to be found anywhere! 

I finally found these cute snowmen and decided I could definitely do something with them.  If nothing else, I can frame them and put them out at Christmas with the rest of my snowmen buddies.  ;o) 

I remembered how to find the center of the design and my cloth and got to work, only to have to remove five rows of stitches 30 minutes later because I had miscounted.  GAH!!  Then, I had to remove more work last night.  That tiny bit of stitching up there?  That is over five hours of work.  No, I'm not kidding. 

It makes me wonder what I was thinking to pick up this piece. Doh!! But, I loved the colors and figure I'll be cross stitching from now until the end of time, and surely in that time I can get this finished.  Right?




Jess said...

I thought this was a neat pattern:

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