Sunday, January 31, 2016

Blog Follower Information

Blog Follower Information

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs. 
As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other Open Id providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.
We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.
We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer


This change was due to take effect on Jan 11, but as I mentioned, I've already noticed 
a drop in follower numbers, as have some of my other blogging friends 
 I apologise if this causes any inconvenience & I hope that you can create a Google account, which will allow you to continue following my blog and others, who use Blogger.  

If you do create a Google account, you will have to "Follow" blogs again, as those who didn't
 have an account will be permanently removed from our lists.  However, if you choose not
 to open a Google account, you can still follow blogs using other means such as Bloglovin', Networked Blogs, by email etc but you'll have to check each blog individually
to see what options are available to you!.

I greatly appreciate everyone who follows my blog & I hope that you'll continue 
to follow by whatever means suits you!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Winter is Here in 2016

I hope all of you that is in the path of the 2016 blizzard is safe and warm. Now is the time to still indoors and stitch, right. Here is SE Texas we are just getting some cold weather for us. It was 29 degrees on Friday morning, but got up to the 60s with the sun shining during the day. It is to get to 70 again the first of the week, but then another cold front is due with freezing temperatures. I have been coming from work and stitching to relax. I work for a CPA and this is the start of our busy time.
I have made progress on several of my WIPs.
I am doing the confetti stitching on the tree.

  1.     “Christmas Angel“ #4  Heavenly Host set-(4)-Joan Elliott The Utimate Cross Stitch Collection 2011 
The four cards will be some of my 2016 Christmas Cards

 The Button Up Birdies #2, January Tree Sparrow and February Whiskey Jack, designed by Cathy Jean for The Victoria Sampler
 July Cowboy Snowman- Snowman Series–Vermillion-
  1.     June ”Wild Roses”  Flower Of The Month series– Ellen Maurer Stroh-
  1.      “K”-Knitting - Stitcher’s  Alphabet – Brookes Book-Stitched A B C D E F G H I J          
Stitching on an afghan

  1.     May  "Early Dragonfly" 2014  Doodle Greeting Card-Blueladie Designs
This was a freebie in the Blueladie Designs monthly newsletter
  1.     “Sleigh Bells Ring” Ornament -#4 2012 Ornament Series-Littlehouse Needleworks
This the first of the ornaments stitched for gifts this year.
See you next week

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Valentine's Day give-away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a Valentine's Day give-away........and this year she will have two gifts and draw two names. The first name drawn gets the necessaire. Second name drawn gets the charts. Check it out.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Blog update

What a great week I have had. It was my birthday on January 11, 2016 and I have now started my 76th year of life. I celebrated with a birthday dinner on Sunday night at Olive Garden with family and friends and then Monday lunch with my Lamar Consolidated high school class of 1958. We lunch every other month together. This time we had 18 classmates, spouses and friends join us at Olive Garden. What fun. I have also stitched a few stitches on my rotation of 15 cross stitch pieces.
I do still work for a CPA doing taxes and accounting. Of course, our busy time has begun. Cross Stitching is my way of relaxing in the evenings. Here are pictures of my progress of WIPs and my birthday.
1.      “May Calendar Girl Series-Littlehouse Needleworks

1.      “Meg March” from Little Women-Brookes Books
My niece discovered I had this series, so I am stitching it for her. She is a junior high librarian who loves my crossstitch and already has 2 of my cross stitch hanging(The Bookshelf and the Library (Littlehouse Needeworks) in her office at her school.

  1.      “My House” #1 Hometown Holiday Series-Little House Needworks

  1.     October  Weather Poems-Sue Cook-Britian’s #1 Crossstitch Magazine-2000 issues

  1.     “Sleepy Kittens” – Sunset Kit-finishing stitching for Cheryl

 Sleigh Bells Ring” Ornament -#4 2012 Ornament Series-Littlehouse Needleworks
  1.     Snowman and Friends Christmas Stocking – Gold Collection Kit

  1.     Texas, ropin’ and ridin’”–The 12 Days of Texas Christmas Series -Redbird Designs.

 My Birthday: with my granddaughter, Anna
 With my wonderful daughter, Deanna
 with friend, Donald
 with Friends, Kaycie and Jackson
 with friends, Nick and Emily
 with my niece, Kim
 with Deanna and Anna
Lamar Consolidated high school class of 1958
We are a great group of young citizens.
See you next week.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy New Year

I am off to a great start on my stitching for 2016. I have a rotation of 15 cross stitch designs that I am currently stitching on. Several are series that I have continued from past years as well as other WIP. I may only stitch a little on each one as it comes up, but any stitches done is progress. As I finish one, another from my long list of want to stitch designs is put in rotation of the 15. I have completed 2 so far in 2016, Heavenly Host Angel #3-Joan Elliott and the April 2014 Doodle-Blueladie Designs. One is made into a Christmas Card and the other an all occasion greeting card. So far, I have stitched on 9 of the 15 in my rotation since Jan. 1. Here is my progress.
1.     “Christmas Angel“ #3 Heavenly Host-(4)-Joan Elliott The Utimate Cross Stitch Collection 2011
One more to stitch in the set of 4

1.     April  2014  Doodle Greeting Card-Blueladie Designs
 This is a freebie from the Blueladie Designs monthly newsletter
                                                     Christmas Animals – Heaven And Earth
                                                    The tree is full of confetti stitching.
                                                   July Cowboy Snowman- Snowman Series
     June ”Wild Roses”  Flower Of The Month series– Ellen Maurer Stroh-
 “K”-Knitting - Stitcher’s  Alphabet – Brookes Books
This is being stitched on an afghan.
 “May Calendar Girl Series-Littlehouse Needleworks
 “My House” #1 Hometown Holiday Series-Little House Needworks
I have stitched the Sweet Shope and the Toy Store so far in this series
     “Sleepy Kittens” – Sunset Kit-finishing stitching for Cheryl
This was started by Cheryl Mother before she passed away and I am now finishing it for her.
    Snowman and Friends Christmas Stocking – Gold Collection Kit
“Texas, ropin’ and ridin’”–The 12 Days of Texas Christmas Series -Redbird Designs 
I have stitched 5 of the 12 so far.
Here a few pictures of the wonderful Christmas I had with family.
We are small family as I only had 1 younger sister who was 3 years yearer. She had 2 children and I have 1. There are 3 grandchildren in her family and I have 2.
Daughter, Deanna with my grandson, Christopher(21) and granddaughter, Anna(15) 

 My nephew, Steven and niece, Kim with their cousin.
Kim is the school librarian that loves my cross stitch.
 My Christmas present from Kim was a ticket to go see Wicked at the Music Hall in July.
My brother in law, Kirby with his two children.
Happy New Year to all.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Victoria Motto Sampler Shoppe is Starting the New Year with a Primitive Rainbow Floss give-away

Victoria Motto Sampler Shoppe is Starting the New Year with a Primitive Rainbow Floss give-away, enter now!
Nancy says,
Lets start the New Year right.....with a Primitive Rainbow of floss!
I gathered a few skeins from different collections and I thought they made a nice rainbow.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Wishing  a very Happy New Year to all. Wishing the best of everything to all of you and in hopes of lots of time for stitching in 2016. I had a good 2015 for stitching, finishing 40 cross stitch pieces.
Need to frame or finishing a couple but that's the easy part. I have my rotation of 15 projects that I plan to continue into 2016. Here is my cross stitch finishes for 2015
The list is on my side bar.