A Little Bit About Me

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Amherst, Virginia, United States
i am a stay at home Mom to 5 children, I love to sew, quilt & stitch..I am a professional Cross Stitch model stitcher, I love to read, go antiquing and garden ~ ...kindly follow me on this journey!!

Are you a Lover of Cross Stitch Samplers?...

...do you not have time to stitch?
do you not stitch at all but would love a finished sampler from your favorite designer?
I would be happy to stitch a finished sampler for you...
please email me at martin-house@hotmail.com & I will be happy to confer with you regarding my quotes for stitching a special piece for you!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weeding the garden....

It's been a busy few days.  Trying to get school clothes and supplies together, and Nathan can hardly wait for school to start.  He has 3 backpacks packed and 2 lunchboxes ready to go...  

This morning I was weeding the garden, and found a new friend.  This happy little guy is the biggest frog I think I've ever seen, probably about 6 inches long..  The kids thought he was great and wanted to keep him, thank goodness we don't have a frog cage. 

Since all my kids will be in school, I had being trying to figure out what I'm going to do with myself.  So I signed up for a CNA class.  I start tomorrow.  I am soo nervous, it has been so long since I have been in school, and not to mention around a bunch of grown-ups, I hope I remember how to act. : )
Tomorrow is also my baby girls birthday, she will be 19.  Happy Birthday Noelle.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Sewing Basket

My "old" sewing basket was getting sooo full...So I had to get the brand spanking new extra largest basket I have ever seen..isn't she pretty!  And I am going to try really hard not to junk her up.

And while I was at the fabric store (Cottonwood in Charlottesville), I also got some new fabrics...

Today is school hair cut day.  We all get to go to the beauty shop, get our hair cut pretty for school, and then just for extra fun, I'm going to get my eyebrows ripped off.  They need it bad...

And I guess I did forget the other day to do my thankfuls, so  here goes...

- the countdown for school is on - only 5 more days!!
- My baby boy Nathan is starting pre-kindergarten (happy & sad)
- I am so thankful to Lori, for redoing my blog, a constant supporter, friend and mentor
- the slightly cooler weather, I'll take whatever we get
- and of course, my new sewing basket....

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Honestly - I am a bad blogger.  I have had every intention of doing it, but I wanted to change my blog around and make it pretty first.......

So I have been busy stitching.  I've worked on new models for Lori, the Stacy Nash class project, Halloween models, and now I am working of the Witches Garden for someone.  

But it has taken this long because the kids are all home for the summer.   We have been to the pool, the beach, 4-H camp, and back to the pool...Now it is time for back to school shopping and senior pictures...  And Nathan will be going to full time pre-kindergarten this year, so I have been trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up, and I have no idea!  What am I going to do all day long with NO kids???  We shall see....

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Baby Hankie Blankie...

I believe I am the slowest blogger ever...but who can keep up with Lori the "wonder blogger".  I only have 5 children, a husband, 3 cats, 1 dog, and neverending laudry.
Anyways, I have been working on a baby hankie blankie for my niece Nikki, who is having a baby, don't know what it is yet.. But I finished the quilt top this morning and had to put it on here.
But first my 5 thankfuls
-  I am thankful if people still read this : )
-  I am thankful for babies, especially other peoples!
-  I am thankful for the warm and beautiful weather we've been having
-  My baby Nathan turned 4 last week, it goes soooo fast.
-  and a late happy birthday to my sister Laurel, who is older than me : )

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Monday.

Bella is off to school today after her week off with the flu.  Nathan wasn't feeling well for a few days, but seems better now too.  Hopefully thats the end of all that sickness...
I have been working on some new models for Lori, and I finally finished this aprons of the line pillow, I think it turned out alright.  It would be nice out on a porch swing. 
My next project is some dolls, which I am making up a pattern for as we speak. 
Nathan has an interview for school today, I hope he gets in, I know he would love it.
Now my five thankfuls
-  school, my kids actually like going to school.  
-  a warm week ahead
-  yard sale season is on it's way, I loved going to them, but this year I'm have one, to clean out the house!
-  Easter.  From the Easter story to the eggs, I love it all
-  Easter outfits, everyone looking their best, Gandma got Nathan a handsome suit and tie, and Bella got a beautiful pink dress.

Nathan wasn't feeling very good, but he just looks so sweet!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

What NOT to do...

Well as you can see - I really messed these up!  Lesson learned to never tea stain on a tephlon coated cookie sheet....I almost threw up.  I am going to try to wash them out with something else, but just seeing them makes me sick...: (, they were so pretty.

Bella still isn't feeling great, this flu is kicking her butt.  And so far, everyone else is still fine.

I am a little frustrated with my last project, and I don't know what to do now.  I think I am going to make a baby quilt for my niece with little childrens vintage hankies.  I hope she will like it.

My 5 thankfuls
-  I am thankful I didn't throw up yesterday : )
-  we will be working in the yard today, I love digging in the dirt
-  Lori gave me some bridal veil spirea and some bee balm, so I'm going to get those planted
-  My friend Dodi from way way back is coming to visit in 2 weeks with her 5 boys, so with my 4 girls and 1 boy it will almost be the Brady Bunch, just bigger!
-  My sister is hopefully coming just before Easter to pick up her quilt.  The things I'll do to make people come and visit, thank goodness I don't have to make them all quilts though!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New project...

Nobody fall over or anything, I am blogging 2 days in a row!  I wanted to show off my new project - it's a Blackbird design, and it will be a needle book by tomorrow.   I just thought it was pretty.  Nothing else new and exciting, no laundry today - shocker i know.  

But here are my 5 thankfuls
-  thank you to Jane - she made me a beautiful bunny pillow, that was so thoughtful...
-  Easter is coming soon, I love decorating eggs
-  my bleeding heart has little pink hearts hanging on it
-  Bella is feeling a little better today, and no one else has gotten sick yet...
-  and Jason, my boo boo bunny is off for the next 2 days, so we will be working hard in the yard

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