A little photo fun...

I stumbled upon a fun photo editing program called, Color Select Studio....so fun & so easy and for just $14.95! The program automatically turns the photo into black & white as it is uploaded and then it magically remembers the colors in the picture. You then simply paint the colors of the details you want to "pop" in your photo.

You may remember in a previous post how the little cherub in the above photo didn't want to sit in his car seat? Here is a picture of him prior to this phase...there is nothing more precious then a picture of a sleeping baby, especially a content baby in their carseat! I love this picture and I LOVE his little blue argyle socks & I couldn't resist capturing the socks in this photo. As of late, the whole carseat/carrier thing seems to be going better & Mommy doesn't have to fly through the grocery store like a mad-woman!
have a good day,


Yummy Spring Time Salad....

"Tender slices of grilled chicken seasoned with barbecue sauce tastefully tops off this main-dish salad. It makes a super supper on a warm Spring/Summer night."

I seem to cook different foods depending on the season. Winter foods at our house consist of homemade soups, roasts in the crock pot with carrots & potatoes, and a variety of hot dishes. As Springtime approaches I begin to look forward to Spring/Summer time cooking...lighter meals with fresh fruits & vegetables, and grilled meat. We enjoyed a weekend of beautiful weather here...warm enough to grill & move into some of my favorite Springtime recipes. Today's recipe share is a family favorite & one we enjoyed at our house today - BBQ Ranchero Chicken Salad.

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
Romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed & drained
1 can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced black olives, drained
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup Ranch salad dressing
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Grill chicken, brushing sides with BBQ sauce each time you flip it over. Grill until done.
On serving plates, combine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, red pepper, olives and black beans.
In a small bowl, combine Ranch dressing, chili powder and cumin; stirring until well blended.
Slice chicken breasts; arrange over lettuce. Drizzle salad with dressing and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
Serve with garlic toast & fresh fruit.
have a good week,



To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...
Happy Spring,


Just in case you visit my blog today....

Dad & I wish you the best on your 26th! Too bad you live 10 hours away, or I would fix you your favorite meal for your b-day!

I'd throw one of these on the grill....cook it medium well along with an onion wrapped in foil....

I'd make some gravy for these....

I'd open a bag of fresh frozen this....

And then after we are all stuffed from a big birthday meal, we'd force ourself to eat some birthday cake! And feel like this....

And then we'd all sit around and sing the birthday song to you!

Happy Birthday to my Colorado Rocky Mountain High Boy!
We Love you,
Mom & Dad


It's so fun being a Grandma!

While I don't get to see this little one as often as I'd like, I do enjoy calls from his Mommy several times a week to keep me updated on all the new things he is learning...some good & some well not so good. Beckham has decided he doesn't like his car seat...oh no! He does eventually fall asleep...that is until you get stuck at a red stop light and then he awakens & the complaining begins again...doesn't want to be in his car seat!

Yesterday was a beautiful day...a beautiful day for mom & dad to take the little one on a stroller ride. You know the fancy strollers the young couples use these days? The ones where the car seat becomes the stroller seat. The car seat faces backwards in the stroller, like the car, until they become older. Did I mention he doesn't like his car seat...the stroller ride lasted approximately 2 blocks. Mom & Dad gave into the complaining, that turned into crying, and headed home much sooner then they anticipated. They got home, took him out of his stroller & gives his mommy a big smile and laugh, with tears still wet upon his cheeks! If Beckham only knew how much his mother has looked forward to warmer weather so she could take her little one on a stroller ride....

In a later phone conversation with my sister, we pondered if he would enjoy the stroller ride experience in a stroller that wasn't his car seat.

You know, one of these....

the type we used when our kids were little! The Umbrella Stroller! Granted it wasn't exactly one of these....

But the umbrella stroller seemed to worked great, they were nice and light weight and you didn't have to drive a SUV just so you had a place big enough to store the thing while traveling with it.

We even still have an umbrella stroller hanging in the rafters of the garage at Grandma's house...the one that I used when Uncle Matthew was a baby! It even is a boy one....blue denim, perfect! Hmmmm......

My sister then reminded me of this

and then asked me if I would have thought about using this to push my babies around in..

or this.....

(ahhh....I loved that old buggy! I spent many hours of my childhood using it as my "pretend" lawnmower!)

I then decided that the umbrella stroller thought was probably just that....a thought! And you can be the one to guess my answer to my sister's question!

have a good week,



Looking for model stitchers....

Thank you to all of you who have shown interest in stitching for me...there are lots & lots of stitchers out there with many years of stitching experience...this is going to a tough decision! I am no longer taking names at this time.
I am looking for a few ladies that would be interested in stitching new cross stitch models for me. Must be able to work with a range of stitch counts, including small stitch counts (32 - 35 count over 1 thread). Must be willing to work on dark fabrics. Workmanship must be of high quality. Backsides of your work must be neat, tidy & free of knotted threads. Model stitchers must be willing & able to dedicate 10 hours a week (at a minimum) to stitching once a design is sent to you. Past experience with model stitching for a design company or cross stitch shop a plus, but not necessary if you have years of stitching experience. If interested, please email me at order@countrystitchesonline.com and I will get back to you with a small questionnaire.

With thy Needle & Thread,



Ebay treasures & a Challenge!

My latest fetish seems to be searching for "things" to tie the mini friendship samplers on to. I found some goodies from eBay seller staglaneprimitives. This seller has some textile bobbins with great colors of wool threads still on the bobbins. The blue is the best robin's egg blue...my favorite shade of blue! Also from the same seller I bought the best rusty tin oil can. There are many more oil cans for those of you that are stitching my ABC pin keep and are in need of small oil cans. Most items are "buy it now"!

Here is the "Have Ye Any Wool?" sampler tied onto the bundle of olde textile bobbins.

Here is the "Bittersweet" sampler tied on the olde oil can.

I foresee a "tie one on" CHALLENGE with the Friendship Samplers pattern....details to follow, so get stitchin!

The "Friendship Sampler" pattern packet will be ready to ship on Monday, happy stitching!

With thy Needle & Thread,


This & That....

Tis going to be a beautiful day here today...almost near 60 degrees! I did hear a robin outside my window yesterday morning as I was doing my morning stitching...gives one hope that Spring is just around the corner!

An update on the itty bitty samplers...this series is all stitched, photos are taken & instructions will be completed over the weekend. I have titled this pattern "Friendship Samplers" as they would make a great little gift to give to that special friend. These samplers work up quite quickly and all 6 will be offered in one pattern! They are precious simply tied onto items, tucked into the arms of your favorite doll or teddy, tied onto a gift, or don't forget they would make a sweet necklace as well. We do sell the tin frames that fit these tiny samplers. Stay tuned right here on my blog for release date of this pattern.

Also...we got a shipment of patterns from some of our favorite designers in... with more to follow. Check these out on our WHATS NEW page!

With thy Needle & Thread,