Friday, December 31, 2010

About Me

I am 55 years old (ouch!), married to an equally old wonderful man, and we have two great adult children...still living at home...never leaving...not sure I am happy about that.  LOL.  If they don't leave I will soon push them out...even though I do adore them.

I love learning and doing new things. 
I will expound upon these as I have more time.

Things that are important to me.
  • My Family
  • My Faith
  • My Friends
  • My Talents

Things that I most like to do.  Unfortunately, as my husband says, I have an "all or nothing" mentality.  I cannot seem to focus on more than one of these items at once and when I get into it I become sleep deprived and almost manic.  I love doing what I love to do, and I love to do lots of things.  Right now my focus is on my cross stitch.  Just joined the challenge to finish 15 WIP's in this next year.  Just what I needed to get me going.
  • Needlework:  I have 100, 150,  200+ designs that I MUST DO someday with the list growing every day.  I plug along a little at a time in between my other loves.  I also design needlework, embroidery as well as cross-stitch, and as soon as I can "get around to it" I will get more of them published.  I just keep finding too many that I want to do from other designers.  (Where does one draw the line?)
  • Humanitarian Work:  My stash of fabrics fills two rooms and I am constantly buying more.  Then I get overwhelmed and have to donate much of it to the LDS Humanitarian Society so they can have others help me finish it.  I just can't pass up good quality fabric at $1.00 a yard.  There are so many people in need and I love dreaming of some little child in one of my brightly colord quilts, gowns, or jumpers.
  • Food Storage/Emergency Preparedness:  I wrote and illustrated my own book that "almost" got published.  However, it was right AFTER Y2k and the publishers felt people were no longer interested in food storage.  It is a pretty good book though (with my own illustrations), even though I do say so myself...Maybe one day...
  • Genealogy/Family History: Enjoy collecting histories and old photos of my ancestors particularly.
  • Art: I have a degree in Design from Brigham Young University
  • Quilting:  Started with doing miniature quilts and am gradually expanding to regular sized quilts.  (Just one more thing I don't have time to do.)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

FREEDOM

This is beautiful and deserves to be passed on to everyone I know.

According to snopes this is a true account.  You may also go here to view the full story of what transpired to bring this man to court.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/shoebomb.asp




Shoe Bomber Sentenced
Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it? 

Did you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV or Radio?
Didn't think so.!!!
Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.


  Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say  His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his 'allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,' defiantly stating, 'I think I will not apologize for my actions,' and told the court 'I am at war with your country.'

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:


Judge Young:  'Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the  United States Attorney General.  On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively.  (That's 80 years.)

On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed.  The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that's an aggregate fine of $2 million.  The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298..17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes..  It is a fair and just sentence.  It is a righteous sentence.

Now, let me explain this to you.  We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid.  We are Americans.  We have been through the fire before.  There is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.  Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals.  As human beings, we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant.  You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war.  You are a terrorist.  To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not----- you are a terrorist.  And we do not negotiate with terrorists.  We do not meet with terrorists.  We do not sign documents with terrorists.  We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court  You are a big fellow. But you are not that big.  You're no warrior.  I've known warriors. You are a terrorist.  A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders.  In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and the TV crews were, and he said: 
'You're no big deal.'

You are no big deal.

What your able counsel and what the equally able  United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific.  What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?

I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing?  And, I have an answer for you.  It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom.  Our individual freedom.  Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.  Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom.  It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea.  It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.  It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges.

We Americans are all about freedom.  Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.  Make no mistake though.  It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.  Look around this courtroom.  Mark it well.  The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here.  The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.

Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America , the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.  The very President of the United States  through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid?  That's the flag of the  United States of America  ..  That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands for freedom.  And it always will.

Mr. Custody Officer.  Stand him down.

So, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV sets?  We need more judges like Judge Young
.  Pass this around.  Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.


Please SEND  this----so that everyone has a chance to readNedws

Friday, December 10, 2010

New Finds

I liked these so much that this item (a package of AquaGem granules)
will be part of my next giveaway!

*Winter Special* 6-pack 10g AquaGems

Holiday Centerpiece

I went to the Wholesale Gift Show in Salt Lake City on Saturday and found a fun new item that I wanted to share with you.

These are Aqua-Gems.  You add water to the tiny granules and as they absorb the liquid they become clear marble sized balls in fun colors.  Beautiful for parties and other celebrations, especially weddings.  Flowers last much longer when placed in a vase with these gems.  I have used something similar for years in my outdoor pots.  The gems absorb water so that they provide a constant water source for your flowers.  They last a VERY long time, and as the water evaporates you simply have to add more water to rehydrate.

Pumpkin Face

They also sell small lights that can be placed among the marbles that enhance the arrangement.  These can be switched to display different colors as well. 

Bulk Twelve-pack Brightspot RAINBOWTwo-pack Brightspot SELECT

You may find their site at http://www.aqua-gems.com/.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BLACKBIRD DESIGNS

LIZZIE KATE

LIZZIE KATE

New from
Lizzie Kate!

The first three of six designs from
Lizzie Kate's adorable new design,
"Six Fat Men" is now available.



Six Fat Men

Each is sold separately and then stitched together to create a charming piece of stitchery.

10% off retail.


"Snowed In"
$4.50 (-10%) Now $4.05



"Snow Friends"
$4.50 (-10%) Now $4.05


"Snowed In"
$4.50 (-10%) Now $4.05


Santa Claus is Coming, 2011
$4.00 (-10%) Now $4.05

Click to view more Lizzie Kate.



Shipping is $1.00 for one item. More than one item is $1.50.

You may leave a comment below
or contact me at my email address at hardman@utwire.net.


Friday, August 27, 2010

ITEMS FOR SALE

FLOSS
Gentle Art Sampler Threads 
(Click on photo to view)
SALE
Gentle Art Sampler Threads 20% off through August 31



Needle Necessities Overdyed Floss




CHARTS

Blackbird Designs
 
(Click on Photo to go to Blackbird Designs page.)
SALE
Blackbird Designs 20% off through August 31

Just had to show you Faye's Anniversaries of the Heart Series


Lizzie Kate


Long Dog Samplers

Prairie Schooler
(Click on photo to view Prairie Schooler Designs.)
SALE
Blackbird Designs 20% off through Monday, August 28


Not sure of the stitcher,
but this is the Prairie Schooler Alphabet stitched as one piece. 
Isn't it beautiful!
(Please let me know if you know who the stitcher is.)

The Drawn Thread
(Click on photo to go to The Drawn Thread Designs.)

Misc. Samplers




FABRIC

36 count fabrics


36 count
32 count
28 count
Smaller counts

MISCELLANEOUS
Rick Rack

ANTIQUES

Sunday, August 1, 2010

THREAD GATHERER SILK 'N COLOURS


Thread Gatherer Silk ‘n Colours



4th of July

A Bride’s Blush

Aegean Twilight

Antique Pewter

Antique Roses

Aqua Clouds

Autumn Foliage

Berry Melange

Berry Sprite

Blue Seas

Blue Violet

Burnished Gold

Butternut Orange

Butternut Orange

Cactus ‘n Sands keep

Camouflage Greens

Chartreuse

Cockleshell

Coral Shells

Desert Dawn

Desert Sunset

Egyptian Nights

English Meadows

Evergreens

Flamingo Pink

Forest of Greens

Frosted Auburn

Gilded Lavender

Granite

Grape Melange

Havest???

Heirloom Blue

Honey Mauve

Hydrangea

In the Red

Lemon Souffle

Maidenhair Fern

Mauveberry

Mermaid Shimmer

Nan’s Mulberry

Peach Melba

Peacock 2

Pearled Blues

Periwinkle

Plum  Honey keep

Poppies

Robin Egg Blue

Royalty

Seafoam Green

Silver Queen

Smokey Grays

Snow Drift White

Soft Apricot

Southwest Sands

Stormy Skies

Strawflowers

Summer Pastels

Sunflower Yellow

Sweet Peas 2

Tapestry Green

Terra Cotta 2

The Lavenders

Victorian Rose

Victorian Rose

Willow Green

SOIE D' ALGER AU VER A SOIE


121

122

132

135

204

205

206

131

136

524

543

544

611

614

615

616

526

531

621

Blanc

Noir

F2

Brut

Mode

F13

921

922

941

943

945

946

1011

1012

1013

1021

1026

1041

1312

1313

1423

1424

1425

1433

1435

1441

1714

1724

1734

1742

1743

1744

1745 2

1746

1811

1813

1832

1833

1835

1841

1843

1844

1845

2116

2121

2122

2124

2125

2126

2136

2141

2145

2214

2231

2233

2234

2235

2244

2532

2533

2541

2542

2545

2546

2615

2624

2625

2626

2633

2634

2635

2912

2913

2914

2915

2916

2925

2926

2942

2943

2944

3011

3021

3022

3023

3024

3025

3026

3031

3032

3045

3314

3321

3322

3323 2

3332

3333

3334

3335

3342

3345

3411

3413

3414

3415

3432

3433

3441

3442

3443

3711

3712

3713

3714

3715

3716

3721

3722

3723

3726

3742

3811

3812

3816

3821

3823

3824

3825

3831

3832

3833

3836

3843

3844

3846

4112

4113

4114

4115

4116

4124

4136

4141

4143

4142

4144

4146

4212

4213

4215

4231

4233

4234

4235

4236

4241

4246

4516

4523

4525

4531

4532

4544

4546

4616

4624

4626

4634

4635

4636

4644

4645

4646

4911

4912

ANCHOR MARLITT


812 Christmas Green-Dk

883 Carnation Pink – Med

881 Carnation Pink – Dk

894 Wine

1001 Flesh – Lt

1003 Rust – Dk

1034 Off White

1037 Tan

1042 Peach Flesh

1078 Antique Gold – Md Lt

1079 Antique Gold – Med

1207 Mauve – Med

1209 Mauve – Dk

1212 Cream

CARON WILDFLOWERS


Wildflowers available

Baby’s Breath

Blossom

Blue Lavender

Blue Spruce 2

Blueberry

Cameo

Caribbean

Celadon

Desert Sage

Emerald

Fiesta

Flame

Holiday

Jade

Mediterranean

Mountain Meadow

Nefertiti

Parfait

Passion

Peacock

Pine Forest

Pistachio Nut

Rose Blush 3

Sandstone

Seafoam

Sky Blue Pink

Springtime

Sunset

Tiffany Rose

Tropic  Seas

Wildberries

Williamsburg

CARON WATERLILIES


Caron Waterlilies:
Available Colors

Amethyst

Antique Rose

Blue Lavender

Blueberry

Eggshell               

Evergreen

Fir

Hint of Mint

Morning Mist

Mountain Meadow

Olive

Peach Sherbet

Peacock

Pearl

Pebbles 2

Pistachio Nut

Rose Blush

Rose Quartz

Sandstone

Spruce 2

Storm Clouds

Sunset

Teak

Williamsburg