Jul 18, 2016

Family, Finds, and Another Finish

My family had some sad news last week. My cousin had a heart attack and after being on life support for three days, the decision was made to let her go.  She was only in her mid 40's (a few younger than me.) and leaves behind a husband and two adult children. Even though we weren't close as adults, she and her siblings grew up with me and mine. We are all saddened by the circumstances and another family loss.

Last week was also the second anniversary of my Dad's passing. So many images of his last months still pass through my mind.  He showed a strength like no one I've known.  He wasn't the easiest guy to have as a Dad, but he taught us many things and had a quirky sense of humor when he let it show. We still miss him terribly.

A couple of weeks ago, I went thrift store shopping to find a frame for Words 2016. While browsing, I came across a Keurig brewer for $30! It looked like it had been hardly used... No scratches, watermarks, or lime build-up. I plugged it in to see if it worked (i.e. could power up) and took it home.

The thrift store offers a 3-day return policy on electric items if they don't work. With that in mind, I attempted to brew something! No instruction manual came with it, so I had to wing it. (I did find a PDF of the manual online and downloaded it) When "Prime" showed up on the screen, I Google'd it and found that this was a common error message. I'm guessing this is why it ended up at the thrift store. Being the resourceful gal that I am, I turned to YouTube.  I watched three videos trying all the suggestions... the Keurig would NOT brew. Ugh. I watched another video and BOOM! It worked. I brewed coffee, tea, and hot chocolate just to make sure I really did resolve the problem. It's been working like a champ since. Thank you, YouTube!!

I did find a frame for Words 2016, but it's about 2" too large. I'm going to take it apart and cut it to the right size. It's on hold right now because my power compound mitre saw is at my parents' house being used for trim work. I may take the frame out there and cut it then bring it back home to reassemble.

I've had another finish! Here's what the original design looks like:

I'm not sure how I want to finish-finish mine yet, but it sure looks pretty. I've changed the colors to be more cheery and match the fabric.

Linked To: SuperMom Stitchery Party

Started: 3/14/2016 ~ Finished: 7/17/2016
Design: Promise Me
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Fabric: 28ct Luguna "Iris" by Hand-Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie
Fibers: DMC, GAST, WDW, and Carries Creations threads


Deb said...

Lovely stitching!
So sorry for your loss. 45 is so young. Parents are forever in our hearts.

Sarah Lindfield said...

Sorry for your loss x. What a lovely machine and I love that you changed the colours on your finish, it's so bright and cheerful xx

Pam in IL said...

Your finishes are beautiful! Meari, I'm so sorry for your loss and the sadness you and your family are going through. Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you {{{HUGS}}} too.

Joyce Clark Frank said...

So sorry for your losses. Prayers and kind thoughts are with you and your family.
It neat to find something great at a thrift store.
Love your stitching and good luck with the frame

Allison Anselmo said...

Loosing a family member, although estranged is just as hard as loosing someone you see everyday. You have many memories that helped build your childhood, which is your foundation for today. Laugh about the fun times and make sure to share them with her kids, I know it helps.
Earlier this year I picked up that Lizzie Kate chart for my daughter, thanks for showing your finish, hopefully it will encourage me to dig mine out and get it completed before christmas!

Hope the frame resizing goes well!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I am sorry to hear about your cousin. She left too soon. I love the fabric you chose - very pretty!

htimcj said...

So sorry for your loss.
Your finish is beautiful and I am glad that you got the Keurig to work!
Heidi- ILCS

Vickie said...

What a difficult loss of your cousin.
Your finish is lovely Meari.

Anne52 said...

Such pretty finishes - congratulations! I'm sorry you've lost your cousin, and especially at so young an age.

Donna Pheneger said...

I'm sorry to hear of your cousin's passing. Will be keeping you and your family in prayer.
Isn't it interesting and neat how something will bring back a memory of a loved one? My dad passed into the arms of Jesus in November of last year and something happened that just reminded me of my dad so much and brought tears to my eyes. :-)
Your Lizzie/Kate is lovely - I want to make that for my kids.

Denise SA said...

Dear Meari I love the colours of you stitching. Sorry for you loss

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about your cousin - we never know when it will be our or someone we know's time. You just have to enjoy and be proud of every day. I like your finish - anxious to see it framed. You will love the Keurig - they are really easy to use. My favorite is donut shop coffee with sweet irish cream in it! If your Keurig starts to slow down on you, just run a tank full of vinegar through it a couple of times and it will clean it right out. Have a great week - you have had enough losses for now - no more, ok?!! Judi in Phoenix

CathieJ said...

So sorry for your loss. It is so hard when something likes that happens to someone close to our own age. Great find with that coffee maker. You were very resourceful to figure it out. Your stitching is beautiful.

Robin in Virginia said...

I am sorry to read about your cousin's passing. I really like the color changes you did with the LK piece. Glad you got the Keurig to work!

*-* said...

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your cousin.
I love reading your blog & how resourceful you are with your thrift store fids. I love the Words piece, I hope it is still available as I'd like to stitch it myself.

Patricia Green said...

My condolences for your loss. But the bright colors of your completed stitching might serve to remind you of better days. Enjoy your Kuerig. We love ours. How else could we make four different types of coffee in the morning?

Anonymous said...

Meari, sorry for your loss. What a great find and lovely finish.


Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

It's sad that your cousin died so young.
Lovely finishes and a great find on your coffee maker.

Chris said...

Meari, I am so sorry for your family's loss. So young.

Great stitching progress. Glad that you found the Keurig. They make life so easy :)

Mouse said...

sorry to hear about your loss never a good time is it .. glad though that you managed to keep yourself busy and finish your rather apt stitching .. gorgoeus fabric you have used ... must finish finish mine thanks for the prod ...lol
great find for the brew machine too ... I will help myself to a hot chocolate thanks ;) love mouse xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss, Meari.

Christina in Miami

Anonymous said...


I am very sorry for your loss.

Karen V
Fitchburg MA

Anonymous said...

So sorry to read of your cousin's passing. What a young age!

Your LK finish is lovely. I like the fabric a lot!

And your Kuerig (sp?) find is terrific! WTG!

Christine - nannystitch

Chitra Gangadharan said...

parents never go away from our thoughts. sorry of your loss.
the cross stitch piece is beautiful.

Faith... said...

Love your finish, it is so gorgeous especially on that fabric! Great job.

So sorry for your loss and the anniversary of your Dad's passing. Parents forever live on in our hearts and thoughts. It has been quite a while for my parents and I still miss them everyday; especially my mom.

Such a great shopper you are! I certainly wish I had your thrifting skills!!

gominam said...

Congrats on another pretty finish, it does look cheerful, great job!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Meari - so sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin. Very tragic, especially one so young. It really seems to strike home when they are close to you in age. Really makes you think. Congratulations on your new Keurig and being able to fix it. You are so resourceful. I wanna grow up to be just like you someday. I like the color change you made to "Promise Me". Love that saying.


Carol said...

Such sad news about your young cousin, Meari--that always makes me so sad for the children, especially. She was way, way to young...

Your finish is so lovely on that pretty fabric. And, as always, I think you can fix just about anything you set your mind to!! Great job on the coffee maker--and great shopping :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your cousin, Meari. Hugs to you.

Your finish is beautiful and Yaya for the Keurig!

Karin in CA

Akila said...

So sorry about your cousin!!

Wow you are just awesome. What a find indeed

stitcherw said...

So sorry for your loss, it's especially hard to lose someone that young, much more unexpected. Nice going on the Keurig find, that was a great deal. So nice to have hot coffee and chocolate easily like that. Although with as warm as its been, chilled things sound better lately. My area is under another heat index warning, third straight day in a row.

Beautiful finish of Promise, love the colors you picked. That is such a fun piece, I stitched it awhile ago also. Looking forward to seeing how you finish it off.

Desiree Ehleiter said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Mid 40s is way too young. Your stitching is beautiful and I love the colors you chose for Promise Me. Lovely! Great job with the Keurig. Got to love YouTube!

Vickie said...

I am amazed about your handiness! You are always building, fixing, or crafting something!! Love your stitching! It is beautiful as usual.

Katie said...

So sorry for your families loss.

Your finds are always amazing. You rock girl. Congrats on fixing the Keurig. Love your color change! Too perfect!! I'm sure you're finish will be gorgeous as always.