Saturday, December 23, 2023


Enjoy the holiday season and we'll check back in next year.

In the meanwhile be sure to check out our Etsy Shop - duodesignsbySandra.  We have in stock the hand painted Stitching Girl Canvases of Stitching Girl with her Horse and Boss Lady.

Saturday, December 16, 2023


This week we went to Punta Gorda to enjoy the Sunset and Christmas Lights Cruise. This took place at Fishermen's Village.The sunset was beyond stunning! It went on forever - well worth the trip.

The Christmas lights on the canal were beautiful and very diverse.  Several different themes, etc.  I am sorry but I was unable to get any pictures.

Following the cruise we went inside Fishermen's Village restaurant and had a wonderful dinner.



This week we shared our mid-month lessons for our Online Classes.

Session VII for the Three Wisemen Encore class has been posted.  We continued the finishing touches for one of the cloaks!

An additional ornament joined the others this week also on the Ornaments Galore canvas from JP Needlepoint.

We are moving right along on this one.

ETSY SHOP - duodesignsbySandra

Books seem to be very popular this month - maybe being shared as gifts. 

As you may recall, we had an exclusive design created for Duo Designs by Gayla Elliott in the Stitching Girl Series.  This design was used to launch our annual Retreat held in General Butler Resort State Park in Northern Kentucky.  Since Kentucky is the Horse Capital we asked for a horse themed design.  Stitching Girl with her Horse was created, 

We are now releasing this design in our Etsy Shop for the enjoyment of others.  There is also available for purchase a stitch guide that one can follow. Email us at for inquiries.

Be sure to check out other Stitch Guides for instant download,

Okay - today is Saturday and also Shuffleboard day!  Gotta get that upper body exercise going as well.,

Sunday, December 10, 2023


We have learned when Bingo nights or days are that are workable for us so that has become a regular activity.  This week I attended my first Ladies Luncheon.  That involves a bunch of us getting together and going to a local or close by facility and enjoy each other's company.  Next up for us is to get back to the shuffleboard court.  Which we did yesterday.  Finally, I am being taught how to play Hand and Foot and am on the substitute list.

On Sunday, hubby's birthday, the kids took us to lunch and we drove around and stopped at a lake.  Hubby saw his first up close alligator!

Now if this became a race who do you think would win?  No thank you - much too close and open for my comfort!

Daughter was thrilled at the chance addition to the lake shore and bonus birthday wish!

Although not a shopper, I managed to buy some yard art at a fantastic pottery complex while in Punta Gorda.  Oh dear!  Too much trouble to be had there.

Those who know me remember our precious Henry - I could not resist this guy in his honor.

He rocks back and forth in the wind and the glass just glistens!  I know, he probably only has a face a mother could love and I do love it.

Can hardly wait for plants to start filling out, etc.

Tomorrow we head out to a boat cruise to see the sunset and Christmas lights.  We will then eat dinner while we are still in town before heading home.

Later . . .

Saturday, December 2, 2023


Well Christmas will certainly be different for us this year that's for sure. It really is different weather and quite an attitude adjustment as well as physical adjustment for us to go from very cold, snow, heavy coats to sunny days, short sleeves, and shorts - but we'll manage 😊 . It would be nice if my waistline could shrink as well as our tree size did.  We have gone from an 11 ft tree to a 6.5 ft tree - but we surprisingly really like it.  It fits perfect where we are. 

 As far as decorating here, the park appears to have about every theme represented. Lots of cartoon characters, super heros, palm trees with full coastal flair, and what we call traditional of some beautiful religious displays and of course santa and reindeer.

Hubby has a birthday coming up tomorrow.  The kids got him a trike so we now can ride together.


Posted a little surprise for my students this past week.  We shared another ornament in the Ornaments Galore class!  

This guy included some beads for bling.

People are still signing up for this class.  It has 20+ areas that are individually featured so it will take several months to cover.  The above photo is of only the third ornament so far.  Such fun!  If you would like to join just email us at  Canvases have been mailed for newcomers.

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Have you checked out the canvases that were extras from our previous classes?  Have a look see - there may be something that interests you.

We have the travel canvases back in stock now so check out those as well - Italy, The Danube, Netherlands (Tulips), Hawaii, Greece (Santorini)  - -

Until next time , , ,