Nov 16, 2018


It was rough this morning, I'm not going to lie. Between the snow and ice and me not feeling well it took every ounce of spinster courage I had in me to get here.
But here I am, and warm and safe and dry, so absolutely nothing to complain about. In a moment I'm going to go let Buzzy and Beepy do their thing and all will be well.

I did stitch a fair bit on Gilded Cage yesterday, but forgot to grab a photo. I'll see what I can do to remedy that this evening, Dearies!

Have a great and wonderful Friday, my friends! The weekend is upon us! 

Nov 15, 2018


A day in the life of a flu-ridden spinster begins in the big girl sleigh bed...we got snow overnight! maker's on and ready!

Woopsie...need to find my fuzzy socks and put them on...stat!

Happy Chair...I'm coming your way! Gird your loins!

Oh baby! Hot and fresh damn good ready to do its magic!

No. Words. I just don't have any words for this...

Now before you feel sorry for me, please know that I am warm and safe and dry, have plenty of meds and provisions and things to keep me busy, and because Magoo is in New Jersey it is blissfully quiet and I can move from place to place without feeling the need to have hair, makeup, and wardrobe fixed.

I'm a big lump of sick today and just enjoying every minute of it, Dearies!

What's new with you?

Nov 14, 2018

Nov 13, 2018


That sound you just heard was the universe smacking me down hard with the flu.

I know, I know...if it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all, but I suppose getting sick is inevitable when you are on high dose immuno-suppressants for Crohn's and spend three days a week in a high risk setting.

Damn, drat, and phooey anyways...but it could be worse, right?

I'm in my Happy Chair cockpit and armed with the necessities. Cough drops, the phone for emergencies, and fluids:

Stitching, the paper, and my magic blanket:

And my little half-assed spinster fireplace:

The sun is shining today, but it is pretty chilly outside, so methinks I will stay right here in my cockpit resting. I know for sure I will venture back to the big girl sleigh bed, because I put the flannels on it this weekend and they are so crazy soft I almost can't stand the coziness!

Needleminder orders continue to come in. Thank you for that, Dearies! And it looks like my sister's little shop is growing nicely also, which makes me very happy for her. I think she has some new things listed today, so I might have to head over and peruse.

Not a lot of other news to report. JB Magoo is New Jersey bound and I will have eight days again to kick up some trouble around here on my own. Given my current state, though, I can promise you that there will be NO marathon cleaning or re-organizing sessions. Instead, I think my marathons will be of the Outlander/Housewives/Ina variety! There is, after all, a Thanksgiving menu to plan, and I always love to add a new something or other to the mix!

We're off like a herd of turtles! I hope your Tuesday is full of fun and frolic. Do something interesting and come tell me all about it!

Nov 11, 2018


The shipping and handling fee of $4 is a one time fee and covers mailing for your entire order. In other words, if you buy multiple needle minders, you only pay the $4 once, Dearies!

Here is another round of needle minders for your consideration! (For any non stitchers interested, these can be used as fridge magnets, too!)


Hand painted wooden hearts
Measure approximately 1 1/2 inches across
Rare earth magnets
$12 each

Printed image under acrylic dome
Mounted on wooden square
Measures approximately 2 inches square
Rare earth magnets
$10 each

Photograph under acrylic dome
Mounted on wooden square
Measures approximately 2 inches square
Rare earth magnets
$10 each

$4 per order
I will happily combine multiples and ship them in one package

Please provide your mailing address and I will calculate and quote shipping costs.

Send an email to with your complete mailing address and which minder(s) you'd like.

PayPal is preferred. Go to:
Checks may be mailed to: Coni J Rich, 244 Toscana Blvd, Granger, IN 46530

Thank you, Dearies, for your continued support!  Pease don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Nov 10, 2018


(Three magic blankets, a coloring page, some markers, Goofy Juice, and stitching on deck for the duration I think.)

Last night I dreamt I was sitting in a restaurant eating a sandwich and James Gandolphini walked in and sat in a booth and I tried to take a picture of him but a tiny little dog wearing gold wire spectacles came up next to me and I reached down and picked him up and took his little glasses off and rubbed his tummy.

(Oh dear God...she's finally gone round the bend.)

Good Saturday morning, Dearies! I am in the Happy Chair trying to get my silly self together. I had a rough treatment yesterday and never quite bounced back, so it was early to bed for me with the hopes that I could accomplish lots and lots today.


I think I will stay here in my jammies and watch the snow and Outlander.

How about you?

Nov 8, 2018


We're off to the basketball game, but here is how I spent my afternoon:

I use a combination of Sharpie ultra fine and Bic Mart It...also ultra fine, and I store them tip down in repurposed Crystal Lite containers. I color on top of copy paper on a plastic clipboard, and I use a piece of card stock for color swatching.

(For those of you Dearies who wanted to know).

Perhaps a little stitchy time before bed tonight. It will depend upon the time and my energy level tonight after the game!

Hope your Thursday was swell! Come tell me all about it!


 So there I was...slurping my first cup of damn good and trying to get my wit about me, when I openend my Spinster Stitcher email.

Oh, my very goodness!  A celebrity sighting!!

You know those coloring books that I showed you last night?  The ones that I have been loving and playing with for a few years now?

Well...Miss Angie Grace Her Very Self wrote to me!

AND! It turns out that her sister is one of us and she actually said my coloring was pretty and then she gave me a link to share with a giveaway and I am so excited I can barely keep my heiney in the Happy Chair and I can't believe I get to start my Thursday by sharing that I just had correspondence with Angie Grace and now we have something fun to look forward to receiving.....

Here's her note with the link:


My sister is a stitcher and showed me your blog post today. Very pretty!

Thought you might enjoy the free color inspiration books I’m giving away today through Nove 11th.  Here’s the link:

It’s OK to share those with your readers too if you think they’d like them.

 Happy coloring – when you aren’t stitching. 😊

Angie Grace

WooHooooo! I'm going to go grab mine and maybe expand my library a bit, Dearies! I told Miss Angie Grace about my left hand and how coloring is really helping strengthen it, so methinks I might want to stock up on some more therapy tools!

I'll get back to stitching this afternoon after a Dr. Melfi appointment and before the Notre Dame basketball game. Rumor has it there is a hot dog in my future, so I am really looking forward to that!

Happy Thursday to all! Do something fun and come tell me all about it!

Nov 7, 2018


This was a nice little change from stitching, and it gave my left hand a good workout!

I don't remember which...but this is where the page came from:



I was futzing and futzing in the cube room studio yesterday, and finally settled on a new start:
The Gilded Cage by Carriage House Samplings seems to be just what I need at the moment. It's small enough to take to the d-chair, the linen is a gorgeous cut of Heroic from Picture This 
Plus, and the threads are lovely and subdued.

I'm in a bit of a quiet space at the moment...thinking about big things and dreading next week. Mom will have been gone thirty one years on the 12th and Stewey has been gone two years on the 14th. Maybe it's the weather or the lull before the holidays, but this time of year is...melancholy.  I suppose my pod mate's passing has made me stop a bit and contemplate....slow down and remember and miss what once was more than ever.

The temperatures have finally fallen enough that I closed the windows and almost turned the furnace on. I didn't, and will continue to play my game to see how long I can go before doing so, but I think the second floor factor is weighing in my favor since the thermostat hasn't fallen below sixty yet!

Chili for dinner tonight. I was somehow smart enough to freeze portions the last time I went on a cooking frenzy, so I have good options for nights that I need something fast and easy. If my energy level allows, I might try to channel my inner Ina on Saturday and make a few more things.

I'll be making needleminders again tomorrow. I am making the dotted hearts and might try some holiday colors. A stitchy friend has requested some for gifts, so I thought I might play around and see what I can come up with. If you are looking for the coffee cups or other styles, my sister is selling them in her etsy shop: SiggysCloset. 

I suppose that's the full report and enough ramblings for a November Wednesday. I'm off to the chair in a few minutes...armed with my stitching and lots of Outlander to catch up on. I have two episodes from the previous season and the premier of the new to watch, so the time should fly.

Happy Futzingday to you, Dearies. Do something wonderfully fun and come tell me all about it!

Nov 6, 2018

Nov 5, 2018


I think I implied that my pod mate got tired of dialysis and made a decision to end her life. It was quite the opposite, actually. This woman was a long time fighter and very compliant about treatment. She missed a treatment occasionally, but for the most part always showed up for the next. Last week, she missed two treatments and felt fine, but on the day of her third missed treatment she went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived. It happened very fast.  I'm sorry if I gave the impression that her decision was to stop fighting...she didn't. She just thought she could take a break from treatment.

Thank you for your prayers, Friends. My d-buddies were all very touched that so many good wishes were coming their way from all over the world. I guess I sometimes forget how truly blessed I am to have such a huge and widespread family.

Stitchers really are the very best.

Dear Friends...

I'm in the d-chair doing my thing, but struggling. When I arrived this morning, the desk nurse informed me that one of my pod mates passed away, and I have been sitting here thinking about her. She was always so lovely and funny and encouraging, and even after she suffered a fall and had to wear a "turtle shell" back brace, she made the most of it and carried on with good humor, grit, and determination.

But she got tired.

They told us that last week she announced that she needed a break from all of this, and the assumption was that she just needed to skip a day. But she missed more than that, and it was just too much. She passed away on Wednesday.

It's odd, really, to be feeling so strongly about a woman that I only knew by first name, but I suppose this whole d-thing makes us fast friends and fellow warriors in a way. To know that one of us just couldn't do it anymore reminds me that this is a big hard thing that might get the better of me too some day, but for now I need to be vigilant about treatment more than ever.

I try my very best not to miss dialysis, but there have been a few times that a Crohn's flare or a bad tummy have kept me home. Looking back...I probably could have pushed myself harder and gotten here, but I convinced myself that the day off would be better for me mentally and that I'd be just fine "skipping just this time".

No more of that.

If you would, please say a prayer for my friend, and maybe an extra one for everybody trying to do big hard things today. 

I know I will.

Nov 3, 2018


I'm dressed and ready for my friends to arrive...wearing real shoes and jewelry and mascara. They texted from Ft. Wayne, which means they should be arriving any time now.

My hope for today is that I can just relax and enjoy, and not worry and fret myself into a tizzyfit trying to orchestrate everything to within an inch of its life. I need to breathe, get over myself, and just enjoy.


Nov 2, 2018


I've never really been a TGIF type of person...mostly because my weeks haven't really involved having to people or wear pantyhose...but Holey Schmoley am I happy it's Friday today!  I've been "off" this week. Not feeling particularly well. A bit on the blue side of things. Sleepy.

It's probably just a little tummy bug or maybe a small Crohn's flare, or a diverticulitis thing, or maybe all of the above, but here I sit with my fuzzy socks and Buzzy doing his thing with nothing else to possibly complain about.

My two besties from Lima will be here tomorrow morning with their husbands, and I couldn't be any more excited about it if you told me Jeffrey Dean Morgan was going to show up with waffles and a puppy. This will be my very first experience of doing something in a group in which I am not the resident spinster, so I am excited and terrified all at the same time. I hope and pray I can keep the circus monkey chattering and crazy flop sweat ramblings to a minimum and just remember that these girls are my family and they already know I'm a lunatic.

I am particularly interested to see how JB interacts with them, since he is not known for his outgoing nature among people he doesn't know, but our friends Barney and Norma will be there to buffer if he gets too shy.  Plus...both husbands coming are huge sports guys, so I'm thinking that will be an immediate ice breaker.

Trying to be spontaneous and not planning every single second of the visit is just about killing me, but I have to remember that these are grown up adults on a minibreak weekend and not a kindergarten troupe that needs wrangling for a trip through the zoo. They are coming here for a hockey game and to bask in my sparkling wit and charming personality.

What could possibly go wrong?

I did finish the witch's little robe for her before tucking her away nicely in the WIP bin for next year, but I didn't do any stitching after that. I broke out a few things to play with...both WIPs from the autumnal section of the bin, but I just wasn't quite feeling it and went to bed early instead.

No stitching in the chair today. I want to finish watching the last two episodes of Outlander in preparation for the premiere of Season Three this Sunday, and catch up on Flosstube videos.

So that's it for today, Dearies. I hope your very own Friday is perfectly swell and that the weekend ahead is full of all things fun and stitchy for you! Come tell us all about it!

Nov 1, 2018


Happy November, Dearies!

I was determined to wake early, clean the apartment, take a hot and scrubby, and then hit the Happy Chair with a new project today, but here it is 1:30 in the pm and I have yet to finish my damn good. Alas, I fear that my best laid plans will be for naught.

Speaking of...methinks I will fill in the witch's robe and THEN stash this away for next year before moving on, because the idea of leaving the poor old gal flying about with a see-through cloak is more than I can handle:

I do like her purple stripey hair though:

I'm really hankering for a bit of canvaswork, or perhaps I will return to my Wendy Moore class piece from so long ago. Those will stay as "home" projects though, since they will be a bit on the large side. For the d-chair, I think I might pull some smaller WIPs with a Fall theme. Either way, I think I'm ready for something different.

What's on your list for November?