Friday, December 24, 2010
I feel more ready for the big day than in past years, but I know that I haven't been around here much lately. Thank you for sticking with me, I really do appreciate each and every one of you who takes a bit of your time to visit me. I promise, and I will add this to my growing list of resolutions, that I will do better in 2011!
Happy Holidays and love to all,
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I'm just not there yet with the holiday mood. I don't mean to be a humbug by any means! But, we haven't had much cold weather, altho I heard we had snow flurries today, but I didn't see them. The tv ads haven't gotten me in the shopping mood either. Black Friday and Cyber Monday were lost on me. And, I'm really not ready to put up the decorations or the tree.
But, I have been doing some holiday stitching! Here's a Little House Designs piece called Holly & Berries. Think I will turn it into a flat hanging ornament.
And, I have been stitching on other ornaments...one for my stitch group exchange and a couple for gifts. None can be shown yet.
Anyway, maybe between the Christmas light displays, cards that will soon be arriving, cookies that will fill the house with wonderful aromas, and possibly even some snow on the ground, I will be ready to enjoy this most festive time of year. After all, none of this preparation is important if we forget the Reason for the Season, celebrating the Christ Child's birth.
How do YOU get in the holiday mood?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
It just seems like this has been an especially busy fall. I do want to update you on my stitching tho. Between pumpkin patch visits with both sets of grandkids and 2 trips to Branson, I have managed to get a few finishes to show you.
But first, last Sunday when I returned from my wonderful stitching retreat in Branson, I saw this beautiful tree in my front yard! Now mind you, it was a dull color when I left! It was so striking and so yellow Sunday, and still is! Actually more colorful than the Ozarks!
Now to the stitching: Here's another Little House ornament. It's Snowy Pines. I love the added touch of the beads.
Next is the piece I stitched for my stitch group block exchange. It's by Homespun Elegance and from the Simply Autumn leaflet.
This Waxing Moon design was the block that I received from my dear friend Sandy. Isn't it lovely?
And finally, I have a finish from the retreat.... This is Blackbird's Waiting for the Harvest. This is an example of a design change due to mistakes! My initials weren't spaced correctly so I had to add another row of stitches on the left side, and my friend Janet stitched the over one 2010 beside the R to correct that spacing! The result, creative changes, LOL! Thanks, Janet! You know me and over 1. Maybe I'll make a New Year's Resolution to bite the bullet and conquer over 1!
I hope everyone has a stitchy weekend!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This is by Val's Stuff called In the Pumpkin Patch. I just love the kitty! This is one piece that I changed the colors on..........I know, isn't that amazing and shocking at the same time?! I usually stitch "by the book" or chart, rather, and use the designers' choices of fabric and floss colors mostly because I figure they know best how the design should look.
Well, this one I had to change! The two outside pumpkins were to be stitched with Mimosa...........my Mimosa didn't look at all like a pumpkin color so I used Fragrant Cloves for the left one and Autumn Leaves for the right one. Then to be even more "maverick", I stitched them vertically so they look striped. I also changed the vine color! Did I step out of the box or what??
I hope you are enjoying your fall stitching too!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Here are my goodies, things I "Had to Have", treasures that "I Couldn't Go Home Without"!
As you can see, I purchased quite a variety of things! I adore little pincushions so the little kitty had to come home with me, and the crow and pumpkin ones on the ceramic insulators too! Another thing I like are old wooden bowls and this one is a great size. Inside it are little handpainted gourds! They will be adorable on my Halloween tree! The little ceramic piece by the kitty pincushion in front is a bell..... when I picked it up I said, "Oh, it's a bell!" And my witty DH said, "Isabelle!" So we named her Isabelle on the spot and of course, I HAD to buy her then!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I have some finishes to share! The first is by Little House Needleworks. It is Winter Sheep, one of the monthly ornaments. He was fun to stitch!
Next is my pumpkin block for an online group I belong to. I chose to stitch a Halloween piece by Pine Mt. I love the kitty's tail! Think I'll stitch this one again for me!
Lastly, the finish I'm most proud of! This is a Blackbird Design called Spring's Messenger. It was the project from Heartland Camp when Alma and Barb were the guest designers in........ 2003! Can you imagine? It's been a UFO all this time and I was determined to finish it this year! I must give credit to my friend Janet who stitched the over 1 purple motif on the right side, by the weeping willow tree. I have an aversion to over 1! She graciously stitched it for me, thanks so much, my dear friend!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Anyway,I hope everyone had a safe, fun and relaxing Independence Day! We had rain showers off and on all weekend which put a damper on some of the fireworks displays around here.
To catch up on the past months, I'll start with a few pictures of Kelsey and her dance recital. These are from their dress rehearsal, Kelsey is the blond in the middle in the first picture. They tapped and sang to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", were they ever cute!
Here's pictures her grandpa took at the recital:
And afterwards, a tired little dancer!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Where did April go? And here it is almost mid-May! I'm sorry that I haven't posted in so long and I really don't have an excuse except that life got in the way.
We took our RV to the Ozarks in mid-April and I celebrated my birthday while we were gone. It was the first long trip we'd taken with the RV, and only the 3rd outing. DH got some practice in backing, as had to back down a road and into our campsite!
Last weekend we spent at The Elms in Excelsior Springs. MO. http://www.elmsresort.com/ Our two daughters had given my DH a gift certificate for a stay there when he retired...what a lovely resort! It has quite a history as was where President Truman stayed when he was awaiting election results. There's a spa in the resort and I opted for a "Rejuvenating Hand Treatment"! The massage was wonderful as was the paraffin wax treatment. I have arthritis in my hands so the treatment was really a treat!
Now to the stitching: I finished another Little House ornament design..........Pear Tree. It was a fun stitch!
This next picture is of the block I received at my stitch group exchange. It's a design by primitivebetty. I want to finish it into a pincushion someday!
Until next time, I wish you Happy Stitching!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Before we get further into April, I want to share a couple of cross stitch finishes I had at the end of March.
The first is a design by primitivebetty. I used a piece of PTP Ancient fabric and the recommended DMC flosses. I love the way it turned out and will get it framed to add to my Quaker wall. Oh, it's called Olde Primitive Letters!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Here are some lace eggs I made many years ago. They were fun to put together.
Baby chicks are a sign of Spring so I couldn't resist this lovely pillow! Isn't this sweet little chick from a dear friend adorable?
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Good Morning, Dear Readers!
Here's what the First Day of Spring looked like in my backyard:
I guess Mother Nature hadn't checked the calendar when she gave us all that snow Friday night and Saturday! It melted alot Sunday and Monday so there's not much evidence of our last (hopefully) Winter Blast!
I did finish stitching my Little House snowman He's a Flake over the weekend.
The fabric is really a pretty green which looks more blue green in the picture. Next up to stitch in the series is Pear Tree.
Earlier this month I finished Little House's He Is Risen. I warned you that I would be sharing Little House finishes this year! I love this design, and it stitched up really quickly. I wish the angels' wings showed up better, but you can't always see angels' wings anyway, right?
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The next stitched project is my RR from last year. There were 6 of us in the RR. We stitched the Quaker Style Friendship Sampler by Samplers and Such. I chose for my sampler a handdyed linen by Lakeside Linens (sorry, I can't remember the name!) and used CC Bing Cherry floss. I stitched the middle bottom section myself as there was a postal strike in England when my sampler was to go there. I'm very pleased with how my sampler turned out and am anxious to get it framed. Isn't it pretty?
Monday, February 1, 2010
As far as my stitching, my first finish this year was Little House Needlework's Fa La La. It's the first ornament in her series. I made a few changes which is very unusual for me. I changed the lettering to red, changed a coat to blue and backstitched the girls' mouths instead of making French knots. I think it's a very sweet design.
I also stitched a green block for the Stitcher's Time Out exchange, and picked a Prairie Schooler shamrock design for it.
I will have more finishes to post soon so stay tuned, stay well
and keep on stitching!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Isn't that an unbelievable date?? It sounds so futuristic!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I meant to post at Christmas and on New Year's Day, but life got in the way! And Snow!
We had our family Christmas on the 26th as our DD and family who live near Liberty were snowed in by big drifts on C-mas Day. We had a great time that Sat and The grandkids so enjoyed being together.
We've gotten so much snow, quite unusual for us. WDH has been kept busy shoveling the driveway!
The pictures below are of more C-mas stitching. The Little House Home for the Holidays ornaments were for our DDs and their families. I like the flat ornament finish and will definitely be using it more in the future.
Next is a design by The Sampler Girl. I stitched this for my friend Janet. The quote is from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. And the heart is my present from Janet, a pretty Homespun Elegance design. Isn't it sweet? Love the finish on it.
I wish all of you many blessings this coming year!