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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Let It Snow!

 Finished just in time for the 6 inches of snow we had here in NC last night.  I used a rusty snowflake charm (thank you Carol!) and some bits of ribbon and pom pom trim for the accents. 

Now I know 6 inches of snow isn't much for most of you but it is a big deal here in NC.  The hospital was closed today so I was able to have some fun with the animals in the snow. 



Needless to say, neither of them were amused!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Just In Time...

...for Valentine's Day!


What do you think?  I wanted to keep the finish simple and make it look more primitive.  I used Briwax to stain the little chalkboard and used the finishing technique suggested by Hands On Design.  I added a tiny piece of the velcro to the top of the chalkboard so I can fashion  different embellishments to suit each month's design.  For this one I used a mother of pearl heart, a pink seed bead, and a bit of Victorian Motto's hand dyed rick rack.  I really like it and have started stitching the January design.  Crossing my fingers and hoping my elbow continues to behave.

We took another quick trip to the beach as a family member was having surgery Monday.  The temperature was in the 70's - really strange for February here.  We took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed down to Kure Beach Pier to watch the sunrise.



This little guy didn't seem to mind sharing his perch with us!

I would like to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day.  May you spend it with your loved ones doing something fabulous!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

I Stitched!

Yessiree I did and I have my first finish of 2015.


Something about this series really appeals to me. I just love the look of chalkboards but they are so messy. This way I get the chalkboard but not the mess!


I have an idea for my finish using this little chalkboard I found at Wal-Mart. I think with a bit of Briwax and some ribbon it will be cute. I just hope it turns out like the picture in my head.


Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January!

How in the world is it the end of January already?  I have been trying to get a post together for this month since the 1st!  So much for that, right?  I just can't make myself sit down and spend much time on the computer lately. 

Not a lot has happened around here since I last posted.  We did take a day trip to the beach in December. 


Betty really enjoyed the water.  She was so funny...she kept trying to bite the waves and couldn't understand why they kept going away from her.

I did manage to do a little Christmas sewing.  I made several of these little birds and finished them as ornaments for gifts.

 I also made a few of these bells.

Most recently I finished this sofa size quilt for an auction for a local Boxer rescue group.  I am hoping it raises lots of money for the rescue.  There is a Boxer face quilted in one of the corner squares and paw prints in the others.


That just about catches me up for now.  I plan to post at least one update a month to try to ease myself back into blogging after having been gone so long.  

I also plan to get back to visiting your blogs...I miss you guys!  I do visit when I have a spare moment or two but haven't been very good at leaving comments. Shame on me.

I'll be back soon to show you my latest stitching.  I haven't been able to stitch as much because of my elbow but I did start something new.  :o)  Just when I think it has healed it flares up again and I have to stop using it until the pain subsides.   

I hope you all had a great start to 2015!  Thank you for continuing to visit even thought I have been absent for a while.  I really appreciate your comments and encouragement.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Knock Knock!

Anyone home?  Wow!  It has been over 3 months since I last posted on this here blog.  The dust here nearly took me out.  :o)


Not a lot has happened since we last met.  I developed a severe case of tennis elbow which has brought my stitching and sewing and computing to a screeching halt.  Several visits to the doctor and orthopedist and I am finally getting some relief.  It was to the point I couldn't even lift a glass of water.  I can do very little stitching even now but at least I can use the sewing machine.

I made a few more wonder wallets.  These will make nice little gifts.

I found a pump kit at Hobby Lobby and made a new soap dispenser for my bathroom.  I just love the new blue mason jars and find myself looking for things to make with them.
 

Betty continues to bring us much joy every day.  She still has issues with the cats along with some pretty severe seperation anxiety but we love her all the same.  Here she is preparing for Sunday football.

Of course Ziggy has to get in on the action. 

I also celebrated another birthday in September.  I received some lovely birthday presents but haven't taken the time to snap pictures of those.  Thank you again Carol, Chris, and Vera for making me feel special when I really needed a pick me up.

I am hoping to get my blogging mojo back soon.  For those of you who are still here....thank you!  I appreciate each and every one of you and really do miss our visits.  My life right now just isn't allowing much computer time but I will try my best not to be so scarce in blogland in the future.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stitching!

Hello friends!  I finished stitching Mary's half of the Trexler sisters sampler.  I just love the quirky colors and simplicity of this piece.


In the garden we are seeing our first ripe cherry tomatoes.  I am anxious for the Big Boys to ripen so I can enjoy a tomato sandwich!


I have a few days off work so I am hoping to get a little sewing machine time in.  My sewing supervisor says I need to hop to it.


Thank you for visiting.  I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hot!

Hello friends!  There is just one word to describe this past week around here....HOT!  It was in the 90's every single day last week.  Factor in my 50 hot flashes a day and I have been miserable.  I told my husband this may just be my last summer!  UGH!

Last Saturday our guild had a workshop conducted by Pam and Susan of Praiseworthy Stitches.  They were teaching us about 2 historic schoolgirl samplers from North Carolina.  This was my first workshop and I must say it was fantastic.  So well organized, fun and informative.  I chose to start stitching on the Trexler Sisters Sampler first.  It was stitched by what is believed to be 2 sisters - each sister stitched one half of the sampler and then the two halves were sewn together.

 Here is my meager start.






The garden is still going gangbusters.  The cherry tomato, cucumber, and peas have now reached the top of the 5 foot trellis.  I have been harvesting lettuce almost every other day but with the heat last week I think it is done.

I kept losing my yellow squash but with the help of  Dr. Google I was able to determine that they simply weren't being pollinated.  We just don't have an abundance of bees around here.  Did you know there are male and female blooms on a squash plant?  If a bee doesn't visit the male bloom and then deposit the pollen in the female bloom, the squash doesn't grow and just shrivels up.  So....I tuned in to a You Tube video about hand pollinating squash and I am hand pollinating my plants.  The 2 yellow squash I pollinated last Monday are now thriving.

Please be careful when using insecticides and such in your gardens.  I know I am going to be much more careful in the future.  In speaking with some other gardeners in the area they are having the same problem...no bees to pollinate their vegetables.

This week I harvested my first zucchini.  I am going to marinade it along with some yellow squash I purchased at the farmers market and grill it up today. 

 
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and staying cool!  I think I'll go stick my head in the freezer for a while now.  :o)