Monday, May 31, 2010

In The Nick Of Time!

Little House Needleworks
Monthly Sampler - June

Finished just in time! I substituted the CC Weeping Willow with HDF Beleaved so I would have enough of the Weeping Willow to frog and finish the May Sampler. I think I like the color of the HDF better. :o)

After seeing all of Faye's finishes I am now in a patriotic stitching mood. I am off to see if I can find something small and red, white, and blue to stitch.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


The tote I have been taking to work with me everyday was starting to look a little soiled and I needed a change so I decided to make me a new one. I know, the colors are a bit odd but I really like them and although it doesn't show so well in the picture, there IS a bit of purple in the orange print. Since, I was already making one I decided to make another at the same time to give away.

Wanna be my twin? LOL If you would like to have this oddly colored tote bag just leave a comment on this post. I would love to hear about your favorite summertime food(s). We had the most delicious fresh corn on the cob last night - I would have to say it is one of my favorites as well as homegrown tomatoes. I will draw a name next Saturday evening and send it on it's way.

Soooo, what are you looking forward to devouring this summer?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

In The Garden

A hydrangea that was here when we bought the house but hasn't bloomed until this year.
I just love these colors.
The second head of broccoli that will be harvested this weekend. We ate the first one earlier this week and it was so good steamed with just a little butter.

My favorite fruit in the garden - German Johnson Tomato!

Now one can't truly have a garden without a helper in the background. Can they?

Wide shot, with garden guardian high upon the hill. :o)
Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Please take a moment to remember those in our military who have fought and are still fighting for our safety and freedom.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's been a while...

Hello! Remember me? :o) It has been a busy couple of weeks here and I haven't had much time for anything besides work, cooking, cleaning, and sleep! I had been plugging along at my LHN Monthly Samplers until I made a major miscount on May, became thoroughly frustrated with it, and set it aside and started June. That will show May, won't it? LOL I know when I frog the errors of my stitching I won't have enough floss to finish so I decided to move along to June. Once it is finished and May is frogged I will be able to tell just how short I will be floss wise. I may substitute the offending green floss for the June sampler but for now I am just stitching along with the other colors.

I managed to spend a bit of time at the sewing machine and made this ocean themed tote bag for Raffaella. Since she was so kind in sending me the Shores of HRH chart AND she will be needing something to hold all her flosses and such when she starts to kit hers up for stitching I wanted to make her a special bag. I also made her a little zipper pouch to go inside as well as a keychain/fob from some of the scraps. I had a little mariner's compass charm which I attached to the zipper pull to complete the seafaring theme. She already has it in her hands and seems to be thrilled with it and that makes me happy. :o)

We have had rain on and off for the past 4 days here and my garden is growing like crazy. I hope the sun will come out long enough for me to take a picture today. I have been harvesting lettuce and should have a head of broccoli ready in the next few days.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and manage to make time for some stitching. That is my plan for the rest of the day. :o)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Signs of Summer

A visitor.
Honeysuckle. Ahhh, can you smell them?

Blackberry blooms that will become berries soon.

I thought I would take you for a little walk in my yard. Nothing says summer to me quite like the scent of Honeysuckle blooms. When I step onto my back porch I am almost overcome with the sweet smell.

I am busily stitching on the May LHN sampler and hope to finish it up before the weekend. I have been spending some time in the sewing room but the things I am making will have to remain secret...for now. :o)
I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I have been RAK'd!

And I am so excited!!! When I opened my mailbox yesterday there was a large envelope from Raffaella. Raffaella was my partner in the Valentine Holiday exchange and sent me the most wonderful box of goodies for that exchange.

She had emailed me a few days ago and said she discovered that she had two copies of the Shores of Hawk Run Hollow chart and asked if I would like to have one of them. I couldn't believe that she was offering to give me this chart. I was all teary eyed when I realized what was inside the envelope in my mailbox. I have wanted this chart since the first time I saw it but wasn't sure if I could ever work up the nerve to stitch something this size. It will fit perfectly with the color scheme in my house and now that I have the chart in my hands, I am in love with it all over again. I am hoping Raffaella and I can do a stitch along together as she said she really wants to stitch it soon as well.

Raffaella I can't thank you enough for your generosity in gifting me with this chart. I feel so blessed to have "met" you through the Holiday Exchange Blog and blessed to have so many wonderful online friends. :o)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Happy May!

Happy May everyone! Thank you so much for your comments on my last post. I haven't had time to respond to each of you but please know I really appreciate your visits.

It is supposed to be 90 degrees here today with 81% humidity. Sounds like a nice day to stay in the AC and stitch, doesn't it? You can see my progress on Where My Heart Blooms. Now that I have all that solid stitching done on the house, I am hoping the rest will move along a little faster.
The Four Seasons Cafe blog has a recipe for these Strawberry Muffins and since I am all about fresh Strawberries all the time now I just had to make them. Let me just say they are dee-licious!
My garden is growing despite the fact that we haven't had any significant rain lately. I am even seeing some blooms on the tomato plants. It seems a little early for them to be blooming but I guess we will just have to wait and see if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Since I have been spending so much time in the garden and will be spending even more time there in May, Mini Ziggy is all about gardening this month. :o) It seems I don't have any garden themed cross stitched pieces so I will have to add that to my list of things to stitch. I did find a couple of fabric postcards I made as well as the one with the watering can made by my friend Sheila. It is one of my favorite postcards. I tried my hand at drying some of my thyme and added a bunch of it to the display. I also made the little fabric bird that is perched on Mini Ziggy's hat.
I am off now to go outside and paint a couple of things I found for displaying needlework and such. I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!