Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TUSAL among other things

First, I want to thank all of you who stopped by to comment on my finish of Myra & Finnius.  I have been hit with some kind of bug - fever, chills, aches, the works - and have been horizontal for the past two days more than I have been vertical and haven't responded to all of you.  Please know I do appreciate all your wonderful comments, you keep me going!

Here is a pic of my ORT jar for September.  I just keep pushing them down into this tiny little jar.

Mindi posted a freebie on her blog that I just couldn't resist stitching right away.  This is the piece she designed for the Samplermaker's Autumn challenge.  Thank you Mindi for sharing your design.

I finished it as a doorknob hanger.  I just love the "primness" of it.

My son is taking a hiking class at college and I persuaded him to let me go along with him on his hike this past Sunday.  
 The weather wasn't great, very overcast and the trail was very muddy from all the rain we had this past weekend.

There are several trails at this park ranging in distance from just under a half mile to nearly 4 miles.  We chose the Ridge Trail which is 1.6 miles long.

It was nice to enjoy some one on one time with my son and to take the road less traveled for a change.
Wonder if I can convince him to let me tag along again?

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Myra & Finnius - The Halloween Edition!
(Pattern & Kit by The Cheswick Company)

Oh my!  What fun I had with this kit yesterday.  Never having made anything of this sort I wasn't sure if I could put it all together.  Some parts were a little fiddly but the instructions and materials were fabulous.  I absolutely will not be able to wait until spring to display them so I just had to add my own little "Autumn" touch.  Now this pair will fit right in with my Halloween decorations. 

Here are a few more views of the original.  :o)

Thank you again Carol for this delightful kit!

Now...what do I do next?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Another year goes by

I celebrated my 48th birthday yesterday and what a wonderful day it was.  I didn't let the fact that it was rainy and dreary outside stop me from enjoying my day.  I just have to share with you the wonderful gifts that I received from friends.

Chris surprised me with a gift certificate to Needlecraft Corner.  I am really excited about this as they have ornament cuts of the fabrics used in the JCS Ornament issues.  I am headed to Greensboro tomorrow and I am determined to procure my very own copy of this elusive magazine.  I have refrained from ordering it because I just knew I would be able to get it locally but the local bookstore doesn't have it yet.  Once I decide which ones I want to stitch an order will definitely be placed. 

Then Vera surprised me with this gorgeous ornament:
Isn't that squirrel just regal?  We love to watch the squirrels scampering around in our back yard and this reminds me of them.  Vera doesn't have a blog (yet).  You may remember Vera was in NC a while back and I was fortunate enough to be able to meet up with her and do a little fabric shopping.  Her stitching is just lovely and this will be a treasure that I will cherish for years to come.

And  Carol surprised me with this: 

Isn't this just fabulous?  It is a kit with almost everything I need to make this cute little folk art piece.  Myra isn't a very common name and I am always surprised and thrilled when I am able to find something with "Myra" on it.  (Myra is the duck. LOL)  I have already made a good start on this and should finish it by tomorrow.

Thank you so much Chris, Vera, and Carol for making my day extra special.  I really appreciate those of you who also sent me birthday emails - makes an old girl feel good.  :o)

My sons bought me a new winter coat and DH took me out to dinner and got me a Vera Bradley purse to match.  I can hardly wait for it to get cold enough to wear the coat and you know I am already sporting that new purse.  I even managed to get today off work and have spent most of it puttering around in the sewing room

I truly feel blessed with thoughtful friends and family and am looking forward to spending many more happy years with you all. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

ABCD Traveling Pattern

I just put the last stitches in ABCD by La D Da and rushed outside to get a picture while it was still daylight.
I used 28 ct Raspberry Chocolate linen with Belle Soie Bahama Breeze & Icing floss.  This was such an enjoyable stitch.  A big thank you to Peggy Lee for sharing this pattern and to Jennifer for organizing this pattern's trip around the world.

Next stop----> Nancy's Cosy Stitching Corner.  :o)  I hope you enjoy stitching this as much as I did.  I plan to get it in the mail to you tomorrow.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten Years Ago

I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the news came over the radio.  Watching the news this morning brings it all back to me as if it just happened yesterday.  May we never forget and always stand united in the face of tragedy and adversity.
I felt so helpless in the wake of the attacks yet so thankful that my family and friends were safe.  I needed something to calm my mind at the time and made this little quilted wallhanging as a sort of tribute to all those who lost their lives and as a reminder to me to never forget.  I call it "United".

The Labor Day weekend and following week was extremely busy for me but I did manage to fit in just a bit of stitching.  I have finished the smallest pieces from BBD's Casting A Spell.  I managed to goof up my spacing on the motif with my initial and will probably end up frogging the flower part and fixing it - it will bug me to no end if I don't fix it.  I will have to wait to do that because...the ABCD Traveling Pattern has arrived in NC!

I have decided to stitch this beauty on 28ct Raspberry Chocolate linen (doesn't just the sound of that make you drool?) with Belle Soie Bahama Breeze and Icing floss.  I have never stitched with Belle Soie but after reading rave reviews from many of you I just have to give it a try.  I plan to make a start on it today and hopefully have it on it's way to the next stitcher soon.

I must apologize because I haven't had time to visit many of your blogs this week - I am woefully behind again!  Maybe this week will be less eventful than the last and I can get caught up. 

I hope you all have a relaxing Sunday doing whatever it is your heart desires.  :o) 

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Here is my ort jar for the month of August - better late than never, right?  Perched atop my little jar is a wee Honeycrisp apple just picked from the orchard this evening.  Honeycrisp are my favorites and I have been so busy I almost missed them this year.  I bought 5 lbs and the last of this variety will be gone in the next couple of day.  They are now picking Red and Golden Delicious which are very good too.  I just love having an orchard within 5 minutes of my house.

Nail update....  this is after 2-1/2 weeks.  I am now past 3 weeks and you can see some tiny little fissures in the white portion but other than that they are holding up really well.  I haven't been careful with them and have washed quite a few dishes without gloves (no automatic dishwasher here).  I will be doing lots of yard/garden/house work this weekend so we will see how they look after all that.

What are your plans for the Labor Day weekend?  We have some much needed house/yard maintenance that needs to be done and I have even taken Tuesday off work so I can at least have one extra day of fun time.  I hope your weekend is everything you want it to be and more!