Saturday, November 26, 2011

TUSAL November

One last autumn themed picture and then it is on to Christmas and winter.  :o)

You can read about and sign up for the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long for 2012 here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Design by Primitive Betty
Wishing all my blogging friends who celebrate Thanksgiving a wonderful day filled with the love and laughter of family and friends.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Feeling Fallish

After all that Christmas stitching I was in the mood for an autumn piece.  This little design from By The Bay Needleart caught my eye as soon as I saw it.
Isn't it tiny?  I stitched this 2 over 2 on 32 count fabric I had tea dyed.  It is the freebie from her October newsletter.  (Those have to be Knockout Roses on each side of the house, doncha think?)

I picked up this little frame from The Stitch and Frame Shop on my recent road trip with Chris.  I actually had this design in mind when I spyed the frame.  It makes a nice addition to my autumn mantle decorations.  :o)

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Just when I think it's safe...

to say I have all the charts I want to stitch for quite some time.

Paulette does this to me.

Dear Santa...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another Ornie

"Winter Song"
Primrose Needleworks
32 ct linen/DMC & CC flosses
I just love perusing the raw wood section of Hobby Lobby and this frame is one of my favorites.  It is great for finishing a square design that is 4" or smaller.  I painted this one red and then sanded it to distress it a bit.  Then I slapped on a coat of Briwax to tone done the bright red.  This finished up a bit large for my tree but it will look nice hanging on a door or wall.

Back to the sewing machine!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Last week I stitched up a few more ornaments and have spent today ornamentizing them.  :o)

"Snow Hop"
Daffycat Designs - freebie
32 ct White Opalescent Linen/DMC Floss

 2011 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue
by Miss Crescent's Crowne
32 ct dirty linen/CC floss
 Do you love the colors in this ornament?  I am so surprised that I do as I am a traditional red/green/gold kind of person when it comes to decorating for Christmas.  Something about these colors and this ornament just spoke to me and I had to make it.  Forget that it matches nothing in my Christmas decor - it is going on my tree this year!

I have tomorrow off work (whooo hooo!) and I plan to spend some time in the sewing room with this:

But don't expect to see pictures anytime soon - I'll be working on my Christmas RAK's.  :o)

Have a great week and thanks for visiting my little corner of blogland!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

An Autumn Walk

My son and I headed up to Hagen Stone Park this morning.  It was a perfect day for a walk in the woods.  Come along with us, won't you?
Our walk begins on the Old Schoolhouse Trail.

A bridge across a small creek is littered with leaves.

The Oak Grove School is a reproduction of the original schoolhouse that served the students of this area in the late 1800s and the early 1900s.  The teachers salary was $20 per month.

The cattails always make me smile.  I can remember playing with them as a child and watching the fluff floating on the wind.

An old tobacco barn.  I thought this hay wagon and the barn were very picturesque. 

 Formerly known as the "The Chapel Beside the Road" at Greensboro's Cotton Mill Square Mall, this one-room chapel was frequently used during the holidays, and at other times of the year, as a focal point for special community events. Several years after the mall closed, owner Carl Johnson donated the historic chapel to the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.

It just makes me want to walk inside and sit for a while.
There is just nothing like a North Carolina Autumn.  :o)  Thank you for taking a walk with me.  I hope you all have time this weekend to experience the delights of the season.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Winter Squirrel

"Winter Squirrel"
The Victoria Sampler - Designs by Cathy Jean
2011 JCS Ornament Issue
32 ct dirty linen/VS Accessories Pack
Finished using Jumbo Bottle Cap from Hobby Lobby

This was a fun one to stitch and to finish.  I looked and looked for some small tart tins as per the finishing instructions in the magazine but had no luck locally.  While strolling through Hobby Lobby I found these Jumbo Bottle caps.  The size was perfect.  Now I am looking for more round Christmas ornament designs so I can finish them with the bottle caps.  :o)  I would like to make this one again using grey floss to more closely resemble the squirrels I see in my yard.

I hope you all had a great start to your week!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Are You Ready...?

...for some Christmas?!   I could have said football but my Panthers have a bye this week so I guess I will just have to watch some more Grey's Anatomy on Netflix.  :o)  I have become addicted to this series and find that it makes for great entertainment while stitching.

I finished my first two ornaments for Becky's Ornament challenge.  I scored some of the scuppernong linen and the snowman buttons on my trip with Chris last week so I couldn't wait to start stitching "Merry" by Miss Crescent's Crowne from the JCS 2010 Ornament Issue.  I used the DMC conversion for the floss.

I despise the ruched ribbon while I am making it but love it once it is on the finished piece.

I couldn't resist putting a cardinal on the back.  :o)  

 I liked this quick little design so much I made another version with mini pom trim and a red polka dot fabric for the back.

Isn't that little snowman button just the cutest?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy, Happy

Joy, Joy!

"Penny America"
Tree of Life Samplings
28 ct Days Gone By Linen, DMC floss

I finished this up last night just in time to start the Christmas Ornament Challenge today.  I don't know why but it took me forever to stitch this.  I think it had something to do with stitchy distractions but I can't be sure.  :o)  Now I can't decide whether I want to frame it or get some nice wool and make a pillow.

Thank you Faye for letting me borrow your chart, I really enjoyed stitching this one.
Thanks go to Chris as well who snapped me out of my stitching conundrum and convinced me that I needed to go ahead and finish this instead of starting something new.  :o)

I hope you are all off to the start of a great week!