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Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Tree This Year

Happy Halloween!



Lazy Sunday

I have had a lazy Sunday.  I am busy stitching on Penny America hoping to have a finish today.  I signed up for Becky's Christmas Ornament Challenge and I am itching to start stitching some ornaments.

Here is a pic of the gift that Chris gave me yesterday on our road trip.
This gorgeous calendar from Hawaii with pictures of the flowers of Hawaii and this Shepherd's Bush Harvest Scissor Fob kit complete with PURPLE scissors.  Aren't they great?!  Thank you so much Chris - now that I have removed my proverbial foot from my mouth I am really going to enjoy stitching those little turnips and carrots and using those purple scissors.  I can't wait to show off my calendar at work and when I need a little escape all I will have to do is look at it!

Last night I took my Halloween quilt down from the mantle so DH could start a fire and look what I found this morning:

"Yes, I am lying on your precious Halloween quilt.  Whachoo gonna do about it?  Huh?!"

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Road Trip Report

Thank you all for the comments and suggestions on my last post.  It was very rainy and cold this morning when Chris and I left but it ended up being a gorgeous fall day.   (This post is picture heavy.)
Here I am after spending about an hour at the Stitch and Frame shop.  It was wonderful to actually go inside and be able to see all the shop models and fondle the linen. 

 As you can see, I picked up a few things there.  :o)  I love the little burlwood frame and it is the perfect size for Donna's (By the Bay) Autumn freebie she offered in her newsletter.
Then we were off to Mary Jo's.  I really didn't have anything to buy there but I managed to pick up some needfuls such as sewing machine needles and iron cleaner.  We took a break and had a wonderful lunch at McAllister's deli.  My Reuben was delicious. 

As we were on our way to Trader Joe's we spotted this:

 And off we went.  This place is huge I tell ya!
Here is the little lantern I snagged from Ikea along with my goodies from Mary Jo's.  I also got a nice bundle of tea lights, some wonderful cross stitch pattern napkins, and some chocolates.  :o) 

And here is part of the bounty I acquired at Trader Joes.  I can't wait to try that Pumpkin Pancake Mix. 


Check out this cool vintage look reusable Trader Joes shopping bag.  Chris had one similar to this and I knew one was coming home with me too. 

 We passed several of these cotton fields along the way which were so pretty.  Both of us agreed they reminded us of snow.  (Sorry for those of you that are getting the real stuff and don't want it.  We get very little snow here in NC so it is usually a big event for us and thinking of it puts us in a holiday mood.)
 The fall colors here are just gorgeous.  This was the view out our window most of the way.

I had one more picture of the lovely gift Chris gave me but will save it for my next post. 

We didn't solve any of the world's problems today but there is just nothing better than spending time with a friend.  Thank you Chris for being the most excellent chauffer and tour guide.  :o)  I had a wonderful time and hope we can do it again soon.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Looking to the weekend

One more work day until the weekend my friends and I am so looking forward to it.  Chris and I are taking another road trip that promises to be lots of fun.  :o)   We plan to go here....
And here...

And here...

 And who knows what other delights we may see along the way.  :o)  With Zippy as our magnificent steed, we shall have a great time indeed.  (Sorry I just couldn't resist)  The only needlework store I have visited is a very small one in Greensboro so I will be like a kid in a candy store.  I have been to Mary Jo's before but have never been to a Trader Joe's.  I know, I really should get out of the house more but I am a homebody through and through.

I received another piece of happy mail from my friend Vera last week.  She discovered she had an extra copy of this BBD book and sent it to me.  I was just thrilled and have already chosen a couple of projects in it that I just have to make soon.  She included these lovely wooden acorns and leaves.  I plan to break out the Briwax and finish them up a bit.  Thank you so much Vera for your kindness and generosity!
I hope you all have a lovely Friday and a wonderful weekend spent doing everything that makes your heart sing!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TUSAL

I think my ort jar is bewitched.
BOO!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Frightful!

With Halloween fast approaching and me still stitching (slowly) on Penny America, I decided to take a little time out to stitch and finish up a quickie for my Halloween tree.

"Frightful"
Design by It's Daffycat
DMC w/WDW Trick or Treat for the border
32 ct my dyed linen
This was my first attempt at ruching ribbon and I love how it looks on this design.  It is very time consuming but I feel it adds so much to the finish I will be doing it again.

I hope you are all having a great week!  Happy Hump Day!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall Festival & A Winner!

The fall festival was lots of fun.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous which probably explains the large crowd.  It was everything you can expect a small town fall festival to be.

There were cars...



 A breast cancer awareness booth where I procured a new T-shirt.  I thought it was neat that even their coolers were pink!
 Lots of food...

















DH had a smoked turkey leg.  He handed it to me while he paid and I felt like Wilma Flintstone.  :o)










DS had to have a funnel cake.  (I stole a few bites.)

I was already stuffed with the barbeque, slaw, pintos, and hushpuppies we had at the fire station.

We walked a lot and looked a lot and listened to some live music while enjoying the beautiful day.  There is nothing quite like a hometown fall festival with the bonus of taking it all in with those you love.



And now the moment you have been waiting for.  (Don't you love how I made you sit through all those photos first?  LOL)  The winner of the bird pincushion, thread catcher, and Hootzi Humbug chart is...........


Thanks to all of you who stopped by to leave a comment and enter my giveaway.  This was lots of fun and I am looking forward to doing another one soon.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wowza!

So far I have 53 comments on my last post.  Wow!  I am so glad some of you "lurkers" came out to leave a comment.  I had good intentions of replying to each of you but the comments were coming so fast I just couldn't keep up.  I enjoyed reading all about your favorite fall traditions and thank you for sharing those.  If you haven't put your name in the hat for the drawing there is still time.  I will be announcing the winner tomorrow.

There were many questions about the bird and thread catcher pattern.  The bird pattern and tutorial can be found on the DIY Dish website http://www.thediydish.com/ .  You will have to go back to March of this year to find the exact post.  They have recently put up a dress mannequin pincushion that I want to give a try as well.  The thread catcher was a freebie offered by Primitive Gatherings during the recent Moda Blog Hop.  It looks like it was only active during the blog hop as she uses the pattern for workshops and such as well.

My birthday celebration continued this week with a delightful package from dear Berit.  She sent this wonderful grab bag of linen, some floss holders, and a gorgeous stone needleminder.

I just love linen grab bags as there is usually quite a variety of fabrics that I wouldn't buy otherwise.  It seems when I go searching for fabric for a small, the grab bags always seem to land me the perfect piece.  Thank you so much Berit for making my celebration last a little longer!

Our little town is having a fall festival today so DH and I are headed down to enjoy some wonderful barbeque at the fire station and peruse the booths.  I hope you all enjoy this beautiful autumn weekend and I'll see you here tomorrow to announce the giveaway winner.

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Fall Surprise

No, this isn't THE surprise but I must admit I was a little surprised to find this guy underneath Ziggy's food bowl today.  He was in a coccoon of some sort.  I suspect he will become a moth someday?  If so, probably a large one as he was rather plump.
I am closing comments now so I can choose a winner - thanks to all who commented!
THE surprise is a little giveaway I have put together in honor of my blog anniversary (Sept 26th marked 5 years of blogging), having over 130 followers (I am amazed that many of you stop by to read my ramblings), and to celebrate fall.


I am offering Just Nan's Hootzi Humbug chart from last year brand new with embellishments, a blackbird pincushion hand made by little ole me, and a fabric thread catcher.  I tried my best to get a good picture of the blackbird but the lighting and black fabric just didn't want to play well together.


Now, what do you need to do to win?  Just leave me a comment on this post telling me about one of your favorite fall traditions.  I know one of my favorite things to do in the fall is to visit the apple orchard - fresh apples, apple cider, and homemade baked goods just scream fall to me.  If you don't really have something you enjoy every fall just tell me your favorite color and we'll be good to go!  I ask that you do not advertise this giveaway as this is my way of saying thank you to those who stop by my blog on at least a semi-regular basis.

I will have the random number thingy choose a winner to be announced next Sunday, October 16th.  In the event one of my non-cross stiching blog friends is the winner I will happily substitute the cross stitch chart with a few fallish fat quarters from my stash and draw a second winner for the chart only.

Good luck!  I am looking forward to hearing the things you and your family enjoy during the fall season.  I really appreciate each and every one of you who stop by to visit.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Mail!

Hello dear friends!  I hope you are enjoying beautiful fall weather in your neck of the woods.  It has been a gorgeous week here with chilly nights and beautiful sunshiney days.  My mouth continues to heal although there is still quite a bit of swelling.  I really appreciate all your good thoughts and get well wishes.

Mindi offered a little gift to the first few to stitch her little freebie and I was one of the lucky ones.  Just look what arrived in my mailbox:
A gorgeous covered journal, and zipper bag filled with cute tissues, lip balm, and mints!  Isn't that journal just gorgeous?  I was thrilled as I have been keeping a stitching journal this year and have found mine to be a little on the small side.  This one will be perfect for 2012.  Thank you so much Mindi!  Your pattern was a joy to stitch.

Then my dear friend Norma sent me this little kit for my birthday:

It is the cutest little thing!  The mat is included and actually "finishes" the stitched design.  I will surely enjoy stitching it this winter when I am dreaming of being in my garden.  Thank you so much Norma - your little gift made my day.

I am working on putting together some things for a giveaway.  It seems I missed my blogaversary last month and I want to do something to recognize the fact I now have over 130 followers.  Check back this weekend as I hope to have it all together then.

I hope your week has been stupendous and you have wonderful things planned for the weekend!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy Saturday!

Good morning friends!  It is a beautiful fall day here in NC.  The temps dropped considerably overnight, the sun is shining, and a brisk breeze is blowing the leaves to the ground.  Fall has arrived!

I mentioned in my last post that I wasn't feeling well and what I thought was a terrible sinus infection turned out to be a serious tooth infection.  I went to the dentist Thursday when my face and the roof of my mouth started swelling and ended up at the endodontist yesterday.  I am the proud new owner of a root canal and an open incision in the roof of my mouth for drainage.  How's that for gross?  I am not 100% but I do feel much better now that some of the swelling is gone.  Thank you for your get well wishes - I appreciate each and every one of you.

I am not one to sit idle even when I am feeling poorly.  I have been planning to make one of those Tilda dolls by Tone Finnanger for quite some time and finishing the little kit from Carol finally gave me the courage to give it a try.  Here is my Autumn Pixie for your perusal:



I had a lot of fun making this in between my fever and drug induced stupors and am quite happy with the way it turned out.  I have in my mind to make a witch for Halloween but I don't know if I will get her done in time for the holiday.  We shall see.  I am planning to donate her to Pumpkin's Breast Cancer Fund for the auction at Attic Needlework.  I am hoping she will get lots of bids.  :o) 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!