Sunday, July 22, 2012

Catching Up

Hello friends and folk!  It seems I have some catching up to do.  This getting home from work at 8:30 only to do it all over again at 7:30 in the morning is really wearing on me.  There has been very little stitching happening.

A big thank you to those of you who purchased my sewing/stitching cases.  I had no idea they would be so popular and I am glad that everyone likes them.  I enjoy sewing as much as I do stitching and when I can pass that joy along to someone else it makes me happy.

Last weekend Chris and I met for lunch and spent some time laughing and chatting.  We are both feeling rather stressed at work so it was wonderful to be able to sit and spend time with a friend.  Chris brought along the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue for me to peruse.  I will definitely be placing an order for that one soon.  And Chris being the sweetie that she is surprised me with these:
 The Glory House pattern has been on my wish list since it came out and I was just thrilled to see it come out of the bag.  She also gave me the Bent Creek Sheep kit of which I recently finished for her and loved so now I can have my own.  And how neat is that Homespun Elegance notepad???  I just love anything with letters and will put this little pad to great use.

I am very fortunate to have found a friend in Chris and even more fortunate that we live close enough to each other that we can meet and spend time together.

I was surprised once again this week by a little package in the mail from Mindi.  The card was beautiful and see those aqua and white buttons?  Well friends that is a needleminder!  Isn't that just the neatest thing you have ever seen?  I love it and as soon as I get back to my stitching it will be a constant companion.

Yesterday DH and I took a trip to the orchard.  It seems everything is ripening early this year and we picked the first apples of the season.  Delicious Honey Crisp, Royal Courtland, and Gala varieties made it into our basket.  I hope to have time to whip up an apple crisp a little later today. anyone else as excited as I am about the Olympics?!  I absolutely, positively love watching the Olympics on TV.  I adore the Winter Olympics as much as the Summer Olympics.  I can remember as a child being home sick with the mumps while the summer Olympics were on TV.  I snuck out of the house, removed all the swings from my swingset and proceeded to stage my own version of the parallel bars in my backyard.  Oh, I had fun flipping and swinging (and nearly breaking my neck) until Mom came running outside.  I can still hear her yelling "do you want those knots to go to your brain?! (meaning the mumps as I was hanging upside down by my legs)  LOL  I coulda been a contender if she had just left me alone!   In honor of the occasion I had my toes done in the old red, white, and blue. 

If you have read this far, you deserve a medal yourself!  Thank you all so much for your visits and kind words.  I really appreciate each and every one.

Wishing you the best of everything in the upcoming week!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Just Sunny & Peachy

Hello dear friends!  There has been virtually NO stitching happening here so the forecast for this blog post is Sunny and Peachy.  :o)

This week saw the appearance of my very first sunflower:
Isn't she sweet?!  And here is the next one sure to show in all her glory later this week:

 These pictures are a bit deceiving as the actual stalks for the sunflowers are now over 6-1/2 foot tall.  I have to pull them down in order to take a decent picture.  The bees and bugs are loving them right now but what I am really looking forward to is the seeds to form and the birds to start feasting.  Stay tuned.

Last Sunday we took a trip to Millstone Creek Orchards.  It is officially peach season and we just love it.  They really didn't have a crop of peaches last year due to a late frost but the trees are just loaded this year.
What?  You can't see them?  Come a little closer.

Oh come on, get closer.  :o)

Ahhhhh!  Talk about delicious.  I made a cobbler Friday night and we ate the whole thing.  I am hoping to go back next weekend and pick enough to freeze and/or can.  There are no peaches in the grocery or at the farmer's market that can match the taste of fresh picked right off the tree.

Here's hoping your week ahead is sunny and peachy too!

P.S. Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Flag City finish and my little sewing cases.  I appreciate each and every one!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

How bout this weather?! LOL

Hello dear friends!  Thank you for all the wonderful, encouraging comments on my Penny America finish and my little sewing cases.  You just make me want to keep creating.  :o)

I think the title of this post says it all.  If you live anywhere in the US right now you know what I mean.  I am ever so thankful for air conditioning.  I do believe I will be making this pasta salad today - something cool and refreshing needs to be on my menu this week and from the looks of it this will make a good addition to my lunch for the rest of the week.

I just had to stitch another little patriotic piece before the 4th and I found the perfect one when I went to Salisbury a couple of weeks ago.  This was a freebie Robin was offering in her shop:

"Flag City"
La D Da
32 ct Blackberry Dyed Linen/GAST floss

As you can see I took a little artistic license with the pattern.  :o)  "Flag City, USA" really didn't have any meaning for me so I substituted the city of my birthplace (it is also where my boys grew up and the birthplace of Duke University).  I decided to finish it as a hanging pocket.  I braided some twine with a dark blue ribbon for the hanger, trimmed it with Victorian Motto chenille, and filled it with some fabric stars.  :o)  The stars were made by fusing some fabric together, cutting the stars, and glueing them to bamboo skewers.

I am still in a patriotic mood and trying to resist starting yet another piece.  I don't have any idea how it happened but I currently have 4 WIP's and really shouldn't start something else right now.  It was only 2 years ago that I only worked on 1 piece at a time and I just don't know how I have ended up with 4 projects in the works.  Oh, and none of them are really close to completion either.  I don't know if I can resist...the Olympics are coming up and my American pride starts to boil over.....

I would like to wish all of my American friends a Happy 4th of July filled with fun, family, friends, and a stitch or two.  For my International friends I hope you have a fabulous week doing whatever your heart desires.  :o)  Thank you for your visits and lovely comments, I appreciate each and every one.