Monday, September 30, 2013

Who knew?

Were you aware that when you celebrate your 50th birthday and it is near Halloween you are given an official witch name and begin to receive mail in that name????  Neither did I but it's true.

Just look.........................
Almira....I like it!  Has a nice rhythm to it doncha think?
So here I was, quite certain this envelope contained my official broom flying license.  I was already thinking of polishing up the old Nimbus 3000, grabbing Ziggy and going for a quick spin around the neighborhood.

So I opened the envelope and found this:

I'll get you AARP!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A New Quilt Shop

I attended the grand opening of a new quilt shop yesterday, The Quilting Coop.  It resides in a renovated barn beside the owner's house. 

Such a lovely country setting, there were cows in the pasture behind the shop.  :o)  I thought her fall displays outside were very cute and there was a sitting area underneath a big shade tree.  I felt myself wishing I had some handwork in the car so I could just sit outside and stitch for a while.

Marsha the owner was very warm and welcoming and had some delicious treats waiting for you when you walked inside.  I particularly liked these gummy chicken feet.  :o)

It is a small shop, not on the scale of what you would see in a larger city but I think it will suit my needs just fine.  There were lots of $1 and $2 bins, fat quarters for $2.75 and some of the fabrics were only $4.75 per yard.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.  I am very excited to see another local business open that I can support (not another one of those internet gambling joints that are so popular here...ugh!) and wish her much success.

I managed to reduce her inventory just a little.  A few fat quarters, some half yards and a pillowcase kit. 

Jen over at Miss Punkie Pie makes lots of pillowcases and I have always admired them on her blog.  I don't know why but for some reason the thought of making one has always intimidated me. 
 Good grief!  It took me less than an hour to make this one and was so easy. 

I see more "custom made" pillowcases in my future.  :o)
Have a wonderful Sunday my friends.  I am off to stitch the first part of Paulette's Mystery Sampler. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Hello friends,
I write this post with warm feelings and so blessed to "know" each and every one of you.  As I watched the Pumpkins for Cathey posts go up through the day yesterday from all around the world I laughed, I cried, I prayed, and was just overcome with emotion.  As I know there is a higher power that guides us through this life, I also know there is great power in friendship and kindness.  I was so happy and proud to be able to witness this wonderful blogging event.

I want to share with you the kindness and generosity I experienced for my 50th birthday.

Christina sent me this wonderful wool ornament.  It came in the prettiest sparkly box that refused to let me take a decent photo.  She said when she saw it she thought of me.  :o)
Thank you Christina.  It will make such a lovely addition to my tree this year. 
(I hope you received my email.  :o)
A package arrived from Carol with this sweet Thanksgiving pillow.

 I don't thnk I have ever seen a cuter turkey in my life.  :o)  Carol knows I don't have many Thanksgiving pieces so this will definitely be on display front and center this year.  She also sent along some wonderful goodies including a gorgeous Christmas sampler, bookmark, and some of the rusty jingles that I love.

Carol, you have been a great friend from the very beginning and I thank you so much!
 Norma and I originally "met" on the web while participating in mixed media exchanges.  She is a fabulous mixed media artist and send me this wonderful canvas.
Norma and I share a love of anything bird related.  I just love the sentiment on this piece and it will serve as a reminder to me every day.  Thank you so much!
Then a package arrived from Shirlee.  I was so surprised because she had just been in the hospital for surgery and I couldn't believe she took time from her recovery to think of me.  She sent me a large cut of this fabric:

Was this fabric made for me or what?  I am always on the lookout for fabric with cardinals and usually only find large prints.  This one has a small repeat and I am excited to find something to make with it.  Thank you so much my friend.

A big thank you also to those of you who sent birthday wishes via email and I also received some lovely cards in the mail.  I have now decided that 50 ain't so bad after all.  :o)

Today I plan to attend the grand opening of a brand new quilt shop right here in my little town.  I am excited to see what they have to offer and so pleased to know I will have an option besides Hobby Lobby and Wal Mart for my local fabric purchases. 

I will leave you with a wish for a wonderful weekend and a couple of pictures of my Halloween tree.
Some of you may recognize your ornament being proudly displayed in my home.  
 Night view.  I added the orange lights this year.
Hugs to all of you!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pumpkins for Cathey

Cathey... I am wishing you a Happy Blog Anniversary and Happy Pumpkin Day!
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  Keep fighting!

(To see what this is all about and to visit others who are participating visit Daffycat's blog)

Sunday, September 22, 2013


There has been bird watching...
"Majestic Bird"
Homespun Elegance - JCS Ornament Issue 2013
Moon gazing... 
Some sewing...

I couldn't bear to cut up this fabric so I made a super quick, down and dirty table runner.
More cat chasing....sigh....

He is fast becoming my photo taking nemesis!
And a little celebrating!

Life is good!
I hope this day finds you surrounded by love and doing all the things that make your heart sing.  :o)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Blog Rockin'

Wow!  You guys really rocked my blog on the Pincushion post.  116 comments!  That is a record for me.  Thank you so much for you visit and wonderful comments.  There were just too many for me to respond to individually but please know I read and appreciate each and every one.

I really tried to make sure I took nice pictures of my pincushions.  I did a little staging and they turned out pretty well.  What you didn't see was the saboteur that was trying to thwart my careful plans.

Do you see the darker black in the upper left corner of this picture?

Guess who?

Wrestling my backdrop into submission.

Hi Mom!  I tamed it for you.
So... you can see why sometimes my pictures are better than others.
I have a finish to show!  (Happy Dance)

"Beggars Night"
Threadwork Primitives
32 ct coffee stained linen/DMC floss

As you can see I took the liberty of personalizing it with my initials and the year.  This was such a fun stitch!

And of course my faithful assistant was on hand to make sure my pictures of Beggar's Night were taken with care.  :o)

I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Pin It! Pincushion Blog Hop

Welcome!  Today is my day on the pincushion blog hop hosted by Madame Samm and our head cheerleader Kristen.  I would like to say a  big THANK YOU to these wonderful ladies for their organization and encouragement.
When I sat down to choose fabrics for my pincushion there were so many possibilities I just couldn't decide.  I knew what I wanted to make but I was having a tough time choosing just one color combination.  So as things usually go I decided to make more than one.  I thought why not have a pincushion for every season?
Here is Miss Robin Redbreast singing about Spring.  She is decked out in 30's repro's as those fabrics just say spring to me. 

Next up is Mr. Bluebird.  As you can see he is out tending the tomato plants in his garden hoping to enjoy some of that late summer bounty.

Mrs. Crow joins the party in her formal mourning attire.  Do you suppose she is sad about the passing of Summer? 

And last but certainly not least is Mr. Christmas Cardinal himself.  Ready to provide that splash of much needed color amidst all the greys of winter.

The pattern I used for these lovely birds is by Joel Dewberry and can be found in his book Sewn Spaces.  You can find a tutorial online for them over at DIY Dish.  :o)

Since I am fairly certain these will become gifts in the near future, I just had to make matching ort containers to fly along with them.  Which one do you like best?
Thank you for your visit.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my creations and perhaps found a new pincushion to add to your arsenal.
Don't forget to visit the other ladies on the hop who are sharing my day with me.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

I Shouldn't Have

So I was stitching along, minding my own business, making good progress on this:

Trying to stitch faster so I can work on more projects from this:

While munching on a big stack of these:

(The Pioneer Woman Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies)

And then...I saw this
was available for download here.
And all I can think of now is this
What a great issue!  At least as far as my tastes go. 
Usually I see about 6 or 8 ornaments in these special issues that I want to stitch which is still a value when you consider the price of the magazine vs the price of single patterns.  This morning I printed off 14 designs that I will stitch and there are 4 more on the maybe list.  This is in addition to the 3 or 4 designs I have on my wish list from the recent market.
There is no hope for me is there?

So this afternoon after I finish grilling up the hamburgers and hot dogs I will be firmly ensconsed in my happy chair for about 4 hours cheering for these guys

and stitching as fast as I can!

P.S. The pincushion blog hop starts Tuesday.  I hope you will stop by to see what I have created.  :o)
Here is the full schedule:

September 10




September 16
The Stitchin' Post

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day to those of you in the US and Happy Monday to all of my international friends.  :o)  So, let's get right to the winner of the Halloween basket and then I'll share a few other things with you too.  The winner is Barb !  Barb said the wordy one is her favorite so the wordy one will be off to her soon.  Barb please email me your address so I can get your package ready to go.
Thank you all for your lovely comments and encouragement.  I see more baskets in my future.

Saturday I met Chris to catch up and have lunch.  Little did I know she planned for this to be my birthday lunch as she is going to be away on my actual birthday later this month.  (I can't believe it is already September and I will be .....Gasp!  50 years old this year.  How the snot did that happen?)
We had a wonderful time as we always do and did our part in solving all the worlds problems.  ;o)

We met at Hobby Lobby and you know I couldn't leave there without a little something in my basket.
I fell in love with the Christmas fabric and the little ditsy will be used as the backing for Beggar's Night.  I have been stitching away on it this weekend and thoroughly enjoying myself.
I have been cooking.

DH was diagnosed with high blood pressure this past week so he has to stay away from salt.  His favorite thing to eat before work is soup.  So instead of  him serving himself a can of that salt filled stuff, I have been making soups and freezing them.  This was garden vegetable soup made yesterday and I have a pot of vegetable beef clean out the pantry on the stove now.
I have also discovered puff pastry.

It goes so well with the fresh peaches and apples we have been getting from the orchard.  This is peach streudel from last week and I made apple streudel yesterday. 
Thank you for visiting.  I will leave you with a wish for a wonderful week ahead and a little ric rac rose to brighten your day.