Friday, November 29, 2013

Frosty The Snowman...

Was a jolly happy soul!
He resides in my repurposed coal bucket filled with some faux seasonal greens.

He sports a dandy homespun scarf and chenille trimmed mittens to keep him warm and rusty jinglers on his jaunty top hat.

A couple of friends came along to keep him company.

And his boots with their striped laces keep his toes toasty.

He's stained and distressed though you can't tell that from the pictures.
We hope you and your family had a jolly, happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Shall We Play A Game?

Hello friends and visitors!  I hope you enjoyed a restful Sunday.  I have been under the weather so just spent today doing nothing.  Work has been busy and there have been a couple of people sick so that has made it a bit tougher for those of us who have managed to stay well. 

I got another bee in my bonnet a couple of weeks ago and those of you who have been reading here for a while know how that goes with me.  Here is the beginning of my experiment:

Can you guess what these are supposed to be?
Maybe this will help.

Yep, I am trying to sew a snowman with a round head.  If you scroll back up to the photo, from left to right...the first attempt looked like E.T.'s head.  I made two of those.  The third attempt was a pumpkin.  Number four would make a good Humpty Dumpty body.  The fifth try was finally successful.  I am glad I used cheap muslin and kept trying until I got it right.  This is just the first part of my experiment.  I will be sure to share pictures of the finished product when and if I manage to figure it out.  :o)

I have managed to keep up with Paulette's mystery sampler each week.  I won't show a picture because mine probably looks just like yours.  :o)  The weeks have sure gone by quickly and I can't believe it will finish up next weekend.  I have been stitching something else in between the mystery sampler installments.  Can you guess what it is?

I have a winner!  Mary correctly guessed that I am stitching "Peace" by Blackbird Designs from this years JCS ornament issue.  Congratulations Mary!

I haven't had a giveaway in a while so let's have one.  The first person who correctly guesses what I am stitching will win a package of goodies from me.  You must include the name of the design as well as the designer.  I don't know yet what the package will contain but it will definitely contain a handmade item.  (Bonus points if you can tell me the movie the title of this post is from.  No googleing!  LOL)
I will leave you with a picture of my sewing assistant.  DH was outside raking leaves so she had to make sure it was being done correctly.  :o)

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Getting Ready For...


Threadwork Primitives
32 count WDW Parchment - Stained with Coffee after stitching
DMC Floss
I finished this one as a door/cupboard hanger using vintage seam tape as the hanger.  I added a trio of rusty jinglers at the bottom and a rusty snowflake as an accent.  The snowflake started out rusted but was a very light orange rust color that I did not like.  So, I busted out the tin of Briwax and was able to achieve the deeper rust color that I prefer.
I added a little surprise to the back too!

Since Ziggy was otherwise occupied during my photo shoot I had to settle for this little assistant.

I have been forgetting to mention my little pumpkin candle on my sidebar over there------>>>>>
The night after I learned of Cathey's passing I lit this little pumpkin candle and went through my memories of her.  I took a picture of the candle and made this photo to place on my sidebar so I wouldn't forget the actual date of Pumpkin Day.  Feel free to snag it for yourself if you would like.

I have a roast in the crockpot, some pieces cut out for sewing, and the Panthers on the TV. 
Time to get busy!
Thank you so much for your visits and comments....I really appreciate them.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Road Trip!

Chris and I met today for a little road trip, lunch, and to catch up.  It has been a couple of months since we have been able to get together so we were way past due for some girlfriend time.  :o)  Chris emailed me yesterday to say she had found something for us to do but she wasn't going to tell me what it was.  So we headed off together this morning to.....destination unknown.

We drove for about an hour, laughed, talked, solved half of the world's problems and finally arrived here:
Well, we didn't exactly arrive at the festival.  Parking was 2 miles away and you had to catch a shuttle to the festival.  Our ride was on a covered wagon pulled by a Dodge truck.  LOL  This young man was our ride supervisor:

I told Chris I felt very safe.  Her response was "he's packin' too!"  LOL  I did overhear him telling some of the other passengers he was a retired US Marshall.

There was a great bluegrass band.  I jumped out on the lawn and danced a jig....just kidding...but I wanted to.  :o)

Old cars.

I offered to buy Chris a ride on this little guy but she decided to pass.
(That would have made for a great picture, wouldn't it?)
I had to settle for this picture of her being a tree hugger.
This is a huge Poplar tree billed on their website as one of the largest in Guilford County, N.C.
And what is a Persimmon Festival without a Persimmon Queen?
Isn't she precious?
The festival is held on the historic Stafford Farm.  You can read more of the history of the farm on the festival's website.
We left with some persimmon jelly and some persimmon pudding and memories of another fun gorgeous fall day.
We had a late lunch at a wonderful Greek Grill and I failed to take any pictures there.  I was too busy eating and solving the other half of the world's problems.  :o)  I did manage to give Chris her birthday gift (her birthday is the 6th, be sure to wish her a happy birthday) but again, I just realized I failed to take any pictures.  I am sure she will be posting pics later and you can have a look.
Thanks Chris for another great road trip!
If you have the opportunity to visit a local festival with a friend in your area, no matter the subject, take the time to go.  I don't think you will be disappointed.