Sunday, October 5, 2014

Knock Knock!

Anyone home?  Wow!  It has been over 3 months since I last posted on this here blog.  The dust here nearly took me out.  :o)

Not a lot has happened since we last met.  I developed a severe case of tennis elbow which has brought my stitching and sewing and computing to a screeching halt.  Several visits to the doctor and orthopedist and I am finally getting some relief.  It was to the point I couldn't even lift a glass of water.  I can do very little stitching even now but at least I can use the sewing machine.

I made a few more wonder wallets.  These will make nice little gifts.

I found a pump kit at Hobby Lobby and made a new soap dispenser for my bathroom.  I just love the new blue mason jars and find myself looking for things to make with them.

Betty continues to bring us much joy every day.  She still has issues with the cats along with some pretty severe seperation anxiety but we love her all the same.  Here she is preparing for Sunday football.

Of course Ziggy has to get in on the action. 

I also celebrated another birthday in September.  I received some lovely birthday presents but haven't taken the time to snap pictures of those.  Thank you again Carol, Chris, and Vera for making me feel special when I really needed a pick me up.

I am hoping to get my blogging mojo back soon.  For those of you who are still here....thank you!  I appreciate each and every one of you and really do miss our visits.  My life right now just isn't allowing much computer time but I will try my best not to be so scarce in blogland in the future.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Hello friends!  I finished stitching Mary's half of the Trexler sisters sampler.  I just love the quirky colors and simplicity of this piece.

In the garden we are seeing our first ripe cherry tomatoes.  I am anxious for the Big Boys to ripen so I can enjoy a tomato sandwich!

I have a few days off work so I am hoping to get a little sewing machine time in.  My sewing supervisor says I need to hop to it.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Hello friends!  There is just one word to describe this past week around here....HOT!  It was in the 90's every single day last week.  Factor in my 50 hot flashes a day and I have been miserable.  I told my husband this may just be my last summer!  UGH!

Last Saturday our guild had a workshop conducted by Pam and Susan of Praiseworthy Stitches.  They were teaching us about 2 historic schoolgirl samplers from North Carolina.  This was my first workshop and I must say it was fantastic.  So well organized, fun and informative.  I chose to start stitching on the Trexler Sisters Sampler first.  It was stitched by what is believed to be 2 sisters - each sister stitched one half of the sampler and then the two halves were sewn together.

 Here is my meager start.

The garden is still going gangbusters.  The cherry tomato, cucumber, and peas have now reached the top of the 5 foot trellis.  I have been harvesting lettuce almost every other day but with the heat last week I think it is done.

I kept losing my yellow squash but with the help of  Dr. Google I was able to determine that they simply weren't being pollinated.  We just don't have an abundance of bees around here.  Did you know there are male and female blooms on a squash plant?  If a bee doesn't visit the male bloom and then deposit the pollen in the female bloom, the squash doesn't grow and just shrivels up.  So....I tuned in to a You Tube video about hand pollinating squash and I am hand pollinating my plants.  The 2 yellow squash I pollinated last Monday are now thriving.

Please be careful when using insecticides and such in your gardens.  I know I am going to be much more careful in the future.  In speaking with some other gardeners in the area they are having the same bees to pollinate their vegetables.

This week I harvested my first zucchini.  I am going to marinade it along with some yellow squash I purchased at the farmers market and grill it up today. 

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and staying cool!  I think I'll go stick my head in the freezer for a while now.  :o)

Monday, June 2, 2014

No Stitching

Hello friends!  Still no stitching happening around here.  Between work, the garden, and Betty I have been staying busy, busy, busy.

I had my first harvest from the garden this week.  A few radishes (I should have left them a few more days) and a handful of lettuce.

As you can see everything is growing like crazy.  I counted 21 flowers on my marigolds.  I have a baby squash and a baby tomato now.  LOL  I am a proud mama!

I still had a few of the succulents left from my adventure to Lowe's.  I made a gnome home using an old rusty roasting pan that belonged to my mother.

And a post from me just wouldn't be complete without a picture of Betty.  Thank you all for stopping by and know that I really appreciate your comments and feedback.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More Gardening

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I don't have any stitching to show because I have been spending most of my time outside.   After 3 weeks my little garden is really starting to grow.

I will be harvesting the radishes at the end of this week.  Now I have to decide what to replant in that square.

I was strolling through Lowe's this weekend and was caught up by their selection of succulents.  Of course a few had to come home with me.  I had lots of fun making little container gardens with them.
This one uses a bird's nest that had fallen from a tree.

I had a house shaped container for this one.

And this one is the one I had the most fun making.

I made the adirondack chair with popsicle sticks and a tutorial I found online.  I printed a cute pattern on photo paper and fashioned the umbrella with a bamboo skewer.  The little flip flops are buttons.

I found the printout for the sign online, made a fence using more popsicle sticks and painted a little tin bucket pink to match the flip flops.  I have enough plants to make one more garden and I am thinking it will be a fun one too... it might even have a gnome who lives there.  :o)

Betty was groomed this week.  Here she is sporting her pink bandanna.

And she wants to make sure you check out her hot pink nails!

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Garden Update Week 2

My little garden has been growing for 2 weeks now and I can really tell a difference.  The Master Gardener and I headed out to take a picture.  :o)

As you can see, Betty is there to supervise my every move.  Radishes will be the first item to harvest and they are coming along quite nicely.  They only take a month to mature.  You can grow 16 in a square foot using this method.

Since I know some of you might have stopped by to see some stitching, I pulled out a few of my WIP's hoping to "shame" myself into putting in a few stitches.

 "Liberty" - Little House Needleworks

Prairie Schooler - One of the Santas

"Neighborhood Friends" - Little House Needleworks

There are a few more tucked away...I need to take pictures of those as well.  Somewhere along the way I went from stitching and finishing a single project before starting another to starting new projects with wild abandon, paying no attention to how many I might have in various states of completion.  

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you have an even better week ahead!

Monday, May 12, 2014


I was thinking I should pop in for a quick post so you wouldn't think I had totally disappeared from the face of the earth.  I don't know what is wrong with me.  I have had lots going on but lost my blogging/stitching mojo somewhere.  Hopefully it will return soon.  I have been reading some blogs when time allows but have been terrible at leaving comments.  I do apologize as I find you all so inspirational and I enjoy seeing what you are doing.

The past couple of months have been spent battling a rezoning of the property next door to ours.  There were plans for a septic tank business to be constructed but I am happy to say all our hard work paid off and the rezoning was denied.  I learned quite a bit about our local government in the process but I am so glad that is behind me.  I am not much of a public speaker and having to give a presentation before both the Planning and Zoning Board and the County Commissioners was not fun.

Betty seems to have finally settled in and realizes that we aren't going to leave her.  She was quite a handful at first because she was so terrified of being left and followed me every step.  We are now taking obedience classes and I am hoping that will help with her relationship with the cats.
 When she is bored, she does destructive things.  Here she murdered her big red dog toy.  :o)

After thinking about it and deciding I wasn't going to plant a garden this year, I did.  LOL  I blame this website mysquarefootgarden .  This picture is right after planting.

And this is one week later.  I added a trellis for my tomatoes, cucumbers, and snap peas to climb and a couple of posts for my squash.  I am going to try to train the squash to grow vertically so they don't take up so much space in the garden

In one week I have had radish, lettuce, onions, peas, and carrots to sprout.  Those little sprouts have given me hope that my garden may just produce something this year.  Wish me luck!

I hope that all you mothers had a fabulous Mother's Day.  I think this one will go down as my worst ever.  I woke up very nauseated.  By 10:30 am I was vomiting and by 2:30 pm I had taken up residence on the throne.  I had a temperature of over 100 and I can't remember the last time I felt so sick.  I missed work today and I do think the worst is behind me although I feel very weak.

On the stitching front, I am turtleing along on the Little House Needleworks doggie rescue piece.  Next month Praiseworthy Stitches is doing a workshop for our guild and I am really looking forward to it.  It will be my very first stitching workshop and should be lots of fun.

So that's my update for now.  I will try my best not to be such a stranger.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are all having a wonderful spring!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Hello friends and folk!  I hope there are still some of you out there reading this.  I apologize for disappearing but he loss of Lola and my DH's declining health have just knocked the wind out of my sails.  Our house has been so empty without Lola here.  I haven't been doing much sewing or stitching but we did acquire a new family member.

Introducing Betty!  Betty is a 3-4 year old Boxer that we adopted from Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue.  She was found running the streets in Darlington, SC and spent almost a month in the pound there before she was rescued.  She has been living with a foster family in Georgia since late October.   She was heartworm positive so she had to have those treated before she could be adopted. We met her foster parents in Charlotte last Sunday to bring her to her forever home with us.

 Needless to say we have had quite a busy week getting to know each other.  She is remarkably calm for a Boxer but she does have her moments of craziness.  She love to counter surf, zoom up and down the hallway, and toss her toys right past your head.  :o)

We are in love!
So if you don't hear from me for a while I am probably out walking Betty or taking a nap.  :o)

Friday, March 7, 2014

What a Mess!

Hello friends!  This morning I headed to work at 7 am.  We had lots of rain and wind last night but no ice on the trees at my house.  I was about 10 minutes into my commute when I noticed the trees were covered with ice.  Then about 5 minutes later I came upon a tree down across the road.  Luckily it only blocked one lane so I was able to drive around it.  About 2 miles further and I came upon a tree completely across the road.
 This isn't the actual tree but it looked just like this.  So I had to back up, turn around and try another way.  I went down another road only to encounter a live power line across the street.  At this point I turned around again and headed back home.  Only one person was able to make it to work and we lost power there about an hour after she arrived so we ended up closing for the day. 

Have you seen these charity designs by Little House Needleworks and Shakespeare's Peddler?

If you haven't then you need to run not walk and check them out.

I ordered the doggie one and it arrived today.  As soon as I get off this computer I am going to kit it up and get started.  I love them both and the money is going toward such a good cause.  Lola, Jacxon, Glitter, and Ziggy were all rescues and I am a big supporter of animal rescue.  

I hope you are all safe and warm and have a wonderful weekend!  I hope to do lots of stitching and maybe a little bit of sewing.  :o)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Friends and Tea

Hello!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  The weather in NC was beautiful.  We went from 70 degrees and sunny yesterday to freezing today with sleet and snow.  Go figure.

I met Chris for an early breakfast yesterday. It was so good to see her again and catch up.  She gave me a wonderful kit along with a lovely card.  (I am soooo spoiled)
 I also received some happy mail from my friend Norma last week.  Just look at this lovely Valentine she sent me.
 I totally missed Valentine's Day this year.  With Lola's illness and subsequent passing my mind just wasn't there.

Now I would like to invite you all to enjoy a cup of tea.  :o)

Or perhaps coffee is more your thing.

Just another one of those bees I get in my bonnet.  :o)  I had an idea to make a cup pincushion and look what happened!  I just had to make some themed pins to go along with my cuppa.

 The "creamer" for the coffee houses a magnet so I can park my needle or a pin.

I am still tweaking the design but I think I like them. I am going to try using felt for the cup next time.

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments.  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

And Sew...

A coworker has been asking me to make her a new wallet for months now.  When the big snowstorm came (lol) I decided to pull some fabrics and make her a new wallet.

Hmmm, well I might have gotten a little carried away.  :o)

Here they are open so you can see the inside pockets.

I had a lot of fun choosing coordinating fabrics and buttons.  I even added a yo yo and bead to one.

They were like potato chips....I couldn't stop with just one.  They do make nice gifts.  I decided to keep the red and blue paisley one for myself.

I am working on something new in the sewing room now.  If all works out I should have something to show you this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!