Monday, August 4, 2014

August is here...

Hello stitching friends!

I am still working on my Star patriotic piece from last month.  I hope to have it finished before too long. I am at that stage where I am bored with it, but don't want to abandon it.  I try my best not to have too many unfinished pieces sitting around.  As you can see by the picture, just the R remains.  I stitched the spangled banner words last evening as I just wanted the R to be filled in around it.

I am sorry for the sideways photo, but it's a closer view of the words.  

August is here already!  Before too long the kids will be headed back to school.  They start around the 18th or so I think.  It hasn't been that hot this summer, but I am sure the worst heat is yet to arrive.  July was one of the coolest ones I can remember in some time.  A refreshing change!  

There hasn't been much going on around here, just the usual work, with errands and housework thrown in.  I am not complaining.  Hubby and I did take a small trip to Memphis, TN last weekend.  We did some sight-seeing.  It was a fun time, and great to get out of town.  So, this weekend we worked around here getting caught up on some chores.  We have a large yard, and neither one of us are overly fond of gardening.  So, we tried to get some semblance of control this weekend with some pruning, weeding, and hedge trimming.  

We are expecting company next weekend, and are planning a family birthday party for our two adult children on Sunday.  So, it was timely to try to get some of this yard mess cleaned up.  My sister and brother-in-law are coming down for his high school class reunion.  So, next weekend should be a busy one!  

I was lucky enough to have my name drawn on Barbara's blog to be the lucky recipient of one of her lovely mini totes!


It is so cute!  I love bags and purses.  I always have....  So I was quite thrilled.

I will close with a picture of the famous ducks that live in the fountain lobby at the Peabody Hotel.


They do quite the production twice a day to bring the ducks down to the fountain from their enclosure on the roof of the hotel.  Then at 5pm they reverse the process by escorting them down the red carpet back up the elevator to their enclosure.  My husband was amazed by the crowds that fill the lobby for this ritual.  The hotel staff have made it quite the production, and have capitalized on the duck image as their hotel logo.  It is a beautiful old hotel, if you find yourself visiting Memphis, you will have to stop and visit the famous Peabody ducks!

I hope you are all finding time for some quality stitching time, and enjoying your summer!

Fondly, Melody

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July..you are going too fast!

Hello Stitchy Friends!

I can't believe the month of July is over half gone!  When I was in the closet a few minutes ago searching for something, I found this gem.  I knew I had stitched it, but totally forgot it was framed and ready for it's debut on the wall until I saw it!  I don't know what's wrong with my mind, I swear I forget things too easily...  I'm blaming it on menopause.

Well, at least I didn't discover this in August!  I do like this piece, probably even more because it's my birthday month.  

All our family gathered this morning to help our daughter and son-in-law move into their new place.  They have been renting an upstairs apartment since they got married in April, but found the chance to upgrade to a cute little house.  So, last evening and this morning we have been helping them. Our son, and his fiancée (the budding cross stitcher) were here to help as well, so we managed to get their big items moved and most all of the small things.  Moving is such a big job!  I don't even want to think about packing up our stuff and moving!  We have lived in our home since 1988.  It is actually the house I grew up in.  

I finished the Liberty House piece from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I have it pressed and languishing in my drawer of stitched completions.  I have started a new project... I know, shocking, right?!  I haven't had much time to stitch this week.  

This is Star by Summer House Stitche Works.
I have the chart anchored nicely in my new magnetic board chart holder....

This was a birthday gift from my daughter and son-in-law. Thanks to Marly for the info and review on this!  I love it!  It holds my chart nicely and makes an easel to stand nicely on the table.  Plus the magnets are strong, and hold your chart nice and securely.  
This gives you an idea of what the finished piece will be.  It will go nicely on my grouping of patriotic themed pieces.  

I had a nice birthday with dinner out to a favorite restaurant with Mike and the kids, then back to our son's home for presents!  I was thoroughly spoiled, and loved it all.  

Work has been busy for me.  With the end of our fiscal year I have had lots of year end reports to do, and now will be working on the budget.  Fun stuff.

We have been having some beautiful weather lately, mid 70s for highs with low humidity.  However it is supposed to return to more Illinois type summer heat and humidity this coming week.  

Lauren has been stitching away, and is close to being done with her second project!  She brought it along today to show me.  I'm so pleased she is having so much fun with this!  

We are all going to a minor league baseball game tomorrow in Davenport.  I hope the weather continues to be nice.  

Well here's hoping your summer is going along swimmingly and you are finding time for your stitching projects.  

I'm finding some quiet time this afternoon with the laundry going and some stitching between loads. I most likely will volunteer to help unpack some boxes later this evening....

Happy stitching my friends.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A finish!

I just have to post a picture of my future daughter-in-law's first finish! 

I think she did a great job.

She was excited to share a picture with me.  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summertime!

Hello Stitching Friends!

I picked up four finishes from the framer yesterday.  I'm pretty happy with them!

I should have waited until morning to take better pictures, but then it wouldn't have gotten done.  I took the pictures with my iPad.  So, didn't do any editing.  Sorry.  

The summer seems to be moving along quickly.  Things have been extremely busy for me at work.  I had a large project come up that had a short time frame, but I may be nearing the end of it soon.  So, due to that, I have not had any ambition this week after getting home.  My brain has been fried!  Lol.

We travelled to Minnesota last weekend with our son and his fiancée to visit my sister and her family.  We had a great time as always.  So nice to get away!  I may have a new stitcher in the family... I taught our son's fiancé how to cross stitch last weekend.  We stopped in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on our drive North to visit Crosse Stitchery.  Well, while browsing, she expressed great interest in some charts, so we picked out a couple of easy ones, and  got her started.  She caught on pretty quick.  In fact when they came to visit today, she brought her stitching along so she could stitch with me!  She had made good progress, so I supplied her with fabric and floss to go along with her next project.  She seemed pretty happy about it!

I have been stitching on Liberty House.

It took forever to get the big red house stitched it seemed!  I am working on the eagle in the tree right now.  Hopefully I will have it done before too long.

These three new charts made their way home with me.  I do love patriotic pieces....maybe because my birthday is near the fourth....


We are having a family cookout tomorrow for our son in laws birthday.  I haven't planned the menu yet, luckily he likes about anything.  

The weather has been warm and very humid of late.  We are also still getting rain showers every few days.  I swear you can practically see the corn grow in the fields!  That's one thing that Illinois can do well....grow corn!  

We did manage to get the deck stained two weekends ago.  Harry also got to the groomers for his short 'summer do'. 


Well kids it's time to sign off.  I hope your summer is going well, and that you are finding time to do what you love best!  Happy stitching friends!






Saturday, June 7, 2014

June already?

Hello Stitchy friends.

I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I posted.  Father's Day will be here soon.  

I have been busy at work and at home.  The staff at the library has been busy getting ready for the start of the summer reading program.  I have been busy with reports, and such, preparing for the end of another fiscal year.  

I have been spending leisure time stitching and reading.  I just finished The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank.  I loved it!  But then I think I have said that about all of her books...  I tend to mainly read mysteries or suspense with the exception of a group of favorite authors.  If you haven't ever read a book by Dorothea, give one a try this summer.  

I finished summer sampler by LHN.  
I was pleased with it.  I need to find a frame for this one soon!  After this I wanted to stitch the crows from a new Prairie Schooler chart.

I finished the crow that is shown in the hoop last night, and the one above I had finished earlier.  I thought these were great crows.  I want to finish them as small stuffed pillows I think.  

Then this afternoon I decided on my next start.  

Liberty House by With Thy Needle and Thread.  I had to order the linen and some over dyed flosses for it before I could begin.  But they arrived in the mail on Friday.  The linen is a smaller count than the previous pieces I've finished, so it's taking my eyes some time to get used to it...  Just another fun thing about being in your fifties....  :-(. 

It's a rainy Saturday here.  I am just waiting on the last load of clothes in the dryer.  Mike is at work and I'm surrounded by sleepy cats and the sleeping dog.  So, I should have time to stitch on this some more today..  Then it will be time to begin a new book.  There is always at least two or three on my bookcase waiting their turn.  I mean, I can't be without a book, right!?  

Supper is going to be simple and no fuss.  Probably a salad and a weight watcher entree.  Sounds exciting...  

Hope all of you are well, and enjoying a weekend doing what you love best!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chilly morning!

Good morning!

I got up early enough today for some coffee drinking before work, and some blog reading.  Ranger has decided this needs to be halted so I can cuddle her.  She is cold as well.  I am not turning the heat up. We've been fluctuating between days that are too warm for Spring and now we have chilly ones on tap for this week.

I had a lovely Mother's Day.  The kids were here and brought food with them, so no cooking for me!  That was more than fine with me, since cooking isn't my favorite thing to do.... Lol.

They surprised me with some lovely gifts. A beautiful lightweight pot that looks like a heavy glazed pottery one for the deck, and a lantern for some outdoors candlelight.

Then, someone must have noticed my enchantment (lust) for the fairy garden, because I got my own!!

I just love it.  They put a lot of thought into this project!  Notice they included a chair on the beach for stitching and reading?  They know their mom well!  There is a tiny basket with needlework supplies next to the chair!  The kids know I love lighthouses and nautical things.  I've always wished I lived near the water.  
Here is a closer photo of the beach.

Then one last picture, notice the tiny bottle washed up next to the red and white lighthouse?  It contains a message saying Mom....  How cool is that?  

I finished the Mr and Mrs piece for my friend on Monday, so now I can resume stitching the summer sampler.  

Hope you all had a fun weekend, it's the middle of the week again already! Now it's time to head off to work.  We are busy at the library these days.  I had our board meeting last night, so today will be spent on follow up tasks from that.  The staff are busy working on summer reading program plans.  Due to the number of snow days used this past winter the kids won't be out of school til the end of the first week in June.  That is late for here.  They are usually done before Memorial Day.

Happy Stitching friends!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Hello Stitchy Friends!

I hope all of you that celebrate it will have a pleasant Mother's Day tomorrow.  I am looking forward to it.  Ever since I became a Mom, 26 years ago, it has been one of my favorite holidays.  From the early years when they would come home from school clutching a secret present made at school to this year when for the first time We welcome into our family a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law to be!  I feel truly blessed.  There is such a wonderful feeling seeing your children happy in life.

We went to the nursery today to pick out some plants, and it was obviously THE place to be!  Lots of people were there taking advantage of a beautiful Saturday.  

I chose this beautiful hanging basket for the deck.  

Then we found this cute little set of clay pots that mount on a metal bar.  So when we got home, mike hung it up for me while I planted the pots.  

I have to share a picture of this adorable fairy garden that was a birthday gift to our future daughter in law.  Her sister created it.  I thought it was so cute!  There is even a tiny tea set on a little wooden table!  We were at her birthday party last weekend, and had a great time.   

I have been diligently stitching on Mr. & Mrs. This week.  I don't particularly like stitching something twice, but a friend of mine saw the one I made for Holly and Joe, and asked me to stitch it for her daughters wedding.  I agreed, and have it close to being done.  I want to finish it by Monday, so she will have time to get it framed before their wedding.  

I did finish stitching the Spring sampler by LHN.  I think I mentioned that in my last post but neglected to share a picture.


Please excuse the wrinkles.  I have the summer sampler about half done now.  So I will press them both when I finish.  The best thing about these is that I can usually find a ready made frame for them.  That doesn't happen often!  

I took several pieces to my LNS for their framing sale, so I will have some finishes to share one of these days!


  Harry says hi!  Happy stitching!