Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring may be showing up?

Hello Stitching Friends!

It's countdown to wedding around here!  Lists are getting check marks, and weekends continue to be busy.  But less than two weeks to the big day now!

I have written this post about 3 times, I have been having issues with blogpress on my iPad, and iPhone.....  I have been doing all my posting from my iPad, just because it is so much easier to take pictures with either my phone, or iPad, and then post them on my blog entries.  But, when I would write then leave the page to insert a picture, the whole thing would be gone and I would have to start over again....  Very frustrating. 

This may be a picture-less post.  I hate those.  But, I have technology issues to work out.  Mike is into photography, and has a photo editing program on the desktop computer.  So, if I upload pictures on this computer, they go into his software for editing.  And, it's a pain.  So, I've opted for the easier way out by just posting from my iPad. 

I have been stitching on the Spring sampler by Little House Needleworks.  It has been a fun stitch.  I took the two pieces I stitched for Holly and Joe to be framed at my LNS.  They should be ready to pick up this coming weekend. 

My LNS is having a framing sale this coming week, so I think I will do some looking through my drawer of completed stitching to see what I would most like to take to be framed.  I have a gift certificate from Christmas that I have been saving for this event.  So, I will keep you posted. 

I suspect I should uninstall blogpress from my phone and iPad and then reinstall it, to see if that fixes the issues I am having.  So, stay tuned.  Hopefully I will have things worked out by the next time I am ready to post. 

The forecast is sounding promising for this coming week with more Spring like temperatures.  My sister in Minnesota had snow last weekend.  I could tell she just didn't want to talk about it anymore...Lol.  I don't blame her.

Hope you are all enjoying some Spring in your neck of the woods!

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Start!

I just had to share my new start.







I tend to like stitching things appropriate to the season.

I looked through several charts last night before I decided on this. But I have done the winter band sampler and the autumn one. So, I need to stitch this one and the summer one to round out the group.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello

I can't believe how long it's been since my last post! This has been such a long winter here in the midwest. We are finally starting to see some warmer days. After a cold day tomorrow we are supposed to see 50 degree temps for the next week or so!

We have been busy here working on wedding planning! It is less than a month away!
Keep your fingers crossed for good weather on April 19! The wedding will be a small affair, outside, at the Roseman covered bridge in Winterset, Iowa. The location was chosen by them as a place with special memories for them.

I did get two pieces stitched for them, I still have to have the framing done.





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Sorry for the sideways picture. I am having some issues with this program tonight!!

This past weekend was a bachelorette party for the bride. The girls invited me as well. I joined them for dinner, but then headed home while they continued on with their evening.

Our son's fiancée has a birthday coming up next month as well, so I wanted to stitch something for her as well. She has a thing for owls, so I thought this piece would fit the bill.



I am planning on finding some cute fabric and sewing it up as a cute little pillow. The design is from Cricket.

I have been doing quite a bit of reading too. Probably more reading than stitching.

I think we have most of the details for the wedding under control. There are challenges in planning a wedding at a destination 4 or so hours away from home.

I have kept up reading your blogs and have enjoyed reading about news in your lives and seeing beautiful projects in progress or completed!

I spent about 4-6 weeks with sciatic nerve pain in my left leg. So I did have to take a few days off work to get thru the worst of it. Luckily it is much better now, and I am returning to normal. Not all the way back but loads better than a month ago!

I will try not to wait so long for the next post. I'm not sure what I will be picking up next to work on.

Happy Stitching!






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Monday, January 27, 2014

Still cold

Hello,

Another day of below normal temps is here. No school or library again today. I have kept busy doing calls about wedding details and some cooking. Well, the crockpot is doing the cooking. It's a recipe I found online for beef stroganoff. It smells wonderful at least. You use two cans of golden mushroom soup, and stir in cream cheese near the end of the cooking time. I hope it turns out good.



I spent a couple of evenings taking out the heart and the L on my love piece. Then last night I finished putting the heart back in, in the correct position. I will probably work on this later today.

We were supposed to have stitch group tonight, but it got cancelled due to the extreme cold we are having. The snow and wind was so fierce last night it looked like a snow tornado out the back door. Harry didn't stay out long to do what was necessary!

I have been busy reading some good books. I enjoyed Return to Tradd Street by Karen White. It was the fourth in her series about old houses in Charleston, SC, that seem to be haunted by ghosts. Then, on completely other bent, I've started reading the Prey series by John Sandford. My future DIL recommended that I read them. So, I've been enjoying those too. I'm up to #4 in the series. There are lots of them tho. I will rotate one in along with other new choices. I also have the newest Julie Hyzy book home in her White House chef mystery series. They have all been good as well.

I realized I didn't share a picture of my big surprise from Mike. He gave me this before Christmas, to commemorate our upcoming 30th wedding anniversary.




When he proposed to me 31 years ago, he said one day I will replace this engagement ring with a bigger one. Well he certainly did!

Hope you are keeping warm if you are in the cold, and for those of you that are enjoying Spring.... Good for you!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cold cold colder

Hello Stitching Friends.

Greetings from the frigid midwest. This winter is wearing out it's welcome. I will be happy to share snow with those of you that are wishing for more of it! Schools have all cancelled classes today, and the library is closed as well. So I have been staying inside today.

The cats have the right idea...









They have all found cozy nap spots for the afternoon.

We have been busy here making wedding plans... Lord help me the details...the details. I hope we will be able to pull all this together. Our daughter will be getting married in April with a small family wedding, and then the plan is to host a reception in May for extended family and friends. So, planning is underway on two fronts. Both venues out of town. If you don't see many posts from me in the next couple of months you will understand why.

I have to order the wedding sampler she likes and get it going. But, she didn't pick one that will be all that time consuming, so I'm not too concerned about that. We've all been searching Pinterest for ideas. It's great for that and so easy to share ideas with family and friends!

I was woefully behind on blog reading, but am now caught up! (What better use of a snow day??). You have all been busy out there doing some beautiful work! I am just about finished with Love by Cricket. Just the back stitching remains.



I elected to stitch the L the right way instead of the backwards L on the chart cover. I used the graph on the back of the leaflet that charted it correctly. I don't know if it looks right? I can't decide. The colors are very pretty and I like my pale green linen choice. I may have to take another look at the chart, but I don't want to have to rip out the L and do it over. After looking at the picture I think the L looks lower than it should be.

Well, after finishing this yesterday, I wasn't in the mood to Backstitch, so I went looking for another project to start.... I will share a picture even though it doesn't look like much yet.



While I went back to my stitching bag to pull this out for a picture, I took another look at the Love chart.... Not good news to report. I did a major goof, I will have to rip out the heart and the L... The heart should have been up higher. I know where I went astray. I stitched the heart from the chart printed inside, then flipped the chart closed to stitch the alternate L on the chart on the back of the leaflet, not realizing the heart had been repositioned as well. Crap, crap, crap! *sigh. Looks like I have ripping in my future. I'm glad I took a picture for this post, otherwise the back stitching may have been done as well before I realized something was 'off'.

Well so much for nearly having that piece done.

The flu has hit the library staff hard this past week, both of my full time staffers have been off from work with it. So, I have been doing some extra duty as well as my part time person. Luckily we have both avoided it. I had a dream the other night that we had it as well, and I had to post a closed due to illness sign... Not good. To compound things one of my flu sufferers fell putting up her Christmas tree and did a nasty job of breaking her wrist. So, the poor thing not only has the flu but a broken wrist as well. Then, I pulled a muscle in my leg and side, so I've been limping around, smelling like icy hot pain rub. Fun stuff....Not. I'm off to the chiropractor for first time ever to see if he can help. I've been feeling like I'm 100 years old lately. Yuck.

That's about all I know from this neck of the woods for now. Hopefully things will improve around here.

Hope you are staying warm and having some quality stitching time!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ornaments finished

Hello Stitchy Friends!

I have spent time doing some finishing. Finally. I do put it off longer than I should. I always feel I should do better than I do... I do save pictures of finish ideas I like for inspiration. I was down to the wire tho, as our cross stitch group Christmas party is coming up on Monday.
















I fell back to using my tried and true method for most of the ornaments.



Then after taking a break I did the flat fold finish.



I was pretty happy with this one. I should add a bow or something, perhaps.

I should have taken a picture of the fabrics I used on the back of each one. I also need to try making cording from floss.... I watched it being done at the retreat I went to this summer, but haven't tried it myself yet. We will see how much time I get over next few days to see if I get some made.

I do have two more ornaments that need some personalization and then finishing.

It is going to be a cold upcoming several days. Lows are projected to be below zero a couple of nights.

Hopefully I will have a couple more finishes to share with you soon.

Happy stitching friends!



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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Stitching Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  The turkey is in the oven.  The husband is still asleep, and the kids haven't arrived yet, but it promises to be a good day here.  The sun is shining with a bright blue sky on a chilly November day. 

I have been busy shopping and  making lists for this big cooking day.  The menu hasn't varied much over the last nearly thirty years...  (wow, that seems like a long time!)  There will be six of us for dinner today.  Our son recently proposed to his girlfriend...and she said yes!  They will be here, as well as our daughter and her boyfriend.  We are blessed, in so many ways.

I don't know that much stitching will get done today.  I will probably be too busy in the kitchen, and then after that too tired to do much but relax with everyone.  Mike has today off from work, as well as the rest of the week, so I'm happy for that!  He usually works all holidays, unless they happen to fall on a regular day off.  So, it will be nice not having to hurry through the meal and see him leave for work, missing out on the rest of the family time.  He will get to enjoy leftovers and some football later. 

I have hopes of finding time later this week to do some ornament finishes.  I have a few stitched up ready for a final finish.  I have started the Prairie Schooler Christmas sampler from this year, so I have something to pick up.  I may still do an ornament or two as well.  This time of year gets so busy! 

I hope all of you will be enjoying your holiday today and spending it with those you love.

Happy Thanksgiving!