Monday, January 26, 2015

Snowy Monday

We are having some snow flurries this morning.  It is so pretty because these have been the bug white fluffy flakes.  It is so quiet. I have to admit I enjoy this more from inside our house, with no real destination or schedule today.  Other than a dentist appointment later.  I don't think we are supposed to be getting anything major in regards to the snow.  Nothing like those of you in the northeast!

I have been diligently working on Robins Song.
Forgive the wrinkles.  I see I also have my needle by the house window I am filling in.  It's been a fun piece to work on.  I especially like what will be the center square.  But I've always liked quilt type designs done as cross stitch.  

I am feeling kind of pressured to get this done as I have so many other things waiting for me.  I finally got the over dyed white floss to finish the BBD Cardinal piece.  Then I have a close friend that has asked me to stitch something for her.  
She is not a cross stitcher, but wants to make this basket, with me doing the cross stitch for it.  It shouldn't take too long.  

Then I have been thinking about a baby sampler...  I want Holly to pick a design she likes. The kids are working on the baby's room now.  Joe is finishing up re-wiring the upstairs of their house, then they will be ready to paint her room.  Holly picked out a pretty soft minty green.  She's in love with the owl treetop theme from Target.  So she wants to decorate with wall decals from that.  I was looking at the baby in a pea pod in a tree design from Bent Creek.  But haven't decided for sure yet.
We have no lack of projects around here!!  

I have been enjoying some spots of indoor color recently 
The Christmas cactus has been putting on a beautiful show of late.  It has been so pretty.

Then when I was at the grocery store yesterday I had to pick up this sweet little primrose.
I'm not sure how long it will last but a spot of something green blooming is welcome.

Well I hope you are finding time for stitching during these winter days.  It looks like it's time to head out into the day.

Happy stitching friends!




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Frigid January

Hello Stitching Friends 

Greetings from the deep freeze.  We had a high temperature yesterday of -5, and wind chills have been unspeakable.  The days prior to the very cold we received about 7" of snow.  So it hasn't been very hospitable here in the Midwest.

I have had some stitching time, and time to finish my current book and start another one.  I even unpacked the sewing machine I got for Christmas, read the instructions and got it threaded up successfully.  
I managed to sew up a simple pillow finish for the little owls I stitched for the anticipated baby in our family.  I'm impressed with the sewing machine.  It seems to have lots of nice features.  It isn't anything that was expensive.  I have to say I was shocked at some of the prices I saw for sewing machines when I was looking for one.  Many cost more than the first car I bought.  (Wow that makes me sound old). 

I've always felt rather inadequate at sewing skills.  But I usually can manage simple projects.  I need to spend some more time getting comfortable with this.

I still haven't received the necessary weeks dye works whitewash to finish the cardinal piece.  But I have been making good progress on the new start of January 1st.  I started the owls on December 30 or so and finished them on January 1.  Then I pulled this piece out of my stash.

So, here's where I left off last night

I had the leaves done under the bird on the left, but ended up frogging out the brown stem and leaves because they were off.  So I restitched the stem and the brown circle yesterday.  It has been a fun one to work on.  I have to admit there isn't anything better than stitching in bright sunlight streaming in the windows!  Wow!  I usually do most of my stitching in the evening by lamplight.  I do have a floor standing ott light for when I need it.  But, I have to say sunshine trumps it!  

Well, I had best be getting ready to head off to work. We've been closed some for the bad weather, so there's going to be lots to catch up on.  

Stay warm, and happy stitching!



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

And another Christmas has come and gone

Hello Stitching Friends

Its hard to know where to start.  We had a great family Christmas with good food, and great times.  The best part is our family being together.  Mike was able to take a vacation day and have Christmas off this year.  I told him that was the best present of all.  He works at a job that never has closed days or holidays, and runs 24/7, 365 days a year, so when he's able to be home all day on a holiday, it's a treat.

I have been using up the remainder of my vacation time over the last part of December, which has been nice.  I will be back to work tomorrow, but then the library will be closed on January 1.  I'm sure there will be lots for me to catch up on there.

I have caught up with reading blog posts today.  It was fun reading about everyone's holiday celebrations.  

We took our tree down yesterday.  It was looking very sad.  The weekend before Christmas our daughter brought their kitten over to our house for us to keep overnight while they went on a short trip.  Well, needless to say, the cats residing at our house were not too happy with this small visitor that was filled with so much energy and mischief!  He thought the Christmas tree was his personal cat toy, and took delight making a running leap into the tree and batting at the ornaments, knocking down as many as he could....  I was not happy with him.
He looks sweet and innocent here, but believe me, he wasn't!  So after he went home, I repaired the tree as best I could, but it just didn't look as good as it did before.  Then to top it off 1 of the strings of lights went out the other evening.  So, it was time to take it down.

On Christmas morning, the kitten, Hendrix, came back with Holly and Joe, and then to turn the adventures up several more notches, our son David, and his fiancée Lauren, brought their dog with them. It made for a crazy morning for sure.  Our animals, for the most part went and hid from these four legged family members.  Hendrix was terrified of David's dog.  So, he made himself scarce as well.  After awhile everyone settled down and discovered they could tolerate each other.

I had hoped to get the Cardinal finished this year, but I ran out of the over dyed floss I'm using for the snowflakes and words.  I will call and order a skein tomorrow when my LNS opens.  

I'm sorry for the wrinkles.  I just have the words to finish along the bottom and it will be done.

So, last night I was looking through some charts trying to decide what would call to me the loudest.  Before I made a decision, Holly was asking me if I had any cute owl designs I could stitch for the baby's nursery.  She is going to decorate it in the treetop owl theme she fell in love with at Target.

So, I had her look and she chose this design of three little owls. We found the freebie on Pinterest.
 So I found an over dyed floss I had on hand along with some white linen, and got started.    I will finish it as a small pillow she can put on a shelf.  It's always fun to start something new.  The little owls should stitch up fairly quick.

I haven't pulled any other new project to start on January first.  I love the idea of a new start in the new year.  I will have to give this some more thought.  I do want to finish the book I'm currently reading to add to my list of finishes for 2014.  I've read 70 books this year.  

If I get ambitious I need to put away the other Christmas decorations from around the house.  But I don't think it's going to happen today....  

Happy New Year!  


Friday, December 5, 2014

Decking the halls

Hello friends!

I've been busy this week!  I went back to work this week after having the last 10 days off.  So there was lots to catch up on.  A flurry of emails, snail mail, book orders, etc. etc.  

Last Sunday Mike and I helped the kids get moved into their new house.  Holly was very sick with a stomach bug, so she was benched at our house on the couch.  But, we got it done, and I also got the boxes unpacked for the kitchen and everything put away.  Then I've also been busy helping do curtains for the kitchen and bathroom.  Best part was Holly finally felt better by the next day.  

Then, after the big move, and work, I've been trying to get our house decorated.  I have to share a few of my favorite Christmas stitches.

I have more Christmas stitching that I haven't shared.  I think it's so much fun to see pictures of your homes decorated for the holidays.  
I have a small collection of snow globes.


Here's a shot of our tree.  Many of the ornaments I've made but many others are from exchanges with our stitching group.  

One last snow globe, on our kitchen table.

I really like how this one was finished.  That is my sister's finishing efforts on my stitching.

A prairie schooler favorite.

I hope you enjoyed the Christmas tour of stitching on display at our house!  Thanks for visiting.

















Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello stitching friends!

It's hard to believe it's Thanksgiving tomorrow.  This year is flying past it seems.  I have been doing some preparation today for tomorrow's dinner.  Both of our children will be here with their significant others.  We will be eating early since Mike will have to leave for work early afternoon and both kids will have to go to their in-laws for a second thanksgiving celebration.  

I made my favorite part of the meal earlier today.  My Mom's Cranberry Salad.  Every time I make it I think of her.  It is the perfect accompaniment to the turkey I think.  Would you like the recipe?  I will be happy to share it with you at the end of this post.

It will most likely be me and the animals by ourselves by late afternoon.  But, that won't be a bad thing!  I plan on doing some stitching.

I've been working on the cardinal Christmas piece since maybe the 13th or so.  I'm not good at noting the start date of projects.  I kind of rely on my blog as a way to keep track of projects throughout the year.  I realize I neglected to do photos of the ornaments I stitched.  But, it's just as well since I think at least one member of our stitch group reads my blog.  (Hi Cathy). I still need to sit down with some time to play with their final finish.  I haven't decided what that will be yet.  I will most likely look through some pictures of other finishes out there to help me decide.

I have enjoyed the crocheting project of the baby blanket.  I think it is about big enough to stop adding rows soon.  I will wait for Barb's next visit to help me with the edging.
 As soon as I laid this out on the couch for a picture, Annie jumped on the couch thinking I was laying out this cozy blanket for her afternoon nap....

Here's where I am currently on the Christmas cardinal.

I had to order another skein of the WDW Cayenne floss, since 1 wasn't enough.  I don't know what it is about this cardinal, but I've had to rip out rows a couple of times....  I guess I just haven't paid close enough attention to the chart.  I do really like this piece.  It's kind of funny because the last time I talked to my sister she told me she was stitching this piece as well.  We didn't plan that, but it happens more often than you think.  I guess we just like many of the same designs.

Our daughter and her husband recently adopted a kitten that desperately needed a home.  They named him Hendrix.  I have to share the photo she sent me last night.

 They were getting ready to go to bed and apparently he got there first!  He's just a tiny little guy. You forget how much fun kittens are until you are around one again.

Cranberry Salad

1 bag fresh cranberries 
1 orange
1 small package red jello
1c sugar
Chop the cranberries and the Orange in a food mill or food processor.  Meanwhile boil water, add 1c boiling water to the red jello and dissolve.  Add the sugar to cranberries and orange mixture, then add the dissolved jello, and 3/4c cold water to the cranberry mixture.  Refrigerate for firming up.  I always make it the day before. I serve it in her fostoria bowl.  




Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.






Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Hello Stitching Friends!

I'm thinking of all of you on this gray November day.  I have spent part of the afternoon deciding on my next ornament.  I have chosen one, from here:

Then found appropriate fabric and pulled flosses with some substitutions.  This may be the one for our annual ornament exchange in our stitching group.  I will have to see how it comes out.  I did finish this ornament last night.
The fabric is more greenish in color than it appears in this photo.  The design is an older one from Little House Needleworks.  

Our daughter and son-in-law will be moving soon.  They found a house they are buying.  It is in our town, just a few blocks away from where they are currently living.  The house needs some work, mostly painting in every room, and the downstairs bathroom needs a re-do.  But I think with our son helping them along with Mike and I, they will be able to accomplish most all of the work.  I see a paint roller in my hand before long.....  They are very excited about this, and not having to be renters any longer.  There's a perfect little bedroom upstairs for the baby!  

I've been enjoying my day off for the Veterans Day holiday.  The animals have been napping since Mike left for work.  

Here's Annie and Simon spooning in the chair.  They have it rough around here! lol.  

I did order fabric and flosses for this beauty from The Silver Needle last week.  They arrived on Saturday!  I am itching to start this!

 I've loved this design for a long time.  


I will close this post with a picture of a couple of my Thanksgiving pieces.

I don't have many things stitched for this holiday.  I do have "Be Ye Thankful" finished from the Cross eyed cricket.  But I leave it out all year, and don't necessarily think of it as a Thanksgiving piece.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and happy stitching friends!








Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Progress

Hello Stitching Friends!

I thought I would check in with an update.  I spent most of today taking it easy and doing some stitching.  I had oral surgery yesterday.  I'm very happy it's over.  I hadn't been looking forward to it at all.  I had tissue removed from the roof of my mouth, and then implanted in front of my lower front teeth.  My gums have receded there and this tissue implantation is supposed to be the solution.

But enough about that, here's an update photo on today's progress.

Sorry for the shadows.  But you can tell where I'm at.  I'm calling it quits for today.  It's probably one more day off work tomorrow.  

The weather is turning colder this week.  It is supposed to be a pretty chilly Halloween this year.  The leaves have really been falling as well.  The fall colors have been really pretty this year.  

Being home all day today I witnessed what the cats do when we are at work in the afternoons.


What a bunch of sleepyheads!  Ranger did wake up as I took her picture.  


I took this picture this weekend at the park while walking Harry.  

Hope you're finding time for stitching fun!
Thanks for visiting.