Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day after

I caught up with reading blogs this morning.  It sounds like many of you had a pleasant Mother's Day.  I did as well.  We had a cookout.  I had made a dessert, salad, and deviled eggs, while Mike took care of the grill.  It was our daughter's first Mothers Day, so it was a special one for her.  Our son-in-law's father joined us as well.  It was his first time to see the baby.  

I think Addison charmed everyone.
In the bottom picture, our son is holding her.  She slept a good part of the afternoon.  

Mike and I are heading out today to buy some annuals for the flower boxes on our deck.  The buys got the outside furniture out on Saturday.  I'm hoping to find a new umbrella for the deck table as well.
I hope to have a finish of Miss Peepers soon.  I'm getting close.

Please forgive the wrinkles and dark photo.  No sunshine here this morning.  In fact, it looks like it could rain.  Well, it's time to unload the dryer, and then off for some shopping.  Have a great week, and happy stitching!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blog Award

Hello Stitchy Friends!
It took me awhile, but I finally got caught up on reading blogs.  I was please to read that Margaret from Days of a Sampler Lover awarded me the One Lovely Blog Award!  Thank you, Margaret. 

The purpose of this award is for bloggers to nominate fellow bloggers. In order to accept the award, the nominated blogger must follow these rules:

  • thank the person who nominated you and link back 
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award.
Seven facts about myself:
1.  I have spent my entire career as a Librarian working at the same library.  I attended college while working there as well.
2.  I love animals.  I have always had one cat or more for a pet all of my life.  We currently have four cats and a dog. 
3.  I met my husband at our local community college.  He grew up in a town only 12 miles away, but I probably wouldn't have met him in other circumstances.  He worked in the college library, and a good friend of mine was the Librarian there. 
4.  My older sister introduced me to counted cross stitch.  The women in my family all did needlework of some kind or the other.  Most all of my Aunts did beautiful crochet work. 
5.  I was born to older parents, as the last child of four daughters.  My father had two girls from a previous marriage, and as a widower met my Mother and married her.  He then had my sister and myself.  He grew up in a family with seven sisters. 
6.  I took care of my aging parents in my twenties and  early thirties.  They both passed away before our two children were born. 
7.  I am an avid reader.  I know, shock, right?! Look for me on Good Reads I share my love of books there. 
I nominate

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

She's here!

Addison Melody Ann.  Born 10 minutes before midnight April 28. 8 pounds, 21" long.  Needless to say we are pleased as can be. Mom and baby are doing great, grandma and grandpa are over the moon.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Stitch Every Day finish

Hi again.  

I didn't realize I hadn't posted a picture of my previous finish....  So, here is Stitch Every Day

Waiting game

Hello Stitching Friends!

Mike and I are sitting at the hospital, waiting for the birth of our first grandchild.  Thank goodness for a hobby that keeps my hands busy!  

I am stitching away on Miss Peepers by Little House Needleworks.  I needed a smaller piece to do, and this fit my mood.

My sister recently stitched this one as well.  I will share a picture of her finish.

She does lovely stitching and finishing.  We like many of the same designs and often find ourselves stitching the same thing without being aware that the other one is stitching it as well.  Spooky, huh?

We are enjoying some beautiful Spring weather around here this week.  The flowering trees and tulips are so pretty!

I will blog pictures of the new arrival once we get to finally meet her!

Happy Stitching.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Early morning

I am up early this morning.  We have had thunderstorms the last two nights.  That means the dog has been sleeping in our bed.  Like many dogs, he is not a fan of thunderstorms.  Then about 5:30 he decided it was time for his morning bathroom break.  
Instead of going back to bed, I started the coffee and headed to the computer.  It's my usual habit to read blogs over my morning cup of coffee before heading off to work during the week.  Some mornings I only have time to grab the coffee and go, others I have time to read awhile.  I don't set my alarm, I don't oversleep enough to be late for work.  I don't miss setting an alarm to get up to wake kids up for school.  Neither one of our children were morning people.  It was always a job to get them up and moving.  Well, I digress.  But today I not only caught up on my blog reading, I thought I would indulge in more coffee and do a blog post of my own!  You will have to forgive me if there are typos since I didn't grab my glasses on my way downstairs.  

It sounds like we are in for more storms later today.  I don't mind them, in fact I rather like Spring storms, unless of course they produce tornadoes.  We had a tornado touch down in our town in 1996.  It did quite a bit of damage to homes.  Most of it was confined to the other side of town from where we live.  The house we used to live in before this one was one that had to be torn down because while the tornado didn't level it, the house was twisted due to the winds.  So much so, that the walls cracked on the inside.  My sister was here visiting at the time.  Mike was at work.  I remember Karen and I taking our kids to the basement with us as the tornado sirens were sounding.  The kids were ages 5 and 8 at the time.  They both remember the tornado well.  After it was over, and reports started circling around our neighborhood about the damage, I was very worried that the library was damaged.  I had only been named the Director a few months prior.  I had visions of a building without a roof!  But I was finally able to make it over to the library relieved to find it unharmed, with the tornado's path starting a mere three blocks to the north.  Needless to say we felt very lucky.

I did spend time stitching last night.  I will share a picture of my progress.

Sorry for the wrinkled shot.  But that's as good as you are getting for now.  I don't have a lot left on this before it will be done.  But there is satin stitching and a bunch of specialty stitches at the bottom edge of the design.  I am mostly concerned about how well the satin stitch will be covered.  

I do have pictures to share from my recently framed finishes.

I think this last one is my favorite.  If you need to know designers or names of them just comment.  I was glad I was able to get several framed at one time.  It helped that my LNS had a framing sale of 20% off.  But I have to say I am pleased with her work.  I can frame things myself, but I get frustrated trying to get my piece mounted squarely and evenly on my backing.  Also, it's difficult to find ready made frames the right size.  My husband has made frames for me before, but the selection of wood molding available isn't the best.

Well if you are in the path of Spring storms I hope there won't be anything too bad coming.  Take care.

Happy stitching.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April already?

Hello Stitchy friends 

Time has disappeared again after my last blog post!  We have been busy around here.  Last weekend was a big family event.  There was a lovely baby shower for our daughter at our library in the children's room.  It was such a perfect spot for this!  

Holly husband Joe attended as well.  It think he had fun.  They received some lovely gifts for the new baby.  We are anxiously awaiting her arrival.  We had family here from California, Minnesota, and Maryland.  It was quite the weekend!  After the girl shower for Holly, we hosted a Dad shower for Joe at our house in the evening.  It was a beer and diaper party.  The invitees were asked to bring a box of diapers and some beer to share.  I made the food for that.  We had a great time with everyone.

I guess I don't have any pictures from that to share.  I was too busy being hostess!  

Well I know get to the stitching updates...

I finished the black capped chickadee from the Prairie Schooler chart.
So I decided to take a break from the birds and stitch the piece I had promised my friend next.
I think she was pleased with it.  She is going to make an oval fabric basket, and then stitch this to the front of the basket.

Mike and I had a chance to get to Bloomington the weekend before the baby shower to find a stitching shop a friend had told me about.  It's about an hour and thirty minutes from us.  We don't head that direction very often.  We tend to gravitate towards the shop in Clinton Iowa more often, since my husband works in that area.  But it's always fun to see a new store.  I was disappointed that she didn't have many things left from Market.  I did buy one chart and the linen.  I actually came home and started it!

And here is my progress....

Check out the lovely project bag my sister made

She is always so thoughtful and a talented seamstress.  She also brought a project bag for the newest stitcher in our family, our sons's fiancée.  She was pleased as well.  Sorry I didn't get a picture of it, but it was a cute wedding themed fabric.

I also have traveled to Clinton to pick up what I had left there for framing.  One of the pieces was for the new baby's room.  

I should probably save the other framed finishes for another post.  This one is getting rather long.  
I hope all of you will have a lovely Easter tomorrow!  I am hoping for a quieter weekend.

Happy stitching!