Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn days...

Hello stitching friends!

I always have the best intentions to post more frequently...but everything else gets in the way. I have been stitching tho! I also recently caught up on reading blogs, at least as of yesterday....

I have enjoyed doing some smaller stitching projects. I tend to have a larger project underway instead of doing small ones.

But I have loved working on these two ornaments this week.

I really liked doing this new ornament from Little House Needleworks. I may have to do it again for a gift. I haven't decided if I will finish it as a small pillow ornament or do a flat finish.

This is my current project. It's also by Little House Needleworks. From an ornament magazine from a previous year. My friend Jane was kind enough to lend me her issue. I also really like the sparkly linen I'm using. I bought a remnant piece of it from a stitching store I visited a couple of weeks ago with my niece, Barb. She had discovered a stitching store in Elkader, Iowa, called Backstitch. So we took a road trip to check it out. The variegated green floss was something I had in my stash, that I thought worked well for this.

This s another smallish project I completed recently. I found the chart in an old cross stitch magazine. The chart was designed by Kathy Barrick. I changed it up some. I charted my Great-Great Grandmothers name and inserted it along with the year of her birth in Sweden. She was an emigrant to a small town called Bishop Hill very near where we live. I have always been intrigued by these hardy emigrants in my family tree. Some of them traveled on foot from Chicago to Bishop Hill (about 150 miles)! Pretty hardy pioneer stock... I do think I am going to stitch a small crown in the open area above Elizabeth's name.

I have been busy putting up some halloween decorations over the weekend. i recently got Trick or Treat sewed into a long skinny pillow thanks to the help of my sister. The cute Halloween runner on the coffee table is also more evidence of my sister's sewing talent.

This is a corner of our living room...Jolly Jack was sewed into a long skinny pillow with my sisters help also...

Mike and I have some vacation time scheduled to start at the end of this work week. We are both counting down the days.... It will be great to have some time off!!

I hope all of you are enjoying these beautiful Autumn colors. I think this is my favorite season.

This is a favorite Fall book of mine. I've been busy reading also. I just started the new J.K. Rowling book Casual Vacancy. I hope it will be good.

Happy Stitching Everyone!

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  1. All of the ornaments are very pretty!I do enjoy seeing your Halloween decorations. Plus you are very lucky to have a talented sewing sister.

  2. i love sparkly fabric and that variegated green is gorgeous - a big fan of Kathy Barrick so i do also love that as well and your halloween display looks really good i especially like the big candle filled with pine cones and dried bits and pieces - is it scented? that would be lovely too. hugs and stitches, Amanda

  3. All of your projects are amazing, halloween decorations was deeply coins to my eyes.

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  4. I love your Halloween decorating! Love your finishes and WIP too. That's pretty cool about your Great Great Grandmother. And to still live in the area where she trekked to. Very nice! I hope you have a great vacation!

  5. I just love your new ornament finishes, Meloday--was just thinking of starting the second one myself :) Your Halloween decorating is such fun, too!

    It's so funny, but I was just admiring that same book at work yesterday. I was putting up a new book display on "Thoughts of Autumn" and this one obviously made the cut. I just love Susan Branch--have you checked out her blog? Wonderful!!

    Enjoy your vacation time :)

  6. Love the smalls! Vacation will soon be here!

  7. Hi Melody! I am so touched by your finish of the Kathy Barrick piece. What an appropriate way to honor your great great grandmother from Bishop Hill.

    With all your Halloween finishes displayed so beautifully, it looks like your home is ready for the big night!

  8. Melody, as usual, I love everything that you're stitching. Wow, the Barrick design you found is fantastic!! I love that you're putting your great-great grandmother's name on it!!! Just perfect.