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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Patriotic Stitching

Hi there cloud friends! Yes , I am still alive and doing just fine here in the cool and beautiful NW!  First, I want to tell you all about a super give away .  My friends over at the blog Stitching Friends Forever are  having a very generous give away.  Plus you will love the blog.  They have so many wonderful stitching ideas and their finishing is inspirational!
I have enjoyed some great patriotic stitching so far this summer.  Now I am sort of moving on to some samplers.  Right now I am working on a BBD design in their wonderful book" The Bells on Christmas Day."  I am doing the big sampler in that book.  So far I love it.  I think it will be up all year as it says Peace On Earth and I think that is good for all the time!! Well, on to the  patriotic things.

 This one is Strawberries and Stripes by With Thy Needle and Thread. I will make it into a small pillow and add to my bowl.

 The minute I saw this design I knew I wanted to stitch it.  It is Where Liberty Dwells by With thy Needle and Thread.  I changed the red to 3777.  I like to use barn reds in most of my stitching.  The star part got a bit boring but I love the end result!!


 Finally I stitched Patriotic Houses by Waxing Moon.  I will also be doing the Halloween Houses .  These were  such fun and quick to stitch.  I'm still working on a final finish for this one.




 My blog post would not be complete without a few garden photos! Here is my lovely delphinium!

 It is a great summer for hydrangeas.  If you have them, be sure to check on the alum trick.  I can keep them as cut flowers for well over a week using the alum.

 

Finally  the alliums look like fireworks as they get finished blooming.
I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful 4th !  We had a nice quiet dinner with our DD and her friend.  Those of you not in the US, I hope your summer is going great and all of you have lots of wonderful stitching time.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter

Welcome to the Easter Blog Hop sponsored by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. I hope Spring has found most of you by now.  I am sharing two Spring/ Easter photos with all of you.



 This is called Quaker Easter Egg by Bent Creek.  I loved doing this design.  It was quick and full of fun motifs!



This is the focus of my Easter decorating, my white bunny collection as well as a few favorite stitched pieces.  The other two stitched pieces are Easter Parade by Blackbird Designs and Bunny Egg Mini by Waxing Moon Designs.

I know you came here for a letter and mine is the letter U.  Your next stop is at 
http://astridxstitching.blogspot.com

I wish all of you the blessings of Easter and a very happy Spring!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Wonderful Christmas Surprise

Hi there cloud friends!  It's been awhile I know.  I read  blogs everyday but just get lazy about posting.  Today, though , I have something special to share with you.  As you know, I love ,love the frames by Valley House Primitives.  They go perfectly with my style of decorating.  So whenever I stitch a special piece, I order a frame from them.  I stitched Prairie Schooler Christmas Village.  Now that was a big job.  I wanted a special frame for it so I contacted Janet.  She asked if I needed it before Christmas. I said it would be nice but I didn't know their schedule and I was late in requesting the frame.  She said they would do their best and that was all  I expected.  You can imagine how surprised and pleased I was in a week or ten days to hear the frame was ready .   Janet always sends me an invoice and I pay using paypal.  Well instead of the invoice, I got an email from Janet saying the frame was to be a gift from her and Mike.  It made my day , no month , no year! How very generous they are.  The frame is beautiful and will always be so special to me because of their generosity.  What a way to get cheered up  after carpel tunnel surgery and to feel the real Christmas spirit!

 The way I stitched this was to do one house after each project I stitched during the year.  I started it last January and after stitching three houses I knew I had to space them out.

 This shows how beautifully the frame looks with the design.  All the golds and browns are really enhanced by the frame.



 I love the school.  Every village needs a school house with an American flag!!

 See those 53 trees at the top.  They became my Sunday evening stitch. Again I couldn't do them all at once!




I chose this for my last picture for two reasons.  The first because it shows off the beautiful frame very well.  The second because going to Church and celebrating the birth of Jesus is the most important part of Christmas to me.

Thank you for joining me today and a very special thank you again to Janet and Mike of Valley House Primitives!!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Advent Blog Hop

Today I am Joining Jo's Advent Blog Hop. Thanks to Jo of Serendipitous Stitching for organizing this fun holiday hop. I was happy to get December 2 as my day.  This is the first Sunday in Advent.  Some recognize this as the Sunday of Hope.  So I have chosen a fairly old design to share with you today.  It is "A Weary World Rejoices" by Shakespeare"s Peddler. 


This was also the best choice because one of my favorite Christmas songs is" O Holy Night". I am sorry not to have a recording of that song for you, but not being very tech savvy, I was not sure how to load a song on my blog.   I'm sure you have heard the song many times during the Christmas Season.   Thanks again Jo and a very Merry Christmas to all of you!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!!

A very Happy Halloween to all of you and welcome to Jo's Halloween Blog Hop! I chose a design that I stitched last year to share with you.

This is Halloween Hornbook Sampler by Plum Street Samplers.  My beautiful frame was made by Janet over at Valley house Primitives.   I believe it is the tombstone design. Now to play a bit. My letter is L.  If you collect all the letters hop on over to Jo at Serendipitous Stitching and give her the spooky phrase.  A special thanks to Jo for organizing this fun blog hop. 
Your next stop is http://alchymyst.blogspot.co.uk/ Thanks for visiting and again have a very
Happy Halloween

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Cross stitch, Flowers, and my Pumpkin Moon!

Hi there cloud friends.  I thought I would get in one post before August is gone.  Here in the NW we have had the hottest, driest, smokiest summer ever!! That being said, I am ready for Fall !! At times our air was more polluted than China.  We have had forest fires to the north, east, and south so there was no avoiding the smoke. Our worst conditions came from the fires in British Columbia. There were several days when we were told to stay indoors as much as possible.  Thank goodness we put in AC three years ago.  However, my garden has done well and I have spent many hours watering!!  If you just like to see stitching then just look at my first few photos.  After that, I will take you on a tour of my dahlias!

 This is called First Winds of Autumn.  It is a Blackbird design.  It was part of the Ladies Prim Society.  The colors on my photo are drab.  The real piece is full of lovely vibrant Fall colors.  It was designed to be a strawberry.  As you all know, finishing is not really my thing so a strawberry was out of the question.  I had to add to the bottom border so that it will fit into an antique frame that I have. It was a wonderful piece to stitch!

 This is my current project.  I was not able to get a good picture.  All I have left is the house.  I am changing the color of the house as a white one will not show up very well on my linen.  I am thinking of a sage green. That will look good with the pretty Autumn colors.

  Here are the dahlias!








 This lily just had to be here.  The flowers were larger than my DH's hands!  And it smelled heavenly!. 

OK, this is what smoke does to the moon!  I am calling it my pumpkin moon in honor of the coming of my favorite season, FALL!! I hope all of you have a great weekend and thanks so much for joining me today!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

Hi there cloud friends!  A very Happy 4th to all my friends in the US.  In honor of the day, I am doing a post of my patriotic designs.  I did miss a few.  Next to Halloween, this is my favorite holiday to stitch for.  I hope you enjoy.















Sorry for the reflection on some and even the crooked shape.  I am having guests in about an hour but I did want to share this special day with you , my blog friends.  If you would like any information on any of the designs , I will be happy to share the info with you.  Thanks so much for joining me!