Happy Fall

Happy Fall
Away She Rides

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Thanks for joining me on this festive day.  I hope you all have fun tonight.  We will have lots of trick-or-treaters.  My DH,DD, and SIL will join me on the porch passing out the goodies. The rain has finally stopped! Well, this is far from all the Halloween things I have stitched.  My little grandson has one for each year until this year-that means he has 8.  This collection does cover many years.  I first started stitching when I quit quilting because of arthritis in my hands so that goes way back. These are in no particular order. Thanks again for taking your time to look at them.











 This little gem took one week of frogging!!! I did the whole second floor and as I worked to the top, it did not work. I had missed one stitch a so I could not reach the peak!



 My first Halloween stitch!




Obviously not a cross stitch but my favorite Halloween photo! He was two when this was taken.  Now he's 9.

 Again a very Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

An Autumn Day in the Northwest

We finally had a nice break from the rain so the DH and I went on a short road trip down to Tacoma.  Tacoma has a great walking/biking trail along it's waterfront.  Plus, there are lots of nice little cafes and places to eat. The color was very pretty.  I hope you enjoy this short walk !





 There was just enough fog and clouds to make Mt. Rainier interesting over the city.

 The mountain often gets those circular clouds over the top.  They look just a bit like space ships.

 We're home now.  The best color I have in the yard comes from my grape vine.


You've heard of the last rose of summer?  Well, I think this is the last hydrangea of summer.

Tomorrow I have planned a post showing  all the Halloween cross stitch I have done, I hope you will join me!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Finish

I hope all of you have had a great week and are enjoying the week-end!  We are having rain, rain, and more rain.  I think we are making up for the dry summer.  Well, that's great weather for reading and stitching.  I'm reading "A Quilt for Christmas" by Sandra Dallas.  The book is very good. It's more about how the women who were left on the farms during the  Civil War managed ,than it is about any particular quilt or about Christmas.
As far as stitching, I finished "At Cock's First Cow"  in the booklet "Sisters"  by Blackbird Designs.  My goal was to have it finished by Halloween and I beat that deadline by a week!

 To me , this is a perfect Halloween Sampler.  The booklet indicates that many of the motifs in this design were taken form the antique samplers that also appear in the booklet. They are stitched, however, in great Halloween colors. I used 32 ct. lambswool and the suggested floss colors.  This will stay up all year in my craft room.  I love it! I still plan to stitch more designs from that booklet.

 I think I want to move into that house!!!!!!

 Thanks so much for joining me and have a great week-end!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Finish and a Walk in the Garden

I actually finished the pumpkin stitch today.  I think I will just hold my comments until the pictures.  We had a wonderful afternoon today.  We have had several days with some rain(I'm not complaining) but this afternoon was sunny and warm so I took the trusty camera and went for a walk in my garden.  We have not had a frost so things are still pretty,  I hope you enjoy.

 I'm really not very happy with this.  It looks more like a cylinder than a pumpkin.  Plus the pearl cotton that was used for the ribs didn't look like ribs at all to me.

 Here is another view.  This was the medium size pumpkin.  I doubt I will make the small or large one.

 Then I looked at the pattern thinking I had done something wrong.  Well, they all look like cylinders on the picture.  So I guess I did ok.  I still think I'm done with this project.

 The next few pictures are my dahlias.  They are still blooming very well.







 Here we have a rubeckia.  It has produaced lots of flowers this summer.


 Our blueberry bushes have amazing color.

I will end this post with this cute little black spider.  It was on my Halloween door mat, just the right spider to be on a Halloween door mat! 
 Have a wonderful week-end!!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A WIP and Some Fall Pictures!


Fall finally seems to have come to the Pacific NW.  It hasn't been 80 for some time, thank goodness. We have had several mornings with fog and that makes great conditions for photographing spider webs! I think those spiders  are nature's engineers! Sorry, I could not get the photo with the web to show on the blog.
For my current project I choose another design from a  BBD  chart. It is from the booklet ,"Sisters".  When BBD came out with their designs last Fall, I could not resist them. I'm working on " At First Cock's Crow."  This is very much a Halloween piece, both the words and colors speak Halloween! I like that it has the look of a sampler.
My DH and I  went on a little road trip to a pumpkin patch last week. I think we were the only people there without children! We stopped in a shop and I saw my last purchase(hopefully) for this Halloween season, a great witch dummy board!

At First Cock's Crow by BBD.  I am using the suggested floss but I had a nice piece of left-over Lambswool 32 count, so that is the linen.

I love the GA color Fragrant Cloves.  It is such a pretty orange.

I always wanted a dummy board  in front of the fireplace.  This is the perfect size.



 A pumpkin patch is the epitome of Fall for me. 


Is there a better way to end a great day than with a sugar -free mocha at one of your favorite coffee places?

Thanks for joining me today!!! Have a wonderful week ahead.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tomorrow is October1!!

My favorite month is about to start.  It will go by too fast, I'm sure.  I finally got my self together and decorated for Halloween at least in the entrance.  I will be finishing up tomorrow.  That includes getting out the Halloween dishes!! I have my last 2 finishes hanging up.  That might be record time for me.  I hope you enjoy seeing the beginning of a month of fun at my home!

 I have often mentioned that I just love this antique desk!! It is the focal point of the entrance to our home.

 The witch looks great in my frame that we picked up in a little antique shop just a few weeks ago.

 Here's "Away We Ride. "  Above that is" Witchy" It is by the Primitive Needle.  I really miss that talented designer. That is framed in an old frame that we have had for along time.

 My tree and the wonderful "Woolpets" owls.  The bat and the ghost and even the witch on top are also "Woolpets." Thanks to my talented daughter, Laurie, I have these adorable ornaments and birds!

 Another Woolpet" design , the crow! Plus a white ,Tom Jones of Fairhope Alabama, pumpkin. In another post, I'll show my entire collection of these pumpkins.

I love that little frame that shows my kids when they were small, all dressed up for Halloween!

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a glorious October!!!