Saturday, August 13, 2016

Back Home!

Hi there cloud friends.  I hope all is well with you.  My DH and I just got back from a trip to Chicago. Now you might wonder why anyone would leave the cool and lovely NW for a trip to Chicago in August??? Well, very dear friends celebrated their 50th Anniversary.  The lady has been my friend for many years.  She has delt with unbelievable health issues and she and her husband have the most amazing attitude.  We decided it was worth the trip to celebrate with them.  Plus, we visited with my DH's sweet sister and her family and a wonderful friend that I grew up with.  Lots of visiting, great seeing old friends and family.  Of course, I took full advantage of being near brick and mortar cross stitch shops.  I spent hours in both The Inspired Needle in Lemont and The Country Cupboard in Orland Park.  I loved them both and the ladies in the shops were wonderful. (Did I ever tell you that my DH is a saint? He just sat with a book and did not hurry me at all).  Today I will share my stash. My next post will show the airplane stitching I did!

This was all from Hobby Lobby.  We don't have one near us and I love homespun.  I think it works well with finishing cross stitch pillows and ornaments.  It was on sale and all very cheap!

 I found this adorable fabric in a quilt shop.  I already have some plans on how I will use it.

 Here are a few of the linens I bought. As usual, they look much better than they are showing on the photo.

 The Country Cupboard had a whole room with Halloween designs.  I tried but temptation got the better of me!!!

I have missed some of your blogs but have enjoyed trying to catch up.  There will be fewer comments than usual from me but  I'm back and will be catching up.  Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cross Stitch and Flowers

Hi there cloud friends! I hope summer is treating you all well.  We have had a wonderful one here in the Pacific NW if you like cool temps like I do.  Many days have been in the 70's, my favorite kind of weather. I haven't posted for awhile as not a lot is going on.  I am working on two large pieces so there hasn't been lots to share.  Plus we have pretty much been at home.  We have started an exercise class at the local Y.  It is called Silver Sneakers.  In spite of the title, we get a good work out.  At this point, I think my back will only get better as my core gets stronger so that's what I am working on!! I do have a few garden shots to share.  My garden has also liked the cooler temps!

 Thank you all for the wonderful advice you gave me in response to my last post.  I am putting the border on three sides.  I'm working on the alphabet and pumpkins or crows for the bottom.  There will not be A Ghoultide Welcome! This is so washed out.  Really it has great Fall colors and the linen is Lakeside Vintage Sand Dune. That's one of my favorite go to colors for linen.

 There is a lot of border.  We are going to be on a plane later this month so I will add the orange flowers then.

 Thanks for the advice on this one too.  The linen is actually antique white so I think I will just leave it.  I am such a chicken when it comes to dying things.  I do admire some of you who are so adventurous with dying fabric and threads!!

 If you read this blog just for the stitching, now is the time to stop.  The rest are photos are from the garden.  My dahlias are beautiful this year.  This is my favorite!

 I think it is called Bed Head!

The lilies have also been good.  This one is over 6 feet tall.  Happy (also known as my DH) agreed to be the comparison for height.

I hope you all have a great week-end and thanks so much for joining me today.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cross Stitch and Lavender

Hi there cloud friends! I hope your Sunday is as pretty as mine.  It is sunny and probably about 78, I call that close to perfect weather. I have done lots of stitching to share with you today.  We went to the Sequim Lavender Festival on Fri. and I  have photos from that to share too. Let's get started.

 I am ready for the border on the Ghoultide Welcome. Here is what I am thinking,  to make it more like a sampler, I want to add the alphabet at the bottom.  That would not take up as much space as the charted "A Ghoultide Welcome"  so I would have to end the border at the two sides.  I have seen that done on other pieces.  I could then do just a simple line or zig-zag border on the bottom.  We (the engineer DH and I)  just can't make the border work with the alphabet design.  What do you think? I would love to know.

 I love this pile of pumpkins.  I could add a few of these to the alphabet line.
 The finished Fancy Blackett design by Pineberry Lane.  The chart is called Fancy Blackett Tea for Two.  I used the recommended floss.  This is for my DD as we often have coffee together.  I am pretending it is coffee not tea. The big letters were a snap as the B was charted.  I just took of the middle, flipped it over, and got an L for Laurie.  Now the letters stand for Barb and Laurie! Sorry Fancy and Otis!

 I love the design Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street.  I had started this one last Fall right after my accident.  I was not enjoying it at that time.  Now I really like it.  I just wish I had not chosen such a white linen.  I am thinking I might dye it when I'm finished.  However, it might change the colors of the floss too much.  I need your opinion again!

 The festival was a pleasure in both scent and vision.  Just beautiful!

I love the drift wood bird house.  Maybe I'll get more drift wood on my next beach walk and try one of these.

They were distilling lavender oil and this was the pile. It smelled divine!

Thanks so much for joining me today and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Beautiful NW!

Hi there cloud friends!  I hope this post finds you all well and happy.  Today I am taking you on a few trips around my area.  If you just read the blog for stitching, I will be back with lots of that to share soon.  Today, however, is all about Western Washington.

 In summer we have some very low tides.  This beach is about 30 minutes West of our house.  It is known for eagles that come here to feed when the tide is very low.  We saw 25 eagles at one time. What a thrill!

 We are now at the Sat. before the 4th.  It was our day to act as docents. 

 My DH is all ready for the visitors.  We give them a history of this lighthouse.  Some people ask lots of questions and some just come to look at the inside of a lighthouse.

 This is a view of Mt. Rainier from the window of the lighthouse.  It's about 70 miles away looking south.

 A beautiful day for people and dogs!

and planes too!!

 And taking visitors to Victoria, BC. The ship is called "The Clipper".

 Another day , another beach! This one is about 45 minutes south of home.  You get a great 30 minute walk through the woods to get to this beach. My DH and I are definitely water people! We love the mountains too but the water really pulls us.

 Mt. Rainier from the beach.  The mountain is really much closer here but it looks further away because I did not use the close up lens. It's about 40 miles from here.

Last but not least, a little visitor came to my garden!

Have a great week and thanks for joining me today.  I'll be back soon with lots of stitching!

Friday, June 24, 2016

To all my cloud friends in the USA, have a safe and happy 4th of July. To all of my cloud friends that live in other parts of the wold, have a great week.  

Our flag from the Point-No-Point Lighthouse

A Little Bit of Everything

Hi there all you cloud friends! I hope the early days of summer are good for you , that is, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere.  For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, happy winter!  I would like to thank you for the many kind comments I got about the passing of my step-mom.  We (I'm the personal representative but I could not do it without the help of my DH) are now busy with the business of being a personal representative( previously executor).  There is a lot to do but I am happy to be able to do these final things for her.
Now onto the stitching world.  I have finished Nantucket Summer but still need to finish it.  Thanks to Priscilla, I am trying one of her ideas for framing.  I have started "Fancy Blackett-Tea for Two" by Pineberry Lane.  The minute I saw this one I knew I wanted to stitch it for my DD.  Fancy and a pumpkin head lady are having tea.  In my world, they are having coffee!  My DD and I often meet for coffee in the town between us.  This design is just perfect considering how  often we like to do that! No photo yet.  Of course, I'm still working away on "A Ghoultide Welcome" by Plum street.  I have the right side of the house finished.
Finally, I can't post without sharing my garden with you.

Here is the whole project! the colors look washed out in this photo.  They actually are quite bright and pretty.  I keep looking at Plum Street's Liberty's Welcome and wonder if I can do another huge house.  We will just have to see!

 We have had lots of thunder storms, very rare for this area.  Anyway, one day the sun came out and we saw this lovely rainbow!

 This little bird thinks she owns our back yard and the feeder!

  It's the time for day lilies!

 and hydrangea!

Thanks for joining me today and have a wonderful week-end!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Busy Time!

Hi there cloud friends!  Sorry that I have been so absent from the blog world.  My step-mom down in Alabama passed away on May 18.  Between the business and the planning of a memorial service and then the trip down there, I have just not been in the blog state of mind. We had to fly to Atlanta, drive to Mobile, then turn around 5 days later and do it again in reverse.  I hope to stay off planes for a good long time!  She was a very special lady to me and I'm glad her suffering is over.
I did accomplish the grass on the plane!  It was over 250 stitches for each row and there were 5 rows!! I learned something about what I like to stitch.  The big houses are worth the repetition but row after row of grass was really boring,  It even tired my eyes!!!! I will also show you the small I am stitching.

 Sorry for the crooked grass.  I never press my stitching until I am finished.  I am seriously thinking about making a change in this design.  A big box that says A Ghoultide Welcome is part of the chart.  I am thinking of skipping that part and just having the very pretty border go below the grass.  If not, I will have a lot more of the long rows of fill stitching.  Plus, I kind of like the sampler appearance of it without the words. Stay tuned!

 Here we have"Summer in Nantucket". So far I have only changed the color of the red house.  The chart by Plum Street Samplers called for a sort of reddish brown that I did not like.  I also am stitching on antique white (I have no idea where the color you see came from) so I had to change the whale as it would not have shown up on the off white fabric. I am having lots of fun with this one. 

 I came home to my Mock Orange in full bloom.  The smell is just heavenly!

 The fushias are also in full glory!

I will end with this whimsical little fountain decoration.  My DH rarely sees something he loves.  This little aunt did the trick!
Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you are all having a good week!