Happy Witch

Happy Witch

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Monster Revealed!

Hi there cloud friends!  I hope you are having a day like I am here in the NW.  It is beautiful with a bright blue sky and the trees showing wonderful color.  I decided this would be a good day to post about the Ghoultide Welcome.  I ordered a frame from Valley House Primitives and Janet did an amazing job as usual.  The under tone matches the GA Gingersnap that I used so much in the design. The frame makes me smile every time I look at it.  I love working with Janet.  She goes out of her way to please.

 The final size is 26x16 1/2 inches.

 As I said in a previous post, I learned a lot stitching this design.  I don't really enjoy stitching the same things over and over.  There was a lot of this kind of stitching in this design.  That big plant on the left was probably the most fun.  I absolutely love the way the border looks but I got very tired of stitching it. The second photo shows you the beautiful frame! The last picture shows my huge change.  I could not bring myself to stitch all the grass and background to the letters.  I would have died of boredom.  Implementing the change was not easy. I estimated the wrong location for the second row in the alphabet and it all had to be frogged.  I also frogged the bird on the right side twice!!!!!The chart called for using silk thread.  I used tons of floss.  In fact, I lost count of how many skeins of WDW onyx I used.  The design called for 36 or 40 ct.  I stitched on 32.  Silks would have broken the bank. All that being said, I love the way it looks.  It will be up all year in my craft room!!!! While I love the series, I doubt I will stitch another.  I love Liberty's Welcome but the color  changes would be very difficult for that one.  Again the chart calls for silk.  In Ghoultide, I did not like the DMC conversions so I had to wing it with most of the colors.

 The front porch is ready for Halloween! I had a lot of fun doing it this year.  I guess to make up for last year.

My emergency back surgery was one year ago this Friday.  I had a massage today and he asked about the accident.  Once again I was told how very lucky I am.  When I get a bit down, I try to remember that and thank God everyday for the fact that I am able to walk.  Also thanks to my amazing DH without who's help I would never have made it! Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

All About Cross Stitch

Hi there cloud friends.  As my title says, this will be all about cross stitch.  I have not included the Ghoultide Welcome.  I decided that monster deserves a post of it's own.  That one taught me more about what I like and don't like while stitching than any other project I have ever stitched..  At least it is finished! I do have three smaller ones to share with you today.

 Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Sampler is all finished and framed.  I couldn't get a good picture of the frame as it had a big glare from the glass.  Anyway, the fabric is a much softer color than it appears here.  I really like this one and it will stay up all Fall.  I used the colors that the chart called for.

 Here we have Pineberry Lane's Fancey's Sunflowers.  This was a chart that I bought on my trip to Chicago.  I am planning to finish it like an ornament and hang it in the kitchen. I used Lakeside linen's Vintage Sand Dune and the DMC floss that the chart called for.  I love the colors.  They are just right for Fall.

 This is a great primitive design.  The chart is by Stacy Nash Primitives and is called simply Halloween Pinkeep.  This photo makes it look much more orange that it really appears.  I just can't figure out why the camera so often changes the color of things.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I am starting to decorate for Halloween.  I like to leave things up for about 6 weeks so I can enjoy them.  I won't start the outside till the middle of October. I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jo's Big Birthday Blog Hop!

Hi there cloud friends!  I have agreed to participate in Jo's Big birthday blog hop.  We were each given a year in Jo's life.  My year is 2000!!!! First, I never stay up until mid-night on New Year's, that year I did because I was concerned about all the hipe! Well, as you all know nothing happened!  So off to a good year.  I was living in Louisville , KY.  Several years earlier I had gotten my Master's in Gifted Ed.  My dream had been to work with gifted elementary school students.  I was teaching at Kentucky Country Day School.  This was one of my favorite teaching positions.  I taught all the children K-4 a program called enrichment.  I was also able to work with the highly capable students.  Just to give you an example, I had a first grade student who was reading at the 9th grade level.  It was a wonderful challenging position!  In fact I stayed at this job until I retired and moved to Washington. My only other big memory of that year occurred at the end of the year, the infamous 2000 election between Bush and Gore. It took weeks to determine the President!!
Jo also asked us to post a photo of a stitched piece we thought she would like.  Jo and I share a love of Halloween so that's what I chose!

Here you have Three Gables by the Cricket collection.  This piece taught me the fine art of frogging!!Do you see the whole top floor? Well this piece taught me a very valuable lesson in stitching.  NEVER ASSUME A PIECE IS SYMMETRICAL! Yes, I got to the top and it would not go to a point, had to frog the whole top floor!!!! That took a week if I remember correctly.  I do love the way it was framed . What you see is the matt in that great shape.  It had just a simple black frame.  By the way, this stays up all year in my craft room.
Well, Jo, I hope this covers the year 2000 for you.  Have a great day and many happy returns!!!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Road Trip

Hi there cloud friends!  Last week my DH and I celebrated 37 years of marriage! It really doesn't seem that long at all.  Anyway, we decided to take a day trip to one of our favorite places in Washington, Hurricane Ridge.  This is in the Olympic National Park.  We had lunch in Port Angeles, a town on the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  I took lots of pictures to share with you.  I have been doing lots of stitching so that post will be next.  I hope you enjoy seeing a little bit of beautiful Washington.  The only negative part was the wild fires that are burning in the park.  We are hoping for some rain this week that just might put them out.

 This is a view from the restaurant where we had lunch.  This is where the ferry to Victoria, BC docks.  The ferry was leaving just as we sat down.

 Even though the summer has been warm, there are still glaciers in the Olympics.

 Smoke from the first wild fire we saw. There are very few roads in the mountains so they pretty much let the fire burn itself out.  A ranger explained that it is really part of the eco-system.  I think it is still hard to see.

 Another fire.

This is typical of the lovely views!

Thanks so much for joining me today. The next post will be all cross stitch!

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!