Friday, June 24, 2016

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!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cross Stitch and Flowers

Hi there cloud friends!  I just looked at my header, I had better get busy and change it quickly! Oh well, tomorrow will have to do.  I have some cross stitch and some very pretty flowers to share.  All is well here, our 80's are gone and the very typical cool damp weather has returned, my garden and I are very happy.  I have really enjoyed stitching on the vine next to the big house.  I had to do lots of careful counting but I was ready for that after all the house stitching.  I'm also showing you the bag that I sent away to Faye at the "Carolina Stitcher."  She did a beautiful job changing my simple design into a fun bag!  As I have told you before, finishing is not really my thing so the bag was just a bit too much!

 Here we have Barbara Ana's " Mary Pepper". Notice the pretty gold color on the top.  The entire bag is lined with the same gold fabric.  It matches the stitching so well.  I can't wait to put some bittersweet in it this Fall.  Thank you Faye for the wonderful work!

 I totally changed all the colors on the vine except the green.  The DMC colors were not to my liking as charted, so I switched. Some are DMC and the others are Gentle Arts.  I first chose the GA Gingersnap and then coordinated  the other two orange colors to it.

 It's almost as big as the house!

 These are my DH's alliums.  He planted them last Fall .  They are about 5 inches across.

I will close with this lovely peony!  Thanks so much for joining me today. Have a terrific Memorial Day week-end if you live here in the US.  Please take time to remember why we celebrate this day.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The House is Finished!

Hi there cloud friends!  I have been a very bad blogger and just not kept up with posting.  I have no real excuse! However, I have definitely done quite a bit of stitching.  I have always stitched one thing at a time.  That has changed for sure!  I got the idea of decorating with my patriotic things from Memorial Day to the 4th of July.  That way I will enjoy them longer. When I put things up for the 4th, they seemed to need to come down rather quickly and I love the patriotic colors. Well, I decided to make some little patriotic pillows for my antique wooden bowl.  I have 5 finished or at least the stitching is finished.  I ironed them all yesterday so now I need to get the real finishing done. I plan to add a few each year. That's not the big news!  The big news is that I have finished the very big house on Plum Street's A Ghoultide Welcome.  That vine on the left is really fun to stitch but I have to pay close attention!! I have also added a few pics from my garden.  We have been quite busy with that as we failed to get a lot done last Fall with my accident.  I hope all is well with you all and Spring is being kind.  But from your posts, I know that is not true everywhere.  We are having a very warm , dry Spring.  We are already watering!

 As I mentioned before, that house is 81 stitches wide! I am changing most of the colors in the big plant on the left.  The chart calls for NPI silks.  They are beautiful but have gotten very expensive.  I did not like the DMC equivalents at all.  So I'm going on my own.  The main orange that I am using is Gingersnap by Gentle Arts.  I am building all the other colors around that one.  The greens are fine so far. The house is Onyx by WDW. All the little stars are done in the colors suggested on the chart.

 I love this dainty little iris.  I can't get any more of these as the nursery where I bought it has gone out of business.
A few years ago I saw this iris root at the local Fred Meyers( kind of like a Walmart).  I bought it for 50% off.  This is three years later.  I finally saw these lovely blooms.  Patience payed off!

This beauty is my favorite.  Right now it has nine blooms with still more buds to come.

I hope you all have a terrific week-end!  We are suppose to cool down and get some rain.  That is good news!  Thanks for joining me today.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tulip Festival

Hi there cloud friends.  Today I want to share some pictures we took last week when we went to the Tulip Festival.  Normally, this festival is held during the entire month of April. This year everything has been so very early that most of  the tulips are gone now.  We were lucky to get up there before the heat that we are now having.  This week has broken all the records for temps over 80 during the month of April.  That's just too hot for the tulips.
I have been working on lots of stitching but that's for another post.  I hope you enjoy the tulips!

 The fields look like a rainbow on the ground.

 There is a wonderful garden demonstrating all the different kinds of tulips.

 The garden also mixes the tulips with other pretty Spring bulbs.

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope you are all experiencing a nice spring if it is that season in your part of the world!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Cross Stitch Update!

Hi there cloud friends!  Thanks so much for all the sweet things you said about my family.  I am really missing them.  The good thing is we have had a very busy week!  The weather has been very nice and we have worked in the garden a lot.  After breaking that vertebrae and the surgery, the garden was really ignored last Fall.  So now we have a lot to clean up. But it's great to be able to do it and enjoy the outdoors!
I do have several cross stitch things to share.

Here is the framed Ann Topley by Scarlett House.  It looks very different from the one on the chart as it was stitched on a very dark fabric.  I do like the way this turned out.  It seems bright and cheerful to me.

 The frame is from Valley House Primitives.  If you have followed this blog, you know that Janet is my all time favorite frame builder.  Janet and her DH run this wonderful business.  The frames are just perfect for samplers or anything else you might stitch. Plus Janet is very helpful!  This is a new design she was working on.  I love it. It reminds me of the old frames made of tiger maple.  Now to find a special place to hang it. Thanks so much Janet for all your help!

 Here is my impulsive project.  I saw the design and decided to get it going at once!! I usually stitch on one thing at a time .  I think I am changing.  I am still doing my monthly Santa and one Halloween ornament plus the long term project. However, I fell in love with the pretty Fall colors and I have wanted a bag for quite a long time.  This seems the right project for the bag.

 Sorry for the wrinkles!

This is "A Ghoultide Welcome"  by Plum Street Samplers.  I have nick-named it the monster house.  It is 81 stitches across.  This is the long term project.  When I fly, I like to have a very simple design to stitch.  See those big solid spaces at the top and above the last row of windows, that was the airplane project.  I figured that I stitched 404 stitches each way on the trip.  The good news is that the solid rows are now done for the house! Actually that's not true as I still have the roof to stitch!

Well, thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week-end!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Visit!

We just spent a wonderful week in Alabama with our son and his family.  We had not seen them for over a year because of my back accident.  That's way too long!  Especially when we have a 10 year old grandson and a 2 1/2 year old granddaughter.  We also got to know our wonderful DIL and her son so much better.  We could not ask for a sweeter and more thoughtful DIL and her son was just amazing with the two small  children.  We also had lots of time for quality talks with our son as he took 4 days off to spend with us and the family.
If you just read this blog to see the stitching then come back tomorrow.  I have lots to show, but since I think of this blog as a kind of  diary, this one is all about family.

 I have a picture of my DH and Caleb when he was just about this age.  I'm going to have this made into a picture that I can frame and put it next to the one of Grandpa and Caleb.

 Our wonderful DIL, Kacey, and Hannah.

 Ian and Hannah.  This shows the kind of big brother he is to the little ones.
 Sweet Little Hannah!

 Very special Caleb! 

 This is the only picture I could find of our son Jeff, not a great photo but it will have to do. 

Just a cute picture!

Thanks so much for joining me.  My next post will be really full of stitching!