December

December

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Finish and some Green!

Thanks for joining me today and I hope all of you that celebrate Christmas are getting things done and finding time to enjoy this beautiful season. I have the goal of making my grand -daughter, Hannah, a Christmas ornament each year.  Those of you who know how slow I am at finishing can understand that for me, this is quite a commitment.  Anyway, it is finished and I will get it in the mail tomorrow.
We have a Christmas song that they play quite a bit up here.  It is called,"Christmas in the Northwest."  My favorite line in the song is, " Christmas in the Northwest is a gift God wrapped in green."  When I got up this morning and looked out the window I thought of that line.  I grabbed the camera to share the "green" with you.



 I love the back fabric for a child's ornament. See the snowmen.

 This was just the right edging.  I got it some time ago at a  sewing expo. I wish I had more.

 All the following pictures were taken off our deck.  We have the same view out the window of the master bedroom.

 Some people don't like the moss.  I think it is quite pretty



 We have lots of these big sword ferns growing wild.  They stay green all winter.

 
Even my hellebores are showing life. I will have flowers soon.
Thanks again and have a wonderful week!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

All About Cross Stitch!

I hope everyone had a nice week-end.  We are finished with the Christmas decorating -thanks to my DH who put up the tree yesterday and did much of the ornament hanging!!  That means that this week I will get any shopping done that I need to do.  Then, hopefully, we can sit back and enjoy the holidays! As the title says, this post is all about the stitching I have been doing.

 I made this design into a sleeve that goes around a small quilted pillow. I had fabric left form the shams I made many years ago.  So I was able to match the fabrics.  I guess it pays to never throw out any fabric! The design is by Homespun Elegance.

 Sorry the little brass star is crooked!! I wanted to show the quilted pillow.  It looks much  more primitive than the photo shows.  In fact, the red is much more of a barn red.  Not the best day for taking pictures if you want the true color.

 If you remember, I found this wonderful little frame at an antique shop for very little  money right around Halloween time.  I put the witch silhouette in the frame in October.   It is solid walnut and I just love it.

 Here is my current project.  It is the Margaret Cottam Sampler.(Sorry for the wrinkles)  It is by La-D-Da and I believe it came out as a mystery sampler a few years ago.  The chart is in 3 parts. The linen I am using is Vintage Sand Dune 32 ct. by Lakeside Linens. I love the big flower border.  So very happy it matched!!!!!!!!


The chart called for WDW Baked Apple for the flowers.  I did not like the color as well as this GA color called Country Redwood.  The ladies at the shop said it was one of the newer colors.  If you like a barn red, you will love this color. It is quite variegated.
I have really enjoyed all your blogs and seeing all the many wonderful Christmas decorations and the Christmas stitching you have done.  Thanks for joining me today.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Lucky Me!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! We had a great time with friends and family.  I must admit that wonder knee (my replaced knee) was very tired by the time it was all over.  It took a few days for me to get back to where I was before spending 2 days on my feet cooking.  Well, the main purpose of this post is to show you the beautiful ornament I received form Andrea.  Her great blog is called "The Craft Room". If you are not following her blog, go over and have a look. I know you will enjoy it.


 As soon as my tree goes up, this pretty ornament will be on it!


 I was amazed at this beautiful beaded finish on the ornament.  I emailed Andrea and asked her what she used for filling,  it was so firm and well done.  She just uses the regular filling.  I think I am not putting in nearly enough. Her finishing was just perfect.

In addition to the ornament, Andrea included this very pretty card that she made.  Thank you so much for the wonderful gift!

I will be doing a post this week-end to show you my latest project and one of the finishes. I hope you all have a great week-end and thanks for joining me today!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Some Little Projects!

I hope all of you are having a great week-end.  I can't help but think of the poor folks in the Buffalo area and all that snow.  Now it  looks like a big melt is coming.  We had a few very cold days.  Actually extremely cold for this part of the world.  Many trees and bushes still had leaves so now they look very pathetic as they all froze and are now drooping badly.  We won't really know till Spring if any serious damage was done to the plants.  I hope they will all be just fine!
I have done a little work on a few ornaments.  Now just to get myself together and get them finished! If you have read my blog for awhile, you know that finishing is not my favorite thing!!! I am determined to get them finished right after Thanksgiving so I can enjoy them this year.


 This is a   Homespun Elegance design.  I do have the brass star that goes in the Y.

 Each year, I find myself drawn to the PS Santas.  I used Whisper for the coat and beard so they are kind of fuzzy. This cute guy will go in the antique oval frame we found this Fall.



 This will be Hannah's ornament for this year.  I still need to add beading to the tree.  This is a Little House Needleworks  design.


 I stitched Santa last year.  He is from an old issue of the JCS ornament magazine.


 Looks like I will have a Thanksgiving cactus this year.  I had put it out on the deck last summer and just before the freeze, I remembered it.  I was so happy to see it full of buds.  Many of the buds are now open.


Thanks for joining me and I wish all of you in the US a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter Is Here!

I have seen the snow in many parts of our country.  It seems very early for that much winter weather.  Wasn't it yesterday we were eating on the deck?  The old expression "time flies" is so true.  We woke up to winter here in the Seattle area.  No snow but very cold, temps in the 20's.  You notice I'm not really complaining.  I am one of the weird people that can deal with being cold better than being hot!
Anyway, I have stopped Fall stitching and am trying to get a bit of a head start on Christmas.  I actually have much less Christmas stitching than Halloween.  This year, however, I am enjoying a few holiday designs.

 Here is my final Word Play design.  I stitched all but two, October and June.  If you saw my last post, you know that I have more  than enough Halloween designs.  I did the PS June and it goes in the place on the wall where I hang the Word Plays.  This color is really off. I stitched on Lakeside Linen's Vintage Sand Dune and the red I used was GA Cranberry.  I also changed the green that was called for.  I wanted a more pine green color.

 Can you believe this is the same linen as above? That shows you how bad both colors are showing up today on my camera.  This looks almost pink-yuck!  Anyway it does show the wonderful Valley House Primitive frame that I use for all the Word Plays.

 When I shared my plans with them, they put this wonderful back on the frame so I can easily change the design from month to month!

 The frozen bird bath!!

 This has never happened before and we never close down the fountain until November. It is really frozen. I hope there will be no cracks!



Still a bit of wonderful Fall color on the pyracantha .
Thanks for joining me and if you are in this polar vortex, stay warm!!

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!