Saturday, December 3, 2016

Day 3

Hi there all you cloud friends.  I am posting today for the Advent Calendar that Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching has organized.  Thanks for all your work, Jo.  We are asked to do two things.  First post a photo of a seasonal design and second tell you about a special object we have to help celebrate the season. For my design I have chosen a Plum Street Samplers piece called "Promised Lamb." I stitched it during the Christmas season last year. This year we are enjoying it in the family room.

I had a difficult time picking the object as many of the things  I use at Christmas time have sentimental value.  My entire Christmas tree is a tribute to family.  However, I was able to pick one item that is very special.

I can not remember a time in my life when this was not being used as the stable for the Christ child.  The lovely figurines were a gift from my step-mother who passed on last May so it will be especially important this year.  My mom used to let my sister and I play with the figurines so the original ones are long gone.
I hope you have enjoyed my holiday memory trip and I wish for all of you ,a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veteran's Day!! 
 Happy Veteran's Day to our favorite vet.  Everyday we are  thankful that he came home safely from two tours in Iraq.We are extremely proud of his service to our country. 
He is also a wonderful family man.  Here he is at Caleb's birthday party with the whole gang, Caleb, Hannah, Ian, and his lovely wife Kacey! We hope you all have a super day!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Halloween House Tour

Hi there Cloud friends.  Today I am taking you on a tour of my house as it is decorated for Halloween.  If you are not interested, I totally understand. If you enjoy this day as I do then come along...

 As you walk in the front door, you will see my pumpkin collection all made by Tom Jones of Fairhope AL.

 Then my desk will great you.  I love this antique, it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture!

 To the left is the dining room where several of my favorite witches will greet you.

 A wonderful folk art witch, a birthday gift from my DH.

 My DD gave me this puppet witch for Christmas one year.  She is a good NW witch, and enjoys her coffee!(Notice the empty mug)

 Another gift form my DH.  That man really knows what makes me happy!

 Now we are in the upstairs hallway.

 First cross stitch I ever did!

 Welcome to my craft room where I have just a few photos of my sweet grand children dressed for Halloween!

 Back downstairs for a few close-ups.

 On the desk.

 Two of my favorite Halloween stitches.

 Even the powder room is decorated.

 A gift from my BIL and SIL.  My BIL says it is a family gathering of my family! That man has a good sense of humor!

 Family room with a focus on the fireplace.

 A shock here, I actually finished a few pillows!!!!! If you look closely, you will see a few gifts from my stitchy friends! Thanks Jamie!!!

  We are now in the kitchen.

 A dress and hat just waiting for the right little witch!

If you made it this far, I thank you and wish you a most Happy Halloween !!!!!

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!