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!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Finish

I hope all of you have had a great week and are enjoying the week-end!  We are having rain, rain, and more rain.  I think we are making up for the dry summer.  Well, that's great weather for reading and stitching.  I'm reading "A Quilt for Christmas" by Sandra Dallas.  The book is very good. It's more about how the women who were left on the farms during the  Civil War managed ,than it is about any particular quilt or about Christmas.
As far as stitching, I finished "At Cock's First Cow"  in the booklet "Sisters"  by Blackbird Designs.  My goal was to have it finished by Halloween and I beat that deadline by a week!

 To me , this is a perfect Halloween Sampler.  The booklet indicates that many of the motifs in this design were taken form the antique samplers that also appear in the booklet. They are stitched, however, in great Halloween colors. I used 32 ct. lambswool and the suggested floss colors.  This will stay up all year in my craft room.  I love it! I still plan to stitch more designs from that booklet.

 I think I want to move into that house!!!!!!

 Thanks so much for joining me and have a great week-end!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Finish and a Walk in the Garden

I actually finished the pumpkin stitch today.  I think I will just hold my comments until the pictures.  We had a wonderful afternoon today.  We have had several days with some rain(I'm not complaining) but this afternoon was sunny and warm so I took the trusty camera and went for a walk in my garden.  We have not had a frost so things are still pretty,  I hope you enjoy.

 I'm really not very happy with this.  It looks more like a cylinder than a pumpkin.  Plus the pearl cotton that was used for the ribs didn't look like ribs at all to me.

 Here is another view.  This was the medium size pumpkin.  I doubt I will make the small or large one.

 Then I looked at the pattern thinking I had done something wrong.  Well, they all look like cylinders on the picture.  So I guess I did ok.  I still think I'm done with this project.

 The next few pictures are my dahlias.  They are still blooming very well.

 Here we have a rubeckia.  It has produaced lots of flowers this summer.

 Our blueberry bushes have amazing color.

I will end this post with this cute little black spider.  It was on my Halloween door mat, just the right spider to be on a Halloween door mat! 
 Have a wonderful week-end!!!!