The Heron

The Heron

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Finish, Some Stash, and A Huge Mushroom!

This has been quite a Sunday!  I have a headache from the football game, not sure if it was an overtime win or my DH's shouting! Anyway on to some cross stitch! I have finished the cross stitch for the medium sized pumpkin.  Now comes the challenge of making it into a pumpkin.  Speaking of pumpkins,  I have enjoyed seeing the real thing on several blogs.  Since we have had another very warm day, after so many 80 degree plus days this summer, I haven't seen any pumpkins in the stores yet.  You wouldn't know Fall will be here Mon. if you looked around here!
We went down to Portland for an over night last week.  I got to the LNS and did just a bit of shopping.  I was proud of myself as I pretty much stuck to my list!! It was not an easy thing to do.  They had wonderful Halloween patterns all over the place.

 Here's the stash I bought.  Doesn't it show restraint?! I had never seen the chart HollowEden. It is very cute with Eve holding a pumpkin in a key spot!

 I found these little trims in an antique shop.  Maybe they will inspire me to do a better job finishing!!

 I love this freebie by "The Little Stitcher."  I couldn't find a small oval and had about given up stitching it.

 This showed up in an antique shop.  It is great, made of walnut with just the right amount of age.  The size is perfect! Plus the price was very good!!!

 All finished!

 My favorite parts to this design were the pumpkins
 Look what I spotted on the edge of our yard!  That's my DH's hand just so you can see how big this was!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week-end full of stitching or other fun things! Thanks for joining me today!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Two Finishes!

I am one day late on posting my progress in the SAL I am doing with Ranae at the blog "Stitch by Stitch."  It has been so much fun doing a SAL with Ranae.  She is a great inspiration! Well, I thought I was finished yesterday afternoon and I looked over my design to take photos and post.  Guess what, I forgot 2 things.  I forgot one of the chimneys and the leaves at the end of the tree.  I had an appointment so I didn't have time to finish until last night and then I was too tired to post. So today, I am sharing the finished piece.  And Ranae, I am absolutely sure you will finish this week end!!!!!
My dear friend in Chicago who had knee replacement in July got her gift, so I will show you that project  as well.

 I absolutely love this design.  Some things you finish and like and then others are just special.  This is special to me.  I used the floss that was suggested but stitched on 32 ct. lambswool.  I like the natural look that linen gives the piece.

 My friend and I have a joke about using rats in Halloween decorating.  I don't and she does! So when I decided to do a piece for her, it had to have rats!  I made a few changes.  I gave the rats red eyes and the cat, green eyes.  I had trouble seeing the cat.  As I was stitching, my DH said ,"Oh , see the cat!"  I did not see it  at first!  I liked the way the cat looked so I decided he needed green eyes to show up better.  I also did not stitch on orange linen.  This was 28 ct. that I had in my stash.  I like the more subtle look the tan linen gave the piece.  I bought orange linen and then decided to was too bright.  The design came from the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection. The chart was called '"Knock Knock" designed by Marie Driskill of Blackberry Lane Designs. The frame is one you can put on a table or shelf.  I like this especially for holiday designs.
We are having a spell of beautiful days, sunny in the high 70's.  The only problem is that due to our lack of rain, we are on the high alert for fires.  I hope everyone one in Western Washington is very careful of fire this week-end.  Thanks for joining me and have a wonderful week-end!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall in the Yard and the Next project!

Even though we broke another heat record (90 on Sat.) the yard and garden are beginning to look like Fall-thanks heavens! I think I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

 A huge clump of Black-eyed Susans.

 Anemone Margaret

Not sure the name of this aster. It is full of these pretty little flowers!

 Remember "Whiskers." I always use this in my Fall pots.

 I found this little beauty to join Whiskers.

The Parrotia tree is slowly turning.

 The Sweetgum tree.  I love the Fall color of this tree.

The next project.  If you have read my blog, you know that I am not the worlds best finisher.  I tend to frame everything.  I bought his 2 years ago and it is speaking to me.  See the small print"Finishing instructions included."  Wish me luck!!!!!!!
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I really appreciated anyone who takes the time to read this blog! I hope you all have a terrific week!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SAL Update another Great Road Trip!!

Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments on the last update.  I'm really having fun with AWR now that the border is finished.  I also mailed the gift to my dear friend in Chicago. When she gets it, I'll show you a photo.
Today was a beautiful day!! Sunny and temps in the 70's.  We have some very good friends who love Washington the way we do.  So we decided to go to a place called Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park for a late summer picnic.  We had a wonderful day with good friends! I hope you enjoy the photos!

 All I have left is the house and a tree on the right side!

 This beautiful butterfly was on the Yarrow near our picnic site.

 The view from the picnic site.

 Even after all the 80 degree days, there was still snow in these mountains. That is actually a glacier.

   At this point we are at 5580 feet above the Sound.

 Thanks for joining me today.  We are about to open the NFL season here in Seattle! Lots of excitement all around.  Our first game on the way to another superbowl!! Go Hawks!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

SAL Update and Another Road Trip

It's time again for the Thurs. update on "Away We Ride".  I didn't work on it too much this week as I was trying to finish the gift stitch that I had been doing for my friend in Chicago who has also had knee replacement! I'm convinced that anyone who goes through knee replacement deserves a nice gift!!!!  I finished the gift on Tues. and did get time to finish the border on AWR.  That was my stitching goal for this week. 
On Mon., we celebrated our anniversary.  We decided to go to a restaurant very near Mt. Rainier National Park.  In fact it is advertised as the restaurant with the highest elevation in Washington.  We rode a gondola to the top of Crystal Mountain.  We had a great day.  The view was spectacular.  It was a wonderful way to celebrate many happy years of marriage! I hope you enjoy the photos!

 You hop into one of these and up you go to the restaurant! If you ski, this takes you up to some black diamond slopes.

Note the shadow, that's our gondola!

  The amazing Mt. Rainier!

 The Cascades to the left of Mt. Rainier.

 That's a river way down there.

 That little guy was very used to being fed!

 There were places to sit to enjoy the mountain.

 Happy Anniversary!!!!

 After lunch, the clouds started to move in.

 Still snow in a few spots!

 Flowers everywhere!  Thanks so much for joining me today and have a fantastic Labor Day week-end!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SAL Update and Road Trip

It's time for the Thurs. update on the "Away We Ride" SAL that I am doing with Ranae at the blog, "Stitch by Stitch." If you haven't followed her blog , you are missing a wonderful blog.  Go over and take a look.  I am splitting my time between this project and the a gift I am making for a friend. I know many of you do rotation stitching, but I tend to be a one project stitcher till I finish.  This is forcing  me to be more flexible.  
Last week we took a short road trip North of Seattle.  We wanted to drive up the Mt. Baker Highway.  It is suppose to be one of the prettiest drives in Washington.  After weeks of sunny weather, the clouds came in.  I'm not really complaining but we were not able to go up the mountain.  Most likely we would not have been able to see much at all.  So we visited a little town, an island , and spent a night with my DH's brother and SIL. 

 When I stitch on this again, I plan to finish the border.  I really like the GA color Pumpkin pie!

 This weeks dahlia collection.  Remember 12 stems for $4! I can't beat that!

 All the road trip pictures are from Camano Island.

 It looks like the heron is trying to talk to us! or tell us to go away!

 I love this little yellow beach house!

 Thanks so much for joining me today! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mostly Cross Stitch!

Tomorrow is the day we share our SAL, "Away We Ride".  The DH and I are planning a bit of a road trip so I won't be able to post my progress.  So I decided to do it today.  Plus, I wanted to show you the beautiful frame from Valley House Primitives that I have used to frame "Salute to Abigail". I love the way it looks!

 If you like traditional framing, I think they are the best.  I can't find frames like this anywhere else.

 This photo is more true to the color of the frame.

By the end of this evening, I hope the right border will be finished.  I am busy with another project for my dear friend who had knee replacement 4 weeks ago.  That has slowed this one down a bit.

 I'm sure you are all tired of hearing me complain about our heat!  We did break the record on Mon. with temps of 97 degrees!  That evening we took our lawn chairs and went over to sit and read by the water.  The fires have created beautiful sunsets. I would gladly give up the sunsets for the fires to end!

Thanks for joining me and I hope you all have a great end of the week and a good week-end!  I hope to have some interesting photos from our little road trip to share with you next week!