Friday, February 17, 2012

A Halloween finish!

This is my second finish for 2012. I really enjoyed stitching this one. I started it back in the fall. I sort of used it as my back-up. When I was waiting for something new to stitch, I worked on this . I decided to finish it as a break from the border of Rebecca Robinson. The background color is much more of a burlap brown color, not the gray it looks like in the pictures. This design was by Jardin Prive. It is called "Quaker d Halloween." The directions are written in French. Thank goodness it was black and white so I managed , not speaking any French! I did not use the called for DMC 310, I used a Weeks Dye Works color Kohl. It had just s bit of purple. Just right for a Halloween design. I'm not sure of the fabric color as it just came out of a stash.

I'm not sure why linen shows up as wavy lines with my camera.

You can't have Halloween without a: Pumpkin

A Witch



A Haunted House

Or Monsters!
Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Walk on the Beach!

Yesterday was cool but nice and sunny! The SBA and I decided it was just the day for a beach walk. When we first moved out here we spent many winter days walking this beach. But after awhile and a house, time gets tighter so we had not been out there much this winter. We decided that we really missed these walks and vowed to take time for the beach more often. This area is in a town called Hansville. It is at the tip of Kitsap County. The whole area is leased by the county and it is a county park. We live about 45 minutes from here. I hope you enjoy the walk!

We saw a lot of winter damage to the cliff area. I thought that the brown log looked like a Viking boat of logs!

New victims of the wind and surf!

I love the texture of these logs!

This poor tree thought it was going to make it to summer!

The gulls were enjoying the sunshine!

More cool texture!

All of my life I have been a rock hound. Even as an adult, I can't pass up pretty rocks. If I'm very lucky, I find agates on this beach.

This lovely stump was standing all alone with the beautiful Puget Sound behind .

We had the best day for sea glass that we have had in a long time.

And there's our beautiful lighthouse !
Thanks for taking the walk with me. Tomorrow I'll show my Halloween Quaker all finished!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine "Rainbow "Surprise

I had planned on only posting once today-just a Valentine greeting. I walked by a window and looked out and saw this beautiful rainbow(another benefit from living where it rains). My thought for the New Year was not to loose weight(maybe it should have been)but to live the title of a Hallmark movie,"The Magic of Ordinary Days." This was certainly a magical day! I hope this rainbow brings a bit of magic to your day!!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Day Trip, Spring, and a cross stitch update.

On Sat. the SBA and I get a bit bored so we decided to take a short trip to a town called Edmonds. We had lunch, shopped at a garden center, shopped a bit in the little town and then headed home. It was fun to get away for just a little bit.

This is the ferry that we took. We ate lunch at a place new to us . It was right on the water. The great walking trail was below. We decided that this summer we will walk from the ferry and have lunch here. This time it was damp and cool so we drove.

After stopping at a great used book store(so the SBA could restock his reading materials)we went for coffee. This place has good coffee and to die for scones! I try to eat only worthwhile calories- these scones qualify!!

On to the decorating /garden store!

They were ready for Easter! The great NW Garden Show was going on this week-end. The store was kind of disorganized I think because of the show. We attend that show every other year. It's a great show but very crowded!!!

Here is the outside full of spring blooms! Primrose here. The variety and colors are amazing!

Weren't those pretty!

We took this guys photo from the ferry going home.

I'm almost finished with the Halloween cross stitch. I had a bit of stress on Thurs. The black is a variegated thread that I got last fall in Alabama. I thought I had plenty. Well, the best laid plans!! I was afraid I was going to run out. Then I remembered we had a wonderful quilt shop in Port Gamble that had started carrying some cross stitch supplies-thank goodness! They had my color and the dye lots even matched!! What luck!

This is the last big motif and then I put in 2 pumpkins and a spooky candlestick!
Thanks for taking a look and have a wonderful week!!!