Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Wintery Post!

I can't thank you all enough for the very nice things you said about my Thanksgiving decorating.  It must be those 30 years I spent in a classroom that has me decorating for holidays!!
Yesterday and last night we had a storm that brought snow to the mountains.  This morning dawned sunny with blue skies so we went out to take a few pictures of the Olympics with snow.  Then it was off to the grocery store.  I had my handy camera so I decided to give you a tour of winter brews!! I love the packaging!  I do enjoy a beer now and then but on my pre-diabetes diet, they are very rare. 
I am starting the post with my current cross stitch project, a Christmas ornament for sweet little Hannah!

 I have had this chart for a long time.  In fact, I can't remember where or when I bought it.  I do remember thinking the little elves would make cute ornaments.

 Here is the start of Hannah's ornament.  It is the one with the doll.  I hope to do the head tonight.  Right now I call it  the headless elf!

 I get this view going to the grocery store.  One of the countless things in my life that I am thankful for!

 This would be a good time to stop if you are not interested in seeing the amazing beer containers!  Some of the scenes make me want to jump right into them.

 Not sure I agree with this one!

Probably my favorite for color and design!

Thanks so much for joining me.  I hope you are all having an amazing week-end filled with beautiful things!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Decorating and Cross Stitch

I thought it would be fun to show some Thanksgiving decorating.  I do much less for this holiday than I do for Halloween.  I do think it is an important day but decorating wise, it sort of gets squeezed between Halloween and Christmas. I hope you enjoy this little tour!

 I have owls and acorns on my tree, along with this orange garland that I bought for half price after Halloween.  In fact most of the little ornaments were bought on sale.

 A Woolpets owl tops this tree.

More little owls.  The biggest one is about 1 1/2 inches.

Here is the entire desk top. I mentioned before that this is in the entry to our home. The desk is one of my favorite pieces of furniture!

 A little Woolpets mouse and pumpkin sit on the desk.

 An older BBD design hangs in the antique frame. I like to use this frame for many cross stitches.

This blanket chest also sits in the entry.  the newly finished Turkey Love is sitting there with our collection of antique brass lanterns and a glass pumpkin.

 My favorite Thanksgiving Hymn, Come Ye thankful People come...

 The family room mantel shows the many dried gourds I have collected plus my version of the Autumn At Hawk Run Hollow.  I made it into a 9 block square.

This is a very old design.  My DH made it 2 or 3 pumpkins longer to look good over a door.

I'll end with a picture of this very old wooden bowl.  It has been in my Mom's family for a long time.  It is hand made but I have no idea which of my long ago relatives made the bowl. 
Thanks so much for joining me today!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day!

I would like to take time today to honor two important Veterans. Frst is our son, Jeff.  Jeff has served many years in the Army.  During his early years, he was in a Ranger Battalion.  He served two tours in Iraq as a Blackhawk pilot.  We are thankful every day that he came home safely.  He is a wonderful Dad to our grand children!

 This picture was actually taken in Iraq. Jeff is now in graduate school .  He spends many week-ends caring for our two grandchildren. 

Our second special Veteran is Debbie.  She also served a tour in Iraq.  She is now a busy Mom with a full time job, two young children, and is still serving in the National guard.

Happy Veteran's Day to you both!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Winner

I hope this has been a restful happy week-end for all of you!  This afternoon my DH pulled a name out of a bowl and Marilyn won the December Word Play.  Congratulations Marilyn. I don't think Marilyn has a blog but she has been a wonderful follower of my blog.  Thanks to all of you who made comments!! Last night I finished Turkey Love by Plum Street Samplers.  Tonight , I'll be adding the next part to Mary's Sampler.  After that I'm planning to stitch an ornament for baby Hannah.  I think that will be my goal for my grand daughter, an ornament each Christmas.

 Here is Turkey Love waiting for a frame. I used the recommended floss in DMC not silk.  The linen is a piece of Antique Ivory either Cashel or Belfast linen.

 I haven't shown a photo of my two little dear grand children for awhile.  It is a big pain living so far from them!
I hope you all have a terrific week!  Thanks for joining me!