The Heron

The Heron

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Busy Time!

Hi there cloud friends!  Sorry that I have been so absent from the blog world.  My step-mom down in Alabama passed away on May 18.  Between the business and the planning of a memorial service and then the trip down there, I have just not been in the blog state of mind. We had to fly to Atlanta, drive to Mobile, then turn around 5 days later and do it again in reverse.  I hope to stay off planes for a good long time!  She was a very special lady to me and I'm glad her suffering is over.
I did accomplish the grass on the plane!  It was over 250 stitches for each row and there were 5 rows!! I learned something about what I like to stitch.  The big houses are worth the repetition but row after row of grass was really boring,  It even tired my eyes!!!! I will also show you the small I am stitching.

 Sorry for the crooked grass.  I never press my stitching until I am finished.  I am seriously thinking about making a change in this design.  A big box that says A Ghoultide Welcome is part of the chart.  I am thinking of skipping that part and just having the very pretty border go below the grass.  If not, I will have a lot more of the long rows of fill stitching.  Plus, I kind of like the sampler appearance of it without the words. Stay tuned!

 Here we have"Summer in Nantucket". So far I have only changed the color of the red house.  The chart by Plum Street Samplers called for a sort of reddish brown that I did not like.  I also am stitching on antique white (I have no idea where the color you see came from) so I had to change the whale as it would not have shown up on the off white fabric. I am having lots of fun with this one. 

 I came home to my Mock Orange in full bloom.  The smell is just heavenly!

 The fushias are also in full glory!

I will end with this whimsical little fountain decoration.  My DH rarely sees something he loves.  This little aunt did the trick!
Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you are all having a good week!


  1. So sorry for the passing of your Stepmom. It is good if she is no longer in pain and suffering. You have made some progress on your worries! Love the orange blossom plant... so beautiful, as is the fuschia! We used to have fuschia in our patio entrance, and I do remember popping the buds all the time, just to hear the noise! That's what kids do! Hugs to you!

  2. I am sorry to read of your step-mom's passing Barb.
    Summer in Nantucket is lovely and your flower photos are gorgeous.

  3. Sorry to hear about your loss, Barb.
    You made some wonderful progress on both your projects. Stitching grass is always a mindless thing to do, lol. So it might have been the perfect stitching part to do on a plane.
    You have such beautiful flowers growing in your garden. And that ant is such a sweet little guy.

  4. Sorry to hear about your Step-Mom.
    Good progress on the grass.
    Nantucket will be so cute.
    As always, your flowers are beautiful.
    The little ant-guy is too darn cute!

  5. Hi Barb, Sorry to hear about your step-mom.
    Your projects are coming along beautifully. Love the fushias, your garden is blooming so full . I don't get many flowers in my container gardening. Cute ant !!

  6. I am sorry about the loss of your Step-Mom. Your stitching is really coming along. The ant is so cute.

  7. Oh, Barb, I'm so very sorry to read about your step-mom. I know how difficult it has been to be so far from her while her health was failing. Sending you a big caring hug. You were lucky to have her in your life--as lucky as she was to have you as a step-daughter :)

    I like the sampler without the wording, too--it is looking very pretty. And I love the Nantucket piece.

    Your flowers must have been a joyous sight to come home to and your little ant makes me smile, too :)

    Take care now, Barb--rest up from that long trip... Thinking of you!

  8. Sorry for the loss of your stepmom, Barb. Good progress on both stitchings! Beautiful flowers and the ant is too cute!

  9. I am sorry for your loss. Love your stitching - you have great taste! Mock orange? Smells like an orange? It is beautiful.

  10. So sorry to hear of your stepmother's recent death.

    As usual, your stitching links wonderful. Have you ever thought of stitching things like long rows of grass or roofs using closed herringbone stitches?


  11. Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Beautiful stitching on both pieces. Love the water feature.

  12. I'm so sorry to hear of your stepmother loss.
    Wonderful stitching progress.
    Greetings, Manuela

  13. I am sorry to read of your stepmother's passing. That sure was a lot of traveling and sorting out - never an easy time! I LOVE this stitching!!! I envy each and every post as your projects and finishes are just exquisite. I adore those houses more than I can say! I hope the rest of the week settles down nicely for you. We are due some wicked heat for the next couple of days and then it should balance out for a bit.

  14. So very sorry to hear you have lost your dear step-mom Barb.
    Beautiful stitching on both of your WIPs. I absolutely love that mermaid :)
    Your garden is looking very lovely.

  15. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your step mom. Your flowers are gorgeous and your WIPs are looking good. I would leave the words off as well. The little ant made me smile.

  16. So sorry for your loss. Both stitching projects look lovely :)

  17. So sorry for your loss. I agree with leaving Ghoultide off. I love the look of lawns and grass with houses but so far, haven't stitched one. Not sure if I could!

  18. I'm very sorry to hear about your step-mom.

    You have some lovely stitching on the go, and that little ant is so cute and unique!

  19. Sorry about the passing of your step-mom. ((HUGS))

    Your WIPS are lovely. I love stitching houses but would have to agree grass is never fun to stitch to tedious for me. Wishing you a wonderful day and a great weekend ahead!

  20. Sorry about your stepmom Barb .. love Ghoultide welcome.. might have to stitch that one!

  21. So sorry about your stepmom
    I love the stitching and the pretty flowers
    Take care

  22. So sorry about your stepmom and the ensuing trips you had to make. I hope you're being good to yourself in this time of loss. Perhaps spending more time with that mock orange!

    The mass of green grass isn't the most interesting thing to stitch, but I find it just the kind of thing to do on an airplane. Not much thinking to do and no color changes. :D

  23. I'm sorry to hear about your step-mom, Barb. It can be a time of mixed feelings - sad that they are gone but relieved they are no long suffering. I've thought the same thing about leaving Ghoultide Welcome off - just not crazy about the words. And grass is not my favorite thing to stitch. : ) Love your Summer in Nantucket! I know the fragrance of Mock Orange and you are right it is heavenly!

  24. Oh my it is always sad to see the older generation pass on.
    I love your sampler and sympathize with the long boring bits. We have one Mock Orange and I wish you could bottle its exact smell. Happy Stitching.

  25. So sorry for your loss Barb. That's when you really feel the miles that separate you from a loved one. Your Mock
    Orange is lovely - I bought one but have not yet planted it.

  26. So Sorry for your loss - keeping you and the family in my prayers and thoughts. Your Flowers are just beautiful.

    Your WIP's are coming along really good.

    Happy Stitching

  27. So sorry to hear of your loss, my dear friend. Hugs and prayers are winging your way. Great WIPs and lovely flowers and that fountain is pretty cute. xxx

  28. Hi Barb - I am sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like you will miss your step mum. It's so hard to lose someone we love when they are so far away. I'm glad you're safely home, and hope for your sake that there will be 'no more planes' for a while.
    I like your pieces very much. Nantucket summer is very pretty, indeed!