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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

Hi there cloud friends!  A very Happy 4th to all my friends in the US.  In honor of the day, I am doing a post of my patriotic designs.  I did miss a few.  Next to Halloween, this is my favorite holiday to stitch for.  I hope you enjoy.















Sorry for the reflection on some and even the crooked shape.  I am having guests in about an hour but I did want to share this special day with you , my blog friends.  If you would like any information on any of the designs , I will be happy to share the info with you.  Thanks so much for joining me!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cross Stitch and Birds!

Hi cloud friends,  Yes I know that is a strange title.  By the end of my post, you will understand it.  First, thank you Jo, of Serendipitous Stitching , for figuring out a way to get comments back on our emails.  I know several others have done the same work for us bloggers but I used Jo's plan so I am thanking her.  Now, it's time to share stitching.

 I really enjoyed stitching  the 1861 Antique Sampler by BBD in the book "In Friendship's Way."  I love the note that said when the ladies bought the old sampler they noted the date of 1861.  That was the year Abraham Lincoln was elected.  This young ladies world was about to change forever. I did make lots of color changes!!

 For now it is framed in a beautiful frame made by Janet at Valley House Primitives.  The frame is for my Grim Gourds so this sampler is just borrowing the frame for awhile till I decide exactly what to do with it.

 This is my current project " Basketful of Summer Time" by With Thy Needle and Thread. I am considering doing all 4 seasons in this group.  She has done Spring and Summer.  When I see the other two, I will decide. That dog is so cute!


Now for the birds! Every year we have a very low tide in the summer.  There is one particular beach that attracts the eagles.  We counted 25 of them all feasting on the beach goodies.  I like this photo because I caught two of them facing opposite directions.  I call it ,"Which way should we go now?"

 While we were standing on a dock, this juvenile bald eagle flew very close to us.  It just sat there for the longest time.  It is lacking the white head but look at those talons and the beak!


 The same dock area has tons of purple martin houses.  Here is a baby waiting for dinner.  That eagle made the parents very nervous!!!

A beautiful heron just patiently waiting for a fish.  I felt like this was bird paradise!
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope all your comments show up on my emails so I can respond.  That is the part of blogging that makes us friends! Have a wonderful week!

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Road Trip

Hi there cloud friends.  It's been a long time since I showed any photos of the beautiful NW.  Last week, my DH and I decided it was time for a road trip down to Oregon.  We had never been to the Columbia Gorge so that was our destination.  We did make a short stop in Portland but then headed to Hood River.  There are many waterfalls along the road.  The problem was that a fire last summer made most of them  not available.  The roads and trails to them were still closed.  We did manage to see two beautiful falls.  My new discovery however, was the Fruit Loop Road out of Hood River.  There were orchards of cherries, pears, and apples and a few wineries along the way.  All in the shadow of magnificent Mt. Hood.  The countryside was beautiful even on a cloudy rainy day! This area is also known for micro-breweries., so each day with supper I tried a new seasonal beer.

 The road along the Columbia was only open for a short distance due to the fires.

 We were able to get  close to the very pretty Lataurell Falls


 Here is the famous Multnomah Falls.  In the past there were trails up to that bridge but the trails were closed.


 Mt. Hood

 Just a small picture of the Fruit Loop Road.  I really want to go back here in the Fall when all the fruits are being harvested. It would be fun.  Apparently each little town has a harvest festival.

 Looked a bit like our Sequim with the lavender!

The sun came out and we had a delightful end to our trip! Thanks for joining me today.

I will be trying the technique to see if I will be able to read comments.  If I can't, I will thank you ahead for your kind words!!Blogger is driving me crazy!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day

Hi all you cloud friends!  Here in the US we are celebrating Memorial Day.  First, I think we need to remember all the brave men and women who have lost their lives in service to our country. A wonderful way to remember is to watch the Memorial Day program from the Capital.  We watch it every year.  It was on our local public tv station last night. I have been told that Veteran's Day is the day to celebrate those who are living vets or in the service at this time.  However, I can not help but say a prayer of thankfulness that our son made it home after two tours in Iraq.  So Happy Memorial Day to Jeff and his lovely wife Kacey and their wonderful children, Ian, Caleb, and Hannah.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Where Have I Been?

Hi there cloud friends!  That's a good question where have I been!  Thanks to those of you who mentioned my absence, I appreciate your concern.  I have heard of loosing your mojo for stitching, I have not had that problem but I sort of did loose it for blogging.  I read blogs almost everyday but just didn't post.  I think it was partly due to the fact that I was stitching a big piece.  Anyway all is just fine and I will share my finally finished "Early Americans."  I do need to give lots of thanks to Vonna of the "Twisted Stitcher" blog.  I used her border which she so generously shared.  As I have mentioned before, my DH has done lots of genealogy.  In the process of his investigations, he found that I have 4th great grandfather who fought in the Revolutionary War.  Both is wife and mother did things to help the Army so the DAR recognizes them as patriots as well. I have another patriot in my direct line but I have not included him as I have not gone through the DAR process to establish him as my patriot. When I started this project , I knew I wanted to honor my family.  It again was dear Vonna who suggested I use the middle block to personalize my design.  I adapted a LHN chart called."Old Glory" in designing the middle block.  I have a new found respect for all the wonderful people who design the charts we all love. It was much more of a challenge than I expected!!

 I must share one thing that really impressed me about the charts.  I noticed that there were lots of houses that were similar in color.  I thought I would change a few.  Thank goodness, before I did that I looked on line at the real houses of the patriots.  Much to my surprise, the houses on the chart were very much like the real houses.  The designer at LHN did a remarkable job in recreating the  actual, houses!! I love history so this just made my day!!!!

 Here is my family square.  Capt. Gatliff joined the Revolutionary Army in 1778 so I chose that date.  Again as a nod to history, the dates on all the charts were personalized to the particular person honored in that square. Along with Capt. Gatliff, Christiana, his wife and Martha , his mother are considered patriots by the DAR.

 My final way to honor this design was to frame it in a wonderful frame by my favorite framers at Valley House Primitives!! Janet worked very hard with me to get the perfect frame for my piece. My goal was to have this framed and up by May when I put out lots of patriotic things.  Thanks to Janet, I made my deadline!! This however, will hang in my hall all year around.

 I have stitched a few more things and promise I will do another post before the 4 months it took to do this post. Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Year Update!

Hi There cloud friends!  I hope 2018 is going well for you.  Things are just so so here.  The DH and I have come down with a nasty virus, lots of coughing, nose blowing, and feeling very tired in general.  Nothing serious thank goodness but enough to keep us pretty much house bound! At least I can work on my stitching and reading !! I did want to share with you some photos of our yard.  While much of the country is freezing, we are mild and rainy here.  Our weather was marvelous over the Martin Luther Week-end with temps in the 60's and sunshine.  Too bad we felt too ill to really enjoy it! I am once again working on the LHN  "Early Americans."  I had a temporary stop when I realized I did not have all my floss.  That's what happens when you buy the fabric and floss months before you stitch the project.  I was missing several colors and did not have enough of several others.  How did I ever make such a stupid error!!! I know from years of stitching that when you are using over-dyed floss, you need to buy enough for the entire project!! We all know about dye lot problems.  Well, 123 Stitch came to my rescue but I did have to spend quite a bit of money to get the floss all matching. I just put the ones that I did not have enough of into my stash and used the new matching floss for my project. A big lesson learned.

 This is much prettier in normal light.  This photo makes it look very faded.  I finished Betsy last night and have started on block two,  John Hancock.

 The daffodils are coming.

 These hellebores  have been blooming since Christmas!

 These will be blooming in February.  They are a pretty shade of pink.

  If you live in the Pacific NW you will learn to love moss and lichens.

These were both growing on the fence in my garden.

Thanks so much for joining me today.   I hope you all stay warm and healthy!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!!

Hi there cloud friends.  I can't let the holidays pass without a post and a chance to wish you all a great 2018!  I hope all of you in the Eastern part of this country are staying warm.  We have had a fairly quiet but very nice Christmas and New Years.  We spent Christmas with our DD, and last night was a cozy evening at home.  I even got in 2 hours of stitching on my new project.  Which brings me to the photos.

 I have chosen LHN's "Early Americans" for my new project.  I will be doing it on a large piece of linen with all the 9 squares together.  The middle square should be fun to design.  I have 2 Patriots in my direct line. Yes, I am a member of the DAR, not very active as I just hate to go to meetings! However, at Vonna's suggestion, I will be honoring them in the middle square.  I want this project finished by Memorial Day as that is when I put up my patriotic designs.  I  am excited and happy to be doing this design.

 I stitched this Santa during December.  He was lots of fun.  I had seen him on Marly's blog and when Prairie Schooler reproduced the design, I bought it right away. His colors are much prettier.  He looks a bit faded in the photo.  By next December, he will be made into a pretty pillow.( I hope!)  He is a fairly big guy even on 32 count. Too big for a pin keep.

 I have to share the beautiful felted ornaments that my DD made for us.  This is so special.  Can you see all the tiny beads that she put on the top?


 Next year these will have very special places on the tree.

Laurie is a member of Blodel Reserve a beautiful place on Bainbridge Island.  We took a walk there on the day before Christmas Eve.  One reason I love the NW is you can see things blooming even in cold December.



The other morning I was walking upstairs and noticed  the reflection on one of the windows.  I think it is the perfect way to end the post.  I hope good health,love and happiness are with you all this year.  And let's hope for more peace in our world. Thanks for joining me today.