Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Advent Blog Hop December 2

 Welcome to day 2 of the Advent Blog Hop.  Lots of thanks to Jo at Serendipitious Stitching for all the work she does  to organize the Hop. 

This year I am sharing a sampler that I stitched last winter.  The sampler was designed by Chessie and Me and is called"Peace and Goodwill." I was able to use a frame that I found at a thrift store.  I just painted it barn red and did same antiquing.  I am happy with the results and plan to leave it up all year long. 

This is a close up of the bottom.  I think the message is lovely and can apply to us all the time, not just during Christmas.

Jo asked us to think about Christmas books that we enjoy.  I chose two, one as an adult and the other I read to children.  My adult book is "Shepherd's Abiding" by Jan Karon.  If you read and enjoyed the Mitford series, this is the book for you. Years ago I was an elementary teacher  I read this charming book to my class at Christmas time, it is called "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas".  This book has long been out of print but a few years ago I found a copy in a used book store.  I was so happy to see it and it took me right back to some very happy days as a teacher. The illustrations are charming too!

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and let's hope for a good new year!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Easter Blog Hop

Hi there all you cloud friends!  We are having an absolutely beautiful day so it is perfect for posting my Easter photo.  Thanks to Jo at Serendipitious Stitching for arranging the blog hop.  She always does a great job.  I hope all of you are staying well and are finding joy in your stitching or other hobbies. 

 I stitched this cute bunny design last year.  It is a Prairie Schooler.  I finished it a bit in the Priscilla style.  I like things a bit simpler but she does give amazing ideas on how to finish your stitching.

 Yesterday we were working in the yard and I couldn't resist taking a few Spring flower  photos! I hope they bring a bit of Spring to each of you!

If you are collecting the letters, my letter is R!  I wish all of you the many joys and blessings of Easter!


Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Christmas Blog Hop

Hi there cloud friends!  I hope December is going well for all of you. Today is my day for a post on the Christmas Blog Hop.  This is organized by Jo over at Serendipitious Stitching.  She is an amazing stitcher so be sure to visit her blog.  Thanks Jo, for all the work you do in organizing this blog hop.
Here is the piece I have chosen to share with you.

This is a sampler that is available in the Blackbird Designs book, " The Bells on Christmas Day'" The sampler is based on an old one that is shown in the book.  It was a joy to stitch.  I did make several color changes so if you have any questions about that feel free to email me and I can give you the conversions. The words Peace on Earth appear on the sampler so I plan to keep it up all year.  Those sentiments are good for all of the time.

 I did want to share the beautiful frame I have used for this piece.  It was done by Valley House Primitives.  They do a wonderful job. It was the perfect design and color for the piece.  Janet is always so helpful with color and design ideas. In addition she is a joy to work with!

I hope all of you are able to enjoy this beautiful season of Advent and I wish all of you the Merriest of Christmases!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Here we are at the end of October !! I do wish all of you a very fun and happy Halloween!  Jo at Serendipitous Stitching has organized another Halloween Blog Hop.  If you have read my blog in the past, you know how much I enjoy stitching Halloween.  I do have several new ones this year but the one I have chosen to share is "Tonight is Halloween", by Kathy Barrick.

I think that is such a fun and spooky verse.  This took quite awhile to stitch as there is a lot of solid stitching.  However, I really enjoyed working on this project. The letter I am sharing with you today is the letter H.  Now hop on over to  http://janalynmarie.blogspot.com// to see more Halloween stitching and get another letter!
Thanks for visiting and again, a very Happy Halloween!!!!!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Patriotic Stitching

Hi there cloud friends! Yes , I am still alive and doing just fine here in the cool and beautiful NW!  First, I want to tell you all about a super give away .  My friends over at the blog Stitching Friends Forever are  having a very generous give away.  Plus you will love the blog.  They have so many wonderful stitching ideas and their finishing is inspirational!
I have enjoyed some great patriotic stitching so far this summer.  Now I am sort of moving on to some samplers.  Right now I am working on a BBD design in their wonderful book" The Bells on Christmas Day."  I am doing the big sampler in that book.  So far I love it.  I think it will be up all year as it says Peace On Earth and I think that is good for all the time!! Well, on to the  patriotic things.

 This one is Strawberries and Stripes by With Thy Needle and Thread. I will make it into a small pillow and add to my bowl.

 The minute I saw this design I knew I wanted to stitch it.  It is Where Liberty Dwells by With thy Needle and Thread.  I changed the red to 3777.  I like to use barn reds in most of my stitching.  The star part got a bit boring but I love the end result!!

 Finally I stitched Patriotic Houses by Waxing Moon.  I will also be doing the Halloween Houses .  These were  such fun and quick to stitch.  I'm still working on a final finish for this one.

 My blog post would not be complete without a few garden photos! Here is my lovely delphinium!

 It is a great summer for hydrangeas.  If you have them, be sure to check on the alum trick.  I can keep them as cut flowers for well over a week using the alum.


Finally  the alliums look like fireworks as they get finished blooming.
I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful 4th !  We had a nice quiet dinner with our DD and her friend.  Those of you not in the US, I hope your summer is going great and all of you have lots of wonderful stitching time.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter

Welcome to the Easter Blog Hop sponsored by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. I hope Spring has found most of you by now.  I am sharing two Spring/ Easter photos with all of you.

 This is called Quaker Easter Egg by Bent Creek.  I loved doing this design.  It was quick and full of fun motifs!

This is the focus of my Easter decorating, my white bunny collection as well as a few favorite stitched pieces.  The other two stitched pieces are Easter Parade by Blackbird Designs and Bunny Egg Mini by Waxing Moon Designs.

I know you came here for a letter and mine is the letter U.  Your next stop is at 

I wish all of you the blessings of Easter and a very happy Spring!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Wonderful Christmas Surprise

Hi there cloud friends!  It's been awhile I know.  I read  blogs everyday but just get lazy about posting.  Today, though , I have something special to share with you.  As you know, I love ,love the frames by Valley House Primitives.  They go perfectly with my style of decorating.  So whenever I stitch a special piece, I order a frame from them.  I stitched Prairie Schooler Christmas Village.  Now that was a big job.  I wanted a special frame for it so I contacted Janet.  She asked if I needed it before Christmas. I said it would be nice but I didn't know their schedule and I was late in requesting the frame.  She said they would do their best and that was all  I expected.  You can imagine how surprised and pleased I was in a week or ten days to hear the frame was ready .   Janet always sends me an invoice and I pay using paypal.  Well instead of the invoice, I got an email from Janet saying the frame was to be a gift from her and Mike.  It made my day , no month , no year! How very generous they are.  The frame is beautiful and will always be so special to me because of their generosity.  What a way to get cheered up  after carpel tunnel surgery and to feel the real Christmas spirit!

 The way I stitched this was to do one house after each project I stitched during the year.  I started it last January and after stitching three houses I knew I had to space them out.

 This shows how beautifully the frame looks with the design.  All the golds and browns are really enhanced by the frame.

 I love the school.  Every village needs a school house with an American flag!!

 See those 53 trees at the top.  They became my Sunday evening stitch. Again I couldn't do them all at once!

I chose this for my last picture for two reasons.  The first because it shows off the beautiful frame very well.  The second because going to Church and celebrating the birth of Jesus is the most important part of Christmas to me.

Thank you for joining me today and a very special thank you again to Janet and Mike of Valley House Primitives!!