Saturday, December 31, 2011

Late last night I finished my 80th and final book for the year 2011.    I read: Isabeau, a novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer by N. Gemini Sasson.
I exceded my goal by five books.

Today was spent stitching at a local shop - as well as munching on the various treats that the stitchers brought.  It was a good day!

I cheked my blog stats - I only blogged 34% of the year.  Guess I need to do better.  Tomorrow is the first anniversary of my blog. 

Happy New Year everyone!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

My house is beginning to reflect the photo.  The ornaments knocked off the tree, by the cats, are now being placed on the piano instead of back on the tree.  The gifts are no longer under the tree which leaves more room for the cats to get into trouble.  I suspect it's time to put things away for the season.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

year end clean-up

I decided to clean up a few things late last night (or was that early this morning?).  The January challenge is up to date for 2011.  I got 10 out of 15 completed.  I guess it wasn't too bad since 4 have become WIPs.  One was totally scraped and replaced.  The replacement was finished but not sure it counted.

I've decided to do the January challenge again.  I'm not sure if all 15 items will start in January or not.  January is a very busy time for me.  Anyhow, all 15 items are ornaments.  Yes, ornaments.  I looked at my handmade ornaments and realized I had only made a couple of them.  It's time for more "made by me" and kept by me.

Here is a link for the 2012 crazy challenge.  From doing some surfing, I saw there were some other challenges out there as well.  But this one is the basic, 15 item challenge.

I've also decided to do a WIP challenge.  This one encourages me to work on the WIPs but I don't have to finish them to be successful.   I think that I can handle that.  It also wants progress reports on the full moon, the same as the TUSAL - the thread jar!  Should be easy to remember - I hope anyhow.  You can see a list of participants here.

Lastly I found a reading challenge that I think I can handle.  In 2011, I "completed" it without even knowing it.  Check out the Chunkster Challenge.   In 2011, I qualified for the Chubby Chunkster (and didn't even know about it) by reading the following books:
(The) Girl From Junchow, by Kate Furnivall
The) Help, by Kathryn StockettThe) Russian Concubine, by Kate Furnivall
The) Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson
The) Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova
Emma by Helen Hoolick
I think that Harold the King by Helen Hollick might have also qualified.

The first five on the list were on the site's recommended list.  And to think that my goal was only for 75 books, regardless of number of pages.  Speaking of which, as of the 29th, the total number is 79 books.  I have two in progress so hopefully I will get one of them done before the New year.

I think 3 challenges will be quite enough for 2012.  After all, life will surely throw me more challenges.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, til it came and stood over where the young child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Matthew 2:9-10

Friday, December 23, 2011

The gifts are wrapped.  The baking completed.  The family has arrived.  Now we wait for Santa for the little ones.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The shopping is done.  The wrapping has not begun.  In the morning the baking will begin. And then the family arrives and chaos begins.  A joyful, happy chaos that only family can create.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I just had to change the photo.  After all, I caught the younger cat trying to swat the ornaments and where does he run after I chase him? - under the tree!  Maybe if I get some gifts wrapped and under there, he won't fit as well??  hmm.  we shall see!

The gift shopping is done!  Now the food shopping and cleaning will commence in the morning.  Perhaps even a little wrapping - maybe.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

another new photo

I picked another swirly type tree for the opening photo.  I plan tomorrow to be a swirly day.  I need to hit the toy store plus a couple of other places.I figure the toy store will be the craziest!

Today was a nice and relaxing day.  In the afternoon I had my sampler guild meeting.  A small gathering since this seemed to be a popular day for holiday parties.  However, eeryone brought lots of great food to share and we had a nifty project.

Using two buttons, ribbon and beeswax, we made a little beeswax holder.  I don't have a sample to show you since I didn't take any buttons with me.  Maybe this week I can try to finish mine and remember a photo.  We shall see.

Speaking of photos, here are a couple of my "decorating":


My living room couch and coffee table.  The large pillow in the middle is new this year.  The other two were new last year.


Part of the eat-in kitchen (note the high chair for the grandkids).  All the ornaments hanging from the curtain rod are handmade.  The framed house on the left is stitched by me many , many moons ago.  The "reindeer" was a gift.  On the table, the angel is actually a teapot.  I have six Christmas/winter teapots.  Five are out on display in various parts of the house - only two are in the kitchen area.  There are also two everyday teapots out in the kitchen.

Can you tell I like teapots?  I do have a pilgrim one for Thanksgiving.  One of these days, Iwill find something I like for Halloween.  I have a couple of really floral ones for Easter/Spring/Mother's day.  They aren't totally my taste but since they were gifts, they are staying.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

a little late

I kept saying that I had my photo of my thread jar for the end of November.  I finally took it off my camera earlier today.  I needed photos of my grandsons for a Christmas party tonight and they were still on my camera so now most everything is off.  And the camera is all ready for the holidays.

Now here is my very belated November thread jar:


 At the rate I've been stitching during December (not hardly), the December jar will be pretty empty.  I won't empty it until the end of December and then I'll start on the New Moon schedule set up by Daffycat.  I posted the schedule somewhere in the last couple of weeks.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

borrowing again

First off, the new photo header is how I feel after today.  I did a whirlwind of shopping today!  The wind was also whipping around outside and definitely swirling the rain around.  The next few days should be a lot like this tree as well.

The Twisted Stitcher had a great link on her blog today.  A Christmas tree filled with Santas - mostly Prairie Schooler.  She also has s few other themed trees as well.

Thanks for the link!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thanks to Stitch Bitch and Needleworker Not in Paradise, I learned that Erica Wilson died yesterday.  Here is a link to her obit:

I remember going to England with 5 of my sorority sisters, and only one other was a stitcher.  She came home with some hard to find (in the US) Erica Wilson books.  I haven't taked to Fran in years. I wonder if she still has the books and how much did she ever stitch from them.

Watching our oldest grandson has kept me from some of the news but it certainly is creating a bond that wouldn't otherwise be there.  Meanwhile it has also slowed my stitching way down and has caused the holiday shopping to come to a standstill. 

I changed the photo to a lovely Christmas home scene.  My house won't look like this but meanwhile I can enjoy it online.  Perhaps this week-end the tree will go up, along with numerous other things happening.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Saturday was a wonderful day of stitching.  It was the annual Hoosier Stitcher Christmas party.  Lots of hours of stiching and eating and talking and stitching and laughing and stitching,etc.  For me it was still lots of coughing too. It totally wore me out but I enjoyed it so much!!

I actually did accomplish a fair amount of stitching too!  I came home in a great mood and stitched for another hour or so before I fell asleep on the couch.  Hubby had to wake me to go to bed.

I need more days like that!  Maybe the New Year will bring me some.  I can hope anyhow.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

changed

I changed the photo today.  Yesterday was more about decorating with bulbs and today about decorating with candles.

We put up our tree on the 3rd sunday in Advent.  In the early years of our marriage, this was our compromise between puting up the tree at Thanksiving and the day before Christmas. Yes, our views were that far apart!

But I start decorating around the 1st of the month, just a few things everyday, very gradual.  It's a lot easier than everything at once, less time and eases us into the holiday mood.

I hope you holiday decorating is going well.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I searched the internet and found some delightful Christmas scenes to be used for my header.  Ironically I found 24 of them and here it is the 7th of December already.  So you may not see all 24 this year but who knows in the future.

Speaking of the 7th - Today is Pearl harbor Rembrance day and the 70th anniversary.  This is an anniversary we should never forget, just as we should never forget 9-11-2001.  I don't think any of us wants our country to become a battleground.

If you see a soldier, thank him or her for what they do - even in peacetime, but especially now.

PS.  I found this somewhere out there in cyber space.

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

~Margaret Cousins

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 12

This day 12 of being sick.  This is really old already!   I am not managing to get anything done, go anywhere or do anything other than be miserable.  Someone want this???  It's cheap - I'll give it to you for free !!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

TIme to sign up for the 2012 Totally useless SAL - http://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2011/11/totally-useless-stitch-long.html

Photos are taken of your ort jar on the new moon and posted for all to see.

Last year I did this at the beginning of each month since I was too late to sign-up.  Matter of fact, I still have November's photo still sitting on my camera.

Anyhow, here are the dates for 2012:

There are 12 2012 New Moon Dates:
January 23
February 21
March 22
April 21
May 20
June 19
July 19
August 17
September 16
October 15
November 13
December 13

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Books for 2011

My goal for 2011 was to read 75 books.  As of yesterday, I have read 74 books.  Since I have 3 that are currently being read right now, I think I am safe in saying I will reach my goal.  I think I have posted the entire list on the sidebar.

I haven't decided if next year's goal will be higher or not.  There's a lot more already scheduled in my life for next year.  Not the ordinary things either (like EGA, ANG or DAR meetings) but big things (son coming home, teaching my pilot class, teaching at EGA Seminar, niece's wedding, trips, etc and not in any particular order).  After reading what I just wrote - maybe I'll just keep the goal the same to be safe.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

borrowing again

Describe an heirloom that has been passed down through generations of your family. What is its significance to you personally.

This is hard to do.  On the maternal side, my grandfather hated saving things.  He had a field day when the last of his parents died befor other family members stopped him.  I do have a few photos and I have a couple of thigns salvaged from my great-grandparents - a favorite book of mygreat grandfather and some of the pattery and china from my great-grandmother.  My few connections to family.

On the paternal side I have even less.  My pride and joy though is my confederate money.  My grandmother gave it to me when I was 10 or 11 - within a couple of years, she ws gone.  Since my Dad had four sisters, they pretty much got everything!  Anyhow, the money was passed down in her family,  Yes, it's real.  Being from South Carolina, the family fought on the side of the confederacy.   It is a true connection to my ancestors which is a great thing for a genealogist like myself.

So for an only child, growing up an a service brat far from home, every little thing that connects me to the past generations is much appreciated.

Thanks to Lake Stitcher for the question.  Lee can also feel better about her posts - I only managged 14 for the month.  Perhaps next November willbe better for me.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Home again

It's good to be home again.

Thanksgiving this year happened in Tennessee.  I still cooked (and enjoyed it).  It was quiet and small and yet a great time!

Didn't get much stitching in during the visit but then again grandbabies have a way of taking over and keeping you occupied, especially when you haven't seen them in awhile.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hur-rah!

I have to admit that I am a "Dancing with the Stars" fan.  And my favorite won !  J.R. proved that a vet can do anything that he or she sets their mind to do!  Vets are wonderful!  Hug a vet today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

time flies

This week has been so busy - stitching and shopping, etc.  So much to do to get ready for Thanksgiving!
Last night was two types of cookies, a new recipe for a pumpkin-spice cookie and an old familiar "white" cookie (as they are known in this house).  Today is cleaning day - not just tidy up but scrub.  After all, little kids manage to find every speck of dust and dirt you might possibly have.  It's a good day to do because it is raining, damp, cold and generally yucky outside.

Progress continues on the new design (goal is to have it done after Thanksgiving) and the colors have been plled for the next one.  Actually I pulled the colors several days ago, sat them on the canvas, parked it in ym family room and stared at them over the past several days.  Last night I yanked about half of the threads and then decided the rest will work nicely.  Colors are coming better than the design.  It's been re-worked 3 times so far and yet not one stitch taken.  I suspect the upcoming holiday is partially to blame.

I hope all you are traveling for Thanksgiving, have a safe journey!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

another borrowed idea

Here I am borrowing another idea - this time from the Lake Stitcher.

Where is my favorite place to stitch - At home is easy, curled up on the couch so I can have the tv on.  Though in the summer I do enjoy the back deck.

Away from home - Again easy.  The stitch groups of my EGA chapter.  We have two seperate stitching sessions most months apart from the meeting.  Everyone signs up to host at some time or another.  It's not so much the comfort of the homes vs the comfort of friends.
Also, the Hoosier Stitchers also try to meet every month (it doesn't always happen) but we meet in a library.  The library is ok (chairs could be better) but the company is great.
My newest place is one of my local shops (Needle Fever).  The owner has stitching groups on wednesdays and thursdays.  I try to go each week to the wednesday group.  It's relaxing and fun!
Any retreat is fine too.  Most have been in state parks sponsored thru EGA or ANG but a couple have been in large cabins at church camps.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have an original idea but I won't promise anything as busy as this week is scheduled.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

something borrowed

I borrowed this from Stitch Bitch.  I love books!

The book that’s been on your shelves the longestmy King James version of the Bible

A book that reminds you of something specific – the Zabriskie Family – follows three of my maternal genealogical lines. Gives me a good sense of family history and perspective.
 

A book you acquired in some interesting way – just the traditional bookstores, book sales and more recently the Kindle store. No stories here.

A book that’s been with you the most places – besides my bible, the Cherry Ames series. Got them all when I was a kid and they traveled overseas, across this country , etc with me.

The most recent addition to your shelves – does the kindle count? If so, then Wild Sight by Loucinda McGary

Current read – Juliet by Anne Fortier

Last read - see the sidebar

Book you’ll read next - not sure yet

Friday, November 11, 2011

Here's a toast to all who serve in the Armed Forces, yesterday, today and in the future!  Thanks to each one you.

Happy Veterans Day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

new links

I've started a new list on the sidebar.  Shops that I have vistied and bought from which obviously includes my local shops.  Actually the list is short right now, especially the non-local places.  I still need to see if some of the places have websites and try to remember everywhere.  Another task to add to my growing list.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday was a bit of a "play" day.  I researched and researched another family member until it was time for my DAR meeting.  It was quite a good day, research-wise.  Then at the meeting, I met two new members that may be verrrrrry distant cousins - like back 8, 9 or 10 generations.

Absolutely no stitching got accomplished.  Not good for deadlines and yet it was a good day.  Today is back to stitching and other stitching oriented activities.

new blogs

I've added a few more blogs to my lists - both regualr stitching blogs and "business" or professional oriented stitching blogs.

Enjoy the new lists.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The new photo on top is from New York state.  Last year we did a driving vacation throughout New York.  This particular photo was from the back of the Vanderbilt mansion, looking across the Hudson river.  For those who might be curious, the Vanderbilt mansion is just down the road from the Hyde Park home of FDR.  We toured both the same day.

Not sure what the large "home"across the river is for sure.  It did start out as a mansion, believed to have been a boarding school then owned by a Monastary.  Our tour guide was not sure what it is now.  But I thought the trees and general view were beautiful.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

new version of air mail

My son's version of air mail:




Friday, November 4, 2011

Spam - not the good kind

Well, I already blew posting every day of November.  Yesterday my email got hacked into and I spent most of the day fixing it.  I'm still missing my bookmarks! 

I will say this, Att is not helpful to get things fixed.  Up to now, I have always  aprreciated their spam filters - it caught so much!  Now  I'm reconsidering that.   (Att took over Sbc which is what my "address" still reads).  So my apoligies if you did get a spam mail from me.  Thank heavens I don't keep a huge contact list on my actual email.

By the way, two of our household will actually eat Spam - my son and I.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

challenge

November is National Blog Posting Month, the goal to publish one blog entry a day for the month of November. What a huge challenge!  I'm going to try but it isn't going to be easy. I already know my busy schedule and general craziness.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

TIme for new photos.

First up is the thread jar for October.  Actually there are two photos.  One is lovely pink threads I ripped out after nearly completing a small project.  I was not a happy camper about but I wasn't going to be wrong either.  Note:  I haven't picked up the project since but will be needing to do so soon.  The second is the regular threads for the month, mostly from a new design I'm busy working on.




And now for something really unusual.  I prefer to protect the privacy of my family.  However I think that this photo is cute without being readily identifiable as anyone in particular.  Matter of fact, we saw the same costume on someone else in our neighborhood.



I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  Now to start planning for Thanksgiving.  What to eat is easy but where is question of the month.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Moving day

Yesterday my husband and I helped our youngest daughter and her husband pack up their house for the final part of their move to another state.  Also helping was her father-in-law and later her cousin-in-law.  It was a very long eight plus hours.  We missed an hour or two of the packing due to oversleeping and two closed roads.  We suspect the roads were closed due to flooding.  It had been raining for the last day or so and was raining all day yesterday as well.  This morning it is gloomy and the winds are high and now the temps are starting to drop.  Hopefully they are having decent weather to drive to their new home.  It's a good day to curl up with a good book or your stitching.  I think that's what I might do today - along with lots of hot tea.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Books updated

My book list is updated.  61 books for the year so far.  I may even reach my goal this year.  Remains to be seen though.

We've heard from our son.  He has arrived safely and gotten his unit set up and functional.  He reports that the weather is already turning cold.  He also commented that he hasn't seen more than a few inches of snow since the last time he was in Aghanistan.  I hope he stays warm.

I have one request - everyone can pray for the safety of all our soldiers stationed overseas, along with their familieswaiting at home.

Thanks!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

overdue post and photos

Time for some overdue photos.

Let's start with the September thread jar.



Now on to a finish from the January challenge
The small Dutch minature




Things around this household have been busy lately as well as emotional.  It all seem to start with the departure of our son for his second tour of Afghanistan.  He is on active duty and we knew it would be coming however that doesn't make it any easier or make us worry less.

From there we moved into family birthdayswhich started the busy week of an ANG board meeting, an ANG meeting, an EGA workshop, followed by an EGA meeting and don't forget to sqeeze in the DAR meeting for the month - all crammed into about 10 days.  Plus more proposals to get out in the mail, so on and on and on.  Somewhere in there hubby wanted some attention too.  We all go thru periods like thisbut while it's happening, it just seems overwhelming at times.

Here's a photo of some samples from the ANG cording class.



More tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

dead batteries

I went to take photos of the thread jar and a another finish from my 15 new starts list aka the January challenge but the batteries were dead in my camera!  They still have not been replaced due to other things happening in our life.  More on that later. 

Meanwhile, the thread jar is on hold but then again, so is the stitching.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

part 2 of the bus trip

Continuing on with the bus trip.

Shopping was great at the Celebrations show.  However, a friend and I decided we wanted to go to downtown old St. Charles.  So we hopped on the shuttle and away we went.

We had lunch at a nice resturant where the food was good (not great) and the service was lousy.  Glad it was that way instead of the opposite.  Then we wnadered down the street.  Had to stop in the spice and tea shop.  I came home with a couple of new teas (loose leaf).  We found the cross stitch shop and enjoyed it but skipped the quilt shop (big mistake we heard).  We found the glassmaker - beautiful pieces, even Tiffany style items.  Absolutely gorgeous!  Had to visit the British shop (not real name).  Beautiful things, kilts, Irish items, etc..

Then we wandered into the street fair - a juried arts show.  The vendors were fab!  Both of us ended up with a couple of items for Christmas presents.  It was certainly a nice bonus to the day.


It turns out that I only took one shot of the fair.  But you get a good idea.  It was all along one side of the street, mostly across from resturants and bars, who moved tables out into the street for better business opportunities.

After lunch and wandering, we returned to the hotel and did more shopping of needlework.  Here's some of what I bought.


I really like turkeys to have around in November to remind of us of Thanksgiving so I just had to have this one from Hinzet - Gobble.  ALos new threads for me to play with.




Of course I had to have new (more) scissors.  Hard to see but it is a pair of pewter storks and pink polka dots.  Both were more than reasonablely priced.

Between the shops closing for the night and the bus leaving, we had just over an hour.  My friend and I sat down with some of the others and had some snacks (popcorns, chips, salsa) and a drink.  I had something new to me - Sangria rum punch.  far too smooth going down.  very tasty.

The trip home was relatively quiet.  The cold dinners which had been pre-ordered were passed out and eaten and soon stitchers were drowsing.  With it getting dark so early, it was hard to stitch so I didn't even try.  My seatmate was quickly asleep.  I dozed for part of the trip but not all of it this time.  We arrived back to our cars about 12:45 and I was home by 1:05 am.  I hugged the cats, gave them treats and told it was time to head off to bed - they quickly bounded up the stairs before I even made to the foot of the stairs.  Very quickly we were settled in bed and fast asleep.

Would I do It again?  Yes!  The sheer enthusiam of all the stitchers was great and really inspiring! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

WAAAAY Behind

Somewhere in the past couple of weeks, my computer decided it no longer liked the version of Internet Explorer that I was using and shut down various functions on my computer.  At first, it was a puzzle, what was causing this problem, then the next problem, etc.  Finally we figured out there was one single thing causing everything - a supposedly outdated version of Explorer.

Now I hate the set-up and look of my computer.  Everything seems out of whack, not in the right place and it is now several extra steps to get to my bookmarks - they are suppose to be easy!  I think that the new Explorer hates google.  Nothing in google wants to act right now.

But here goes with fun and old news.



 Our lovely LNS owner.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my LNS sponsored a bus trip to St. Charles, MO to visit Celebrations!
A very delightful needlework show.  I rearranged several things with my DH and at the last minute freed up the schedule so I could go.  The cats looked at me funny as I was up in what most considered the middle of the night.  I packed my little cooler, pillow and stitching bag and off to pick up a friend.  We met the bus at o'dark thirty ( a familiar military term for many) on the north side of town.  Then off to the west side to pick more passengers.  Not long after that, muffins were passed out and I zonked!  Yes, I slept until the either the Missouri or Mississippi river.  I think I missed a lot of darkness.


Our  lovely cruise director who was awake the whole trip.  She was an absolute delight and so cheerful for so early in the morning!

Here are a recreation of our wonderful gift bags. Mine got a bit wrinkled being stuffed in other things while I slept.



I can't seem to get the bag turned correctly.  Inside you can see where some party beads, a large pink nametag, a pen, (not in photo), beeswax, and floss tags.  There was also some candy which was consumed before photos.

The vendors quickly caught on that the pink nametag meant we were from the bus group.  We were quite the stir.  I heard that we were the only bus group to show during the whole show.  From the looks of some ladies bags on the return trip - I 'm guessing the vendors were glad to see us.

The show was the entire 4th floor. Here are some of the banners for the shopping.





Not the greatest photos I realize but if you look into the windows, you can see some of the displays.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm now up to 55 books  for the year.  Still behind last year's numbers.  However, there is more stitching going on this year.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

EGA Seminar 2012

Yesterday (while I was busy shopping), EGA posted the details on the 2012 Seminar in New Mexico.
Check out http://www.egausa.org/
The photos are not yet linked to the class descriptions but will be.  All the photos shown were taken at the seminar in Naples, FL which just ended.  The photos are labeled but you have to scroll thru everything to get to what you want.  So to make it simple, here is my class piece for seminar 2012.


This is SandStorm.  Stitched on 18 count canvas with a wide variety of fibers and stitches.  There are numerous options within the instructions for changing threads, colors, etc.  There are 4 different corners shown, you can pick one or two or do all four.  Everyone's Sandstorm will be personal.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A moment of silence please.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Labor Day stitching

This was a small but cute piece that I started and finished over the Labor Day week-end.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

TUSAL - late but accurate

Here's the Thread jar for the end of August 2011.  Just haven't had the right timing to get the photo up.  The jar was being filled again by the morning of the 1st.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

There's a nice surprise piece coming in September!

Monday, September 5, 2011

sections photos

As promised - the photos by sections of the completed piece.








A little sloppy because I can not get them to line up and still be in the proper order.  I figure, better the right order rather than lining up straight.  The bottom really isn't as crooked as the photo shows.  It's nice and even and ready for the bottom hardware of the bell pull.  Actually all it needs is a good pressing after I pick up the bell pull hardware.

All the stars have #4 braid in them.  The candy wrappers either have a metallic or a rayon so they will look shiny.  The frog's tummy is also rayon.  The ghost and the spider web are stitched in a white metallic.  I added a small RIP to the tombstone and eliminated part of the grass.  The cat's nose and collar, as well as the frog's tongue are also done in a rayon.  All the little "extras"came out of my stash.  Except for the pumpkin in the "Pumpkin" rectangle, I used DMC.  I actually used the "Tomato" gentle arts for the pumpkin.  It's the only thing that would really show up against the fabric.

Thanks to Marie for the fabric inspiration.  Not sure if she was doing the Boo Club or the 2012 version, but she was using this fabric which really inspired me to get moving and start on my Boo CLub.  It was started in May after receiving the fabric from my not-so-local but wonderful LNS and finished at the end of August 2011.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's finished !

Actually I could say that about a few things that have been finished lately.  However, this one is just waiting for it's bellpull to come in.

Ta-Da !

This week-end - photos of the sections, i.e. close-ups.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

just a quickie

I've updated my list of books again.  I've also added a new blog.    http://designsbyro.blogspot.com/

Ro came out htis past March to teach at our ANG chapter.  I had a great time getting to know her and encouraging her to start a blog.  I'm so happy that she has.  Check it out when you have a chance.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

where has the time gone?!

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted and we haven't even gone on vacation.  Instead we have babysat the almost one year old (next week is the big birthday) for a weeks and we have packed up the household of the 5 month old grandson for his move to Tennessee.  His dad got a new job.  We are happy for the new job but sad for the new distance between us and the grandbaby.   We already have plans in the works to go visit very soon! 


All of this activity has been on top of the normal obligations and routinues, so it has been a bit choatic some days, tiring all days and not much stitching has gotten done.  This week is just us since the older grandson is on vacation and the other is already relocated. So hopefully I will get some stitching done, genealogy researched and actually try to relax.  We shall see.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

As usual lately, I seem to be behind the power curve.  A few too many things going on in life right now.

Meanwhile here's a small photo update.


I was calling this piece AUTUMN.  It's real name is  MAPLE LEAF.  Designer was correct - Laura Perin.  The outside edges have made progress due to some "mindless" stitching time.




This is the thread jar for July.  Not a great photo but very timely.  I took the photo a few minutes after midnight on August 1st.  Yes, I was up that late stitching and even some beyond that hour.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Way behind in reading!

I was just updating my list of books read for the year and I noticed a note on my list.  I had noted that in 2010, I had read 50 books between 1 July and 31 December.  For 2011, I've only read 41 books - I'm way behind.  I have no doubt that when the months get colder, I will do more reading.  Then again, the heat the last few weeks has driven me insideas much as the snow did over the winter.  Though photos don't show it, I have been doing a lot of stitching lately.  And a lot of long-term planing for vacation, stitching and genealogy.

Check out my list of books read underneath the blogs on the right side.  It's a varied list, some popular with various book clubs.  I also welcome recommended reads as well.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Halloween update


The most current status on the Boo Club.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordy wednesday

Life has been so busy for the last few weeks and an update is far overdue.  I tried to do some posts ahead but even then ran out of time.

Last week's wordless wednesday showed a giant, old-style Ladies shoe which I found in the the Philadelphia Library.  Parts are stitched and other parts, I'm not so sure how it's put together.  But overall, it is interesting art.  It's located on the second floor.

We headed for southern NJ/Philly area for a family wedding and to do a bit of family history.  Not much to report on the family history, just a few obits but the live family history, i.e. the wedding of our nephew was wonderful.  Here's the happy couple at the reception - at the Jersey shore.


Since we were staying a few days, we drove out.  On the way, I finished Constantinople.  This is one of my pieces on the January Challenge list. I have to admit, it had been sitting around and lingering because I didn't like the pulled thread areas.  Normally I like pulled thread but not on canvas.  So I put it in my bag for the car and "forced" my self to work on it and came up with an alternate idea for the pulled areas.  That's officially seven complete now.



For the car trip home, I pciked up another canvas piece I had brought with me but had not started.  I knew I needed another thread for the autumns leaves.  And I fould something that works for me at Rittenhouse Needlepoint in downtown Philly.  Wonderful shop!  Even my husband was impressed.  There were threads everywhere but very well organized and out on display.  Great natural lights from the windows.  There was a large table near the center which is where my hubby patiently waited for me.  Anyhow, the last night at the hotel, I put in the center leaf.  Then on the drive home (including the stop while an accident was cleaned up) I got the area around the leaf and the vast majority of the borders stitched.  This is an old Laura Perin chart and I will look up the name for the next post.


Lastly, I really did take a picture of my threads at the end of the month.  Just never seemed to have time to post it.  So, here are the June threads.  See the orange -that's from the halloween piece.



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011


More progress is being made on Sea Opal.  I'm nearly ready to add the "sea opals".

Friday, July 1, 2011



If this photo looks a lot like the last update on the Boo Club, it's because everything has been ripped out, not once but twice!  Nothing seem to go right with "pumpkin", so I tried "fright" instead and thought the house looked great, it was in the wrong area to keep the piece balanced.  So out it came.  Hopefully this coming week, "pumpkin" will go back in correctly and progress will be made.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Art Walk

Last night I was part of an Artist's Walk.  A small nearby town puts on an annual Brick Street Artists' Walk.  The various shops on the brick street, aka Main street, sponsor an artist to display their wares/talents outside the shop for the evening.  One of my favorite local needlework shops is on Main street and the owner asked if I wanted to be their artist.

It was an interesting evening.  By virtue of being at the end of the "walk", traffic was not as heavy as further down the street.  Those who did stop to look and converse were surprised that I actually designed the pieces I had on display.  They seem to assume that I simply stitched from a pattern.  Where they thought the pattern came from, who knows.  The best part were the few who just appreciated the pieces for their artistic qualities and liked them for that alone.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

FIber Fest

Over the week-end, a firend and I went to Fiber Fest.  I am a begining knitter and she is more advanced than I am.  The yarns were gorgeous!  The wool was soft!!!!  There were lots of types of wool - from angora (who were also there - live) to alpaca to sheep (also there live) to a few I've forgotten.  Going with a fellow sticher/knitter is so much more fun than going with a bored hubby (last year's experience).

Here are a couple of photos:





All photos taken with permission of vendors.