I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh with my husband's family.  All our kids came along with our 2 grandchildren and also our oldest son's girlfriend.  We had a great time, ate a lot, laughed a lot, and then all made it back to our home destinations with no problems.

Now I'm concentrated on preparing for Christmas.  We'll stay home this year and our 2 youngest children will join us.  I'm getting a late start on decorating because we're replacing our floors in January and had a guy come measure this week.  I'm starting to get excited because we finally decided on what flooring to use, the color, and have nailed down (pardon the pun) the contract.  We even have a tentative date on which to start. 

I also pulled some ornaments out to send to our 2 oldest kids.  I'd collected (either bought or made) ornaments for each of the kids over the years and our oldest asked for some of hers (she's the one who's given us our 2 grandchildren) and our son's girlfriend asked if I'd send some of his to them.  It took longer than I thought it would to go through them and choose a nice assortment that fit in the box.  I had an idea when I was in Hobby Lobby earlier this week that it would be nice to put them in a Christmas box so they can use the same box in which to store them.  They're safely in the mail now and I hope they enjoy using (and storing) them.

On the stitching front, I finished stitching Cat's Meow (Drawn Thread) for my son's girlfriend.  I took the picture before pressing it and the piece is now at the framer.

I also put together a couple of Foxwood Crossings Sled ornaments for this year's ornament and tucked them in the ornament boxes I just sent out.  I'll make 3 more of these this year.  2 are stitched and it won't take long to stitch the last one.  I love how quick and easy they stitch up and taping them onto those little sleds is my kind of finishing.  Quick and easy!

I'm still plugging along on Home for Christmas by Prairie Schooler.  I'm really enjoying this one!

Break's over!  Time to get back to decorating.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Camp Gottastitch, Alone in the Garden, PS Santas, Shingles Shot

Last weekend I attended Camp Gottastitch in beautiful Berlin, OH in the heart of Amish Country.  It was a treat to get to see the fall foliage in OH since we don't get that much of it here in SE Texas.

The retreat was great to get to stitch with friends and enjoy being fed.  lol!  The Amish cinnamon rolls the hotel provided us each morning were a special treat.  Yum!

I mostly worked on La D Da's Alone in the Garden which had been languishing in my stash unstitched for quite some time.  I was able to finish it on Friday which was almost sad because I enjoyed stitching it so much.  I used the called-for silks, a special treat, and used some dyed champagne fabric by Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.

My friend, Vonna, did a Fiber Talk with Gary Parr while we were there and several of us "appeared" with what we were stitching.  Fun!

Friday I decided to go find some Prairie Schooler Santas I'd stitched.  I'd forgotten about the round robin I did years ago with 5 other stitchers...and some others I had tucked away with them.  It was a pleasant surprise to find them!  My plan back then was to make the RR ones into a wall hanging...which I still should do.  Some of the little ones need some more stitching to finish those and would make great ornaments.

I think my next cross stitch project will be a Prairie Schooler Chistmas design similar in size to the fall piece I just stitched.

DH and I had our second "date" to finish getting our shingles shots series yesterday.  Both of us have sore arms, achy muscles, fatigue, and headaches.  We also both had a low grade fever overnight.  I keep telling myself that these symptoms are far more tolerable than actually getting shingles.  (Our sweet neighbor had shingles recently and even had some in her eye.  It was scary for a while because she lost some vision but she's doing much better now.)

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Harvest Time, Sports

I give you....Harvest Time by the Prairie Schooler.  I really enjoyed stitching this one.  Love those colors!!!

I haven't figured out what to stitch next but some wips need some attention.

It was a big sports weekend for us this past weekend.  We attended the University of Texas vs. Kansas game in Austin.  The score was closer than it should have been so it was an exciting game.

At the same time, Houston Astros were playing what turned out to be their last play-off game and we kept looking up the score while watching the football game.  We listened to the last couple of innings in the car after the football game.  Astos are going to the World Series again!!

Also, my Ohio State Buckeyes handily won their game Friday night.

Happy stitching!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Back Home from Another Trip

We spent almost 2 weeks as Grandma and Grandpa's Day Care as our daughter transitioned back to work after the birth of our new grandson.  The 3 yo went to her day care (and her many friends) during the days and we played with her a lot in the evenings and weekends.  The time flew by and we enjoyed every minute...although we were exhausted much of the time.  (It's a good thing we have our children when we're young and more energetic.)

On the way back home we stopped in the Denver area to visit with our son and his girl friend.  Almost as an afterthought, we decided to spend Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park.  We had a perfect day for visiting the park and really enjoyed ourselves.  We all felt the altitude when we were at >12,000 feet!  (Especially DH and I who live at 22 feet above sea level.)

Colorado is so beautiful!  We heard from our son that they had a big drop in temperature and their first snowfall of the season yesterday.

I had no stitching time while I was gone and have been enjoying getting back to my Prairie Schooler Harvest Time.

I'm thinking of starting La-D-Da's "Alone in the Garden" soon as well as getting back to the Lucy Redd sampler.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Model Finished, Lucy Redd, PS Harvest Time

The model I've been working on is finished and has arrived "home".  Happy Dance!

It's been very hot here still and lately rainy (Trop Storm Imelda) so I've had some extra stitching time.

I've worked a bit on Lucy Redd (Homespun Elegance) and, after seeing another stitcher's finish of PS Harvest Time, was inspired to start that one.

In the meantime, I've been tempted to start La-D-Da's Alone in the Garden and will splurge stitch it in silks (that are on order).

Happy stitching!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lucy Redd, Summer Baking

I'm on the home stretch of a large model (WOO HOO!) which I, of course, can't show.  I'm in the "fiddly bits" stage so I'm really looking forward to finishing and sending it off to the designer.  It's a beautiful design.

Meanwhile, during the weekends, I've been spending some time with Lucy Redd (Homespun Elegance).  I can actually see myself being on the home stretch of this one when I can spend more time with her.

I'm already itching to start another sampler...perhaps after I finish the model (and a Christmas stocking) I can put a new sampler in my rotation.

It's hotter than Hades here now.  Despite that DH has been baking.  I can't complain because he turned out a yummy peach gallette.  (Why is it that everything that tastes good is so not good for you?!)

He also made a Corn, Tomato, and Basil Tart.  (Funny thing...the recipe title includes basil but the herb used in the recipe is basil.)  The crust on this thing was exquisite!

I'm so excited that college football has started.  Even with the temperature so high here, it makes me feel a little bit like fall.  GO BUCKS!!!

Happy stitching!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Lucy Redd Sampler, Berries, and BLT

It's been really hot here in Texas.  (Go figure!  Hot in August in Texas!)

I've been spending a lot of time indoors stitching on both a model and giving my Lucy Redd sampler a little love.  It seems like I've been working on this sampler forever between stitching models and other projects but I'm thinking that I might actually finish it....someday.

We've found great deals on strawberries and blueberries lately.  DH has been making variations of strawberry sorbet:

I got into the strawberry "act" too and made some strawberry freezer jam like my mom used to make.

I braved the heat and made some blueberry muffins to take to our sons in Austin, DH asked me where ours were.  Sigh...  I made some more this am.  Making the sorbet and freezer jam was definitely a better idea than turning the oven on in this heat!

Lastly, someone on one of my FB foodie groups recently posted a tomato sandwich.  Apparently somebody rudely commented something along the lines that a "lowly tomato sandwich" wasn't good enough to post on that group.  It was immediately pointed out something like "If you don't have anything good to say, then don't say anything."  (That group is supposed to be a positive place on FB.)  In support, others started posting tomato sandwiches and then we decided that yesterday was official tomato sandwich day on the group.  Here's my "contribution" open faced BLT with cheese using 7 grain bread, mayo, romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, and some beautiful tomato slices.  It was delicious if I do say so myself!

Happy stitching (and eating)!