Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 PS Santa

2015 Prairie Schooler Santa
stitched on 32-ct. Dirty Linen
with DMC

I put the last stitch in my first Prairie Schooler Santa yesterday while watching Downton Abbey reruns on PBS. Now comes the hard part... do I start another one? Maybe an ornament?
Or do I try to finish up Peppermint Twist at long last?

These are the kind of questions that keep me awake at night!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Onwards and Upwards

I'm still making progress on my 2015 Prairie Schooler Santa...

It seemed like it took forever to stitch all the red on his coat! He is quite a handsome gent though, even with only one hand!

I've also been working on my Fallingwater Lego model...

I finished the foundation earlier today. There are four additional sections which will all fit together to complete the model. I think the designer of this set did a great job in making the house blend in with the landscape, just like the real Fallingwater. I can't wait to have it all finished and put together!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

My Latest Obsession

We celebrated my 55th birthday on Friday and Phil gave me something I've been wanting for a long time. This is Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater from Lego's Architecture Series. I haven't put together a Lego set since my kids were growing up but luckily it's like riding a bicycle! I'm sure there are folks who would have it put together in a matter of hours but I'm going slow, savoring it like a rich dessert! It's quite satisfying snapping each section together! I definitely see another set like this in my future!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

It's That Time of Year

Let's just say I learned a lesson after running out of my favorite Fall K-Cups before you could say cornucopia!

It makes me positively giddy! Although that might just be the caffeine!

Monday, December 07, 2015

Winter Foursome

I finished up this little Pine Mountain pillow last night while watching football with Phil. I love these kits because they take next to no time to stitch and when you're done you just tuck it into the little pillow and you're done! No muss, no fuss! I bought a couple of these for next to nothing at the last Midwest Stash Exchange at the House of Stitches in LaPorte. Always a good time there and bargains galore!

I've also been working on the 2015 Prairie Schooler Santa...

I have to confess this is my first ever PS Santa. A little late to the party, I know, but I love all the Prairie Schooler trees I've seen displayed up and down the internet block and have vowed to some day have one of my very ownsies! I have nearly all the charts so it's just a matter of getting them stitched and finished into ornaments!

(No problem, right?)

I've also been spending some time with Block 11 of my VoHRH but somehow made an error on the eaves of the school house despite counting and recounting eleventy gazillion times and spraying frog repellent from one end of the Chicken Ottoman Empire to another. I promise a picture as soon as I have everything straightened out.

Can you believe it's already the second week of December?? I could have used another month of Fall but I do love the holiday season!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Autumn Finish

by Blackbird Designs
stitched with GAST
on Vintage Lentil linen

This is a three part sampler from Blackbird Designs. I stitched Winter a while back so here is a photo of what it looks like so far...

The last part is Summer so I will wait and stitch that... well... in the summer. Then I'll finally be able to fill in the year! I considered going ahead and stitching a 6 there but knowing me it's quite possible I'll be ripping out the 1 and replacing it with a 2!

And speaking of being on the ten year plan, I did get a start on Block 11 of my VoHRH. I've also been working on Spot the Cat but ran into some color issues with the thread I'm using so it's been put on the back burner until I have time to search my stash for something I like better.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Bucket List

Instead of putting together a Fall Stitching Basket yesterday afternoon like I was supposed to, I found myself sitting in front of the fire, staring out the window at the grey sky, and getting all pensive and angsty because I know in a couple of days the store shelves will be cleared of anything even remotely related to fall and out will come the holiday items. I am so not ready to give up my cozy fall days! So I grabbed a pen and paper and started jotting down things I'd still like to do before the tree goes up and the halls are decked. Basically it is a Fall Bucket List and I am happy to report I am already crossing things off!

One thing I love about fall is it's prime time for my slow cooker. And one of my favorite dishes to have simmering away in it is chili. A quick trip to the grocery store for a few ingredients and BAM!
There's no real recipe here... I just throw in all the things I like with some seasonings and let it go! It smells heavenly! I can't wait to dig in!

Next up are these beauties...
My favorite boots of all time were sitting in the back of the closet, practically forgotten. Luckily my last Stitch Fix included a pair of charcoal grey jeans that go perfectly with them! And yes, I do a stupid dance every time I put these on! I don't know why other than just wearing them makes me happy! :-)

Next up on my list was some stitching. Something simple that I could get done quickly but still feel like I'd accomplished something major. I know! I'll finish all of the borders for the blocks on my VoHRH!
While I had everything out I decided on which Block to work on next and sorted the thread so I'm ready to go when the mood strikes!

So there ya have it! It's so nice to finally be joining the party!

Hooray for Fall!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's Still Only September, Right?

Here it is almost the end of October and I feel like I haven't really stopped to enjoy the season. The air is crisp and the leaves are changing and I feel like I'm going to miss it all if I don't sit up and pay attention. So this morning I decided to finally open the box of Starbucks Fall Blend I bought last month. I also pledge to go through my patterns and put together some sort of fall stitching basket.
I'm long overdue!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Havana Needlebook... Assembled!

It isn't perfect by a long stretch but I finished my Havana Needlebook from the La-D-Da class I took last month.

This side...

That side...



Thank you again to Lori Markovic for the fun class she taught and the fabulous design! My mediocre finishing skills do not do it justice!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Havana Needlebook

I have the stitching finished on my La-D-Da class project from last month!
Havana Needlebook
by La-D-Da
stitched on 32-ct. Beige linen from WDW
with Havana Brown Gloriana Silk

Instead of my initials I decided to stitch two happy little bunnies!

Now I need to get busy and put the needlebook together!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Halloween Finish Finish

Hats Off To Halloween
by Lizzie Kate
stitched on 26-ct. White Birch Heatherfield
with Gentle Arts Sampler Threads

This is an oldie but a goodie that has been at the bottom of my fuppie box for far too long. I stitched it waaaay back in 1990-something. It was quite possibly the first design I ever stitched with overdyed threads. Looking online I saw that this was Lizzie Kate's first design ever! A lot of history here!

I had originally thought I'd make this into a pillow and when I flopped down at the sewing machine on Saturday I was still heading down that road. After I had the border sewn on I started thinking that it was going to be a bit on the Large Marge size for a pillow so I scrapped the original plan and went with a wall hanging do-ma-jig. My seams aren't exactly straight but it's hardly noticeable. (Which is why I thought I'd point it out...)

I have it looped on a dowel so I could take a picture but I'm going to look for a little broomstick to hang it on to make it
super witch-ified!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Block 8... Done!

Village of Hawk Run Hollow
Block 8
Carriage House Samplings
stitched on 40 count Pearled Barley linen
with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers

Jacob was thrilled when he showed up last week to see the river was a-flowing and the wheel was a-turning! He didn't care that the flowers weren't a-planted and there wasn't a single blade of grass a-growing! He got to gristing and milling right away and the folks of Hawk Run Hollow will be having corn bread with their beans tonight because

Here's the whole sha-bang...

Three more blocks to go!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Back to the Grist Mill

Our dear friend Jacob the Miller has his denims in a tangle over the fact that the last of the summer corn is now drying on its stalks and will be harvested before the first frost. He's explained to me that if his mill isn't fully operational before the corn has finished drying and is ready to be ground into flour the bank will come after his aforementioned denims. I'm all "relax Jacob!" and he's all "blah, blah, blah contract!" and "blah, blah, blah lawsuit!"

He's obviously not going to shut up until I get some work done so here's where we are now...
Technically the mill is finished.

Is it my fault there's no river?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tabula Rasa

Now that it's officially fall, I want to get busy with some decorating. I cleared the summer doodads off of my three-tiered centerpiece thingy and dug out some of my fall decorations. Now all I need is some inspiration and a bit of motivation! They seem to be in short supply at the moment so looks like it's back to my Pepsi and Pinterest for the time being!

Happy Fall, Y'all!!