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!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Stitcher's Day Out

I had a fabbity-fab time last Saturday at the Stitcher's Day Out hosted by the House of Stitches in LaPorte, Indiana! Lori Markovic was there to teach the class and is an absolute rock star among stitchy designers! Our project was her Havana Needlebook and I have been working diligently to complete mine.

It is stitched on 32 count Beige linen from Weeks Dye Works with the most delicious Havana Brown silk from Gloriana. The retro scissors and acorn ornament were class gifties... don't cha love 'em!

I did some shopping at HoS after the class and came home with quite a few new patterns for what can be best described as "the stack". Every time I walk in the shop it's like visiting a buffet and I fill up my plate with waaaay more than I can ever eat. Or stitch. But it all looks so yummy... I can't help myself!

The weather turned warm again here at the lake so fall has been put on hold for the time being, although most folks have already packed up and left. It's been super quiet, even on the weekends. A sure sign that summer must be over.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to the Chicken Ottoman Empire for some stitching!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall Squared

This is a cute little Lizzie Kate design I stitched way back in 2008 on gingham linen. I found this frame on clearance and thought I could make it work for something fall-ish. Turns out there's a little too much going on it that 3"x3" space but it's still kinda sorta okay.

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Futzing and Putzing

I hope all of y'all 'round these parts (the good ole USofA) enjoyed a safe and happy Labor Day. We took the boat out one day and did some grilling, but otherwise it was a quiet weekend for us. Phil had some "homework" to do so I futzed around upstairs in the loft and did a little finishing. I also spent some time in the Chicken Ottoman Empire working on my Fall Stitching Basket.

I bought this nifty frame on a shopping excursion with my daughter last Friday and it seemed to be perfect for this Four Seasons piece from the Trilogy...

(Mr. Moose was called into propping up duty once again!)

I also bought a frame to use for my Prairie Schooler Summer I just finished but it's quite a bit bigger than the little guys I've been doing. I might just take it in and have the experts do it. I'd really hate to mess it up!

I'm still working on my Fall Stitching Basket so no big reveal yet. I'm making lists of the thread and fabric I still need. I will be attending the House of Stitches La-D-Da class on Saturday so I plan to pop into the shop and pick up some supplies while I'm there.

Both Phil and I have managed to catch a summer cold bug so we've been taking it easy the last couple of days. I've self prescribed comfort food, herbal tea, and DayQuil! So far it seems to be working although I haven't had the energy to do much more than putz around on Pinterest all day! My daughter got me hooked on Stitch Fix so now I'm a virtual fashionista!

Hoping to pick up a needle again soon so I'll have some stitching to share!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Summer Happy Dance

from Prairie Seasons
by The Prairie Schooler
stitched on 28-ct. Lambswool linen
with DMC

I was in the midst of my Happy Dance yesterday when I noticed this...
Somehow I had managed to stitch over one of the white flower petals. Argh!

Rip, rip, rip...
Stitch, stitch, stitch...

Back to happy dancing! Woohoo!

Then I noticed this...
A missing leaf! Noooooo!

Stitch, stitch, stitch...
Double check everything...
Nothing else? Yay!!!
I can safely dance the dance of hap!

With this project complete and it being September, I think it is time to start putting together my fall stitching basket! I looooove fall stitching so I will probably pull out waaaay more projects than I can ever finish! It's almost as much fun to stare at them and dream of stitching as it is to actually stitch!

Anyone else ready for fall??

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

So Close!

I best be dusting off my happy dance shoes! A little more 3362 and this one will be finished!