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!