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Friday, June 30, 2017

Stash!!

Good morning cloud friends!! It is such a beautiful day here in the Pacific NW, plenty of blue sky and moderate temps.  The high on the 4th is predicted to be a nice cool 72, I call that just about perfect. I know many of you like it a bit warmer but that's just not me. Anyway, I want to share my stash from our recent trip to Alabama.  I went to two shops and they are both just wonderful.  First, I went to  Cross Stitch Peddler in Decatur, AL.  The second shop is in Huntsville  and is called Patches and Stitches.  Cross Stitch Peddler is all stitching and Patches and Stitches has a great collection of fabric as well as cross stitch supplies.  I can't say enough about how helpful the ladies were in both shops.  On one visit, the lady in Decatur even invited me to stitch with a group of ladies that stitch in her shop on a particular morning.  If you are ever near either of these shops they are well worth a visit.  If you are like me you will want to give them both lots of time!!!!!!!

 One thing I found very exciting was that you could find charts that are very hard to get.  Notice the Halloween Game Board and the Prairie Moon charts.  The shop owner( Cross Stitch Peddler) said that Prairie Moon is no longer in business. ( For anyone interested she had the chart for "Thine is the Trick or Treat"). All the charts were appropriately priced not as though they were hard to get.

 I have always felt so sad about what happened to the designer, Lisa, at the Primitive Needle.  I love her charts and felt so lucky to get this one.  That country sampler design was copyrighted in the 80's.  I will be choosing my own color threads for that one but the design is delightful! 

 I think that is a fairly old BBD chart too.

I plan to stitch this one soon.  As I have 2 Revolutionary War Patriots, I am thinking of substituting  one of the names on the chart for my own ancestors. I bought all the floss and linen to do this one too.  I am using the called for floss and a light tan linen by Lakeside Linen.

Sorry for the blue cast to the photos.  I'm not sure why it is there.  Well, I hope you all have a wonderful week-end and thanks so much for joining me today!!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Finish and A Party!!

Hi there cloud friends.  I have been really busy.  Much busier than usual.  First of all, we spent a week in Alabama celebrating Hannah's 4th birthday.  Grandpa and I kept her home all week with us plus Caleb was out of school , so it was a busy week of fun filled days.  We live so far from them ,that when we visit we make every minute count.  Needless to say my DH and I came home very tired.  While we were gone, we had some hardwood floors put in our home.  We came home to the great dust bowl.  The floors look great but we have spent every waking minute since we got home getting the house back in shape.  We knew there would be some dust but really had no idea just how much.  I think it was partly because we had them do a stairway that is open to the whole house.
I will do another post to show you my stash.  I was able to get to two shops and added a bit to my stash.  I also got the beautiful frame for my LHN Sampler Houses from Valley House Primitives.  The frame is beautiful.  Now I just have to get my framer (better known as my DH) to spend some time putting it all together.  So I'll start with  some photos of the big party then show you my finish.

 A cake just right for a princess party!!

  Patiently waiting.

 Yum!!

 Now for the presents!!

 I loved this design!! It is a BBD chart, Winter is Past. All the blues are so pretty and look really good in my house.  I did use the charted floss but the linen was Lakeside Linen's Vintage Sand Dune.

These two are well worth 10 hours(total) on an airplane!!!!

Thanks so much for joining me today. Have a wonderful week!

Monday, May 29, 2017

My thoughts on Memorial Day

Hi there cloud friends!  I have a new finish to share but today my post is about Memorial Day.  Last night my DH and I watched the Memorial Day Concert from Washington DC.  We watch it every year.  For us, it is very important to not get so caught up in the fun holiday activities that we forget what this day is really about.  Before the concert there was a very moving program about the invasion of Normandy.  Seeing the American cemetery there, with all the crosses and stars of David ,was very moving.
We can't let this day go by without a tribute to our very special veteran.  Not a day goes by , that we are not thankful that he came home from two tours in Iraq.   While in Iraq, he flew Blackhawk helicopters. 






A Happy Memorial Day to all of you in the U.S. And for my friends in the rest of the world, have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Three Special Ladies

Hi there cloud friends! On this Mother's Day, I would like to pay tribute to three very special ladies who have been huge influences in my life.

 Here is my mother.  She was everything one could hope for in a mom.  She was also a great grandma.  Here she is with my daughter in 1974.  When she passed away, I not only lost a mother but a best friend!


 After mom passed, my lucky father found this wonderful lady.  She came into my life at a very important time and was always there for me.  This great lady is also the grandma that my children  most remember.  I just lost her last May.  She will always have a special place in my heart.

This is my mother in law in 1967.  She welcomed me into her family with open arms.  It's just been in the past few years that I realize what an important lesson I learned from her.  My children were 4 and 7 when I married my DH.  She treated my children with the same love and affection that she did her biological grand children.  I now have a step grandson, sweet Ian. I will never forget the way this wonderful lady treated my children so I try  to treat Ian with the same love that I give to Caleb and Hannah. 

Happy Mother's Day to you all, mother's or not!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring/Easter Decorating

Hi there cloud friends.  Before Easter gets too far in our rear view mirrors, I thought I would share a bit of the decorating I do.  I think rabbits and eggs work for Spring as well as Easter so I leave mine up until I get a bit tired of dusting around them. If you have any questions about any of the stitching, feel free to email me and I will do my best to dig out the information.  I will start by showing you some of the stitching.


 I love this little oval frame! 


 Any rabbit in Seattle has to deal with rain!!


 I have a collection of white rabbits.


 This was a new addition this year.  He will be out for awhile.  I love the butterfly on his nose. I put dried daffodil blooms in the little bowl.  No jelly beans for someone on Weight Watchers!!

This photo was taken a year ago.  This is sweet Hannah enjoying a cupcake at her pre-school party.  She was not quite 3 when this was taken.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Finally Back!

Hi there cloud friends!  I can't believe how long it has been since I visited this blog.  I have no real excuse, no, I was not abducted by aliens!! I have noticed that some people go through times when they loose their mojo for stitching, I think I lost mine for blogging. I still enjoyed reading all of your blogs but it just seemed like to much work to do a post of my own. A few of you have been so kind as to email me to see if everything is all right.  Plus I do love this stitching community so I decided to get off my fanny and get busy.  It will take a few posts to catch up but I am motivated(I hope).  I have been busy stitching this winter,  so that is what I will share today.

 This is from a small Prairie Schooler chart that I have.  I have no idea about the fabric that I used or even the floss.  I did this about a month ago.

 This one is sitting on a dresser in the bedroom.  It is part of a Blackbird Design called "Breath of Spring."

 Here's another Blackbird Design from the book "In Friendship's Way". I still need to finish this one.

 Here's another little design from Prairie Schooler.  Those are old buttons that I found at a flee market several years ago.

 The LHN Sampler Houses are finally finished.  I used the same idea that Vonna over at the blog, "Twisted Stitcher " talked about.  She suggested putting a border around the entire design not each house.  She said it seemed more like a community that way.  I agreed and used her idea. I also used red for two houses. 
This was my only big change form the charts.

One day the sun was shining into my laundry room and it looked so pretty on this bowl of Easter eggs . I hope all of you have a very blessed Easter! I have every intention of getting back tomorrow with photos of my Spring/Easter decorations. Thanks so much for joining me today.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Which house would you choose?

Hi there cloud friends.  Where does time go???? It has been quite awhile since I posted.  Time just gets away from me.  I'm having lots of fun stitching  the Little House ABC  Samplers.  I have been following Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher.  She is stitching all the houses on one big piece of fabric so that is the choice I made.  They can also be stitched as little pillows.  You all know how much I like making those annoying little pillows so the big design works great for me! I asked my DH which house he wanted to live in so far.  We each chose one.

 I'm not sure of the name of the linen.  I just used some I had in my stash.  I am pretty much sticking to the floss that is recommended on the charts. I have added some red, DMC 3777. 

 Here is my house.  I love salt boxes!!!!

 However, I love Fall so maybe it should be this colonial with the pumpkin patch!! This was the choice of my DH.  I am sorry for the wrinkles!!!

 In spite of the very cold winter we have had, this little hellebore is blooming.  It is a bit tattered and I was surprised when I took a yard walk and found it blooming!

 This tree has been such a joy this winter. The red bark and the evergreens in the back woods have been so pretty. It is on the deck outside our family room window.  Do you see the little chickadee on the branch?

 One day we were out for lunch.  We saw the most fascinating view of the Olympics.  As you can see there were 3 layers, the mountains, a strip of blue sky, and then very dark clouds.  The only thing that does not show up is the way the snow sparked from the sun showing through that strip of blue.  It just took our breath away.


I hope this finds you all doing well and healthy.  Thanks so much for joining me today!!