Winter Flowers

Winter Flowers

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Where Have I Been?

Hi there cloud friends!  That's a good question where have I been!  Thanks to those of you who mentioned my absence, I appreciate your concern.  I have heard of loosing your mojo for stitching, I have not had that problem but I sort of did loose it for blogging.  I read blogs almost everyday but just didn't post.  I think it was partly due to the fact that I was stitching a big piece.  Anyway all is just fine and I will share my finally finished "Early Americans."  I do need to give lots of thanks to Vonna of the "Twisted Stitcher" blog.  I used her border which she so generously shared.  As I have mentioned before, my DH has done lots of genealogy.  In the process of his investigations, he found that I have 4th great grandfather who fought in the Revolutionary War.  Both is wife and mother did things to help the Army so the DAR recognizes them as patriots as well. I have another patriot in my direct line but I have not included him as I have not gone through the DAR process to establish him as my patriot. When I started this project , I knew I wanted to honor my family.  It again was dear Vonna who suggested I use the middle block to personalize my design.  I adapted a LHN chart called."Old Glory" in designing the middle block.  I have a new found respect for all the wonderful people who design the charts we all love. It was much more of a challenge than I expected!!

 I must share one thing that really impressed me about the charts.  I noticed that there were lots of houses that were similar in color.  I thought I would change a few.  Thank goodness, before I did that I looked on line at the real houses of the patriots.  Much to my surprise, the houses on the chart were very much like the real houses.  The designer at LHN did a remarkable job in recreating the  actual, houses!! I love history so this just made my day!!!!

 Here is my family square.  Capt. Gatliff joined the Revolutionary Army in 1778 so I chose that date.  Again as a nod to history, the dates on all the charts were personalized to the particular person honored in that square. Along with Capt. Gatliff, Christiana, his wife and Martha , his mother are considered patriots by the DAR.

 My final way to honor this design was to frame it in a wonderful frame by my favorite framers at Valley House Primitives!! Janet worked very hard with me to get the perfect frame for my piece. My goal was to have this framed and up by May when I put out lots of patriotic things.  Thanks to Janet, I made my deadline!! This however, will hang in my hall all year around.

 I have stitched a few more things and promise I will do another post before the 4 months it took to do this post. Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Year Update!

Hi There cloud friends!  I hope 2018 is going well for you.  Things are just so so here.  The DH and I have come down with a nasty virus, lots of coughing, nose blowing, and feeling very tired in general.  Nothing serious thank goodness but enough to keep us pretty much house bound! At least I can work on my stitching and reading !! I did want to share with you some photos of our yard.  While much of the country is freezing, we are mild and rainy here.  Our weather was marvelous over the Martin Luther Week-end with temps in the 60's and sunshine.  Too bad we felt too ill to really enjoy it! I am once again working on the LHN  "Early Americans."  I had a temporary stop when I realized I did not have all my floss.  That's what happens when you buy the fabric and floss months before you stitch the project.  I was missing several colors and did not have enough of several others.  How did I ever make such a stupid error!!! I know from years of stitching that when you are using over-dyed floss, you need to buy enough for the entire project!! We all know about dye lot problems.  Well, 123 Stitch came to my rescue but I did have to spend quite a bit of money to get the floss all matching. I just put the ones that I did not have enough of into my stash and used the new matching floss for my project. A big lesson learned.

 This is much prettier in normal light.  This photo makes it look very faded.  I finished Betsy last night and have started on block two,  John Hancock.

 The daffodils are coming.

 These hellebores  have been blooming since Christmas!

 These will be blooming in February.  They are a pretty shade of pink.

  If you live in the Pacific NW you will learn to love moss and lichens.

These were both growing on the fence in my garden.

Thanks so much for joining me today.   I hope you all stay warm and healthy!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!!

Hi there cloud friends.  I can't let the holidays pass without a post and a chance to wish you all a great 2018!  I hope all of you in the Eastern part of this country are staying warm.  We have had a fairly quiet but very nice Christmas and New Years.  We spent Christmas with our DD, and last night was a cozy evening at home.  I even got in 2 hours of stitching on my new project.  Which brings me to the photos.

 I have chosen LHN's "Early Americans" for my new project.  I will be doing it on a large piece of linen with all the 9 squares together.  The middle square should be fun to design.  I have 2 Patriots in my direct line. Yes, I am a member of the DAR, not very active as I just hate to go to meetings! However, at Vonna's suggestion, I will be honoring them in the middle square.  I want this project finished by Memorial Day as that is when I put up my patriotic designs.  I  am excited and happy to be doing this design.

 I stitched this Santa during December.  He was lots of fun.  I had seen him on Marly's blog and when Prairie Schooler reproduced the design, I bought it right away. His colors are much prettier.  He looks a bit faded in the photo.  By next December, he will be made into a pretty pillow.( I hope!)  He is a fairly big guy even on 32 count. Too big for a pin keep.

 I have to share the beautiful felted ornaments that my DD made for us.  This is so special.  Can you see all the tiny beads that she put on the top?

 Next year these will have very special places on the tree.

Laurie is a member of Blodel Reserve a beautiful place on Bainbridge Island.  We took a walk there on the day before Christmas Eve.  One reason I love the NW is you can see things blooming even in cold December.

The other morning I was walking upstairs and noticed  the reflection on one of the windows.  I think it is the perfect way to end the post.  I hope good health,love and happiness are with you all this year.  And let's hope for more peace in our world. Thanks for joining me today.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Advent Blog Hop December 14

Hi all you cloud friends! I have joined Jo again this year for her Advent Blog Hop.  Thanks so much to Jo at Serendipitous Stitching for organizing this fun blog event.  I am sharing a Christmas sampler this year.

This sampler was offered last year by Melinda at Merry Wind Farm.  She offers many beautiful samplers on her blog, Merry Wind Farm.  Melinda called her sampler Emmaline Cole 1835.  She suggested you could replace the name Emmaline with one of your ancestors.  My DH is known as the family genealogist.  So I turned to him for help.  I wanted the name of a young girl who would have been a good age for stitching a sampler in the year 1835.  We found several names on both sides of our family.  I also considered the space I had to work with.  In honor of his research, I chose his great great grandmother, Rebecca Morris.  Rebecca would have been 10 years old in 1835.  She is the perfect young lady for my sampler.  Thanks to Melinda for designing this pretty little sampler and thanks to my DH for helping me find the right name for my sampler.
I hope you will find this interesting.  Jo wanted us to talk about what we do on Boxing Day.  Years ago when I lived in Louisville and my sister lived in Cincinatti, we went to a store known as the Santa Shop.  Everything was 50% off.  I still have lots of wonderful things I bought at that store. Plus I have great memories of the time spent with my sister.
A very Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Good-by Autumn

Hi there cloud friends!  As my title says, this is a long overdue post about Fall and a good-by to my favorite season. My DH and I lived in Schenectady NY many years ago.  We decided this would be a good time to go back for a trip down memory lane.  So in early October we spent a week near Albany and visited some of our favorite places.  After we got home, we took a short day trip down to Tacoma.  They have a  wonderful waterfront where you can walk for a few miles right along the water.  There are lovely views.  Last but not least, I will share my Fall stitching.

 The round barn at Handcock Shaker Village.  This has always been one of our favorite places in the NE.

 Now I am not a thief, but if I were one, this is the place for me!!! So many wonderful antiques.  I could do an entire post just showing you the treasures this place has!!

This is the Stockade area of Schenectady.  We spent the morning just soaking up it's wonderful history and magnificent houses!!

 Another favorite place on this trip was the Indian Ladder Orchard.  We went up each evening for a glass of cider.  This was our first evening where we chose our favorite cider.

  They had great cider donuts too!!

 We took a walk each morning at Thatcher Park, another favorite place from our time in NY.

 Traveling is fun but when you live near this, views are hard to beat.  Tacoma in the shadow of Mt. Rainier.

 Trees along the Tacoma waterfront.

 On to the stitching.  This is  Halloween Hornbook by Plum Street  and the frame by wonderful Valley House Primitives!! It now hangs in my craft room with all my other Halloween designs I just can't put away when Oct. is over.

 Grim Gourds is now framed in another beautiful frame by Valley house Primitives.  The light was terrible and you really can't see how pretty the frame is.  However, a Christmas design I did last year fits it perfectly so I will try to get a better photo when I show my Christmas stitching.

My sweet DH carved this great owl Jack-O-Lantern for me and a wonderful Halloween was had by all!!!!

Thanks so much for joining me today!! I hope to post on Thurs. morning because I did stitch a Thanksgiving piece by LHN! To all my friends in the US, have a great Thanksgiving and to my friends in other places, have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Blog Hop!

A very Happy Halloween to all of you.  If you are just starting and would like to collect the Halloween message, you need to go to Jo's blog first to get the first letter.  Her blog is  Jo is the organizer of this fun event. Thanks Jo. I love to stitch for Halloween so it was difficult to choose a piece to share.  I finally picked, " For Thine is the Trick or Treat" . I love Quaker designs and this one really was just perfect.  The lovely frame was done by Valley House Primitives. 

My letter is K.  The next blog to visit is
  Again a very Happy Halloween to all of you and have fun doing the blog hop!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall is Finally Here!

Yes, and I am very happy about that!! Hi there cloud friends.  I imagine some of you have given me up for lost.  Well, I just don't know where time goes!! I have not been good with posting but I have been stitching so I will show you what I have been up to.  This has been the nastiest summer I remember since we have moved to the NW several years ago.  It was the hottest, driest summer on record.  That plus all the fires in BC,Oregon, and here in WA have made it very smoky at times.  We got AC a few years ago and this summer has made it so worthwhile. I am looking forward to a nice Fall even with the usual rain.  I have kept my garden watered but our yard looks more like hay than grass.  Well, on to some stitching.

 All of my finishes are from Plum Street Samplers.  I have loved this one for a long time.  It is called "Grim Gourds". I did use WDW Onyx for all the black in all three designs.  I had lots left from last year's Ghoultide.
 Plus I also used lots of GA Gingersnap.  That has become my go to orange.

This is PSS's Halloween Hornbook.  This was so much fun to stitch.  Valley House Primitives is making frames for both of these.
 Here we have A Bowl Full of Scaries, Scary One. This is a large pin keep that sits on a shelf in my powder room.  I got that beautiful shelf many years ago at a yard sale at the Workshops of David T. Smith.  I absolutely love his work.  When I win the lottery, I am going to fly him out here and have him redo my kitchen! That is one of those battery operated timer candles.  It looks so great in there after dark. The next pictures are of the dahlias in my garden.  They are so beautiful right now.

 I have never had such big hydrangeas.  That is my DH's hand!!

Well, thank you so much for not giving up on me.  I hope Fall will be very good to all of you.  I think our world has seen enough misery for a while! Thanks so much for joining me today!