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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas Tree!

It's been in our home for about two weeks now and still smells wonderful! Sometimes I toy with the idea of an artificial tree (since it's convenient and doesn't need to be watered)... but, each year we head out into the cold and drive from tree lot to tree lot (this year was 4 lots) to find the "perfect" tree... and once the fresh cut is made (thanks to my hubby) and the tree is standing in the warmth of our home (a team effort)... the aroma is just soooooo PEACEFUL! There's no other way to describe it... a deep breath of Christmas evergreens just simply calms every nerve... and makes all the efforts worth it! :-)

So... after 600 lights... a few boxes of vintage shiny brites... a smattering of Hallmark car and radio ornaments... a single german glass sewing machine ornament and a beaded snowflake or two... this 5 ft fir is the centerpiece of our home this Christmas Season!!!

Wishing everyone a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Sunday, November 6, 2016

An Extra Hour

Spring ahead... Fall back... minus an hour... plus an hour... I'm sure there's a good reason for this ritual... however, I don't think it changes much? Does it?

So... what did I do with my "extra hour"?

Let's see... I went to sleep same time last night as I always do... pretty much woke up the same time I always do (for a Sunday)...

There's always Sunday breakfast... eggs and potatoes... yum!

Then I took a walk. Breezy, cool day with sunshine and brilliantly colored leaves. Ahhh fresh air! :-)

Then I headed to my stitching/hooking room...

This is "Alpha Basket Needle Roll". It's the July/August/Sept kit for Notforgotten Farm's "Little Stitches Club". Beautifully kitted, easy to stitch little primitive sampler... I should have completed this piece by now being as I've already received the Oct/Nov/Dec kit. But, you know how it is... Summertime has many distractions... *grin*!


Next up is this little Kim Diehl runner. It was one of the kits from her Simple Whatnots club. I had finished the piecing on this a few months ago... but, today I finally got around to the quilting... and even managed to sew the binding on. Turning and hand stitching the binding to the front will be my "relax time" at the end of each work day this week.


And finally... the Four Petals rug is all hooked and steamed! Stay stitching is place and it's ready for a whipped corded edging... that will be more hand work to relax with each evening during this week. :-)


And now... time for pajamas and Sunday Night Football... that extra hour sure did wear me out! ;-)

Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Puttering

I guess that's how you could sum up the past few weeks...

puttering.

Only thing is that most of my "puttering" had intent and purpose... I just decided to take it all in a much more leisurely pace than previous. September brings the annual exchange of shorts, t-shirts, sandals and crisp light beddings and curtains for jeans, sweatshirts, cardigans, loafers, boots, flannel beddings and heavier window treatments... it also brings the time to put away the window air conditioners, dehumidifiers and fans and bring out the space heaters... time for applying fall lawn treatments and putting the gardens to sleep...

as they say "up north"...

buttoning up (for the winter)!

I do enjoy this time of year for what it is. The cooler days and crisp nights. The sun, with it's golden light, lay lower in the sky. And, of course, the changing of the leaves in all their final, colorful bursts of brilliance... jewel toned mums... frost sparkling on pumpkins.... ahhhh... I'm ready for a couple of months of a slower pace... time to bring out the wool and plug in that sewing machine once again! It's now the season to enjoy the indoor hobbies! :-)

And do I ever have a lot of rug hooking, cross stitch, needle punch and quilting to catch up on!  For instance, here is the progress of my hooked rug "Four Petals" that I started way back in July (i think)...


It's really a small rug... 24" x 16"... but, it's still "in progress" after 3 months. lol!

Wishing my Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!! And sending prayers to everyone in the path of hurricane Matthew...

Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Saturday, September 3, 2016

September

So there we were... this past Wednesday night... sitting at a picnic bench enjoying a California cheeseburger, curly fries and root beer at our favorite Car Cruise... when the announcement blared over the loudspeaker...

"Welcome to our LAST car show of the season"...

Ummmm.... what?!?!?!

I almost cried right there on the spot! Yes, I was full aware that this weekend was Labor Day weekend (3 days off!)... but, it was just that moment that I had realized that this glorious Summer was coming to an end... it was fun! In fact, the best Summer we've had in a loooooong time... but, it just went by so quick.

Alas, I will enjoy the September days that are now upon us... even as the last rose of Summer is just beginning to bloom...


Apologies for the blurry pic, but we have already begun to feel the effects (winds) of "Hermine". I think that by the time it reaches us, it will be a tropical storm... but, the winds are going to be the main element for this area.

So for now... off we go... in our 1967 Buick Sport Wagon... to enjoy another one of those "last of the season" car shows... all along Main Street in a local historic town...

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hooking

While I did have some wonderful days off in July... most of the time was dedicated to just relaxing and being outdoors in a near perfect Summer! Local car shows and road trips out to Pennsylvania were on the agenda... there is so much to see and appreciate... just need to step out that door and get behind the wheel of a comfortable car and GO! :-)

Then... the typical hazy, hot and humid Jersey weather rolled in and we have been in air conditioning for the last week (maybe two) or so... and thunderstorms... and today has brought some torrential rains... lots of flooding just south of us.

So.

I'm safe in my basement hooking away!


More rains and thunderstorms tomorrow...

Can you believe August is only a day away?

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Four Petals and Tulips

So far, so good with having some time off to get going on some projects here... first up is a hooked rug titled "Four Petals". It is an adaptation of an antique rug. I picked this up from The Old Tattered Flag while at the Lancaster hook-in this past Spring.


I finished the punching on the doodle that I had started a month or so ago. It is titled "Tulip Doodle" and is also a purchase from The Old Tattered Flag. I do have an idea of how I want to finish this piece... just need to put the time aside to get going on it! :-)


That's all for now... I figure if I do quick posts when I get the pics uploaded... it will save me from postponing writing a super long post for months on end! ;-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon




Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day

Wishing everyone a glorious Independence Day! I hope you are all enjoying some sunshine, picnics... and (once darkness falls) some super fireworks displays!!!


We had a relaxing 3-day weekend here at our home! We spent Saturday cruising around in our 1967 Buick Sport Wagon... visited with friends and enjoyed some good eats at Chick-fil-A!


Sunday was a quiet day indoors. I took a good part of the day to organize my wool, fabrics and sewing supplies. Since July is the month I celebrate a Birthday... I decided to take a few days off from work this month... for the sole purpose of giving myself some extra time to sit and hook/punch/stitch! So stay tuned for plenty of pics of (hopefully) completed projects!


I did some shopping for some special items in honor of my Birthday... Let's start off with an absolutely gorgeous (and very well crafted) Make-do Strawberry Pinkeep... hand made by Julie of My Primitive Heart!

Next was some fabrics from two of my favorite designers.... a half yard bundle of Wild Orchid by Blackbird designs...


...and a half yard bundle of Blue Barn by Laundry Basket Quilts! Yes, both purchased from Fat Quarter Shop.


And since I can't seem to pass up anything by Blackbrd Designs... I also signed on for their newest BOM, "Raven". Yes... Inspired by the famous Edgar Allen Poe poem and stitched using their Wild Orchid fabrics!


And since you simply can not be a "July Baby" without an extra appreciation for the Red, White and Blue... I also signed on for Heartspun Quilts (Pam Buda) Star Spangled Liberty BOM!


Whew! I should be plenty busy for the next year... or so? ;-)

...so now that the shopping is done... it's time to get stitching! :-)

But wait, there's more!!! Not shopping... but another favorite hobby of mine... local car shows... come take a look-see!



Ahhhhhh.... Summertime is here!


Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

Friday, June 24, 2016

Josephine and Peach Roses

It seems that as the more sunshine and warm breezes we have... the more difficult it is for me to sit... so there has been little stitching going here... I did manage to finish the Josephine quilt! :-) It's been finished and pics have been taken for awhile now... just needed to sit and start typing up a post!

So... here's the scoop:


The pattern was in the Spring 2014 Easy Quilts magazine.


Designed by Kimberly Jolly of The Fat Quarter Shop.


Kit of fabrics purchased from Fat Quarter Shop.


Finished size 50" x 61"


I used Dream Wool batting (one layer). I haven't ever used this batting before, so I have yet to find out how it washes. I can say that it is a light and fluffy batting that has a soft drape. Washing may happen this weekend, so I'll update that in a future post.


The quilting was mostly done "in the ditch". All straight lines with the walking foot. 50wt Aurifil is the thread. I have not ever free motion quilted... so, until I get to practice that on some scraps... the next couple of quilts will also be quilted with a walking foot.

After completing this quilt, I've decided it's going to be my "experimental/practice" quilt. I may go back and hand quilt some test designs in the center of the stars... I may free motion different designs in each block (for practice)... and I may even use this quilt to test some of those marking pens & pencils (especially in the white areas)... better to find out which ones really disappear.... before using it on one of those future (complicated and heirloom) quilts! ;-) Yes... this quilt will definitely be used!

One final update for today... remember the rose that turned into a snack for a deer one autumn afternoon?


Well... it has returned to bloom again this year!


Please excuse the weeds... I haven't really done much to the garden this season (yet)... maybe this weekend. :-)

That's about it for now! I hope to be posting more often (and soon)... July is my Birthday month... so I'll be sharing the shopping, foods and festivities here... yes... I've already started celebrating even though it's still June! :-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tulip Crush Pattern Giveaway!!!

How would you like to celebrate the first day of Summer with winning a pdf pattern of this beautiful Tulip Crush quilt?


Well... then head on over to Karen's blog Laugh Yourself Into Stitches and leave a comment on THIS post! Need more reasons to try and win?!?!?!

Well... how about the pattern not only being written just for a 54" x 72" quilt... but, it also includes a pattern for a 16" pillow!


Karen's post also has a link to some helpful finishing tips and tricks!

OK... another picture of those beautiful tulips!!!


This would be a great project to use up some of those scraps you already have in stash! Or, you could crack open that fresh stack of fat quarters and stitch up a primitive colored quilt... or perhaps even brights or pastels... any colorway would work... AND, after reading through the instructions on how to stitch up a tulip... I'm thinking that once you get started... you'll be sprouting up a whole garden full of tulips no time!!!

You've got until midnight, June 20th to grab a chance at being one of FIVE lucky winners... so... don't be shy... head on over to Karen's blog right now!!! Let her know if you like Spring or Summer best... and best of luck to you!!! :-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

 




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Kim Diehl-A-Palooza!

Every fan of Kim Diehl knows about her Simple Whatnots collections. And, I am sure that most of you have wanted to sign up for the club, but did not want ALL of the quilts that ship of a particular collection. Well... here's your chance to pick just the one or two that you may be interested in...

I've collected a few kits of the Simple Whatnots Collection 1 (Vintage Farmhouse fabric) and Collection 4 (Sunday Best fabric)... I've stitched the ones I liked the most... and now I have listed on eBay, the ones I'm no longer interested in... but, maybe some of you are?

Click HERE to check them out... and see if any of them might make a quick (and beautiful) Summertime project for any of the quilters out there... thanks for taking the time to look...



I've completed the quilting on Josephine... binding is being sewn on this evening and I hope to have pictures and all the details posted here by Monday! :-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Doodles


I needed a project that was "mindless" to relax with this weekend... so, I brought out a vase full of Valdani 3-strand and started punching on "Fancy Tulip". It's a "Julie's Doodles" punch needle pattern from "The Old Tattered Flag".

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Flowers, Josephine and Box of Figs!

You know... I used to think that Autumn was my favorite season of the year... but, this Spring has been so glorious that I'm thinking Spring is quickly becoming my favorite season of the year! :-) Who doesn't love the vivid bright greens of new sprouts, the light pinks and whites of tree blossoms and the pastels and brights of tulips? And... may I also add those beautiful azaleas and rhododendrons too? Yep... here's a look-see of what's blooming in the yard now...


My DH bought me some geraniums... and, after supper last night, they were planted in their pots...


Just curious... but, does anyone else enjoy the aroma of damp soil? I love it! :-)

Progress on Josephine, you ask? I do have a pic to share of the top all together, basted and ready for some quilting...


That pic was taken a couple of weeks ago. As of yesterday, I'm more than halfway through the quilting... and hope to finish it up today... though, to be honest... after about 2 weeks of grey clouds and rain showers, I'll probably just sit and stare at the sunshine all day... :-)

Another little bit to share is the "Box of Figs" program that is being offered by Fig Tree Quilts this year. It's one of those auto-ships... this one is mailed out 4 times a year. I missed out on the first sign-on, but managed to get in on the second round. It was a pleasant surprise to open this "mystery box" and see what goodies were tucked inside! Absolutely LOVE this Popsicle Runner pattern... and the Popsicle is brought into the Summer themed cotton dish cloth too! Also included were Joanna's favorite Little House pins... a frixion pen for marking quilt lines...and some beautiful sherbet and neutral fabrics and floss to complete the runner and the dish cloth. Awesome stuff! :-)


I'm almost tempted to take a break from quilting Josephine and start piecing together that popsicle runner... :-) We'll see what happens as today progresses...

So that's the scoop around here! :-)

Wishing all you lovely ladies a wonderful Mother's Day!

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Progress on Josephine

Each night after work, sometimes I stitch a little bit, and sometimes I trim a little bit. So that by the time the weekend arrives... I'm all ready to sit at my Janome and assemble some blocks...


... and then those blocks get assembled into rows...


...and since the sun was shining today, I was outside quite a bit... so the rows have not been assembled into a quilt top just yet...

So.

We are back to each night after work... sometimes I'll stitch a little bit...

Until next time, enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon


Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Blessings

I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful Easter yesterday! We had warmer temps and sunshine... made for a great day to relax and enjoy a great meal...

As promised... a couple of updates on some projects in progress... first up is Part 2 of the Blackbird Design's Garden Club Series. This one is named Apple Orchard.


The next quilt is named Josephine and is from an older Easy Quilts magazine. I'll give all the details when this top is completed... right now, here is a peek at the fabrics all cut and ready for piecing. Yes... I did make a sample block before cutting up all that fabric! :-)


So far, the instructions for this have been very clear and easy to follow... since this pic was taken, some flying geese units have been made. :-)

That's about it for here... we're enjoying all of the colors of Spring... so many flowering trees are blooming... and of course, there's daffodils, crocus and hyacynths! It used to be that Fall was my favorite season... as I'm getting older, I'm learning to appreciate each Spring more and more!

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Woolrights Spring Hook-In

Yesterday was a beautiful, cloudy day... just right for a road trip! I ventured out to Lancaster, PA to attend the Woolrights Spring Hook-In! 200 plus people participated in the hooking part of the hook-in... some people (like myself)... just went to look at the hooked rugs on display... and see what the vendors were offering...

Here is a handful of the rugs that were on display...





...and although I wanted to purchase SO much more... I stayed with just spending the pre-set amount of cash I had brought with me... yep... the plastic stayed home!



...a few pieces of wool from the Wool Studio... a hooked rug pattern and two punchneedle patterns from The Old Tattered Flag.

Like I said... a good day for a drive out to the country... to visit with wooly goodness!

Next post will be an update on some of the projects I've been sewing... maybe even a progress report on one (or more) of the three projects I just purchased at the hook-in? *wink*

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon
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