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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November Is Here!

If you guessed QUILT as my next project... you are correct! I had recently purchased a mini quilt kit from Timeless Traditions (Norma Whaley)... she puts so much care into her kits... most of the fabric was cut to the size needed... so, this was a quick stitch! It was nice to sit at the machine and indulge in a little bit of piecing. 

It's one of her new patterns called "Pumpkin Patch". While there aren't any kits remaining, the pattern is still available. It finishes up at 18" x 18". That's as far as I got... just the top... now... who wants to quilt it for me? lol! ;-)

In my last post, I had indicated that I was a bit tired of cross stitching. Well... I just could not stay away for long. I had this kit in my stash since October 2019...

It's titled "Halloween Kitty" by Jeanette Crews Designs. It's on a light blue 14 ct aida and uses DMC threads. I'm enjoying stitching on this very much... though I'm a bit surprised at how many 1/4 stitches there are? And yes... there will be plenty of backstitching for added details. Hopefully I can share a finish by Thanksgiving!

My favorite flowers are Mums! I usually find one of those 4 for something deals and buy a dozen or so for decorating around the yard. This year I settled for just one. And it's a real beauty! 

When I purchased it, the buds had just started to open and they looked burgundy. But, the label on the pot had a picture of an orange colored bloom. Sure enough, as the flowers started to completely open, they turned a dark rust! Never seen one this color before. I love it! This one will definitely get planted in the garden so that I can enjoy it again next year!

The other exciting thing we did in October was finally take the plunge and purchase smart phones! Yep... we had flip phones with a keyboard (for texting) for the last 10 (or so) years. Now with Doctors encouraging "video visits" and so many other daily functions needing smart phone technology, we figured it was time. Sure, it's taking a bit of time to get used to... but, overall it's kind of fun! 

All in all, It was an enjoyable and quick October. We managed to stay healthy, all the while getting in some activities (with the PPE and social distancing) outside of the home. And now that it is colder and less daylight, we are settling into our indoor hobbies more and more.

I've gone too many posts without a pic of Berwyn! When I watch flosstube, I usually have my feet up on the table (it's my quilting table)... and Berwyn sometimes decides he's going to nap on my lap. This was his pose the other evening...

Eyes covered... but what a cute little nose! :-)

Be safe, stay healthy and (now that it's colder) enjoy a little bit of cozy! :-)

~Sharon


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Grab those reading glasses and have a seat!

So glad to bid adieu to the heat and humidity of Summer! Autumn is here and I have been embracing every second of the day! The cool breezes, the golden sunshine, the elongated shadows of the undressing trees... the falling leaves... the pumpkins... the baking... and a little bit of spooky! ahhhhh! Brew yourself a hot cuppa and get comfy... there's a whole lotta "stuff" in this post! :-)


THE GARDEN
This will be short... the squirrels won! THIS year anyways... Next year I will be prepared with what I'm referring to as a "veggie-coop"! It will be four walls and a cover that will consist of a wooden frame covered with chicken wire. The wood parts will be sprayed with capsaicin (hot pepper spray) so hopefully they won't try to chew through it. *sigh* All for the love of tomatoes...

YOU'RE A GRAND OLD FLAG
At long last... it's finished! :-) I admired the design so much that I wanted it stitched to display in my home. I enjoyed stitching the border... the letters and words were quick and fun... but that BIG honkin' house nearly was the end of it! lol! So much red, cream, red, cream, black, white, black white... when I was stitching all of those repetitive colors up close... it did not look attractive at all... and, in fact, I almost just gave up and tossed it in the trash! But, I kept looking at that lovely border... and continued to just push through the house and finish it. Good thing I did... because after those urns of flowers and flags began to appear, the WHOLE piece just LIT UP and became a HAPPY STITCH! I love it! I'm so looking forward to finding the perfect frame for it too!


Just to give you an idea... the whole piece finishes up at 13-1/2" x 13-1/2"... and the house (by itself) is an area of 6" x 8" of SOLID stitching. Definitely worth the time and effort dedicated to it for sure!

KINDRED STITCHER
Lisa is one of my top 3 flosstubes that I look forward to watching. I sit and watch the whole episode from beginning to end each time... no distractions, no skipping over sections... just sit and enjoy! The funny thing is... not only is she an awesome stitcher... but it seems she is always stitching what's in MY stash! lol! Her progress on English Garden is amazing! That is one I have kitted in my stash and Lisa has definitely inspired me to get stitching on it soon!

Well... Lisa had offered up a Christmas themed cross stitch magazine as a giveaway... and I was a lucky winner! The angel on the cover is so pretty... so I might stitch that one... and there are about 3 more inside I hope to stitch as well! Definitely a fun win that will keep me stitching for a while! 


If you want to check out the Kindred Stitcher flosstube... click HERE. Looks like there is a recent upload I need to watch...

TECH CORNER
So far, so good with the new blogger. The only issue I was having was getting notifications emailed to me when someone left a comment on my blog. I think the fix is signing up for a gmail address. If this is the answer... you will know when you receive an emailed reply to your comment! :-)

DECORATING
In my process of downsizing, I've been clearing out a lot of "extra stuff" from my home over recent years. As a result, my decorations are now down to just a few splashes of color throughout the house. 




I've kept mostly handmade (by either myself or fellow artists) pieces... and added a few artificial leaves and vines to accent.


This cat and pumpkin print is actually Made in USA. It is by a father and son team from Lancaster, PA. The son makes the prints and the father assembles the wooden frames. The name of the company is JanMichaels Art & Home. He said they were wholesale only, but sell at local holiday shows. They offer many different designs as well as larger seasonal wooden cutouts and such. It's just so nice to see beautiful and affordable decorating pieces that are handmade here in the USA! :-)

A BIT OF NORMAL
Tired of reading yet? Wanna watch a video instead? lol! Our little taste of normal was being able to attend the Fall Antique Radio Show & Swapmeet at Renninger's Farm Market in Kutztown, PA. The Spring one was cancelled due to COVID-19... but, with some social distance practices, THIS show was permitted to take place. And it was soooooooooo comforting to be able see everyone in person and to enjoy a little piece of normal! 



AUTUMN STASH ACQUISITION
There were so many autumn and Halloween cross stitch designs released recently... I'm happy (and a bit relieved) to report that I only purchased TWO!


As you may have guessed, they won't be finished for this year's decorating... but we can always look forward to 2021, right? ;-)

Let's see... what else... a new (to me) magazine that you might enjoy as well? I used to read Country Sampler Magazine... but after awhile it just got to be the same stuff in each issue, so I cancelled that subscription. Now, Country Sampler offers a magazine called "Farmhouse Style"...


So many decorating ideas that match my current style. You might like it too! :-)

One more thing... the winner of the Antique Fragment Sampler 1834 was Robin of The Cranky Crow blog. During the nearly two month absence from my blog, I did manage to contact her, get her snail mail address and mail it out to her... lol! 

Hmmmmm... have I covered everything? Is anyone still awake and reading this? :-) What should the next project be? I'll give you a teenie weenie hint...

...it won't be cross stitch! Ha! :-)

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

~Sharon