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Friday, November 29, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a grateful, thankful, healthful and just plain ol' FULL Thanksgiving!!!

Now that we had our day of over nourishment and relaxation... it's time to get serious about the stitching! Just in case you live under a rock and haven't heard about Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville's Winter Mystery sew along....

Frolic is here!!! Love the colors in this one! While I plan on following along with this...I will not get to actually stitch (in "real-time" on this due to some scheduling conflicts... Looking forward to seeing everyone else's progress though!

This little Tiny Tree Sew Along seems a bit more manageable for me...

It starts December 4th and is being offered by Temecula Quilt Company...I've already rounded up some greens and creams...

Let the stitching begin!


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Happy Mail

There's been some happiness arriving in the mail box this past month! Some were surprises....and some were planned...

The first to arrive was a gift from Lauren of Rugs N Pugs blog! Lauren was the winner of a giveaway on my blog this past Summer, and she sent me this necklace as a thank you! She says the heart is from an antique welcome mat...I love the combination of vintage and sparkle! Thank you Lauren!

Next was from Jan Patek! From the end of September to the beginning of October, there were a few designers involved in a Moda Blog Hop! Each day of the blog hop, each designer offered giveaways....and I was the lucky winner of Jan's "Winter Wonderland" pattern! I loved the design because it sums up my winter...a kitty, snow and some stitching in a warm home! I look forward to starting on this quilt some time between now and Christmas! Thank you, Jan!

Keeping in the spirit of giveaways...Mary Etherington of Country Threads and Chicken Scratch blog has published a few books (along with Connie Tesene) through Martingale Publishing. Every once in awhile, Martingale sends her books to review...and then she gives most of them away. Well...the one book I had my eye on for awhile was Lisa Bongean's "Wool, Needle & Thread"...so, when Mary announced that was one of the books she was giving away...I immediately entered the drawing. And, boy oh boy, was I ever surprised when I read on her blog that I had actually won it! I could not get my mailing information to her fast enough!!! lol! Thank you, Mary!

And this is Mary and Connie's latest book... "A Country's Call". You can order a signed copy directly from Mary (details on her blog)! I just love that cover picture!

Let's see...what else... OH! I did some shopping! lol! I'm planning some projects for the long Thanksgiving Weekend. I always look forward to the big meal....well, mostly the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce! ;-) And then I like to take the next three days to start getting our home ready for Christmas. So, aside from the regular decorating...a new quilt or cross stitch usually gets worked on as well. I picked these two projects to start...

The cross stitch looks like it should be pretty quick...I think I have a bag of balsam around here to finish it off as a sachet. And the small quilt looks like another quick project...I purchased it as a kit from Sew Graceful Quilting. They always do a wonderful job of kitting projects...and they ship quick too!

I used to have a subscription to "Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher" Magazine when it first came out...but, cancelled it when I started losing interest in cross stitch and punchneedle. Well...as what usually happens...taking a break brought back the enjoyment in those crafts...and now PNPS is back to regularly arriving in my mail box! lol! Even if you don't subscribe...I highly recommend checking out the current Christmas/Winter issue!!! There is at least a half dozen projects in here that I hope to stitch soon!

Not too much progress has been made on my Halloween Victorian House cross stitch...it seems Mr. Berwyn has become the boss of our home...and let's us know when time is better spent playing with him! :-)

Yes...he is sitting in my project box playing with the needle minder! He's so cute though...we enjoy his enthusiasm! :-)

That is...until he starts eating the floss?!?

Ah well...maybe while he's taking a nap...I'll stitch! :-)

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


Sunday, October 20, 2019

A Sparkling Day

Yesterday was one of those days you want bottle up and save...so that it can be released on a day when your Winter weary soul yearns for some sunshine! Yes. It was THAT good. The typical Autumn clear blue sky, golden sunshine and trees decorated with brightly colored leaves...topped off with a with a hint of frosty in the breeze...good stuff! :-)

So, while I tried to make good on my determinations to get some stitching done this weekend...the outside was fiercely calling and painful to resist! Away went the stitching....and out came the rake, lawn mower, hole filled gloves and muddy garden shoes....ahhhhhhh! Fresh air and exercise! And, with some help from the DH, the yard was all cleaned up and looking pretty durn good! "Looks almost like we care"...DH always says...lol! ;-)

When today's grey skies and steady, gentle rain came...it was time to bake some peanut butter cookies, toss some beef and veggies in the crock pot...and get to some stitching! :-) A first in a series of "something different" in the way of my hobbies...

This design had caught my eye numerous times...either on someone's blog or while scanning through eBay...

Judith Kirby's Victorian House series...this one's No. 9 and I just LOVE that haunted house, pumpkin and cat! I bought this on eBay as a kit...uses DMC threads (sometimes 1 strand, sometimes 3 strands) and 14 count Aida. My eyes are enjoying the Aida. I predict that I'll be using it more often.

I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to anyone that either shared my auctions on social media...or purchased any of the items I had listed! I can not describe how happy I am that everything I had lost interest in, is now in the hands of someone that is excited to complete it! :-) I had also listed a hooked rug and a cross stitched piece, and have received thoughtful notes from the ladies that purchased them. I'm elated that folks are continuing to purchase individually handcrafted items to decorate their homes! I presently have one last hooked rug listed...and that will be the last of my auctions for awhile... click HERE to visit the listing.

Berwyn has a new hobby...if you ever need your clothes dryer repaired...

He's the cat to call! Had it up and running in no time at all!

Now we have fluffy, warm quilts to sleep under tonight! :-)

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


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