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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Enjoying NJ

Did I really say that? Those of you who know me, know that I have been trying to move out of this state for some time now! lol! But, recently I have been enjoying some of the history of NJ... some of it is very interesting and I can honestly say that I never knew so many important things happened so close to where I have been living for the past 40-something years!

Yesterday, Bob and I ventured out to Alpine, NJ to get (what he has been referring to as) "Rock Star access" to one of the most history rich broadcast towers in the state of NJ. One of the most recent historical events was that this tower was used to broadcast major TV and radio stations following the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Did you know that the WTC buildings had broadcast towers on the very top of them? If you would like to read a detailed (yet short) article on the history of the tower, click here. And, if your curious about seeing how our visit went... give this short video a look-see...

I'll have to admit that (originally) I only went along for the ride just to see something different... but, after I learned the history and actually stood at the base of this 400 ft. tall tower and looked up at it... it truly has a magnificent and powerful presence!

I've been stitching some too! I started a Chessie and Me kit that is called "Pumpkin Row". The fob part of the kit is what is pictured (with the crow and pumpkin). This piece takes some time as it uses what's called the Smyrna stitch in some of it. The other piece is a Country Rustic Primitives pattern for Spring. Nearly finished with the stitching on that one, so will be finishing it up into a pinkeep before the sun sets today...

Did someone say shopping? Yah... I did some of that too! I've been a long time admirer of Karen Kahle's style of hooking... the soft colors of wool used and the floral-gardening-home-nature of the subjects in her pieces are so beautiful and peaceful! Sooooooo, I visited her Etsy store and found me some marbelized wool, a hooked pillow kit and a couple of needlepunch patterns! :-) It was all packaged nicely with some hooking and needlepunch tips too! So, I hope to be getting lost in some wool and hooking soon!

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

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Snow Days Block 8

As promised... a picture of the Snow Days Block 8. I've already traced out Block 9 and should be finished by the weekend as it is a small block. I think that passing the halfway point has given me some added energy to get moving along a little quicker on this project. I'm also anxious to start some piecing... the fabrics are soft blues and browns... peaceful!

The other exciting thing for today is the whole springing ahead an hour with the clocks... yes, this caused me to miss my nap today, lol... but, there will now be some daylight to enjoy when I get home from work during the week. This brings more energy... which, in turn, should give some enthusiasm to burn some calories and banish some of this winter fluff I've accumulated over the past few months. Can't let my belly get in the way of my golf game, ya' know!?!?!? :-)

I've also started another small cross stitch... it's a Chessie & Me kit that I've had on my desk for about a year and a half now... it has pumpkins and crows in it... and if you have ever stitched a Chessie & Me pattern... you know that I'm also learning some new stitches! :-)

It's all fun... and it's all good!

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

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Primitive Easter Pinkeep

As the weather starts to warm, the daylight staying longer into the evening and the song birds return... my thoughts lean towards flowers and green grass and the season of rebirth...

Primitive Easter Pinkeep
design by
Jenny Hoffman of Country Rustic Primitives

Stitched on 32ct Queen Anne's Lace Wichelt Linen
using suggested DMC floss colors.
This is backed with blue cotton
and finished up at 6" x 3-1/2"

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek! Next update will be Snow Days Block #8, which is about half stitched right now...

Until then, stay healthy & keep on smiling!

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