Monday, September 20, 2010

Wee Autumn Finish

A perfect name for this piece. It is small & it is for sure an autumn piece!!!
I just finished stitching "wee autumn" by Heart in Hand designs. It is an older design, that I forgot that I had, until I saw someone else finish it!!
I stitched it on PTP dill 32 ct. lugana. I used GAST & DMC flosses. I am going to ask my husband to make a frame for this...I have not asked for small frames but I really think I would like to frame this one!!
I have also started another piece that I saw someone else stitch. I seem to have forgotten that I have about 10 projects already started....oops! Oh well, they are there...I will do them!! I do not start a project & not finish it!
I wish each of you a wonderful day & wonderful week! Thank you for stopping by & for your kind comments!
Oh! I am also going to attach a picture of my "WALL". We hung my B. Potter & Bethlehem this weekend & are very happy with the looks of the wall!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Frames Finished!!!!!!!!!!!!

woohoo! What a weekend!! I finished my B. Potter at the end of the week. Normally, it takes my husband a long time to get to making a frame for me.....he will do for others much quicker. But, this time, he got right on it!! Not only did he get the frame done for B. Potter, but he also got back to the frame he was making for Bethlehem. And...he made a frame for a piece my aunt stitched.
I have no idea how the pictures are going to appear...I load them one way & they appear on their own way. But.....the frame for Bethlehem is made out of maple. My craft room floor is maple laminate, so it matches in there great!!!
The frame for B. Potter is oak. I had him put a light stain on it.
The other frame is my aunt's stitching & the frame is rough cedar. This is one of my very favorite frames that he does. I love the rough look of them. I have many Amish pieces framed like this.
Lastly, I stitched this ornament on Fri/Sat. I made it into the finished ornament yesterday.
I had to wait until this morning to get decent pictures on a few of these.
Have a wonderful day & thank you for stopping by my blog! I appreciate all of the kind words that you leave!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Huge Happy Dance

She is FINISHED!!!!!! I put the final stitches in my B. Potter piece at 8:20 pm, Thurs. Sept. 9, 2010.
I started this piece on Jan. 1, 2009. I worked on it a little bit each month. There were some months, that I only did a tiny bit. There were other months that I did a lot. As it drew near the end, I was putting LOTS of stitches in, as I could feel the finish. You all know that feeling??? You just want to keep stitching & stitching & stitching!
I tell was very hard last weekend! I wanted to stitch so bad, yet I wanted to do all of the fun things as well. I MADE myself tell myself that the fun things were more important...I WOULD get this finished this week!
Details for you....the piece is stitched on 32 ct. Tan Marble lugana from Sassy's Fabby's. It is stitched with 3 colors of floss from Victorian Motto Sampler.
My husband is going to make a frame out of oak for me for it. I would bet he will do it real soon, as he knows how proud I am of this finish. I loved every stitch that I put into it!!!!
Thanks for cheering me on thru this one!!!!! Your comments are the best!
Have a wonderful weekend & thanks for stopping by!!!!
(I took 2 pictures & couldn't decide which one to use, so you get both!)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

I can describe our weekend in one word: BUSY!!!!!!!
On Sat. morning, we got up at normal time. I needed to get my time in on the treadmill early, so our son could do his workout in the morning, instead of afternoon. So.....6 am, I was downstairs. When I was done, it was his turn.
DH had somewhere to go at nine. Just before he left, our son left for his last year of college. It was so hard to see him go, but all along knowing this is where he needs to be.
While DH was gone, I THOUGHT I would catch up on blogs. I pulled mine up, because that is where I view others. My music came on & the song that was playing did me in. It was called "letters from war" by Mark Schultz. Not the song I needed to hear the morning my last one left home. Not only did it remind me of my son that is serving our country, it made me realize my nest was empty again & I got sad.
I was so thankful we had plans for the day, once my husband got home. So, as soon as he arrived home, we headed out to a state park. We have never been to this one before & it was a nice change of pace. We walked about 12 miles total that day. We got back here early evening.
Sunday, we started out like always...we headed to church. We came home & grilled lunch. We then set out to get the yard ready for the nasty season after fall. We mowed, pulled dead plants out of the garden, etc....
After we finished that, we headed to town to get rid of all of the recycle stuff & then to Menard's to look for more wood for frames~!!!
Monday, bright & early, we headed to Shipshewana. For those unfamiliar with what that is a large Amish community near us. I like to go up there at least once a year. I knew I wanted to look for apples & red raspberries this time. We headed straight to the flea market area first. In the front, they have lots of produce. I got 2 bushels of apples right away. No one had raspberries, but I was thankful for the apples.
We then walked the flea market & looked around. After that, we went to the downtown area & walked thru all of those shops & had our lunch there.
Next stop......the bulk food store!! My other reason for going!!!!! I stock up on things there. For example, I got a 50# bag of oats, a 25# bag of popcorn, a large bag of brown sugar, some popcorn meal (used instead of corn meal for muffins), & other ingredients for my homemade granola.
As we were leaving there, our son called. He had a long list of things he needed us to bring him at school. (things that didn't fit in his car or he forgot) So.....we got home, unloaded my car, & reloaded it with his stuff. We headed to the school. We finally got back home about 8:30 that night.
Yesterday, it was applesauce making time!!!! I had 3 bushels to do. (I had one that I had bought a few days ago, plus the 2 new ones) I got 36 qts. & 8 pts. out of them. I still have about 3/4 bushel of apples, but I ran out of jars......guess what is on my grocery list!?!?!
Once I finish ALL of the apples, I will take a picture of dining room table!! Oh my!!!
On the stitching front.....STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!! I will have a new update for my blog later in the week!!!! Not sure what day yet, but just keep your eyes ready. You will probably HEAR me update!
Thanks for stopping by & for leaving your kind comments. Each & everyone makes me smile!
I am posting some of the pictures that I took this weekend!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

the decision was made

THANK YOU EACH & EVERY ONE!! I so enjoyed the comments about which fabric to use on my little freebie finish. I had pretty much decided which one I would use, but I thought I would open it for discussion. I appreciated your views on why or why not you would use which you chose.
I love both of the fabrics, for different reasons, but I went with the leaf patterned one for this finish, because the colors just seemed right for it.
I also have finished the Sept. block of Sylvia's SAL. Each month, I think 'oh this one is my favorite' & then the next month, she comes out with an even cuter one! I really loved the little scarecrow this month.
I am now back to working on my B. Potter piece. I have a goal in my head, so I am going to see if I can meet my goal. Originally, I had said the end of the year. That meant doing 2 motifs per month, with 2 extra motifs. Well, I think we all know how busy the end of the year can get! So....I decided maybe I need to move my deadline up a little!
I am also attaching a few pictures of our 'ghost chili' plants. I have grown these from little seeds that I won on E-bay. As you can see, we never put them in the ground. We have them in ice cream buckets. We didn't want to risk the local critters feasting on our plants. So, each night, I bring the buckets in the house & then put them back out in the morning.
If you don't know about ghost chilis, I suggest you do a google search about them! They are supposedly the HOTTEST pepper in the world!! NO, I WILL NOT BE EATING ANY!!!! I am a wimp when it comes to peppers!!!! My salsa recipe calls for 15-20 jalapeno's. I use 10 & that is too hot for me!!!
Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone! I hope you get some stitching time, along with other activities you enjoy!