Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summer in Seattle is Over!

It's been such a busy summer!  I'll give you the overview of what I've been up to-



Mount Rushmore on the 4th of July!   So inspiring, but the crowd was huge!


Yellowstone National Park-this was my third visit in about 6 or 7 years.  The views are wonderful and so worth going to see.  But I've had enough until the younger grandkids get older.

Then we picked up my mother in Indiana and brought her out to Seattle to spend the summer with us-



Then it was back to real life-watching grandkids, gardening, real estate, ebay auctions...


Notice the sampler on the wall behind me :)
Here is one of our 4 generation family photos-


And more recently the first day of school for two grandkids-


GD#1 LOVED the first day of preschool.  She would go back every day if she could.

And my experienced GS#1--how did he get to 6th grade??  Time flies even faster with the grandkids then it did with the kids-


I'll be back to do a stitching update.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Some Finish-Finishing & More Stitching!

My mother is coming to visit and I had to clear off the ironing board!  The ironing board is where I store all my finished stitchy items that still need some work to be able to display. Needless to say the pile was so tall it was starting to tilt and it was PAST time to get some work done on the pile.



 Here is the shuttle piece with the Hinzeit stitching inserted.  Took about 15 minutes.  Why do I let it sit so long?!!

 Here is the Sam Sarah flag piece all framed.


Here is the 15 sided-biscornu that I finished stitching last year.  I added the beads and put it together. The button is from etsy.



This Prairie Schooler ornament has been sitting for well over a year.  I added some perle cotton cross stitches along the edges and two safety pins.


My first try at an Easter egg on perforated paper.  Hmmm.... I'll keep trying.


This is from Elegant Stitch in California-one of their Breast cancer awareness kits-can't remember which year.


I combined the keyfob from a different breast cancer awareness kit with this box. I made the pincushion too.  Darling set!

Two small stitching finishes-


This Goode Huswife design is going to be part of a gift exchange at an annual retreat in November.


Another Just Nan tin design finish-Grow

I was gifted several partially stitched items from a friend. These are the ones I finish-finished-

 A hardanger bookmark, perforated paper Christmas ornament and 2 butterfly ornaments,


  a little vintage table scarf,


and a bunny ornament (still to be done).

That's it for now.  Much more still left on the ironing board!

RAK Received!




Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread blog sent me this fantastic RAK!
She is celebrating her 60th birthday this year by sending out 60 RAK's.  So very kind and generous, Kim.  Thanks so much for thinking of me :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Still Stitching

I went to a retreat at the Pacific Ocean at the end of April. Here is the view from the patio of the house I stayed in.


This is looking straight west.


This is looking south.


Oh, the ladies at this retreat are such wonderful and talented stitchers!
Here is just a little of the show and share- 











I must admit that most of my stitching I am sharing today was completed at this retreat.


Crabapple Hill Lace Daisy Needlebook





Half Pints Woolen Pin Cushion


Just Nan Grow Tin top


 Crane Design Pumpkin Sewing Pouch and Scissor Fob


Half Pints Patchwork Pillow Thru The Year-October

On May 7th I was so lucky to attend a class sponsored by my LQS with Debbie Busby from Wooden Spool Designs AND Gail Pan from Australia.  This was the 2nd time I have attended classes with both ladies. 



This is Gail's project for the day. I have not jumped on the hexie bandwagon.  But these are large ones and I think I can handle seven of them!
But there is some needleturn applique in a circle.  Yikes, I have avoided that like the plague.  We'll see.



I was also able to purchase Gail's new book for Christmas embroidery.  And guess what she has designed in the book?  Yes, a Christmas tree skirt using giant hexies!  Love that idea!




Debbie's project was a home run, too.  Debbie even furnished the Ball jar!  I finished the jar band and the pin cushion at the class. The pin cushion uses a vintage metal Mason jar lid for the base-- like those pictured on the pattern front below.



Another new pattern by Debbie with different vehicle ornaments. Love this idea for small sons/grandsons.  Not breakable and can be hung low on the Christmas tree. Debbie made an adorable garland with these.

I just finished the last of the EGA Round Robin band samplers.  I stitched the nativity scene on the bottom.



That's it for now. I'll try to post more often so the posts don't get so long.
Happy hump-day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Welcome Caleb John!

So Happy to Announce Another New Arrival Into Our Family!

Caleb John
April 9, 2016
8 lbs 13 oz


GS#3


With big brother GS#2



The Happy Family


He's a Keeper!

Here is what GS#2 was doing when little brother was being born.

Caleb makes six grandchildren for us.
We feel so very blessed.

Stitchy update coming soon!