Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Stitching Frenzy

July is a month filled with birthdays.  My dear stitching friend, Carol S. celebrated her birthday this month.


Carol dedicates so much of her time to running the HOE Blog and organizing some wonderful exchanges.  I am lucky, I had the opportunity to meet her while attending the Celebrations of Needlework show in NH in 2012, 2013.  A family function kept me from the 2014 show but I look forward to hanging out with her and Margaret again at the 2015 show. Both of these ladies are truly enjoyable to be around.

Well, I wanted to send Carol a little something for her birthday.  Here is what I came up with:
Designer: Midsummer Night Designs
Design: Gentle Thoughts 2
Stitched for: Carol S.
This is such an appropriate design to stitch for a wonderful friend. 

Carol's partner for the April HOE Christmas Ornament was unable to send out an exchange due to a death in the family so I stitched this and sent it along with her birthday surprise:
2014 HOE Christmas Ornament (April)
Designer: Tournicoton
Angel Stitched for: Carol S.

I had a cute piece of Santa fabric for the backside:
Melissa contacted me to let me know that the HOE Christmas Ornament I sent her arrived.  Here is what I sent:
2014 HOE Christmas Ornament
Designer: Shepherd Bush
Design: Do You Hear
Stitched for: Melissa C.

My friend Mary also has a July birthday. Here is what I stitched and sent to her:  
Designer: The Little Stitcher

I can't tell you how much I love designs by The Little Stitcher. I was looking around for a Nautical design to stitch for Mary when I came across this one.  When I first saw the image it did not identify the designer but I knew it would be perfect.  I had to smile when I saw that it was a Little Stitcher creation and was so happy to be able to purchase it as a PDF and start stitching on it the same day.

Have you seen her latest design?

The Strawberry Sisters
Very sweet!

Thanks for stopping by and...

Until Next time ~ remember:

"We turn not older with years but newer every day"
Emily Dickinson

Monday, July 21, 2014

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Preparing this post felt like a flashback to my elementary school days when I was required to complete a homework assignment titled, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" 

Have you ever hiked up Mount Washington? Have you ever wanted to? Have you ever wondered what it was like? Let me share with you my adventure and spare you the long walk over a very rocky trail.

My DH and I spend the 4th of July in North Conway, New Hampshire where we did a bit of shopping and climbed a portion of Mount Washington.
2014 Mount Washington 
from Hermit Lake Shelter

We were hoping to climb to the summit, something that I did once before when I was in my early 20's but unsure if I could accomplish it again 30 years later. When we arrive at the mountain we were told that, thanks to tropical storm/hurricane Arthur, the winds at the summit were 65-75 MPH!  We decided we would hike up Tuckerman Ravine and go as far as our bodies would allow. 

The trail was much rockier than I remembered:

so we walked cautiously, enjoying large waterfalls:

small waterfalls:

and hikers hauling ski gear up the trail. All of them anxiously anticipating their arrival at the top, excited about the opportunity to ski in July.

The pace at which that group stormed past us, weighted down with all that gear, made my head spin.

I, on the other hand took the leisurely hike carrying nothing but my camera and posing for pictures.

DH carried all of our "stuff" and occasionally posed for a picture.  No, he is not bracing for a fall he is pretending to prepare for a dive.

Just 0.7 miles short of the floor of the Ravine we stopped collapsed at a shelter for a quick break and a snack.  From this point the climb became more challenging and much steeper.  We proceeded upward but it did not take long for us to decide that we had gone far enough would never make it down if we continues on this path. The trail got narrower, rockier, and much steeper.  DH and I are small town walkers not large mountain hikers.  We had been on the trail for 3 1/2 hours (good enough for me!) so we made an "about face" and began the descent. We made it to the bottom 3 hours later and very happy have made it without stumbling on the rocky terrain. Our 6 1/2 hour walk was over.  We did not make it to the summit, we fell short of making it to Tuckerman Ravine Bowl, but we genuinely enjoyed the day and hope to return to climb again. We will probably head up Boott Spur next time. It is a bit longer but not as steep.
It was nice to return to the Bed and Breakfast:

to rest on the porch:

 to walk the grounds and view the barn:

as well as the beautiful horses:

And to finally collapse in bed:

happy to have hiked Mt Washington but wondering if my legs would function in the morning!

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Until Next time ~ remember:

"Striving for success without hard work 
is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted"
David Bly

Monday, July 14, 2014

An Unexpected Surprise From A Stitching Angel

I was truly surprised when I opened a package from Carol S.  My HOE partner fell ill and was unable to fulfill her exchange obligation; I was fine with that and did not want anyone "angel stitching" a replacement. Dear sweet Carol, who dedicates a great deal of her time keeping the HOE blog active and enjoyable, found it necessary to stitch this beautiful replacement exchange ornament for me:

2014 HOE Christmas Ornament
Designer: Ravenelle
Angel stitched by: Carol S.

Thank you so much, Carol.  This was such a pleasant surprise that quickly put a smile on my face.  I shall treasure this ornament forever! You are very thoughtful and such a dear valued friend. 

I recovered from my shoulder surgery and immediately put needle to thread in an effort to do a bit of birthday gift stitching.  Knowing that Vonna is hoping to have a PS Santa tree I thought I would help her along and stitched up a few ornaments for her birthday.  Here is what I sent:

2014 Birthday gift for Vonna
Designer: Prairie Schooler
Design: Father Christmas ~ Book #43
Designer: Prairie Schooler 
Design: 2010 Santa

Happy Birthday, Vonna!!! 

Thanks for stopping by and...

Until Next time ~ remember:

"A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses"
Chinese Proverb

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Snow Has Melted, Rain Has Stopped, The Sun is Shining

The arrival of summer 2104: June 21st ~ FINALLY!

Thank you for all of the well wishes for a speedy recovery from my shoulder surgery.  I began physical therapy last week, not sure why I need it but I am following doctors orders.  

I am back to stitching, thankfully.  The Fair & Square group is up and running once again...Thanks, Jill. 
I participated in the July Patriotic exchange and sent these blocks to Jill.

2014 Fair & Square Patriotic
Design: Happy 4th
Stitched for: Jill

In March I found these vintage butter paddles in an antique store. I knew that they would look great with a cross stitch mounted on the front. My DH stained them a bit darker and drilled a hanging hole in the handle. 

I found two designs; the first is Aqua Queen and the second design I took from a larger design but I can't remember the name. 

Designer: The Primitive Jewel
Design: Aqua Queen

Designer: Midsummer Night Designs
Partial design: Her Majesty

I have a few more butter paddles and plan to stitch more designs with a "Queen" theme.  The next design will be this one:

Designer: The Primitive Hare

 Thanks for stopping by and...

Until Next time ~ remember:

Some of the best memories 
are made in flip flops


Monday, May 19, 2014

Busy Doing Nothing

That's right, for the past 6 days I have been busy doing absolutely nothing and here's why....

Last Wednesday I had shoulder surgery and am expected to strap my arm into this sling for the next 4-6 weeks. REALLY??? After 5 days I thought it best to remove my arm from this device, my doctor felt differently and I am once again strapped into it.  UGH!!!

Does he not understand that I have a life to lead, a house to tend to, cross stitching to work on?  Six days has felt like an eternity. How will I last 4-6 weeks?  Answer: I won't.

Prior to surgery I finished stitching this...

Design: Vintage "Betty"

Which I plan to use for the cover on this...

This vintage pipe holder, which is in great condition, will be re-purposed into a scissor holder. 

The original design had Betty holding a floss card so I modified it and put an oversized pair of scissors in her hand.

I also stitched up these two designs...

Design: Calendar Girl ~ February
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan Lambswool
Floss: DMC

Designer: Little House Needleworks
Design: Calendar Girl ~ March
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan Lambswool
Floss: DMC, VMST

I must end now so that I can return to doing nothing, absolutely nothing!

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Until Next time ~ remember:

"Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another"
Marguins Condorcet

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Busy Start To Spring

We spent Easter weekend with relatives where we enjoyed the beautiful spring weather, chatted endlessly, and ate way too much.  I stitched up this little treasure for my cousin who hosted the holiday get together...

Designer: Midsummer Night Designs
Design: Gentle Thoughts 2
Stitched for: Lynda

Last month I decided to participate in the 2014 VT Shop Hop. My DH and I spent the weekend traveling hundreds of miles stopping at 12 Vermont quilt shops.  It took three days but was well worth the trip.  We enjoyed traveling this beautiful State discovering some very nice shops.  You cannot imagine my surprise when I learned that I won gift baskets from 2 of the shops: 




Wow, so much new quilt stash!

With the onset of Spring comes the start of many Guild Quilt Shows.  A few weeks ago I attend a local show where I saw this wall quilt:

There's No Place Like Home
Quilt Show: Maple Leaf Quilters 

Apparently, the guild had a quilt challenge with a "Home" theme and this quilter was clever enough to come up with Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, an original design...loved it!

Amy, who I stitched for in the HOE Christmas Ornament Exchange, contact me to let me know that she received my ornament.  Here is what I sent...

2014 HOE Christmas
Designer: A Stitcher's Hands
Design: Let It Snow
Stitched for: Amy V-M

I usually do flat finishing but after seeing Carol's (Stitching Dreams) pillow finish I had to duplicate it...thanks, Carol!  Her talent is evident in her truly beautiful stitching and finishing. 

Most of my stitching time, what little I manage to find these days, has been spent on my HAED.  The detail of HAED makes the finished pieces amazingly beautiful but that same detail can make the stitching quite boring. Will this sky ever end??? 

Heaven and Earth Design
A Moment To Cherish

Thanks for stopping by and...

Until Next time ~ remember:

"Spring is when life is alive in everything"
Christina Rosetti