Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Hearts Exploring Wisconsin

It's May Smalls SAL check-in time.  Here's what kept me busy this past month…

HEARTS
Designer: Shepherd's Bush
Design: Be True

Designer: Shepherd's Bush
Design: Take My Heart

Designer: Shepherd's Bush
Design: Sweet Heart

My weekend was spent in Milwaukee, WI.  We stopped by Pier Wisconsin, which is situated on Milwaukee's Lakefront.  


We entered the building and headed up to the Rotunda to get a better view of the beautiful blue waters of Lake Michigan.


The view from the outdoor deck was gorgeous.  Docked outside Pier Wisconsin is the Denis Sullivan, the only replica of a 19th century three-masted Great Lake schooner in the world.


We were excited to be able to spend the weekend with our oldest son, whose flew in from NYC to spend the weekend with us. That made my heart happy!


Driving along the lake we passed the Family Kite Festival. I was able to snap a picture of just a few of the hundreds of kites dotting the sky. 


We look forward to returning Wisconsin in mid July and hope that the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the temperature is pleasant, and the weekend is amazing. 


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Friday, May 15, 2015

A New Start and More Stash

I completed LHN Lantern Lane and it is currently being framed.  My next Gifted Gorgeousness (May) project is one that was given to me as a gift from a non-blogging friend.  We were shopping at a LNS and I was admiring Grace and Virtue Sampler.  To my surprise she purchased it for me. I had done a small finishing project for her and this was her way of saying thank you.  Here is my progress thus far…


A few weeks ago I attended Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH. The highlight of the trip was time spent with fellow bloggers, Carol and Margaret.  Unfortunately, the class that I was excited about attending turned out to be a disappointment.  The instructor was a very nice woman however, I was not impressed with her teaching abilities.  I do love the class project and managed to complete about 80% of if. Once complete I will post pictures.


Designer: The Purple Thread
Design: Travels with Meagan

While shopping in the Vendor Mall I managed add to my stash with these treasures…


The longarm quilter phoned to let me know that my quilt was ready and I am happy to say that I picked it up, put the binding on, and have it ready to bring to the Graduation party at the end of this month.


Graduation Quilt for Ryan

The weather here has been so nice (finally).  I found time to plant my garden and am anxious for the plants to grow so I can begin using them in my cooking. This year I planted Basil, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Chocolate Mint, Cherry Red Tomatoes, Yellow Tomatoes, and a Sunflower plant.  To my surprise the Lavender which I planted last year has come to life and is flourishing!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Quick Little Finish Of A Cute Little Sled

A quick post to show the completion of April's 2015 Small SAL

Designer: Lizzie Kate
Design: Sled Dudes

After stitching and finishing 15 of these sled designs for a friend in SC, I decided that I needed to stitch a few for myself.  These are such a fast stitch (on perforated paper) and can be quickly mounted on the sled. They are truly adorable ornaments!

A thoughtful, sweet friend in Georgia sent us a box of these delicious pecans and taffy from Dickey Farms


I especially liked the chocolate covered pecans. Look how large each one is…


It did not take me long to finish off that bag. Ugh, no will power. The peach taffy is delicious as well. 

I can't wait to receive the Georgia peaches in June!!!  

Late last week I received notification that I did get into the Travel With Meagan class at Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH on Friday~ Yahoo!  

With warmer temperatures and more sunny days the weather seems to be improving. It's doubtful that we will experience any additional spring snow.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Did Vermont Not Get The Memo?

It's spring, STOP SNOWING!!!

This is crazy…April 23rd and the snow is falling.   

On a happier note ~ I completed Lantern Lane.  I snapped a quick pic before heading out to get this framed.

Designer: Little House Needleworks
Design: Lantern Lane
Fabric: 30ct Natural Linen over two
Floss: WDW & CCW

This was a birthday gift from my dear friend, Vonna (thanks again! :-D).  She sent the pattern, fabric, and threads so all I needed to do was stitch it. I really love this design and look forward to hanging it in my home.

I plan to attend Celebration if Needlework in Nashua, NH next week and am hoping to get into a class that I signed up for last minute.  A highlight of the trip will be time spent with Carol and Margaret! It's always nice to get together with these ladies at the show.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Monthly Small Stitching

Where did the month go? It is the last Wednesday of the month and time to post a picture of my March 2015 Smalls SAL

2015 HOE Year Of The Sheep
Designer: Carousel Charts
Design: Winter Sheep Star Crow (partial)
Stitched for: Stephanie S.

I participated in the HOE Year Of The Sheep exchange and stitched this sheep for Stephanie S. It also qualifies for the monthly Smalls SAL for March.

This was a cute/quick finish ~ a floss holder.  There is something about "round finishes" that I enjoy, probably how easy they are to complete!

The graduation quilt top is now complete and the backing fabric arrived in the mail today.  Hopefully, it will be in the hands of the longarm quilter sometime this week. 

Today was my last physical therapy session for my broken ankle.  It is amazing how much progress I made over the past 8 weeks.  No longer do I limp, hobble slowly up and down the stairs, or experience pain after standing too long.  Phew, that nightmare is over! Unfortunately, I missed an amazing ski season.  


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Making Progress

I am a day late in posting my progress on the 2015 Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  It was a busy month, which did not leave me a lot of free stitching time, but I was able to add a few stitches…

Design: Lantern Lane

Much of my time was spent working on this graduation quilt. Just three more rows before I can bring it to the longarm quilter and have it machine quilted.



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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Year Of The Sheep

Why are there not more exchanges out there in blogland?  I remember the days when I was participating in 40+ exchanges each year.  Yes, that was probably too many.  Thanks to Carol S. I am able to exchange at least 10-12 times a year.  She continues to manage the HOE exchange board, organize exchanges, and ensure that all goes smoothly.  I am hugely grateful for all she does to keep that exchange board up and running.  Thanks, Carol!

Edgar organized the latest HOE Exchange (Thanks, Edgar).  He came up with a clever theme in celebration of the 8th Chinese Zodiac sign: The Sheep.  Today I received a package sent from Singapore by Angela N.  She stitched this wonderful pillow ornament that now adorns my year round needlework tree…

2015 HOE Year of the Sheep
Designer: Primitive Hare
Stitched by: Angela N.

Did you know that Imbolc is a Gaelic festival, held in February 1st, marking the beginning of spring? 

This is such a lovely Primitive Hare design, which is perfectly stitched and finished! 

Angela also treated me to a pretty sheep ornament that she purchased in Chinatown, a colorful Ram cut out, a fat quarter of fabric, and a small sac filled with buttons and charms. These will be perfect for my future finishing projects. Thank you so much, Angela.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity are deeply appreciated.



For those of you born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 you were born under the most creative sign on the Chinese Zodiac, the sheep. If you're interested in reading more about the meaning, traits, and predictions for this zodiac sign click HERE.

In the Northeast it may look and feel like winter, but I know that spring is on its way.  Why? Because Easter Peeps are out in the stores.  Thanks to Edgar, who posted about this years limited edition peeps, I rushed out, but failed to locate the ones he posted about.  Rather than walk away empty handed I allowed my lack of willpower to take over and I purchased a 3 pack of the chocolate bottom peeps.  Much like Edgar, I love peeps! I almost forgot to snap a picture before devouring all three. 


My DS is here with a friend for a ski weekend and I expect that they will be rolling in anytime so I am off to prepare something for them to snack on before  we head to dinner tonight. 

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