Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I'm A Better Stitcher Than A Gardener!

Prior to seeing this plant bloom I thought for certain that this was a weed. Had I not called upon Melissa, who is quite the gardener, I would have yanked the "weedy" looking thing from the garden.  Melissa took a look at the picture I sent and told me that it was indeed a flowering plant and not a weed.  She was right, it bloomed!  This year it is even larger and more beautiful. I don't remember planting this, nor do I remember the name. Who knows what this is?




Thank you again, Melissa. I cannot look at it without thinking of you.

Each year I plant a small herb garden, which grows quite well.  Last year I tried to grow a sunflower but had no luck.  I see sunflowers everywhere, masses of them dotting the landscape. They are not difficult to grow…for other people.  Now if I were trying to grow one from seed maybe I could understand, but I am not.  This year I planted the sunflower in a different location within my small garden and…

Voila ~ IT GREW

First this little bud…



Which transformed into this…



And has continued to blossom into this…




Ohhh, so very tall ~ and finally a…

SUCCESSFUL SUNFLOWER!

Look at this huge blossom…





Beautiful!

Again, I am not a gardener so I have no idea what this is.  It's pretty and the size of flower is quite impressive.

Now for some stitching ~

Grace and Virtue was finished using a vintage pie plate, which my DH spray painted matte black. I am always on the lookout for items to repurpose. This was quick, easy, and inexpensive…the pie plate was .50 cents at a tag sale.



Design: Grace and Virtue
Designer: The Sampler Company
Fiber: 32ct Linen over 2
Floss: DMC


I completed the stitching on yet another small for the 2015 Smalls SAL


This is part of a kit that I purchased at Celebration of Needlework in NH.  I was hoping to have it finished to share with you but I had surgery on the 20th, which slowed me down to a crawl!

My younger son, who moved to Colorado a year ago, is coming home with his GF for the Labor Day weekend. They are arriving tomorrow and will visit with us for a week. My oldest son and DIL (so happy her status has changed from GF to DIL) are also coming for the weekend. They arrive Friday night and head back to NYC on Monday.  It's so nice that they will all be here together.



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Until next time…

Friday, August 14, 2015

A New Gifted Start

My DS wedding last month was a distraction, a nice distraction I should add, to my blogging.  As a result I failed to post a July Gifted Gorgeousness update.  

Here is what I should have posted…


2015 Gifted Gorgeousness ~ July 15
Designer: The Sampler Company
Design: Grace and Virtue
Fabric: 32ct linen over 2
Floss: DMC

I even managed to do the finishing on this but have yet to snap a picture. I'll save that for my next post. 

On to my next 2015 Gifted Gorgeousness start…


Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 40ct over two
Floss: DMC

This beauty falls under the category of: 
  • Anything which is intended as a gift or prize for another person
Yes, I am stitching this for a special someone and hope to finish it before Christmas.

My DH made a number of these birdhouses and placed them in our yard…



The vintage outdoor faucet handles make perfect decorative flowers! We scouted these out last year when we went to the world longest yard sale: 127 yard sale. That was quite an experience!

The birdhouse roof is hinged so we can open it up and check on the occupants. Each spring/summer we get to watch the tiny birds grow from this…


to this…


The second birdhouse had just two little birds…


Two other birdhouses became home to tiny little field mice…Ewwww! Not willing to snap pictures of that though. 

Pop on over to Victorian Motto Samplers and sign up for her floss giveaway. The fall colors are beautiful!

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Until next time…

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Birthday Wishes and a SAL Update

A dear friend of mine celebrated her birthday recently and I stitched this up for her as a birthday gift….

Designer: By The Bay Needleworks

Not long ago she moved to Virginia Beach into a beautiful home on the water.  When I saw this design I knew immediately that it would make the perfect birthday gift for her.  To my shock and amazement I stitched it up, framed it, and was able to hand it off to her at my DS wedding…which was two weeks prior to her birthday.  

Let me share with you another recent finish.  I stitched this for my DS/DIL and displayed it on the name card table at their rehearsal dinner on July 10th. 



I love the french knots, made with thin ribbon and the beading…



I was a bit preoccupied for a few months before the July wedding.  As a result I failed to post a monthly update on the two SAL that I participate in.  Fortunately, life has returned to normal and I am happy to be able to post the 2015 Smalls SAL for July.  These little Sled Ornaments are such a quick stitch and an even faster finish…

Designer: Foxwood Crossing

These will be added to my stash of gift ornaments that I will be sending fellow stitchers in December. 

I am hosting a Halloween Exchange on the HOE blog so if you are interested in signing up you must do so before August 10th when sign ups close.

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Until next time…


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It Happens In A Heartbeat

FROM THIS…
August 10, 1987

TO THIS…
July 11, 2015

IT HAPPENS IN A HEARTBEAT

THE BRIDE AND GROOM

REHEARSAL DINNER 

SNOWBOARDING GROOM'S CAKE

WEDDING DRESS BRIDE'S CAKE
Amazing and truly delicious cakes by: 
Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe    
             
Designer: Alessandra Adelaide
Design: Wedding Cake

THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE

MY TWO FAVORITE MEN and NEW DIL

HE'S MARRIED!

FINALLY,  A GIRL! 

RECEPTION AT PIER WISCONSIN 
COCKTAILS

DINING 

HEAD TABLE


THE HAPPY COUPLE

SO MANY GORGEOUS ROSES

INSIDE THE ROTUNDA FOR 
DANCING 

TO THE HIGH ENERGY OF AN ELECTRIFYING BAND

FIRST DANCE

NAT KING COLE'S UNFORGETTABLE

MAY THEY LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER

CONGRATULATIONS MEG & GARRETT


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Until next time…