Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another Summer Adventure

I participated in the HOE Christmas Ornament exchange and received this beauty from Lynn W.
2014 HOE Christmas Ornament
Designer: Bent Creek
Design: NOEL
From: 2003 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched by: Lynn W.

This is such a cute design.  Did you notice the beaded edge? Wow, so many of those tiny seed beads hand stitched on to make that decorative edging.  Lynn did a beautiful job stitching and finishing this beauty.  Thank you again, Lynn. 

My DH and I traveled to Niagara Falls...  

The Canadian Side

We were looking for a quick getaway and since we have never been we decided to check it out.  We stayed steps away from the Falls in the fallsview district.  We enjoyed:

Viewing the falls 
the boat ride into the falls on the Hornblower
 The Hornblower

We journeyed past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and into the basin of the majestic Horseshoe Falls.  Lingering at the Horseshoe Falls, with water rushing all around you, leaves you quite drenched ~ despite the flimsy green rain gear they provide.  Truly an exciting experience.

From our hotel room we viewed the:

Fireworks display

Skylon Tower ~ 775 ft above the Falls

The black mark on the center of the tower is actually an exterior glass enclosed elevator to the indoor/outdoor observation deck. 

And the Clifton Hill area 
175 foot Skywheel

The Falls were nice but the surrounding area...hmmm, not so much. We prefer a more country setting and fortunately, a friend of my DH told him about a place called Niagara-on-the-Lake. We took a 30-minute scenic drive into wine country to the well-preserved 19th-century village brimming with charm.

A quaint small town

With gorgeous old buildings
Beautiful Flowers...everywhere

And some pretty fun treats ~ Candy Apples


All in all a fun trip but we were glad to get home and even happier to spend this weekend with these lovelies...
DS1 ~ G
DS2 ~ D
DS1 GF ~ M



 Thanks for stopping by and...
Until Next time ~ remember:

"Enjoy the little things...
for one day you'll look back and realize
they were the BIG things."


Monday, August 18, 2014

More Eye Candy

I was one of the 5 winners in Nancy's (VMSS) Summer Floss giveaway and I recently received the skeins that I selected. Take a look at this eye candy...

From left to right: 
2 skeins of 1840 Golden Pumpkin Spice 
1840 Peach Cobbler
Antique Variegated Coral
 Olde Sampler Pink.

These beauties will be added to my rather large collection of VMSS.  Thank you so much, Nancy.  This was such an unexpected treat ~ I truly love your floss!

Nancy is such a thoughtful, generous, and all around sweet individual who always seems to be giving to others.  When I learned that her birthday is in August I immediately set out to stitch her a design by The Sunflower Seed titled, Storklette Scissor Holder.  Of course I grabbed my large basket of VMSS threads and selected a palette of purple, green, blue, and black.  I wanted to get this gift to her before her birthday but only had 3 days before I would be heading out for on my road trip to Ohio.  I did manage to complete it and get this in the mail:

FRONT
INSIDE
FOLDED
FOLDED
Designer: The Sunflower Seed
Fabric: 32 count Linen over 2
Stitched for: Nancy T.


NANCY

I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!

Thanks for stopping by and...
Until Next Time:

"If you want love and abundance in your life, give it away"

Monday, August 11, 2014

Plugging Away At Those WIPs

Woohoo...it is finally done!  Four years ago my group of quilting friends decided to try a new quilt-as-you-go technique so we each set out to make this Fun and Done Pattern:


We purchased the pattern and this Batting Buddy Template Set:                                                  



During our bi-monthly group meeting we would work on this quilts but not long after we started I ended up moving back to the Northeast. I did not pick this project up again for quite some time.  Here is the completed quilt:


2014 Fun and Done Quilt

No need to put this in a "to be quilted" pile,  no need to send this off for machine quilting ~ it's already quilted!   Phew, it's done and yes, I would make another Fun and Done quilt;  fun and easy A+++. 


One WIP down a million more to go!

Back in March I ordered a large piece of 25 count Lugana and started A Moment to Cherish, a Heaven and Earth Design.  After many hours/days stitching I did not like what I saw.  My stitches were not uniform and I saw a few improperly placed "X's" ~ It was beginning to look like a true novice was doing the stitching. ICK!

The improper "X's" were almost certainly the result of an over anxious stitcher who refuse to put the project down, even when her eyes were closing!  The non uniform stitches hmmm, now that was perplexing.  I searched online and decided that my problem stemmed from my stitching hoop.  It is not advisable to use a hoop when stitching a HAED and now I understand why.

Immediately I re-ordered another piece of Lugana and anxiously awaited for it to arrive.  The design is now being worked on in a frame and I no longer doze off while stitching! 

Here is a picture of my progress:



Compared to this one: 



Thankfully, the new one looks much better.  

I decided not to grid it. I just pay closer attention and refrain from dozing while stitching!

I completed another piece for my "Queen Theme" stitching:


2014 Queen Bee
Designer: The Primitive Hare
Design: Litha: Summer Solstice (Freebie)

I am in search of another small "queen" design to fill the last spot on the wall.  The butter paddles are truly wonderful for finishing.  My supply has dwindled and I only have one left so I will be on the hunt for more.


 Thanks for stopping by and...
Until Next time ~ remember:

"The most successful people learn something new each day. Knowledge is endless and personal growth is continuous. Always seek more."
Brooke Griffin

Friday, August 1, 2014

I'm One Lucky Stitcher

And here's why ~

First...

I participated in the Fair & Square Patriotic Exchange and had Jill MN as a partner.  Here are the wonderful blocks that she sent:

2014 F&S Patriotic Exchange
Stitched by: JillMN 

This is such a neat flag.  I do not know what stitch Jill used for the red and white stripes but it looks fantastic...


What is that stitch??? 

Thanks to Wendy for posting this answer:

 A vertical oblong stitch with a double cross


I seriously love this block ~ I'm one lucky stitcher! Thank you, Jill.

Second...

I wanted to post a picture of the gorgeous floss that I ordered from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  

I just love this floss (and Nancy :-D), always have.  Yum, such eye candy! Nancy offers such a large selection of beautifully dyed threads, it's often hard for me decided which to buy. Honestly, I want them all. 

Well, I popped over to Nancy's blog to get the link and was flabbergasted to see that I was one of the 5 lucky stitchers to win her summer floss giveaway. Yahoo, I get to select five skeins from the 1840 Sampler Line.  Your continued generosity is truly admirable. Thank you, sweet Nancy!

Yes, I truly feel like one lucky stitcher!
Thanks for stopping by and...

Until Next Time:

"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can"

John Wesley

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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAROL

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!


 Thanks for stopping by and...

Until Next time ~ remember:

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