Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Few Smalls and A New Scarf

Can you tell that I really like these Foxwood Crossings sled ornaments? It was completed in time for this months 2015 Smalls SAL

2015 Smalls SAL ~ September
Designer: Lizzie * Kate
Design: Sled Dudes

and has been added it to my collection of Holiday Gift Ornaments.  How cute is that? 
A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E !!!

My next finish could also qualify for the Smalls SAL.  This is the HOE Halloween exchange Treat Bag that I made for Michelle B.

2015 HOE Halloween
Designer: Blue Ribbon Designs
Design: Tricks or Treats Bags
From: 2015 JCS Halloween Issue
Stitched for: Michelle B.

Much of my free time this past month was spent knitting. I made the mistake of spending too much time on where I spotted (and purchased) the pattern for this lovely…

Pattern: Deephaven
By: Bonnie Sennott

Having spent time at Webs Yarn purchasing an abundance of yarn, I needed to figure out what to make.  Given my limited knitting skills I gravitate to scarf patterns. This one has an especially nice cable design. 

I completed the blocking so all that is left is to seam the ends.  A second one has already been started. 

Sign ups for the HOE Autumn Exchange close at midnight tonight (9/30). If you are interested in participating details can be found HERE.

Thanks for stopping by…
Until next time…

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Making Progress

It's that time again…Gifted Gorgeousness update.

Here is last  months progress picture:

And here is the progress that I made to date:

2015 Gifted Gorgeousness ~ September 15
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 40 count Linen over two
Floss: DMC

It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend and having DS1/DIL + DS2/GF join us made it even better.  My younger son has a passion for Jet Skiing.  He much prefers the "stand up" jet ski and enjoys getting airborne on it.  Honestly, he makes riding a "stand up" look effortless but it isn't.

Here is his GF, who did a great job buzzing around the lake.  She has experience riding a stand up.

DS1/DIL had to head back to NYC on Monday so they missed out on the Jet Ski fun.

Thank you to those of you who so kindly let me know that this is a Lily, an Oriental Lily, called Stargazer…

And that this is a Hibiscus…

I also learned, from my DS GF, that the pretty white flowers that I cut from the yard and popped into a vase are Hydrangeas.  We have two large bushes just bursting with these beauties !!!

Another gorgeous giveaway by Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, check it out. She is truly one of the most generous people, constantly offering her beautiful floss to her readers! Honestly, her floss tops my list of favorites. I have been purchasing it for years. 

Do you love the fall season? Would you like to participate in the HOE Autumn Exchange? Check it out and sign up HERE

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Until next time…

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…


Look at this huge blossom…


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.

Thanks for stopping by…
Until next time…