Monday, July 14, 2014

Eliza Poole and Anne Wilson 1831

Hello everyone! I've been taking advantage of some calm time, and recently finished a few things, starting with the Eliza Poole Sampler by Stacy Nash Primitives.


I discovered Tina Woltman's designs on Facebook. They're small, simple, and I love them.


I actually began crocheting this blanket by Katie Hanken last summer. The size is just right for an old lady with hot flashes. :)


Thankfully, Lola is now down to insulin once a day. For her sake and mine, I'm really hoping that her numbers are good enough at her next visit to come completely off of it. Apparently, cats don't like diets any more than humans do. She greets me at the bedroom door in the morning, follows me through the house and has developed a voice after many years of silence. I have had to become very hard-hearted and learn to ignore her pitiful little face and frequent, vocal requests for food. :) Here are a couple of after-meal pictures.



I seem to have fallen very behind with my commenting. Issues with blogger and my email didn't help matters, so I'm still trying to get caught up little by little. I apologize if I have missed responding to any comments or emails. I really appreciate everyone's kind comments and want to welcome my new followers too. Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Semi-Annual Posting

I've finished a few small pieces, and after wrestling with my sewing machine, finally finished one.


Love Blooms Primitive Valentine Pillow Tuck by Shelly Auen of Primitive Stitchin.

Maybe after visiting the sewing machine doctor, I can do some more finishing. It feels odd to kind of slip in here with this. I'm just never going to be a regular poster. :) Life has really been a roller coaster since shortly after Christmas. It seems like everything decided to happen at once. Both my mother and father have had some rough times with their health, my health has taken some scary turns, and Lola (the cat) has decided to jump on the bandwagon by becoming diabetic. Please watch your cat's weight, as that seems to be what triggered her to become diabetic. Trust me when I tell you it is no fun to give a cat insulin injections twice a day. :) With all of the stress, I don't seem to be able to focus on stitching anything too big ~ hopefully that will change soon. Although I haven't been commenting, I've been stopping by your blogs. They are a little bit of normality, and that is a very good thing. Since it may be awhile until another post, hope everyone enjoys their summer!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Finished At Last

I finished Emma a few weeks ago, and I love her!


I also finished another semester, and I'm pretty sure I lost some brain cells in the process. No way I would have chosen to major in chemistry. Now I'm going to enjoy a few weeks of pure bliss and stitch my fingers off.


I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pumpkins For Cathey

Wishing you a very happy blogoversary, Cathey. I hope these pumpkin blossoms brighten your day!



Thank you Sharon for organizing a special day for a very special lady!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Back In the Hamster Wheel

I recently read on someone's blog (wish I could remember which one) that it was back in the hamster wheel now that school had begun again. That is exactly how I feel. I need to keep reminding myself what is on the other end of all this work and that it will end at some point. After having pretty much the whole summer, it is hard to get back into the routine of school. Very hard to put school first, and my stitching, reading, etc. second, or third, or wherever it falls after school, cooking, cleaning - you know - all those fun things. :) Really, though, my life isn't all that different from most of yours - most of you work and have families and I'm sure not nearly as much stitching, fun time as you would like. I've already fallen behind in my blog reading and commenting - sorry. I'm trying to catch up a little, and I hate being days, sometimes even a week late in my comments. Not sure how you all feel about late comments. August seems to have disappeared in a puff of smoke, and now it's September. Can't say I really miss August though, it was kind of a sad month.

Anyway...I have one very small finish. A few months ago, I went in search of some old Handwork samplers - can't even remember which ones now. I tried the Attic needlework shop and while she didn't have the ones I was searching for, she gave me a list of a few that she did have. Sight unseen, I ordered a couple, one of which was Naomi Dartnall.


I'm currently trying to finish Emma Lerch. After stitching a gazillion leaves, it's down to some filling in and should be done very soon. I recently came across the 1848 Lydia Ann Sharp sampler in the Spring 2013 Sampler & Antique Needlework issue. The colors are somewhat similar to the colors in Emma (to my eyes anyway-may have to pink it up some), and I'm kind of thinking about starting it. Grand plans I know.


I'm also doing some secret stitching on a Halloween piece to be seen later in the month.

We took a short trip to Bellevue State Park a week or so ago...


Even though it is hard to believe, we once had a castle in Delaware. Before and after pictures of the remodeled Bellevue Hall.


We took another short trip to North Carolina in August to help our daughter and son-in-law move back home. Sadly, things just didn't work out on the job front for my son-in-law and it was decided they would come home and try to get back on their feet. The night before leaving to come back home, we enjoyed a delicious farewell dinner with some of my daughter's co-workers along the Cape Fear River. An absolutely beautiful evening.


Looking across the river


Lola wanted a chance to redeem herself after that unfortunate picture of her funny expression. It doesn't look like she is being very successful.

Sound asleep, and snoring.


Not happy about the impromptu photo shoot. Would any of us want to be awakened out of a sound sleep to have our picture taken?


Finally, a very big thank you to all who stop by and visit! Whether you leave a comment or not I really appreciate your time. Welcome to new followers! Every time I consider discontinuing this blog thing, someone new pops up and I'm simply amazed, and think...well, maybe just one more post. :) Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Blog Hop

Earlier in the year, in a state of extreme exuberance over the whole summer looming in front of me, I signed up to be a part of the Summer Blog Hop sponsored by Jo, of Serendipitous Stitching. We were asked to share home-themed stitching. I just received this lovely postcard from Julie of Juliesstitchingjournal:


This is what she wrote to go along with it:

"The words on this piece by Tanya at The Sampler Girl are so true. It's nice to visit new and exciting places, but there really is 'nothing like staying home for real comfort' be that the comfort of your sofa, or the comfort of your family and friends who come to visit and make you happy."

After being away for a few days, I have to say that I could not agree more with this sentiment! :) If you aren’t already familiar with Julie’s blog, why don’t you stop by for a visit, and if you are interested in participating, pop on over to Jo’s blog and sign up. I really enjoyed being a part of this blog hop!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Blue Cat Detour

I knew when I first saw this design that it would not be one to just file away. I just couldn't resist the blue cat. In my house we have...
A black and white cat with mittens



A gray and white cat with knotty fur



A dopey cat that looks like he is wearing his striped pajamas



A little black cat that rules the house and my heart



And the newest addition



Jean Longmuir circa 1840 The Essamplaire

Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster lately, so this won't be a wordy post. I do want to thank those who take the time to read and comment and to thank those who are followers. I know it takes time to participate in the blog world, and I know most of you have busy lives, so the time you give me is much appreciated!! Now back to Emma. :)