Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Traveling Pattern Winner

Just a quick post to announce the winner of the traveling pattern. Land of Liberty (along with a few other goodies) will be traveling to Kaye. Congratulations, Kaye! :)

I've been feeling a little under the weather, but hope to be back soon with a finish or two.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Traveling Pattern

Hello everyone! Recently, I was the lucky recipient of Sarah's (Sarah in Stitches) traveling pattern, Land of Liberty by Bent Creek. This was my first time participating in a traveling pattern, and I was excited to be selected! I really enjoyed participating and look forward to seeing where this pattern will be going next.

To make the traveling pattern more fun, Sarah decided that the goodies passed along with the pattern should spell out the word FLAG. She included some fat quarters of fabric (F), little blue and red buttons (L), a sweet little Americana quilt (A), and a lovely gift, a magnet of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (G).

I love the design and I enjoyed stitching it. I'm afraid there is a big ol' boo boo in it and then another smaller one, and although it may bother some, at my age, I just embrace the boo boos. I have an idea of how I want to finish it, I'm just waiting for the husband's vacation to be over. :)

Now it is my turn to pass this pattern along. If you would like to participate, you should:

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Have an active blog, so that when you finish you can pass the pattern along.
  3. Choose a selection of items that spell out the word FLAG.

Here are the items that I will be passing along with the pattern. (F)at quarters, (L)inen, (A)ccoutrements, and a special (G)ift (which will be a surprise). I will select a winner on August 12th.

I really want to thank you again, Sarah, for the chance to participate, and for all of the lovely items you sent along!

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!