Sunday, September 23, 2018

Busy Weekend

Before I forget, Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has a lovely give away of Christmas Floss!
If you are looking for a good read, I highly recommend this one.  
First time British Author.  
Parallel story lines that converge at the end.  
Now I'm reading Fear by Bob Woodward.  
I have a feeling this will be interesting.  
I got it from my sister who also recommends a book called Black Money.  
  
My sister, my daughter and her boyfriend were here for my Aunt's birthday party.
It was great getting together with family for something besides a funeral.  
It was a wonderful party and the food was great!
Its always great when you don't have to cook.

Took Autumn at Hawk Run again.  
I have six more spots to finish.
I'm not sure how long I will work on it.  
It is a really big piece and lots of stitches.  

Before the party yesterday, we went to the cemetery to visit the graves.  
On the way home, we stopped at the yarn store and I picked up some yarn.  
Not exactly sure what I'm going to make out of it but, it spoke to me.  
I really need to finish a pair of socks.  
I'm at the heel, so really in the home stretch.  
Just have to buckle down.....LOL
Its always great to have company but, I was ready to see everyone leave and get back to normal...
Katy, don't take it personal. 
I think the dogs are really happy that things are quiet.  

Hope you had a great weekend!
Have a stupendous week!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Completion

I finished my BBD Tis the Season for the SAL.
I have to say this was an enjoyable stitch.  
I am really happy with the way it turned out with my color choices and tweaking them.  
I think I'm going to but Sarah Braizear on hold for a little while  
I really want to work on some Autumn stitching.  
I may just pull out Autumn at Hawk Run  
Not going to happen until after I finish my Sister Stitchers for the retreat.  
Here is the Sister Stitcher Link
I am kind of altering it a little because of the way I want to finish it.  
I had a vision!
When I get it done I will most certainly post. 

The weather has been unseasonably warm.
Its been in the 80's and should be in the 60's.  
We still have our a/c on.  UGH!!

This coming weekend is my Aunt's 90th birthday.  
She is still pretty amazing.  
She quilts and bakes bread on a weekly basis.  
Her bread is amazing.  
Last year she baked and froze 70 fresh apple pies.  
It will be fun to have a reason other than a funeral for a get together.  

Hope all you in the south have been safe and dry.  
Its amazing how much it can rain!

Hope you had a great weekend!
Mine was pretty good.  
Have a wonderful week. 
Keep on Stitching. 
Monica

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Let Me Complain About Hallmark Channel

I decided I might complain about Hallmark Channel.  
That have got to mix it up better.  
It is the same old stuff.
They need to dig a little deeper in their archive  and show something other the same stuff.
How many times can they show the same two  Bridal Boot Camp movies?  

Okay I'm done.  

Not a good picture but an update on my Tis the Season.  
You should know by now I don't press anything until I'm done.  
I did do some color changes from the initial thread selection picture.  
I swapped out Desert Mesquite for Forest Glade.  
Desert Mesquite looked too blue

  I am making good progress on it.  

Arttie and I had a craft supply rummage sale this weekend.  
Lets just say it was less than stellar.  
I only sold $30, hardly worth my time but, got rid of a few things.
Have thought about trying to sell old patterns on FB sites but, I don't know that it is worth it.  
Jury is still out. 

That sums it up.  
Going to watch Ozark on Netflix.  
Hope you had a great weekend.  
Have a wonderful week.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Monday, September 3, 2018

My ‘Tis the Season Colors

I had a question about what colors I was using for Tis the Season.
This was the initial lineup but, since I started Stitching it, I changed some of the colors.  The colors in the parentheses are the pattern colors
Classic Colorworks:  Bamboo (Vanilla Pudding)  Desert Mesquite (Tortoise Shell) Sassy Brass (Pumpkin Carriage), Wild Berries (Poison Apples) need 2 skeins
GAST:  Deep Forest (Moss)  Avocado (Attic Tea)  Grecian Gold (Scarecrow) Sable (Mudpie)
Keep on Stitching 
Monica 

Tis the Season SAL Update

 Was going to post a different picture but, it comes up sideways even after adjusting.
Post just fine in Facebook, so what’s up with that?
I’m using a combination of overdyes. 
A lot of people ordered the thread pack from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.
I considered it but prefer the varigation with some of the other.
It is a lot of fun!
I have only temporarily put aside Sarah Braizear but have made progress while waiting to start ‘Tis the Season on Saturday.

Otherwise a pretty sedate weekend.
Good thing, busy week ahead with work and appointments.  

Hope you had a good, long weekend.
Every weekend should be three days!
Have a great week!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica


Monday, August 27, 2018

Vacation

I didn't post last week because I was busy with my sister being here for a vacation.  
I took the week off too.  
I can finally post what I gave her for her birthday.  
La-D-Da A Stitcher's Garden.  
I initially thought it said A Sister's Garden...oops!
I still love the way it turned out.  
I used Threads from Victorian Motto Sampler.  
I had to adjust the alphabet to get a second "M" in there for her initials.
She uses both her maiden and married name.  

I’m making headway on the border of Sarah  but, it is a project.
I have also signed up for the "Tis the Season" SAL  
I decided to use overdyes rather than order the Victorian Motto Sampler Threads.  
I like her threads but, sometimes I don't feel like they are gradated enough.  
I really like the antique look and want to achieve that.  

One of the things we did, while my sister was here was go to Fayette Historical State Park.
It was a harbor town on Lake Michigan where from 1867 to 1892 Iron Ore was turned into Pig Iron to be shipped.
Many of the building have been restored or are in the processed of being of restored.
The surrounding area is absolutely beautiful!
Here is a site:  Fayette Website
Some of my pictures
 The furnaces from the second floor of the Superintendent's House

 The company store
 The high building is the Superintendent's house from the furnaces
 Some of the main buildings
Looking at Lake Michigan.
The weather was perfect that day....no humidity and 75.  
It was a great time!

Hope your week was good.  
Have a wonderful week!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Getting Framed

I have been a busy bee.
I had the frame parts and put them together for Margaret Cottam.
I just have to lace it up.  
I have had a terrible time trying to get it straight.  
I adjusted it a little more after I took this picture.  
 Alone in the Garden also has to be laced up.  
This frame was an aqua that I took briwax to and darkened it up.  
Blackbird Design uses a lot of Briwax
I love Briwax!
Bob and I went to Green Bay yesterday.
I hung out there for a while.  
I wanted to pick up some floss (which is coming up)
I picked up this BBD which is really a cool book.
The sewing boxes are really nifty.  
 I also got the 2018 Prairie School Annual Santa.  
Don't know why the picture didn't show up.
I wanted to convert threads for BBD Tis the Season from
Silk/DMC to overdyes. 
I'm really happy with the choices.  
There is a SAL mentions on Flosstube Flannel Jammies Farm.                     
 I also saw on another Floss Tube channel The Saltbox Stitcher an sampler she stitched.  
If you watch that one, it is the one right behind her. 
Its an old pattern from Words of Praise Called the Guidance Sampler.  
It was from the 1980's and all blended DMC colors
I converted it to overdyes too.  
 I think it will turn out really cool.  
I also got fabric for both pieces.
My start on Hands Across the Sea Sarah Braizeau 1829
Working on the border which is tricky because the count changes with the flower vine.  
The Stitching Bee retreat enrollment is closed.  
She is trying to keep the number to between 50-55. 
People get to visit and meet each other better.  

Looking forward to it.  

Hope you had a great weekend
I must say I did.  
Have a great week
Keep on Stitching