Sunday, February 25, 2018

Finished! Prairie Schooler Winter Sampler

Finished and finished my Prairie Schooler  Winter Sampler.  
I am so happy with them. 
It is still very much winter here.
School was cancelled Monday because of snow and ice.
Two hour delay on Friday because of snow.
And about three inches last night but, 40 mph winds that blew everything around.  
It is suppose to warm up this week so just made it with my winter samplers.  
I really think these are some of the most unique Prairie Schooler pieces.  
No doubt, the deer, the sayings and the sun and moon are Prairie Schooler.  
My frames that are interchangeable with other PS Samplers.  
My husband is always amazed when the seasons and months change around the house.  
Some of my favorite photo subjects:  
Buster
And Henry Ford.  
Just was a usual weekend getting stuff done around the house and running errands.  
Been working on Autumn at Hawk Run.
I can only do a section at a time and then on to something else.  

Hope you had a great week and have a wonderful week.  
Thanks for stopping.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vacation is Over

Haven't posted since I've been on vacation. 
We went to Florida to see my sister in Palmetto and had a great time.  
We did a lot of visiting and touring some pretty interested things.
We went to The Ringling in Sarasota.  
Did not expect what we got.....it was incredible.
We got a late start and really regretted it. 
We started in the Circus Museum where the model of the Howard Bros Circus it.  
This display has to be nearly a city block and is the beginning  when the circus entered a town to the end when the train was loaded again ready to move to the next city.  
It was an amazing thing to see. 
Under the big top 
The Midway
Some of the elephants.  
We got the full tour of the Ringling's winter home Ca' d'Zan
The grounds were absolutely gorgeous.  
Facade facing the Bay and Long Boat Key.
Where the Ringling's  parked their yacht.   
View of all the house elevations
Their train car and the decorative work above a window.  
Very William Morris style carpeting in the car
We ran out of time and steam and didn't make it to the art museum on the grounds.
We had an excellent lunch there.  

The view from the restaurant on Anna Marie Island.
We had wonderful weather the whole time, in the low 80's.  
The beaches were beautiful!
We also went to Historic Spanish Pointe on Little Sarasota Bay, Osprey Florida.   
Initially owned by the Webb Family who shipped produce, it was bought by Mrs. Bertha Palmer from Chicago (Palmer House) for a winter residence.  
The Sunken Garden
Flowers
Sunken Garden and the Bay 


More flowers
Guptill House
We were able to take pictures in the Guptill House.  
Some interesting needlework

The quilts were beautiful.  

We also visited Gamble Mansion which is the only standing Antebellum mansion in Florida.  
The original owner Robert Gamble really had bad luck and failed to really make a success out of the plantation, bad growing seasons, hurricanes, and a drop in the sugar market, he abandoned it and returned to his home in north Florida to run the family plantation.  
The house sat deserted until the 1920's and slowly been restored.  
The project I worked on while on vacation The Scarlet House Find Comfort.  
I used Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe thread instead of the Classic Colorworks.  
They weren't as harsh.  
I left it with my sister as a little hospitality gift.  
Heading into the home stretch with the third Prairie Schooler Winter Sampler.  
Working on the snow behind the deer.  
We got back home on Tuesday evening.  
I had taken the rest of the week off to recover and get settle back home.  
There is always so much to do.  

I won't be able to take a vacation this summer since one of my co-workers will be on maternity leave.  It is also Bob's busy time of the year.  

Hope you a good couple of weeks.  
Thanks for stopping.  

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Winter Sampler Number Two

I finished my second Prairie Schooler Winter Sampler.
The faces on the sun and the moon show up better in the photo
I love this one!
I started on the third one and it appears to be going smoothly.  
These aren't really the typical Prairie Schooler, if you ask me.  
There are really cool and I'm glad they re-released them.  
I have heard that Hoffman is re-releasing Christmas Village.  
I am super excited about that and will be on my list to get.  

Last weekend Arttie and I took a short road trip to Joann Fabrics in Escanaba.  
Found this gorgeous fabric that will make great backing for pinkeeps and other little projects.  
I got a half yard of each and will come in handy, I sure!
I haven't watched the Super Bowl but, did tuned in just in time to see the half time show.  
I thought it was pretty good show compared to some in the past.  
No wardrobe malfunctions either!

Hope you had a great weekend and will have a wonderful week.  
Thanks for stopping!
Keep on Stitching!
Monica

Sunday, January 28, 2018

What’s In The Queue

Feels like there is a lot going on.
I have so many things I want to do, I think my head will explode.
I have Christmas 2018 projects planned and kind of ready to go, just need to cut the fabric.  
I'm going great guns on the second Winter Sampler.  
I did have to rip out "lengthens so the cold strengthens" because I was off five stitches and then the border was not going to be right,  
I always do the border kind of later, not always the best idea but, I have done the border first and come up cattywampus too.  
I am working on the sun in the upper box.       
My fabric for La-d-da Margaret Cottam  
I have two copies of this. 
I may try selling it on Samplers Through Time on Facebook.
I need to think about getting rid of patterns I have done....except the Prairie Schoolers. 
I will probably never part with the Schoolers!
To see the whole three part pattern: Margaret Cottam Link
I bought this on Samplers Through Time last week and fell in love with it.  
Ann Smith 1767 from the Scarlet Letter.  
I have a thing for Adam and Eve Samplers. 
What really grabbed me were the little lions in the bottom corners.  
The border is just so gorgeous too!
And don't get me started on the palm trees!

This picture won't go the right way and I did it twice.  
Just to show the floss and doing on 36 count Confederate Grey linen.

Had to post my art on the side of the shed after last weeks snow storm.  
He just looked so cool and usually I'm oblivious to good photo ops.  
He is my favorite yard art after the whirly-gig but, that is put away for the winter.  

Couldn't resist my reclining Buster.  
He likes to sleep on the pillow, so does Henry.
Henry thinks he is the size of Buster however:  a 16# dog in a 58# dog body.  

Hope you had a great weekend.  
Mine was pretty good. 

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Done Finishing But Still Not My Favorite Thing

I have been working on some finishes this weekend.
I still have a pile sitting on my sewing table. 
Not my favorite thing to do but, I do like the end results.
I finished my infinite scarf...just in time for the snow storm.  
It takes a long time to block:  pin, steam, wait to dry, move and repeat.  
It turned out nice and should be very warm.  
 I finished my Hands on Design Winter Thyme.
It is tilted a little funny in the picture.
On to the next project, I think the second Winter Sampler from Prairie Schooler.

Now waiting to see how much snow we get with the incoming snow storm.
The Weather Channel is predicting 5-8 and Accuweather 4-8.
We will see what happens.  

Hope the weather is good where you are and you have had a great weekend. 
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Weather Has Been Wretched

I know the weather has been absolutely horrible in much of the country.  
We had a January thaw the early part of last week.
Thursday it started raining and it poured.  
Then the temperature began to drop and then things began to freeze.
The roads then got very bad.  
In anticipation of the weather, the schools were closed all day.  
The temperatures have stayed very cold. 
The highs the last few days have not gotten above 10. 
It was -16 this morning

I had a bad case of cabin fever and originally Bob was going burn brush but, it was too cold.
Instead we took a road trip to Green Bay to do some shopping and go out for lunch.  
Stopped at the Stitching Bee and picked up some sweet little patterns.  
 

I finished the first of the Prairie Schooler Winter Sampler.
I always love her verses.  

I sarted a new project I got about a year ago from Hands on Design called Winter Thyme.  
I really fell in love with this little needle keep
I think it will be very fun to work on.

Took a cute picture of Henry sleeping on my lap quilt last night.  
Bob and I went to see The Post this afternoon.  
Really and excellent movie and the importance of the First Amendment.
I highly recommend it.  

Hope you have had a warm and safe weekend. 
He have a great week.
Keep on Stitching 
Monica