Thursday, October 27, 2011

Some Cross stitch finishes

I finally finished the Chessie and Me Pumpkin Row.  I just made into a little pillow to plunk down in places.  I looks really good on the little plant stand I am using as a portable table.  There isn't room on the one end of the couch for an end table.  It blocks the door to the TV armoire.  I saved this from the mass clean out of the in-laws house and thought I could use it as an end table if there are guests and I need an extra table.  In the meantime, its tucked into a little spot next to the armoire and I decorate it.  The little basket is a Ghana basket I picked up at the Farmers Market.  I have a larger one I use for market. 
The Pumpkin Row  turned out so cute, I whipped up a little knob fob.  A little dodad that you can hang on a knob of a china cabinet or kitchen cabinet just as an element of surprise.  I made this one and gave it too my mom.  The little pumpkins were just so cute.    I should have taken a picture of the fabric on the back of these two pieces.  It is quilt fabric I picked up years ago that have little pumpkins and vines.  Very Cute!

 So while I had sewed the sides on the machine and was rooting around the stitch closet I found this piece.  I don't exactly remember the designer on this piece.  I did it last fall and never framed it.  I cut some matt board and had a frame in my frame stash that would fit it and finished this off last week at the stitching group.  It's hanging above the first picture.  I do rotate pictures in and out of frames.  Prairie Schooler pieces work well with this since they are often the same size in a series like the year ones. 
Still working on the Stitching group Christmas presents.  I am going to start a new Prairie Schooler, November; Book 149.  I can usually burn through those pretty fast.  I will keep you posted.  I am also working on a pair of socks, out of Paca-ped yarn.  Ab-so-lute-ly gorgeous!!!
And, finally, I made bear stew for dinner that was amazingly good.  I am always amazed the bear is as tasty as it is!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Look what I just finished!!!

If you remember the jacket I got on girls weekend, the first time I wore it I figured it needed some bling.

 I have been picking up beads at a variety of places that I thought would go together, as well as some different chains.  I finally finished the necklace and bracelet.  I am so pleased how it turned out.  I may make it smidge shorter so I can wear with a V neck sweater or I could just clip it down the the chain a little.  Yeah, maybe that's what I'll do....
 Some things don't turn up well on the pictures but, some of the smaller beads are really royal blue swaroski type beads. 

I absolutely love the chain that is round links.  I got that at Twisted Sisters.  The most fun bead store I have ever been in.  The sisters always call you honey.  I will have to blog about that someday. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I really have an obsession

I can't stop, I can't stop with the cross stitch supplies.  Don't tell my husband this but, I probably won't be able to finish all this in this life time.  My latest acquisitions while at the Crosse Stitchery and Mainstreet Frames in LA-X.  I adore Prairie Schooler and have been a fan for a long time. I just love these.  I do them and then I often will swap them out of frames. 

 I love how she has the companion pieces so it is like getting several grafts.  I also really like that she uses DMC and often the same colors.  I have a thread box just for the colors.  I will buy several skeins at once. 
 Bent Creek kit.  The sign on the sheep says "Stitched with love."  Came with the fabric and thread.
This one is Bob's fault.  He just kept talking to the owner and I saw this framed and hanging.  I just loved the colors so I had to get it.  Blackbird Designs, I think I have a couple from this series. 

So, I don't get my nails done, I don't buy designer clothing, I don't hang out in bars.  And this keeps me out of the psychiatrist's office and off medication....I believe it is cheaper to stitch.  Whew, I feel better. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Back from La Crosse and seeing Katy

We had a super great weekend with Katy!  She is really having a great time. 
Got her all stocked up on the essentials:  laundry soap, food, drawer to keep food in, and snow boots.  That time is coming fast and a girl will need good sensible boots that will keep her feet warm and dry on those snowy, stormy days hiking to the cafeteria. 

 Katy and her room mate Tiffany.  They seem to get along and have approximately the same level of neatness...well maybe Tiffany is a little neater.  What a small room!
 Katy in front of the Library where she will study especially between classes if she doesn't want to fall asleep.
 Love this picture of the center of campus and the clock tower.  On saturday, most the bikes are parked.
 Grandfathers Bluff in the background.  Half hour hike there and back and who knows how long it takes to get up but, it takes a while and I am not that ambitious. 
 Me and Katy
Bob and Katy.  He should smile once and a while. 

Friday we got all the shopping done....of course I stopped at Crosse Stitchery and Main Street Framing.
Saturday:  tour of campus, beading at the hotel while Bob went to Gander Mountain.  Chinese dinner and a play on campus The Fransworth Invention.  That was exceptional, very professional college production.
Sunday:  home and laundry. 
She is just too doggone far away!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I Better Talk About Stitching

Been along time since I updated stitching.  I finally did get part two of the With Thy Needle and Thread but, I am stitching other things now and that may go on the back burner for a while until I get some seasonal pieces and Christmas Presents completed

 I have finished Chessie and Me  Pumpkin Row.  I need to actually finish it as a pillow I think. 

 I'll post it when it is truly finished.  It is very cute and a fun stitch.  This was one of the designs I got at the Crosse Stitch and Main Street Framers in LaCrosse.  Going back there next weekend when we go for parent weekend. 

This is The Drawn Thread June Pocket Calendar Cover.  It's going to be part of a Christmas present for one of my stitching group friends. 

Moving right along. 

I get all excited when I check my stats and see I do get some visitors. I am so glad that you come and take a look. 

Finally one of the trees in my backyard has really turned and now unfortunately its leaves are starting to fall.  It was gorgeous the other day.  It looked better in person.  The bricks along the fence are to keep the little dog from escaping under.  If his head fits, so goes the body.   

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Autumn Day

I was going to blog about cross stitch but, it is such a gorgeous day I will blog about that.  I had lunch with my mom.  Today would have been my parents 62nd wedding anniversay but, my dad passed away five years ago.   My mom frosting the pumpkin bars.  I texted this to the kids and one of my sisters.
How blue can a sky be.  One of the old houses in Norway, MI with stunning trees

 The one of the hydro dams on the river and trees on the road.

 Pretty decent pictures with the old cell phone!
Its an absolutely beautiful day.  What I like to call an apple day, shiny, rosy and crisp.