Monday, May 22, 2017

I'm So Excited

I'm so excited, I got my set of Antique Dried Flower Collection from
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.
Let me tell you the colors are incredible!
My photo doesn't exactly do it justice.
The colors are softer than they look on my picture.
I plan on using it for Stacy Nash: Elizabeth Thomson - Sampler Pinkeep.
It will be perfect!

Nancy really outdid herself on this one!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Company is Coming

Bob's brother and wife are coming for Memorial Day weekend.
I've been working on cleaning up the sewing room.  
That means finishing a pile of projects, well at least the easy ones.
The hard ones are odd shaped cut outs and several reps in finishing.
I got several pinkeeps and a couple of framing pieces.
When they are done, I will post pictures 
I did finish Live Simply and I had the frame parts for it. 
I just have to lace up the back.
I really do love the way it turned out!

I did buy a new quilt and a memory foam pad to make the  bed more comfortable.
Our local JCP is closing so I did get some good dels on the quilt and shams. It will go well in the room.
I do have a great  sense of accomplishment.  

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Just Stitching Away

I have just been stitching away on Live Simply because it is such a fun project!
I love the color of the thread together.
I have a few letters and the some motifs and then done!
After that I have a Prairie Schooler I thought I had done in the past, Country Seasons.  I can't find Spring.  I have Summer, Fall and Winter but Spring is no where to be found.  Lm going to do it again. Looking at the picture, I don't recall it either.

Met my college friends for lunch this weekend in Appleton. I almost thought I was going to make it.  Got about five miles from home when the tire light went on. Called Bob who said, "it will be fine.  It's probably just a sensor,". When I got further down the road, like thirty miles, I stopped where we bought it and the patched the tire.  Everything was uneventful until the ride home.  Did have a great visit.  Talked about families, the first grandchild in the group and an upcoming wedding later this summer.  On the way home, there was an accident, traffic was routed off as a detour but no one really had any idea where we were going.  Let me tell you, that was interesting.

There is another give away at the Victorian Motto and Sampler Shoppe for a thread collection.  Check it out.
Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!  Missing my mom but, she's in a better place!  Otherwise, I did have a wonderful day.  Thankful for my great family!

Have a great week.  Keep on Stitching!
                                                                        Monica

Monday, May 8, 2017

Live Simply

Still channeling my inner Magnolia.  
Picked up these nice big lanterns at Pier One this weekend.  
The biggest one is 22".
The other two are probably about 16".
All three are going on top of my china cabinet.  
I need to get some remote control candles to put in them.  
Not into the whitewashed lanterns.  
Then I was at JoAnn Fabrics and picked up some silk hydrangeas for my Magnolia tin bucket.
I think these will go better in my color scheme than the blue and white ones. 
Just have to get into putting them in an arrangement. 
Starting working on WTN&T Live Simply small sampler.
This was the project I took to Texas with me.
It calls for Valdani thread but, honestly, I don't think I like that brand.
I have had issues with the thread falling apart. 
I using one thread on 40 count over two.  
I think in the future, I will sub a different thread for Valdani rather than purchasing more. 

I completed the Stacy Nash  Sewing box now I have to finish it.  
Looking at it while I blog, I wonder if I missed a chimney.
I better check before I do anything else to it.
It wouldn't be the first time I forgot something and figured it out after it was framed. 
Oops!
Just been so incredibly busy as work and home.  
While making dinner tonight, I also worked on a salad for a potluck tomorrow.  

Going to wrap it up so I can stitch for a little while
Have a great week!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Texas

Last week, we made a trip to Dallas for a family wedding. 
It was great together with family!

Before we went, I checked to see how far Waco.
We really enjoy watching Fixer Upper.
Chip is just such a regular guy and says the stuff your husband would say....or at least mine.  
We made the road trip to Waco to see Magnolia.  
Before we left, when people asked me where we were going and I told them Waco, 
The response, "Are you going to the Silos?"
We sure did!
We had a great time.  


Got some packets of seeds to give away.  
Bob's proof he was there.  
And mine.  

The family area has games, balls, and the 2x4 blocks that I had just watched the episode they did that with the kids.  
There are food trucks around the perimeter. 
Offered to get Bob a Demo Day cap but, he wasn't interested.  
Had to get a pic of Demo Day.  

The retail store was crazy busy.
Lines were long
I sent my purchases home via Fed Ex and spent almost as much doing that as what I spent.  
We didn't want to wait in the Bakery line for cupcakes and instead had Tex Mex in town. 
A great restaurant called Ninfa's.
The guacamole was awesome!

You always see this building on the show. 
Some of the seed packets.  
I plan on framing a couple of them after I plant the seeds. 
My goodies all came yesterday.  
I picked up the mug and the small tray for Katy.  
Ed got a tooled belt and buckle.  
Now, I'm just trying to recover.
We had VERY long hikes through airports and the joints are still kind of sore. 
The ankle made it though!
Got a little stitching done.  
Next post will be some stitching pictures. 

Keep on Stitching!
Monica

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Road Trip

Wednesday, Katy and I had to go to Milwaukee for her doctor's appointment......ROAD TRIP!
The appointment never lasts long.  
Since we are in a "big city-Milwaukee,"  there is lots more shopping options.  
First leg of the trip was Niagara, WI where we were stopped for road construction.
There was a paper mill there and a dam to harness the hydraulic power.
There has been a lot of rain and really upstream snow melt yet.
The gates on the dam were open and we could see it while we waited to go through the contruction zone.  
Please excuse the traffic but, I thought the water rush was pretty cool.  

After Katy's appointment, we head to Bay Shore for shopping (after lunch at Panera).
She likes to go to H&M for the latest and then we head to Trader Joe's to stock up.  
Bayshore is huge and spread out and we have about a 3 hour 40 minute ride home.  

The last time we were at the Stitching Bee, we talked about yarn stores.
Kendra had said she had been at a really nice yarn store in Bayside.
In reality it was in Fox Point, a suburb, where it just so happens I grew up.  
 When she showed me on line, I knew exactly where it was.  
We saved up some time and went to the Kneedle Knook.
It is an awesome yarn store!
They had an amazing assortment of yarn!
The staff was wonderful!
The lady who checked us out is actually from the UP....Iron River!
It really is a small world.
A couple of people in the back room knitting....including a sweet old guy!

Of course we walked out with a few bags of yarn.
I got two skeins of self stripping sock yarn and some gorgeous mohair with a free scarf pattern.
Waiting for me when I got home were the last two patterns from the Nashville Market.  
It was amazing!
I had just been thinking I needed to call Kendra and tell her to mail them to me on the trip down. 
OMG to I love this one with the Chinese proverb...
"God finds a low branch for the bird that cannot fly"
One of the new BBD, this is the first in a 9 part series.

There really were some great new patterns at market this year!

Now I have to stop with the projects...after the thread and fabric come in...LOL
Hope your week is going well. 
In the home stretch for the weekend. 
I am hoping to work on finishing some projects along with all the weekend chores. 
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Latest Stash

Ed and I went to Green Bay on Thursday. 
I wasn't so sure how my ankle was going to hold up but, I really didn't do all that much walking.  
He was on a mission to find a specific pair of Timberland boots so, we hit a bunch of shoe stores and didn't find them. 
We were in the Mall and checked Kohls and Macy's on-line.  
Macy's had them on-line, we called to see if they had them in the store but, they didn't.
After we got home, he ordered them from Macy's because they were on sale and he got another 25% off which was a huge savings.  
He still was a little disappointed he couldn't find them....I didn't think he would but, we had so much fun that day, talking, singing with the radio and lunch at Red Robin,...yummm!

I did get to stop at the Stitching Bee to see if some of the new patterns I ordered were in.
I needed some floss for projects.   
WTN&T Live Simply Sampler thread needs.  
Some of the new patterns from Market I had her order for me.  
I really try to support my local shop because I will really miss it when its gone.  
I just so love the Stacy Nash pinkeep.  The colors are soo pretty!
I didn't order this La-D-Da but, I just love the saying
"If all our troubles were hung on the line, you take yours and I take mine."

This Little House Needleworks floss in the kit were such gorgeous colors, it screamed for me to take it home....so I did.  
Some fabric, two pieces I had cut for a project and two were just little remnants but, those do come in handy on occasion.  
The last pattern I had her order for me was the latest Scarlett House:  Martha Pudsey.
I have quite a collection of Adam and Eve samplers just waiting to be stitched.  
This also has some specialty stitches. 

Just cruisin' on Primrose Farm Sewing box, even though it doesn't look like it.  
The house is in Straw Bonnet and is nearly done, I think I have three rows left and then onto the roff.  I really like this piece and it will be really cute when it is completely finished.  
I figure it can then go on the table with my ort jar and scissors instead of a little basket I have.  

The ankle is getting better.  
It still grabs if I try to walk too fast but, I can move it better every day.  
I will have to start doing some strengthening this week.  

I also cleaned nose prints off the patio door and the front window from the boys. 
Hope you had a great weekend.
Keep on Stitching 
Monica


Monday, April 3, 2017

Primrose Farm Sewing Basket

I have been on a roll...I started Stacy Nash's Primrose Farm Sewing Basket.
I had to order the oval paper mache box.
I looked at Joann's, Hobby Lobby and Michael's for them.  
I found a set at Joann's online.
I do have a while before I get to that point.
I think it will be a quick stitch.  
Finished the stitching on Springtime Messenger.  
I changed some of the colors because of the fabric I used for it.  
There wasn't enough contrast between Mountain Mist and Lexington Green on the bowl.  
I used Oatmeal instead and then used it for the lace work on the border.  
I have to sew buttons on but, will probably attach them after I sew on the fabric as a pinkeep.  
Time out for an absolutely adorable picture of how Buster was sleeping Saturday night.  
Both his front paws are under his chin.  
Working hard holding the pillow down on the couch.  
This was a super quick stitch:  Tisket, Tasket from Primitive Stitchin'
Changed some colors in this too but, they are some of the same colors I have used in the last two pieces so there is some cohesiveness.  
I think the rabbit is very handsome.  
I need to do some picture rearranging for spring.  
I noticed I still have some snowmen on the hall wall.  
March stuff needs to come down.  
The ankle is getting better by drips and drabs but, way not fast enough....😒
That about sums it up.  
Need to go and elevate and ice.  
Hooray for stitching!
Have a great week. 
Monica

Monday, March 27, 2017

My Poor Left Leg

I always seem to manage to injure my left leg.  
It was got me to a knee replacement fives years ago.
I did it again on Friday.
Katy had to be at work at 6:30 so, I texted her to see how the roads were.  
She said the roads were fine but, the driveway was a death trap." And she had gone down it sideways.  I figured I would salt before I finished getting ready for work.  
Everything started out fine and I was being super careful.  
Next thing I knew, I heard a crack, felt a snap and the next thing I knew I was on the ground.
I laid there for a minute thinking about what just happened and I was stupid.  
My left ankle had rolled and wondered how the hell was I going to get up.
I can't kneel on that left knee but, I managed to get up and hobble my way to the garage.
Bob opened the door, scolding me.
I told him to stop yelling at me, get me ice, the phone and my cane.  
After I iced it for a while, I figured I better go to the ED and get it xrayed to make sure nothing was broken.
Fortunately it wasn't broke.
Even more fortunate,I did break my arm...that would be devastation.
I iced and elevated all weekend and managed to go to work today.  
Lucky for me I work in the Rehab department and had some free treatment today and was done early. Tomorrow and Wednesday don't look too bad.
This is really going to take a while to recover from, it is really back and blue and huge.
I did get a lot of stitching done this weekend!

 I started WTNT Springtime messenger but had to change some of the colors since it didn't look good on the fabric or in the case of Mountain Mist and Lexington Green not enough contrast.
I also finished Spring Delivery.  I think this could go into a conventional ready made frame.  Yippee!!
That's about all the news from here.
I hope your weekend was uneventful and you had plenty of time stitching.
Have a great week!
Keep on stitching!
Monica

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Really?! How Ridiculous

I decided to take a break from Autumn at Hawk Run even though I haven't been working on it that long.  
I started Spring Delivery from With Thy Needle and Thread.
He is a very handsome rabbit.  
I needed to do Spring or Easter pieces.  
This is extremely enjoyable.  
Speaking of With Thy Needle and Thread....I really wanted to get one of Ode to an Ort Basket.  
I missed out on one by one day.  
BUT.....How ridiculous is this.  
I wonder how many kits she actually made.  
Yep, personally I think it is ridiculous that it should be that limited.  
I really wanted the basket.
I saw that people were talking about wedding favors, I checked it out.  
I found a site that didn't charge an outrageous amount of shipping.  
I was worried I was going to have to order a ridiculous number of baskets.  
I didn't and it wasn't that expensive. 
I got six baskets for a total of $22.95 including shipping.  
I have plans for all six.  
 I think they are Totes Adorbs.
I heard the kits came with the pattern, fabric and finishing for $22
I am positive I can find something equally cute to put on the basket.  
BBD has lots of really cute motifs that will be awesome on it
 I really don't think it will be that difficult to finish the basket either.  
You can count on it that I will tell you how I finished the basket.  
So take that Brenda!
I do love your patterns but, come on get real....give us all a chance !!
 I had to see a cardiac electrophysiologist last week because I was having heart palpatations and had an irregular EKG.
No pain, no Shortness of breath so I wasn't worried.  
Everything was fine.  
Went again on Thursday with Bob and his mom.  She had to see the eye doctor for her macular degeneration.  
I had Bob drop me off at the Stitching Bee to hang out.  
There was a group stitching in the morning...usually there is one in the afternoon.
All the ladies in the morning are people I know from the retreat.  
It was great!
I got to catch up with everyone and had a blast.  
I had Kendra order me some new patterns from the Nashville Market.  

Today I also baked an Applesauce cake using Einkorn Flour.  Trying some of these ancient grains to see if Katy can eat them.  She actually did okay with the Emmer flour I used in bread.  
The cake is wonderful.  
She hasn't tried it yet. 
We will see.
Hope you have been having a wonderful weekend.  
Have a great week!
Keep on Stitching!
Monica


Monday, March 6, 2017

In Blogging Trouble

I finally got a gmail account because my kids have told me it is easier to manage pictures especially when blogging.  
Hope you can all follow this.
I while ago I did something and ended up having my daughter's gmail on my blog.  
Don't know how I did it.
Must have gotten button happy and pushed the wrong one.
Since, I now have my own gmail I figured I could take hers off and put mine on.  
Au contraire, mon frere.....
It just completely locked me out of my blog.  
I tried to fix it but, couldn't but was able to get recovery instructions from gmail and Katy was able to fix it this morning before she went to work.
Hooray for Katy!
Don't want to have to start a new blog....I just don't think I could come up with a title as much as I like the one I have.  

Getting the itch to do some Spring pieces. 
Went digging through the stash and found some that look awfully fun!
Was at the Stitching Bee this weekend and picked up the floss I needed, that I was missing.  
 The Primitive Stitcher Tisket Tasket is done in dmc but, I may decide to convert it to over dye floss.  
Will decide once I pull the thread and decide on the fabric.  
I have some gingham for the Springtime Messenger but, not the right color.  
I could change it up with some dye....may be worth the experiment.  

Have been working on Hawk Run.
I'm working on 36 count, over two with one thread.  
I am wondering if I should have used two but, have no intention of pulling it all our or going over it again.  
I think it should be fine, gives it a little softer look.  
Trying hard to remain a-political but, I am going to comment.....
Are they all nuts?!
Time to stop the shenanigans in all areas!!

Hope you had a good weekend and found time to stitch.
Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching!
Monica