Thursday, June 22, 2017

Just Going to Town

I think I am in the home stretch of Faith of the heart.  
I have to add the bird and the remainder of the flowers and foliage in the right urn, space borders, the words  "for" and "fly" and viola!  Done!
Bob and I did a quick trip to Green Bay for shopping last weekend.  
I knew I would have some stitching time in Cabela's so I kitted up a freebie from Nickyscreations.
I used some floss from Victorian Motto and Sampler Shoppe for the flag, and the sheep's face.  The black was a GAST and the ecru was plain old DMC.
Done on a scrap of natural linen....I think 32 count. 
I tried to see if I had some star buttons but, the ones I had were just too big and looked ridiculous once I had them sewn on.  
I could swear I have some mother of pearl star buttons but, do you think I can find them.  
I don't know what I'm thinking half the time when I put things away.  
I found the round mother of pearl buttons I got at the same time.  
Heavy sigh!
I think I'm just going to stitch it up as a hanging ornament and put it on a handle somewhere.  
Maybe some gold felt stars, if I can cut them small enough and one on the back just to spiff it up.

I have ordered the latest mystery stitch from Brenda Gervais through the Stitching Bee, the Summer School House Lessons in Abecedarian.  
I bought a few of the flosses for it last weekend, ones I am running low.  
I think I have most of them including Flatfish which is kitted up in another one of her designs.  

It is not too hot today, a little humid, thunderstorms in the forecast this afternoon.  
I could turn on the AC but, we spend most of the year with the windows closed and the birds are singing so beautifully I'm going to endure the sogginess.  
Flood warning in the area for the Menominee River until 1 pm but, if we get more rain, and there is rain in the forecast for the next several days, I don't thinks the warning will go away anytime soon.  

I have Thursdays off.   
Have to run to the grocery store for a few things, trying to figure out dinner, the cleaning is done so I think I will stitch the afternoon away!

Hope you have a great day!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Faith of the Heart Update

I've been diligently working on Faith of the Heart by Brenda Gervais.  
Love this pattern.  
I can't say I am enamored with Valdani Floss.  
I find it falls apart and does not stand up to a little frogging.  
Had a busy weekend and went to a Bridal Shower for a co-worker.  
The food was great!  Love quiches.  

We had very hot weather yesterday and severe storms today.  
I would say that there is about a third of the area without power.  
Lots of downed trees and tree branches.  
Fortunately, we didn't lose power.
There is Downton Abbey and stitching in the future tonight!

There is another fabulous give away at Victorian motto sampler shoppe.
The colors are just lovely and tribute to sisters.
I have three.

Hope you had a great weekend
Have a wonderful week...stay cool, dry and hydrated for much of the country.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Give Away

A new Give Away at:
victorianmottosamplershoppe
The colors are amazing. I really hope I win them.
I'm just a booger!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I'm So Confused

I'm so confused.
All of the sudden I've gone from +300 views a day to maybe 60.
What's up with that?
Oh well....

Bob's brother and his wife were here this weekend.
We had a great time!
About a year ago, we bought a piece of property on a trout stream. 
We went to show it to them.
After we poked around for a while, we went to Eagle River for lunch.
When we got to town, the Main Street was blocked off for a craft show.
It was a really great day for a craft show, they were predicting rain.  
I got some great stuff.

I figured Bob could get my b'day present.
This yard art spins in the most calming manner that is just way cool!

The bucket is an old maple syrup bucket.
If the syrup is going to be shipped out of the state' then a tube system must be used.
The buckets have been re-purposed n a very appealing way.  They were only$20 so I got a second one I'm going to a bridal shower in a few weeks and I could use it as part of the gift.
I plan on buying things like cocktail napkins and plates etc. 
To add to more confusion, I started this post on Monday on my IPad.
Its great to import the pictures from my google account but, there are times it just doesn't work well for typing the actual post.
I just realized that when I started a new post, I forgot to finish this one on my laptop.  
Good thing tomorrow is Friday.  
Onward I go, to finish this post and finish the other one I started today.

Hope you are having a good week.
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Complete Finishes

I finished projects.
I apologize if the pictures aren't exactly straight,
 I used antiqued buttons and jute twine from the garden shed.
I have got to get more twine.
I was going to put the bells along the bottom but, decided I wanted something a little different. 
I also thought about putting chenile around it but, decided I was going to be lazy.
This was the last finish I did and I just lost steam.
Love the antique buttons!
Always a little tricky to attach ric rac.  
I appliqued the wool leaf on the back just as the directions indicated. 
The little acorn charm was just the finishing touch. 

I have no idea where the fabric came from around the edge but, it looked good with the sweet, little ornament.                    
Now, I started With Thy Needle and Thread:  Faith of the Heart.  
I have a little of the main house done, really not much to look at just yet.

Started watching the Netflix Documentary series The Keepers.
You need a strong stomach to watch it but, it is excellent!

So all the posts are now done.
Have a terrific weekend.
Thunderstorms on Saturday, hoping Sunday will be nice.
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

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