Sunday, November 5, 2017

Autumn Band Sampler

Went bumming yesterday with Arttie and her step daughter.  
We first went to a craft show and I did some Christmas shopping.  
Next stop was Rainbow Yarn and Gifts.  
Sophie the yarn store dog has her spot....she is the sweetest thing.
Did some Christmas shopping there too.  

Finished the Prairie Schooler Autumn Band Samplers and framed them.  
I have more PS samplers that will fit in these frames so they will be used for other seasons.  
I pop a lot of things in and out of frames especially the seasonal pieces.  


And finally, I got my pumpkins done this week.  
This is before the jute twine was glued on the handles.  
I changed my mind a couple of times with the fabric.  
I am really happy with the ultimate selection.  
Just has been a busy, crafty weekend.  
Hope you had a great weekend. 

Keep on Stitching.....Dinner is ready.
Monica

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Paper Mache Pumpkins


Last week, when I was at the yarn store with Katy, she had on display some fabric covered paper mache pumpkins.  
She had kits for sale, so I bought one. 
They were all the same size.   
The one with the black and tan fabric on it is the one.
I figured I had homespun at home and got some more pumpkins.  
I ordered two on line that were smaller and I found the tall one at Joann's Saturday.  
I got that one too.  
I may do all round ones,  or maybe them all and then decide what I like the best to display.  
Now the trick is....what fabric.
I have letters on each one and sent pictures to Katy to have her help decide.
So far she hasn't been much help other than the gold one with the "D"

I'm thinking I may like this combination.  
There is tan and black in the red plaid. 
Please feel free to chime in with an opinion.
Its getting close to hunting season and Bob and his buddy Gary have been working on fixing up Gary's hunting camp.  
They have put in new cabinets and installed a temporary counter top yesterday.  
I was suppose to do something with Arttie yesterday but, she had to keep an eye on her MIL who just had foot surgery and is not good about following doctor's order

The Stitching Bee was decorating for Christmas and looking for volunteers to help.
I decided, what the heck, I'll go and help and do a little shopping.  
I had taken Tuesday off because we were slow and I don't work on Thursday so for the most part the chores were caught up.  
I hopped in the car and headed south though some dreary weather, including some snow flurries.
Helped put up pictures, saw some of the new Brenda Gervais Christmas patterns so ordered O Tannebaum and Merry Christmas.
It is on her webstore Country Stitches under "New Items" if the link doesn't take you there.  
I really thought I wasn't going to do much Christmas Stitching but, oops....I will.  
Merry Christmas looks alot like a Santa I did of her's last year or the year before.  
Very sweet!
I then went to Joann's and lunch at Panera.  
Both ways I chatted with Katy for a little while so, it was like having company for the trip. 

I am almost done with Thanksgiving
There are leaves at the bottom and then the vine tendrils and I'm done
I think I will be framing next weekend so, stay tuned.  
This afternoon Bob and I went to the movies and saw Geostorm.
I am an absolute sucker for disaster movies involving weather...Twister, The Day After Tomorrow.
I loved it and now it is on my list to purchase when it comes out.  
How can you beat 4 or 5 Tornadoes in Mumbai?!

Hope you had a good weekend.  
I did but, I should have had more chair time.
Busy, busy, busy.  
Two week count town to stitching retreat weekend!

Have a wonderful week
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Golden End to the Day

It had been raining all day.  
About 530-545 the sun was starting to peek over the clouds and the house tops.  
I took some pictures or least tried. 
The color was indescribable but, I'll try.
It was a rosy gold.  
It was absolutely gorgeous.  

Our Japanese Maple is really beautiful.  
Its partner dropped all its leaves but, the big one is still a lovely crimson.  
There is a little gold peeking through
The clouds were just as stunning
Just so pretty.
I love fall and all the colors.
I just wished they would stay on the trees longer.  


I left my mums out one night and we had a frost but, they are just fine and so bright
They have really bloomed in the last week with the heat.  
Finally, my third Autumn Band Sampler from Prairie Schooler.  
this one is going very fast. 
there is a fruit/vegetable basket at the top and a leaf garland at the bottom.  
You will just have to wait to see it.  
Katy was home this weekend and we did a little bumming yesterday. 
We had fun at the yarn store, went out to lunch and then stopped to check out what 
Christopher & Banks had on sale.  
My sweaters are looking a little shabby so I found two I liked, that a coupon for $10 off, everything was 40-50% off and I had an old gift card so didn't feel too bad.  

Hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying the fall colors.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Monday, October 16, 2017

Finished the Autumn Band Sampler

I was hoping to post yesterday but, I was having issues with Google Photo and my phone.
Since I downloaded the new Apple IOS 11, it has been working like crap!
I don't like the texting, the return button is too close to the space and what happened to the forward and back arrows?
It is also sucking my battery dry, I have to recharge at least daily. 
I use to charge it every two to three days.  
I think they do this so you need to get a new phone.  
And what's up with that?
An IPhone 7 is still $600......WOW!!!

I digress.
The picture is a little crooked but, its done!
I love this one so much, I decided to start the third one in the series, Thanksgiving Band Sampler.  
I have the frames that I plan on using interchangeably with other Prairie Schooler Samplers.
I really think that Prairie Schooler were some of the best designs.  
It is too bad she isn't designing other than the annual Santa's.  

Hope your week has started well!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Why Do Things Have to be So Complicated or Do I Have a Story

Just when you think things are going okay, the gods just kick you in the butt.
I blogged about Katy's move to the big city.
She started her new job on October 2 and things were going just fine.
She got home from work on Wednesday and was home for about a half hour when she heard a commotion coming from the neighbors.
She looked out her back door and saw her car go peeling out of the parking lot.  
HER CAR WAS STOLEN!

She called the police and they started the process but, she had to go to the station.
She called home in tears.  Nothing worse than having your kid call home in tears with the news her car had been stolen.  I called my sister and asked if she could take her to the police station and thankfully she did.  Katy filed a report.  Her car wasn't worth much because it was fifteen years old but, it still worked pretty good and had gotten a clean bill of health from the mechanic before she left.  We only had it insured for liability since it was so old.  

Bob started looking at used cars that night.  I went to stitching what else could I do and it was most therapeutic.  By the time I did get home I was angry with the a--hole who stole it.  I hope for karma!
When I woke up in the morning I told Bob we are thinking about this the wrong way.  Instead of getting her a used car that who knows what is up, we should give her my 2010 Escape and I should get a new car.   I spent all Thursday researching and test driving cars.  The money we would have used for a used car I used on a down payment on a 2016 Equinox that was a fleet car.   I really like the car but, I really didn't want to buy a new car just yet.  Oh well.  
On Friday, Bob got a call from a guy in a lousy neighborhood saying our car was behind his building.
Bob told him to call the police because it was reported stolen.  Who knows what this guy was going to shake us down for.  When Bob asked what kind of shape it was in, the guy said, "Oh its not that bad.  The doors are open and they were smoking pot in it."  When Katy called us at 6:30, after she talked to the police the police had a different story.  The car was totaled.  It had been crashed through two fences and into another car.  Today, I sent a notarized letter signed by both Bob and I and the title to the city tow lot relinquishing it to the city.  I don't want to see it.  It had been my car before the Escape.  

We brought the Escape to her this past weekend along with The Club to further secure her car.  I got one too for when we go to see her.  It isn't a bad neighborhood she is living in.  Apparently, juveniles are stealing cars all over the city and surrounding area.  Even the very best neighborhoods are not immune.  

Then my cable provider has moved Turner Classic Movies to a higher tier.  I am so over cable TV and cellular providers.  They are the new pirates.  I think cable and internet should be considered utilities now.  We live in an area where digital antennas won't work.  You have to have at least a 30 foot antenna and guess what...its against the city ordinance.  We are screwed!
I can live stream TCM from laptop to the TV with a HDMI cord...it burps once and a while but, I can get my old movie fix.  

Why do things have to be so flippin complicated....don't get me started on health insurance!  

Deep cleansing breath
Latest progress on Autumn Sampler.  
I hope I don't forget the leaves in the bottom corner before I frame it.  
I have been know to miss borders.  LOL
I am really hoping for a calm weekend and get my house back in order.  It still looks like a hurricane when through it.  I was going to get things back in order but, had to car shop instead. 

Hope your week is going well.  

Keep on stitching!
Monica

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Busy, busy, busy

It has been very busy around here.  
The end of the week it was getting Katy ready for her move and looking for apartments on line.
That is a really hard thing to do. 
She and Bob left Friday morning and looked at places that afternoon.  
She settled on a small studio apartment.
I think you have to walk outside to be able to change your mind.
I will know more after next weekend when I go and check things out and bring the next load.

I made soup last night from The Taste of Home Soup book I picked up last weekend.  
I made the Bean and Squash soup.  
It really tastes better than my picture looks.  
It has butternut squash, onion, red pepper, corn, beans and Italian Sausage.  
So while everyone was gone and the dogs were hanging I had to take pictures.  
Buster spent much of his time looking out the window waiting for someone to come home. 
Buster and what we call his Build a Bear nose.  
I have been working when I can on my Autumn Sampler.  
I have been really busy.  
I had to see a post op patient Saturday and Sunday.  
Someone had given me too HUGE zucchini's.   
I made bread.....six loaves of zucchini bread.  
I sent one to my aunt along with some soup and got back a bag of cherry tomatoes and a homemade apple pie......SCORE!!!!
Hope you have had a great weekend.  

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Business First

Trying to increase my chances of winning the new Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Sleepy Hollow II collection.  Here is the link to try and win some too.  Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe giveaway

I saw Halloween at Hawk Run and had to have it...don't know when I'm going to get to it but, love it.  
I think my favorite square is the one left of the main panel.
Its a sinking ship, mermaid and says "We are afraid"
I have made progress on Autumn Sampler.  
I can't wait to start along the side.  
I first saw this on Edgar's blog, Blacksheeps bit of the Web a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with it.....I always fall in love with things!
These periodically surface on Ebay.
The last time I looked one went for $70, I got my for far less and am thrilled.  
It is an old pattern and I don't know why I like it so much but, I do.  
Now to the really big news!
My daughter finally got a job that she went to college for.  
She is going to be a Research Technologist  in a Medical School Lab.
It is happening very fast.  
She got the job offer yesterday and starts on Monday. 
She and Bob and headed there to look at a few apartments so please keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer that they find something quick.
My sister doesn't live too far but, Katy is ready to start adulting.  
Link to Katy's blog The Covert Knitter to keep up with her.  

So much happening, I'm dizzy!
Hope you are having a great week!!
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Next Rainy Saturday.....Or Maybe More Likely the Next Hot Saturday

We live in an area where there isn't much retail especially since JCP closed.
This time of the year, Bob wants to bird hunt with Henry Ford.  
It is a short season and the fishing season wasn't very good because of all the rain, the streams were too high.  
Bob needed a new pair of shoes to wear to work and a little nicer for casual wear.  
He said, "The next rainy Saturday, let's go to Green Bay and shoe shop."  
My response was, "Or the next hot Saturday since you can't hunt the dog when it is too hot."
Yesterday, it was 90 degrees.....today it is only 87.  
We went shopping!  

Katy came too, and we planned a little side trip before the Bee at a Bakery I saw on FB.  
It is called Uncle Mike's Bakery Shoppe and let me tell you it is a wonderland!
We picked up a few cookies...chocolate chip for me because that is my measure of bakery.  
We also got some sugar cookies to bring to a little girl we know who just had surgery to correct tight Achilles tendon's 
Katy picked out six GF cupcakes and muffins and got one free because she was so excited.  
And....a Pecan Sea Salt Caramel Kringle voted the best in the Country.
Let me tell you it IS the best in the Country.  
You can mail order them.  
We got half a kringle and it was the size of a dinner plate.   
Went to Joann's because I needed some Mylar to finish the Acorn House Drum.
Not likely going to happen today but, maybe next weekend.
I wanted to get some floral rings to put around candles for fall (if we ever get it).
Looks nice on my Magnolia candle holder.  
The checker at Joann's was very excited about it.
Finally, I am working on the second Prairie Schooler Autumn Sampler.  
I have had the hardest time keeping the pattern oriented the right way.  
I don't know what is wrong with me but, I did an oak leaf that was suppose to be under the birch leaf where the maple leaf is now.  
A whole days work had to be ripped out.  :(
Think I have it right now.   
Suppose to start cooling off tomorrow, storms and a high of 72.
This heat is just too much.
I would like a few weeks where I didn't have the windows closed because of AC and then go right o having to have the heat on.  

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  
Are there any new TV shows you are waiting for?
I'm ready to Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.  

Keep on Stitching.

Monica

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pre-op for the Gary Bear

Henry Ford has a favorite toy:  Gary the Green Bear.  
He got it last Christmas and it is first toy he hasn't destroyed in ten minutes but,.....
He has had multiple surgerys usually, plastics.
Pre-op is on top of the refridgerator so he can dry out.....dog slobber not alcohol.  
He should be dry and I can sew up the hole.  
It is a Kong Knots toy, awesome for the dog who tears everything up. 
It has a nylon strap skeleton so, the appendages can't be torn off.  
His ears are beat up and the face gets the brunt of the abuse.  
Finished Spooky Tree from Homespun Elegance.  
Just started it a week ago and it was fast and fun!
Needless to say it turns out super cute.  
Was going to work on Acorn House but, I need a bigger piece of mylar or something similar.
I'll get to it next weekend, maybe.  
I'm going to start the second Prairie Schooler Autumn band sampler started after I finish here.  

Lots of things going on around here this weekend.
We have had that devilish virus going around the house.
It started with Ed, then me, now Bob.
Thank heaven for Sudafed and Mucinex.  

The weather has been warm all week.
Could have possibly been the best week of the summer.

Hope you have had a great weekend.  
Series finally of The Strain, going to miss that show.
Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching
Monica


Monday, September 11, 2017

Acorn House

I finished the stitching part of Acorn House from Heartstring Samplery.
This is such a cute design and a very quick stitch.  
I downloaded the instructions to finish it in a pin drum of her blog.  
The side stitches line up to create a row of acorns.  
Close up of the house.  
I love the squirrel sitting on the "S".  
This is the top of the drum. 
The bottom has a coordinating fabric that came with the kit.  
There is also some overdyed mini pompom to stitch around the top.  
I was going to post yesterday but, got all wrapped up in laundry, making an apple crisp and watching hurricane coverage.  
My sister lives in Florida so there was an extra concern.  

Sandra Sullivan from Homespun Elegance has offered an amazing kit through her Etsy store.  
Spooky Tree came with the pattern, frame and brass charms.  
You need to provide the fabric and dmc thread.  
I'm starting that tonight.  
I got the fabric and floss ready yesterday while watching hurricane coverage.  

I guess that sums it up. 
Have a great week!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fabric at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe


Just saw that Nancy has a fantastic giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  Check it out at:  Fabric at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe .


See you soon. Keep on Stitching
Monica

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Stash Struggle is Real

I was at the yarn store buying some yarn to go with the laceweight I got for a stole but, decided I didn't want to do something so fine and I want it warmer.  
I got another yarn to knit with it so now it is more of a fingering weight and will be more substantial.
Anyway, I saw this and knew it was meant to come home with me.  
I ordered more linen today just to have on hand if the world goes to hell in a hand
basket.  
There is way too much crazy stuff happening out there!
I finished my Christmas stitching this week but, I can't show it.  
I did get started yesterday on the Acorn House Pin Drum.
I got this as part of the Prim Stitching Group and I really love this pattern.
A few members of the group have them done already....speed demons!
I think this has to be one of my favorites this year!
I am hoping this video turns out and will play.  
We have had a regular hummingbird visiting our pots.  
I think he is getting ready to migrate. 
I expect we won't be seeing him for much longer.


I had last week off and we did get a lot cleaned out.  
Besides the nine bags of books, we donated 4 bags of clothing and I have a little bag of eye glasses I will drop off at the eye doctor's when I pick up my glasses.  
We probably could have gotten rid of more but, ran out of time and energy.  
Hope you had a great Labor day weekend!
I really had a good week.

Have a great week!
Keep on Stitching!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Brick and Mortar....Why I Love Them

While Arttie and I were on our last road trip, we started talking about brick and mortar stores.  
We were on our way to the Stitching Bee along with other stops.  
She had done some yarn shopping at the local yarn store the day before.  
We have a mutual friend who took a class there and brought yarn she had not gotten from the shop.  
The owner called her on it and ever since then, she avoids going there at all costs. 
Most shop owners offer classes very inexpensively to encourage you to shop their store. 
I get that.
You need to support your local shops otherwise they can't make it.  
I want the shop experience.  
It is part of why I stitch and knit.
I destination shop too.  
I love the different personality of each shop.  
When I go to my local yarn shop, its like walking into home.
It always smells good, you are greeted like a long lost family member, there's comfy chairs, nice music, chocolate on the table and then the yarn experience.  
I love to page through the books and feel the yarn.  
I do order on line mostly to get things I can't get easily:  large pieces of fabric or floss that I can't get at the Bee.  
It isn't just about making the project, its about the whole experience of seeing things I haven't seen before and fall in love with.  

Speaking of fall.  
I finished the first Autumn Sampler from Prairie Schooler
I have been lax about stitching my initials into completed pieces.  
I decided, I really need to start doing that again.  
I think I will work on some Christmas presents for a little while but, will start another postable project.  

I'm on stay-cation this week supervising the Purgathon.
With both kids back home for a while, it is time to purge old clothes, toys and books.
We started books last week and I took nine grocery bags full of books to St. Vinny's and the local hospital for the book cart.
One bag of obsolete books and two bags of magazines went to the local sheltered work shop for recycling.  
We have lots more to do!

Finally, since yesterday was National Dog Day, here are some of my favorite snoozey dogs.  
Henry went for a walk in the woods on Saturday and got nailed by burrs.  
So he looks particularly scruffy.  
I think Buster is getting too old for Henry's shenanigans.
I think he's nine and it is getting to be too much for him.  
He is starting to spend more time hiding under beds that Henry can't reach.  
Tomorrow is doctor appointments, dentist, eye doctor and consult with the cardiologist for the heart palpitations.  

Have a great week!
I am going to get some stitching done this week.  
I just have to bulldog the kids around.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I Need To Be An Octopus

I decided I need to be an octopus.
I could probably get all kinds of projects done if I had four sets of hands.
I went to the Stitching Bee this weekend and got part 1 and 2 of the Summer Schoolhouse Lessons in Abecerdarian and some fabric for it.  
She hadn't gotten the Mushroom Laguana in yet so I picked out another neutral color in 28 count and am just going to go for it.  
This was on the stack of patterns that had just come in.
The designer is Brenda Keyes, The Sampler Company you can click on that as a link.
I was not familar with her and fell in love with this pattern:  The Plymouth Sampler.  
Kendra always fall in love with patterns....I do.  
Picked another Loose Feathers Series pattern from Blackbird design.  
I would like to do these and then display them together.  
Not enough time, lol
I got my NASA approved eclipse viewers Friday, just in time but.....
It is suppose to rain tomorrow so I think that was money down the tubes.
There is another total eclipse for 2024 just don't know where so hand on to those viewers!

I'm thinking I like the nasal pillow mask rather than the nasal mask.  
I don't feel like I'm getting enough air and its uncomfortable.  
I will take that one back. 

I had a great weekend!
Hope you did too!!
Keep Stitching
Monica