Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Crime Scene

I couldn't get one big picture of the crime scene so its in parts.  
We have had issues with deer jumping the fence and nibbling on my petunias, Katy's tomato and pepper plants.
I mixed up the sauce to spray on them but the garlic plugged up my spray bottle and broke it.  
So Bob came up with the crime scene tape and stakes.
It is working well keeping the varmints away.  
My petunias and impatiens are doing very well.  
The grass if very green because we have had a lot of heavy and consistent rain.
We haven't had to turn on the sprinkle system in the front yard.
Hooray, that saves me several hundred dollars this summer.  


I finished my Prairie Schooler Summer Sampler
I have frames that it will fit in.  
I got three matching at Michaels and have several of these Sampler projects that I can interchange them.  
If I haven't heard from that framer by tomorrow, I stopping in again on Thursday and plan on collecting it all up and taking it to a different framer.
I have been more that patient.

Bob and I saw Dunkirk this past weekend.  
I was excellent!
I really recommend it.

That about wraps it up.
I wanted to finish the sampler so I could post.

Hope you are having a stellar week!

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Are You Listening Hoffman Distributors?

I am getting very close to the finish line here.  
I would say I am 3/4 of the way done.  
I really love the sun!
This is from Prairie Schooler Summer Samplers a re-release from Hoffman Distribution.\
I am really happy they have bought the Prairie Schooler Designs and are releasing them again.
But.....Are you listening Hoffman Dis?  I wish you would print them on something a little more substantial.  
We are paying full price but, plain paper?  Use something a little heavier please.         
Over the years, I have developed a fondness for Pyrex Butterfly Gold (1972-1978)
I have nesting bowls and some casseroles.
We were bumming around on Saturday and found a butter dish and a small casserole about 1 1/2 inches deep and 6" diameter.  
It will be great for dips and such.  
It was really fun talking to the shop owner about Pyrex.  
He told us that he sells the butter dishes as soon as he finds them.   
It is fun to look for something specifically when going to Antiques Stores. 
I have never seen a butter dish before so, of course, I had to snap it up!

I published and then decided to talk about my latest experience with the local framer.
I am becoming distraught.
I brought her my His Eye is on the Sparrow on April 26 and I still don't have it back.
After she had it 6-7 weeks I called and she told me one of the sides of the frame came scratched so she had to get a new one.
I called again three weeks after that and she said she just got the part and it would be done the mid week. I went mid week while I was running errands and got a song and dance about "being sooo busy and being sick and she was training someone".
I don't hide my feelings, I'm sure I looked angry.
April 26 to now....almost 12 weeks.
What is a reasonable time for framing????
I'm getting worried she has made a mistake and ruined it.
I don't believe I will be taking anything back to her.
I usually do my own framing but this was a bigger piece than what I can handle.  

Hope you have had a great weekend!
Have a wonderful week!

Keep on Stitching and have a great week. 
Monica

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Prairie Schooler Summer Samplers.

I was hoping to be done with the words at the top of the piece but, just didn't get it done.  
The picture is a little off kilter but, I was having some issues.  
I had an assistant.  
Buster decided he needed to let me know he needs to be the focus.  
The thing is, he really doesn't like to have his picture taken.  
He was kind of cooperative tonight in a "let me lay on your stitching" mood.  
Got a nose and eye.  
"Let me hold that piece down for you."
I needed some fabric.
I have a bunch of PS samplers I eventually want to do. 
I looked on 123 Stitch for Lambswool but, it is way on back order.  
I don't know that I really like Lambswool because it is really stiff.  
I looked at colors and decided to get a yard of Mocha which is pretty close to the Lambswool and much softer.  
I also got a small piece of Country French Golden Needle which is a little darker.  
Got the rest of the floss for the Summer School Sampler.  
My friend Arttie was on vacation and went to a sale of a store going out of business and found a massive amount of 40 ct linen in an off white with a darker fleck.  
It is an older piece but, she bought a whole bolt of it for $2.50 a yard, what it was initially wholesale.  So, I bought some from her.  
I figure it can use it for things and I have a five yard piece.
The Country French Golden Needle looks darker next to it in the photo.  
I made this salad recipe tonight as a dessert.  
OMG, is this stuff great.  
Never got around to making if for the 4th but, did it today and it is amazing!
That about sums it up.  
Watching the History Channel show about Amelia Earhart.
So far it is pretty interesting.  

Hope you have had a great weekend!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

VMSS The Old Spinning Wheel Collection

Santa Nancy has done it again at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe  with the Old Spinning Wheel Collection!  Oh what I could do with that!  Hoping it will be mine!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Some Final Finishes.....Well Sort Of.

I almost finished the Cabela's project.  
I just need to stitch on a little hemp or jute hanger.  
I added the antique buttons from my button jar.  
I cut out a gold felt heart and stitched on the back for a little extra panache!  
Turned out uber cute! Or so I think.  
I haven't really hung any patriotic pieces, maybe tomorrow.  
I finished the WTN&T
I just need to get a frame for this.  
I may try and find one where my His Eye is on the Sparrow.  
That is a whole nother story.  
Its been a while it has been at the framers.
Happy Independence Day.  
I have to cut it short to look for a hotel room in Marquette for my son,

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A New Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

A new giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe for some gorgeous floss.  Check it out at:
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

More to come.

Keep on Stitching
Monica

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