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







Thursday, August 17, 2017

I am zipping through the Prairie Schooler Autumn Sampler.  
No one does suns and moons like Prairie Schooler!
I'm a good third of the way done and liking the Mocha linen alot!
I probably will never use lambswool again....well maybe will use what I have left.  
I just not fighting with the fabric on this as I did with the last one I did.  


I saw a post on facebook with this pattern link.  
Its a late summer early fall small with sunflowers and crows. 
Very cute and you can pick your own fibers.  
Here is the link: Freebie at Primitive Betty's.

Typically, I try to not be too controversial on my blog and keep it light.  
My heart is saddened by the events lately.  
My sympathy to the Heyer family and today the victims of Barcelona. 

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana 

Peace and Healing 
Monica


Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Start of Autumn Samplers From Prairie Schooler

I started the first of the Prairie Schooler Autumn Samplers that I have had for sometime....not a reprint.  
Over thinking....maybe I should have done it in overdyes rather than the DMC as designed. 
Too far into it, not going to change it now.  
It will turn out spectacular.  
I plan on doing the falling leaves one and maybe the Thanksgiving.  
I have frames for these and the others because they are the same size.  
I'm doing them in 32 count Mocha and not Lambswool.  
I couldn't get Lambswool and I'm not so sure I really like it.  
I have gone through many yards of it over the years and now I just feel it is too stiff and scratchy.  
The Mocha is just so much easier to work with.  

Started with a C-Pap machine and after three nights, I think I'm sleeping better.  
I have started with whats called nasal pillows but, I think I may try the nasal mask, not a full mask. 
I'm not a mouth breather so I don't have an issue keeping my mouth closed but, the nasal pillows I'm having to readjust every time I move.  

Rented videos this weekend. 
We watched The Circle last night with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks....average, should be a budget rental.  
Tonight we are watching The Arrival....I think this is going to be much better.  
I love Amy Adams and Aliens.  

Hope you have had a great weekend.  
I had a very good one...the weather was beautiful here.
Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Square Three Completed

I finished square three of Autumn in Hawk Run Hollow.  
I am a little disappointed in this one.  The colors are just way too similar
I'm not going to re-do anything but, if I run in to this more, I will change out colors for more contrast.  I may re-do a pumpkin because there just isn't enough contrast.  
The horses are cool.  
Been working on Christmas present.
Needless to say, can't show it now.  
I am going to put Hawk Run away and do another square later.
All the boys on one lone recliner or Bob covered in dogs. 
Henry sleeping with his favorite toy, Gary the Green Bear.
He got this for Christmas. 
He has ripped of the ears and I have had to do some cosmetic surgery on Gary's face,
It is a Kong toy I think and has a nylon strap skeleton so it is much harder to tear it apart.  
Henry generally kills the toys but, so far, this one is close to indestructible.  
I will look for another one this year.  
He really thinks it is his toy.  Buster only gets to play with it very briefly.  

For the most part we had a gorgeous weekend.  It was a little cooler than it has been
I'm not complaining.  I am not a fan of heat.  

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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Waiting For Grandchester To Come On

Waiting for Masterpiece Theater and Grandchester to come on, so I thought I would post.  
In between projects, a good time to work on Autumn in Hawk Run. 
I'm on square three.  
Made a mistake on the grass color but, decided not to rip it out since I actually think it is more of a fall grass color than the light greens the pattern shows.
I will just work with it since I really wasn't inclined to rip it all out.  
The nice thing about this project is it lots of smaller projects.  
I feel like it is going faster that way.  
I am starting to work on Christmas presents, can't show them.  
I do think I will be starting on some fall projects.  
Maybe a PS Autumn Sampler or two or three and frame them by the front door. 
That area needs a larger piece or grouping.  
Right now, I still have Stacy Nash Christmas at Winterberry Farm....I think that's the name.

So what is the fascination with Australian accents.
Have on some Alaska Show on PBS right now and the commentator sounds Australian.
Then there is the Trivago commercials and that woman sounds like she can't make up her mind if she is Australian or British.  
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Australian and British accents but, I'm wondering if these people are for real or just pretending....heavy sigh.  

Okey dokey, that sums it up.  
Hope you have had an amazing weekend, got lots of stitching done!
Have an amazing week.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, July 27, 2017

FINALLY!!!

Finally, His Eye is on the Sparrow  is back from the framers!
Happy dance!!
It did turn out well and frame up close is perfect.  
The wood looks old.  
I couldn't get a good picture of that.  

Up close and personal

It was a nail biter
She did a good job it just took a ridiculously long time.  
She did deducted $50 for the time it took.


I am working on Autumn at Hawk Run which when done I will have framed because that is a large piece but, I will consult with my LNS and see who she recommends. 

I think I will sleep soundly tonight!
Have a great weekend!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica




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