Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend

I know I haven't posted a recent update picture of Creation Sampler in a while so here it is! I was hoping to be further along by this time but with everything that has been going on, I am happy.

I am still checking out Ancestry on a regular basis hoping for another name to be discovered for my Mother's Tree. So far, nothing. When I finish  up Creation Sampler I plan to stitch a short but sweet piece by Notforgotten Farm called "I Stitch". Lori designed it as a bookmark but I think I will have it framed even though it is very small.

Speaking of Mother's Tree. I have every intention of finishing it off in time for the October framing sale at my LNS. My dilemma is whether to pick it back up where I left off (on the tree) or start fresh and make it my own. Decisions, decisions...

We went up to the foothills one day to meet my cousin and her husband for lunch. It is always good to get together with family and catch up. We had some very pretty scenery on the way.

I filled all the birdfeeders one last time for the season. I stop feeding them June 1 through Oct 31 because there are plenty of insects, bugs and berries for them to feast on.I start feeding them again November 1 though the end of May.

And our chipmunk is happy too!

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. I would also like to send thanks to the soldiers who keep us safe!

Until next time may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Dull Is Good!

I hope everyone had a pleasant Mother's Day whether you were the one being celebrated or not. I had a lovely day. The Grumpy Ol Gazer took me out for a nice dinner which was enjoyed and appreciated.  I wasn't able to spend a lot of time outside watching my birds like I had hoped because we had an entire weekend of heavy down pours.

Since I was house bound due to the weather, I used the time to work on Creation Sampler and put some more things back up on the freshly painted walls.

After the rainy weekend, we had several extremely pleasant days. I took advantage of the Spring weather and filled my bird and squirrel feeders. The squirrels like about everything I put out whether it is for them or not! The crows have made a return to the feeders this year after a long absence. A little chipmunk had been longingly watching the feeders and decided to try to climb one. He chose a big feeder on a wood pole and fell off more than once. He finally chose another feeder lower to the ground on a shepherd pole. He made it and he happily snuggled into the feeder tray to eat his heart out!

Not much news. It has been a "dull is good" week. Next week will be a different story!

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Good Morning

I am still making progress on Creation Sampler. I have changed a few colors around and love the look of it so far! My new ottoman has a storage space under the top so I can keep my current stitch in there and it will always be handy!

I took a break from stitching for several days. Sometimes it will help the hand cramps to give them a little vacation from the needle and thread. Another thing that helps are these crafter gloves and yes, they really do work!

I hope all of you have a lovely and special Mother's Day! I will be spending the day my favorite way. Enjoying my yard and birds, stitching and NO COOKING! As for a present, I am happy to get peace and quite as my Mother's Day gift  but a vase of daisies is always a wonderful surprise!

Another good mail day brought some threads for one of my projects and my Mother's Day present - a new zoom lens for my SLR camera.

Now that the painting is finished in the main areas, I was able to hang a lot of my cross stitch back up. I will let the Grumpy Ol Gazer take a well deserved break before taking on the other rooms!

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Friday, May 03, 2019

A Lot of Love in This Post!

Here is the rest of the framing I picked up several weeks ago that I forgot to post last week.

Sarah Steele by Tree of Life Sampling. I ran short on fabric so I could not complete it but I still love it. It looks like the glass is cracked but it is a streak of sunlight!

The Lord is My Shepherd by New York Dreamer. Look at the details on that frame!

Remember Me by Sheepish Designs. The roses were pink in the chart but you know I love red and I had to add a few yellow roses because I love them so much!

It is still early but in season fruits and veggies are starting to show up in the stores! I usually like to grow my own tomatoes but I am going to take a break this year. As soon as I saw watermelons in the store, I grabbed one to take home! I can never have too much watermelon! I am the only person in the house who eats it, so I get to finish off one all by myself! YUM!!! No problem there!

I made my decision about Stitch Maynia. Starting all 7 designs within a week is too much for me. I still plan to do them all and I have given myself a time frame in which I hope to complete them. For now that deadline is my little secret! LOL.  I have already started The Creation Sampler by Words of Praise. I have changed a few colors around.

Be still my heart! I love my new stitching chair! And it even has a matching sofa! I am over the moon in love with them!

I do love my yellow roses but my heart skips a beat when my wild rose blooms because I know my birds will have some yummy rose hips to snack on this Fall.

Until next time may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

And So The Maynia Begins

The Stitch Maynia, that is. I have toyed around with the idea of taking on this monster challenge for a few years. I am right on the edge of going for it. Should I do the usual 31 starts - one each day for a month. NO NO NO WAY! Or maybe I could do the 19 new starts for the year 2019, Hmmm, that's still a lot for me to wrap my mind around! Maybe I could just do 5 or 7 for the number of  days in the week. That's still seems like a lot for me. I know because I have tried to work on multiple designs by rotation before and something always ends up in my drawer never to see the light of day again!

It's still a big decision and until I make up my mind which way to go on this, I am having fun making my list. All of these are already in my stash along with the fabrics and threads so I will not have to purchase anything else.

1. The Prayer of Saint Francis by My Big Toe
2. Mother's Tree by Lavender and Lace
3. Creation Sampler by Words of Praise
4. A Virtuous Woman by Carriage House Sampling
5. I Stitch by Notforgotten Farm
6. Heart & Hand by With Thy Needle and Thread
7. Be Who You Are by Lizzie Kate

I should have my decision made by my next post! Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

More Stitching

Another oldie in my stash is Virtuous Woman stocking by Carriage House Sampling. I love the verse and design. I would prefer to do it so it can be framed. I am still trying to figure out how to do that and make it look like one size instead of a stocking. I am picky about open stitching like pillows, stockings, framed with no glass, ect. We live in an area where dust thrives! Open a door or window and you have let in enough dust to fill a sandbox! A little bit of an exaggeration but you get the message! I keep remembering the good advice from my LNS to make it my own.

More family history! Henry Hatton was the stage and pen name used by Patrick Henry Cannon. He was born in New York on 12/16/1837 and died in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on December 24, 1922 at the age of 85. In 1845, at the age of 8, he learned some magic from a professional magician whose manager was a friend of Hatton's father (Charles James Cannon).. For three years, 1855, 56 & 57, Hatton was a full time professional stage magician travelling mainly around the south. During the same three years, he wrote a series called "Lessons in Magic" in Our Young Folks magazine

Around 1867, Hatton left the stage but his interest in magic remained an important part of his life. For many years he performed as a society entertainer and he always kept abreast of the progress and development of magic. He was an accomplished writer on the subject. For many years he was employed as an author and editor in a prominent publishing house firm in New York City. In 1910, together with Adrian Plate, he wrote "Magician's Tricks: How they are done"

An elite group of magicians used to meet quite informally on Saturday nights after their shows at a very private magic shop called Martinkas, run by two brothers (which still exists today). Slowly this evolved into a notion that an actual magic club night would be a good thing. On May 10, 1903 twenty four men organized the Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.). It is the oldest magic organization in the world. Henry Hatton joined the Society of American Magicians in 1901 as Member #21 and was one of the original 24 founders. He served as National President for two terms, 1912-13 and 1913-14. That's my Great Great Grandfather!

While my cross stitch was down from the walls during our painting project, I decided it would be a good time to label them. I typed up a label for each piece then attached it to the back before hanging them back up.

My LNS has another framing sale in October. I would like to get Mother's Tree, Prayer of St. Frances, Creation Sampler and A Virtuous Woman stitched and taken in to be framed then. Big Goals! LOL

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Goodie Goodie New Framing!

We have had enough rain to hold us over for the rest of the year (or longer). I really don't mind a rainy day as long as I don't have to get out in it. I like stitching to the relaxing sound of the rain falling.

The painting is finally starting to take off! While the GOG is working on finishing up the main rooms, I have been hanging some of my cross stitch back up. Some old friends and some new ones that have been hold up in my closet waiting for space!

Since I am working on my family history again, I thought I would share some of the more interesting ancestors from my tree.

Charles James Cannon born in New York City November 4, 1800. He died there on November 9, 1860 at age 61. He was of Irish parentage.  He was a famous poet, play write and novelist of his time. He often wrote under the pen name "Grandfather Greenway". He also compiled a series of readers and a spelling book.

I was able to pick up my framed items that I dropped off at the LNS. I will share a few this post and some more next post.

Feliz Navidad by Blackbird Designs

Because Nice Matters by La D Da

Prayer of St. Frances by Lizzie Kate

I love a good mail day and my fabric along with some threads arrived so that I was able to kit The Prayer of St. Frances by My Big Toe. That will be ready to start on about mid May. I like to get a several weeks head start on my infusion projects.

I also worked some more on Mother's Tree. I am going  to make this an alternate stitch for weekends only. I confided in my trusted LNS friend and framer about how the tree seemed to cause more hand cramps. We discussed alternatives and finally settled on a way that will look just as good. Like she said "Make it your own".

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Another Saturday Night

Working on Mother's Tree gave me the family history bug again so I decided to work on some of that. I am still looking for more women to add to my Mother's Tree but it looks like I have hit a dead end. I know that with my luck, as soon as I finish the piece and have it framed, I will find one or more women!!! I was able to get a few more lines finished on the tree. It is difficult to see the progress with only several lines at a time.

I was able to stop by the LNS and pick up a few items I need to kit up several more pieces. I have kitted up Heart & Hand. I know I shouldn't but my fingers are really itching to start this piece! I may have to justify the double stitch to that Mother's tree and my lack of patience!

Whenever I feel guilty about buying more charts while I already have so so so many, I just go to my LNS and talk to the ladies there who have the very same addiction! LOL.

I was looking through some new charts and found one that made me drool! It is The Prayer of St. Frances by My Big Toe. I realize I have already done this prayer by Lizzie Kate and it is at the framers right now but this one is sooooooo elegant and a must have so you guessed it. I bought it! Maybe it will be my next infusion project. After all, Our Father and Apostle's Creed by My Big Toe were infusion projects.

With everyone posting pictures of their new or familiar established pets, I was feeling a bit out of the loop. Should I post a picture of some of the regular visitors to my backyard kingdom? Then I saw Edna sitting all by herself on the bed. She is such a good ol' gal and never complains. A quality worth appreciating. She doesn't look especially happy about anything but she always catches my eye as I walk by and gives me a reason to smile. I fluffed up her dress and spread out the skirt all nice and pretty for the picture. Who is to say that she didn't enjoy the much over due attention?

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart

Sunday, April 07, 2019

It Happened Again!

Once again we had a beautiful week with warm Spring temperatures. My chickadees and blue birds loved the weather! The very next day we woke up to SNOW!! What the.... My blue bird couple was ever vigulant and kept working on their nest. My chickadees have left again. I keep watching and hoping they come back.Yes, the weather was back to Spring the very next day! I hope that is over.

Unfortunately I was not able to work on Mother's Tree again. It was just a busy busy week. My LNS started their framing sale so I took in six pieces. I can't wait to get them back. She knows what type of frames I like and she always does a wonderful job!They also had their charts on sale so I picked up a few. Like I really need more! 

I got Together by Heart in Hand. A very sweet and simple piece.

I  also picked up Quakers and Quilts by Rosewood Manor. It is an alphabet sampler with quilt blocks! Need I say more!

And last but not least, I got Heart & Hand by Brenda Gervais. This chart included multiple favorites of mine. I have always like the saying "Hands to work. Hearts to God"  It included 2 of my favorite trees. Dogwood blossoms around the top border and a Weeping Willow by the house. And the Heart to Hands symbol is always a classic!

Until next time may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

No Pictures

I don't have any exciting news to post about. It's been a "dull is good" week.

The guys came out to fix our sub flooring this week. They still have a little left to do but it is nice to walk on level flooring again instead of feeling like you are in a wacky fun house! Since they had to tear out a lot of the floor, that will mean new floor covering in several rooms! No complaints here! LOL. Now I have good valid reason for getting it!

My chickadees are back! When I announced "I have chickadees" last month, it was a nice Spring like day and they were starting to build their nest. It snowed the very next day and I never saw the chickadees again until this week. It has been nice and I imagine they are picking back up where they left off on the nest! Whatever the reason, I am so glad to see them again!

Another nice surprise was a bluebird couple moved into one of my BB houses! I always love to see them come back!

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Short and Sweet

The days are finally starting to stay warm. No more up and down roller coaster temps! The nights are still a bit chilly but that is alright. Our time change has kicked in. I love the longer days! More time to stay outside and watch the birds gather twigs and leaves for their nests!

It's that time of year! Chocolate Mint time! I keep several pots out on the deck and several pots in the house. I don't cook with it. Never have. It is the best stress buster I have ever encountered. When I feel anxious or tired in knots, I just ruffle the foliage and the most wonderful relaxing aroma makes everything alright again!

The Grumpy Ol Gazer and I have started a new tradition of sorts. Once a month we get ready and go to Cracker Barrel for a late breakfast! Neither one of us are big breakfast eaters but when go here, we make an exception! Big Yum!

I did not work on Faith (Words to Live By) this week. Instead, I tore up the house looking for Mother's Tree. I had put it in what I thought what a safe place. Ha! I finally found it and worked on it instead this week. I am still stuck on the tree but I can see some progress starting to show. It will go much faster once I get to my family names.

We thought that we had cleaned out the clutter and had either thrown it out or donated a lot of it. Not so. We are still finding things and filling more bags for the donation truck to pick up! I had no idea we had accumulated so much over the years!

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday, Sunday. So Good To Me

I pulled Mother's Tree from my WIP drawer. I really want to finish this piece up but to be fair to Faith (Words to Live By), I am only going to work on Mother's Tree over the weekends. That should be enough for me since this tree is the main reason it keeps landing in my WIP drawer! After several lines of it, I get very frustrated

My doctor keeps fussing at me to get a recliner so I can keep my feet up while I stitch. Well, we just can't afford a new chair for me right now so I did the next best thing and got this ottoman. It has a storage compartment under the top so I can keep my stitching handy.

We noticed a soft spot in our living area floor. Almost spongy and my chair was sitting right on top of it. After further inspection we found a hole in the floor and called out a guy who works in this area. After he came out of the crawl space, he told us the damage. No termites but a very money hungry building contractor who had used the cheapest supplies available to build these houses and some of these supplies just gave way sooner than they should have over the years. So now certain things have to be repaired and replaced! That will put a hold on some of the work we were doing around here. That's life!

Faith (Words to Live By) is still moving along slowly but at least it is moving! Sorry I was too lazy to take it out of the frame for a picture!

I found this quilt pattern at SGCountry Sampler and I am so in love with it! Basic pattern, basic colors but put them together and OMG! I have the pattern and I am gathering the fabric for it now! The name of the quilt pattern is Worn and Loved. Isn't that just perfect for this!!!

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

In Like a Lion

Another month is gone and a new month is getting started! When oh when will all this rain end? One more week that started with cold weather but ended with warm weather. I hope this roller coaster ride is about over!

I don't buy magazines often but there are a few I enjoy and pick up when I am out or I may even splurge and get a subscription! It sounds like I buy a lot but I only get one or two a month. Our State is a great magazine about NC and all the wonderful things that our state offers! We have found so many places we did not know about or did not catch our interest until the magazine showcased them. Next on my list is Taste of the South. This magazine is just over flowing with good southern recipes that make you feel like you are in Grandma's kitchen again! I don't cook them all but once in a while I will find one that sets my taste buds spinning. I have picked up Country Home at the grocery check out for years! Sometimes I pick up Real Simple and Magnolia Journal if I see more than one article I am interested in.

Faith (Words to Live By) by Heartstring Samplery is coming along slowly since we are still working on getting things done around the house and that takes up a lot of my time and attention. For some reason, my pictures would not upload so I will have more to share on this next week!

I made a frivolous purchase last week. Ann Wright Sampler by Samplers Not Forgotten. I knew I had plenty to work on and I have never been a big fan of band samplers but something kept drawing me back to this one. I realized that most places were either sold out or only had one or two left so I took the plunge! I will get around to working on her one day!

I really want to pull out some fabric and work on a new quilt top but if I don't have time to work on my cross stitch, where will I find the time to work on any quilting! Besides I always feel guilty when I start a new project while I have another one in progress. Just a peak of some wonderful shirting fabrics I got from sweetgirlstudio on Etsy.

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Friday, March 01, 2019

No Pictures Today

The rain has returned and we get at least one shower a day but usually more. We are still having the roller coaster temperatures which makes it hard to switch over my closet to totally Spring clothes! Just last week, we had a beautiful warm day in the mid 60's but the very next day it was in the 30's with sleet and snow! That's a southern winter for you!

I had my last infusion for this round and all went well so I am finished until around June or July. Nice break!

The painting continues. We had to skip a few days because of doctor appointments and other errands so that threw us behind schedule but we are still trudging along! I can't wait to get my cross stitch back up on a new fresh background!

Our bedroom is finally our bedroom again! For years it had been a combo of our bedroom and family junk room. If you could not a place for something, you put it in Mom and Dad's room! That just got old and felt like a walking through a maze! It has been cleared out and everything set up the way we way it now! YEA! One big job out of the way!

Faith (Words to Live By) is moving right along too. I did not finish it before the last infusion but I will keep working on it and finish it soon! No pictures this time but soon.

Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.