Friday, September 15, 2017

September Gifted Gorgeousness

Well...I'm kinda amazed at how much stitching I've been able to get done lately.  I've actually had more time at home than I have had and it feels good to get some stitching accomplished.  

If you are unfamiliar with Gifted Gorgeousness, this is a challenge hosted by Jo over at Serendipitous stitching.  If you go to her blog you can check out what others are stitching for this challenge where we either use materials that are gifted to us, or we are stitching for someone else.  You can find the rules here and also sign up, it's never to late to join in.  So....sign up here....or see what others are stitching here.  Thanks again, Jo, for hosting this fun challenge.  I just love searching through my stash and seeing what I can find to stitch for this!!

Where do I start?  Hm....well while my friend, Donna, was visiting, I asked her to choose some ornaments she would like me to stitch.  We started searching the freebies offered by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum which you can find here.  Donna picked out two,  from the years 1997 and 2005.  Here are the finished stitching.  They are stitched on 32 count raw Belfast linen over two.  I changed a few things here and there, didn't use all the beads they suggested and substituted a gold thread by Rainbow Gallery rather than the DMC metallic thread.  I'm thinking I might stitch them again on 28 count over one, we'll see.





I stitched a couple of patriotic patterns for an auction in August that went to benefit a program designed to help service members and first responders suffering from PTSD.  They were received so well, I decided to stitch a couple more.  I had so many problems with this pattern though...and still there are errors I didn't want to fix.  I haven't decided yet if I'll donate this one or stitch another but here is Lady Liberty by Blackbird Designs.  I'll  eventually get this made into a drum...and that's another story.  I'll have to figure out how to do that...LOL  See if you can find my mistake in the bottom picture...



My husband generously gave me this SAL for Mother's Day.  He ordered them to arrive when they are released, the fabric and the floss.  I have been trying to keep up, and have finished the first two in the series and started the third.  These are Summer Schoolhouse Lessons 1, 2, and part of 3 by With Thy Needle & Thread.  These are stitched on 28 ct Lugana Light Taupe (the original fabric called for was Mushroom but they were out of it and I took their suggestion and started using this fabric.  I can't say I'm overly excited how it looks, but I'm getting used to it.)



I signed up for a Hallween Exchange in one of the Yahoo groups I belong to, and started stitching just in case things get a little hectic later on.  Here is a tease of two of the patterns I stitched.   Which one will I choose?  I'll show you next time after my partner has received her ornament!


While this next one isn't really considered a part of Gifted Gorgeousness, I thought I would show you my progress on This Corner of Earth SAL that I'm participating in.  I have finished part 9.  This is a SAL offered through Tempting Tangles and I just love stitching on it!


Remember, the drawing for the giveaway is happening on the 24th.  If you want to sign up to be in the running and see what I'm offering, please see the previous post and leave a comment!  Thanks for visiting...see you next time!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Long awaited giveaway!

I apologize profusely!  I have been preoccupied with so many things lately, I completely forgot I promised you a giveaway.  Well.....wait no longer, my friends...here it is.


As usual, I was searching for something last night and ran across this pattern.  And then I ran across this pattern again.  Yes, that's right, I found TWO and I laughed in glee as I realized this was the perfect thing to have as a giveaway.  So....here's the rules.  Leave a comment after this post expressing your desire for the chart.  I will have a drawing  on September 24th.  That gives you almost two weeks to tell your friends!  Good luck!

This is a sampler I found while touring a house in Londontown, MD.  

We found out about this place in the AAA magazine we get for being members.  It's only about 45 minutes from here and has lovely gardens and historical buildings.  When I asked about this sampler dated 1750, they had no other information other than it was stitched on linen using silk threads.  Sometimes I wish inanimate objects could tell us their story.  And wouldn't it be fun to stitch a reproduction?   





I just loved this set of dishes, I've never seen anything quite like it...



It was a beautiful day that day, so we walked the grounds a little bit.  This is the house we found the sampler in.  It's had an interesting past, at one time being a tavern, another time it was an alms house for the poor.  If only the walls could talk!


And this is another building we found on the grounds, it was a wood working shop and smelled of freshly sawed wood...funny how smells can conjure up memories from long ago...this one reminded me of my Grandparents home and the area my Grandfather used for wood working.


It was the perfect day for sailing....if only we owned a boat...lol....but I'd be willing to bet these folks were having a lovely day out on the South River.

I'll be back in a couple of days to update Gifted Gorgeousness.  Until then, Happy Stitching!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Waterfalls and Train Whistles

It's been a crazy summer.  I've enjoyed it all, and now that I'm home I just want to BE home.  LOL  I have missed my friends that I usually see often, but haven't seen all summer.  So I'm slowly getting caught up with them.  And finally getting back to stitching!

There will be no stitching in this post (that was previous post! LOL) so if you would like to see the places we visited just recently,  grab your favorite beverage, get a comfy seat and have a look!

We celebrated our Anniversary two weeks ago.  I can't believe we've been married 33 years! I love my husband more than ever now, but it hasn't always been easy.  I'm so glad he puts up with my craziness, and yes, you can call him a saint if you want to...he deserves it!  LOL

My husband likes to surprise me with a trip now and then.  We like the same things for the most part, so I'm always amazed and thrilled wherever we go.  This year we went to Elkins, West Virginia.  I haven't spent much time in WV and had some preconceived notions of what it would be like.  Never again will I just a place by it's location!  The people there were unbelievably friendly (I live in an overcrowded urban setting where people are often less than kind) and charming.  I looked at my husband once and said, "When you retire, can we live here?"  To which Mike replied, "You DO know it snows here in the winter, and look at those mountain roads!"  Oh...yeah....well it would be nice to have a summer home there I suppose.  LOL

So.....we took a train ride the first day up into the mountains, the final spot being a small waterfall.  It had been raining for days on end before we arrived, so there was ALOT of water, and it was LOUD but unbelievably beautiful.  



 There were waterfalls,




and butterflies,


and flowers,


and train tracks that lead to nowhere.




Marsha enjoyed the trip and she brought along Chuck...




We enjoyed a few shows while we were there, The Franks Family show and the Gandy Dancers...










and some hilarious entertainment.  (I tried to upload a video but it wouldn't let me :(  )



We visited Graceland (no not the one in Tennessee, the summer "cottage" built by Senator Davis and named after his daughter) which is now a lovely Inn where they serve breakfast and dinner.  I hope to go back there one day and stay, it's gorgeous!






It didn't matter where we went to eat, there were some fabulous restaurants and one of them made the BEST cheesecake I've ever eaten...it would be worth the trip just to have another slice!!

We took one day to drive to Blackwater Falls.  Again, with all the rain, the water was giving us quite a show.  The water is a darker color because of the minerals in the ground over which it flows.  I love the sound of the rushing water.  What was unique was we could hear rushing rapids from the river which was out of view because of the trees, long before we heard the falls themselves.  There is something so soothing to me when I hear the sound of water, be it ocean waves, rushing waterfalls or a babbling brook.  That is heaven on earth to me! 






I hope you've enjoyed your visit to Elkins, West Virginia.    Can you see why they call them the Blue Ridge Mountains?  I hope we get to go back in the fall when the leaves are at their peak.  Wouldn't that be lovely?