Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to school

Hard to believe it's September, but I am so ready for fall.

The weekday school my daughter attends started back last week. She will be in the 2yr old room, (almost 3 but her fall birthday falls short of the cut off)

Here's my sweet girl.


As if that wasn't busy enough, I have been working really hard on my stitching.I finished block 6 of my Hawk Run Hollow, but then set it down to focus on some Halloween pieces.


So these guys are from various issues of Just Cross-Stitch and designed by SamSarah. I just love them! I've completed three and I hope to do three more. Aren't they fun?



Last but certainly not least, my latest painted canvas stitching. Queen Elizabeth I by Designs by Petei. There's a slight boo-boo in my stitching but I don't want to pull it out and it's not too noticeable.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Family Vacation

Just a fun post of pictures today.  A few snaps from our first family vacation.  We went to beach (surprise surprise).  Lena loves digging in the sand and going to the pool.  So our vacation choice this year was a no-brainer.  We went to Litchfield-by-the-Sea in South Carolina.








Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Making a start on Halloween

During this past week the temperatures dipped here in NC, which made me think of fall.  So I'm so glad to be working on some Halloween stitching.  I finished up a couple Christmas pieces and oh course HRH is a continual project. It's been a slow week, stitching-wise.  We are in a three week break between summer camp and "school" starting back for my toddler.  Needless to say, I'm worn out!  But we're trying to make it fun while she's been stuck inside during the past week with all the rain.  Enjoy some pictures!


Very slow progress on block 6...very slow.


Here's Owliver from JCS Christmas 2012 by Jemini Designs.

Deck the Halls Santa by Petei Designs.


A few years ago I stitched Mr. Blue Monster, so here's his Ms.  My daughter insisted I do the girl monster.  They are by Mosey N Me in the 2012 JCS editions.

And my current Halloween project from the 2011 JCS Halloween issue by SamSarah Designs.  Stitching on perforated paper is such an adjustment for me.

Rainy week and kid at home...I decided to try a new recipe to shake things up.  Here's a huevos rancheros from the current edition of Cooks Country.  It was really good, and I'm not a huge egg person.


And part of rainy day fun...dress up!  She was a "pincess", "cinlella" to be exact.  :D



And with all this rain, someone loved getting new rain boots.





Monday, July 28, 2014

Christmas in July

Well it certainly feels like Christmas is July, not based on the temperature but on my stitching. I've been busy busy!

I've finished 2 needlepoint ornaments but I can only share one. The other is a surprise.

I traced out this Hello Kitty and stitched it for mr daughter.

Last week I finished this ornament from the 2012 JCS Christmas issue. Happy Holidays by Country Cottage Needleworks.


So then I picked another ornament design on my list. Here's my start on Owliver by Jemini Designs.


And of course, progress on my Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow.






Oh! And I got a finished ornament back from Faye at Carolina Stitcher.  I just love it!
Quaker Darning Sock 2012 by Legacy Dedigns.


And look at my sweet girl, all excited about new fall clothes!





Sunday, July 13, 2014

And I'm back!

I am back to stitching, and with a vengeance! It's been a crazy week and a half.  With "summer camp" taking two weeks off around the 4th of July, my 2 1/2 year old has been home 24/7.  Needless to say...crazy house!  But during quiet time and bed time, I managed to get a lot done.


Here's a needlepoint UNC candy cane that I will taking to my local store to have finished.  Love the sparkly threads on this one.


From the 2012 JCS Christmas Ornament edition, this is a Quaker Darning Stocking by Legacy Designs.  I've mailed it off to Faye at Carolina Stitcher to finish for me. --> I can't sew :D



Here's the usual suspect, my Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.  I finished up block 4 and started on block 5.



While going through my stash, I found this crewel kit from the Crewel Work Company by Phillipa Turnbull.  This pattern is called Secret Squirrel. I just love it.  It's part of her Elizabethan series.





And my week wouldn't be complete without cooking some delicious food.  Come on!  It's why I work out so hard.

Oven "Fried" Eggplant Parmesan - homemade pomodoro sauce, bruschetta bread salad, and gorgonzola garlic bread.


And with some gorgeous looking cod from the Shrimp Connection here in town, I made potato crusted cod, adapted from this America's Test Kitchen recipe.



And what post would be complete with out a snap of the little one.  Listen to and I quote, "her favorite song." (it's just some random classical stuff my husband put on an old iPod shuffle)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

How time flies!

I haven't posted a blog in months! I guess things just got busy. Well... I also lost my stitching mojo for a good 3 months! But it's back and with a vengeance! I am diligently working on Christmas at HRH. I also picked up and forgotten crochet blanket project. And I have reignited my love of needlepoint. So hopefully there will be many posts to come.


Block 4 of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow


And a few personal pics to catch you guys up!

Easter 2014

Trip down to FL and her first time at the beach.

When did she get to be such a big girl? 


And yes I'm still cooking...
Oh my blueberry pie made from delicious local blueberries.




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Already thinking about Easter

It's only January but I'm already thinking about Easter. Crazy right? I've got Lena's Easter dress covered. A book and Dinosaur Train figurines for some Easter goodies. And now I'm taking a break from HRH to work on a present for her.


Here's her dress.  Sweet isn't it?  I just have to decide between those colors of tights. At 2 1/2 (by Easter time), this is the last year I'll get to do super cutesy I'm sure.  Next year she have an opinion.  

My Easter project is Spring Bunny Love by Snowflower Diaries
The threads and ribbon are hand dyed and you can get them on Etsy.



Here's my progress.  So cute!  It makes me think of chocolate bunnies.  Can you tell I like sweets?

On a side note, it was a snow day here in NC (a whole 2 inches!!!)  :-P


Stay warm!!!