Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Recap

I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas.  We had a great time down in FL and are now back home to celebrate the New Year.

I noticed that a lot of my friends are recapping their finished pieces for 2012.  Not a bad idea.  So I started looking back through my photographs and I realized that I was a lot more productive than I thought!  What a nice surprise.

This is a card David made me for our Anniversary in 2011, I stitched the design and now they are framed side by side.

Lena's birth sampler. [Angela's Sampler by Cherished Stitches]

[October Box by Cherished Stitches]

My initial for an oval box top.  [Blackbird Designs]

[2011 Loose Feathers Series by BBD]

[Happy Christmas by Carolina House]

Sampler Christmas stockings for each of us [Sampler Stockings V, VI, VII by Mary Beale]

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Surprise Gift

I am employed by a grant at the local historical museum.  Yesterday during our lunch discussions I think I brought up samplers a couple of times.  After the second time this really nice lady said, "I have a sampler if you would like it."  I couldn't believe it.  But she said that there wasn't a close family connection and she wanted it to go to someone who would enjoy it.  What a sweet wonderful gesture.  I cannot believe it!  What a wonderful kindness and unexpected present.

The lady who gave it to me thought it might be from Waterford, Maine.  The sampler says Betsy Bryant age 16 years 1811.  I was able to do a little research, Betsey Bryant was born 1795 in Waterford, Maine and lived to be 96 years old!  I cannot wait to see what else I can find out fellow stitcher woman.  When I get home after the holidays, I plan on taking it in to a framers to see about its condition and preservation.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Updates and Bragging

A few stitching updates for today.  Hooray!  I have finished block 4 of the Village of Hawk Run Hollow.  Since we leave Friday to go home for the holidays, I haven't started a new block yet.  I figured it's a lot of work and money put into that piece, I'd hate to mess it up or lose it while traveling.

Next I had just about finished the October Box by Cherished Stitches.  Then I realized the end caps were stitched too close the main panel.  Plus I didn't like them stitched over one.  So I had to cut them out and re-do them.  That was fun...But it's done now and I can mail it out for finishing after the holidays.

Last but not least, I started Blackbird Designs' Feast of Friendship as my piece I'll take home over the holidays to stitch on. I love the colors and the easy 30 ct will be nice break.

Now onto bragging, my husband is going to be releasing his first solo app for the iPhone.  Here's the teaser site.  Hatch Pet

Here's my progress of VofHRH

 My finished stitching on October Box.

And the left border on Feast of Friendship.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Joined the Scarlet Letter SAL

Okay like I needed another project...but all the other kids were doing it....(can you hear the whine?)

Two lovely ladies, Nicola and Jo are hosting a stitch along in which you post your progress on any Scarlet Letter design.  It's a great way to see what other people are stitching as well as to stay motivated on your own piece.

Can't wait to get started after the holidays!

Here's a link to the Scarlet Letter shop

And here's what I chose:

It's a Quaker design but not like one I would normally do.  Stay posted for progress!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Busy Busy

I have been so busy the past few days!  I haven't been able to get much stitching done between everything else I've been doing and then being too tired to stitch.

But here's block 4 of VoHRH.

And the stocking holders finally delivered, so my Mary Beale stockings are up on the mantle now.

I get super mom points today b/c I've been working on cookies for Lena's teacher, the school director and the lady who watches her at the YMCA.

The Classics:  Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin

Got up this morning went to the Y, ran 3.5 miles.  Came home put Lena down for a nap, started my pot roast and made brownies.  Then I fixed her lunch and we went to the store.  Came home and made the next batch of cookies and homemade cloverleaf rolls for dinner.


Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites

Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

Oh yeah...And a home-cooked meal before we got to indulge in some "quality control" of the cookies.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

O Christmas Tree..

Just finished up a wonderful breakfast with the sampler guild I belong to.  It's so nice to see everyone and share some holiday designs!  Of course our youngest member tagged along (daddy has a soccer tournament today)  and she did very well for a 2 hour breakfast.

On to the tree!  This past week we decorated our tree and my husband got my bins of decorations out of the attic.  I love all the lights and the smell of fir tree throughout the house!

My Christmas Cactus bloomed like crazy this year after having none last year.

This is the little one in her Max towel.  There's even a little tail at the bottom.

And Asta in his festive bandana and the Max antler I made for him.

And as some of you may have seen, I love the light up ceramic Christmas Trees.
Here's my large one on the mantle next to a a couple cute little Alessi figurines.

A new one this year, tall and skinny.

Now for the tree....

 This year's tree was so tall I had to use chairs to hang many of the ornaments.

Tah Dah!  Isn't she a beaut!

 And a couple of my favorite ornaments...
I tatted this snowflake a few years ago, still one of my favorites.

And this little guy, a Sherlock Holmes I bought in the UK a couple years ago.  

And I know some of you are asking, where are those stockings I stitched?!?  Well...the hangers for my mantle are taking their sweet time in getting here.  Hopefully I will have them up next week.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Choosing a Tree

Since moving up to North Carolina we have enjoyed taking a day and driving up to the mountains for our Christmas tree.  We meet our friends; then we drive up to Sparta where we pick out our tree and have some good ol' country cookin' (you have to say it that way when you're up in the country)  :D

This was Lena's first year.  I think she liked looking at all the trees and picking up interesting leaves off the ground. :)
She was not in a smiley mood after the ride up there.

Rows and rows of beautiful trees.

Part of our little group.

Here we are in front of our tree...I think my eyes were bigger than our house's ceiling.

After they cut it down for you, they haul it away.  We waved bye-bye to our tree.

Silly pose in a wreath. :-P

Somehow David and his friend Brian made it fit.  And when we trim the top, the angel will fit. 
It's not decorated yet, I'm giving it a couple of days to kind of relax it's limbs and settle in.

In the meantime we are getting in the Christmas mood.  Christmas pjs and her first Christmas book.

Friday, November 30, 2012


I've been excited about going up to Summerfield all week. We finally made it up there this afternoon.  My pieces turned out so pretty!  Ginger does such a great job.

From Blackbird Designs, Loose Feathers Summer 2011

Carolina House, Happy Christmas

Monday, November 26, 2012


Oh man!  ABC Stitch Therapy has 20% off their whole site and it ends today!  This is so tempting because a lot of online stores have "sales" but they don't always put everything on sale.  I have been obsessing over the Sampler of Stitches by Drawn Thread.  I might go for it at 20% off.

And speaking of temptations.  I received the whole kit and caboodle to start BBD's Feast of Friendship.  How pretty are these colors!!!

Can I bring myself to take a break on VoHRH?  I feel sort of compelled to concentrate on it and only it (weird huh?).

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Getting better

I can't believe the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone.  Seems too quick!  Not to mention the fact that we were all sick.  :(

Still our little household has been spending quality time together and enjoying the time off from work.

Look at my pretty Christmas Cactus, it's full of blooms!

Oh course I have to share some food pictures.  I am so proud of my turkey!  I do not really care for turkey and have never roasted one.  So when it came to the task, I turned to Cooks Country for the recipe.  I chose one using the technique called barding.  It involves covering the turkey in salt pork, a technique going back to the turn of the century.

Looks like bacon but I promise, it's salt pork.

Tah Dah!

Feast for three, not the prettiest of table set ups.  I did my best considering being so sick. 

David's plate.  Both he and my neighbor remarked it was the most tender and moist turkey they'd ever had.

Speaking of turkeys...this smiley girl doesn't look sick.

And my progress on Hawk Run Hollow.  I have finished Block 3 and now on to 4.

 And with everyone being sick, we have empty Kleenex boxes.