Monday, October 15, 2018

A Little Fallish

We finally have a little fallish weather moving in. It's cloudy and cool outside this morning - with storms predicted for later today and tomorrow.
Thought I would show a few more fall/Halloween pictures. I'm through with fall decorating except for changing out the Halloween specific pieces for Thanksgiving specific pieces after Halloween.

 Can't remember where I picked up these little fabric pumpkins but I put them under a cloche with some amber lights. (they are on but hard to see because of the lighting - I love these lights that have timers on them!)

 Mr. Too cute for pie is also too cute to put away and stays out all year with the exception of Christmas when I have this area covered in Christmas. The two little pumpkins I think were a dollar at Walmart several years ago - they were orange so I painted them with craft paint. Took several coats - if I did it again I would try spray paint.

 I think this was a Hobby Lobby find.

 Kind of hard to see but there is a string of leaf lights on top of the mantle - more of those battery operated on a timer things! If it gets cold enough to turn on the fireplace I will have to move my pumpkin patch.

Hard to tell, but those lights are little pumpkins.

This cabinet is one of my favorite places to decorate. Again, hard to tell but I have orange lights inside the glass door.

I've already shown all of the outdoor decor but I did add these pumpkins in front.


Working on getting my November pieces ready - this ones just needs an iron and buttons. I will do that when I finish the other one - it's on the qsnap and in progress.

There are a few more pumpkins scattered about - I'll try to get those in with the Thanksgiving stitches.

Have a great week!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy October!

Thought I would share a few little Halloween stitches I have around the house.

I don't have a lot of  just Halloween

I tend to stick more to just fall so I can leave them out longer

Most of them I've had for awhile but this one is new this year

I've added a few orange lights

This one has been around awhile! Since 1997!

and the only other newbie for this year.

More fall pictures to come and I still haven't posted pictures of my living room after we finished painting and getting everything back on the walls.

Our weather isn't exactly 'fallish' yet, but it is getting there!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Birthday Weekend Round Up

Last weekend we took a quick trip to Colorado. We flew out on Friday and came back on Sunday - like I said it was a quick trip.

It was a reunion trip of sorts. These guys have been friends for 50 years. (Hubby is on the right) The purpose of the trip was for these guys to have time to just hang out. Everyone in the group lives in Texas (different cities) except for one, who lives just outside of Denver.

This was the view from our hotel room.

It was beautiful, but hot!

I've been to Denver twice - both times they had record high temps.

Some of these photos I didn't take - I swiped them off other's Facebook pages.

We stopped on the side of the road to take this picture - didn't phase these guys at all.

A group photo.

And just to prove that boys will be boys, no matter their age. . .

Like I said, it was a quick trip and we crammed quite a bit in but we made sure they had a lot of time to just visit. 

As I said in my last post - hubby doesn't take much time to just relax so I'm glad we had the opportunity to get away for a few days. I think he had a pretty good birthday!

It's been a jam packed week since we got back and if it wasn't raining I would be out walking at the moment - so this post is brought to you courtesy of mother nature.

 Hoping to get my fall stuff out this weekend but we will see how that goes. Still trying to finish stitching one of my October pieces. I took it with me last weekend but it never came out of the bag.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Happy Birthday to my sweetie!

This is an older picture, but one of my favorites. He's a hard worker and he doesn't often get away and just relax. This was taken in St. Louis on a trip to Illinois - that's been awhile.

Hope you have an awesome birthday.
Love you.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day!

Wonder of wonders - I'm showing my September pieces at the beginning of the month instead of the end of the month!

 Loving the red pop-poms on this one. I found these at Joanns - they only had red, yellow an white. I keep looking every time I'm in there hoping to find some more colors.

I've had part of this series stitched for a couple of years. I think I started with February. I just finished this one and have October kitted and ready to start. Maybe I will get them all finished this year.

We finished painting the living room on Saturday. No furniture has been moved back into place and I'm going to let the paint cure a bit on my stitching wall before I hang that stuff back up. I filled all those holes because I am going to add a few pieces there so I need a new arrangement - that might take some brain power.

We have a 70% chance of rain today but that's okay - we have plenty to do inside and we need the rain.

Hope you have a fun day planned!

Friday, August 24, 2018

A Little August

Two words to describe August in Texas - Hot and Humid! I just keep repeating to myself  'we don't have to shovel snow, we don't have to shovel snow'. Doesn't make me sweat any less but there ya go.
I've managed to get in a little stitching time lately. Thought I should show you before August passes us by. Sorry about the dark picture.

I've had this frame for quite some time. Wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it so it's been in the closet until I came across this monthly set from Lizzie Kate. I have another set of LK monthlys that I change out every month but thanks to Priscilla's (if you haven't met her, go check out her blog - she has awesome finishing ideas!) brilliant idea of using magnets, I don't have to take this one apart every month! I covered a piece of tin with painters drop cloth and put that in the frame then put magnets on the back of the mounted stitched piece. (I think she sometimes, maybe always?, puts the magnet on the frame or whatever she wants it to stick to and then puts a washer on the stitched piece - probably a cheaper option) Anyway - cute as is but thought it could use a little something more so I added some mini pom-pom fringe.

I love pom-pom fringe! I think it was just the thing it needed! I have the one for September stitched and mounted but still need to add the pom-poms. Will soon have to think about getting October stitched.

That's about it from here at the moment. We have started painting the living room but have only finished two walls. Will hit #3 this weekend but it involves moving furniture so don't know if we will get to #4 or not. Not a lot of wiggle room for moving furniture around.

Much as I hate to get out in this heat and humidity, I've got errands to run today.

Hope you have a great weekend. I'll try not to melt in this Texas heat!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

This 'n That

My memory just ain't what it used to be. I don't think I've shown you my adventure in dying fabric. Hubby had to leave really early one morning so he didn't drink any coffee and as I got ready to pour out what was left in the pot I thought about some white fabric I had in my stash. Been there a LONG time - like over 15 years. I don't stitch on white fabric so I went to drag it out of the stash box. 

I pulled out a blue piece and a peach colored piece too - I doubt I would ever stitch on those pieces either. I didn't have enough coffee for all the fabric so I boiled some tea bags and mixed it in with the coffee.

Then I dunked it all in - and walked off and left it (I turned the stove off first!) I don't know how long I left it - a couple of hours maybe. Then I put it all in some warm water with some fabric wash and let it soak there for awhile. Took it out of the soapy water and rinsed well before laying it out to dry.

And this is what I ended up with. Much better!  Now I have some fabric I will actually use! I've used one piece, but it's a gift so I can't show it. 

I finished this little monthly piece but I guess I failed to take a finish photo. I need to get it mounted so I can display it. I've already started the September one. I have all of the monthly patterns and already have a frame - just need to stitch faster!

Went on a little girls weekend a couple of weeks ago. We rented a house in the country and spent the weekend stitching - we might have done more eating, talking and laughing than actual stitching! It was so much fun we are already trying to plan another one! 

Stitched up this little Christmas piece over the weekend. (I seem to be on a Lizzie Kate kick at the moment) I stitched with one strand over two and I like all of it except that little heart on the left (over the v) It doesn't show up well. I plan to stitch this again for a gift but I'm trying to decide what to do with that little heart - stitch with 2 strands, change it to pink/red or use a little charm? 

It's still hotter than hot here in Texas. We really need some rain, everything is so dry.