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. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Toasting in Texas

It's just freakin HOT in Texas right now. I guess it's the price we pay for not shoveling snow all winter.  You would think with trying to stay inside as much as possible I would at least find time to sit down and either stitch or post here. Nope. I had planned to post on Tuesday to say happy birthday to my dad but before I could get to it the power went off so I loaded Nicholas up and we took daddy his birthday pie (pecan - thank goodness I made it Monday night) and spent the day there. (I saw the power truck as I was driving out of the neighborhood and they said it wouldn't be back on until 2:00!)

I stitched this little Lizzie Kate some time ago. I've got seven (I think) of this monthly series stitched and I have the charts to finish the series - eventually.

I did manage to get these little patriotic pieces stitched this year but I didn't get them 'finished' until after the 4th - they are still sitting out in their little basket.

I've done a bit more stashing than stitching lately. This is part of what I've collected since March. I've been to three shops in that time (Spring TX, Arlington TX and Pigeon Forge TN), a little mail order shopping and been gifted some stash. There are a few things that have been completely kitted and are not pictured here. I still need some flosses and/or fabrics to finish kitting up some of this but I'll wait a bit before getting to that.

I have stitched a little. I have the whole set of these little Lizzie Kate monthly charts but this is the first one I've started. I'll get the stitching done before the end of the month but actually getting it 'finished' is questionable.

I have a 'stitching with friends' weekend coming up - need to decide what to take to stitch on - maybe one of the monthly charts since they are pretty easy. 

Okay - that's it for me at the moment. I have to get out in this awful heat today and I'm not looking forward to that. 

I hope you are all staying cool wherever you are!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A day late

and a dollar short. 

Missed posting yesterday but I hope you had a fun 4th! 
We spent the day hanging around the house. 
I finished the stitching on this little cutie a couple of weeks ago but I didn't get it sewn up into a little pin pillow as I had planned. I'll get it done before next year and be ahead of the game!
We had a pretty good little rain late Tuesday afternoon and it was cloudy most of the day yesterday but it was nice in time for fireworks and there were plenty going off around us. We stood outside in the back yard and watched some of them. Could still hear some going off when we went to bed. 
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy Anniversary!

Today is my parents anniversary. 57 years!

Daddy had this quilt made for Mother for their 50th. I don't think I've ever shown a picture of it on here. Not the best picture but the quilt is beautiful - way beyond my beginner skills!

Happy anniversary Mom and Dad! 
Love you!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers Day!

 I'm such a bad blogger. I always think I will get posts up and then I get busy and the day gets away from me.

It's hard to find recent photos of my dad but I have a couple of ones from when he was younger that I love, so I thought I would post this one. He's a great dad and an awesome papa!  He is always there to lend a hand when needed or give advice - even loans out tools on occasion. LOL. Maybe I will snap a pic next time I see him since I know he likes to have his picture taken! (NOT) Should have done that yesterday.

Speaking of great dads - this guy here, is a keeper. Nothing he wouldn't do for his boys. 

These are the men in my life.  
Love them all with all my heart!

Maybe I will be back before the end of the month - no promises.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Happy June!

I don't seem to get around here very often anymore. I have no excuse other than poor time management and crappy internet service. I still have my Titanic at Biltmore photos to show but I need to go through and pick out which ones to post (again - time management) but I wanted to say hello.

I changed out my stamp it the other day.

I finished the stitching on the September one - still need to add the little buttons and I think it needs a doorknob. I'll get that done and have it mounted in plenty of time for display in September. I still have 5 more to stitch. I have no idea why I started with February but I'm hoping to mix them in with other stitching and have them all ready for display on time this year.

I pulled an old freebie chart yesterday and got a bit of stitching on it (no photo). Should be able to finish it today then need to decide how to finish it off. Thinking about a small pillow finish. It's a patriotic piece and I think I have some fabric in my stash that will work.

We went to Houston last weekend to help the oldest move. (from a 3rd floor apt to a town home - puts him closer to work but I hope the next move he hires it out!)  I took my stitching with me but I didn't get much done. I used to stitch in the car all the time but it doesn't seem to work well for me anymore. By the time I find the hole we hit a bump. By the time we got back to the hotel at night I was too tired.

I did make a stop at 3 Stitches on the way. I picked up some threads needed to kit up a few projects and a couple of charts - that photo is still on my phone. 

Time to start my day.

Hope you are all having a great start to summer. It's already HOT here in Texas - bad part is that it will only get hotter until about October.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A busy spring! (picture heavy post)

Hey there! I've been neglecting my poor blog but I thought I would pop in this morning and say hello! I've had a busy, but fun, spring. I've posted about the stitching get-away and the awesome Bon Jovi concert but the fun didn't stop there. Two weeks ago I left on a girls trip to the Smokey Mountains. Sandra, Sarah and I (my usual travel buddies - neither has a blog) went to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN with a side trip to Ashville, NC. Over 2,000 miles in 6 days!
I took over 300 photos - which was not nearly enough, I keep thinking of places I didn't take any pictures. I'm posting some here and will post more later. These photos are straight from my phone with no editing. (who has time for that?)

 You just don't see a big bear in the back of a truck every day!

 The scenery was just beautiful.

 We spent one day in Ashville, NC,  visiting Biltmore and it was a pleasant surprise to find that they were having an exhibit of costumes from the movie 'Titanic' but I will show some of those photos later.

 Arriving at the front of Biltmore.

 Dining Hall

 View off the Loggia

 Ceiling in the library

 One of many beautiful fireplaces

 Mr. Vanderbilt's room

 Mrs. Vanderbilt's room

 Another beautiful fireplace

The flowers were beautiful!

It started raining as we were leaving and by the time we got right in front of the house it was pouring, so the only pictures I got of the front were out the window of the car as we were driving by.
I don't have all the photos on my computer yet so I still have more to show. (It's a big house people - they even have an indoor pool!)
I took a lot of pictures of the Titanic costumes too, but I think this is enough photos for one post - I'll share some of those later. 
It was an awesome trip - and we did hit up one needlework shop.

The weather there was wonderful (except for that one rain episode).

I think our 'spring' is over here in Texas. We are hitting 90+ daily now. It's going to be a long summer!

More later.

Have a great weekend!