Monday, September 21, 2020

September Birthdays and Finished Stitches

 How's the weather where you are? We finally have some temps that feel somewhat like fall!

 We have a few September birthdays to celebrate.

First up - hubby's was on the 15th

Brittany's is today and Brian's is the 30th

Happy birthday to some of my favorite people!

I have a few things I not only finished stitching but I fully finished them!

This is the small from the Chalk Full Harvest by Hands on Design and Priscilla. I added buttons that I had in my stash and then used the magnet/washer trick to mount it onto a Hobby Lobby frame. I already had the magnet glued to the back of the stitching (this was my third attempt - I didn't like the first two) because I was going to stick it on something metal so I just hot glued enough washers to the glass on the frame to get it to meet the magnet. I may find something else later to stick it to then I can just remove the washers and still use the frame.

The larger design in the same chart pack is mounted on a padded board (the small is padded as well) then I put a gold fabric covered board with a sunflower covered board at the back. I may or may not go back and add a bow at the top. This is again held on with magnet since there are others in this series that I want to stitch. 

This one is an older piece. I actually stitched it in 2009 and just got it fully finished. It is by Twisted Threads and I think the coat or whatever it is she is wearing was purple and I changed it to blue. I did colonial knots instead of French knots and the needle I used was completely bent by the time I finished! 
I knew I didn't want it just in a frame but it took me this long to figure out what to do with it. 
Priscilla has taught us to all think outside the box with finishing!
I bought a 'box' from Michael's - this was in the summer clearance section - this actually the back side, there is a star on the other side. Anywhoo - I sprayed it with some white chalk paint and added a drawer pull. I was going to have hubby build me a drawer but this was 70% or 80% off so it was only a couple of dollars and worked perfect. I again mounted it on a padded board and put money fabric (which I've had since I finished the stitching part!) behind it. It's in there snug but not actually attached. (though I don't see myself using this for anything else at the moment. I have it sitting on the bookcase next to my computer where I pay bills. 

I do have another finish but I'll save it for later. I haven't fully finished it yet and it's a summer piece so I've got some time to figure that one out.

Guess that's it for now.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Time Flies!

 Wow - didn't know it had been so long since I posted! 

I was going to show you my galvanized tray before swapping it out for fall and realized I had missed a few other photos too so here ya go!

My summer galvanized tray.

Finally got my cushion for the swing. Worth waiting for - I love it!

Got my French Alphabet Sampler framed and hung over the fireplace. I'm still debating moving the crochet above it. (have to get out the tall ladder)

I finished Knee High (Hands on Design) a couple of months ago but I haven't decided what to do with it yet. It's on 36ct Light Coffee (Vicki Clayton) with one strand over two threads except for the quilt where I used 2 strands over two. I love the look but hated stitching with 2 on 36 count! I used all the called for colors.

Are you as tired of all this craziness as I am? We finally took a little day trip yesterday and had lunch with the oldest and his bride. The first time we had seen any of our kids since Christmas! (in person - thank goodness for modern technology!) It was nice to pretend the world was normal for a few hours.

Plan to start with the fall decorating this week. I'll try to not be so long between posts this time!

Hope you are having a nice holiday weekend!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Goodbye July

I have a finish!
Sorry about the crooked picture.
Long My She Wave
Redbird Designs
This was one of the Get-Away pieces from last year - I finally got it finished!
Not sure exactly what I am going to do with it from here but it may (or may not) include one or both of these fabrics. I'll let ya know whey I fully finish it.

My hibiscus got of to a slow start but it has been producing one or two blooms every day. Today it has four! We had a little rainstorm and the grass was still wet so I only took a picture from the porch side.

Something has been rooting around in my flower beds again. Whatever it is is just digging down through the mulch to the dirt - but it has been all the way around the porch across the sidewalk and into the flower bed on the other side. Grrr. At least (so far) no plants have been harmed.

I was surprised at that little rain shower this morning (actually there were two) I was getting ready to head out for a walk when it came a downpour. Not long after I took the pictures it started again - pretty hard but short lived. The sun is in and out this afternoon and it's super humid. Maybe I'll get out and walk this evening - and maybe the skeeters won't carry me away.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hot enough for ya?

It's not quite as hot as it was last week, but it's still hot! Mid 90's instead of upper 90s. LOL
This was the first bloom I had on my hibiscus this year. Looked pretty sad, huh?

Gave it a little Miracle-grow love a few weeks back and the blooms are looking better!

I have one or two new ones just about every day. These two are from this morning.

This plant (forget the name) is right next to the hibiscus and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

My elephant ears are doing well. 
I see a few crispy ones I need to trim off.

I'm still waiting on the cushion for my swing. Should be here anytime now.
We have been using this old one we had on a bench - its a little short.

I've been doing a little stitching but no finishes to show. Maybe next time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Weekend Round-up

 Hello! Is it hot enough for ya?
 It's plenty hot in Texas!

Last Thursday we were supposed to go to a Bon Jovi concert. 
Of course that didn't happen. 

Instead, we went to Hot Springs with friends for a long weekend.

This was the view off the deck of our condo. 

These pictures were taken at Garvan Woodland Gardens

This chapel is right in the middle of the gardens. 

It was closed because of Covid, but we took pictures through the windows.

Is this not a beautiful place for a wedding?

As we were leaving, this guy was just wandering around.

Couldn't get him to show his feathers, (and we tried for quite some time!) but I'm sure it is a beautiful sight.

This has been on hubby's bucket list for awhile. 
He was having a blast.

This was never on my bucket list. 
There were 10 lines - I was counting down and ready for a drink!

The guys were responsible for our dinner Friday night. 
These two have been friends since elementary school!
(dinner was very good!)

My brother happened to also be in Hot Springs on Saturday and met up with us for dinner. 
Thankfully it was cool enough to eat outside (and right on the lake!)

It was really good to get away for a few days. We never turned on the television and except for social distancing and having to mask up a couple of times, we pretended all was right with the world. It was for us, for a few days anyway.

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day

Just wanted to say Happy Father's Day to the two most important dads in my life.

We don't get many pictures of my dad. This was taken at Brian's wedding back in November.

Another picture from the wedding. My kiddos with their dad. This man loves these young men with everything he has.

I hope these men know how important they are in the lives of their children.

We wouldn't know what to do without either of you.

Much love to you both!

(yes, we just got the last of the pictures from the wedding!)

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A finish!

I finished this little cutie over the weekend. I'm loving it!
Jeans and Weenies by Plum Street Samplers
36 ct Bisque linen, one over two.
I did swap a couple of colors - my Used Brick was too 'rusty' so I used Cupid (old enough that it says Crescent Colorworks instead of Classic Colorworks!) and I used Chalk (GAST) instead of the called for Wasabi. I did go back and add another top cross on the eagles head so it would show up better. Some of the places where it called for black, I used Pea Coat (words and stars)
I don't yet know exactly how I will finish it off but I need something where I can swap them out since I have more seasons to stitch!

We had a really good weather day here yesterday. The temps and humidity were both down - it was so nice! I wish it could be like that all summer but both are heading back up again today. I hate Texas summers! 

What are you stitching this summer?