Thursday, September 21, 2017

A little of this, a little of that.

Yes, it's been awhile. 

Seems like I'm always busy, but I don't seem to have much to show for it. 

I had a bit of a hard time deciding on a color for the kitchen.

I sampled a few colors and ended up going with. . .

 Banana Cream, which just so happens to be the same color we painted the outside of the house. 

 After trying the samples we thought it just looked better if we primed first so the kitchen basically has three coats of paint on the walls. I'm still planning to paint the bar/island with a blue/gray. Might work on that this weekend.

 I forgot to take a before picture of the laundry room but just imagine this room being the same color as the before picture of the kitchen. (all but two of the rooms in the house are that same color) That door on the right goes into the living room.

 I wish I could come up with the name of this green but it isn't coming to me right now and my sample chips are in the other room. That door leads to the back entry - garage is to the left, the doorway you see is the powder room. You can see the sun coming in from the side door on the right and then the kitchen is also to the right.

Still have pictures to hang in both rooms but haven't decided what I'm going to out back up and where I'm going to put them.

Thought I had decided on a color for the living room but after I put a sample up on the wall near the ceiling I decided I didn't like the two colors together and I don't want to paint the ceiling so . . .

I have managed to get in a stitch here and there. Had to take out some and restitch so it's not as far along as it could be.

We had a visit from the middle kidlet a couple of weeks ago. Desktop computer crashed and he came in on a Saturday and fixed it for us. Cutest tech support around. He couldn't stay the night but we took him out for a steak dinner before he headed home.

Have a new project to start on Monday. Terry and I are going to do a little stitch-a-long. 

Other than that, just more of the same old stuff.

Happy stitching!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Randomness

Well, hello there! It's been awhile since I've been here. What's been going on around here? It's been hot but it really could be hotter for this time of year in Texas. 

 I've been to Canton a couple of times and on one trip I bought these (unfinished) crosses. Finally got around to painting them. Glued them together, attached a paper flower and I've got it hanging on a shutter that is propped up by the fireplace for now.

 For my birthday, hubby took me to Waco to see The Silos.

 Birthday - had to get cupcakes!

 Got some pretty fabrics (thanks Terry!)

 Last weekend the girlfriends and I went to a quilt show in Huntsville. I managed to resist the fabrics but 3 Stitches had a booth there and I couldn't pass up this limited edition kit.

 Now I just need to stitch it and sew it up. That will be a tricky one - haven't touched my sewing machine since March.

I was coming home the other day and noticed how big these plants have gotten. They are bonus plants - it looked like an empty spot when we moved in so I planted some hostas there but you can't see them from the street side now. (I can see them looking out the side door, it's just out of sight on the left side of this picture)

Getting ready to start doing some painting. I think we are going to start with the kitchen but I'm a little undecided on the color. I'm torn between yellow and blue. I've had yellow kitchens in my last two houses and loved them. If I paint the walls yellow I will probably paint the bar area blue (it is currently stained and the rest of the cabinets are white with a glazed finish) I may paint some swatches on the wall this weekend so I can ponder on it.

Okay - got things to do. 
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Fore!

Several years ago, the bowl for this birdbath met an untimely death (due to a critter chasing dog). I kept the base, not really knowing what I would do with it. Last week I found this gazing ball on the cheap. 
It looks like a golf ball.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RIP Autumn

 We lost Autumn on Father's Day. 
She had a long life and was well loved. After all these years it is odd not having her watching every bite of food we put in our mouths. She loved to eat and anxiously waited for any morsel to hit the floor - sometimes it didn't even hit the floor! 
We miss her but I'm sure she has her vision and hearing back and is happily chasing tennis balls again.



Thursday, May 4, 2017

French Alphabet Sampler, hail and ?

I had to move the fabric on my FAS yesterday so I snapped a picture - lighting was not the best because of the weather. The sampler is square so you can see I still have a way to go. 

It was cloudy all morning then started raining sometime after noon - then we had hail! Thankfully it didn't last long and no tornadoes this time.

Got a package in the mail yesterday - fabric and fibers. Now if I could just remember what project I ordered it for. I might need to sort through the bag of goodies I brought home from the get-a-way in March. There might be a clue in the bag that is still sitting on my sewing table. Pretty colors though!

Hope you are all having a great week!

Friday, April 28, 2017

A little sewing

Just a short post to let you know I'm still around. I'm still stitching on my French Alphabet Sampler - I need to take a progress picture. I will try to do that soon - maybe for my next post. It really is looking good.

Awhile back I made some project bags using Vonna's (The Twisted Stitcher) tutorial. I made 5 and kept two for myself (I had already given one away before I took the picture).  The front one has buttons on it because I wasn't paying close enough attention to what I was doing and I put the magnetic snaps on the wrong side. Since you have to make a hole in the fabric to insert the snaps I had to cover the holes so I added some buttons. Measure twice, cut once! I forgot to take pictures of the fabric I used on the inside.  I'll be making some more somewhere down the line but I can't get to my sewing machine at the moment. I need to clean my sewing room and put some stuff away.

Have you visited The Twisted Stitcher? If you haven't, I highly suggest you click on the link and give her a look-see. She has a wealth of good information on her blog. Lots of great tutorials. She also has a you tube channel - I dare you to watch one and not get hooked! She will have you wanting to 'stitch all the stuff'.

Hope you have a great weekend. 


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter

I don't have a lot of Easter decor but I thought I would show you what little I have before it's time to put it away.

 A little monthly cross stitch and some bunnies. (see the green one in the flowers? 

 Jars of eggs

 I tucked some eggs inside of the cabinet - I had them on a feather tree at the last house but I haven't found the perfect place for the feather tree here.

 My chocolate egg tree - looks good enough to eat!

 Just a few little things 

 sitting up on the mantle

 Can you see the glitter on the little basket of eggs?

 See, not much. I have a few other things that didn't get put out (because I don't know where they are) and I haven't taken pictures of the outside stuff. Not much there either - a couple of baskets full of eggs on the porch and a couple of Easter flags in the flower bed.

And I have to show you my little bunny needle minder. Terry sent her to me - isn't she just precious? I'm kinda into needle minders at the moment so I was excited to get this one! That is a little snippet of my French Alphabet Sampler. I've been working on it this week. I'll do an update on that soon.

 Have you seen Floss Tube? I hadn't either until Terry told me about it. Apparently it has been around a couple of years - which may explain why stitching blogs have fallen off somewhat. They are fun to watch but I'll stick to blogging. I like to stay behind the camera, not in front of it. Check them out on You Tube. Just pick one and watch it - if you don't like that one, try another one! The first one I watched was The Twisted Stitcher. Not only will you get hooked, you will see all kinds of stuff that will make you want to shop!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A couple of quilts

I finished a couple of quilts last month. I used the same pattern but different fabrics.
They have both been delivered to their new homes so I thought I would show them to you. I failed to take a picture of the back of them. The top one has the same fabric on the back as the binding. The bottom one has a black and white print on the back.

 It's a super simple pattern (if you want to know the name of it, email me and I will dig it out - it's already buried in the closet somewhere)

The pattern calls for circles to be machine appliqued to the top and bottom but I wanted them to be a little more feminine so I made yo-yos and hand appliqued them on. There are 18 on each quilt. I love yo-yos but I think it will be awhile before I make any more!

On to the next project!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

19th Annual 3 Stitches Get-a-way


This past weekend was the annual 3 Stitches get-a-way. The girlfriends and I have attended the last 13 (we didn't know about it before) Can anything be more fun than 40 ladies who love to stitch getting together for a weekend? Lots of laughter. Pam does an awesome job of making sure everyone has a good time.

 The theme this year was English Tea. (these are the finished models - not my personal stitching) There is a mug rug (though I don't think I would actually put a cup of tea on it after all that stitching!) The 'book' has pockets on the inside to hold tea bags. The scissor fob has a Tudor rose on one side (there are two different ways to finish the fob) The basket topper also has Tudor roses on it. I feel like I am missing something here. Anyway - we have the charts along with everything needed to finish each project as shown.

I had some kind of brain freeze going on and couldn't seem to count so I think I could have stitched this thing 3 times if I hadn't had to keep taking stitches out. This is the top for the basket in the picture (she gave us the basket to go along with it - not sure when I will get it 'finished' but at least the stitching is done).

Some of the stuffs I came home with

In addition to the stitching supplies we always get goodies.You can't really tell in the picture but the blue beads area on a trolley needle and the little shiny spot beside it is a teacup needle minder.  The smaller tea pot is a tape measure! The green paper is a gift certificate to 3 Stitches

 Some of the stuffs I bought at the Saturday night shopping event. She brings a limited number of some of the items  but takes orders if there is something you want and don't snag it up quick enough - I have some stuff on order :)

We have a gift exchange on Saturday morning - this framed picture was what I received. Right now it is sitting on the fireplace - haven't decided where to hang it yet.

 There is always several rounds of door prizes - I won this flower arrangement in the last round on Sunday morning.

 This beautiful glass leaf was another door prize. I'm thinking I might use it for fruit.

More door prizes - I need to rearrange my glass front cabinets to make room for my new teapot and vintage teacup.

The local quilt guild was having their annual quilt show Friday and Saturday so we stopped by there before leaving town and I picked up this little pin cushion.

All in all, it was a great weekend! Already looking forward to next year!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A few pictures

I've been waiting ever since we moved in to see what color my azaleas are and they have finally started blooming! They are all pink! 
 There are 4 bushes but there is an empty spot where it looks like there should be another plant but I didn't want to plant one until I knew what color the others were.

 Now that they are all budded out I can make a trip to the nursery. We also had some kind of grassy looking stuff (don't know what it is called) that we didn't like so hubby dug those up a couple of weeks ago (and killed a snake in the process!) I want to plant some hydrangeas in that spot. 

I haven't got a lot of cross stitching done lately as I have been working on a couple of quilts. I'm almost finished with the binding on this one then I have 18 yo-yos to sew on. The other one is the same pattern but different fabrics - it is finished except for the yo-yos. They are both gifts so I'll show them once they have been delivered to their new homes. I took a short break on the quilts to work on another sewing project - I'll show that soon too.

Once I finish the quilts I'll get back to stitching. It's time to get geared up for the stitching get-away - it's only two weeks away!

My screen just went dim so I better sign off and go put this computer on to charge.

Hope everyone is having a great week!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

No stitching pictures

I don't have any stitching pictures to show but I do have a few pictures!

 


This time last week we were on our way to Dallas! We met up with friends for lunch and a little visiting before heading to downtown Dallas for a the long-awaited Bon Jovi concert! It is really hard to get good pictures - especially when you have a big-headed man standing in front of you. I had to do the bob and weave to see and I was more into enjoying the show than trying to take pictures. From beginning to end, it was a great show - I can't wait until the next one!
Since today happens to be Mr. Bongiovi's birthday, lets all sing happy birthday!