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. 

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!