Monday, March 25, 2013

Silly Critter....

Some of you know I have a dog/retired racer/Greyhound, named Autumn. And some of you know her penchant for wanting to be outdoors on the patio no matter the weather. Well, today the weather forecast was especially bleak, so I decided to work at home and not have to fret about the roads, especially on my commute home when the snow was supposed to be piling up. 

This morning, after our first walk, Autumn wanted to go out on the patio. She lets me know this directive by pacing between me (no matter where I am in the house!) and the sliders that go out to the patio, OR, if I'm in the kitchen, she'll stand at the sliders and whine. And this morning was no exception. But since there wasn't any of the precipitation the goofball genius meteorologists were calling for yet, I decided to bundle her up and let her enjoy her favorite place. (She'll stay out there for HOURS, even tho it was about 30* at the time!)

About an hour after I let her out there, it started lightly snowing. But since she was covered up, I let her stay. (You can just barely see the top of her head and 2 ears.)

Princess Autumn on her throne

...and here's a close-up of her ear with the snow starting to pile up, while she's fast asleep. She stayed out there for about another hour after I took this photo, but then needed to go "potty" again and her blankets were quite damp. Since they had been washed just yesterday, I simply threw them in the dryer for a few minutes, and now she's all nice and cozy in her warm blankets (in the house)!  She's such a silly critter!

So thankful for the entertainment factor in my life, aka "Autumn"!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

This and that...

Happy Sunday, everyone! I don't have any organized theme for today, so I'll just put a bunch of ideas down:

Happy Housewarming to my cousin, Laurie, who just bought her very first house a couple months ago, near Memphis, TN. Her family and friends are having a big shindig today to celebrate, and I certainly wish I could've been there. I wish her all the luck and love possible in her new home, and may she enjoy its comfort and peace as she sits in front of her fireplace. After what she's been thru this past year, she is certainly deserving of such!

Laurie's new home

I've signed up for a couple of cross-stich projects/classes over the next couple of months. I'm not normally inclined, but these two projects really piqued my interest. One is a 2-day class down in south Jersey (near Camden) and the other is an online class that participants work on at their leisure. Here are some photos of what the final projects will look like...

"Lavendula" project (envelope closed)

"Lavendula" (envelope opened showing all the pieces)
The designer is Cynthia Valentine, offered through the Lamplighters Chapter of EGA (Embroiderers Guild of America). For the price of the class, I get all the supplies to stitch the pieces and hands-on instructions from the designer, but the best part is the chance to spend the weekend with several other stitchers. Can't wait!

The other class, an online class, is called Sherwood Garden by Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals. The photo below shows the overall design, but I'm stitching it in the colors of the 2nd photo, called "Stained Glass." Such gorgeous colors, so use your imagination to "see" it in the colors I chose!
Sherwood Garden by Kathy Rees
"Stained Glass" colorway I chose
And onto another topic: Entertainment...

This weekend was busy in the way of movies and theater. On Friday, I had tickets to see the stage show by "VocaPeople." I'd never seen them before, but they came very highly recommended from several musical/vocal friends, and when I saw they were going to be nearby, I ordered tickets immediately. The seats were dead-center in the 3rd row, so I didn't miss a thing! They are an a Capella group, and to give you a short-and-sweet review, they were absolutely astonishing! SUCH a good show. I felt like the show was about 10 minutes long, but it was actually 90 minutes! It just flew by!

And then last night I went to see the indie film, "Quartet." It's another hidden jewel among all the other big name films out there, and directed by Dustin Hoffman. The only recognizable actors (for me!) was Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter films, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and the comedian/actor Billy Connelly (he's a real hoot in this movie!). However, every starring person is/was someone in the opera/theater/symphonic world. It was such a moving film, and so well done! And the music??? Amazing! If you get the chance, please be sure to see it. And please be sure to sit through the credits at the'll be amazed.

And last but not least, we're expecting more winter weather tonight and most of tomorrow! Welcome to Spring! <> (where's that D%MN groundhog? I wanna strangle him!) 

Dinner's in the oven, the dog is passed out on her bed, and I intend to get some stitching done and enjoy the rest of my weekend. 

So thankful for all the great entertainment I saw this weekend....still smiling!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Join a Spring-Fling Give-away....

A short post today...

Nancy, the proprietor at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, is having a wonderful Spring-Fling Give-away over at her blog and I would love for everyone to get in on the fun! Flosses, trim, braids, and fabric! I've ordered quite a bit from her in the past and everything she offers is just stunning. Wouldn't it be nice to have a wonderful surprise waiting on your doorstep one evening? I just LOVE surprises!

So grateful for the wonderful acquaintances and
fellow bloggers I've met on here!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Some stitching to show...

Each evening, I never seem to have as much time to stitch as I would like, but little by little, progress is made and I have a finish to show. Mind you, it's not completely "finished" (into its ultimate state, like an ornament or a framed piece), but the stitching part of the project is finished.

It's called Poinsettia House by Little House Needleworks:

Poinsettia House by Little House Needleworks 
I started it last Fall sometime, and then set it aside for a gift that I was working on (but can't show at this time). Over Christmas, I took it with me to Florida because it was small and easy to travel with to visit my parents. While there, there were some cold and windy days that were perfectly suited to staying indoors and stitching, so I was able to get a lot more done. After I got home, all that was left was to personalize it with my initials and the year, and I was able to chart the initials and stitch it this past week. Here are the details:

DESIGN: Poinsettia House (#73)
DESIGNER: Little House Needleworks
FABRIC: 32 ct Belfast linen
FABRIC COLOR: Antique Ivory
FLOSSES: Crescent Colors & DMC [per chart]
STITCHED: 1 over 1
STITCH COUNT: 103w x 103h
FINISHED SIZE: 3-5/8"w x
STARTED: Fall 2012
FINISHED: 13 Mar 2013

Here is another project that was pushed aside for the gift I mentioned above. The original chart for the design below called for some pretty vivid colors (and I'm being kind with that description), so with the help of a friend (thanks, Lisa!) we converted them to more palatable (subdued) colors. This is a companion design to the Autumn Alphabet I completed in an earlier post. When finished, I'll be sure to mention the conversions for anyone interested.

Winter Alphabet by Lizzie Kate
The weekend is shaping up to be a cold and rainy one here, and with one exception tomorrow, I intend to stay indoors and rest. Not feeling too spiffy yesterday and today, so need to pamper myself a little and just take it easy.....and I see a couch with my name written all over it. 

Happy Friday to everyone;                               
                              enjoy your St. Patty's Day weekend!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Lazy Sunday Afternoon...

The weather here was gorgeous yesterday and today (high of 50 degrees so far), and after a v-e-r-y long walk with the dog, she is now sacked out on the patio. She spent the entire day yesterday there, too. I have a baby monitor out there, so I know when she needs one of two things: her food or a potty break. Once she's out there, I don't hear a peep out of her. I think she'd sleep out there all night, if I let her!
(you can see the snow still on the ground, and you have to pardon the dirty windows...clear glass and a dog's nose don't play well together!)

And I made a stop at Hobby Lobby one night after work last week for a couple of rolls of trim, and saw these two pairs of scissors that I just NEEDED to add to my collection. I especially love the copper ones with the etchings in the handles! 

I have some chicken in the crockpot, and a big salad all prepared, so it's almost time for dinner. Changing the clocks overnight is something I look forward to in the spring and don't mind the loss of an hour's sleep, but it just throws off my internal clock for at least a week, so I can't believe it's dinner time already! Where did the day (and the weekend) go?

Oh, by the way, I saw "Argo" last night.....VERY intense, and afterward, drove home on high alert waiting for someone to stop me and ask for my papers/passport/et al. All I could think was that ploy would never have worked in today's world with everyone's instant access to photos/information via computers and phones. I just felt really, really sorry for the young kids who were forced to re-formulate all that shredded material, but truthfully, I found that part of the movie a little too simplified...I'm sure it took them quite a bit longer than a couple of days! Ben Affleck and his cast and crew did an amazing job! Kudos!

So thankful for my lazy Sunday afternoon!
Hope you're enjoying yours, too!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Winter Wonderland.....AGAIN!

Yesterday at this time, there wasn't a flake of snow anywhere; everything had melted. And this morning, here's what I woke up to:

Out on the perimeter road of my complex
Walking out my front door

The tree in the center of my cul-de-sac

...and the snow is still coming down!

There's already about 12" on top of the cars, and it's expected to snow for another 3-4 hours. Obviously, I'm working at home today... I hate driving in this stuff, and my usual 2-hour commute increases exponentially when the weather is nasty. The road crew are just now clearing out the parking lot.

So thankful I can work at home on these snowy, blustery days!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Wonderful Seamstress/Embroiderer I Discovered...

A while ago, I invested in several Lokscroll scroll rods (for stitching) from Artisan Design. I previously had a couple sets, but the sizes weren't conducive to some charts I wanted to stitch, so I ordered several more lengths. The new rods range from 18" up to 30". The problem, however, was that I found I couldn't locate any scroll rod COVERS (to protect the exposed fabric on the rods) to fit those extended lengths.

After much research online, I found someone on one of my Facebook sites who was already making Q-snap covers, and volunteered to attempt scroll rod covers for me. She wasn't sure of their construction, so I sent her a sample of covers I had purchased in a shorter length. After a little trial and error, here's the assortment she made:

10 sets of scroll rod covers

And here's a photo of how and where they're used (for those of you who don't stitch):

And I LOVE the colors/fabrics she used! Thank you sooo much, Robin, at Fred's Threads of Pennsylvania. And the best part? She lives about an hour from me, so we've already had the chance to meet for dinner and have become good friends. This past weekend, Robin treated herself to a brand new sewing/serger/quilting/ embroidery machine, so please contact her with some orders for her goodies so she can put her new "toy" to good use. She will do custom orders, especially custom embroidery. Check out her link on Facebook for more samples of her work. She's absolutely amazing to deal with!

PS: the predicted inclement weather has begun! UGH!

So grateful for the wonderful friends and talented artists I've met online!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Belated Heart....

It's way past Valentine's Day, but wanted to post this. I finished the stitching quite a while ago, but just recently got inspired for how I wanted to "finish" it. And VOILA!.....
(all the info for the piece is at the bottom)


Antique Button

Beautiful silk trim for edging **

DESIGNER: Filigram
CHART: Rose Coeur
FABRIC: 32ct linen (don't know the color name but it's a warm green, but NOT olive green!)
SIZE: 113 x 112
COUNT: 1 over 1
FLOSSES: Gentle Arts per the chart:
     -Faded Rose
     -Old Brick
     -Fisherman's Wharf
     -Honey Dew
     -Baked Clay

** The antique button and trim are from Sue at "Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods." She has the most amazing items in her shop, and has sent me some absolutely wonderful things with my orders. And her hanks of floss are extra large... a lot larger than any other floss supplier. She's an absolute sweetie to work with, too. I highly recommend her for any of your "finishing" needs!

Wishing you happy stitching, or whatever you may be doing!

Thankful for how quickly today went by (at work)
so I can sit and stitch (at home)!