Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On A Roll

   I've been on a roll since my last post and I have not just one but 2 finishes to share tonight!!  I didn't finish Cinnamon Stars the same night as my last post but I did manage to get it done the following night!  It is so cute and I can't wait to get it to the framer!  Please note that the scarecrow now has a head!!

Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street
40 ct Lakeside Meadow Rue
w/mostly listed threads

   After I finished CS, I pulled out a WIP that had been languishing for way too long.  I don't know why I put this one down but it is another cutie patootie and I think I am going to give this one to my DIL for Christmas.

Merry Christmas by Blackbird Designs
40 ct Weeks Cocoa
w/listed threads

   The colors on this are so bright! I couldn't get a good picture that would show it well but I just love this one and I hope she does too.  I see it framed in that favorite molding of mine, the primitive looking red toned one with the gold inner edge, the same one I framed  One Nation with.  We'll have to see what my framer comes up with.  She can be very creative!!
   So now I am back to having to choose something else to work on.  Not sure if it will be a new start or back to work on a UFO.  But I'm pretty sure 3 finishes in one month is a record for me and I'm going to relish that for a while!  
   Well, that's about all for me for now.  Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you find some time for yourselves for a little stitching this weekend.  


Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Very Late IH&SW Report

   I did manage to get some stitching in this past weekend which was IH&SW.  We had a surprise visit from son #1 and I did some online Christmas shopping which used up some of my time but I stitched as much a possible.
  Most of my time was spent on Cinnamon Stars.  It seems like I have been working on it for a long time but I guess not really.  Since I have pretty much abandoned the rotation and have been working on one piece at a time lately, all of them seem to drag on.  I guess I need to get that rotation going again!!  So, here is where I am with CS:

Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street
40 ct Lakeside Meadow Rue 
w/ listed threads

Yes, I know my scarecrow is headless, which is kind of creepy, and I need to add the corn to the stalks.  I am planning to go upstairs as soon as I post this and hopefully finish this piece tonight!
    There are so many cute, new things coming out and Christmas stitching is calling my name.  I added several new holiday/winter pieces  to the stash recently but I think my next start will have to be the new Little House Lantern Lane.  I just love that one, you know, the big red house, the holly! 
   So that's about it for now.  I hope to have a new finish and a new start soon.  I'll keep you posted!!

Hope you're all having as much fun with your stitching as I am,  Laura

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Trip to the Mountains

  The ladies in my weekly stitch group decided we needed a little stitching retreat.  Nothing too involved, just a few days to get together and stitch on whatever we had going without the stress of classes and ugly things like cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.  We went west, to the mountains of Virginia, and spent a lovely long weekend at Wintergreen.

The view from our condo taken by CH
   It was cold and very windy the first night we were there but we had  beautiful weather the rest of the weekend although it did remain chilly the whole time we were there.  We chose our weekend well.   It was the Christmas Open House for the local craft store, Country Connections, and we hit that  2 days in a row! We cruised by on Friday to check out the regular stuff  (And we had a little adventure with the car keys that required the assistance of AAA but that's all I'll say about that!!) and then went back on Saturday for the Christmas part.
   Tons of people were in attendance, apparently they come from far and wide for this event, and additional vendors were outside selling food and other crafts.  I was able to get the apples my husband wanted as well as Apple Butter, bread and a Blackberry Pie.  One of my friends bought Brunswick Stew from another vendor and we had the stew and bread for dinner that evening and the pie for dessert.  Nothing could be better!!
   We also hit the Open House for the local needlework shop and had a great time there as well.  Who doesn't love a sale on needlework??!!  And I learned just this morning that one of the ladies in our group won a door prize, a $50 gift certificate!!  If it can't be me, at least it was her!!  What fun!!
  We did manage to get some stitching done too.  I finished up Butternut Tavern, finally!!

Stacy Nash Butternut Tavern Sampler Pinkeep
Sorry for the wrinkles.  It will go into the box until I figure out what to do with it and I saw no point in ironing it.  Then, I got out Cinnamon Stars and put a few stitches in it too before we had to come home.

I have just a meager start on the house but it should come along quickly.  So cute!!  I just love it!!
   So, since I hadn't taken a single picture the whole time we were away, the ladies indulged me and stopped a few times on the way out so I could show you all how beautiful it was there.  It was past the peak of color and we lost a lot of leaves to the wind  but the trees were still lovely.

  So, that's about all I have for now.  I have been playing in my stash since I got home yesterday, in amongst catching up all the housework that needs to be done, and I may have a new start or 2 to show you next time!  In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying your stitching as much as I am!!    Laura