Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas

Check it out! Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a giveaway for each of the first twelve days of December. You don't want to miss this! Nancy has beautiful floss and linens which she hand dyes. Giveaway results will appear from Dec. 13 - 24 so make sure you check back. In addition if you've missed the first few giveaways as I have, you can go back and enter right up until Dec. 12. Just follow my link and come join in the fun!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Smalls

I thought I had screwed up on the date for this post but then realized my mind is better than I thought, lol! I managed to complete two smalls this month.
As you saw in my earlier WIPocalypse post, I stitched up Threadwork Primitives Christmas Fruit Basket. I had a few small patterns in my stash which contained fruit baskets. I got the bright idea that perhaps I should stitch up a few of them, finish them into pin pillows and display them for the upcoming Christmas season.
Here are the next two fruit basket designs I completed. The first is by Heartstring Samplery and is called The Holly Bears the Crown.


The second finish is by Tina Woltman of Early Workings and is called A Colonial Christmas. I especially love this one!


I have one remaining design, another Early Workings, which I'd like to complete and add to these. I know I'll get it stitched in time but there may not be time for my final finishing now. I've managed to fall behind in some stitching for Christmas gifts. I like to stitch a couple of ornaments for my granddaughters but they like to choose the designs. I only just received their requests last week so now I'm concentrating on getting these two stitched and finished first. I will have pictures of these up for my December Smalls along with the last fruit basket finish. See you then!

Monday, 21 November 2016

November WIPocalypse

Late to the party again but at least I arrived! I switched gears this month and decided I had better get some of my Christmas stitching done. Consequently I never got my Blackwater Hollow piece finished off as I'd hoped to. Here's where I am at this point.



There isn't a lot left to do on this piece but I'm still working on Christmas so it may be some time before I get back to it.

As part of a SAL group on F/B I stitched up this lovely piece by Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives. It is called Christmas Fruit Basket and I plan on finishing it off as a pinkeep. 


I have several Christmas pinkeep patterns all of which have a fruit basket of some sort in them. I decided I would stitch up a few of these and display them in my antique dough bowl along with some sprigs of pine and berries. I have finished stitching 2 more with a third yet to follow. I will then finish them all together. You can see pictures of the other two finishes on my Smalls post towards the end of this month. 

As well as the fruit basket designs I am at work stitching up a couple of Prairie Schooler ornaments for my granddaughters. I don't have enough progress to post a pic on these yet.

I also picked up two framed pieces of my stitching this month. The first one is framed in an antique frame with convex (bubble) glass which I found while antique hunting in Muskoka this past summer. This piece was already stretched and it was just slightly small for the frame. My framer said he could work with it and would add a mat. It turned out beautifully! I have already had so many compliments on this one.

 Plum Street Samplers Fruit of the Spirit

The second frame is an early Christmas gift from my husband. Usually I go and pick the frame but don't see the final piece until Christmas day. This time however I wanted this one on the walls to display leading up to the holiday. I stitched this in late 2014 and finished it in early 2015. 


With Thy Needle & Thread Heaven & Nature Sing

Stitching aside now,I made a weekend visit to celebrate my granddaughter Summer's birthday. She is the younger of the two and has now reached double digits! Here are a few pics from the time I spent with them. I miss them both terribly already!






 It was a lovely weekend for the drive up there and I'm so glad that I went when I did. Here is what we woke up to this morning.




 It has snowed all day and there is now more than what appears in these pics. It was a rude awakening but we had been told to expect it. From what I hear it will be a long, snowy winter!

Now back to my Christmas stitching! See you soon.

Friday, 28 October 2016

October WIPocalypse and Smalls SAL

So here we are with another month passed and once again I'm behind on my postings. I cannot believe how busy we've been. I've chosen to post both my Small and WIPocalypse pieces together in one post due to lack of time. Things have to slow down sooner or later, right?

For WIPocalypse I've continued to plug away on my Stacy Nash Blackwater Hollow. I'm getting there but had certainly planned on having this one finished a long time ago. I find I'm doing a lot of stitching and then re-stitching in this one. I wasn't happy with some of the striped effects from the overdyed floss.


Next up are my Smalls finishes. I managed to get two of them finished up this month. The first is by Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives and is called Ever So Grateful. I finished this just in time for our Canadian Thanksgiving.


The second small is by Theresa Meloon of Dulaney Woods Treasures and is called Midnight Jack.


The witch on the upper right is a lovely piece of scented, blackened beeswax that came in some Halloween potpourri which I purchased. I just love it! It normally resides in a bowl with a collection of my Halloween smalls.

It has been an extremely busy month! Besides celebrating Thanksgiving we've had a visit from my sister, I've taken a trip to Toronto and my son got engaged.

Here's a group shot of my sister at the head of the table sharing a meal with Bob and myself along with my son Chris and his girlfriend Violet. It was so great to have her here. I don't get to see her often enough.




As soon as Laurie left I was on the road to Toronto to visit up with some stitching friends, Pam and Cathy.


I missed seeing these lovely ladies at the Notforgotten Farm Open House in Virginia this past September. I was supposed to be joining them but ended up singing at a wedding on the same date. They brought back some goodies for me including my framed Tulips piece which Patti Nicolosi had finished framing for me.
Here it is and isn't it lovely?



Patti did an amazing job on this and I am so pleased with how it turned out. As you can see from the closeup this is a lovely mahogany frame which really complements this piece.

After returning from Toronto I met up with my son Chris who discussed his plans with me regarding proposing to his girlfriend Violet. I was so excited and here's a pic of the results.

  
She said yes and we will be celebrating a wedding in the fall of 2017. Yaaaay!!

In between all my running around this month I took some time to take in the beautiful fall colours in our region. They really were outstanding this year as can be seen in the pics following.






  
All good things must come to an end though and the next picture foretold of the strange weather to come.


Last evening we were greeted with several cms of wet snow when we left the church following choir practice. It's all melted at this point but I know it won't be long before it's here to stay for a spell!
 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

September Smalls

Autumn..... my favourite time of the year! Pumpkin everything from pies, to lattes and teas, and muffins and breads! This time of year also means stitching up a few pumpkins. 
One of the lovely finishes I had over the past month was by The Scarlett House and is called Penny Pumpkin. I absolutely love this piece! It turned out much prettier than I expected and I'm so happy with it.



It looks even better in real life. I adore the colours and although this one was meant as a pinkeep by the designer, I'm seriously considering having this one framed. I might even keep it up all year long!

I also started two other new small starts for fall. The first is by friend Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives and is called Ever So Grateful.
Here's my progress so far. 



I just started this one this morning and I'd like to have it complete by Thanksgiving which for us Canadians takes place on Monday, Oct.10. Wish me luck!
The second new start is by Theresa Meloon of Dulaney Woods Treasures. Theresa is also a friend of mine and I'm so thrilled that she has started to publish her designs. This particular one is called Midnight Jack and can be found in the 2016 fall issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitchers magazine.


Sorry this one is in the Q snap a bit crookedly. Since this is a primitive piece I'm stitching it using only one strand of floss. Trust me it will look better once it's completely stitched and finished up as a pinkeep.

Now some of you may recall last year at this time I was stitching another Halloween piece by Stacy Nash called Thistle & Spells Pinkeep. I ran out of floss for that design just one leaf short. I was unable to find anyone locally who had a bit of the required floss that they could give me so I had to order another skein. I finally got around to that this summer and finished up the piece just last week. 


It's finished for Halloween. I just didn't say which year I'd finish, lol!

It's a beautiful, sunny day here today with the perfect fall temperature.....not too hot, just perfect. I went outdoors and snapped a pic of the mums I recently purchased which are opening now into full bloom.




Love the shades in this tricolour! I also planted some pink asters last year in our back garden. They have doubled in size and are also showing their full blooms now.



I can't seem to get a good shot of the colours of this since this garden is often in shade. In any case they are a bit darker pink than pictured and I love to see another splash of colour when other flowers are near spent.

I hope you all are enjoying a day which is as nice as ours is here. I'm off to hunt down a pattern for my next big start. See you soon.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

September WIPocalypse

September's Harvest Moon was a beauty for sure and I wish I had had my camera with me as we saw it rise over the horizon on our trip home that night. It lit our path all the way home.

I've really only been stitching on 2 main patterns the past month. One of them is my commitment for my Smalls SAL and you will see a pic of it at the end of the month. The other is the Stacy Nash design which I started at the end of August. Here is my progress on the Blackwater Hollow Sampler.



It's slowly coming along. I'm really enjoying it so far. Hopefully it won't take me too much longer to complete it. I have so many other projects that I want to get started at. 

With September's arrival my two local stitching groups have started to gather once again. Neither of these groups stop during the summer but attendance is down considerably from during the year. I know that I myself dropped out from both groups this summer. The weather was great and there were just too many other things that I wanted to do. 

I'm afraid that I don't have any other stitching to share with you at this time. With any luck that will change by the time next month rolls around. I'll leave you with a picture of my youngest granddaughter, Summer. This was taken by her father, my son Jeff, on one of their many visits to the park to see the ducks. This is one of my favourite photos from this summer.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Summer's Over

Warning:  Very Picture Intensive!!
It happens as it does every year. Labour Day weekend arrives along with the unofficial start to fall. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE fall! I just hate saying goodbye to summer with all its warmth and family time which it affords. This one was warm for sure, downright hot but I kept thinking of winter which will knock on our doors all too soon. 
Our summer was a busy one. In addition to paying many visits, we also had lots of visitors to our home whether it was for an overnight or to share a meal. I love spending time with my family and friends and this is a picture show of how our summer was spent.

We started off July with a visit from special friends David & Lonnie who were in Ottawa for a music recital of which David was a part of. This picture was taken along Ottawa's Rideau Canal.


Then it was off to Windsor for a visit with family and friends. We stayed with my Mom and step-dad. We took the opportunity to celebrate my mom's 86th birthday a month early since we couldn't return in August. Isn't Coco the sweetest little dog?

 
 While we were home we had the chance to get together for a coffee with our grade 5 teacher, Ken Stanton. We were the first class Ken taught following his graduation and he has fond memories of us. Ken and Bob attended the same church and Bob sang at Ken's wedding many years ago!

 
We also visited with my sisters and Bob's brother but neglected to take any pics.

Following our Windsor trip I was off to Syracuse to get together with some very special stitching friends. Since we are scattered between the US and Canada, we chose Syracuse as a central place where we could all meet. 

 

I love these ladies and only see them a couple of times a year so our get togethers are very special indeed!

 Following this return I had a bit of a breather and then it was off to our favourite vacation spot, Muskoka! This is our cottage rental on Bala Park Island.

 
This year we invited a couple to join us whom we had not seen since our wedding 15 yrs ago. Vicki and Tim are close friends but live too far from us and off the beaten path on our treks home. Vicki lived down the street from me growing up and we became fast friends in high school. It was so good catching up with the two of them.

 


Below are some pics from our fabulous week together.

 The Peerless II, docked in Port Carling


 Look at how high that thing goes!

 The Bala Ski Show


 Cruising aboard the steamship Segwun on Lake Muskoka


We spotted a classic mahogany launch on the waters

I love the mermaid keeping watch over this boathouse!




Relaxing following a swim

Some cool carvings at a store in Port Carling



Sunset over Bala Bay

Once Vicki & Tim returned home we still had a week in which to visit with a few more friends in the Parry Sound area of Muskoka.
A theme of the visits seemed to be crafts and wine dockside while the fellas took a boat jaunt around the nearby lake.

 A view of Otter Lake






John taxis Bob around Blackstone Lake




Mom and her babe


Heather and I craft and gab

All good things must come to an end though and it was soon time to return home. A beautiful sunset followed by the full moon presented itself to us on our final night at the lake.


 


 
I thought that was my last visit of the summer but I was wrong. My son Jeff and granddaughters Oceanne & Summer invited me for a quick visit before school started back. Grandma jumped at the chance and took the girls shopping for school items.
 
First came the shopping......
 
 
 After which there was a visit to the park.....
 
 

 

An ice cream following supper......

What appears to be a party hat is actually the hat on a clown waste basket!




Followed by a visit to the life size chess board on the return home.
 
 
All in all it was a great visit and I can't wait to head back there again!
 
 
So there you have it..... my summer in a nutshell or a blog post as it were! I hope I haven't bored you to tears. There are several friends and family members who don't do Facebook or Twitter and this is their way to catch up with us. 
Now bring on Autumn!!! 

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