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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Give Away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

For all of you that do embroidery Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a give away for some embroidery floss
Here is a link to the give away in case you would like to enter too.
http://victorianmottosamplershoppe.blogspot.com/2017/10/pick-your-favorite-box-of-floss-give.html

If you win you get to choose the color selection , I just love those autumn colors don't you?

Monday, October 16, 2017

No stitching this week, just a bit of spirit doll crafting

It don't have any embroidery projects to post today, nor do I have any quilting projects to share, this has been a creative week in another direction.  Hand crafting spirit dolls, also known as goddess dolls or healing dolls. 

This lovely goddess of nature is my newest and I must say she is quite nice to look at.
here is a close up of that face, made using air dry clay and paint.
and a look at the back, yes that is a large sea shell behind her head to represent the moon
there are small seashells, charms and dried and silk flowers and leaves too
bits of ribbon and cloth to create clothing and her headdress
she carries a staff made from a twig and is attached to a wood base.

Here's a look at two more clay crafted faces for up coming spirit/goddess doll projects.
blue
sunset

Friday, October 13, 2017

I just love the colors of Fall!

My entries may be scarce and short over the next few weeks while I attend the various Fall Festivals in and around the city, county and state of Florida.

While we don't get much in the way of leaves changing color we do add enough of our own color in the way of decorations and produce much like those in the photo above.  There is a Scarecrow festival this weekend I plan to check out though I sure hope they aren't as creepy as this one.
I am feeling particularly homesick for the change of season his year so I am going out and finding it here in Florida.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This week I am reading

I decided to buy a copy of Alice Hoffman's The Rules of Magic rather then wait for it to be available at the local library.  So a few days ago I pre-ordered it from Amazon.  This is a prequel story to Hoffman's Practical Magic book one of my favorites. I can't wait to start reading it.

I was reading the Autumn issue of Faerie Magazine oddly enough the Practical Magic issue when there was a knock on door the postal carrier was delivering my book. If you have a chance to look through a copy of Faerie Magazine do pick it up and have a look the photography is amazing and some of the stories are short and sweet.  Alice Hoffman contributes quite often as does author Charles de Lint.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dealing with Stupid

Tracking a package I shipped priority on September 19 to Las Cruces, NM

It sat for ten days in Jacksonville and then yesterday I checked the progress and here is the update:
USPS was unable to deliver your item as of 10:11 am on October 3, 2017 in ATLANTA, GA 30378. The address may be incorrect, incomplete, or illegible.

Okay my comment here today is Yes ignorant postal employee a package addressed to Las Cruces, NM wouldn't be able to be delivered as addressed in Atlanta, GA.

Unfortunately this is not the first time, nor is it the 10th time, it happens much too often.


Just had to vent today!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday stitching

After yesterday's rain this morning the weather was much cooler making my morning walk much more pleasant you can truly feel autumn in the Florida air.

I did make time to get some hand embroidery in yesterday though not as much as I had planned, it was one of those achy fingers day so holding onto the needle became uncomfortable.
Another few branches done, I'm not sure I like the results of the variegated floss with this round of stitching, it's odd how the color can be so different with each length cut from the skein. 



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Welcome October

October first came so quickly it seems, I guess with hurricanes and yard clean up and other daily distractions the month did feel like it flew by.
This week I spent some much needed me time reading, writing a few letters, watering plants and looking over my garden and cleaning up more sticks and twigs, I barely had time to stitch.
I did get in a few more stitches on my newest project so all is well on the stitching front and I even put in a row or two of crochet on the Ruana.
Mostly though I did a lot of reading in my free time, it was one of those books that I can't stop turning the pages of and before you know it you just want to get to the end to see what happens.
For me Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is one of those mystery books I happily finished late last night and it was worth every minute. It is also one of those books that break your heart just a little and stays with you a while after you read it.

I'm going to link to Kathy's Quilt https://kathysquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/10/slow-sunday-stitching.html
Today is the first Sunday in October I plan to get some slow stitching in today before I start the next book waiting, The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
I made my pick up at the library last week expecting two books I had reserved and left with four, two of the others I wanted had just arrived that morning.  I really need to space out my request of new books better too often they all come in at the same time so I drop everything so I can read them all before they are due, new books can't be renewed and I try not to return them late.

Happy October Everyone I hope it's getting to look and feel like Autumn where you are.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Stitching

How is it we are in the last week of September so soon?  It seems like yesterday I was celebrating Labor Day and my sisters birthday and now October is on her way. If only the weather would catch on and cool down a little more.

I did make time for so and embroidery yesterday and hope to make time later today to get in some more stitches.

I put more stitches in the sashiko piece and started the new piece I gave a sneak peek on my Sunday post.
I love stitching bare tree branches almost as much as I enjoy sketching them, I used a variegated floss for the branch.
I'm going to link my post at http://www.supermomnocape.com/vintage-embroidery-monday-stitchery-link-party-129/

Before I go I'll leave a photo of some pretty Fall colors, while I don't have them to view out my window I can view them right here on my screen.
My friend sent me this photo in an email and I thought I would share.  Wouldn't you just love to stroll along through all those leaves and trees?


Sunday, September 24, 2017

More Salem Quilt Guild Witches to Stitch

Last week in my most I mentioned I purchased the newest Salem Quilt Guild pattern from Crabapple Hill Studio, well during the week I purchased some of the new fabrics and a panel from Maywood Studio that coordinate with the Show and Tell embroidery pattern.
pattern and pieces of fabric
center of panel
part of the panel top
bottom of panel
The pieces are so bright and cheerful I just couldn't resist them I purchased a few other pieces but they haven't arrived yet.

I haven't made as much progress on the Aine hand embroidery piece as I had hoped but a few stitches are better than none.
I have a few regrets adding backing to the piece and using the pearl cotton while it stitches okay sticking the needle through the fabric is a bit harder than I expected which surprises me since the backing fabric is quite thin. Right now I am debated pulling out all the thread and either removing the backing of using regular embroidery floss or just keep on stitching.

In the mean time I have another project drawn and ready here is a little sneak peek at what I will be working on next.
I'm using a piece of the neutral paisley fabric I love so much for this piece. I will be linking my post to Kathy's Quilts today and at Super Mom No Cape on Monday.
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/09/slow-sunday-stitching_24.html
http://www.supermomnocape.com


Monday, September 18, 2017

Fresh Flowers and Stitching a Labyrinth

A week after Hurricane Irma passed through we are keeping our eyes on hurricane Maria. Today was a lovely day full of sunshine after a cool morning that made taking my morning walk quite pleasant after a week hot sticky weather.

You can feel Fall approaching in subtle ways, the bright greens of summer begin to fade taking on an almost washed out look.  To help usher in the start of Autumn later this week I bought some fresh flowers from Publix to brighten my day.
I bought Sunflowers, yellow Chrysanthemums and red Roses, its like having a bouquet of sunshine on my table and those Chrysanthemums smell wonderful.

Yesterday I did a bit of hand embroidery but not on the Aine Sashiko project I thought I was going to be working on, I decided to work on a small Labyrinth pattern I am making for a friend.
She had admired one of my Labyrinth pieces a while back so I thought I would make her one for her birthday.  Speaking of birthday, there is a lovely vintage Happy Birthday pattern offered free over at Super Mom No Cape where I'll be linking this post, why don't you click the link here and take a look at what other bloggers are working on today. http://www.supermomnocape.com/vintage-embroidery-monday-stitchery-link-party-128/

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Life little stitches and glitches

Things here are slowly returning to normal in my neighborhood after hurricane Irma blew through last weekend. Most of the debris has been bagged up and hauled off with just some smaller sticks and twigs to get while working in the garden. The gas stations locally have gas with normal wait lines so the lawn mower will get some use this week.

On a sad note my youngest sister is once again in the hospital waiting on a blood transfusion she was admitted again with uncontrollable bleeding and still have no idea what is going on with all the blood clots etc. I'm going to donate a pint of blood at my local bloodbank and have them ship it there to have on hand for her. That's one of the things I learned when I worked for the bloodbank, you can transfer a blood donation directly to the patient or even donate in her name which cuts the cost of the blood she gets.


On the stitching front I have taken slow stitching to new heights this week by not getting any stitching by hand done at all until yesterday evening when I was finally able to pull out the Aine kit 
the Aine kit
and put in a few stitches I snapped a photo mid stitch so I would remember to post it today for Slow Sunday Stitching which I will be linking up to todayhttps://kathysquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/09/slow-sunday-stitching_17.html
a few stitches
Once I finish watering my plants this morning I intend to sit down and put in some serious stitching time.  Yesterday I wrote replies to several letters, finally put the new shelf unit in my laundry room and put up the blue drapes in my bedroom; all those items on my to do this weekend list are done.

A few day before the hurricane I did complete two more Witch bonnet girls for a total of 6, these are so cute I can't wait to put it all together but I think I will embellish each block first before I put them together.
2 more witch bonnet girls
On Thursday I ordered a new embroidery kit one of those Crabapple Hill studio patterns I love so much, it arrived yesterday.
The pattern
the floss and fabric
It is another of those cute Salem Quilt Guild patterns this one is Show and Tell, I decided to buy the kit which includes the floss and fabric so much easier to get it all together so I have everything set to go once I trace the pattern.  

Well that's about all the news for now, I hope if you were in the path of Irma life is getting back to normal for you.  Happy Slow Stitching to all of you.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

After the storm update

So Hurricane Irma blew through Florida leaving a path of destruction behind her.  By Sunday evening the hurricane made another turn and began to break down and rapidly began to lose steam. We were one of the few areas that didn't lose power.  My sister and great niece joined me to ride out the hurricane, she lives on the west coast and before the turn on Sunday was expected to be hit quite hard.  Her husband stayed behind with her dog with intention of joining us here if things got bad.

Yesterday my internet service was down for 12 hours a small inconvenience to say the least.  Today I filled 3 large black trash bags with tree debris and had every intention of mowing the grass except there isn't a gas station in the area with gas so it will have to wait.

I'm happy to say all of my potted plants I had placed in front of the garage survived, only one fell over which didn't even surprise me because it falls over all the time, I really need to transplant it.  I did lose the new growth on the top of my bamboo tree but I have replanted some of the pieces with hope some will take root and grow.

I didn't put the plants in the garage because the heat alone would have killed them, I did this a few years ago and the next day the plants were toast.

Well that's my after the storm update.  I hope all of you that were hit by Irma are safe.

Friday, September 8, 2017

While waiting out Hurricane Irma

It's hurricane season here in Florida and once again we are waiting for the storm to arrive, this one is a big one. After making donations to Texas we find ourselves facing the devastation that follows a storm such as Irma.

While waiting out the storm let me tell you what I have been up last weekend I visited my little sister to help celebrate her 55th birthday, we had a great visit and her husband grilled steaks and corn on the cob for dinner, my brother in law is a great cook and dinner was excellent as was the company and conversation.

My sister, Tessa and James
Tessa my great-niece insisted we all wear the party hats and how can you say no to such a cutie.  The cake was quite good unfortunately while clearing the table the remainder of the cake fell off the tray and hit the floor.
Also last week I found one of the Ocala Rocks painted stones in front of the post office I go to every day.

I had just finished reading an article a few days prior to finding the stone so when I saw it I knew exactly what it was, I brought it home to snap a few photos I plan to leave it at a local park next week after the storm.  I'm also planning to paint a few of my own stones to leave around the area.

I picked up some pretty sunflowers with all the rain and cloudy skies we are having I thought they would perk up the day, I love sunflowers next year I am going to try to grow them again.
I purchased the lovely quilted pot holder from Maria an artist over at Full Moon Fiber Art blog http://www.fullmoonfiberart.com  I have it hanging above  my desk so I can see it while I type.

I just love the yellow beet in the center and the vintage fabrics used for the potholder.  I came across her blog a few weeks ago she makes some unique quilts and other items you may want to check out for yourself the link is above. 
I picked up two library books that were waiting for me on Tuesday morning both are non-fiction which is always a nice change from fiction.
I finished The Garden of New Beginnings by Abbi Waxman, it was one of those books that had me turning page after page to finish it definitely a good read.

I have the newest hand embroidery pattern on the light box ready to be traced onto my fabric, I have
not done much stitching over the last few weeks just giving my fingers tome to rest while I catch up on some letter writing and reading.  My hands have been tingling and losing feeling quite a bit so I'm doing my finger exercise and massaging my hands though I think with all the humidity and rain my fingers ache to the bone.

One of the last things to post about is the growth on one of my succulent plants Echeveria  has bloomed quite nicely.
This is the first time in decades I have had luck with succulent plants, I suspect it's because I have it outside.  I was supposed to replant into a terra cotta bowl but I think I'm going to plant them in a tea cup or other ceramic pot.
The rain has wrecked havoc with my other potted plants, the weeds in and around the pots are out of control.
Right now I have all the pots moved to the front of my garage hoping not to lose them during the hurricane winds over the weekend, I'm also hoping the weather will start to cool off so I can get some much needed shrub trimming done in the next week.

Well that's all for now, if you are in the path of the hurricane stay safe and keep dry.