Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stitching Finishes hooray!

Been busy working on some small pieces. I was thumbing through an old magazine of Just Cross Stitch issue May/June 1986 and came across this lovely design called "The Sewing Sampler" by Margaret & Margaret Inc.
I just knew I had to stitch it when I saw a verse taken from the bible, Ecclesiastes 3:7
I stitched this piece on 32 count linen with Anchor threads


I truly enjoyed working on this piece and there is another design called "The Needles Prayse" in this same issue that I would love to stitch also. 
Here is the picture of Needle's Prayse to be found in this issue... Love, love, LOVE it! I love Samplers! I think I have gone Sampler mad! :P


I am so glad someone gifted me with all these old magazines, they are a treasure trove filled with old sampler designs!

I have also finished another piece titled "The Sampler House" by Brenda Gervais.
Have I told you how much I love her designs? Well I do!! I have quite a few of her designs on my wish list. Such a talented designer! 
Here is my finished piece, stitched on 28 count Evenweave with DMC and Anchor threads:
I was gifted with a cute Heinzit chart with charms from my sweet stitching friend Teal. How appropriate! Here is my finished piece for my son. Stitched on
28 count Evenweave with DMC

I added the stitched anchors because the chart didn't have any. Love the way this came out! Will proudly display it in my Sons room. ❤️⚓️
Thank you Teal!
I did some baking of Irish Soda Bread yesterday. The house smelled so yummie as the bread was quite yummie too!
I must make the traditional corned beef and cabbage for Saint Patricks Day..although I am not Irish, my husband is :)
Any reason to bake and I'm in!!
I made four nice sized loaves. I use the same recipe every year and it never fails me. It is so delicious!


You can find the recipe on my recipe blog. Just look on the right side of my blog and click the link with the picture of the little girl for the recipe blog.
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend. We are supposed to have wonderful weather today.
Blessings to you,
Louise xx



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Easter Freebie!

New Freebie from The Nebby Needle!

Sooo pretty with a cute little bunny...

CLICK HERE!


Enjoy!
Louise

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Sampler House

I have started stitching The Sampler House by Brenda Gervais
Love, love, love this design so far!
I am stitching this on 32 count even weave with DMC threads. Picking colors of my choosing. I have really fallen in love with Brenda's designs! I want to keep stitching them :)
Here is my progress so far:






Oh! I just love this design! I want to keep stitching and don't want to stop. I know I want to frame this one too, along with my Paper Snowflake finish. I will have to take a shopping trip one day soon to pick out special frames.
More updates soon...
❤️Louise 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Paper Snowflakes Finish!

I am thrilled to say that I have finished my Paper Snowflakes design by Brenda Gervais! I am so thrilled with the outcome... Even with all my stitching mishaps , some wrong colors and mistakes. It makes my sampler unique and mine and have decided I won't change a thing! Just like samplers from years ago, mistakes brought on more charm to a special piece of stitchery, so I am going on that. Hee hee!
This is stitched on 28 count country mocha Linen by Zwiegert, with DMC threads. I am excited to hunt down the perfect frame for this one! :)
Isn't it adorable? I think so! My snow lady has been named "Adelaide" by me... Well she did need a name ! I also added a little heart on her chest ❤️

I am now going to start another one of her designs...not sure which one yet. Maybe perhaps this one!!

I am really hooked on all her patterns and now want more! Have you seen her bunny designs ? Oh my! Sooo cute!
The weather is beautiful, I have all the windows open. I scrubbed bird cages ...
Andy says "hello!"

and I am doing laundry too. It's a beautiful day, hope you can find some time for a stitch or two!
God Bless you ❤️
Louise

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Paper Snowflakes, Stitching, New Home Goodies

What a beautiful Saturday! Gorgeous weather with windows and doors open. The fresh Carolina air is so refreshing.
I went shopping yesterday with my neighbor. My favorite country primitive store Lake Norman Back In The Day is closing down :(
We headed over that way to see what they had on sale. I picked up a few things that I have been wanting...and now the price was 40 percent off. Great deals!
A new stitching tote , nice and roomy with plenty of pockets inside and out.
New placemats for our kitchen table and napkins to match, with an extra napkin to place in a basket for decor :)
A pretty towel that can be used as a table topper... The design is on both ends. LOVE the primitive look! I love the colors yellow, black, and reds together.
Wax melts... Oh the smell is so yummy! They were on sale for about a dollar each! Our home smells like a country home with these. I usually buy apple cinnamon scents, but these happen to be called "country store". They are delish!
As you can see in the picture the old tart burner I use has angels all around it, for different seasons. I bought it many years ago at Yankee candle shop. Love it!
A hanging basket for our bathroom. I grabbed this one because it was marked down to 8 dollars with a small chip and hole in one side.... Then I got 40 percent more off on top of that!! Yes a deal!! Could not resist ! Don't care if there is a hole in the basket, all part of its charm :)
I put some little purple flowers in it that I had. 
I have been working on my Paper Snowflakes stitchery. Many mistakes to my disappointment, but I've decided it's ok, I'm human and blessed... To remember only God is perfect. My mistakes in this sampler make it mine, special AND unique in its own way! :) I am very happy and content with it.
I hope this is a great weekend for all of my readers and friends. Thank you again for those of you that take a moment to leave a comment. Makes me feel that what I write is interesting to some! Thank you, thank you! 
Blessings to you❤️
Louise

Sunday, February 16, 2014

SNOW and Stitching ❤️

Hello again, it's me!
Well an amazing amount of snow decided to plop down on us here in North Carolina. I had this vision in my mind even before the snow began falling. I was on a mission! I was thinking of maybe the perfect picture for our next years Christmas card! I know, I know... Planning a bit early!! Snow doesn't pass this part of town too often and I had to take advantage of this awesome opportunity!
So I gathered up my supplies and waited... And waited. Then it began. Oh boy did it begin! Snow like I remember when I used to live in New York as a child. Snow, snow, glorious SNOW!!
Big FAT FLAKES lightly falling down, beautiful splendor all around. I thought I was in heaven!
Have you ever just sat outside while it snowed and just listened? Listened to the peacefulness? Oh it's so wonderful!
I snapped many photos....
Our backyard....
The end of our street right next to our house..
Footprints from our nightly visitors...

The front of our home at night with the snow falling down..

The view from my bedroom window...
More snow pictures....






While it was so chilly outside I baked a chicken for dinner...

Then made homemade chicken soup too!

Now back to the mission I was on that I mentioned in the beginning of my blog post... I trekked out back into the snow by myself and made our family of four snowmen!! I made them patriotic Americana style in support of our United States Navy! There is my husband, who is a United States Navy Veteran Dad, Navy Mom, presently serving Sailor Son, and Raggedy Ann Daughter❤️!
I am thinking of using this for our Christmas card this year!❤️

This past Friday night I experienced something I never felt before. Yes it was Valentines Day but it was also the first time I experienced an earthquake!
I was sitting on the couch and felt it starting to shake! I thought I was imagining things... Then this came on the news!
Although it was in South Carolina, it was felt all the way up where I live in North Carolina! Glad it wasn't stronger than it was!
I finished part four and five of my Jardin Prive Positive Stitch A Long. I am very pleased with the outcome! I shall hang this in my sewing room. ❤️
Love it!!


I hope you all had a very nice Saint Valentines Day. I spent a little more time in the lovely snow before it melted... And I snapped some photos!

I also baked heart shaped butter cookies with red sugar crystals and dipped strawberries in chocolate! Yummie! ❤️

Looking forward to warmer weather soon and getting projects in order.
Blessings to you!
❤️

Friday, February 7, 2014

A little update


Just a little update!
I have finished parts 2 and 3 of Jardin Prive's SAL
I am really loving this beautiful design!
I am stitching all the letters in the same pretty green as the leaves on the plants.

I framed my Prairie Schooler Chicken :)

I added more stripes to my crochet blanket... This is queen size, so you see why it is taking forever to make!


I have been sewing pinwheel squares out of my Violetta RJR fabric. I have been wanting to do this for quite some time! This fabric line is no longer available. It is oh so pretty in purples and greens!!❤️



Cannot wait to put them all together for a quilt top!

It snowed here in our part of town. Only about two inches, and it didn't last very long .... But it was very pretty!

I left a note on the front steps for our Military Son and snapped a photo...

Not enough snow for a snowman, so I made a snow angel!

Another angel... But this one held the snow in her arms!




Although it was soooo cold outside, we kept warm inside with cocoa and a hot meal of a roast in the crockpot!

I think everyone is ready for Spring to come along now. This has been a very long cold winter!
I may have to be traveling back to the doctor again, which I so do not want to do. I am having terrible hand and foot pain. Not quite sure what could be wrong. It worries me. The pain gets so bad I cannot even stitch. My hands ache!! I am thinking arthritis?
I am praying it's nothing serious.
I couldn't imagine giving up all I love :(