Sunday, January 24, 2016

Better Late than Never...

…for me to wish you a Happy 2016!

We have been very busy and I haven’t an opportunity to be creative. Therefore, I haven’t had anything to blog about.  While I have dropped in to read a few of my favorite blogs here and there, I missed out on so many.

We flew to Philadelphia a couple of days after Christmas and spent just over a week at my in-laws Delaware home.  They have both passed and my husband and his sister are selling the house there as well as the one in Florida.  My children always called the Delaware home “The Christmas House” since we frequently visited during the holiday.  My daughter asked if we could go back once more before the house sold.

 I will spare you all of the details but both houses are under contract and scheduled to close in February.  Since we returned to FL we have spent our weekends getting the FL house cleaned out and ready to go.  My husband leaves next weekend to start on the house in Delaware.  This has been a very difficult time for him and his sister.  So…prayers for them are appreciated J

We did a lot of our favorite things while up north like visit museums, as the area is chock full of history.  We ate cheesesteaks and ran around Philly.  All of those things deserve their own blog post (another day) so I’ll skip to one of my favorite parts…

I finally had a little time to visit Loop, a yarn store that I had been trying to get to for a couple of years. 

And the folks there were super nice.  They let me bring home this delicious gourmet yarn.

They even threw in a free pattern.

But that isn’t what I am working on today.  I picked up this yarn from my local yarn store a couple of months ago.  Linaza by Plymouth Yarn, 50 % Alpaca, 25% Linen and 25% Tencel.

My Slow Sunday Stitching today is making a lightweight cowl. 

Summer Cowl by Amy Kudej.  She kindly offers this pattern free from Ravelry.   There is a photo of a finished cowl on Ravelry but I am waiting to get permission to share it.

Check out Kathy’s Quilts to see other Slow Sunday Stitching projects.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Vicky's 3rd Annual Ornament Exchange

Vicky, who blogs at Life on Willie Mae Lane, hosted her 3rd annual ornament exchange.  I participate in her first one two years ago and again this year.  Not sure how I missed last year’s. L

I was super excited to learn that the recipient of my gift was going to be Cecilia at The B Farm.  Keep an eye out for her post about the ornaments I sent to her and also read more of her blog to enjoy her decorating talent.  She has a lovely city home as well as an equally lovely farm house.

I love ALL things snowmen, one of my favorite things to decorate with at Christmas.  Linda at A La Carte had me pegged when she sent me her exchange gifts.

Love the gift bag and two sweet ornaments.

Snowman photo frames

One holds a picture of my children and the other holds a picture of me with my sweetie.

An adorable little stocking

Pretty and useful note cards

Elegant silver glass ornaments.  I have been known to decorate a second tree in our home and these will go perfectly on that one.  It is mostly white and silver.  However, this year we only have one tree so these will be safely packed away and now I am inspired to make sure I get the second tree next year.

Thank you so much, Linda.  I absolutely love it all! You couldn't have selected anything more perfect for me.

Many thanks to Vicky for hosting this fun ornament exchange. Please visit Vicky and see how special life is on Willie Mae Lane.  Also, visit her linky party to see more ornaments.

How is your holiday season going so far?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Shhh...I have a thing for Santa

Who knew?!?

I love Snowman…I really do. But looking around the house, I realized that I also have a super big crush on Santa.

This guy doesn't go anywhere without his reindeer!

I decided to frame the "Winter" stitchery instead of making a small quilt.  I change my mind all the time, do you?  The small ceramic gift box was a gift from my son when he was in elementary school.

He is too adorable with his glasses.

These guys hold stockings...that is another post.

Namaste...my ornament for this year.  He is hanging on by a gold paper clip until I can get proper string.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

Is anyone else still suffering from a tryptophan hangover or food coma?  I’m telling you, I have been sluggish the past couple of days. 

In spite of that, we did manage to decorate the inside of the house for Christmas and also the tree.  We made two shopping trips for the tree because “it” had not been unveiled on our first stop.  We settled for one slightly shorter than what we wanted but it really looks nice adorned with white lights and our favorite family ornaments.  I’m going to do a little more decorating then share a few photos with you.  I’ll also have a confession to make!

Today was Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’sQuilts.  Before I share today’s project, I need to show the Manatee Row from this post.

As a reminder, my friend and I collected many kits from Florida’s 2015 Row by Row Experience.  Click here to learn about the Row by Row Experience.
This row is from Boutique for Quilters in Melbourne, FL.

Cute little schools of "fish buttons"

And I also completed the “Peace on the Treasure Coast” row from Laura’s Sewing in Port Saint Lucie, FL.

You can’t see them but I promise the bird has legs. 

And today, I finished stitching Primitive Stitches “Winter Sampler.” 

I first learned about these designs from Karen at My Yellow Farmhouse a few years ago.  She once had a quilt shop that sold kits. 

I have all four seasons and will make a small quilt with each.

I am still working on secret projects for Santa but he said I can tell you about them after Christmas.

Have a good week, y’all.  Put your ear plugs in because the screen door is surely about to be slammin’ J

Linking up to Kathy's Quilts, Slow Sunday Stitching

and Sew Many Ways, Sew Darn Crafty

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sam I Am

My friend purchased two aprons for her grandson Samuel. She asked if I would machine embroider his name on them and when I saw the the aprons…well, I had to do it.

I only embroidered his name on these but aren’t they cute?  She is very happy with them. Santa will be delivering these to Samuel on Christmas morning.

To all of my U.S. friends, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Sunday Before Thanksgiving

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday?  And…it is also my birthday.  They sure seem to come faster these days.

Life has been so busy lately and while I have been doing some sewing, I can’t share yet as the projects are gifts.

I wanted to show you my finished Buttermilk Basin October Banner.  This was a fun and fast little project.


A dear friend retired last month and she is going to spend more time gardening.  I remembered I have Anita Goodesigns Prayer Garden embroidery and made her this little quilt.  I put a pocket on the back so she can display it on her table top quilt stand.


Below is a photo of my very first sewing machine.

My daughter bought a new backpack for school and the strap broke.  Of course the period for returns had passed and the store did not have another one like it for an exchange.  Neither my Brother nor the little Pfaff wanted anything to do with the repair so I took out Old Faithful.


It is an overcast drizzly day in south Florida so we are just relaxing and watching football.  I’ll start the embroidery machine soon to stitch out some samples for a friend who wants to put her grandson’s name on an apron she bought for him.  They own a restaurant and she wants to give him his own apron for Christmas.  Cute idea.

I hope you have a great week ahead. Also hoping to check in with you before Thursday.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

It's Fall Y'all

This is how we know it is fall here in SoFlo

I break out the fall projects

I will be hand stitching these creepy creatures during football games today.  It is a Buttermilk Basin design, Basin Banners thru the Year – October.

I first saw these designs at Karen's, Log Cabin Quilter. She has made several of these.  Her applique’ is perfect!

My next project will be to stitch the faces on these sweet manatees.  This is a from Boutique 4 Quilters, a great shop in West Melbourne, FL.  It is their row for the 2015 Florida Row by Row Experience.

Visit Kathy’s Quilts to see what everyone else is doing for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Enjoy your Sunday.