Saturday, May 11, 2024

April Wrap Up, OTX to OBX

This week almost got away from me. Work was super busy, but isn’t that always the way when you are getting ready to take vacation?

First, I want to tell you that I managed to put in 4,041 cross stitches on 3 projects during April. (Slacker Status!)

I finished the fourth chart in Snow Village by Country Cottage Needleworks.

Popsicle Cart

I made some progress on May Calendar Crates by Stitching with the Housewives

And I finished Autumn Basket by Hands on Design. This will be the top of a biscornu.

I still need to stitch another piece of Autumn Basket for the bottom of the biscornu.

We made a quick trip to Old Town Alexandria last weekend for a wedding.  I can’t share wedding photos because I was too busy socializing and didn’t ask permission.  But I have a few to share from around town.

I love the old cobblestone streets

This old bicycle hangs in my hubby's favorite ice cream shop

I can always find a quilt square

This is town square on Friday night

Town Square becomes a fabulous Farmers' Market on Saturdays

I am writing this on Friday night (5/10), when I’m supposed to be packing for our camping trip to the Outer Banks. We leave on Sunday.  I opened the refrigerator and found a bit of buttermilk.  Well, I had to make a pie. 

The crust looks horrible, but it is tasty!

We are celebrating Mother’s Day on Saturday (5/11) with my Mama, since we will be traveling on Sunday. We are taking her to lunch at Pisgah Inn up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I’ll try to get some photos. The weather is supposed to turn rainy

I hope you have a blessed weekend and I hope to catch up over the vacation week.


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Stars Update and GaRon Stitchery Grand Opening

There isn’t much to show in the way of stitching or sewing this week.

I managed to decide on a layout for Gene’s Flying Stars. This will be a runner for the top of a couple of IKEA cabinets.

I’m going to add a narrow border using the same background fabric and then a scrappy binding.

Stitching and sewing took a backseat to baking last week.  I spent two nights baking cookies.

Yes, these sour cream cookies have green buttercream frosting. You’ll see why further down.

I also made, but didn’t get photos of, snickerdoodles and peanut butter cookies.

I took a whirlwind trip to Alabama last weekend. 

While there, I attended the grand opening of GaRon Stitchery’s brick and mortar store. I’ve shared with you before that Gary and Ronny’s website is my ‘go to’ for cross stitch supplies. You can imagine how excited I was to help them celebrate this achievement.


Since I arrived on Friday, Ronny invited me to their home for a visit before we went to dinner.


I got to meet and get puppy kisses from their girls.

Ginger demanded many pets

Princess Leia just demanded
Gary showed me the amazing Merman in Blue. He cross stitched this a few years ago and it is incredible. 

This is a chart by Tilton Crafts, which I believe is no longer in business. I teased and asked if it is a self-portrait. 😊 I mean, look at the hair!

The doors opened on Saturday. There was a parking lot full of people waiting to get in.

We were greeted by a table full of….you guessed it…cookies!

Gary enjoying a green cookie.

People came from Missouri, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and other states to show their support. There were also many local stitchers.

I met a couple of friends there. 

Ronny's Girls

Andrea (left) and Becky (right) drove over from Memphis. We’ve attended a few retreats together. I’ll see them next at StitchCon in June. (more on that later)


Of course I had to get a photo with Gary and Ronny before I left.

I would have gotten more photos of Ronny except that he was busy running around keeping customers happy. He is the epitome of the energizer bunny. He fixed me a nice cup of coffee for the road and I was home just as the sun was setting Saturday night.

You will get a better recap of the grand opening weekend on the GaRon YouTube here. They typically post videos on Friday. Please check them out and if you are inclined to leave a comment, let them know that I sent you.

Hubby and I took a nice walk around the lake on Sunday then enjoyed lunch downtown. As we were walking down main street, I spied something new in the niche beside the General Store.

It is a Little Library. 

Things I Love About My Hometown
Little Library -- Mast General Store

I can’t wait to donate a few books to it.

I think this may be a new feature on the blog…Things I Love About My Hometown.

We are off to Alexandria, VA this weekend for a wedding. I’ll recap my April stitching stats next week when I share about the trip.

I’m still working my way through my friends’ blog posts from the last week. I apologize ahead of time for the abundance of comments 😊

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

FNSI -- A Start on Autumn Basket

Many thanks to Wendy at Sugarlane Designs for hosting Friday Night Sew In where many creators virtually sew or stitch together.

Even though we were camping, I was able to get a start on one of the Autumn Basket charts by Hands on Design.

I mentioned in my last post that I am stitching this along with Nichol Spohr on YouTube.


I made a little more progress Sunday.

We were busy de-winterizing and cleaning the camper. I was happy to get a nice start on this project.

Our campsite backed up to a little creek that was pleasant to listen to at night when the campground was quiet.

The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed a nice campfire one evening.

We are home, the laundry is done, and everything unpacked. So now I’m off to enjoy my coffee and catch up on what everyone else got up to during FNSI.


Enjoy your day!


Friday, April 19, 2024


It’s the third Friday of the month which is Friday Night Sew In hosted by Wendy at Sugarlane Designs.

Hubby and I will be leaving late this morning for a long weekend of camping in Arya the Airstream.

Here is what I am taking to stitch tonight and over the weekend.


Hoping to make some progress on May Calendar Crates by Stitching with the Housewives.

And I’m starting a new project. This is a Stitch Along (SAL) hosted by Nichol Spohr on YouTube.  She is celebrating her Flossiversary by stitching one of the seasonal basket charts by Hands on Design. Nichol is going to teach us how to fully finish the stitch into a biscornu, even though the chart is not designed for such a finish. I’ve never attempted this before, and it looks quite daunting. However, Nichol assures us that we can do it.

Image borrowed from Rainburst Embroidery on Etsy
Sample of a Biscornu Finish

I’m stitching the Autumn Basket since I already have the chart. I pulled the DMC floss and some fabric from my stash as well.

Since the campground we will be at this weekend is further up in the Smokies, I won’t have connectivity. So, please come back on Tuesday to see my progress.


Have a wonderful weekend!