Wednesday, April 30, 2014

LHN Finish, picture heavy

I recently contacted Faye of Carolina Stitcher and asked her if she would be interested in finishing a gift that was going to be given to my Aunt for her Birthday. Even though it was a tight schedule she kindly said yes.

Now I am sure everyone has seen her beautiful work on her blog, but to see her work in person, well it is pretty awesome.
a pretty pink flower.

a cute little pocket where I am going to put a note card in there for my Aunt just to tell her how much I appreciate her.

And the whole piece.

If you have the chance to use Faye please do. You will not be disappointed. Her work is amazing and she is just as sweet as could be.

I am almost finished with my Grandmas gift. a few more stitches and then it is ready to be finished I will attempt to make a hanging pillow. I have fabric already picked out and some old lace taken from an old pillow case. I love to re purpose items

I will hopefully have pictures to share this weekend of the finished piece. Untill then I really appreciate those that visit and those that leave comments. I know many lead busy lives so to take a few moments out your day is a treasure :D

Have a wonderful Wednesday or as my DH says " HUMP DAAYYYYYYY!!!!" LOL

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring in the garden

I don't know about you but this time of year is my favorite. There is a warm breeze blowing, the soft humm of bees at work and loud croaks from the frogs. Those sounds set my heart a flutter. Last week I decided to put in some tomato plants, pepper plant, cucumber and plant some pole beans, everything is looking good and I can't wait for those fresh tomatoes to come in. Nothing is better that a tomato and mayo sandwich on fresh white bread. That screams summer to me :)

I have been working every night on my Grandmas birthday present. Once I am finished stitching it I hope to make it into a small hanging pillow, something she can hang in her room. She is living in a assisted living facility. I talked to my Aunt yesterday and she told me that Grama is now taking her meals in the cafeteria and going to church services on Sundays. She is worried about her hummingbirds though. She said "now who is going to feed them" She is just so sweet. And she is VERY excited about her birthday party.

She was a quilter and when she moved into this place she could not take her quilting things with her , plus it is hard for her to see now. So she donated everything to her church. Well the youth group and some of the elders took some tracings she had done and made a quit from her fabric. They are going to raffle it off to help raise money for a church members medical bills that insurance would not cover. I am blessed to have this lady in my life.

Here is the stitched piece I am working on for her. I am using Lakeside Linen 40ct vintage navy bean The design comes from Prairie Schooler ~ Farm Fresh. There is a section of grass to be stitched near the bottom, I think I am going to add a couple chicks to that area since she use to have a few of her own.

It is Friday and that means the weekend! I work tonight and tomorrow but Sunday it is going to be a beautiful 85 degrees and I will be at my friends farm helping her out with an event she is hosting. I hope to take many photos of her precious animals and wonderful gardens. So until next time my friends thank you for dropping by I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. Many blessings to you this weekend!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Can you dig it......

in the dirt?? Today I spent the morning at a co-workers farm. My friend decided to become a homesteder. I give her much props, because it is not an easy job. I have been wanting to come out her way and visit her farm The Humble Farm Today was a perfect day. I was greeted by her gang of hens and a few roosters but the one that stole the show was her Rooster Hunch. I did not take any photos but Hunch is about as spoiled as they come. He wanted to be picked up all the time, while we were planting seeds he came up and pecked at us to let us know he was there. He is so very sweet. I hugged on him alot. If everyone could have a HUnch in their life things would be perfect :D

It was really very relaxing to be out there in the country digging in the dirt and enjoying the fresh air.

I have still yet to work on Gma Gerrys gift I need to go to my LNS and pick up fabric that will work with the project. Though I do have a piece of 32ct that I might try to use. My cousin shared a photo on FB of Gma Gerry and a quilt she made this week. 90 years old and still sewing... She is AWESOME!!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Embrace life and 90 years on this earth

I embrace spring with open arms. I am so thrilled to be out of the grips of "winter", yes I know our southern winters pale in comparison to winters elsewehe but none the less I am grateful that it is over. With spring comes daffodils, irises and running. A few years ago I ran alot at least 4-6 miles every other day. But a knee and ankle injury stopped me in my tracks. I have taken a VERY long time off and have slowly nursed my body back. Today this was my view while I ran/walked 3.2 miles. It felt amazing. I forgot how much I truly enjoy running. This is coming from a girl that use to hate the thought of running it made no sense to me why anyone would find it enjoyable. But I have overcome that and so grateful that I can do it today.

With running comes a sense of peace. It is just you and the pavement, that is my time to reflect on things. It is meditation for me. It also makes me mind full of what I put in my body. I am not going to deprive myself of things I love. Things like chocolate, beer and cheese but I take it all in moderation when I am in this mind set. I also remember to eat my full serving of veggies and fruits. I think running also leads me to be more productive. Those Endorphins are awesome.

Next month I will be going back home to celebrate my Grandmas 90th birthday. 90 years on this great earth! Grandma Gerry is not really my Grandmother. Growing up my mom was good friends with a woman named Sue, her son and my brothers became very good friends and then I came along, the only girl in the neighborhood, seriously. My two brothers are 15 years older than I am and there were three families nearby and they all had boys. So my moms friend became "aunt Sue" and I became the daughter of everyone LOL Well Aunt Sues mom Gerry became my Grandma and their family was our family. So I grew up with MANY "cousins" that I am still close to. Coming from a small family it was wonderful to have this extended family as my own.

Every summer Grandma Gerry and the family would get a big kettle and set it up outside above a big fire and make apple butter. So when I saw this pattern many years ago I knew that it would be the perfect gift for her. I intended to stitch it awhile back but never did so this will be a nice birthday present for her. I think it will be made into a pillow once finished.

I hope you all are enjoying your Wednesday so far. I want to thank you all for the comments left on the last post. It is always great to see how differently everyone stitches. As Brigitte said "the most important is the fun and contentment this hobby can give you"

With that I wish all enjoyment in each and every stitch and happiness in every day!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Serial Starter or am I???

I use to be a serial finisher. I never would start a new project until I finished the current one, well that just meant it took me YEARS to complete something. Then I started a rotation which allowed me to start as many new projects I wanted as long as they fit into the rotation schedule. Well then that fell by the wayside and I just stitched whatever the heck I wanted whenever. That has been all fine and dandy but I feel like I am not accomplishing anything, I have mabey 6 WIPs right now in my basket way less than some of my other stitching friends I'm sure ;)

So as I type this I sit here trying to decide if I work on my WIPs or just go all in and start a new project? There have been so many darling freebies from designers lately that I am tempted to start this one from The Primitive Hare

Or this one making in Blues and browns or pinks and browns Plum Street Samplers

Or this one Samplers and Santas
But as a few of my dear friends would say "start them all" Hahaha Gotta love 'em :D

I did happen to finish this sweet pillow for my cousins baby. Notice the date he was born, hopefully next time I won't wait so long LOL The fabric is what I used for the backing. I hope to have this mailed off to her before the weekend.

I will leave you with a picture of this little guy sunning himself in the warm Carolina sunshine Notice all that pollen covering the car... Pollen counts are SUPER high right now and they are hitting me hard!!

Wishing everyone a happy day!