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Monday, February 17, 2020

Good Monday Morning!

     It's a mild one here in this part of North Carolina.  I always enjoy my neighborhood early morning.  It's quiet and the birds are at the feeder.  Too early in the year for the deer to be in the woods behind our house, but soon we'll be seeing, not many, but a couple or three deer eating at the young and tender spring growth.  They never stay too long but we're always happy when we're blessed with their appearance for a few minutes.
     Our son, Skeet, is down from NH, and he and Guy, our younger son, have put in the windows in my she shed.  I should be getting so much more  natural light when enjoying the shed now.  Next step with the shed though, is to insulate and put the walls up.  A picture of it now, and come spring, in front of this window will be lots of native flowers for the Monarch's and bees.  So right now, it looks very bare.  I have six windows all together now.


I have a little more stitching done on "Spring Renewal" and I'm finally really enjoying the stitch.  It's still a lot of very few stitches with many colors resulting in lots of threading the needle over and over again.  The colors are beautiful though, and now I can see the beginnings of the little village in the piece.



I also put in the designed box of this past week in on the 52 Week SAL.  So it's coming along as well and while waiting for the next block, I may start the outlining in black between each of the blocks I have now.  Some pretty borders out there by the ladies who are doing this SAL, and I haven't decided yet on any one in particular.



     Now! The last freebie I posted was indeed a design by Durene Jones.  I contacted her, to make sure that it was okay that I did post it, and she was kind enough to tell me that it was fine.  Any of her free designs can be posted in the future, which I may occasionally do, but for now, I would like to direct you all to a couple of sites where you can see all her beautiful charts.  Many are free, but she also has many for sale at very reasonable prices.  I really like her use of colors.  So please drop over and see her and her work at  here or at her Etsy shop.  "Durene Jones Etsy Shop".  Here below are the two charts I've ordered from her.  I love them both so much!


I was very surprised  a couple of days ago.  A very sweet friend of ours, Jeanne, crocheted a top for me that I just love! She knows how much I love greens of all shades, so chose the variegated green yarn.  She does beautiful work, and thank you again Jeanne.  I'll have Bill take a picture of me wearing this and will post it here again sometime soon.



          I'll be busy over the next couple of days.  I've neglected the book we're reading from our local library club, so need to finish it.  "The Orphan Train" is really an easy read, but like any other book.....it won't read itself to me! So I may not be back for a day or two.

     Until I am indeed back with another post, please be safe and well.  Look around you so you can once again, "feel the colors".  Love you all.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day


To all my dear friends and followers here.  Thank you for being here and I pray that your day is filled with love and lots of blessings.


                                 Fill you hands with beautiful colors and stitch the day away!

                                                                         Hold hands.


                                                                            Hug



                                                                             Kiss


                                                                            Dance

See ya'll tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Valentine's Day Week

     Hopefully, you all had a pleasant weekend, and I pray that this week will be full of nothing but good things and lots of colors.  Valentine's Day this week and lots of people are talking about sweetheart dinners and dates and all.  We have one also come Friday noon.

     Speaking of Valentine's Day! I received a surprise package yesterday and was overjoyed when I opened it! I love surprise things, and this came for me! How pretty and beautiful handwork.  The little casing for it is also handmade.  This isn't all though!


This was also in the package! A pair of rosetone scissors that fold up and fit right into the palm of my hand.  Nice size to put in my project bag while traveling! Look at the pretty second pillow cover also.  So pretty with all the different colored butterflies! I'll be stitching up something special to fill it!
I never know whether to mention names or not.  Don't want to embarrass anyone, but I really need to thank, Marilyn for the lovely surprise gifts. How sweet to think of this little old lady!


     I'm enjoying a little time to get a little more done on my two stitching projects.  Still can't believe how slow my spring piece is going, and I keep having to tell myself that with all the tiny areas with so many different colors, it really is not going to zip right along.  Another house or two on it and I'll be doing some back stitching before I go any further.


Then there is the blackwork that I'm doing.  This piece is relaxing after working on the big piece, and I don't feel a need to hurry with it.  A new chart comes out one a week to continue the stitch for all of 52 weeks.

     Our little Guthrie, came through his surgery with flying colors.  Even though it was more invasive than usual, with one testical that hadn't even begun to drop into place.  A little sore the first day, but acted like everything was cool after that.  All the stitches are out and he's a happy little boy.


     I see that there are lots of blossoms on our one blueberry bush, and other shrubs and small trees are also started to bud.  Spring is again right around the corner here in NC, and I'm looking forward to spending a little time outside cleaning up the little garden areas we have.

     One last thing! I found this freebie online last night.  I didn't know at first, but found that Durene Jones is the designer.  I'm headed over to make sure that she doesn't mind if I share this.   I won't be sharing anything that looks like it was not meant to share here. If any of my dear friends and followers think that I am doing wrong with a chart, please let me know.  I'll remove it from my blog without any problem.  I did think this little bird was well worth coming to life for this coming spring.  Something not too big, but some pretty colors.  Enjoy the chart!

     Well here it is nearly ten o'clock in the morning and I haven't gotten a move on yet! So I'm going to let y'all go for today.  You all take care.  Stay well and of course, be sure to "feel the colors" around you.  Love to every one of you!


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A Tiny Bit of Progress

      I do mean tiny! Put in an hour today and though it's going slow as I said before, I am enjoying lots of different colors.  So far.............. I think everything is outlined also, and will be doing that as I go along.


A also decided to go ahead with the 52 week SAL over at www.facebook.com/groups/PeppermintPurpleSALGroup/ .  They're on week five now, but you can get every weeks chart anytime.  I did mention that I had ordered some variegated green thread for it, and I love the colors in it.  I put in an hour on this today also, and here it is so far.  Each weeks square is back stitched in black, and that will really make the designs pop I'm sure   I started it because "Spring Renewal" is so tedious that I felt that I needed to relax with something a little simpler and enjoyable.    


A few days ago I mentioned that I picked up more yarn for another scarf.  This is Mexicana by Red Heart  and all the colors are so very bright.  I've already decided who this one would go to,  and I know he'll love it!


I just have to show y'all what a peeper is! I mentioned that the spring peepers were very loud in the evenings.  There has to be thousands out past our wooded area, as each one is only about the size of a dime.  Here's the picture that I got online and I think will give you an idea just how little they are.  Poor little things don't do much of anything other that peep all night! 



Spring begins next month, and if it seems like a long way off, just think how fast January went by! Looking out in my yard, reminds me how much weeding and cleaning up I have to do before anything new gets planted.  I'll be concentrating on my she shed area this spring and summer.  I love the thought of bird feeders and baths right outside one of my shed windows so I can watch them without them even knowing I'm close by.  

Need to let y'all go now.  I may even be able to get in a little more stitching tonight.  We'll see.  I love you all.  Stay well and warm and don't forget to "feel the colors".



Tuesday, February 4, 2020

My Valentine's Day Table

     I get all my Valentine goodies out each year and arrange them on our dining table.   I was adding one new stitch a year, but decided that if I didn't quit that, I'd have to find a new place to set everything up.  It's just something fun to do and something to look forward to as well.  So here are a few pictures.  Most things are cross stitched pieces, but I do have a few other simple things, such as the hearts which are just fabric and stuffed a bit.


My favorite piece in the arrangement is this one below.  I stitched this one year for my husband Bill.


This is another stitched one below.


And this shoes the whole arrangement.


     There's another giveaway happening at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, and y'all should check it out.  I've purchased some of the charts from this sight and they are easy to follow.  The threads too are gorgeous.  So stop in and enter for the things she's giving away.  Not just one but many.  Good luck to you! Enter by going here.  https://victorianmottosamplershoppe.blogspot.com/

     I got in another two hours of stitching on my piece.  Can't believe how slow it's going, and I keep reminding myself that it has so many tiny areas with just a few stitches in many different colors.  So I do a few stitches and then cut the thread and start a different color.  I'm sure, in a few days, I'll be able to appreciate some progress.  I'll catch you up then with a photo.

     Though this is a short post this time, I'm going to let y'all go.  By the way............The spring peepers are very load tonight! Spring really is just around the corner.  Love to you all, and stay warm and well, and "feel the colors".


Monday, February 3, 2020

A Bluebird Day For Sure!

     It was a beautiful day from morning to this evening.  Seventy degrees and sunny with no clouds at all.  Just a tiny breeze as well.  My little daughter-in-law in NH would call this "a Bluebird day".  Working inside or out was very comfortable, and it is supposed to be equally as nice tomorrow.  Thank you Father for a perfect day as well as another beautiful sunrise.




     I started "Spring Renewal" yesterday, and I have to say that this is going to be a challenge indeed.  I kept making dumb little mistakes and after two solid hours I got only what's shown below done! Just a tiny house and I still have to finish the roof, windows and door.


    I finally picked up some fabric to make a pillow out of the cross stitch I finished a month or so back.  This will be a gift and I'm pleased with the project.  I hope it will be liked.  The chart itself works up quickly and has only six colors.  The first one I did, I used pinks.  This one here, as you can see has lots of blue and green.


     A lady mentioned, "Color Outside the Lines".  She thought I might like it.  Well, of course I looked it up and fell in love with it.  When it's finished sometime in the future, it will be perfect in my she shed which I plan on loading with colors.  Here's what it looks like.  Very different than what I normally stitch, but I think it will be a pleasure working with all the flosses.  Very different!





     I'm happy to say that I have a new follower.  Welcome Hazel! Y'all need to stop over at her blog and see her beautiful stitched pieces.  She has really inspired me! Check it out at http://quietlystitching.blogspot.com/   Hazel said that she hadn't blogged in a long time, and I really hope that she starts up again soon.  We all understand though..........Life just gets busy!

     I'm going to let y'all go for now.  My eyes are getting heavy, and I did hope to get in a little reading before I go to bed.  I love each and every one of you my dear friends and followers.  Stay safe, warm and well, Come back soon, and don't forget to "feel the colors".




   

Saturday, February 1, 2020

A Drizzly Saturday

     A drizzly Saturday morning here, and it's the perfect kind of day to stay inside and get some cross stitch going.  I was up at five this morning.  Had my cup of coffee and have a couple of loads of laundry done.  Time to relax now.

     I have a brand new follower! Thank you so much for joining in here Sally.  I hope to get to know you.  Wondering if you have a blog of your own, so I can stop in and say, "Howdy".  Please stop in again soon and thank you for the comment.

     Finished my "Mares Eat Oats" this morning and I love it.  Here's the completed piece. I enjoyed stitching it, and even though I used pink hi liter pen as I went along, it is still very clear to see and all.  If someone would like the pattern, drop me a line at MissLindaLee@ec.rr.com.  Leave your full name and address and I'll get it in the mail.  In the subject line of the email, put Mares please.


I had a good week this week! By that, I mean that I didn't cave! No new charts ordered and as I've heard some say, down here in the south.  "Hallelujah and pass the bread"! LOL I did order two skeins of yarn for another scarf and after seeing one piece in the 52 week SAL that was being worked up with a beautiful green variegated floss, I ordered the green floss for myself.  Both items will be here today, so next post, I'll post a couple of pictures of them.  I doubt that I'll be starting the SAL anytime soon, but I'm making sure that I get the new pattern each week.  Stop on over and take a look at some of them! Beautiful! Here's the address of the site.  https://peppermintpurple.co.uk/52-week-sal/

I also got a lot of stitching done which always makes me happy and the purple variegated scarf is nearly complete as well.  I mentioned on a previous post, that these scarves will be for Christmas gifts.  The pattern I'm using is so easy and each scarf works up quickly.  If anyone here knits, and would like the pattern, please let me know, and I'll post it here.

 Bill and I are in a book club at our local library and right now, we're all reading "The Orphan Train" written by Christina Baker Kline. It's about the relationship of seventeen year old Molly and a ninety one year old lady.  How their lives change so much from knowing each other.  It's one of those books that are easy to read and hard to put down.

So once again, here is what I'll be starting on today.  Need to zigzag around the edges first and then I'm off, as I already have it kitted up.  Lots of colors in this one.  I'm going to enjoy it I think.


Spring Renewal - Cross Stitch PatternI

   Well, I must let y'all go once again.  I thank all of you that has stopped in from time to time and left comments.  I'm making friends here and meeting people and I enjoy that.  Y'all take care.  Stay well and warm.  Love each and every one of you, and until next time, don't forget to "feel the colors".




Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wednesday!

     Wondering if there's an upbeat song about the day, Wednesday! One o'clock here and it's a beautiful day at 53 degrees.  The sun is shining and there isn't a cloud in the sky.  I have a sun powered prizm in the window that was given to me when I was in the hospital over six years ago. I was given one to three weeks to live at that time, and here I am today enjoying all of God's colors floating around the room.  This is just a quick picture I took of the wall right in front of me.  Thank you Father for allowing me to be here today.



     We had a lovely day yesterday as well.  My husband, Billy and I headed out late morning to a couple of nice thrift and antique shops.  Found a couple of neat things which are put aside for right now.  They'll be moved out to my she shed once my other windows are in.  I love natural day light and with just two small windows, there isn't an awful lot of it.
     After the shop visits, we had a nice lunch in downtown New Bern and then as we walked back to our car, we heard this man below.  He was singing gospel music loud and clear.  God has blessed him with such a beautiful voice! So we went over and sat down with him and sang along with him.  His name is Howard Matthews and he loves the Lord.  When you're rejoicing, you sing loud with a smile on your face!




Another which is a better one of Howard.  Can you tell that he's happy! Look at that genuine smile!

 

I'm wondering how many of my sweet friends and followers here are working on the 52 Week SAL over at the Peppermint Purple blog.  Check it out at https://peppermintpurple.co.uk/52-week-sal/  It's all blackwork type stitching and once a week you'll see a new chart for that week.  Doesn't cost a thing to join in, and it's fun seeing what others are using for the colors.  You also have the option to add a border as well.  If you decide to join in, have fun! I have the fabric for it but haven't even begun yet.  Been working on my current piece.


Another freebie for you below dear friends.  Just a tiny sweet little rabbit piece in time for spring.  Make a tiny pocket out of it or a tiny pillow.  Use the color or colors you want! 




I'm going to let y'all go now.  My stitching chair is calling me! "Mares Eat Oats" is all ready for me to pick up.

Y'all be well, warm and safe and remember to "feel the colors".







Monday, January 27, 2020

So Far So Good..............I think

     Trying to have a new look to brighten my blog up.  With spring right around the corner, I thought frogs would be cute.  Still some tweaking with the gadgets and all connected to the blog, but I'm not any whiz when it comes to this stuff.  So, it's taking some time.

     Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend, and pray that you're all well and warm.  I know that there is lots of snow in different areas, so stay safe on the roads.

     This guy below was going to take the place of my main picture here, but I couldn't figure out how to get him in there without blocking the title and all.  He's so stinkin cute though, that I have to at least give him a chance here! All us stitchers know about frogs!


     I got quite a bit of stitching done over the weekend, but don't want to bore y'all with another picture.  I'll post a final picture when "Mares Eat Oats" is all done.  I am enjoying the stitch though.

     Going to let you go this time around.  Please stay well and safe.  Love every one of you.  I'll be posting again tomorrow.

     Remember to "feel those colors".



   

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Itching To Stitch

     I wanted to grab my stitching first thing this morning and enjoy some time with just it and a cup of coffee! Didn't happen........I had to take our little Guthrie in to have his incision checked which was in New Bern, which means approximately sixteen miles.  Once finished up there, I ran over to Hobby Lobby to pick up the threads I needed to start my next piece, for spring.  I had all but seven colors, so I was happy.  Here they are all lined up below, minus the black and white which I have set out in my last project.  "Forgot to put it away".  Even with all these showing below, there are hidden ones in there that we can't see! This new piece will be so pretty and I'm looking forward to it.


Once I got home I realized that it was later than expected, and I wanted to hit the senior center here in town for lunch.  Wanted to see if we could help, and yes, we were needed.  Our good friend, Dave and I did the lunch chores and all.  It went great and I was glad we could go.  Home for close to an hour, but being a bunco player, had to head back out for it.  By the time bunco was all set up and all, my fingers were just itching to do some stitching! LOL  You stitchers understand! I found that I was fidgety and couldn't keep my mind on the game.  As soon as I got home, I picked up my stitching and away I went! Got in about a half hour before dinner.  Will have more time tomorrow to enjoy more of it.  Reading back now, I am rambling.  Sorry my dear friends.

     I have added the new moon dates for 2020.  For everyone who saves all the teeny tiny bits of threads and even maybe some longer ones that are tangled beyond repair, you can display your orts on your own blogs each month, or send me a picture of them, in or out of a container, and I'll post them here with your name.  Send the pictures to MissLindaLee@ec.rr.com.   

Here's my orts for this month.  I know it's a couple days early, but if I don't post it now, I'll forget it for sure.  A lot of black bits in here as I used the black for all of the border and the letters on my current project.


Now once I move my things out to my she shed, I'll start using my usual container which you can see here! I love this frog and thought it was perfect for its use!  He had lots of orts in him from last year at this time.  This guy is actually 14 inches high!


Thank you for stopping in once again.  Love you all, and it means so much to me to have you, my friends and followers still with me.  I sure appreciate it! Y'all stay warm and well and,
"Don't forget to feel the colors".