Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Getting Into the Groove

     Good morning once again, and it's a nice one here in eastern North Carolina.  We may be seeing some rain off and on all day, but those days are good also.  Inside puttering hasn't hurt me yet.  Plus my needlework can start calling my name at any moment!
     After ten years living in this house, and talking about having a new kitchen floor put down, it will finally happen this coming week.  We have done a little here and a little there on this 1960's home and knew from the time of the sale that it did need lots of updates.  So over the years, we've had the bathrooms re-modeled.  A wall between the living room and the kitchen taken down. A beautiful huge screened in porch added on and now the flooring.  So it has been slow but sure but has also been satisfying.
     I think I've been making good use of my time as far as my stitching goes.  Seems I'm in the groove now.  I try to get an hour in at least each morning on my cross stitch and if not another few minutes in the evening, I'll crochet the brown around about four blocks.  My progress on my cross stitch here and I'm loving the colors.
Then the progress on my afghan.  You can see that the stack on the right is shrinking as I crochet the border and move the blocks to the left.  Also a picture of some of the blocks all done.

So I feel good about buckling down and working with my hands more.  This time of year we stay quite busy outside in the garden areas, so it takes away from my stitching.  We do though, as I said earlier, have rainy days and they're blessings indeed.
     My sister has finally gotten over two bouts of pneumonia, and she's feeling great.  So we started our walking together once again the other day, and did five miles.  Down a back dirt road with nature all around us.  Loving it, and with the walking and the Planet Fitness that I do, we should be good to go at the end of March for our Appalachian Trail start.  I do feel like a kid again with the excitement of being on the trail.  Here's a picture of my sister and I below.  Georgia on the right.

     I was checking on my tea herb garden yesterday and realized that I have three different colors of the Monarda! I always thought I had just one out there.  Then I realized this morning that my rose garden out front was in full bloom once again.

It was a must to put this sign out last year.  We have the sweetest little brown rabbit that visits at least a couple of times each day.  I've been putting grapes out for him/her and I'm able to get quite close at this time.

     Now I must let ya'll go this time around.  The morning is young and there are the Hummingbird feeders to change out still.  Ya'll be safe and be well until next time.  I love each and every one of you.  In the meantime remember to "feel the colors".

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Beautiful Day

     Started out the day with an early visit to Planet Fitness.  We go three days a week and we're getting so much out of it.  Then home to start our things inside and out.  Bill is clearing a lot of the woods out back beyond our fence.  We don't have the pretty easy to walk wooded areas in this part of NC.  The woods are full of unfriendly vines and thickets.  Not to mention the spiders and ticks! We can already feel the breeze in our back yard that couldn't get through the wooded area in the past. It's looking great and feeling great as well.
     I want ya'll to know that my newest followers are Mary and RJ from a wonderful blog named stitchingfriendsforever2.  Two very sweet stitchers.  I'm so glad that they stopped in here.  Take a look at the beautiful needlework and the lovely primitive settings where some of the work may be displayed.  Welcome Mary and RJ.
     I have lots of blocks crochet in a simple granny square pattern.  Will be adding brown on the outside edges and then sewing them together to make an afghan for the living room.  Twelve colors total and 48 blocks to make the afghan.  Here are a couple of pictures.  The first when I got the first twelve done to see how the colors would look together.

     I decided they wouldn't look so bad and went for it.  Here are all 48 below.

            Before I forget.....I want to show you how pretty the Mimosa tree is this year.  This is in the back left corner of our yard, and will be one thing that isn't going to be cleared away to open everything up.  We look forward to the lovely flowers every year.  Always makes me think of little ballet dancers.

     I've been working a little each morning, and sometimes in the evening on my stitching and am enjoying  "Love With An Open Heart" from Stoney Creek.  Loving the beautiful colors in it and I'm going to make a pillow out of it for a gift once finished.  Here's a picture of the piece all finished and then another of my work thus far.

A way to go to say the least, but I'm enjoying the stitch.

     Outside my sewing room window I'll see the Hummingbirds stop by.  Busiest time is early morning a evening before the sunsets.  We also have a bunny that visits the yard each day.  I've been leaving him/her grapes.  I love this time of year.

 I'm going to let ya'll go once again.  Until next time, ya'll be well and safe and of course don't forget to "feel the colors".  Love you all!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Another Lovely Giveaway

Over at is a lovely collection of threads being given away.  Here's a picture of them.  Check it out.  Her threads are beautiful.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Giveaway

Check out her beautiful threads and the lovely bunch of colors that she's giving away at this time.  Go to to join in the fun.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In Over My Head!

     Howdy all my faithful friends and followers.  It has been far too long,,,,again, since I've posted. Rather than make promises of how I want and will post more often or how I'm going to get in more stitching time for sure, let's just get this post out to you.

     I do love this time of year, and spend lots of time out in the yard in the garden areas and all.  Just like anywhere else, once spring arrives, we get anxious to get outside and clean out areas.  Even here in warmer NC where we don't get any snow, the dead leaves and things always seem to settle in the gardens along with the spring weeds.  Plenty of weeds for sure.  I'm glad I use some mulch for my two herb gardens.  Helps a lot with the weeds as well as keeps the moisture in the soil longer.  One herb garden is for my teas and water.  Love filling a container with water and putting in some mint or lemon balm.  So many different combinations make a refreshing cold drink.  I put the water in the fridge overnight.  Here's a peek at my tea garden....

Then there is the other herb garden where I grow things that we can snip off and add to salads, soups or anything else that you cook up and want to add a little extra flavor.  Here's a picture of that one.
     We took a trip up to NH again.  Love going "home" and seeing family and friends.  My beautiful daughter-in-law was in another play and we just had to see it! She's a wonderful actress and enjoys it so much.  We ate out and it was usually seafood that we ordered.  You can't beat NH and Maine's seafood and it's hard for us to actually get enough of it when we're up there.  We had a wonderful trip.  We took Riley with us and the three of us, Bill, Dave and I piled in the car and headed north.  This was my view a good part of the way up and the way back.  LOL  I must say though that Riley rides real well and loves going with us.  Plus, I had the whole back seat to myself!
One of the highlights of the trip was that I got to see my cousin, Lori.  Lori and I went to school together for years and went our separate ways after high school.  She moved to Michigan and I lived in three or four different states.  She just recently moved back home to NH, and to Dover where she was born and raised.  So we made plans to meet up and we did.  She found me on Facebook about seven years ago and we've kept in close touch ever since.   She loves the Lord and we're kindred spirits indeed.  This is our meeting up below, after a total of 53 years.
     Now I've kept ya'll here long enough, so must get to shy I titled this post, "In Over My Head".  Now take a look at these pictures below....  First I'm stitching on all these pieces shown.  I must add though, that spending more time outside, means less time in my stitching chair.  Many evenings by the time I do sit down I really don't want to get out all my threads and all.  Gosh! Listen to me and I love to stitch!
Then I've been ordering charts as I've been seeing them and can't say "No" to myself!  Here are a few that I have waiting to be started.  By the looks of the photo above, it will be a while.....
So for the most part, all is well and I need to get with it again! Thank you all for stopping in and I love each and every one of you.  Ya'll remember to "feel the colors"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Giveaway

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is doing it again! Brand new beautiful hand dyed threads.  Check them out!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Great to be Home

     It was only an over night stay but it's always good to be back home.  The seminar was to do with the need for churches to change.  Churches are closing down left and right and we need to protect our home churches.  So, I'm glad we got to go.  The trip was good and the company fantastic.  We learned so much and will be working on some changes ahead for sure.

     It's a beautiful time of year here in NC.  So many of the cherry trees and other flowering trees and shrubs are in bloom.  Soon to bloom will be the sweet smelling Wisteria.  Birds are everywhere and I've made sure that the Bluebirds have the mealy worms they love so much.  Hubby refurbished some bird houses and put up a new one as well.  The weather is beautiful.

     I've been working on Wedding Row this past week and I'm enjoying the stitch.  Going along real well.  Decided to change the hugs and kisses to a blue instead of the pink.  So I'll go back and redo the pink ones.  Want to make a second one for my grandson and his bride as well.  Both weddings are in July!

     I did mention to ya'll a few weeks back that I've finally turned into a rotation stitcher I believe.  Just too many beautiful pieces that I want to do, so found I have gotten into a number of them.  So last week I worked some on the French free stitch a long piece that was actually a design from last year.  Wasn't too late to get involved though so I did.  Below is the first page completed.  No need to

hurry with this one.  It will be for myself and I'm using the colors called for.  Enjoying the piece and the colors too.

     One day down the road I will be working up "A Quaker Floral" by Midnight Stitching.  Here's a picture of it below.  What I did do, was order two skeins of Gloriana thread to work it up.  I chose

Seaweed which is full of deep blues, green and purples.  I'm will thinking that I may to the actual letters in a solid, but will probably decide for sure when I'm ready to stitch them.  Any suggestions would be appreciated though! Let's hear from you my sweet friend!  A picture of the actual threads below.

     Another picture I want to share and it has nothing at all to do with stitching! The closest my fur baby, Tiny Girl gets to actually being outside, is on the screened porch.  Now this porch is like 16 x 20 feet, so she has plenty of room.  Lots of birds and squirrels to watch and many comfy places to lay.  We have a window above the kitchen sink that looks out onto the porch, and Tiny Girl has realized that if she gets in that window when she's ready to come in, that someone will open the door. So this is what I often look at as I'm puttering at the sink! LOL.  She's a stinker!

     Now I must let you go once again.  I hope you've found this post interesting enough to come back again.  I love each and every one of you.  So until next time, be well and safe and, "Don't forget to feel the colors".

Monday, March 6, 2017

All Is Well

     Just wanted to let all my dear followers know that all is well here.  I was wanting to post an interesting and fun post today, but now I can't get back here until Wednesday.

     I found out after church service yesterday that I was expected to go on a two day excursion with a few church members this morning! My husband signed us up and never mentioned it to me! So this will be an over night stay and we won't be back until late Tuesday evening.

     Will be back then with some pictures of what I've been stitching on and all.  Until then, ya'll be safe and well.  Don't forget to "feel the colors". Love ya'll.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This Weeks Stitching and a Winner!

     What a fantastic week this has been! Other than one very cold day, we've had temperatures in the 60's and up to over 80.  We're kind of puttering and in today.  Too nice for the doors to not be open and all. Thank you Father!
     This week I've stitched on the gift that I'm stitching up for my nephew and his new bride, Nancy, come July.  Had to sneak,,,,,kinda/sorta this into the WIP's.  I didn't want to stick with the WIP's and wait too long to finish this up.  As it is though, it's moving right along and at nine hours, I have this much done.  Name of it is Wedding Row and as you can see, I'm using different colors.

Here's a picture of it from 123 Stitch, which is where I ordered it from.

This week I plan on working on the French Sampler.  Not much done of it today, but I'll see what it looks like next Sunday.

Now I have done some ordering.....Maybe I should say just resupplying my stash.....I just love it when I see some charts that I can't live without.  Yes I know this is the year of my WIP's.  I understand that.  I get it! The feeling of wanting them so badly and telling myself that I can't order them just kills me, but giving in to myself feels so darn good.  How can being so weak make my heart smile so big!  So here's a picture of what I ordered and it has all been delivered.  Now I tell myself that it's not fair to star any of these until I get my other things done.

The cherry trees are now in bloom here and their beautiful.  I snipped a couple of small branches the other day to help with the Valentine decoration.  Going to let them root and plant them later on.

And my Valentine's table.

Now before I bore you with more pictures, I'll let you go.  Not before though I let ya'll know that Laura of won the gift certificate to the Lone Star Steakhouse! Send me your full name and address at and I'll get that sent out to you.  You enjoy it young lady.
Now! Until next time, ya'll stay safe and warm.  Be well and last but not least. remember to "feel the colors".

Friday, February 3, 2017

My Giveaway

     I was supposed to open this giveaway two days ago, and failed! So sorry.  Never thought of it on the first and yesterday was just so busy.  Here we go though.  Once again.....This card below was supposed to be a Christmas gift, and once I bought it, I realized that there isn't even one of these Lone Stars in this area.  So I know that many of you may live where there is one, and I would like for it to be used.   Only rule is that you be a follower of my blog and that, if you do have a blog, you mention the giveaway on yours.  Enter your name and the name of your blog here and to make sure, email me at

     Have been organizing my stitching and even purchased a pretty basket to put my WIP's in.  I'm going to star a rotation schedule like so many of my friends and followers do.  That way, no WIP gets overlooked or set aside for months at a time.  So this week I've worked on "Ocean Treasures" some and here's an updated photo.  I would normally not be working with these colors, but the change is

indeed, refreshing.  I'm looking forward to getting all the stitching done so I can do all the back
stitching.  Yes.....I'm one of those crazy people who really enjoy the tiny back stitches.  I love all
stitching though.

I noticed that my Quince in the front yard is in full bloom.  Our winter has been so mild thus far and the daffodils too are in bloom.  I imagine the Quince I planted in NH years ago must be a good  six

feet tall by now.  Oh how I miss my beautiful gardens up there.  I pray that someone else is now enjoying them.

     After several beautiful warm days, we have a cold, windy and drizzly day today.  I am actually still in my pajamas and I think I'm going to stay right here in my sewing room and cross stitch.  Bill has a nice fire going in the living room this morning and it's warm and cozy back here.

     Until next time, I love each and every one of you, and please be safe and well.  Of course, as always, don't forget to "feel the colors".

Monday, January 30, 2017

WIP Things

     Yes I did say that this year would be my WIP year and I meant it.  Still do, but next year is going to be a humdinger for sure! You see.  While I'm finishing up some pieces started this past year and even longer ago than that, I am filling my stash also.  I have some wonderful online friends that do a great job of enabling! I have to blame someone! LOL.  You see, my dear friend Teal, is doing a SAL from last year, and I was fortunate enough to get the chart from the designer from her blog.  Here's a picture of the finished piece first, and I haven't even gotten enough done, now that I think about it to post a second picture here.  I'll be using the colors that it calls for though and I thank Teal for the information on the website.  Teal does beautiful work by the way.

Then I went on over to Laura Landis' lovely blog and see a picture of this! Now all I could

think of was making some of these ahead and finding the right time to give them to people.  In some type of container with some Hershey kisses or just some pretty tiny things in with it.  I love it and
ordered the chart right away.  So, okay! It's WIP year.  I don't have to start it soon.....I can wait....
Yeah right! We'll see.  By the way. Laura also does some lovely stitching as well.  

I got this piece out below, which I actually did in  2009 and decided to finish this WIP up by
making it into a pillow.  I have a piece of fabric that I can use for the baking and I think it will
look great sitting in my sewing room.  Here it is waiting for me to sew it up.  

It's actually done on a type of burlap, which I thought I wouldn't like at all.  The directions 
called for it though so I ordered and used  it, and I like the outcome.  Real country looking.

Besides my stitching, I've been reading a book that has been so enjoyable.  My sister and I are
going to do the Appalachian Trail, starting in the spring of 2018.  So I've been reading lots of
books about the 2,180 mile trek as well as getting my gear all bought and broken in.  Preparing my
mind as well as my body.  This book is the best that I've read thus far about hiking the trail.
Written by Paul Stutzman who did indeed hike the trail himself.  Yes! I do snack on those tiny

candy bars as I read, but I'm not a big sweets eater.  I usually stop at two.

I think that's it for today.  It was sunny but quite cold out.  Made a trip for a scheduled doctor's appointment for hubby, Bill.  Once back home, just puttered which I love to do.  I really get a lot done that way without wearing myself out and all.

Remember that in just a couple of days I'll be starting to take the names and emails down for my giveaway.  A gift certificate for $25.00 for Lone Star Steakhouse.  Once again, we bought it for a Christmas gift, not realizing until later that there isn't one in our area.  So if you live near one, I hope you sign up for the giveaway and good luck to everyone who does.

Letting you go now.  Love you my faithful friends and followers.  Stay safe and warm and remember to, "feel the colors".