Sunday, September 19, 2021

Another Rainy Day

We have had so much rain here. Pretty much all summer, and now. I shouldn’t complain, because we generally don’t have enough. But I would like to do some yard work now that it’s cooled off. It won’t likely happen this week,as it looks as though it will continue to rain for several more days. Oh well, that means that I can stitch more. 

I have finally finished First Grade Flowers. I love this rug!!

Everything except the background is from my worms. You can’t tell that I used a single thing out of that basket. But I have another scrap rug going up next. This one has been blocked and will hopefully get bound this week. Determined to get some things fully finished. 

I am hoping to get this cute quilt done in time to enjoy for Halloween. 

My progress, thus far. Thirty three of the required ninety  9 patches done and the strip sets done for the rest. 

These fabrics are so stinking cute. 

Stitched Autumn by Country Rustic Primitives on a mystery linen. I think it is 32 count. 

Now to make it into a Pinkeep for my Fall decor(which is still in tubs in the garage😬).

Here is my progress on Louisa Coulimore. 

I am pretty happy with this. 

This is where I was not so long ago. I am over half done now. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m not in a rush. Besides, I am down to the fun stuff now. 

It is Sampler September on Instagram. So what do I have the urge to stitch????

Yes, Prairie Schooler Santas. Just can’t help myself. There is something so classic about these guys. 

We celebrated little Casper’s third gotcha year this week. 

How lucky we are to have had the privilege of rescuing this sweet, smart boy. 

Friday was Parents’ Day at Sara Ashley’s sorority at Clemson. 

Christi, SA and Christi’s fiancé, John. Yes, we are excited for them. A November wedding is planned as that will be the anniversary of dating a year. SA and Robert like him. and Rob’s mom introduced them to each other. 

I recognize this🤣🤣🤣

Take Care,

Monday, September 13, 2021

A New Week

Time certainly flies and it is hard to believe that it’s already mid September! How did that happen? The days are getting shorter and there is the tiniest hint of Fall in the air. I can hardly wait for my favorite season to arrive. 

Blake and I are busy this week helping with exhibit check ins for our county fair. Covid caused last year’s fair to be cancelled , and I feared it would be the same this year. But, alas, it is moving forward. It is fun to check in the exhibits each year and see what everyone is up to. Lots of inspiration.  On Wednesday I will be on the judging team for Youth Handicrafts. Not an easy job, as they mostly work hard on their items and I hate to disappoint. 

I have finally finished hooking Woodland Santa aside from a little tweaking of the eye on the right. 

Next comes the job of figuring out how to finish the back in order to fit him on the nice easel stand that friend Laura’s husband made. 

Next up I completed the wool applique cat hanging. 

I wish that I had used a flat strip of wood rather than the round dowel to make him lay flat. Next time…,

Got the first Stacy Nash club piece in the mail from Country Sampler. Along with the cute pedestal for mounting. 

It looks like fun and is beautifully kitted…as is everything from Country Sampler. 

Our garden is done for the season barring the okra, which always comes in late. 

There’s plenty for eating and freezing. 

It’s hard to believe that this sweet boy has been with us for three full years!!

Thanks for visiting and….
Take Care,

Friday, September 3, 2021

Hello Again

Yes, I am trying to up the ante on posting, so here we go. 

Hope none of you have been adversely affected by the storms and rain. We had some wind and about five inches of rain, but nothing to speak of compared to other parts of the country. 

Since “crotchiting” SA’s bag, I have been in the mood for more crochet. Nothing fancy, mind you. But my friend, Laura, and I made fall pumpkins. 

They were fun and relatively easy….which is my skill level. I guess that crochet was the first needleart skill I learned. My step grandmother taught me at age ten, though I don’t remember crocheting much more than a chain at that point. 

I had bought this pattern and the aqua fabric for it at a Hook In many years ago. The other day, I pulled it out and started it. The pattern called for a quilt like setting with borders and fall leaves, but that didn’t much appeal to me. I had all of these circles for pennies that I had purchased at the same Hook In, so I started adding them and thought it provided a touch of whimsy. 

I have a plan for finishing, which hopefully will happen sooner rather than later. 

I had stitched this Quaint Lady (from the Dyeing to Stitch club) last year and just never finished it off. Sent this one off to Faye, and I love the finishing and will now enjoy it all Fall.

Ever since Lisa (@frenzy fingers on Instagram) invited me to join her to stitch #redthreadwithafriend, I have made good progress on Louisa Coulimore by Hands Across the Seas Samplers. The plan is to stitch at least one thread a day on a red sampler in order to steadily move forward on it.
Let me tell you, it has worked!! Since July 13, I have moved from 2 rows finished to 13!!! This was where I started…

And this is last night, as I am starting row 14!!! This is a reproduction of a Bristol Orphan Sampler. They have a very interesting history which you can read about here .

Jackson’s team won the local Flag Football championship for their age group in our county. 

This will be his last year playing, which makes me a little sad. At twelve he is already taller than my 5’4”.

Where does the time go??

Take Care,

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Goodbye August

Hard to believe that summer is almost done. It has been a much cooler and wetter summer than we have seen in a very long time. I’m not complaining. 

I have been thinking about what keeps me from blogging as often, and the main thing is having photos of what I am working on ready to use. I have decided that I need to be easier on myself and just use what I have. Popping in more frequently is better than a bunch of pics. And they certainly aren’t Instagram quality, but they are real. So, I will give a go at being easier on myself. 

Here is where I am on Woodland Santa….

That little bit of snow beside the beard is too bright white and will have to go. I am obviously procrastinating on starting his face. But I am pretty happy with my progress. 

This little fully finished xstitch is Gather by Pineberry Lane.

I received it as a part of the Quaint Lady club last year at Dyeing to Stitch.  It was beautifully finished by Faye Rigsbee. 

These little Blackbird Designs Christmas stockings have also been sent off to Faye for finishing, 

Fun little stitches. Can’t wait to see them all finished. 

Macy ran her first 5K with her HS Cross Country Team on

She not only finished, but had a decent time. And then she tested positive for Covid on Monday. So far she only has a headache and congestion. Since I stayed with her on Saturday night and Sunday, I am exposed. Fortunately I am vaccinated and feeling fine. 

Bid Day for Sara Ashley’s sorority. 

And Ashley is ready for her first grade class. 

Rob would have been fifty this month. Sure do miss this guy. 

So true♥️

Take Care,

Sunday, August 22, 2021

No Excuses

Here it is, nearly September, and I haven’t posted since mid June. No excuses, I just haven’t. I need to either blog or quit. I really don’t want to quit, so we’ll see. 

I have done lots since my last post, but I will just share a little today.  Then I’ll have plenty for another post…or two.

My most recent finish is this little Halloween mat in wool applique. 

It still needs a good steaming, but I think it’s pretty cute. 

This sweet little sampler is Amelia Ellis by Whilst Iris Sleeps.

I had to stitch it as soon as I saw it. The small size and sweet colors just drew me in. 

Sara Ashley wanted me to make her a crocheted granny square tote bag before she went back to Clemson. This is what we came up with. 

She is a hoot…..she told me she really liked “crotchit”, and in this family, crochet will be forevermore known as crotchit. 

Here she is in her dorm room the day her mom and I took her back to college.

Also finished this quick cross stitch for a tray I found on sale at JoAnn’s that has a blackbird on it. 

Can you just feel a theme coming on here?

I started a Christmas tree skirt in a virtual class with Lisanne Miller. 

This is as far as I have gotten. Lots of little pine needles. The plan is to use it under a pencil type tree with cross stitch Prairie Schooler Santa’s decorating it. This year??? Well, that’s debatable. We all know about good intentions. 

We had rat snakes eating our eggs at the chicken house. We like to have rat snakes around because they eat rats and poisonous snakes. But once they start on our eggs they have to go. The other day Blake found two in the chicken house. Our neighbor, Amy, had expressed an interest in rehoming some to her debris pile on her farm, so Blake called her. Here they are wrangling one of them into a tub for transport.

Both were successfully relocated. Can I just say that I was glad to be away from home that day?

Guess that is enough excitement for this post. Hope you are all staying well and safe. 

Take Care,

Monday, June 14, 2021

Hello Monday

Today started out hot and dry, so I got the grass cutting done. A good thing, because a thunderstorm wasn’t far behind. 

I’ve jumped all around the past couple of weeks and haven’t taken photos of much, but I do have a little bit to share.

The first weekend of the month I worked on the Blackbird Designs Weekend SAL. Sticking with the Sewing Club book, I started In My Garden, which will be another pindrum. 

I loved stitching on this gingham linen. By the end of the weekend I was a bit further along than this photo shows.
This is the photo from the book of the completed drum. Love it. 

Catherine Dickienson came home from Total Framing. I am most pleased with her. 

On a recent antiquing trip I ran into these hooked rugs.

It is fairly unusual to find them in the south. They weren’t in great condition, but were charming nonetheless. 

It is not common that my dogs choose to share a bed, but Buddy and Daisy were all about it last week.

Christopher helped us to build a flower bed.

Macy went to Panama City FL for a church camp. This is girlfriend Sophie with her. 

Jackson went on his first charter fishing trip in Charleston.

And his team won the Championship at their baseball tournament.

Take Care,