Thursday, October 19, 2017

October - Year of Starts

I once again reached into my stack of Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issues for this month's new start. This time it's the 2013 issue, "Peace" by Blackbird Designs; a little sampler style that says, "Peace be with you my friend".

Peace - Blackbird Designs - 2013 JCS Christmas Ornament issue
I'm mostly using DMC floss with a couple of GAST  threads I had that are called for in the pattern. The linen is 36ct Vintage Maple Sugar - 1 over 2.

Also this week, my Christmas in July sale fabric from Picture This Plus came in!

From left to right: Tycho (32 ct), Fresco (32 ct), Legacy (36 ct), Doubloon (36 ct), Aerial (36 ct), Twilight (32 ct)
I'm really happy with all these linens, but especially intrigued with Fresco and can't wait to find something special to stitch on it!

The weather has turned a bit rainy here this week and with the shorter days, I'm feeling that desire to cocoon at home and go to bed early. DH drove over to the Seattle area last night for a business meeting today. Usually I drive him to these things, but it's raining a lot over there today, so not pleasant to do the fun Seattle things I like to do while he's in meetings. Instead I'll be finishing up the payroll at the office today and doing a little stitching.

Yesterday I got to babysit both baby grandsons! Isaac is walking better every day and little Gideon is playing and smiling and trying to crawl. It's going to be so much fun watching these two little guys grow up together. And in March there will be another little one in the mix - Isaac will be getting a sibling! We're all so excited!

So all in all it's been a good week. Hope yours has been too. Let's keep on stitching all the things!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stitching at the Mansion

This weekend I and many of the women of my church went to our annual retreat at the Bozarth Mansion Retreat Center north of Spokane, Washington. Always a highlight of our year, it's a wonderful time of fellowship, teaching, and appreciation of the beauty of God's creation.

Above is the mansion and next to it is a smaller dormitory building. It sits on the edge of a ridge, overlooking a wooded canyon at the back of the mansion. Deer are frequent visitors. Inside the mansion is filled with wood trims and paneling, a huge fireplace you could stand five people in, and a grand staircase to the second floor - beautiful details everywhere you look. The lighting is not ideal, but I found a spot to stitch for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon by the window.

The second part of the Lizzie Kate Christmas Mystery sampler arrived the day before I left for Spokane, so I took it along with me. Such a sweet little design it's turning out to be.

I left the retreat early this morning so I could be home to see my sister and brother-in-law who were stopping by to break up their drive from Chehalis to Boise today.  My sons came by with their wives and baby sons and we all had lunch together. We had the football games on in the background, but the real entertainment was Isaac and Gideon!

Well, now it's time to prepare for the week ahead, especially for my ESL class tomorrow morning. I hope you had a great stitchy weekend!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Coffee Quaker Progress

I didn't get in quite as much stitching over the weekend as I would have liked. I did the unthinkable - went to Costco on Saturday! I usually avoid that place on the weekends, but Saturday I needed to go so I grabbed daughter Kirsten to help. Either she or I could run off into the cooler or down a crowded aisle so we wouldn't have to add to the craziness. Costco is pretty good about having all the registers running on the weekends, so checking out really was the easiest part of the experience.

As I said in my last post, Coffee Quaker came out of the pile for a little love. I finished the two birds facing each other with the blue plant between, "then I do the", and started the golden motif just below those words. I also added my initials and the year higher up on the design. Now I've used up all the floss called for the words and I'm just going to use the floss for the two birds to stitch the word "things". If I hate it, I can change it! But it should be close enough.

Not sure what project will come out for this week, so check back in a couple of days to find out!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Down on the Farm

This week I brought out the Victoria Sampler Babe's Honey Farm for a little attention after a couple days off from stitching . . . and accomplishing nothing. So I started stitching again and finished the first picture band of the sampler as well as the satin stitch and herringbone stitch underneath.

Lots of french knots!

Such a sweet design! The next part is another picture band, so I think this is a good time to rotate projects and bring out Coffee Quaker for the weekend.

Make it a great one!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Happy Birthday Sampler

My weekend stitching resulted in a very satisfying finish of the Victoria Sampler Happy Birthday Sampler.

It's difficult to get a good picture of this long narrow piece, but you can catch glimpses of sparkle from the beads that are sprinkled throughout. This was designed to celebrate Victoria Sampler's 20th anniversary this year at the retreat that I attended in April. I did a little change to celebrate my 60th birthday by changing out the number in the cupcake holder near the bottom, as well as using different color linen than the one provided. The linen is the color of DMC 928 and I love how the white pops off and the colors glow on it.

And this is the first retreat piece that I have finished! (Hanging head in shame, lol!)

After finishing the beading, I've taken a couple days away from my stitching. But I will be working on VS Babe's Honey Farm.

Stay tuned for further developments.