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PrairieSchoolGirlSampler

Wanted to share my new release with you today!  It’s Prairie Schoolgirl’s Sampler, stitched on Picture This Plus Sand Cashel, using GAST Espresso Bean (love this thread) with a stitch count of 121w x 119h.  Don’t you just love the antique looking frame from Huneywood (PB-241)?!!  It really set the piece off beautifully.  Both fabric and thread complimented each other so well for this design and what a fun stitch it was!

Those of you that have stitched up A Prairie Girl’s Sampler would find this a nice companion piece.  Both Hoffman Distributing Co and Norden Crafts will have this chart next week so watch for the release.  Your LNS or ONS can also contact me to order the chart. 

Enjoy your day everyone!  I’m off  to stitch on my new model at my porch table while it’s still cool out this morning!  I’ll leave you with a pic of my early morning visitor yesterday.  I gaze at the deer and wonder if this is the scene that a Prairie Girl traveling through the Flint Hills in the 1800’s might have seen.Deer 1 5.21.13

Hey everyone!  I need my blog mojo back.  I’m hoping we can catch up together, since my last post, and once again I’ve got the pics to prove I thought about blogging, just never got to the loft to post on my computer.  I’ve got a cup of green tea by me and ready to visit with you!

This was the scene just ten days after my last post.  Yes, mother nature remembered we didn’t really have a winter and finally gave us a beautiful snowfall.  February is still good for a good snowstorm and goodness knows we needed the moisture after two years of drought.

You know me, I love snow and it was depressing I couldn’t “play” in it this year.  It’d only been five months since my back surgery and I wasn’t able to get out there and help clean up, build a snowman, or just pop hubby with a good snowball. hehe  But it was pretty coming down.  woods in snow

Hubby was plowing our driveway and taking some wonderful pictures for me to share with you.gate in snow

Before he plowed this was what the driveway looked like with the cedars heavy with snow.  Always looks so magical after a snowfall doesn’t it? Cedars

When it’s chilly out, snow on the ground, doesn’t it make you think “time to bake something wonderful”?  It did me but of all times the oven finally decided it was time to die.  Stove semi worked but the oven was finished.  Desperate times called for desperate measures, or something like that, and I found a dense chocolate cake to make in the crock pot. Yes, it had to be chocolate!crock pot choc cake

And when served, hot warm from the crock pot with vanilla ice cream it was heavenly.  We couldn’t get over what an awesome dense chocolate cake it was.  Full of semi sweet chocolate chips too I might add.  Yum!  About now that would go great with my cup of tea.  Another new favorite from the crock pot was fruit cobblers made with pie filling.cake a la mode

You never realize how much you use an oven until it’s gone.  Not only baking but cooking meals.  I had to rethink what to make cooking on a stove for dinner.  Talk about getting creative!  But a few weeks later the new stove arrived and it was amazing to realize how long I must have baked/cooked with an oven that was malfunctioning. Those of you that know me well can imagine my first meal with the new stove.  Yup, a pot of homemade sauce with my garlicy meatballs and homemade foccacia!  The bread being one of the most important parts of the meal. Comfort food!! Breakfast the next day were my chocolate chip muffins. More yum!

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March and April brought us ice storms. It seemed like every couple of weeks it was warm days with the promise of spring and then more of Winter.  At one point I know it was both snow and ice.  Our red bud tree never bloomed after one of these ice storms.  I thought I’d lost all the flowers at one point. ice storm

March  was also a fun month as my Guild had a retreat at Maple Memories in McPherson.  These are always so much fun.  Great comraderie, wonderful meals prepared by Marietta and Connie (neither have a  blog), and stitching from Monday afternoon to Wednesday noon.  I managed to finish up a Blackbird Design piece for my Bird Block Exchange. Yes I’ve actually been stitching some too.  And started BBD’s May Basket while there which is almost finished but it’s been set aside for a bit with finishing up a RR piece. Five of us are doing LaDDa’s Live Laugh Love.  It’s a fun Round Robin. bird block

Luckily nature was good to us even if she couldn’t figure out her hot and cold flashes as I had some gorgeous lilacs and irises this time around. We had snow in April and yes even early May! We’re pretty certain now it’s Spring for sure as we  had the Spring storms to prove it this past weekend. purple and white iriseslilacs 

With the warmer weather I’ve been spending alot of time on my front porch.  I have a stitching spot with table and chairs that just happens to be by an electrical socket for my table top magnifying light!  The picture of my outdoor stitching spot was taken earlier in the year on a warm day as I worked on finishing up my model. And the other side of the porch beckons to snuggle with a book and read.  The songs of different birds, hammering of the woodpeckers, gobbling of the wild turkeys, and occasional deer stepping out to eat or coyote running through in the early morning mist add a peacefulness to the porch. In the evening watching a sunset with the hooting of the owls is magical made even more special when we see them fly by in search of their night time adventures. Hubby and I like to take breakfast out on the porch during weekends and dinner on the deck in the evenings to enjoy the nice weather before the heat of summer. ???????????????????porch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of stitching a few paragraphs above, I had joined in on a Mystery Exchange that was so much fun.  The partner I had loved Spring and Bunnies.  I stitched up this cute bunny freebie, it had to be something she didn’t have yet because Nita owns every bunny chart there is I think, and added some little extras as well.  She loved it and hadn’t seen that freebie as yet.  Mission accomplished.  And while I’m sharing that pic I’ll also add BBD’s Dear Friend that I finally finished and had framed.  Love the antique feel to this frame.  Mystery ExchangeBBD Dear Friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My cup of tea is long gone.  I managed to overload on pics but so wanted to share what’s been happening.  I left you with a teaser on my porch stitching of a model which hopefully will be releasing later this week.  Can’t wait to share that pic with you. It’s A Prairie Schoolgirl’s Sampler and would make a nice companion piece to A Prairie Girl’s Sampler. Thanks for the visit and enjoy your evening!  I leave you with a picture of  Hunter, who if you remember was the miracle cat that survived, looking robust and healthy.  Until later. . . Hunter 2013

LoveLetters

I’m happy to announce I have a new release titled Love Letters!  The model is stitched with GAST Rose Garden on Bone Jobelin and I had it framed in a sweet antique looking frame from Huneywood! Both Hoffman Distributing Company and Norden Crafts LTD have it in stock to ship to your favorite LNS or ONS. 

Imagine my excitement when Mary Kathryn of Impie, Hattie and Bea asked if she could design a stitcher’s pocket for Love Letters.  Visit her blog, shop or Impie Hattie and Bea to see the beautiful Love Letters Pocket!  Here’s a peek of one of the many pics of her creation.  I fell in love with it instantly!  Thank you Mary Kathryn! 

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Nita S has already stitched up Love Letters over one and I just had to share a pic of her finish.  She’s looking for a frame for this darling piece and  I’m looking forward to seeing what she finds.  I hope to share another pic after Nita frames it.

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Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’m looking forward to seeing the finishes you create with Love Letters.

Happy Valentine’s Day!! 

Wishing you all a very special day full of loving surprises!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  It has been unseasonably warm this past week.  So much so that we actually grilled burgers for our New Year’s Eve dinner!  We rang in the new year with Baked Clam Dip, some snacks, and watching When Harry Met Sally.  Earlier we had watched Holiday Inn with Dad.

Last year we had a new addition to our family. We took our cairn terrier to the vet and returned with a three week old blue point siamese kitten. I just couldn’t resist that face nor his need for a family. Dexter was our rescue kitten and he’s become a sweet addition to our family.

Here he is at 8 months old now helping to guard the laptop that was streaming Christmas music!  Remembering the Christmas tree issue with Merlin and Gandalf we were concerned come the holidays but Dexter surprised us and didn’t show much of an interest in the tree.  Gandalf however did insist the bottom lights needed to drag on the carpet and Merlin occasionally supervised the light rearranging!  And although I think he thought about it, he didn’t chew through any lights this year.  Considering it was a mission to find clear replacement light sets in mid December I appreciated that Merlin left them alone.

I really did do some stitching this past year!  I joined the Halloween Ornament Exchange on STO and restitched the Blackbird Boo design for myself as well.   In September I also participated in the block exchange and stitched up one of  my own designs for the Owl theme.  I also did a bit of Halloween stitching but can’t locate the safe spot I put the finished pieces to take a pic!

And I did complete stitching Clara Ellen from Blackbird Designs Anniversary of the Heart but haven’t personalized it as yet.  I changed around the colors in the house  and really like how it turned out.  I’m still contemplating  doing all the AOTH on one piece of fabric. 

Any other stitching I worked on were my designs, A Spooky Spot of Halloween and the Quaker Winter Acorns, which I posted pics in the Market release post.  And once again it’s that time that I am designing and stitching on Market pieces whose deadlines are in February. 

I spent alot of time in physical therapy last spring and part of the summer only to find that the reason my right leg was painful is due to a cyst on my sciatic nerve by the spine.  Between that and a deteriorated disk I am looking at surgery this year to fuse a section of my spine and remove the cyst.  I’m not sure when it will be scheduled but it’s inevitable according to the surgeon.  I am in pain daily, not a fun thing, but I’m bummed knowing I need surgery. 

We had a scare the week before Christmas with my Dad.  He ended up hospitalized and had a stent put in.  We are thankful that his five by pass from 10 years ago is still doing well.  Dad’s doing better and we managed to enjoy our Christmas holidays with all the family!   Alot of cooking, baking and laughter!

I’m off to stitch on a Christmas ornament that didn’t get finished this past holiday and between blogging, stitching, and my furry babies with me in the loft I hope I am on track for the new year! 

Hoping your holidays were wonderful and wishing you all a happy, healthy, and stitchy 2012!

A Spooky Spot of Halloween is one of three releases at Baltimore Market this weekend!!   Stitched on Ancient by Picture This Plus with WDW Onyx.  Norden Crafts has my models with them at Market.  It’s definitely a Halloween stitching time of year.   Especially after having had 41 days of over 100 degree temps.  Halloween makes you think cool, crisp fall days!

Quaker Winter Acorns  is another release in a series of these Quaker style acorns.  Stitched on light mocha cashel with Cranberry and Freedom from GAST.  These will make sweet ornaments for your tree or with Quaker Acorns I and II you can fill a basket with acorn smalls. 

Can you still feel the needles flying with cooler temps in mind.  I’m all about Fall and Winter stitching these days.  This has just been an unbearably hot summer for us in Kansas!  Grass is dormant, some shrubs, and plants just didn’t survive the heat.  Farmers are having a horrible year for crops.  In the 13 years here I’ve never experienced a drought till now. 

  The third design is Quaker Inspirations.  Stitched on light mocha cashel with GAST Freedom.  I love smalls, they have so many finishing potentials!  These will make great ornaments and pairing them with Quaker Faith Hope Love starts a lovely Quaker Tree for the holidays.  I made these into pincushions for a basket and I can’t wait to see how you finish them.  Look for more Blessings and Inspirations this year.  With that in mind it’s back to stitching on my next models. 

Thank you for visiting and I hope your day is special!!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! At this time of the year everyone thinks  getting together with family and friends.  Many visit our loved ones in the cemeteries and leave our tokens on their graves. It is also a time to reflect, and to keep soldiers, past and present, in our prayers. Thank you for keeping our country safe.