Sunday, October 25, 2020

slipping away . . .

This is the last slow stitching Sunday in October . . . and there are only nine left in 2020.  How's that for an opening line?!

Between the birthday weekend and getting ready for the Blog Hop, by this past week I was ready to just chill.  LOL! But I pretty much had something every night last week, so not a lot to show. I will share this darling photo of my niece, Liesl . . .
October is Down Syndrome month and the colors of solidarity are blue and yellow.  My sister had the yard signs made this year. So sweet!  If you're familiar with the Stitch Pink BOD that Moda is doing right now, I'm thinking I'd like to work that out in blue and yellow for Liesl!

I spent Thursday evening with the grandgirls.  They'd had a busy week, too, and Edith was a little grumpy. Of course, even in her grumpiness, she's pretty darling.  I tried to capture a shot of the three of them . . .
Yes, that was about the best.  Here's Edith in the prior shot . . .
It only got worse going backwards!  The shot after the first photo found her laughing, but there was also a lot of movement (aka blurriness) in that photo!

Friday we ran a lot of errands and got things ready in the camp for the group that came in. We've had a bit of a cool snap and colors are finally starting to change here.  It's most noticeable around the pond:
There's a lot of sumac down there, and its leaves go red. It's so pretty, especially since it reflects in the pond. 

Saturday was a rainy, football kind of day.  I made a pot of stew and cookies to bag for the "Cookie Walk" booth a our church's fall festival. I thought about the Hospital Sketches project I started in wool last year. Then I realized that I'd tossed all the freezer paper tracings I'd done for the remainder of the blocks. (I've done three of the nine.) UGH!
So I went back and spent the Alabama game retracing all those pieces and kitted it all up so I didn't make that mistake again!

I let the random generator pick a winner from my blog hop post.  It selected Gail, who blogs at Shedding the Wolf.  I've been in contact with her!  Congrats, Gail!!

I've made slight progress on my Give Thanks stitchery.  But it's progress, nonetheless!
This will be my quiet time stitching for this afternoon/evening.  I'm already looking forward to it! I'm also linking up to Kathy's Quilts and her Slow Stitching post. 

Enjoy your Sunday!!


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

halloween hoppin day three . . .

It's the last day *and* my day, YAY! 

When I first read the criteria of this hop — I’m going to make this really simple this year, I’d love to see a project with “Purple” in it, but seriously I’ll be happy also if it doesn’t …What’s Halloween tho without a bit of purple? You are free to make something new, or show a past project you’ve created — I knew this was a hop for ME!  Anyone that knows me, knows I love purple! All you have to do is look at a few of my past Halloween blog hop projects . . .
Wicked Blog Hop
Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop
Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop
And select pieces of my current Halloween/Autumn decor . . . 

. . . to understand I'm all about including purple in the festivities!  Because, after all, Marian, of Seams to be Sew (our lovely blog hop hostess) is absolutely right.  What's Halloween without a little bit of purple?!

Of course, the possibilities were endless, so I was all over the board with my thoughts. But then a late afternoon/early evening out on the lake gave me my *light bulb* moment.

Where we fish on Lake Guntersville, out near the dam, there also happens to sit a protected brown bat cave, right on the water.
At dusk, the bats fly out of the cave by the hundreds, and boaters come from everywhere to see the spectacle. I caught a bit of the excitement on video as we were hustling back to the marina . . .
Isn't that so cool?!  It's amazing to sit amongst them on the water. And see the waning light of the sky and how it makes every thing look a soft purple?  BINGO! Then I remembered I had a really cute pattern from Quilt Doodle Designs (that I've had for ages) that would be perfect.  
Isn't he (she?!) handsome?  Soft and sparkly . . . that's how I like my bats.  And PURPLE!  
Of course, I couldn't do just one thing. (I mean, right?!)  I'm also a huge fan of candy corn.  Did you know you can actually buy purple candy corn?
Yep.  Never have had it, but I'm curious how it tastes!  Instead, I stitched up a few candy corn bean bags in Civil War prints and backed them with, well . . . purple.
Because I can! And the CW print I used on the back ... I just love it!  It reminds me of fangs.  And candy corns.  Perfect, non? I filled them with crushed walnut shells ... and didn't realize it until midway through the process that there was also lavender in the mix.  Rather appropriate for the look, I'd say. *wink*
So there you have it!  I think my coffee table is getting a little full.  I may need to give away a few things . . . maybe a candy corn or two, some wool acorns and a few other fall goodies?  If that sounds fun to you, leave a comment by midnight on Friday, make sure there's a way for me to contact you, and I'll do a random draw and try and get the goodies in the mail so you have them before the month ends!

Thanks, Marian for such a fun hop!  Be sure to visit today's other participants, too!

Happy Halloween Hoppin!


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

halloween hoppin day two . . .

Tuesday, October 20

Another great round up of blogs to hop through today!  Be sure to stop back by tomorrow, because it's *my* day--hooray!!


Monday, October 19, 2020

halloween hoppin day one . . .

 Monday, October 19

What a great round up; be sure to visit all these great blogs—Happy Hoppin!


Saturday, October 17, 2020

time out . . .

Hey, hey!  What a glorious, long weekend for me!  Our big meeting was Tuesday, and then the office was closed through Monday!  The weather's been just glorious for a five-day weekend!

Tuesday evening, Evey came home with me and had a sleepover.  We had lots of fun exploring, watching movies, and making cookies!!
She was very serious about her sprinkling duties!

While Evey and I were checking out the turtle sanctuary, I noticed a couple of water lily buds.  Sure enough, when I came out on Thursday to look, we had one in full bloom . . . 
Isn't it beautiful?  Very late in the season for us, and pretty timely!  We had our first freeze warning this morning, and I noticed that both buds were under water.

Todd and I took a trip down the back end of the Nature Trail, where I happen to know the acorns have huge caps!  (Side note:  I've noticed--at least in our woods--that the biggest acorns have smaller caps, but the acorns with the huge caps are itty-bitty!)
Score!  It's still relatively early in the season, so there weren't a ton, but more than enough for what I wanted them for:
Who knew?! They make such cute caps for crocheted pumpkins! Those pumpkins are rather addictive, and I even found a way to cut the stitches to make tiny little crocheted pumpkins!!  :)

I worked on several *secret* projects, too.  Getting ready for the Halloween Hoppin Blog Hop! It starts on Monday ... this coming Monday!!  Be sure to tune in; here's the lineup:

Monday, October 19

Tuesday, October 20

Wednesday, October 21

me! >>>   Count it *all* JOY   <<< me!

My date is Wednesday . . . and who knows?  There might be a giveaway!!

As for slow stitching Sunday? I've got plenty to choose from.  Though I made some progress on my "Give Thanks" (by Kathy Schmitz) stitchery, there's still a ways to go.
I am also midway through (another) crocheted pumpkin. I did mention that they were addictive, right??!
And I ordered this cute little wool pear ornament!  I've got it cut out and ready to stitch on at my leisure, so who knows?!
What will you be stitching on Sunday afternoon?  I'll be linking up to Kathy's Quilts and her slow stitching post.  And savoring the last day of my long weekend!! Enjoy!


Sunday, October 11, 2020

birthday weekend . . .

It was a pretty crazy week at work, getting ready for our big annual meeting next week.  But that didn't stop me from getting some evening stitch time in . . .
Work progresses on this sweet little "Give Thanks" stitchery. It's nice to have something relaxing to look forward to at the end of the day!

I came home to some sweet snail mail happies this week, too.  This was a win from Life in Pieces as she celebrated her 13th blogiversary!
Isn't that fun?!? I love the stiletto! ♥

And this was an Instagram win from Kathy Schmitz!
I won one of her sample snow cones!  Total sweetness! I got several Etsy gift cards for my birthday; the pattern for these will be one of my first purchases!

Then I *ordered* these darling little wool candy corns . . .
Because candy corns are second only to pumpkins (and maybe tied with acorns) for happy fall decorating! ;)

Yesterday I celebrated the big fifty-eight.  Whoa.  The local grandgirls (and their parents) came out to celebrate with me . . .

Always a good time when they're around! Edith loves her Paw-paw! 

Last week I stumbled across Faye's post (from Slow Sunday Stitching) on her darling little crocheted pumpkins. SO cute!  Who am I if I didn't give that a try?!?!
So I am trying ... "try" being the operative word.  I'm not a crocheter by any stretch, but these were pumpkins! I'm finished crocheting the first body . . . we'll see how it goes from here!

So I've got my pick of projects for some slow Sunday stitching . . . and since we're still grey and rainy from Delta, stitching away the afternoon sounds just about perfect.  Along with a nap!!  Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and her slow stitching post round-up!!

I'll leave you with this . . . 
Seventy-five days!!!  Aye-yi-yi!!  


Saturday, October 03, 2020

happy october . . .

Hello October, I'm so happy that you're here!  It's *birthday* month and it's blog hop month, too!  :)

I finished stitching up Mr. Jack O'Lantern!  
He's such fun.  But I felt he needed something a little more than a hoop or mug rug finish. I think I found (or rather, made) the perfect solution . . .
Yay!  It's a slipcover for a Christmas pillow I've had for ages. I may go back and quilt the face of it later.  Maybe.  Right now, I'm liking is just as it is, where it is!

I got some other stitching finished up and some started this week . . . 
The hexi pumpkin pins are always fun!

This Kathy Schmitz heart has been unfinished for a while ... since March, I think.  Which would be about right.  That's when the world went topsy-turvy, right?
Anyway, it's finished now and ready to display come February!

I stitched up the first of these in May (Mother's Day, to be precise), so it was about time that I worked on a second . . .
There are a total of six. At my current pace, I should have the complete set done by May 2022.  Hahahaha!!!  :)

Today I spent the majority of the day "falling" up the place . . .
While I watched a little SEC football.  There were (are) some good games on today!  Roll Tide!

I'll settle in tomorrow afternoon and pull out some "slow Sunday stitching" . . . 
I've got four of the nine floss colors needed for it.  I'll pick up the rest next week.  This will probably be my last autumn stitchery of the season.  I've got a wool project in the wings! Then I truly do want to get those mittens finished up for this Christmas.  LOL...really!

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and her Slow Stitching post.  Y'all have a terrific rest of the weekend!! Oh, and you'll notice ... I'm being sweet ... no Christmas countdown reminder!! 


Saturday, September 26, 2020

stitchin' along . . .

One more stitchery finished . . .
I was really pleased with this simple stitchery! I finished it out like I've done several in the recent past.  I put it in a bamboo hoop, backed it with felt, and trimmed the rim out.  I took this one to work to enjoy!
Speaking of enjoying things at work, my special order of chai tea, by Samovar, finally arrived!  I enjoyed a nice cuppa Thursday afternoon, along with a shortbread cookie!
SEC football season started up today ... hip, hip, hooray!  Our church is having a Tailgate Party outside tomorrow after services.  
Todd made his famous firehouse chili, and I made frosted brownie bites! Those are what Sandra Lee would call semi-homemade.  *wink*

I prepped two more stitcheries ... both from Kathy Schmitz's Stitches from the Harvest.  This sweet little autumnal piece . . . 
And this cute little Jack O' Lantern:
I'll work on him tonight during the Alabama game and he'll be my slow stitching project for tomorrow evening ... I'll be ready to put my feet up when we get home, I'm sure!  Linking up to Kathy's Quilts and her slow stitching post, first thing Sunday!

Also, for some reason I'm feeling the urge to work in wool and Christmas things.  Perhaps because—
Just keeping it real!!

Have a terrific rest of the weekend.  Roll Tide!!