Monday, March 28, 2016

Tis a Gift to Be Simple.......

Greetings all--hope you enjoyed a nice Easter/Spring weekend!!! We had a quiet weekend at home, just the two of us, but ventured out to the Olive Garden for an early dinner Sunday.

We had made a day trip to Richmond on Good Friday ( more about that later) and were able to sneak in a quick visit with our daughter. This afforded me the opportunity to gift her birthday present to her in person. She was the recipient of the Year in Chalk project and I think it was a "hit". I chose the display idea with her decor in mind and it worked very well.

 I covered some mat board with a chevron patterned fabric to "stick" the pieces to and inserted that in the frame. I found some great fabric for the backing; it's what they use to make recyclable grocery bags and such out of. You can cut it and it doesn't fray; it's also very lightweight and inexpensive. I used industrial strength Velcro on the back of each monthly design and attached it to a "sandwich board" style display frame.  So, here's the finished "labor of love".

back of each monthly piece

Velcro on mounting board

 Now , on to the reason for the trip to Richmond. I may have disclosed this before but we are going to be moving to the Richmond, VA area to be closer to our daughter and her family. This has been a bit of a  tough decision for us as we love our current home. But we have found one, as my SIL says, that is 'eerily similar". So a number of trips have been going on the past few weeks to find a house and decide  how we wanted to move forward. We are going to be getting a new house (to be built) in a neighborhood only a few miles from our daughter's family. So I am going to be a very busy BEE (thank goodness for my stitching that will help alleviate some stress) but the final result will be wonderful! 

The downside is there is NO needlework store in the Richmond area (if someone can contradict that, please let me know). There is no needlework store close to where I live now, and I always said I wouldn't move anywhere there wasn't one near by, but....... here I go again!!! On the upside, I've heard there are a couple of active guilds and I'll only be about 75 minutes from Williamsburg. Wish me luck!!!

Now for stitching news! I did get the edging stitch on the Long Garden Variety Pocket. It was a little tedious, but I managed to get 'er done and it does add a nice finish!

Then I moved on to the other Sherri Jones class piece, Afternoon Leisure Basket. Didn't get much accomplished, but it's a start.

So, that's it for today! Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!



  1. Yay! Your gift(s) of the months and the display for them is awesome! That little doggie is so precious! What an exciting adventure to move and build!

  2. You will have Haus Tirol in Williamsburg, and it is a lovely shop--wish I could be that close to W'burg!

  3. What a cool way to finish and display the year in chalk pieces! Tell me again where you got the wooden display 'frame'. Way to go on your pre-stitching, Stasi! Good news on the new home! Dyeing to Stitch is about 45 minutes south of Williamsburg.

  4. I LOVE the display for that chalkboard ...really enhances the stitching! Congrats on finding a new place...I've always wanted to build a house... exciting but lots of decisions... you will need stitching to keep you sane!

  5. Already plotting that route out!!! :)

  6. Love the way you finished the Year in Chalk! Good luck with your house building and move. I can't believe that you of all people don't live near an LNS.