Greetings my friends! I was reminded of the song by Judy Collins, one of my favorite singers, Who Knows Where the Time Goes for the title today. It has been almost two months since I last posted and I really don't know where the time went. Now we did squeak a long weekend in to visit my younger daughter and hubby in NC. Then we drove to Baltimore to bring my parents down for 5 days, returning them on Father's Day. That week was a bit of a whirlwind, but the rest of the time....who knows???
While in NC we went to a concert, vintage market, birthday party, gathering of my daughters fellow chiefs at a local brewery (of which there are many) and more..it was a jam packed weekend! We did some hiking to a couple different waterfalls in Pisgah Forest, which was my daughters home, literally, for 2 1/2 years. She was a counselor at a camp for teens that had gotten into trouble and it was either juvie or the camp. It was a tough life for kids and chiefs (that was what the counselors were called) alike...they lived in tents they had to build themselves from trees on the land....year round. They'd cook their Thanksgiving turkeys in a hole in the ground and such. She did have some success stories but many times these kids family lives were the pits. I am so very proud of her for doing this...she has developed a true love of nature from her outdoor experiences and continues using her caring heart for these disadvantaged/exceptional children as a special ed teacher in the public schools.
Here is a photo of my daughter and her hubby....and our newest grand pup, Tusk!
Before I forget, we also got a grand pup around Easter. His name is Luke and he lives with my older daughters family. Here he is with Cora; he was also a rescue.
Now how about some stitching updates??? That I have been doing all along..it keeps me sane!!! I'll start with a few finishes I'm adding to my Stitch Stroll. First up is the French Schoolgirl Sewing Bag and Smalls by Needlemade Designs. I stitched this in honor of my grandaughter, Esther. I finished per the instructions and am storing the pieces in a lined Shaker box. Esther will receive this one day when I know she'll take good care of it, but for now, it resides with Mimi!!! :)
Next up are gifts I made for special friend's birthdays. First, Her Needles Safely Kept by Merry Cox, followed by Shared Stitches 2002, a collaboration of Shepherd's Bush, Chessie N Me, Mosey n Me and Merry Cox.
I have been keeping up with an ornament SAL on IG initiated by Carol at Stitching Dreams. Here are my April, May and June ornaments. Info under each photo.
Spirit of Christmas (set 1) Rejoice by Lila's Studio
Now, onto WIP'S.....I stitched another block on the Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. I will be putting some wording in the open space. I changed this one up a bit and put a beehive where a cow was and I used the arch from the Shared Stitched design shown above.
I'm two weeks behind on my iStitch band sampler, but here's where I stand to date.
I started a Blackbird Design which I will only work on the first Sunday of the month, per Brenda and the Serial Starter. I chose We Live in Hope. I'm stitching on 36 ct. BOAF Sandpiper linen with Victorian Motto Shoppe fibers. Somehow, they look much brighter with one strand on the linen than they did in the full skein. I'm weighing whether I'll want to overdye with coffee to make it look "old". We'll see!!!!!
I finished my June Wordplay last night and here are the first 6 out of 12.
Finally...and I bet you're glad I said that.....are two travel projects I've been working on in the car. Both are by Sue Hawkins and are so bright and colorful. They are done on 18 ct canvas with the supplied fibers. Info under pics.
Measure Twice and Cut Once Etui
So, I am going to end here.....it is a task when you go so long between posts and have so much to share.....but I hope you enjoyed my stroll. I'll close with photos of the adorable sewing basket I found at aforementioned vintage market. It is a Princess basket and in perfect shape!!! I was tickled to find it...and in my favorite color!!!
Thanks for stopping by and your 'twisted threads' of friendship!