Thursday, June 24, 2021

Who Knows Where the Time Goes........(595-600)


 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 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 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.

Seek Joy by Bright Needle

                                      Spirit of Christmas (set 1) Rejoice by Lila's Studio

Merry by Heart in Hand    finishing based on tutorial by Vonna The Twisted Stitcher

 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 


                                            Plant Some Flowers Scissor Keeper

So, I am going to end 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!



Saturday, May 1, 2021

A Bit of a Return to Normalcy....... (593-594)



Greetings.....I know it's been awhile, but time just seems to slip away...and I'm not totally sure how I feel about that.....I'd like it to move quickly so we can get past this Covid craziness, but I'd like it to slow down so I can enjoy every moment to its fullest. I am fully vaccinated and feel things are gradually getting back to normal. I attended my first retreat in well over a year..and managed another weekend at the beach to relax and chill with Rich and my brother and his family. I took on the co-chair position for programs for my Guild and my partner and I are working on some fun programs for the upcoming year. Fingers, toes and eyes are all crossed that we can start to meet in person come September.

Now on to some stitchy first retreat/ class was the second weekend in April with Jackie DuPlessis at Salty Yarns in Ocean City, Md. Jackie taught three classes, but I only took one.....ODE, a piece to honor Jane Austen. Here is a photo of the project:

It comes with a bevy of smalls and that beautiful wooden box. Mr. Miller, who made the boxes, was there and we were able to get him to sign
our personal box. It was so wonderful to be with stitchers again..... though we were small in number, we were BIG with enthusiasm. Now I have to be patient until October, when my next retreat is scheduled. We made a number of mock-ups and practiced stitches in our two day class, but the real work has yet to begin.

I have a couple finishes to share...first is A Petite Royal Sewing Set by Merry Cox. This was a class with the Orange Coast Sampler Guild in California. They allow away stitchers so I was able to attend. Sadly, I wound up with this class conflicting with Jackie's and was unable to Zoom in. The good news is I've had enough classes with Merry that I could figure the finishing out. It is such a sweet, petite piece and I included the initials of my grandmother, who was very petite...weighing only 78 pounds!!! The class included the smalls, the shaker box with a lovely stitched band and a a carrier bag we made from some very cool fabric.

 My other finish was a gift for a friend.....Scrim Busk by Eventide Designs. I shortened the design from the original thinking it would be a great size to store any Scrim rulers she may collect. It's about 4" high.



Now my stitch finishes that are patiently waiting to be FFO'd. April Wordplay is in the bag....I think I've decided how I'm going to finish this series, but am not ready to totally commit yet...will keep you posted.


This is Honeybees and Blooms  by Honeycombs and will eventually be made into a drum. It was purchased as a kit and has all the finishing supplies waiting for me.



I have completed all the stitching on the French Schoolgirl Sewing Bag and Smalls by Needlemade Designs. I have stitched this in honor of my granddaughter, Esther. She asked that I put the word 'Love" in place of "Amities" and I added her initials in the four corners of that section. Otherwise, stitched as suggested. 



  This is my March ornament for the SAL hosted by Carol (Stitching Dreams) on IG. I have not FFO'd it's so tiny, I'm not sure how I want to handle it, but it's awfully cute. I put my hubby, myself and my four grandkids on it. 

 I'm trying to keep up with my SAL's, but am lagging a bit. The Peppermint Purple Blackwork one is at a standstill. I'm two weeks behind on the iStitch Sampler Band, but here are the latest few bands I've done.


I got a ninth block done on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow, so only three more to go.....


And with that, I'm going to end today with some of our luscious flowering plants this spring. It has been a great year for our azaleas.....not so much for allergies.  Hope you're enjoying a slice of spring heaven...without pollen!!!


Thanks for stopping by and your 'twisted threads' of friendship!



Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day (590-592)


 A perfect day to announce the lucky winners of my latest drawing--you must have the luck of the Irish with you!!!

The winner of the Hot Cocoa chart is:

The winner of the Shamrock Row chart is:


The winner of the Sweater Weather chart is:

I have all your e-mails and will contact you for your mailing addresses. Thanks for entering and I hope you enjoy your charts.

I'll share a few finishes and WIPs but am trying to keep this short today. I FFO'd three projects since I last posted. First up is the French Bee Etui by Heartsease Sampler Workes. This was designed to fit in an old Whitmans tin...and it did so beautifully.  This was my last start of 2020 and is stitched on 36 ct. Maritime White by Lakeside Linens with silks and Kreinik metallics.

The next FFO is Hot Cocoa (on the right) by Little House Needleworks. This is my March ornament in the #12in21ornamentstitchalong hosted by Carol (Stitching Dreams) on IG. This was stitched on a 30 ct. mystery linen with DMC. I changed the original red to a more Christmas red than what was called for and added a mug charm to the bow.

The deign on the left is from the Prairie Schooler Just Hatched chart. This was stitched on 28 ct. antique white linen with the called for DMC's. I stitched this last year for a class with my Guild that was sadly cancelled due to Covid. Although we did get the kits and instructions , I decided to go another way with it and made a flat finish. The original finishing idea was to mount the stitched piece on a large styrofoam egg and add a backing fabric and shirred fabric, at the joins,  to entirely cover the egg. It was a little too frou frou for me. The lovely ribbon that surrounds my egg was a gift from my dear freind, really makes the piece!


I am continuing on all my SAL's and completed the stitching on March's Wordplay by Brenda Gervais. 

I may have found my finishing idea for this series, but have to play around with it a bit before I dive in.

I had my Irish soda bread with Kerry Gold butter for breakfast and am decked out in my "green". I am a descendant of McNamaras on my Mom's side of the family. Sadly we don't know much about them as my great grandparents, who were immigrants from Ireland,  died in the flu epidemic of 1918 and left my grandfather and three siblings orphaned.  My grandfather, who was 10, was taken in by some neighbors. His two brothers were adopted by a well to do family, and he never knew what happened to his infant sister until she tracked him down many, many years later. I've been thinking about them a lot during this time of Covid and it makes me sad to think what they had to go through. But I do have a fun memory of being at my grandparents house on St. Patricks Day and them getting phone calls from total strangers singing McNamara's Band!

So, get your "green" on .......and thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!


Okay, so I have to say something about the "Codd" shirt. Codd is my maiden name and my Dad has always told us we were 100% English from his side if the family. Turns out, when we did a DNA test on him, he's 33% Irish!!! So, this is my little joke on him!