Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Mugwumps are coming....The Mugwumps are coming....

I am so grandkids are coming tomorrow to stay with us for a week while their parents go on a cruise. I have been busy getting everything ready for them--childproofing, setting up sleeping arrangements, buying their favorite foods etc.. I think I'm ready...I just hope I can keep up with them!!! 

I hopefully have some fun things planned...Monkey Joes, the Hagerstown Childrens Museum, Chuck E Cheese ( a request from Asher) and a local pool. We're going to celebrate Christmas in July on Wednesday: I'm going to sneak a small tree up Tuesday after they've gone to bed and have a couple presents under it. We'll make Christmas cookies, sing Christmas carols and have a jolly old time. :)

 I was so tickled the other day when Rich and I were scouting some antique/collectible store. Kris has been teaching Cora the song "I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee" and lo and behold, there sat an Anne Geddes baby doll dressed like a bumblebee. I swooped it up and it's going under the tree for Cora.

I also completed a quick project that I've wanted to do for some time. I had a pile of Golden books from when my girls were little that I wanted to make available to Asher and Cora. I had found some adorable "Golden Book" fabric awhile back and thought it would make a wonderful bag to hold the books in. is the finished bag complete with Pokey the Puppy!!!
Well, Rich and are going out to dinner tonight to celebrate our 38th anniversary (can that really be?) which is tomorrow. We're heading to a great little restaurant in Hagerstown called The Blackeyed Susan. They're having a seafood fest that we thought sounded  yummy! So, I'm off to get my walking in, then shower, then get all gussied up!!! Yea--right!!!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


No...not Toyota..but our perfectly miserable weather. It has been hot and steamy for weeks now with no real break. The house is closed up tighter than an oyster shell and the A/C is running non- stop.We had been doing so well with being able to leave the windows open and enjoy the fresh air...then June 18th hit...and the electric meter has been spinning like a top ever since. The positive in all this is it's been a perfect time for stitching (funny though, I still need an afghan on my legs no matter what the weather) and I have managed to get a bit accomplished.

I've completed the stitching on the This One's for Betty  piece. I've already posted pics of some of the stitched pieces in my 6/19/blog but here are the rest: 

Etui Side Panel
I think this is my favorite section--I just love the colors, especially the little berries

Etui side panel
The whitework in this section almost did me in. The little "squiggles" are twisted buttonhole stitches. I thought "that'll be easy, my hedebos always twist whether I want them to or not". But, not the case here! I couldn't get these little buggers to twist no matter what! So, I pulled out a bunch of my stitch guides and finally found a diagram with explanation that I "got"!!!  In the end, it was such an easy thing, I think I just had a case of "tunnel vision". They have such interest and texture--I love them! (By the way, motif on left is all queen stitches!)

Etui bottom panel

Final piece I stitched, kind of sad to see it end.But, now it's on to the finishing. I just have to get myself in the mood as I'm in "stitching" mode right now. And why is that you might ask.......because I've discovered Brothers and Sisters on Netflix and I'm hooked. Only 109 episodes to watch and I'm on #15. I am absolutely in love with this family!!!

Last Sunday our power went out for about 3 hours and I was trying to keep busy. Lucky for me, my sewing room has a huge window in the front and I could see in there. So, I pulled out this adorable little kit from JABCO and the result was Betty Bee.  Isn't she cute??? And so easy. She sits on a large black button as her base and has a tiny "stinger" on the back. 
Not sure how much stitching will be getting done after this week. The grandkids are coming for a week on Friday while their Mommy and Daddy get a much deserved break. However, I do have stitching cards ready for case!!! Have lots planned--Monkey Joes, swimming, and Christmas in July!!! Should be loads of fun!!!

Thanks for visiting and your "twisted threads' of friendship!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Out of the Mouths of Babes.............

Okay, here is one of my Grandblessing anecdotes:

Today Asher was at the library with his Mama and she said that since he was "4" he could get 4 DVD's. He responded....does that mean that when I'm as old as Grandad (my father) we'll have to find a bigger library???? What a hoot!!!

And yes I am stitching--just have one more piece to stitch for the This Ones's for Betty Etui, then I'm not sure what's next--possibly some finishing. However, I do have to be "in the mood" for finishing, so I'll work on that. :)

Keep cool!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sorry...couldn't resist..........

Is this a beautiful girl or what????? Even after just waking from a nap with bed head!!!