Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Absence



Since I don't seem to have much to talk post about lately, you can check out what I've been stitching over on the Cross Stitch 2014 Page.  


PeaceLoveJoy
Happy Stitching!

CharleneSC

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Finished Stitching

Hey, Friends!

Betsy by Sheepish Designs is finished.  I have an idea for the finish, but haven’t started that part yet.


 Blackbird Designs, In Full Glory is finished, too, on 32 ct Stone Gray linen using a combination of NPI and Belle Soie silks.

What’s next?  Not sure yet, but maybe another patriotic design?

Hope your summer is bringing fun events, trips, gardening, or any of the things you enjoy – and stitching, of course.  Thanks for stopping by.  I always appreciate your kind words!
  
PeaceLoveJoy
Happy Stitching!

CharleneSC

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Eliza Framed

Hey, Friends!


I’m having fun stitching Betsy by Sheepish Designs now.  She'll be finished soon.

During my LNS’s framing special, I had Eliza Scattergood framed.  Isn’t she beautiful?  She was my first finish of this year, and just getting around to framing her!
Here's a close shot of the frame.  
  As a reminder to my careless stitching, I stitched Plum Street Samplers Count Twice, Stitch Once on 40ct Lambswool. 




Planted tomatoes and cucumbers in pots on the deck mid-May.  There were a few blooms on one of the tomato plants, and now look!!  I could hardly believe it when I saw them.  There must be something to that Miracle Grow planting soil. 



I haven’t picked up a book in such a long time, but DS left his old Kindle for me to try, and it’s really not as bad as I thought it would be.  Always thought myself a paper page turner, but who knew!  There are lots of books on there, so I finally found one that I could read more than a page or two.  By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer.  Maybe on to something with this gadget.

Let's all take a moment to remember those who've given their lives to defend our country while we celebrate the first holiday of the summer.  

PeaceLoveJoy
Happy Stitching!

CharleneSC

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hey, Friends!

I’m wondering if I need to quit stitching - said facetiously!  I’ve done it again – stitched 3/4 of a page with the fabric turned the wrong way!  Maybe most of us have done it, so you know that frustrated feeling when you realize it!  Now I’m thinking, just stop and cry or stitch until next border and call it a mini sampler.  Think I’ll do the latter and just fume a little instead of crying, but am having a hard time staying motivated now.  It is finally finished. By the way, the last time’s mishap is in a bag someplace waiting for the decision!


Came across other stitchers who have started or pulled out their Anniversaries of the Heart: Cindy in Virginia and Carol at Garden of Stitches.

DS and I went to an estate auction one Saturday recently.  I won a couple of frames, which was all I bid on.  We went by a huge Asian grocery market, then had Vietnamese for lunch.  Always enjoy spending time with him!

I found a tall, four foot, wooden dryer rack at the thrift store for $6.00. New ones are close to $50.  Need to get some of those stitched pieces finished!  At least one is going in to my LNS, Stitch and Frame, for the 20% off framing special next week.
Found on the internet an easy, free pants pattern and have made a couple of pairs for the coming spring weather.  The last couple of years I’ve worn those layered, peasant type skirts, and I’m tired of them!  

Since it’s almost mid-April, near Easter, the out like a lamb comment would be a bit late!   


 PeaceLoveJoy
Happy Stitching!
CharleneSC



Saturday, March 15, 2014

St Patrick's Day

Hey, Friends!

Don’t forget to wear a touch of green on Monday so you won’t get pinched!  Are you preparing the St. Patrick’s meal?  Would you believe I’m making my first attempt at Corned Beef Brisket following The Pioneer Woman’s recipe?  Sure does smell good!  

It has been a very South Carolina March this week - starting with 70s Monday, and it was 24° when I left home Friday morning, and supposed to be 72° today!!  There are a few payoffs...

I took this sky cloud shot yesterday and noticed the semi rainbow.  I read a while back what those are, but can't find it again.  Does anyone know what these are?




Next on my stitch list for 2014 is a Heartstring Samplery piece, but will wait until a bit more is done to share it with you.  I’ve seen several people, like Garden of Stitches and The Twisted Stitcher, working on their BBD Anniversaries of the Heart projects recently.  It’s not on my list (yet), but I’m tempted…  We’ll see: 

Did you see the finish work that Faye – AKA Carolina Stitcher – did recently on the LHN Sheep Virtues?  If not, go take a look. They’re a beautiful set!

I mentioned a couple of posts back that my DS had asked about me knitting a hat for him.  Well, I showed him my experiment piece the other day and he said, can I have it?  Guess that means he liked it well enough.  Have been playing around with size of yarn and needles, and I picked up some wool to try next.

Thanks for stopping by to say Hello!  I appreciate your comments a lot!

CharleneSC
PeaceLoveJoy



Happy Stitching!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Forward

Hey, Friends!

Are you ready for Daylight Savings Time?  Not nearly as ready as we are for spring; right?  We have to spring forward anyway, don’t we?

I’ve seen some daffies here and there, and my tulip tree had just about burst its buds until that last freeze.  They got nipped, so they’re now brown instead of that beautiful purple. The forecast is for high 60s with sunshine for the weekend, and low 70s the first of the week.  Wish I could share THAT with  you all!

My next stitched piece of 2014 is Be Ye Kind by Hands to Work stitched with some miscellaneous silk fibers in colors of my choice.



Thanks for dropping in and leaving your kind words.  I appreciate each and every one!

PeaceLoveJoy
Happy Stitching!

CharleneSC

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Marching In

Hey, Friends!

My next stitched piece of 2014 is Angel of Tulips by The Goode Huswife.  I have loved this piece for so long!  I think I may stitch it again using slightly different colors…  We’ll see if THAT happens!

I was commenting to someone about an accidental breaking of a sentimental piece, and wondered if I’ve shared this with you.  My loved piece was a square, pedestal candy dish that I always admired.  The way the top fit, it made that ‘special’ sound when replacing it.  It was in my childhood home, and Christmas before last Mom gave it to me.  While changing a lampshade I dropped the (heavy) finial on the lid and it shattered.  You know that SICK feeling when you do something that you realize you knew better!  I searched and searched, and almost unexpectedly one search on Etsy.com led me to one exactly like it!  You can see it here.  You can bet your bippy that it isn’t under that lamp now!  Does that phrase bring back memories?

While I was stitching Eliza, every once in a while I needed a bit of contrast, so it led to knitting this Red ‘eternity’ scarf!  My DS asked me about stitching a knit hat for him, so I’ve been attempting to learn on YouTube.  It looks so simple!

I’m on the mailing list for auctions and estate sales, and think I’d love to go to some.  But on the weekend I just don’t want to set the alarm, get up early to dress and go see IF there’s something I would buy.  I’m thinking it won’t be that way after retirement since the alarm doesn’t have to wake me five days a week.  This is why people say they’re busier after retirement than before – they try to pack in everything they never had time for before! Oh, I so look forward to those busy days!

Hope March will bring some early spring weather to those of you who are still covered in snow and ice.  

May 2014 be filled with Happy Stitching!

PeaceLoveJoy

CharleneSC