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

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Finishes

Hey, Friends!

While I was out in the snow last week I couldn’t believe I saw a big breasted, fluffy robin!  We had several 70◦ days this week, but I didn’t notice a one – but I was at work during the day, too.
Eliza Scattergood by Plum Street Samplers is finished.  She is stitched on 36ct Exemplar using the recommended NPI silks.  I did make a little change to the verse.  The original:
"Eliza Scattergood, her work 1839. When I survey this work of mine, I'm filled with joy and dread.
May Christ my life with his entwine before my days' last thread." 
My version:
"Eliza Scattergood, her work 1839. When I survey this work of mine, I'm filled with joy and dread.
May
all my stash be stitched and hung before my days' last thread."  She was a fun project – first finish of 2014.

This week, I finished the second piece – February Flip It (2001) by Lizzie*Kate.  Since my fabric – linen sample stash – was smaller count, I replaced the charm with a stitched heart, and the recommended DMC.  As I was stitching I kept thinking, this doesn’t look like the other finishes I’ve seen, nor does it look like the chart picture!  After more careful examination, I was stitching the ● instead of the •.  After that correction, it became more familiar.
So, what’s next on the list?  We’ll see…
Have you been shopping from the 2014 Market?  Wow – so much beautiful work, such hard decisions to make!
  
Thanks for stopping by and saying Hello!

PeaceLoveJoy
CharleneSC


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Days!


Hey, Friends!

Did you enjoy the snow day?  It was nice to stay home and stitch the day away.  We had a two-hour delay on Thursday, but I had another problem.  I was running a bath, and it stopped after about three inches of water in the tub!  Frozen pipe?  There was a tiny drip in the kitchen sink, but must not have been enough.  Thank goodness I hadn’t jumped in for a shower with hair soaked and soaped!!  May have been pipes to the water heater… anyway I turned it off.  Now I need to get home early to see if the water is thawed, and if I can relight it.  Hopefully!!  Everything turned out fine.  Pipes were thawed and the water heater lighting was a breeze! 

I started drafting this two weeks ago so the paragraph above was written January 21, I think.

We’ve had another snow event!  It snowed all day Tuesday, February 11, most of the day Wednesday, and they say Thursday - yes, it did, until after noon. Almost looks like my car is fully covered, doesn't it?  It has been some great stitching time for me! Also made some snow cream yesterday– yum! 

Did you happen to see This over at My Heartstring blog?  She’s describing the process of selecting for a new sampler.  Got me thinking about how much I love the colors of fibers in cotton and silk, the varying shades of linen, and even the combinations of fabric prints and solids.  Just as we stitchers love to scan and organize our charts, don’t we also love the other pieces of the project?  Many of you ‘would never’ make a change to the colors the designer chooses for a design, and it not be their perfection, but it makes the finished piece feel so much more my own when I do.   

I haven’t made any changes to the colors of Paulette’s Eliza Scattergood, but I did make a little change to the verse.  As you can see, I’m a little more than two thirds finished with this one, that I started on January 1, 2014.  Here's a little close up of some sweet motifs!


Pax really cut a wide path of cold and precipitation from the gulf up through Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, and further north .  Many of you have already had more than your share of snowy weather.  I hope everyone in the path of this storm is safe and warm!

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!  Sending hugs and blowing kisses!

 May 2014 be filled with Happy Stitching!

PeaceLoveJoy
CharleneSC


Saturday, January 25, 2014

January Progress


Hey, Friends!
When Pixie and I went out this morning, I wondered why this beautiful “red sky in the morning” wasn’t bringing some snow it surely is cold enough! 

Our Carolina Girls had a small group meeting last week, and it was such fun!  Some came with gifts always a treat.  Faye brought us a little pin pillow from a kit from PALS stuffed with sawdust.  It’s the first one I know that I have. With sawdust.  She also included a dainty penny pin that she stitched up for us, and to make it even more special, a piece of her Nana’s needle work, too.  Linda brought us a sweet tissue cover pouch that her Mom made for us, and some cookies - no photo - they were delish!!  Macadamia with cranberry yummy!


It looks like everyone is making some great progress with their 2014 stitching and finishing.  I’m enjoying taking my time with Miss Eliza. 

Maureen and I were talking about Orts ornaments, so here is a picture of them for her.  You can see that the box for the round ones is not marked Christmas, but the shaped ones are.  I have thought I’d change the shape for different years, but haven’t done that yet!


May 2014 be filled with Happy Stitching!


PeaceLoveJoy
CharleneSC