Saturday, June 19, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 The winner of Beggar's Christmas is Jennie in Georgia. Please send me your snail mail address at Congrats on winning this cute chart.   Thanks to all who left a comment. Keep watching for more give aways on Saturday Stitching.  And Dianna, thanks for your comments. I am so glad to see you back on Blogger. Could you send me a link for your blog at my email address? Would love to add you to my blog roll again. 

I had a productive week. I finished my Lady Liberty by Blackbird.



I have to tell on myself...I was on Facebook messenger with my stitchy friend, Carol H. She lives at the Glens and we have been planning a stitching day for forever. We are both busy gals and so far we have not been able to get together but we chat a lot online. I had shared my drum with her and I was mad because I had sewed Lady Liberty facing the BACK of the drum. Focus Arlene Focus.  I even posted it on Instagram last night trying to fudge the mistake. I woke up this morning and put my big girl panties on and decided I had put too much work into that piece to let it be WRONG. So I took it apart and re stitched it. It took me 20 minutes. I was in a stew over nothing!!! So hopefully I learned my lesson. This drum is stitched on 36 count weathered Shingle. I used all the called for flosses. 

I took Feast of Friendship to my framer, Kitty at The Middle House. I cannot wait to see it finished and hanging in the sun room. 

I also finished up the Christmas ornament I made for Sara B. I did not get to attend the wedding but the pictures are just perfection. I nannied for Sara and her brother, Drew, when they were young so they are very special to me. I had Sara's wedding gift sent to her by the local Jeweler's shop where she was registered but I wanted to do something special for her for her first Christmas with her groom, Charlie.

I backed the piece with a piece of pink polka dot and I added a heart with the year and my name.  When Sara and Drew were little, every Christmas I would go and get them early one morning. We would go to buy a Christmas ornament for each of them. Then we came back to my home, had lots of yummy snacks and watched Christmas movies.  As I told their mom, Susan, Those were the good old days!! 

I have been stitching monogamously on Though He Seemeth Sleeping. I completed pages one and two this week. I am not really happy with my choice of fabric( Ivory 18 count) but I am going to give it a bath in tea/coffee when it is completed. I used the DMC flosses so I can do that without worry of the colors running.  On to work on my Blackbird Cardinal for a while. 

I have finally had time to put out some of my July 4th pieces.

Barbara at Sweet Tea and Sandals stitched the small Liberty for me. I love it. The old plate was in some of Mama G's things. Uncle Sam is a TJ Maxx find from years ago.

This year's dough bowl.
My bowl full of Lady Patriots from the Little House Needleworks series.  Also my small flag from Knee High by the 4th of July by Hands on Designs. 

I miss the end of the breakfast bar at Jackson Way. It was perfect for sharing seasonal items. I am using the corner of the island and that works fairly well. More adjustments as we settle into a new house.

I ordered one new chart. This is for Grimmwood.

I have not decided which barn I will do.....they are all so cute. 

I got a beautiful hand made card in the mail from my blog/you tube friend, Gina.

I have it on my desk so I can see it each day!! Gina shared a cute piece on her You Tube channel. It is perfect for holding cards so you can enjoy them. I am going to be on the lookout for something similar. What I make with my hands, I give with my heart! I think that is true of all of us crafty ladies. Happy Stitching.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Prince of Nanaland

 Well I know you all love Joshua pictures so I thought I would share some with you today. That little boy is just precious, even if I am his Nana.

Off to save the world.
Pool Time...
Sleepy Baby....those hands. How quickly those baby hands grow into big boy hands.

In honor of Father's Day on Sunday, I have to share this picture of my young and handsome Daddy. As you may remember my grandfather, my daddy, Charles and Joshua all carry the middle name, Clifford. That makes me so see that name live on in the generations of  our family. Happy Father's Day Daddy. I miss you and think of you often.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Down on the Farm and the River

 Last week we were able to get to Grimmwood for the first time since moving. Believe me, Marvin had a job getting everything mowed. We were happy to see that our Hostas, transplanted from Jackson Way, were flourishing.

It was pretty rainy the whole time we were there. 

Our neighbors across the road have a beautiful view of Fort Mountain but there was fog obscuring the view as we locked the gate and headed for Alabama.

Pardon the power lines but this is the country. No underground utilities.

As we approached Decatur, we took the old route to get to our new address. This involves crossing the Tennessee River just as you enter the city of Decatur. What should we see there but a riverboat? With covid it has been quite a while since one has been spotted on the River.

The boat docks near downtown Decatur where there are shops and eateries.
As you can see from this vantage there are lots of homes and businesses on the river as well. When we lived in Point Mallard we could see the River Boats on the River from one of our upstairs bedrooms. We would hear the calliope playing as it was moving along and we raced upstairs to see it. We are easily amused in the Grimm fam. 

Amelia and her crew have been traveling in New England. I finally got some pics of the teenage grands.

Kendall is still cautious about covid. I was glad to see she lost the mask as the vacation wore on. :) They did some hikes, went on a whale watching expedition and took a cog railway to the top of a mountain in New Hampshire. ( I hope they waved to Mrs T)  They ended their vacation in Rhode Island on the ocean. I hope these kiddos know how fortunate they are to have parents who take them places!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Last Room Tour

 I finally got my bedroom unpacked. Some pictures are going to the children, some things are going to be donated and eventually the cozy chair will be moved to my sunroom.

As you enter the bedroom area, there is a nice little hall. The laundry room is off this hall but it is just a laundry room. One bonus is the big utility sink. I have never had one before so it is a treat when it is time to fill up the mop pail.

I am adding a few pieces of cross stitch on this wall. ...along with two special crosses. 
With so few shelves I am using the dresser for photos. 
The blue is a bit more vibrant than the blue on Jackson Way but I am rolling with it. Got some new shades for the bedside lamps. You may see one of the small black chairs in the corner. That helps me clean the lower parts of the room. :)
Cozy chair I love that big window. The previous owner also had nice Roman Shades over the binds. That really makes for good sleeping.
A bathroom is a bathroom...This one does have a nice big shower with glass doors that are much easier to keep clean than the shower at Jackson Way!! We have enjoyed the big cabinet as well. Marvin has the top and I have the bottom shelves. So handy for all the bathroom needs without showing the world all your private things.:) I love the floors...The grout is gray....which is much nicer looking than white that I could never keep clean. 

And some big family news....Niece, Laura is engaged.

Glad to have Nick joining the fam!!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 I spent another week doing some monogamous stitching. Winter Rose Manor got some attention.

I changed the color on the female cardinal. In the picture on the chart, it is hard to tell the main body from the wing. I used Cocoa Bean by Classic Colorworks for the main body of the bird. 

I managed to finish Elliott's Christmas ornament as well.

 The needle minder is from Brenda's Minders and More.

Speaking of Brenda, she brought by three project bags I ordered for my birthday. Thanks Kristi and Leta. ( My Sweet Sisters)

I just love these pumpkins.
Brenda found this material that depicts some of the states....I had to have Georgia.

And Alabama....

As I mentioned last week I liked Beggar's Christmas so much I bought it twice.

 So one of you gets a chance to add this chart to your stash. If you are interested leave the word Beggar in your comment. You must be over 18 years old and live in the continental USA. Please do not mention the word giveaway in your comment as we do not want a troll to win this cute chart.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, June 11, 2021

I am a Princess

 Okay...I am just like everyone else on Facebook. When I saw you could use an app to make you a princess, a baby or a cartoon character, I had to try it out. I did not care for the baby or cartoon character but hey, every girl/lady wants to be a princess. 

Pretty neat....You can see a bit of Kendall's pink hair in the bottom picture, I edited my face from pictures with Margaret and Kendall.  Oh to have that porcelain skin with no wrinkles.  

Thought you would enjoy a laugh today!! Let's all be royal.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Thank You

 Thanks for the prayers....we made it through the day but we were in our recliners the moment the mini van pulled away.  Both boys were good, we are just old. 

We watched tv, had pizza for lunch, Elliott and Grandpa went for a walk.  Elliott got $2 for reading two hard books to Nana. We did some crafts and sent home some crafts for Margaret who decided to attend her Granny's funeral. I think she was glad she went to be with family as they remembered Pat. 

After a day with Baylor, I realize I do not pray hard enough for Ben and Katy.  He can be a challenge for sure and as he gets older and stronger, things will become harder.  Thanks to all of you who pray for my family.