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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Stream

 Good Morning....lets see what is rattling around in my stream of consciousness this morning. 

1. Several have asked about Marvin's bees. So far so good. We are going to leave their honey for them for this winter since that seems to be when they take off!! We might take a frame or two for ourselves but we still have honey left from last years harvest so we are good. Marvin has determined that if they leave again, he is done with bee keeping. It is an expensive endeavor when you have to keep buying bees. We will see. He had a good time exploring this new hobby. If it does not work out, hopefully he will find something else to catch his attention.

2. Today is a stitching day with a few like minded friends. It is a small group so we can social distance. I am so looking forward to spending the day stitching. I think I will take my bunny and fill in that big dress. Miss Bunny needs to go on a diet.:) We also found a new location for our North Alabama Stitchers. We usually meet at the library but they have closed down any public meetings for now. Our new meeting place requires that we each chip in about $10 for the day but that if fine with me. It is worth every penny. So many of us have found that we NEED people. Being isolated for months on end is not good for anyone's mental health.

3. Rosh Hoshannah is this week. How do I know? I have enjoyed watching several young Jewish moms on You Tube.  As a Christian I find it interesting to learn more about the Jewish roots of our faith. Jar of Flie Flies is a vlog that follows Chana, an Orthodox Jewish mother who homeschools and has the added challenge of a young son with type one diabetes.Another young mom is Marion at My Jewish Mommy Life. Marion is conservative and has two little boys. This week the mommies have been making all kinds of foods for the Jewish New Year. Many include apples. I got a few new recipes to try out. Chana Tova.( I think that means Happy New Year!)

4. Well Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sally is headed for the Gulf of Mexico. Where she will land we are not sure but I hope she leaves Gulf Shores alone since we have our annual Anniversary trip next week.  Typically the weather after a hurricane is very nice so fingers crossed!

5. This is homecoming week at Priceville so every day has a theme. Monday was Patriotic Day. Landon was dressed in Red White and Blue. Not sure if Kendall went along with this as she does not like to dress for themes.( Teenager) However I was glad to see this was a theme as there has been so much unrest in our country as of late. I saw a post someone put on Facebook that she wished we could be the people we were on September 12, 2001.  Something to think about for sure.

6. I am beginning to get more comfortable with the new blog format.  Do I love it? No. I do think the other platform was more user friendly and I cannot really see any improvements in this design but what do I know I am an old lady who blogs. I guess I should be ocmmended for being able to finally figure things out.

Happy Wednesday friends. Hope all is well where you are.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Marvin went to Grimmwood to  mow as we will not be back there until after our beach trip. My sister, Kristi got this beautiful picture of the rainbow above our driveway to Grimmwood.
I love this one...it looks like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is our little house. That is certainly how we feel about it.
And one from Cousin Scott.  He catches the  most beautiful photos of our area. 

I stayed home to meet with an electrician as we are having the fluorescent light in the kitchen removed and LED cans will be used to replace it. While our workman is here he will change out all our canned lights for LEDS. Our unit is in the middle of three townhouses and we need more light.  This is my anniversary gift as I have wanted to have that ugly fluorescent light removed for quite a while.  I will be doing a post on the process. It will be the first of October when the remodel takes place.  

Hope you all are having a good Monday. 

 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Saturday Stitching

 Not a lot of progress on Stitching this week but a good bit of purchasing happened. I have to justify it by saying my sisters told me to put a wish list on 123 Stitch for Christmas. I am no longer allowed to order anything until after Christmas. I always put a pretty long list on there so they can choose and I will be surprised. Also I do not even look at the site until January. So hopefully I have plenty to keep me busy. 


I worked on this sweet bunny for my friend Deborah. She is a lot of fun to stitch. 


My little witch is coming along. I chose to do a purple gingham skirt instead of black. Also I am leaving off the pumpkins on the skirt. I like Priscilla's designs but they are a bit busy for my taste. I hope to put this piece on a wreath.


G Legere got some love. I think I am turning into a sampler girl.

Landon's Christmas ornament is done.


 

Now for the Haul....123 Stitch order arrived. 



Also I ordered two Erica Michaels charts from Inspired Needle after seeing her trunk show on display at Inspired Needle. It is on the Inspired Needle Floss Tube channel. Watch at your own risk!!


Patches and Stitches.....

This is Sarah Platt by Pineberry Lane. I am stitching it in magenta and using a lighter pink for my initials, Amelia's initials and my granddaughter's initials.  
Feast of Friendship by Blackberry Lane. I could not resist that blue house and the fruit bowl. I had to order the over dyed flosses for this piece so it will be a while before I start it.

And finally Hobby Lobby. 

Perfect for finishing Christmas ornaments.
Saw these at 40% off and picked up two for Christmas ornament bases.
Rings for floss.
I saw these heavy duty place cards and thought they would make great thread drops for my Feast of Friendship. I think everything I purchased except for my flosses were 40% off. 


And since it  is Sampler September I kitted up this one as well.

I have had Strawberry Fields in my To Stitch pile for quite a while. I am using DMC and stitching it on 16 count Gingerbread. 

Now to get stitching on all these new starts!! 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Friday Five


1. Patches and Stitches. I always treat myself to a visit to Patches and Stitches after I go for my six month dental cleaning at Dr Cook's office in Huntsville. Patches and Stitches is just seven minutes away and it is always a joy to visit a real needlework store.
2.A New Pot...Charles and Nancy gave us a Target Gift card for our anniversary. I had been admiring Targets answer to LeCrueset so I used my gift card to get something both Marvin and I will enjoy.
3. Tasha Tudor Christmas book.  I found this one on Thrift Books. I may use some of the pages for crafting as it is not in perfect condition but such a treasure none the less.
4. My new coffee cup.  I found this Rae Dunn coffee cup at TJ Maxx and picked it up to use for my morning coffee. 

 5. A Crafting Gift from Audrey. You know it makes Nana jump for joy when her littlest granddaughter makes a flower just for her. I was thinking of making it into a magnet for the fridge but I did not want to use hot glue on it. So it is on my bulletin board and it makes me smile every time I see it. 

I would be remiss if I did not remember 9-11.  Remembering all the patriots who gave their lives that horrible day.  Never Forget.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Nanaland 's Pride and Joy

 Some pictures of the grands today.  I did not even take any photos of Joshua and Audrey when they were here on Saturday. We were having such a good time we forgot to document. Sweet Kendall came over to help us. She has lots of experience with little ones.

Here is Audrey helping her daddy cook supper. 

Katy posted this picture of Elliott playing with cars at their new home. Perfect floors for a little boy to roll his cars on. This young man loves his matchbox cars. 

Our bonus grandson, Hampton, turned 16 and there was a big celebration.
Amelia took this picture of all four of hers at Ditto Landing in Huntsville. I may have shown this one already but it is a favorite of mine.
Kendall on the way to an orthodontist appointment. She has the prettiest eyes.
Katy shared this one of Baylor getting some sister snuggles.  He loves his Margaret.

As the kids get older it is hard to get pictures of them so I am glad when their moms share with me. 

Several people asked if I purchased anything at Cracker Barrel the other day. I showed amazing restraint and all I bought was my breakfast. However, I did make note of a few things I might want to pick up as gifts.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Cracker Barrel Monday

 My friends and I had breakfast at Cracker Barrel on Thursday and I took the time to get some pictures of all the pretties in the store for you all to see. It is mostly Christmas and if you do not buy something you like early, then it will be gone later. Ask me how I know???

This old fashioned Christmas Tree took me right back to my childhood. 


You know I love houses of any sort and these two were so cute



This platter caught my eye.  Red trucks are still popular.

This tree had lots of cardinal ornaments on it. I know many of you love cardinals. Click on the tree to enlarge the picture and you can browse the selection.
Pretty but too pricy for me.
Cutest snowmen ornaments. These would make a nice little Happy Gift for someone. 
They always have a pink and cream tree but I am a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas.
More snowmen. And more red trucks!
These snow ladies just made me smile. And they could stay out through January.
Little Boys would like this Santa in a  red truck. It looks like he is decorating the shelves at Cracker Barrel. Again, Red Truck.....I wonder what people will do with all the red trucks when this trend fizzles?
Thanksgiving and Christmas  on this display.
A very pretty cardinal light.
More ornaments.
And one last display that features NASA...this one is for Sandy at I Majored in Home Economics. With the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Cracker Barrel keeps out some NASA things for tourists.

One thing I noticed this year is that there was almost no Halloween displays. Of course I guess each Cracker Barrel decides what they will display to a point so you might find more Halloween things at a different store. I always enjoy browsing the aisles at Cracker Barrel and I usually do some of my Christmas shopping there as well. I am seeing posts on Instagram with a Christmas countdown! It will be here before we know it. Even in this Covid year, time is marching on!






Saturday, September 5, 2020

Saturday Stitching

This week I spent some time really working on Riley Harbor by Kathy Barrick. I would like to finish this project in 2020 so I can say one good thing came out of this year.:)


 

I had forgotten how much I liked this stitch until I sat down with it for several days. I put in the three ships, fish, water and started the whale.  I did change a few colors. Marlene at Cross Stitch Peddler suggested some color changes and some are my own.


 

 The whale is stitched with silk. Now this was my first experience with silk and at the beginning I was thinking, "What's the Big Deal?" But the longer I stitched I realized how easy it is to stitch with and the coverage is amazing.  I won't be a silk convert as my purse strings are too tight for that but a small monochromatic stitch might make me bust out my wallet.

I also finished Penny Pumpkin by Scarlett House. It is stitched on 28 count Cyprium. This fabric color was recommended by Marlene at Cross Stitch Peddler. She has a real eye for choosing fabrics. She also chose the Veldt for Riley Harbor. That kind of eye is really a gift. 



I thought I would show you the dough bowl in my bedroom.  I am going to show you the front and the back of my little pillows.  I do the slit in the back of the fabric to stuff my pillows. I think it makes the edges look much better. The traditional method of leaving a hole in the side seam just never worked for me.  I always knew where the little hole had been because it stood out like a sore thumb.


Threadwork Primitives, Witches Ride.





Scarlett House, Penny Pumpkin  I got the trim for this piece at Hobby Lobby in the Fall aisle. Melanie Smith on Floss Tube had shown this trim on her channel. I would never have thought to look there for it. Thanks Melanie.  I just tacked this on with some orange Victorian Motto floss after sewing and stuffing.




Heart in Hand, Ye Olde Crow



A Blast from the Past that I bring out every fall. (Pardon the glare) It was from a Scripture Verses book that was popular in the 1990s.




Now for some haul....

I received my Perfect World Chart from  the Inspired Needle Giveaway that I won. 


  Carol  of Stitching Dreams and I were chatting in the comments about the wording at the top of the chart. It does not really fit me because you know, Indoorsy.  I am looking for a Bible verse to chart in its place. Any suggestions???( Everyone knows in a Perfect World I would be in my stitching chair, happily stitching away.)  Maybe I should chart...In a Perfect world you would find  me here, stitching in my cozy chair.:)  Yall help me decide.

My good friend, Brenda, of Brenda's Minders and More dropped off my recent order and stayed to chat for a while. Brenda is also the founder of North Alabama Stitchers and we are both feeling the loss of the joy of stitching with our friends. 

Minders...You can tell I am a major Harry Potter nerd. I had to have Always. Who would have thought Severus Snape could be so romantic?


Project Bags... The one on the left is the August Project Bag of the month. The other two are my impulse purchases.


You can find Brenda's products on her Facebook page. She posts fabrics frequently and you can request a project bag from that particular fabric. I am a member of her bag of the month club but you know that is not enough for me. When I saw the other two fabrics on her page,  I had to get them as well. You will not be disappointed in her products or her customer service. 

I am expecting a package from 123 Stitch...gotta fill up those project bags.:) Come back soon to see how bad I was in the self control department. 

Happy Stitching.