Saturday, May 30, 2020

Saturday Stitching

First off let me congratulate the winners of my Birthday Giveaway.

Winner of St Patrick's Day Hoopla  is   Mary.

Winner of Easter Hoopla is Nancy

Winner of 4th of July Hoopla is Margie.

Thanks to all who entered. Please send me your snail mail address  I lost some of my contacts so I am going to have to start over. Computer issues. Technology....lovely when it works, maddening when it does not.

A gentle reader asked about my Magnifier.

You can purchase it from Amazon. It is Daylight UN91101 Mini Flexi Lens.   I would not be able to stitch if I did not have this handy helper.

Now for a WIP Parade.

Three out of nine of the Grands ornaments are stitched.  Prairie Schooler Christmas Alphabet.  Stitched on 14 count Aida.

Lindy Stitches.   36 count linen.

This is such a fun stitch.   Light Ash Lugana from Jen's Stitching Niche.  DMC color conversion per the chart.

Pumpkin Hollow Farm   I am stitching this on a piece of 28 count even weave from my stash. I am only doing the house and the sign.  One of my older WiPs.

My oldest WIP....My Christmas List by Silver Creek Samplers. I need to just finish it. For some reason that angel was giving me fits and I put it away.

Riley Harbor by Kathy Barrick....Jane Austen needle minder!  I did get one more house done as well as the tree. Once I complete the house on the left, I can do some of the water!! Lots of houses left to stitch on the Right.Ugh....

November Word Play by Brenda Gervais. 28 count Aida that I coffee tea dyed.

Let Freedome Ring by Abby Rose Designs. Not sure this will be complete by July 4th of this year!

I love this one.....cant wait to get it all stitched and made into a drum.

I finally started Kringles.   I dilly dallied about starting in the middle or at the top. My friend, Brenda, said just start at the top and get all that snow stitched first. So I followed her advice.

I have a few more stitches I did not show because they have not been touched since my last WIP Parade.  I do hope to finish Two White Houses this week so I can make it into a drum.  it is good to have several things going at the same time.   If you get bored with one stitch you can find another one that is speaking to you!

Happy Stitching.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday Five

1. New Insulated Glass for Summer.   $10 At Kirklands.I love Blue and White. This just says Summer to me.

2. New Book .... A prequel to The Hunger Games. How this author can make Coriolanus Snow sympathetic, I am eager to see.

3. New Starbucks sis in law told me about this hot drink, A Medicine Ball. It is delicious but would be better in the winter time or if you have a cold.  She says she drinks one every day as it is supposed to be an immune booster.  I still prefer my favorite Pink Drink for Summer. This photo was made in my car...see my hand sanitizer that I keep handy?

4. Newly Dyed Cross Stitch Fabric....I took some time on Saturday to dye some bits and pieces I had as well as one large piece of Evenweave from Hobby Lobby.  Something about dyeing the cheaper fabrics makes them nicer to stitch on. It could be all in my head but that is my story and I am sticking to it.

5. New Book Basket  I got this for $12 at Kirklands. It was on sale the other day when I shopped there. I needed a book basket to place beside my cozy chair. ( Margaret named my bedroom recliner the cozy chair as she likes to sit there when she visits.) My side table was beginning to look like a disaster.  I really like this gray basket with my initial. I am thinking of going back to Kirklands and picking up some Christmas gifts while their sale is ongoing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wonderful Wednesday

While sitting in my house, I got the hankering to do some sprucing up.  As I told my friend, Sharon, in North Carolina, " I need to do some degrannification."

I hear the word Grannified used a lot on HGTV.  It is not complimentary.  While I love the way my home looks, I had gotten into some ruts.

I did not want to spend my birthday money on home decor....let's face it, I spent it on stitching.:) So I referred to some of my favorite You Tube channels. Simply Lake and Lace, Lynette Yoder and Adaline Zook.  All of these are young women who have a fun decor in their homes. And one thing they all say is that Paint can really change a piece of furniture.

My coffee table was purchased second hand several years ago and it had seen better days. It was dinged and the color really blended into the room, nothing special.  So I decided to chalk paint it. I did the top and left the bottom the old wood color. I lived with that for a week for so before deciding that it was not the look I was wanted in my living room. So I decided to paint the whole table. I knew if I did not like it, I could sell it on Facebook Market Place and get something else.

I headed off to Hobby Lobby for more Lace Chalk paint as well as dark wax.  Chalk paint is great because it does not require primer and we all know I am a lazy girl.  I spent most of Friday working on the coffee table and I am glad to say, it is what I was going for and I will keep it.

It looks a little bright in this photo so here is a close up so you can see the wax.

The wax really gives it a distressed look and hides some imperfections while emphasizing design, mainly those curvy legs.  I used to watch Matt and Shari on Room by Room on HGTV and Shari always said a room should have one thing that was unexpected. My coffee table is my unexpected piece. I  do have several painted pieces in the room. One table is black, and in the background of this picture you can see a teal piece I picked up at a restaurant.   At a restaurant you may say...well it was really a coffee shop and this small teal table was in their cute bathroom holding a brass spittoon that was full of paper hand towels.  I asked the owner what color the table was painted because I was going to "steal" his color.  I was totally surprised when he asked if I would ike to buy the table. The price was right and I took it home.  Turns out he used his coffee shop to showcase pieces that he had redone and this was his side hustle.

So for about $15 I got a whole new coffee table and if I choose to sell it later, I think I will recoup my investment.

I also spent some time moving some lamps around as well as changing some vignettes. It may still be grannified but I am enjoying my nest.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day

And today we remember all those who gave all so that we can enjoy our freedom every day.  Several members of our family on the Tankersley and the Grimm sides have served in the Armed Forces. Today we remember Marvin's cousin, Emory Morel Smith who gave his life in Viet Nam.

No big plans for Memorial Day here at Nanaland.  It is hard to believe that Summer is here. Even though these quarantine days seem to move slowly, time is still marching on.  We are slowly getting back to normal here in Alabama. Marvin and I are choosing to limit our going out and about.  I never realized what a gadfly I was before this virus! But Deborah and I are planning to go to Mr Henry's for breakfast on Tuesday. The last time we were there was the beginning of March. We sure miss our waitresses, Monica and Becky.  They always provide service with a smile.  Another step in the road back to normality for me.

I want to leave you with this cutie not one of my grands.

A Foothills Farm baby.  Leta took this photo and the Facebook page, Udder Surprise, posted it on Saturday. My sister is famous! At least in the farm world.:)

Have a blessed day friends.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday Stitching

Well here it is as promised, my new fridge magnet.

This makes a perfect fridge display.  I need to get stitching on I love Fall most of All so it is ready for September.  Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery makes the cutest designs.   I used Sticky board for this one and the 8 by 10 size was perfect  with some pieces left over that I can use for Christmas ornaments. I simply mounted the cross stitch on one piece, then cut a bigger piece of board for the backing piece. I had this big red and white check fabric from Fat Quarter Shop in my stash. After putting the design on one board and the red and white fabric on another I glued them together. I added a larger washer to the back of the piece then a magnet was glued to the washer. That makes it a bit sturdier. I also added some green rick rack to the bottom. I had it in my stash as well. The little Strawberry button up at the top was in my button jar.

My friend, Brenda stopped by with my May Project bag and a Project Bag I had ordered for my Kringles project.

I love the May bag with the lovely red fabric.  Those little campers were just too cute to pass up.

I had book club here on Tuesday so I got out my patriotic stitches as my table was sporting Red, White and Blue.  You may remember that I only stitched the Lady Patriots....they get so little praise that I wanted to celebrate their achievements.  The little flag is from Knee High by the Fourth of July by Hands on Design.  You can always just stitch the motifs you like in a chart....floss tube had given me such freedom in my stitching these days.

Cross Stitch can be used in so many ways. One of my book club friends said she used to stitch but she could not see to do it anymore. I showed her my magnifier....I could not stitch either without that stitching tool.

To celebrate my birthday I am doing a giveaway of three different charts.  Follow the instructions below.

You may enter for 1....St Patricks Hoopla
                              2,,,,Easter Hoopla
                              3....July 4th Hoopla
Leave a comment telling me the number of the Hoopla you would like to receive as well as  the month  of the year you were born in!   You must live in the lower 48 states and please do not use the word giveaway.   Next Saturday I will name the three winners.  These are not new charts, gently used and a quick and fun stitch.  

I thought this would be a good way to end my birthday month. Happy Stitching....come back next Saturday for a WIP Parade.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday Five

1. Old Lady Lotion

It seems that with growing older gracefully there is the advance of dry skin.  As a teenager I was so oily I had to wash my hair every day. And back in the 70s I used Prell, a very harsh shampoo and grease cutter. Now my hair and my skin is dry. I have tried several lotions but this one is the best. I will be using it from now on. It says it is a NEW product so I hope they keep producing it. Surely I am not the only person who needs this!

2. Treasures from Linda

When in Chatsworth I went to visit my dear friend, Linda. As I was leaving she gave me these beautiful dishes that had belonged to her mama, Janette.

I felt so honored that Linda wanted me to have this bit of her family in my home in Decatur. We both love Blue and White so she knew I would find a place for them. On Wednesday I had fun just playing house and finding locations for my treasures. The Dinner Plate was perfect for my china cabinet.

Pardon the glare....

The River Boat Saucer is in my kitchen. Decatur is the River City so this was perfect for me. I put the small bowl on the table in my guest room. I can add some candy to it when company comes. The salad plate is on my bedside table where I keep my Essential Oils to help me sleep.  Thank you Linda for my pretty gift.

3. Hair Cut

As I said, I am not the best at Selfies and it was late in the afternoon, cloudy at that.  Oh it was wonderful to get my hair washed, cut and styled.  Back to my layered bob.

Deborah took this one at her house for my Corona/Medicare lunch.

I think I am going to have her make all my pictures from now on!!

4. Green Willow Soaps

Here are the soaps I picked up in Ellijay.  Silky Legs is great for shaving your legs....leaves them so soft and it smells divine. Cherry Bark and Almond smells like the old time Jergens lotion that reminds me of my grandmothers. I tried a new scent, Mountain Coffee. I also picked up a Sandalwood and Tumeric for Marvin. He is already using his soap.  If you ever visit Ellijay, stop in this sweet shop. The owner is the nicest lady and so helpful.

5. Books of the Week

Several of my reading friends have said they are finding it hard to read during this strange time.  I am among them but these two books are holding my interest. I am a big Jane Austen fan and a big Lucy Worsley fan. It is almost as if Lucy is reading this book to me because I hear her voice in my head as I see the words on the page. An Episode of Sparrows by Rumor Godden took me a while to get into but I am enjoying it now. Ms Godden writes so well, her books flow like a river.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


It has been a fun week for me with Mothers Day and Birthday celebrated....

Marvin is jealous of all the cards I receive each year! Several are from online friends. My sis in law sent me this one.

The one behind that says 5 Things you are Still Young Enough for was a funny one as well.  Speaking of TP....still none to be had at Publix. We purchased a big package at Target so we are fine but it leaves me perplexed.  My sis in law who lives in Tennessee swears by BOXED. She has her orders delivered to her door.

Oh and here is a picture of the Birthday Boy wearing his Korean outfit.

I know I am biased but he is a cutie pie.

Meanwhile in Hoova....

Katy titled these, Corona-cation.  The boys hair has already grown so much. Oh to be young!  I love that Margaret has her doll in tow. I was asking Ben if they are calling her Margaux at home. It was a school nickname.  Ben says she is pretty much Margaret all the time now so I will probably go back to calling her Margaret as well. To me, she is a Margaret, a sweet old-fashioned name for a sweet girl.

When Katy posted this next picture I will admit it made Nana a bit teary.

Ben is such a good dad to Baylorman.

I got several nice gifts from the kids. Ben, Katy and family sent me a canopy camp chair.
It is the perfect thing for the beach and the ball fields. I have not assembled it yet but I look forward to using it and it is one of my favorite colors, turquoise.

Amelia got me some cute earrings for Mothers Day and a  set of car coasters.. For my birthday I got a really nice key ring and a lovely thermal glass, perfect for summer.  My girl knows my tastes.

 Charles and Nancy sent me a  Hobby Lobby gift card which I put to use to purchase flosses for my Priscilla Project.  I had my fingers crossed that I could find all the DMC colors needed and I was so happy to find each one on the conversion list.  I did hear that the Fancy Floss dyers are back at work so hopefully some of those coveted flosses will be back in the shops soon.   While at Hobby Lobby I picked up some nice blue and white trays. All of the spring things were marked 50% off so two for the price of one.  I have book club here this week and I am going to do a Memorial Day theme. Can you believe this weekend is Memorial Day? Even in the midst of Corona, time is passing by.  We do not have any big plans for Memorial about you?

Monday, May 18, 2020

Georgia on My Mind

We had such a nice trip to Georgia...the perfect birthday weekend.  The weather was wonderful and the rain stayed away which is a bit unusual because it seems like it rains a lot there lately.

Finally some WARM weather, perfect for sitting on the porch swing.

My view from the swing.  I forgot to take my magnifier with me for stitching so I did a good bit of reading on the porch this trip.

Can you spot Mr King Snake? I saw him while I was chatting on the phone with Deborah.  I thought at first it was a snake skin but then I realized he was moving! We do not kill the king snakes as they feast on mice and they will kill and eat venomous snakes. Marvin saw three snakes this weekend.  Non poisonous. This year it seems that copperheads are plentiful so I want the King Snakes to hang around and take care of those bad boys.

The cows were enjoying a nice day under the shade trees. One new baby calf was born while we were there.  They are so sweet.

On Saturday we traveled to Ellijay, Georgia so I could have lunch at my favorite restaurant, Cantaberry's. Located on the square, it is a neat place to eat and people watch. I thought we would have to wait for a table due to social distancing, the restaurants cannot seat a lot  of people at one time. However we walked right in.

We are not the best at

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup....oh my goodness, it is good for what ails you.

After lunch I visited my favorite soap store, Green Willow Soaps. I picked up quite a selection. Earlier in the day we visited Panorama Orchard. The store was not open for shopping but you could place your order and they brought it to the door where you paid.  We got Apple Cider, Apple Cider donuts ( for Amelia), Apple Butter and an Apple Pie to share with my family on the porch Saturday evening. Instead of a cake, I had a birthday pie.

Coming home we drove across Fort Mountain, instead of going around the mountain. It had probably been 40 years since I had been on that road. I was surprised to see the number of private residences there these days. We can see some houses from our vantage point in the valley.   I am glad Marvin was driving as it was very curvy!

We pulled over at a scenic overlook for some pictures.

It was a beautiful day...clouds were so pretty.

Our farm is down in the valley.

Mountains all around.

This picture of Cousin Scott's shows the mountain we were riding across.

Old Fort Mountain....a constant in my young years growing up in the valley.  It always says HOME to me.