Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas, friends....

Remember me?  I haven't posted in months and honestly have no excuse.  Life, I guess. I couldn't let the year close without saying hello and sharing a few pictures with you. We have already celebrated our Christmas with the family.  With Kevin being a police officer, we have to do it when he is off and has some time to travel.  I put up nine trees this year, adding a new one with vintage ornaments belonging to my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.  I've had these ornaments packed away for several years. I received them after my Mom passed away and just never used them.  I decided this was the year to get a silver tree and display them.   I think of all of my trees, this one is my favorite.



These are a few more of our trees.  I just love the lights and feel they add such a warm, cozy feeling to a room.  I always hate taking them down after the holidays, as everything seems so drab and dark.  Maybe I should just leave them up all year.  :)



One of my favorite things to stitch is Christmas-themed designs.  These are pieces that I stitched many years ago.  I've been stitching lots of ornaments, and have quite a few that need to be "finish-finished".  It will be next year before they grace the tree, and I'll show pictures of them when they are completed.  I've decided that 2015 will be the year of Christmas stitching.  I already have a basket full of charts ready to grab and stitch.  Do you have a theme for the year of what you'd like to stitch?  

  
I collect Jim Shore figurines, and my favorite is the nativity scene.  I also love Santa kneeling over the baby Jesus.  So, so sweet.


I also did some sewing the last few months.  This is a quilt top that I made. I just love it and will be hanging it on the wall when I get it quilted and bound.  


My sweet doggies wanted to say hello and Merry Christmas.  We call our home the "dog nursing home" since two of our furbaby's are so old.  Miss Abby (on the left) is deaf and blind, and poor Putter (black lab) can barely walk.  They are both 13 years old. Shadow, the golden retriever, is the youngster of the bunch.  Here you can see him bathing Putter.  He's so sweet.  He does it several times a day.  They are truly best buds and HAVE to be touching each other.  Usually their paws are together.  All three are rescues (Putter was my parent's dog).


Last but not least is a picture of sweet Kayla taken on her horse, Sassy.


I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Christmas!  I plan to do better next year with my blogging.  I have totally been a slacker in that department and seem to share more on Instagram and Facebook.

Let us all remember the reason for the season.  We are truly blessed.  

Merry Christmas!

Carolyn 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello there friends....

I'm sorry I've been MIA for so long.  It's been busy, busy around here, and I've neglected to update my blog like I should.  I've done a LOT of stitching during this hot summer, especially in the evenings.  I'd like to share with you some pictures of what I've been up to.  First up is a finish that I'm really proud of.  I started "Houses of Hawk Run Hollow" in 2006 and stitched on it off and on between other projects.  Every year I would say, "this will be the year I finish it" and every year I didn't.  I don't really know why, as I LOVE stitching houses and anything that looks like a sampler.  Last night at 1:30 a.m I put in the last stitch.  It was kind of bittersweet, though.  It's like losing an old friend.  LOL  Now it's time to take it to the framer for her to perform her magic.  Then I can hang it on my sampler wall.  :)  I have just the spot all picked out.

 "Houses of Hawk Run Hollow" by CHS



This next piece is called "Forget Me Not" by WTNT.  It was a Limited Edition kit and was so much fun to stitch.  I just love the colors.  They go so perfectly in our home.



Next up is "Peace House" by La D Da.  I have wanted to stitch this one for quite a while and finally finished it up a few weeks ago.  I love the barn red distressed frame.  It brings out the color in the roof and door.


This was another Limited Edition kit.  It's called "The Beekeeper" and is by Plum Street Samplers.  I think the frame goes great with this piece, too. As soon as I saw the molding, I knew it was the perfect one.  It brings out the colors in the urn and her dress.


This sweet little heart is called "Cinnamon Heart" and is by Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives.  It came with everything needed to finish it, but I left off the fringe at the bottom.  I hid my initials and the year amongst the motifs.  I love all of Nan's designs. They are so primitive, yet adorable.


This is another Threadwork Primitives design called "Happy 4th".  I haven't decided how to finish this one off yet, but I do have some ideas.  I just love the flag.  :)


"Liberty House" by Ewe & Eye & Friends.  I love all of their prim designs.  This was a fun, quick little project that still needs the finishing, too.


"Sweet Land of Liberty" by Heartstring Samplery.  Can you tell I enjoy stitching Patriotic designs?  


I made this little runaround bag the other day to try out the pattern.  It was such fun that I already have about a dozen more planned to make.  They are the perfect size to carry just a few things.


The highlight of my summer was getting to spend time with my little "buglets".  We got to keep them TWICE!  I was so excited!  We had a good time at Cherry Berry Yogurt Shop.....


......and also enjoyed the Sea Center.  We baked and did crafts and played TONS of games of Uno, Old Maid, Crazy Eights and Bingo.  I loved every, single minute of it (and I think they did, too!)  They are growing up so fast - too fast.  Kayla will be in first grade this year and Carter starts Kindergarten.  *sigh*


 Well, I think that's about it for now.  I'll leave you with a picture of where I spend a LOT of my time, and where I plan to head right now to do a bit of stitching.


Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment, if you get a chance.  I always love hearing from you.

Bye for now...

Carolyn

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hello friends,

I hope your week is going well.  The weather has been so nice.....I wish so bad the temps would stay like they are, but I fear the heat and humidity will be here soon.  We are still working in the yard while we can, and hopefully everything will be established enough before it gets so hot and dry.

I've been stitching and sewing and treated myself to having a few of my things finished by the sweet and talented Faye - carolina stitcher.  Her ideas and creativity amaze me. She can take a stitched piece and totally bring it to life.  If you ever need some of your beautiful stitching finished, you won't be disappointed if you get her to do it for you. Here are the things that she finished for me.


"Bird in Hand" by La-D-Da


American Dreams "Hope" by Crown and Thistle


"Land That I Love" by Bird of a Feather


"Dutch Strawberries" by The Goode Huswife

I just love everything she finished for me!  I've wanted one of her project bags, and now I have one.  :)

I did the finishing on this next one.  It's my first "ditty bag" finish, but it won't be my last.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  I thought it would be difficult, but it really wasn't. It just took some time and patience.


"Fancy Brown Sewing Bag" by Stacy Nash

In between stitching, I also finished another long-time quilting UFO.  These blocks are from 1994 or 1995.  I love the way they came together.  




Thank you for visiting, and I hope you have a wonderful "rest of the week".  

Carolyn




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hello there!

This has been such a busy month, and I honestly don't know where it's gone.  Everybody I've talked to has said the same thing.  *sigh*  I'm wondering if it's because I'm getting older....  Oh well, at least the weather has been really nice here in Texas, although the pollen has been killer.   Bob and I have been working in the yard a bit before it gets horribly hot.  Here are a few pictures of where we are now.  We still have lots more we want to do, but we've got a good start.







Hopefully everything will take off and grow.  I love watching the flowers bloom and hear the birds singing.  We have a cardinal family that visit us daily, and they are a hoot.  If their food isn't out there at just the right time, they are hollering like crazy.  :)  They remind me of my sweet Mama and my Grandmother.  They both loved cardinals, too. 

Speaking of my yard, remember last month when I was involved in the "Flags on a Stick" blog hop?  Well, I was the lucky winner of the contest where I would win my wish list at Flags on a Stick!  I'm sooooo excited!  The contest was open to all of the bloggers that were in the hop.  Here are the goodies that I was able to get. 

These two garden flags...


 ...and this ADORABLE door mat.
  
You can see the geranium flag hanging in the garden around the tree.  I love geraniums. They are so happy.  :)  Thank you to Mdm. Samm and to Flags on a Stick!  If you like garden flags and other adorable things to decorate your outdoor space, you should pop on over and see what they have to offer. Their shipping and customer service is top notch. :)

I've also been working on a few WIPS, both quilting and cross stitch.  I finished up this little red quilt a few weeks ago.  I was involved in a block exchange back in 1995 (yes, you read that right!), and I finally got them put together and quilted.  LOL  Nothing like waiting forever, huh?


 I also made a few tabletoppers.  I love to switch them around on my tables or hang on the wall.  :)


Since I love coffee and I love red, this one is my favorite.  :)


I've been doing some stitching, too.  Actually I stitch every, single night.  I can't go to sleep without putting in at least a few stitches.  I picked these two pictures up from the framer today.  

This is "Bird in Hand" by Birds of A Feather and is OOP.


I stitched this next one the end of last year and just love it.  I love anything patriotic, primitive and with houses, so this certainly fits that bill.  This was in the February 2004 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine and is by Olde Willow Stitchery.


This next one is "Beekeeper" by Plum Street Samplers.  It was a Limited Edition kit. I will be taking this one to the framer soon.  


I'm still plugging along on my samplers.  I have three more squares on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow and that one will be finished.  I WILL finish it this year....I mean, it's only been 10 years since I started it.  LOL


I'm also keeping up (so far) with the SAL for "Snooty Parrot Sampler".  I love this one.  I just need to finish Adam and Eve, and I'll be caught up for the month of April....just under the wire.  :)



I have a few other things stitched, but I haven't done the finishing on them so I'll wait to share those with you.

Have a wonderful "rest of the week", and thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  

Bye for now,
Carolyn

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ladybug, Ladybug...fly away home....



Honestly, if you know me, one of my pet peeves is when people are late.  Seriously.  I hate it, which is why I'm always on time, and usually early.  Well not today.  For some unknown reason, I had on my calendar that my day for the hop was April 11th.  Well since the hop is totally over by then, I have no clue where that came from. Anyway, at least I already had the flag made.  So sorry!!

I'd like to thank Madame Samm and Thearica for hosting this blog hop.  I've so enjoyed seeing what all of these creative ladies have come up with. I was the lucky recipient of one of the adorable flag holders, and being that I love anything ladybug, I was tickled to death to receive this one.  Way too cute for words!  If you don't have one, you should check out the adorable flags that Flag Outlet has available. Thank you Flag Outlet for making this day possible.  :)

Here is my contribution to this hop.


 This is the back of the flag:


Be sure and visit the others on the hop today.


Thimblemouse & Spouse

Stitchin' By The Lake

Just One More Stitch (you are here)

The Quilting Queen Online

Selina quilts

Whims And Fancies

Thanks so much for stopping by, and again, I apologize for being late.

Carolyn