Friday, May 23, 2014

Where does time go???

Hi Everyone, I cannot believe that so much time has passed since my last post.  Have been really busy doing a model stitching, yard work, and helping out a dear friend who has been very ill.
I will not chat too much this time but did want to share some photos with you.
 
I have been trying to read up with everyone's blog, but time for that has been very slim so hoping that this is the beginning of me getting caught up with you all and posting some of  the things I have to share with you all.
This BBD was part of an exchange that I was in with the HoE group.

This also was part of an exchange with the HoE group.  Both were fun stitches to do and they were both in the mail by or before mid March.

Of course one always needs a cat in a HALOS box, now mind you this is no small cat!!! and all the cats try to get into this box - it is hilarious to watch them maneuvering themselves to fit!! 

My Irises in the back garden.

One of my Ikebana designs, I am taking classes in Japanese Flower arranging - this is from the second book, I completed the first book and hoping to get my certificate sometime at the end of this year.

Just had these English Boxwood put in by the front walkway, there use to be gardenias there but they had seen better days.
 
Most of the yard has been planted, weeded and ready for the hot summer months, just a bit more to do and then we can enjoy the view.  I will take some photos and post them in the future when all is done!
 
Thank you for keeping me on your list and for stopping by.
 
Roberta
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Exchange, TUSAL, flowers and stitching

Hi Everyone, just a quick post.  Below is a Halloween exchange that came in the mail on Saturday. Isn't it wicked!!! love the ribbon bow as a hanger, this is just darling.
Below is my TUSal that I forgot to post 
Snowdrops in the garden 
Daffodils are popping!! 
Here are two washcloths/dishcloths 
this one had a snowman design. 
My February finish from 'stitching from stash' 
last is a fun cotton ball wreath I found and thought would look good on the front door on the inside 
I do love how it looks 
 
Thanks for stopping by off to get ready for a weekend stitching retreat!!!
 
Roberta

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What keeps me busy!!

No matter how hard I try, I can never get to sit and post to my blog on a regular basis.  I really wanted to post at least once a week, but we will keep trying!!
Below is a small pouch that I made for a friend's birthday, she likes Hardanger so I put small piece of Hardanger on the pouch.  These pouches are great for holding and carrying around ones needle work.
Last week was the celebration of Girls Day in Japan, so the program for our Ikebana meeting was making an arrangement that would be suitable for that event.  Below are two photos of what I created.

Last Monday was my 35th wedding anniversary and DH brought me flowers.
and this really great OTT light for my stitching area in the living room to replace the small dinky OTT light that was there.
I am part of the Stitch from Stash group and below is my huge purchase for February.  I spent all of $13.  On the right is a clamp for your frame or hoop that will hold a small stitching design.  the product on the left is a really neat basting thread made of plastic.  Yes, it is red, but it does not leave any residue and when you are stitching your needle does not piece the basting thread but slides around it.  I learned about this from a designer/teacher.  I truly love this product, you can find it at Hobby Lobby around $9 to $10 less your 40% coupon.
Here is what the thread looks like both in the packaging and out plus on a project that I had stitched last month (and still haven't put together!!)
I have finished Lounging Hare now to find time to put it together into it's finished form.
In February, I took a class with Terri Bay on Ukranian work, it is a small little basket stitched in whitework and blackwork, this is a darling piece, but lots of stitching.  This is in my to be finished pile for March/April.
Some springtime flowers, it was very cold outside when this picture was taken, but today and yesterday we had beautiful weather and I was able to work in the yard!! yeah!!!
And as if I had nothing else to do, DH decided that we needed a new couch and coffee table, the other couch was literally falling apart, so here is what we picked out and it fits nicely in our livingroom.
 
Well if you made it through all of the photos and the chatter - THANK YOU for stopping by.  And I do hope to get better at posting.  Do have a wonderful weekend and week ahead and hope those of you who are still dealing with terrible weather - prayers for spring to arrive soon.
 
Roberta

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What I am stitching at the moment

Hi All,
Just a quick note to show you what I have been working on.
Below is the Berry Box Sampler by Perwinkle Promises.
This was a class I took at Callaway Gardens NeedleArts School in January.
I have put it down for the moment, but will pickit up again this weekend.
Below is Lounging Hare by Patrick Woods, I have all the stitching elements done except for the Hare that is in the picture below.  Still have to put in the grass and flowers, hoping to have this done this weekend. 

Not sure why this photo below came upside down, but it is baby caps that I knit at night when watching TV (actually watching; some shows are just listening shows and I can stitch with those shows!!) These will go to a hospital for the tiny wee ones that are born early. 
Could not leave without showing you my sweet little Miss Saddles, she is quite the lap cat and sits while I stitch or knit in the evenings.  At night she sleeps on me when I am sleeping!! 
Here is DH Terry, watching TV with little Gingersnap.  As you can see she really has made herself comfortable; its like having a baby in your arms. 
Bought these tulips last week when the snow and ice was around, needed to have a bit of spring sitting in the window.  Of course this week, the weather has been just gorgeous - 60's and low 70's. 
Thank you all for stopping by, due hope the weather is improving wherever you are in the country or the world.
 
Roberta

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Just a quick hello hope everyone is having a loving and quiet day. Hopefully the weather has calmed down and spring is on the way.

Will post some photos and what I've been up to stitching wise this weekend.

Roberta

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Finally catching up

Hi all, I know I have been a terrible blogger, and I was hoping to start off the new year with a bang, but it has just been crazy busy and the computer is not always my friend.  It took me forever just to up load photos.
 
Below is my TUSAL for January
Next is The Berry Box by Barbara Rakosnik, a class that I took at Callaway Gardens NeedleArts School
                                     

 Below is a cute strawberry pattern by Barbara Jackson, that I worked on during the Callaway School and Exhibit.
 
Let me explain how I became involved with The Callaway NeedleArts School.
Our EGA Guild - the Dogwood Chapter, was asked to set up and maintain the Exhibit for needleworkers to submit entries for judging and display during the schools duration.  Our guild also, handled Merchandise Night and the Bookstore.  It is a fun, tiring, wonderful time for those of us who participate.  We were fortunate that the weather for the past few years has been nice, sometimes cold, but bearable.
 
Below is my Potting Shed by Shepherd Bush which won a red ribbon at the exhibit.
 
Here is Quaker Christmas which won a blue ribbon in the cross stitch category.
 
 
So I had mentioned good weather, well came home and Atlanta and surrounding areas received a very white surprise.  I live in Macon, GA and we received 3 1/2 to 4 inches of snow.
Below is on Tuesday evening.

This was early Wednesday Morning
                                     
Here is mid morning.
                                    

Now here is sweet little Jazmine sitting in a HALOS box she is 16 years old and ever so sweet

 Here is Mars looking out of the bathroom window at the snow.
And finally, this is my purchases for Jannuary that I found at an antique table.  a 1 yard piece of 32ct linen and the 6 older Inspirations magazines at $2 each.  Such a deal, could not walk away from them.

Well, that is it for now, thank you all for staying with me especially with my long absence, I am truly going to try to do better.

Have a wonderful day,

Roberta

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A quick update

Hi all no photos yet, but wanted to share that I was lucky enough to win a Blue Ribbon on Quaker Christmas and a Red Ribbon for Shepard Bush's Potting Shed at the exhibit at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Worked on two projects from my stash - Frankie a needlepoint piece representing Frank Lloyd Wright designs. Also, Lounging Hare from Patrick Woods.

Will have some photos  hopefully tomorrow.

A group I joined this year - STITCH FROM STASH - one of the requirement is not to spend over $25.  Well I was doing great until I found at an antique sale a yard piece of 32 ct Belfast linen for $15 not bad you say---well the gal also had several copies of very old Inspiration magazines for $2 each. Well I bought 6!!!!  So I went over by $2 that means I need to just stay home in February and not buy anything.

Will download photos tomorrow to the computer, I am on my iPad this evening.

Waiting for the snow to come to middle Georgia - this is an anomaly.  Everything is closed tomorrow, could be a good stitching day!!

Have a good evening

Roberta