Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring is here -

Welcome to springtime in Middle Georgia. (we are hoping it stays!!)

Here is my front door with it's springtime wreath, which includes cherry blossom branches that represent the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
Here is just the beginning of getting my front stoop beautified!!
Look I have a tulip, my daffodils never came up - someone had many a wonderful meals!! The birdbath in the front yard.My Cherry Blossom trees starting to bud out.
Look at how pretty the buds are.And here is a small flower, isn't she sweet!
In closing - here are my plants that I found on the 80% off table at the garden shop (a total of $28 whoo hoo), except for the two in front which are my frost eaten plants from last year that I am hoping will survive!
Hope spring is popping out where you live and that the warmer weather will be here to stay, it is time.

Thanks for stopping by ------------ Roberta

ps - I will be heading to Florida today so may not be on line for a few days, will catch up next week when I return.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

OK can you believe 2 posts in one day

I wanted to share with you a wonderful giveaway by Deb. Now don't you all go over there and sign up - for I really would love to win this, I actually use it for what it is intended!!

Only kidding, definitely stop by Deb's blog and sign up, it is a wonderful giveaway!!

TTFN ---------- Roberta

My name was picked and look

at what I received. This is from Amy. She had a birthday and thought it would be nice to give someone else a present - my name was picked!!!

Look at what I received, GAST threads, petite gold needes, bead soup and a darling pincushion.
All of this was incased in one of those wonderful plastic zippered bags.Thank you Amy and I am glad that you had a nice birthday and that your DH, Ray had a nice birthday at the car show the next week!!

Have a great day everyone and thank you for stopping by ---- Roberta

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I am honored and deeply moved

Today I received this award from Gillie and I am just beside myself with first how do I get this symbol to my blog - well as you can see I did it - but I am not sure how!! And second I have to tell 10 things about myself!!! this is mind bending at its best! Thirdly, I need to pick 10 people to give this too - now I have many blogs that I just love to visit, I am not sure what this girl will be able to do.

1. Accept the award

2. Thank the person who gave you the award

3. Add a link to the person who gave you the award

4. Put the award on your blog

5. Write 10 things about yourself others might not know

6. Pass the award on to 10 others

Thank you Gillie for visiting my blog and giving me this award; I accept with gratitude.

Now what 10 things do I need to share:

1. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, I have one sister, Jean who lives in Ohio, both of our parents are no longer living. Jean and I are the best of friends, I love her lots, as well as, my neice and nephew Jenna and Justin.

2. Learned to sew, knit, quilt, etc. when I was a small child and have always loved fabric, fibers and the learning process.

3. Moved to Middle Georgia (Macon) in August of 2007 - now how did that happen!! Let me tell you in 50 words or less, if I can ;o)) DH, Terry retired from his job in Miami, Florida and we sold our home there and moved into our condo in Palm City, Florida. DH decided to go back to school and earn his Doctorate Degree. He always wanted to be a professor at a college, even though he was an adjunct professor at several colleges though out out marriage. Well, he interviewed at Macon State College and they loved him so they offered him a job. Now mind you I was pushing for maybe doing some teaching overseas, or Hawaii, obviously, that didn't happen. DH is just loving his job - I am slowly getting acclimated to the area, but find it difficult to meet people and make new friends - it was so much easier when one has children.

4. I love to garden!!! the house we bought has the most beautiful yard, it blooms perpetually throughout the year. Of course, with all the rain, cold, wind and ugly weather, the yard has suffered terribly.

5. We still own our condo in Florida - it is for sale - anyone interested!!??

6. I have lived in - Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Tampa, FL; White Bear Lake, MN; Miami, FL; Palm City, Fl; and now in Macon, Georgia.

7. I am a member of Ikebana Internation Middle Georgia Chapter and I just love the ladies in the group and I am taking Ichiyo flower arranging and loving that very much.

8. Both of my children were born in Southern California, the boy child, Jeremy, is living in San Francisco and he is a Dancer with the Oberlien Dance Company - use to live and dance for a company in NYC. DD, Lindsay, is living with us here in Macon (we invited her to move back home with us when we moved here, now we do not want her to leave!! we have become the best of friends)

(Oh my 2 more things to tell about!!!)
9. I am afraid of heights - so bridges and mountains are a problem for me!! Some bridges I can do and only a few mountain roads I can drive, both are 'white knuckle' for me.

10. OH YEAH!! last one!!! I love to cook and bake!!

OK now I cannot name 10 blogging friends to give this award to - so I would like all those who I visit and who visit me to have this award. Please feel free to take it and follow the rules.

I have to admit doing the 10 things about me - was a thought provoking experience and I actually enjoyed it. Of course, now I am thinking of other things I should have put down (have already changed some of the things) This really helps to let you recognize what you have going on in your life and how wonderful people and things can be.

Well, enough chattering -----------once again, I thank you for stopping by and please feel free to take this Honorable Award - it is yours for the taking because you stopped to visit with me.

With Friendship in Stitching --------------- Roberta

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Birds, Flowers and Spring!

Well, saw this little one sitting in my Cherry Tree and not quite sure what it is - I am thinking it is a Thrusher! Haven't had a chance to look it up in my bird book. Being still new to Middle Georgia, I am trying to learn about the birds and plants that are in this area.
If you look close you can see the buds on the tree.
By next week it will be bloomed and all white and pinkish.
Now this little Robin was sitting outside my bathroom window - He is quite stately don't you think!!
Today is setup for the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Ikebana group I belong to does floral arrangements at one of the Historic homes - the picture below is of a design I did in my Ichiyo design class. I am a beginning student!! This is a very disciplined art form, but I am enjoying it. I will have more pictures to share after all the arrangements are done, hopefully today!!

Well, I have to run - need to get one more bunch of flowers and then off to do my designs.

Have a great day - the weather should be warmer here today 60's!!! fingers crossed.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

What I have been stitching

At the end of April, I will be taking a workshop with Sherri Jones from Patrick Woods Designs. Below is the prestitching that needs to be done - the class is a finishing class for this 'Hare Pyns' pocket.
This design is mostly stitched over one thread with one strand of silk (NPI).
  • Bulleted ListWith the exception of the flame/bargello stitch which is stitched over 4 threads with 2 threads.
Below is the scissor sheath.
This is the back -flame stitch and the front panel is the flower. The flower is stitched using tent stitch and encroaching gobelin, this is very tiny work!!
Below is the scissor fob front and back.
This is all the stitching I have done up to today - will be working on this steadily for the next few weeks.
But just to give me some breaks from Hare Pyns - I have started LHN 'needle and thread'
I already stitched this little scissor fob.
As previously posted I also finished 'spring' - still haven't put anything into a finished form - hoping for that to happen next weekend - have to be in the mood to 'finish'!!!

Thanks for stopping by - have lots more to share with you - hope to do so in a few days.

Have a great weekend everyone --- Roberta

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I finished 'Spring Row' by Bent Creek and as mentioned in a previous post - I could not find the buttons that went with this piece. So, of course, I started to question if I really did buy the buttons (for I had bought this chart years ago!!) You know old age is definitely creeping in! ;o)) So I decided to do a little bit of cleaning out of some drawers in the sewing room and lo and behold --- BUTTONS!!!
Below is the fabrics that I will be using to make this into a pillow. Now, of course, I wanted this to be done last weekend, but since I couldn't find the buttons - it didn't get done - so I will finish this up this coming weekend.
So any idea as to when 'spring' will be here??

Have a great day and Thanks for visiting - I am off to go stitching with friends.