Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Wanted to stop by and wish everyone a very happy new year.

One of my resolutions for this year is to stitch more, stay home more and to blog more.

Here are photos of some of the decorations.  We actually have 5 trees, but I didn't get a photo of two of them.

I am off to watch some football and maybe stay up for the ball drop!!! we'll see how it goes.

Do you have any profound resolutions for next year??

Chat with you soon,

Always,    Roberta

Friday, December 27, 2013

Belated Merry Christmas and a wish for a happy New Year

This has been one very busy year for me and not much stitching was a part of it.  Have a new kitchen, did some traveling and turned 65 on December 5th.

I have backed off of several things I was involved with, in hopes of having a much more productive year in 2014.

The general plan is to finish project that I have started and that I still love, get rid of projects that I do not like, try to get an ornament stitched each month (I know tried this once before).

I have lots of yard work come the spring which I am looking forward to, but I hope to do it so that I can keep up with my stitching

With all good intentions - I am hoping to be able to post here weekly.  I miss my blogging and my blogging friends

Happy New Year

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Have been on a blogcation

How does life get so busy???  It has been many months since last I posted, part of it was just not into the computer!!! and also, busy working in the yard and stitching and such.
Do have lots to talk about but will try to be better at my blogging and will slowly catch up with all we have been doing.
below is a photo (though not very centered!!)
of Quaker Christmas
                                                a close up on the frame - I think it is perfect
                                                 a small bag for carry ones stitching
                                                                    a birthday gift
                                                     my Scarlet Letter Dear Aunt framed
I know I should be doing more, but life is just way too busy, but I really wanted to get something on my blog - I have been reading some blogs lately, but I am so far behind it is taking a bit of time to get caught up!!

Will try to be a better blogger though the next few weeks has me on the road!!!

Do enjoy the Fall weather when it does arrive - it is still a bit warm here in Middle Georgia but the cool air does come in the evening/night.  Actually have had the windows open a few times.

Thanks for stopping by I do appreciate the visits.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Quaker Christmas is finished and a new kitchen!

I cannot believe that it has been over a month since I last posted, the weeks are just flying by, can you believe that we are at the end of May already???
Quaker Christmas is done, sorry for the side view sometimes this new computer just defies me.
Aside from all the yard work I have been doing, my stitching has gone to the wayside, but we have moved forward with the kitchen remodel. 
Here is a photo of the new island with a farmhouse sink.  The color of the island is a dark cranberry red with a black glaze.  The granite is a beige base with various brown/tan/redish markings. 
Instead of a smooth shiny granite surface, we went with a "leather" finish which is still smooth but not totally flat - has a bit of texture to it and the shine is dulled down quite a bit.
 The cabinet maker thought it would be a better use of space to put the refrigerator in the corner and boy was he right on with this.  We ended up with more cabinet space and good walking room and very little wasted space behind the refrigerator.  The cabinet to the left has slanted separators for my  cookie sheets and jelly roll pans.
 Now off to the yard - DH really liked weeping Japanese Maples especially this one which is a Red Dragon.
 Below is just some photos of the back yard.  Still have lots to do, but the rains have been frequent so the yard is just growing away.

 The yard actually backs up to a 40 acre parcel behind us of all foresty/woody area.  We go back quite away, but we only clear out just to the back of the gazebo.  Some day I will push back a bit further.
 Next year would like to put a fern garden just past the archway.
 Lost another tree last year and once again the tree fell to the woods versus towards the house, you can see the stump just to the right of the arch.  Thinking about putting a large potted plant on the stump.
Well, if you made it this far, thank you for staying with me and for visiting me.  I keep saying to myself, self you need to be more diligent with your blog posting.  Maybe that will happen once the hot weather sets in and the yard work will be greatly curtailed.

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Thank you for stopping by ------------------  Roberta

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring has Sprung and some stitching

Hi all, just a few stitchy things to show you.
This is a project bag I stitched for a friend for her birthday.  there is a small 'orts' bag and a pinkeep with thread holder rings attached.  Her initial is done with fabric pen and ink on very fine muslin.
 Here is Quaker Christmas - almost done -- the plan is to be finished by the end of April.
 Below are some photos of my back yard - you will notice that the Cherry trees are just about done blooming, but the Dogwoods are blooming and my white azalea's are in full bloom.

I have been working and planting in the yard trying to get all ready for summer - once it gets too hot not much yard work will get done!!!

Hope you all are enjoying some spring weather or in some cases Fall.

Have a great week - thank you for visiting.               Roberta

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Some stitching and springtime in the yard

It has been a busy couple of weeks, what with a Rozashi Workshop, teaching a mini workshop, working in the yard, getting the house ready for a kitchen remodel and of course some stitching!
Below is a mini workshop that I did with my stitch-in group (part of my EGA).  We made pincushions to fit into these little Mary Engelbreit boxes - we also mad pins using straight pins and beads and glue. 

This is from my Rozashi workshop with Margaret Kinsey, the fabric is a silk RO which is stitched with silk floss/thread.  This was an extremely interesting class learning a bit about Japanese culture and the fine art of one of the styles of Japanese embroidery.  I do apologize for the upside down photos, not sure what is going on with the computer.

My yard is starting to wake up after a crazy warm/then cold and rainy winter.  Here are my window boxes that will go up onto my back deck.
my little dragon will miss having the flowers sitting with him.
My daffodils
some violas
Below is various photos of the Cherry Trees that are in the yard plus views of the leafing out of the trees in the back yard.  The trees bloomed a bit late this year so they where not out during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  This past week here in Macon, was just gorgeous with these trees in bloom all over the city and county.  It is said that we have the most Cherry Trees in the country (yes, even more that Washington DC!)


Well, back to my stitching - it is a nice rainy day here today, hoping to get back out into the yard this weekend.

Happy Spring everyone - thank you for visiting.          Roberta