Monday, September 29, 2014

Almost October?!

I got distracted from stitching this week -- decided to start knitting since it finally felt cool enough not to sweat while knitting.

This is the Funchal Moebius by Kate Davies.   I'm using Finch fingering yarn by Quince & Co.  The colors are Bird's Egg and Slate, I think.  My tension is off as usual.  This might end up being skinnier than it should be, but since it's a cowl, what the heck.

I did get back to my stitching just a bit on Sunday -- to His Eye is on the Sparrow.  Just a bit though.

I'm looking forward to stitching the cow next!

Here is my fussy cut star for this week.  I think we're up to 39 stars now!

This is a fabric from the Prince Charming fabric collection by Tula Pink.

The father type and I went out for a belated birthday lunch to Hudson House in Cold Spring, NY.  It was a delicious lunch in one of our favorite places.  I still remember going to Hudson House for Mother's Day one year with the father type's parents.  What sticks in my head is going out to the car to breast feed this little one I had.  It must have been the boy child -- he was still pretty tiny!

Mia has decided that it's fall weather now as well.  She's back in her warm bed, complete with bubble wrap lining.  She only uses it when it's cold outside, so it must be fall!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

New starts, and finishes - sort of

I have a finish that I started this week.  I am waiting for the beautiful robin's egg blue box and the ric rac trim to come so that I can have a real finish.  But the stitching is done.

This is Autumn Posy by Plum Street Samplers.  I absolutely love this design and had to get it.

I had another new start once I finished Autumn Posy.  It's His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery.

I love the colors on this one.  It's a biggie!  I'm using 40ct Doubloon linen by Picture this Plus and the called for GAST and WDW threads.

I also finished all the hexies on my hexagon purse.  Pictured is the two sides rolled up plus the bottom of the purse.  Now I just have to psyche myself up to finish it into a purse!

(You can also see a bit of Mia and her button in the upper left corner.)

And here is my fussy cut star for the week.  I think it's number 38!  It's another fabric from the Blue and White collection by Michael Miller.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  Hope you don't mind 2 posts in one day!  Have a great week!

Birthday boy

Happy 55th birthday to my darling father type.  I love you and cherish you.

PS: if you want to see what father type did to celebrate his birthday, go to his blog here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Finally, a finish!

I finished my Hornbook Bestiary!!!  Hooray!

Hornbook Bestiary by Scarlet Letter
using the AVAS silks and the linen from kit
Done in tent stitch and basket weave stitch over one on 35ct. linen

I did manage to leave the grass off of the zebra block.  But I actually like how the zebra looks without it.  And I wasn't about to go back and fix it.  lol!

Here is my fussy cut star for the week, using the same fabric from the Blue and White collection by Michael Miller.

And here is Mia.  

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

stitchin' while watchin' tennis

The US Open makes for good stitching time.  Here is my Hornbook Bestiary as of now.

As you can see, I've finished another row, and I've gotten Mr. Mick Jagger outlined and am filling him in.  Mick Jagger, you ask?  That's what Lisa of The Inspired Stitcher  blog named the fish in the W block when she was stitching him.  lol!  I think it's perfect and I've thought of him that way ever since!  (Can you see why it's the perfect name?)

Anyway, here are more pics of the hornbook.

I finished the second side of my hexie purse.  I just need to make the bottom, and then I get to figure out how to make it into a purse!

And here's my fussy cut star for this week.  I used a fabric from the Blue and White collection by Michael Miller.

Been watching the US Open tennis as much as possible.  I still can't believe the men's final will not have any of the top 4 men in it!  I was expecting a Djokovic versus Federer match.  It will be interesting to see who wins!  I'm loving the coaches involved -- I watched all of them when they were at their primes.  So much fun to see the influence they've each had on their charges.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

empty nest again

Here is my Hornbook Bestiary progress.

I love the sheep so much -- I'm glad he's there to represent wooly goodness.  The turkey is a bit early, but he's ready when he's needed!

I'm making slow progress on the second side of the hexie purse now that I'm home.  But I do love it!

Can you see it?  It's sitting on the father type's laptop.  lol!

And here's my fussy cut Friday star -- still using the octopus fabric from Tula Pink's Salt Water collection.

The boy child was home for most of the week.  He and Mia got a lot of cuddles in.

But then on Friday, it was time for this once again.  (See the train in the distance?  Sigh....)

Back to Boston to get ready for the new school year.  The boy child's classes start on September 8.  I can't believe it's that time again!

I'm enjoying the US Open tennis so far.  The last slam of the year is going great so far!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Sorry that I wasn't commenting on blogs this past week, but I do have an excuse.  We were on vacation up in Maine!  But first, I will show you what I worked on while on vacation.  I started working on a hexie purse from a pattern by Brigitte Giblin.  It uses 1/2" hexies, and I'm using all Liberty Tana Lawn prints.  I'm loving this project!

This is the first side finished.  I've started the second side as well but didn't take a pic of it.

I also started the Boxy Sweater by Joji Locatelli.  I'm using Madeline Tosh Light in Worn Denim -- love this color yarn!

And here is my fussy cut star for the week using another Salt Water fabric (the octopus one) from Tula Pink.

But Maine!  It was a big family vacation this time around.  We went with my sister's family, and my father and stepmother.  The boy child was picked up by us and was along as well.  The girl child showed up on Wednesday evening.  I will let the pictures do most of the talking.

Mia guarding the bags so we can't leave her behind.

Meeting the boy child in Boston.

Squished in the back of the car with my niece and nephew.

Just a taste of the spectacular house we stayed in for the week.

Taking pics on a rock up on a hill by the house.  (Yes, it was part of the property.  Amazing views!)

My father reading and enjoying the view from the terrace of the house.  (That's the bay out there.)

The patriarch, my father.

Stash from a lucky encounter with a lovely sewing shop called Clementine in Rockland, Maine.  I loved their fabric selection -- and they even had lovely yarn and wool for felting as well!

Sunrise out our bedroom window.

The boys enjoying a natter out on the terrace.

My niece practicing her violin.  She's quite the musician!

Camden Harbor.

Picking up the girl child at Portland Jetport.

Celebrating the belated birthdays of my niece and the girl child (niece's birthday August 8, girl child's birthday August 16).

View from the loft of the house.

A fantastic knitting store called the Cashmere Goat in Camden, Maine.  Wish I'd had more time to browse!

Fried clams, a necessity in my book.  From a lovely restaurant called Hills Seafood in Rockland, Maine.

We all had a great time, although as always it was too short.  We stopped by my sister's on the way home since we had an extra passenger in our car to drop off.  The boy child took a family selfie before we left.

Mia was very happy to see us when we got home.  And happy to explore my bag when I was unpacking too.

And now all is well with Mia's world.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

US Open tennis -- I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!