I have lots of Christmas wreaths. All through the year, they live in their boxes...all neat and tidy. I bring them out and hang them on the front door, on the French doors out to the Juliet balcony, and on the door and window on the balcony.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I love antique malls. There is something magical about searching for and rummaging through all of the vintage treasures. Some time ago, I happened upon this wonderful wagon at a North Texas antique mall. It was love at first sight! The warm patina of the wood and the slightly worn wording on the sides and back (you can't see it; but it has the word "Sheboygan" beautifully placed on the back of the wagon). It's just so rustic Americana!
I'm downsizing. Seriously. Getting rid of things that I'm tired of dusting and moving from one spot to the next. Keeping only those things that speak to my heart or bring back warm memories. I cleared off the top of the armoire we use for our TV in the family room and started all over with decorating. I'm just so very pleased with the result. I made the baskets in the wagon more than 20 years ago. The rabbit is made of concrete and sat outside our dining room window in Florida, tucked in among the hibiscus and sago palms. The birdhouse was a project my son did for a school project years and years ago. It is supposed to look like the Parthenon in Nashville, TN. (The speakers? Well, that's my darling husband's contribution. They have to go somewhere!)
I'm off to do more holiday decorating today!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It's funny...I don't decorate with blue anywhere in my home anymore. When my son went away to college, the blue rooms were gone (his bedroom and bathroom). I ran across this pretty little cross stitch finish a couple of weeks ago. I'd had it framed in a blue marbled mat and a buttery yellow inner mat. It had been packed away for years.
When we decided at the last minute to go to my sister-in-law's ranch, I packed in it with our things. It makes me feel so good to know that my SIL loves and appreciates my cross stitching projects!
This piece looks so very perfect in her spare room/office. And it's the perfect reminder to us all: DREAM!
I finally got a pic of the sampler I made for my niece's daughter, Bella, a two years ago when she was born.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I was able to get good pics of my First and Second Place ribbons! The Fourth Place entry photo came out terribly, so I'll have to wait until I get them back to take a pic of that one! It was so much fun to look at all of the other winners, and the displays this year were absolutely beautiful.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The very small flag was framed upside down when I had it framed (they put the hanger on the wrong end!). I had to explain to them that the stripes go to the right! LOL!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Now, I know that raccoons are not our friends. I know they can destroy screens on your home and make their way into places you don't want them. I know they carry diseases. And I know they can do over $4,000 worth of damage to a car if they run out in front of it at 5:30 in the morning when it is dark (imagine how I know that!). Having said all of that, they were so darn cute!
So, this little Cedar Hill design was stitched in honor of the raccoons who lived behind us in Florida.
I miss them.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
But I digress! Today, a first. I completed sending in my entry paperwork to the State Fair of Texas for 3 pieces. I've wanted to compete in a State Fair for years, so why not the largest one of them all! I didn't do any projects specifically for competition. Perhaps that is something I will do next year. For now, I just want to give the process a try and see how it goes. Last year, my husband and I were at the fair. I can remember thinking that I could stand a chance in garnering a ribbon. We'll see how it goes.
Monday, July 20, 2009
My Mom was a crafter as well. She loved to crochet. Afghans. Everyone in my family has at least one, and I can remember making them as well. One day while visiting, she saw me stitching. She wanted to know how, and I taught her. She had far more patience than I in moving between so many different shades of DMC within a single project. I wish she were still here; maybe I could convince HER to stitch one of my many P. Buckley Moss designs (I doubt I will...too many color changes!). One of my favorite gifts is the Alphabet Bear Quilt she stitched for my son when he was born. She not only stitched it, but she assembled the quilt as well; quite a feat for someone who had never put one together! It is, to this day, one of my favorite gifts.
My youngest sister also caught the stitching bug. She graciously stitched a nautical piece for my son when his room went through the "nautical phase". He still has it.
I am on my second collection of stash. Oh, I had a great one in the 1990s, but carpal tunnel syndrome in my hands had me convinced I could never enjoy stitching again. I did not want to have surgery. So my stash was scattered to the wind. The carpal tunnel got worse, and surgery was finally scheduled. Now, I can stitch...though not for long periods at a time. And my stash collection has grown to at least 10 to 20 lifetimes!
At present, there is a new distraction. Two little Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies...Blaze and Diamond. And, oh, do they dislike it when I settle into my stitching corner with a project. It's just no fun for them! They want to chase the silk as it disappears to the other side of the fabric. The duo want to have a taste of the hand-dyed fabrics, and they love to lay on my leaflet. I've learned. Puppies and babies do not last forever. So, I lay down my project and cuddle my babies and laugh at their innocence and love.