Sunday, September 10, 2017

Trudging Along

Seems I am devoted almost exclusively to Corsica River.. While it is not a bad thing and has not gotten on my nerves yet it is leaving little time for anything else.

I can really see me getting this row completed by my self-imposed deadline of September 21.   I will still be behind the curve but progress will have been made and a goal met.

I am picking up  "My Stitchers Heart" once a week and am making slow progress here.   I hope to carve out a Saturday in the next 6 weeks where I can paint and finish the box.   I really really want to take it to Cape May in November for my class with the designer and have her sign the bottom!

And some mornings, when I don't feel like I have enough time or maybe don't want to wrestle with Corsica River and the 36-inch scroll frame, I am putting in a foot or so of stitches on my quilt binding.   I have hand stitched one side so far.  One down and three to go!

I did just finish reading Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.  I highly recommend this true story set in Italy during World War II.   Without giving anything away, I had to keep reminding myself it was a true story and that the central character was only 17.   Amazing account and a fast read.

So you see, not much progress to show on any one thing but bits and pieces on several fronts.   Typical of me, jack of all, master of none!

Thanks for the fun comments from everyone on the Gnome/Fairie Garden.

Wishing all my friends in Florida to be safe in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  Sending prayers.

Monday, September 4, 2017

It's Time

....... I have been touting my 'secret garden project' over this past summer with a promise of a reveal.   And I may regret this but......those who already think I've lost my mind, I am giving them their needed evidence.

So back in May I went to the Wilmington Garden Day Tour.  It is an annual tour of homes and gardens that I attend most years with my daughter.   I originally attended with my mother years ago so it is always a special day.   Much inspiration is gained and many oh's and ah's can be heard.

At one home that was absolutely incredible from its setting to the inside was only to be second in beauty by their gardens.

From their orchid room
The view from their dining room.

It went on and on.   There was not a bad view to be had.

And then I came upon this.......everyone was saying they needed to do this in their backyard.....and I thought, hmmm, I have a trouble spot.......and so it began this twisting and turning in my head.....
(I apologize for the blurry spot.....didn't see the smudge on the lens until l downloaded the photos.)
An idea took shape that I would create a Fairy/Gnome Garden in my backyard.    Yes, I know, who needs more yard work?  Well, I am to a point that I only have to pull an occasional weed and dead head flowers along the way so.....THIS is my permission to play in the dirt.

A few years back a strong storm took down the 75-80 oak tree and it changed my back yard.   The arbor that lead to the path and the path were both totally destroyed.  The tree, technically not on my property actually is about 25 feet off the property line.   But it is part of my back yard by virtue of me clearing the underbrush, planting seed and maintaining for the last 35 years.   (The property is a landlocked section of woods 150 feet deep)  This is what I had to start with.

This is where I have thrown seeds for years only to have only a few come up.  I've thrown a hosta or two, daffodil and iris bulbs, and similar.  To get started, I spent a couple of nights a week putting in about an hours worth of work.  For those of you who don't garden, it is so much like needlework in the sense that you have no worries, no stress, no demands just pull the next weed and have the reward of seeing the completed project after all your efforts.

Above, sometime early on in the summer.   I started this project Memorial Day Weekend so it is only fitting to share is Labor Day Weekend.

I shopped my closets, and shopped consignment stores.   I really didn't spend more than $50.  

I put in pickets from a now defunct vegetable garden fence.
I strung two strings of solar lights. Two strings at $4.99 each

As I looked around recently, I discovered I gravitated to things my family is interested in.

My daughter has a travel trailer and there she is with her fire pit.  My daughter has plans to do a similar garden treatment around the tongue (trailer hitch) of her trailer as it is permanent on the site.   I will have to share pix if she does!

I've got a Penn State Gnome and a Billy Penn Gnome for my son and daughter, respectively.

The camping cabin and canoe for my son-in-law and son.   The birdhouse I grabbed off a shelf and the totem pole I bought for my s-in-l's travels to all the hiking trails he can find across the country when he travels for work.

The every present squirrel on a motorcycle for my husband. (Who by now is just shaking his head at me as he returns to his garage to crack open a beer.)

 The Statue of Liberty for my son and the dolphins swimming past for my daughters.  (Lighthouse $1,   Statute of Liberty $2., the Dolphin below $2.)  I did buy the glass pebbles from Michael's to  create the water

The Dutch Boy and Girl for my Dutch roots.

 Of course a cat.....

 Some whimsy, a fairy and her dragon and her coach awaits her. (Wait, really did I say some whimsy?? It is all crackers!)

 Another squirrel and a traveling Gnome. Turtle and Squirrel from dish gardens.

The  rabbit and the  gnomes working in  their garden.    The  watermelon and orange are votive holders I never ever used.  

In additional to knowing it is really silly, I do know it is kind of sparse still but any new development or landscaping project takes a couple of years to fill itself in.

But I did get the Buddy Cat Seal of Approval.  His presence does explain why things are moved each morning.
 So there you have it.   I am not one to sit and do nothing.  This little endeavor had me out and gardening instead of in the house with the boob tube on.  No matter how tired I was from work, if the weather permitted, I dug in.  Not to worry, I have no plans to shovel snow for these Gnomes and Fairies but I may be on the lookout for some new additions to the neighborhood when I am thirft shopping.  Heaven help the person that buys my house when I do sell it......

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Laboring at my Stitches

First, let me thank you all for indulging me in my grandson posts and pictures.   A grandchild is truly a blessing that I never thought I would have.   I am so very blessed with family, health, career, friends.....and I have to tell you little boy hugs and kisses are the best.

So, now try son and family are back home and we are back to FaceTime, and I am stitching away.   I have made great progress on Corsica River.   I am really pleased with how far I have come in the last month.   First up, a picture of progress around August 1st ......

I have run a basting stitch down the right hand.  It is so nice to have a definitive boundary along the right.

And now a picture of where I am today.  I have all the backstitch in for this row and am moving along with the Assisi.

Also, a wee bit of progress on My's Stitcher's Heart pin cushion.   This is my take along piece for needlework nights.....except when I forget to take the floss with me!   It happens.   No floss, no scissors the other night. Should always take your needlework bag and not just your project bag!  I am anxious to finish the stitching and do the finishing of this piece.

And last but not least, I finally was able to get the last of my quilting in on my son's quilt with my daughter helping guide the weight of the fabric through the machine.  So much for that fantasy I had that I would run a seam each that wonderful train of thought I'd been quilted, bounded, washed, dried, gifted and be halfway through another quilt by now.  But alas, I now have attached the binding and have the long task of hand sewing the binding ahead of me.    I have sewn only about 3 inches but I have started!  This will be a welcomed task come cool fall evenings.

September is upon us and the season's are changing.    More evening stitching time ahead!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

How I Spent My Week

Shark Boy

William visits the ocean with brother, mom, dad and me(manning the camera)

What a joy to watch your son become a dad.


Wouldn't it be lovely if we all could snuggle in our carseat and sleep all the way home.

No doubt someone loves the camera.

The week flew by too fast.   Hope we make this a summer tradition.