just please, pardon the ape...
The weather outside is telling me it needs to be a lovely, lazy and "stitchy" sort of day.
The furry folk are wearing a dusting of snow...
feathered folk friends
are in sort of a feeding frenzy today...
The birds had pretty good manners this snowy morning...
they waited their turn
didn't seem to mind sharing,
for the most part...
the big red boy...
he's spent his morning chasing off other big red boys...
he is territorial
and this is
As you can see,
our ground is pretty barren,
an unusual site for mid January...
so the morning's dusting was somewhat welcome.
Can you spot the fat bunny?
This boy comes out at night
to feed on dropped bird seed.
He just minds his own business,
quietly eating in solitude under the moonlight.
He then can be seen for a short while
in the early morning hours
then he disappears for the rest of the day.
Isn't he nicely camouflaged
with this morning's
He looks well fed,
This morning I caught him do a little
pruning nibbling on my Viburnum bush.
I'm okay with a little pruning,
just hoping he doesn't get too carried away!
I hope you all are enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
The dh treated me to a late morning breakfast
griddle cakes and oven-baked Apple smoked bacon.
Pot roast and veggies for an early dinner is the plan...
I'm set to stitch the day away.
Have a good week everyone,
There are a couple NEW additions
to the floss keep line!
we couldn't resist
new Valentine Sampler in a floss keep,
for your stitching pleasure...
Isn't it sweet?
Perfect little Valentines gift for that someone special!
ABC Sampler Floss Keep is the other new addition...
The Floss Keep inventory
has been replenished
take a peek here to see them all.
Have a good evening,
Printing, collating & packaging has begun!
Now that the chocolates are gone,
it's time to tempt your needle
with the new
"Valentine Sampler" pattern...
with it's 6 sweet, quick-stitch projects!
Chart includes patterns
spool thread winders,
X X X X X
With thy Needle & Thread,
My New Year's Day start,
Elizabeth Clark, 1822.
This is an antique reproduction
that is currently in my hoop,
I'm having a hard time putting her down...
The original is from my personal collection
is heavily faded.
I love faded samplers.
I'm always intrigued
with how beautiful
a faded sampler
can still look...
When Elizabeth Clark arrived,
she was glued to a piece of wood.
the glue had hardened,
and the sampler
pulled away from the board
I turned it over,
and to see the sampler
in her un-faded state
made me gasp...
she is beautiful!
of some of my favorite motifs...
Look real hard,
and you'll find a sweet little man
in the corner.
a large grape vine
stitched in a somewhat quirky fashion...
a lovely brick house
X X X X X
And here's where
stitching row upon row of
tiny clay bricks...
The verse on the sampler reads,
"with humble heart and tongue
my god to thee I pray
o make me learn whilst I am young
how I may cleanse my way"
The sampler originates from Everthorp, England
and may have been
Elizabeth's second piece she stitched.
From my readings,
most girls often stitched two samplers.
The first being more simplistic,
with the alphabet and a few motifs.
did not get displayed in the homes.
Their second sampler
was much more
detailed and elaborate.
It was this sampler that was often hung
by the parents
in the parlor to enjoy.
was somewhat of a status symbol...
one must remember,
that this was the only formal education
these young girls had,
at about a cost of $2.00 a day.
at the upcoming
new pattern release,
Pictured is the "Thimble Box" project from the chart.
The pattern will include patterns
6 sweet, love-themed cross stitch projects
that just hint
and are suitable
for keeping out year-round.
All for the price of $12.00.
6 patterns in one,
and no club to join...
can take in the fun
of re-purposing their spent
Are your chocolates gone yet?
my two boxes of Russell Stover's
heart sampler chocolates,
I broke into the small heart box first...
just because it was so small,
and so cute...
just 3 pieces of candy.
Inside was a milk chocolate caramel (love these),
a coconut haystack (love those, too),
and some other creme-filled candy
that I'm not too fond of.
I opted for the coconut haystack first,
saving the caramel
for the next morning
to have with my morning coffee.....mmmmmm.
That takes a lot of discipline,
saving a piece of candy
until the next day.
filled my coffee cup up,
and off to find my little box of chocolates,
specifically thee caramel...
Thee caramel is gone!
So thoughtful of him
to leave me the creme-filled candy...
I think I might have said a naughty word...
The dh beat me to my caramel,
how dare him!
dh usually stands for "dear husband",
when he starts messing with my caramels,
could stand for something else........
you can be the judge!
Have a good weekend,
I imagine there are a few of you,
where your local Wal-Mart
is your only source for craft supplies,
specifically craft paint.
I've used their little bottles of craft paint
and have problems
with my paint drying out,
locating just the right color.
I don't feel like the craft paint companies
have done their best
to kept up on color trends...JMHO.
I wandered down the house paint isle,
while perusing my local Wal-Mart,
Cute little paint tester jars in gobs of colors.
Even varying shades of within a color!
My paint dilemma
has been resolved!
you know what is my favorite part of these little 2 oz. jars?
A paint brush is even included!
No paint brushes to wash,
how nifty is that?!!
I know you aren't going to be able to paint much detail
with this size of brush,
for large surface background painting,
the brush is ideal.
As you can see,
I am readying my heart-shaped boxes
for the upcoming
cross stitch chart.
After buying an ivory, red and brown paint,
I've decided upon the Ground Nutmeg Brown (#WGN32) paint,
making the boxes look like a milk chocolate heart.
If you would like to step outside of the box,
and paint your boxes a different color,
paint colors Cranberry Zing (#WGR32) or Whispering Wheat (#WGN30) also match the floss selections very nicely.
Wishing you all a fun-filled winter weekend,
Time to wander down the candy isle!
I'm even going to give you reason
to treat yourself
sink your teeth into
cause we are going
to be re-purposing
cute little sewing/ditty boxes,
This year you will need the 4.75 oz. Red Foil Heart
the teeny little 1.75 oz Photo Heart
are now showing up
in the candy aisles,
check your local retailer!
If not available for you locally,
you can purchase directly
Click on red hyper-links above,
to take you directly
to the correct heart-shaped boxes.
It is very important that you use the correct sized
hearts, to fit the cross stitched work.
For those of you who didn't partake
in this annual
here is last years chart...
With thy Needle & Thread,