Thursday, October 24, 2019

October Mini Check-In Plus Playing with Crayons

This month I took 
a little sewing liberty with
my monthly mini.

I had been wanting to do something
that showcased October.
You know,
pumpkins, fall colors,

sweater weather...

I had purchased a pattern 
last year when I was in Houston 
for festival from Primitive Gatherings.

It fit all the required criteria.

But I didn't want to do ghost pumpkins,
so I dug out the orange wools instead
and started stitching.

Black wool
11" x 30"

Pumpkins, wool, fun stitching,
the feeling of fall.
It all came together.

The bittersweet vine doesn't grow
 here, so it's nice
to include it on this runner
with clusters of little colonial knots.

Fall has arrived here 
and this little runner 
reminds us of the crisp air,
flannel sheets,
crunching leaves,
the need to slow down,
and enjoying everything pumpkin.


Several of you asked about the crayon tinting
that I did in my embroidery.

I learned how to do it from Meg Hawkey
of Crabapple Hill Studios and have 
found her techniques to be very successful.
Click on this  LINK for  
a YouTube video that Meg made 
explaining in wonderful detail how
to use your Crayola crayons 

with your embroidery.
Now you can have fun coloring too.

Happy Fall!
Until Next Time-

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A Little Embroidery

I know there are many of us who
take the time
 just before leaving on a trip
 to gather up a stitching project.

We all know there can be long periods of time
where stitching can save
 you from going crazy.

Just before I left
I prepped some embroidery.

I had a large piece of toweling
leftover when I finished the "do over" of the vintage
applique baby quilts.

I also had a Kathy Schmitz embroidery design
I had been wanting to do
from her book

The timing was perfect.

I enjoy incorporating color tinting
with crayons into an embroidery project.
So I added some underlying color to my snowgirl.

I really didn't follow the color suggestions 
of the pattern.  Instead I found floss
the colors that I liked 
and that went with the crayons I had picked.

Doing a variety of stitches, 
other than just back stitching,
is always more fun. 
Even though,
it's sometimes hard to remember a fly stitch vs.
a lazy daisy, or a feather stitch.

This winter towel was my saving grace
during two long flights and a couple of long layovers in Boston.
All that time adds up to a finish.

Which leads me to the
"never to be answered" question:
What the heck is with the numbering
system for DMC floss?!

Over the years I have tried a variety
of methods for
keeping my floss organized.
I bet you have too.

I've done the wrap around method.

I've done the plastic baggie method

I've done the wrapping around
a floss stick method.

And the toss it in a pile method.

So in my basket where I keep floss,
you'll find floss in each of the above methods.

Some organizing methods 
are good when you're looking for a
specific number, but then the pile method
is better if you're looking for a color.

We all know
those numbers don't lead you to
a color family.

Well, after looking at my untamed pile
I did  do some resorting
into smaller, 
more useable piles.

I might see if this makes it easier next time.
But it still doesn't explain
that crazy number system!

Until Next Time-

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Maritime Vacation

Raise your hands if you've
ever visited the Maritime Providences of Canada.
If you haven't, but you like. . . 

beautiful coastal fishing villages,

a culture that revolves around the sea,

and more idyllic villages nestled along the coasts 

then this is for you!
 It's a beautiful place to relax,
and enjoy a wonderful vacation.

We walked on the bottom of the sea at low tide
at Hopewell Rock on the Bay of Fundy.

The sandstone is eroded into formations 
known as "flower pots".

When the tide comes in, it rises 

on the average of 43 feet in about 6 hours.
 It's quite a phenomenon. 

It's the perfect place 
to put on a bib and enjoy

a lobster supper or

a dozen oysters 

                                                   in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
                                                                  (no, not my thing!)

                                                     You'll find plenty of Anne all over PEI.

Lucy  Maud Montgomery's classic 
Anne of Green Gables (1908)
continues to be a favorite of young and old alike.

The island is beautiful 

with green pastures

bays filled with mussel lines and oyster farms, 

and coastlines with rose colored sand.

Then  headed off to the dramatic coastal cliffs of the
Cape Breton highlands, Nova Scotia.

Visiting the tiny Acadian community 
Che'ticamp, Nova Scotia you'll
hear toe tapping music,

while eating your lobster roll

and then learn about the community's famed
rug hooking art.

I can't even imagine.

The Maritime Providences must be 
the lighthouse capitol of the world.

The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove

 is said to be the most visited fishing village in Canada

Take time to talk with an old sea captain
to learn about his sea adventures.

Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and
has a beautiful harbor front
with lots of ships sailing in and out.

  You might even see a cartoon tugboat celebrity.

Make a stop at Cows Ice Cream for
some of the best sweet treat found only in Canada.

Halifax played a significant role in the tragic Titanic story. 
Halifax was the closest major port and

just hours after the Titanic sunk, ships from Halifax were sent 
on the sad mission to recover the bodies of the 1,518 victims.

Of the 208 bodies that were brought to Halifax,
159 were laid to rest here.
116 more were buried at sea.

 In 2007, as a result of extensive DNA testing,
 the child's shoes were identified 
as those of 19 month old Sidney Leslie Goodwin from England. His entire family perished.

Ready to go?

These Atlantic Providences may be small
Bay of Fundy, high tide

but they pack a lot into a small area.

Nature and Wildlife

 Eagles fishing

A Rich Cultural Heritage

Great Food
Sampled 5 different 
bowls of seafood chowder!!

 Gorgeous scenery

And besides all of that
the people of the Maritimes are fabulous.
Thanks for making our vacation a wonderful experience.
Hope you put a visit on your bucket list.
Until Next Time-