Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hallowe'en Stitchery Hallows Eve

Finally...met another challenge. Here is my finished Hallows Eve  Pinkeep/Pillow by was not quite as hard for me as my first Faithful Friends by Wendy of Pineberry Lane but I relaxed and really enjoyed stitching it into completion. I love it.

It has rained here so hard for days but my daughter took these photos for me inside her home...if you haven't tried it yet, please consider trying counted cross is honestly so relaxing AFTER your first challenge, I think. The patterns out here in blog land are just unreal; it is a wonderful time to be a stitcher.  Michael's carries DMC threads , needles, lock hoops, and even Belgium make it sweet, too when beginning. This is stitches on 32 count Belgium Linen, DMC Thread, aged with walnut crystals; the backing is of repo brown print calico. I am going to do the Xstitching around the seams, now:) thank you for visiting...glad I finished something else:)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Knitting a Scarf for cold days ahead...

Amazingly, I awakened feeling energized, clear headed, and ready to order a dream come true for own Drop Spindle and the lovely alpaca yarn to knit myself a nice simple garter stitched long scarf for those cold months ahead. I have already made Pumpkin Goats Milk SOAP, cut out a witch doll pattern to work on after my errands and planned a simple dinner for the, I lose my desire to eat when I am in this 'spinning like a top' happy mode:)

Hope your day is wonderful...if it's with cozy candles lit as you dream or bright lights that help you do your stitching or knitting, Xstitching or fav craft.'s raining again today but I love rainy days...yeah, me and Eddie Rabbitt:)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy Sunday...

Today arrived so and all fallish outside. I want to prepare my Italian Baked Ziti for my family...then I want to work on finishing up my Hallowe'en Pinkeep Pillow so I can start something new. Wishing I had a treat in store like I did last Saturday at the Second Gathering of Primitive Friends at is a photo that sweet friend Robin of    offered since 'ole hurrying to get away me' forgot her camera!! This is Lori-s Shop...I wish I could send you visuals of these  awesomely talented two great friends/ladies Robin and Lori. I am so grateful to have been able to drive up and spend a few days. Thanks Robin {HUGS}
Gail who appologizes for the two previous  failed attempts at editing/cancelling drafts in blogland

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love....

I am working on getting time when my daughters and I can plan to have dinner and see this much talked about movie. It's gotta be  good with such a title and who doesn't like Julia Roberts?

When not taking care of our home or working the shop, I am always stitching with needle or hook...this lovely free pattern from  from the Sampler Girl's blog will be my next project.
Counted cross stitching is such a passion of mine....and only just beginning to do it a few months ago, there will never be enough time ::::sighs::::

Gail off to work a busy day at our little shop...I'd rather be stitching

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Psalm for Life

Before September 11, 2001 I read this annually in my daily journal....because of the impact of 9-11-2001 and related issues many things changed for me and I lost the real me that so enjoyed life...especially reading uplifting reads, thoughts, doing my herb gardening , rug hooking etc. Today, I picked up my old journal and re-read these powerful words written over a hundred years ago....still encouraging and emotionally uplifting.

Let us, then, be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Let us, then, be up and doing..." Dreams are not enough. We must back them up with 'effort'.  Striving and Struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.
"With a heart for any fate..." Opening our hearts to the possibility of failure is easier said than done.
"Still achieving, still pursuing..." Trust in yourself, your dream and Spirit.
"Learn to labor and to wait..." Remember our concept of time and Spirits are not the kind to yourself while waiting.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Loving your home, loving your shop....hating to leave one for the other...

I awakened before my alarm which is only set these days for my working days at our shop...decided to turn over then I I would finish Stacy Nash's Hallowe'ens Eve pinkeep pillow IF I jumped up right away and had my morning coffee stitching in the three pumpkins...oh my word...
It was hard jumping up as I had forgotten that yesterday I did my online one mile walk , time for a morning shower, thought the soak in the tub last evening would help but....?

Anyway, I did one pumpkin, started another and made it to pick up my youngest and got us to the shop on time...which is always a good thing, as customers from the next door beauty shop often run in before or after their appointments...we had one waiting for us   lol  she only wanted to browse before her app't and promised to return another time.

My dad hated left-overs...luckily my hubby and son think 'anything' is good IF they don't have to fix it:)
Crispy fried buttermilk fresh chicken breasts (found in a new magazine) and my mother-in-law's quick spaghetti sauce for busy days (left over from no meat on Friday days) was last nights fresh offering but should be delicious warmed up and served in my pretty plates.

Tonight, I hope to finish the Hallowe'ens Eve pinkeep pillow cross stitching...maybe t'morrowr ~ I don't work Fridays~ I can hand stitch front to back and do those lovely 2-threads of dark gray X-s  around the seams, brush it with walnut dye, bake in 200 oven...and take it to our shop Saturday:) 

I so love our days leading into fall...the heat nearly killed me this summer....and to think Hurricane Season is not over until November...thank you God Earl changed his mind about coming to visit us....I love miracles:)

Monday, September 6, 2010

OH WHAT a Beautiful Morning....

The days are so feeling like fall here...and I was going to take a nice walk but, remembered a lot I must get done this morning SO, I clicked into my lovely online workout with Leslie...I so love her.
She is so informative as she Gets your Heart Rate UP...core muscle at your own pace...I loved my five minutes with her..hey, later I will do the full mile work-out. Hope you have a chance to check her know IF we don't do something at least 3 times a week, our beloved computer life is gonna kill us!!!
Wishing you the most joyous peaceful Labor Day