Sunday, July 15, 2012

Busy Stitcher's Life

Happy Sunday,

Wow, since my last blog I have had a crazy life and sorry that has totally prevented me from doing my most favorite things.  Stitching time has started to get back on track so I had to find time to update my blog.  I really don't know how some of you get time to do as many updates as you do and still get on with life.  You guys are my hero's and help to keep me motivated to at least have a blog.

It is a quiet Sunday here at home and the kids (Brinkley and Josie) are keeping cool close to the air vents so that they can slumber peacefully.

It is so much fun to have a quiet and peaceful Sunday.  At least that provides me with some good stitching time.  I am currently working on Little House Needleworks "Brave Hearts".

I saw this done back in June in the home of Jan Alexander and just had to run home and pull it out of my stash to work on.  Course, when you look at your stash you always find many others that you just have to get moving on.  I hope to have this one done in the next week and will also stitch up "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by LHN on the same fabric.  The fabric is from Tree of Life Linens (Jan Alexander) called Roasted Hickory Nut - 32 count.  The picture just doesn't give you a true view of the colors.  Maybe after it is finished and framed you will be able to see it better.

Back in June I attended Jan's retreat.  I had a great time stitching with old and new friends.  I got a few finishes done that we stitched up prior to the retreat.

It really felt good to come home with a finished project.  Here is Jan with Ellen and myself.

I still need to keep working on the sampler project.  I really don't have much done to show you so stay tuned.  Course, I need to get off of my patriotic mood of stitching.  My buddies would say that that would be mission impossible since that is my most favorite stitching theme.

Once I got home from TOLS retreat I found that my first ever adventure in the world of Ebay auctions had arrived.  Here is a Clark's Spool cabinet from the 1800's.

It is amazing.  It will need a bit cleaning done on it since it was found in an old sewing store's storage.  It has not been touched which will make it even more valuable to me.  I have been wanting one of these for years course if I ever find one that has John Clark(e) on it I will need to have to add it to my collection since that is part of my family name for many generations.  So if you ever see one please let me know about it.

This weekend I did attend another retreat in Downer's Grove by Tomorrow's Heirlooms.  We had Lori from La D Da and Linda from Chessie N Me as our teachers.  The event was great and the projects are amazing. 

Well, I have had lots of fun lately and you can see why I got behind in my blogging.  For those of you reading this and don't have a blog (you know I know who you are Cindy or Pat) leave me a note to tell me you at least read this blog update.

Lastly, I think you might remember that I started ABC Prairie School stitching with a group of friends.  Well, only one has been providing me with updates and I have really let mine slip away and need to pick it back up.  But for Ellen I really needed to show you her amazing progress. 

Ellen has finished her third letter.  Way to GO.....  I am still on my first. Darn, I need to find a way to add this into my monthly rotation.

Well, the kids are starting to rise and I think I have provided you with enough to see what has been going on.  Take care and enjoy your week.


Vonna Pfeiffer said...

What lovely finishes you have and starts too :)
I love your thread chest, you will love it, I certainly love mine (it is knock-off though).

Laura said...

first of all....your doggies are so darn cute!!! I hope to see them in person someday!!!

I want to do Brave Hearts too! We have been having lots of fun haven't we??? I think we have a break now until October's IN retreat.....

I am in a patriotic mode too....currently working on 1776 by Prairie Moon.

I was just talking to Teresa about her progress on the PS alphabet piece. I love, love, love it!!!! Good for Ellen on getting so far!!! I wish we could just stitch all the live long day!!

Sorry I did not get to talk to you much this much happening in such a short span of time!

Have a good week!

Patti said...

Hi Barb!!! I agree with you about how people have time to keep up with their blogs and stitch and live life. I can't seem to do it- LOL! I am trying to do a come back from from my blogging hiatus so I thought I would check in. Wasn't the weekend retreat fun?! Such awesome projects!!! It was great to see you and Ellen- have a great week...and like Laura said- the doggie are adorable!!!


pj said...

Wow, you have been having fun Barb! And I love those projects from LaDDa and Chessie. Sounded like a run weekend ... I wanted to go but my niece got married so that was a family event I could not miss. The projects are so darn cute!!!! I have taken a few classes from Linda too and she is so fun!

Keep those needles busy! It is too hot to do anything else. pam in iowa