Sunday, September 16, 2018

FALL DECORATING AND ARDELIA....

It's so darn hot outside, I feel like it should be July instead of mid-September!  So, staying inside with the AC going full blast, I was able to do a little fall decorating. Now mind you, I didn't realize I had so much fall and Halloween decorations...but after all was said and done, I had four totes plus a huge box full of stuff.  I was ready to scream!  I plucked a few things out and then very nicely shoved everything back in the basement.  The stuff I didn't use will be going to either my kids (I doubt they'll want anything) or the Goodwill.  I just can't seem to deal with a bunch of useless stuff anymore!






This was plenty enough for me...usually I decorate the bedrooms, the bathrooms, the kitchen, the dining room.....but not this year.  

And then because I don't have enough furniture (ha)....I fell in love with this vintage walnut coffee table.  I have to refinish the top, but the wood on the bottom and legs of this table are beautiful!  I had it in my head to chalk paint it....but the more I look at it, the more I love the wood.  The Queen Ann legs match my porringer sidetables as well.




Last, is an early sampler that I purchased in Holly last weekend at the show. It's an interesting sampler because it looks like it was only partially finished or a part of it was cut or torn away...

The back of the sampler has a piece of history taped to it.  It states:

"Loaned by Mrs. D. R. Potter and worked by her self when a child.  Age of sampler 67 years."  Ardelia Beach was 9 years old when this was stitched...since Ardelia was born in August 31, 1813, this was done in 1822.  This piece was loaned for display in 1880.  

 I have several antique samplers, but none of them have a history to them.  In fact, I have tried to research some of the names on my samplers without any luck.  


I love that Ardelia stitched it all on the tiniest count of linen, using only brown threads.  Can you imagine, these young girls sitting by candle light stitching?  I have trouble finishing a sampler on 28 count, with an Ott-Light and a magnifier!!!  

Have a great week and pray for the poor people who were affected by the hurricaine...so much suffering and loss.....


Sunday, September 9, 2018

OH MY GOSH!!!! TROUBLE WITH THE BLOG....

I was ready to lose my mind...for weeks I have been trying to post, and blogger would not let me sign in...I don't even know how I was signed out...but after numerous attemps I figured out what the heck was happening and why I was being blocked from signing in....GEEEEEZ!!!

It's finally cool and autumn-like weather here in Michigan and I love it!  This has been one hot and humid summer and I am ready to say "Bye-bye"' to it!  Lots going on but I'll try to be brief...We were blessed with another little grand daughter....Josephine Mae, born on August 17th.  We went down to SC just hours after she was born and had so much fun holding and snuggling with her!



She is three weeks old and is alert as can be!  Sadly.....we wont be seeing her until Christmas time...

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The Early Homestead Show in Holly was this past Saturday...it was a great show, with wonderful vendors but the attendance was noticibly down from other years.  I set-up & staged my friend Dawn's  booth and was able to bring some of my items to sell in her booth as well.  I'm not doing shows anymore but being able to do someone else's booth is really fun...plus...adding some of my things is an extra bonus.

This is the Holly Hills Primitives booth....





These are pictures of some of the other vendors' booths....I was unable to get pictures of many of them because I was so busy and getting really hungry toward the end of the day...





The gymnasium was full of primitive dealers from all over.  I only bought one item, but there were so many beautiful things to choose from!  

I've been doing a ton of cross stitching, but I'm getting the itch to start my rughooking and applique again.   I broke down and bought the Lap-App for wool applique a couple of weeks ago.  It's still in the box, but I plan to use it.  

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I was fortunate enought to take a Rebekah L. Smith class two weeks ago at my friend Melissa's house.  It was so much fun!!  Im looking forward to the next class!

We had our choice of two projects...I chose the partidge pocket...I'm ashamed to say I have finished it yet...but it will be lovely when I do...you can't go wrong with Rebekah's designs!


This was the other design of the day...a hard choice since everything she designs is so beautiful!


This is a runner that Melissa made from a previous Rebekah class...I fell in love with it and am hoping it will be in her next book...


Well...I'm so happy I was able to figure out what the heck was happening with blogger...I love blogging and reading blogs and always appreciate comments!  

Thank you so much, happy Sunday, and have a great week!!










Sunday, August 12, 2018

SUNDAY WALK-ABOUT

Good Sunday morning....after an afternoon of thunder and lightning...and barely any rain....we woke up to a gorgeous day here in southeastern Michigan.  My good pal, Earlene, said her flower gardens were completely destroyed from the harsh rain and hail...she's lives about 60 miles west of me and we didn't get much at all.

A few pictures this morning...I've been putzing in my kitchen..finally found a new console type table for my kitchen and that darn dark wall (still haven't painted it).   I managed to squeeze in a little stitching and hooking this week.  So it's been fairly productive.







"REAL COMFORT" by Modernfolk Embroidery...a quote from Jane Austen.  I love this sampler, but it has proven to be a bit tedious....time to put it away for a while...it's much more stitching that I initially thought...don't mind the wrinkles...


This little hooked design will be attached to a purse....after I figure out how to do it...it was nice to get back to hooking after a long hiatus....I couldn't even find my hook!


Now for the "feast de la resistance".....my good pals from the Holly Hookers...this is Bonnie...Bonnie designs her own rugs...Bonnie color plans her own rugs...Bonnie hooks her own rugs in record time.....Bonnie is amazing!


I love the colors and the bead work design...


This is Sue Mcfall's FFO.....Sue is an amazing wool applique artiste!  She never starts one project until she finishes one....This is a Maggie B design...


And last....Alexandra....Alexandra my 11th grandchild who is so creative....she designed her own purse.  I'm so sad she lives in South Carolina....I would have her hooking and stitching with me all the time...her other career is fighting crime in the midst of her stuffed animals & action figures...she also has quite the imagination!




Have a wonderful Sunday....and a wonderful week...thank you for taking time to read my blog!













Monday, July 30, 2018

THIS AND THAT....

Another Monday, and it is beautiful here in MIchigan.  Enjoying the slightly cooler temps and the sun has been glorious!  Every week, is so busy for me.  Everyday it's always something....I always think that I'll have the week to myself and do what I want, and then, lo and behold, something always pops up, and then here I am, trying to fit in daily chores, gardening, shopping, etc. in my "off" time.  It gets a little frustrating, but then I think one day, I may not have anything to do...so I guess I'll just roll with it.

A few pictures to offer today.  I've been selling some of my primitives and going for a little lighter look.  We have a lot of painting to do in this old house.....but again....where do I find the time ( and I'm retired)?

I'm getting ready to paint the kitchen and this dark wall has GOT to go....it's not as dark as the picture ...but I still want to do a very light grey...



My new sign that will do for now.  I had to cover up some huge holes in the wall.  The wood piece behind the sign, is an old piece from a barn.


My porch....I did some cleaning last week...I don't know how we manage to get a porch so messy!





And then the yard....my husband is out there every evening for over an hour, watering.  Once a week we weed...when it's not too hot that is....The colors on some of the flowers are beginning to fade...the bee balm was just gorgeous this year and full of bees!







I've been trying to keep up with my stitching..I have four WIPS going on and it's making me nuts!  I usually don't start one project until I'm done with one...but there are just so many things I want to stitch...not too mention a hooked rug that I have been working on...

Have a great week and as always, thank you for reading my ramblings and I appreciate your comments!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING

Yay...finally we got some rain!  Actually...we got too much..my flowers are beat down...but the grass will look good!  Thunderstorms rolled through here around 2 am.....although, the temps are down the humidity is high...so the good old AC remains on....I can't wait for the utility bill...

Had a busy week, taking my daughter here and there for lab work, doctor appt's, and then of course, shopping.  She is no longer able to drive due to her poor eyesight, so we make a couple of days of having some fun, plus it gets her and Rory out of the house.   My mom is doing so much better..I've been taking her to PT and she is now able to walk with a cane which is a HUGE blessing...a few months ago I thought she might be wheelchair bound...but nope....she is doing pretty good!

These little pincushions always bring a smile to my face along with these old, misshapen thimbles...they are so thin and worn...these women must have been some serious stitchers!


A little collection of shoe pincushions....they are from different cities...I guess they were a big souvenier hit of the 1930's.


And my naked ladies....I bought the porcelain half dolls last year and decided to make them into their original purpose of being a pincushion...but as you can see, that's as far as I have gotten...oh well...they're still charming!  Love my little Victorian hand clamps....I don't find them that often, but when I do, I snap them up....


My progress on "Be Kind Always"..not too much...I've been stitching on my "Farmhouse Christmas" by Little House Needleworks. 


I'm hoping this week will be a quiet one....I've got so much cleaning and purging to do..it's driving me nuts!  My sewing room has gotten out of control...again....I don't understand how it gets so bad...well...actually I do...hmmm...Have a great week everyone and thank you for visiting my blog!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

SUNDAY GATHERINGS

Good Sunday evening...another week has flown by...summer is more than half over...where does the time go?  I haven't been doing much in the yard...it's been too stinking hot...but I don't want to complain too much for fear the winter fairies will arrive way too early!

Last week was my son Jeff and Megan's baby shower.  I made a couple of items for them . It seems I've been back in the sewing mode as of late.

First was a baby afghan...it's just a Granny square in a soft dusty pink, with linen and pale gray.  I crocheted some butterflies and attached them to the corner.  The yarn is,  "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby.  And I really do love their yarn!  It's just acrylic...but it washes up so nice with no pilling and it is supersoft!


Next, I made some receiving blankets (4), with matching burp cloths.  I backed the burp cloths with soft terry cloth fabric.  I made eight of them, matching the receiving blankets.  I even add my own little tags that I ordered...."Made With Love From Grandma Bobbie".   So even if they don't keep them very long, whoever gets them, will know that they were made for someone special.


Next,  is a sampler, that I believed I shared prior to finishing it.  It's a Blackbird Design, Eleanor Rigby.  It was a fun one to stitch.  I stitched it on 20 count, Weeks Dye Works in Parchment.  I used two threads over two...making it actually a 10 count.  The reason being...the original design is only about 6 x6 inches and I wanted this one to be larger.  It turned out to by 9 1/2 by 9 3/4.  It is a wedding sampler for Jeff and Megan.


A little fun thing...this is the very first sampler I'd ever stitched back in 1984.  I almost tossed it about twenty years ago, but I managed to hang on to it and I'm so glad I did.  It's stitched on Aida, 14 count.  The color choices back then, aren't too far from my favorite colors now...guess my taste hasn't change much!


My two littlest grand daughters, Rory and Alexandra having a great time last weekend!  They are just growing up way too fast!


Have a great week, everyone!  And thank you so much for reading my blog...stay cool!

Friday, June 29, 2018

A STITCHIN' KIND OF DAY...

Good Friday morning...looks like it's going to be the type of day, you just stay inside, in cool air conditioning, and stitch.   I haven't had one of those types of days in a long time...so I'll make the most of it!  I had a couple of stitching finishes this week.   The first is "Old Glory"...a design by Little House Needleworks.  The finishing was inspired by Priscilla Blain, whose blog is listed on my favorites.


The second one is "Bless Our Home", by Country Cottage Needleworks, which was a SAL.  It was fun to stitch,  but I had a hard time deciding how to frame it...so I just settled for a piece of painted wood and added some covered buttons.  I love these designs, but they never seem to fit in a regular, sized frame... These are so cute for decorating, but I am back to stitching on my samplers.  


Another project, I've been working on lately, is making tote bags for my grand daughters.  This one was made for my oldest grand daughter Karsyn, who is a Harry Potter finatic!  It's just the right size for a couple of books.  These are so much fun to make, although, without a pattern, it's a little bit of trial and error...


My little grand daughter, Rory, stayed with us most of last week..she picked out a stitching kit at Hobby Lobby and has been learning to stitch.  She's only 4, so her patience and attention span are not the greatest, but she is doing pretty good!


Lastly....we've had a very stressful couple of weeks.  My daughter has been ill, in and out of the hospital...now she is home...but she faces some new health challenges..so...we've been running here an there....and just to top off my week...a young woman ran a red light, doing about 45 MPH and hit me on the passengers side...luckily, no one was hurt...except for my poor car.   UGH!!!


I hope you enjoy your day!!   It's going to be a hot one, but tomorrow it will be worse...so stay cool!!