Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome Baby Brooke!

A hearty welcome to Baby Brooke Sapphire!
She was born two weeks early on Wednesday, August 21st after only 4 hours of all natural labor  ( I'm so proud of DD#3) Here is DD#3 with 19 month old Amber and very new Brooke.
(Don't know why I didn't get a picture with son-in-law in it too-he was there and very happy)

Here is DD#1 holding her new niece.  And Grandson is closeby keeping a careful watch on both of his cousins :)
DD#2 was on an Alaskan cruise and missed all the excitement.

Here are the happy grandparents!

 Brooke's quilt is finished and barely in time. The baby shower is this Thursday and Brooke will get to attend in person :)

And the Birds of a Feather birth sampler is now completely finished and framed with name and vital statistics. It will also make its appearance at the baby shower.
We were able to follow thru with plans to visit Mountain Springs Lodge just outside of Leavenworth, WA on Friday with DD#1's family.  We were treated to a wagon ride pulled by 2 Belgian draft horses-they weigh 2,000 lbs each!

Here is our wagon, driver and team.

Here is grandson getting to hold the reins and drive the team.  Not bad for 8 years old.
After the scenic ride, we got a down-home BBQ meal including chicken, ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, cornbread, iced tea or lemonade and chocolate fudge pie dessert (can't remember the exact name. Suffice it to say it was delicious and rich!) OMG! I didn't eat for 24 hours after this meal.

More news-
I won a giveaway on Nicola's Scarlet Letter blog. The email notification arrived on Brooke's birth day.  (I thought I should buy a lottery ticket as it was my lucky day)  
It arrived promptly and I just love it!  It is  c. 1800 gift pincushion kit (small, fast to stitch and with all the linen and threads already here)

 It says "The gift is small but love is all". Wonderful sentiments. Thank you Cheri!

 One more finish-the wool applique project from my LQS weekend retreat.
I added the buttons and stripes on the flag (the original showed embroidered stripes on the flag).  I love the way it turned out.

I know many of you are waiting for my update about the Debbie Macomber yarn shop and tea shop field trip. Which happened the day after Brooke's arrival.  Well, I was busy with grandma duties and had to miss it. Oh, don't worry. I plan to go in the not too distant future and will give you an update and pics then.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Recent Doings

I got a letter in the mail with an ad for my local EGA newsletter. It was from a needlework finisher reminding us of the Oct 19th deadline for Christmas finishing.  Can that really be happening already?
So I frantically pulled out the Renaissance Designs Seven Snowmen Grinning and guess what?
It is finished!!


Yes, I made a lot of changes from the stitch guide.  Why do a serendipity stitch when a diagonal mosaic will do the same and the compensations are much easier?  :) And pom-poms with floss are .....well, limp.  I like a button far better.
So this one is already at the finishers along with Maddie Button and a Christmas ornie. I am having Maddie made into a frameweight.

Here are the results of this morning's work in the garden.  I even found my first potato on top of the ground.  Those are beets in the blue colander.  Six zucchini and seven cucumbers. I have given away so many zucchini people are starting to run away when they see me coming  :)

I finally got some more samplers hung on the wall.  I rearranged my sampler wall in the entryway and this is the result.

And here is the new arrangement above the couch left top-City Stitcher Adam & Eve, left bottom-LHN Melicent Turner, center-L'Atelier Perdu Stitch Me Club 2012, right top-Mary Glover, right bottom-Hands to Work This Is The Day

I spent Sunday at a retreat put on by my local quilt shop. I made the pincushion above (on an adorable Mason jar) and the crocheted ribbon necklace below.

And I got a good start on this wool applique table mat. I like the combination of fall and 4th of July on this project.

Here we are hard at work in the lovely sunroom.  The sunroom is on the far left in the picture below.

Isn't our hostess' home beautiful?  It is in a rural area on several acres.

On Thursday a group of stitchers from my local EGA guild is taking a field trip to author Debbie Macomber's knit shop in Port Orchard, WA.  (The new Hallmark Channel tv show-Cedar Cove- is from a book by Debbie Macomber.) We will be eating lunch at Debbie's daughter's tea shop.  I hear it has a wonderful gift shop. I'll try to take some photos to share with you.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

It's a Busy Summer!

My new consignment business has been busy. I have received my first consignment from an out-of-state seller.  And I have a new local consignee who is a former needlework teacher and has lots to sell :)  I am selling their items on ebay under my ID-kiddlady.  Feel free to follow along with my auctions to see what I'm selling.
 A Finish-Finish!
I found a black wooden tray at JoAnn's with an ugly fabric under the glass bottom. I bought it on 50% clearance and with an additional 15% off my entire purchase.  Then I asked DH if he could get the bottom off without breaking the glass and he did!  I think Mary looks great in this tray!

A finish!-The Scarlett House
Maddie Button
Misc linen piece (I think LL Sand Dune)
Called for Crescent Colour threads
I love Maddie Button.  But the words are all over one stitching and I am getting real tired of over one stitching.  See below- 

A new start-
2013 L'Atelier Perdu
Stitch Me Club
32 ct mystery linen (until I find where I wrote it down :)
Called for threads-DMC and WDW
All over one stitching-see more below

Another new start-
Patrick's Woods thru Shining Needle Society
Spotted Hare Purse and Coussinet Biscornu
32 ct linen in the kit
Silk threads in the kit
More over one stitching
(See why I'm getting tired of it :)

2013 SAL de Maryse
I am caught up again and only one more month to go!
This one is over two stitching.

A new start-Renaissance Designs Seven Snowmen Grinning
From the 13 Days of Christmas series
The deadline for Christmas 2013 finishing is coming up fast.

New stash from Jackie du Plessis and the Swan Sampler Guild.
This is not all my new stash but I'll leave more for next time.

And last but not least the most recent photo of my garden.  The potato patch is in front.  The green beans and peas are done.  I am still picking beets, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage and strawberries.