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October 31, 2012

The Witch Is In

Just finished this little chart from Prairie Schooler.  Maybe I won't put it away after Halloween.  Maybe it may need to come out at other times of the year! (ha, ha - just saying).

Prairie Schooler - Country Wise Book 130
Stitched on 28 count lambs wool linen with recommended DMC Threads

Also made good progress on my pumpkin pocket.  Really enjoyed working with Valdani thread for the first time.  No snagging and lies flat.  The stitching of the pumpkin was interesting to do too.  I like the texture.

The Drawn Thread - The Pumpkin Pocket
Stitched on 26 count natural linen with recommended threads

My daughter came over a few evening ago and we did our annual carving of the pumpkins.  We had so much fun recalling old tales of trick or treating.  The poke a dot pumpkin was super easy to do.  I had the brilliant idea of using an apple corer - fast and easy.    Loved the effect.  Also, if you want to carve your pumpkins early and keep them in perfect condition for the special night, just submerge them in water.  Works like a charm (tee hee hee)

Honey did the skull and daughter and I did the cutsie ones.

Honey and I treated two of our friends to tickets to see Stewart McLean last evening. They are great fans of his too.  We laughed and laughed and were awed by the musicians.  If you have never heard any of his stories you are missing out.  Funny stories about a family of 4 - sweet clean fun.  There are many on youtube.  Take a listen.  He has a wonderful voice.  I  was listening to one of his stories a couple of days ago while driving.  He is on CBC radio in the afternoons now.  The story was so funny, I started crying.  Wiping my eyes and trying to stay focused on the road while laughing uncontrollably.  People at the traffic lights though I was having a bad day - ha ha ha.

and I could not leave without giving an update of the view from my sewing room window.  Good Bye Autumn ~Hello Winter.

Happy Halloween Everyone!   I don't know why the pictures are showing up twice!!  

Newfie Princess

October 14, 2012

It's Great To Be Back

Wow, summer went by so fast and we had such great times together.  Just picking up the needle again and it feels so good.  This post will be picture heavy :)

First, we had a blast in Banff and enjoyed Johnny's concert.  Lots of south Africans living in the province journeyed to hear a little bit of home.

Rocky Mountains and our friends Camper
Then we were off to go to Edmonton for a few days and I did visit my little stitching shop:

Feeding my Prairie Schooler Addiction!
Love these  new Quaker pincushions and on the back I can use vintage large buttons I've had in my stash forever and a beautiful selection of over dyed felt.

Pretty beads to add to my stash.

Lovely over dyed flosses and...

new linen.   Yipee!  Such a fun time in the shop.
We got to go camping twice more this summer.  Great times with friends at Cross Lake and Gregoire Lake.

Then it became fall.  A look out my window.  In between I nursed my daughter through a surgery and she is just fine.  I had lasik surgery on both my eyes.  No more glasses or bifocals for me!  Still healing and having difficulty seeing very close up.  Makes stitching challenging but a little magnifier necklace makes everything look just right.  Finished my prairie schooler santa...

Honey surprised me with a trip to San Fransisco two weeks ago.  All he said was pack, these are the temperatures, take comfortable walking shoes and away we went.  Wow, such a beautiful place.  Great food and he also surprised me with a helicopter trip over and under the Golden Gate Bridge!!!!

First time in a helicopter and I got to ride in the front seat with the pilot.  Oh, my!  Too exciting for words ;)

Yup, my foot on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Then we came home to this - sigh...well it had to happen I guess.

and now I cannot find my little Halloween project I was going to stitch.  The one with the coffin and needle book.  So I decided to start The Pumpkin Pocket by Drawn Thread.  It's done on 26 count linen which is healing eyes friendly.

The Drawn Thread - The Pumpkin Pocket

Well, hope I haven't bored you too to much, ha ha.  Looking forward to seeing all your stitching projects.

Newfie Princess