Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Quick trip to southern California

Right before Christmas we took a quick family vacation to southern California.
Nothing can be better than time away with my husband and two sons. 
With the boys getting older, I don't know how many more family vacations there will be - scheduling gets harder and harder!

Chicago has had a pretty mild winter, but it was still nice to warm up and soak in some sunshine.

 And to take in the lovely trees, bushes and flowers.

I never get to see blooming Bird of Paradise in the parks in Chicago ;)

We had plenty of sunshine for our trip. 

You can see the Santa Monica Pier in the distance.

The pier was just a few blocks from our hotel.

Speaking of our lovely hotel, I was a little shocked when I first walked in our room!
Luckily, there was a privacy screen that came down to separate the bedroom and bathroom.
I guess I am just a midwestern prude lol!

We saw evidence of the horrible wildfires - this is near the Griffith Park Observatory.

 This is as close as we got to the famous Hollywood sign.

The Griffith Park Observatory was lovelier than I remembered - 
it has been 23 years since I was there last...

The rooftop offers lovely views.

Was the haze fog or smog??

We weren't able to spend too much time as my husband really wanted to see:

 The LaBrea Tar Pits

Large tar pits right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles.
Can you see the tar oozing and bubbling?

So many bones have been found of mammoths and saber tooth tigers and all kinds of extinct creatures.

It's a very active museum with lots of scientists and interns busy going though all the finds... 

The LaBrea Stork caught my eye

Along with the Dire Wolves

The wall of Dire Wolf skulls was amazing.

I am so glad that we went!

I think I'll have one more post to share some of the touristy things that we had to do ;)
Then it will be back to my stitching...

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

    you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,

     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”
~Luke 2:28-32

Blessings, Patti

Friday, January 4, 2019

Stitch from my Stash - the beginning

On New Year's Day, I spent part of my day picking my two projects for #stitchfrommystash
I had such a hard time choosing, that I selected three lol! First up:

"Snow Day"
by Prairie Schooler 
from Book #177 January

I have been wanting to stitch this one since January 2016!
I started stitching Prairie Schooler designs in the mid-1980's
and they have been one of my favorite designers ever since.
If I was on a desert island and could only bring charts from one designer - this would be it :)
Sadly, I can't even remember the last time I stitched a Prairie Schooler?! 
So this will be the month! 

Little Red Barn and Grandpa's Pick-up
from the Farmhouse Christmas series
by Little House Needleworks

this is the bonus project that I kitted up :)
I've seen so many finishes of this series lately that I am finally itching to start!
I will only be doing these two charts in the series and want them to be for winter rather than Christmas. 

My wool project for January will be:

"Snowy Days"
by Heart to Hand

Believe it or not this kit was purchased back in 2013!
And I have not worked on it since January 2016!

I think that I need to finish it this month!

Here is where I left off three years ago:

I sure hope that I can get it done and enjoy it yet this winter...

I've made a little progress on "Little Red Barn" already this week...

So many of you have asked for pics of the pups.
Leia was thrilled with the new toy that they received for Christmas!
A stuffed log with three stuffed squirrels inside that can be pulled out through holes in the log.
She wouldn't sit still for a picture ;) 

Peanut wasn't quite as thrilled.
Although he did steal a squirrel once Leia had pulled it out lol.

Peanut's favorite activity is snuggling with his sister.

Even when snuggling, Leia usually has a toy in her mouth. 

She just can't let go!

Peanut just doesn't get it :)

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
~Luke 2:16-19
Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A few final 2018 finishes

Happy New Year!
I had a few final finishes before the clock struck midnight...

"Plum Pudding"
by With Thy Needle and Thread

This was so fun to stitch and fun to finish as well.

These little mouse bakers are so sweet!

I decided to change the colors up a bit to work with how I wanted to finish it.

I finished stitching these two Pineberry Lane designs last Christmas but never fully finished them.
When I picked the backing fabric, I was so happy with it that I decided to put some of it on the front as well.

"O Tannenbaum"
by Pineberry Lane

I used the backing fabric to create a narrow binding for this pillow.

"Merry Little Stitches"
by Pineberry Lane

Although these were two totally separate patterns,
I thought that they would look so sweet together as a set.

So I changed the colors up a bit to make them more cohesive.

I will enjoy my new finishes for a few more days, before I starting packing away the Christmas decorations.

I've enjoyed posting on Instagram for the past four months. 
It was fun to see what my top nine posts were for 2018.
These were the pictures that had the most likes.

Now that we are officially in 2019, I'm starting on my New Year's Resolutions.
My fun resolution is #stitchfrommystash
I have so much stitching stash, I could never complete it all if I live to 100!
I know that I can't stop shopping completely, after all I have to keep my favorite designers and shops in business LOL! But each month, I am going to pick two projects from my stash to work on. Hopefully, one wool and one cross stitch. Won't you join me? If so please use the hashtag #stitchfrommystash on Instagram. I'd love to see what you are working on too!

I hope to pull my two January projects out today and will share in my next blog post.

Wishing you and yours a Happy 2019 ~ full of stitching!

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
~Luke 2:13-14

Blessings, Patti

Monday, December 31, 2018

Just a quick post...

Just a quick post to share the two small gifts that I made this year

"Acorn Harvest"
limited edition kit by
With Thy Needle and Thread

Stitched over two on 40 count linen for my sister-in-law, Joy.
I think that she really liked it ;)
Please continue to keep Joy in your prayers.
She just completed her first round of chemo on her new journey with eleven more to go...

And can you believe that Mom didn't have a scissor fob?!?!
I needed to remedy that right away with this sweet
"Black Sheep Scissor Fob"
by Lucy Beam Love in Stitches
complete with a pair of sheep scissors.

I have a few projects that I am trying to fully finish before midnight tonight.
If I'm successful, I'll be back to share those tomorrow along with my New Year's Resolution...

Wishing you and yours A Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year!

 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, 
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
~Luke 2:8-11

Blessings, Patti

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas to One & All!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Thought I would write a quick post before I am off and running!
This is a favorite shelf of mine.
It greets us as we walk into our mudroom at the back door.

My little Christkindlmarket village that I have collected over the years. 

And my German lead deer and a favorite cross stitch pillow.
Design by Primitive Stitchin by Shelley Auen.

I love to have lots of poinsettias around this time of year and this was a favorite.

So was this one. I guess I love variegated leaves and petals.

We took a quick trip to southern California last week and this was what I packed to bring with.  

I haven't stitched much this month, but made a little progress.

I thought that I would end with a few of the trees that I saw in California.

So pretty and festive, no matter the climate!

This one just screamed California to me ;)

And this beauty was next to the outdoor ice rink.
Outdoor ice rink?!?! In southern California?!?! Oh my!

This was my favorite - at the gorgeous Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
But that is another story for another day...

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
~Luke 2:6-7

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas wherever you are in the world...

Blessings, Patti