Friday, October 12, 2018

Fully Finished!

"Pumpkin Hollow Farms"

I had so much fun stitching up this sweet piece as part of the #pcpumpkinhollowfarms stitch along hosted by Priscilla and Chelsea - The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch
(Be sure to check out their blog and floss tube - you can click the links above.)

I abbreviated the pattern a bit and only changed out one color.
I was so excited that I had to fully finish it right away!

Here it is, my first "Priscillafied" finish:

I found the wood slat pumpkin plaque at Target for $3! 
They were so cute that I had to buy the orange and white pumpkin plaques that they had as well :)
(I already have projects planned for the other pumpkins :) )

I am over the moon with this finish. It is something that I would never have tried if not for Priscilla and Chelsea! I don't use many silk or dried flowers, but I had the leaves, bittersweet and ribbon at home and thought I would try it out. I love it :)

I think the orange fabric sets it off nicely on the natural wood pumpkin.
Thanks so much Priscilla and Chelsea!
And thanks to Little House Needleworks too!

I was so happy, that I have another fully finished project to share:

"Bushel & A Peck"

My Mom sang this song to me and my sister when we were little 
and I sang it to my sons when they were little :)
So it was a must stitch.
I changed the bird to a robin, but left all else the same.

So I decided that it was time to reward myself with a start of another Priscilla and Chelsea stitch along! #pcautumnacres. Priscilla drew the original chalkboard and Hands On Design adapted it for cross stitch. I'm having fun stitching all the "chalk" outlines and will "color" it in later.

I will be MIA on my blog for a bit. In just a few days, I will be leaving for my annual trip with the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters! I can't wait! I have missed them so much and we have a year of catching up to do... along with shopping, stitching, eating, etc.
I will have a full report when I return.
I may share a picture or two on Instagram while I am gone, so stop by...
(While I'm gone, you can use the search box in the upper left hand corner and type in bittersweet stitching sisters to see posts from some of our past trips...)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—
the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
~Hebrews 13:15-16

Blessings, Patti

Monday, October 8, 2018

Summer Remembered

 Our oldest son works at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Aquatic Plants.

For my birthday, I asked him if he would take me on a tour of where he works.

It was late in the season and so he felt that it was past its peak.

But I thought that it was gorgeous!

There were still lovely blooms to be seen.

and peaceful views. 

with hints of autumn

And surprises if you looked carefully.

Can you imagine going to work here every day?!

I would think that you couldn't help but be happy.

And feel at peace with the world.

I took this photo of the lotus from afar, but he gets to go in the boat or his hip waders and get up close.

We focused on the aquatic areas

As I wanted to see what he sees each day
and to hear his stories.

But there is so much to see there

and so many areas that we didn't cover.

Can you hear the breeze rustling through the leaves?

The Japanese gardens are lovely.

I didn't want to leave.

I think that the Great Blue Heron was posing just for us.

In keeping with the theme, my sons gave me several plants for my garden including:

Yarrow! So happy and hope that it will come back next year.
I also received some great Fiskar pruners and a Cubs t-shirt.
My sons know me well :)

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, 
because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A little Stitching Progress

It's been a while since I have had a finish to share.
I'm still stitching each day on the train/bus/boat during my daily commute to work,
but haven't had time on the weekends for fully finishing my projects.
I need a Pineberry Lane finishing day!

A Bushel & a Peck is an available Pineberry Lane design.

The other two are from the Quaint Country Ladies Club - 
a club with Dyeing to Stitch of exclusive Pineberry Lane designs.
I'm so glad that I joined!!!

Are you a flosstube fan?
These are videos by and for cross stitch lovers on YouTube.
My favorite is The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch - 
the mother / daughter team of Priscilla & Chelsea. Love them!

I loved a piece stitched by Chelsea and finished by Priscilla 
and decided that I had to stitch it right away:

"The Old Red Barn" by Little House Needleworks
It reminded me of the little plaque that I painted in 2000.
(I made the velvet apple pincushions some years back as well.)

The design was created for pumpkins, but I decided to switch it up a bit to focus on apples.
I also switched up a few of the colors and included  them in the pic as well.

Here you can see my color changes a little bit better.

I'm thrilled with this piece and can't wait to fully finish it!

Priscilla and Chelsea are having a stitch along of this great design - 
"Pumpkin Hollow Farms" by Little House Needleworks
You can follow along on Instagram by searching for the hashtag #pcpumpkinhollowfarms.
Priscilla also has a great blog here and both Priscilla and Chelsea are on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also now follow me on Instagram. I usually post there a couple of times a week. 
You can find me at @windingvinedesigns.
I will continue to blog, too. 

Priscilla also posts recipes including one for the Best Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies,
I had to bake them immediately ;)

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares
~Hebrews 13:2

Blessings, Patti

Friday, September 28, 2018

Back So Soon?

Did I make a second trip to Black Cat Stitchery soon after my first?
Why, yes I did lol.

I was up in the area and realized I needed more threads for another project.
But you can't simply walk in, grab your threads and leave, can you?!
There might be something new that you have to see!

In this case it was another trunk show!

So many lovely models.

And beautiful pincushions.

On the right is a lovely antique sampler that she has reproduced.

I purchased two patterns after seeing the models.

And this pattern too. Perfect for stitching this time of year.

And I didn't forget my threads! Even if I was a little sidetracked ;) LOL!

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Silver Lining...

Time keeps flying by me!
Earlier this month, I took a business trip to:

Not my favorite city.
I don't gamble and the excess is a bit much for me.

But we did stay at a lovely hotel.

They had beautiful displays made from flowers.

They reminded me of the Rose Parade.

The tilework was exquisite!

Such talent.
My husband came with as the conference ended on our wedding anniversary.
We thought we would spend the day together before heading home.

My husband does enjoy Las Vegas.
He gambles within reason and enjoys their many golf courses.
On our day together we drove about 30 minutes away from The Strip to this:

Wow! Who knew?! 
Now Red Rock Canyon is my kind of trip!

So beautiful!

Gorgeous views around every bend!

I was excited when I saw this sign and hoped to see a tortoise,
but there were none to be found.
I think they were all taking a siesta.

Beautiful rock formations

Mountains as far as the eye could see.

Vegetation that I'm not familiar with.

We took a few short hikes.

It may be a dry heat, but it is HOT!!!

The hikes were a bit treacherous with the rocks and stones.

This little fellow popped up to say hi.

There were lots of fossils along the way...

I was excited to see the petroglyphs.

Amazing that they have lasted so long and are still here to enjoy.

Sad that so many have chosen to remove them.

On our way back to the hotel, we made a little  stop - 

A nice roomy shop with lots to see.

Some very pretty wool patterns that were new to me.

I tried to take as much in as I could knowing that my husband was waiting in the car ;)

They had a fabulous selection of threads

and wool too.

I was particularly interested in this great display of vintage textiles and trims.

Look at all of these lovelies!
The hexagons from old embroidered table cloths really caught my eye!

I found a few treasures that would fit in my carryon bag. 
I love how they tie bags closed with strips of fabric.

It was time to head home.
I enjoyed the sights from the plane.

I was so happy to head back to our sons and our pups.
There really was a silver lining to traveling to Las Vegas.
I found out that there is a cross stitch shop in Las Vegas too.
I may have to check it out if there is another business trip to Vegas in my future...

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 
~Matthew 7:24-25

Blessings, Patti