Friday, 30 August 2013

Friday Finishes - Hurray!!

 Whew!!! I made it in a flurry of stitches and sticky, hot glue and wool flying everywhere!!

But I finished not one, not two but three of those projects on my list and what I shared with you on Wed.
 All of these items are for sale if anyone is interested - just let me know!
Here's my lil' punkin guy ready for cooler weather with a wooly scarf ~

 All the stitching is done on this x stitch - love the verse and the leaves falling from the tree. OOPS!!!!
I've just spotted an unfinished letter missing 2 x's!!! Better get the needle out quick!

This is the Santa I made the wool coat for~
Please forgive the brightness of the picture - 

Isn't the reindeer toy a great addition to the Santa? This is from Saltbox Primitives.

 I have already more things started so that will give me more to play about with this weekend.

 I believe it is Labor Day weekend for all of my friends in the USA so I wish you all a very happy Labor Day!
Thanks for visiting!

Best wishes

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Whatcha Workin' on

 How did we get to the end of summer holidays, never mind the middle of the week in such a hurry? Even my daughter said these past two months have just sped by faster than ever and she started back to school today.  It's another time of transition and small subtle changes that I find hard to accept in some ways.
But I am so thankful that the Lord has brought us thus far and we are so blessed.

So anyhow, its midweek and I'm just in that befuddled state of having several things on the go and which one to finish????
To make matters worse, I'm trying to do fall AND some Christmas stuff.  I really do love Christmas and couldn't help start this! The wool for the coat is just lovely.

 This is a WIP from last year but I'm determined to finish it before this Dec. 25!!
 And I'm sure you can guess what this is... maybe the color gives it away???
 More light makes it too pale. I mixed some pretty bright orange paint with some dark red and it came out a great pumpkin color.

So that's what I've been working on this Wednesday? 
Hope you have found time to work on some projects too!
I am going to try to post back on Friday with some finishes...we'll see!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Emerald Isle Views

 It's been a lovely last week for us all to be together before school starts back next week.
The weather has been fair so we've been trying to have little trips and fun times together before summer is officially over.

I thought you might like to see where we went on one of our trips this week although please excuse my poor photographs and the hazy weather that day!

We headed along the County Down coast to the ancient ruins of Dundrum Castle built around 1210.
These are the ruins of the Norman fort~

 This is the Keep, the stronghold and highest vantage point of the castle. It is amazing in construction as it is circular. Back then there were no cranes and machines to hoist stones etc. A real feat of engineering without engines!
Even  the narrow spiral staircase was still intact over four stories -

 The views were gorgeous apart from the haze hanging over the bay and valleys.
Typical County Down farmland, fields all marked out by hawthorn hedges.
 Gently rolling drumlins and a patchwork of green

Just managed a few quick cross stitch freebies to keep my hand in the way of it! This Locks and Keys freebie is by  and the Oct 31 is from Aunt Polly's Attic.

You can see why I like it! It has a wee owl in it! I've been seeing them in my sleep recently!

I'm so thankful for everyone who comes for a visit and thank you for all your lovley comments!
Until next time,
Best wishes

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

What a Hoot!

 I've just been having some fun today!  And made a new 'friend'!
As the children were all playing with their friends, I got some chores finished up (and procrastinated on several others!!) And decided to make an owl.  They seem as popular everywhere as they were last year.

I've seen them in jewelry, on cushions and shirts and ceramic ornaments as well as prim patterns.  So here's my Olly owl, a woolie guy for fall, my own pattern.

 His wings are lined with checked wool and I used the same for feathers.
 I had to improvise for eyes and used rusty bells - kinda cute!

Got a couple of cross stitch projects to finish and my, it struck me how quickly you can lose the knack of it - I know what to do but I'm so much slower being out of practice and my fingers seem to cramp up a bit!!

I was thinking the same about my prayer and Bible study time - in the summer there's so much going on that it's easy to let it slide, so I need to practice bending my knees more!

Have a great week, friends!  It's been good to catch up with you all and make new friends!

Best wishes

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Wool Runner all stitched

 So relieved to finish this wool project from the first Primitive Quilts magazine.  It's by Maggie Bonanomi whose patterns I've long admired. But I have to confess I found it hard keeping the momentum going.
I'm impatient like that - when I start I'm so enthusiastic but then if the end is not in sight I can get frustrated with myself and perhaps this one was a trickier piece of work than I bargained for.
 This is where I'm displaying it - it just about fits in under this shelf so I can enjoy a little more summer in here!

 Sunny sunflowers say, 'Celebrate!'   All too soon the children will be back at school so I like hanging on to this time of year.

Have a great week, friends and enjoy your family times together!

Best wishes

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Why, Oh why, didn't I?!!! Prims that got away

 Hi all prim friends and readers!

I was looking back over some of our vacation photos again and reliving the prim highlights for me at least!
I sighed and looked at pieces of furniture and wonderful handmade dolls etc and thought, 'Oh why didn't I try to squeeze more into my suitcase!'

But I did bring home a new runner which fits perfectly on my rustic bench...
And my first piece of genuine redware which very appropriately says America!

Here are some of the wonderful prim stores we visited in Berlin and Shipshewana

I did manage to fit in some of folk artist Tammy Weaver's hand decorated Christmas houses. Her store is in Main St Berlin Ohio.

This next store was Past Times in Shipshewana, Indiana and SIGH how I wished I could bring home the furniture.

Love this Uncle Sam and cute chair! 

Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.  Today hubby and I celebrate 20 years of wedded bliss!! We had a lovely meal together. 

Best wishes and thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Treasures along the way

Hi dear friends!  It's good to be back and I want to begin by sincerely thanking you all for your sweet comments welcoming me back.

So as promised, here are a few of the 'treasures' I brought home from our trip.

A wall hung spice drawer set in mustard and dark red

 A small crock and treenware spoon

A long wide basket - you can never have enough baskets - I think I've brought at least a couple home each time!

Something I'd admired in Country Sampler was the Mason jar with candle holder in it and found this one - it is right at home in this corner shelf


 And I found it so so hard to select patterns and wool at The Country Cupboard - love that place!!

And I was really pleased to find Civil War reproduction Indigo fabric Woohoo! I LOVE this!

 I have lots to be getting on with as you can see, and I have been working on a summer wool piece so I'm hoping to be able to show you it next week! 

Thanks so much for your visit!
Best wishes