Friday, April 18, 2014

Let's go on a Treasure Hunt

Welcome to the year's Easter's Treasure Hunt blog hop. While trying to think of what to stitch, I looked in my craft closet and there he was.

I stitched this over...... let's think, probably around 25 years ago. I hve no clue as to the designer, I know it was DMC and it was linen, but that is all I know. I remember liking it so I made it adding the ceramic bees to it...the first time I made changes to a design. I hope he makes you smile too. Jo has this all set up so you can visit all of us who are wishing you a Happy Easter.
My letter is H and your next stop will be to visit with  
     Clare at  http://aimetu-clare.blogspot.co.uk/
Glad you stopped by and I hope you have a great day.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I got mail

A beautiful day is starting here...sun shining, waiting for another cup of coffee to brew. I guess you do not know this about me.... I brew one mug of coffee at a time...I hate coffee that has been sitting awhile. The only time that I brew more is when I want some left for iced coffee and I love my iced coffee. I must get to the post office this morning. I have an Easter package to mail out to 3 children back in Rhode Island. I don't mind if they get it a day late....I am sure they will not care. Yesterday I got mail...a RAK from Deborah...
wow...a Shepherd's Bush Autumn pattern, buttons lace trim, fabric flowers owl print fabric and the Tulip Pin pillow that I loved from her blog post! I love the pretty sheer red with gold roses pouch that the beads were in.... and a note from her with tea pots on it. She certainly knows what I like. I am so lucky to have this package...thank you Deborah...wish I had an email addy for her, but I will also post to the Random Acts of Kindness blog so hopefully she will know how happy she made my day.
Do you know about the Easter Treasure Hunt   that Jo organized? Well be sure to return here tomorrow for my post and a link of the other posts. Bee update: The Pest Control guy came and sprayed the nest...said it is very large and he hopes they got it all. He also said that only 75% of the bees are home at any given daylight time.... who knew! I am happy to share some time with you, thank you for visiting and the kind words which make my day. Hope you have a wonderful day too.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Middle of the month...middle of the week

I love Wednesdays...  not sure why. It is my day off, it is the half way of the week, and today it means the month of April is half way over. I began to post yesterday, but then got sidetracked. I do not know how or what, but I never made it to the computer. Did you miss me? Are you wondering about my Arizona Bound story? Well, as for the story, shortly I will continue with the May part of it.
I have been so busy. All Is Well is almost stitched and I am planning my finish. Doll is coming along nicely and the Thistle tatting too.  I must say the quilt is looking pretty good. I am embroidering 5 squares on the white fabric. Totaling enjoying this project.
These petunias are a lovely surprise... Mr H did not plant them. They are appearing all over the backyard in the brick cracks. This is the first to bloom. What a treat. We are being careful not to step on them, hence the watering can is placed to protect it. The seed from former plants have spread here and there with the wind.Right now the yard is ablaze with color and the bees are happy and the hummingbird has his choice of nectar. Speaking of bees.... we found a fairly large bee nest in one of the shrubs just outside the courtyard on the sidewalk.  No spraying has worked. I called our Pest control company and they will be out today to deal with it. I hate to destroy nature's creatures, but this could be potentially dangerous. Just this morning on the local news they reported a young man was stung 35 times. Although the ones in our yard never bother us, these present a different situation and I am not taking chances as they 2 feet away from  the path where we walk. Well friends, time to get one laundry out of the dryer and the next one in. Of course I want to return to my stitching also. Thank you for chatting with me and I hope you have a great day.
Love is the flower you let grow.
John Lennon

Sunday, April 13, 2014

On the work table

There is a smell of rain in the morning air. We all know here in The Valley most likely there will be no rain...just a hint of it. The sun is just starting to shine and warm the air. Forecast is for cooler weather today... under the 90 mark. Mr H and I have no specific plans for today, but here is what is on the table in my room....

Tatting, cross stitch and fabric. I have added another spoke to the Thistle motif... 3 to go before the dreaded connection. I decided to just take my time with this one.
Then there is a cross stitch.... do you recognize it? I guess it would not be easy with how I picture it...but it is All is Well With My Soul, the freebie from By The Bay Needleart. Ah, new fabric! All will be in one project...sort of a secret right now. Although the person receiving it does not read my blog as far as I know... still mum for now.
I am so pleased with this selection.... it is just what I was hoping to find. Susan from Arizona Quilts was so helpful when I explained my project.  No, the purchase was not at Jo Ann's. They just did not have what I needed. I am  a bit nervous to start this as I am not really a quilter. I was taught the basics and made a few quilts many years ago with the help of a fantastic quilter named Beatrice Angell. The quilts we made were all for raffles and raised money for the Activity Fund of the nursing facility where I worked and her mom was a resident. I picked a simple pattern and of course you know me... I am making changes. This time there will be no beads added! Some hand embroidery and definitely color and fabric changes...  Just look at the fabulous prints. Some Southwest with a bit of girly print. Are you wondering yet??? Mr H is a little skeptical about the matching of the fabric. I bet some of you are too..... I plan to start cutting tomorrow. Measure twice cut once, or in my case measure 4 times hopefully cut once!
Today is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week....I am not a religious person but I do follow and repect the Catholic Church teachings. I tell you this so you will not be expecting a religious notation, just a quick story of when I was just a 7 year old. Mom, sis and I returned from church service with our palm. As was our custom we would visit with Grandma and Papa and the aunts and uncles and give them a piece of our palm. As Lynowl and I sat separating the strips of palm, mom could hear us..."this is for ....and this is for...." She asked... "I did not hear you say one for daddy" to which I promptly replied, these are for our relatives, he is not a relative, he is our daddy". You see, the nuns had said to share with our relatives, she said nothing about daddies.
Glad you came to visit today....your friendship is treasured. Have a great day.... and remember daddies are relatives!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

As the sun sets in the West

I just read through my newest book on Stump-work...ugh.... going to take some learning... but I know I am ready, or will be.... maybe next week I can fit it in... maybe. I just can't help myself. I see all these wonderful needle-crafts and my eyes convince my hands to buy. It's all Ester's fault and that's my story and I am sticking to it! I am still like a kid with the runny nose... it is not a fun way to work. My hands are so dry from all the sanitizing washing. We can't use hand lotion while cutting fabric so as not to stain it, so once home I apply lotion constantly...just a big circle. Mr H is feeling much better since stopping the new medication. He will be seeing an Orthopedic surgeon in a couple of weeks... maybe he will have some answers. It is tough to get old sometimes! Did I hear you ask about the Thistle tatting? I finally figured out what was wrong, so I have started it over and I am taking my time. I have a plan for the 2 pieces that I can not use as a motif...you will see them this weekend if I can do as I am thinking. I have added more to the Doll stitching. I thought about a picture update, but I will wait on that. I am getting ready to mail a Bunny Box gift out to 3 children back in RI. and I am trying to send a few RAKs out too. I make myself tired just typing about it all!
Is this not just a beautiful sun setting picture? This is what we saw as we returned home from dinner last evening..... I am always in awe of the skies here. Oh I know, skies are beautiful everywhere. But sometimes with the mountains or the palm trees they are like picture post cards. I just never tire of looking up day or night. Then there is the wildlife.... just last week, while walking home from our HOA meeting, one of the gentleman called for me to wait so he could walk me home since it was dark. If he had not held me up for that minute, I would have walk right into 2 coyotes who were crossing my path. We were so close, a few more steps and I would be saying excuse me!
Arizona Bound
May something, 2004.
EAch time we vaction in Arizona we stay at the Hilton at Tapitio Cliffs. The view from this resort is magnificent. The entire place is built into the side of a mountain. Each time I wanted to stay and not return to RI. This time we are here on business.... need to find an apartment. I had been researching places on the computer so now we just need to visit them to really see them. The first one said the combined weight of our two small pooches was over the limit. Now really, a schnauzer who was 18 lbs and a pug who was 20 lbs.... well we did not really like it there anyway. The receptionist suggested a place we never thought of. The complex which was right next to our lovely resort! They were only too happy to have Sherlock and Zoe move in with us. We picked out 2 possible apartments that were expected to be vacant within our time frame. How easy was that. This all in the first day of looking. Meant to be. The rest of the week was going to be vacation time....yippee. This time we returned to RI knowing that the next time in Arizona would be living there. I will not bore you with all the month... there were the comments that vacationing and living there would be different---how could we be doing this at our age----. My sister Lynowl had one day of hysterics about my leaving. My mother was still in disbelief. Brother Alan was quiet about it. I did not listen because in my heart I knew this was the right thing to do at the right time. Another line to cross off the lists. There were a few new things to add to the lists...when would I stop adding? 
Thanks for following along on our journey. Thank you too, for the kind words. I have learned a very valuable lesson in my life.....