Saturday, October 29, 2016

Excited

Oh she has arrived, Alice that is...
I have all to do not to grab the DMC colors and linen and begin to stitch!~ No, I must finish the few projects in the works...must finish the~~~~~ give me the strength oh fairies of mine.  I ordered her through Stitches N Things and she arrive quickly. Great service and I will order from there again. My knitting is coming along, the Hawaiian block is ready for shadow quilting and the Christmas Dresden is waiting for embellishment, Alice must be patient. I will resist her calling to me. We are still having temps in the low 90's...where oh where is Autumn? I must sit outside soon. The birds are flying in and out of the Lanai this morning and chatting away. My plans for this morning really fizzled out....I only did 2 of many tasks. I would rather be knitting or stitching so that is what I am going to do. I have an appointment at 2pm which totally gets in the way of the day....
I have a new addition to my wall....
Isn't he wonderful...Native American made but do not know where it is from. The seller did not know but thought Navaho. I just love him and he is a nice addition to my collection/display.  So glad that many of you enjoyed taking the walk with Mr H and I in the Pumpkin Garden.  We have a pumpkin that is sitting out front...not carve nor painted....just there.  Still trying to convince Mr H to paint it for me. He has created some pretty great pumpkins in the past. I hear the dryer has stopped, so guess I must get the towels out and folded. Good time for another cup of coffee. Thank you for stopping by and most of all thank you for your friendship and kind words. Hope you enjoy a great day.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden


                                                   
On Wednesday Mr H and I visited a favorite seasonal place....
This year they set up wonderful scenes and this guy forgot to close the door!
Just too funny....the faces are exceptional on these pumpkins. We then stopped by the saloon
There are characters all over the front porch and hard to see they are also inside at the bar. This poor fella got sick on whatever brew they gave him
The talent the staff displayed is fun. We got to talk with the 2 carvers who worked on some of the pumpkins...
Such talent....they scrap away instead of actually carving into the pumpkin, keeping the wall in tack. With the heat they also kept spraying with water to prevent drying while carving. As we walked around we found...

A boxing match...look at the face! There was also the mad scientist...
he has many strange green brews. Probably that is what they serve at the saloon! How about this guy...sleeping
it was a little warm in the afternoon sun but he managed to find some shade. Of course his friend decided to sit under the misters...
not a bad way to get some relief. Not sure what he was building. We also took advantage of the misters and found a place or two to sit. On of my favorite characters was this burlap gal
She was standing among pots of flowers and holding a baby. I would love to have her in my yard!
A lovely day to walk among the pumpkins. As we left the garden to go and have lunch, we found a fisherman

I would have loved to sit and put my feet in the pond....but of course that might scare away the fish so off to lunch we went. Glad you came to stroll in the garden and hope you enjoyed it. Thank you for your friendship and kind words. Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Stitching away

Finally finished with the applique part of the Hawaiian block....
next step is to do the shadow quilting around the flowers. Excuse that it is not pressed but I just added the last of my stitches. I have decided that this will be a table topper. Well, to be honest, I think I have decided!And while this was being worked on
I have started the embroidery on the blades of the Dresden wreath. I know it can be difficult to see the stitches..... but I am doing the Chevron stitch and really like how it looks. Simple and not to distracting. The Sulky thread catches just enough light to be glitzy.  I am so enjoying sewing again. I felt I needed a break form cross stitch, not entirely, but just a change right now.  I have a few new fabrics to make a couple more of the Prairie Point ornaments too. Today after Mr H's doctor appointment we plan to drive over to Carefree to The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden. It was great last year and from the looks of the postings it will be great again. I will be sure to post pictures.  Amazing carving and displays. Can you believe it is almost Halloween? We do not get trick or treat kids here in our community. This is the first year Mr H did not put out a pumpkin patch out front. Right now I need a cup of coffee and scrambled eggs. Wish you could share them with me, but still happy you visited today. Thank you for your friendship and kind words. Have a great day.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Skipping Autumn

It is hard to think of Autumn and crisp air when the temps are still in the mid 90s. Yesterday it was 96 and prediction for today is 94. All week it will be in the mid 90s and can it be true? on Thursday maybe 98! Presently it is 71 degrees and warming up. So, I guess working on Christmas could be what I need....
Those lovely prints that I bought the other day will be a Dresden wreath. I am ready for the embroidery and this will be a wall hanging. I completed my ornament, of course I can not show you yet, but it looks cute for a little girl.
This is Natalia Rose and her mommy Elyssa. My niece took the little one to their local park to ride the carousel, something Mr H and I used to do with Elyssa.
This is one of our rides taken in 1995 when she was around the same age as her baby is now. She loved the carousel, changing animals each time--- usually riding for at least 6 rides! She was a delight for us to have for weekend visits. My goal is to continue making Natalia an ornament for as long as I am able to each year.
My plans for today are to work on my Hawaiian block which is almost completely appliqued down. I decided it will be a table topper so now I will think about the backing and maybe a border. Decisions! That is part of the enjoyment, isn't it. Remember Alice, the pattern from Quaker Fantasies? I had requested the Ignore Attic get it for me back on September 14th. Still no call that they have it. I found that I can get it from Stitches N Things now, so I guess that is what I will do. I will give The Attic a call on Tuesday before ordering. Well, time to move on and get a laundry in and fetch the Sunday paper which I heard being tossed against the garage door. It has been nice chatting with you today. Thank you for your friendship and kind words. Have a wonderful day.