Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - Leaded Window

I love this version of a leaded window. The picture was taken in London on a walkabout.

Hop on over to for some fun outdoor photos and stories.

Monday, September 5, 2011

It's raining - Yeehaa :)

We've had some pretty solid rain since yesterday. So refreshing. It's also cold enough to open up the windows and air out our house.
While my son was playing volleyball this morning I went for a walk round our chapel grounds and took some photographs.
Here's my autumn inspiration photos for this week. We have lots of trees in the Nashville area that lose their bark. I love them.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Celebrate Color to find out what it's all about.

Well now that school is back in session I am so ready for the glories of autumn to arrive with all the crisp weather and rich colors of the season. Okay so leaves and plants will be dying off but I'll be able to stitch again without my needle slithering out of my fingers :)
During September, October and November a lovely group of artistic/crafty ladies are celebrating with lots of projects, tutorials, contests and prizes. If, like me, you have become a puddle in the summer heat and humidity this might be just the thing to get in the sewing groove again. Thanks to Rachel (Stitched in Color), Emma (Emma Lamb), Mollie (Wild Olive) and Shannon (luvinthemommyhood).

I have lots of autumnal colors in my fabric, threads, patterns, books, pencils, paints etc. Once we get back from dropping our daughter off at the MTC in Provo, Utah I plan on "taking back" my sewing room and creating again.
My inspiration fall photo was taken last year at Belle Meade Plantation. I'll be going there again soon. We also live right beside the Natchez Trace. Maybe this is the year to tackle the scenic drive that I hear a lot about from others.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Magic Feather Project

Here's an interesting sloooooow recyclable project, to help children, for those of you who like to hand stitch (and might be interested in helping out). It's being organized by Jude Hill at Spiritcloth.
Here's the link for the story and requirements Jude has already received some interesting blocks so go take a look.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - Historic Kirtland

Late summer last year we went to northern Ohio for a vacation. One of our stop off points was Historic Kirtland. Great place, with a lot of interesting history. I love all the attention to detail that can be seen everywhere.

Thanks to Susan @ for hosting this weekly fun event.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - Cucumbers

We tried growing cucumbers for the first time this year. They were growing nicely and the one "cuke" we ate tasted lovely. All of a sudden "poof" the plants started to wilt and die :(  Everything else seems to be growing well thus far.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - Buckingham Palace Detail

One of the things I really enjoy about traveling around Britain is having the opportunity to look at old stonework details. This one belongs to Buckingham Palace. It always pays to look upwards :)
As always pop on over to to find out what some other outdoor participants have been doing.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Finished project - Christmas ornament

It's getting to that time of year where I really need to be thinking about making some Christmas presents or they will never get done.
Wonder of wonders I got something finished this week-end. I have two quaker cross-stitch snowflakes left over from last year and I had been staring at them and some fabric all week.
Small 4"x4" ornament ...... but done is done. Now to tackle some more items that are in my "to be finished drawer" :)

I turned the other one into a 5"x5" pincushion. 14ct. Aida is just the right size for ready made pin holes :) (My sewing/cutting table is covered in fabric and pattern pieces for the skirt in the background that my daughter is making.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - getting ready for the Olympics

Looks like the statues surrounding the fountain outside Buckingham Palace are already "ahead of the games". They have their own torch, laurel wreaths, and well honed athletes & swimmers already in place :)

They have already been practicing their winning flag ceremony.

Her Majesty has the best seat available with remarkable access to the sprinting events.

Enough of my whimsy, there is a lot of building work going on in Britain for the Summer 2012 Olympic games. Lots of building cranes in evidence in London and some surrounding areas. It's going to be fabulous.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Blog inspiration - Beedeebabee

Greetings from hot and steamy Nashville. We are under a heat advisory and the cooling stations opened yesterday.
My son and one of his friends are off an a Scout High Adventure trip and we are hoping they are able to be in plenty of shade.
Daughter #1 is filling in the gaps on her clothing list as she prepares for her mission call to the California San Fernando Spanish speaking mission.

Since I am learning how to bead and giving some thought to felting I thought I would share one of my favorite "inspiration" blogs. Paulette from Beedeebabee does amazing artwork. She is on hiatus for a while but has left her blog open so we can still visit and drool :)
I love her hearts and they range from simple to romantic to crazy quilting to Mary Engelbreit in style. Paulette loves the artist Lisa Lectura.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Santa Sack Swap 2011

I am participating in a 6 month long swap hosted by Cheryll at
Our "sack" and first gifts had to be sent out at the beginning of July. I am swapping with Pat B. at I sent her a postcard while I was in Scotland.
Her package to me arrived last night and has a re-usable theme. I already have some ideas about how to re-use the "sack" :)

Hopefully my package has arrived. It also has a "loose" re-usable theme, some of which will become more apparent after Christmas :)

My "sack" looks like an envelope when it is shut and measures about 14"x14".
We are not allowed to open the packages till Christmas so I will put Pat's bag in a safe place in my sewing room.

Thanks to Cheryll for hosting this event. If you click on the link in my side bar you should be able to visit some of the other sacks over the next few days. Some of the ladies are sending their gifts monthly, others are doing it all at once.
(Don't forget to visit the next installment of Stitched Sunday. It's all about back stitch and needles.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - Where The Wild Things Grow

Wildflowers growing in crevices always look more interesting when they are at an historic building (Stirling Castle is in the background.)
As always hop on over to to see what some other participants have been posting about today.
I hope those of you that celebrated it had a wonderful 4th of July. This Brit had the opportunity to sing in two concerts :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Stitched Sunday

If you have not already seen it Helen Stubbins has started doing a Stitched Sunday project for everyone to learn (or re-learn) basic hand embroidery stitches. It's a needle-case and looks interesting.

To find out whats happening click on the link in my sidebar.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - The King's Knot

One of the first places we visited when we were in Scotland was Stirling Castle. This is one of my favorite views - "The King's Knot" know locally as "The Cup and Saucer". It is located on the Dumbarton Road near King's Park. This is what is left of a 16th century garden that was (supposedly) built on the site of a medieval jousting arena. The whole area that you see in the photograph was originally part of an extensive royal hunting ground c. 12th thru 17th centuries.
There are two very distinct sections to the King's Knot. The lower section was a "parterre" (a system of hedges, paths and flower beds) and the raised 9 ft high, section was a characteristic feature of gardens in the 16/17th centuries. According to old records there was hedges and canals in the Knot. Renovations and alterations have been done over the centuries.
Historic Scotland looks after the Knot and recently provided a grant (along with Stirling City Heritage Trust) for a geophysical survey to be taken. The aim is to try and find out more about this landmarks ancient history and maybe what "lies below".

Friday, June 3, 2011

Greetings From Scotland

Our trip to Scotland is fast drawing to a close and we have been busy little tourists :)
Today has been the first full day of wonderful weather so we took my mother to a couple of local gardening centers. She is the main reason we are here. She has been having MRI's, biopsies and other tests done, which have been quite tiring (and stressful) for her. She goes to see the specialist next week and we will know at that point what can, or cannot, be done for her.
Scotland has been experiencing some rough weather so we have not been able to get to some of the areas we wanted to visit. Having said that what we did see was enjoyable.
So where have we been?
Various parts of Stirlingshire since that's where my side of the family live.
Stirling Castle
Wallace Monument
Smith Art Gallery
Dunblane Cathedral
Glasgow (twice) - shopping, Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Museum and a general walk around the center of Glasgow
Scone Palace/Perth
Edinburgh (twice) - Royal Scottish Academy, Canongate Church, Museum of Edinburgh, Queens Gallery, People's Story, Scottish Parliament Buildings, Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, St. Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile and shopping
Blackford Highland Games
Hopefully all our photographs will turn out and I can share some of them at a later date.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Going on vacation

I'm heading off to Scotland tomorrow for a few weeks. I have three hand sewing  projects in my carry-on case. We have a 4 hour layover in Toronto so maybe a few stitches will get done while we wait :)

My parents live not too far from this fine castle (Stirling). There is a big event going on there a few days before we come home and hopefully we will be able to get tickets for it. We plan on spending a goodly amount of time in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - the Cicadas are coming

The 13 year cycle Cicadas are starting to come up out of the ground by the corner of our house. The whole area looks like it's moving, which is quite interesting to see. Cicadas are relatively harmless but when they land on you it can feel somewhat creepy seeing two red eyes staring at you.

Our large tree is slowly getting covered with Cicadas nymphs getting ready to molt. There's a goodly amount of their cast-offs at the bottom of our tree.

These ones have molted and are drying out.

While I don't mind the Cicadas too much I think I will be happy to leave them behind for a wee while when I leave for Scotland next week.
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And just to end on a pretty note. The weather has gotten hot all of a sudden and this morning my lilies bloomed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday - a flower :)

Our yard/garden has been devoid of much flowery evidence thus far. Our Columbine is in full bloom and the Iris are just starting.

We are in the middle of re-arranging some beds again. One of the forsythia bushes is now gone and we are creating this little flower area by our back steps. Just have to put in some more perrenials, annuals and mulch.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Edythe Anne's Heart - part 2

It's moving along. The basic heart is now complete (with a few personal modifications) and I am adding the "bling". My favorite part of the whole process so far has been ........

the flower

My most useful ... could not do the project without ...... tool has been my beading needle. I'm about going cross eyed doing all my "just because I can" beading but it will be worth the effort.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Edythe Anne's Heart - all thumbs

Edythe Anne sent me the PDF pattern and kit to make one of her hearts. (One of the gifts I won at OWOH 2011). I'm trying to make it but I confess I am all thumbs. Trying to hold batting in place round the wire heart form and hand sew fabric at the same time just got me frustrated. Sooooo I rethought the process.

I cut some narrow strips of batting and wrapped them round the heart form. I cut a longer piece of fabric, folded it to find the center, and starting at the top of the heart I am working my way round to the bottom. Instead of trying to hold everything together as I sew I have pinned everything down. Now I can spend some time getting my hand stitching done without getting frustrated :) Since my heart might be getting viewed from the back all the fancy bits are going to be stitched on top of the seam.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jerry Kreinik - a legend in his lifetime

He will be missed by many. I think he will be missed the most by the children he helped learn to read and stitch.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Hearts For Christchurch

Grab your needles, thread and fabric. A world wide event has started to explode into action. Hearts, hearts, and more hearts and you can help.
Please support Evie Harris in her endeavor to provide a heart to as many Christchurch residents as possible. There also might be an exhibition ..... how cool is that !!!!!
I have a stack ready to stitch together.
Hop on over to to find out what you can do and where to send.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Condolences- The Primitive Needle

Condolences to the family of The Primitive Needle designer and owner Lisa Roswell. She was swept away in her car on the way to work and her body was recovered out of Lake Huron yesterday. Her daughter Mariah has left a message at

Newspaper reports can be found at
We should also keep dispatcher Tacy Bond in our prayers as she tries to recover from the trauma of this accident.