Sunday, November 17, 2019

Recent Happenings

I haven't been posting much lately just because life has been getting in the way.  I did manage to finally make the cording for my Halloween Topiary and glue it on. 
 The Bucilla rope floss that I inherited from my Aunt Gerri worked out beautifully. I never knew what I could use it for, but I saved it nonetheless.
I am so pleased with the final result and I found a way to use some stash.

Recently Hubby and I took a short overnight trip to visit our son in Pennsylvania. While we were there we visited Longwood Gardens. There were some pretty fall colors outside.

Most of the loveliness was in the Conservatory though. This first picture is a single chrysanthemum that has many blooms and has been trained into this shape using a cage-like device.
There were gorgeous hanging plants.
As well as floral displays.
Each display included bamboo in some way.
Hubby had me pose next to one of them.
There was also a few larger bamboo sculptures. The photo does not do this immense sculpture justice.
Look at these beautiful flowers! 
Above and below are spider mums.
The colors were fabulous.

There were also bonsai displays.
Isn't the color of the leaves on this tree just gorgeous?
And then there are the mums.
They are getting ready for the holiday season by stringing light displays throughout the gardens.
There is also a topiary garden, but it was closed for the season. Hubby took a picture of my son and I just outside of it. The weather that day was absolutely wonderful.
The next day we went on a short hike in Valley Forge National Historic Park. It is only a few minutes drive from our son's apartment.  I took a picture of my two favorite guys as we were hiking up the mountain.
Here is a look back up the mountain.
Our hike ended on a trail along a river. Aren't the fall colors beautiful.
Right at the end was a covered bridge.
I did manage to complete another little craft item. Do you remember the tulle bows that I made for my daughter's shower?
Well, I took them apart and decided to use the tulle to make dish scrubbies for my daughter. I followed the instructions on this YouTube video and ended up with this. 
I gave it to my daughter this past weekend when she visited and she thought it was a great way to recycle the tulle. I will make a few more from the rest of the blue tulle as well as the white.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I am hoping to get some knitting in today in between grading a class of homework assignments. 

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. That rope looks perfect on your halloween piece and what a wonderful way to recycle the tule.

  2. I love the rope you made for your halloween piece... this will bring you fond memories of all that came together for this project every fall when you bring it out... I love the photos you took while visiting your son! I love the scrubbie you made too! Great job.. love the photo of you in the conservatory too <3 Hiking looks like fun and love the covered bridge!!! Kathi

  3. My neighbor tried to teach me how to do those scrubbies, and I can only get it right when she is sitting with me, LOL!! Love your stitchery.

  4. I like that rope trim on the cross stitch - where would you find that - you said it had been your aunts? most likely with all the needle work stuff- I must mention that to my daughter as she does cross stitch

  5. Love your stitchery. That cord trim just sets it off.

  6. Cathie: I think your finish is perfect.
    It looks like a place I would love with all the beautiful plants and trees in bloom.
    I love hiking in the fall, we have many parks here in our county to choose from.


  7. Your little Halloween project looks lovely! Its a really nice finish. That single plant with all those blooms is amazing.

  8. Your little halloween stitcherylooks very cute and it was perfect with the rope around. Looks like you had a great hike. Thank you for sharing beautiful photos. :-)

  9. The rope floss finish looks great! Very cute Halloween finish. Thanks for the visit to Longwood Gardens. I hope to visit there one day.

  10. I love your fall stitchery and also the way you made it into a stand. You need to do a tutorial for that! Your visit to the gardens sounds wonderful.

  11. Sweet finish on your cross stitch! I'm very intrigued by that; I always struggle with finishing things out. Lots of gorgeous flora; we used to visit Longwood Gardens pretty regularly when I lived in Maryland. We'd always eat at Mendenhall Inn while we were there. Longwood is a beautiful place!!

  12. Love you photos what a wonderful place to visit.
    Love your finish to looks fab .
    Enjoy your new week.

  13. Love seeing you with your son! What a fun visit. You seem to be getting things done while being busy!!

  14. Your trip to the gardens must have been awesome. So many great photo's. The cording really makes it pop. Well done!


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