Sunday, July 25, 2021

Santa Progress

This is where Santa was on the last update.

I have finally finished the grey stitching on Santa's beard. Filling in the white floss will happen later as I don't want all of that white getting dirty. Once all the other stitching is done, I will work my way through the white. 

I have also started working on the bow on the gift that Santa is holding.

Yesterday, I bought a few perennial plants. I had wanted to get a bunch at the end of Spring, but hurting my shoulder put all that on hold. I made a quick trip to a local nursery and bought a lavendar plant,

 some purple Salvia

and  two Gazania. The last plant is new to me, but I think will bring a nice pop of yellow where I planted them. 

My tiger lily now has all 5 blooms open. I am loving it!


This week Hubby and I took a day trip out to the North Fork of Long Island. We visited a farm stand and Marcari Vineyard.
We enjoyed a bottle of chardonnay, a charcuterie tray  and a pretty view at the vineyard.



It was a really nice day away from the house.

Thanks so much to Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea for hosting this Stitch Along every three weeks.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take some time to visit the other talented bloggers below who are part of this stitch-along. You will see a wide variety of stitching projects. These talented stitchers are from all over the world so please allow for the time differences and check back for each post. 

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathy

MargaretCindyHeidiJackie, SunnyMegan,

 Deborah, ReneeCarmelaSharonDaisy,

 AnneAJ, LauraCathieLindaHelen  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

I have been cutting out the green fabric for the Log Cabin Star quilt. I need to cut 9 different shapes.  For each shape I need 6-7 pieces of each of 32 different green fat quarters. I have cut 9 different fabrics so far.

I am using a wide variety of fabrics with dusty green, blue green and teal

I have added some stitches to my secret stitching and some rows to my baby blanket. Here is a sneak peek of the secret stitching. I am working on finishing all the colors in this rose.

I recently finished reading "The Island House" by Nancy Thayer and "A Cup of Silver Linings" by Karen Hawkins. I really liked both of these books. Now I am reading "Nights in Rodanthe" by Nicholas Sparks.

My tiger lily has started to bloom and it is gorgeous!

I have many more flowers to share with you from Hubby and my recent trip to Longwood Gardens with our son. You can find that photo heavy post here.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I think I will spend some time stitching Santa today.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Pennsylvania visit

Last weekend Hubby and I made a short trip to visit our son in Pennsylvania. He lives in a fairly new apartment building in King of Prussia. He is using his balcony for a small garden. His tomato plant looks much better than either of mine. 


This is the view of the courtyard of his apartment building from his balcony.

On Sunday we drove to Longwood Gardens. We had gone there once before in the Fall which was wonderful. The gardens in the Spring are magnificent though. Here are some photos for you to enjoy. There are a lot of photos and a couple of videos. The best video is the last one.

My son was taking photos of the flowers to send to his fiancee.

Along the garden walk, the flowers were grouped by color. Below is the pink/purple area.



Some of the plants are bolder than others.
I love trailing vines.


The plant below is called Angels Trumpets and we saw it in yellow, white and pink/coral. It is quite impressive to see in person.
As you can see we made it to the red section below.
We got a photo of the two of us. Yay! Look at all those gorgeous flowers.
I never found out what kind of tree is below, but it was so very pretty.


Below is the yellow version of the Angel's Trumpets.


Below is a few videos of the Italian Water Garden. I loved seeing the water pour down the staircase.



It was nice to cool off walking through a wooded area with pretty ferns...

and a redwood tree.

There were two different fountain shows while we were there. The first was very nice and was accompanied by music and an informational narration. 
The second show was all music and quite impressive. I have included a video below.

I hope you all get to visit Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania someday. I would like to return around Christmas as it is supposed to be a festival of lights at that time. 

Thanks for stopping by!










Sunday, July 11, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Hubby and I celebrated 36 years of wedded bliss by going out to dinner for the first time since February 2020. We enjoyed a couple of cocktails then a delicious dinner.

 Dessert was a shared tiramisu.

I have been busy this past week cutting the fabric pieces needed for the quilt I have planned for my daughter and her husband. I finally finished cutting the beige fabrics. 

I have managed to find quite a variety of beige fat quarters.

Each of those baggies have almost 200 pieces with one having almost 800. Whew! Now I have to cut the green fabrics. There are almost as many pieces needed and almost all of them have a 45 degree angle on one end. This is going to take a while. I am not even sure I have all of the green fabric that I need, but I will get started on cutting and then figure out if I need more. 

I haven't worked on Santa at all this week as I have been concentrating on the secret stitching. 

I have been adding rows to the Butterfly Baby Blanket when watching TV. Hubby and I have a short overnight road trip planned. I will bring this blanket with me to work on in the car. 

I have been reading a lot. I recently finished "6 Rainier Drive" by Debbie Macomber and "The Clockmaker's Daughter" by Kate Morton. The first is such an easy read and I am enjoying working my way through this series. I enjoyed "The Clockmaker's Daughter", but found it a little dark and depressing. 

I am currently reading "The Island House" by Nancy Thayer. This is yet another book delving into family and friend relationships. I am enjoying it though I am not going to rave about this book. 

I received good news on Friday. My shoulder is getting better. Although it isn't fully healed as yet, I no longer need to wear the sling and I can start driving. Physical therapy must wait until after my next appointment in 4 weeks. Progress.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy Fourth!

It is Independence Day here in the USA. My shoulder has prevented me from dragging out the box with my patriotic decorations. I usually have swags on my front porch. Hubby will hang our flag out front though. At least I have a new decoration for inside my house.

Last summer I finished stitching this Fourth of July cross-stitch, but I never made it into a finished decoration. I remedied that this past week. 

Isn't that patriotic bunny adorable? This is from the June/July 1998 Crafting Traditions magazine. It is mounted on mat-board with fabric that I had in my stash added to the mat-board frame. Do you see the ribbon that I used for the hanging loop? Don't ask me why I saved such a small piece of ribbon, but that was the entire piece of red/white/blue striped ribbon that I had saved in my ribbon box. It worked perfectly for a hanger.

I have spent a good deal of time cross-stitching since school ended. So much so that I aggravated the arthritis in my thumbs and have had to stop the last couple of days. Here is how Santa looked for the last Stitch Along update. 

 I have since managed to add lots of stitches to Santa's beard and finished the holly. All of the light grey that outlines his beard is completed and I am now working on finishing the darker grey that also outlines the beard. There was some frogging at the bottom yesterday as I was one stitch off. Ugh!

I am looking forward to the beard outline being completed, because then I will start working on the gift that Santa is holding and add a bunch more color. 


Thanks so much to Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea for hosting this Stitch Along every three weeks.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take some time to visit the other talented bloggers below who are part of this stitch-along. You will see a wide variety of stitching projects. These talented stitchers are from all over the world so please allow for the time differences and check back for each post. 

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathy

MargaretCindyHeidiJackie, SunnyMegan,

 Deborah, ReneeCarmelaSharonDaisy,

 AnneAJ, LauraCathieLindaHelen  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

School is out! Summer Vacation.

Last Sunday we celebrated Father's Day with a walk with our son at a local waterfront park. Our daughter had visited the weekend before. 

School is out as of Friday. I don't go back to work until the last day of August. Oh the crafting plans that I had for the summer that will now have to be scaled down due to my shoulder injury. How sad. I was supposed to have another appointment with my orthopedist this coming Friday, but his office called and said he would be out all week and postponed my appointment by a week. I want to get started on physical therapy. That being said, I have been doing the exercises that I was given and my arm/shoulder is getting stronger every day. It still gets tired when I do too much cross-stitching though. Then again, my other forearm starts aching when I do too much also. I do have to be happy that I can now type this post using both hands. So much easier.

I have been working on my secret stitching and Santa a whole bunch this week.Here is a peek at the secret stitching.

Do you see the beige shading off to the left? Well I had completed a bunch of it near the top of the piece and was surprised by how dark it looked compared to the photo on the kit. I checked and double checked that I used the correct floss. What I didn't notice was that it was only supposed to be stitched with one strand of floss. Needless to say, I did a whole lot of frogging this past week and then I couldn't rest until I put all those stitches back in and finished some more. Now at least it looks like it is supposed to and I am pleased that I caught that mistake. 

Here is where Santa is. You may not notice much progress, but I have added a pale blue (almost light grey) to the fur on Santa's hat near the holly and I added more swirls to his beard. 

I have also been knitting the Butterfly Baby Blanket while watching Mets baseball games, Islander's hockey games (sadly over now) and US Olympic trials in various sports. It has grown a decent amount with all those sports.

My daylilies have begun to bloom. Always so pretty around my deck. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, June 20, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 


Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband. I don't know what I would do without his help right now. He has always been a wonderful father to our children. 

I have been steadily working on the Santa Stocking lately. He has the holly on his hat now and some more of the red hat too.


I have also been making very good progress on the Butterfly Baby Blanket.

When we are watching the New York Islanders in the hockey playoffs or a New York Mets baseball game I can actually knit up to 4 rows at one go. That is why it is growing so quickly.

My shoulder is feeling much better. I have a couple of exercises to do each day. One is just walking my fingers up the wall while in a warm shower. I can measure my progress by the tiles on the wall. The other is where I bend at the waist and hang my arm straight down then try to swing it a little bit front to back and left to right. This is somewhat painful as I am doing it, but eases once I stop. I have to work up to three times a day. I started on twice a day yesterday. I will do that for a week and then add once more. I go back to the doctor in two weeks. I still haven't tried driving as I am not supposed to be raiding my arm at all.

Hubby set up my wind spinner this week. We took down an overgrown evergreen in this spot last summer and were going to look for another tree to plant. For now the windspinner will take up this space. We want to get a new fence prior to planting a tree. That fence is 20+ years old and starting to rot. It is time.

My Kousa dogwood has been in bloom. I really love that tree.


Hubby treated me to wine and appetizers on our front porch one late afternoon this week. It was a gorgeous day. Not too hot, not too cool. Perfect for porch sitting.


I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I think Santa will get some attention today as our son is visiting for Father's Day and can't see my secret stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Stitch Along and Shoulder Updates

I really did not expect to be able to post an update for quite some time following my shoulder injury. Here it is, 3 weeks later and I am so happy to be able to cross-stitch a little more each day. Following my orthopedist visit on Friday, I am now allowed to remove my sling during the day for as long as I am comfortable. I also no longer have to sleep with it on. He gave me a couple of really basic exercises to do once a day to start getting my arm and shoulder more flexible. I can't straighten my arm at the elbow just yet. At my next appointment in 3 weeks he will give me a few more exercises to do before I even start rehab. 

All that being said, here is where Santa was on my last update.

This is how he looks now. I have added some more red to his hat and started on the holly.

Thanks so much to Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea for hosting this Stitch Along every three weeks.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take some time to visit the other talented bloggers below who are part of this stitch-along. You will see a wide variety of stitching projects. These talented stitchers are from all over the world so please allow for the time differences and check back for each post. 

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathy

MargaretCindyHeidiJackie, SunnyMegan,

 Deborah, ReneeCarmelaSharonDaisy,

 AnneAJ, LauraCathieLindaHelen  

Thanks for stopping by!