I bought a whole lot of flowers to plant in pots a couple of weeks ago and I have been slowly doing just that. First the pots that go on my front porch.
Sharing my cross-stitch designs and the many other crafts and hobbies that I love: cross-stitch, crocheting, quilting, knitting, crafting, baking and reading.
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Flowers and stitching
Sunday, May 22, 2022
A notable birthday
Those of you who regularly follow my blog know my mother's dementia story by now so I won't rehash it, but Thursday was my mother's 95th birthday. I took the day off from work and made a lemon meringue pie from scratch for her.
I also went to the fish store and bought some flounder. I made her flounder and mashed potatoes for her birthday dinner. She ate almost all of it which is quite an accomplishement these days.
I had previously contacted as many of my cousins as I could and requested that each of them send her a card for her birthday. She received a total of 12 cards from family and friends.
One of her aides bought the balloons to hang around her bedroom to make it festive. The flowers are from me. She seemed to enjoy her special day.
I am still working on the cross-stitches on Santa. I finished the first border and my son-in-law's name. I ran out of one of the colors in the middle of the name so I had to make a stop at Michaels. I am now working on the final border.
The metallic floss again gave me fits. I have purchased the bees wax and definitely see a difference, but one time the floss shredded as I was bringing it through the beeswax. Really!?
Our son is visiting us this weekend as he had a course to attend for work in Connecticut. He traveled to Long Island via the ferry on Friday.
Yesterday, we went to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay for an "Art in the Park" event that unfortunately wasn't all that interesting. It was more like a glorified craft fair. Don't get me wrong, I love craft fairs, but that was not what I expected. It was nice park with pretty views of Oyster Bay.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Stitch Along Update
It is a good thing that this week is a stitch along update as Santa is the only craft that I have worked on this past week. Three weeks ago was the day after my son's wedding and I was still in California. You can see some photos of the wedding here and of our adventures here.
Here is how Santa looked for the last update three weeks ago.
Santa himself is completely finished as is the bottom border. I have to stitch my son-in-law's name and the top border. Then it is on to the embellishing.
Thank you to Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea for hosting this Stitch Along every three weeks and sending us the needed posting reminders.
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. There is 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.
Avis, Claire, Gun, Con
Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Su
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Lots of crafting!
My crafting mojo has been high. I have been stitching away!
First, I have to show you the progress I have made on Santa.
I have finally finished all the cross stitch on Santa himself.
There are still two borders and my son-in-law's name to cross stitch. Then it is on to backstitching and beads. The end is closer.
When I sit and visit my mother, I often bring this maroon/beige baby quilt to work on. I have marked some of the borders and I get quite a few stitches put in each time I visit. I am just about to turn the corner on this first border.
I have also added some embroidery stitches to this sweet little bib. Isn't she just adorable.
The bib is so soft that it is a breeze to stitch on. I am enjoying watching the picture take shape.
It is Mother's Day here in the US.
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!
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Wedding Trip Part 2
After a six hour flight, we arrived in California on the Wednesday prior to our son's Saturday wedding. We picked up our rental car after waiting on a long, long line and then picked up our daughter and son-in-law from their terminal at SFO airport. From the airport we drove down to Santa Cruz to check in to our rooms at the Inn at Pasatiempo. The inn is literally around the corner from the wedding venue.
We rested the rest of Wednesday except for going out to dinner at a local brew pub.
Thursday morning our son and his then fiancee arrived late morning. First we had to pick up his and hubby's tuxes and then we could enjoy some vacation time.
We took a ride to Point Lobos Nature Reserve in Carmel, CA. It was a cool, windy, cloudy day, but we enjoyed the sights nonetheless.
There were a few flowers to see.
Pepe's Little Napoli restaurant and had a wonderful meal.