Coming up on Halloween

Kitted projects

Kitted projects

Halloween is one of the best holidays we celebrate each year, starting on October the first.  After a Halloween event at the zoo on the first, we attended a plant sale the second weekend.  Halloween Legos abound around the house and in the display cabinets.  Cupcakes with spiders and tombstones are served for dessert and glow-in-the-dark painted water jugs line the porches.  Trick or treat will be the last on our list, then home for Halloween supper and Lego building.  I will be sitting and watching from my recliner, recovering from eye surgery.  Halloween will be over for another year.

This month, I have kitted up over 25 cross stitch charts, had 5 done for me by the lovely people at Heaven and Earth Designs, and still have about 10 to go.  While I can’ see to stitch, I can see to prepare things for the day I am given the go ahead.  I have 5 projects framed and ready to stitch for the Embroiderers Guild Master Craftsman Program.  Everything is ready, but I’m not.  It is so frustrating.

After another round of surgery the first week in November, I will be chewing at the bit to get back to my stitching.  I hope that at the end of November, along with new glasses, I will be back in the groove. I have some presents to finish for Christmas, so I will be getting a late start on them – some sewing, some cross stitch.

I am one who only fixes a complete dinner two times a year – at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Those are the times I make traditional dishes and cook for two days before each holiday, with a menu of turkey, duck, goose, ham, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, dressing, cranberry fruit salad, baked potatoes, beans, corn on the cob, peas, sweetened carrots, cranberry sauce, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and any other thing we like.  In the morning, we watch the parades and after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, I plan to sit and stitch while others watch TV or play with presents.

Getting Ready for October

It is becoming more fall-like as the days pass.  Huntsville Botanical Gardens have the annual fall plant sale tomorrow.  I am always pleased at the selection they have and at the amount we bring home.  Constellation Con in Huntsville starts the 16th for all you miniature gamers which leaves me as caretaker to a little one for 3 days.  Probably that will not be conducive to getting much accomplished in Stitchy world.  I think some baking is in order those days.

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year.  We started the celebrations this past week-end with the opening of Birmingham Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo.  Saturday’s attempt was cancelled due to the fact that the zoo sits high above sea level and was in the middle of a rain-heavy cloud which drenched us with tiny droplets of moisture which fell as very small raindrops.  When they announced the cancellation, we left to find that a few miles away where the altitude was not so high, the clouds were just clouds and there was no rain.  We tried again Sunday afternoon and a good time was had by all.  Unfortunately, yours truly had to sit in the car with an iPad.  Walking has become a chore.

The end of the month will find me in cataract surgery so very little stitching will be done until I get new glasses at the end of November.  I am regulated to kitting up charts and doing a small amount of sewing for Christmas.  It has become hard to do any closeup work of any kind.

Until then, I hope your Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays are the best.

 

Beginning of Fall

Yesterday, I received three packages from Heaven and Earth Designs – 1 regular sized Snowman and Feathered Friend and 2 super sized cross stitch kits – Snow and Secret Garden. Awesome! I intend to frame these cross stitch kits up in November for a few years of stitching.

Yesterday, I received three packages from Heaven and Earth Designs – 1 regular sized Snowman and Feathered Friend and 2 super sized kits – Snow and Secret Garden. Awesome! I intend to frame these cross stitch kits up in November for a few years of stitching. Right now, I am working on two projects for the Embroiderers Guild of America’s Master Craftsman program which needto be mailed by October 20th. I have completed 4 projects this year and turned them in for judging. It has been a busy past six months.image image image

These are the cross stitch kits prepared for me by Heaven and Earth Designs.

Right now, I am working on two projects for the Embroiderers Guild of America’s Master Craftsman program which need to be mailed by October 20th. I have already completed 4 projects this year and turned them in for judging. One received a “Pass” which I am very proud of.  I am awaiting to hear from the other three.  It has been a busy past six months.

After the next two projects are mailed in October, I can start on sewing and stitching Christmas presents and organizing my craft rooms.  Pictures to follow as each area is completed.

One-Quarter Year Gone

I had to stop this morning and ask myself where has the time gone.  Already, a quarter of the year is gone which is either good or bad.  I can look at the time past since my last post in two ways:  I was so busy with life that time sped faster than I realized or I was so busy stitching that the time went by before I noticed it.  Both answers equally apply.

When last I posted, it was winter cold, but now it is Summer-like warm at 80 degree days.  Spring, it seems, has passed us by and Summer is upon us.  During the past three months, I finished the Sulky Teacher Certification course; attended a wonderful Gold Work class with master Gold Thread artist, Alison Cole from Australia; continue working on the  Master Craft courses with the EGAUSA and am stitching in a smocking class.

Since January, I had had the joy of celebrating two family birthdays, a wedding anniversary and several other memorable life events.  As Summer heats up, I will retreat inside to my studio  and stitch my fingers off.

Happy Times to all!

Beginnings

 

Like many new bloggers, I have spent years following the works of others through their blogs.  It is enjoyable to read so many blogs and be amazed at the work of many talented  people. I hope this blog will be a place to share my work with others and perhaps share thoughts and ideas on many topics I find interesting.    I do not have as much time as I would like to have to work on projects, so postings may be intermittent at best.
Ann Morland