Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Greeting

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas Season 
May your New Year be filled with joy and happiness and unlimited stitching!
I'm planning on getting in lots of trouble on the stitching front wish me luck, if anyone needs enabling  I'm your man and would be more then happy to help you out on that front, jut drop me a line and the enabling will begin.
Joy to all!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fabric Sharing

Fabric Sharing
So I have been cleaning out my linen box and separated it all into counts with a nice separate box for each, but at the end of all my sorting I found that I had some nice pieces of non linen even weave.
I am not sure how I ended up with these pieces of even weave but since they are just sitting here wishing someone would put them to good use I am going offer them up. 
I have two groups I tried to group them by similar types.

Found a new home
Fabrics like Heather field
Includes one Adams Original pillow.
This group pieces are all different sizes a few large pieces.

Found a new home
Fabrics like Melinda, Linda, Jobelan, Jubilee. 
 Some of these pieces are quite large if adding them all together most likely over 2 full yards. 
 Both pictures are of same pile so you can have an idea of color and total amount.

So do you use this type of fabric??
Are you in need of some????
If you would like it and are willing to pay shipping shoot me an email and it can be Yours!
I am not sure of shipping cost but my guess is around $10.00 priority in US.
I would prefer not to ship overseas due to high cost based on weight.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Perfect Picture

I am one always longing for a perfect picture only to be disappointed with the lack of my photo graphic skills.
Yesterday it happened the perfect picture no cropping no enhancing, just the way it came off the camera.  I think the lake was trying to give some thing as it was holding on to the fish.
I took pictures and knitted all day while Danny chased the elusive fish on Percy Priest Lake.
I got the perfect picture and a pair of slippers knitted, Danny caught approximately 6 fish in 10 hours  my returns were better, but the day was beautiful so all were happy! 
 Fall Cyprus Tree

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Walk

What have I been up to.....
Working, Stitching, Fishing and Walking!
Yesterday at lunch time I went for a walk on the State of Tennessee Ag Campus, its a nice place to walk with trails on its 200 acre Campus there is plenty to see.
This was the lone Iris in the Iris Garden the weather has been so nice I think that this one got confused that it is fall and not spring.
 Up near the Ag museum there is a garden it contains items that are commonly grown in Tennessee

The Little garden has a lovely picket fence around it I'm still trying to talk my husband into making me one.

This big bumbler getting punch drunk in the warm sun.

The walk ended rather abruptly in the gardens behind my building.
If you look closely you can see the HAWK flying up in to the trees.
Well nosy me wanted to see what he had been up to in the monkey grass, I think I startled him as much as he did me.  I never did get to see what he had over there because as soon as I got close he came swooping down to get me out of there.  He did not really have to make his point as I turned and ran thinking gosh they do have pretty sharp talons! 
So thus ended my walk.

 Last Saturday I went to a dying day with the local rug hooking group.
They had guest speakers demonstrating natural dying.
I took velveteen to practice on and this was the result.
We used three mordants Alum,  Iron, and Copper.
We dyed with hibiscus blooms ( the pinks), woad (the two blue grays), Osage Orange (yellow) and the green is over dyed in a chemical dye.  This was great fun and something that I would love to experiment with more. 

One last picture of me with the biggest Bass I have caught to date, weighing in at 6.8 lbs.
Not to worry after his photo shoot he is back in his lake swimming around.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stacy and Gigi at St. Charles

Back from St Charles Market
I saw lots of great new items to stitch and I now have to decied which to start.
I am the worst with my camera I get to busy looking and fail to record it for all of you to see, however there were lots of cameras flashing so I know you will get a great overview of market if you just search the web.
I spent most of my time surrounded by Stacy Nash's new Designs enjoy a picture tour of her booth.

Pumpkin Harvest top shelf
Thistles and Spells

Mourning Tree

Whaling Ship
Miss Baxter
From Berry Chapel Road (aka Deer Road)
North Winds Blow Kit

Then I was able to spend some time with Gigi's Samplers
She brought over lots and lots of Antique Samplers from her collection here are just a few.
She also had may antique pieces of linen clothing with fine hand work it was like being in a museum.

All were lovely, but I think the Spotted cow has moved into position for my next start he is just lovely!
I will try to post sooner rather then later, this summer has flown by and I'm still trying to figure out where the time has gone.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


This is a quick post.  Yesterday I was helping with an estate/yard sale and I met a young crafter from Franklin she made some purchases... huge tote full of yarn, lamp, rugs and 2 MIRRORS we got everything in her dads car but the mirrors we still have them and I was hoping she might read this post and give me a call 477-3520 I would like to get them to her as I'm sure she was going to do something fabulous with them.  I hope your reading this.

Friday, May 9, 2014


A few distractions from Work Work Work
The diversions that we all look forward to.
Things that make the mundane bearable.
Projects that fill my mind and home.
 Gigi's Red Deer
This has been a joy to stitch, fun colors, crazy flowers and one awesome Deer
Red Deer that is.... don't they have a beer by this name???
Lovely basket for some posies
The following has been a long time coming.
Started in 2010 the year of the 100 year flood in Nashville.
I sat knitting while I watched the water rising in our neighbors yard for 3 days, and then the rain stopped  and so did I.
Until this spring when I finished the knitting and felting.
I still have the lining to put in, its the green fabric the purse is sitting on and I'm still looking for the perfect handles.
I am pleased and it is huge and will hold lots of stuff.

Flowers have been blooming

A snap of a stitch along I'm doing with Irene and Anne in England. I realized when they were going fabric shopping for the lining of the box that I didn't have any, so off I went...
Always fun to HAVE to go to the quilt shop.
(sorry for the wrinkles figured it was now or never as I can talk myself right out of posting)

 Stacy Nash- Emilia Poole

So there you have it a few items that make me smile and keep me going back every morning to the dirt lab.
Happy Mothers Day
Hope you all have a wonderful one.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Items for Sale

I have been trying to clean some items out of the house.
While I hate parting with cool stuff, I must as I just have to much. 
And I also have a new goal all moneys made from these sales will be saved for a trip so I am not so sad to part with cool stuff.
So on offer today 
If you look closely in above picture Stacy Nash used these in her booth at the Nashville Market 2013 they are holding some of her famous tulips.

Item A

 Item B
Item C

I am asking 25.00 each plus shipping
I will ship anywhere, but due to the weight overseas shipping may be expensive.
If interested please email me at

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Long Time

What has been keeping me away from blogging!
Really in my line of work we call it soil...may be to make it seem more glamours, but let me tell you that's not working for me.
This innocent looking tray of SOIL (40 samples per tray) is what I look at day in and day out.  We (myself and my one lab helper who is 75) tested 1850 samples in one week.  I think we were doing pretty good, however the soil just kept coming so at this point I have quit counting.
I really am not complaining about the Dirt because with out it I could not purchase any stitching supplies so...I will just be knee deep in dirt for awhile.
 This is the hallway at work were all of the samples are stored, just in case the customer wants us to run more tests.  This is only one half of the hallway.

So to get away from it all my husband thought we should go fishing, well he's fishing and I'm stitching.  I can stitch almost anywhere so I always have some project in tow.
I have to mention that the next picture of me in a boat will be different because someone unnamed had to order a new one....but it does have a console for me and I am here to say there is plenty of room for my stitching supplies in the glove box. 

So other things that were keeping me from blogging.
We finally finished the bathroom remodel it only took six months but I am well pleased with it.
I heard Danny telling some friends that we are allowing people to use it for a fee to help cover costs, I hope they are still our friends.
 Here are a few pictures of it.

Even the Cats like to bath in here.

I also went to Knoxville for two day. While Danny was taking classes I was playing.
I visited with the kids and found some little items that had to come home with me.
Check out the scissors they look like they would just be good for decorating with, but they are super sharp and have a nice blade for cutting, may be a tad big for cross stitch.
I also spent time with Candi and Jean and we exchanged Christmas gifts, but did I have my camera??
Really what king of blogger am I.

I finished this sampler a couple of years ago, but it got framed in a hurry when I needed red accents in the new bathroom.  Do any of you have a drawer full of samplers that are completed and just needing framing?  I will show some of mine another day.
 Stacy donated this floor stand to my stitching room and it came in handy for the manifesto sampler that I am stitching for The Scarlet Letter stitch along.  This project is going to take me forever as it is on silk gauze and I can only sit hunched over this frame for a few hours at a time.  I should ask those of you that use a stand all the time does your back hurt or am I doing it wrong?
 I did manage to put a few more stitches in from the last post, but you have to look closely.
But never fear I have other projects in the works..
The Red Deer by Gigi.
I love stitching this the colors are to die for.

I am also stitching Stacy Nash's  Emilia Pool.
This is a stitch along with Irene and Anne in England.  I am having fun stitching it, but I feel that I'm not doing my part in the stitch along as these are the first pictures I'm sharing.  I keeping thinking practice makes perfect, but I am not getting any better at blogging or keeping up my end of the sharing.  It would be so much easier if I could just pop around to their house and stitch with them, I think I could really fit in as I have even started drinking tea.

So because I can never have just a few thing started.... and I needed a project for the Scarlet Letter Year I have started not one but two new samplers.
Ann Sherman 
FWSA an Italian Sampler 1826. 
 Back in February I attended the Nashville Needlework Market.
I was helping out Stacy Nash and her mother in their booth. 
I must say that Stacy had an awesome booth and I just wish that I had a small amount of her talent.
I of course forgot to take my camera, but there were a few picture of her room on some other blogs.
I can not wait till Stacy gets her studio up and running...I am already planing a visit.  If you need a reason to get out you should put it on your list also as you will be sure to find many things you can not live without.
At market you get over whelmed with all of the great stitching to be had all in one place, may be that is why it is so hard to put it in words here on the blog.
I could make a list of all the great designers there along with their samplers, but I would not want to skip anyone so I am going to mention one designer that had no help in her booth so I offered to sit there for an hour or so while she made a quick tour to see other booths and pick up supplies.
I have to say there was NO ulterior motive in this offer.
I did not count on her heading right to Stacy's booth and Stacy and her mom told Kimberly not to worry I liked helping out and that I probably had my magnifying glass out studying her samplers.
I was quite embarrassed when she came back to the room and I had a list of questions about her samplers, oh why did Stacy have to give me away.
Well who is this Designer?????
Samplers Not Forgotten
Kimberly Anne Nugent
She has some wonderful Reproductions and they are so awesome in person.
Isabill Robb
is just one of her samplers and it is now on my list to stitch.  It is huge so I may have to remodel the kitchen to find a place for it in my house.
This pin cushion was her freebie and oh it was just too sweet.

So I'm sure you are saying enough already.
But one last item that I found while out shopping.
I can not say that I'm very good at quilting, but oh I love them and the fabric and books and....
This book contains some really awesome works of art.  Since most of the projects are small pieces I told myself to get it as I could may be able to finish some thing that is small in  size,  or it may just be a picture book for me but oh it wonderful just looking.
 One of the projects inside Ooh.
So since I have gone on and on I will end here, wishing you many happy of hours of stitching.