Thursday, June 20, 2013

Newfoundland pictures

Hi everyone, today I thought I would share with you 2 pictures that I bought in Newfoundland when I was there in 1995. I "found" them when I was purging.  I bought these 2 watercolours, they were complete with mats and I kept saying to myself  I would get them framed when I had money!  Well, we all know how that ended up... they were still in the plastic sleeve and they are so pretty.  Even funnier, I was at Michaels recently and bought 2 very nice frames on sale and thought that I could use them for my stitching... well, don't you know the watercolours look absolutely gorgeous in them.  Check them out.  Hugs Louise.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Love Tree finished

Hi everyone, it's been a week since I posted - I obviously don't lead a very exciting life (lol). As the title says, my Love Tree is finished - yahoo.  The pattern is by "M Designs", I used aida from my stash and the silk is Cardinal, it has just a hint of overdyed and it is very pretty.  For those of you who have never seen the tree designs, if you tilt your head to the left and look at the design sideways, you will be able to see the word "Love". 
To all my dear friends who read this blog faithfully, thank you kindly. Hugs to you all. Louise

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Not much going on

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't posted in a while, not much happening here.  Still doing purging... yes that is how much stuff I have and no I am not a hoarder! ... okay, only for some stuff.... you know, the purple corduroy pants you think you will get back into.... (I am keeping those!!)  but I have reached a point where a lot of the stuff is going out the door.  I had a charity pick up last week and there is another one coming tomorrow.  Last week I put 5 boxes out and there will be at least that many this week.  Feels good to get rid of the stuff I was hanging on.... why I kept them - who knows.
So as a result of all this purging, the stitching is not very far along, my Love tree is about half done and it seems it is taking forever but actually I have basically done 2 threads a day for the past week which is very slow for me.  Usually when I am stitching I do a couple of hours not a couple of threads!  But I do have a funny story to tell you.  Last week my friend Barb and I went to the Bulk Barn (a store where you can buy food items in bulk quantity).  She was picking up a variety of spices and I was meandering through the store, I didn't really need anything.  I looked at some of the bulk candy and was looking at the fat content - some were as high as 90% and there was one that was 102%!! Yikes, that is high.  So I only bought a few M&Ms peanut candies (I enjoyed them thoroughly), normally I would have bought several pounds!! But since the operation (hysterectomy) I have been trying to eat healthier (I don't always succeed).  As I continue through the store I saw the "black balls", they are little round balls and they are black, hence the name - black balls - that's what I have always called them.  I go to the cash to pay for my purchases and the cashier asked me if these were "anise" candy... hummm, I explained that I always called them black balls and when I was a kid I would go to the local store when my sister worked in the penny candy section and I would ask her for 25 cents worth of black balls.  And my sister would shoot me daggers as she counted out 75 black balls!!  They were 3 for a penny back then (the early 60's).  Tee hee, I still giggle when I think of her having to count out 75 black balls for me.  So folks, have a great day and I will try to think of something exciting to write about tomorrow .. or the next day.  lol  Love you lots and thanks for reading my blog. Louise

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Not a lot of stitching done...

Hi there, I haven't done a lot of stitching this past week but I have been doing a lot of purging!  Have you noticed how many advertisements there are in magazines... I had forgotten how much there was.  Now don't get me wrong I know that we need the ads - how else do we find out about new fabrics and stores and goodies that we absolutely must have.  In the past couple of weeks I have done a major purge of my magazines, I ripped out the designs that I wanted either for myself or for the Jaxon project and then the rest of the magazine went into the recycling box.  What a lovely feeling to be rid of them... you ask how many.... ummmm, I hate to admit it but I am sure that it was over 500!! 
Now about the stitching, I was at my friend Janice's place on Thursday and I was working on the Love design... you know the one, the one where you have to turn the design sideways to read the word Love and it looks like a Christmas tree when its done.   I was stitching away after we finally got started (we had a lot of show and tell - we hadn't seen one another for quite some time) and it was going smoothly, lovely design... know where I am going with this... yup... that blasted frog came for a visit... I just hope I left him there... oops sorry Janice... I hope that darn frog is in your garden!!!  So I unpicked a few stitches and then it was time to go, so I still have some frogging to do and then I will be back stitching.  Until the next time, hugs to you all.  Louise