Monday, October 8, 2012

Stitching, Thanksgiving and a Glorious October

Good Morning!!

I have quite a bit to share with you, stitching-wise, so grab a cuppa coffee or tea, just like Mouse says and enjoy the pictures. 

Autumn has arrived and I'm loving it! So far, we have had a month of brilliant sunshine during the day and chilly mornings and evenings.  That's my favourite kind of weather.  I can't wait for tonight when we go to my Aunt's for Thanksgiving dinner.  Lots of turkey, roasted veggies and I'm hoping for some pumpkin pie..MMMM!!! I love Thanksgiving and am very thankful for my family, my husband and my job I have been blessed with.  Even though the job is difficult (with the organizing and the paperwork and trying to help each child) I am so grateful to have it.  I am also grateful to be working with supportive admin and staff. The ladies I work closely with, have been wonderful and I wouldn't know what to do with out them!!  Who could ask for anything better?!!

So onto stitching.  I have yet to actually finish anything, but I have prepped for finishing.  I'm hoping that next weekend I can carve out some time to get some sewing done.  All the projects are finished in my mind so it's only a matter of sitting down and getting to it.  

I love this gingham fabric I picked up.  Now all I need to find are some brass/rusted bells.  Not sure where I can pick those up.  I may have to make some.

Here's my autumn pumpkin design.  I love the leaves in this fabric.  The lady at the fabric store loved my stitching and helped me pick this out.  Check out Jenny Penny's Autumn Pumpkin finish! She did such an amazing job!! I love the blue she chose for the bird's chest.

A wee bit late but it will be finished for next summer, my Summer Quaker design.  

I considered starting the Autumn Quaker however, I have too many other things on the go and should really start thinking about Christmas stitching instead.  It's all about planning ahead!!

Now my Jane.  I am almost finished with her but have been putting her off lately.  I worked on her last weekend for a bit and then stopped at the vase.  Check out Margaret's finish of Jane Philpott! We wish we could place our Jane's together and admire them both!! Dearest Margaret finished hers in record time! Then again, I tend to get distracted by other projects and not stay focused like she does!!

At least that big bird is done and he has some friends to hang out with him.  I really loved stitching this section.

I also started a Quaker biscornu.  I'm nearly finished with just one more motif to stitch.  I love biscornus and can't wait to stitch it together. This was such an enjoyable design to stitch and it went quickly too. I love Stacy Nash Primitive designs and will be buying more in the future.
Stitched on 32 ct Natural linen with DMC threads
Carolyn from ....just one more stitch kindly sent me the pattern.  Thank you again Carolyn!

Remember my Knotgarden and the saga of the scroll rods??!?! Well.........I got the scroll rods adjusted by my cousin and after a LOT of fiddling around, Knotgarden is up on the rods!!! Even though one of the ends of the scroll rod screws needs to be taken out a bit, I can actually work on Knotgarden again! Last night I stitched on it and am pretty happy to be using my lap stand.  It's a very handy tool!!
Although I need those clippy things to make the fabric more taught, it works.  I'm happy!!

Stash buying.  I've been a bad girl...hehehe! I bought a couple of charts through the Scarlet Letter and can't decide which sampler to start first.  

Meet Hannah Brassington.  She's a purdy girl. I just looooove the border and that lion/cougar cat guy!!!

Marion Robertson is another gorgeous sampler.  I adore the house, the colours and motifs in this sampler.
I am hoping to start one of these samplers in the new year.  That is my plan.  I figured that it's a plausible plan and it also gives me time to order the materials.  It's just a matter of choosing now. 

I think that's all to share with you.  I'm off now to do some research for my kids and some planning.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!!!


Ann at Beadlework. said...

I didn't realise it was Thanksgiving in Canada today. You've got a lovely mix of stitching on the go.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful work, Anne! I especially love your little coffee Christmas tree. Gorgeous colors!

gracie said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There are no gifts, except of each others company and time to reflect. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Annie said...

Gorgeous stitching. Good thing you have a day off - you can use it to do all that finishing that awaits you! Or maybe not.. After all, you have new samplers to start!

Oh yeah.. And you have to be with family and give thanks.

Enjoy your holiday.

Catherine said...

Your Thamksgiving sounds wonderful ~ makes me anxious for ours next month! Oh my gosh ~ you have some fantastic projects there and waiting in the wings!!

Vickie said...

Oh your stitching is wonderful. What beauties you have picked out too!! Happy Thanksgiving dear Ann.♥

cucki said...

your stitching is so lovely..
happy thanksgiving xxx

Margaret said...

Love all your stitching -- but especially Jane! It's so much fun to look at your Jane and see the differences in color! I still think yours is prettier. lol! You'll be finished soon! And it's so funny -- yes, Hannah Brassington has been waiting for me to stitch her forever. I have Marion Robertson too and I just love her as well! Such good choices! I think we have similar tastes in samplers. :D Glad you had a good Thanksgiving! Sounds like work is rewarding if hard work.

Ranae said...

Beautiful stitches, and the fabric is perfect to finish them
Jane is looking great
Good choice of samplers you chose to start... One day

BrendaS said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Wonderful stitching you shared with us today. Can't wait to see how you finish all your ornaments.

Shirlee said...

Happy Thanksgiving Anne! Your stitching is gorgeous!

Joysze said...

Happy Thanksgiving, darlin'!

You meant finishing finish. I was looking at all those finishes thinking... 'what is she on about now??' ROFL!!!! They all look sooooooo great.

WHOOOP WHOOP, Knotgarden!! It's looking so good already. Much better on white fabbie, than red, don't you think? HAHAHAHAH!!!!!


Meari said...

What? No kitty cat pics?? ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Congrats on all your finishes. I really like them. :)

Kudos on the stash acquisitions. You'll be busy for a long while.

Mouse said...

happy thanksgiving :) cuppa ?? hehehe
love your finishes and the backing fabrics and once things settle down you will schedule time to get them done :)
and nice new stash haul ... new year sounds good for a new start :)
have a great stitchy week :) love mouse xxxx

marly said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you. What a bevy of beauties in your stitching schedule!!! Jane, on my, what a sampler. Your post is so upbeat and you're enjoying all these projects - makes me feel I need to get moving!

Deb said...

You've gotten a lot done and you'll catch up on Jane.

Happy Thanksgiving!

valerie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Anne! You are so good...look at all those finished smalls! You must have turbo needles when you sit to stitch. I am now as slow as molasses! Great progress on Jane. You are so close to a finish! Can't wait to see your finished biscornu and more on Knotgarden! OMG, this post is making me realize I need to get to stitching already! :)

Melissa said...

Just wanted to say (1) HI! (2) lovely stitching, and (3) Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are enjoying the start of a lovely meal with family! Hugs!

Minnie said...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and congratulation on all or your finished pieces. They are lovely.

rosey175 said...

Every year I forget that Canada celebrates Thanksgiving and every year I think that I've somehow missed an entire month and wonder why I haven't got any turkey!

Your fabrics are awesome! I love, love, love the leaves and the colors go so well with the autumn pumpkin!

Congrats on getting your scroll rod adjusted! I'm getting more and more lazy and love stands that allow me to use both hands instead of holding a frame. :D

Carol said...

Hope your Thanksgiving feast with your family was a very special one, Anne! You sound very blessed to have such a supportive and loving family nearby :)

So many lovely pieces--you've been busy!! And good for you for buying some new stash--you deserve it to celebrate that new job of yours :)

Have a wonderful week!!

Barb said...

Wonderful work Anne. Have a very Happy Canadian thanksgiving!!

Masha E said...

Happy Thanksgiving! You have lovely stitchings :-)

Lesleyanne said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Your finishes are lovely. I love the fabric you have chosen to finish finish them. Great new stash.

Veronica said...

Ooh, those are some lovely ornaments you've stitched. They're gonna be real pretty finished. Love the fabrics you've picked out for them. Good going on Jane. Glad you got the scroll rods sorted out.

Where's Titus? D:


Giovanna said...

What wonderful finishes, and WIPs - love the Stacy Nash in particular.

Chris said...

Happy Thanksgiving Anne!
You have been stitching up a storm! Jane and all your smalls look wonderful. I love the new stash too.
Have a great week!
Hugs to you and Titus.

Kaisievic said...

Happy Thanksgiving - love all of your stitchy projects and your two new samplers are sensational. I really enjoyed catching up with all your new.

Kathy Ellen said...

A very Happy Thanksgiving! It is one of my favorite holidays here too! Your stitching projects are all wonderful, and I love the coordinating fabrics that you chose too. 'Jane' looks exquisite, and your stitching is amazing on her. Love the two new samplers that you selected for your New Year sampler starts.


Pauline said...

What a beautiful samplers and stitches!

Stitching Noni said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Wow, you have been busy!! Great stitching happening there. Hugs to you & Titus! ;)

Nicola said...

Hannah and Marion are beautiful charts. I would be hard pressed to decide which to start first.

Sally said...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving Anne :)

All of your stitching is beautiful. The Chatelaine looks like it's going to be huge!

Dona said...

Congratulations on some great finishes! You've been busy. Jane Philpot so pretty - I love the colors.

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

Dona said...

Congratulations on some great finishes! You've been busy. Jane Philpot so pretty - I love the colors.

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

Lois said...

Some wonderful stitch finishes Anne! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

♥ Nia said...

I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving with your family :)
Your wips look lovely! I love biscornus too :) have you finished your biscornu? I bet it looks soooo pretty :)
Ohhh last year I planned to stitch one LK on christmas but never got the chance! :p christmas gifts took all my time! But I will finally stitch my 6 fat men in a couple of weeks ;) I hope the same thing won't happen to you because I'm already curious to see which pattern you'll pick first! Hehehehehe

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I love your little coffee tree, here's a good place for rusty bells:

Or a little closer to home:

Or maybe try win some:
(oops comp is finished now!)

Your samplers are gorgeous, I'd go for the Marion Robertson next!

Caitlin Jordan said...

gorgeous stitching :)

Ellen said...

Can't wait to see your finishings, those are lovely fabrics you had chosen!

Love your new stash, gorgeous samplers!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Melissa said...

Wow! You got a lot of stitching done. Great job! I love the fabric you picked out to finish your ornaments, and I can't wait to see more of Knotgarden :)

Brigitte said...

Wow, what a post. You have been very busy lately and I love the smalls that you finished. They will be very pretty with the backing fabrics you chose for them.
Jane Philpott is such a beauty, I have already admired her on Margaret's blog. And your new choices, Hannah and Marion are just as beautiful. I particularly love Marion Robertson, everything on this sampler is gorgeous. I absolutely must find an online shop here in Europe that sells it.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!