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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Never Say Never

 Okay. I am laughing at myself. Years ago I had a friend who said “Never say Never”.  Well she was actually talking about having affairs. And I knew at age 20 I would NEVER do that, and I haven’t. (Although some of my best friends have.) But when it come to having blue pillows on my bed, I was wrong. 


I so love my new homemade pillows. And darn if those pillows didn’t need that stupid darn blue pillow.  Hahaha

And didn’t I say I wasn’t moving to Arkansas?  Well that falls into this “Never say Never” category too. We have been fixing up our house and have listed it.  So far we have had 21 showings in two days. 5 more scheduled for today. Ugh!!! 


 Actually it’s been fun, we hide out in our motor home, parked in our extra lot and spy on the people. Hehehe.  We some some fun ones,  one mom shaking her head at EVERYTHING.  Even the grass was not good enough for her. lol  

Well I’m stitching news: I’ve finished the camera  and now need to frame it.  I’ve started the wedding dress - flower one.  I’m doing the #ilovetostitch2021 Facebook group. The goal is to stitch 30 minutes per day.  So that is my goal.  I hope to finish this project and start another one before the month is over.  



Happy Stitching!

Linda

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Life

 Life never goes the way you think it will. I know this, I’ve been around the block a couple times!  So Arkansas didn’t happen the way we thought. We found a house put an offer on it. It was accepted but before we found that out, we backed out. 


I felt I would be isolated as it was in a hill, with a beautiful view but 45 minutes to town.  Nothing  wrong with that, I’m just not use to it.  Also  I’m used to doing a lot of walking.  It was all steep hills. 


We have now started back home.  Stopping by In New Mexico  





As we were driving I thought this scenery  inspires me to make a low volume quilt.  It’s so beautiful!  

So now we are in Colorado.  We were going to look for houses here too. But things are not working out here either.  No worries.  We are waiting on God and trying to follow His lead. In the meanwhile, We will get to see our daughter.    

I’m still working on my cross stitch - SLOWLY! 

I just need to finish the tree and do a couple flowers.  

Happy Stitching!

Linda 





Friday, January 15, 2021

Camping and Cross Stitching


We are back on the road again. 

My Honey woke up one morning and said let’s go. When I answered yes I’m want to go on vacation, he told me. No we don’t vacation. We travel because you have to work to vacation. Hahaha Oooh. I see! That leaves me out! 

So we have traveled to the Grand Canyon 


It was not crowded in January! But it was cold.


It was great to hike the trails and just see the beauty there.

We are now in Arkansas. This is out motorhome window. 
 
We have been talking about moving out of California. And have been looking in different states. This place might be a contender. Bruce likes the fishing etc in this area. 

I’m not sure what I want yet. I’m just keeping in prayer about it. In the meanwhile we are looking at homes here with a realtor. Yikes...Things might just get real!  

 In sewing news: I really thought I would have this finished by Thanksgiving. Nope!  Then I thought I would have it finished by Christmas. Nope!  Well now I’ve had some time to work on it and maybe I’ll have it finished before we return home!  

No quilting has been done in months. I’ll get back to it when I return home.

Oh look at this sign I saw in a train museum, Fort Smith, Arkansas. 
Har-de-har-har!

Happy Stitching,
Linda 


Sunday, November 29, 2020

New Adventures



All these states have great signs to welcome you to their states.











And then there is California!


What happened? This is sad considering the amount of taxes we pay. Hahaha

 We are home now. Okay so we didn’t make it as far as we wanted, but we are happy with how many states and family members we did see.

This was Mars on travel days. 

I’m having problems with blogger on my computer  so this is a test post from my phone.  I’ll post more later.

Happy Stitching,

Linda  





Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Hunkering Down Pillow

 Oh I'm so glad to see the weeks melting away.


So I have this many until retirement....

Only Nine days of work left.
Only One more Monday Morning to get up and go to work.
and only Two more billing days (We bill each Thursday morning)

 I'll train the new gal
Clean out my office  
Then it is ADIOS!

In the meanwhile, I've been working on my yellow 
 Hunkering Down pillow.
I got quite a few tips from Jordan Fabric's YouTube double ruffle pillow video.


I do not like gathering by hand.  Someday I will buy a gathering foot. (I've been saying this for years!  hahaha)

I thought the corner turned out nice. 
As I was sewing on the ruffle I saw the seam would be right there in the corner! Panic set in .... would I have to undo all that sewing?  But it barely shows.   


So - here the whole thing.  It really was fun to make a pillow. I LOVE this Hunkering Down block.  Thank you Podunk Pretties!  

I plan to put it on my bed - but Bruce took it out to the motor home for our trip. He wants the motor home to be a very "homey" place.  

I really love yellow.  
It is actually the first word I learned to read. But I loved even before then.

 Bruce said he really does too.  Really?   What are the chances of two yellow loving people finding each other?

So now onto the next project.

Happy Stitching,
Linda


   








Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Projects Galore! For the Motor Home Trip

I realized something about myself.  I LOVE to have lots of projects going.  That's how it is for me at work, lots of projects going on all at once.  Now that I won't be at work, I started a bunch of projects for when we take our motor home trip.


Two Cross Stitch projects.

Garden by Durene Jones


Camera from VladaXstitch Esty shop



Frame this one: 


Two embroidery projects.


and three pillow projects. 

Hunkering Down by Podunk Pretties


Colorado Bears (set of 4 pillows)



My Embroidered Flowers

Plus - (We all love a "plus" don't we?)
Sewcialites Quilt along.  I'm thinking of doing the cutting for the blocks at home and stitching on the road.  


I wanted to share with you what I found.
My little grand daughter plays with this miniature tea set. 

I just leave it on the floor in my dining room for her.

Well, the last time she was here I thought some of those pieces are missing.  I looked in the tea cup in the plant and look what I found!

Yep - a little surprise!

I do hope you have a little surprise in your life today.

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Colorado Pillow and Low Volume Flower Project

 

I've started working on my Colorado pillows again.  It's been so long since I've done machine applique that I had to get out the manual to find the correct stitch.  But once I found it, I had no problem getting everything stitched down.  

I had thought I could use the steam and seam to apply the applique and not stitch it, since it would just be on a pillow that I probably wouldn't have to wash. But I soon realized that wouldn't work.  The applique was already starting to lift off.

It does look a little "grandma -ish" but I like it.  I want to have some really cozy/homey things in the motor home. Bruce did not think I should use the deer fabric, but once he saw it together he agreed it looks good.

I'm hoping to get these pillows done before we leave for our trip. Bruce is so sweet. I told him I'll be bringing a hand stitching project. He says I'll miss my sewing machine and I must bring it, some fabric and a cutting mat. And my big iron! That we would make room for it.  I told him I would be fine - I can forgo sewing for a few weeks.  He just insists that I bring it. I think he knows me well.

One of my new hand projects is a low volume embroidery. I'm going to sew lace to the bottom of the fabric and add flowers and leaves and for some extra sparkle: beads! Won't that be beautiful?  Oh and the best part is the lace is from Serena's wedding dress.  I think she will love this when I'm done. 

 

This is the only part of the trip that we have planned so far. Not when we are leaving or exactly where we are going or how long.  Only that I'll be bringing some sewing items.  Hahaha 

 Well, that's all I have for now.

Have fun sewing today,

Linda


Hehehe - I think I need to learn to weld!

And lastly our verse for today.