Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ABC Progress & New Life

Happy hump day dear friends! The weather here in southcentral Kentucky has been beeeautiful. Not nearly as hot and humid as last week, although I do not mind the heat.

I think it's time to make myself a pinkeep...what do you think? The pencil works out nicely though so it's not all that bad.


Thought you might enjoy seeing the new arrival to the NEIGHborhood. This find stallion was born just last night. Momma is sure curious as to what I was doing here. These miniature horses belong to a very nice couple down the road a piece. He also runs a chicken house. Farmers are very busy folk...I have alot of respect for them.



Masterchief and I went to visit friends from church last night. She has the most beautiful flower garden I've ever seen. I don't know how she maintains it all. I could never make it look as stunning as she does. She showed us these yellow flowers called "Moon Flowers". I've never heard of them before. She said they only open up at night. They literally take less than five seconds to go from what is pictured above........


.....to this.

It was awesome to watch. We took several pictures and movies of them opening right before our eyes. Have any of you ever seen these?



Here's my latest progress on ABC Tapestry. I finished block C and started the border on block D this morning. It's slow going but is coming along nicely. I am a morning stitcher. I've read so many blogs where you stay up late at night to stitch. I can't tell you my name at night. As the day fades so does my brain! Masterchief is completely the opposite....he gets smarter as they day grows long. We fit together just fine!

That's it for today folks. I thank you all so very much for the FANTASTIC RESPONSE to my lowly new blog. I appreciate each and every comment...reading them over and over.

Have a super day!!

Oh...I almost forgot.....Masterchief's gears are already turning on what I should offer for my first giveaway since the response to my blog has been out of this world! I think it should be something stitchy, of course...what else? He thinks it should be a bottle of his favorite BBQ sauce.

Any thoughts?


Monday, June 28, 2010

I Can't Resist

If I don't stop this I'm NEVER going to pick up my needle again!
While I was putting together the last post, Masterchief was outside with the camera.
Here's one of our hummingbird feeder located outside our kitchen window. I love these little bundles of sugar! Wish I had just a smidge of their metabolism.

You'll have to look closely at the next one to see the beautiful rainbow we saw tonight. It was a full bow...this is one end. What a beautiful reminder of a His promise made so long ago!

OK....that's IT!! My eyes are burning so no stitching tonight. Hopefully I'll be able to show some progress on ABC soon.....that is if I can stay out of blogland long enough. *sheesh*

~~Peggy Lee

I'm SPEECHLESS!!!

I just don't know what to say! I woke up this morning with 6 followers and this evening I have 28! I can't thank each one of you enough for taking the time to read my blog and thinking enough of it to 'follow' it. I'm discovering a whole new world. My next dilemma will be to tear myself away from the computer long enough to actually STITCH!
I wanted to post this first picture tonight because Ma Teakettle was so very kind to announce my debut on her BLOG this morning. The little verse on the top of her blog caught my eye right away. I stitched this on aida way back in 1993 while providing home-based nursing assistant duties to a sweet elderly woman. She passed away shortly after I completed it. I have no idea who designed it or where I got the chart. I would guess it came from a magazine.

The next picture is of a beautiful apple design I found in a 1992 issue of Cross Stitch & Country Crafts magazine. I stitched it in 2001. I remember picking it up about a year before that though and messing it up so badly I threw it in back in the basket. When I did grab it again it seemed to come together without much trouble. I don't know what I was fretting about. This was one of my first linen pieces. I have always loved anything having to do with apples so this is one of my favorites!

The Country Kitchen Sampler pictured next is a design by Deborah Lambein, a Leisure Arts leaflet. I stitched this one in 1994, two years after the chart was published. It is on aida cloth but I've been kicking around the idea of doing this one again on linen. Hmmm...........

The last photo today is for Stephanie at Joie de Bayou. She was so kind to comment on my last post and ask about a couple of my finished pieces. I'm sorry Stephanie but I just realized that you asked about TWO of them and I only took a picture of one. They are BOTH finished and framed. The pic below of of Birdhouse Row, a design by Diane Arthurs. The chart was published by Imaginating, Inc in 2004 and I completed it a few years after that. The chart called for it to be stitched on 14 ct. aida with DMC#3345, Hunter Green/Dark but I used an unknown blue linen with white DMC floss. I have always liked the look of blue and white, in fact my dishes are the popular Willow Ware pattern.

The colorful piece in the center is called Folk Art Wedding by Dimensions. Masterchief and I were married in December 2005 and I did that one in the Spring of '08, I think.

Thanks so much for stopping by again today. This rookie-blogger is absolutely awestruck at the kindness of each of you.
~~Peggy Lee

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Sunday to you all. I wasn't going to post today but it's a quiet afternoon here (as most of them are...no kids...no pets...no four-wheelers) so I thought I'd give a picture-heavy post a whirl.

I've gone digging into some pics from the past to try and bring you up to date. I feel I have so much time to make up for! Here's one that shows a few finishes ready for framing. I have a wonderful neighbor who makes frames for me and doesn't charge me a penny. If I continue to ask him to make them I may have to offer him a couple though. I usually try to deliver some baked goods as a kind gesture. All of these are framed now except for Winter Row at the bottom. Don't know exactly why that one didn't make the cut.


Up next is one of me standing next to our Christmas tree of 2009. I started ABC Tapestry in early January if my memory serves me correctly. I am not a big fan of ME in this one but I wanted to show how big this piece will be when finished.

Here is one I just took today of the pattern book in front of my progress so far. I know it might be hard to see any detail in each block but this will give you an idea again of how big it will be. There are 28 blocks total.....one for each letter of the alphabet and one at the beginning an end. Can you imagine how much this is going to cost to have framed??? My girls at the Strawberry Sampler in Glen Mills, PA will get this one!

Fourth in today's lineup is one I did shortly after we moved from Pennsylvania to Kentucky. Master Chief was called out to a job and I had never lived in the country before. I was ok with the neighbors living so far away but what I didn't jump for joy about was all the critters I'd have to deal with. Spiders, snakes, groundhogs, opossums, raccoons, birds (which are fine until they fly down your chimney and get stuck, die then ...... I'll stop there with a BIG YUCK) Whew...now where was I? Oh yes...after unpacking and getting my new country cottage in order I sat down with this sampler from The Cross-Eyed Cricket called A Walk In The Woods. It didn't take me long to finish.

These last two snaps are of a small freebie design so generously offered by BBD called Petites Lettres Rouges. It holds a special place in my heart because I have stitched my grandmother's name and birth date in it. She has always been very special to me and is the one who introduced any type of stitching to me. She will be 86 years young in October and has no clue who I am. It is so very heart breaking to look in to her eyes and know she isn't seeing me. When I go back to PA and visit with her I always hope that somehow something I say will spark a memory and she will come back to me but I know in my heart that most likely won't happen. I know she would like this small token of love I have stitched in her honor.

Here it is framed. I can't thank Barb and Alma at Blackbird Designs enough for offering this freebie on their blog. I hope they realize how this single pattern has touched the lives of so many. I hope it's alright to post the link to this freebie. Click HERE to download.




That's all for today friends! Let's take a stroll down memory lane again soon. Thank you again for your comments, tips and tricks. My heart does that little flippy-flop thing every time I see I have a new comment or a new follower!! Thanks SO MUCH!

Till later....

~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Freebie Finish

A big thank you to Sharlotte for giving me tips on how to post pictures. I'm not saying that I understand it but at least I haven't thrown my PC against the wall....YET! I find doing anything beyond emails and blog cruising VERY frustrating. I just don't have the patience or attention span for it. You wouldn't believe how many times I have worked and worked on trying to put a new post up only to close all windows and walk away from it. Am I the only one?
If I did this right, there should be a picture down below of a freebie offered by Paulette of Plum Street Samplers quite some time ago. I finished it a week or so ago. Thank you Paulette! I hope to have it framed very soon.



I stitched it on an unknown 40 count linen using one strand of Gentle Arts dark chocolate.
I didn't mention on my last post that the ABC Tapestry is by Rosewood Manor. It is going to be a BIG ONE when finished! I'll post a pic of the front of the chart book on another day. One pic per day is my newbie limit for now.
I appreciate your comments SO VERY MUCH!
Hope the remainder of your weekend is as peaceful as I hope mine to be.

~~Peggy Lee

ABC Tapestry

OK....here's what I don't get: How do I post a picture in the middle or end of an entry? I typed up a bunch of stuff then wanted to put the above picture in and it wants to post it at the top.
Be prepared for some silly questions!
This is what I'm working on now although I have most of the C block finished at this point. I picked up this chart at a little shop in Delaware. It will take me a long time to finish though as I am a slow stitcher.
We are going to the monthly Somernites Cruise-In today. They shut down the town on the fourth Saturday of each month, April through October for a HUGE car show. We usually try to go if we are home. In the evening everyone sets up their lawn chairs along Hwy. 27 and all the cars cruise on by.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Peggy Lee

and the FRUSTRATION mounts

I have only been trying for the past hour to publish a new post with a picture attached to it. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but it's not happening tonight. I'm on the verge of cussing so I better stop now.
I do however want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the dear friends who have become followers already and left comments. I do appreciate it so much.
I also want to answer a question left by a couple of you.....the sampler at the top of my blog is one I completed last year and had framed by the girls at the Strawberry Sampler in Glen Mills, PA. They did a fantastic job! It is called Rhapsody in Blue by fouroaks designs. If I remember correctly I used the recommended linen and thread so it would be on 32 count Vintage Light Examplar from Lakeside Linens using one strand throughout of color #324 Needlepoint Inc silk. I love the shade of blue of the silk.
I wanted to post a picure of what I'm currently working on but since this thing isn't cooperating with me I will go to bed and try again tomorrow.
Thank you again for your very kind comments! Keep them coming.....

Friday, June 25, 2010

My Very First Post

I've gone and done it! After spending over a year reading so many stitchy blogs I've finally built up the nerve to join the ranks. I don't know why I agonized over this decision to start a blog for so long. Maybe it is because I am humbled by the talent that is out there! Some of you must be SPEED STITCHERS...and it's always so beautiful! I consider myself to be a slow stitcher. I have this problem (I know, my first entry on my new blog and I'm already confessing)....I can't sit and stitch if there's something in the house that needs to be cleaned up. Oh, now I'm not that way all the time but the guilt of a sink full of dishes does put a damper on the enjoyment of passing my needle through linen.



I want all the creators of all the blogs I follow to know that each of you has been an inspiration to me as you share a glimpse of your daily grind. I've laughed and I've cried. I've celebrated finishes and groaned with you through necessary frogging. I am so often awestruck at the talent I see every day here.



Please bear with me as I fumble my way through this blogging world. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. I am not very computer wise so this will be a learning experience.



A BIG thank you once again to all who have been an inspiration to me!



Peggy Lee