Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Bit More Stitching

Hello Stitcher's :
I have a couple of finishes to share with you all today.

First up is my first attempt at Count Your Blessings, I stitched this a few months back and really didn't like the way it turned out and almost threw it in the trash, but I told myself that nothing is perfect and it's just more prim-country the way it is, so I tied it to a rustic basket.
You might have seen it in the pictures of my craft room.

"Count Your Blessings"
By: Lizzie Kate
Stitched on 32ct. cream linen using DMC threads.

I finished stitching this one last Friday it's a freebie from By The Bay Needleart.
You can find it here:

I finished it totally backwards the first time and had to tear it apart and start over.
I put the batting in the wrong place so when I went to turn it the batting was on the outside and not in the middle, and sometimes it seems that I can't sew a straight seam to save my life.
Oh well, I still love sewing and always will.

"Star For Summer"
From: By The Bay Needleart
Stitched on 28ct. Monaco from Charles Craft using DMC threads and tea dyed after stitching.
Finished as a (not-so-perfect) quilted wall hanging with antler buttons and jute.
I changed this pattern around just a bit to suit my own tastes.

Someone asked a while back where I get my hangers. I've gotten them from Ben Franklin Crafts before they went out of business up here and at thrift stores.

I want to thank you all for your wonderful comments, they really warm my soul and keep me stitching, sewing & crafting. Hugs to you all.

Take Care Everyone & Happy Stitching

Thursday, August 05, 2010

A Campin' We Did Go

My DH decided that life was to short and we needed to start taking vacations this year, so he procured a new to us 1993 Colman Cedar Pop-Up Tent Trailer (PUP) with a two burner stove top and a galley sink (pump handle, you get water) no refer, no indoor potty. We had all the other trappings for outdoor living purchased several years ago along with an extra large tent we've never used.

(all pics are click able for a better view)

Our home away from home. Yes, that is an oven he bought to take on the trips.
(Pic from our 2nd trip)

This is how are first camping trip went.
We went camping at the beginning of July to the Pryor Mountains , but that was only an overnight trip and we had to move camp a few hours after setting up.
Can you say "BEAR"!!.
Yep that's right campers, our German Shepard Cody went on alert with pacing and growling and hackles raised a
nd DH was hearing the huffing sounds they make when their walking around, so we got out the guns just in case and packed everything up in record time and left that spot to him/her.

The day ended with COLD temps, lots of wind and rain.

First trip, second spot.
Jack sitting, Cody patrolling.

Yes the brown enclosure is the outhouse and even though it is right outside the door of the PUP I was not allowed to go out after dark without DH supervision.

Our second trip was much less eventful. (No Bears)
My DH took a few day's off at the end of July and decided that we would go camping in the Big Hor
n Mountains. 9500 feet above sea level here we come.

Our dogs loved this trip, and we found out that Jack really likes the water since he went out to wade in the lake every day, chest deep.

Our destination, Shell Lake Reservoir .

The view from our campsite.
Shell Lake Reservoir, what a beautiful view and very relaxing, too bad we didn't get a fishing license as there were lots of fish jumping around feeding on flying bugs.

Nestled amongst the pines is our home away from home for the next 3 days all set up and ready for relaxation.

Our first camp fire and yes we did the required marshmallow and weenie roasts.

The end of our trip. It rained the last night and morning we were there, so packing up was a soggy affair and everything had to be unpacked and dried out when we got home several hours later.

All in all it was a nice trip with some short day hikes, a beautiful view and time with my DH Robert.

Thanks for stopping by and Take Care Everyone.

Hugs and Stitches ...... Sandy