Monday, July 30, 2018

Always Kiss Me Goodnight

Hey Friends; Hope you all are doing well. 

I thought I would share one more design with you all for your summer stitchin'.

"Always Kiss Me Goodnight"

I have always loved this saying and plan to stitch this and hang it from the center cubby handle over our bed in the Vacation home (aka: the 5th wheel).

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Thunder, Lightning, Rain, & Hail

The weather has been weird the last three days. 

On Thursday we had lots thunder, I never saw any lightning just heard a constant roll of thunder for over an hour and then the skies just opened up with pouring rain and hail from pea size to 1/2 - 3/4 inch balls. We've never had hail quite that large at the house.

Then Friday it was back again with lightning, thunder, heavy rains, and hail.

 Just look at it coming down. 
There was so much rain the water barrel couldn't keep up.
  Here is one of the many 1/2" hail balls and a few smaller ones that managed to end up on the front porch.

  Saturday we only got rain and were able to get most of the bags in the house before it started coming down.
So far today there hasn't been any rain just scattered clouds and a nice breeze. 
Oh wait,I just heard a couple claps of thunder off in the distance so I better keep an eye out in case I have to run out and close trailer windows and gather laundry.

I got to take a trip to Hobby Lobby on Saturday and came home with.......

The 35 newest colors from DMC.

I have been looking at them online and didn't want to pay $30+ even without the tin, so I checked Joann's and Michael's with no luck. DMC themselves said they were at Michael's. 
So I called Hobby Lobby and Eureka! they had them all. 
The lady I spoke with was surprised that they were the only store in town that had them. 
It's a pain in the tush that you have to run all over town just to get the threads you want, you would think that if you have a Needlework section and sell DMC that you would carry all the DMC.
Oh well, there mine now and when they have a sale I'll get get more just to have a backup skein of each.

That's all for today, so until next time......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Friday, July 27, 2018

Smalls SAL for July

Didn't realize it was that time already, so here is my stitched finish for the July edition of the Smalls SAL.

I was playing with another of DMC's Coloris flosses.
Some more of my original designs.

This is the front and back of a soon-to-be needle book.
DMC Coloris 4513 with it's coordinating DMC solids 814,413, and 318. B5200 is also one of it's coordinators but I didn't use that color since it was stitched on white 28 count.

 This will be the inside of the needle book and will have felt pages.

This will be the scissor fob.
I am having issues with stitching it together, it's been a long time since I've made a fob and I cut the seams a bit to narrow.
You can see the hand made cording using DMC 814 and 413.
That's it for now, so until next time.......
Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

OMG !! Another Branch Broke !

HOLY CRAP ! A HUGE limb broke on our Cottonless Cottonwood on Monday. 

That thing has to be over 40 feet long!

And it just barely missed hitting the truck, the end of the branch is under the truck just in front of the front tire. It took a couple of small Elm trees and many branches in it's wake.

 The Break

Here's a close up of the break.

This tree has been on the property since before we bought it. We moved here in 1993 and it was already a huge tree. 
We have only had two big branches break from the tree since we have lived here. 
The first was one winter when we had a really heavy snow fall and that on missed me by a couple feet, if I hadn't run into the shed when I heard the crack I would have been right under it.
This one I never even heard it break, it happened sometime between 5am and 3 pm. It kinda gave me the creeps as I had just been walking in that part of the the yard the day before.
It always sheds smaller branches up to 3-4 feet long in heavy winds, but there were no heavy winds on Monday, but the huge branches do reach out 30-40 feet long, so it's only a matter of time I guess. 
On the bright side, it will provide a bunch of firewood for next winter.
 
The hubs joked it was probably our big fat squirrels running back and forth all day long that did it. I feed them all the time all year so they do get a bit plump. ; } And when I took the pictures today I just missed catching one of them running up the limb.

Feel so lucky and Blessed that no damage was done, except to the trees.

Stay Safe Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Friday, July 20, 2018

Honey Bee's & Bumble Bee's

Hello Everyone;
 The hubs went to the doctor on Thursday and is still on restricted duty, no lifting anything over 25 lbs. Taking some more time off from today until Monday, hopefully it will help those bruised ribs more. Lifting his left arm past shoulder height or bending over to pick something up from the floor is still hard.

Well I finally got my act together, somewhat, and decided on a design to share. Meaning, I said screw it and picked what I had ready to be scanned. Indecision can be pain in the backside. 
So here ya go & hope you enjoy.......



Bee's Scissor Fob

Only four colors for this little fob, you can put the date and initials in any open honeycombs, or even fill in a few with DMC 783. I think it would make a cute knob hanger or join the front and back as a single design and make a pin pillow and all four joined together would make a sweet mini pillow.
As always, I would love to see a picture of your finished pieces from any of my designs. 
You can send me a pic at SDLongan at yahoo dot com

Have a great weekend everyone.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Friday, July 13, 2018

TUSAL for July

Hello Everyone, I can't believe it's already July it always seems that the year passes quicker and quicker. 
It's been in the upper 90's so far this month but still going down into the upper 50's and mid 60's for over night so at least it cools down some. Yes, the air conditioner has been a good friend of mine.

Thank you all so much for your kind and healing comments, we both really appreciated them. 
I'm healing up fine just have bruises to fade away and the spot on my elbow is getting smaller. The hubs will be 4-6 weeks for the bruised ribs to heal and since he is back at work I'm leaning more towards the 6 weeks. He starts spending quality time with the heating pad as soon as he walks in the door. 

Now on to the TUSAL update for July.....
You can find a link on my sidebar, just scroll down.


My little jar got over half full this time around. I think I need to pop it in the dishwasher, it's starting to look a bit grubby.

Lots of greens and browns, but also some from the new DMC Coloris threads that I picked up at Michael's. I found a list on line that gives you the corresponding DMC solids for Coloris and Color Variations at www.needlenthread.com
 
I found the large jar with around 10 years of ort's in the back of a cabinet in my craft room, so I thought I would share a picture of it along side my total for 2018. That is a whole lot of threads. Eventually I know I will either throw them out or ..... maybe I will get one of those gallon sized Ball mason jars and keep them in there. I love the mason jar idea.

I'm still trying to decide on the scissor fob design to share. I love the patchwork heart with the saying Stitchin' is in my Heart, but the bee's are so cute and I also have one with stitched buttons all over and one with an antique sewing machine, so many choices. Maybe if I quit playing with the designs I'll come up with a decision. 

Well, that's it for today everyone, thank you so much for stoppin' by and maybe leaving a thought or two behind. Until next time.......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What A Week !

When your just going along mindin' your own business and along comes Murphy times 2.

We were supposed to camping last week, but the hubs falling four feet from the doorway of a semi truck cab on Tuesday at work put a stop to that. He had to help a window up that didn't want to go then turned around and lost his footing.

He came home with a badly swollen bruised right knee, bruised ribs on the left side and an inch round piece of skin missing from his left elbow and the resulting bruises and swelling from that. He landed with his face only an inch or two from the pavement. His place was on the couch alternating between ice packs and the heating pad.
He didn't want give up on the camping trip though and when I mentioned unloading the fridge and freezer on Wednesday he told me not to be to hasty he could be fine in the morning (keep dreaming hun), so to humor him I left everything as it was. By Thursday night he finally gave up the idea of camping as we reasoned out the things he couldn't do because of the injuries. So very happy that nothing was broken. He's back to work today, but on limited duty.

So, Friday afternoon I started to unload the fridge and freezer, remove the bread and any thing else that would spoil or get melted from the heat, my stitchin' stuff that I planned on doing while out camping, my handgun and some of the clothes.
 It took three trips just for the food and then it was my turn for the GOD of clumsiness to show up and smack me around. I missed a step coming out of the trailer on the last trip and that was all it took. Luckily I hit back against the door slamming it into the the outside wall of the trailer and then fell sliding down the door and landing on my feet. I ended up with a skinned and bruised left elbow a pulled muscle in my left hip and a big bruise on the under side of my upper right arm. I was glad that was all I did and that I landed on my feet, but pissed I dropped my gun, at least it was in the holster and unloaded. If I had fallen forward instead of back I had a pile of big rocks to the left of the doorway and a black walnut tree and 8x8 fence post right in front of the doorway. It could have been much worse for both of us last week.

On a happier note I have another scissor fob chart to share with you all. I just need to decide between a patchwork heart or bee's on a honeycomb. So until next time, thank you so much for stopping by.

Take Care & Be Safe
Hugs, Sandy


Monday, July 09, 2018

Some Stitchy & Sewing Stuff

Weekend before last we went on our bi-monthly provision the cabin trip into the big city of Billings Montana. We went up to Harbor Freight where I found these.....

Couldn't pass them up at $1.99. They are about 6" long.

Then I got to stop off at Michael's. I was looking for DMC's 35 new colors and DMC said they were available there, well they were not so I picked up five of the new Coloris threads and a pack of plastic bobbins.

and this.......

A cute sewing box for the Vacation Home (aka: the 5th wheel)

I love all of the sewing and stitching themed sayings.

It has a tray inside and a small pocket and pincushion in the lid. 
And to make it even better the cashier flag a 50% off coupon. 

I stitched a small design to try out one of the new Coloris threads 4515.
 "No Matter Where" by Sandra Longan Designs.
I'll turn this into a knob hanger and hang it in the 5th wheel. I'm working on a scissor fob and needle case for the sewing box using Coloris 4513, I should be done with the stitching in a couple of days then on to the finishing.

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by the cabin and having a look around.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Happy Fourth of July !!!!

Wishing you all a


Have an amazing day!!
Hugs, Sandy