Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer Lovin'

Helloooooooo Everyone!  Happy Summer!

Thanks to you all for your comments on my last post.  I know my posts have been less frequent but there was just not enough stitching to show and tell!  There have been a few projects in the works along with some Summertime fun too :)

Here is my Scarlet Letter Mary Gail sampler.  She is really lots of fun!  I am stitching her with dmc threads on 36 ct wren linen from Picture this Plus.  

June and July have flown right by.  In the beginning of June I got to meet a fellow stitcher, Chris from Tot Hill Farm, who happened to be in Connecticut!  We got together for dinner at a Turkish restaurant, which was so delicious!  Yummy dips of hummus, carrot and eggplant...a beautiful colorful palette!  

And here I am with Chris!  For those of you who also read Chris' blog you know she is on the left and I am on the right :)   So much fun finally meeting.  I hope our paths meet again.  

From reading your blogs I know many of you have been gardening and enjoying the Summer season outdoors....  I am not much of a gardener but I LOVE flowers, especially taking pics of them!  At my office, there is a garden on the Town Green called the Parade Path.  Here are some pretty pics from along the walk....

My "vacation" this year was a long weekend away... to Buffalo!  Yes, to Buffalo!  to see the Rolling Stones, of course!  And, of course, it was Fantastic!! :)

And I also spent a day in Niagara Falls!!  I had not been there since I was a teen on vacation with my parents so I was very excited to go back again.  It truly is a breathtaking sight!  Rainbows everywhere!  

Niagara Falls - US and Canada

I drove up the Niagara Parkway in Ontario to a sweet little town on Lake Ontario... Niagara-on-the-Lake.   The flowers are so gorgeous everywhere you go.  The color is a feast for the eyes!  

Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Niagara Floral Clock

Enjoyed a wonderful al fresco Italian lunch before heading back to the Falls to see them all lit up for the fireworks show!  

Fireworks over the American Falls

So it was a whirlwind of fun in just a few days.  I am still enjoying my Summer weekends from home.  I visited my favorite spot by Candlewood Lake......

And spent some time working on stitching my first reproduction sampler.   I have a real admiration now for the ladies who have done countless samplers like this for us to enjoy.  It has been a learning process for me for sure!  I have finally finished the charting process although I can see I have to make some tweaks along the way!  I have finally started putting some stitches to linen and it is exciting to see it start to take shape.  Here are a few sneak peeks of "Lucy"....

So that is what I have been up to lately.  I hope you are enjoying some Summer sun too!  

Til next time.... Happy Stitching and Happy Summer!!  xxxx

Sunday, June 7, 2015

It's Been Awhile......

Hi Everyone!  Yes, I am still here!  Can't believe how fast the months have passed!

You may remember from my last post that I was in the process of moving.. It has taken a bit of time but I am finally all situated.  Pictures hanging on the wall...  and my stitching : )

I have had to do a great deal of downsizing, lots of things sent to Goodwill, but of course not my stitching stash!  I have sorted all my fabrics.... and yet with all this I still don't have the right size or count I need for my project to-do list!  lol!

Gigi has found a new perch........

And I have found my stitching mojo again.....getting back to my many WIPs.  Here is a bit of work on my Red House Sampler.  

Somehow since my last post, it turned from Spring to Summer.....   Mother Nature has bloomed everywhere........

I got back to NYC again.....  met a friend and spent some time in Soho then headed uptown for a club show seeing the lovely Lisa Fischer....

I have also started another new journey... I am charting my first reproduction sampler!  It has been fun learning this process and I look forward to sharing more with you all in the months to come....

So Gigi and I are happy to be settled in our new place.  Can't wait to see what all of you have been up to with your stitching.  Hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend!  xxxx Krista & Gigi too!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jersey Girls

Is everyone as ready for Spring as I am??  I love the winter and I love the snow but even I am ready for some pretty blooming flowers and warm temps!

This past weekend I finally went to the amazing exhibit at the Morven Museum in Princeton NJ.  

It was the first needlework exhibit I have had the chance to see.  And what a treat, 150 antique samplers and needlework from schoolgirls throughout all the counties of New Jersey!  

From the cover of the catalog you can see some of the pretties.  No pictures were allowed but I did pick up some beautiful note cards.  Almost too pretty to use!  

On the left is Ann Stockton; the right is Sarah L. Blackwood.  Luscious silks and threads.  

On the left is Elizabeth Hammell; on the right is Rebecca Mount.  Love the precious animals in the foregrounds.  

It was really amazing to see all the specialty stitches that were used and all the linens.  Hard to fathom all the hours it took these young girls to accomplish these works.  

Princeton is a great college town.  It was such a fun day meeting up with facebook stitchers for lunch and walking through the Morven gallery.  

The exhibit is running until March 29th and I highly recommend you go, go, go! if you can!  It is well worth the visit!  

No stitching updates to share right now... still busy packing, packing, packing for my move.  I can't wait to get back into the stitching swing again.  

Have a wonderful week!  Happy Stitching!  xxxx

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Winter WIP

Hi there!   Hope you have enjoyed your Valentine's Weekend!  It has been like Siberia here in the Northeast, -16 degrees with the wind chill!  Brrrrrrrrr!!  Best to keep in and stitch!

I have a bunch of WIPs started but a friend of mine found the OOP Red House Sampler chart by the Scarlet Letter that I have been searching for from some time!  Soooooo, I started another WIP! lol

I am stitching this one with the called for dmc thread on 36 ct Lentil Lakeside Linen.  

I did do a bit more on Jenny Bean too...........

This is what we have been seeing a lot of is quite pretty but I am looking forward to Springtime!

All this snow though makes for snow days which has worked out for the best for me.   I am moving next month and have been spending lots of time sorting through my things... can't believe how much I have accumulated!  Finding lots of things I did not even know I had...... like this wonderful Hardwicke Manor hoop!  :)

So that is what has been keeping me super busy, and probably will for the next month too!  

This weekend I also posted a new interview to the Our Scarlet Letter Years blog.  Ilana is the featured stitcher and her samplers are quite stunning if you have some time to take a peek here.

I have not spent much time on blogger lately but am off right now to take a look see at what you all have been up to too!  

I am glad to see the days are already getting longer... I took this sunset just a few days ago.  

Enjoying the SNL 40th anniversary special this evening... what is your favorite?  Hard to pick one but I loved the cheeseburger, cheeseburger, no coke, pepsi!  lol

Keep cozy warm and happy stitching!!  xxxx

Monday, January 19, 2015

So far so Good!

Helloooooooo Everyone!

January started off in a good way... especially New Year's weekend.  So far I have a few stitches in each of my planned New Year starts!  Yay!

The one that has gotten most of my attention is Scarlet Letter's Jenny Bean....I am having a lot of fun with this one.

Ann Tarbox also got started.  This is the first time I am working on floba fabric and I love it!  

The next two have not gone very far at all, but even a few stitches count :)  Here is Mary Gail and Hannah Pepper.  

I love them all so it is hard to decide which one to work on when!  

On the Scarlet Letter Years blog, a new interview was posted up for Melinda of Merry Wind Farm!  I know many of you, while not on the Scarlet Letter Years blog read Melinda's blog and may enjoy checking out her interview here!

Had some fun last weekend... went to my favorite place..... NYC!  

Met some friends at Jazz Standard to see the awesome Lisa Fischer!  She is well known as back up singer for the Rolling Stones and also starred in the movie 20 Feet from Stardom.  This time she was in the spotlight with her band Grand Baton and it was a truly magical evening!  

So that is what I have been up to so far this New Year.  That and trying to stay warm in this polar vortex weather!  lol

Hope you all are staying warm and having lots of stitching time!  xxx  

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Wow, two posts in one week!  :)

I just put the stitches in one final ornament and finish for 2014...  this is from Little By Little.. Sleigh Bird...

Looking back on 2014 I was surprised at how many finishes I have accomplished!  While not all were started in 2014 these were all done in the year...... 

And already I have BIG plans for the New Year too!  Lots of SALs to join in!  
There are two for the Scarlet Letter.... Mary Gail...still not sure about the fabric choice lol - either Peanut Butter Pie YUM! :) or PTP Wren, and Jenny Bean with Lakeside Linen Tarnished Silver.  

And I will make a second attempt at Hannah Pepper!  I am going with 36 ct cream.  There will be a lot of encouragement with this SAL and the dedicated facebook group.  

And yet a fourth!  Ann Tarbox is another facebook SAL..... for this one I am trying out 35ct cream Floba fabric.  

So it looks like is should be a fun stitch-y year with like-minded stitch-y friends!!  

I hope you are having a fun time ringing in the New Year.  I am sitting cozy at home with my Gigi... here she is sitting on her Christmas monkey lol.  We are watching Rockin' New Years Eve and the Times Square Ball drop.  Tradition.  :)  

A toast to you ALL for a Healthy and Happy New Year filled with happiness and peace and lots of stitching!!  xxxxx  Krista 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Christmastime is here!  Happiness and cheer!

Another busy month has passed, and yes, I have some bits of stitching to show this time.  It has been ornaments for a few weeks now, gifts for friends and family...

These are the Peace Pin Buttons I changed into ornaments featured in a JCS Ornament issue...

And a sweet bunny with a holiday wish....

And a peppermint holiday treat too!

I still have one more to go!!  Will show you next time!
As you can see, I stitch my ornaments on perforated paper partly because I love working on the paper and partly because I am very challenged when it comes to finishing!  lol!  

One of my New Year's resolutions is going to be to trying to finish an ornament the way I see all you in the blog world do so lovely with linen and trim and stuffing :)

Everyplace I go holiday is in the air.  I had a day out with my Long Island friend and we visited some of our favorite places here in Connecticut.  

Shakespeare's Garden was done up in wreaths and Christmas trees, it felt like a winter wonderland!

I could not resist snapping this pic with the scissors and twine....

After some shopping, we headed to Pawling NY to Daryl's House for an early dinner... and were lucky to hear some of the sound check for the performer slated that evening, Kasim Sultan. 

A toast to the holidays.....a Peekskill Brewery Eastern Standard IPA.  Grapefruit-y!

After the sound check the lights were dimmed and it was so beautiful with all the holiday decorations. 

I did get a bit of new stash :)  
A couple for the New Year SAL... Jenny Bean and Mary Gail plus a few extras, of course!

Even Gigi has gotten dressed up for the holidays!  

I have been watching many of the holiday classic movies the last few weeks... White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Elf!, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and more... Do you have a favorite?  

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with happiness, joy, and love!  xxxx