Friday, May 31, 2013


Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I've been seeing lots of buzz in blogland about BlogLovin'.  Seems the word is that Google Reader is going away and this is a new platform to keep track of all the blogs you enjoy reading.  I was never a google reader user as I started up with blogger in more recent times.  I see all the blogs I enjoy reading  right there on my page.... which I hope is not going away!

BUT, it is always a good idea to have a back up plan!  :)

So I am now linked up to BlogLovin' if you choose to use this platform and I have put the link in my sidebar ---------------------------------->

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Whichever way you choose to follow, I hope you do!

Have a great day!  Happy stitching!  xxxx

Monday, May 20, 2013

IHSW stitching and more hiking!

I had fun working on SDW for this IHSW weekend!  Another row down and I have started on some new motifs, nice to now stitch something other than letters!  The last row of letters was supposed to be a row of numbers, so I started out with a 10 and then stitched the first initial of all six of the stitchers working on this SAL.  Nicola came up with this idea on hers and I decided to follow suit.

And this past weekend I went exploring yet again!  
This time I went to Southford Falls State Park in Southford, CT.  

The park begins at Papermill Pond, a beautiful expanse of water with fields on both sides for picnic-ing. 

The lilies were almost ready to POP!

Then I came to the top of Southard Falls.....

...and followed down along the side....

...and spotted the falls all along the way.  I got some pics along the way without, thankfully, falling over the edge! lol!

And finally got to the bottom of the falls where Burrs Arch covered bridge spans over the falls.  

The arches in the interior of the bridge, seemed a unique architectural detail....

....and the view of the bottom of the falls from the bridge.

It was such a serene place and I LOVED the sound of the water rushing and falling over the rocks.  It was another beautiful day with the sun shining through all the trails.  

Thanks for coming along on this hike with me!  :)  

This week I think I will give some attention to the neglected Vierlande sampler.  
Hope you all have a fun and stitch-filled week!  xxxx

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Finish of Flowers!

Yes, I am doing a happy dance!!!  I have finished the SM1678 sampler from European Reproductions.

dmc w/32ct antique white Belfast
This sampler was such a joy to stitch!!

I especially loved the rose and the detail in the leaves.  

And also what I believe is a pear and apple tree?  All beautiful colors!  

It feels good to have a finish amid all the large BAPs I am working on because sometimes I felt like I was stitching for months and not getting anywhere.  Nice to have one at the finish line!  

I highly recommend that you check out Sabine's website if you love reproduction samplers, she has so many beautiful patterns at European Reproduction Samplers.  There are definitely a few more on my list to do!  

Thanks so much for all the great comments about my last post of Lover's Leap State Park.  It is wonderful that the weather is perfect for heading outdoors finally!

Enjoy your weekend!  Wishing you all miles of smiles and happy stitches!  xxxxx

Friday, May 10, 2013

Stitching and Hiking...

First, a bit of stitching :)

So it seems that my stitching mojo is back!  Each night this past week I was actually looking forward to stitching, something that has not been the case for weeks.  It feels good to be back in the stitching groove!  I decided to get back to my SM 1678 WIP, the German floral sampler.  It was a nice little break from SDW since it is on 32 count and a bit easier on my eyes.  Here is some of my progress from the week.......

SM 1678

This one is very close to a finish that I hope to share with you all soon!

And now for hiking... 

Those that know me will say 'ReaLLy?! Hiking?'  LOL  Not normally my thing.  I have passed the sign of a local State Park many times, Lover's Leap State Park in New Milford CT.  I have always been intrigued by the name of the park, it seemed both romantic and tragic.  

Today, I finally decided to explore and find out more...
Lover's Leap State Park is a beautiful 160 acre park situated by the Housatonic River.  The 'Falls Bridge' iron bridge was originally built in 1895.  

Fall's Bridge, Lover's Leap State Park

The bridge was refurbished in 2004-2006.  How perfect that it is red, the color of love.

Housatonic River
I found some interesting mushrooms along the way....

And trekked up to the top to the precipice.  Based on Indian legend, the daughter of Chief Waramaug, Princess Lillinonah canoed to her death into the Great Falls when her white lover did not return to her.  Upon his return, he saw her in the rapids and leaped to his death from this precipice in an attempt to save her.  Legend is that both are buried here.  This is where the Housatonic meets up with Lake Lillinonah.

So after taking in the gorgeous view, I began my trek back... down, down, down...  

I am just loving all the trees with the bright spring color.  Everything seems to have leafed out almost overnight!  

Wishing you all a wonderful TGIF! and weekend!  Thanks so much for visiting!  Happy Stitching! xxx

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Stitching Update!

Well, hello there!  How are you all??

It has been a while and I am still struggling with problems with my fingers, but I have improved enough to be able to stitch a little!!  Yay!   I have been plugging along with the SDW Sampler SAL and was happy to finish thru the alpha bands this evening.

SDW Sampler

I think this is about the 2/3 mark, although I will have to back track and do the fill-in on the church.  I am amazed at the size of this stitch and happy that I have taken this journey with the SAL group.  It will be very special when completed.  

This afternoon I watched one of my favorite movies, The Seven Year Itch.  

It is such a fun movie and easy to stitch and watch at the same time.  One of my favorite lines in the movie is when Tom is asked about having a blonde in the kitchen, he says 'Wouldn't you like to know, maybe it is Marilyn Monroe!'  Cracks me up every time :D

Hope you are enjoying this taste of summer we have been having, at least here in the Northeast it is feeling like summer already!  

Have a wonderful week with miles of smiles!!  

Happy stitching!  xxxxx