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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fast Forward to Thanksgiving!

Hi Everyone!  Lately my posts seem to be further and further apart.  I think that is how it goes this time of year as we are busier and busier with the upcoming holidays.

Seems like yesterday Autumn was in full swing!

At the end of October I turned another year older... and received these pretty posies!

On Halloween, I went to the grand opening of Daryl's House, a new club in Pawling NY for a Hall & Oates concert.  What a blast!  Here is a peek into the place.  So rustic, I love it!!  And amazingly enough there were no Halloween costumes except for one couple dressed appropriately as Hall & Oates!  Can't wait to go back to the restaurant too!  If you are in the area it is a great venue to see a show.... Daryl's House.

A week later I went to NYC for the day.  I just love NYC!!  I was lucky to have a beautiful sunny 65 degree day!  In November!  So I spent some time in Union Square Park....

But the main reason for my trip was for a book signing at Barnes & Noble.   What a FAB building!!  Love it!  

The main event was the Jimmy Page book stamping!  What a treat to meet him and shake his hand!  One of the best nights ever!  

A week later I was back in NYC again!  This time to BB Kings Club to see blues man Buddy Guy!  Here he is with young guitar phenom Quinn Sullivan.  It was a super jammin' show!  

And, yes, there is some stitch-y stuff too!  I recently saw Aztec Gold by Queenstown Sampler Designs on a facebook posting so I picked that up with Harriot Redfearn as well.  Can it really be time to start thinking about New Year projects?!

There is also a Scarlet Letter SAL in the works for 2015 too!  We have voting going on right now thru Sunday November 30th.  We will be making a selection from the following samplers... most all of these are primarily cross stitch with some having a sprinkling of specialty stitches.  If you want to join in the vote you can do so at the Our Scarlet Letter Years facebook group, or on the Our Scarlet Letter Years blog.  The more the merrier!  So hard to choose just one!  

And, that brings us to today.... and our first snow of the season!  So beautiful!!

So while it seems I have been coming and going, and coming and going, lol...   I have not had much time for stitching in the last few weeks but I have been working on Christmas ornaments.... still have more to go!  So I will have more to show you next time!

Wishing you a Peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family!  xxxx

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Fun!

Some progress has been made on His Eye is on the Sparrow.  Love each little critter, as each one is done it feels like a small finish :)  

I am amazed at how fast the colors are changing this year.    Some trees are in gorgeous color and some are already bare!  Here is a beautiful spot outside the local coffee shop in Sandy Hook CT...

My friend visited for the day and we went on fall foliage drive through Northwestern Connecticut.  First stop was Kent......

It was such a relaxing drive along the country roads, singing to some tunes, with all the leaves a-fluttering!  Here we are looking out at the hills of Litchfield county..... please try to NOT see all those wires! lol  

We stopped off for a delicious dinner at the White Horse Country Pub in New Preston CT...

...... and I splurged on the decadent Shepherd's Pie!  YUMMMMM!   Such a fun day!

I received a wonderful package in the mail this week.  I was fortunate to win one of the charts in last month's Scarlet Letter blog draw.... Winds on the Wold (which means Meadow).  Elizabeth also sent a sweet Sajou key chain too.  What a sweet pattern and verse!  Thanks so much, Elizabeth!!  This could be my next Scarlet Letter stitch... I have been trying to decide!  

And here is a sweet woodland friend.... a sweet deer that was having a rest after eating a zillion acorns in my yard!  She had a full belly and needed a nap!  lol

Enjoy the beautiful change of season and colors!  Wishing you a wonderful new week!  

Happy stitching!!  xxxx

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Summer's End Finish

A sweet finish to summer.

While a month ago I was frustrated with my eyelet stitches on my Blackbird SAL her sampler, the more I did them the more I started loving them!!  Go figure! 

All while stitching this pretty sampler I had a special personalization running around in my head.  As this was titled 'her sampler' I wanted to add the initials of all the ladies in my family from me to my great-great grandmother, Krista - Carol - Gertrude - Gesine - Meta....

What a super fun SAL.  A BIG thanks to Blackbird Designs for this fab freebie!!  

Wishing you all a wonderful week!  Happy Fall and Happy Stitching!!  xxxx

Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Smiles...

Summer finish!

American Quaker Band Sampler

Summer stitching WIP....  still working on those eyelets!

Blackbird Designs her sampler SAL

Summer's beauty...

Summer naps......zzzzzzz.....

Summer lunch with a friend.... cranzinger chicken salad with pecans and cranberries, SO yum! 

Summer project planning...

Heartstring Samplery ~ His Eye is on the Sparrow

Summer book fair finds!

Summer black raspberry sweetness!  

It is so hard to believe that the end of summer is near.

Wishing you a week filled with miles of smiles and happy stitches!  xxxx