"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." ((Proverbs 31:13)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Autumn Leaves Drift Past My Windows...

Oh my goodness, but it is a very cold fall day here in Massachusetts.  Yesterday the sky was a mixture of a very darkened eastern sky, and a grayish blue with the sun trying to peak from behind the clouds in west.  All around our neighborhood we are surrounded by towers of lovely trees, glowing with the gorgeous fall colours.  You can tell that I absolutely love this season!

The other day, I pulled out my autumn needlework pieces and decided to do a little decorating with them in the house.  When Bruce and I went to Pennsylvania this summer, we found some wonderful frame stands in an Amish country store, perfect for displaying some of our needlework.   Here are just a few of my favorite pieces.

Distance photos just don't do justice to these pieces, so I thought that I would add a few close-up's too.
"Autumn Basket" (Sunflower Samplings)
"Falling Leaves" (Prarie Grove Peddler)  
"Autumn Leaves" (Elizabeth's Designs)

Although like every other stitcher, I too am always adding to my "stash" of pieces that I just can't wait to stitch.  Although some of these patterns were among some of my older "stash", I had such fun stitching them.  After all, with the way the economy affects all of us in our spending now, I am so grateful that I can "shop" in my own closet now for something new to stitch!

By the end of the weekend, I should have "Quaker Faith" finished!  It is turning out really nicely, and of course I am an avid Quaker designs stitcher, so I love it!  So, I will be posting my finished piece soon, I hope.  Then I will be starting some Christmas ornaments.  My daughter-in-law, Gwen,  put a whole bunch of stitcky notes in  my 2009 & 2010 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments issues, noting her favorite ornaments...hint...hint:) 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

With October Comes the Pumpkins and the Autumn Leaves....

Autumn is my very favorite season of the year.  The scents of spice fill the air, and when the leaves turn to their most magnificent colours of gold, rust, cinnamon, crimson and orange, the beauty of God's earth just fills my spirit with joy!    Of course, anyone who knows me well, knows that I will use any excuse to indulge myself in a nice pot of tea, which is the perfect compliment to my stitching pleasure, and especially on a cool autumn day.

Oh my goodness, these past few weeks have been a "whirl", and it is already the middle of October!  Time to hang up some of my favorite October needlework pieces!  Here are just a few hanging in my sewing room.

After a second surgery last week, which went very well, I am at long last beginning to regain strength, and when I finally felt like I wanted to pick up my needle and thread again over the weekend, my husband gave a big sigh of relief.  He knew that I if I wanted to stitch, then I MOST definintely must be feeling better!

Every day I have worked a little bit more on "Quaker Faith" (Little by Little Designs), and it is about three quarters finished now.  My goal, is that by the weekend, when my hubby has some time to go with me to our favorite framer's shop, I will be able to take the piece with me for framing.  I am so excited about the prospect!

Last Sunday afternoon, our son, Kevin and his wife, Gwen, arrived with our little grandson, Emery.  They had been attending a wedding in New York, and decided to surprise us by driving to Massachusetts to surprise us.  What a wonderful treat!

Little Emery is now 9 months old and is cuter than ever.  He has the most infectious smile, and such a wonderful disposition for his age.  Even his pediatrician says that he has never seen a happier, more content baby.  He and his Daddy are great buddies!

Of course, Emery is completely decked out in his total Halloween baby gear, complete with pumpkin binky!

Consider the Lilies of the Field

Consider the Lilies of the Field
"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the Lilies of the Field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these." Matt: 6: 28-29)