Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I'm baaaaack!!!

Hello, old friends!  Yes, I know.  It's been a very, very long time since I posted.  Life has kept me very busy.  And there just hadn't been time for blogging in all that craziness.  But I am here now, and I hope to go back to regular updates on my stitching, scrapping and traveling.

There is so much stitching that has been done since that last, long ago update.  Most of it, though, has been model stitching for Mom.  I hope to share some of that in a week or two during/after the show at St Charles.  Meanwhile, here are three pieces that I not only finished, but managed to get framed as well.  First up is Penny America by Tree of Life Samplings:
I stitched this using Weeks threads on a piece of Picture This Plus fabric.  I've forgotten the name of the color, but it has a lovely distressed tone to it.

Next is Christmastide by Pineberry Lane.  This one is stitched on a piece of Cauldron linen by PTP, either 36 or 40 count:

And finally, I have Feast of Friendship by Blackbird Designs.  This one is stitched on an old piece of 30 count R&R fabric, using the called for threads.  I'm really happy with how it turned out:

This past weekend, Mom and I headed up to Cherokee, NC, to listen to the Trace Adkins concert.  We played a few games at the casino, and then spent our Sunday morning visiting the Mountain Farm Museum inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Did you know that the GSM Nat'l Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?  Apparently, there is an amazingly diverse collection of flora and fauna in the region.  It is certainly a beautiful place to spend your time.  The area around the farm museum was beautiful, and the weather was just cool enough that you weren't uncomfortable walking around.  I liked the gourd birdhouses:

Don't you feel calmer just looking at this sweet little farmstead?

Of course, Mom being Mom, she hunted down the most important building right away...

So thankful we don't have to use those things anymore!  The farm is right next to a beautiful shady bit of the Oconoluftee River.  You could walk right up to the river's edge and dip your toes in, if you were so inclined:

 The sound of the water rolling softly over the rocks made me feel peaceful and happy.  I hope to visit again soon... and maybe spend a few days in this mountain wonderland.

That's about it for today.  I promise not to be such a stranger in the future.  Til next time, stay safe, and stay creative!


Margaret said...

It's so good to see a post from you!!!! I love all your framing -- gorgeous pieces!! lol about your mom finding the most important building. I'm cracking up over that. lol!

Ellen said...

Gorgeous stitching and beautifully framed too!


Chris said...

Beautiful finishes! And they are framed too!
Looks like you and your Mom had a great roadtrip!!

Melissa said...

Welcome back! Love all your beautiful finishes :)

And never say never on using an outhouse ;) Might be in the back woods one of these days and it'll be either the woods or the outhouse hehe.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

So glad to see you are posting again! Your framed pieces are fabulous! I enjoyed the Smokies, too, when I was there a few years ago. I have yet to be disappointed by a national park.

Blu said...

Gorgeous finishes! And beautifully framed too.

Myra said...

Gorgeous finishes Robin. I loved seeing your stitching at the meeting - you do lovely work. Looks like you and Louise had a great time in the mountains.