Friday, September 12, 2014

And the winner is....

Hi everyone,
Just stopping by to announce the winner of my giveaway. The winner is....Silvia!

I think I fixed my e-mail in my profile...but in case it isn't fixed, please email me at
mountainstitches@earthlink.net

Have a wonderful day.
Lisa M.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Stitch from Stash update

Hi everyone,
As you can see our leaves have already started to change. Acorns and pinecones are dropping. Our hummingbirds have been tanking up getting ready to leave sometime next week.

Temperatures are getting cooler.










I finished up the model stitching project You can see it here.

I did not do much other stitching as it was a busy month trying to get some outside projects done before the first snow arrives (usually around Halloween). I did start the Prairie Schooler 2013 Santa when DH had a Dr. appointment, just not enough progress for a picture. Hopefully I'll get some more done this week when he goes back for the results.

I spent the rest of my time plowing through boxes that I had in storage. Here is the first set of duplicates. Jeanette Crews Designs Book #812: The Onmibook of Winged Things © 1996 and a Dimensions Gold Collection Winged Elegance Ornaments Set of six  Designed by Todd Trainer © 2000. If anyone would like these, please leave a comment. If more that 1 person is interested, I'll have DH draw a name on the weekend of Sept. 5-7.




Now, for my monthly update for my stitch from stash hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

Mel gave us an extra bonus to spend this month - I did see some new designs that I would love to have - hopefully I'll be good... but some have been calling my name... among them... the Just Nan Miss Witchy Mouse, I'm not sure why I want another mouse... as it was a mouse that had made a nest in my car vent system.  Took care of that and a few rainy days later we had a mouse move into our enclosed front porch.

also...the Lone Elm Lane Designs Halloween Resurrection. I'm not really into Halloween but I just love  that little skeleton dog out for a walk.

and Blackbird Designs Rewards of Merits new offerings are another group that are calling to me.

So far I did not spend anything.  ;)

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Monday, August 4, 2014

July update and Stitch from Stash

Hi everyone,
Where did July go?
Bucky and Samantha had their vet visit for their rabies shot and health check and were given a good report.



(one happy boy)







sleepy girl...















anxious to greet our UPS delivery











We also found out some more info about them from a friend who knew their original owner. They are indeed brother and sister; but not from the same litter. Bucky is 11 years old and Samantha is 8.Their original owner had their beds in his kitchen - that explains why they like to be in the kitchen so much!

DH was sick with a fever on and off for about the past 2 weeks. Waiting to find out if it is from the kidney stone - although Dh thinks that it was just the flu. Got in my JEEP to pick up his medications, only to hear a strange noise coming from the passenger air vents (we figure some critter built a nest). The earliest appointment I could get is later this week.

As my parents are preparing to sell the family home, things I had forgotten about that were stored in their attic have found their way to our front porch - now filled with boxes of craft and stitching kits and magazines. Some of which I can now say "what in the world was I thinking - or what was I going to use that for?" So I expect the next month will be filled with finding long forgotten treasures, some duplicates, and more of the above expressions.

Now, for my monthly update for my stitch from stash hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

My pre-order of  Just Nan design The Charming House of Lindy Mouse from the Silver Needle- was shipped and it just arrived today for a total of $34.00 spent.

So far that's all I spent for the year... I did see some new designs that I would love to have- hopefully I'll be good and stay within my budget for the next month.

I'm finishing up the model stitching project - had to fix a mistake. I am so looking forward to starting something new this week.
Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June Stitch from stash update

Hello everyone,
This month I spent most of my time working on the model stitching piece - hopefully only a few more weeks until it is finished. I was delayed a bit because I was bitten /stung by an insect (either a no see um or a small spider) and my swelled shut - then the next morning my other eye had a black fly bite...so I had about 2 weeks when I could not pick up a needle.


This month I thought that I would share this older exclusive kit from Herrschners Inc. that I had sitting in my finishing basket for quite some time.
Patriotic Heart Coasters © 2001 Jeanette Crews Designs, Inc.
Fabric: 14 ct antique white Aida
DMC Floss, 2 over 1
Stitch count: 31 x 30 each




Now, for my monthly update for my stitch from stash hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.  I did pre-order this exclusive Just Nan design The Charming House of Lindy Mouse from the Silver Needle- but I will count it against my budget when it ships. This month we had a bonus amount to spend over our monthly budget. So far I spent nothing... but there are still a few days left in the month. Hopefully, I'll continue to be good... but we will have to see. 

Have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Visitors and Stitch from Stash update

Hello everyone,
Thanks so much for all your kind words.

Spring has finally arrived. In early May, our hummingbirds and rose breasted grosbeaks returned along with this lovely visitor who stayed for a few days at our feeders.

Our apple trees and crab apples have just started to show blossoms, and our pesky black flies have shown up.

















Now, for my monthly update for my stitch from stash hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching. This month I spent most of my time working on the model stitching piece. I still have a bit more to go until it is done. I stayed off our computer so I can happily say that I stayed within my budget and still did not spend one cent.

I did finish the stitching on 3 smaller pieces that I had in my travel bag.

Snow Country Sleds © 2010 by Cynthia Stalcup Smelcer dba Foxwood Crossings
14 count brown perforated paper
DMC Threads
Stitch Count for each sled 17 x 31, 2 over 1
I still have to trim the perforated paper and attach them to the sleds, but they are mostly done.



Bucky and Samantha update: they don't like thunderstorms, they had their first encounter with a few  frogs that were out at night (I think they were more scared than the little peeper), they haven't figured out where the owl is - not for lack of trying, and they met our neighbor's Maine coon cat.

Until next time, have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April Stitch from Stash update

Hello everyone,
Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments. My email was down for a bit but it seems to be fixed now.

The first week of this month our robins finally arrived... and they brought friends... We woke up to hearing delightful sounds coming from our pond.  We had a pair of ducks arrive for a few days. They left when the temperatures warmed up. Now the delightful sounds we hear are from the frogs. Bucky and Samantha can't figure out where all the peeping is coming from.






Now, for my monthly update for my stitch from stash hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching. This month I spent most of my time working on the model stitching piece. I still have a bit more to go until it is done.

I did finish the stitching on 2 smaller pieces that I keep in my travel bag.


First up is this lovely JBW Designs Joyeux Noel Stocking from Stockings full of Joy booklet #114 Designed by Judy Whitman  © 2003
Fabric: 28ct Antique White Cashel
Threads: GAST, Kreinik #4
Mill Hill Beads
Stitch Count: 69 x 23, 2 over 2









Next is this Blackbird Designs Mr. Turkey Stocking from Thankful November booklet Designed by Barb Adams  © Blackbird Designs 2009
Fabric: 30ct R&R Reproductions Ligonier Latte
Threads: Crescent Colors, GAST, Weeks Dye Works
Stitch Count: 45 x 73, 2 over 2
I was good and did not spend anything on stitching this month. I can't say the same thing for my DH.

He surprised me with this Easter basket.
Did you notice the chocolate bunny is a baseball bunny - that is because DH loves baseball. I usually fall asleep when he has a game on - or I go to my stitching chair and work on a project.


Do you see the pattern hidden behind the chocolate bunny?



Well, there were several patterns hidden inside the larger one.
Stacy Nash Primitives Big Dog Sewing Pouch,
Stacy Nash Primitives Pomegranet Sewing Tray,
Just Nan Oh Deer! with the deer pin,
JBW Designs Alphabet Dogs,
Stitchy Kitty Toadally Nerdy,
And the Victoria Sampler Woodland Birdies.

I mentioned that I was surprised that he didn't include any baseball patterns - He didn't know about any. Hmmm... guess what will be in next gift basket? LOL!

I surprised DH with a basket filled with a few books by Ted Bell and James Patterson, a few movies - one was a baseball movie, and some of his favorite candies - Wint-o-green Lifesavers and Starburst.

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Friday, March 28, 2014

Where are the robins and Stitch from stash update for March

Hi Everyone,
Since my last blog post, I have spent so much more time shoveling and chopping ice than stitching. This is the year for more ice and colder than normal temperatures.We had more snow today and are expecting another 4 to 9 inches this weekend. Last year our robins and red winged blackbirds had arrived by now. Hopefully they will show up soon.

But in case you miss winter, here is a picture from today.


Our turkeys are back.. as you can see... more snow. They have been eating up all the frozen crabapples.













Now for my monthly stitch from stash update for March. (hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching)
I didn't get much stitching done at the end of February through early March as I had injured my hand when I was chopping ice. So as a result, I am behind on the model stitching that I mentioned last post. Sorry- can't post a picture.. but I dug through my finishing basket and found that I had this lovely finished in early January that I had forgotten about.
Dahl horse from Nordic Holiday Booklet 191 © 2013 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
32ct White Jobelan (yes it is white... I took the picture late and forgot to adjust for it)
DMC Threads
Stitch count: 62 x 40, 2 over 2

When I saw this pattern last year, I knew that I had to stitch it... A few years ago before my dear grandmother passed she gave me a special present. It was a little wooden box that contained three little wooden hand made Dahl horses. She told me it was part of my heritage. (my Aunt had a similar package - hers were cream colored and mine were the red ones - We traded one so that now I have 2 red ones and a cream colored one). I had them tucked away in my doll cabinet and showed them to my mother recently. Mom did not know that my grandmother had passed them along to me. Shortly after, Mom gifted me with a beautiful candy dish in the same shape of the red dahl. (I'll share a pic when I get this beautiful piece all finished up).

I stayed off the computer for most of the month so DH could work on our taxes. So I am happy to report that again this month I spent $0.00.

Bucky is doing better. He went back to the vet for a follow up as he got sick from the antibiotics. Samantha went with him, for moral support... but got a quick check up at the same time as we mentioned her energy level was less than Bucky now that he was getting better. And that she loved to lay in the snow banks. Dr. tested her and found that Samantha had hookworms. Luckily we were able to get the medicine for her and her energy level is now improved.
Here is a picture of Bucky now that he is feeling better.
Until next time...Have a wonderful day!
Lisa