Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Thanksgiving House - A Thanksgiving Freebie

Good morning, punkins. Hubby and I rolled in from our camping trip Sunday evening. It was such a nice get away. While hubby enjoyed the sights and sounds of nature, I enjoyed hours and hours of uninterrupted stitching time. I was able to stitch 5 Christmas ornaments πŸ˜³πŸ˜ƒ!!! I will be  sharing these  later . I tell you my needles were on fire ! In fact I am still in awe that I was able to do that. Lol.  But I will give you a hint about my new ornaments. They go along with my Prim Winter ornies that  I posted last year. 

On Friday,  Mr. Pinker came back to camp from the woods, and we took a little ride to town. I found the best thrift shop where I found lots of goodies all for a dollar or 2.  I got this needlepoint sewing basket for just $3 ,and it was filled with goodies including some floss. 

                

 A sweet little rabbit and a duck planter also made their way into my buggy .  Hmm, how did that happen? lol  .I can already imagine them in future Easter displays. 

                

Oh lookie! A  1948 Children's dictionary- This will makes it way on to one of my school desks. 

 What luck to find such sweet vintage goodies. 


 On the way home, I made  a super quick stop at the Goodwill and eeeeh! A small patriotic quilt. It is machine pieced and quilted and for $2.99 , I was doing a jig all through the store. 

Now, as far as hubby goes, he did not come home with a deer , but that is ok. He enjoyed the hunt as well as some fishing time which is all that mattered.  

 I hope your weekend was just as enjoyable as mine. 

Well I have a little stitch to share with you. I  have officially started Thanksgiving stitching. 

Last year for Thanksgiving, I stitched Turkey Creek Manor or as my IG friend, Lisa called it Turkey on the Roof. Lol . I like that name a lot better.

 Wel,l I knew I wanted a house similar to this one. This time no  turkeys are roosting on the roof, but I do have pumpkins growing on the roof. 😳 Now who is going to get up there to pick them? Any volunteers? 

             

Thanksgiving House looks perfect with the sweet Gather sign from dear Shelly , and underneath my tray is a doily given to me by sweet Pat; her mama crocheted it years ago. What a treasure. 

 The turkeys are all milling about in the yard just like the turkeys do here at my little homestead.  It wouldn't surprise me one bit if I was to look out the window this  very minute  and see a dozen turkeys or more scratching and pecking. 

                       

Now what about this house with the door off center? Lol I just wanted to give the house a little character. I like unusual houses, and I just had a hankering to stitch a quirky little house.  If an off centered door drives you nuts, you could certainly change it by placing the door where the middle window is, and it would be just as lovely. 

Did you know that on October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation to make the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving? This may not have happened if it was not for the persistence of Ms Sarah Josepha Hale who launched a letter campaign for an official observance of Thanksgiving.  That is why I added the date to my little stitch.  If you would like to read more about Lincoln's proclamation, click here  where you will be directed to the National Park Services site on Lincoln and Thanksgiving. 

If you would like to stitch this little Thanksgiving house, I invite you to check out my little pdfs. 

 Many of you know , but I always like to leave this little disclaimer.  

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding that I  have to put each page on separate pdf downloads because of the devices I use. I apologize for that.  And I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and stitching my little designs. 

Click here for the instruction page. 


NOTE & OOPS !  I failed to mention on the instruction page that I used 1 strand of white to create panes in the small window. 

Click here for the colored chart. 



Click here for the black and white chart.



I think I am going to enjoy  this beautiful autumn day with some stitch time on the porch. So what about you? What do you have on the agenda for the day?   Oh, I hope it is something fun with needle or thread or maybe a crafty project. I certainly do wish you a fabulous day . Thank you so much for the sweet visit and as always..

Happy stitching, ya'll

Melisa

Thanksgiving is a festival which will never become obsolete for it cherishes the best affections of the heart- social and domestic. Sarah Josepha Hale

Hugs and Stitches!!!

Dedicated to my sweet sister Amy who always made the best potato salad for Thanksgiving. 











Friday, October 15, 2021

A Little Tale and an Autumn 1817 Quilt

Good afternoon, sweet friends. Hubby and I picked up our boots , loaded up the camper and hit the happy trails for a good ole' camping trip.

 Of course, I  loaded my bags with all kinds of quilting and stitching goodies to stitch the weekend away as hubby is going to be hunting and fishing.  

 Well let me tell you about the 1st leg of our adventure which started last night on our arrival. We arrived at the campground where a lot of full timers live , and I asked  hubby, "Ok what number are we?" 

Hubby replied, "He didn't give us a number- he said we will see it. It is on the outside." 

 "Hmmm . What does that mean ? " I asked  "Is our name posted at the campsite? "

 Well we looked like a couple of buzzards circling through the full time sites and then back through the parking lot by the bath house. We circled and circled and circled. Around and around we went.  And nope not a campsite with our name on it.  Hubby called the office. - No answer . 

So after about our 5th circle, 2 vehicles drove upon us as we maneuvered in the parking lot again . The gentleman and nice lady asked if they could be of help to hubby,  and he  promptly told them of the situation. 

They all looked around. Hmmm where could this elusive camping spot be? The advertisement said "Get back to nature but with full amenities."  

Well the sweet lady made a call and then told hubby "Well you are here;  you made it!"   πŸ™‹

"What? " A parking lot? "

 " Yes " , she proclaimed " The office manager said just maneuver your camper beside the other camper in the parking lot . Electric is near the bathhouse and you will have to share your water. The other camper is using the sewer."  


Ok can you imagine our stunned look? 😲😳

Well with no place to go, hubby backed on into the campsite. Not the "back to nature  quilting and stitching camping trip"  I had in mind.   But oh, well . What's one to do when it is almost bedtime. 

This morning hubby has been looking for new campground, but everything is booked within 20 miles . But being the Positive Polly that I am , I told him that is ok- he can go on his hunting/ fishing adventure. I am going to be perfectly fine enjoying every stitching minute- and I can certainly take a little jaunt to find that "Back to Nature" spot when I am ready. 

Now that you are caught up on today's going ons. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„ Let's talk about a finish! Woo Hoo! I'm doing the happy dance !!!  πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ 

Here lately,  I feel as I have been as slow as a turtle stuck in the mud about getting any quilting completed. But I got myself into gear and whipped up a quick prim quilt. 

First off, I took loads of yellow scraps that were just mocking me in my scrap bin,  and  I pieced them willy nilly without a care in the world. 

" I am going to wrangle you boys into a sweet autumn quilt , "I told those scraps.  

Oh, boy, look at those wavy strips.

  A little calico border will tame those waves down.  

Next, I took a hunka fabric out of an old orange plaid shirt and cut me a grand ole'  pumpkin.


 Sorry ,hubby, your shirt was needed for a quilting emergency. 

 I appliqued it  along with a crow to add to the mix. It didn't take long to hand quilt this little baby with freehand swirls and twirls.  


Now it is bound and ready for display. 

That is my story for the day- camping and fall quilting. 

            

Not too exciting but still I am doing a happy dance even at the campground in a parking lot. Lol. πŸ˜πŸ’ƒ

Thank ya'll so much for taking the time to visit me today. You always bring a smile to my day . As always...

Happy stitching, ya'll

Melisa

                

I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needleworkers to meet. 

Alycia's of Alycia Quilts for Finished of Not Friday

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop-Friday

Michelle  at From Bolt to Beauty for Beauty Pageant 144   - Friday

Wendy at Wendy's Quilts for Peacock Party - Friday 

Frederique at  Applique Patchwork Quilting for Patchwork & Quilts #69    - Saturday

Angela of  So Scrappy  for Scrap Happy Saturday

Life is better when you are happy. 

 Have a gourdgeous day!

Hugs and Stitches !!!

Dedicated to my sweet sister, Amy who always made lemonade out of lemons. Love ya, Amo! 











Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Little Bits "Treats" - A Halloween Freebie

 Good morning,  sweet friends. Come on in and grab ya  a plate and a fall mug! 

I have apple cider or of course there is good ole' iced sweet tea.  I have been doing a little baking. So how about some Hot Apple dip? It is yuuummy!

 I have been hankering to try this recipe out for some time, and today was the perfect day.  Here is the recipe just in case you might want to try it. I am thinking maybe a sweet treat for the upcoming holidays. 

HOT APPLE PIE DIP 

Makes 2 cups or 16 servings. 

INGREDIENTS 

1 8 oz. block of cream cheese softened

2 Tablespoons of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1 apple chopped and divided

1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 

1 T of finely chopped pecans

wheat thin crackers or you favorite snack crackers

 DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix cream cheese, sugar and spice until well blended. Stir in half of the apples. Spread into pie plate or small casserole dish. Top with remaining apples,  cheddar cheese and nuts. Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Serve with crackers. 

Now , you know anything with cream cheese and brown sugar has to be delicious! Lol. 

Yesterday I shared with you a Little Bits freebie called "Tricks" .

If you missed Tricks , click here and you can visit that post.   

Well today is "Treats" . "Treats" has 2 of the sweetest younguns dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes.  

Treats is the same size as Tricks measuring 40 x 40. I stitched mine on 14 count coffee/tea dyed aida .  

If you would like to stitch this little designs, please check out the pdfs below and my little disclaimer. 

Many of you know , but I always like to leave this little disclaimer.  

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding that I  have to put each page on separate pdf downloads because of the devices I use. I apologize for that.  And I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and stitching my little designs. 

Click here for the instruction page. 

Click here for the colored chart.    



Click here for the black and white chart. 


Now before you leave. Do tell . What was one of your favorite Halloween costumes as a child?

                                  

 Living on the farm, I did not get to go trick or treating often, and if we did go, it was a quick trip. Any whoo,   I remember I dressed as Fred Flintstone  in a plastic mask one year and  another year I dressed as  Criss the Catman of Kiss . Lol what was up with me dressing up like guys? 🀷No explanation there because I am quite girly. πŸ’‹πŸ’–Lol. Maybe I  was just getting  the cheapest costume. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†. 

Hmmm -now I am puzzled, and I better make a call to  mom to see why I dressed as boys for Halloween as a kid. Lol.πŸ˜‚πŸŽƒ Thank you for stopping by checking out my "Treats" design. I hope you got to reminisce a bit about your childhood Halloween costumes as well. Sending you lots of hugs and wishing a you the most awesome day. You know why? - Because YOU are AWESOME!!! . As always...

Happy stitching, ya'll

Melisa

There is still a child in every one of us who is a trick or treater looking for a brightly lit front porch. 

Hugs and Stitches!!!

Dedicated to my sweet Baby Sis, Amy. I miss you. ❤❤❤


I am loving my apple pieces gifted to me by Shelly and my dear sis, Amy. They make me smile each time I pass the counter. 











Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Little Bits " Tricks"- A Halloween Freebie

Have I told you how blessed you all make me feel? I am truly grateful . The kind words, compliments and messages really mean so much to me. I so appreciate so many of you who have checked on me these last few weeks  and sent warm, comforting words after my sweet sister received her angel wings. That truly means so much that you would take the time to pop in for a visit or send me a message . It  certainly has  brightened my days.  I feel sad that I have not been able to share as much on IG or my blog and even sadder that I haven't been able to visit with you as much, but I am sure ya'll understand .  There are the ups and downs that go along with such a tragedy, and I am trying to work my way through. I'll get there though. 

  A few days ago, hubby brought in a box. He said it was quite heavy and asked "What have you ordered?" Lol.  "I think some fabric. "  I responded with the usual answer.  After looking at the box, I realized it was a sweet gift from my friend, Shelly.    As I opened the box and carefully unwrapped each piece, I was moved to tears and stunned. Shelly hit the nail on the head with each piece that she gifted. It was like Christmas and truly warmed my heart. 

Lots of floss, and aida to keep me stitching for quite awhile. 

                                      

Eeeh! Look at these Christmas ornaments. They will adorn my farm tree and retro tree. 

The tobacco baskets are perfect since I grew up on a tobacco  and cattle farm.

                 

  I cried when I saw the ornament  Shelly picked out for my sister. I am not embarrassed to say that this ornament will stay out year round. The cross is already with my sis's photo. 

                    

 More fall goodies for me to play with.

 I am dreaming of a fall hutch display.  Thank you so much , Shelly.  

                 

 Then my dear friend , Connie who knows my love crows sent me a fat quarter of the most "stinking cute" crows I have ever seen. 

This fabric immediately took me back to my childhood with my Nanny repeating crow rhymes too me. Aren't these floss drops precious?  I can not wait to add put them on a ring and add them to a fabulous project. Thank you , Connie. I love them. 

 And then sweet Sandie sent me some fabulous gingerbread men.

 She had made a super cute gingerbread quilt and generously gifted me some little gingerbread men to make their way into a  quilt of my own. Oh, I am so excited!  I so appreciate your generosity, Sandie.  

 I have to say that I feel very humbled but extremely grateful . 

Now let's talk stitching! I have been working on a few Halloween pieces even though Halloween is almost here, I thought that I would share. They would be cute for last minute stitching or for next year. Today , I am sharing with you "Tricks" !   "Treats" will come later. 

 Oh , that reminds me - sweet Nancy on IG  has some amazing finishes and she sometimes takes her cross stitching  and appliques them to gift bags . They are darling. How clever is she! This stitch would be cute for a treat bag. 

"Tricks" is a small measuring 40 x 40. I stitched mine on 14 count tea/ coffee dyed aida which brought it to about  2 7/8" squared. Wouldn't it look precious on orange , lime green or even purple fabric? Oh the possibilities . I used 6  DMC floss  colors which were 937, 310 , 838, 920, 754, and 782. But by all means use whatever strikes your fancy. That is what makes it fun.  Because I like to live dangerously and stitch too close to the edge, I decided to make mine into a little pillow. Although I was originally thinking ornament. 

If you would like to stitch "Tricks" , I invite you to check out the pdfs below. This is a quick little stitch and you could have it whipped up no time flat. 

Many of you know , but I always like to leave this little disclaimer.  

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding that I  have to put each page on separate pdf downloads because of the devices I use. I apologize for that.  And I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and stitching my little designs. 

Click here for instruction page. 

Click here for colored chart. 



Click here for black and white chart. 


Though you haven't seen Treats yet, it has the same border and colorways and pair perfectly together. 

That's all for me - well at least for right now.  Remember, you are awesome and I appreciate you so much. And thank you so much , my friends for stopping by. You are the spice to my pumpkin! As always...

Happy stitching, ya'll

Melisa

Trick or Treat. Bags of sweet. Ghosts are walking down the street. 

Hugs and Stitches !!!

Dedicated to my sweet Baby Sister, Amy. Love ya, Amo. 




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