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Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Spooky Day

Happy Happy Halloween and welcome!  Are you ready for a day of treats and not tricks? I  sure am. 

 

Joy at Days Filled with Joy blog is so generously  hosting an Autumn SAL. She will be providing a portion of a mystery embroidered piece over 5 weeks. These are free for just 1 month  after that there will be a nominal fee . Joy has already released WEEK 1's and WEEK 2's stitch . I will be working on a bit of embroidery today. 

Last week , I began a new project.  Lots and lots of hexies. More will be cut out today. 


Brenda at Songbird Designs has a new link party on Mondays. Hope you will pop in and visit. She always has something fun going on.


Tonight I will be a busy bee.  I will be packing up all of the Jacks and Cats. See you next year , sweet Halloween kitties. 


 

Time to look at last week's goal week. Wheeew ! I was not too productive. 




Did I Get er' Done?   Well.... Last week's goals were: 

🧡  Finish Gingerbread embroidery

🧡 Spend at least 15 minutes a day quilting on the Easter Quilt. Yep, I am still working on it. πŸ˜’πŸ™„

❌🧡 Work on butterfly blocks. 

🧡 Work on Halloween Churn Dash Quilt

🧡 Work on a Christmas ornament. 

🧡 Continue working on "A Wish" 


Well I got a grade of 50 on this past week's assignment . Oh bummer! I will try for a better score this week. 

What's the Plans for the Week?  Well....

🧡Work on Easter Quilt
🧡 Work on Autumn SAL embroidery
🧡 Work on a new Cross Stitch Christmas ornie. 
🧡 Heading out on a new Camping adventure. Woo Hoo!

I am off to make treat bags for the youngins. Wishing you the most spooktacular day!

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa

Thank you for the sweet visit. 

Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night...- Linus

Hugs and Stitches!!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤

Dedicated to my baby sister, Amy. I imagine you would have had a great costume and  I know you would have been taking the boys trick or treating.  Love and miss you, Amo.


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 needle workers to meet. 

Melva at Melva Loves Scraps for Sew & Tell- Sunday

Beth at Love Laugh Quilt  for Monday Making
Judy at Small Quilts Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday
Joy at Days Filled with Joy for This and That
Brenda at Songbird Designs for Monday Musings

Linda at Texas Quilt Gal for To Do List Tuesday - Tuesday

Have a safe and ghoulish night! 

Sunday, October 30, 2022

October Sunday Happenings

Is this a face only a mother could love? Oh, I think she is adorable !πŸ€— Hmmm! What should I name her? Petunia? Maybe. 

 The other night Mr. Pinker received a phone call from our neighbor who said  that one of our pigs was on the loose. So he immediately jumped in the truck and drove down to the farm. Wheww! Our pigs were safe and sound , but  he did find this sweetie  at the bottom of the driveway. We figure someone was tired of feeding  her and dumped her out knowing that we raise pigs . Yesterday I had to drive  out to the barn to meet this gal.  Hopefully, we will find where  she belongs soon. 

Later in the day, I went out to mom's and watched the nephews carve their Halloween pumpkins.  A Happy Jack and a deer pumpkin.  The boys did a pretty good job if I do say so. 

 Grab you some roasted pumpkin seeds. They are oh so yummy and a bit spicy.

 I roasted these using a dash of this and that including butter, Worcestershire sauce, Tony Chacheres which I put on everything and a bit of Chicka  Licka Bam Bam.  

I squeezed in one more Halloween finish . This is Bent Creek's Happy Halloween which was gifted to  me by dear Robin. Thank you Robin. I loved stitching this piece. I hope to fully finish it today into a little pillow. 


For my slow stitching Sunday project, I will be  plopping down in my comfy stitching chair and giving my Easter quilt some love.πŸ’œ❤ I am almost finished with the body of the quilt, and then it will be time for the border.  



Eeeh ! I am so excited. I can see the light on this project. 🌞

  Look  at this cutie patootie project that my dear friend, Patrica gifted me. It is called   "Welcome Fall" by Kathy Schmitz.  I hope to get all of the brown stitching completed today. 

 
For my Santa Sunday stitch, I have this little guy in the works. I hope to share him soon. He is coming along. 


Can you believe it has been a year since I shared my Frosty McChill embroidery blocks? 


It is that time again ! Time for another  Snowman Embroidery SAL. This one will be called Flurry & Flakes  and will be just a small wall hanging size. So if you are interested , please drop in on Thursday November 3rd for the 1st block and all of the info. 

Cute Snowman Image Retro

Well that is my Sunday happenings.  I am so grateful that you stopped in for a visit. Have a wonderful day and as always...



Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa 

Spread happiness and Sparkle!!!

Hugs and Stitches!!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤

Dedicated to my baby sister, Amy   . I love and miss you Amo.  

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 needle workers to meet. 

Frederique at   Quilting Patchwork Applique for Patchwork & Quilts - Saturday

Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

Kate at Life in Pieces for  Stitching Stuff ( Sunday) 

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap - Sunday 

Melva at Melva Loves Scraps for Sew & Tell- Sunday

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Wordless Wednesday- Travel and Adventure

 Happy Wednesday ya'll. I just wanted to pop in with a not so Wordless Wednesday post and share some of photos from my recent trip. They are mainly from South Dakota and a couple of photos from Alliance , Nebraska. Hope they bring a smile to your day .

The Corn Palace- Mitchell, SD
Carhenge, Alliance, NE

Mount Rushmore, SD


The Badlands, SD


The Badlands, SD


Have a beautiful and blessed  day, my friends and as always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa

Thank you for the sweet visit. 

The journey matters more than the destination. 

Hugs and Stitches!!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤

Dedicated to my baby sister, Amy . Wish you had been on the trip.   Love and miss you, Amo  

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Jacks, Jacks and More Jacks - Halloween Hutch Tour

Good morning, punkin! Welcome! Well my hutch is crammed full of spookiness. And I thought it would be so much fun to play a little game. How many pumpkins and jacks can you spot on my hutch?  πŸŽƒAre you up to challenge? Aaah come on!  πŸ˜ƒ

Ok Let's play! 

The theme of my hutch was Jacks , Jacks and more Jacks. I left the black and white buffalo check shelf runners on the shelves though you can not see them from all of the Halloween clutter 🧐😳. In the background, I used my orange Dollar Tree plates.

 On the top of the hutch is a leaf garland from the Dollar Tree and a sweet felt candy corn garland purchased years ago. I never change out the top of my hutch . That is where I store my Campbell's Soup tin and Coca Cola crates and bottles, but I did add a Dollar Tree sign to the top . ( You wanta know what's in the soup tin? I store plates in there. ) 

 

On the top shelf is a very toothy paper mache box that I found on one of my thrift stores runs. 

My daughter gifted me the "Too Cute to Spook" owl.  In the smiling Jack container is a Homespun Elegance piece called "Oh to Be A Witch" . 

 Years ago, I stitched "Jolly Jack" from  All Through the Night. The frame is too small for it , but I still love it. 

Let's hop down to the 2nd shelf. 

A big smiling Dollar Tree jack sits on a Dollar Tree book .

 Finished on a tin tray is With thy Needle and Threads " Spirits and Spells . Below it is "Hocus Pocus" , one of my itty bitty design that I shared yesterday. 

 One of my favorite pieces is the paper mache Jack standing on a box. I got him for a dollar years ago.

 Behind him is a wooden jack. In the old golden compote stand is a jack that my daughter bought me years ago.

Big Jack and Little Jaxs was a freebie I shared in 2020.  There is 3 jacks on it. 

 The little wicked witch below is one of my wool appliques. She is a bit creepy. Don't you think? 

Down we go to the bottom shelf. 

I changed the bowl in the old juicer to an orange Dollar Tree bowl and filled it with picks and an pumpkin.

 In the corner is a freebie called Jacks and Crows from Primitive Betty. Betty posted it on her blog on June 25, 2014.  Ooooh! there is 5 jacks in that stitch.

 Below it is a little pumpkin sitting in a vintage mason jar lid that I found sitting in the bottom of a  creek. Yes! I  braved the cold water for that treasure. 

Sitting on the Dollar General cauldron mug is my Hazel Ewe. She was finished on a paper mache box. Can you guess where I bought the box? Yep. the Dollar Tree. πŸ˜ƒ Gotta love the Dollar Tree. 

 Below Hazel is a freebie  witch from the Pineberry Lane called Witchie

Years ago I loved to grow gourds and paint them. This is one of the few that I still have. 

Don't you just adore those jagged crooked teeth? Well at least I do in a Jack. Beside Witchy Jack is Hocus Pocus- from Heart in Hand. I finished it on a Dollar Tree wooden easel  frame. 

The wool applique jack I created years ago.  On the vintage scale, I layered a doily and a crocheted dish towel. 

In the bowls gifted to me by my dear sister is some candy corn and a couple of cross stitches including "Surrender the Treats "  which was a freebie from Hands on Design(. Information on  it can be found on Cathy's Instagram.  )  and October 31st  from Heart in Hand

Ok so how many jacks did you count? 

Hmmm first shelf including the top of the hutch  I counted 8. 

Second shelf-   I counted 12 but if I include the teeny pumpkins in the Brenda Gervais piece plus the pumpkin sticker in the bow  that would be 10 more- so 22

Bottom shelf- I counted 13.

OH MY! 43 JACKS!! Surely not!  

Did you spot more? There certainly are a lot.  I didn't realize I had so many witches as well until I started to look at these photos. 

I am sorry I was so snap happy with the camera and overloaded you visually, but I am very grateful that you stopped by to see a bit of my Halloween clutter.  Come the 1st of November all of these Jacks will be making their way to the attic, but don't worry! I have more country clutter to fill their space. A turkey invasion is going to take place in the kitchen.  Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? 

Have a beautiful day, my friends and as always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa

Thank you for the sweet visit. 

Jack-o-lanterns smiling bright wishing you a haunting night! 

Hugs and Stitches!!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤

Dedicated to my baby sister, Amy who loved Halloween and all its fun.  Love and miss you, Amo  

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