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Sunday, October 29, 2023

A Whole Lot of Rambling and A Christmas Freebie

Well a very Happy Slow Stitching Sunday to you, sweet friends. Please join me, I have poured myself a cup of cold chocolate milk  on this sultry sunny day, but I do have iced sweet tea for your sipping pleasure.  Yep it is supposed to get up to 80 today!  So that means the old air conditioner is back to humming for a few more days. I  had cut it off earlier this month , but with the warmer weather I needed the cooler air. Mr. Pinker however says it is freezing in this house; he is cold natured. ⛄❄

As soon as Little Mr. R, my oldest grandson, returns from his grand deer hunting trip , we will be off to visit family including the nephews.  In hand ,will be "Shine on Harvest Moon" . I hope to sit on Mom's  swing  , watch the boys play and quilt the afternoon away of course as  I  chat  away with whoever is out for a Sunday visit. I am sure there will breaks between quilting time for the boys do have pumpkins to carve. 

My fabric is tea/coffee dyed ,and I am ready to roll  all thanks to sweet PJ!   My  Slow Sunday cross stitch  project will be Hinzeit's November Point.  I just love  little monthly stitches. How about you? Thank you , dear PJ.  


It has been awhile since I have posed a To Do List so I am going to try to get back on track. 
 Do you find that you stay on task better if you write your goals down? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants like a wild child?

   I do both! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œπŸ˜ Sometimes I  go strictly by my list ; sometimes I am all over the place but every now and then I do accomplish a little. πŸ€—

Now onto the plans for the week. 
 Hmm.... What Should I do This Week? 
🌞1. Add the borders to Father Christmas  which is a design by Country Threads. "

 "Father Christmas " is available  in the book Fast, Fun & Fabulous Quilts which was published by Rodale Press Inc. in 1996. 

The finished quilt will measure 29 x 43 inches. I am used needle turn applique for my Santas. 


🌞2.Work on Hinzeit's November Point. 
🌞3. Continue quilting on Butterfly Kisses border for at least 15 minutes a day . And yes, I did meet my goal this week of 15 minutes a day stitching. Eeeh!
🌞4. Work on November's Monthly Doodle
🌞5. Finish Block 1 in the Mr. Snow SAL starting on Thursday. Eeeh! Another Snowman embroidery SAL!
🌞6. Enjoy the little Spooks who drop by for Halloween! 
🌞7. Quilt on Shine on Harvest Moon. 
🌞8.Take down Halloween and begin putting up Thanksgiving decor.

Well that's enough to keep this old gal busy.   

QUESTION: Do you decorate for Thanksgiving or move straight on into Christmas ?

Since it is Santa Sunday for me, I thought I would share my latest ornament that took only a couple of hours to stitch. In fact I whipped this Ole' World Santa up in the time that it took to watch 2 episodes of The Love Boat. Do you remember that 1980's sitcom? 

 Anywhoo, Ole' World Santa is a simple prim stitch that only uses a few floss colors.  I wanted to finish this ornament with what I had on hand so I used some quilting fabric and yarn to finish my little ornament.  I think Santa and his sledding reindeer will look quite nice on my country Christmas tree. What do you think? 


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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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A little Sunday Halloween quilt stack on my newest addition to my child's chair collection.  Aaah swoon, a blue chair. πŸ€— 

A couple of weeks ago I saw a sweet orange child's chair at the thrift store. I have a cap on how much I will spend for a chair- $3.00.  The darling pumpkin orange chair was $4.00 so it did not go in my buggy. And I bet you can already guess I was kicking myself for leaving it behind.  When I went back a week later, of course it was gone.  Mrs. Cheapskate stuck to her guns, but boy, do I wish I hadn'tπŸ˜€. Lol. 


Oh gosh , please forgive me! I have been a chatterbox! I sure hope I did not talk your ears off.  Well I am off to see what I can get done before the youngin' arrives. I wish you  a Blessed day filled with joy , love,  happiness  and oh, yes some slow stitching time  too! πŸ˜€

As Always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa 

Santa works his jolliness right into your heart. 

Hugs and Stitches!!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. I love and miss you so much.. Love 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

Brenda at Songbird Designs for Monday Musings

Judy at Small Quilts Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday
Joy at Days Filled with Joy for This and That

Carol at Quilt Schmilt  for To Do List Tuesday 















48 comments:

  1. Bonjour Melissa , un vrai plaisir de vous lire ce dimanche matin . Chez moi je ne change la dΓ©coration qu'entre chaque saison . Votre blog est une source d'inspiration . Un gros merci

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    1. It is so much fun to decorate for each season , isn't it? I am so touched and very honored that you find inspiration here on my humble blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart . Have a blessed day, dear. Hugs.

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  2. Some beautiful Cross Stitch and Patchwork projects.
    Thanks for the Santa. Is very pretty.
    Happy Sunday with family.
    Kisses,
    PilarΓ­n

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Pilarin. I am looking forward to moving some of these projects along this week. Have a blessed day. Hugs.

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  3. Your Santa ornament is really cute. I don't decorate for Thanksgiving, other than to update my tablecloth to a holiday one. Enjoy your slow stitching and visiting today.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Kate. It is always fun to change out the tablecloths for the season especially since we spend so much time at the table. I hope your week is off to a very lovely start. Hugs.

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  4. Boy you are going to be one busy lady! So many things to do, so little time! Love your Old World Santa. I've been looking for a little ornament that's fast and easy - thank you! - there's always someone else to give an ornament to! Dh and I decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving - it's become a "yearly holiday" for us. Since we're never home for Thanksgiving, I just have a few things hanging in the front of the RV. They stay up tho from Mid-October through Thanksgiving. Blessings!

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    1. It is so fun that you have a few fall things in the front of the RV for decorations. I am sure those sweet touches makes the RV warm and cozy for the fall season. I wonder do you put up a teeny tree for Christmas. I love seeing how people decorate their campers and RV's for the holidays. I keep a few patriotic items in my camper year round since we camp most of the time in the summer and I have some seasonal tablecloths. Fingers crossed , I can get some of my list done this week, Donna. I hope you have a very lovely week. Hugs.

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  5. You amaze me at every post. There is no keeping up with your flying fingers, no matter how hard I try. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I love your Old World Santa, he is stinkin adorable. I will get him done today ( I hope). I don’t decorate for thanksgiving much just a few turkeys. It has turned off cold and rainy here so I had to turn on the heater. Hope you enjoy your slow stitching Sunday. Thanks for your post first thing in the early morning to jump start my day. πŸ§‘πŸ€—πŸŽƒπŸ§‘

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    1. Oh I am so honored you are going to stitch up this ornament, Patti. I bet you will have it completed in no time. I hope you stay warm and cozy as the weather changes. I just pulled in my plants tonight since the temps are dropping. Brrr. Lol. Have a super day. Hugs.

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  6. To-do lists are mixed success for me. I keep them, but they don't always keep me on track to get them done.
    Thanksgiving decorations - I decorate for generic fall (color leaves & pumpkins), then swap out ghosts & jack o'lanterns for turkeys a couple of days after Halloween. The weekend after Thanksgiving starts the swap to Christmas.
    Thanks for the new pattern!

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    1. Gail, you sound just like me on list making and on decorating for the season and holidays. I pulled out my turkeys today and all of the Halloween has been put up. I hope you enjoy your week and thank you for the sweet visit.

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  7. I will be taking down the early fall/harvest stuff and putting out the Thanksgiving decor for the month of November soon. So yes, I do decorate for Thanksgiving. Your stack of quilts in the blue chair looks lovely, Melisa. Thank you for the newest design. It is darling. I am a list maker and seem to be more productive when writing out a list. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Oh how fun, Robin. I look forward to seeing your November / Thanksgiving decor on IG. I can just imagine your free standing stove decorated with late fall goodness. I like writing my list out and revisiting it too. I may not get it all done, but it is fun to try. Have a great week. Hugs.

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  8. Merci pour cette adorable grille du Père Noël.
    Bon dimanche
    Bisous

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    1. Aaah you are so welcome, Monique ; I hope you enjoy stitching this little Santa. Have a wonderful day, dear. Hugs.

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  9. I so enjoy seeing the results of your arranging/decorating expertise. My decorations tend to be switching out a few quilts on the walls each month! I do make a monthly list and find that the list (and referring to it often during the month) helps me make progress. Your Father Christmas project looks so inviting. . . .Thanks for sharing!--TerryK@OnGoingProjects

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    1. Aah you are so very kind, Terry. I bet you have a ball pulling out and decorating with your gorgeous quilts each season or month. I have to admit my quilts are the 1st things I pull out too. Hope you have a very lovely week and thank you for the sweet visit. Hugs.

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  10. We have already had Thanksgiving here. I live in Canada. The fall decor will stay out until late November when the Christmas/winter decorations will get pulled out. I hope to start my Christmas stitching projects soon. Cute Santa decoration! My list is in my head...I'm hoping to accomplish great things this month as I am going on not one, but two quilting retreats. Gail at the Cozy Quilter.

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    1. Oh how fun, Gail. I am glad to hear that you enjoy your fall decor into the late fall season . I wish you a very productive month in meeting your goals. Enjoy all of your Christmas stitching too . Thank you for the sweet visit.

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  11. You left the sweet orange chair behind!!! Say it isn't so!! I love your Old World Santa stamp and I loved Love Boat when it was on in the '80's. BTW, I used to be very organized with my projects but now I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. LOL Happy Sunday!!

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    1. Lol I could kick myself on the chair , Darlene and just think I left it behind for just being one dollar over my limit- crazy. Lol. Aaah there is nothing wrong with being a fly by the seat of the pants kinda a girl. Fun and fancy free- Eeeeh! LOL. Hope you are having a super week. Hugs.

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  12. I do put out some things for Thanksgiving before moving on to Christmas. I'm thinking I need a turkey to stitch after I finish the Halloween Jar! Your Father Christmas quilt is lovely - all those sweet details. Enjoy your beautiful late October Sunday with the family, Melisa!

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    1. Oh how fun, Diann. I bet your Thanksgiving decor is as cute as a button too. I have a small collection of Thanksgiving and I look forward to pulling it out each November. I hope you enjoy stitching the Halloween Jar. Have a lovely week. Hugs.

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  13. Great projects going on! We don’t tend to decorate our houses in the UK apart from Christmas of course! I do have some gourds and squash on my doorstep for Halloween and some crochet pumpkins around the fireplace! Sarah quilting by the sea

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    1. Aaah thank you so much, Sarah; you are so very kind. I always find it so interesting to hear of the "decorating customs " for the holidays in other countries. I bet your doorstep looks so festive for the season. I hope you enjoyed your day and thank you for the sweet visit.

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  14. Yes, we do a little Thanksgiving decorating. But we've got a lot more Halloween stuff out now. pumpkins, Mr. October (a skeleton small quilt), a witch, an owl and a ghost among other things. Enjoy finishing your Father Christmas appliquΓ©.

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    1. Oh how fun, Bonnie. I bet Mr. October is always a treat to pull out. Don't you just love Halloween decor? I hope you had a very lovely Halloween and enjoy pulling out your Thanksgiving pieces. Thank you for the sweet visit.

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  15. Love your Sweet blue chair! I have a thing for old chairs too, ladder backs and children’s chairs. An antique shop nearby had one on Facebook the other day. I was so tempted to try to get it, but I have a few already and no more room to put it! So I’ll be happy with the ones I already have!
    My husband’s birthday is tomorrow and I need to plan a little something special for him. I decorate for Fall, but not much for Halloween. He doesn’t like Halloween at all. So it’s time for my Thanksgiving things to come out, I guess! A
    Ways enjoy looking at all of your things though!
    Debbie B.

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    1. Oh , Debbie, I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who has a love for old chairs. They are hard to resist when they are at a good price aren't they? I hope your hubby had a fabulous birthday and of course got to eat some cake. Enjoy pulling out all of your Thanksgiving pieces. It is hard to believe it is November already. Thank you for the sweet visit. Hugs

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  16. Have fun with your To-do list, these Santas are cute! So is the embroidery that you are sharing, love the little stockings ;) Pretty little blue chair, your quilts stand out much better than if the chair had been orange ;D
    Thank you for sharing, and linking up!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Frederique. I have my fingers crossed that I can complete at least half of the things on my list. I am quite smitten with the little blue chair; I can use it to decorate for several holidays as well. Have a blessed week.

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  17. Still using A/C? Wow! That is long gone around here. It is frosty and in the teens most mornings here now. We were on the older TV shows channel for a lot of yesterday. So fun! I have no doubts that you will accomplish everything on your list and probably more. I am also a list maker. Sometimes it works and then other times it doesn't. Ha! Right now the list is all about Christmas making. I don't decorate for Thanksgiving much. Some Autumn things but nothing holiday specific.

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    1. It got up to 85 the other day; I sure wouldn't expecting that. But tonight it is cooling down so in came the plants . I guess cooler weather is on its way. Oh I do have my fingers crossed, Ginny that I will be able to finish some of my things on the list, but I have the tendency to veer off it. Hee! Hee! I hope you have a wonderful week and wish you a much success on completing the items on your list. Thank you for the sweet visit Hugs

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  18. Holaaaa mi bvella Meli!!! que puedo decirte si cada dia que entro a tu blog me quedo enganchada???? y es que nos muestras cositas tan maravillosas que solo me pesa NO dispomer de 40 horas al dia para ponerme a realizarlas todas!!! jajja y es que too es tan bonito!!!!! comensando por la bellisima colecionde calabazas de porcelana o ceramica de la primera foto...... y que me dices de las sillas azules? pero Meli como NO la compraste!!!!!! eso NO puede pasar nuevamente ok? jajjajja son cosas que pasan amiga porque la verdad es que ni no te pones un limite de cuanto gastar una se arruina con tantas maravillas que encuentra una!!! pero NO te preocupes amiga segura estoy que otra silla azul mas bonita llegara a ti la proxima visita a esa tgienda veras jajja
    un beso bien grande y un cariΓ±oso abrazo de tu amiga que te quiere y fiel seguidora
    Dianet
    ah!!!!! ya me imprimi varios de tus tesoros para bordarlos tambien. jja gracias cariΓ±o por tu inmensa generocidad.

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    1. Oh you always brighten my day, dear Dianet and you brought the biggest smile to my day. Eeeh I wish we both had 40 hours a day to stitch. Don't you? Hee! Hee! . I hope you enjoy the little charts that you printed and I wish you the most beautiful and productive week. Sending hugs and love. Have a blessed week, my friend.

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  19. Melissa, Oh it is so good to catch up to you today!!! You have been working overtime, for sure!!! Love all the Snowmen!! a Sal, YES, thank you!! I had to laugh out loud, my kitty thinks I am bit weird, at the "There is a tree under all the Halloween"! Love you to pieces, you make my day so much sunnier. Boo and Casper, I am in love with Casper, I have a whole bunch of muslin, guess what I am doing for our Halloween Chili Celebration. Old World Santa, now I have fallen in love with this sweet ole guy, it is not far away, is it? I can't believe that tomorrow is Halloween, wasn't it just June??? Have an absolutely wonderful week, happy pumpkin carving and have fun with the grands. Sending you so much love and so many hugs from sunny Arizona.

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    1. Aaah thank you so much dear Mary for the sweet visit and for catching up on all that has been going on here in the holler. Oh I agree where has this year gone? Way to fast for me. I hope you enjoy making a little Casper for yourself and Mmmmm- Halloween Chili sounds amazing. It has been so long since I have had chili. I hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs and love

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  20. Hi Melisa! I guess you are visiting with family right now, sounds like so much fun. I'd love to sit on that swing with you. Mr. Pinker sounds like Mr. Quilt Gal, cold natured! I am loving our cooler weather and just stand outside to breathe in the cold air. I like to decorate for fall then ease into Christmas - I just want to make it slow down and last a long time. The Father Christmas cross stitch pattern looks wonderful - thank you! I Googled the Hinzeit cross stitch and might have to break my rule of not buying any more patterns - it's so cute! That's the danger of reading your posts - lol!

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    1. Happy Wednesday and Happy November , Linda. The cool weather moved into our neck of the woods last night.I pulled in some of my plants, but I have them back on the porch now. This is a very lovely time of the year. I am with you on wanting these months and holidays to slow down so we can enjoy them more. I guess since we are so busy , they seem to fly by don't they? I wish you a very happy and blessed month. Thank you for the sweet visit. Hugs.

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    2. Happy Wednesday and Happy November , Linda. The cool weather moved into our neck of the woods last night.I pulled in some of my plants, but I have them back on the porch now. This is a very lovely time of the year. I am with you on wanting these months and holidays to slow down so we can enjoy them more. I guess since we are so busy , they seem to fly by don't they? I wish you a very happy and blessed month. Thank you for the sweet visit. Hugs.

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  21. Wow...you seem to be in Christmas mode already. I have not even thought about Christmas.

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    1. Oh I am certainly trying to get in the Christmas mode; it is one of my favorite holidays, but it sure is a busy time. LOL. Thank you so much for the sweet visit, Karin. Happy November.

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    2. Oh I certainly am trying to get into the Christmas mode; I have to admit it is one of my favorite holidays though it is very busy. I wish you a wonderful and blessed November and thank you so much for the sweet visit, Karin. Hugs.

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  22. Thank you for this great pattern. I finished stitching him yesterday and he is wonderful! Another new addition to the tree this year. You give away so many patterns I don’t know which one to go for today! Where do you find the time? Sending love across the ocean to the Family Pinker!

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    1. Oh Carol, I am so very touched that you stitched this little Santa. I hope you enjoyed each and every stitch. Lol I do wish I had more hours in the day to do all that I wanted, but I guess we are all that way don't you think? Have a blessed day, dear Carol and a very Happy November.

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  23. Family! There's nothing better! I like your new stitchery project, and all the wonderful plans you've made. This year, I've been remiss in my decorating for EVERYTHING! At least, I have yours to look at. =)

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    1. Aah thank you sweet Susan, I do love spending time with family; it is precious time. Well you will get back into the decorating mode when you are filling tip top just take your time in getting back to the swing of things. Hugs.

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