Sunday, November 1, 2015

Life After Hannah

November 1 - Geez, how did that happen?  Life has been in transition since my last post, lots going on around here! What have you been up to?

Well, since this is a a stitching blog, let's begin with what I've transitioned to since Hannah Pepper's grand finale.  I'd mentioned earlier that I was loving the smalls now that Faye has saved me from the trauma of finishing.  So I caught my breath with this quick stitch by Goode Huswife.  Love her!

 
She's stitched over one on an old scrap of 28 count dirty linen I was hanging on to for just such a project.  Another fun thing was to get out my box of old Needle Necessities overdyes (remember those?) and scrounge through for some cool threads to work her in.  I loved the freedom of this piece, from her quick completion to rooting around in my stash for supplies and not being all that careful about what I decided to go with. I'm thinking she ought to pair up nicely with my recent Angel of Tulips, though they'll have to wait until next Christmas to be displayed together.

Keeping in the spirit of quick stitches, I decided to make another stab at Mary Goodburn.  She got a quick start some time last year and then was promptly tossed aside.  She's an old kit from The Examplarery I picked up several years ago but never felt a strong need to devote much time on.  This is where I started......


...and here's where I am as of this afternoon.


Don't know that she'll see a finish before I lose interest in her again, but I can go with her at least until Thanksgiving.  At that point, I'm going back to the Scottish Band Sampler, mostly because it feels like the perfect December stitch.  This is as far as I got on that one last holiday season.  Think it will reach a finish this year?


Other things happening at the end of October and the beginning of November?

How about enjoying a NASA launch on a beautiful Saturday from the neighborhood park....


Or Halloween preparations.....

 One of Jim's favorite things is to outdo himself each year with the annual pumpkin carving.  This was one of his finest!  Our poor old cat Mo finally crossed over a week or two ago, so Halley suggested Jim do one final tribute by immortalizing him in gourd.  It was a challenge well met. 


And today being November 1, it was time to break out my Publix Pilgrims, which I'm admittedly a little nutty about.  Thts arrangement went up first thing this morning.


So that catches me up at the start of November.  Whew!  Hope all is well with you.  I love it that you've taken time to stop by!

12 comments:

Margaret said...

Love the little finish -- so cute and tiny! Love your WIPs too. The Scottish Band Sampler is something I'm always tempted to start - because of you, of course. lol! Very cool that you can watch a NASA launch from your local park! And wow, Jim did a great job with the pumpkins. Sorry to hear about Mo though. :( Lovely Thanksgiving display!

Barb said...

His pumpkin carving is terrific. My DH is the carver here and he does a great job! What a pretty design you have just stitched. I do love the Thanksgiving display!

Marilyn said...

Mary Goodburn is a pretty Sampler, great progress.
Love the Cat Pumpkin!
A very cute Thanksgiving display.
Marilyn

marly said...

First off, over one - good for you. Wish I could. That sampler is just my style and I will check Ebay and Essamplaire. So sorry about Mo. Love that turkey stitch too. The pumpkins look great!

marly said...

Good thing I double checked - not Essamplaire!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Looks like those needle have been smokin' lately. All very pretty! I love your turkey display. I especially like your standup. I don't think I've seen that one before. Have a good week!

Melissa said...

Well I love Good Cheer! I stitched this one ages ago and she's hanging in my stitching room.

Love your other SL pieces. The Scottish one sure has handsome colours!

I see you are getting ready for Thanksgiving!

Ali said...

Oh I love your little finish, soo satisfying when you find a use for those little bits stashed away. I do have a soft spot for Scottish samplers looking forward to seeing yours progress. Sorry about the loss of your cat but well done to your hubby for a fitting tribute the pumpkin is amazing!

Teresa S. said...

Lovely stitching, as usual! Love the pumpkins and your Thanksgiving display-this year is running out too fast!

woolwoman said...

loved seeing your thanksgiving vignette - so sweet ! Nice that you pulled out an old sampler to focus on. Hope you can hang in there and get a little more done - it's pretty. Enjoy your weekend - Mel

Carol said...

What a darling finish, Mary--really love the colors you've chosen, too! I'm sure Faye will whip it up into a sweet finish in no time at all :) Your new start looks big to me--ha ha!! But, I know, for you, it is a small. The Scottish sampler is quite a masterpiece in the making!

Love your turkey display and the Publix Pilgrims--too cute! Seeing your PS turkey pillow in the front reminds me I just have no idea where mine has disappeared to! Will have to mount an all out search for it today!

Enjoy your Sunday!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love stitching the small, quick things. It makes me feel like I've really done something. :) blessings, marlene