Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Project and New Family Member

I was tired of working on Faery Tales so I pulled out this new project - Princess Grace Ballgown.   I loved this design from the moment a friend sent me the link   I really had no desire to stitch her on white because you can't see her pearl necklace!!  

So I chose to stitch her on a dark sparkly fabric - Crystal Phantom by PTP.   I am loving how she pops on this fabric.  I do have to laugh at myself because I am so used to completely covered pieces, I have had to stitch the face portion 3 times...I kept missing stitches!

We have a new furbaby!!!   I would like you to meet Tiger Lily.   The local shelter posted her picture with her story.  She was found on the side of the road covered in fleas.  The lady who found her couldn't keep her because she already had 3 cats.   The shelter was full and was hoping someone would foster her.  I sent her picture to my husband and he said...go get her.  He thought Bert needed a friend.  

She is so tiny compared to Bert.   She made herself right at home and decided to meet all the animals.  

I caught her on the footstool just about to attack Gibbs tail.  Love this "I am so innocent" face.

First vet visit where she weighed in at a whooping 4.5 pounds.  Other than the usual kitten case of worms, she received a clean bill of health!

She has such a long tail.  She will not leave Bert alone...poor guy just wants to sleep without her pouncing and ready to play!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Faery Tales page finish and some cruise pictures

Just a few days late to post my Just One in July project.  I was able to finish an entire page of Faery tales!!!  I only have 18 pages to go I think.  I figure if I finish a page a month I can have it finished by December 2017!!!

As I mentioned before Mark and I went on an Alaskan Cruise for our ten year anniversary.  You can view them here at Snapfish .  I did take over 400 photos so I won't be posting them all!

Our first night at sea, you can see how we dress for dinner.  I am in my favorite heels and hubby decided that his tennis shoes would be more comfortable!

As we were leaving Glacier Bay, this is was our view from the back of the ship.

Emerald Lake in Yukon Territory.  We rented a jeep in Skagway, Alaska and drove all the way!  Loved it.  

We stopped at a sled mushers camp to check out the puppies!!  The couple who ran this camp have both completed the Iditarod race!!!!  They were charging $5.00 each to play with the puppies to raise money for this years race!!

Right before the US Border we found this cool place to stop that had this suspension bridge.   I faced my fears and crossed that bridge!!

On our drive, we saw the beautiful waterfall.  Of course we had to stop and take pictures!!

Glacier Bay-  Our view of the glacier from our cabin!   

We were about 5 miles out from the glacier.

 We went to Miniature world in Victoria I will post those later!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mirabilia Obsession and FT update

My Mirabilia obsession this summer has really gotten out of control!  I had always admired her patterns because they are gorgeous!!! It wasn't until my friend Becki said this simple statement, "I can't believe you don't stitch more of her patterns since they are right up your alley"  Maybe not in those words but you get the drift.   So I have been on a hunt for as many Mirabilias that I can find at a reasonable rate.   My collections has grown by a lot!!!   Before we left on our cruise, a lady posted these two OOP charts - Queen of Peace and Sleeping Beauty.  I told myself that if they were still there after my cruise, then I could order them for myself.  They were there and I ordered them!   They came in last week from Germany. 

What designer have you just fallen in love with and must own all their charts????   I still have several on my list...but I will find them!

Faery Tales Update:
Here is my Just one in July project update.   I stitched the dwarfs!  OMG!  They were so much confetti I thought I might pull my hair out!    I am also using this page for the HAED facebook parking challenge...My goal is to finish this page by the end of the month.   I have 2,156 stitches to go..I think I will make it!  

The other day Brigen decided to jump up on my lap for some cuddle time.  I had an 88 lb. snuggle buddy for a while.   He has recovered from his escape from the yard.  However, he is still a more clingy than usual.  

I can't believe I go back to school in less than 2 weeks!  SO NOT READY!!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Just One July SAL and a FINISH!!!!!!!!!!

I decided to take Preening Pixie with me on all my vacations this summer.  Being stuck in a car and on long plane rides gave me plenty of time to work on her mirror.   I even worked on her on the cruise ship.  I completed the left side of the mirror on my North Carolina trip.  The bottom right side was completed on the cruise, and when I got home.  I was determined to finish it!!!  

I think she turned out gorgeous on this fabric.  It is so much nicer than the navy aida that came with the kit!!!!

As I was going through my Bloglovin blog list I saw this one from Linda at Stitchin with my Furbabies.   She is a little crazy because she is on start 206 for this year!!!  That is right..206 starts this year!!!!  She mentioned that her friend Justine at Justine's Cross stitch  was doing a personal SAL of one project on one project in July to see how much progress she could make on her stitching.  I thought this was a GREAT idea.   So I am going to spend the rest of July working on my HAED Faery Tales.  Since I only worked on Preening Pixie to begin with this month, I finished it!!  So I am going to make a dent on my HAED challenge page.  If you aren't on the HAED facebook page they do a quarterly challenge ot make you stitch in a new way.  This time around it is parking...which I my favorite way to stitch!   

Biltmore - Servants quarters

Sorry..I meant to post this last month but my Husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in May.  Our present to ourselves was an Alaskan Cruise!!!!  We left for our trip on June 26th and didn't make it home until July 3rd.  Lots of pictures to post...but I want to finish the Biltmore!

Most of these pictures were taken behind glass doors....I don't think explanation are necessary.

all these jars!!!

I can just see them roasting meat on this spit!

Love all the copper!!!!

Look at all the tea servings!!!

servants table is bigger than mine at home!

I would hate to use all these irons!

My grandma had these washboards...

Such pretty cloths...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Biltmore - 3rd Floor Guest quarters - lot of pictures!!!

More pictures!!!  We are now headed to the 3rd floor which is the guest quarters.  Are you lost yet???  I was telling my friend that we could live here and never see each other!  One of the workers said that in some letters guests would get lost and need help getting to where they were going!

Guest living rooms...yes there is a mannequin - it has to do with the dress show. I will post the later.

Me next to the fireplace in the guest living rooms. 

More guest living room

guest bedrooms

Stairwell going down to the first floor!!!

Can we just move in here????