Sunday, October 31, 2010

As my card says...Happy Halloweenie!! This my favorite time of the year. It is when all the ghosties, Witchies, smiling Jacks, and the bones dance. It is when you can be whatever you want to be...and you can pretend to do whatever you want to do. What better day can there be than Halloween.?? It is when the leaves are damp beneath your feet, the moon is big and if you look real close it almost appears to be smiling right back at you. Gray pillars of smoke is seen making it curly Qs in the air and the smell tingles your nose. It is when the breeze kicks up and the leaves that are still waiting to fall free of the tree are doing their final pirouettes. It is a time when the chicklets get dressed up and the dreams of full candy bags dance in their heads...Candy...Candy...Candy...I want candy! And after the deed is done...they dump the bags and stuff themselves with sugar "high" energy. It is a time when parties are in full swing..bobbing for apples, the parade to show the best costumes, the hayrides through the fields, the crows calling in the distance, it is when dancing commences, and games of fun are played. It is when toilet paper makes lace on trees, and the smell of Fall is in the air. It is time for "Wizard of Oz" and I will get all of your Pretties and it is a cruel world, it is a time for Frankenstein, and all the bloody Dracs, it is time for the walking dead looking to claim a new soul and the late nights trying to watch all the movie great of the past. It is a WONDERFUL time of the year. My Favorite.
NOw to tell you what you are seeing in my Halloween Card to you all. Last Christmas my daughter Chrystal gave to me the "Wizard of Oz" snowglobe. She knows I love the movie. One side is the good witch Glenda and the other side is the Wicked Witch of the West. It plays "Witches Fanfare". The other witch you see in the card is my Rhianna Witch that I designed and made . There is a write up on her on my website here.... click on where it says the story of Rhianna. I made her about 5 years ago.

Also in the picture you can see my bat bowl and my witches' bowl. I got both of these from my friend Erin at past Christmas times. I love them and they stay out on my coffee table all year around. They are so cute and both have eyes that jiggle when touched. They are from what is known as Giltterville. They are both signed by the designer and are way cool. They are special and I love them. I just found out that they are stack able. I didn't know that. So the two are stacked now.

Now for the bowl with the candy in the middle is another story. One of my favorite places to eat is Macroni Grill. The closest one to me is in Henrietta which is a suburb of Rochester, New York. It is about 45 minutes from my house. My second favorite place is Cracker Barrel and I love their pecan pancakes. husband is always saying that he doesn't like to just sit around on his days off so yesterday morning I awoke and said ...hey, since we don't have the chicklets today how about going to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. I was really expecting him to say NO since I know he doesn't like to drive up there....but he said to will be a bit late for breakfast...( it was about 9 when I woke up) I could be brunch. I couldn't believe he said I hurried and got dress and threw a bit of makeup on and off we went. I did have my pecan pancakes with real maple syrup and some maple smoked ham. It was so good...and I was so stuffed. On the way out I looked around in the store and noticed that the Halloween items were 50% off. I saw this cute either a candy dish or cookie jar and I had to have it came home with me. The funny thing is it kinda matches my two Glitterville bowls I have gotten from Erin over the years. How cool is I decided to make my card to all of you with these items from my Halloween stash of fun Halloween things. Enjoy and I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hi all,

This year I did an Halloween cross stitch exchange with my fellow stitching friend Ann Bergeron of Baton Rogue, La. We have been writing back and forth and met on LittleHouser Needlework and Prairie School Lists. Here is a picture of the ornament I made for Ann. The pattern came from CrossStitch and Needlework Sept. 2008. It was shown in the picture going around a cup. Since I wanted to make the design into an ornament I decided to do it one strand of thread going over one. I like this ornament so much that I stitched another one for me. I still have to put the ornament together yet.I also sent Martha Ess's teapot that I tatted.

Today I got Ann's ornament in the mail and I love it. It has that primative look to it which I love. I am hanging it on my purple tree that I got from Maggie last year.So I will have two ornaments on my tree. Here are pictures of the ornament I got from Ann. I am wondering what thread she stitched it in. It looks like a vaiegated gray to black. It is perfect for the ornament. Thank you Ann so much. She also sent to me a LttleHouse Needlework patytern. What fun, huh??!

The picture of my ornament I did for Ann isn't enlarging. You can see a better picture of the ornament on Ann's blog. Here is the url for that.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This is going to be super really quick here since I really right now do not have time to play on my computer but I did want to post these pictures so those on the Lace list could see theTm. The pictures are related to a posting on the list I did about wire lacing. Take a look at the beautiful alumuium bobbins my husband turned and made for me to use with wire. They work so very nice with the wire.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Just a quick post. Here is Martha Ess' Pumpkin Teapot. I just love this pattern. I made it in size 80 Lizbeth thread. I just wanted to show it off. Thank you Martha for sharing your Pumpkin Teapot pattern with all of us. I just love this pattern to pieces. :)

Friday, October 01, 2010

I think it is time for another post here. I am going to share more Palmetto Tat Day pictures and then I will show you a picture of my practice pieces of my Romanian Point Lace Cord. And the last picture will show you all just how much fun I was having on my vacation to Erin's house and Palmettos. Don't worry all...I still have lots of pictures to share. And just think...I will be going to Ithaca, New YOrk to attend The Finger Lakes Lace Guild Lace Days and take a class on wire bobbin lace jewelry in just about a week's there will eventually be pictures from that event too to share with you all. So let the pictures begin...I think you can tell we enjoyed clowning around in the stores. It was so much fun. This isn't the only store where people might have looked at us just a bit strangely.After we got back from the store it was again more time clowning around. Now does Sue Hanson have a piece of Rosemary Bread from Macaroni Grill in her hand or is it a piece of Lemon Cake we bought?

And since the beautiful work of art of a quilt was at Erin's house...we got to take a look at it before all the other tatters did. It was gracefully laid on a sheet on Erin's bed and we just ooohhh and ahhhhed over it. Now was this suppose to be a picture that I wasn't suppose to show or not...I can't remember right now.The quilt was stunning is all I can say...and I so wished I would have won it...but alas...I didn't.

On the way to Palmetto's destination we went on a Dragon Highway in the Smokey Mountains of Tenn. and Georgia. This road wound and wound...and wound..we went one way and then we went another way. I guess it is a favorite spot for motorcyclist to go. But shhh...please do not tell my sons Shawn and Ryan. They both have motorcycles and I don't think they know about the place. I have to say...near the end of the highway...we made a stop...and guess what...I was sick to my stomach. I guess I took so long in the bathroom that Sue gave up waiting for me and went into the men's room. She said she could hear me being sick through the walls. I have to say I have never in my life been car sick...but everybody agreed that that is probably what made me sick is the constant change of going one way and another and changing our altitude. But look at the view I got with my camera. Actually this picture doesn't do it justice. I would have like to have hung around a bit longer at this spot. There were big dragonflies flying around and there was a big huge grasshopper that landed on it. I wanted to get a picture of it ...but I couldn't move fast enough and it flew away.

We finally got to Georgia Baptist Conference Center located in Georgia. Here is Hope Bates and Deb Thompson at the registration table.

Erin make this beautiful pin for Ak Georgia Seitz. The story is Richard (her husband) gave to her a beautiful Amethyst ring that Ak couldn't wear anymore and asked Erin if she could make a pin for her and have her ring as part of the pin. There is a picture of AK with her pin on and the maker Erin Holloway next to her.It was a beautiful pin. I know Erin spent alot of time in making the work of art from her heart.

In the next picture is Katherine Buuckner of South Carolina. I know Katherine put in alot of work too. She was an assistant in my class with Nina when I took the class for the "Indian Summer Necklace" which I am still working on, but getting there. So here too is a picture of the necklace that Nina has on display. Isn't it beautiful??

In the next picture is Stephanie Wilson. She was my roommate for the third year. She actually called me later on and asked me if I was going to Palmettos again and if I wanted to be her room mate again. I was touched that she wanted to do that. Stephanie also has diabetes and we talked about that...and we did alot of talking. I think on all of the nights we never stopped talking until it was almost 2 AM. Stephanie also tat like there is no tomorrow...and Mark she out tats you big time. You should see all the tatting she does in one year. I don't think she ever sleeps or she tats in her sleep. In a earlier post I showed a picture of a tatted purple hat. The hat was tatted by Stephanie for me in an exchange. It is a small hat and so beautifully made. I was kidding around and thought it would be cute pin to the top of my head. Stephanie is a very giving person too. Very fun and very upbeat.

In the next picture is Martha Ess holding my pumpkin teapot that she made for me with another exchange that I did. IT is a beautiful teapot and now that Martha has generously put the pattern up on her website I can make one or two myself.

Next comes the Romanian Point lace braid. A you can see I did figure it out. I think sometime I will get some pictures of me making this braid and maybe do a flim clip of me making it too...and up it here on my blog. This would be for people like me that crochet left handed . It took me two days to figure this out. It reminded me of when I first learned how to tat...that took me two days also. Pat Pike from Amherst, New York area has showed me many times...but always when I got home I would forget how to do it again. ...making crochet cording isn't quite the same as making a crochet doily which I have made some over the years. It is it has its quirks on how to make the braid. So now that I figured it out I am going to design something for Halloween and make it. But I will have to wait until the weekend to really get into the designing...can't concentrate with the chicklets are here.

And now for one last picture for this post...Yup here is me and Sue Hanson. I am not sure what I am thanking her for now...I do know that while we were out shopping at the grocery store she bought me my very own half a banana keeper. You know diabetics are not suppose to eat a whole banana. A whole banana shoots the glucose up so I can only have a half a banana at a whack. So now I have my very own half a banana keeper. But I have to say...I love this picture. Again it just goes to show how much fun I had on my vacation. Erin was such a wonderful hostess. I wish I was already back in Tenn.