Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cool days. . .



Cooler nights.  It must be Fall!  My favorite time of year.
For me, it's an even better time to enjoy the outdoors and garden.

I tend to decorate a bit indoors and out with the change of seasons.  Although this year, my heart didn't seem to be in it.  Rather do nothing, I'm "changing things up" and having fun doing so.


And then there's Finely Finished, keeping me busy with clients' lovely stitching.
      



Apparently, I need to post more often.  Blogger isn't allowing me to add additional photos.  I'll be back soon.  In the mean time. . .

What is your favorite season?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Do I find you. . .

Still blogging?  Or have you gone to Instagram, Facebook and the many other social media sites?  Have we become so busy there's no time to blog, let alone read blogs?  I'm certainly guilty of not posting.  I want to and think of it often.  But do I?  No.  Am I that busy?  No, at least not every day of the week.  And last time I looked, there were still seven days in a week.

This summer I was on the beach of Gulf Shores, AL.  Great friends, great food and relaxing time to say the least.




Another concert to see Sir Paul.  



Of course, there was time with these two.  One now a senior and one in eighth grade.


A little time in the garden.

And then there's Finely Finished.  Finishing the needlework of fellow stitchers has not only become a passion, but a blessing too.



That's where I've been, now tell me. . .

Where will I find you?









Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Love. . .

"A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend"---as described in the dictionary.  Yet, today it seems we describe so many things by the word love.  Love that food, book, photo, you name it, we love it.  Hopefully, that does not take away from the personal human connections.

For me, I love so many things...family, friends, cross stitching, finish work, gardening, my home. 

Monday coffee. . .



Wine. . .



These two. . .


Finishing your stitching. . .



There's more to be sure, and at the top of the list would be life! Tell me what do you love?


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Stitching. . .

Again!  You, my friends and clients, with all of your lovely stitching passing through my studio, have inspired me to pick up needle and thread.

Thank you for that and a sincere thank you to all that entrusted me with finishing their work.  The plan is...finish in the morning and stitch for myself in the evening.  Please remind me of that if you see no stitching here on occasion.

Yes, you're seeing correctly...this piece "Eleanor Rigby" by Blackbird Designs was started in 2014 and just today finished.  I hope never to take that long again.  Threads get lost, patterns misplaced and just pure chaos arises.


What are you stitching in 2016?

Friday, January 1, 2016

A New Year. . .

Begins and we say goodbye to 2015.  After the last few months, the word "happy" isn't an easy word for me.  Although the happy memories do outweigh the sad.  

There are no resolutions for 2016--everyday is a new day and it's up to us to choose happy or sad.  Today my greeting to you is. . . 

 A Joyful New Year!
























Is that getting close to happy? 










Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Needle and thread. . .

Have been passions of mine as far back as I can remember.  Starting with embroidering pillow cases under the shade trees.  Yes,  I was quite young and there was no air conditioning.  From there, high school economics introduced me to sewing machines.   It was so exciting to purchase my very own Singer for $88.  That purchase came with additional sewing lessons as well as the responsibility of making monthly payments.  

Then came counted cross stitch...wish I could remember how that interest evolved.  I'm not even certain how finishing for others came about?  Never the less, the good fortune of having clients throughout the country, has brought hours of pleasure here.  Thank you all for entrusting me with your lovely stitching.

With Christmas behind us, I will be sharing some of the finishing bFinely Finished.  So many were Christmas gifts and were to be kept secret until after gifting.

 Sewing "needfuls" seemed to be popular with many stitchers.





























It's always good to hear from you...

Do you remember how you came to love needlework?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Before Christmas. . .

Many of us attend the mandatory Christmas programs, pageants and plays.   Who doesn't love seeing their child in one?  We all tend to go a little silly when "our" child has a part and often have stories that remain with us through out the years.

I remember once my daughter was completely left out until the last minute.  The teachers asked her if she would want to be an angel and her reply was---"Well I am one, so yes!"  And some of the outfits I dressed my son in--the most garish plaid slacks ever.  What was I thinking?

And before you know it, you're attending programs that your grands are in.  I'll never forget when the youngest was 3 and Papa walks to the stage for photos and she very loudly says, "Hi Papa!"--what a treat that was.

This year the thought came to me there won't be many more to attend.  This little lady is now in junior high.  Of course every song sung, I could hear her voice.



If you have not seen the stage performance of a Christmas Carol, do so.  There is no comparison between it and the movie.



Another first. . .being able to attend an open house where there were carolers.  Yes, one was a grand.


Finally, the annual photo with the tree!





I'm ready, how about you?