Friday, 14 June 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground 🍻

We're back at it again, but this time with all our boys!
We went to Manor Hill Brewing and before some friends met up with us, I was able to start this one.
I just received it today from Vickie, I won one of her giveaways on her blog. Thanks, Vickie @ A Stitcher's Story! I'll be passing it along when I'm finished, Hinzeit Love America.

The first drink I tried was a Jousting Windmills: Triple Berry Blast, yum! Then the Jousting Windmills: Naranilla/Pineapple, even better! I "had" to have two of those. And DH got me a Crowler of it to bring home to celebrate my birthday on Sunday!

They grow their own hops there, pretty cool.

The guys played cornhole, it was a beautiful afternoon.

So what fun things do you do on a Friday afternoon/evening?

Friday, 7 June 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground πŸ₯ͺ

No beer tasting this afternoon, I was on lunch duty! But I did get to stitch in between lunches.

I just need to finish the sails and then start back stitching. Plenty of time to be ready for my Dad on Father's Day.

In other news... The hawks are back!
Last year there were three adults and this year I only saw two initially. Today I noticed three again. Older sibling who won't leave the nest? Aunt or Uncle? Grandparent?

They seem like they all get along well.

Baby! So adorable.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The People Chose 🧜‍♀️

Hmm, this sort of looks like drowning people looking for help! I'm sure the mermaids are there to save them.
For more mermaids, head over to see Jo @ Serendipitous Stitching. 

Are you ready for mine? I've got plenty to share with you.
This beauty is in my craft room side window, I love her!

Mermaids hanging out.

I think I need a bigger display area.

And now for the stitching!
Gifts from friends, DJ made me the one on the left and the bottom, and Vickie on the right. Aren't they all wonderful?!

A collection of patterns I have yet to stitch.

More treasures to stitch.

And more.

And then I remembered these!

This is one I made years ago for my sister-in-law, she loves mermaids too. Of course they all needed to be blonds!
My other sister-in-law also loves them, so I'd like to make one for her and her girls, all three brunettes.

Stitching accessories.

I'm still working on Sirena.

Emerald Mermaid, another one I need to finish.
This is one I stitched over two, but then decided the skin should be over one so I started to change it. OMGoodness, what a PITA! Have you done, or ever seen, just the face done over one?

I did finish this one, except I still need to place the shells. But that means I need to find my safe hiding place for them!

I just realised that I have two of these, is anyone interested in a give-a-way? Let me know in the comments, I'll pick a winner in a week.

I'm afraid to look at the other blogs, I'm sure I'll find something I don't have and will probably want!

Next month - Finishing

Friday, 31 May 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground 🍻

This Friday brings me to the Brookeville Brew Farm. Again with three of my four "boys", but this time with Gman1!
I needed something small to bring and found this hiding in my craft room. I started it a while ago, but thought I would finally finish it to give to my Dad for Father's Day.
It's a Zweigart Ship in a Bottle that I got on sale at Hobby Lobby last year.

Gman1's turn to have fun... legally!
Gman2 is with the college youth group for Habitat for Humanity. We'll have to make it a full family outing soon.

As I started my second beverage, the stitching was put aside - no frogs allowed!

Oh my, drink #3, and my last.
The four of us played BS together, or at Nathan's school, aka Baloney Sandwich! 

Scavenger Photo Hunt, May πŸ“·

Here we go for May, Katie's I live, I love, I craft, I am me ... scavenger photo hunt this month!

The words for May are...

Today was a beautiful day for walk, although we had to make a detour since the path we wanted to take was closed - maybe from all the rain and trees down? Anyway, this was a perfect little resting "seat" on our adventure.

View from Said Seat
I tried the panoramic mode, but it looked much better than this!

I tried this for the first time and LOVED it! Now I don't feel bad for eating pizza.

Starts with P...
These are our two adorable Tonkinese cats, Ming and Maximus. Spoiled rotten and love to snuggle with each other, and our family.

Handy, dandy shoes for walking today!

Would this be considered transport too? Our friend brought over his drone to take photos of our house and check the roof/gutters.

My Own Choice
This was my view walking the soccer fields while waiting for a Scout meeting to be over. Such beautiful colours!

See you next month!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Say, What?!πŸ˜– AND another Tornado πŸŒͺ

Per our county police... just a little scary!

Columbia, 21045: JOANN Fabric and Craft Store, 6100 block of Columbia Crossing Circle, May 29 7:52 p.m.
A store employee reported that three male suspects entered the store and stole merchandise. When confronted by the employee, one of the suspects discharged pepper spray. One of the suspects also pepper sprayed a witness before all three fled in a vehicle with the merchandise. No serious injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.

*What kind of high quality yarn is JoAnns slinging these days?

*Sewing machines? Ottlites? Good scissors? Just trying to think what might have street value. Surely not floral stems or cards of buttons?

*Sounds like a bunch of heads doing these crimes. Who steals from a fabric store? 

*Really, people? JoAnns Fabrics is what you choose to rob? May be they had a crafting emergency and really needed the supplies.
*Scrap booking has been taken to the next level!
*Pretty much what I was thinking. What losers steal from a craft store? What did they take...glue guns, material, or pipe cleaners
*Those scrap book cutter machine thingies are pretty pricey. Can't imagine they have much street value though.

*I really need to know what they stole!!!
* Cricut machine?

Now this is just one of the craft stores that I frequent, but normally always during the dayI know some of the comment were funny, but what the heck were three young men stealing from there?! The cash registers are up front, so maybe it was just the money? Using pepper spray was scary too.

 In other news in our area, we had another tornado hit near us this afternoon. Last week it was to the east of us, this one was to the west of us. Nathan was at school and had to shelter in place, again. Gman1 was there to pick him up for me on his way home, and he had to shelter in the church.

There are some pictures on Scott E's Blog, and a video that was taken two miles from our house.

All those down trees all over the place meant traffic was a hot mess for hours! No batting practice for Nathan.

As far as I know, I haven't heard of any houses or buildings that were damaged, so that's good.

Let's hope the rest of the summer is uneventful!

Friday, 24 May 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground 🍻 and some weather πŸŒͺ

Today's stitching ground brought me to Elder Pine Brewing for a drink with three of my four "boys", where I was stitching a special something for someone and sipping on a Tropic Chaser, very tasty!

Gman2 was finally able to partake in a tasting, a belated birthday outing!

In other big news, we had a EF-1 tornado in our area yesterday! That certainly doesn't happen very often around here.
COLUMBIA, MD — A line of storms that originated near the Blue Ridge Mountains spawned an EF-1 tornado Thursday in Howard County. The storm traveled a path of about 5.5 miles, from Clarksville to Columbia, according to the National Weather Service. At maximum speed, winds were 95 mph.
The tornado made its way through Howard County from 3:27 to 3:36 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, weather officials reported Friday. At its peak width, the rotating column of air was about 150 yards.
One person injured in the tornado was believed to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
The weather event was classified as an EF-1 tornado. Tornadoes are rated on a scale from 0 to 5. During an EF-1 tornado, gusts are between 86 and 100 mph in the area where damage occurs.
Here is what a survey of the storm damage and radar indicated, according to the National Weather Service:
  • At the intersection of Brighton Dam Road and MD 108 in Clarksville, trees were uprooted, large branches were pulled toward one another and trees fell in all directions except to the west.
  • An eyewitness in the area of Cedar Lane around Corina Court said the tornado knocked down trees and resulted in swirling debris. Most trees were uprooted, and a few were snapped, including both hardwood and softwood. One tree fell onto a house.
  • Large trees were uprooted and a couple of trees snapped, falling to the north, along Shaker Drive between Seneca Farm Road and Wayover Way.
  • The most significant damage was found near the 9400 block of Patuxent Woods Drive, according to the weather service. A grove of hardwood and softwood trees snapped at mid-trunk and fell haphazardly. The roof of a nearby office building was also partly taken off and blown to the east. "It is likely that this was due to straight-line winds as radar analysis showed the tornado vortex broadening rapidly," the weather service reported.

Savage and Highland also experienced "significant wind damage," according to the National Weather Service.
So even though some of this was literally just down the road from us, we only had the darkness, rain, and some wind. I don't think we had one branch come down anywhere in our yard. We did lose power for about five hours, and Nathan got held in school until it was over.
While we were out today, one direction had no damage, but the other direction in Highland and Columbia had trees and branches down all over the place! We were so lucky it totally missed us.
So how's your spring weather been?

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

A Hodgepodge πŸ“‚

I took a detour to a thrift shop after Nathan's dental appointment last week and found these treasures.

This was what was inside and why I bought it. I think St. Nicholas will be my first one.

I liked this one, so I got it too.

This one I bought at my LNS, The Stitching Post, it was on display and I couldn't resist it!

Then with Joann having their 40% off sale, I bought some of these since they finally had them there. I didn't buy all the colours, but all the ones I thought were pretty!

This was a quick one I finished. I needed to feel like I accomplished something and this was it! I just need to fully finish it.

Nathan was happy on Saturday, with this entourage cheering him at his game. And they won!

On Monday, DH and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary.
Here's a back view of my dress, you don't see that very often.

And one of my favourite pics, it was a little breezy!

A honeymoon picture on our cruise, so young!

Our photo in front of the chapel before heading out to dinner.

This is looking in through the door at the sun shining on the stained glass, just beautiful!

Not only did I receive lovely roses, but carnations too.