Celebrate Autumn

Today is the official beginning of autumn. My favorite season of the year! I love the beautiful colors, the chilly weather, the delicious food like pumpkins and apple cider, going back to school - just everything about it.

I had fun catching up on all your blogs this weekend - I love seeing what all you creative types are up to. I am feeling a bit more perky since yesterday, thanks for all your sweet comments.

Are there any other Victoria fans out there? I was sooooo happy when they started re-publishing this again. If you have never been swept away by this wonderful magazine then do check it out! The current issue has the most fabulous autumn menu: "Autumn Bisque", "Harvest Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette", "Spiced Dinner Rolls with Walnut Caramel Butter", and "Coconut Pumpkin Tart". I was looking for an excuse to make it so I decided to host a Harvest Dinner Party in honor of my husband's birthday next month.

One thing I forgot to mention in my last post is that I attended a fabulous lecture by Jacqueline Holdsworth of Needleprint last Wednesday at The Strawberry Sampler, a fabulous LNS about 45 minutes from where I live. It was such a treat to meet this lovely lady! She had the most delightful English accent and gracious demeanor. I learned a great deal about Quaker traditions, and one thing I learned about Needleprint is that the proceeds from the sale of each chart go towards the conservation of that chart; Jacqueline referred to it as a "dowry" of sorts for the chart's future preservation. Of course my camera's battery died and so I didn't get any pictures with her, but here are two from the shop.

Speaking of Jacqueline Holdsworth, I was so excited to join the Beatrix Potter SAL that Hazel set up. I have a special fondness for all thing Beatrix Potter and have been wanting to stitch this sampler for a long time. I plan to use some rather autumnal colors that Barbara J suggested.

Hullo, this is my 99th post. Next post, number one hundred, I will have a special give-away... so do come back!

Puttering at home

When I woke up this morning, I felt so tired, even after a good night's rest, and my hubby was sweet enough to bring me this lovely breakfast in bed ... sometimes it's the little things! I stayed home from church and am wandering around in my jammies taking it easy. I did the finishing on a little surprise gift for a friend and may pull out some fall decorations for our apartment.

I received these lovely Fair Squares from Joan - aren't they pretty? This is from Strawberry House by LHN. I finished her squares off yesterday and will mail them tomorrow, so I'll show those in a few days.

Autumn has been inspiring me lately, so I started this little needle cushion from Autumn Song by BBD. I also have a small start on Autumn Harvest by LHN and hope to start In the Kitchen with Jane Austen by Sampler Girl next. I know that last one is going to make me want to bake apple pies!

The next best thing to stitching ...

... is stashing!
Thanks for the warm response to my LHN fruit salad basket. From your comments I would say that I might be seeing some more fruit salad sprinkled around some blogs in the future. :)

I have done some serious stashing this summer ... now if only I had the time to stitch all of these up in a hurry. (All pictures are clickable to enlarge.)

Lots of Prairie Schooler: love those Kris Kringles!

We Give Thanks by Blue Ribbon and Home of a Needleworker, Too by LHN.

And another piece that is 98% finished: My Beloved by Country Cottage Needleworks. Just a few more leaves to stitch.

As always, I appreciate YOU and our stitching community. You are all an inspiration. I have a very busy weekend ahead, so I probably won't be back until next week. See you then!

LHN Fruit Salad!

Well, my wee pinkeep collection is growing. These are from the Little House Needleworks Thread Pack series and I have a happy dance to share tonight: Cherries. I am in love with the way it turned out with the adorable cherry backing fabric and stitched on 32 ct. pale pink linen. The ribbon has the tiniest bit of black in it to match. I did change the red thread which came in the thread pack to a different CC as I wanted a deeper red. If anyone is interested I will look that name up.

Next up: Pear and Peaches, and I have the stitching done on those. After that, Pumpkins, of course, which I have been saving to do this season.

I have some other stitching to share and a lot of stash acquisition; hope I can put up another post this week. I'm working on my Fair Squares for Round 9 and enjoying the first few hints of autumn weather. I'm also debating joining the Me, Myself and I Round Robin. I have had visions of a Jane Austen neighborhood dancing in my head. But I am not sure if I want to embark on such a huge project! Anywho, it's late here. A great big THANK YOU for stopping by and leaving all of your wonderful and encouraging comments. Hope this finds you well, my friends!