Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Give Away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

For all of you that do embroidery Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a give away for some embroidery floss
Here is a link to the give away in case you would like to enter too.

If you win you get to choose the color selection , I just love those autumn colors don't you?

Monday, October 16, 2017

No stitching this week, just a bit of spirit doll crafting

It don't have any embroidery projects to post today, nor do I have any quilting projects to share, this has been a creative week in another direction.  Hand crafting spirit dolls, also known as goddess dolls or healing dolls. 

This lovely goddess of nature is my newest and I must say she is quite nice to look at.
here is a close up of that face, made using air dry clay and paint.
and a look at the back, yes that is a large sea shell behind her head to represent the moon
there are small seashells, charms and dried and silk flowers and leaves too
bits of ribbon and cloth to create clothing and her headdress
she carries a staff made from a twig and is attached to a wood base.

Here's a look at two more clay crafted faces for up coming spirit/goddess doll projects.

Friday, October 13, 2017

I just love the colors of Fall!

My entries may be scarce and short over the next few weeks while I attend the various Fall Festivals in and around the city, county and state of Florida.

While we don't get much in the way of leaves changing color we do add enough of our own color in the way of decorations and produce much like those in the photo above.  There is a Scarecrow festival this weekend I plan to check out though I sure hope they aren't as creepy as this one.
I am feeling particularly homesick for the change of season his year so I am going out and finding it here in Florida.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This week I am reading

I decided to buy a copy of Alice Hoffman's The Rules of Magic rather then wait for it to be available at the local library.  So a few days ago I pre-ordered it from Amazon.  This is a prequel story to Hoffman's Practical Magic book one of my favorites. I can't wait to start reading it.

I was reading the Autumn issue of Faerie Magazine oddly enough the Practical Magic issue when there was a knock on door the postal carrier was delivering my book. If you have a chance to look through a copy of Faerie Magazine do pick it up and have a look the photography is amazing and some of the stories are short and sweet.  Alice Hoffman contributes quite often as does author Charles de Lint.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dealing with Stupid

Tracking a package I shipped priority on September 19 to Las Cruces, NM

It sat for ten days in Jacksonville and then yesterday I checked the progress and here is the update:
USPS was unable to deliver your item as of 10:11 am on October 3, 2017 in ATLANTA, GA 30378. The address may be incorrect, incomplete, or illegible.

Okay my comment here today is Yes ignorant postal employee a package addressed to Las Cruces, NM wouldn't be able to be delivered as addressed in Atlanta, GA.

Unfortunately this is not the first time, nor is it the 10th time, it happens much too often.

Just had to vent today!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday stitching

After yesterday's rain this morning the weather was much cooler making my morning walk much more pleasant you can truly feel autumn in the Florida air.

I did make time to get some hand embroidery in yesterday though not as much as I had planned, it was one of those achy fingers day so holding onto the needle became uncomfortable.
Another few branches done, I'm not sure I like the results of the variegated floss with this round of stitching, it's odd how the color can be so different with each length cut from the skein. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Welcome October

October first came so quickly it seems, I guess with hurricanes and yard clean up and other daily distractions the month did feel like it flew by.
This week I spent some much needed me time reading, writing a few letters, watering plants and looking over my garden and cleaning up more sticks and twigs, I barely had time to stitch.
I did get in a few more stitches on my newest project so all is well on the stitching front and I even put in a row or two of crochet on the Ruana.
Mostly though I did a lot of reading in my free time, it was one of those books that I can't stop turning the pages of and before you know it you just want to get to the end to see what happens.
For me Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is one of those mystery books I happily finished late last night and it was worth every minute. It is also one of those books that break your heart just a little and stays with you a while after you read it.

I'm going to link to Kathy's Quilt
Today is the first Sunday in October I plan to get some slow stitching in today before I start the next book waiting, The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
I made my pick up at the library last week expecting two books I had reserved and left with four, two of the others I wanted had just arrived that morning.  I really need to space out my request of new books better too often they all come in at the same time so I drop everything so I can read them all before they are due, new books can't be renewed and I try not to return them late.

Happy October Everyone I hope it's getting to look and feel like Autumn where you are.