Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Sneak peak for Downton Abbey sampler

The colors for the design I'm working on for Downton Abbey are complete:
Just for a heads up to gather if you would like..............I so enjoyed designing this one. It will be stitched before putting out the pattern. I still am picking out the linen.

It's going to be a very colorful sampler.

4 pages in length
I'll blog my progress as I stitch the model myself.
I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Finishing up the Quaker Freebie and a Christmas one for YOU

A lovely, bright Saturday morning this morning with a fire roaring in the fireplace and sipping some Earl Grey Twinnings tea, bringing my spirits up to go on an adventure ride with my honey today through the majesty of Fall colors in the mountains.

Miss Abbie has had her treat and play time and is lazily soaking in the warmth by the fire.
Up to yesterday during my sparing moments I worked on trying to finish (although slowly) the quaker sampler by Liberty House Primitives and Needlework. It felt good to round 'r up the corners and hope they all meet properly when finishing.

Seems like the old frame I got at a thrift store is just tool large so I'm stumped at what I will frame or maybe I will just make a large pillowkeep with it. I have lots of fat quarters that will look well with it and I can imagine this would be great for the old Hoosier cabinet.

I know alot of folks are working on Christmas and I should be as well. But my next finish will be on one I designed for October 2 years ago for Domestic Violence Awareness month. I only have a very small amount to stitch on it. I also wanted to add a few specialty buttons that I ordered and already have the special order frame for it.

Somewhere in between I"ll squeeze in a Christmas ornie or two.

But my progress on the quaker here:

Here's a wee ornie for your Christmas tree to stitch up today.

Dolls used to be my favorite thing to get from ole' Santa!

fibers suggested are:
Week's Dye Works Teal Frost (for left doll's dress and date)
WDW Amber for left doll's dress
GA Apricot Blush for faces
WDW Havanna for shoes
GA Cameo Pink for lighter pink border and dress
GA Antique Rose for right doll dress and letters
GA Brandy for right doll's hair
fabric: Antique white linen
Christmas Dolls
designed by Feathers in the Nest
copyright 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Morning Progress~~~ over half done!

Moving right along ~~~~~~~~
I made the date this year instead of 2011. This is the completion of one skein of DMC 3750, starting on the second now. I've got to frog out the motif on the far left and redo, count didn't come up right but then it should progress fast after this.
I can't wait to finish and frame!!! I may put in my new/old refinished Hoosier cabinet for display.
I'll have to say that I LOVE the linen which is 28 ct Antique Autumn Gold. And I love the virtues of the Quaker times.
Wrinkles and all,

“An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.” Jane Austen, 1775-1817

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Morning Progress on quaker freebie

Hello sweet readers! This morning I worked a little more on the Quaker Freebie from Liberty House Primitives and Needlework blog. I just thought I would share my morning progress.
Soon I'll be adding some great Fall pics but the trees haven't peaked here yet. When they do, I'm sure I will see the world in Gentle Art or DMC. :)

Libety House Primitives and Needlework, designer
WIP using DMC 3750 antique blue
on 28 ct Antique Gold linen
I thought this would fit in my new box which I stained and dried nicely. However it's about 1/4 in too large. That's ok, many more to choose from for that box. This one will be framed.
Have a great Tuesday!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Great Source for Free Samplers

Good morning, dear readers! I've had a couple of questions about things and I wanted to answer plus share a new recipe with you I tried last night after dinner that was AWESOME!

The Quaker freebie that I am working on is called Doing Right is Never Wrong and this freebie can be found at Nancy's blog along with all her other beautiful freebies, Liberty House Primitives and Needlework. I wish I could stitch all her freebies as they are so pretty.
I can't repost the freebie itself but will give you the link. Nancy is a great lady, a Christian woman, and a very talented one that has the best freebies you'll find online. She also has a GREAT EBAY shop, Liberty House Primitives and Needlework in which you can find many designers samplers for less than what they put on their own sites or at other places. In this economy, we all have to try to find the least expensive and Nancy will do that, as well as package it beautifully with more freebies in her mail package.
I haven't actually ordered from her EBAY store in a while but you will not be dissapointed with her at all. Her shipping is very fair.

The link is:

She has an album of 80 pics of freebies on the right hand side of her blog. Enjoy!! The one I am working on is Doing Right is Never Wrong, quaker and I'm using the recommended DMC in 3750 antique blue in a monochromatic flow. I'm sure you could use several colors to make it look differently.

Nancy also designs usually her freebies in color graphing and in black and white which is awesome to have the pick of the two for gentle eyes!
You can tell Nancy is a very good-hearted soul by reading her blog notes and seeing what inspires her designing.

Another question I get is when will I sell my designs? This is something that right now I'm not set up to do but plan to in the near future.I know the time will come.  I have many freebies on the site now and it's my way of paying it forward to others. Currently I'm working on a Downton Abbey piece, and others. I enjoy designing in the early morning hours when it's quiet and my mind is fresh.

I wanted to share with you on this Sunday a dessert today!  A friend brought us some apples, fresh small, soft and delicious, country apples. I used them for baking.

The recipe is on my FB page but I will put it here as well. I cooked it for the first time from a cookbook out of a local church Sautee-Nacoochee that I got very soon after homesteading here in North Ga.


Apple Delight
Butter a casserole pan (small)
slice very thinly~~~ 5 baking apples
place all the slices on one layer at the bottom
sprinkle 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg on the apple slices
preheat oven to 350
in a separate bowl, mix 1 egg, beaten, 1 cup of sugar and 1 stick of melted butter
then on the side, cut 4 slices of bread into 4 pieces each slice
layer the little breads on top of the spices and apples
then pour the egg, butter and sugar mixture on top of all the casserole and bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees
Serve with ice cream or whipping cream or alone as a great Fall dessert.
Thank you for all your comments and letters of encouragement. I love you all!


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