Monday, October 21, 2013

New Beginnings

      Welcome to my new blog!  I've been keeping myself busy with gardening, stitching, quilting and reading these past few months. Owen has been enjoying his 'solo' dog status and his personality has blossomed with all my attention focused on him. We're both trying to get into better shape with long, sometimes very long, morning walks. The cooler temperatures had been a blessing and we both have more bounce in our steps lately.

     I thought I'd catch you up on what's been in my stitching basket - which projects have been completed and how many new projects I've started! Next time I'll get you all caught up on my quilting projects.... of which there have been many. I almost have as many quilting WIPs as I do stitching WIPs now.

     I've worked on more 'small' projects lately.

Betsy's House - Plum Street Samplers

Glory House - Chessie & Me
The Strawberry Marking Sampler - Handwork Samplers

A Red Cottage - Plum Street Samplers
Her Majesty - Blackbird Designs  
Butternut Tavern - Stacy Nash Primitive - 40 ct. Lakeside Pear linen - GAST
The Garden Glade - Carriage House Samplings - 40 ct. Lakeside Vintage Bluegrass - Various hand-dyed silks
A Valentine's Stocking - Complimentary Design from Plum Street Samplers

A Lady's Trimkeep & Companion - Plum Street Samplers
A&E Scissors Fob Design - Dianne Stokesberry - MRSG 

      As you've already probably realized - I'm a big fan of  Plum Street Samplers. Paulette has hit the ball out of the park with so many of her new designs.  I have finished the 'stitching' on these small designs but I have yet to finish the 'finishing' on these projects. So stay tuned... I hope it won't be too long before I'll be posting photos of my finished finishes.

      The projects currently in my stitching basket:

Summer at Hollyberry Farm - Stacy Nash Primitives - 40 ct. Vanilla Double Dip linen - GAST

A Yuletide Welcome - Plum Street Samplers

Arabella S. Graves - The Traveling Stitcher - 50 ct. Lakeside Meadow Rule - Tudor Silk
All this stitching just wears a poor pup out!
      Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you'll return again to find out what quilt projects I've been working out in the past few months.

53 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, you've been busy! So many stitching projects done over the summer! And lovely WIPs as well. And here I thought all you were doing was quilting, with a tiny bit of stitching. lolol! Love the new blog! The header pic is so cool Definitely feels like Iowa! And Owen -- such a cutie! He looks sooooo contented. lol!

Deborah said...

You have been so very busy! I love each and everyone of them. WOW - I see one of the projects is done on 50 ct linen. I can barely see 40 ct. Love the new blog. Stella sends Owen lots of love.

Vickie said...

Glad to know you and Owen are well. =)
Such gorgeous projects you have completed. Arabella is really fabulous.

edie said...

So, so good to have you and Owen back! Glorious projects, can't wait to see how you finish them. Okay, how long do we have to wait to see the quilts??? You've been missed. Hugs and pets to Owen.

Sue Robinson said...

So pleased to see that you're back, I have kept on looking for you .... and worrying. Love your WIP's and am looking forward to seeing your quilts. Hugs to Owen; he's obviously enjoying being spoilt! Sue in Normandy.

Sue Robinson said...

So pleased to see that you're back, I have kept on looking for you .... and worrying. Love your WIP's and am looking forward to seeing your quilts. Hugs to Owen; he's obviously enjoying being spoilt! Sue in Normandy.

Ellen said...

Laurie,

So good to see you and Owen back. Looks like you've been busy creating wonderful new projects!

mimma said...

Hi Laurie,happy to see you back and with so much and wonderful work done!
It's a pity that your new blog is difficult to read... the writing is not neat.. But I'll do my best,anyway. Hugs
Have a great Autun
mimma

Vera said...

So glad you are back! Love your new blog -- very cool header. And your projects - WOW!!! You have been busy. Hugs to you and Owen.

Jeanne said...

Good to see you back Laurie, we missed you this summer in our community of stitching sisters! I hope you and Owen are doing okay while still missing Emma. Your finishes look great and I look forward to seeing them in their final form. Lots of great WIPS going on as well!

Like your header pic...I went to a family reunion back in Sept. My family is of German ancestry on both sides. We had a catered dinner at the German-American Heritage Museum in Davenport. It was quite interesting and I learned a lot.

Deb said...

You have really gotten a lot of things done. And I love all your WIPs too. I'm anxious to see if you've done any quilting also! Glad that both you and Owen are doing well. I'm sure that he loves the extra attention he's getting now.

Rowyn said...

So many beautiful projects!

It is very hard when our furry family members leave us. Sorry for your loss.

Melissa said...

Laurie, it's great to see your blog and stitching again! Love everything of course! I agree about Paulette's designs of late, so very "gotta have"!

Glad to know that you and Owen are well. It's interesting to hear how Owen has blossomed, as you say!

Take care.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I am loving the new blog and all your projects!!! Good to hear that you and Owen are doing well!

Nicole said...

Beautiful finishes and wips!! I love them all! I'm so sorry again about Emma - she is definitely missed!

Mouse said...

ohhhh my those needles have been smoking ... lovely to see you post again I have missed you ...
and glad to see that Owen is enjoying all the attention , he sleeps just like Bentley ..lol love mouse xxxx

Angie said...

It's good to see you back :)

BrendaS said...

Laurie -- OMG -- you certainly have been busy this summer. All of your projects are beautiful and so inspiring! You are right -- Paulette is on a roll lately with all her wonderful designs.

Good to see picture of Owen relaxing and enjoying life.

So glad to see a post from you today!

samplerlover said...

Hi Laurie, so glad to see you and Owen back. I also have missed you. You certainly have been busy while you have been away. Your new blog is lovely and I love your header also. - Sandra.

Nancy in WI said...

You have been busy!! Nice to hear that you both are doing well. I love your header too. :)

Nancy in WI said...

You have been busy!! Nice to hear that you both are doing well. I love your header too. :)

valerie said...

So glad to hear that you and Owen are doing well and you have been keeping so busy with the stitching. Love all your new projects and finishes! You're right, Paulette has been churning out some lovely designs lately!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

So happy to see your return. You have been busy and all are lovely.

Cari said...

Oh my gosh ... I love your new blog !! I'm so happy to see your beautiful stitching...and I do mean beautiful!! I'm looking forward to seeing your quilting projects too. I so love fiber, thread, fabric, yarn, silk....like so many of us needlewomen do! Hugs to you and Owen.

Cari

Carol said...

So good to see you back, Laurie, and oh so many lovely projects!! Just love that Hollyberry series so much! I'm glad Owen is adjusting to life without Emma, too.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What lovely stitching you busy girl! You wore poor Owen

marly said...

Oh my goodness. Beautifully stitched pieces! Glad to see you back. Kiss the pup for me.

Faye said...

Gorgeous my friend!!!! On ALL accounts!!! We are SO ready to have you back into our world... Your fingers sure have been wonderfully busy!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

You have been a busy gal and have so many beautiful pieces both finished and in progress! I am so glad to hear that you and Owen are adjusting well. I'll be looking forward to seeing all of your quilting projects!

Janice said...

It's great to see you posting again, and your stitching is inspiring! Hugs to Owen.

Barb said...

beautiful stitching and nice to visit with you again.
I love love the bee pattern

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Good Golly Miss Molly, you have been a dynamo and this is just stitching??? There's more in the way of quilting?
Busy Hands, help a mending heart...so I understand your thirst to create.
I've got you all loaded up now in my reader and I'm ready to cheer you on! Welcome back Laurie, I know we don't "know" each other but I've been thinking about you, hoping you are well. :)

Chris said...

So nice to see and hear from you Laurie. You have been working on some amazing projects.
Hugs!

Jackie said...

I would love to sleep with the abandon that a dog sleeps. Look at Owen, all spread out and enjoying a good nap! I'm glad to hear you're both adjusting, I'd guess some days are better than others.

Glad to see you're back - I've seen peeks here and there on Instagram.

Nancy M said...

Laurie - you made my day after seeing your post! So happy to see you are back & obviously from all of the posts I'm not the only one that has missed you! Lovely stitching projects...can't wait to see the quilting.

Syd said...

Wow, you have been busy. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

I love all your WIPs!!! You have been busy :)

I'm was so sorry to hear about you pup over at Corgi Cottage. I can relate :(

Here's to New Beginnings!

Melissa

PS: Could you add a followers bar? I'm not sure how else to follow you otherwise lol... technologically inept...

Giovanna said...

Nice to see you blogging again - nice new blog, and wonderful stitching!

Teresa S. said...

Great new blog! You are certainly busy!

Michele B. said...

Beautiful work as usual!!!!! Who makes the 40 ct. Vanilla Double Dip linen? Very pretty!

Michelle said...

Big hugs. New beginnings are hard, but also a good thing. Love the new blog and your header photo! You have been so busy!! Love all your finishes as well as those WIPs - I really want to stitch all three of those you have going. Can't wait to see an update on your quilting too! I haven't been making it out to blogs much lately, but I'm so glad I made it out to yours!!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Paulette has been designing and you've been stitching along with her! Great looking progress all 'round. Glad to see you posting again.

Katrina said...

Love, love, love all your stitching!!!! So happy you and Owen are doing well, Princess Emma will live on in your heart. I think a new beginning is a good idea. Hugs and Prayers!!!!!!

woolwoman said...

I'm so glad you came back to blog land - I've been wondering how you have been doing. Glad to see you have been churning out wonderful stitching, beautiful stitching! I just started butternut tavern, glad to see your finish and many other favorites. Glad you are doing well and hope you are enjoying Autumn in your little corner of Iowa with Owen. Take care Mel

Debby said...

I'm glad you are back! And with so many lovely works, beautiful!

Greetings from Debby

Jane in Wisconsin said...

It's so good to see you blogging again............I've always loved what you post! Love the projects you've been working on, I have several of these in my to do pile.

Sherry said...

So glad you blogging again! What wonderful projects you have! The new blog is great. Owen is as cute as ever.

Mary Jo said...

Welcome back Laurie. Is that a new Adam and Eve I see :)

joann mccormick said...

Welcome back..have been wondering when you would resurface...didn't call.. Didn't want to intrude. So glad you are back. Your stitching never seizes to amaze me! So many beautiful designs! Half I don't remember seeing before! Love them all!

joann mccormick said...

Welcome back..have been wondering when you would resurface...didn't call.. Didn't want to intrude. So glad you are back. Your stitching never seizes to amaze me! So many beautiful designs! Half I don't remember seeing before! Love them all!

Karoline said...

Wow you have been busy. Your finishes are gorgeous and great progress on your wips.

Love the photo of Owen

Catherine said...

Lovely post! So glad to see and read that Owen is doing well. Panzer has been enjoying the cooler weather and our walks as well. Beautiful stitches ~ finishes and in progress. Such an inspiration to me ~ I must get back to my needle and thread!

Dona said...

Laurie, your new blog is very nice. I love the background of leaves. Is it from your trees?

You have some fun stitching projects going finished in and in the works!

Great Owen picture, too!