Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Stitching Pictures!

As you can tell, I'm still a novice at this blogging to post pictures and where to put my writing. Hopefully it will all come sometime, and I hope you will bear with me.
I attempted two new finishes this holiday season. The bell design is by Stacy Nash from last year's C-mas book, A Simply Early Christmas. I stitched this for a dear friend and I'm quite pleased with the result. She stitched the framed piece for me, isn't it lovely?
The JBW tree was for my stitch group exchange. I hadn't tried making a flat ornament before, but found it wasn't too difficult. I'm going to use it on a couple more ornament finishings this week, but I won't show them until after Christmas as they are gifts. The last picture is the stitch group ornament I received. It's very sweet and I love the braided hanger!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Stitching

I've been stitching some holiday pieces, some for me and some for gifts. These two pieces were out of my stash. The tuck is a SanMan kit and was fun to stitch. A quick project and turned out cute. The second one was a UFO, can you believe? Apparently I tucked it away in the JCS magazine with very little to finish. It's by Twisted Threads and from the 2002 issue.
My next post will have pics of exchange pieces. I tried a different shape and a flat ornament finish. I was quite happy with how they both turned out!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yes, I'm still here!

HI, Dear Readers!
Yes, I'm still here, I hope I haven't lost anyone because I haven't been updating.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a great time with our family at our oldest DD's house. There were 12 of us there and we had lots and lots of delicious food to eat!

Now that that holidays are upon us, it seems like time is fast forwarding at a very fast pace.
I have several stitching finishes to post so will get to that in my next post.

My DH bought a new laptop computer for me and I'm enjoying it immensely. However, my pictures are on the old laptop so I need to get on it to add them. One of these days I will figure out how to store pictures on the new one!

Hope everyone is nearly finished with their shopping and able to enjoy upcoming holiday events.

We had a lovely time yesterday at our DGD's Addie and Kelsey's church Christmas program.

That certainly got us in the holiday spirit, was such fun to see the little ones dressed in costumes and singing with such gusto!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Our Travel Trailer!

Finally I'm getting pictures posted of our wonderful trailer! Here's also a few of the inside, I don't want to bore anyone, but we got a bit picture happy when we had it out and snapped alot of photos!
Our maiden voyage was to Basswood Resort by Platte City, Mo. We stayed 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The only drawback was it wasn't far from KCI and planes coming in for a landing can be pretty noisy!
We are taking it to Topeka Friday after Thanksgiving and staying in an RV park.
Kansas City had rain this week so I was relieved to find out yesterday that the trailer didn't leak and all was well with it. Just being in it made me anxious to take it out again! We are adding more and more supplies to it and making it more like home.
Doesn't WDH look relaxed?
Hope you all are having a relaxing weekend too! :-)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pumpkin Smash at the Kansas City Zoo

Elizabeth spent the weekend with us recently and Sat we took in the Pumpkin Smash at the zoo.
Not only was it a special event, but it was free admittance so there was quite a crowd. We enjoyed seeing the animals eating and playing with the pumpkins. The elephants each got a pumpkin and were carrying them around with their trunks. One elephant dropped his and another one picked it up, walked over to the one who dropped it, and then stood there and ate it!
Guess they weren't taught to share!


My WDH and I are blessed to have 5 grandchildren, of which 3 are girls. They are Addie ( Addison Lee), Elizabeth Anne, and Kelsey Grace. The girls love to play together!
Addie is 7, almost 8 and in the 2nd grade. I was fortunate to take care of her 3 days/wk from when she was a tiny baby until she started school. We had her recently when she was out of school for conferences and she made some leaf projects. She's a Brownie, does gymnastics and likes to play soccer.
Elizabeth is 7 and also in 2nd grade. She has gorgeous curly hair and is the middle child with an older and younger brother. She takes dance lessons and loves all animals.
Kelsey is 5 and goes to pre-K. I've also taken care of her several days/wk since she was a baby. She loves Fancy Nancy, also takes dance lessons, plays soccer and loves to swing! Kelsey was playing in the leaf piles in our yard last wk.........don't her legs look really long???

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Last Week was BUSY!

It seems like since WDH retired in Oct we have been on an endless merry-go-round! Always something to do or somewhere to go. I keep hoping for a "normal" week, but realistically I don't think that it will ever happen!
Last Tues we picked up my framing from the shop in Topeka. LOVE this framing shop! They do wonderful work and are very reasonable. Here's pictures of the 3 pieces I had framed. I love them all!
Last week we also officially became RVers!!! We'd been looking at travel trailers for several wks, starting with 18 ft ones and ending our search with our 30 ft one! I have to backpedal here a bit as we had originally wanted to be able to use our truck to pull the trailer. It unfortunately wasn't big enough to pull the 30 ft trailer so we looked at getting a different truck! Fortunately Carmax had a very nice '07 Toyota Tundra! It's white, has low mileage, has heated leather seats and rides like a dream! We decided that we couldn't pass it up, but were waiting till Spring to get the trailer! But, with another walk through of it we were hopelessly in love with it, and decided not to wait! There's several more camping weekends yet this fall so we'll have it out this coming weekend and can't wait! We have a 2 hr orientation to attend, and then we'll load it and hit the road! I'll try to get some pics up after our maiden voyage!
Wishing everyone a great week,
Sharyn :-)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Antique and Craft Finds

My WDH and I have been to several craft and antique shows lately. I thought I'd share pictures of things I found, and just couldn't leave behind!
The Lenexa Community Center show is always a great show and it didn't disappoint. I visited my friend Dana's booth, The Stone Rabbit! Her blog address is listed below. Visit it and you will find it delightful! I had to have the darling snowman and a pumpkin that had a Give Thanks tag on it!
The wool table runner, heart pillow and snowman pillow were from Shirley, The Wool Lady's booth. Her wool projects are exceptional and I'm lucky to have many of her pieces.
We also went to The Church of the Nazarene's craft show in Lenexa. I'd never been to this show and it was fantastic! I purchased a little paper folded wreath, and then my name was drawn for a door prize that had 4 more wreaths in varying sizes! I also got a sweet little moose and my WDH bought the pretty nativity woodcut.
A few weeks ago my WDH and I went to an antique show in Lawrence with friends Janet and Wayne from Topeka. We try to go to this show every year and we always find a few goodies. I got the two wooden boxes there, and also the darling Singer needlework case. Isn't it cute?? I wonder if it's a child's, or a saleman's model. I'm going to store antique needlework items in it to display.
I'm very pleased with all of my purchases.........we both love to scout out the antique and craft shows......the anticipation of what we will find is always fun!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quaker RR

HI, I'm in a RR with 5 other stitchers that I met on the web. We have been stitching Quaker Style Friendship Sampler by Samplers & Such this year. We chose our own fabric and floss and it's been fun seeing all the different combinations. This is Jinger's sampler that I finished stitching on last night. She chose a lovely fabric with purple mottling. It's stitched with Silk 'N Colors Aged Plum. I think it's beautiful! We have one more section to stitch and then we'll receive ours back in Dec. I can't wait to see my completed sampler!
Hugs, Sharyn :-)

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Night Out!

Wednesday evening my WDH and I went to see Church Basement Ladies 2 at The New Theatre in Overland Park. It was set in the basement kitchen of a Lutheran church in Minn. As you can see, Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch fame was in it. Was so cool to see him! It doesn't sound like it would be all that funny, but it was hilarious, we laughed and laughed! The gals who played the CBL were fabulous! And I highly recommend the food. We had a scrumptious meal! And topped it off with a S'mores dessert that we smartly shared! Yum! Yum!
I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend and find some time to laugh!

Sharyn :-)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Crafting with Kelsey!

Today was a Kelsey Day! We gathered leaves Monday am when she was here so today we did a couple of crafts with them.
First we layed leaves between two sheets of wax paper. Kelsey wanted to arrange them from large to small sizes! She loves glitter so she had a great time sprinkling red, gold and silver glitter on the leaves and wax paper! Papa even got in the act by working on the construction paper border! I ironed the wax paper and K and I glued the border on.........and this is the result! The sun wasn't shining much today so you can't see the colors very well, but I think it turned out pretty!
Kelsey also made a leaf rubbing picture. We still have lots of leaves left over so we may do this again next wk!
Sharyn :-)

Stitching: A Finish and an Exchange!

I finished this Lizzie Kate cutie last night, sewed the buttons on today! I'd like to finish finish it as an ornie for my Halloween tree soon. I love the green fabric, it's much brighter in person.

Yesterday my stitch group exchanged seasonal's the one I received from my good friend Sandy. Isn't it pretty? It's a freebie by Plum Street Samplers. I'll have to figure out how to do links to other sites!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Perfect Day!

Greetings again!

Monday was a beautiful fall day here, warm with a bit of a south breeze. After dropping off our DGD Kelsey at preschool, my WDH and I decided to go to The Overland Park Arboretum. We hadn't ever been there and boy, is it ever a beautiful place! It was all decorated for fall and the trees were in their best color. We walked around several areas of the arboretum and took many pictures. This is what we saw when we looked across a lake there! We took several paths thru the area and still did not see everything. We definitely will go back to see the changing of the seasons!

I will add more pictures from my WDH's camera in the next few days. Until then, I hope you all are enjoying beautiful fall days too!


Sharyn :-)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Welcome to my Blog!

I have been considering jumping into the blogger world for awhile, but hadn't had the courage until recently. For one thing, a name! What would I name my blog?? Well, that depends on what I'm going to be writing about. I love to cross stitch, but I didn't want to limit my blogging to only stitching posts. I'm also a mother blessed with two lovely daughters and two great sons-in-law, and a grandmother of 5 so will definitely write about all of them. And I have a WDH, wonderful dear husband of 40 years who just recently retired so will also be writing about not only our life together, but also our travel adventures.
So, one early AM recently I couldn't sleep so was throwing blog names around in my head: Grandma of 5, SusieMo. Hmmm. My WDH rolled over and I blurted out, "How about Sharyn's Stitches?" Now having been married the aforementioned 40 yrs, he immediately knew what I was talking about! No, he didn't like it, but threw out instead Skein by Skein! I love it! And hope you do too! I know it's about stitching, but it also has the connotation of Day by Day. Anyway, that's how this came to be.
I'm going to be feeling my way through this new adventure so please bear with me. I want to add pictures, etc to make this a bit less sterile place to visit, but hope that all will come as I go along.
I'll close with a big giant thanks for visiting and hope you return to visit soon!

Sharyn :-)