Monday, October 07, 2013


Happy Fall Ya'll !!!!!!

I am optimistic in October for many reasons.

For one - I have all new electronic devices in my little world.  A new Ipad, a new IPad mini, a new IPhone and a new PC on my desk at work.  SURELY to goodness - I can do a blog post now when and how I want to do it without having a bunch of trouble with blogger.  As you can see my blog posts  have been very sparse this summer.  I have almost given up because it has been so frustrating.

Anyway - enough lamenting about that subject.

I am also optimistic in October because I am coming very close to finishing 3 more projects, one of which is my BBD wedding sampler.  I have abstained from showing a photo until it is complete which will be very soon, hopefully this month.  Then I have another BIG and very old WIP - a 3ft X 5ft rug which I am getting very close to finishing and will be finished this year for sure.  Just depends on how much hooking time I have as to when it gets completed.

I have a beautiful butterfly shawl that will be finished this month.  It is an Artyarns KAL on the Ravelry board.  The yarn is Zara - TSC hand dyed by Art Yarns - lovely stuff - color is Z3 - Iris doesn't name her colorways.
 Next up is a beautiful gift from DF Starr.  Starr surprised me when she returned from a very long trip to Michigan with this gorgeous and very special quilt.  You can't imagine how well it fits in my house  This was a very special wedding gift from  a very special and dear friend.  Starr - I can't tell you how much I adore this quilt.  I'm sorry but I don't know anything about the pattern designer or the fabrics but all I can say it is everything I would pick if I was a quilter myself.
Look how sweet it looks on my little primitive red bench - it is happy with my wedding pillow from DF Dianne

Here is Mr Scarecrow in his temporary home on a glass top table.  He look nice in this little fall display with my pottery pumpkin and pewter tray. 

Here is my Autumn House - I've had it out a little in the past month.  I was agonizing over the sky - that is all that is left except the border and I already know what I'm doing with the border.  I tried various things for the stars and ended up liking tiny pearl seed beads.  If you look closely you can see I went with a bargello stitch for the sky.  I think it is going to be just what I wanted and I settled on Gloriana Florimell in Antique Black.  Perfect for the effect I wanted.  I am very proud of this needlepoint piece because I did the entire stitch guide myself.  I figured I had taken enough classes in my life to figure this out myself and so I did !!!!!!  I am very pleased with the effect, I used almost entirely threads from stash, silks, cottons, wools and there will even be some metallic in the border and beads also.

I wonder how many of you are doing Paulette's Mary or Mary II Sunday SAL?  I 'd love to hear if you are.  I am and I have started, just waiting for a couple of threads I didn't have so I can finish up Part I.  I also started the Plum Street Yuletide Welcome - not enough progress to show on that one.
Well my friends - I hope you have all been having a great fall season so far.
Hope October is very optimistic for you as well.  BTW - I had a effortless time with this post and with downloading my photos. 


Margaret said...

Woohoo! So glad you have new devices and are having a better time blogging now. Whew! Love your knitting! Love hearing about your near finishes too -- YGG! That quilt from your BFF is gorgeous! Wow! What a special gift! Looking forward to your finishes. Hope Blogger continues to be good to you.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Mel ~
You always have so many projects in process. I am amazed at how many you finish. Love the needlepoint pic and look forward to seeing your rugs.
Congrats on all your new "i" products. I still haven't figured out how to blog from the iPad and there is no way in he** I will even attempt to do a post on my phone!
Hugs :)

Rugs and Pugs said...

I meant rug, singular :)

Jackie's Stitches said...

Wow- you're all set with a bevy of new electronics! I'm really looking forward to seeing your finished rug!

Such a wonderful gift from Starr - it looks beautiful!

Susan said...

Mel, so great to see all the pictures of your beautiful projects! That quilt would fit perfectly in my house, too! What a fantastic gift!

Loraine said...

Oh you lucky girl! All of that techy stuff will certainly keep you in touch with everything and everyone.
I LOVE your wonderful rugs, the Scarecrow is amazing. I'm anxious to see your stitching. It sounds like you have some great things going.
Your wrap is beautiful. You are a woman with many talents.
Happy belated anniversary! I missed that post for some reason. Congrats to you.
Have a great month. I think of you often friend. I'm heading to Florida next week for Fall Break. We will be in Palm Beach. Any great stores that way that you know of?

krayolakris said...

It's the best time of year isn't it?! Love to see the pretties, thanks for sharing!

henri said...

Great post Mel. . . nice to see "Merrie" heading
your blog. The quilt is gorgeous and looks
perfect on your bench with the lovely wedding
pillow--treasured gifts for sure.

Karoline said...

Your shawl is gorgeous, congratulations. The quilt is stunning, what s fantastic gift.

Cari said...

Wow oh Wow glad you have new pickings from the apple tree. I'm such a mac gal myself. I always love seeing your finishes...and gifts too. The quilt is to die for. Have a great week. Hugs

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Everything looks wonderful but of course I love the Autumn House the best. Congratulations on finishing this!