Thursday, June 26, 2014

Checkerboard Giraffes

Time for another UFO finish! I stitched this giraffe pair in 2001. I decided it's time to get them on the wall. The pattern is from 1998 and designed by Pat Theode of Noah & Company.


My daughter Jeanne gave me this high-gloss black frame. It's fairly ornate, but is the right size and color and I like the juxtaposition of the ornate frame with the simple design. Why not, right? I edged the stitchery with a green cotton print. Then I used a gold ribbon as an accent. I try to frame all my giraffe pieces with some black and gold.


The giraffes are stitched on 25ct. Mushroom Lugana and stitched with DMC floss. I like the little heart button accent and their little braided tails that swing freely. 


This afternoon they joined the rest of the herd in my gallery.



Saturday, June 7, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Anniversary Roses

For our 23rd wedding anniversary in April, Dale bought me a dozen white roses.




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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

An Afghan for Sophia

Peek-a-boo!


I see you!


Look at you ... all dressed up in purple.


I can't wait to play this game with my grand-niece, Sophia. She is due to arrive in July. So I made her an afghan.


"Sophia" means "wisdom." The color associated with wisdom is purple. Sophia will have a little granny square gingham goin' on!













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This afghan was inspired by an image I found on Pinterest,
pinned from The Examiner.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pet the Alpacas

My daughter Jodie and I met in Hood River, Oregon over Mother's Day weekend. Along with a massage, a walk along the Columbia River watching the sailboards, some geocaching, and glass blowing, we also went out to an alpaca farm. And "out" it was. We thought we might be lost, but no. The farm was just around a lot of bends and through some hills and past the fruit farms. But what a treat! The countryside is just gorgeous.

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Plus, who could resist these faces?


The alpacas ate out of our hands.


The Foothills Yarn & Fiber shop was nicely stocked and quite sweet. Weavers and spinners would love it as they carry wheels and looms. Jodie and I are more into crochet, so we had fun petting the yarn.

Post card from the shop

I bought a few secret treats for my daughters (they'll get them next Christmas) and this beautifully dyed skein for about $20. The wool came from one of the animals just outside the door.


Also outside the door? The shop dog. We literally had to step over him to get in the shop.






Saturday, May 24, 2014

Skitter Critter

While Jodie and I were geocaching during Mother's Day weekend, we found this little guy sunning himself in the briar patch near ground zero.