Sunday, August 28, 2011

What a Week!

What a week this has been! We started off the week with an earthquake on the East Coast and ended the week with Hurricane Irene. Irene turned out to be a non-event for us in Georgia but I know that is not the case for so many of you in North Carolina and points north. This morning I had a quick email from my stitching friend, Linda, in New York and she is safe, thankfully. I hope to talk to her later today.

The Virginia earthquake on Tuesday was felt all the way down here in Augusta. I had just sat down to have a late lunch about 2:00 p.m. when I felt a slight back and forth motion. I wasn't sure what I felt until I looked at the mirror across the room and saw it moving. The movement didn't last long but it was long enough to be a little unsettling. We have several fault lines that run through this area of Georgia but I wouldn't have thought we would have felt something that happened as far away as Virginia.

Did you see the Pioneer Woman's new show on Food Network yesterday? I thought it was a great look at a fairly ordinary family working, playing, and eating together. On the menu was chicken-fried steak, some killer mashed potatoes, a breakfast sandwich, and a tomato salad. I enjoyed seeing Ree's family and finally learning the names of her children as well as seeing Walter and Charlie (her Bassett Hounds), Cowboy Josh, and the tons of cattle they raise on their ranch in Oklahoma. Hope you get to catch one of her shows on Saturday mornings on Food Network.

I completed another orange stripe on "boo" this week. I've said it before but I'll say it again - I love these sampler-type canvases. You'll see the latest Grandinroad catalog behind "boo". It's their Halloween catalog and it's just filled with all sorts of fun Halloween decorations. If you don't get the catalog, be sure to check out their website - especially if you are having any kind of Halloween party. So many spooky things with which to decorate.

There's not too much more to finish on the Witches Hat Drizzly Apple. I have just a little more background to stitch (by the way, the background color is not as neon orange as it looks in the photo - it's a rich tangerine color) and I'll finish it off with the beaded edges for the bow. This was another fun, fast project. I am quickly running out of quick-stitch projects. It's probably just as well as I have two large projects that start in October - the Melissa Shirley Christmas banner from Amy's and the Melissa Shirley Flowers & Vases from Pocket Full of Stitches. Can't wait to start both of those!

My autumn clematis was looking particularly pretty early this morning so I thought I would share a picture of it with you. This is such a beautiful flowering vine but it is so invasive. It would take over the yard if you turned your head for a second. I hate to compare it to Kudzu but you understand if I do make the comparison. It's a good thing this vine has such lovely, delicate white flowers because that's the only good thing about it.

We had a nice, mild early morning here. Fairly low humidity and a temperature around 70. The temps have already moved up to the low 90's however and we still have long afternoon of heat ahead of us. My Little Girl was enjoying the early morning coolness and agreed to have her picture taken.

Let's hope this week is a little less exciting than last week! Hope you have a good one!


  1. I love the progress on both pieces. I am stitching both pieces with you. I am drawing a blank for the wire beading for the bows. Will you take pictures of the several steps you take when you bead your bow. Thank you. Can't wait to see your progress this week coming.

  2. Melinda, your Girl is a sweetHEART. Such a pretty girl.

    I'm also trying to help out Diane: check out Amy's March 2011 e-newsletter, page 7 to see the beaded wire bow.

    Here's the link:

    Your stitching is wonderful, Melinda. Can't wait to see the collection this holiday season. HUGS, Robin

  3. Hi Melinda,
    Your apple is spectacular! Cannot wait to see how you have it finished.

  4. Melinda, both pieces are terrific! I love these little apples! I am not much of a Halloween person, but these are cute! Let's hope for a quiet week!



    I think one of these spiders might work. They also have newer ones for Halloween.

  6. Oh, thank you so much for the link! Those might just be perfect!