Thursday, November 24, 2011

Be Ye Thankful

Wishing everyone a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite family holidays. I really get into the prepping and cooking for Thanksgiving. I do miss being close to my family and all the hustle & bustle, conversations and sounds in the house when we are all together. The three of us carry on the traditions, just on a smaller scale.

In keeping with the reason for my blog, here is a project I stitched in 2001. I need to put this in my wrought by me link. So much to do on this blog. Slowly but surely I will get all my handwork and that wrought by others updated so that my followers can have some "play purties" to look at.

Thank you mom for these beautiful pin cushions!

Made with scraps from quilts she has made for us. Can I tell y'all how talented my mother is, she is amazing! I am thankful for the great things she has shared with me and taught me. I wish I was half as creative she is. One of these is going to my girlfriend!

She also quilted the table runner the pin cushions are sitting on.

A great example of some of the simple things she comes up with... Many moons ago we visited Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, we both bought these really neat vases made from split rail fences; we call them weed pots (wildflowers/weeds to some). They have test tube style glass inserts to hold water if you want to use as a vase.

Here is what I have done with mine....

and here is what mom has done recently with hers.

She is using hers as a diffuser and I love the whole arrangement! How tranquil and calming. Makes me think of the outdoors and the woods where this rail may have been used to divide someone's property.

Thank you for sharing your gifts with me mom, wish we were closer (she is in Wyoming) so we could do these kinds of things together. I miss having that with you!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

And my Mommy makes NINE

Welcome to my blog, Mom! As soon as I saw the stitched Humbug I knew it was you! I am so excited you've joined my blog. I hope to work on some more Wrought by Others pics (by my mother)over my long weekend. I am taking tomorrow off and Friday is Veterans Day so I will have a four day weekend, hope to get some quality stitch time in.

On another note not about cross stitch, but relates to the name of my blog. I got to see the resident porcupine yesterday morning. I had Libby out for her morning rounds (fenced yard) when I noticed something dark moving across the back yard, coming out of the orchard. I went over to the fence to get a closer look and sure enough it was Gus Gus! Our daughter named him Gus Gus our first year here. I think they are so darn cute, at a distance. :-) When Libby barked once, he stood up on his hind legs and then he turned and hussled back to the orchard for cover. He lives in the big barn next door. There has been a family of foxes, many chimpmunks and a pretty healthy looking groundhog in residence.

Off to reading some of your blogs and getting my stitching organized for the weekend.

Keep on stitching. P.J.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eight is Great!

Just a quick post to start off November to thank my followers, including the two most recent joiners; Jackie and Penny welcome to Porcupine Needle! Looking forward to all of your comments and enjoy following your blogs as well.

Just to keep it interesting... I will share a picture. I picked up this cute little stand for $10 at a local antique mall. It is going to make the perfect little side table to hold stitching gadgets.

Keep on stitching.