Sunday, January 23, 2011

Maine, Vermont, Shelborune Museum Crazy Quilts, Crocheting

Hello Everyone,

I would like to share with you all more photos of our Lovey Holiday last Summer. Below you will see some photos of the Rugged Coast Line of Maine. All the Lighthouses were very unique and a joy to see. It was so neat to see Queen Ann Lace blooming everywhere.
The quilt shop was called "Sewing By The Sea" and here is where I bought some really neat polar fleece to make myself a coat.  I will have photos of it later. 

All the photos below are of Bar Harbor a very tourist area along the Maine coastline.  Here you could see the harbor very busy with all kinds of boats. Of course I had to take more photos of lovely blooming flowers.


During our holiday we also visited Vermont. It was so great to see many lovely church steeples that you see in Vermont magazines so often. Of course Vermont is also know for their many "Covered Bridges" which was fun to drive through.  Below you will see a gorgeous Water Fall rushing through the middle of a small Vermont town.  We walked across a small bridge that moved allot while walking on it to get this photo of this beautiful rushing falls. The store I took a photo of is the
 "Vermont Country Store".  I have been receiving catalog from this place for many many years.  They have very unique "Old Fashion" stuff that was around when I was a kid.  Neat to see.


One of the last places we stopped at was the "Shelbourne Museum"!  They had 19 Antique Crazy Quilt being displayed. I felt very fortunate to see these lovely crazy quilt because they are not displayed for the public to see very often. Aren't they all precious beautiful works of art?? 

I think the top left Crazy Quilt was my very favorite. I thought the center of wild flowers was very unique. The maker's stitching was stunning. I stood for a very long time admiring all these quilts. 
Below you will see more special things at the Shelbourne Museum.  I loved their display of lovely flowers in the large urn. The top right building is where all the Crazy Quilts were housed. We also enjoyed chatting with the man in the "Loom" building. Several  of his loom rugs and place mats were displayed for everyone to see.

On the Museum's grounds they have a small pond with a old fashion bench so you could set and relax and admire the flowers and the wee creatures swimming around.  My sweetie was able to take a couple close up of a wee frog and turtle.  

Below you will see more winter photos.  This photo was taken a week ago.  We now have snow that is above the center of our fence. I reckon we have at least 3 feet of snow in our front yard. Very Sad Face.  VBG

I have been doing a bit of crocheting.  Easter is my most favorite holiday for many reasons.  So I decided to crochet a few Easter eggs and a basket.  I also crochet a couple of wee mice.  I plan to make more Easter eggs in many colors and maybe another basket. Isn't the we multi color mouse too cute. She is made from yarn called Baby Jacquard Flower Yarn. I think I will try to crochet a Easter Bunnie too. What do you all think of my newbie crocheting projects??  


I hope you all have enjoyed seeing more photos of our holiday last Summer.  They certainly bring back wonderful memories for me. 

 I will be gone for about a month.  I am having unexpected knee surgery this coming week so I will be limping around for awhile. So I will have some extra time to do some more stitching and crocheting. Chat again with you all soon.

Take care all, 
Hugs 

                                                                     

Thursday, January 13, 2011

WINTERY MICHIGAN AND MY FIRST CROCHET BUNTING

Good Day Everyone!

This past Christmas In Michigan we had No Snow on the ground. A very rare event indeed. But January arrived very blustery and very snowy.
The top left photo is of our "Lovely Sand Dunes" along the Lake Michigan shoreline and they were looking very frosty. The next is of our front yard. The bottom photos show how very fridge the Lake Michigan waters can become. You can barely make out the poor iced Lighthouse. We have plenty of squirrels that visit our bird feeders during the summer months. High up in the tree top you can see a "Squirrel's Nest" where they keep cozy and very warm in the Winter months.


I started learning how to crochet in the Springtime of 2010.  I have made several different kind of roses and other flowers but I have never really made a so called "project"! The "Crochet Bunting" I just finished after several months of working on it.  It now decorates "My Creative Room"! I started with a basic Triangle and made it more elongated. The pattern is in "Crochet Inspiration" by Sasha Kagan.  Then I added a shell edge to them to give them a prettier look. When I finished the triangles, I had no idea what was the front or back. VBG So a good Friend "Linda" from Qld. Australia help me solve this problem. Linda's blog is called "Billabongs2bling" and she creates very lovely projects. 

The flower patterns I got from two books, "Crochet Embellishment" by Jean Leinhauser and "201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks and Projects".  I audition several different kinds of flowers before I came up with the ones you see.  There were some other very lovely flowers, I thought I would like but unfortunately I tried to make them and was unsuccessful.  I was pleased with my first crochet project what do you all think??


The next photos was of our trip we took last Summer to PEI and the New England States. These two are of New Hampshire. Oh, how we loved New Hampshire.  Gorgeous Mts, Rushing Streams, and lots of Cover Bridges! I love Loons and we discovered a "Loon Center"! A beautiful nature area. We saw a lady walking by the center and she was in mesh netting from head to toe. I have never seen such an outfit. We found out that it was to protect her from the hoards of Mosquitoes in this area! I wondered if it really worked. vbg


The bottom photos are of more fantastic scenes of New Hampshire. The log cabin was their visitor center.  We saw lots of "Brake For Moose" signs and even thou we searched and searched the roadways we never saw one much to my dismay!
We were really thrilled with all the beautiful spots we saw in this state.


I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos. The next posting I will take you to Maine and Vermont. I have many photo of Crazy Quilts from the Shelbourne Museum.  They were a real treasure to see.

Hugs

                                                                    

Monday, January 3, 2011

A LOOK AT SOME OF MY CREATIONS FOR 2010 AND LOVELY GIFTS I HAVE RECEIVED!

                            Hello Everyone,

I would like to wish My Family and Friends A  Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

First I would like to share with you all  A Very Pretty Scrapbooking Christmas Card, Crocheted Pansies and Lovely Lacey Bookmark from my Friend Maureen in the UK! Maureen's blog is called, Maureen's Mixture so please have a look!


Heather and I have been exchanging Post Cards for the last few years but this year I ask if we could make them a wee bit larger and create Journal Pages instead. Heather was very kind to say Yes.  I received the most lovely Journal Page with a Nature Garden Theme. Heather creates the most beautiful Embroidery Art. I also received a FQ of Pretty Pink Fabric, and the new Australia Magazine called Vignette.  Heather's lovely Blog is called "A Cherished Life" so please have a look.

I created the Journal Page with the Christmas Plum Pudding with the wee Robin. I used the long and short stitch with silk threads and was pleased with it.  I also created another CD Pincushion with a Spring/Easter theme.  I really enjoy making the CD Pincushions.


I have gotten out "The Crazy Quilt Of My Dreams" and I plan to start working on it again.  I have missed stitching allot and I look forward to adding Brazilian Embroidery Stitches and many other techniques I have learned in the last couple of years since it has been put away. So stay tune to seeing lots of embroidery coming from me in 2011!

During the Christmas Break I have been crocheting on a Bunting to hang in My New Studio.  I still need to crochet a chain for them and some crocheted flowers to add to it.  I also made my first "Hootie Owl" with some fancy stitches and a "Big Heart"! I plan to send this to a friend who has been going through some difficult times.  Hopefully it will cheer her up!
I have been also making some crocheted flowers and even a Heart. 
I look forward to chatting with all My Blogging Friends in 2011 and doing allot more stitching.
My Next posting will be a reflection of my creations in 2010 and "My Stitching Goals" for 2011. I think writing down my "Stitching Goals" will help me stay on track, what do you all think??
 Take care,
Everyone!
Hugs

     
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