Sunday, September 5, 2010

Autumn Weekend

 Feeling Cooler today. It went from 96 degrees on Friday to 54 degrees this morning. It feels so good.  We opened the house up and slept with the windows open. We are supposed to be back in the 90's during the week and 70's at night.  UGH!  I am truly looking forward to fall.

This is a picture of New Salem Pottery in Randleman, NC. The area of North Carolina that I live in has a very long history of pottery makers. Hal & Eleanor have continued the tradition. There was a pottery on their property in the late 1700's. They do still dig some clay  on their property. They supply the gift shop at Old Salem with some of their pottery.
About 8 years ago I started ordering a Christmas gift for my stitching friends from this pottery and that was my mission yesterday. It past years they have made mugs, spoon rests, or ornaments for me. So, my order is placed, due for delivery the first of December. My first Giveaway will be a piece of pottery, stay tuned.

I had a chance to sit down with the ornament issue yesterday and here is a list of the design that I really like...
-JBW Designs
-Plum Street Samplers
-The Victoria Sampler
-Elizabeth's Designs
-Milady's Needle
-Primrose Needleworks
-Moss Creek Designs
-Ink Circles
-Blackbird Designs
-Cat's Whiskers
-The Sweetheart Tree
-Jeanette Douglas Designs
-Prarie Schooler
-Blue Ribbon Designs
-Sam Sarah
-Little House Needleworks
-Cross Eyed Cricket
-Little By Little
-Legacy Designs
-Country Cottage Needlework
So for the $7.99 investment, I think that I made out. I have been working on my exchange kits from the 2005 issue. When I looked through the magazine, I have already stitched 6 ornaments from it and I have at least 6 more ornament kits to go. So it is going to be awhile before I get to stitching any from the 2010 issue.
Thank you to all the designers who contribute to this issue. It is truly a gift that I look forward to each year.
Here is my progress on my Handwork ornament.
Not much this week. I am trying not to be aggravated over the small cut of fabric. I think that I will try finishing it flat with the felt backing. The more that I look at this, the more I think it is better as a valentine's day ornament. The center background is stitched in a yellow. I have not decided if I want to fill it in yet.

That's it from here. I have to go get a shower & get ready for work.

Have a peaceful Sunday!


Melissa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today Chris! I know what it feels like when you get that first cool break from the heat! I hope the next few days won't be too bad for you, maybe cooler in mornings and nights?

I need to get that Christmas ornament issue!

Enjoy the rest of the day!

Margaret said...

Wow! What beautiful stitching you've accomplished! I love it all! Thanks for stopping by my blog -- I appreciate your kind words!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

I need that Christmas issue too!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention-- I will have to make a trip the the bookstore.

I love the cooler weather and we are all very happy that it is like that here in Des Moines, Iowa. I hope we have a nice long fall.

Your stitching is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Carolyn