Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cross-country Adventure Part 2

So now I'm sitting in a hotel in Troy, Illinois as we wind down the last couple of days of our cross-country adventure. It's only two more days until we're back home in CT and although we had a really awesome time, I'm so ready to get home. Two weeks was a very long time to be away and I really miss my dogs! 

Highlights of the second part of the trip:

Drove through New Mexico! I wish we had more time to really see New Mexico because I've always wanted to go there, but unfortunately for this trip, I didn't really see much of it outside of the beautiful landscape. At least I know I'll definitely be back!

Visited Flagstaff. I was shocked at how much Flagstaff reminded me of Vermont. Clean, crisp, (cold) mountain air, pine trees for miles, lots of shopping, cozy lodges --- they were even selling little jugs of maple syrups in their shops! Totally blew my mind that we were actually in Arizona. 

Went neighborhood-hunting in the Phoenix area. We really spent a good portion of the time in Arizona driving around to different parts to see where we may want to settle. The good news is there is shopping EVERYWHERE --- and there seemed to be a Michaels, Joanns or Hobby Lobby every 2 miles. 

Loved the palm trees and mountains -- definitely don't have those in CT.

Went to Chase Field to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks play. They lost, but they made the playoffs and it was an overall great experience. 

Best part of the stadium is the Petsmart Patio where your dogs can actually come to the game with you. Totally buying Bentley and Cooper little jerseys for their first game. (Yes, I'm one of those dog people.)

Went to the University of Phoenix stadium to watch the Cardinals take on the Cowboys. They lost, too, but another great experience. We're actually even considering seasons tickets. 

FINALLY got to visit "The Attic Needleworks" in Mesa. I have been dying to visit this store ever since I knew there was a possibility we'd be moving out west and this shop did NOT disappoint. We don't have many local needlework shops in CT and the one I have actually nearby is very small and has very little inventory in terms of patterns. The Attic was the total opposite. They had charts upon charts, both new and older, and even had charts that have been out of stock online. I bought 8 charts in total including three that have been on my "I absolutely need to have right now" list.

And now it's back off to the east coast! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cross-country Adventure Part 1

I'm sitting in a hotel in Lubbock, Texas -- the last stop before we get to Arizona (our final destination). I've never been this far west so it has been very interesting to say the least. So far we've crossed Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and now Texas. Considering I left my home in Connecticut on Friday morning at 5 am, I'd say we're making good timing. What a ride!

Highlights so far:

Went to Independence Mall in Kansas City where I almost brought home a teeny-weeny Yorkie puppy I fell in love with for my parents who just lost their 17-year old Yorkie. I was able to maintain control and managed to walk out without "Jasper." They do have a very cool carousel in the mall though.

Went to the KC Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles game at Arrowhead. They weren't kidding about it being the loudest stadium in the world. My ears are still ringing.

Went to my first Bob Evans in Indiana where they serve drinks in mason jars... super creative and adorable!

Visited the largest casino in the world. Being from CT, we were a little bitter about losing our #1 spot, but this place was unbelievable. It just goes on and on and on...

Visited a Pocket Full of Stitches in Lubbock. We only really have one needlework shop in CT that is remotely near me and it's not that big. This place was amazing!

Finally got to experience dry heat vs non-dry heat. It was 96 degrees today with a humidity of 20%. I'm not going to say it wasn't hot, but I've had days in CT when it was only 85-90 degrees with a humidity of 50+ and I've been WAAAAAAY more miserable.

Tomorrow, Part 2 of the trip begins. We arrive in Flagstaff tomorrow afternoon, and we're in Phoenix for the next week. Being that our plan is to move there permanently, I'm really hoping I love it! Fingers crossed!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Designer Mini Notepad Holders

Hi everyone!

I spent the afternoon making these super cute designer mini note pad holders from scrap cardstock. God knows I absolutely hate leaving any behind! I like having these notepads around as they're perfect for keeping my chaotic mind organized -- and they also make great gifts!

These note pad holders are basically a lot of scoring and folding. The inside has a pocket to slide in the cardboard backing of a mini notepad (the ones I used were 4" x 6") so that I can easily replace the pad when I'm done. Then I just add the square embellishment to the cover using the same DP and mount it with form squares for dimension. Fun, easy project!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Autumn Pallet

I've been really getting a lot fall stitching done lately -- mostly due to the fact that I absolutely love this time of year and it can't come fast enough! I stitched this "Autumn" design from Lizzie Kate's Autumn Smalls collection and have been going crazy trying to figure out how I wanted it finished. 

 I settled on this cedar wood pallet as it offered me the rustic feel I was looking for. The stitched
piece was mat-framed with brown fabric and then matted again with a really pretty eggplant colored fabric. I added some olive green sheer ribbon to call out the green in the stitching and give the piece an added pop of some fall colors. The pallet hangs on a twine cord and makes a really cute home decor accessory. 

Pattern Details:
"Autumn Smalls"
Designer: Lizzie Kate

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Stitchy Giveaway - CLOSED


As we head into my favorite season, I'm hosting a small giveaway for two 
fall-themed cross stitch patterns from Country Cottage Needleworks: 

"Seasonal Celebrations: Autumn" and "September Cottage of the Month."

I love these patterns and I know you will too!
* Giveaway is for the patterns only -- no fabric or floss will be provided. *
** Patterns are all new - not recycled from my stash. **


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The giveaway will close on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:00 PM EST and a winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 13.

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Haunting Halloween

My first Halloween finish of the year!

I stitched up this really cute pattern from the Drawn Thread about a week ago and then did what I normally do when I finish stitching something -- let it sit on my finishing table for a week until I figure out what the heck I want to do with it.

Well, as I was re-organizing my stash of goodies, I found this dark metal tin with really pretty scrollwork and realized it would be perfect for a Halloween piece. I mounted the stitched piece to some coordinating fabric before adhering both to the tin which hangs from a twine cord. Pretty happy with how it came out. Super cute for Halloween.

Pattern Details:
"Haunting Halloween:
Designer: Drawn Thread

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