Thursday, January 10, 2013

First finish of 2012-2013?

Once again this post is way overdue. With trying to recover from my daughters wedding and the holidays right behind, I really have not had that much time to stitch. However, I am really close to finishing Quaker Christmas from ByGone Stitches. I was hoping to have it completed before the New Year but as you can see that did not happen, even with me stitching in the year "2012". I have posted a picture but did not want to remove from the Q-Snaps.

After Christmas we spent New Years in Portland, Oregon this is becomming our usual ritual. When in Portland took my annual jaunt to Acorns and Threads, the store is amazing and so great to be able to see the silks and linen in person. Needless to say I kitted up a few new things.

I will be leaving for Salt Lake City on Wednesday with my Mom. Really looking forward to spending time with my mother. We are going mainly to the Genealogy Library in Salt Lake. One of my other hobbies is maintaing and adding to the family tree. I am hoping that I can find some information regarding my european ancestors as I have hit a road block on some of the lines.

Well that is it for now, thanks your taking the time to stop by. I promise to take a picture of Quaker Christmas as soon as I am done...then off to the framers it will go!!

Friday, October 19, 2012


So the wedding that we have been planning for a year is officially completed.  It turned out to be a wonderful day, the weather could not have been better.  I thought I would post a picture, if you are interested in seeing more you can visit my Facebook page!/stephanie.messenger.  The ceremony and receptions were held in a 100 year old barn on my daughters in-laws property.  They spent an entire year getting the barn ready as it was used primarily for storage before.  I couldn't have asked for a better venue, it really had a personal feel to it.

Unfortunately, I was not able to finish the sampler by Lavender & Lace in time.  I guess it will be a Christmas gift this year.  I will post a picture when I am done, just have to remove it from the Q-Snaps.

Hope everyone is having a great Fall so far.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day Off....??

So I took today off from work because tomorrow is my Birthday (loud sigh).  My daughter is taking the commuter train down to Orange County so that we can spend the day together.  Our jam packed day will begin at 8:45 am and end at 8:00 pm tonight.  We have appointments at two bridal salons and are going to try and fit Disneyland in (at least to walk Main Street) and then her fiance and my bf will join us for dinner at Benihana's.  Needless to say, there will most likely be any stitching going on, unless I get a second wind.

I am bringing my camera with me today so will try and capture some photos from my day and post them tomorrow.

I don't know what my bf has in store for my Birthday stay tuned. 



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Planning, planning and more planning!!

Just want to say that planning a wedding is more work then you would think.  There are so many details that you never think about, like small straws for the  With that being said, I have been trying to work exclusively on Our Wedding by Lavender and Lace, since I have a hard deadline of October 13th (wedding day).  Here is my meager progress.  I am working on everything but the white of the dress, then will add that last.

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year.  I try and go to Portland, Oregon for New Years, we love the change of seasons from Southern California.  For those of you that have never been there is an awsome needlework store called Acorns and Threads.  So my routine for Portland is to arrive in the am get a car and head directly over to Acorns and Threads.  This time I brought with me several patterns that I have wanted to kit up.  To me it really makes a difference to be able to see the linen and play with the silks.  This was one of the highlights of my trip.

In case you have not been I thought I would post a couple of pictures.

Great restaurants....

Amazing architecture..

Beautiful knitting shops...

Wonderful city vibe...

Of course it was vacation so what is there not to like about it, but I would truly like to retire there. 

Will try and post more frequently...till next time.  Cheers!!

Friday, October 7, 2011


So my one and only daughter Shauna is officially engaged!!  The date has been set for October 27, 2012 and will be in a 100 year old barn on her future in-laws property.  We are aming for barn meets chic, with chandeliers and antique plates.  The planning has begun and has consumed a lot of my time.    It is pretty incredible how much goes into planning a wedding.  I never had a wedding, so it makes it more special.   Oh, and yes I am stitching something for her wedding.  I pulled out a pattern that I purchased years ago (I guess for this moment) Lavender and Lace "Our Wedding", and have a new start.  I figure I have 1 year and that it will help me get my mind off of all the crazyness. 

As soon as we have the colors picked out I will post pictures, along with my progress of Our Wedding.

Thanks for following me....happy fall!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Way too long!!

I know it has been such a long time since I have posted.  I was sort of waiting to get my Village at Hawk Run Hollow framed.  In the meantime, I had a "staycation" which allowed us to have some work done around the house.  Since I work from home most of the week having my office re-done has been great.  We had crown moulding added and new windows installed.  I changed the color of my office and now have a wall dedicated to my samplers.

I purchased two antique samplers that are at the framers and will pick them up this weekend and will add them to my sampler wall.  I started Houses of Hawk Run Hollow and am on the 2nd block, I am having a really hard time sticking with it.  I have so many others that I want to start, so I might start an A & E sampler and swtich between the two.  I will let you know what I decide to do and post some pictures of my progress on HoHRH (and whatever else) I decide to

Thanks for sticking with my blog, even though I have not been posting frequently.  I am really going to try harder to post each week.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!!



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Back to Basics I admit it, the 15 projects in 15 days just made me insane.  Granted it is always fun to start something new, but to me it has been overwhelming.  I hate to say this buy I really have not been in the stitching mood, really trying to get motivated again.  I have decided to just concentrate on one or two projects instead of 15.  My first goal is to finish the back stitching on VoHRH, yeah, yeah, I should have done it while I did each box but since I use Q-Snaps I didn't want to mess anything up.  Hopefully the BS won't take too long.  In the meantime I have been securing more stash, mainly A & E's. I will take pictures of them and post soon. 

The weather in Orange County has been pretty spring like with the exception with the wet weekend we had.  It is supposed to be 89 degrees tomorrow and hot for the next 2 days, I guess we can't complain.

I hope everyone had a terrific St. Patrick's Day!!!....and now looking forward to Spring!!

Thanks for hanging with my me during my absence.