Time Away


We scheduled a trip to Florida to visit our daughter and her family to leave on Sunday, January 15.  There was an ice storm in the forcast, so DH and I changed our reservations and got out before the worst was due to arrive.  Of course, it really did not become the disaster that was predicted, but we had a great time all the same.  Above is one of the most dramatic sunrises I have photographed.  Fortunately, I am an early riser and have a lot of photographs to prove it!  I also caught this oddly colored "Halloween" lizard near the entrance of my daughter's apartment.



The grandchildren are a joy and I have been babysitting my 2 1/5 year old for the past few days.  She has reached the very imaginitive state and will play for quite a while with the Calico Critters doll house I got when her older sister was small.  She also loves the movie "Frozen" and can talk and sing along with most of it.  We have our sing-along moments and she really gets into the gestures if I encourage her by singing, too.  She provides a lot of companionship and will chatter away while helping me.  I don't always understand everything she says, but I get most of it.  We had a moment where I said we are going to make pancakes and she said "Oh, I love cupcakes".  We went back and forth for a bit pancakes-cupcakes and I wondered if she was trying to trick me into saying cupcakes.  She is going home today and I need to get back to stitching "Now We Have Everything" by Cherry Hill Designs. 



The November contest is for you to stitch the star on any fabric with any threads you choose, any stitches, any embellishments. Just keep the basic outline of the chart.  Use your imagination!  CLICK HERE FOR A PDF with chart and instructions. First prize will be a fabric "orphan".  Other prizes will be awarded depending on the number of entries received.

There were two entries for the Pumpkin Carving Stitching Contest in October.  Thank you very much to Anita and Twig who both received a Legacy Patterns Ornament kit.


I would appreciate input on future contests.  Or, anything you would like to see on TSV, for that matter.  Just drop me a note using the "contact" form from the main menu.



Pumpkin Decorating Contest


Do not panic!  You have not lost any time.  I am, for once, ahead of schedule with the newsletter.  In case you do not know it, I tend to be late with it.  I wanted to get this one posted asap, however, to give members time to decorate one of the pumpkin charts that are in the October Newsletter and get a picture submitted for the contest.  I thought this might be a fun thing to do since I will not be doing an activity page for Halloween this year.  So, go to page three of the newsletter HERE and carve stitch your version of one of the pumpkins! The instructions for entering are also there!!



With two weeks until "show time", I am feeling the pressure of getting everything together and making every attempt not to forget anything.  I sat down with the TSV Sampler Project to try to figure the best way to display this in my booth(s) at the shows.  I think I am going to section the whole piece so that it can be connected by velcroe at 4 1/2 - 5 foot lengths that can be hung together in rows and re-attached to roll into the one long sampler as I have it now.  Otherwise, the view of it is limited to the section "unrolled" on the doodlin around fame.  So, I am also making a final shopping list for things I will have to get for the shows.  Dowel rods, shower curtain hangers . . .   I hope this idea works and better go this afternoon for samples to test the method.  The only other display I am contemplating is the TSV primer and something for the Collective Stitch project.  I do wish I had gotten more of that stitched, but my stitching time has been limited of late and I have had to do what I can.  Three trips in July, August, and September have cut in to my morning/evening stitching.  Hopefully, I am back on track and can stay focused.  Along with being a procrastinator, I can be a little short on the attention span, also.  Hope to see you at either the Needlework Galleria or the Spirit of Cross Stitch show!

In case you missed it, Below are the first three of six ornament kits in the Christmas Village Ornament Series by Legacy Patterns that are available exclusively through TSV.  #1 "Candy Cane Lane" and "Reindeer Lodge"; #2 "Gingerbread House" and "Christmas Tree Lot"; #3 "Bed & Breakfast" and "House of Worship"  The charts will be available through Legacy Patterns.  The kits are a Limited Edition and include the linen for stitching, coordinating cotton fabric from the Legacy line of quilt fabric, batting, ribbon for hanging, and instructions for finishing.  They can be found in the TSV Book Store CLICK HERE


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