Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It Takes a Village

Rebecca Wood Thanksgiving Village
Hi everyone,

I recently posted a photo of the log cabin that goes with my Village and here is the whole set.  There are two more Indians than Pilgrims but that is probably the way it was at the original one!

Have a great day with your family,


Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Early Thanksgiving

Hi everyone,

The first canvas in the Kelly Clark Elegant Thanksgiving arrived today and it is beautiful. Yes, Virginia, UPS does deliver on Veteran's Day.  I have always loved her painted canvases and this is my first chance to also use her stitch guide.  I previewed many of her posts on her blog so I know that this will be a gorgeous series.

It also came with a sweet painted magnet - all the craze these days....

And my friend Lisa of Mag Friends made me a fabric Thanksgiving bag that exactly fits my canvas!  Is this a new business opportunity?  Magnets and project bags that match???

I can't wait to go through the stitch guide this weekend and look at all the cool fibers - love Planet Earth silk!

Have a great weekend - reach out and thank a veteran!  I thanked mine - my friend and helicopter teacher  Ron is a Vietnam Vet and he is the coolest guy I  know.

Keep stitching,


Monday, November 7, 2011

'Tis the Season

Rebecca Wood Thanksgiving Cabin

No, not that season.....

Sew Much Fun Christmas Present
Not that season either......


Florida Jumbos

Stone crabs are a Florida delight!  We have a 6 month season that starts October 15.  The crab fishermen set traps in Florida Bay and as the crabs are caught one claw is taken and the crab is returned to the wild to "grow" another one for next year.  So no one is hurt in the process (well it might hurt a little when they pull off that claw).

And they taste as good as they look!  Just add mustard sauce and key lime pie!!

Keep stitching!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Southern Hospitality

Hi everyone,

I know that some of my readers come from small towns....I do not.  In Miami when we leave home we double lock our doors, turn on the alarm system, shut our front gates (which have "bad dog lives here" signs), get in our cars...lock those doors and THEN go to the grocery store.  I have been known to search far and wide to find a purse with lots of zippers to protect my wallet.

When we took our trip from Miami to Tennessee to see the fall leaves we encountered a different America from the one we are used to.  Let me introduce you to Elberton, Georgia.

Elberton, Georgia

This is Elberton on the aviation chart.  My main job on the trip was navigation.  Even though I have been taking flying lessons, I am still not 100% comfortable flying while my husband watches.  He is however very confident in my map reading skills.  So here is little Elberton in northeastern Georgia.  It has a solid purple circle which means it has a paved runway and little points coming out the sides indicating it has fuel.
We stopped here for fuel before crossing over the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains to get to Blackberry Farm.  No one answered at the FBO when we called so we landed to check it out.

Elberton, Georgia

The office was WIDE OPEN so after looking around and generally announcing ourselves I called the number on the sign to see where they were and when they were coming back so we could get fuel.  And that's where I came face to face (or phone to phone) with HONESTY, TRUST AND SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY.  Randy answered and told me (I kid you not) that the pump was on and to take as much fuel as we wanted and we "would settle up later"!  He told me he had NEVER had a problem! And so we did and we have a story to tell for the rest of our lives.

Eric fueling up
And lest you think that I have forgotten that this is also a needlepoint blog, here is a photo of my Indians that go with my Rebecca Wood Thanksgiving Village.

Keep stitching,


Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Farm Cat at Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm Kitty

I joined Stitcherie yesterday and posted this photo of the farm cat from Blackberry Farm in Tennessee.
I had several comments that there was a white bar across the photo so here she is again!  When we first met she came up to me and curled up right on top of my shoes.  Smart cat!  Knows how to pick out the cat lover!!

More tomorrow,


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Put Away the Halloween Candy and Bring out the Turkey!

Hi everyone,

We are back from a six day helicopter trip to Blackberry Farm in Tennessee to see the Fall leaves.

Cades Cove, Tennessee

We had beautiful weather (! ) and got back just in time before the bad weather set in.  Have you ever gone on vacation and taken too many projects?  No kidding - I didn't put in one stitch - hit the bed each night and was OUT!  Well, my hands are rested and ready to go!

Here is the Halloween candy that I "thought"  I was going to whip right through on my trip. (Just finished last night)

Halloween Candies

Yesterday I put away all the Halloween needlepoint and brought out Thanksgiving....

Absolutely Needlepoint Turkey
I love Thanksgiving.  Especially the part where we make everyone at the table say what they are thankful for.  I am going to start with the amazing coincidence that my kids are arriving from LA and Chicago within one-half hour of one another!  THANK YOU!!  Let's hope the airlines stick to that schedule.

Tomorrow a post about a special place in Georgia where gas is on the honor system!