Friday, November 21, 2014

Missing stitcher found ...

*edited*  you might want to grab a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate cause this post is kinda long!

Where the heck did October go .. and November is almost over too!  YIKES!!  October was a busy time around here ... I headed to Myrtle Beach, SC for PALS Stitching at the Beach ... it was a great time!  My best friend Elaine went with me this year ... I think she's hooked *smile*



Here's the whole group ... what great group of ladies!

I need October very sad ... we had to put down our silly sweet chocolate lab Chip.  He would have been 9 Thanksgiving weekend.  I miss him every day ... he was the last of our animals and dammm this house is so quite with no fur babies around.  Here's a few pictures of my sweet boy ...
 Maddy wasn't too sure about the puppy lol ... we lost Maddy 2 years ago ...



 Hi Mom *smile*

In between all this I have been stitching ...
 Lizzie*Kate's Dear Rudolph
stitched using recommended fabric and floss

 Give Thanks by Country Rustic Primities
stitched with recommended DMC
tea/cinnamon dyed fabric (dyed by me)

Thankful Harvest by Country Rustic Primitives
stitched with recommnded DMC 
  tea/cinnamon dyed fabric (dyed by me)

 Sampling Thanksgiving by Lizzie*Kate
stitched with recommended floss
using misc. piece of fabric

 Wait 'til Dec 25th Lizzie*Kate Jingles Flip-it
stitched with recommended floss
on misc. piece of fabric

 Reindeer by Just Nan
Stitched with recommended DMC 
on misc. piece of fabric

Celebrate by Lizzie*Kate Tiny Tinings XIX
stitched with recommended floss
on misc. piece of fabric 

 
 Bent Creek Tiny Tim Turkey
stitched with recommended floss
on misc. piece of fabric

I sent a few of my stitching pieces to our wonderful Faye for her special touches.  The first two pieces I stitched for Lisa and myself as a memento of our recent trip to Paris ... Faye out did herself with these ... she added some lovely embroidery to the pillows ... I'm in love!  The blue one is for Lisa, the red one for me, of course *smile*  The design is one of Carol's, iStitch ... Sew le coeur de Paris ...



This is one big ass pin cushion .. and I love it!  Design is by Blackbird Designs ...

  I just love this turkey!  Gobble is by Country Rustic Primitives ...
 and last ... for now ... Fa La La, older chart by Shepard's Bush ... Can't wait to start decorating!
 

Whew .. that was a lot of pictures!  Guess that's why happens when a stitcher goes missing lol ... I promise to try and not stay away that long again ... I've missed you all so much!  Can't believe next week is Thanksgiving!  I'm so excited for the holidays this year ... really looking forward to spending the day with my family ... cooking, eating, laughing and of course watching football.  I hope you and your family/friends have a very blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for blogging ...




Friday, October 10, 2014

Last day in Paris ...

Off to The Louvre for our last day ... you can't visit Paris without seeing this incredible museum and seeing a view masterpieces, right?  *smile*

The pyramid is the entrance to the Louvre and is surrounded by lovely fountains ...


I nice passerby offered to take our picture in front of the pyramid fountain ...


Our goal for our visit was to not stand in long lines ... so we bought our tickets a few days before and by passed the long lines .. it was wonderful! lol  Buying your tickets ahead of time really is helpful and so is renting the headsets that explain what art you are viewing.  We didn't rent those and regretted it ... after all the entire museum is in French, something we wish we'd rented.

With map in hand, we headed off to see the Mona Lisa ... on our way we saw just a few lovely paintings ...







The painting on the ceiling was awesome ...

We entered the room that the Mona Lisa is in and I wish I'd taken a picture of the crowd of people around her ... it took a bit of waiting to make your way to the front of the line ... but it was so worth it ... she's amazing!  Much larger than I expected.  Unfortunately this is about has close as you can get ... but wow, it's the Mona Lisa!


Off to find the Venus de Milo sculpture ... and I do mean find ... The Louvre is like a maze, even with a map it's a bit of a fun challenge.  Here's Venus ... she is lovely ...


We then went to see a couple of Michelangelo sculptures ... This is The Rebellious Slave ... such a moving sculpture ... 

This is Dying Slave, he looks like he should be laying down ...

This is a bronze statue of Hercules ... 

This statue of Mary and Jesus was wonderful, unfortunately the window behind made getting a good picture very difficult ... but we loved seeing this piece ...

We spent about 4 hours at The Louvre and only saw a very small percentage of all the wonderful works of art in this museum ... here are some more pictures ...




my, what big feet you have!






 

We're leaving the next day for Amsterdam ... just doing a quick layover before heading for home.  I'll post our short but fun trip to Amsterdam next week.  I'm getting ready to head to Myrtle Beach for PALS Fall Fling ... but I'll be back and bore you with more and more photos!  *smile*

I'll leave you with some random pictures of the city of Paris ... 








I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for pictures ...