Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stitches


There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.  
~Charles D. Gill

It can't be Wednesday already!  We had a relaxing weekend and had friends over for barbecue one evening.     We were even able to enjoy a brief respite in the heat.  Saturday and Sunday mornings greeted us with temperatures down in the low 60's.  It was so nice to open the windows and let the house breath.  We were able to spend some leisurely time out in the backyard Sunday morning enjoying the cool while sipping coffee and reading the morning paper.  I did manage to squeeze in a bit of stitching but no sewing.  This week looks promising for sewing time.  How was your weekend?  Are you able to get some sewing time in this week?

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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY


Pears

Pears are one of my favorite fruits to eat but only if they are truly ripe.  I enjoy a salad at my favorite lunch spot that includes pears, but sometimes they are as hard as apples and don't have much flavor.  Here are a few pear facts:
There are over 3000 varieties of pears grown around the world.
Pears are native to Asia and Europe. The first pear tree was planted in the North America in 1620 in the Massachusetts Bay colony.
Asian pears were cultivated in China as early as 1134 B.C.
The Chinese considered the pear, which they call "li," to be a symbol of immortality. The destruction of a pear tree symbolized tragic or untimely death.
Before tobacco was introduced in Europe, pear leaves were smoked.
They were given the nickname "butter fruit" in the 1700s because of their soft, buttery texture.
Most pears (about 95%) sold in the U.S. are grown on the west coast, in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California.
In Europe, the Bartlett is known as the Williams Bon Chrétien or the Williams. It got its American name when a Bostonian named Enoch Bartlett bought a pear orchard and, not knowing the pears already had a name, began distributing them as Bartlett pears.
Towns with an abundance of pear trees often included the word Perry in the name of the town.

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COUNTED X STITCH UPDATE

I have been busy working on my counted cross stitch project.


This is the top left corner.  Just a touch of metallic gold thread added for sparkle.

Here is the center panel near the top.  I have seen similar vistas while traveling through Arizona and New Mexico.

And then, of course, this is the top right corner.

Here it is all together.  The piece is really moving along and I should have no problem completing it before my December 15 deadline (self imposed, of course).
Design:  Desert Mandala
Designer:  Martina Weber / Chatelaine Designs
Fabric:  Antique White Belfast 
Stitched:  2 strands of DMC floss over 2 threads
1 strand of Treasure Braid over 2 threads

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FINAL THOUGHT



15 comments:

shez said...

cant wait to see it finished Linda its looking good.xx

Needled Mom said...

I like my pears on the soft side too. The apple hard ones just do not interest me, but I do enjoy cooking with those.

Your stitchery looks wonderful. Is this for a gift? Your work is beautiful.

Since we are back in the 80s here, I assume that you are heated up again. The lower temps must have felt so wonderful for you. It is always so nice to open everything up and "air" it out.

I hope you are going to continue enjoying a quiet week.

Hilachas said...

Wow! You've done a lot of work on the counted cross-stitch. It looks lovely already but I can't wait to see the finished product. Love having you back blogging too :)

Linda said...

I am in Lemoore again, watching grandkids and helping out with things. The cooler mornings are wonderful! (I got a lot of the house trim painted in the cool morning, but forget painting in the afternoon!)I haven't gotten any quilting done. I did sew with my granddaughter on Saturday, but I've been organizing closets and reading children's books.
I enjoyed your post!

Maria said...

Pleased you had a nice weekend Linda..
I alo love a nice soft pear. Especially when it dribbles down your chin..LOL.

Your cross stitch is coming along nicely and will look great when finished.

Love your saying at the end.. so true..

Vesuviusmama said...

I didn't know what you meant about stitching but not sewing - now I see. Looking good!

Sheila said...

Your cross stitch project is really coming along well and is gorgeous ! Love today's quote.

Kris said...

Linda - Your cross-stitch is really looking good!!! Wow, that is a lot of work but it sounds like your weather is making for some nice time to do some stitching out in the backyard!! Love your final thought!!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Wow that evening temperature sounds so inviting......we are actually supposed to start getting some of that here next month or late this month. Love the needlework....that Jack Rabbit in the top right corner reminds me of an old postcard where someone put antlers on a photo of a Jack Rabbit and called it a Jack-e-lope! Always enjoy your little facts of the day.........

WoolenSails said...

You are doing a beautiful job on your cross stitch. I was getting too messy, can't see the holes, so hoping the new glasses will help.

Debbie

Fiona said...

Your cross stitch is looking awesome.. there are a lot of little stitches in there...
Hugz

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Somehow your thoughts for the day are always on target for me.

I have been sewing on my Sew Spooky BOM and enjoying it (that does count right...:))

We are getting a cold front on Saturday. It's not suppose to get over 94....giggle.

Glad you had fun with your friends Linda G!

desertskyquilts said...

The cross stitch piece is looking fabulous!

Madame Samm said...

Oh My Linda..your Pear facts, stitching...what a delightful visit..thank you ..

Shannon said...

What an amazing piece of work!!! It is going to be so wonderful when it is done.

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