Monday, November 1, 2010


Happy Fall Everyone!
Happy Halloween to all of my friends who are celebrating the holiday.

October is over and I don't know where the month has gone.  It's been a busy month and I have a few pics to share of what I was fortunate to do these past few weeks.

Columbus Day weekend, my daughter and I traveled to the pumpkin patch.  It has been a yearly tradition for us since my first son was born (in 1987) but now it's just us girls because (understandably so) the boys aren't interested anymore.

We had a beautiful day. Here are some of the pumpkins and mums we saw and brought home.
As we were bringing pumpkins home, my beautiful roses were still blooming despite a night of frost....Isn't God's nature wonderful?

Later that week, I was able to attend the Stitching Jubilee in Lancaster.  I had a wonderful time meeting old friends along with new ones.....Carolyn Kathy It's nice that our blogging world  can extend beyond our computers, isn't it?  How lucky we all are to have each other to share our love of stitching.
Sad to say, the Jubilee will not be held next year and the vendor list was smaller than in years past.  The vendors that were there were wonderful.   I did add a few things to my stitching collection as pictured here. 

As for my October stitching.... I've been busy making treats for two dear blogging friends who have been so supportive since I have started my blog. I will show them once they are received so as not to ruin their surprises.

And........more October stitches......

This is a Nora Corbett chart that was published in Cross Stitch and Needlework a few years ago.  I stitched it for my daughter, who loves Halloween. The grace of the fairy reminded me of her but it took me almost a full year to complete. It's stitched on 28 ct cream cashel linen and I added blending filament and Mill Hill beads to make it sparkle. I had lots of fun stitching it and adding the special touches to it.
Another fun piece was "Witch Shoes "(Cherry Wood)  It's stitched on 28 ct light green cashel linen and I added my "beading" to the shoes. Sorry, the pic isn't the best. The ruffled border was sewn from fabric I already had and it matched the colors perfectly!

And last but not least, Halloween ends with THE CANDY!!  We have always had a lot of children coming at Halloween in our neighborhood and tonight was no exception.
I went to Target the other day to buy treats to send to my kids at college and when I got home, it seemed that the stash had grown....WHERE was I going with all of this candy??  It reminded me of how much bigger the Christmas tree seems to have "grown" once it gets in the house from what it looked like in the field!
Well, not to worry, it went from this this....!

I can't guarantee that I won't be tempted tomorrow by what's left .....:)

Don't forget my birthday giveaway is Friday! It's Christmas themed with new stitching goodies and surprises!
Please leave your comment ON THIS POST ONLY.  You only need to be a FOLLOWER to enter so good luck and thank you! Please be sure that I have an email to contact you should you be the winner.

The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday, November 5 at 5 PM

As always, your blogs and comments are inspiring and fun. I appreciate them all!
Thank you for taking the time to visit!

I hope you all have a happy, stitch filled week ahead :)



  1. It was so neat meeting you! Love the finishes! Sounds like you and DD had a great day, too!

  2. I love your finishes!!! And, thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway!! Congrats, Faye

  3. Your candy basket made me smile! My dd has saved $$ up so she could go buy a gob of Halloween candy 1/2 off after she's done with work today! :-)

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  4. Beautiful finishes! I love the Halloween Fairy.

    Now that's a lot of candy! We had more left than you did and we didn't start off with as much either! Halloween isn't as popular over here but it's getting more each year.

    Thank you for offering a fantastic giveaway!

  5. love your pumpkin, mums & gourds.......ahhh, my favorite time of year.....
    did you see the pix on my blog from the pumpkin patch!?!?!?
    Sounds like you had a great time at the retreat & by what I can see in the picture, it looks like you brought home some wonderful goodies!
    Congrats on your finishes.....they look wonderful!
    I always like getting halloween candy the day 1/2 price & then use it for holiday baking!

  6. I love all of your finishes but I am crazy the Halloween Fairy. She is stunning! Thanks for letting us have a chance on your giveaway.

  7. Hi Mary,
    Can hardly wait for your BDay and that awesome give-a-way! It's so nice of you to remember your friends on your special day! Love the Trick or Treat fairy! Yes, she does have a striking resemblance to the dear one she's fashioned after! xo :)

  8. Your finishes are beautiful Mary, I love the Halloween fairy!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time at your meet-up and brought back lots of stitchy goodies.
    Thank you for such a wonderful give-away and I hope you have a lovely Birthday.

  9. Hi Mary! Beautiful pumpkins and stitching too. I love both the fairy and the witch shoes. It looks like you managed to get some fun stash too. Enjoy every bit of it.

  10. Lovely pics of your finishes, the halloween fairy is fabulous

    Sad that you will not have the Jubilee again next year

    Nice new stash!

    Have a wonderful Birthday

  11. Oh, Mary, your Halloween fairy is a work of art--I would never have the patience to do all the beading and the metallic thread work. What a fun piece for your daughter to treasure throughout her life...

    Looks like you got some wonderful goodies at the Stitching Jubilee--I feel so sad that it is the last year for it. I know how much you looked forward to it every fall. Speaking of fall--those pumpkins are gorgeous. Don't you love white pumpkins?

    I'll sit this giveaway out since I was so lucky to receive such a special package from you yesterday :)

    Happy, happy birthday on Friday, my friend!

  12. Halloween Fairy is gorgeous, I have been wanting to start it, but you know how things get tin the way,lol
    I love going to the pumpkin patch.
    I am a follower, please enter me.
    Happy Birthday! on Friday

  13. I love going to the pumpkin patch also. DD and DH are our official 'carvers'. Please enter me in your bday giveaway....sounds exciting. oh, and I'm a follower :-)

  14. Love your Halloween Fairy! Please enter me in your giveaway, thank you.

    Just found your blog thro' Deb's.


  15. I love that halloween fairy! I hope to stitch that design one day :)
    Please, count me in for your giveaway!
    Have a great week :)

  16. Hi Mary :)
    I am not entering your Giveaway but wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog :) I appreciate it :)
    Your Halloween Fairy is just gorgeous :) I have had her kitted up for 2 years but have not started her yet-you did a beautiful job on her :)

  17. What lovely stash you bought at Jubilee! Enjoy stitching it. Love your Halloween finishes and love the pumpkin pictures. As for rose, how beautiful to see that in flower at this time of year. Would love to be entered in your giveaway!

  18. Congratulations on you Birthday and Many Happy Returns. The Jubilee sounds very interesting and all of your finishes are very nice.Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful photos of pumpkins and almost empty baskets.
    Be always in stitches.

  19. Love your finishes,they look great. I would love to be entered into your birthday give away. Hope you have a great birthday as well.

  20. The Halloween fairy is stunning, a beautiful pieve of work. I was naughty and the dogs and I ate some candy before Haloween so I had to go and buy more, LOL! I would love to be entered into your giveaway and wish you a very happy birthday.

  21. The halloween fairy is pretty. Please enter me in the giveaway

  22. I just "discovered" your blog and would choose to follow even without your giveaway, but I certainly wouldn't mind being the lucky one to receive your holiday package, :-) !! Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. I love pumpkin picking :o)

    Glad to hear that you had fun at SJ. I'd really love to go but very sad to hear they won't hold it next year :o( Yummy stash you got there!

    Your TOT looks wonderful all framed up and the fabric you had for your ornament is perfect.

    Please add my name to your giveaway and I am a follower :o) Thank you Mary!

  24. Love the Halloween Fairy.
    I'd love the chance to enter.
    I follow your blog.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com


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