Thursday, July 17, 2008

Life – you get out of it what you put into it. I’ve reminded myself this several times this week, so I’m having a pretty good week. On the way home from work Tuesday I pulled over to the side of the road and picked a batch of Black-eyed Susans
for the kitchen table--- first of the season. Don’s been working late so Ransom and I have been trekking out daily on our own. It’s been threatening a thunderstorm or two each evening, but always misses us. The wind knocked down these acorns before they were ready…


Quilting---this wasn’t on my list, but I couldn’t resist. It’s a Needle case. It’s from a free pattern of Cinderberry Stitches. Linda had made one.
I had not even heard of a needle case until about a year ago. My needles are stored on spools of thread, bulletin boards, pattern sheets… hit or miss.
It’s discovery mission every time I need one. I had printed and studied the pattern for while. Then Linda encouraged me to do it. The embroidery was a piece of cake. I think my stitches are getting better. Practice is definitely the answer. The assembly instructions weren’t easy for me, I’m a visual person, but when I took it a step at a time at “acted in faith”, took everything literally and was careful not to read too much into each step. It worked--- and I now have my very own needle case. After work tonight, I’m going collecting my needles . I never really considered myself a ‘Blue’ person, but the thread and fabric called me. The project was fun and easy--- I recommend it to everyone.

I’m about to make my lunch—a ham sandwich, mayonnaise only--- grab my coffee, and head out to the hangar….

26 comments:

Juliann in WA said...

I love needle cases. I have that Cinderberry stitchery pattern too.
Hope you have a great day.

CARole said...

Maybe you're a fellow jeep owner, huh? I have had this jeep for almost 16 years and she still looks great! She's like a member of the family and I don't ever want her to go. I love that you stopped by the side of the road to pick some black eyed susans. My kinda gal.
Happy day
Carole

julieQ said...

Looks like you have had some very productive time! Love your needle case...but my favorite is your black-eyed susans!!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

That turned out so nice Mel! And black eyed susans.... love em! I was thinking they come out more towards the end of summer, but mine are growing too....shows you what I know!

Hope you are enjoying your summer. :o)

Judy said...

I think it's lovely! I keep my needle in one drawer but I seem to always forget which is which once they come out of their booklets, so I bought a cheap pincushion and labeled each section for the type needle it is and that finally keeps them straight!

Linda said...

Your needle case is lovely Mel, and now you have somewhere to keep all your needles. The blak eyed susan's are so lovely. I don't think I've seen them here.

Raedene said...

Beautiful Black-eyed Susans! I love 'em! Even better that they were free. :o)

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi, I just discovered your blog and have to say that I will be back to read the rest! I love your quilting...red granitware and those black eyed susans:0
Stop by for a visit the door is always open:)

*Rondell*

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely needle case.........

Connie W said...

I love those flowers, some of my favorites. And the stitchery is lovely too.

Journeying said...

What a relief to hear of someone else who has needles wherever and isn't sure which kind are where!
I LOVE that blue fabric!! Reminds me of the fabric of one of my grandmother's housedresses. (oops - showing my age that I even know the term - and hadn't thot of it in forever until I was going to tell you why I liked that blue)
Yellow flowers in a red pitcher are hard to beat.

Carol said...

How fun Mel that you can pull over and get such pretty flowers...Love it! Your needle case is as cute as it can be.

Love to Applique said...

Thanks so much for the welcome, am really glad to be here.I have added you to my blogspot. Your blog is great.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Lovely needle case! My needles are like yours stuck here and there LOL...

Idaho Quilter said...

I made the same needle case, now I can find the correct needle when I need one. Your bouquet is the sweetest.

DebbieCalif said...

Really enjoyed your blog. I am amazed at all you have gotten done! Wow. I also have the pattern to the Cinderberry needlebook. The picture makes me want to do it right now!
Blessings, debbie
ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com

Libby said...

Is there any other way to eat a ham sandwich? I had one just like that in my lunch box nearly every day of elementary school . . . they are still tops on my list *s*

Tara said...

Mel

Great needle case and the floweres--who could have resisted??

Stina said...

The black eyed Susans are wonderful...do they grow wild there...wow!? And I love the little needlecase...it´s perfect!!
Enjoy the summer!

ForestJane said...

very pretty, the yellow and the red. I've always been tempted to stop and pick the road flowers, but my luck, I'd get rear ended, either that or have a cop join me and ask if I need assistance... lol

Leanne said...

I love cinderberry stitcheries. I love my needle case but I still find needles in some strange places.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Black eyed susans have made their appearance here too! Very cute needle case!
Cheers!
Evelyn

Karen said...

The flowers are so pretty. I assume they were just growing wild. The container you displayed them in is neat, too.

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting on my new house number sign. I do love creating things for my home.

The flowers you picked look so pretty in the coffee pot...simply beautiful!

Take care,
kim

hetty said...

Those black-eyed susans are beautiful in that red coffee pot! And I love the blue stitchery! It makes a great needle case. Maybe I should make one for myself. I can never find a needle when I am looking for one!

Back in the Day said...

Stumbled on your blog today and I have to say . . . I love the pics of the flowers! Absolutely gorgeous! Also, I love the needle case. Mine are everywhere so that is definately an idea!
Thanks! Adding you to my favs!
Nicole