Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TOO long away....BUT...

I am here now with a bit of an update on my life on Belfonte Lane! I am sure that I won't get everything shared of my year and I say that, because it has been since the end of February 2011, since I have made a blog post here! I feel badly about that, because I so enjoy posting and having you visit and sharing somewhat in my life, with you all special and dear, blog readers! Anyway, I hope to not stay away so long again, but we all know how life gets, I just need to make a strong effort to have 'make a blog post' at the tops of those never-ending lists that I am always making! Ha!! I am very much hoping that 2012 will usher in a year, a bit more organized, but even if it isn't, I want to be able to come here and post some! I have missed you all!!!

I haven't managed an overabundance of stitching this year, lots of that time, I have been focusing on my design models and stuff for Retreat, but I did manage to finish up this a few weeks ago! Not sure yet, what kind of finish to plan for this, but since it is so late in the season, I have a bit of time before I need to decide.

Blackbird Designs Waiting for the Harvest
GAST Pumpkin Pie and Dark Chocolate
32 Ct R&R American Chestnut

And another wip that is not quite done yet...I was having fun with buttons around it, and it might appear to be done, but isn't yet! Maybe next week I can share a finish of it, and maybe a bit more progress pics. It does motivate to get out my stitching more, just by taking pictures and sharing them with you all here! And also your wonderful words which cheerlead me on to a finish!
Primitive Needle's Earth Sampler
Weeks and GAST fibers, with one substitution and change of motif
Tree of Life Linens Cocoa Double Dip, 40 ct

This has been a fun stitch, several of my online friends and I have been doing a private SAL to remember Lisa and this is the design I chose to stitch. My prayers are still with her family, especially this time of year, the first holiday time they will be without her presence, and I know that it will be a hard time. I do hope to finish this little sweet sampler up soon and get it framed and on my wall. I substituted the motif that looked like a white strawberry with dark seeds, have no idea what it was, so I decided to put in a little white kitty in it's place, to remember a special cat that owned our family for awhile, named Monica.

That is it for the stitchey pics, but I do have some outside pictures that I took well over a month ago, when autumn 2011 was in full swing, so allow me to share them with you all, because if I wait another day or two, I fear that everyone's (including my own) mind will be on Christmas and snow and winter!
My Backyard Foliage behind the property fence

Belfonte Front Porch with Pumpkins and Ferns

Flowers did wonderful this summer and the mums just set everything off!

My Favorite Mum

And I couldn't not share a picture of my grandbabies....
Pumpkin Pickin' with Daddy, just their sizes too!

Happy Girl, Alexandra Catherine, aka Allie Bug

I will be returning soon, with more stitchey pics and updates! Thanks for visiting with me, and getting to the end, and for those of you, that leave me a comment, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I will do my best to visit your blogs soon!

I would just like to leave you now, with a special prayer of blessing this Thanksgiving week, for you and your loved ones! Give Thanks!!

Love, Jan


Margaret said...

Love your stitching and the fall pics. Allie has grown so much! Both grandkids are adorable! Daddy looks proud too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nancy said...

Hi Jan! Your stitching projects are so pretty. I love the way you stitched the Blackbird Designs piece. Gorgeous colors! Your granddaughters are just adorable!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Natalia said...

So good to hear from you, Jan !! I understand your lack of time to post, as I have been slacking off too. It seems like life tends to get too busy, specially around this time. I love your stitched projects and your nice remembrance of Lisa. What a terrible tragedy and such a difficult time for her family.
Your grand babies are precious !!

AshleyBeth said...

Glad to see a post mom! Your stiching looks great, as always :) And my babies, all 3 of them look adorable! Love the trees and flowers...I miss the pretty colors of fall, but oh so excited for Christmas! Have a great Thanksgiving with most of your kiddos (my sibs), will miss you!

Anonymous said...

Lovely autumns snapshots, dear friend! Love the pictures of the grands at the pumpkin patch! Congrats on your BBD finish; your Primitive Needle SAL piece is looking super!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Susan said...

Glad to see you back, Jan! Allie is getting soooo big!

woolwoman said...

Jan I have sure missed you ! I'm glad you are doing well and just busy. Love all the photos of your finishes and the fall foliage and the grand babies. take care and have a wonderful holiday filled with god's blessings. Love ya Mel

Lizzy said...

Beautiful BBD Harvest finish, Jan ~ love the colour changes... and your Earth Sampler is lovely... and I love the sweet kitty addition~ :) And I love the linen~ just gorgeous...

And what beautiful Autumn colours ~ I love the Mums and look at those precious, sweet babes... They are Beautiful and having such fun in the pumpkin patch with Daddy... They grow up far too quickly, do they not, my dear?

Wishing you and your lovely family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving my dear, sweet friend~~~ much love and {{{Hugs}}} and Blessings always in stitches... xox

PS: eat some Blackberry pie for me... :)

Siobhan said...

I can't get over how much those beautiful grandbabies of yours have grown up! They're adorable. Love the stitching! I like your twist on the BBD.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Fantastic stitching finishes, Jan! I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lynn said...

Welcome back and Happy Thanksgiving!
Love your BBD finish and your WIP!Thanks for sharing your pics. Such lovely autumn colours!

Sherry said...

Jan, it is so good to see you posting again! You were missed. I hope the New Year will be more organized for me too.

I love you finishes. The buttons look great with the PN sampler.

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Carol said...

How nice to read a catch-up post from you Jan! Your stitched finishes are both adorable--especially love the Earth Sampler and I like your added little white kitty :)

How lovely your home and yard looked this fall--there's nothing like a nice wide front porch to relax on, is there?

And the photos of your dear granddaughters in the pumpkin patch certainly made me smile this morning :)

I'm sure you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family!

Kathy said...

I love your BBD piece. Great progress on the Primitive Needle Piece. I think you will finish before I do.
Love the pics of those precious girls.

Karoline said...

Nice to see you posting again Jan. Lovely stitching and gorgeous photos of the grandkids.

Suzanne said...

It's good to see a post from you. You have been stitching some very pretty projects. Great photos of the grandkids.

Brigitte said...

Both your stitching projects look so nice. And your family pictures are just lovely.