Thursday, July 23, 2009


Lazy--that's me! I haven't blogged forever and I've been reading all your blogs and have been too lazy to comment. I promise I will try to be better.

I have been stitching and have a few things to share.The biggest finish is LHN's Yesteryear. I love it and can't wait to get it framed.

About 20 years ago when my youngest DD was in college, she spent a semester at Miami U of Ohio's campus in Luxembourg. Figuring it would be my only chance to get to Europe, I flew over and met her in Luxembourg and then we spent a week in Paris. DH doesn't like to fly so I bit the bullet and went alone. When I saw BBD's Eiffel Tower freebie, Souvenir de France, I just had to stitch it.

I love patriotic pieces and when Stacy(no blog) offered to share her finished chart, I took her up on the offer and stitched LHN's Liberty and Justice.

Finally, this is my July ornament, a freebie from Les Grilles de Maryse.

All of DH's medical tests came back clear so we are heading to Petoskey, MI next Wednesday to spend August at the lake. All the grandkids will be coming for a shot time so it should be fun. I'm hoping summer will be coming to northern Michigan too. My brother said it has been very cool and overcast much of the summer.

Jan is having a wonderful give away to celebrate the birth of her first grandchild.

Happy stitching and thanks for all the wonderful comments.

Happy stitching and thanks for your comments.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Once Upon a Time....

Once upon a time about 1900( give or take a few years) a teenage boy from Cincinnati was put on a train by his parents to go to a Methodist emcampment in the northerpart of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, because his parents had heard the air there would help his severe summer allergies. That teenage boy fell in love with the area and spent many summers there.

About 1910, he married a young Irish Catholic girl who didn't feel to welcome at the Methodist encampment. So they and some Cincinnati friends bought some property a little farther north on a small inland lake where they built a log communal dining cabin and slept in tents for three summers until they were able to build small cabins. Once they got an automobile they made the three day drive to Michigan each summer with their shovel in the back seat to dig their way out when they got stuck on the sandy roads.

In 1925, this young man and lady with their young son bought a larger lot on the lake. The young man was a builder in his father's construction business here in Cincinnati so he sent his buiding crew north on the train to build a summer house. These were my grandparents, and my brother and I own that summer house still . This is what it looks like today.

When I saw the BBD Petite Lettres Rouges and the wonderful way other stitchers were deicating it to parents and grandparents, I decided to stitch it in memory of my grandmother who taught me to sew on her treadle machine and to crochet ragrugs. Now the problem I ran into was that my grandmother was a perfectionist and would not have had any errors in her stiching so even though this is a reproduction sampler, I decided to correct the errors. I put the year they built the house and the location as well as her name. Besides my family wouldn't "get it", that I would intentionally stitch something with mistakes. So don't tell the BBD ladies what I did to their chart.

Thanks for the wonderful comments and happy stitching!