First, going back a month or two... I pillowified Plum Street Samplers' "Rotted" ornament design. Because I used a 28-ct. fabric instead of the 40-ct. used in the model, mine was a little too large for an ornament. It was displayed (briefly!) in my basket of seasonal finishes.
And the first weekend in November was a momentous occasion - I spent it in Utica, stitching with friends! Some ladies I met at Celebrations live in the area, and a couple others joined us for a rather low-key stitch-in. We made a trip to A Stitcher's Garden in Syracuse, and had a lovely time.
I don't have any pictures from Thanksgiving, but let's just say it was a HUGE success...my parents came out, and I prepared most of the dinner. I made a spinach-and-herb stuffed turkey breast, pretzel topped sweet potatoes, a cranberry salad, and a pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. My mom brought an apple-bean casserole. I think my folks were a little worried about my cooking skills, as they've never had a Thanksgiving meal prepared by me before! Well, my father - who prefers his turkey be dark meat - had seconds of my turkey, and insisted that my mom get my recipe!! Winning!! (*my secret: the stuffing goes between the skin and the meat, not inside the turkey.)
There was some sad news between all the fun stuff, though....the week before Thanksgiving, I had to have my sweet Mina-kitty put to sleep.
So I'll end things on a happy note with a new start.
Country Garden Stitchery. I haven't seen this piece stitched anywhere but on the designer's site. In fact, I haven't seen many of her pieces in the blogging world at all....which surprises me, because I think her style is really charming! And if you order from her Artfire page, the option for .pdf delivery means almost instant gratification... *nudgenudge (not affiliated, blah blah blah....just enabling!)