Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sooo nice to be home...

Happy Tuesday!!!
I have all my Christmas lights up outside, what a chore, but it's done.

We had a great time in Arkansas. We stayed in a cabin in Caddo Valley south of Hot Springs. The temp was a little cooler then I hoped it would be. Great sweater weather, unlike here up north.
First of all a few snaps of the lake

And this is what I did between fishing

Currants, Coxcomb and Rose pincushion by The Goode Huswife

I didn't get around to the BOAF ornie. I had started this awhile ago with just one of the borders. This is how much I stitched when I was not fishing or snacking.

I took Friday off from being in the boat and did a little shopping

Do you want to see what I bought????

Two awesome needleshops. The Stitcher's Garden in Conway and Stitch-N-Time in Little Rock. Thanks! to the ladies on the 123 message board.

I also visited a yarn shop Knit Unto Others and couldn't resist these colors for a blankie for a special little girlDora Explorer colors. I haven't crochet it seems like forever. I started it in the cabin that night.

So after we got home I crocheted this

and this

two wonky dishclothes. I need more practice, lol

I have so much to do around here that I will NOT be posting until after the new year. I will try to keep up reading and commenting here and there.

There is the house to get ready, shopping, wrapping, decorating and planning a Christmas Day menu. We are going to the tree farm this evening.

I want to wish everyone a very happy warm holidays with lots of friends and family. I do hope Santa brings you everything you want, so Be Good.

Happy Holidays... my friends

33 comments:

valerie said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Ranae! Will miss seeing your posts but will look forward to them in the New Year!

Blu said...

What an incredible haul! Have a merry Christmas, and see you next year!

Annie said...

Beautiful scenery, beautiful stash. Love that pretty pastel yarn. You'll be a crochet whiz in no time.

Your blog is so much fun. I'm sorry for the hiatus. But have a wonderful time preparing for the holiday.

Siobhan said...

What a great stash haul, Ranae! I love your stitching, too, and your crocheting. Wishing you and yours a very blessed and happy Christmas season, and 2010.

Myra said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I will miss your posts. :o)

Phyllis said...

Glad you had a good visit and had a safe trip home. Looks like you found lots of stash at the XS shops. There is a neat knit shop in Little Rock called Yarn Mart.Maybe you can check it out next time. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

RuthB said...

That's the best fishing trip I've ever seen! I didn't know those rods and spinners could bring in such great stash... must try that myself some time.

Jackie said...

Fantastic stash enhancement! Nice!

nanaknit said...

I have never seen the banner (A Joyous Christmas) that is on your blog. Who is the designer of that chart. Thanking you in advance.

Ruth N

Kim B said...

Wow, that is quite the collection of goodies you brought home! I need to travel with you!!

mainely stitching said...

What a great post! I love that GH design. Must stitch it again myself sometime. :D And your new stash!!! WOWIE!

Berit said...

Wowee; lookit all that stash!!

Hope you have a good wrapup of this year; see you in the next!

Lillie said...

Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics and that awesome stash.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year !!!

Carol said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip, Ranae! I love seeing photos from different parts of the country...

Wow! Amazing new stash. I'm actually going to a real-life cross stitch shop (on Friday) for the first time in 15+ years. Not sure I'll know how to act!!

Enjoy your holiday season and Merry Christmas to you and your entire family :)

Deb said...

Sounds like you had a great time and WHOA! what a great stash haul you got! Hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!!

Cari said...

Ranae - it sounds like you guys had a wonderful getaway - what great pictures. And that stash, oh my!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

Chiloe said...

I'm baaaaaaaaack !!! I can comment on your blog again !!! I'm so happy !

Greta stask! lucky you !!!

Enjoy your holidays ;-)

Meari said...

Welcome back. That was some nice stashing you did on your trip! Enjoy the holidays :)

doris said...

Nice crocheting!! Sounds like you had fun.

Kathy A. said...

Now that's some serious stash there girl! Mine looks pretty meek beside yours.
Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas Ranae - you and your family. You have been one of my best presents in this blogging world. Will miss you but will talk to you again in the New year.

Christine said...

The lake looks beautiful, and near stash shops too!
Have a great Christmas.

Doris said...

beautiful photos of the lake, and your new stash is lovely!.
i really loooove the new yarns!!

CindyMae said...

Wow, everything looks wonderful!!! I hope you and your family have a Christmas that is filled with much love and many blessings. I will miss seeing you post but will be around wen you get back!!!

Julie said...

Beautiful pics of your trip.

Nice stitching, but i just looooove that wool, i wonder if i can guess who your special little lady might be? LOL

I hope you have a wonderful festive season with your family, and will be looking forward to coming back in the New Yar

Love Julie xxx

Cindy said...

It looks like you had a fabulous vacation! You got some great stashing in, too, which is always good :)

My dishcloths always look wonky, but I don't worry about it too much.

Have an AWESOME Christmas!!

Suzanne said...

Lovely photos of your get away! Now that's what a call a stash haul and I love the colours of the yarn. I wouldn't be too worried about having wonky dishcloths, a few uses and they would be out of shape anyway. Well that's the excue that I use all the time, lol!

I would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.

I look forward to seeing your posts next year.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time at the cottage! I hope you find a second to pop in before the New Year and let us know you're well!

nima said...

beautiful pictures and stash
...have a lovely christmas and awesome new year

Pumpkin said...

ROFL! I can't believe you were stitching between fishing! :oD I love the design btw.

WOW! I'm drooling all over my keyboard! That is some yummy stash. Oh how I'd love to go to a real NS right now.

That is some beautiful yarn. Love the colors.

I hope this month isn't too busy for you. I wish you Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas if I don't talk to you before then :o)

JOLENE said...

Seasons Greetings Ranae!!! Have a wonderful holiday season. What I would do for a run away vacation with fishing and stitching right now? Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Great stash!!! Look forward to visiting you in 2010!!!! Take care.

Jan said...

Ranae...awesome pics and I love all of your new stash. The new yarn is yummy...I am hoping to pull some of mine after the first of the year, and do a little crocheting, have missed it!

You have a most blessed and enjoyable Christmas and only the best of new years!!

stitcherw said...

Glad you had a good time on your trip, great pictures. Wonderful stashing too. I think the dishcloths look fine, and the blanket will be lovely, great colors.
Sue

Brigitte said...

Wonderful pictures of the lake where you were staying. It must have been a great time. And wow, some great new stash. That's what I call a treat. Enjoy!