It’s corn harvest time here on our farm. I’m so into all things Fall! I’ll share more about the harvest this week, y’all. Several harvest pictures were included in yesterday’s Fall Harvest – Sufficient Rains post, so if you missed it, click that link to see what’s going on around the farm.
On Saturday, I gathered a bucket of pears from my one lonely pear tree. While digging through the recipe box for pear recipes, I compiled a few of our favorite Fall recipes to make this week. Here’s a hint about one recipe: Have you ever baked something in a poke? Do you know what a poke is?
Oh! I wanted to tell you another bit of farm news…we’ve been having visitors at night. The last two nights we (HH is the we, y’all – I held the flashlight) killed an armadillo – that’s two down and more to go. Woo-hoo! Country fun, y’all. Those critters were tearing up my flowers and herbs like crazy!!! Heh. Heh. Heh. Not anymore.
OK, back to the subject of this post…embroidery note cards. Can’t I just go on and on? But, I had to fill you in! There’s so much happening in The Land of Making Do…who says country life is boring?
A couple of weekends ago, I met two friends for a girl’s weekend. Do you have close friends that you meet for together time?
Our two-day excursion consisted of laughter, catching up, Cheesecake Factory, more laughter, encouragement, more Cheesecake Factory (yes!!), and more laughs. We need our friends! Women need time with other women, because we understand one another…and we’re fun! It’s therapy, y’all. 🙂
These two friends and I met at church over twenty years ago. Our children were born throughout the first ten years of our friendship. Until I moved, we were often together for church activities, book club, Bible studies, neighborhood events (like swimming and Halloween parades), school events, and many things involving our children.
I have referred to these two friends many times throughout this blog, even at the very beginning in my Hymn Book Christmas Angel post.
We learned to knit together, so many of our visits consist of “craft time”.
In keeping with our girl’s trip crafting tradition, I took along several packs of blank note cards and envelopes from Hob Lob and my collection of embroidery threads, needles, and scissors.
I’d seen the idea around blogland of stitching words on note cards. We made several for Christmas (Joy being first, can you tell?) and moved on to pumpkins, flowers, and hearts.
When I returned home, I decided to expand on the Fall theme and pulled my leaf and acorn cookie cutters out of the cabinet. I’m terrible at drawing, but I can trace the world!
To make these cards, you simply write the word or draw (trace) your pattern of desired picture. With your large-eyed embroidery needle, punch holes around the shape – about every 1/4 inch. Be sure to have a dot at each sharp point, and the dots need to be closer together for a curve. (With JOY, I was able to do long stitches for the straight parts in the J and Y. It came together very quickly and was an easy word for us beginners.)
When you begin stitching, leave a 2-inch strand on the back side so you can tie it off with the ending strand when you finish.
This is the back side view after finishing the outline of the maple leaf, ready to tie the knot.
It helps if you can arrange to finish close to your beginning thread strand. If your reverse side turns out not-so-pretty, you can always glue a picture or something over it
Since leaves that are turning have several colors on them, I combined different colors of thread on my needle for the oak leaf – rusty-red, golden-yellow, and pine green. That turned out to be my favorite – being a color fan and all.
The idea was to be prepared with hand-stitched Christmas note cards this year. But, I’m not sure Christmas cards are still the priority. We could go hog-wild with little bubble thoughts on those pumpkins…and the inside is yet to be designed…another whole page of fun and ideas.
I’m sure y’all have lots of ideas for further embellishment – and creations for the inside. So, let’s hear them.
We could have some girl time of our own…anybody got cheesecake?
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