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Friday, October 13, 2017


Hi friends! Let me finally share with you the progress I have made on Moonlight Visitor.
I am getting there, slow but sure. Not a lot of stitching time lately. Lots of packing going on. And I have been plotting and planning new valances for the apartment! I have always loved making curtains and valances for our homes. I took home economics in junior high and high school, did you? I loved those classes. I really enjoyed the cooking and sewing AND they were useful classes! For me they certainly were anyhow.
Oh do I have a good book for you! I listened to The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James and I really, really, really liked it a LOT! I could not wait to listen to it each time I had a chance. This basically followed Charlotte's life, and what an interesting life she had!
Though poor, plain, and unconnected, Charlotte Bronte possesses a deeply passionate side which she reveals only in her writings—creating Jane Eyre and other novels that stand among literature's most beloved works. Living a secluded life in the wilds of Yorkshire with her sisters Emily and Anne, their drug-addicted brother, and an eccentric father who is going blind, Charlotte Bronte dreams of a real love story as fiery as the ones she creates.
But it is in the pages of her diary where Charlotte exposes her deepest feelings and desires—and the truth about her life, its triumphs and shattering disappointments, her family, the inspiration behind her work, her scandalous secret passion for the man she can never have . . . and her intense, dramatic relationship with the man she comes to love, the enigmatic Arthur Bell Nicholls.
"Who is this man who has dared to ask for my hand? Why is my father so dead set against him? Why are half the residents of Haworth determined to lynch him—or shoot him?"
From Syrie James, the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a powerfully compelling, intensely researched literary feat that blends historical fact and fiction to explore the passionate heart and unquiet soul of Charlotte Bronte. It is Charlotte's story, just as she might have written it herself.
The electrician came yesterday. At least that part is over and done.  Oh yes! And the painting is ALL done. Brian painted it all. The rest of us prepped and did clean up. I will have pictures eventually. I don't want you all to think the apartment is overwhelmingly pink. Not at all. It is very subtle. Very pale. Very pretty if I must say so myself.😘

Well, back to some packing. Thanks for stopping by today my friends. I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Me and Murphy strolling down Main Street nowadays. ;) Right!! Ha!


The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Your project is coming along Vickie.Hope the packing continues to go well this weekend.

Mary said...

Magnolia visitor is delightful and what pretty colors! The book sounds great, I wish I could stitch and listen at the same time! Looking forward to seeing your curtains, I sewed my LR drapes via the best photo step by step instructions from RJ, I even lined them and loved how they came out. Saved a lot by doing it myself too. I loved home ec too! Have a great weekend Vicki!

Angela Tucker said...

Good morning!! I know that packing is a priority, but I'm glad you got in a little "me" time.

Not too pink? Is that even a possibility for you? LOL

I didn't take any classes in school, but I love to sew. The feeling cutting the fabric and then putting it back together to make something even more beautiful. Sigh. I have to tell you, I've made all the valances and curtains in our house, too! LOL

Have a wonderful weekend!

Robin in Virginia said...

I really like the block you are creating with Brian in mind. It is looking good. I don't envy you on the packing, Vickie.

I took home ec. from 7th through 12th grades; I liked the sewing parts, but my sewing skills could definitely be improved upon. Happy to hear the painting is finished.

Enjoy your weekend!

marly said...

I like the tree shape on this one very much. My memory is so bad, I do not remember Jane Eyre at all. As with most everything from years ago.

Maggee said...

You have made good progress on your stitching, considering what is going on in your life right now! Look forward to pictures of the new place... Hugs!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Lovely stitching. It's coming along quite nicely. Wishing you a lovely day sweet friend. :)

MartinaM said...

Oh Vicky, i realy like your stitching, i cant wait to see the finished picture. But i know also, so much work in a new home, needs a lot of time.
And so i´m happy for you, you can find a few minutes , to stich on your projekts
Hugs, Martina

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
wonderful progress on your beautiful project.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs Manuela

gracie said...

Yes, I loved Home-Ec classes. My mom used to make curtains for the house and I did too. Your project is looking great. The 2 day Garage Sale was not too bad. Less items to return to the garage and extra money in my pocket.

Jenny said...

Oh constantly inspire me! With all the packing, painting, clean-up, and general moving stress you still find the time to stitch and stitch beautifully! Brian's sampler is looking just amazing! I took some home economics in 7th and 8th grade and let's just say my sewing skills needed more then help! I remember sitting with my friends around this ladies table learning how to make a pillow! She had a beautiful lace table cloth on her table and when I cut out the large Snoopy that was going on my pillow I cut both the material and the lace tablecloth! Let's just say her table cloth was very couldn't tell when it was just sitting on the table but when you picked it up there was Snoopy still sitting there...sighs....Thank goodness I have improved over the!

I so loved this book too! In fact it is one of my all time favorites! I was so sorry to have it end...I love to reread books is like reconnecting with an old! So it is always there at the library waiting for!

I hope you have a good weekend too my friend! I think and pray for you are so special to me!

Sending lots of hugs and love!

RJ said...

Vickie your block is so lovely and you have made great progress. I can imagine how busy you are with moving and thinking about sewing new window treatments. I have always made the window treatments in our homes and we have moved 17 times. But it does save a ton of money.

I only had one year of home ed in high school and I was a terrible student. My Mom was a professional seamstress and here her daughter was asked to pull out the kick pleat in a skirt 7 times and the zipper 11. What an embarrassment I was to the family name. LOL!!! It was not until we got stationed at a remote Air Force base where there were no stores that I taught myself how to sew.

We are having a small give away this week...come by and sign up if you have a few extra minutes. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

laceystitcher said...

I am so sorry that I have not posted in such a long time; I have been stitching and watching a lot of Floss Tube - keeps me busy. It sounds like you have some new changes in your life; I wish you much joy in your new home. I hope you have been doing good health-wise and that you are taking care of yourself during this time of stress and lots of work. Happy stitching and reading..................

butterfly said...

Your stitching block looks great.
Wishing you well with your packing hugs .

Sally said...

It is coming along beautifully Vickie.

Good luck with the packing.

Carol said...

Sounds like everything is coming together nicely for your impending move, Vickie :) I will look forward to seeing your new valances and paint colors!

I loved home ec--that is where I learned to do a bit of sewing and a bit of cooking. My mom just never taught me those things for some reason! Poor Tim, if it hadn't been for the white sauce I learned to make in home ec, he would have starved when we were newlyweds :)

Lovely progress on Brian's block!

Beth said...

Liking the colors used in this.

Brigitte said...

Great to see that you still find time for stitching these days. All the packing and preparing the move must be very time consuming but that good thing is that once you live in the new apartment it will be done. Like all the painting is done by now. So good for you.Looking forward to seeing pictures.

Ele said...

Sweet project you have there. I will look for the book you mention, sounds intriguing. Thanks for the tip!

CJ said...

I hope your move went smoothly. Have a wonderful day.


Margaret said...

Beautiful stitching! I love the tree in this one. Yay for the book! I enjoyed it too! And yes, I took some Home Ec, but only the sewing class and only in junior high. I opted instead of cooking or other home ec classes to take woodworking and graphic arts. :D Hope all the packing and planning is going well.

Lili said...

Lovely your new block! The tree colours are really pretty!


Julie said...

A very pretty block this one is.

diamondc said...

Moonlight Visitor is a lovely design.
Great progress.


Justine said...

Cant wait to see photos of the new "not too pink" apartment! Lovely stitching for Brian's block.

Carolien said...

Hi Vickie,

I can't wait to see those pale pink walls ;) Good luck with everything, my friend.
Brian is a superhero, having painted it all. I'd keep him if I were you ... LOL
The stitches are so nice, I am anxious to see the final result :)

Take care and have a great weekend, Carolien

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching progress!

Astrids dragon said...

Sweet stitching, I love the colours!
I preferred cooking to sewing in school, I'm pretty hopeless with a sewing machine unless it's straight lines! I hope we get to see what you've made.
The apartment looks wonderful and I love your table and chairs.