Monday, January 28, 2013

Can You Carry a Tune?

From a very young age, my Mom encouraged me and my sister, Sara to sing. We sang together in church, for Sunday School programs, and when we grew older, we both sang in the high school concert choir. From 10th-12th grade, I was fortunate enough to attend District choir, and in 11th and 12th grade, I made it as far as Regional Choir (which is one step further than Districts.) In order to be considered for these special choir events, one had to audition in this manner: You were taken to a room and before entering, you were told what song to sing and how many stanzas to sing. Upon entering the room, you were not allowed to talk. There were 3 judges in the room, with their backs to you. You were given the starting note with a pitch pipe. And then you sang acapella. You were then judged against all of the other auditioners based on pitch, tone, enunciation, and dynamics. And you thought American Idol was tough!

Singing at these events was quite an experience. If you secured a place in one of these select choirs, you got to travel to the hosting school and stay with a family in that school district for a couple of days. During those days, you practiced. And practiced. And practiced some more. Then as a culmination of all your hard work, a concert was held on Saturday afternoon. The stage was alive with color as each participant wore a choir robe in their school colors. Ours was maroon and white. And I wore it (and my aviator goggles) with pride.
Regional Choir Participants from Montrose High School, circa March 1990. Can you pick me out?
 Believe it or not, this trip down memory lane has something to do with my new 4 part sampler series that will be released at Nashville. Even if you are someone who can't carry a tune in a bucket, take heart, as now you can Sing a Sampler! Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:
Peek of Part 1
Peek of Part 2
 I'll have you (or at least you needle) humming in no time!
Thanks for stopping by the creek. I'm glad you came!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Why Don't Dogs Wear Socks?.....

......because they don't stay on! How do I know? I tried it, that's how.

I felt so bad for Molly and her beautiful speckled tootsies every time we had to go out in this BRUTAL arctic cold that we've been enduring all week. Colvin was concerned, and asked me if I could make Molly some socks. Sure. No big deal. I dug out a pair of worn out wool socks and proceeded to cut them down to fit her feet.

I think it took me less time to make them than it did to get all four on her feet! After victoriously donning Molly's feet with her new footwear, we were ready to brave the cold. We were only 10 feet off the porch before the first one came flying off, and the other 3 followed suit shortly after. **SIGH**. At least she can't wiggle out of the sweater I made for her!
"Mom, does this sweater make me look fat?"
So, no more sock-making for me. Instead, I'm going to channel all of my energy into stitching on my 4 part series sampler. Can't wait to share some peeks with you!

Stay warm!
Diane and barefoot Molly

Monday, January 21, 2013

Let there be light....

in the chicken coop, that is. For those of you who may not know, we are the proud parents of 5 Rhode Island Red hens. In 2011, we bought them as tiny chicks that Colvin raised for his 4-H project. We originally started out with 6, but the neighbors dog made an unwelcome visit one day and decided to have chicken for dinner. As the girls grew, they began laying and eggs were abundant in the land. However, as chicken do, they molted for the first time this past fall. When they molt, eggs become as scarce as hens teeth! After the molting came the darkness of the long winter months. Still no eggs. In case you didn't know, chickens are solar powered. They need 12-14 hours of daylight to trigger them into laying eggs. So, not enough light=no eggs. Until this past weekend.....
This is our A-frame chicken coop that Colvin and I built together. On Saturday, we installed a string of LED rope light under the top ridge board. 100 feet of extension cord, and one timer later, from 4:00am-7:00am, the girls now have light. And now, we wait. Such an egg-citing life we lead here down by the creek!

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Winner! Winner! Dutch Oven Dinner!

Hello blogging friends! I have just returned from a weekend campout with our boy scout troop. As I sit here writing this, I'm still in dirty clothes, smell of woodsmoke and in desperate need of a shower! We had a great weekend for camping, even though we still had snow on the ground. It was an inside campout, which made everything a bit more"civilized"! We stayed at Camp Susquehannock which is just over the mountain from Silver Creek. We stayed in "Aspir-Inn". Quite rustic, but very Little House on the Prairie-ish!
Our home sweet home for the weekend!
 The boys are in charge of planning their menus and cooking them on their own. We adults have our own menus and all chip in with the cooking and clean-up. Saturday night, we enjoyed a supper of Ham and Scalloped Potatoes, cooked in a dutch oven, right in the stone fireplace. The boys baked a cake in their dutch oven, which turned out quite well. Good job Colvin!
No beans and franks for Troop 50! We may be camping, but we eat like kings!
The weather here was warm for January–40-ish degrees. But we never saw the sun because of all the thick fog covering the entire area. Camping is always fun, but it's good to get back home (to enjoy indoor plumbing!)

OK. Now for the moment you have been waiting for...... I have gathered and documented all the sufficient data in the most high tech way I could think of.....pen and small slips of paper. I folded them in half and placed them in a carefully picked cardboard box and shook them with all my might! The winner was drawn by my cell mate, I mean, soul mate, Alan. He's such a good sport!
Shpinelka, you are the lucky winner of Sweet Friendship! Congratulations! Please drop me an email at, and include your name, and address, so I can get your pattern in the mail. This was a lot of fun, and a special thanks to "Mouse" for recruiting quite a few followers for me! OK, meeting adjourned. There's a hot shower waiting with my name on it!

Thanks for spending some time with me here, down by the creek!

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Fun Begins at 50!

(cue the music, balloons and falling confetti)
 Wow, There's Fifty!  
Oh My Gosh!
If you haven't already left a comment declaring your 
favorite Silver Creek pattern, please do so now!
Please have your comment posted by noon, Sunday January 13.
 I will then collect all the data and draw a winner.
OOOOOOOO, this is so much fun!
Thank You So Much!

Wanna see.......

my first two releases of 2013? Of course you do! I've already teased you with sneak peeks of each one. So to end the suspense, here they are!
This is "Hope of the Heart". I stitched it on Zweigart 32ct "Cloudy Day Grey" lugana. Design size is 68 x 87. This design was inspired by a lovely quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I embellished this sampler by using 1/4" black buttons for Mr. Snowman's peepers, and tiny black beads for his mouth.
 This is "Forever Love", which was stitched on Zweigart 32ct "Golden Harvest" lugana. Design size is 95 x 61. I was inspired by a well known scripture passage from 1 Corinthians 13: 7-8 which says: “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

I want to thank all of you who have commented on the WTF Give-away post. Also, a warm welcome to any new followers. The follower count is up to 45, so we're almost there! When I reach 50, I'll give away a Silver Creek Samplers pattern of your choice, brand new, or golden oldie. Just become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me your favorite SCS pattern.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 7, 2013

WTF! Giveaway

Now, before you start thinking "what's up with her potty mouth?" Let me explain....... I am happy to report that I now have 39 new friends who are following my blog and I thank each and every one of you for spending a few brief moments here at Silver Creek. So I decided that When There's Fifty people following my blog, I'll give away a Silver Creek Samplers pattern of your choice. The rules are: 1. You must be a follower to be eligible for the giveaway and 2. In the comments section, tell me what SCS pattern you are coveting would like to add to your stash. I'll post again when I reach that magical number and will do a random drawing to determine the lucky winner. And when I draw YOUR name, then you may say....WTF! (Wow, That's Fantastic). What else would it mean?!

So, if you know of someone who is not already stalking following me here at Silver Creek, invite them to come on over and join in!

Thanks and let's shoot for 50!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Snowy Christmas with a Chance of Stitching!

Hello blogging friends! Sorry that I've been "post-less" for a few weeks. Christmas is such a busy time and I needed every minute to ready myself for the festivities. I hope you are not tired of Christmas because I'd like to share a few of my pics with you.
Our tree illuminated one silent night
The whole fam-damily!

Everyone you see in this picture came to our house here at Silver Creek on Christmas Day. Back row from L-R: me, my husband Alan, my Dad, my brother in law Bill, and my sister Sara. Middle row from L-R: my mom, my Aunt Harriet, and my Uncle Harry. And in the front is our son Colvin and my cousin David. Molly wouldn't sit still for the picture, so I had to schedule a private photo shoot with her:
My beautiful Molly Brown!
After we all enjoyed a meal of chicken and biscuits with all the fixings, the chaos ensued with the gift exchange. It's such a fun time as there seems to be a story behind every gift that begs to be told! I hope you all had wonderful Christmases as well. There is no discussion or pictures detailing New Years Eve, as it's hard to take pictures with your eyes a deep 10:30pm. A party animal I am not!

I would, however like to share some stitching pics with you if you don't mind! Here's a more detailed pic of one of my new releases....
"Hope of the Heart"
But wait.....there's more!!!!!!!!!!
"Forever Love"
Both of these designs are packed in boxes and are ready to be shipped to my distributors on Monday. Also......***whispering***....I have a secret. Shhhhhhh. I'm working on a 4 part series sampler that I am very excited about. As of yet, it's un-named, but keep checking back for further updates!

Thanks for your visit and please come again real soon!